Baylor in the News – Sept. 10-16, 2023

September 17, 2023
Mark & Paula Hurd Welcome Center

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 17, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about how poetry can aid in healing grief, toxic friendships and the Waco connection to Bonnie and Clyde.

Sept. 10, 2023

KCRW: The language of grief, with writers Ross Gay and Chloe Honum

AUDIO: Chloe Honum, Ph.D., associate professor of creative writing in English at Baylor, is interviewed in this podcast on how writing and language have the power to aid healing for deep grief and loss. Honum, an accomplished poet, talks about her poetry as steadying and illuminating in approaching grief over the loss of her mother. 

Sept. 11, 2023

Christianity Today: How to Handle Toxic Friendships

Written by Matthew D. Kim, Ph.D., The Hubert H. and Gladys S. Raborn Chair of Pastoral Leadership at Truett Seminary, this article presents the notion of empathy and understanding for all people, especially in toxic relationships. Based on Christian principles, Kim states that empathy is rooted in three practices; laying down our idols, listening to others, and being open to multiple perspectives.

Populous: Populous Provides Architecture, Design and Brand Experience for New Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center at Baylor University

Global design firm Populous announces the completion of its work in designing the Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center at Baylor. The firm is proud to have worked with Baylor on this project and feels the Hurd Welcome Center provides a “spectacular setting for student’s first memories of Baylor.”

Sept. 12, 2023

American Dry Cleaner: How Can Dry Cleaners Connect with Gen Z? (Part 2)

Lorynn Divita, Ph.D., associate professor of Apparel Design and Merchandising at Baylor, offered an online workshop, “Connecting with Gen Z — The ‘Values’ Generation,” for the National Cleaners Association to help dry cleaning businesses understand how to connect with Generation Z.

Preaching Today: How to Shield Our Pulpits from Abuse

Timothy Y. Rhee, Ph.D. candidate in preaching at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, writes about five ways that preachers can come across as abusive during sermons.

EurekAlert: Crime pushes entrepreneurs to fly under the radar, relocate or shutter

Baylor researcher Jaime Suarez, Ph.D. candidate in Entrepreneurship, co-authored a study on the visibility of entrepreneurs in developing countries. Findings demonstrate that in developing countries with high rates of crime, greater visibility can make them a target.

Sept. 13, 2023

New York Times: Singing Competition Again Comes Under Fire After Use of Blackface

Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., professor and chair of journalism, public relations and new media, is quoted in this article about the inappropriate use of blackface in a Polish reality TV singing competition. She states, “We are living in a global society” and “if it is produced in one country, it is going to be seen around the world.”

Baptist Standard: Around the State: Lifeway listens to Texas worship leaders

The recent dedication of the Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center is highlighted in this article on updates in Baptist news around the state of Texas.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Historic Waco lecture looks at Bonnie and Clyde in Waco

AUDIO: Retired Baylor University law professor and novelist Gerald Powell gave a lecture to Historic Waco on the notorious couple, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The City of Waco played a pivotal part in the events of the couple's history.

Agility PR Solutions: The Plank Center For Leadership in Public Relations Names Madeline Chadwick and Dr. Marlene Neill as Newest Members of Board of Advisors

The Plank Center has named Marlene Neill, Ph.D., associate professor of journalism, public relations and new media at Baylor, as one of their newest Board of Advisors members.

Sept. 14, 2023

KWBU-FM (NPR/Waco): Business Review - Risky Rides

AUDIO: Embracing new innovation means embracing the unknown, especially for investors who target emerging IPOs. David Dicks, Ph.D., assistant professor of finance at Baylor, uncovers insights situated at the crossroads of innovation, risk and investor behavior.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Controversial Eugene O'Neill play marks 60th anniversary at Baylor

AUDIO: The Baylor Theater department has brought back a controversial Eugene O’Neill play as a staged reading for modern audiences. Faculty member John-Michael Marrs, who is directing this weekend’s reading, is quoted in the article.

ABC Soul Search: Future of religion — A changing climate

AUDIO: Phillip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor, talks about how religion is tied up with the ways communities respond to climate shocks and challenges.

Sept. 15, 2023

Baylor Connections: Nancy Brickhouse and Tiffany Hogue

AUDIO: Baylor has started the process to pursue the University’s next strategic plan. Provost Nancy Brickhouse and Chief of Staff Tiffany Hogue serve as co-chairs of the Strategic Planning Group, whose members will walk with the Baylor Family through the comprehensive, year-long process. In this Baylor Connections, they take listeners inside the goals and process of strategic planning, examine the success of Illuminate as Baylor pursues its successor, and examine the pillars that Baylor will follow to elevate the University’s mission and impact on the world.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco-area political leaders, experts weigh in on Paxton trial

Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., The Bob Bullock Professor of Political Science at Baylor, is quoted in this article on the historic Attorney General Ken Paxton impeachment trial.


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