Baylor in the News – April 21-27, 2024

April 28, 2024
Two men stand over a desk discussing a sports topic

(Right) Paul Putz, Ph.D., assistant director of the Faith & Sports Institute at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, was interviewed by Christianity Today about NIL, college athletics and what it means as an opportunity for today's Christian student-athletes “to develop maturity and wisdom to navigate the world, which is what college sports should be about.” (Matthew Minard/Baylor University)

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WACO, Texas (April 28, 2024) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about how Christian student-athletes might be well prepared for the NIL market, a conversation about disability and the church, and challenging previous assumptions about the marketplace and its role in mental health.

April 21, 2024

Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Can religious programs change prison environments? Pepperdine studies Parchman for answers

Byron R. Johnson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor, is co-leading a long-term research project by Pepperdine University studying if faith-based programming make a difference behind prison walls at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

April 22, 2024

Baptist Standard: Baylor conveys land to BGCT for Baptist Student Ministry

Baylor University conveyed to the Baptist General Convention of Texas the deed for a parcel of land set to house the new 12,000-square-foot Baptist Student Ministry building in an April 18 ceremony in Waco with President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., and BGCT Executive Director Julio Guarneri, Ph.D. The Waco Tribune-Herald also reported on the land transfer ceremony.

Capital Allocators: Top Down Allocation At Baylor

AUDIO: David Morehead, chief investment officer at Baylor where he oversees a $2.2 billion endowment, about his background and path to Baylor, the three styles of endowment management pursued in the industry and the thematic top-down approach he employs across risk management, portfolio construction, private markets, manager selection and turnover.

April 23, 2024

Baptist Standard: Baylor’s Disability & Church conversation emphasizes belonging

Erik W. Carter, Ph.D., The Luther Sweet Endowed Chair in Disabilities, executive director of the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities, hosted “Disability and Church: A Conversation” April 17 at Baylor, where he challenged participants to be catalysts for change—so all really do belong in faith communities. This event was part of an interdisciplinary project funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment’s Thriving Congregations Initiative. The event also was covered by Good Faith Media.

April 24, 2024

Christianity Today: Christian Athletes Know How to Build Platforms for Jesus. Can They Brand Themselves?

Paul Putz, Ph.D., assistant director of the Faith & Sports Institute at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, was interviewed for this article about NIL and what it means as an opportunity for Christian student-athletes in college “to develop maturity and wisdom to navigate the world, which is what college sports should be about,” Putz said. He said Christian student-athletes might be well prepared for the NIL market because they’ve already been taught to think highly of their platform as a way of “promoting” Jesus.

Baptist News Global: Kincaid will lead Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning

Theologian, lawyer and business ethics scholar, Elisabeth R. Kincaid, J.D., Ph.D., has been named director of the Institute for Faith and Learning at Baylor, succeeding Darin Davis, who led the program from 2007 to 2023. Kincaid also will serve as associate professor of ethics, faith and culture in Baylor’s Truett Seminary and as an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Management in the Hankamer School of Business.

EIN Presswire: Henry Stoever Submits Education Recommendations to Former Under Secretary of State’s Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy

Jon Allen, chief information officer at Baylor, served as a member of the Education Advisory Council, formed as part of the Global Tech Security Commission, which made recommendations to help ensure trusted technology advances freedom through education: (1)  Establish Standards for Ethical and Trusted Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), (2) Develop a National Education Framework and (3) Strengthen Resilience, Security and Integrity of Research Processes.

Rice University: Christian nationalism experts to discuss political future of the ideology within US religious, political life at Rice Baker Institute event

Experts on Christian nationalism, including Baylor theologian Jonathan Tran. Ph.D., and sociologists Jerry Park, Ph.D., and Kevin Dougherty. Ph.D., will examine the ideology within American religious and political life at an April 26 event hosted by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance. 

Conciliar Post: C.S. Lewis and the Critique of Practicality

In this essay, David Justice, Ph.D., a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core of Baylor's Honors College, writes about re-reading C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” as an adult while reading the series to his young children. “One theme that stuck out to me…is Lewis’ emphasis on the importance of play and taking delight in the simple pleasures of food, dance, and the company of one’s companions” as opposed to our society’s rise and grind culture, which teaches that we always ought to be producing.

April 25, 2024

American Academy in Rome: Announcing the 2024–25 Rome Prize Winners

Costa Rican American poet and prose writer Jacob Shores-Argüello, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at Baylor, has been named one of the winners of the highly prestigious Rome Prize announced by the American Academy in Rome. These highly competitive fellowships support advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities. Dr. Shores-Arguello won the John Guare Writers Fund Rome Prize in the Literature category for his work, River Citizen.

KWBU-FM (Waco/NPR): Business Review - Coping Through Commerce

AUDIO: Ann M. Mirabito, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing at Baylor, challenges conventional notions that uncover how individuals are turning to the marketplace to manage the stressors associated with mental disorders, offering surprising insights into its potential role in mental health support.

April 26, 2024

Baylor Connections: Carrie Arroyo and Mary Zane Nelson

AUDIO: There’s no shortage of challenges that can impact a child’s mental health — but school districts often face a shortage of qualified mental health professionals. Researchers in Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work are working to bridge this gap in Central Texas. Carrie Arroyo serves as senior lecturer of social work and Mary Zane Nelson serves as project director of a project called Partnering for Heart of Texas (H.O.T.) Mental Health. In this Baylor Connections, they take listeners inside this $2.5 million partnership with Waco ISD schools.

Huff Post: This Common Bedtime Habit Might Be Killing Your Relationship

This article about phubbing (phone snubbing) and parallel scrolling (when couples are phone snubbing each other) cites a 2017 Baylor study of 143 people in romantic relationships – led by consumer behavior researchers James A. Roberts, Ph.D., and Meredith E. David, Ph.D. – where 70% of participants said that cellphones “sometimes,” “often,” “very often” or “all the time” interfered in their interactions with their partners.

KWTX-TV (CBS/Waco): Baylor named one of the prettiest college campuses in America by Architectural Digest

Baylor University is one of 64 college campuses – and one of three in Texas – named of the prettiest college campuses in America by Architectural Digest.


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