Baylor in the News – Dec. 31, 2023-Jan. 6, 2024

January 7, 2024
Dean Sandeep Mazumder, Ph.D.

Dean Sandeep Mazumder, Ph.D., shares reflections on the milestone 100th birthday of the Hankamer School of Business as the guest on this week's Baylor Connections. 

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 7, 2024) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about using effective breaks to reenergize your workday, the excitement over the opening of the Paul and Alejandra Foster Pavilion as the new home of Baylor men’s and women’s basketball and celebrating 100 years of business education at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business.

Jan. 1, 2024

The New York Times: The 6-Day Energy Challenge

Cindy Wu, Ph.D., professor of human resource management at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business who studies workplace breaks, is quoted in this article about an energy challenge focusing on five science-backed ingredients for energy: rest, exercise, socializing, eating and finding enjoyment in your daily tasks. Wu talks about her research with Emily Hunter, Ph.D., on how to feel more refreshed by taking better workday breaks.

Jan. 2, 2024

Associated Press: Baylor opens new basketball arena on bank of Brazos River

Baylor’s men’s and women’s basketball teams have a new home at the Paul and Alejandra Foster Pavilion. The design of the building creates a home-court advantage with clean sightlines, a loud environment and 7,000 seats. Additional media coverage includes the Waco Tribune-Herald, KXXV-TV, KWTX-TV, The Stadium Business and Venues Now.

Texas Baptists: Baylor BSM staff, students gather for prayer at new building site

Baylor Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) staff, students, university representatives, alumni and Texas Baptists staff gathered to pray at the future site of the new BSM building at Baylor. Located directly adjacent to Baylor’s campus, it will provide students with easy access to the BSM and allow the ministry to continue growing.

Jan. 3, 2024

Waco Tribune-Herald: Historic Black Waco congregation, growing Hispanic church swap buildings

Kenneth Hafertepe, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Museum Studies at Baylor and a Waco architectural historian, is quoted in this article about the history of First Baptist Church of Waco N.B.C. and the importance of the historic preservation of buildings in Waco.

The Christian Century: Were the lost gospels really lost?

In this essay, Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor and director of Program on Historical Studies of Religion at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, writes that the myth of recently rediscovered alternative gospels is too good to be true.

Jan. 4, 2024

Upworthy: Experts reveal why people are randomly waking up at 3 am and share useful solutions

Michael K. Scullin, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor and director of the Sleep Neuroscience & Cognition Laboratory, shares advice to lessen stress over unfinished tasks that can keep people from getting a good night’s sleep.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco sees classical artists, space themes highlight start of new year

In this local art, music and stage roundup, Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art is mentioned for its new exhibit highlighting Baylor’s visual art faculty through the 2024 Biennial Faculty Show. Baylor Theatre is also mentioned for its spring season opener “Men on Boats” with an all-female cast portraying the story of a 19th-century Grand Canyon exploration. ESPN and NCAA reach new, eight-year media rights agreement

Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., chair of the NCAA Board of Governors, is quoted in this news release about a new, eight-year agreement reached between ESPN and the NCAA for NCAA championships media rights, beginning Sept. 1, 2024. President Livingstone said the “agreement ushers in yet another milestone for the NCAA positioning student-athletes first.”

Jan. 5, 2024

Baylor Connections: Sandeep Mazumder

AUDIO: Founded in 1923 and celebrating 100 years of business education, Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business has grown into one of the nation’s premier business schools—recognized in the top 12% nationally by U.S. News. In this Baylor Connections, Dean Sandeep Mazumder, Ph.D., shares reflections on the milestone birthday: people and values over the last century that set the stage for present success, growth within the business school and priorities that will guide Hankamer School of Business into its second centennial of service.

KWTX-TV (CBS/Waco): Seminary students from across the country gather in Waco for Christian community development

Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary students participated in a 6-day class at Mission Waco focused on Christian Community Development. Jimmy Dorrell, president emeritus of Mission Waco and an adjunct faculty member with Truett Seminary is also quoted in this article about the importance of students interacting with marginalized populations in the community.

Chemical & Engineering News: 2024 ACS National Award winners: Part IV

John L. Wood, Ph.D., The Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Baylor and co-director of the Baylor Synthesis and Drug-Lead Discovery Lab, is listed among the American Chemical Society’s National Award recipients. Wood was honored with the prestigious Ernest Guenther Award in the Chemistry of Natural Products and co-director of the Baylor Synthesis and Drug-Lead Discovery Lab,

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Transitions: Sweet Briar College and the U. of North Carolina at Asheville Make Interim Leaders Permanent

This Chronicle listing of appointments across higher education includes the hirings of Curtis Reynolds, vice president for business affairs at the University of Florida, as vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer at Baylor, and Kevin Sanders, D.M.A., director of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis, as dean of the Baylor School of Music.

Jan. 6, 2024

Kenosha (WI) News: Kenosha County grandparents celebrate five Eagle Scout grandchildren

This article about five Eagle Scouts in one family cites research by Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, which found that those who attain Scouting's highest rank enhance youth's values, ethics, decision-making, relationships and personal development.


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