Baylor Magazine

Fall 2011

We asked readers in our last issue to answer this simple question; here's how your fellow Bears responded.

Whether you visit every year or you haven't been back in decades, there's likely something new for you on the Baylor campus -- as well as plenty of old favorites.

Baylor University Meritorious Achievement Award Winners

Baylor University alumni and friends from all over the globe make significant contributions to society in many forms. In winter 2010 the university launched a comprehensive program of awards that acknowledges the distinctive mission of Baylor University and recognizes those who achieve success in a manner consistent with that mission. The first recipients were honored at Homecoming in October 2010. Following are the recipients for 2011-12, including the addition of two new awards.

Young Alumnus of the Year

Graduate age 40 or under who has demonstrated remarkable achievement in the previous year

Baylor Legacy Award

Individuals who demonstrate extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor or causes that fit the university's mission

Baylor Legacy Award

Individuals who demonstrate extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor or causes that fit the university's mission

Pro Ecclesia // Medal of Service

Individual whose broad contributions to Christian ministry have made an immeasurable impact

Pro Texana // Medal of Service

Individual whose contributions in furthering the mission of Baylor have made an immeasurable impact in the public or non-profit sector

Medal of Service // Business Leadership

Individual whose leadership has made a significant impact in our world and on future generations

Medal of Service // Media Arts

Individual whose contributions to the fields of media communications/the arts have made a significant impact on society

Baylor Founders Medal

Individuals whose service and contributions have been unusually significant to the life and future of Baylor

Alumnus of the Year

Graduate who has demonstrated remarkable achievement in the previous year

Along Fifth Street

Campus News and Notes

Darius, BBA '79, and Holly DiTallo, BA '79, honored during Parents Weekend.

To say investing can be tricky is an understatement, so Baylor Magazine asked Dr. William Reichenstein, the university's Thomas R. Powers Chair in Investment Management and a frequently sought-after expert in the investing world, to suggest a few books on the subject.

More than 750 Bears turn out for Diadeloso Texas 2011 at SeaWorld

Baylor recognized for programs, curriculum, work environment, value

As former Solicitor General, Baylor President Ken Starr remains active in legal community

President's Scholarship Initiative update

Guided by input from thousands of members of the Baylor family, university leaders continue to carry forward the process of creating the institution's next strategic plan, a document that will develop Baylor's direction over the next decade or more.

Baylor sets overall enrollment record with more than 15,000 students, improves retention rate


Research at Baylor

Third wave of Baylor Religion Survey examines how religion affects individuals' outlook and well-being in tumultuous times

The Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) project was selected as one of eight worldwide finalists.

Gulf War Illness (GWI) -- the chronic health condition that affects about one in four military veterans of the 1991 Gulf War -- appears to be the result of several factors, which differed in importance depending upon the locations where veterans served during the war, according to a Baylor University study funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.


Baylor Sports News

Baylor football opened the 2011 season in style, defeating No. 14 TCU 50-48 in front of a packed house and a national ESPN audience on Sept. 2.

The night before this issue went to press, members of the Big 12 Conference Board of Directors (comprised of presidents and chancellors from each institution) announced their renewed commitment to the league and that discussions are underway on specific actions that will further strengthen the conference.

Baylor's men's and women's tennis teams have clearly established themselves among the nation's elite programs. Soon, their already impressive facilities will position the programs to both win and host future NCAA championships.

When our last issue went to press, the book hadn't quite closed on the 2010-11 school year. Now it's official: the year was perhaps the best in Baylor athletic history.

Just before the 2011 football season opener, Baylor Athletics launched, an informative and interactive site to promote quarterback Robert Griffin III for the Heisman Trophy.