Baylor in the news – July 31-August. 6, 2022 | Media and public relations

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WACO, Texas (August 5, 2022) – Researchers and faculty experts from Baylor University were featured in national and local media articles as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the survey data on Baylor’s Religion which shows how childhood religiosity predicts a variety of positive outcomes, leading to public trust in top universities and the return of the iEngage Summer Civics Institute to Baylor and a new season of Baylor Theater.

August 1, 2022

Desert News: Perspective: Don’t believe the headlines. Few people suffer from religion-related trauma in childhood
The Deseret News examines data from the Baylor Religion Survey, one of the most comprehensive national surveys that provides unique data on religion, health and community in America, in this article on how religious attendance at 12 years is associated with a variety of outcomes in adulthood. Survey data revealed that people who regularly attended religious services as children are more likely to be happy as adults.

August 2, 2022 Baylor President Linda Livingstone Elected Chair of NCAA Board of Governors
The NCAA Board of Governors met Tuesday for the first time in its new iteration, choosing Baylor President Linda Livingstone as chair of the board. This news was also covered by the Baptist standard.

Morning consultation: America’s Most Trusted Universities and the Need to Close Gaps in Public Trust
Baylor University has been named one of the top 10 most trusted universities in the nation, according to global research firm Morning Consult. Baylor was also ranked #2 in Morning Consult’s Most Trusted Universities by Parents. This news was covered by several media, including KRLD News Radio in Dallas/Fort Worth.

August 3, 2022

KXAN-TV: Adoption or abortion? Families, experts say it’s not that simple
Elissa Madden, Ph.D., associate professor of social work at Baylor, is quoted about the grief and trauma that doesn’t always go away after placing a child up for adoption with emotions that sometimes resurface even after 10 years or more and suggests that birth mothers should have access to counseling services through adoption agencies at any time after giving up to help overcome lasting grief.

World Baptist News: There is something strange about this Mary, did you know?
Mikeal Parsons, Ph.D., professor and Macon Chair in Religion at Baylor, is quoted in this article on a Duke Ph.D. student’s research, which has been mostly discussed in academic circles, but has potential implications on how certain key figures in the Gospel of John should be identified. These figures are Mary and Martha, most often depicted as sisters, and Mary Magdalene, a crucial and controversial figure in the Gospel account of Jesus’ life and ministry.

Waco Tribune-Herald: New Waco Riverwalk Design Seeks to Connect Riverfront Development, Foster Pavilion and Ranger Museum
New designs for the boardwalk in downtown Waco would connect the Riverfront development, the future Baylor University basketball arena and the Texas Ranger Museum, the latest in a series of development plans that will transform parts of the downtown Waco near the river into a “mixed-use entertainment”. with new restaurants, hotels, stores and apartments anchored by Baylor University’s $213 million Foster Pavilion.

August 4, 2022

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor iEngage Empowers Local Students to Gain Civic Education and Wins Sandra Day O’Connor Award
Dozens of middle school students learned about civics and consensus-building by acting out real-life scenarios last week at Baylor University, part of the first camp to receive the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for advancement of civic education. Karon LeCompte, associate professor of curriculum and instruction and one of the founders of iEngage, is quoted in the article. Baylor law professor and associate dean Patricia Wilson participated in the camp’s version of “Shark Tank” for community betterment proposals.

KWBU-FM: Business Review: Unfavorable Decision
AUDIO: Thousands of decisions have to be made every day, ranging from the most mundane to the most complex. Those who seek cognitive closure tend to be reluctant to make decisions. Ashley Otto, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing at Baylor, explains why some team members prefer closure over decision-making.

August 5, 2022

Baylor Connections: Deanna Toten Beard, Ph.D.
AUDIO: A new season of Baylor Theater begins this fall. In this Baylor Connections, Deanna Toten Beard, Ph.D., Department Head and Theatrical Arts Professor, takes listeners behind the scenes to share the details that go into a Baylor production and previews the schedule for the upcoming season.

The conversation: After Trump, Christian nationalist ideas go mainstream – despite a history of violence
Samuel Perry, Ph.D., associate professor at Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and affiliate faculty member in communications, writes about the disturbing presence of Christian nationalist ideas in recent political campaigns, given its links to violence and supremacy. white.

KWTX-TV: Baylor hosts a camp where kids work to solve community problems
VIDEO: Young Minds took an in-depth look at the issues that exist in our community and how to solve them as part of the iEngage Civics Institute. About 100 children from across the region gathered at Baylor to participate in the camp which focused on civic action, that is, taking action to change the community.


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