Aug
08

Marissa Marquez ’04 is an Assistant City Attorney with the Houston Legal Department’s Office of the Inspector General.  She moved to Houston in March 2014 where she had been the Deputy Senior Legal Counsel for the Commissioner Representing Employers at the Texas Workforce Commission in Austin – the first Latina attorney to work for the Office of the Commissioner Representing Employers.  In that role, she advocated for employers during the unemployment-claim appeal process; traveled throughout the state to talk to …

Baylor Line FoundationGetting to Know: Marissa Marquez ’04
May
28

An Emmy-nominated and award-winning screenwriter and producer – and Baylor’s top teacher for the 2005-06 school year, Dr. Sarah-Jane (SJ) Murray delivered a widely praised (and viewed) local TEDx talk in San Antonio in November 2014 that sought to explain why stories matter.  SJ graduated with honors from Auburn University with a BA in French and Philosophy (after dabbling for a few years in the engineering school); received the Ecole Normale Superieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines diploma in French and …

Baylor Line FoundationBaylor Professor SJ Murray practices what she preaches on the power of “insanely great” storytelling
May
04

When we were putting together the Spring 2015 issue of the Baylor Line — and in particular the tributes to Matt Dawson, Mary McCall, Ralph Storm, and Jack Loftis — a few people suggested we include his daughter’s eulogy.  Titled simply, “Dad.” Rebecca Dawson Brumley ’64 delivered a deeply personal salute to her father that offered a (somewhat) different side to the man that many former students and professors had already shared.  The piece was long — it would have taken up …

Baylor Line FoundationBaylor Line bonus content: Rebecca Dawson Brumley’s eulogy of her father, Matt Dawson
Apr
28

Ryan Sprayberry has come home…and he has a few stories to tell. Just six weeks into his new job as the new exhibits and collections manager at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, Ryan is a 2012 Baylor graduate who gave up a job at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to return home to Texas (“I love Texas.  I was born and raised here and it’s where I want to raise my family.”) Sprayberry received his degree …

Baylor Line FoundationRyan Sprayberry ’12 brings passion for storytelling to TSHOF
Mar
26

Clinton Washington can count himself among an exclusive club of Baylor graduates and students who have been contestants on the music reality shows The Voice (NBC) and American Idol (Fox).  Washington, a 26-year-old native of Little Rock, Ark. and a 2011 Baylor graduate, was eliminated on The Voice this past week after delighting the judges with two straight strong performances. In the previous week’s “Battle Round,” Washington was asked to compete against and harmonize with a contestant who had turned all four …

Baylor Line FoundationThe Voice gives Clinton Washington ’11 the confidence to strike out on his own
Mar
01

Your priorities tend to change when you’ve gotten cancer twice before you turn 52. For Dr. Monica Frazier Anderson ’84 — — the priorities became “about family and friends first with everything else coming after that.”   But she also realized that her passion was about empowering people, about speaking and mentoring young girls to share lessons learned so “they don’t have to cross bridges I’ve already burned.” Dr. Anderson just published her sixth book, “Success Is a Side Effect: …

Baylor Line FoundationDr. mOe Anderson: Helping young women avoid crossing bridges she’s already burned
Feb
11

Brooke Bonorden, ’13, entered her senior year at Baylor – fresh off excavating an Israeli synagogue — planning to cross the stage to receive her degree in Archeology and then focus on either Near Eastern or biblical archeology.  Less than two years later, she finds herself focused on British Colonialism and hoping to get crowd-funding for an excavation she will do this spring in Belize. Bonorden, a graduate student at Texas Tech University, plans to conduct archival research at the …

Baylor Line FoundationBonorden digs for investors for spring excavation in Belize
Feb
01

Like any teacher, Melissa Peterson Stangle ’87 finds that the parents can be the most challenging part of the job. But Melissa — who was recently named Teacher of the Year at Boerne ISD’s Cibolo Creek Elementary School after just six years of teaching — has a resume that includes six years in the business world and another 15 as a stay-at-home mom. “All of my life experiences have helped me be a better teacher,” she says.  “I spent time as …

Baylor Line FoundationStangle likes teaching after 15 years as stay-at-home mom
Jan
28

Eleven months ago, Brennan Potts was starting a new business from his kitchen table and a nearby Starbucks, just like many entrepreneurs got their starts. Unlike many entrepreneurs, he had $20 million to invest in that new business.  He and his partners were buying minority pieces of horizontal shale wells in properties in South Texas and West Texas and some of the best shale plays in the United States, drilling for oil and gas using horizontal drilling technology (better known as “fracking”). …

Baylor Line FoundationBrennan Potts ’08 finds combination of entrepreneurial and Baylor DNA leads to Forbes “30 Under 30” recognition
Jan
27

Artist Annie Green’s website quotes Pablo Picasso’s view that “creating is just another way of keeping a diary.” But for Annie, it’s much more than that.  Creating is how she remembers, how she copes with a fragile memory from a horrific car accident as a freshman.  As she tells visitors to her website, “I can only express my thoughts, my hopes, and my dreams through art.’ Annie was driving home to Beaumont, TX, at the end of her freshman year in …

Baylor Line FoundationAnnie Green preserves her thoughts & dreams through art