Dr. Jim Marsh with Baylor Counseling Center

Less than two years ago, the Baylor Counseling Center (BUCC) had one staff person for every 1,775 students, which is at the national average for all colleges, according to the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors. Today, that ratio is roughly one for every 750 students, a figure that puts the school ahead of many other private universities, where the average is roughly one per 1,000 students. But while BUCC Executive Director of Counseling Services Dr. Jim Marsh …

Bryan FonvilleHigh Anxiety: Baylor’s Counseling Center is using new ways to help students

Despite pouring rain on a chilly November day, more than 1,200 Baylor students and staff lined up outside Moody Library and patiently waited their turn to fill bags with 47,000 pounds of watermelon, grapefruit, eggs, breads, pastries, and other foods.  Most left drenched but loaded down with food that would refill empty refrigerators in dorm rooms and off-campus apartments. What organizers called the Baylor Free Farmers Market was an effort by a working group of Baylor faculty and staff to …

Baylor Line FoundationNot at Baylor? School faces student hunger head on

The new issue of the Baylor Line, which should hit your mailboxes soon, includes an edited story on a recent visit to campus by bestselling author Sarah Hepola.  It was written and photographed by Baylor students.  Here’s the full story: Stolen gulps of beer by the age of 6 launched The New York Times bestselling author Sarah Hepola’s dependency on booze, blackouts, and bedrooms. Baylor’s Department of Journalism, Public Relations, and New Media hosted Hepola in Bennett Auditorium on Feb. …

Baylor Line FoundationBaylor Line Bonus Content: Author discusses binge drinking with Baylor journalism students

It’s been just two weeks since Baylor Junior Kelsey Landrum ’18 spent June 21 — the longest day of the year — running in the ASICS Beat The Sun Challenge around the tallest point in the Alps. Kelsey was the leading vote-getter (link to an ASICS video on Kelsey) among six amateur runners chosen for two Americas relay teams that included six professional runners from the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Argentina. The two relay teams didn’t complete the 150-kilometer race …

Baylor Line FoundationSo how did YOU spend the longest day of the year?

By Lauren Noble ‘19 The students in Professor Macarena Hernandez’s Reporting and Writing for Media class were given the assignment to pitch a story to a publication.  Lauren Noble, a freshman from Garland, TX, chose us.  We liked her piece…and the fact that she thought of us. From the live bears to Pat Neff Hall, people are constantly commenting on the things that make Baylor University’s campus special. What keeps people coming back for more? Surely it isn’t just the …

Baylor Line FoundationRelationships at the heart of what makes Baylor special

Baylor Business School students enrolled in the Practicum in Portfolio Management course saw the fruits of their efforts to manage “real money” with the recent presentation of $180,000 to the Athletic Department for student-athlete scholarships. The “real money” comes from the Philip M. Dorr Alumni & Friends Endowed Investment Fund, which was started 15 years ago with an endowment gift of $250,000 from Phil Dorr ’80, MBA ’83, and matching contributions from the Baylor endowment of about $146,000.  Thanks to about …

Baylor Line FoundationStudent-managed Phil Dorr investment fund contributes $180,000 to Baylor athletic scholarships

By Jennifer Thomson “Life changing” is a phrase I seldom use. Probably due to the infomercial feel of it. It sounds dramatic and cliché. Yet it’s the phrase I come up with when asked to describe my semester abroad. Last year, I was in a rut. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life, and I wasn’t sure where God’s plan was taking me. I felt confined by my life. Talking to a friend, I realized I …

Baylor Line FoundationStudying abroad changed my life: BAA Legacy Scholar Jennifer Thomson’s story

(Update, Dec 3, 2015:  Rice University announced this week that it would also opt-out.)  Does the constitutional right to self-preservation override a university’s right to ban weapons on their campus in the name of public safety?  That’s the question facing Texas private universities as they consider whether to opt in to the new campus carry law that will go into effect August of 2016. Over the past 10 days, both Baylor and Texas Christian University made news on the topic, …

Baylor Line FoundationCampus Carry: Opt-out or opt-in at Baylor?

Amanda Packard ’15 just completed a year-long job interview that now has her teaching seventh-grade mathematics at Midway Middle School on the outskirts of Waco. Yes, a year-long job interview. It’s no big surprise when a Baylor School of Education graduate gets a job right out of school – more than 100 started work in Texas schools this fall — but Packard was part of a “professional-development school” (PDS) program that is entering its second year at Midway Middle School but …

Baylor Line FoundationImagine a full-year job interview that applicants enjoy

It has been a difficult few days for Baylor and the Baylor Football program, and there are likely to be more difficult days ahead.  We do not want to pile on, but we would like to provide a “safe” environment for our alumni to post comments if they so choose.  Our thoughts are with the victim and her family, and we hope she feels some sense of vindication and closure from this verdict.  We know that the university has done …

Baylor Line FoundationA tough few days for Baylor and Baylor Football