Tis the Season By Meg Cullar It happens every year. Christmas comes on December 25, pretty much like clockwork. And with just as much regularity every year, I’m not ready. I have plenty of excuses. Here at the Baylor Line we generally have a mid-December deadline for the winter issue you receive in January, so it makes perfect sense for me to procrastinate thinking about holiday preparations until after that deadline has passed. And once that’s happened, there are all …

Baylor Line FoundationTis the Season

By Lisa Asher It’s that time of year again. No, I don’t mean the season of joy and giving–I mean the office Christmas party. A time-honored tradition in office buildings large and small, the staff Christmas party is a chance for people to wrap up any old thing they have lying around the house and call it a “white elephant gift.” It’s a chance for people who see each other every day of the week to. . . see each …

Baylor Line FoundationThe Elephant in the Room

By Todd Copeland Editor, The Baylor Line Back in the middle of November, I traveled down to Round Rock to talk to the Rotary Club chapter there about the Immortal Ten. Around Baylor, most folks know about the Immortal Ten tradition, which honors the ten Baylor students (most of them athletes) who died on January 22, 1927, when the Baylor athletic bus was hit by a train in Round Rock en route to a basketball game in Austin against Texas. …

Baylor Line FoundationRemembering the Immortal Ten

By Judy Prather As Baylor alums, if we are to honor our education, we will keep learning for our entire lives. Last Friday morning, it was Baylor students who were my teachers. I was one of about two hundred students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and parents who participated in a “unity march,” held the morning of November 14 in response to the events on the Baylor campus the evening of the presidential election. The march was a true grass-roots effort–conceived, planned, …

Baylor Line FoundationMarch for Unity

By Lisa Asher When Baylor students receive their official class rings at the alumni association’s December 2 ring ceremony, they will be told the meaning of the symbols depicted on their rings. These images–which include bells, an ivy chain, and the Old Main Tower–are certainly important symbols within the Baylor family. But when I look at my Baylor class ring–sitting right now on the fourth finger of my right hand–I don’t see the Baylor seal or the green-and-gold gems. I …

Baylor Line FoundationSymbolic Meaning

By Luke Blount As I spent Homecoming weekend in Waco this year–my first time as an alumnus–one thought kept rolling through my mind: The more things change, the more they stay the same. At least that’s how the saying goes. I graduated from Baylor just a few short months ago and moved to the Dallas area not long after. But as I spent this past weekend on campus, I realized a few months is enough for a mountain of change. …

Baylor Line FoundationMy First Homecoming

By Judy Henderson Prather ’73, DMin ’02, BAA Communications Coordinator Beginning this Friday, hordes of alumni will descend on the campus for Homecoming, as students ask, “Where did all these old folks come from?” The weekend is a time of celebration and reconnecting for everyone in the Baylor family–students, staff, and faculty, as well as alumni and their families. But for some of us, Homecoming is much more than a glorious weekend in the fall. Here at the alumni association, …

Baylor Line FoundationIt’s almost Homecoming!

By Todd Copeland, Editor, The Baylor Line and Director of Communications Last week, the communications staff of the Baylor Alumni Association — that would be me, Lisa Asher, Judy Prather, and Meg Cullar — held a two-day/one-night retreat. Our location was a nice bed-and-breakfast in Glen Rose, right on the Paluxy River. Our purpose was to apply some presidential-level strategery to our planning for next year’s Sesquicentennial celebration.   If you haven’t seen news of the BAA’s upcoming “big anniversary,” …

Baylor Line FoundationStrategery Session

By Luke Blount I’m a college graduate. After seventeen years of education, I have finally received that special piece of paper that proves I’m somewhat coherent. I’m a college graduate. It really is an accomplishment, but I don’t quite feel like I thought I would. I just have to keep reminding myself; I’m a college graduate. Up until this point in my life, there was always an obvious next step. Graduating from high school and college were musts for me, …

Baylor Line FoundationGraduation Day

By Dr. Lynn Tatum, senior lecturer in Baylor’s Honors College All great universities are built upon two great ideas. The first and most famous is academic freedom. The second is not as well known, but is no less important: shared governance. Academic freedom, the right to pursue truth wherever it leads, is only possible in the context of shared governance. The classic exposition of shared governance can be found in a short, but foundational document titled: “Statement on Government of …

Baylor Line FoundationShared Governance: We’re All in This Together