Baylor Connections

Fridays at 11:00am

Baylor Connections introduces the Waco community to the people behind Baylor’s teaching, research and distinct role in higher education, and provides additional information and context to issues facing the University and higher education.

What does it mean to oversee the research policy of a Christian research university? As Baylor’s Vice Provost for Research, Dr. Truell Hyde works with faculty across campus to encourage and support meaningful research that impacts the world around us. Hyde shares how Baylor faculty come together to advance important scholarly agendas, and explains how research benefits the Waco and Central Texas community.

A student’s earliest experiences with a university can positively impact the trajectory of their college career. As director of Baylor New Student Programs, Nathan Shelburne and his team provide intentional opportunities for students to connect, plug in and build friendships on campus. In this Baylor Connections, Shelburne explains how programs like Orientation, Line Camp and Welcome Week help students discover their place in the Baylor Family.

Baylor’s unambiguously Christian educational environment uniquely positions the University to impact the world around us. Through dynamic classroom experiences, meaningful research, service experiences and more, Baylor lights shine bright around the globe. In her monthly Baylor Connections visit, President Livingstone shares why the world needs a place like Baylor.

Baylor Connections - Brad Toben

Aug 31, 2018

At the beginning of each new year, Brad Toben reminds Baylor Law students that “the legal profession is a service profession.” Toben, the longtime Dean of Baylor Law School, shares the many way law students at Baylor give of their time and talents, partner with others in the community and live out the call to serve through a variety of law clinics and outreaches.


More than 2400 Baylor students represent the first generation of their family to attend college. Mito Diaz-Espinoza is the Program Manager for Baylor First in Line, which serves those students through a variety of resources to assist their transition to college life. Diaz-Espinoza, himself the first member of his family to attend college, shares the struggles and joys of first-generation students and the ways they enrich the Baylor Family.

Baylor Connections - Helen Harris

Aug 17, 2018

Most people would prefer not to think about topics like bereavement and loss, but Dr. Helen Harris has made them her life’s work. Dr. Harris, associate professor in Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, is one of the nation’s leading experts in loss, grief and faith across all age groups. In this Baylor Connections, she shares insights into how we, individually and culturally, can better serve those dealing with loss.

Baylor Connections - Rodney Bowden

Aug 10, 2018

The demand for professionals across the health fields grows unabated. Baylor’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences meets those needs by training students to be excellent practitioners and leaders in fields that improve quality of life. Dr. Rodney Bowden, Dean of the Robbins College, shares why the school has become one of the fastest-growing at Baylor and how Robbins College students are prepared to serve their communities. 


In May, Dr. Gary Carini was charged by President Linda Livingstone with the completion and implementation of Illuminate, Baylor’s academic strategic plan. Carini, a longtime Baylor management professor who now serves as Vice Provost for Graduate Professional Education, shares the ways that implementation is taking place, including the ways Baylor faculty help shape the plan in this Baylor Connections.

Baylor Connections - Kevin Jackson

Jul 27, 2018

Creating a culture of engaged students means investing in the whole student—academically, spiritually, emotionally and more. In this episode of Baylor Connections, Baylor Vice President for Student Life Kevin Jackson explains how Baylor intentionally provides programs and resources across campus to help connect, nurture and challenge students as they make the most of their Baylor experience.

Baylor Connections - Rebecca Kennedy

Jul 20, 2018

What does it mean to live missionally? Rebecca Kennedy, Assistant Dean for Spiritual Life & Missions, explains how an individual’s unique calling is also a call to serve. She shares how Baylor students discover the ways they can live out Missio Dei—the “mission of God”— through Baylor Missions opportunities in this Baylor connections.

Baylor Connections - Lori Spies

Jul 13, 2018

Dr. Lori Spies, Assistant Professor and Missions Coordinator at Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, was recently awarded a Fulbright Global U.S. Scholar Award to participate in global health research projects in India, Vietnam and Zambia. Through the years, she’s built and grown a missions program that has enabled Baylor Nursing students to serve around the globe. Spies shares how nursing, global health and service go hand-in-hand in this Baylor Connections.


Baylor Connections - Smith Getterman

Jul 6, 2018

Baylor’s commitment to sustainability goes beyond the basics—it’s about instilling in students, through initiatives and education, a sense of how being good stewards of our resources intersects with their faith. Smith Getterman, Baylor Director of Sustainability and Special Projects, explains why and how in this Baylor Connections.

Baylor Connections - Rebecca Nall

Jun 29, 2018

“Titanic: The Artifact,” the first blockbuster exhibition to come to Waco’s Mayborn Museum, is on display throughout the summer and into next year. Rebecca Nall from the Mayborn Museum shares how the exhibit transports visitors to the ship through a variety of experiences, how the exhibit came to Waco and how the museum serves Central Texans in this Baylor Connections.


“Preparing champions for life” has been Baylor Athletics’ mission statement since Mack Rhoades became Baylor’s Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.  In this Baylor Connections, Rhoades looks back at his first two years at Baylor and shares the many ways Baylor Athletics works as a department to shape champions long after their time on campus is through.

Baylor Connections - Burt Burleson

Jun 15, 2018

What does the process of spiritual formation look like in a University of 16,000 students, all at different points in their faith journey? How do today’s students approach their faith? Dr. Burt Burleson, University Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Life, answers those questions and more in this episode of Baylor Connections.


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