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.

Baylor Connections - Dorina and Marius Mitrea

Jul 31, 2020

Thirty years ago, Dorina and Marius Mitrea left everything behind in Romania to come to the United States and pursue a career in higher education. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Dorina Mitrea, Chair and Professor of Mathematics, and Dr. Marius Mitrea, Professor of Mathematics, share their story of life and work together, the drive to teach, research and impact students, and the factors that brought them to Baylor after more than two decades at Missouri.

Few people know Joy and Lady, Baylor’s beloved black bears, as well as their caretakers. Dakota Farquhar-Caddell, associate director of Student Activities and the Robert Reid Director of the Baylor Chamber of Commerce, oversees the Baylor Bear program and Bailey Havis, a rising senior student  is one of two lead caretakers for the bears. In this Baylor Connections, they help us get to know Joy and Lady better—their favorite foods, personalities, what it takes to care for them, Lady’s recovery from a health scare and more.

Baylor Connections - Holly Oxhandler

Jul 17, 2020

The uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 public health crisis has placed added focus on mental health. Dr. Holly Oxhandler, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Assistant Professor in Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, is a recognized expert on the intersection of faith and mental health. In this Baylor Connections, she shares how individuals can prioritize their own mental wellbeing through both immediate and long-term practices, and discusses the role of an individual’s faith in mental wellbeing.

What happens when Christianity enters a new market? Throughout history, Christians have shared the gospel around the world, and the way people receive that message is inevitably informed by their own customs and culture. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi, the Frederick E. Roach Professor of World Christianity in Baylor’s Department of Religion, examines interpretations of the Christian movement and shares trends that shape the transmission of the faith across the globe.

Baylor Connections - Brad Livingstone

Jul 3, 2020

Get to know Baylor University’s First Gentleman. Brad Livingstone is an educator, basketball player, World War II expert, and Baylor’s inaugural “First Gent.” As a high school history teacher, Livingstone has brought hundreds of veterans into his classroom to share their stories with students, and the impact of those stories and relationships has become a hallmark of his classes. In this Baylor Connections, he shares how those experiences have been so meaningful, reminisces about meeting President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., in college, and offers insights into his role as First Gent.

Baylor Connections - Dr. Ashley Otto

Jun 26, 2020

Like many people, Dr. Ashley Otto doesn’t like making decisions; however, she’s become an expert on the topic. Dr. Otto, Assistant Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, focuses her highly-regarded research on how people make decisions. In this Baylor Connections, she defines terms like “decision-averse” and “decision sidestepping” and explains how such individuals strategically approach the choices they face at home, work and more.

Baylor Connections - John Morris

Jun 19, 2020

John Morris capped off his 25th season as “The Voice of the Bears” with a meaningful honor, being selected as the 2019 Texas Co-Sportscaster of the Year. In this Baylor Connections, he shares memories of great Baylor moments and working with longtime Baylor announcer Frank Fallon, talks how he prepares for games and spent a spring without sports, and reflects on the meaning of the Sportscaster of the Year award.

Baylor Connections - Patricia Shih

Jun 12, 2020

Patricia Shih is an internationally-renowned violinist who has performed as a recitalist and soloist in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, alongside top global musicians. Last year, she joined the Baylor faculty as Associate Professor of Violin in the Baylor University School of Music, and still maintains an active performing schedule. In this Baylor Connections, she shares her appreciation for her instrument, love of music, and why she felt the call to teach as well as perform.



Baylor Connections - Dr. Peter Hotez

Jun 5, 2020

Vaccine development and national approaches to contagious diseases have been constant topics of discussion in recent months. Dr. Peter Hotez is an international leader in tropical medicine and vaccine development. He serves as the Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Co-Director of Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development and University Professor of Biology at Baylor University, and leads a unique partnership with Baylor to provide a summer tropical medicine institute experience for Baylor undergraduate students. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Lee Nordt, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor, engages Dr. Hotez on a variety of subjects such as COVID-19, vaccines, undergraduate research and more.

Baylor Connections - Dr. Ramon Lavado

May 29, 2020

Chemical compounds found in many household products can be major contributors to obesity and other lipid diseases, a Baylor study has found. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Ramon Lavado, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, shares important information from his research. Learn more about where such compounds are found, the impact of early exposure to those chemicals, and the ways the study expands our understanding of weight gain and disease.

Baylor Connections - Matt Burchett

May 22, 2020

How do you help students maintain social connections and meaningful traditions amidst a time of social distancing? In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Matt Burchett, Director of Student Activities at Baylor, shares ways Baylor helped students stay connected to campus during the semester and honored the Class of 2020 during a different kind of Senior Week. Learn more about what Burchett and student life professionals have learned about interpersonal connections, the power of social media and other online tools, and ways these unplanned adjustments can shape future interactions.

Baylor Connections - Dr. Daniel Romo

May 15, 2020

Dr. Daniel Romo, The Schotts Professor of Chemistry at Baylor, describes his lab’s role as “construction engineering at the molecular level” spurring potential drug leads for cancer, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, and more. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Romo shares how he and his lab students go about that process through the synthesis of natural compounds, the innovation of new synthesis strategies and more.

As a semester like no other draws to a close at Baylor University, President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., shares insights into the University’s response to crisis from a number of angles on this Baylor Connections. From ensuring that students remained supported during distance learning to planning for potential challenges

to higher education institutions everyone, she shares howBaylor adjusted and communicated those changes during the early days of COVID-19, highlights new programs and talks about Baylor’s charted course to a phased re-opening of campus for the fall.

Baylor Connections - Dr. Pedro Reyes

May 1, 2020
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COVID-19 has forced the global supply chain into the spotlight as consumers seek products that have become, at times, difficult to find. What factors impact the supply chain, and how do industries respond? In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Pedro Reyes, Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business and longtime operations leader, shares lessons in “Supply Chain 101,” detailing how disruptions lead to a domino effect and analyzing how supply chain professionals can process current challenges to ensure more products on the shelves when consumers need them.

On this Baylor Connections, Baylor faculty share lessons in building community and engaging with students remotely during COVID-19. Dr. Mona Choucair, Senior Lecturer of English and Faculty-in-Residence at South Russell Hall, has spoken to many students after the suspension of in-person classes, and talks about maintaining community ties and being there for them amidst uncertainty. Dr. Anne Jeffrey, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, pivoted her Bioethics class to focus on real-world ethical questions related to resource allocation and more during the pandemic. She shares how students can engage with classmates and topics from separate locations.