Baylor Connections

Baylor Connections - Dave Rosselli

Nov 12, 2021

The Baylor Family’s generosity has spurred exciting growth throughout the University. From new faculty chairs and student scholarships to major capital projects like a welcome center, basketball pavilion and football operations center, it’s an exciting season in the life of the University. In this Baylor Connections, Dave Rosselli, Vice President for Advancement, takes listeners inside these projects and shares how Baylor alumni and friends across the nation are driving a dynamic vision to become reality.

Baylor Connections - Dawn Rogers

Oct 15, 2021

Few people have led a city’s Final Four efforts and served in leadership for a team that played in a Final Four, but Dawn Rogers has done both. In this Baylor Connections, Rogers shares more about her role as Baylor’s deputy athletics director and a sport administrator for track and field, women’s golf, and the reigning national champion men’s basketball team. As she provides leadership to sport administrators across all 19 Baylor sports, she takes listeners inside the vital role they play in the success of individual teams and the athletic department as a whole, and shares insights from leading Phoenix’s Final Four Local Organizing Committee prior to coming to Baylor.


Baylor Connections - Zhenrong Zhang

Oct 8, 2021

A nanometer measures just 1/100,000 the width of a human hair, but the chemical reactions that take place at that level bear significant implications for scientists, engineers, medical practitioners and more. Dr. Zhenrong Zhang, associate professor of physics, is illuminating the nanoscale through the development of a powerful nanoscale microscope. In this Baylor Connections, she shares how the invention can lead to more accurate medical diagnoses, cleaner sources of energy and more.


Baylor Connections - Sandeep Mazumder

Oct 1, 2021

Dr. Sandeep Mazumder was named last spring as The William E. Crenshaw Endowed Dean of Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business after an extensive national search. Meet Dr. Mazumer in this Baylor Connections as he shares his journey from London to Waco, which included stops at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions along the way. He further examines his philosophy on faith and scholarship and highlights the experiences that guided him into a new season of leadership at Baylor. 


Baylor Connections - Doug Henry

Sep 10, 2021

On the 700th anniversary of his death, Dante’s works still resonate, providing timeless insight into the challenges people face and a guide to navigate those trials. In this Baylor Connections, Douglas Henry, Dean of the Honors College at Baylor, shares why the Honors College is creating the world’s largest Dante reading group, called “100 Days of Dante” and takes listeners inside the Honors College’s approach to transformative education.

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Baylor Connection - President Linda Livingstone

Sep 3, 2021

The start of a new semester heralds much to celebrate. In this Baylor Connections, President Linda A. Livingstone Ph.D., shares the excitement of a new year, and discusses a variety of important topics with the Baylor Family, including the University’s record incoming class, R1 research momentum and ongoing conference realignment developments.

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Baylor Connections - Sinda Vanderpool

Aug 27, 2021

A lot goes into promoting student success, and at Baylor, a coordinated campus effort provides resources and builds relationships to serve students and enhance their college experience. Sinda Vanderpool serves associate vice provost for academic enrollment management—Baylor’s chief student success officer. In this Baylor Connections, she shares practical and philosophical insights and examines programs that build engagement, resilience and retention.

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Baylor Connections - Jason Cook

Aug 20, 2021

A new semester is here at Baylor University and with it comes opportunities to connect students to Baylor’s caring community, tell the Baylor story and share in longstanding traditions together. In this Baylor Connections, Jason Cook, vice president for marketing and communications and chief marketing officer, shares how the University communicates with Baylor Family members and friends both on campus and off and highlights the strength of the Baylor brand.

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Baylor Connections - JaeHwan Kwon

Aug 13, 2021

If you’ve ever enjoyed a message or advertisement, but were unable to fully express exactly why it was appealing, then you can see the value of JaeHwan Kwon’s research. Kwon, associate professor of marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, utilizes eye-tracking technology to determine attention and physiological responses to messages. In this Baylor Connections, he examines the role of psychology and physiology in uncovering clues to what draws and keeps our attention.

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Baylor Connections - Dr. Sparky Matthews

Aug 6, 2021

Few professors have a resume quite like that of Dr. Sparky Matthews, clinical professor in Baylor’s Honors Program. Dr. Matthews is a retired Air Force flight surgeon who served as the first surgeon general of the United States Space Force. In this Baylor Connections, he shares how a Baylor mentor shaped his career journey and why coming back to his alma mater to teach is a personal mission.

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What impact does urban pollution have on thunderstorm activity? It’s a question of interest to the Department of Energy, which turned to two Baylor professors to help find the answer. In this Baylor Connections, Rebecca Sheesley and Sascha Usenko, professors of environmental science at Baylor, discuss their high-level research that can uncover clues about thunderstorms in urban areas and help improve public health in Texas and around the world.

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Baylor Connections - Mack Rhoades

Jul 16, 2021

A banner year for Baylor Athletics included the University’s first men’s basketball national championship, record highs in student-athlete graduation and GPA, new coaching hires and more. That success drew national attention, with Mack Rhoades, Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, earning Sports Business Journal’s 2021 Athletics Director of the Year honors. In this Baylor Connections, Rhoades reflects on the impact of the past year, looks ahead to normal operations in the 2021-22 sports season and extolls an Athletics staff that thrived amidst COVID-19’s challenges.

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Baylor Connections - Dr. Gary Sheppard

Jul 9, 2021

Dr. Gary Sheppard is Baylor’s 2021 Alumnus of the Year. An internal medicine physician in private practice at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston, he also provides professional leadership in a number of roles, including as president of the Harris County Medical Society. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Sheppard shares insights on the practice of medicine and service and examines philosophies and values that carried him and his patients through the challenges of COVID-19.

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Baylor Connections - Sharra Hynes

Jul 2, 2021

Baylor is thrilled to welcome incoming students and families back to campus this summer for events like Orientation and Line Camp. In this Baylor Connections, Sharra Hynes, vice president and dean of students in Baylor’s Division of Student Life, talks about the impact of student experiences on campus long before classes begin, and shares what makes Line Camp so special for attendees.

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Baylor Connections - Jessica Cope

Jun 25, 2021

Jessica Cope co-founded The Hopeful Theatre Project in Dallas/Fort Worth, a nonprofit theatre group that donates 100 percent of ticket proceeds to charity. A 2015 Baylor graduate, Cope was named the University’s 2021 Young Alumna of the Year. In this Baylor Connections, Cope shares the story behind The Hopeful Theatre Project and the calling to use her passion for the stage as a way to support other organizations that make the community and world a better place.