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A weekly podcast introducing the Waco community to the people behind Baylor’s teaching, research and distinct role in higher education.


Mar. 1, 2024
Nick Madincea

Baylor senior Nick Madincea took a non-traditional path to Baylor and now serves as Student Body President. In this Baylor Connections, he takes listeners inside Student Government—how those involved seek to serve Baylor students, the impact of Student Government on campus, and the role of student body president.

Feb. 23, 2024
Charles Ramsey

This year, Baylor will host the global broadcast for Collegiate Day of prayer, a gathering for prayer and worship focused on college students. Charles Ramsey, Director for Campus Ministries & Church Connections and Associate Chaplain in Baylor Spiritual Life, has worked with organizations across campus and throughout the community in preparation for the event. In this Baylor Connections, Ramsey shares the heart behind the day, examines the importance of community prayer and considers the significance of the spiritual focus throughout the Baylor community.

Feb. 16, 2024
Matthew Andersson and Paul Froese

What is time disorientation and how does it relate to mental health? Sociologists Matthew Andersson and Paul Froese examined these questions and more while studying Americans’ relationship with time after the COVID-19 pandemic. In this Baylor Connections, Andersson and Froese take listeners inside time disorientation—what it is, what it isn’t, and what factors can impact our perception of time.

Feb. 9, 2024
Cheryl Gochis

Baylor has long been recognized as a “Great College to Work For,” earning honor roll status on this competitive list for 12 of the last 13 years. In this Baylor Connections, Cheryl Gochis, Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer, shares how Baylor HR serves Baylor faculty and staff through initiatives that promote wellness, increased benefits offerings, employee resource groups and more.

Feb. 2, 2024
Juliana Smith

How does Baylor create spiritual growth opportunities for hundreds of student-athletes? As the first Executive Senior Associate Athletics director for Mission Impact & Enrichment in Baylor Athletics, Juliana Smith works to serve students and equip colleagues to enhance this foundational goal. In this Baylor Connections, Smith explains the heart behind her newly created position and the vision to meet student-athletes wherever they are to share the Gospel and promote spiritual growth.

Jan. 26, 2024
Felipe Hinojosa

Illuminate’s Baylor in Latin America initiative shapes research, outreach and service to neighbors close to home and throughout Latin America. Last summer, Felipe Hinojosa joined the Baylor faculty as the John and Nancy Jackson Endowed Chair in Latin America and Professor of History. In this Baylor Connections, Hinojosa shares stories of formative experiences that shaped his path to higher education, the vision that drew him to Baylor from Texas A&M, and his hopes for collaborative work throughout the institution to advance the Baylor in Latin America initiative.

Jan. 19, 2024
Jon Eckert

The Baylor Center for School Leadership has served teachers around the world in the five years since its founding through research, networking, events and more. Jon Eckert came to Baylor in 2019 as the Lynda and Robert Copple Endowed Chair for Christians in School Leadership. In this Baylor Connections, Eckert takes listeners inside the University’s efforts to serve and equip teachers and to encourage them for excellence as they teach the next generation.

Jan. 12, 2024
Jen Stephenson - Baylor Opera Theater

Baylor Opera Theatre has spent the last year earning numerous national awards as they annually present multiple performances to campus. This spring, Baylor Opera delivers Luisa Fernanda, their first opera entirely in Spanish. In this Baylor Connections, Jen Stephenson, Director of Baylor Opera Theater and assistant clinical professor in the School of Music, takes listeners inside the world of opera and shares what goes into delivering award-winning performances.

Jan. 5, 2024
Sandeep Mazumder

Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business is celebrating 100 years of business education. Founded in 1923, it has since grown into one of the nation’s premier business schools—recognized in the top 12 percent nationally by U.S. News. In this Baylor Connections, Dean Sandeep Mazumder shares reflections from a milestone birthday: people and values over the last century that set the stage for present success, growth within the business school, and priorities that will guide Hankamer School of Business into its second centennial of service.