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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.


Jul. 19, 2024
Jimmy and Janet Dorrell

Legendary organizations Mission Waco-Mission World and Church Under the Bridge are known for their commitment to serve others and efforts to overcome injustice in Waco and beyond. Their work has blessed thousands of individuals and inspired generations of Baylor students to pursue their own calls to serve. In this Baylor Connections, co-founders Jimmy and Janet Dorrell, recipients of Baylor’s 2024 Pro Ecclesia Medal of Service, share the heart behind a life committed to the poor and marginalized.

Jul. 12, 2024
Nathan Shelburne and Kaleigh Wiffler

For incoming students and families, Orientation and Line Camp are core moments in the final weeks before they officially become Baylor students. In this Baylor Connections, experience these events through the eyes of their participants. Nathan Shelburne, director of New Student Programs, and Kaleigh Wiffler, a rising senior and team captain on the Student Leadership Team, share favorite activities, key experiences and more.

Jul. 5, 2024
Gabe Madison

After 22 years in corporate America, Gabe Madison wasn’t expecting the call to lead an urban farm addressing food insecurity and community wellbeing in South Dallas. In this Baylor Connections, Madison, the 2024 recipient of Baylor’s Pro Texana Medal of Service, shares her journey to Bonton Farms and examines needs in the community that this farm continually grows to meet.

Jun. 28, 2024
Julie Anne Sweet

In this Baylor Connections, a Baylor history professor transports listeners to Revolutionary times. Julie Anne Sweet, Professor of History and Director of Military Studies, has been featured on C-SPAN as she lectures in full Revolutionary War-period military gear. As we approach Independence Day, she shares why that period is so meaningful to her, gives insights on making history come alive, and recounts some of her favorite people and moments from the times surrounding the founding of the U.S.

Jun. 21, 2024
Candi Cann

Candi Cann spent last year in South Korea after earning a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award. An assistant professor of religion in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, Cann is a noted researcher on death and dying around the world. In this Baylor Connections, Cann takes listeners to South Korea and shares experiences from her time there, while further delving into her research and why she hopes to make it easier for people to discuss challenging topics like death and grief.

Jun. 14, 2024
Jeremy Counseller

Before he even knew his last name carried a legal connotation, Jeremy Counseller showed signs of pursuing a career in law as a child. Today, he serves as the Abner V. McCall Chair of Evidence Law and will take over as Dean of the Baylor Law School in July. In this Baylor Connections, get to know Baylor’s newest dean.  Counseller shares his experience as both a Baylor law student and faculty member and paints a picture of the qualities that make Baylor Law distinct.

Jun. 7, 2024
Steven Fernandez

Baylor's McNair Scholars program serves undergraduates from low-income, first-generation and other underrepresented backgrounds through mentorship, research opportunities and other scholarly activities. Steven Fernandez serves as director of Student Opportunity and Achievement Resources at Baylor. In this Baylor Connections, he shares how the program fosters relationships and opportunities that have helped propel students to elite academic posts when their time at Baylor is through.

May 31, 2024
Mayborn Museum

The Mayborn Museum celebrates 20 years of serving Central Texas in 2024. This Spring, they unveiled signature bronze mammoth sculptures to welcome visitors. Rebecca Nall serves as Assistant Director of Exhibits, Communication, and Visitor Services. In this Baylor Connections, she shares more about the sculptures, takes listeners on a tour of the museum and highlights new summer exhibits.

May 24, 2024
Hannah Stolze

Getting product to people—the fundamentals of the supply chain, and a baseline for Hannah Stolze’s nationally recognized work. Stolze came to Baylor last year as the inaugural William E. Crenshaw Endowed Chair in Supply Chain Management. She focuses on transformative supply chain management, informed by her Christian faith. In this Baylor Connections, Stolze takes listeners inside important supply chain concepts and what it means to offer dignity to everyone involved in the supply chain.


May 17, 2024
Baylor Fulbright Recipients

On the heels of recognition as a Fulbright Top Producing Institution, Baylor University celebrates a school-record 17 students and recent alumni who have been selected for Fulbright U.S. Student Grants. Learn more about the opportunities they’ll experience in this Baylor Connections, with recipients Madelene Do, a 2024 graduate pursuing Fulbright studies in Vietnam, and Jacey Jamison, a senior who will travel to South Korea next year. Andy Hogue, associate dean for engaged learning and a Fulbright advisor at Baylor, further shares how Baylor supports students in pursuit of these prestigious honors.

May 10, 2024
President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.

At the end of another school year at Baylor, President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., sits down to discuss highlights from the past year and looks ahead toward the summer months. On this Baylor Connections, President Livingstone previews the University’s new strategic plan, shares insights on a record-setting class of Fulbright Award recipients, details summer projects across the University and more.

May 3, 2024
Larry Lyon

Nearly 5,500 graduate students call Baylor home, and a record number of Ph.D. students will receive their degrees this Spring—tangible signs of growth in the Graduate School at Baylor. Larry Lyon serves as Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School. In this Baylor Connections, he examines how the Graduate School pursues distinction at a Christian research university, highlights growth and unpacks the unique regalia worn at Commencement.

Apr. 26, 2024
Carrie Arroyo and Mary Zane Nelson

There’s no shortage of challenges that can impact a child’s mental health — but school districts often face a shortage of qualified mental health professionals. Baylor researchers in the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work are working to bridge this gap in Central Texas. Carrie Arroyo serves as senior lecturer of social work and Mary Zane Nelson serves as project director of a project called Partnering for Heart of Texas (H.O.T.) Mental Health. In this Baylor Connections, they take listeners inside this $2.5 million partnership with Waco ISD schools.


Apr. 19, 2024
Sandeep Mazumder and Matt Quade

Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business sets the standard in research and scholarship at the intersection of faith and leadership. What does Christian leadership mean, and how can Christians build on their faith foundation in the workplace? In this Baylor Connections, these topics are examined by Sandeep Mazumder, the William E. Crenshaw Endowed Dean , and Matt Quade, the Kimberly and Aaron P. Graft Professor in Christian Leadership in Business.

Apr. 12, 2024
Dave Morehead

Outlets ranging from The Wall Street Journal to CNBC have highlighted the outstanding performance of Baylor’s endowment. The University’s investment returns are beating those in the Ivy League, long the gold standard in this area. In this Baylor Connections, Chief Investment Officer Dave Morehead shares how, taking listeners inside Baylor’s successful approach as he unpacks common questions surrounding university endowments and casts a vision for future growth.

Apr. 5, 2024
Hankamer School of Business Centennial

Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business is celebrating its centennial throughout the school year. In this Baylor Connections, Hankamer faculty take listeners on a tour of research and education, with insights from Brad Lail, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor of Accounting and Business Law, Patsy Norman, Associate Dean for Graduate Business Programs and Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation, and Mitch Neubert, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and holder of The Hazel and Harry Chavanne Chair of Christian Ethics in Business.

Mar. 29, 2024
Sara Dolan and Joe Taube

Baylor celebrates Graduate Student Appreciation Week April 1-5, presenting an opportunity to recognize the nearly 5,500 Baylor graduate students who advance research, teaching and more throughout the University. In this Baylor Connections, Sara Dolan and Joe Taube share more about the importance of graduate education. Dolan serves as Associate Dean for Professional Development in the Graduate School; Joseph Taube is an Associate Professor of Biology and Graduate Program Director for the Department of Biology, and both have partnered with graduate students to advance high-level research.

Mar. 22, 2024
Coretta Pittman

Coretta Pittman’s focus as Associate Professor of English at Baylor is to build strong writers and communicators. In her role as Associate Dean for Diversity and Belonging in the Baylor College of Arts & Sciences, she works with fellow faculty in purposeful work to support a diverse student body. In this Baylor Connections, Pittman takes listeners inside those roles and shares tips that she provides her own students to become excellent writers.

Mar. 15, 2024
Curtis Reynolds

Curtis Reynolds officially joined the Baylor Family this month as Vice President of Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer. He comes to Baylor from the University of Florida, where he served as Vice President for Business Affairs. Get to know Reynolds in this Baylor Connections, where he discusses topics ranging from his family and path to Baylor to current challenges and opportunities in higher education.

Mar. 8, 2024
Beth Allison Barr

Beth Allison Barr is a history professor, bestselling author and faculty-in-residence at Baylor. In this Baylor Connections, Barr shares insights from her book The Making of Biblical Womanhood, takes listeners inside the experience of living in community with students and examines how the distinct roles she serves on campus enliven her work and scholarship.

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.