Spring 2016 | Volume 9, Number 2
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Preparing Leaders, Impacting the World, Shaping the Future


  • College Bound
  • Going Green in the Lab
  • Country in Crisis
  • Alumni Profile: Randy O'Rear
  • Lasting Legacy

Spring 2016


Research about at-risk high school students inspired Dr. Tamara Hodges and Dr. Terrill Saxon to start the EnAbled for College mentoring program to motivate disabled and at-risk students to pursue post-secondary education.


Dean Michael McLendon shares thoughts on courage, education, and the role of schools of education — and the Baylor School of Education in particular — in the national policy landscape.


If you really want to change the world, you’ll need to get teachers on board. And that’s exactly what a Yale-led group of molecular researchers is doing with Baylor and the School of Education's summer program for science teachers.


There’s a reason that the words “student debt” are often followed by the word “crisis.” More and more student loan recipients are unable to repay their federal student loans, and that threatens the entire system, said School of Education professor Dr. Robert Cloud.


Dr. Randy O’Rear, EdD ’04, is the 22nd president of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. His career at UMHB has spanned more than 25 years, including leadership roles in fundraising, enrollment management, external relations and operational management. He earned bachelor’s and MBA degrees at UMHB.


A strong team of Baylor-trained educators provide leadership at UMHB. Led by President Dr. Randy O'Rear, they are Dr. Cliffa Foster, Dr. Paula Tanner, Dr. Steve Theodore, and Dr. Marlene Zipperlen.


Teachers don’t dedicate their lives to educating students for money or recognition, but for the chance to make a lasting difference. Kathleen Mahanay Hardage, BSEd ’79, is one such teacher, and that inspired her husband to give a scholarship in her honor.


Dean Michael McLendon is serving on a statewide task force; Dr. Doug Rogers has been elected to national office; two faculty member published books; and other faculty members and staff have been honored with special awards.


Undergraduate teacher-education students are showing their Baylor spirit — as a twirler in the Golden Wave Band, the Bruiser mascot, a song leader and an NCAA athlete.