In ResponseCalifornian Commendation
The last issue of the Baylor Line was one of the best (winter 2009 issue).
I am grateful that the Baylor Alumni Association continues to press the
regents for more transparency in all things, especially in the
selection of the new president. It makes me proud to be a lifetime
member of the BAA.
Thanks particularly for the thoughtful and well-balanced coverage of the "pay for test scores" debacle ("Test Results").
The article was fair and did not mince words. What an embarrassment
this was. Living and working in the academic environment of Claremont,
California, I had many negative comments from colleagues and
acquaintances for whom such an action would have been unthinkable. The New York Times really has our number, and for good reason.
I hold a graduate degree from Duke and did a bit of post-graduate work
at SMU, and consequently I receive materials from them. Both schools,
especially Duke, deal forthrightly and head-on with difficult
situations that arise from time to time. I see much more of that than
ever before in recent months at the BAA and the Line. I commend you for your good work and integrity.
Bronnie McNabb Jr. '73
I want to thank you for the write-up about my Navy ship college teaching ("Sailor Bear,"
fall 2008 issue). After missing my class's twentieth reunion, I was
just hoping for an item in the "Down the Years" so people would know
where I was. I was amazed to see an entire write-up in the Line!
I received tons of e-mail to my home account after the story ran.
Apparently, the story was linked to on Facebook by one alum and was
passed around to dozens of other alums. My father made sure to take it
to Stonebridge Church and Fellowship of the Woodlands, so I think many
folks in those huge churches saw the Baylor connection. Baylor got a
huge boost from this pass-around story, and now there are lots of Navy
personnel who know about Baylor.
You've done a great thing to help connect some "old" alums and some
church folk who are sending their kids to Baylor. I thank you from all
of us out in cyberland (and the Pacific Ocean, in my case).
Michele Buc ’88
A Familiar Face
What a shock! I was looking through my Baylor Line
and saw the Baylor Alumni Association ad on page 17 (winter issue, "Go
Old School" ad featuring physics professor Robert Packard). It showed
me and my fraternity brothers in the spring of 1975. I am the one
wearing the Phi tennis visor.
Phi Kappa Alpha had a
bet with our chief rival, KOT, regarding the overall fraternity
intramural championship. The loser's faculty advisor had to have his
photo taken with the winners, wearing one of their jerseys.
We won the championship that day in the last event, and Dr. Robert
Packard, KOT's faculty advisor, had to wear our jersey, as is shown in
the photo. The last event had just concluded, and I was the only one
available wearing a Phi jersey at the time. Thus, in the photo, I am
shirtless, and the good professor is wearing my jersey.
I still have the jersey, which is hanging in my closet at home. Of
course, it's in our fraternity colors of bright orange with white
lettering. What a trip down memory lane. My son, Madison, is now a
sophomore at Baylor, and he loves being there.
J. Roland Jeter '75
Serve Those Serving Us
In the winter issue of the Line,
Dr. Marc Matthews '89 wrote that he was headed to Landstuhl, Germany,
with the U.S. Air Force "to try to save some lives and limbs of our
We all have the desire to help our
returning wounded at Landstuhl. They do not have socks, coats, pajamas,
lotion, or toothbrushes. Please join in the effort to honor their
service by requesting that your church, Sunday school class, or social
organization join with the Red Cross, the American Legion, and the
Veterans of Foreign Wars in helping these active-duty military men and
women whom our country has neglected.
Freedom is not now, nor has it ever been, free. Every member of the
military and his or her family from 1776 to now knows what they did for
us. What will we do for them?
Rebecca Akemann Fulmer '67
Winter Garden, Florida