Brazos Trails Dec. 8 2011
Baylor’s success: starts with the money
Like in business, you need money to start a business and be successful.
At Baylor they have a whole department seeking funds. They call it Development.
They visit former grads, mostly wealthy in their older years. They persuade them to give their millions to Baylor. They promise to take care of them while they are still living.
Sometimes they promise to put their name on a building if they could give their money now. You can look around Baylor now and see how successful they have been. A couple names come to mind. Like J. Harry Jeans and his wife who put their name on the Discovery center, at Mayborn. Sue Mayborn is another example even though her husband Frank had died years earlier. I used to go to the student center to hear former presidents show a chart about how much money they had in their endowment funds.
Without the buildings and facilities on the campus we see today we doubt that Art Briles and Kim Mulkey would be as successful.
Kim told me Baylor never turns her down on anything she asks for. The football stadium Saturday had 46,000 Saturday. Can anyone recall ever knowing Floyd Casey? Now Baylor is betting that a new stadium on the river would take the football program to even newer heights. They are hoping on some starter funds when Drayton McLane sells his Astros baseball team.
Having everything Art Briles needed no doubt helped him win nine games this year. Winning all the seven of the games played here at home was an extra plus.
Baylor has been flying really high now going to a bowl game for the second year. Both Bear men and women’s basketball are breaking records. If Robert Griffin III gets a Heisman awards, this will be a first and a big boost for Baylor on the national scene.
Masons meeting here successful
From what I could see the Masons had another successful meeting here . They picked Waco a few years after their first 173 years because Waco is centrally located. Sam Houston was the Grand Master back then.
We took papers to them while they were in session. Saturday I thought I would double back from a drive down Austin to see how they were doing. I got there just as all the Master Masons were lined up on Columbus for a group picture. I parked right quick and got my camera. Perfect timing. Others were taking pictures. I call that uncanny. Many times I find myself at the right place and the right time.
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