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What We Are Reading: Part Two
9:15 P.M., MONDAY, AUG. 12, 2009

With summer winding down, there's still time to find a good read if you are in search of one. Here's Part 2 of our installation about what Baylor Athletics staff members have been reading this summer.

Cheryl Ervi, Office Manager, Baylor Bear Foundation
The Appeal, by John Grisham

Flint Harris, Director of Student-Athlete Services
Bowl, Polls, and Tattered Souls, by Stewart Mandel
Money Players, by Marc Isenberg

Matt Knoll, Head Men's Tennis Coach
The Big Rich, by Bryan Burrough Rebound
Rules, by Rick Pitino & Pat Forde
Conversations with God, by Neale Donald Walsh

Doug McNamee, General Manager, Baylor-ISP Sports Properties
Never Eat Alone, by Keith Ferrazzi

Heath Nielsen, Assistant Athletics Director/Media Relations
Under Orders, by Dick Francis
The Power of Who, by Bob Beaudine
Angels & Demons, Dan Brown

Alex Olson, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follet
The Charlemagne Pursuit, by Steve Berry
The Associate, by John Grisham
A Painted House, by John Grisham
Bo's Lasting Lessons, Bo Schembechler
The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch
World Without End, by Ken Follet

Donna Perry, Administrative Assistant, Media Relations
ERNIE, Ernest Borgnine
Priceless Memories, by Bob Barker and Digby Diehl

Jeannie Selke, Administrative Assistant
Same Kind of Different As Me, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

Chris Yandle, Assistant Media Relations Director
Rocket Boys, by Homer Hickam
Deception Point, by Dan Brown
Playing for Pizza, by Jon Grisham
Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell
Home Game, by Michael Lewis
Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell
Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell


 Former Baylor SID Don Oliver Passes Away
12:17 P.M., MONDAY, AUG. 3, 2009

Don Oliver, sports information director at Baylor from 1947-50 and again from 1970-77, passed away Saturday; he was 83. A memorial service will be held at Fellowship Baptist Church in Brenham, Texas, on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Oliver grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. He attended Corpus Christi Junior College, Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now Louisiana-Lafayette) and Baylor. A newspaper sports columnist for many years, Oliver served as editor of Golf World Magazine in the 1950s. He was the last surviving Baylor staff member to see Baylor play for the national basketball championship against Adolf Rupp's Kentucky Wildcats in 1948. He received a ring commemorating Baylor's first Southwest Conference football championship in 1974

Memorial donations may be sent in Don' memory to Fellowship Baptist Church, 2000 FM 389, Brenham, Texas, 77833.


What We Are Reading
8:37 A.M., SUNDAY, AUG. 2, 2009

With summer quickly winding down and the start of another academic year right around the corner, this would appear to be a good time to check to see what athletic department staff members have been reading this summer. Here's Part 1 (of two) of "Summer Reading in Baylor Athletics."

Jim Barnes, Head Volleyball Coach
The Shack, by William P. Young

Bryan Bray, Director of Baylor Vision:
Every Second Counts, by Lance Armstrong; Character Makes a Difference, by Mike Huckabee.

Kevin Huffine, Assistant Marketing Director:
Can I Keep My Jersey?: 11 Teams, 5 Countries, and 4 Years in My Life as a Basketball Vagabond, by Paul Shirley; Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.

Monique Kazadi, Academic Advisor:
The Shack, by William P. Young.

Larry Little, Associate Media Relations Director:
Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography, by David Michaelis; The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner; How People Change, by Timothy S. Lane and Paul D. Tripp.

Ian McCaw, Director of Athletics:
The Power of Who, by Bob Beaudine; Wrestling with God, by James Denison; In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, by Mark Batterson.

Jennifer McGee, Associate Ticket Manager:
The Blind Side, Michael Lewis.

John Morris, Assistant A.D./Broadcasting:
Pull up a Chair, by Curt Smith.

Chris Ruf, Director of Athletic Performance:
Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, by Robert Sapolsky; The Masked Rider, by Neil Peart.

Barbara Spitzier, Women's Basketball Administrative Assistant:
Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back, by Josh Hamilton

Ellen White, Head Equestrian Coach:
The Big Rich, by Bryan Burrough.

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