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Baylor Names New Faculty-In-Residence for Engineering and Computer Science Living-Learning Center

March 18, 2011

WACO, Texas (March 17, 2011) - Baylor University has announced the appointments of two faculty members, who will reside on the campus as faculty-in-residence beginning in fall 2011.

Dr. Ian Gravagne, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Baylor, has been appointed as the new Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) for the Engineering and Computer Science Living-Learning Center (ECS-LLC) beginning this fall. Gravagne will succeed Cindy Fry, senior lecturer in computer science and assistant dean for the School of Engineering and Computer Science, who has served as the FIR for ECS-LLC since fall 2006.

Gravagne has taught at Baylor since 2002, and since 2009, has served as the director for the Engaged Learning Groups (ELG) initiative housed in Kokernot Hall. Gravagne and his wife, Ann, both received their bachelor of science degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Clemson University. Ian Gravagne also received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Clemson. He and Ann, along with their three children - Gina, 7, Lydia, 4, and Ray, 9 months - will reside in Heritage House, home to the Engineering and Computer Science Living-Learning Center in the North Village Residential Community.

"My family is very excited to join the students of the ECS-LLC in Heritage House. Ann and I were profoundly and positively influenced by resident faculty when we were undergraduates, and we are deeply aware of the special ministry faculty can have in the lives of students while living in-residence," Gravagne said.

Faculty-in-residence work collaboratively with residence hall directors and Campus Living and Learning to nurture a heightened sense of community that fosters academic excellence, promotes faculty-student interaction and enriches the student living experience.

"I am enormously grateful that students will have the opportunity to live and learn in community with Dr. Gravagne and Dr. Buras as faculty-in-residence," said Terri Garrett, director for Campus Living and Learning at Baylor. "We are truly indebted to our outstanding faculty-in-residence for their strategic efforts to partner with Campus Living and Learning to connect residents and faculty in the residential communities."

"Baylor University embodies its mission by having faculty live among our students and investing time in educating students for worldwide leadership and service in the context of a caring, Christian community," said Dr. Jeff Doyle, dean for student learning and engagement.

Gravagne will join eight other Baylor faculty members who serve in residence.