Enjoy the Quadpod - Baylor Stories from All Angles!
Welcome to "The Quadpod," a podcast highlighting life at Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Inspired by the many converging paths on our campus where faculty, staff, students, alumni and families meet, we bring you stories from all angles, told by many voices. Listen here, or simply search for the Baylor Quadpod online or wherever you get your podcasts.
Episode Seven - Crazy Love
On this episode, we celebrate the tenure and legacy of Scott Wilson '75, who has served our school as headmaster for the past 12 years. First, we start by speaking with Susan Collins, Scott’s assistant during those years, and someone who knows him as well as anybody. Next, we sit down with Matt Lewis '74, who offers us a perspective on Scott’s legacy and the transformative effect his fundraising efforts have brought to the campus during his tenure, and finally, recent graduate Orly Berke '21 gives Scott his exit interview. Interspersed, we’ll hear some highlights from Scott’s final speech to the student body and well wishes from some of his closest friends and supporters. Listen and discover what ties us together as a community.
Episode SIX - Birding at baylor
On this episode, we tell the remarkable story of how freshman Luke Thompson '24 became one of the top birding experts in our region and established Baylor's campus as the premiere location for birding in the state. First we speak with Susan Wilson (wife of headmaster Scott Wilson '76), an avid birder herself who took Luke under her proverbial wing when he was just a shy sixth grader with an interest in birds. Then we speak with Kevin Calhoun, curator of forests at the Tennessee Aquarium and one of the leading bird experts in the state about his friendship with Luke and what makes Baylor such a unique location for birding. Finally, we head out on campus with Luke himself in an attempt to discover how this unassuming young man has almost single-handedly made Baylor the center of the birding world in Tennessee.
Episode Five - Faith & Friends
Every year, we have the difficult task of saying goodbye to faculty and staff who are beginning that new chapter in life we call retirement. Such is the case this year for Dan Scott, who has faithfully served as our chaplain since 2003. On this episode of the quadpod, we take a tour through the decades with Bill Cushman (’59) as we seek to understand the chaplaincy at Baylor and how it has evolved over the years (1:20), we speak with assistant headmaster Shaw Wilson (’84) about what the school is looking for in hiring its next chaplain (17:20), and finally we speak with Dan himself about his time at Baylor (24:40). Nestled between the interviews are some special readings and tributes to Dan featuring familiar voices. Senior Harrison Williams '21 composed the music for this episode (with the exception of the final track).
Episode Four - Keeping it Local
Welcome to another episode of the “Quadpod,” a podcast highlighting life at Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Inspired by the many converging paths on our campus where faculty, staff, students, alumni, and families meet, we bring you stories from all angles, told by many voices. On this episode, we look at how Baylor is involving itself in our local community through civic engagement and the Harris-Stanford Honors program. First (2:30), we hear from the director of the program, Jaime Melton ('94), as well as the director of strategic initiatives, Emmie Treadwell, about their leadership work with students this year (9:40), and then we follow up with three of the program's students as they discuss the importance of civil discourse (11:40) during this divisive year in American politics (Rosa Anderson-Barrera '21, Creighton Arrington '21, and Brett Cooper '22). Finally, we hear a series of interviews Harris-Stanford students conducted with Baylor alumni and friends who are involved in the upcoming city elections. Specifically, we hear Blair Mard ('05) talk about her work for the Kim White for Mayor campaign (17:00), Baylor parent Thomas Lee discuss his run for district 2 of the city council (24:00), Ken Hays ('72) about his ambitions for district 7 of the city council (29:45), Andy Berke ('86) on what’s special about this year’s mayoral race (37:10), and then hear two of the mayoral candidates, (44:00) Tim Kelly ('85) and (51:40) Monty Bruell ('79), talk about their respective visions for the city. Each conversation is introduced by the honors student who conducted the interview.
Episode three - One house, One campus
Welcome to the latest episode of The Quadpod, a podcast highlighting life at Baylor. Inspired by the many converging paths on our campus where faculty, staff, students, alumni, and families meet, the Quadpod brings you stories from all angles, told by many voices. On this episode, students look at how Baylor’s community is responding to social outcries for justice in the wake of the many protests against racially motivated violence that erupted this past summer. This episode is hosted by Couriyah Stegall '22 and features interviews with head of school Scott Wilson '75 and Baylor's first African American graduate, Monty Bruell '79. The episode concludes with a moderated discussion among current students (Evan Haynie, KD Hill, and Couriyah Stegall) and Tawambi Settles, Baylor's director of diversity and inclusion. This episode was produced entirely by the students. #Quadversations
Episode Two- Stories in the Soil
On this episode, we’ll unearth just what makes our campus location at the mouth of the Tennessee River Gorge so special. Join us as we tour the expansive grounds with Victor McClure (2:04), follow students around Baylor’s 692 acres as they identify trees for the "Trees of Baylor" project (7:30), hear from retired faculty member Bill Tatum and current history teacher James Scott (‘00) as they consider the legacy of the indigenous cultures that called this campus home for thousands of years (9:00), get our hands dirty with Anika Iqbal (’20) and Dr. Robin Fazio (’92) in the school’s organic garden (15:22), consider the best view on campus with Carson Steele (’21) and students on the quad, and, finally, take a trip down the river with Angela Langevin and the Tennessee River Gorge Trust (22:40).
Episode One: Flexible Thinking in the Time of Covid-19
In this episode, we’ll take you on a journey, beginning with the first few days of school and extending through to the end of September. Join Libby May (’22) as she checks in with students and faculty out on the quad about how they are feeling about the upcoming school year (2:30); listen to Nell Smith (’21) interview Headmaster Scott Wilson (’75) and Assistant Head of School Shaw Wilson about the difficult logistical challenges involved in the return (4:48); follow seniors out to the quad as they don their red blazers for the first time (13:04); see how the band and theatre programs are adjusting to the new restrictions presented by the pandemic (17:27); hear Steven Yao’s report on two student athletes and how the virus has affected the NCAA recruitment process; and, finally, get a little nostalgic with Kailee Johnson (’21) out on the quad as the community looks back on what they miss about “normal” times. Listen and discover what ties us together as a community.