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In royal purple fashion, the Horned Frogs now have their first permanent
international beach head with the official opening of the London Center,
an educational facility located in the heart of London's cultural district.
The first students spent much of the summer doing what will be the hallmark
for the center -- getting away from it.
the center as a stepping stone for various activities," said Journalism
Prof. Anantha Babbili, the center's faculty leader. "For example, about
40 of us went to Paris for four days, where we spent an afternoon with
one of the director generals of UNESCO talking about the challenges of
the next century in the realms of culture and communication."
will bring 25 full-time students who will enjoy, among other course gems,
an art history class that will meet after hours in the British Museum.
museum will be open exclusively to TCU students since the course is being
taught by the curator of the museum," Babbili said. "Now that we have
actually landed there, we can officially begin TCU's next phase of internationalization
and global studies in the cultural and media center of the world."
of color has been added to TCU's already-rich palette of museum relationships
as the first master in art history students arrived this fall, as well
as a new pre-Colombian art professor.
graduate program, several years in the making, takes full advantage of
the extensive collections in the three major museums in Fort Worth: the
Kimbell Art Museum, the Amon Carter Museum and the Modern Art Museum of
Fort Worth, said Prof. Mark Thistlethwaite, holder of the Kay and Velma
Kimbell chair of art history.
is not exactly a museum studies program," he said, "but there will be
seminar classes on-site at the museums and the students will have internships
there." The track includes the history and management of art museums and
a traditional "connoisseurship" course which focuses on the authentication
of the art, as well as classes focusing on special exhibitions at the
the benefits coming out of this program is that the librarians from the
three museums have already formed a consortium and compiled a comprehensive
catalog of their holdings that will be accessible on the Web to TCU students,"
Thistlethwaite said. "We just don't have the resources by ourselves for
a program like this, but in collaboration with their libraries, we have
a satisfactory number of books."
a doctoral candidate in pre-Colombian art history from Columbia University
who arrived this summer, rounds out the faculty for the department. Her
expertise covers Mesoamerican art, including Mayan and Aztec, with her
speciality in Andean art and Peruvian textiles.
global interest at the school and our proximity to South America, we undertook
a major search for someone in this category," Thistlethwaite said, noting
that TCU already has a small collection of pre-Colombian pottery. "She's
going to bring a new dimension."
The 12 social
work students who spent five weeks this summer living and volunteering
in Guanajuato, Mexico, went to give -- but ended up receiving much more,
said Tracy Dietz, associate professor of social work and one of two faculty
who joined the students for the new international program, hosted by the
University of Guanajuato.
it would be a lot of work and stressful," she said. "But it was even more
rewarding than we could have imagined."
overcame a language barrier, culture shock and near-stings from scorpions
in order to serve seniors, children and mentally handicapped residents
through local service agencies.
study program, two years in the making, is the social work department's
first foray into international education. Students earned three or six
credits for their daily intensive Spanish classes, but the real education
came from living with host families and working with the locals.
who will be working here in Texas really need to experience working with
people from Spanish cultures," Dietz said. "On this trip, the students
were literally where these people are coming from. After living there
five weeks, our students gained a deep sense of how different the culture
students also formed real relationships that will endure. She herself
received a birthday phone call from her host mother shortly after returning.
"We just became a part of their families."
It was his
daughter's interest in art that inspired graduate student Chuck Wells
to move beyond traditional nude paintings and venture into the world of
sculpture. And though his work has a certain childlike quality to it,
very adult themes emerge, such as the sexual overtones in his untitled
work displayed behind the Moudy Building.
ran a day care in my hometown, and as I studied the kids' work, I began
to see subtle things in the drawings that I recognized as things that
might be wrong with their environment," he said, adding that he knew the
family situations of the children quite well. "But the drawings the children
make aren't nearly as rough as my work, which reflects my personality
and questions I have about what's going on around me."
'em up, mate
cattle might glance up when this trail drive gets underway. The fledgling
Ranch Management Institute's first international expedition will happen
for two weeks this November as ranchers head to Australia and New Zealand
for "hands-on learning," said Jeff Geider, the Institute's director, adding
that the trips are open to anyone who wants to learn more about the business
end of ranching. The Institute kicked off its domestic program on campus
in August with a two-day seminar on cattle marketing. More are in the
works for the coming year. Course topics were based on results from an
alumni survey, which offered a glimpse into TCU's influence upon the industry.
"We received responses from 20 percent of our 1,500 alumni," Geider said.
"That group alone owns almost a million head of cattle."
Michael Ferrari's self-appointed task since he arrived in July has been
to listen, but he did hammer a few nails into a TCU-built Habitat for
Humanity house that went up in a 12-hour framing blitz Aug. 11. A matching
gift from Maxwell House Coffee made the TCU group's house possible; fraternities,
sororites and other campus organizations are raising the other half of
the $35,000 needed for the dwelling.
A bit of
history moved on when Allene Jones, assistant professor of nursing, retired
in May. Jones, TCU's first black faculty member and one of the first two
black students and graduates, joined the faculty at Harris College of
Nursing in 1968 after completing her master's at UCLA. A specialist in
psychiatric nursing, Jones is best known for her work in the skills lab,
above, where she showed "gentle strength" to students.
has a quiet sense about her, but is forthright in her views and integrity,"
said Lazelle Benefield, senior associate dean. "The students will miss
her because she's a careful listener who is able to reflect back what
is being said. She has a great appreciation for the student experience."
and giving nature are near legendary -- she buys Christmas gifts for everyone
in her small hometown community each year.
freshman Frogs -- a record-setting class for the second straight year
-- got a good laugh from fellow newcomers Kenny Oubre, center, Carlo Capua,
left, and Ben Wilkinson when they flexed their pecs to Macho Man music
during this summer's Orientation skit, one of the highlights of the nine
three-day sessions. A new offering this year, students also received Chaim
Potok's short story, Zebra, in the mail prior to Orientation and then
met in small discussion groups."We thought it would be a good vehicle
to talk about transitions and life experiences," said Kay Higgins, orientation
director. Indeed, Potok will be the initial Gates of Chai Distinguished
Lecturer for TCU's new Judaic Studies track. Potok himself broke from
an orthodox upbringing into a more liberal element of Judaism. Ordained
a rabbi in 1954, he earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of
to safely dispose of chemical waste may not be exactly what Byron Scott
expected to do this summer, but working in the Physical Plant with his
Vital Link mentor, Glenn Payton, assistant director of safety, did have
computer was cool," said Scott, a seventh grader participating in the
program in June. Scott was one of about 30 Fort Worth students who shadowed
TCU employees through their work-a-day worlds during the week-long Vital
Link program. For seven years, TCU has participated in the effort, which
shows students how education applies to everyday life.
a master's student from Australia, was one of some 40 piano prodigies
from around the world who came to learn from the "masters" at TCU's annual
summer Cliburn Institute, which included Germany's Jan Jiracek, a competitor
in last year's Cliburn Competition. Jiracek said the difference between
a good pianist and a great one often is simply taking advantage of opportunities
like the Institute. "Sometimes," he said, "you just need the right push."
the religious right has essentially said the way those problems are going
to be fixed is to infuse religion into society by means of a government
mechanism, whether it is legislation or a constitutional amendment. With
all due respect, I think that's not the way to go."
-- Religion Chair Ron Flowers, commenting on the 35th anniversary of the
Supreme Court's first school prayer ruling, also said that the Supreme
Court did not forbid prayer in school, but forbade state-mandated, -controlled
and -written prayers. The government allows students to bring Bibles to
school, pray on their own and purse other religious activities Fort
Worth Star-Telegram, June 14
the idea of women's natural inferiority was still defended, even though
it was equally part of the same code that subjugated slaves to their masters.
How can Baptists justify ending slavery when the Bible is so clear about
it, yet the part about women is left alone?"
-- Brite Prof. Claudia Camp, commenting on biblical interpretation within
the Southern Baptist Convention, referring to passages in the Bible known
as the Household Codes, which outline submission of wives, children and
slaves FW Weekly, May 21-28.
"We are not
just colleagues, but friends, and I hope that will be the way we operate
in the future. The eight departing institutions don't have much. We don't
have a conference. We have an idea and a dream, but there is much work
-- Colorado State President Al Yates, who, while serving as president
of the WAC, also led the eight universities that defected from the WAC
Houston Chronicle, June 14.
"the discovery, systematic recording, general scholarly approval, and
where required, modification of our understanding of the rules of nature
as suggested by substantiated hypothesis or as demonstrated by repeatable,
-- Physics graduate Roy B. Bryson, offering his "definition of science"
along with several other readers Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June