and backstabbing for a grade!
is in love with Elizabeth, the wife of Nathaniel, his mentor and best
friend. Juli, Allister's assistant, has an obsessive crush on Allister,
and Art, Allister's right-hand man, is love-stricken over Juli.
And, to think,
the convoluted love quadrangle happened right on the TCU campus. Welcome
to Studio 13, radio-TV-film's student- written, -produced and -acted
soap opera that debuted this spring, a behind-the-scenes story of an imaginary
network soap opera called Carson's River.
began last fall during RTVF Prof. Richard Allen's Writing for Television
course. The class created Studio 13 on paper. This spring, about 100 students
-- including those from editing, producing, acting and directing classes
-- brought it to life. Allen, a daytime-drama veteran and currently an
associate writer for CBS' As the World Turns, believes TCU is the
only university with an academic -- as opposed to extracurricular -- program
and executive producer Dalis Bondurant said the 10 episodes aired on the
campus station as well as on local cable. The work was immense, but the
had a packed house for every new episode, people were really excited about
it," she said. "And we all love doing it. It's so amazing to
create something from scratch, dream it up in your head and then see it
selecting each year's Honors Professor, it's not just whose most popular,
but who most inspires. This year, the contest was so close that two professors
were named -- English Asst. Prof. Bonnie Blackwell and Philosophy Prof.
one student said, "He intimidates, fascinates, frustrates and inspires,
all at the same time." With the two professors, center, are Honors
Program Director Kathryne McDorman and the Honors Convocation speaker,
Robert Pinskey, the nation's poet laureate.
been canvassing the country for its favorite poems, now online at www.favoritepoem.org.
You can read some of the Honors students favorite poems at www.hon.tcu.edu/honweek/poem.aspl.
ROTC cadets descended upon the Worth Hills campus for field maneuvers
in February, top senior military officers from each of NATO's major military
units came to campus in April. Portugese Air Force Major Carlos Soares
from Allied Atlantic (ACLANT) and British Army Lt. Colonel Peter Reynolds
from Allied Command Europe discussed conflicts around the world.
to scream about
students with something to say in March participated in the first TCU
Scream Night, part of International Week. Using a concept from a popular
Japanese TV program, students gathered on the Student Center roof -- on
a platform eight feet from the edge and tied with a rope for safety --
and took turns screaming their statements to a group gathered below, who
echoed their words. "They could voice their frustrations in front
of everybody," said International Week Chair Tomomi Nakata, a psychology
senior. "They liked the interaction; I think people enjoy participating
more than just being in an audience." Clockwise from far left are
freshman Takeshi Sugawara (from Japan), sophomore Irene Bermudez (Panama)
and junior Alonso Sanchez (Mexico).
Truman and a Goldwater
Two TCU students
made the papers this spring by landing prestigious national scholarships.
Junior Marshawn Evans was selected as one of 79 students from 598 applicants
nationwide as a Truman Scholar, a $30,000 graduate study award given annually
to students geared toward careers in government or non-profit sectors.
to head to law school and eventually to be elected as a judge or attorney
general. A TCU twirler, Evans during high school founded a youth violence
prevention program called America CAN! (America's Children Achieving Now!)
and continues to speak in schools, detention centers and at conferences.
a pre-med/physics sophomore, received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
A 21-year-old Sheldon, Iowa, native, he was one of 309 juniors and sophomores
selected from 1,100 who applied for the $7,500 scholarship. He plans to
pursue a PhD in molecular biology and a career in biomedical research
and marketing junior C.J. Striebinger started out his first and only day
as TCU's chancellor in April by parking his sport utility vehicle in Michael
R. Ferrari's choice space, but Striebinger found that the chancellorial
perk pales in comparison to the headaches associated with TCU's top job.
As part of the annual Big Switch, sponsored by Student Foundation, the
young TCU executive dealt with staged crises that included a resigning
vice chancellor and a campus assault.
newspaper was on the minds of students from the University of the Americas
in Puebla, Mexico, when they extended The TCU Daily Skiff staff an invitation
to visit the UDLA campus last year. In February, editor Joaquin Herrera,
reporter Katherine Garcia and advisor Eva Rumpf spent three days helping
the UDLA students get La Catarina (the ladybug) started. In April, several
UDLA students spent three days on the TCU campus, observing how TCU's
98-year-old student newspaper is produced. "They are excited and
dedicated to their new paper," Rumpf said. "They only have one
computer and a very small staff, and that really helped us here realize
how far we've come."
the golden years
With 43 years
at TCU, History Prof. Ben Procter led the list of faculty retirements
announced this spring. Others included Fred Erisman, English, 35 years;
Margaret McWhorter, design, merchandising and textiles, 28 years; David
Sloan, design, merchandising and textiles, 28 years; Evelyn Roberts, nutrition
and dietetics, 21 years; Gerald L. Grotta, journalism, 20 years; Lawrence
M. Charlesworth, radio-TV-film, 15 years; Danna Strength, nursing, 13
years; Ken Raessler, School of Music, 11 years; and Dora Castillo, communication
sciences and disorders, 10 years. Admissions Dean Sandy Ware is also leaving
TCU after 14 years and record-breaking enrollment numbers, to join her
husband Wayne, a retired pilot, in building a log home in Colorado. "The
TCU family is unparalleled in my professional experience," she said.
"I will continue to wear purple, and I will always be (an adopted)
A TCU contingent
traveled to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in March to confer
a dietetics degree upon student Robbyn Kindle, the 33-year-old student
who garnered campus support in February after it was learned that she
needed $150,000 before she could be placed on an organ-donor waiting list.
Within days, the campus raised almost $80,000, with Dallas businessman
Mark Bunting contributing the remainder.
Kindle underwent a successful 12-hour operation that replaced her pancreas,
liver, kidney and lower bowels. Nutrition and Dietetics Prof. Evelyn Roberts
reported that Kindle was calm before surgery, remembering a dream she
had had several nights before.
was a person standing by my left shoulder," Kindle said. "I
think it's my Guardian Angel."
a different note
blast of rich melody, booming brass and soaring strings colored the sunny
Latino beat that rung from campus when the Latin American Music Festival
hit town in April. Leading talent from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba,
Mexico and Peru performed on exotic instruments like the tiple, bandeoneon,
zampona and siku. World premieres of five musical works were the highlight
of the annual three-day festival, which also featured folk, salsa and
ballet folklorico dancing. TCU student Arturo Rodriguez, a former Mozart
medalist, conducted Mosaico Mexicano, the symphonic work he wrote as a
tribute to legendary Mexican composer Manuel Esperón. The piece played
to rave reviews recently in Mexico, at a TCU Orchestra concert that Esperón
attended. Rodriguez is also writing a symphony for the White House- commissioned
Mars Millennial Project that will premier on campus in December.
A large guffaw
burst from author and playwright Larry L. King when he was introduced
as one of America's "most distinguished literary voices" at
the Adams Writing Center's Creative Writing Awards ceremony in April.
King, who has retained his rough-and-tumble West Texas attitude, told
the several hundred gathered that at age six, he decided he was going
to be a famous "arther" when he grew up. He made good on that
promise, first as a journalist, then author and playwright, adding such
works as Best Little Whorehouse in Texas to his resume. During his address,
the former Nieman Fellow at Harvard read from his latest book A Writer's
Life in Letters, or, Reflections in a Bloodshot Eye, telling the audience,
sometimes in spicy language, that he wanted the young writers present
to understand the "salts and sours" of book publishing.
Tilghman Hughes campaigned in the 1930s for a second term in the Texas
House, her opponent ridiculed her candidacy, saying, "We should slap
her face and send her back to the kitchen."
but was the only woman in the Legislature that year. At the beginning
of her third term, she was appointed to the 14th District Court in Dallas,
a position that would mark her as the first woman to serve as a state
a state senator objected to the appointment because she was married --
and thought she should stay home and wash dishes -- the women of the city
banded for her support and she was reelected to the position seven times.
Hughes credited that senator for uniting Texas women. Such were the challenges
of women in politics in Texas in the early years. Eighty-six of these
ambitious and accomplished women are the focus of a new compilation, Capitol
Women: Texas Female Legislators, 1923-1999, by Nancy Baker Jones '69
and Ruthe Winegarten.
many years of research, historians Jones and Winegarten have brought together,
into one volume, these stories, as well as four essays that provide historical
and cultural context for the biographies. It is an easy and fascinating
read that will surely inspire many budding women politicians as well as
be a solid resource for further study of the influence of women in Texas
400 students showed up on a rainy Saturday in April to do something for
someone they didn't know. They went to nursing homes and schools, food
banks and the zoo, where they provided helping hands and friendly smiles.
It was the inaugural LEAPS (Leaders Encouraging All People to Serve) all-campus
service day, sponsored by Student Development Services. "The idea
came out of the students' desire to do more service in the community,"
said Penny Woodcock, program coordinator for the TCU Leadership Center.
"They really wanted a unified campus event so Fort Worth would see
this big group of Horned Frogs all working together." Above, Phi
Kappa Sigma member William Brewer plays bingo with a resident of the Mariner
At its spring meeting, the Board of Trustees confirmed two new officers
of the university, Carol N. Campbell as vice chancellor for finance and
business and treasurer and Larry D. Lauer as vice chancellor for marketing
and communication. Campbell came from Carleton College, where she served
as vice president and treasurer for the past decade. Nationally, she chaired
the steering committee for the National Association of College and University
Business Officers. Lauer, a 34-year veteran of TCU, has served the last
15 as associate vice chancellor for communications and public affairs.
He has served for the last year as executive director of the Commission
on the Future of TCU.
Board news included a $1.6 million increase in financial aid and scholarships,
including support for the minority-aimed Community Scholars program and
additional grants-in-aid for women's athletics; additional funding to
support library and technology enhancements, diversity initiatives, institutional
marketing efforts, TCU's move to Conference USA, increased alumni involvement
in the university, The Commission on the Future of TCU strategic planning
process, community outreach and partnerships, academic facility enhancements
and debt service commitments related to major capital improvements.
More than 600 students have learned their financial trade through the
Educational Investment Fund at the M. J. Neeley School of Business, with
a portion of their EIF returns going toward TCU's Annual Fund. This year,
that contribution hit $56,223, the largest single gift made to the Annual
Fund this year.
to the occasion. This fall, TCU will open an intensive early intervention
preschool called the Rise School, for Down syndrome children. To be housed
within Starpoint School, the center will include therapy within traditional
preschool instruction, to help Down children matriculate into mainstream
kindergarten programs. Former Alabama football coach Gene Stallings, who
has a Down syndrome child, attended the April announcement as did Kimberly
Blackmon, daughter of William Blackmon III '70 and Linda Oglesby Harman
'69, and granddaughter of William "Floppy" '43 and Genevieve
Able Blackmon '44.
news fit to win. At the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Conference
in April, the TCU Daily Skiff took third place for best overall newspaper
in1999, and Skiff staff members also garnered 27 individual awards for
work produced in 1999. Image magazine won first place for best general
magazine overall and another top award for the most points in various
speaker. Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Wiesel
will be the featured speaker for the third annual Gates of Chai Lectureship
on Sept. 20. His lecture is tentatively titled, "The Seduction and
Dangers of Fanatacism."