Remembering not to forget
God created heaven and earth. And God created at one point, man and woman.
"And the reason is very beautiful. It's the reason that we should give
any fanatic so that he or she would understand that there is no way to
humiliate another human being simply because that being is not what they
are. So, our commentaries say, God created one man Adam and one woman
Eve, so that at no point in time and space, any person could say, 'I am
superior to you.' Because we all have the same grandparents. "That is
beautiful -- if we all have the same grandparents -- and believe me, Adam and
Eve were not Jewish. I always felt sorry for Adam, the only person who
never suffered from an Oedipus complex."
As a crowd of 3,000
waited to see and hear the third annual Gates of Chai speaker in September,
Brite Prof. Toni Cravens asked all the 15-year-olds in the crowd to raise
their hands. Hundreds lifted them -- and learned that was the age the speaker -- Holocaust
survivor Elie Wiesel -- was taken along with his family to Auschwitz Concentration
Camp in 1945. He was the only family member to survive. A half-century
later, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate warned the Fort Worth crowd of the
"dangers of fanaticism." "I believe that if there is anything that could
disarm fanaticism, it is learning. It's education. Whatever the essential
answer to urgent and dangerous problems is, surely education is a major
component. Without it, nothing is possible. Without it, there is no culture,
no civilization, no compassion, no humanity," he said. "And so, when we
are together, teachers and students, and we are involved in the same endeavor,
to learn what ancient sources have kept for us, individually and collectively,
is something that we should be grateful for."
Fogelson Honors Forum brought popular presidential pundit Doris Kearns
Goodwin to campus in October. As she told her Ed Landreth Hall crowd,
"No president I've studied offers a better case study in leadership than
Franklin Roosevelt; probably his greatest gift as a leader was his absolute
confidence in himself and, more important, in the American people." It's
a trait, she added, that she saw lacking in the presidential candidates
during the campaigns. "I regret that they only talk about their specific
programs rather than something larger," she said. "Underneath, I think
they both have a difference of opinion, there's no question about that,
but they both go to the same voting booths, they both go to the same pollsters,
and they both learn that their only real obstacle is the swing voters.
As a result, we lose interest in them."
blowin' in the wind.
felt more like a dozen friends around a campfire than a packed Ed Landreth
Auditorium when one-third of the Peter, Paul and Mary singing trio graced
the stage in July. Here for a benefit concert for the Camp Fire Boys and
Girls, Peter Yarrow's two-hour concert included a rousing rendition of
Puff, the Magic Dragon, as well as the theme song for a new program he
is promoting, Don't Laugh at Me. Among the awestruck at an after-concert
visit was Abby Womack, 11, above, who attended the concert with her parents,
Stephanie and John Womack '77 (the beaming father holding the camera in
TCU students and alumni laced up their shoes and ran the San Diego Rock
N' Roll Marathon in June, each raising $3,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma
Society. The purple pack also raised enough money for their honored leukemia
patient to travel to San Diego for the race. From left to right are James
Mick, Carlo Capua '00, Joyce Heckman, Jamie Evans '00, Jule Covert, Kelly
Boyington '00, Amy Boulware '00 and Nikki Pellicciotti. "Fund-raising
with a purpose put life into perspective for all of us," Capua said.
of the dancers
the spirit of the Day of the Dead Mexican holiday, dance faculty and students
revive the memory of one of their own
and Modern Dance Associate Prof. Susan Douglas Roberts was in a cyber
cafˇ in Spain last winter when she read the e-mail. Tamara Barrington
'97 had been killed in an automobile accident on Jan. 21, leaving behind
her husband of three weeks, Chris.
She had received the "most outstanding choreographer" award her senior
year at TCU. At the time she died, she was the artistic director and master
teacher of Believe in Me, an organization using the arts to engage and
motivate children to succeed.
don't just teach our kids, they become part of our family," said Douglas
Roberts, still moved by the event nearly a year later.
see them every single day, and often for hours at a time. Tamara was serenely
beautiful and at the same time mysterious, mischievous and silly. "So
we wanted to say goodbye in a way that would be meaningful to her 'dance'
family. We were all her friends, and we all wanted to remember her."
they did. In October, a makeshift altar in the Ed Landreth Hall reception
room was the first sign that this performance would be no ordinary dance
concert. A young lady, smiling and laughing in picture after picture.
A prom dress. A photo of a fiancˇ. A cross. A gingerbread brownie with
chocolate chips. This ofrenda, a time-worn tradition in the Mexican D’a
de los Muertos celebration, sought to revive the memory and spirit of
a loved one, if only for an evening.
Choreographed by Douglas Roberts, the tribute piece opened before three
full Ed Landreth Hall crowds, with dancers dressed in white setting candles
at the front of the stage. Then, the troupe performed a series of "movement
memories" based on conversations, dreams, letters, visions, improvisations,
photography, videos, poetry and intuition. Two of the sections Barrington
herself had choreographed.
At the conclusion, dancers blew out the candles, but the flames were replaced
by "fireflies" lighting up the back stage. "Tamara was like a firefly,"
Douglas Roberts said. "It lights up for a moment and then it's gone, but
for that brief moment it can spark a child's imagination, and they can
ride it forever."
event playbill may have summed up best the message that Douglas Roberts
and company hoped to transmit to the audience -- and in the tradition of
D’a de los Muertos, to Barrington: The creation of our ofrenda re-enlivens
Tamara's presence in our lives and reaffirms for us that she is, was and
will always be with us, entre azul y buenas noches, between blue and goodnight.
And the message Tamara herself wrote to her class of young artists before
a 1999 Believe in Me performance could have equally applied to the TCU
dancers who remembered her:
have affected my own heart and the hearts of others for all times and
I shall never forget you. You are all birds -- some are doves, some are parrots,
some are sparrows -- and you all shall take flight; you will never fall.
parents, Carol and Irvin Barrington, capped the weekend tribute by announcing
a one-time Tamara Barrington Scholarship Award, given to Nicole Meyers,
a current dance student.
the performance, I wanted to curl up and get lost in my grief, but the
joy kept coming up," Douglas Roberts said. "When you remember Tamara,
you just can't be sad."
a street-side jazz concert in Budapest made for a picturesque concert
for Music Prof. Curt Wilson and the TCU Jazz Band, it was the 34th Montreux
Jazz Festival that brought them to Europe; TCU continues to be one of
the few college bands invited to play. From the tunes of Duke Ellington
and Glenn Miller to original compositions by the late Harvey Anderson
'46, the band traveled and got "better and better" as they played side
shows in Vienna and elsewhere. "European audiences really appreciate jazz,"
Wilson said. "Hitler forbid American music, so in a way jazz denotes freedom
to a lot of people here."
to help others.
600 students, including sophomore Grant Borer, showed up one September
morning to make a few lives better. Beneficiaries included Tarrant County
Food Bank, the Fort Worth Zoo's "Boo at the Zoo" and Habitat for Humanity.
The LEAPS idea swelled out of the ground last spring, from students who
"wanted to do more in the community," said Penny Woodcock, program coordinator
for the TCU Leadership Center.
special in the air.
the four students, below, set out in October for the Universidad de las
Americas in Puebla, Mexico, they made history: They were the first to
"graduate" from the "think tank" called the American Airlines Leadership
of the Americas -- which will gather for at least two more years the top
student minds from nine universities in nine countries. For the past year,
the TCU delegation came together with other participants in person and
over the Internet to discuss challenges common to all countries in the
Western Hemisphere. From left to right below are Alonso Sanchez, Love
Johnson, Leah Armstrong, Professor Anabella Acevedo-Leal, Chancellor Michael
Ferrari and Caterina Lombardi.
students and Pi Kappa Phi brothers Dave Eaton, left, and Danny Mogolov
began riding their bikes in San Francisco in June. They stopped on the
steps of the nation's Capitol 4,000 miles later, where journalism senior
Jaime Walker was there to greet them. The two riders raised $8,000 that
will go toward Walker's education as part of the national fraternity's
"Journey of Hope" event that raised $350,000 this year. Mogolov and Eaton
rode half of each day and spent the other half helping youngsters with
disabilities. Horseback riding, campfires and sing-alongs were the agenda
for most stops, Mogolov said, and "helping children and teenagers with
disabilities feel as normal as they can; we tried to take away their disability
for a few hours. The experience made me certain that I always want part
of my life to help show how amazing people with disabilities are."
Reed '97 grew up in the shadow of TCU, but few in his neighborhood dreamed
of attending the nearby campus. That's why Reed -- who headed to law school
this fall -- and eight other alumni spent one Saturday morning in July talking
to kids about college during the TCU Black Alumni Alliance College Prep
Event. The three-hour session drew nearly 20 high school students and
their parents from the Como neighborhood in Fort Worth. Said event organizer
Rosena Clarke-Turner '85: "We wanted to let them know that going to TCU
is an attainable goal for them and other students of color."
to athletics... and academics.
October dedication of the John Justin Athletics Center -- which includes
a special academic center designed for student athletes -- also unveiled
an original seven-foot-by-four-foot mural, TCU Horned Frog Football, 1896-2000.
Commissioned by Head Football Coach Dennis Franchione and wife Kim, left,
the mural was produced by sports artist Ted Watts, at right with wife
Angie. (Exclusive matted and signed prints of the mural are available
through the Athletics office for $200 plus $10 shipping and handling.
All proceeds will benefit the TCU Library and the TCU Band.)
seemed like horse play for little Julio and 24 other children in June,
but it had much greater meaning for TCU faculty and students. Called Camp
Hope Connection 2000, it is a vital part of TCU's Developmental Research
Lab, a group that helps kids adopted from foreign orphanages. The second
year of the unique camp enlisted 30 TCU students who volunteered during
the month-long day camp. To prepare, they enrolled in a spring class where
they learned how to relate to special-needs children. The children, most
of whom spent at least the first three years of their life in a foreign
orphanage, all have varying degrees of sensory deficit and attachment
disorders, problems due to early neglect.
Jack B. Friedman Judaica Library was dedicated in September and will be
housed in Mary Couts Burnett Library. The special collection will include
extensive holdings in Jewish thought, theology, scholarship and literature,
as well as ancient and modern commentaries. From left to right are Burt
and Barbara Rakoover and Jack and Naomi Friedman. The facility is named
in honor of Barbara by her father, Jack.
be picked, you had to know your Riff Ram Bah Zoo from your Give 'em Hell,
TCU, as well as the precise time to say Roll those Chains! During each
home game this season, a select few fired-up fans were given the most
honored seats in Amon Carter Stadium -- beat-up sofas at the south end of
the gridiron turf. Add to it all the Domino's pizza and soda one could
eat. About the only thing missing was a remote control to fast forward
scores by the opposition.
Frogs on a Mission
educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible
citizens in the global community"
The new mission statement adopted by the University last spring was easy
enough to learn. But to exemplify? The answer seemed to be a resounding
yes at the start-of-school University luncheon in August as 12 "Horned
Frogs on a Mission" were picked and honored from more than a hundred nominations -- faculty
and staff who "educate us all by their attitude and by their example,"
Chancellor Michael Ferrari said.
Senior Design Lecturer Pat Walter has led seniors for the past five years
in the "capstone" course that transforms them from students into professionals.
Music Prof. Germ‡n Gutiˇrrez has opened innumerable doors for students
in performance venues, including the TCU's own Latin American Music Festival,
established two years ago.
David Yarbrough's and Escho Weatherspoon's efforts at Amon Carter Stadium
and the academic lawns, respectively, may influence more people than any
other one task.
housekeepers Julie Graver, Janett McTaggart and Gail Truitt organized
a campus car wash that raised nearly $900 for student Robbyn Kindle's
four-organ transplant surgeries last spring.
Work Prof. Linda Moore's long-standing ability to inspire students led
one of her classes to help change University policy (and earn an "A" in
class) when they spearheaded the effort to make Martin Luther King Jr.
Day a TCU holiday.
Campus Judicial Officer Mike Russell has a hard side in his disciplinary
position, but he also exhibits a softer demeanor when dealing with student
tragedies that has come to be known as the "Mike Russell treatment."
Mailing Services Manager Glen Hulme and Coordinator Judy Cartmill treat
their 50 student employees with the same care they deliver thousands of
pieces of mail, resulting in one of the most popular work-study destinations
Crime Prevention Sergeant Connie Villela (absent due to a knee injury)
brought new awareness and national attention to date rape and violence
through an innovative Assault Prevention Theatre begun last year -- 15-minute
vignettes performed by TCU theatre students trained by rape crisis counselors.
Thirty-two executives with professional backgrounds turned in their briefcases
for backpacks for the inaugural class of the Neeley School of Business'
new executive MBA (EMBA) program at the TCUglobalcenter at Alliance (Airport).
The predominately male freshman class, consisting of executives from corporations
like IBM, Delta Airlines, BNSF and TXU Electric, will take 17 courses
ranging in subjects from business strategy and structure to financial
reporting and analysis by the time they graduate in 2002. Students also
will take one international trip between the summer of their first and
second year to observe the business practices of an overseas company.
For more information about the program, visit the EMBA Web site: www.neeley.tcu.edu.
educators. Fall convocation brought recognition to Math Prof. Rhonda
Hatcher, who was given the Chancellor's
Award for Distinguished Teaching, and Biology Prof. Phil Hartman, honored
with the Wassenich Award for Mentoring at TCU. Hatcher has also been selected
in the past for the Dean's Teaching Award, Honors Professor of the Year,
Texas Professor of the Year in Mathematics and Mortar Board Preferred
Professor. She and fellow faculty member and Harvard Ph.D. husband George
Gilbert recently collaborated on a math textbook for non-math majors.
Hartman is the second recipient of the Wassenich Award. He was recognized
for his commitment to mentoring more than 300 premed students. In her
nomination letter, senior Megan Stuebner said of Hartman: "We tend
to be high-strung (some might say 'neurotic'), competitive and demanding
of our advisors. While some faculty would dread a lecture hall of premed
students, Dr. Hartman wades into our sea of tension with bravado."
2. TCU faculty, staff and students now have access to a new, improved
information superhighway -- the high-speed, education- and research-oriented
Internet 2. TCU is one of only 180 colleges and universities working in
partnerships with industry and government on the new "academic" web. Other
schools around the country connected to Internet 2 include Stanford, MIT,
Rice, SMU and the University of Texas. One primary benefit will be using
interactive audio and video for off-site learning in other states and
even other countries.
Gates of education. Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates' influence has
moved beyond TCU students' computers to the students themselves. Students
Jonathan Banda, Rachael Fisher, Crystal Chantelle Jones, LaTorsha Oakley,
Dora Suarez and Crista Williams were chosen from more than 62,000 nominees
to be among the first Gates Millennium Scholars. Funded by a grant from
the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the scholarship program was created
in September 1999. The education gifts are aimed at increasing the number
of low-income, high-achieving African Americans, American Indians/Alaskan
Natives, Hispanic and Asian Pacific Americans enrolling in and completing
undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
flood. In what has become an recurring phenomena, freshman enrollment
again broke records with a class of 1,493 students, an increase of five
percent from1999. Male freshmen enrollment also increased by six percent
from the previous fall numbers.