Night with the Nobels
One month after the World Trade Center
and Pentagon attacks, four Nobel Laureates brought TCU a message of peace.
five people in the Western Hemisphere have been awarded the Nobel Peace
Prize; four were on campus Oct. 11 as guests of the International Leadership
of the Americas program. It marked an occasion Moderator Jim Wright, former
Speaker of the House, called "an honor."
an audience of 53 student leaders from 11 universities throughout the
Americas, as well as a large contingent of TCU students and folks from
the community, the four distinguished world leaders left two overriding
messages: Peace is hard work, and one person can make a difference.
nothing glamorous or idealistic about peace, and there are no quick and
easy answers to obtain it," said Laureate Oscar Arias Sanchez, former
president of Costa Rica. "Peace begins, not out there, but with each of
us. We all have the power to do something."
the evening by noting that ". . . darkness cannot drive out darkness, only
light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
"I want to
remind you tonight that there are many crisis in the world, but they do
not make the news," Arias said. "We need to begin to address the crisis
of poverty that plagues humanity."
Jody Williams, who was recognized for her work banning and clearing land
mines, echoed Arias' comments by noting that this is ". . . a horrible, delicate
moment for the globe."
not resolve the terrorism until we resolve the fundamental inequalities
of this world," she said. "It is the fundamental responsibility of this
country to eradicate that element of terror.
can spark a movement. I believe real leadership is caring enough to get
up and take the first step. I can assure you if you do, you will make
a difference," she added.
Esquivel, 1980 prize winner from Argentina, said being a leader means
walking together with the people.
have to do is make possible what seems to be impossible," he said. "(Peace)
is something we need to have within because we can't offer others what
we don't have."
Norman Borlaug, father of the "Green Revolution" told students how to
be part of the solution. "Learn while you are here all you can about science
and technology, then use your talents to reach for the stars," he said.
"And when you do, it will be to the benefit of your neighbors, and friends
and the world."
up about Waikiki
Add the Honolulu
Jazz Festival to the impressive list of invitations the world-renowned
TCU Jazz Ensemble has had over the years. This summer, about 20 students
stayed in Waikiki for five days after being selected as one of only five
university jazz bands to perform at the 8th Annual Honululu Jazz Festival,
an international gathering of the best of the best. While they had time
for beach bathing and sightseeing, the trip included daily clinics and
workshops that band leader and music Prof. Curt Wilson said were the best
part of the trip. Above, Todd Alonso '01 warms up before a performance.
With the selection
of the first dean of the College of Communication, the university ends
its nearly two-year quest to fill all seven dean's chairs.
Sept. 10, Bill Slater cheered loudly with us from the stands at the TCU-SMU
On Sept. 11, he wept
with us at campus prayer services.
In November, Dr. William
Slater, dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of
Nevada at Reno, accepted a new future as a Frog -- and as the first dean
of the College of Communication.
Provost William Koehler
called Slater a "perfect fit" and said the choice was unanimous.
Slater, who will head
the college beginning in the spring, called his move "a perfect opportunity."
This 30-year communication
veteran is already being called a team-builder, a long-term leader, His
mission: to unite the departments of radio-television-film, speech communications
and journalism, to find funding sources for their unique professional
programs and to help the college increase its national prominence.
While on campus in
September Slater said there is no reason TCU can't be a premiere institution
in the country. He was attracted to the university because of its forward
thinking and compassionate nature.
"This is one of the
most caring places I have ever seen," he said.
Slater's career Highlights:
* Vice president at
the University of Maryland, Oregon State University, Western Illinois
University, West Virginia University and Boston Broadcaster, Inc.
* Dean at the University
of Nevada at Reno, Eastern Washington University and West Virginia University.
* Teacher at the University
of Washington in Seattle, University of Southern California and University
* Newspaper and broadcast
journalist in Boston, Washington, Cleveland, Seattle, San Francisco and
* Radio and television
news anchor in Boston and covered the White House and Congress for Westinghouse
(sometimes dreaded) history Prof. Ben Proctor retired in 2000 to emeritus
status, his former students wanted a way to show the value of his lessons.
So far they have found almost $40,000 ways -- which will endow a scholarship
for an undergraduate history major whose area of interest is Texas/Southwestern
history. The first scholarship will be awarded next fall. The announcement
was made at a breakfast in the library during Homecoming in October. Proctor
was not only a favorite around campus, he was an All-American football
player, a Harvard-educated historian, author of the definitive biography
on William Randolph Hearst and a teacher at TCU for more than four decades.
broker talks about War
When former Senator
George Mitchell visited campus, he told listeners that much was buried
in the rubble of the Sept. 11 attacks.
it takes force to make peace, former Senator and international peacemaker
George Mitchell told a full Ed Landreth Auditorium Oct. 3.
what we do, there will be more attacks," he said. "So we must be aggressive
and seek out the terrorists and disrupt their plans. The failure to do
so would be evidence, even in the eyes of the terrorists, of America's
moral and physical weakness.
does not mean anything goes. Our efforts must include focused military
action, even as a broad coalition of support is maintained."
Here as the
fourth Fogelson Honors Forum speaker, Mitchell's remarks were a salve
to many worried listeners who were still reeling from the Sept. 11 attacks.
As the author
of the Mitchell Plan, a report presented in April designed to end the
Palestinian and Israeli conflict, and as a leader in peacemaking efforts
in Northern Ireland, Mitchell spoke from experience.
World Trade Center collapsed on Sept. 11, many died. So did many illusions.
Such as America's sense of invulnerability, safety and optimism," he said.
"We thought this couldn't happen to us."
reiterated the need for a global coalition, he said, "The notion of America
going it alone is also buried in the World Trade Center."
times the use of force is necessary to protect individual liberty and
justice, he said.
of peace is a long, slow and difficult process," he said. "But patience
is precisely what will be needed."
he added, "there is no such thing as a conflict that can't be ended. No
matter how hopeless it might seem, I believe peace and justice can be
Two of TCU's best
professors recognized at fall convocation
Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity
Prof. Ralph Behnke received the University's top award at convocation,
the honor afforded him about three minutes in Ed Landreth's spotlight
and a $20,000 grant for his research in the field of communication apprehension
and anxiety, of which he showed none.
Behnke used his time not to discuss his work or the fact his colleagues
consider him "hands down the leading expert in the country in the field
of communication anxiety," but to pay tribute to his students for providing
inspiration for his work and his colleagues for "fuelling the fires."
As Behnke was being praised for "epitomizing the teacher-scholar model,"
he praised those individuals famous and not-so-famous who shaped his life,
his career and his education.
"I am perhaps most thankful to Albert Einstein who said, 'Make things
as simple as possible but not any simpler,' " Behnke told the audience.
"That's how I define elegance."
Award for Mentoring
Allen is seldom speechless. But after the Chancellor lauded the contributions
that earned him the Wassenich Award for Mentoring in the TCU Community
this year, the beloved radio-TV-film professor was so choked up he could
do little more than shake Chancellor Michael Ferrari's hand.
In his nine
years at TCU, the Emmy Award-winning Allen has trained in life lessons,
challenging his students to reach higher and dream bigger.
The individual attention Allen devotes to his students has influenced
expressed it this way: "To say he has been, and continues to be, a role
model in my life simply scratches the surface. He not only spent four
years challenging me academically, but he also taught me about taking
chances and living the life I've wanted."
established in 1999 by Mark '64 and Linda Pilcher Wassenich '65, carries
a cash prize of $3,000 and recognizes faculty or staff members who transform
the student experience through informal conversation and interactions.
Not many college students would spend a Saturday digging ditches and then
say it was a good day, but following the second annual TCU LEAPS event
in September, some did. The ditch was just one place the nearly 700 students,
faculty and staff volunteers were assigned during the all-campus community
service effort -- others visited homes for the elderly, packed food boxes,
sorted donated clothing or painted a house. More than 30 agencies and
local charities benefited from the event, which began with workshops the
night before to help volunteers understand the value of their service.
Dees tells the campus we must be connected by understanding, not divided
rights lawyer Morris Dees shared his vision of a united country, men from
distant lands were planning the final details of suicide and mass murder,
which they would commit the next morning, Sept. 11.
10 words, given in a packed Ed Landreth Auditorium, seemed prophetic the
next day as the world watched in horror the direct results of hatred.
a battle going on over whose America this is and whose version of America
is going to prevail," Dees said. "And there will be those who will go
to supreme efforts to make sure their viewpoints will prevail."
the fourth distinguished speaker in the annual Gates of Chai Lecture sponsored
by the Jewish Studies Program at TCU. His message of tolerance and acceptance
received a standing ovation.
son of an Alabama Jewish cotton-gin operator, is a life-long champion
of civil rights. Co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, he won
some of the largest litigation cases in the country against hate crimes
and the Ku Klux Klan.
September address, Dees said that we must build bridges, not divides.
will be built from friendship, love and understanding," he said in his
soft Southern drawl. "When people can learn to talk instead of fighting,
then I think we might have a chance."
of Chai Lectureship was created and endowed by Gates of Chai Inc., in
memory of Larry Kornbleet and family members of Stanley and Marcia Kornbleet
Kurtz who perished in the Holocaust. Additional support has been received
from Harold Ginsburg and Robert Ginsburg, in memory of Marcus Ginsburg.
area Educational Investment Fund alumni gathered at Homecoming to recognize
Finance Prof. Stan Block's rich contributions to their futures. Founded
by Block in 1973, the EIF is a student-run portfolio worth $1.5 million.
Block, considered a guru in the field, has shared his skill and knowledge
with 700 EIF students over his 34 years at TCU. Funding for an endowed
chair being established in Block's name has reached the halfway mark.
mother of comedian Ellen DeGeneres, urged students and community leaders
to address social and human rights issues through communication and understanding
when she was on campus in October as part of National Coming Out Day events.
The evening, which focused on the importance of tolerance and acceptance
between parents and children, particularly related to sexual orientation,
was sponsored by eQ Alliance, an on-campus support group for gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgendered students.
was standing room only when Ross Perot Jr. came to campus in November
for the Neeley MBA Executive Speaker Series' breakfast. His message was
upbeat as he encouraged local businesses to keep the economy going. "After
Sept. 11, I told my teams to be aggressive," he said. "You've got to spend
money and be active to beat (Osama) bin Laden." Left, Perot, president
and CEO of Perot Systems and chairman of Hillwood Development Corporation,
visits with Garry Bruton (on left), management associate professor.
Cars streamed to Amon
Carter Stadium before daybreak on Sept. 14 when WBAP and ABC Radio and
the TCU athletics department teamed up to raise more than $35,000 for
the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in only four hours. A nearly constant
flow of traffic kept the 110 student athletes and coaching and staff members
busy handing out American flags, pins and ribbons as well as TCU football
tickets. In all, TCU gave away more than 1,000 tickets for the Frogs'
football game against East Carolina.
they might, but the current class at the Starpoint School couldn't extinguish
the sparkler that served as a candle on the school's 35th anniversary
cake. A fitting analogy for a school that has been not only a bright light
in more than 500 former-student's lives but has a spirit that is equally
inextinguishable. This school for kids with learning disabilities is housed
on the TCU campus and serves as a laboratory classroom for TCU students.
appoints new director
Burns, former associate professor and coordinator for the graduate program
at the University of Oklahoma, Schusterman Health Sciences Center, assumed
duties as the new director of the Harris School of Nursing in August.
Burns plans to increase enrollment, make research more accessible and
offer seminars for professional nurses.
chain center opens
for Supply and Value Chain Studies launched by the M.J. Neeley School
of Business will help businesses find ways to integrate their procurement,
production, logistics and marketing functions and to work more effectively
with customers and suppliers. Nancy Nix, formerly an instructor in the
marketing and logistics department at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville,
has been hired as center director. Programs begin in spring 2001.
for leaders in education
who want to become administrators can get high-level preparation in both
fields with the new combined master of business administration and doctorate
in educational leadership (MBA/Ed.D) degree now being offered. Students
will enroll initially in TCU's MBA program, then apply for candidacy in
the educational doctorate program after successfully completing the first
year of the MBA program and coursework in educational administration.
Internships at local, national or international businesses or educational
agencies will be required all three years.
Michael R. Ferrari has taken the reins of a community-based effort to
keep local students in school. Spearheaded by the Fort Worth school district
and led by Ferrari, a commission of business leaders, local chambers and
faith-based organizations will draft a plan to reduce the Fort Worth school
district's drop-out rate to the state average or lower by 2004, and raise
the district to top levels of achievement nationally by 2010.
of Physics and Astronomy has been recognized by the National Association
of Graduate Professional Students (NAGPS) as one of the top graduate physics
programs in the nation. A survey of 32,000 graduate students in the U.S.
and Canada selected about 50 PhD programs for the recognition, including
major research institutions like Cornell, UC Berkeley, Stanford and Harvard.
family affair . . .and a few relatives and a bunch of friends
commencement outgrew Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, the options were limited -- move
to another location or limit the number of guests. The students made it
clear through a survey that they wanted lots of guests, even if it meant
moving. So this May, graduates will receive their degrees downtown in
the Tarrant County Convention Center. Events coordinators are already
searching for ways to "purple up" the convention center, and others are
noting that lining up the graduates and gowned faculty before hand will
be much easier -- and more comfortable -- since it can all be done inside. The
morning reception at the Alumni Center, which will include fine food,
refreshments and entertainment, will run from 10 a.m. until noon, and
commencement will begin at 2 p.m. downtown.
By Prof. Emeritus Paul Boller, Jr.
Prof. Emeritus Paul Boller, Jr., is perhaps one of the nation's most knowledgeable
observers of American presidents. With wit and craft he writes books which,
through engaging anecdotes, make even our dullest leaders entertaining.
His fifteenth and most recent work, Presidential Inaugurations: Behind
the Scenes -- An informal, Anecdotal History from Washington's Election to
the 2001 Gala, would be a perfect book club selection for those longing
to become more politically astute.
everything from how the president-elect arrives in Washington for the
ceremony to the traditions surrounding the parade and evening ball. As
he reveals the human side of this sometimes-forgotten national event,
Boller offers surprising, fascinating and often quirky human-interest
stories which will keep even the most politically uninterested turning
September 11: The Courage to Give: The Triumph of the Human Spirit
by Jackie Waldman, Brenda Welchlin and Karen Frost
Frost '90 and Brenda Welchlin' 90 joined author Jackie Waldman to prepare
this inspiring tome about some of the firefighters, airplane passengers,
rescue workers, police, medics, relatives of missing loved ones, and strangers
who sprang into action to save lives and help their communities.
include Larry Hawk, who organized a rescue of victims' orphaned animals
despite his sister's death in the World Trade Center; the citizens of
a Montana town who formed a protective circle around a mosque; and the
New York City firefighters whose sacrifices touched a nation.
from the sale of the book will go to the American Red Cross and the New
York Firefighters Fund.
Jennifer Klein not only for her obvious talent, but for her ability to
expand her perspective. Traveling to the United Kingdom can seem like
a parallel dimension -- the world is somehow very familiar and yet, somehow,
very different, especially to a Texas native.
trip to the UK last January was certainly an eye-opener -- I had never had
a sense of how young America truly is until I arrived in a land that seemed
much older. And while I admit that my beloved iced tea and 24-hour grocery
stores were terribly missed, my Scottish companion led me through many
wonderful "local" experiences in the land of flats and town centres. The
children were quiet, the young adults friendly and polite (whether wearing
school clothes or something more suited to the young woman on the back
cover); the older adults lacked the vague American look of suspicion.
importantly, I was never made to feel like a foreigner. While British
(or African, or Asian) accents turn heads in the U.S., not a single person
blinked twice upon hearing my unmistakably American voice. All my questions
were answered clearly, without a hint of derision toward my obvious tourist
status. And soon, I started to feel very much like a "local" -- and even
more, like a global citizen, rather than an "ugly American."
to the UK this January. I will be "expanding my horizons" even further,
visiting mystical sites, strolling through London, and trekking through
the Scottish Highlands. I hope I will be as inspired as Ms. Klein was.
And I know I will feel my mind and heart expand -- I will become a greater
person not because I'm American, not because I'm more than others, but
because I'll truly be a part of a much larger world. Thanks to Ms. Klein
for sharing her experiences -- and for helping build excitement in my veins
C. Hopper '95
that arrived today was a big, big disappointment to me and my wife. The
article by Jennifer Klein was thoroughly disgusting. I don't care to open
up a TCU Magazine and see the tattooed rear end of someone, and the back
page picture looks like something from a brothel. Surely TCU can beat
and Mary Lummus
to be a purple American
I was going
to write this letter anyway, but this afternoon, Tuesday, Sept. 11, seems
a most fitting time. I am sitting here stranded in a Dallas hotel room
watching the news of the most terrorizing act of violence that has ever
taken place upon American soil, trying to figure out how to get home to
my family in San Antonio, now that the FAA has grounded every plane in
the U.S. So, this is a good time to respond with the emotions I felt when
reading Jennifer Klein's article, "My London."
today have I felt more proud to be an American. Not because we "have iced
tea and Horned Frog football," but because we are a great and powerful
nation, an embracing nation, and still, to an extent, a Godly nation.
Take those away and we are nothing.
reminded me of myself as an idealistic freshman at TCU. I, too, spent
time studying in London through a TCU program, in 1993. I was in Mexico
that summer as well, with another TCU program. I, too, came home and wrote
a paper about how closed-minded the U.S. was. I wrote an opinion article
in the Skiff denouncing our "obsession with the right to kill"
and asserting, too, that the "right to bear arms (is) a right to violate
my safety." I did not understand the reasons behind the creation and continued
existence of the Second Amendment at the time. I'm pretty sure Ms. Klein
doesn't yet have that fully understood either. I was in your shoes, Jennifer.
I was right there with you.
nothing wrong with using an international experience to develop "cross-cultural
understanding," as Ms. Klein suggested. In fact, it's an opportunity I
recommend to everyone. But to develop this understanding does not mean
one must be "embarrassed" by her own powerful nation. The U.S. is not
powerful by accident. Our country is not strong because "people are friendly
and helpful", or because "(one) can get all the Tex-Mex and iced tea (one)
wants." To paraphrase a Frenchman whose name I should, but cannot remember,
America is great because America is good. Once a nation ceases to be good,
it will cease to be great.
As a Jew,
where is the best and safest place in the world to live today? Palestine
or the United States? I thought so. How about as a born-again Christian?
Would you choose Afghanistan or the U.S.? Once again, I thought so. As
an opinion writer, what would you pick to call home -- the U.S. or China?
How about as a homosexual? A black person? A political dissident? A capitalist?
A laborer? You would be hard pressed to find a significant percentage
of any of these groups choosing a place other than the United States to
is good. Most of our current leadership have a heart for God. On this
very day, our citizens are praying, donating blood, coming to the aid
of the injured and the families of the victims of the act of terrorism.
We are showing, in just the eight hours that have passed since the World
Trade Center collapsed to the ground, that we can come together as one -- that
our countrymen's lives and our freedom mean more to us than political
factions, color, religious differences or anything else. That together
we will overcome terrorism and any other attack on personal freedom, and
that we will defend that freedom with a vengeance. This nation is not
(yet) afraid to stand up for what is right and what is good, and that
is what makes us great.
I don't mean
to berate Ms. Klein. I was in her place not too long ago. TCU's abroad
experiences taught us to open our eyes. And that we did. In doing so,
we had to challenge our own beliefs, our own convictions and our own country
in order to get our eyes all the way open. I am grateful for the opportunities
TCU gave me to experience the world. I have widened my view of the world,
and I understand people better than I would have without those experiences.
same experiences have brought me full circle. Upon returning from my first
experiences abroad, I, too, felt sorry for and embarrassed by our "closed-minded"
society. I criticized the buildup of our military, of which my brother
and father are a part. I almost rejected my faith. Now, I can finally
see, through those same experiences in retrospect, that the freedom and
goodness of the United States are blessings and are to be envied worldwide.
still a great degree of inexcusable bigotry in the U.S., which we must
work to rid from our society. But as I sit in this Dallas hotel and watch
as the people of our nation come together in the aftermath of this hateful
terrorist attack, I am more proud of our nation today than ever. I would
not want to be from anywhere else. I'll take the U.S. any day. I anticipate
that one day soon Ms. Klein will feel the same way.
for the length of this letter. I am having a hard time trying to contain
these thoughts to anything shorter. God bless America.
Taylor Ochsner '96
the first light
isn't it, that having our eyes opened is essentially the promise of Satan
in the Garden of Eden. "You will be like God, " the devil said, "knowing
good and evil." It was called the tree of knowledge, oddly enough. Well,
we didn't become gods, and we didn't wise up much, either. I think what
makes some folks pitiable is they stop eating as soon as they think their
eyes are open...they think the first light is all the light, not knowing
that light isn't always sight. You kept learning. I hope I did. Lots don't.
Terrorists don't. Bigots don't. Bullies don't.
We are a
nation of peoples who fled these things: racism, bigotry, religious persecution.
How dare someone vilify us for setting out to be a prosperous nation and
then achieving it! We are a nation where Hillary Clinton and Rush Limbaugh
can go to the same worship service and mourn our lost. Try that in Ireland.
Father of Natalie Taylor Ochsner '96
I am so
sorry to write this letter but must express my shock when I opened my
recent copy of TCU Magazine to page 6. The picture of the young
man showing his graphic "cheeky" could be taken the wrong way. I read
the article and appreciate the young woman's remarks -- well written.
However, I think the other pictures in better taste tell the story. My
point is that some people may not read the article and such a picture
is in poor taste for a Christian magazine. I know the culture abroad is
being represented, but so are you TCU. And you have a choice.
for receiving what I hope is constructive criticism.
St. Louis, Mo.
for the TCU Magazine that arrived today (Fall 2001). As a Brite
'54 grad I truly enjoy reading about TCU and the wide variety of issues
covered. Especially the piece by David Becker. Having served as a hospice
chaplain in St. Louis, Mo., for several years, I could readily empathize
with his descriptions of various traumatic situations. Also, having spent
a few weeks in London representing the Christian Church (Disciples of
Christ) in 1988 as part of a world-wide gathering of ministers, the descriptions
of diversity by Jennifer Klein were outstanding. Thanks again for a quality