Carrying a torch
The torch for the 2002 Winter Games
comes through campus -- in honor of a former TCU swimmer.
head swimming coach Richard Sybesma didn't run particularly far or fast,
but he was decidedly out of breath after carrying the Olympic torch through
campus in December.
He had planned
to make the two-tenths of a mile he jogged on University Drive last as
long as possible, so the moment could be savored.
Not for himself.
But for Matt Walters '92, his former swimming student who was a website
designer for the 2002 Winter Games before dying of a heart attack last
mother Cathy cheering along with hundreds of other flag-waving supporters,
Sybesma ran arm in arm with Matt's wife Darlene as they enjoyed the moment
in the sun as one of 11,500 torchbearers.
emotional for me, for Darlene, Matt's family, for the swim team, for TCU,"
Sybesma said after passing the torch to the next runner.
was a means of "carrying on"an interest and passion of Matt's, said Darlene,
who was a physical therapist until July when she began work as torchbearer
coordinator for the relay. She traveled with the team since the flame
left Atlanta on Dec. 3 and was instrumental in making sure the route passed
your class project being aired on national cable TV before 5 million peers.
The cast and crews of the biennial radio-TV-film department soap operas
can. Two of the yearlong projects will be shown on Burly Bear Network,
owned by "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels.
geared toward 18- to 24-year-olds and carried nationwide on 600 college
cable television stations, bought the rights this fall to the wholly student
written, acted and produced "Studio 13" (created in 2000) and "Almost
Legal" (being filmed this spring). Michaels' long-time assistant and TCU
alum Lyle Johnson '94 remembered the TCU productions and suggested them
as a series.
have produced three soap operas and one sitcom since 1995 under the direction
of Richard Allen, Emmy Award-winning daytime writer-turned-professor.
The shows became campus cult favorites, and led to job opportunities for
the producers, writers, cast and crew.
left to right are "Almost Legal" actresses Kirsten Upchurch, Kristin Moon
and Lauren Waller. "Almost legal" is about high school girls attending
an all-girls boarding school. "Studio 13" was a convoluted tale of the
behind-the-scenes stories of people who were producing a soap opera.
a world away
Isle of Skye might seem an unlikely spot to send students to learn leadership
skills, but a new partnership with the Scotland-based leadership program
Columba 1400 will make that possible.
to Scotland are already in the works, including a 17-member group in March
and two summer educational seminars. One summer group, led by professors
Nowell Donovan and Ray Drenner, will learn about environmental stewardship.
Another group, led by English professor Stephen Powell and Student Development
Services Director Barbara Herman, will study the legend and literature
of King Arthur.
was founded by the Rev. Norman Drummond, below, former BBC National Governor
and Chairman of the Broadcasting Council for Scotland, who presented the
December graduation address. While here, Drummond worked with Chancellor
Michael Ferrari and the Fort Worth school district's "Stay in School"
W. David Nelson joined the faculty of TCU's Brite Divinity School last
year to develop a Jewish studies program, he knew the fledgling program
would need significant resources to build upon.
is among the best collection of religious texts in the region, but its
current holdings were not enough for a program in Jewish studies -- which
spans more than 4,000 years -- to grow.
was there but I didn't know it would even be possible," said Nelson, the
Rosenthal Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies.
later he received a tip that such a collection was up for sale in a familiar
place -- the home of his former mentor, the late Rabbi Israel Otto Lehman
of Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati.
Lehman's collection of about 10,000 items, which includes rare holdings
such as first and second printed editions of tractates of the Babylonian
Talmud produced around 1520 by one of the first printers of Jewish texts.
also contains a 17th century complete polyglot Bible including Old and
New Testaments and Apocryhpha, as well as a 17th century Latin concordance
of rabbinic literature and 19th century manuscripts of Jewish texts produced
by the Jewish community in Yemen.
is valuable not only for its rare holdings, but also for its breadth,"
Nelson said. "This library can facilitate the study of Judaism and other
religions in all their historical manifestations. The value to Brite is
in the spotlight
spurred activity on campus this year as the community searched for answers
and ways to contribute. A free public lecture series on Islam at a local
Barnes & Noble bookstore was offered through Extended Education and enrollment
increased in world religion and political science classes. Sociology classes,
with the help of various campus groups, rallied to raise $800 that went
to the Afghan Women's Mission and Help the Afghan Children, Inc.
Kathy Cooter describes the Rise School as a little piece of the heart
of the university on the outskirts of campus. So it was fitting that members
of the Intrafraternity and Panhellenic Councils gave the school a special
valentine in February -- $25,000 for the program's first-ever endowed
with the Greek community is an incredibly rich one," Cooter said. "This
endowment is another indication they are part of us here. The relationships
that are built between TCU students and our little ones prove it's meaningful
for everyone involved."
she will allocate about $1,200 a year to one of Rise's neediest families.
Although the scholarship will not cover the $8,400 a year tuition cost,
she said it will cover a student's occupational, physical and speech therapy
costs while attending the educational facility for preschoolers with Downs
attention for Hope Connection
were rolling on campus this year as "Dateline NBC" followed
two Tarrant County families through the sweet and the sad of international
adoptions. Both families are involved with the TCU psychology department's
Hope Connection, a ground-breaking, research-based summer camp for children
who suffered early maltreatment and neglect. The "Dateline"
crew spent three days on campus chronicling how Hope Connection, housed
in the Starpoint School, is providing constructive help for these families
as it studies the needs of such children.
for School of Music
was a moment of uncontained excitement for Scott Sullivan, dean of the
School of Music, when he announced that Oklahoma University professor
Dr. Richard Gipson had been appointed the school's new director.
brings a superb record of administrative experience to TCU and we are
excited about the future of our School of Music under his leadership,"
as director of the OU School of Music from 1992-97. He also was interim
provost and vice president for academic affairs and a special assistant
to the president while at OU. Before joining the OU faculty in 1976, he
taught at the University of Texas-Austin, Central Missouri State University,
Penn State and Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa.
composer, conductor and musician, Gipson has been the principal timpanist
for the Norman Chamber Orchestra since 1983. He was the principal timpanist
for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic from 1989-99 and for the Oklahoma Symphony
from 1976-87. His ensembles have won numerous regional and national awards.
The TCU Wind
Symphony was chosen to perform at two prestigious conferences this spring:
The College Band Directors National Conference in Houston and the Texas
Music Educators Convention in San Antonio, where they received a standing
ovation by the crowd of 4,000. The group, led by Director of Bands Bobby
R. Francis, recorded a compact disc this spring as well, which will be
available in the summer.
and the panels
snowflakes and fingerprints, each 3-foot-by-6-foot rectangle of the AIDS
Memorial Quilt is unlike any other.
Arth's has her name on a peach butterfly surrounded by symbols from her
life: a cross, an apple, a TCU seal, her high school varsity letter.
there are more than 44,000 panels. Laid end to end, they would stretch
for 50 miles. The entire quilt encompasses almost 800,000 square feet
or 26 football fields and contains more than 80,000 names.
Fort Worth/Tarrant NAMES Project, AIDS Outreach and AIDS Interfaith Network
displayed 200 panels of the quilt in TCU's Student Center ballroom to
commemorate World AIDS Day, Dec. 1. Throughout the two-day exhibit, names
on the quilt were read hourly to honor the victims.
the TCU community eagerly participated. Theater and music department students
performed for visitors in front of the Student Center. Families of the
victims attended two church services -- an interdenominational service at
University Christian Church and a Catholic mass by the quilt display -- during
the weekend. Volunteers worked interactive educational areas, grief counseling
rooms and booths for those who wanted to turn in panels they have made
to be included in the quilt.
in a row
the third consecutive year, one of TCU's artist diploma piano students
is among the finalists in the piano competition of the Music Teachers
Sennet earned a spot as a finalist for the March 18 competition by winning
the 2002 South Central Division of the Collegiate Piano Competition of
the Music Teachers National Association in January.
(2000) and Yuri Blinov (2001) earned the distinction the previous two
years. Blinov was last year's grand prize champion. Sennet, who studied
piano at the San Francisco Piano Conservatory and received a master's
degree in piano performance at the University of Michigan, will play works
from composers John Corigliano and Maurice Ravel.
like it's 1949
the TCU mascot, you get to turn 21 every year for more than half a century.
No kidding. SuperFrog has been turning 21 since 1949. That's 53 years -- and
counting -- that the old gray Frog has been of drinking age.
party organizers decided it takes more than a cake to celebrate such an
occasion. So on February 21, university staff, faculty and students spent
six hours living it up in honor of the mascot originally named "Addy the
pizza, soft drinks, cup cakes, birthday cake and musical performances
by the bands Drum, Chomsky, Voight and Trout Fishing in America, revelers
took in the sights between classes. The celebration also included bumper
cars, wall climbing and a fan-blown parachute to lift people into the
birthday is a tradition, but an afternoon party didn't start until 10
or 12 years ago when students wanted a school spirit celebration during
the day to replace late night parties that wouldn't end until early morning.
a great deal
the $213.5 million budget allocated for next year, Trustees in January
approved an increase of 8.7 percent for the flat tuition and general fees
rate, bumping it from $15,000 to $16,300. Undergraduates who entered before
last fall will see their credit hour cost rise to $455 from $420. Room
costs will also go up by 6 percent. To also help defray costs, endowment
support will increase by about 2 percent.
news is that TCU remains one of the best bargains among private universities
in Texas, ranking ninth in cost among the 10 colleges used for comparison.
includes new money for new faculty, increases in financial aid and scholarships
and $20 million for renovations and refurbishing of teaching laboratories
and major lecture halls, as well as equipment and facility needs in the
continues on many major building projects: The new recreation center and
the Tucker Technology Center will be ready for use in the fall, the baseball
stadium will host its first game next spring, and construction has begun
on the Smith Entrepreneurs Hall.
from the School of Education racked up a combined 96 percent pass-rate
for the 1999-2000 school year by passing one or more ExCET (Examination
for the Certification of Educators in Texas) exams required for initial
teacher certification. This feat places TCU in the top quartile of Texas
teacher preparation programs.
centers are great ways to focus in on areas of expertise, and three new
centers are helping to highlight campus areas of excellence.
School's new Luther King Capital Management Center for Financial Studies
will focus on enhancing faculty research, providing educational and career
opportunities to students and attracting leaders in the industry to the
school. It is named for the longstanding commitment the company has had
with TCU's finance department.
and Value Chain Center at Neeley is aimed at helping businesses achieve
optimal results by better integrating their internal and external functions.
It will also work closely with the faculty at Neeley to train students
in this important area.
of Education's new Center for Urban Education will form a coalition of
teachers, principals, and TCU faculty and students mobilized to turn neglected
inner city schools into thriving learning environments. It will provide
resources for teachers and principals in the community, such as staff
development workshops and speaking engagements featuring leading-edge
urban education professionals and researchers.
God is Marching On: The Religious World of Civil War Soldiers
By Steven E. Woodworth
University Press of Kansas
stirred inside the hearts and minds of mid-18th century men to fight against
their friends and brothers? It was a profound belief in principles, particularly
religious faith, that motivated Civil War soldiers to march shoulder to
shoulder into murderous fire, climb over mutilated bodies of messmates
and hurl themselves into entrenched lines.
It is this
deep religious faith that Steven E. Woodworth, associate professor of
history, documents in this well-researched history, using the words of
the soldiers themselves, taken from their letters.
By J.R. Graham '90
The Grove Publishing
true-life story is a look into the multi-million dollar marijuana smuggling
operation of the same name that captured national headlines. With rich
insiders' details, the author's father Roy Graham leads readers into a
cowboy soap opera full of power brokers and shady business deals. In the
book, Roy Graham tells how he believes Texas millionaire Rex Cauble, who
served five years in federal prison in connection to the case, was framed.
from the book go to the Cowboy Mafia Foundation to fund cancer research.
It can be ordered at online bookstores or by calling 1-800-346-4221.