Tschetter '92 knows that about 75 percent of all new restaurants fail,
but that didn't stop him from opening his own place. Tschetter figured
if he created a place he would want to hang out, relax, talk with friendly
people and eat great food, people would come.
They have. In droves. His
downtown Fort Worth sports bar, The Pour House, has more than doubled
in size and tripled the number of employees since it opening in 1995.
"We know our regular
customers," said Tschetter, 31. "They even come in and share
their vacation photos." His high-energy style earned recognition
by fellow restaurateurs, who chose him to lead the Greater Fort Worth
Restaurant Association as president, a term which ends in June.
As president, Tschetter leads
monthly discussions on issues such as smoking sections, Texas Alcohol
and Beverage Commission certification and using the Internet to train
"The restaurant association
is good for Fort Worth because it allows people in the industry to share
what works and what doesn't in a fun atmosphere, which ultimately improves
the dining experience for everyone," he said.
He's 18 inches long, burrows
in the dirt and has an insatiable appetite for getting his snout into
everything Fort Worth. But for 12 years, Diggy Armadillo has been the
perfect local to teach the region's history to the young people of Cowtown.
Star of an educational adventure
series created by Ann Barham Pugh '45 and Joan Freed Anderson
'85, Diggy's spunky curiosity takes him and his friends to the Stock
Show & Rodeo, the Fort Worth Zoo and the historic Stockyards to learn
tidbits of city folklore and history. As he rambles about, he also learns
songs and geography.
Pugh, an accomplished children's
author, wanted to develop a character to investigate local history. She
teamed with Anderson, another children's author, and along came Diggy
in 1990 .
"We felt an armadillo
was the perfect animal because they're always getting into things -- just
like Diggy does with history," Pugh said. The series is now mandatory
reading for third-graders in the Fort Worth school district and is being
published in Spanish for the first time, as well as moving to a tabloid
newspaper format. Teachers receive a Diggy curriculum guide, written by
Pugh, plus audio cassettes of the song "Texas, Texas, What shape
are you?" and poems, all narrated by the late theater great Melvin
Other Horned Frog alums who
ensure Diggy gets wide exposure include: Kelly Kimmel DeGarmo '85,
who coordinates the Star-Telegram's Newspaper in Education program; Joyce
Johnson '79, who contributes to the curriculum guide; Judy Satterwhite
'70, who manages special projects with Fort Worth ISD.
verb-acious appetite for teaching
When the NBC affiliate in
Albany, Ga., needed someone to explain how 'booty' and 'hottie' became
words, they turned to Ulf the Verbavore, also known as Darton College
associate professor of English Ulf Kirchdorfer '92 (PhD). Kirchdorfer,
with TV camera in tow, scoured campus asking if students "wanted
a noogie" or knew "a gearhead." The noteworthy lesson,
the good-natured professor said, is that the English language is always
"It may be because of
advertising and technology that these words are popping up almost overnight,"
said Kirchdorfer, whose knowledge and classroom style have earned him
national recognition by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. From
more than 400 candidates, one from each state was selected 2001 U.S. Professors
of the Year. Kirchdorfer was Georgia's winner.
That succulent steak? It's
Lynne Collier '92 (MBA)
eats out a lot -- steaks, chicken quesadillas, pancakes on a stick. If
Outback Steakhouse, Taco Cabana and Sonic can invent it, she will taste
it. She also talks a lot -- to the wait staff, to drive-through window
attendants, to third-shift weekend managers. Anything to glean how good
a restaurant is.
Collier is no food critic
or health inspector. She's one of the country's foremost restaurant analysts
for Stephens Inc., a brokerage firm in Little Rock, Ark. And her bulldog
tenacity -- she regularly visits 25 restaurants a week and calls scores
of others for their wait times -- was profiled by The Wall Street Journal
in September 2001 in a piece about stock analysts getting back to the
practice of old-fashioned detective work to see how a business is really
Her colleagues joke that
a 5-foot, 95-pound woman can't be trusted to rate the dining industry,
but Collier's evaluations more often than not lead to rising stock prices
and sound investment decisions.
What makes a "good"
school? It shouldn't be based on student performance on standardized tests,
says author, scholar and consultant Festus E. Obiakor '81 (MEd).
Instead, a good school should have strong teachers that take a holistic
approach to education, and consider each student's needs academically,
socially, emotionally and culturally.
Obiakor, professor of exceptional
education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, asserts in his book
It Even Happens in "Good" Schools: Responding to Cultural Diversity
in Today's Classrooms that "good" schools aren't only found
in "good" neighborhoods.
Educators who teach with real
pedagogical emphasis can reach students in any demographic.
"A 'good' school is a
learning community that maximizes the potential of all its students, whether
they are white, black, Hispanic, Asian or Native American," Obiakor
said. "And a school can't be a 'good' school when some of its students
are misidentified, misassessed, miscategorized, misplaced and misinstructed
because of cultural differences."
Obiakor's work, which offers
a series of case studies and discussions, is being praised and used by
school district administrators in Missouri, Georgia, Wisconsin and California.
Some of the best mutual funds
aren't found amid the ranks of the big boys. They're not listed in your
daily newspaper, and they're not offered in most company retirement plans.
They're small, family-run partnerships that invest their wealth alongside
their clients. And they often make their mark with stocks that Wall Street
One such fund is the $5 million
Corbin Small-Cap Value Fund, launched in 1992 by Fort Worth-based David
A. Corbin '89 as a sideline to his money-management business. Corbin's
fund, up 48 percent in 2001, buys tiny, fast-growing companies, such as
Forgent and Titan Corp.
"We don't have to have
to own the third-best car company or Microsoft," he told Business
Week in its Dec. 17, 2001, issue. The fund was ranked No. 5 among all
equity funds at the end of 2001.