Tower of technology
The William E. and Jean Jones Tucker
Technology Center, home to mathematics, engineering and computer science,
opens its doors this summer.
saw the completion of the $25 million, 62,500-square-foot William E. and
Jean Jones Tucker Technology Center, which officially opens in August.
The uniquely-angled building, designed by nationally-renowned architect
Ellerbe Becket, will be the new home for mathematics, computer science
and engineering, as well as the dean of the College of Science and Engineering.
As impressive as the outside is, the center's amenities inside are equally
remarkable. It incorporates the latest in information presentation, communications,
laboratory and classroom technology, which will allow the programs to
expand their enrollment. The engineering department anticipates growing
from 125 to as many as 400 students, and adding a third specialty in computer
or environmental engineering, as well as a master's degree program. Computer
science can increase from 30 to 100. At the heart of the Tucker Technology
Center will be the 100-seat Professional Development Center, which will
allow TCU to host programs of specific interest to North Texas companies.
with flair for cross-culture excellence
rang with a Latin beat in April as the Latin American Music Festival danced
to new heights with more performers and venues than ever.
headliners as internationally renowned playwright Jose Rivera, Argentinian
banoneonist and composer Daniel Binelli, this year's Latin American Arts
Festival, once just a campuswide classical music festival, became a true
communitywide celebration of Hispanic heritage.
festival was filled with events that showcased the cultures of Spain,
Mexico and several South American countries. Featured guests, all internationally
acclaimed performers and artists, shared their talents and personal experiences
with the TCU and Fort Worth communities.
film score composer and 90-year-old living legend, right, was on hand
for the event. Esperon is credited with encouraging the international
appeal of mariachi music. He wrote more than 600 scores for Mexican films
and has worked on music for MGM and Walt Disney Studios.
year marks a name change from music festival to arts festival that reflects
the inclusion of guests from virtually every fine arts discipline -- music,
dance and art.
TCU's director of orchestral studies, is the founder and driving force
behind the Latin American Arts Festival. Thanks in part to his direction,
TCU collaborated on special events for the children in "Fort Worth
After School," an enrichment program jointly sponsored by Fort Worth
ISD and the City of Fort Worth.
featured a youth art show and a special concert by Rhythm Band with instruments
donated to the children. Dance troupes performed local elementary schools.
Worth Symphony helped kick off the festivities with a series of concerts
at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall.
free Palestine. Occupation is a crime," went the chants and cries
of about 40 TCU students and Muslim families, who in late April, endured
a sweltering afternoon in front of Frog Fountain to raise awareness of
the plight of Palestinian refugees and speak out against Israel's occupation
of the West Bank and Gaza.
organized by the TCU Muslim Student Association, Amnesty International
and TCU Peace Action, followed an on-campus discussion of the Israeli
and Palestinian sides led by TCU professors and community leaders.
was a great place to finish up a distinguished career, and he'd been around
plenty already -- moving from reporter to editor to TV anchor to news
director to VP for public affairs -- all in the print and broadcast business.
And that was before he returned to school in the early 1970s to earn his
PhD in communication at Stanford, and then work his way up through eight
universities in six states to become a vice president twice and dean three
Bill Slater was settled as the dean at the Reynolds School of Journalism
at the University of Nevada in Reno, and there he was going to stay.
got a call from TCU.
some cajoling, but after the lively and friendly professor landed on campus
for an interview, and looked seriously at the program he would head as
dean of the new College of Communication, Bill Slater knew he wanted to
come and turn an already good program into one of international prominence
sky's the limit," Slater said. "What is already here is impressive,
but I think we've only scratched the surface of what it can become."
Everything is in place, Slater noted. "It's in a major metropolitan
area with access to a major media market. We've got three very strong
departments with faculty that are well known in their fields. And the
university has done well in the past with fund raising and is supportive
of moving forward."
He was doubly
impressed with the report from the Commission on the Future of TCU and
the strategic plans Chancellor Michael Ferrari has developed around that.
That groundwork will serve as a basis for strategic planning within the
college Slater will convene in the fall.
But he isn't
wasting time until then. A week after Slater moved into his office, even
before the boxes of his books had arrived, he could tick off the details
about the strengths of the various departments: The faculty in speech
communication are prolific researchers who are nationally respected; the
up-and-coming radio-TV-film department has already garnered international
renown and continues to expand technologically; and the journalism department
turns out scores of well-prepared students who win major awards while
producing student publications.
be challenges. Already, there are more students who want to be advertising/public
relations majors than the school can accommodate. And funding to keep
the departments up-to-date technologically is never easy.
knows about fund raising -- in less than three years he raised $8.7 million
for the Reynolds School in Reno. And he knows how important the College
of Communication -- which has an enrollment of nearly 1,000 students, about
one-eighth of the campus -- is to the overall mission at TCU.
Slater paused, then chuckled. "Yes, I can say 'we' now ╔ have some very
sophisticated training centers here. But the best part is that there' s
an energy and excitement in every department that will thrust this college
even more into international prominence."
It was excellence
in action in March when a team of 14 undergraduate engineering students
won the second annual College Design Engineering Award, sponsored by Design
News magazine, for their inline vacuum detection system for Alcon
Laboratories, an international manufacturer of eye care products.
on engineering professor Patrick Walter's senior design class in the fall
to fix a glitch in the company's production line. It needed a faster and
more accurate way to regulate the vacuum level in bottles of saline, used
to flush the eye during surgery.
The TCU team's
solution? Using a photoeye to count bottles moving on the assembly line,
they allowed four at a time to enter a movable frame. Clamps seized the
bottles and rotated them simultaneously to wet the stoppers. As the bottles
return to vertical, four pneumatic pistons hit the bottles sequentially,
so a single microphone can distinguish the four separate sounds.
then analyzes the sound signals. Bad bottles are identified and a programmable
logic controller utilizes pneumatic rams to reject bad bottles and send
good ones on down the assembly line. The entire testing sequence takes
worked. The machine achieved a line speed of 56 bottles per minute, greater
than the human line's 48.
to the award, the students split a $10,000 prize and TCU received a $10,000
grant for its scholarship fund. The team also was honored at the National
Design Engineering Show in Chicago.
smile crept across history instructor Sara Sohmer's face (below) as she
left her seat and approached the podium in April to accept the 2002 Honors
Faculty Recognition Award. Cheered by students and faculty, Sohmer welled
with tears and mustered a few thanks yous before hugging and posing for
pictures with students gathering to congratulate her.
the TCU faculty in 1999, Sohmer's area of specialty is modern British
history, the British Empire of the 19th century and the Colonial Era.
Her current research focuses on the British governors of colonial Fiji.
600 children and their families converged on campus the weekend before
Easter for the 8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Sponsored by the Fort Worth
Chapter of the Young Alumni Association, the event featured more than
4,200 eggs, stuffed with everything from candy and toys to jewelry and
balloons. Several local businesses contributed golden tickets and some
golden eggs, which contained snazzy surprises like restaurant gift certificates
and coloring books.
Allen, TCU's Emmy-award-winning radio-TV-film professor, has heard the
lullaby of Broadway.
project, "Mildred!," a musical based on the novel by James M.
Cain and the 1945 film that netted Joan Crawford a best actress Oscar,
premiered in April as a fully-staged workshop production at Stage West.
follows the same themes from the novel and movie, but is sprinkled with
more lighthearted and comedic tones. Allen penned the book and lyrics
to the 20 original songs.
Tim Goergeff, a TCU alum, added the music. Linda Leonard co-directed the
production with Allen. Most of the cast were TCU students. Jennifer Bailey,
a local actress, played Mildred.
musicals has always been my dream," said Allen, best known as a soap
opera writer and the faculty advisor to TCU's biennial soap opera production
project. "Expect a lot of variety musically, including a tango, a
waltz, lots of duets and even 'showtunes.' "
received a grant from TCU to develop the "transmedia adaptation" of the
movie into a musical, hopes to see the show move to a full-scale production.
TCU's chapter of Pi Kappa Phi know junior Brian Casebolt as their current
president, brother, leader and friend.
national headquarters know him as the guy with lots of ideas. Kids at
TCU's Rise School, a preschool program for children with Downs Syndrome,
such as Marshall, above with Casebolt, consider him a modern-day hero.
the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), an umbrella organization
representing more than 60 fraternal organizations, has recognized Casebolt
with their Award of Distinction.
In its first
year, the award honors three outstanding Greek men nationwide that surpass
standards of community service, ideals to community and commitment to
fraternal community. Pi
Kappa Phi fraternity's national headquarters nominated Casebolt for the
Brian will ride his bike in the Journey of Hope, part of Pi Kappa Phi' s
national philanthropy, PUSH America.
will join fraternity brothers as they cycle coast-to-coast raising funds
for children with disabilities. Casebolt will formally be presented with
the Award of Distinction at Pi Kappa Phi's national conference when he
finishes his ride at the U.S. Capitol.
lights, big city
like a performance at famed Carnegie Hall, the musical heart of New York
the combined voices of the TCU Chorale, the TCU Choral Union and the chancel
choir of University Christian Church -- some 130 total -- took to the stage
with director Ron Shirey for a show with The New York Pops.
It was the
third time in as many years Pops director Skitch Henderson invited the
Fort Worth vocalists -- billed as Fort Worth-TCU Symphonic Choir -- to sing
with his orchestra.
the occasion was part of New York's citywide celebration of the 100th
anniversary of the birth of composer Richard Rodgers. The group opened
the show with "Oklahoma" and closed with "You'll Never Walk Alone."
Pummill '96 performed as the soloist.
of survival in World War II concentration camps again captured the campus'
attention in April during the annual observance of Holocaust Remembrance
Week, sponsored by TCU Women' s Resource Center and the Jewish Studies
marked the week with a 24-hour prayer vigil at Robert Carr Chapel, a forum
on the Holocaust's importance, and a 12,000-flag lawn display. Also featured
was "Mama tell me another story," one in a series of 10-paintings
by Israeli-born artist Julie Meetal Berman, whose parents were concentration
camp survivors. Berman's works were on display in the student center during
to TCU as a gift of the Embassy of Luxembourg, "L'entre Duex Anneaux"
("Between Two Rings"), a gray marble statue, became part of
the university's collection of books and artwork from the European nation
in March. At the dedication ceremony the sculpture was unveiled in the
lobby of Mary Couts Burnett Library, where it will remain on permanent
display. It was crafted by artist Bernard Ney of Luxembourg.
paint, a wood floor and some remodeling, an old classroom in the basement
of Ed Landreth Auditorium in April has been transformed into TCU's newest
performing arts venue -- the Melvin and Katy Dacus Rehearsal Studio. Named
for the Fort Worth and TCU theatre pioneers, the studio will stage reader's
theater and dance shows.
On the night
of the dedication, a crowd of about 50 enjoyed an original one-act comedy,
"The Day They Kidnapped Blanche," written by Katy Dacus and
Ann Barham Pugh '45. The evening also featured stirring recollections
of the Dacuses by their three children. "I know Daddy. If he saw
this room, he would be wondering what song to sing," said Mindy Dacus
up a special visit
football players John Turntine, Adrian Madise, Andrew Hayes-Stoker, Tyrone
Sanders and Matt Orlovsky brought smiles, along with posters and T-shirts
to the kids at Cook Children's hospital this spring as part of the TCU
Athletics Department Community Outreach program. "The players were
so impressive that the PR contact at Cook's told us that she has seen
Rangers, Stars, Mavs and Cowboys come through that ward, and the TCU football
players were more genuine, kind, caring and friendly than any group previous,"
said Brian Florko, ESPN Regional General Manager.
Zihlman '75 shared bird facts and identification tips with entranced kindergarteners
in the class of Marsha Roberts Stallard '74 at Fort Worth's Lily B. Clayton
Elementary in March. The kids examined feathers and nests, listened to
a story, and sampled gummy (candy) worms as part of a Fort Worth Audubon
Society program that focuses on the lives of robins. Debbie visited the
class as a guest of TCU' s Reading Frogs program, which places TCU staff
and student volunteers in Fort Worth ISD elementary school classrooms
to assist with reading programs.
has come a long way since AddRan Male and Female College's inaugural class
of two received diplomas at the first graduation ceremony in 1876.
a record 1,100 students marched into the ranks of the Alumni Association
with degrees in hand. More students crossing the stage means more relatives
and friends were in attendance -- topping 10,000 this year, 3,000 more than
Daniel-Meyer Coliseum can hold at full capacity. So
for the first time in university history, graduation moved off campus
to the Fort Worth Convention Center.
of 2002 had a lot to celebrate -- 15 students graduated with a 4.0 GPA, 208
graduated with honors and 71 international students from 34 countries
luminaries received honorary doctorates: Bob Bolen, senior advisor to
the Chancellor and former mayor of Fort Worth, received a doctor of public
service degree; and Jim Wright, distinguished lecturer in political science
and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was honored with
a doctor of letters degree.
Bob Schieffer '59, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News and moderator
of Face the Nation, delivered the Commencement address.
-- Math junior
Ryan P. Dunning earned the prestigious Goldwater Scholar title this spring
when he was chosen as one of 309 college students nationwide to receive
the Barry M. Goldwater scholarship, worth $15,000 over the next two years.
The fifth Goldwater Scholar selected from TCU, Dunning will pursue a graduate
degree in mathematics and focus on teaching and research.
Davis, vice chancellor for university advancement, was recognized by District
IV of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
with the Distinguished Achievement Award, their highest honor, for his
success and commitment to fund raising. Davis, who is the architect of
TCU's major fund-raising campaigns, has been with the university since
1990 and has been a leader in CASE for nearly two decades.
-- Nine radio-TV-film
majors can now add the George Foster Peabody Award to their resumes for
their contributions to a PBS documentary on the 11th Van Cliburn International
Piano Competition which aired this spring. Through TCU contacts, the students
landed jobs last summer with director Peter Rosen, who won an Emmy for
his 1997 documentary on the prestigious competition. During the two-week
period, the students followed the competitors with cameras, helped edit
tape and worked as assistants to the producer.
we told you about a 10,000 item acquisition of books and manuscripts for
the Jewish Studies Program, but we neglected to note the Lehman collection
will be housed in the Jack B. Friedman Library, named in honor of Barbara
Friedman Rakoover '67.
Gumbo: Life, Sex and More Sex
By Ursula Inga Kindred '85 and Mirrancda Guerin-Williams
Gumbo: Life, Sex and More Sex is the result of informal interviews with
more than twenty women from different walks of life, who, just like the
gumbo cooked in Louisiana, added a little flavor all their own.
talk about men, love, sex and affairs, not to mention their most intimate
feelings on marriage, friendship and advice. Sister Gumbo is a collection
of vignettes and makes for an enjoyable read. Raised in Louisana, sisters
Ursula Inga Kindred and Mirranda Guerin-Williams both live in the Fort
is available through Amazon.com, Black Images and Jokaes in Dallas and
The Black Bookworm in Fort Worth.