My big brother,
and Jason are buddies. They watch the Rangers together. Every week, they
meet for lunch and play games.
share a lot in common -- including growing up in single-parent homes.
The difference is Zachary is 9 and Jason is the new CEO of Big Brothers
Big Sisters serving Arlington and Mansfield.
professional life, the new executive is Jason Ray '92, four-year
employee of the Arlington organization and successor to former CEO and
Frog alum Sarah Knotts '66.
with Zachary, Ray is the Big Brother who can empathize.
grew up with a single mom who worked one or two jobs at odd hours, and
I wasted a lot of time watching television," Ray said. "Looking back,
I could have done a lot more with that time."
the political science major-turned-United Way Campaign organizer is working
to match up volunteers with children.
have 300 on our waiting list, so there is a lot of work to be done," he
also busy fund-raising, strengthening the organization's business model
and improving its revenue streams.
fashion editor we can relate to
average fashion model is a size 0, or maybe even a size 2. The average
American woman? She wears a 14.
Ceslie Armstrong '85 is on a mission to bring fashion to ladies
that don't look like Kate Moss with Grace magazine, a fashion,
beauty and lifestyle publication geared to plus-size women. Only models
size 12 and up grace its pages.
have a real disconnect when they look through fashion magazines," said
Armstrong, who co-founded Grace this year and serves as editor-in-chief.
"People say I'll never be able to afford that, and I'll never be able
to look like that."
enters the market at just the right time. Plus-size fashion is the fastest
growing segment in the retail industry, and Armstrong says it will be
equally fast in the magazine industry.
the premiere issue of Grace, one of only a few major magazines
for the plus-size market, hit the stands May 14, its 300,000 copies quickly
sold out everywhere. And when Armstrong saw her creation on a Manhattan
newsstand, she cried tears of joy.
it was front and center right next to Vogue, Cosmo and Glamour,"
she said. "There was a size 14 woman on a cover of a magazine that looked
just as gorgeous, if not more, than the women on the other magazine covers
because she looked happy, healthy and fit."
a father in the newspaper business and a mother who was a model, Armstrong
was born to write and to love fashion. She has been a guest host and an
entertainment commentator on television shows such as Access Hollywood,
Extra and Entertainment Tonight.
can be happy, healthy and fit in the skin you're in -- no matter what
color that skin is," she said. "Women's magazines are meant
to be part fantasy, part entertainment and aspirational, but we feel Grace
is both aspirational and inspirational."
a valet for your fancy dinner party? Or someone to stand in line to buy
your movie tickets? How about a reliable person to get your Mustang to
your summer home in New England?
Prescott '96 is your man.
his Rent A Frog businesses, no job is too big or too odd. And you might
be surprised at the demand -- more than 2,000 gigs a year -- with the majority
of his business coming from word-of-mouth. His impressive client base
includes the Basses, Moncriefs, Walshes and Texas Rangers catcher Pudge
venture started shortly after he graduated. He was working full time at
a temporary staffing agency while parking cars on the side. Soon, his
moonlighting became so busy he hired someone to take orders for him while
he was at work. "It reached a point where I needed to do it full time
or cut it off," he said.
it's grown into three separate businesses employing about 400, mostly
college and seminary students, with a fourth venture in the works. First
came Rent A Frog Valet. Then, he split off (for legal reasons) the bartending,
furniture moving and lawn jobs into a second company called Event Staff.
Recently, he's opened a second car-parking outfit, Golden Triangle Valet,
to tap the Northeast Tarrant County market. He's also trying to create
an auction business, in which college students can buy and sell furniture
on the cheap.
still manages to get behind the wheel occasionally, but mostly he handles
the incoming jobs, assigning them to his employees using software specially
tailored to run his business.
not a behind-the-desk kind of guy. I had to work when I was in college
and I remember being without money but willing to work to earn some,"
he said. "At the time I was cursing my parents for having me work, but
now I thank them because I wouldn't be where I am today."
put the fun in Southwest Airlines
Keith '67 has been with Southwest Airlines since its beginning in
1971. She has seen the airline's fun and unconventional atmosphere catch
for a startup, Keith began where the work was -- at the top. In an effort
to drum up business and media coverage, Keith, the director of public
relations in those days, came up with some off-the-wall promotions. She
went so far as to put two Southwest flight attendants on The Dating
Game. She also tried to have an Easter egg hunt on an airplane.
"There wasn't anybody to tell me it couldn't be done, so I tried it. Nothing
was silly when you weren't sure if (Southwest) would make it," she said.
1971, Keith created the first frequent flyer program in the airline industry
called the Sweethearts Club.
used to be that the secretaries made all the (airplane) reservations,"
she said. "Your boss would carry a little passport and when it got enough
hearts on it, the secretary would get a free ticket."
also helped develop the "Home for the Holidays" program, which gives economically
strapped senior citizens a free airplane ticket to visit family over the
pioneering spirit and selfless attitude has taken her a long way. Keith
was recently named a recipient of the 2002 Women of Excellence Award presented
by Women's Enterprise and the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, which
recognizes individuals active in the community and the business world.
don't want to go home any day where I don't feel like I've made a difference
somewhere to somebody. I think we all have a gift to help others."
Top notch nurse
groups Shari Hughes Scott '78 works with couldn't be more different
-- children with chronic illnesses and registered sex offenders.
a pediatric consult nurse, she teaches coping skills to children diagnosed
with cancer or diabetes, but she also meets weekly with four therapy groups
for men just released from prison and trying to get their lives on track.
former is her everyday job at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, where
she's worked the last 6-plus years. The latter came about from volunteer
work. But both are lessons to her about resiliency.
groups go through struggles and need help to find the hope and courage
they need in spite of their circumstances," says Scott, a grad of TCU's
Harris College of Nursing.
expertise and gentle hand have garnered her the honor of one of "DFW's
Great 100 Nurses," selected by the Texas Nurses Association (Districts
Three and Four) and the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Nurse Administration
is arduous, difficult and stressful, but the return of experiences makes
it worth spending your life on," she said.