A new tradition with a distinctive ring
University to offer an official TCU
worked hard to earn your degree. Now you can display that accomplishment
every day -- in the form of an official TCU ring. A special ring that
signifies the tradition of excellence that is TCU. A ring you earn the
right to wear. Starting in January, alumni can participate in the University's
"Single Ring" program, a new tradition that will strengthen
graduates' ties to their alma mater. "Schools across the country
are going to the single-ring tradition with great success," said
Kristi Hoban, director of alumni relations. "When you bought a class
ring in the past, you were just buying a personal piece of jewelry. Now
you are buying an official symbol that you have to earn. And that brings
much more meaning to the whole tradition." The number of hours needed
to earn the ring is still being decided, but most students should earn
that right by the end of their junior year. Students graduating this December
will be the first to receive the new ring. Alumni will be
able to order their ring after the first of the year. This new symbol
will be surrounded by new campus traditions as well. "Each year there
will be a special ring ceremony for students and their families where
the chancellor will award the ring," Hoban said. "This year
it will include juniors and seniors, but by next spring most of the new
ring wearers will be juniors. This way it can serve as a right-of-passage
into the senior year." Incoming freshmen will be given a key chain
with a replica of the ring during Howdy Week to help them focus on what
they will earn in a few years. The ring's design took months to develop.
A committee of 15, which included seven students and representatives from
the staff, faculty and alumni, knew the horned frog needed to be an integral
part of the design. But to keep the look on level with the importance
of a diploma, the committee chose the University seal, which includes
a frog. The official University frog will be engraved inside each ring.
Other personal engravings, such as class year, initials or Greek letters,
can be added to the inside as well. For more information, contact the
Alumni Association at email@example.com or 817-257-5039 or 800-464-4TCU(4828).
than 600 Frogs turned out on a sunny September Saturday for the 4th annual
TCU LEAPS, the University-wide day of community service. At 26 locations,
students and other volunteers could be found sorting food donations, cleaning
Mission Arlington's dental office, painting a senior citizen's apartment
or visiting shut-ins at a nursing home, for example. "It brings me
a lot of joy to know I could make them smile and talk about their memories,"
said sophomore Lindsey Hale, who helped out at Stonegate Nursing Center.
"They're able to remember, which helps them deal with the pain they're
having. You have a warm, fuzzy feeling when you leave, especially when
they're so eager to talk."
it was a student-built robot that delivered the clipping shears at the
dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the $25 million William E. and
Jean Jones Tucker Technology Center in September. More than 200 students,
faculty, alumni and university benefactors joined the former chancellor
and his wife at the ceremony to celebrate the impressive new center, which
houses the departments of computer science, engineering and mathematics
and features state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories and equipment.
"The Tuckers quietly invested in the TCU campus for many decades,"
Chancellor Ferrari said. "They are champions of campus beautification,
and their contributions reach into every facet of the university. This
facility is a tribute to their years of love for TCU." The Tuckers
both attended TCU as students in the 1950s. William returned to campus
as the ninth chancellor in 1979. The magnificence of the steel and glass
center left the former chancellor beaming. "I am pleased that this
facility will add to the future and strength of the university,"
he said. "It means so much to us."
history -- Fogelson Honors Forum
uttered the words "A date that will live in infamy" in December 1941?
Stumped? So are lots of high school students, even college undergraduates.
Many simply don't know their history as well as they should. That's what
prominent historian and author David McCullough believes. In fact, he
says Americans' lack of knowledge is downright abysmal. McCullough, famous
for his Pulitzer prize-winning biographies of Harry Truman and John Adams,
was the guest lecturer of the Fogelson Honors Forum at Ed Landreth Auditorium
in September. "There is a substantial percentage of college students today
who don't know the difference between Franklin Roosevelt and Theodore
Roosevelt (32nd and 26th presidents respectively), who don't know which
century World War I took place (20th), who have no idea about the Revolutionary
War. None. Zero," McCullough said. "It's a disgrace. Shame on us." What's
the big fuss over dates and historical facts? McCullough says having a
sense of history is critical for having some grounding in life and knowing
how to react to present-day challenges. "You have to know who you are,"
he said. "If you don't know where all your advantages, blessings, privileges,
rights and freedoms have come from, and at what cost, then you start to
take them for granted."
of the drum and a standing ovation
all the fanfare befitting TCU's formal introduction at the glamorous Bass
Performace Hall downtown, the College of Fine Arts splashed onto the arts
scene with a performance cast of several hundred students and several
faculty members. The "Evening with Gershwin," which played to
a full house of nearly 1,700, featured a musical tribute to the late composer
that was performed by the Jazz Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra
and the Choral Union. Dancers joined the stage for Promenade. The evening
began with a gala dinner for 250, which featured an exhibit of student
art and some musical theater, courtesy of the theater department. Spearheaded
by the College of Fine Arts Board of Visitors, the evening was wonderfully
successful, said Dean Scott Sullivan. "The success of TCU Fine Arts
at the Bass was the result of much hard work and dedication by members
of our Gala Committee and International Board of Visitors," Sullivan
said. The committee was headed by Kathleen Birkner Stevens '61. Even Steinway
& Sons got involved, sending "Rhapsody," a $175,000 limited-edition
grand piano now on national tour. Commissioned as a tribute to Gershwin,
the piano's blue-dyed maple veneer sports 400 hand-cut mother-of-pearl
stars. Artist-in-residence JosŽ Feghali performed Rhapsody in Blue on
the opulent instrument, while Germ‡n GutiŽrrez, director of orchestral
studies, led the wind symphony and Feghali through an awe-inspiring performance
of the popular composition. The evening ended with an emotional rendition
of the alma mater by the symphony, chorus and marching band (which crowded
into the gallery seating and front of the stage) that brought the audience
to its feet.
Convocation brought recognition to two campus favorites as the winners
of the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Wassenich
Award for Mentoring in the TCU Community were named. Chancellor's Award
winner Donald W. Jackson's lifelong passion has been the Constitution
of the United States. But as soon as the professor of political science
stepped in front of a class in 1975, his passion has been his students,
too. That passion earned him the prestigious award, which carries a $20,000
cash award One former student said, "I thank God for placing him
in my life's path. He will probably never fully appreciate the profound
impact he has made in the lives of others." Wassenich Award winner
L. Kay Higgins has done a little bit of everything since she walked through
the doors of TCU in 1978. She has filled positions ranging from graduate
housing coordinator, overseer of residential services, director of the
Women's Resource Center and her current position of director of new student
programs. To the students, she is a mother, mentor, counselor and friend.
One student said, "Because of her caring and nurturing, some of the
best TCU students have gone on to become sensitive, open-minded listeners
not afraid to challenge justice." The award, which was established
in 1999 by Mark '64 and Linda Pilcher Wassenich '65, goes to a faculty
or staff member who has made a difference in the lives of students and
carries a cash award of $2,500.
fine arts faculty members and 12 TCU vocalists, dancers and musicians
showcased their talents this summer in Pergine, Italy, at the monthlong
Orchestra Giovanile Internazionale del Festival "Pergine Spettacolo
Aperto." Curt Thompson, assistant professor of violin, joined TCU
dance and vocal students in performances of Candide with a renown orchestra
comprising the year's best European students. Additionally, a few TCU
music alums lent a hand on the production end of the festival. Thompson
conducted a series of master classes with the orchestra, as did music
professors Germ‡n GutiŽrrez and Richard Estes when they joined the group
in August. The pair were invited to direct the second show, The Barber
of Seville, with GutiŽrrez acting as director/conductor and Estes as assistant
director. Among the TCU contingent were sophomore Betina Pasteknik, graduate
student Ana Roca, Maria Garavito '01 (MM), Estes, GutiŽrrez and senior
A sound fiscal
budget and aggressive fund-raising are among six key priorities for TCU
as Chancellor Ferrari enters his last year as the university's chief executive.
With a stable enrollment, a pressured endowment and limited tuition increases,
Ferrari told the university community at Fall Convocation that he intends
to ask budget managers to reallocate existing money within departments
to meet needs rather than expect new funds. He announced the formation
of a Board of Trustees steering committee to carry out fund-raising goals.
The university hopes to raise more than the $70 million it received in
gifts over the last two years to use for major campus projects. "I know
this is not an easy task, but your suggestions of ways to stretch existing
dollars will be needed as we develop next year's budget plan," he said.
Evaluating enrollment will be another objective for the coming months.
Ferrari said more students are choosing public universities in this difficult
economic climate, even if TCU is their first choice. A committee comprising
admissions and financial aid staff will examine a possible increased need
for more scholarship and financial aid. Other initiatives for the year
include completing the re-accreditation visit by the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools, adopting a new undergraduate core curriculum
and selecting the university's 11th chancellor.
most of his career, Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens tried to avoid striking
water. Now, decades later, he's the largest water owner in the state and
has a can't-miss plan to prevent the state's future water woes, wants
to pipe millions of acre-feet of Ogallala Aquifer groundwater from his
Panhandle ranch to North Texas before the region experiences major economic
and lifestyle disruptions at the end of the decade. His plan and humorous
run-ins with the media made for a crowd-pleasing breakfast lecture at
an October installment of the Charles Tandy Executive Speaker Series,
sponsored by TCU's M.J. Neeley School of Business. According to Pickens'
research, Texas District C, comprised of 17 North Texas counties, currently
uses 1.4 million acre-feet of water per year. With population estimates
forecasting the region will grow to 10 million residents by 2050, water
use will also escalate to 2.5 million acre-feet. There is simply not enough
currently available to handle that demand. "The shortage by 2010
would be economically disruptive, particularly to Tarrant, Dallas, Denton,
Collin, Kaufman and Rockwell counties," Pickens said. That's where
his plan comes in. On his Pandhandle Ranch, the wealthy landowner estimates
there is 81 million acre-feet of water, a 400-year supply. He's prepared
to drill, pipe and store the water in North Texas and even turn over the
ownership to buyers so they can manage it. His price to set up the infrastructure?
Only $650 an acre-foot, which he admits is not the lowest, but also not
excessive. "Then [the cities will] own it. Not us."
M. J. Neeley School of Business honored Dr. Stan Block, a longtime finance
and decision sciences professor, with an endowed chair in his own name
during a dinner in October. Many of Block's former students attended the
dinner, which also marked the 30th anniversary of the Educational Investment
Fund (EIF), a hands-on, academic finance program that allows students
to invest money on Wall Street. The effort to raise $1 million to fund
the Dr. Block Chair in Finance was led by Neeley School alumni who participated
in the EIF. One of the oldest student-managed funds in the nation, Dr.
Block created EIF with a $600,000 gift from Dr. William C. Conner. The
fund now oversees more than $2 million in assets. More than 100 universities
nationwide have replicated the program with Dr. Block's assistance. Above
are Dean Robert Lusch, Block and Provost William Koehler.
D. Duane Cummins, former president of Bethany College in West Virginia,
assumed the post of interim president of TCU's Brite Divinity School in
mid-September. Cummins, who enjoyed a long and distinguished career as
a professor of American history and college administrator, will retain
the position until a search committee has selected a full-time president.
Cummins has strong ties to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),
having served a two-year term as moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples
of Christ) in the United States and Canada from 1993-1995. Former Brite
president Dr. Leo Perdue retired July 11 to return to full-time teaching
and scholarly research at Brite. In other Brite news, The Rev. Marwood
"Woody" Meredith Jr., vice president for development at Pittsburgh Theological
Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pa., has accepted the position of Vice President
for Advancement at Brite. He will arrive in early January 2003.
glitz and glamour of New York City's theater scene and a Horned Frog football
winning streak drew a record 600 Horned Frogs to an alumni road trip to
the Big Apple in mid-October. Some hit the shops of SoHo. Others toured
the U.S. Army Academy at West Point. Many took in Broadway musical The
Producers at the St. James Theatre. Then came game day. Eleven bus loads
of hearty, purple-clad souls braved a constant rain and 40-degree weather
to see the Frogs score a season high 46 points and extend their winning
streak to five games. But the best part may have been the classy ending
to an already great day for the Frogs. In one of the best moves he has
made as a head coach, Gary Patterson had his players line up behind the
Army players after the game as they sang their alma mater. No celebration
or mocking the ceremony. Just a solemn pose of support. The Frogs could
have easily scampered off the field to relish in their fifth consecutive
win. But Patterson and the Frogs stayed to salute the cadets, and as a
result, they became the picture of respect and dignity. Nice job, men.
look marches in
was a proud moment for the TCU Horned Frog Marching Band this fall as
the 175-member band debuted their new look. The purple, military-style
jackets worn over black slacks are embellished with reflective, prismatic
piping and black and silver buttons. A white, button-on sash with TCU
in purple can be interchanged with a flashier version featuring prism
sequins that catch the light at night games. Hats are black shakos with
black plumes. Band uniforms have a lifespan of 8-10 years, said Bobby
Francis, director of bands. TCU's new look is already making a splash
nationwide as a featured item in Stanbury Uniforms' national ad campaign.
The band's new threads also made the cover of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's
food section this fall in an article about purple food.
strum of a guitar and an old-fashioned singalong were a fitting start
to a new focus in AddRan College of Humanities and Social Sciences --
Texas history. With the establishment of the Erma and Ralph Lowe Chair
of Texas History and the formation of the Center for Texas Studies, TCU
"takes the first step towards enhancing TCU's reputation as a noted
center for the study of the history and culture of the Lone Star State,"
said Mary Volcansek, dean of AddRan, The center, directed by history professor
Gene Smith, intends to take the story of Texas to a wide public audience,
as well as have an academic and archival focus. The announcement of the
Lowe chair, which was endowed by businesswoman Mary Ralph Lowe in honor
of her parents, featured lively historical Texas music performed by musicologist
and historian Don Edwards (left) and Rich O'Brien.
in 1977 to honor leadership donors, the Clark Society has been a vanguard
of the University's fund-raising efforts for 25 years. To celebrate, the
1,407-member strong philanthropic society returned to the Fort Worth Club,
where the inaugural dinner was held. The 260 dinner attendees enjoyed
performances from the choir and Jazz band, as well as an address from
the chancellor. The weekend celebration also included a pre-game party
on Saturday, complete with birthday cake. A mimimum $1,000 annual donation
is required for membership.
degree that will knock you out
now do its part to decrease the shortage of Certified Registered Nurse
Anesthetists (CRNAs) in the U.S with the announcement of a new master
of science in nurse anesthesia, and the creation of a School of Anesthesia
within the College of Health and Human Sciences, which will begin classes
Hall of Famers
alums Stan Wilson '40, Dick Osburn '51, Kent Burkhart '56, Rod Roddy '57,
and Bob Schieffer '59, were among the inaugural 49 inductees to the Texas
Radio Hall of Fame in late October. Hall-of-famers were selected by a
vote of dues-paying members, whichincludes employees of radio stations
and related industries.
Wall Street Journal Guide to the Top Business Schools, which ranks business
schools in relation to their MBA programs, lists the M.J. Neeley School
of Business among the top 100 business schools in the world and among
the top 75 business schools in the country. The guide said that the Neeley
School is "on the rise," and that one of its most surprising aspects is
its "family environment."
vice chancellor for student affairs at TCU is a recipient of the National
Association of Student Affairs Administrators (NASPA) "Pillar of the Profession"
Award. Mills, who oversees all student programs, activities and services
on the TCU campus, is one of 16 national nominees for the annual award
honoring professionals for their contributions to student affairs. NASPA,
which has over 8,000 members at 1,175 campuses, is the leading voice for
student affairs administration, policy and practice.
professor of physics and astronomy, has been named a Fulbright Scholar.
He will research "Raman Microimaging of Superhard Materials" at the University
of Silesia in Poland.
Michael R. Ferrari received the Gilbert Garcia Amigo Award, presented
by the United Hispanic Council of Tarrant County, for his role in the
local Stay-In-School initiative and TCU's outreach to the local Hispanic
Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., a unit of the Smithsonian Institution,
has named Fred R. Erisman, TCU English professor emeritus, to the Charles
A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History for 2002-'03. It is a one-year,
residential research appointment which provides office space in the Museum,
access to its archives, artifacts and staff, a stipend which will underwrite
a year in Washington and additional funds for archival fieldwork or research
Strouth Gaul, assistant professor of English, attended an invitation-only
breakfast reception and symposium at the White House hosted by First Lady
Laura Bush in September. Titled "Women of the West: Willa Cather, Edna
Ferber, and Laura Ingalls Wilder," the symposium was part of a series
established by Laura Bush entitled "America Salutes the Authors."
Hope: Opening the Heart to God
By R. Scott Colglazier
In A Larger
Hope, Colglazier encourages people to listen to their deepest needs
and experience God's presence in the most intimate parts of their hearts.
Through the exploration of biblical stories, literature, film and his
own life experiences, Colglazier, who serves as senior minister at University
Christian Church in Fort Worth, leads readers to discover their own journey
of faith -- a journey not in search of the right religion, but for one that
is always an adventure and full of wonder. It can be ordered at amazon.com
or other online bookstores.
Garden & National Identity: The Competing Styles of Garden Design, 1870-1914
By Anne Helmreich, assistant professor of art history
Cambridge University Press
you tell about someone from his or her garden? Everything, according to
The English Garden & National Identity. It examines the fierce
debate on the styles and forms of garden design in England c. 1870-1914.
Focusing on the wild garden, cottage garden and formal garden, author
Anne Helmreich argues that design principles and debates among designers
were shaped by the quest for a powerful English national identity. This
"Englishness" was shown through leading styles of garden design and is
why the garden was promoted as a national symbol. It can be ordered at
Self: Texas Autobiographies
By Bert Almon
reveal as much about the state as they do about their authors. Texas'
history -- migrations, war with Mexico, brief nationhood, and slavery -- contributes
to what Almon calls Texas' exceptionalism. Writers in the collection include
Sallie Reynolds Matthews, John A. Lomax, Gertrude Beasley and J. Frank
Dobie. Some writers recall a traditional Anglo Texas, full of small towns
and ranches while others write about an urban, multicultural society.
It can be ordered at online bookstores, the TCU Bookstore or by calling