The perfect 10th
TCU welcomes Dr. Victor Boschini to
on the front row in January as TCU introduced Victor John Boschini, Jr.
as its 10th chancellor. There beside the new leader were his three predecessors
and their wives, all offering smiling support to the university's newest
the presence of the honorable group, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
John V. Roach expressed what all felt: "Today is a very special day
in the 130 years of Texas Christian University."
have served TCU as its chief administrator since 1873 and guided the institution
from a tiny prairie college in Thorp Spring to a nationally prominent
university in a major metropolitan area.
those men -- Jim Moudy (1965-79), William E. Tucker (1979-1998) and Michael
Ferrari (1998-2003) -- watched as the trustees officially recognized Boschini
as the man to build upon their leadership and continue TCU's strong standing.
vowed to maintain the legacy and momentum his predecessors had built.
"TCU is a wonderful institution with strong academics, distinguished faculty,
warm, friendly student body and impressive facilities," he said. "Now,
the university has much more opportunity for national visibility, to be
a player in the national scene because every element is in place. We just
need to let the rest of the world know about it."
considered a rising star in American higher education, comes to TCU from
Illinois State University, where he had been president for three years.
his presidency, he was vice president and dean for student affairs and
as associate professor in the college of education since 1997.
Illinois State, Boschini was associate provost at Butler University from
1990 to 1997 and assistant dean of students at Indiana University from
1982 to 1990.
is one of the brightest, young, energetic university administrators in
the nation today," Roach said. "His people and organization skills, his
record on diversity and his outreach, including fund raising, were key
factors in his selection."
will assume his duties June 1.
Joe Self, assistant professor of interior design, was selected as one
of only five artists and architects from across the nation chosen for
a special exhibition in Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in New York, he chose
to house a tree, rather than the other way around. His finished structure,
titled "A tree's house," fills the charge of the organizers
of the exhibit, who required that the works, "consider the tree house
as a metaphor for the sanctuary of a child in nature." At the center
of Self's simple frame-only house, a young alder tree was planted. "As
the tree grows it will subsume the house -- will compromise the architecture,"
he said. "The gradual falling away of the wood frame is the goal.
But the tree will bear the marks of having grown up through the shelter.
It may even encircle and carry, in unpredictable ways, a piece of the
wood framing up into the sky." For more information on the project,
go to www.stonequarryartpark.org
crazy marketing guru
fan fun is just one job for the Sports Marketing Office, and this February
several activities were great fun: On Valentine's Day, 40 Lady Frog basketball
season ticket holders, including Dan Jenkins, dined in style courtside
-- complete with white tablecloths, silver candlesticks and waiters in
tuxedos -- for the game against St. Louis. One lucky fan took home 40
pounds of chocolates. Then at halftime during the men's game against Marquette,
10 of TCU's youngest fans scooted across the floor in the 1st Annual Baby
Race. The winner crawled home with a prize pack, including a case of diapers
and their own toddler-size replica jersey.
were seen around town last fall spreading a goodly share of cheer. In
October, most of the swimmers and divers grabbed brushes (for the second
year in a row) for the Cowtown Brushup, a community event that spruced
up 150 homes of elderly, disabled and low-income citizens. Then during
the holidays, about 75 student-athletes from the men's and women's tennis,
volleyball, baseball, track and football teams joined the Reading Railroad
(right photo) to distribute books and read to local kids before they embarked
on their train ride to Dallas for lunch. For Christmas, members of all
TCU sports teams and the athletic staff brought in toys for Cook Children's
Medical Center, and then a few representatives delivered the nearly 600
toys they gathered for the children.
and innovation in high school students is getting special recognition
through a new award that will encourage teens to develop their entrepreneurial
leanings. The Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award, established
by the M. J. Neeley School of Business' James A. Ryffel Center for Entrepreneurial
Studies, will award one student a $5,000 scholarship and four finalists
$1,000 scholarships each, which can be applied to the student's college
of choice. The award is open to all Texas high school students this year
but is expected to expand regionally, then nationally, in the next two
years. Nominees will be judged on their success at turning a business
concept into a viable venture. Nominations for the award, which is sponsored
by KPMG, are being accepted until April 1. For more information, or to
receive an application for the Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award,
contact Bob Akin, Jr. at 817-257-6544 or visit the Ryffel Center Web site
at www.rces.tcu.edu and click on the Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the Year
Oscar E. Monnig believed that meteorites aren't just for scientists, but
for anyone who has followed a shooting star in the night sky. As such
a dreamer, Monnig began collecting these "fireballs" from space
more than 50 years ago, even going so far as to persuade ranchers and
farmers along his trade route to tell him about any strange rock that
turned up. His passion resulted in one of the finest meteorite collections
in the nation. Today, his space rocks have a permanent home at TCU in
the Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Gallery, located in the second-floor lobby
of the Sid Richardson science building. "The Monnig Meteorite Gallery
is unique in the United States," said Chancellor Michael Ferrari
at the February dedication, which featured an address by Apollo 17 astronaut
Harrison Schmitt. "It provides TCU a new program to reach out to
this community and to students -- not just the university itself but to
students in local schools. It will excite young people about the sciences
and serve as a magnet for prospective students for years to come."
The 1,700-square-foot gallery showcases more than 1,000 specimens, most
coming from our solar system's asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter,
plus a rare few from Mars and the moon. It also features audio presentations
at each exhibit, a mini-theater with an educational film on the solar
system and an interactive exhibit where visitors can build their own virtual
meteorite and watch it travel through space to the Earth's surface. There
is also a designated "Texas Room" where visitors can view the
world's largest collection of extraterrestrial gems found in Texas. "This
gallery is the culmination of Oscar's life," said gallery curator
Arthur Ehlmann, emeritus professor of geology at TCU. "He always
wanted people to see his meteorites. In fact, when he would bring them
to me, he would leave them in the hallway. I told him to be careful because
someone with a truck could haul them away. He said, 'That's the price
we have to pay.' And that's the epitome of his philosophy about his collection.
He wanted people to enjoy them." Gallery hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Call 817-257-7270
or 817-257-6278 for information. Or e-mail: email@example.com.
the light ... fantastic!
Tucker Technology Center was the stage in November when a group of design
majors focused their spots on getting a good grade. Their assignment was
to wash the interior of the glass and steel building with color, a la
a rock concert or Broadway play. Eleven students trammed up to create
five different themed lighting shows under the guidance of Artist in Residence
Anne Militello of Vortex Lighting in Hollywood, who has shined her lighting
talents on venues such as Pearl Jam concerts and Walt Disney theme parks.
TCU offers a minor in lighting design, which draws support from major
lighting manufacturers, such as Vortex, which donated the 30 specialized
units needed for this display.
isn't a book-learned skill. It requires doing, so TCU has teamed up with
the Fort Worth Star-Telegram to help budding teenage reporters get on
track. The goal of the Fort Worth Journalism Project is to encourage teen-agers,
especially minority students, in the 13 high schools in the Fort Worth
Independent School District, to consider careers in mass communication.
The program exposes high school students and journalism advisers to working
practitioners, professional work environments and additional resources.
Each year, one top student is selected as the Fort Worth High School Journalist
of the Year. The winner will receive a 10-week paid summer internship
at the Star-Telegram, which is funding the project. Dr. Tommy Thomason,
chair of the TCU department of journalism, recognizes the value of providing
services and resources to high schools. "High school journalism is one
of the best ways we know to develop skills in information-gathering, writing
and critical thinking. This project is designed to work with journalism
teachers and publications advisers to give them more of the tools they
need to succeed in their work," he said.
tall at graduation
was a long journey to the platform for one TCU senior in December. And
the cheers and tears from the 6,000 attendees at winter graduation attest
to the distance Keith-Ann Wagner '02 traveled that special day. Wagner's
life was forever changed on July 4, 2000, when a car accident left her
partially paralyzed from the chest down. Her role as a successful TCU
student-athlete (she was the soccer goalie) unexpectedly became secondary
to a new role -- rehabilitative patient. Through nearly a year in a cervical
halo, several surgeries and an arduous recovery process, Keith-Ann remained
determined to regain her strength and walk again. A turning point came
in December 2001, when she underwent her fourth surgery -- this time to
remove a plate in her neck that caused a bone infection. "Since then,
I've been pretty healthy," she says. With the amount of rehabilitation
required to get her walking and performing everyday tasks like taking
a shower and getting dressed unaided, one might think she would devote
herself entirely to that end, and put the rest of her life on hold. Not
Keith-Ann. She still attended classes at TCU and remained involved in
many of the same activities as before her accident. "School was my
chance to get away from rehab and the hard stuff, and a chance to be with
friends," she says. In April 2001, Wagner's friends and family came
together to organize the Keith-Ann Wagner Hope Relay, a charity event
aimed at raising money to help with the costs of her treatment. It has
become an annual event, with proceeds from the 2002 Relay used to establish
a scholarship in her name, and contribute to Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation
and UT Southwest Medical Center to further spinal cord injury research.
The third annual event is set for April 27. Help from her loved ones has
aided Keith-Ann tremendously on her road to recovery, as have the thoughts
and prayers of strangers who have been touched by her courage. "If
people can gain any kind of encouragement or inspiration from hearing
my story, then that's enough to keep me smiling and working hard,"
she explains. Her hard work has paid off. Having completed the requirements
for her degree in accounting and finance, she defied the odds and walked
across the stage, aided by a walker, electric stimulation, and her cousin.
Congratulations, Keith-Ann, you made it.
wins T.A. Abbott Award
at graduation in December was an honor capped by recognition of the highest
order for Dr. C. David Grant, associate professor of religion. As recipient
of the T.A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence from the Division of Higher
Education of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Grant was honored
as "a professor who inspires students toward excellence, continues
to grow and learn in his or her academic discipline and practices a personal
faith." He will receive $1,000 to be used for expanding his library,
developing new courses, or continuing education and research. Grant served
as director of TCU's honors program from 1988-1994. In 1995, he received
the prestigious Honors Program Faculty Recognition Award, noting an "unwavering
commitment to his ideals, expressed in everything he does, which makes
him truly accountable to students."
professor Jim Woodson has shown his rustic Western landscapes in galleries
all over Texas and the Southwest, but now he can add a more exotic locale
to his resume -- Santiago, Chile. Inside the grand room of the U.S. Embassy
in the South American country's capital hangs one of Woodson's majestic
mountain panoramas, "Big Bend Bifurcation." Through the U.S.
government's Art in Embassies program, Woodson's oil on canvas piece was
selected at the behest of Ambassador William Brownfield, a Texan from
Terry County (40 miles south of Lubbock) who wanted something to remember
his home state. He couldn't have picked a painting more reflective of
the Lone Star State. "Big Bend" features wind-swept mountains,
sun-baked prairies and clear-blue sky. Painting images from photographs,
Woodson uses palette knives and brushes attached to long sticks. His unique
approach combines realism with abstraction. Multiple angles merge to a
solo image to produce a slightly altered landscape. The result is a work
of art that is an ambassador itself.
days of the central dining hall seem to have gone the way of eight-track
tapes. With the opening of a sandwich shop in the new Smith Hall on the
east campus this spring, TCU has 10 dining locations for the first time
ever. The themed eateries offer what may be the broadest selection of
menu items ever as well.
Jazzman's Cafe (Tucker Hall)
Bistro Burnett (Library)
Pond Street Grill (Worth Hills)
The Main (Student Center)
Frog Bytes (Student Center)
Edens (Reed Hall)
Deco Deli (Reed Hall)
A la Carte (Moudy Hall south)
N R G (Recreation Center)
up the cowpokes
annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo rolls through town each year, you
can count on more than just seeing a lot of cattle and cowpokes -- Horned
Frogs will be backstage to help tend to the rough-riding rodeo competitors.
It's all part of the national Justin Sports Medicine Program, an idea
originated 20 years ago to treat professional rodeo athletes and offer
them medical advice. Ross Bailey, TCU's associate athletic director for
operations, has been a "Justin Healer" for about 15 years. As
part of a nationwide network of volunteer athletic trainers, Ross and
various TCU colleagues head for Will Rogers Coliseum when the rodeo comes
to Fort Worth each winter. "We have tried to involve a number of
the student trainers throughout the years, to expose them to non-traditional
athletic training settings," Bailey explains. TCU athletic trainer
Todd Nalder worked with the program in Wyoming and Tennessee, before coming
to TCU. The Justin program sends two fully-equipped mobile facilities
to more than 125 rodeos each year, and also operates permanent centers
in Guthrie, Okla., and Mesquite. More than 6,000 athletes are treated
each year by "Justin Healers."
embarrassing to America, the recent public scandals at Enron, Arthur Andersen
and WorldCom are not indicative of U.S. businesses, said three corporate
leaders at the second annual Dorothy Garrett Martin Delta Gamma Memorial
Lectureship in Values and Ethics in February. Panelists Daniel R. Feehan,
CEO of Cash America; Maribess L. Miller '75, managing partner of the Dallas
office of PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Juan Muldoon, president of Bimbo
Bakeries USA, (right to left, above photo) downplayed talk of a crisis
in corporate America, saying that the poor decisions of a few in the boardroom
will be corrected by new leaders who emerge and place high value on ethics.
But they did urge aspiring CEOs to be wary of society's emphasis on materialism
and denial of self-responsibility. The panel was moderated by Dr. Robert
F. Lusch, dean of the M.J. Neeley School of Business.
The Board of Trustees approved a 2003-04 budget of $230 million in January,
a five percent increase over the previous year's budget. Chancellor Michael
Ferrari said the budget plan focuses on four priorities -- academic excellence,
faculty and staff compensation, supporting students and their life goals
and supporting campus administrative functions and infrastructure. Highlighted
initiatives include increases for financial aid, the fullfilment of parity
in the retirement contribution for non-exempt staff, a strengthened Career
Center, staffing and maintenance of myriad new facilities and the final
phase of the three-year, $30 million upgrade to classrooms.
two new directors to campus this winter. The M.J. Neeley School of Business
announced Tim Neuman as the new director of the Executive MBA program,
and Kay K. Sanders joins the College of Health and Human Science as director
of the School of Anesthesia.
School of Nursing is training students this year on special sort of dummy -- a
human patient simulator. Dubbed "Hal," the simulator is a hulking six-foot
figure controlled by three computers enabling it to change size, gender
and age to simulate different patients in distress. It is programmed with
90 different patient scenarios, challenging students to use critical thinking
skills to solve the problems. The greatest benefit? They immediately see
the consequences of their actions.
critics took note of TCU's excellence in the fine arts in their year-end
wrap-ups in December. "Sueno," a joint production by TCU's theater
department and Stage West landed top on The Dallas Morning News'
list of the 10 best plays in the Metroplex. In addition, Hip Pocket theater,
the brainchild of Johnny '73 and Diane Rowand Simons '66 (MFA '73), garnered
spots five (for "Molemo") and seven (for "Savage/Love").
The School of Music earned two mentions on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's
Top 10 music and dance performances, both for performances during last
April's Latin American Music Festival: Conductor German Gutierrez and
the TCU Symphony Orchestra for an energetic performance of Carlos Chavez's
"Sinfonia India," and violinist Curt Thompson and violist Misha
Galaganov of the TCU faculty who joined the orchestra for a glowing rendition
of Blas Emilio Atehortua's "Double Concertino."
to the End of the Road
By Barry Ballard (MA '83)
Finishing Line Press
sonnets fill Barry Ballard's latest chapbook, Plowing to the End of
the Road. The "elemental" poems address a range of subject matter:
nature with "Poplars at Night" and "Autumn," more abstract, visceral concepts
with "Visit of Light," and even the writing process itself with "Writing
Through the Ashes." Ballard, a former winner of the TCU Boswell Poetry
Award, has published three other award-winning collections. Plowing
to the End of the Road has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for
2003, and is available from poetry publisher Finishing Line Press, PO
Box 1626, Georgetown, Ky. 40324.
True and Brave: America's Civil War Soliders
Edited by Steven E. Woodworth
Scholarly Resources, Inc.
perseverance were hallmarks of the Civil War soldier. In his latest work
about the era, Assistant Professor of History Steven E. Woodworth weaves
a variety of writings -- by historians and the soliders themselves -- to paint
a balanced picture of the lives of Union and Confederate enlistees, including
experiences in combat, hospitals, prisons and camp life. Each chapter
begins with an introduction by Woodworth, analyzing the historical significance
of each entry. It can be ordered at www.scholarly.com.
Man Alive: A Biography of Warren Beatty
By Ellis Amburn '54
Man Alive, the first in-depth biography of Warren Beatty, is a most
sizzling, revealing book about Beatty and Hollywood. During his illustrious
film career, including "Bonnie and Clyde," "Shampoo"
and "Reds," Beatty helped redefine Hollywood into a legitimate
art form, all while having one of the most tumultuous love lives of any
personality of his generation. Beatty has wooed and won many women, including
Madonna, Joan Collins, Goldie Hawn, Carly Simon, Cher, Jacqueline Kennedy
Onassis and his current wife, Annette Benning. It can be ordered at any