Alpha Delta Pi's Blend-Off grows into
were the guest of honor at of Alpha Delta Pi's third annual Blend-Off
in February, but alcohol-free fun for more than 300 Frogs was the star.
the brainchild of Paula Mabry '77, was started in 1999 for members of
the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Its success drew in others, and this year
was open to all the Greek organizations. Its goal is to encourage responsible
drinking, as well as raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities,
AD Pi's national philanthropy. Twenty teams decorated their tables, dressed
in costumes, made banners and did dances based on their individual theme,
in addition to creating their own recipe for a non-alcoholic blended drink.
A panel of nine judges "sampled the drinks and ranked the teams based
on spirit, taste, presentation and creativity," said event chair
Jenna Spain. Zeta Tau Alpha sorority won the grand prize of a trip for
four to New Orleans, in keeping with the event's Mardi Gras theme. The
Zetas' "pink poodle," made with strawberry ice cream, fresh
strawberries, milk and strawberry preserves, was the pick of the contest.
Their '50s theme also earned the Zetas the spirit award as well. The event
included live music, a raffle and information distributed by the Texas
Alcoholic Beverage Commission about underage and responsible drinking.
Local businesses helped sponsor the event, giving away raffle prizes,
free Smoothies, and a variety of gifts.
to a stadium near you
college football is back in Fort Worth after 82 years -- and coming to Amon
Carter Stadium. On Dec. 23 the first-ever Fort Worth Bowl will kick-off
live on ESPN, bringing new national exposure to TCU and the city. Owned
and operated by ESPN Regional Television, the bowl game will feature teams
from Conference USA and the Big 12. "This is a wonderful day for the City
of Fort Worth and for TCU," said Mayor Ken Barr '64. "Football fans from
across the nation will see what fine history, culture and hospitality
Fort Worth has to offer, and they will see what first-class facilities
TCU has to offer." The December bowl game will not be the first for the
city. The Fort Worth Classic was inaugurated on New Year's Day 1921 when
promoters staged a game between TCU and Centre College.
of something big
standing-room-only gathering at the Kelly Alumni Center in April truly
did "ring" in what is fast becoming an enduring TCU tradition.
"The Class of 2003 will always have a unique place in Horned Frog
history -- for it is your class that is the first to wear this special
ring," said Chancellor Michael Ferrari. In a surprise moment, Ferrari
and wife Jan became two of those "firsts" when the Alumni Association
awarded them rings as a gift. The new signet ring is available only to
alumni who have completed at least 69 credit hours. Incoming freshmen
each receive a keychain with a replica of the ring to show them what they
can are working for -- membership in the Horned Frog Family. Among this
inaugural group were five members of Michael Wallach's '75 family, all
of whom now proudly wear the new signet ring: Son Landon Wallach and his
cousin Holley Hailey Precsott, who each graduated in April; James D. Hailey,
Sr. '56, grandfather of Landon and Holley; and Michael's wife Susan, who
will complete an MLA in December. For information on the ring, write to
email@example.com or call 817-257-5039 or 800-464-4TCU.
ethicist and firebrand philosopher Martha Nussbaum, Honors Convocation
speaker in April, believes that a culture of respectful compassion can
be achieved "through an appreciation of common human weakness and
people, especially at the crucial time on the verge of adulthood, should
learn to be strategic spectators and to understand, with increasing subtlety
and responsiveness, the predicaments to which the human life is prone,"
she said in a talk examining "Liberal Education and Global Responsibility."
Later in the day, Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor
of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago Law School, shared her
thoughts on law, divinity, literature, philosophy and constitutional rights
with a group of honors students and faculty. Unafraid of controversy,
Nussbaum has addressed gender inequality, the positive and negative aspects
of patriotism, and a host of other topics.
Pitcock, assistant professor of English, was presented with the 2003 Honors
Faculty Recognition Award during Honors Convocation in April. Pitcock,
who came to TCU in the summer of 2001 with specialties in rhetoric, composition
and American literature, thanked his family, colleagues, students. "My
students challenge me everyday to make stronger connections between the
local and the global, private and public, theoretical and practical,"
others saw a parking lot, David Minor saw a building. And a future for
an outstanding entrepreneurial program recently named a Top 50 in the
U.S. "The M.J. Neeley School of Business wanted a strong entrepreneurial
program, and part of that equation was a facility primarily dedicated
to entrepreneurial studies," said Minor, director of the James A.
Ryffel Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. The dream came true in April
with the dedication of the Steve and Sarah Smith Entrepreneurs Hall, a
decidedly student-centered building with 50,000 square feet of space.
With 13 classrooms equipped with the latest technology, 17 team rooms
and five interview rooms, the capacity of the business school grew by
than 50 percent. The hall is home to the Ryffel Center, the MBA academic
program and the Graduate Career Services Center. The three-story hall
is similar to an "idea lab," with classrooms containing large
quantities of "white board" space for design development and
computerized audio-visual tools for electronic presentations. Fiber optics,
computer labs, and on- and off-campus videoconferencing capabilities are
also highlights. A barrel-shaped copper roof and a wall of glass highlight
the exterior. The new facility also increases the Neeley School's capacity
to reach out to others. Beyond research initiatives conducted by faculty
to help further the field of entrepreneurship, the Ryffel Center will
continue to offer learning opportunities for professional entrepreneurs
and summer institutes and award programs for entrepreneurial high school
students. MBA students also will continue to share their skills through
the Student Enterprise program, a consulting service that makes Neeley
students' expertise available to corporate clients. Companies including
Wells Fargo Texas and Hillwood Properties have utilized Student Enterprise
services. Neeley's 3-year-old entrepreneurship program, housed in the
hall, was made possible by a $10.5 million gift from TCU parents Steve
and Sarah Smith and was ranked as a top 50 national program by Entrepreneur
magazine this spring.
Buckley '68 took the stage once again at TCU in April, but this time it
was to talk about her experiences on Broadway and her excitement about
returning to Texas where she plans to buy a ranch. The featured speaker
for the annual Friends of the Mary Couts Burnett Library banquet, which
drew 135 attendees, Buckley told the crowd she was happy to be heading
home to Texas. Jeff Guinn of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram was recognized
at the banquet as the winner of the Friends' second biennial TCU Texas
Book award. Guinn's Our Land Before We Die was written after seven years
of research and more than two dozen interviews. It is a history of African
runaway slaves who fled to Florida uniting with the Seminole Indians in
the 18th century. The Texas Book award recognizes the best book on Texas
published in the previous two calendar years. Guinn, who recently celebrated
20 years at the Star-Telegram and is a former adjunct professor of journalism
at TCU, received $5,000 for the award.
sciences professor Lyn Dart says, biology majors usually stick with biology
majors. Same for physics. And psychology. But the College of Science and
Engineering's first-ever Student Research Symposium in April brought together
graduate and undergraduate students of all disciplines to showcase the
fruits of their labor and celebrate the pursuit of the sciences. The symposium
spread out over four floors of the Tucker Technology Center, with student
display boards filling the hallways. More than 150 students participated,
alternating between explaining their work to anyone who would listen and
venturing out to learn about what others were showing. "The symposium
was a tremendous success. It gave our students a chance to mingle and
show how hard they've worked on their research," said Dart, chairwoman
of the symposium. "It is extra special for science students to be
able to do that because they have such a passion for learning and sharing
what they know with their peers." "These projects are more than
just a class requirement
for a lot of the students here," said senior chemistry major Andy
Neilson. "They enjoy the pursuit of learning and extending the learning
process beyond the classroom." Karyn Purvis, doctoral student of
psychology, spent 80 hours per week to prepare her three displays on developmental
research, but she was interested in what other students were working on.
"It's really a treat for TCU to give us the chance to work together
and brainstorm and exchange some thoughts," Purvis said. "This
is a step towards the practical application of our mission statement."
A panel of faculty judges selected the best displays based on technical
merit, visual presentation and an oral report.
1st - Sarah Bates (Physics & Anatomy)
2nd - Rebecca Whitesell (Biology)
3rd - Sara Komenda (Biology)
1st - Nancy Johnson (Environmental Science)
2nd - Xiangyang Lei (Chemistry)
3rd - Tamara Basham (Environmental Science).
than 200 care packages, filled with chips, candy, gum, stationary, lots
and lots of baby wipes, sunscreen, lip balm, chapstick, pens, pencils,
envelopes, paper -- and of course messages of support -- cheered troops
at Diego Garcia Air Base in Indian Ocean territory this spring, thanks
to TCU's Air Force ROTC Anderson Squadron. Calling the effort Operation
H.O.T. (Help Our Troops), cadets pulled together resources from the whole
campus as fraternities and sororities, athletic teams, faculty organizations,
community members and the Student Government Association filled boxes.
"I'm sure that none of the items sound very interesting, but when
you put all the boxes together the donation
is going to service hundreds of servicemen," said Cadet Jessica Waddle,
Operation H.O.T. Liaison Officer. "Student Government, along with
the Air Force Association also contributed funds to help with the costs
of shipping the packages,"she added. Cadets also made a special request
to the 28th Air Expeditionary Wing stationed at Diego Garcia Air Base.
They sent American and TCU flags, asking that each be flown in a mission
or sortie in the B-1 or B-52 bombers stationed there, then returned to
TCU as a gift. Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, the group that gathered the
most boxes, was presented with the flags for display.
the good fight
a call to find Frogs involved in the armed conflicts, we received the
following names. If you know of other Frogs serving our country in this
war against terrorism, let us know by calling 817-257-5059 or by e-mail
Lt. Sarah Farmer '00 Sarah is serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan as
the Task Force Devil Direct Support Shop Officer in the Logistics Task
Force 307, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. Sarah writes: " I
am proud to be doing my part to ensure the safety of every soldier here,
as well as every civilian back in the United States. God Bless America,
and God Bless TCU!" Write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elden D Lacer '91 Elden is serving as Commander of HHC, 1-227th Aviation
Regiment, 1st Cav Division, Fort Hood, Texas, an "Attack" Apache Longbow
Helicopter Battalion. He deployed to Kuwait Feb. 12, when his Battalion
was attached to the 11th Aviation Regiment out of Germany. Elden's wife
Rana wrote in March: "His unit recently lost an Apache helicopter and
two pilots from C Company were taken POW." Write to email@example.com.
Scott A. Leblond '95 Scott was deployed in April with the Army's 4th
Infantry Division from Fort Hood, Texas. He flies a Kiowa Warrior helicopter
and is the Commander of Echo Troop from the 1-10CAV, 4th Brigade. Scott's
sister, Nicole Leblond Davault '98, writes that Scott and wife Becky have
three children: Taven, 5; Ashlin, 3: and Makenzie, 18 months.
Neal Burnette '66 Neal is a 33-year Army Reservist called to active
duty in November, 2001, as a consequence of 9/11. Initially, he served
as an advisor on recombinant DNA development to the Military Infectious
Diseases Directorate of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command,
Fort Detrick, Md. He is now the medical deputy and assistant Program Executive
Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense at the Pentagon.
Kitchens '94 A former Deputy Press Secretary in the Clinton White
House, Larry is in the Naval Reserve and was called to active duty, assigned
to Central Command HQ in Doha, Qatar, where he is quoted as spokesman
through various news outlets.
March, TCU lost one of its own in the war against terrorism. Army Capt.
Tristan Aitken '95 was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade shot through
the window of a Humvee he and another soldier were driving near Saddam
International Airport outside Baghdad. I knew Tristen. He was a fraternity
brother of mine in the Christian organization Beta Upsilon Chi (Brothers
Under Christ). I didn't know Tristen that well, but we were friendly.
And I knew what he stood for. We prayed together, studied the Bible together
and sang songs together with other brothers in BUX. I know he cared about
others. He was a pre-med major and regularly talked about helping the
sick. Above all, he was a follower of Christ. I remember he was admired
by people in BUX and out as a strong student. Many students talked highly
of his love of country and devotion to ROTC. In Iraq, he oversaw medical
and munitions supplies and logistics for his battalion. I read where his
father Ronald said he probably would not have chosen to go to Iraq, but
he was was a soldier, a member of a military family taught to take orders
and not grumble. That was the Tristan I knew. In an e-mail he sent to
a school chum before his death, he asked "for prayers that he bring
his men back safely" and closed with the "Winner's Creed,"
the recitation he and high school classmates offered back when he ran
track and played basketball and soccer: A true winner always gives his
best, not to the glory of self, but always to the glory of God. That was
Tristan. Rest in peace, brother. -RW
Break in Belize
wasn't much time for lounging on the beach during spring break for 37
TCU students -- they were in Belize City helping build an orphanage and
working with the children. Sponsored by Christ Chapel Bible Church in
Fort Worth, the trip was an eye-opener for the students, said Allisa Brill,
a nursing sophomore. "The poverty was so horrible. It makes you realize
we have it so good here," she said. "You look at them and they
have nothing. But they were happy and content with their lives. It really
made me realize that strength in the Lord is so important. I realized
that no matter how bad I've got it, He's still blessing me every day."
The group brought lice shampoo to treat the children and taught them Bible
classes. Some helped in an area known as the Burial Grounds. "This
area consisted of shacks that were elevated over the swampy sewer regions
of Belize City," said Ryan McCarthy, Bible Church minister for TCU
and the College Director at Christ Chapel Bible Church. "There, we
went door-to-door conducting medical surveys and sharing the Gospel of
Jesus Christ. "It was an amazing experience and a great success --
for us and for those we served." Brill said she's anxious to go back
and work with the medical missions in the Burial Grounds. "The people
who went to the beach for spring break? Yeah, that's fun, that's great.
But in terms of growingÉthis was incredible."
a Brite future
Newell Williams, professor of church history at Christian Theological
Seminary in Indianapolis, was named the president of Brite Divinity School
at TCU by the Brite Board of Trustees in May. "Dr. Williams is gifted
with a combination of skills as a scholar and administrator, and possesses
a collegial, inclusive management style that will serve Brite well,"
said Roy Snodgrass, chairman of the Brite Board of Trustees. "It
is particularly important that he is committed to continuing Brite's strong
tradition of diversity and ecumenism." Williams will become the eighth
leader of the institution since its incorporation in 1914. Williams was
hired after a six-month, nationwide search. Prior to his current teaching
position at CTS, Williams served as its vice president and dean from 1992-1998,
and was an associate professor of modern and American church history there,
beginning in 1984.
believe sex is a sacrament. It reveals God's love for us. We've done everything
we could in the last 35 years to drive Catholics out of the church, and
they wouldn't go. I think people are shocked and angry, but they distinguish
between the stupidity of some bishops and the sexual urgings of some priests
and the Catholic heritage in which they believe."
-- Rev. Andrew Greeley, a Chicago Catholic priest, sociologist and
best-selling author who spoke on "The Present Condition of the Catholic
Church" at Brite Divinity School's first-ever Catholic lectureship)
Run nets $22,000
left on a cloudy and wind-swept Thursday, taking back roads and twisted
two-lane highways. The distance to go? About 250 miles. There were almost
70 runners hoofing it south in 30-minute shifts on the blacktops of small-town
Texas toward Houston. From Frog Fountain they headed south out of Fort
Worth, eventually winding their way into the Bayou City. They are the
members of Rise and Run, a program started by TCU students last fall to
benefit the TCU Rise School, a preschool on campus for children with Down
syndrome that was renamed KinderFrogs School in April. The idea developed
among a group of students who have routinely assisted the staff at Rise,
which currently enrolls 23 youngsters. That means playing with the children.
"This is fabulous. I'm so proud of these boys," said Kathy Cooter,
director of the school. "They're a constant presence at the school
and it's interesting that all of them are young men. People would think
that it would be the women who would be coming to hold and play with the
babies." The students are also successful fund-raisers. In just six
weeks the nonprofit organization has raised more than $22,000 for the
school, said Andrew Smith, a junior. They hope to develop an endowment
that will pay tuition for the school to low-income families. Donations
are tax-deductible. For information, call (817) 257-3156 or visit online
a Democrat. She's a Republican. He grew up in rustic West Texas and wanted
a ranch more than a college degree. She is a single mother of three who
wound up in politics in the early '90s because of her concern over school
vouchers. U.S. Representatives Charles Stenholm and Kay Granger could
not be more opposite, but they both share a passion for civic participation
and minimizing society's boundaries of race, religion, economic level
and special interest. That is why they chose to share their views at the
Civility in Government Congressional Student Forum at the Dee J. Kelly
Alumni Center in March. The event was sponsored by the TCU Leadership
Center. While their areas of expertise are different -- his is agriculture
and hers is education -- both representatives took an early-bird flight
from Washington after a late-night budget-wrangling session to share their
thoughts on handling partisanship, the Israel-Palestine land dispute,
ethical fund raising, youth violence and more. "I think what gets
in the way of us being civil is our belief system, which was instilled
in us a young people," Granger said. "Part of our problem is
that our culture and our media are focused too much on violence and disrespect,"
Stenholm said. "It's packaged as entertainment, and that leads to
a caring for self that degrades how we see others." More than 100
students from TCU, UTA and area high schools attended the forum.
History chair named
professor of history at the University of North Texas, has been named
the first Erma and Ralph Lowe Chair of Texas History at TCU. The endowed
position, created in October by a $1.5 million gift from local businesswoman
Mary Ralph Lowe in honor of her parents, is the first of its kind at any
Texas college or university.
same great program
The TCU School
of Education laboratory preschool for children with Down syndrome, founded
in August 2000 as the Rise School at TCU, will now operate as an independent
preschool called KinderFrogs School. The program, the only one of its
kind in Tarrant County, currently serves 20 students, ages 2 to 5. A surprise
gift of $25,000 to KinderFrogs School by the men of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity
accompanies the name change. The TCU chapter of Pi Kappa Phi has raised
thousands of dollars and committed hundreds of hours of volunteer as they
mentored in the Rise classroom, built a playground behind the school,
helped endow student scholarships (funded by 20 TCU Greek organizations),
and founded a nonprofit organization that raises money through a relay
race from Fort Worth to Houston.
The M. J.
Neeley School of Business entrepreneurship program was ranked by Entrepreneur
magazine as a top 50 national comprehensive entrepreneurial program, along
with schools such as Stanford, MIT and Harvard. More than 700 universities
with entrepreneurial programs were researched. Rankings were based on
30 criteria, including course offerings, teaching and research faculty,
business/community outreaches, research centers and institutes, advisory
boards, off-campus programs, degrees and certificates offered, and faculty
and alumni evaluations. For more information, go to www.neeley.tcu.edu,
call 817-257-6544 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
chancellor staff awardee
minister to the University, was the first recipient of the new Chancellor's
Staff Award for Outstanding Service. Butlers' accomplishments as a catalyst
for growth of community service among students and efforts to increase
campus diversity were cited at the award ceremony.
3.25 million grant
of Behavioral Research (IBR) has received a five-year, $3.25 million grant
from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to further develop an
assessment system that can be used by drug abuse treatment providers to
measure the impact of organizational attributes and program resources
on clients and program operations.
TCU Football Media Guide has been judged fourth best in the nation for
Division I schools by College Sports Information Directors of America.
The 296-page book was written, edited and designed by TCU Director of
Athletics Media Relations Director Steve Fink.
and the Integration of Abilities
Edited by Robert Flynn and Eugene McKinney
Baker, called "one of the most important minds in the world of theater
today," has made a career out of inventing new ways of doing things.
His roles as director, teacher and mentor of the arts, and theater architecture
visionary have won critical and academic accolades. Here Baker tells how
a summer in Paris gave him a new way of looking at theater. It includes
chapters on writing, acting, directing, speech and design as well. Based
on Baker's famous class "The Integration of Abilities," Flynn
and McKinney's book lends insight into the philosophies and contributions
of a theater genius. It is available at bookstores nationwide..
By Jenny Lind Porter '48 (MA '49)
outhwest Classics Press
Baron Hans von Meusebach, who led 7,000 settlers into Texas in 1845-46,
figures prominently in El Sol Colorado, a historical novel by national
award-winning author and educator Jenny Lind Porter, a former Poet Laureate
of Texas. The novel brings to life a band of Texas heroes with major roles
in the early settling of Texas. Von Meusebach is credited with founding
the city of Fredericksburg in central Texas, as well as negotiating a
lasting peace treaty with the Comanche tribe in 1847. Porter's novel recreates
early Texas with a sweep from Matagorda Bay to Paint Rock. It is available
from Southwest Classics Press, PO Box 5391, Austin, Texas 78763-5391.
By Nancy Vance Cooley (MA '42)
on the western frontier of Texas in the 1860s, The Wind's Will
follows fictional hero Sam Houston Gossett on his quest to recover his
lost identity and mend fences with his father. The novel has several dramatic
turns; Sam encounters natural disasters, Civil War woes, murder, intrigue
and has a bout with amnesia during his travels. The Wind's Will, first
novel of Nancy Vance Cooley, illustrates her interest in Texas History.
She has previously published articles, short stories and poetry and taught
high school and college English. The novel is available from Publish America