research program gets air time on NBC's Dateline.
who call The Hope Connection are desperate. Torn apart and hurting. They
brought a child into their home through adoption, only to discover that
copious amounts of love is sometimes not enough to help children severely
damaged by prior neglect and abuse.
director of Developmental Research, which runs The Hope Connection, has
good news. This ground-breaking research-based intervention and training
program can help. Through counseling and behavioral therapy, children
who have experienced significant maternal deprivation and/or maltreatment
can improve. Many of these kids come from foreign orphanages and bring
with them severe socio-emotional problems.
Now in its
fifth year, The Hope Connection has caught national attention, and was
featured on a one-hour segment aired on NBC's Dateline in July
called Saving Dane, Saving a Family.
The Hope Connection camp several years ago, Dateline Producer Olive
Talley selected one family in the program who tackled a controversial
and difficult therapy espoused by one of The Hope Connection's supporters,
neuropsychologist Ron Federici, a world-renowned expert in international
adoption medicine. TCU's unique program was cited in the story.
segment aired, the phones at The Hope Connection have jangled relentlessly,
say basically the same thing," he said. "We're watching our family deteriorate.
crux of The Hope Connection is a five-week day camp where the kids are
immersed in therapeutic behavioral training. Kids in the program show
marked improvement in only a few weeks, Purvis said. Follow-up camps during
the year reinforce the lessons learned and help the parents continue the
TCU students who have completed the Special Needs Adoption Course act
as mentors to the kids. This year 18 students participated.
a psychology sophomore, said it was "by the grace of God" that she ended
up taking that class. She has since changed her major, and plans to continue
helping at camp "until they make me quit."
hardest work I've ever done," she said. "It's so emotionally draining.
You want to laugh and cry all at the same time.
it you gain the ability to look at the kids differently. You see them
as a child with a name, not a disorder. You realize that is only part
of them, not who they really are."
more about The Hope Connection at www.drl.tcu.edu/THC/thc.asp, or email
days of summer
no rest for some on campus once the students leave. It all begins in May
when more 6,000 high school seniors from 12 area high schools enjoy their
graduation ceremonies at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Then in mid-May, the campers
arrive. In about 100 different programs and more than 15,000 strong by
the end of the summer, they come for sports and music and science and
more. This year included five Cheer Camps, which always start the phones
jangling despite a proliferation of "No cheer" signs on campus.
This year, the staff discovered that in the new Recreation Center the
girls are so loud that the TCU Volleyball Staff could not work in their
offices. Other sport camps include swimming, soccer, volleyball, football,
baseball and tennis. Each year, TCU hosts Texas High School All-Star Games,
involving select high school players in football and basketball, as well.
In other areas, campers arrived for journalism workshops, the TCU Cliburn
Institute, Marching Auxiliaries, Band Camp, Choir Camp, Clarinet Camp,
Dance Camp, Art Adventures, Rocket Camp and "Pathways," a camp
for teens and their families for training in behavior, communication,
self-esteem, and peer pressure. This was started by Dr. Phil, who has
his own television show in California today.
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has been purple for more than 30 years, ever since he came to TCU in 1969
to teach chemistry. Now, after serving as provost and vice chancellor
for academic affairs for 23 years, he is retiring at the end of the academic
year. "One person is not responsible for the success of university," Koehler
said. "Rather, it's people working together. And together we've accomplished
much during my tenure at TCU." While serving under three chancellors,
Koehler saw exponential growth at the University in faculty and research
opportunities. Koehler also was instrumental in the recruitment of new
deans after TCU underwent a reorganization that redistributed the academic
departments into seven colleges and schools. "As with any administrative
position there are time limits," Koehler said. "I've accomplished much
during my tenure at TCU, but it's time for new ideas and new energy. "I
am retiring from office, but not from the work world. I might consider
full-time or part-time work because I enjoy problem solving. I definitely
won't be exiting the professional world."
one Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist is quite
a feat -- unless, of course, you're talking about the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute.
Then you book three. The institute welcomed a trio of guest artists who
were former winners: 1981 medallist Andre-Michel Schub, TCU artist-in-residence
and 1985 medallist Jose Feghali and 1993 winner Simone Pedrioni. "Their
performances were masterful, and I am quite proud of this year's festive
events," said Institute Executive Director Tamas Ungar, "There
is no doubt audiences went home having had an unforgettable experience."
And no TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute would be complete without its world-class
young artists programs, which offers the best young piano students with
intensive training at a professional level. This summer, two dozen young
artists came from 11 countries and ranged in age from 12 to 21. Their
impressive repertoires made the competition for the six solo concertos
with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as even as it's ever been.
cow might be a normal summer activity on a ranch, but this summer the
kids at the School of Education's Camp Duo got their hands around the
task too. It was just one of many fun and unusual math and science activities
featured during two, five-day camps for kids age 5-11 held in June. Of
course campers explored more traditional sciences, such robotics and hydroponics,
but some of the more unexpected skills, like cotton ginning and cow milking,
gave the students a new view of science. Engineers, engineering students,
pre-service and in-service teachers, as well as students from other disciplines
assisted the campers as teachers. They focused on inquiry-based materials
and activities that yielded take-home projects like dirt babies, green
slime, terrariums and numerous other projects. Volunteer Geoffrey Au '03,
who graduated in May from TCU, plans to teach high school science. "I
love the activities that get the kids interested in science," he said.
"It's great that there are scholarships available, so that a wide range
of students can attend the camp."
Worth's classical music calendar hit a high note in July when the Mimir
School of Music's Chamber Music Festival offered the community six evenings
featuring top performers from around the county. The 11-day festival,
now in its sixth year, once again featured master classes and chamber
music lessons for ambitious students and accomplished adult amateurs.
Critics lauded the performances, with The Dallas Morning News noting:
"It'll be a hard freeze in a Dallas July before we hear a finer performance
of a Beethoven string quartet than the one presented Tuesday night at
the Mimir Chamber Music Festival."
B. Parker '80, former director of theatre and a tenured professor
of theatre at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan., was named chair
of the theatre department at TCU in July. He is replacing Forrest Newlin,
who passed away last December. A 1980 magna cum laude graduate of TCU
in theatre arts, Parker received a master's degree in directing/acting
from the University of Kansas in 1982 and a PhD in theatre and film from
the University of Kansas in 1992. Prior to joining ESU in 1992, Parker
taught in and directed the division of theatre arts and dance at Westmar
University in LeMars, Iowa. He is married to the former Karen Turley '80,
and they have two children. "I am delighted to be joining the outstanding
theatre department at TCU," Parker said. "My training at TCU as an undergraduate
gave me excellent preparation for a career in theatre, and I am looking
forward to helping new generations of students achieve their goals as
Dallas/Fort Worth newsman John Miller '69 will serve as a professional-in-residence
in the journalism department and teach several courses in the broadcast
journalism sequence. Miller, who will begin teaching full-time this fall,
has taught broadcast journalism part-time in the department the last two
years. "Adding John Miller to our journalism faculty gives our students
daily contact with one of the top local news professionals in the business,"
said Tommy Thomason, chair of TCU's journalism department. "He will give
TCU students the competitive edge that comes from exposure to exacting,
real-world professional standards." Prior to coming to TCU, Miller spent
the last year as news director at CBS 11 KTVT-TV in Fort Worth. He also
served as director of the news/television group for the Belo Corporation
from 1999 to 2002 and spent more than three decades in various positions
at WFAA-TV in Dallas until his promotion to executive news director in
1989. During his tenure as news director, Miller led WFAA-TV to 30 consecutive
major sweeps wins for all newscasts in the Dallas-Fort Worth market and
supervised reporting efforts that won two duPont Awards, one Peabody Award
and several other national and regional awards for journalistic excellence.
Miller and his wife of 24 years, Beth, have two sons, David and Stephen.
DFW advertising professional Jim Stuart '71 has joined the journalism
department as a professional-in-residence. He will teach advertising principles
and copy, layout and design and public relations principals. Current owner
of Stuart Marketing Communication and former chairman and CEO of Stuart
Bacon agency in Fort Worth, Stuart was the 1998 winner of the journalism
department's Professional Ethics Award.
great Miles Davis played there. So did B.B. King, Ella Fitzgerald and
Al Jarreau. In July, the TCU Jazz Ensemble joined the exclusive list of
musicians to perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival at the Congress Centre
in The Hauge, Netherlands. The ensemble was selected this spring by the
International Association of Jazz Educators as one of three college troupes
to play at the three-day festival, one of Europe's most prestigious events.
More than 100,000 music fans from around the globe crowded in to hear
headliners such as Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Randy Brecker, Roy Hargrove,
Joe Lavano, Cassandra Wilson, Wynton Marsalis, Preservation Hall Jazz
Band, Patti Austin and Chick Corea. "It was an electrifying venue,
not something our students could ever experience in the classroom,"
said jazz band Director Curt Wilson, who took 24 TCU musicians and 11
of their guests overseas from July 9 -20. "Audiences in Europe are
very discerning, and to be received well by them was a tremendous compliment."
While the North Sea festival was the largest venue and the main attraction
of the trip, the ensemble also performed six concerts in four countries
on this foray to northern Europe, impressing more than 17,000 concert-goers.
They were at the Huset Culture Club at the Copenhagen, Denmark, Jazz Festival;
Stampen, the oldest and most famous jazz club in Stockholm, Sweden; aboard
a gigantic ferry off the shores of Helsinki, Finland, and at the Pori,
Finland, Jazz Festival. The ensemble also managed to work in a private
concert for about 450 Finnish ambassadors and government VIPs.
children, summer means beach vacations and family picnics. But for nearly
100,000 children in the Fort Worth area who are on free or reduced-price
meals during the school year, the summer months can mean long days of
going hungry. To help ensure that some of the city's most vulnerable children
have enough to eat this summer, Sodexho USA, which is TCU's food service
provider, has announced the recent launch of its Feeding Our Future program
in Fort Worth. The program will help to ensure summer meals will be available
in 11 major cities where the need is greatest, including Atlanta, Boston,
Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York,
Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
As the war
against terrorism rages around the world, Horned Frogs have joined the
efforts in many capacities. Last issue, we told you about a few. Here
are more who have reported in to The TCU Magazine about their contributions
to this work. If you know of others serving in the Armed Services, write
The TCU Magazine, TCU Box 298940, Fort Worth, TX, 76129, or email
us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steven L. Tabat '96 is serving in Vilseck, Germany, in 2-2 Infantry,
1st Infantry Division. He returned in May from an eight-month deployment
to the Balkans. In December, Steven will take command of Alpha Company,
2-2 Infantry, and will deploy to Iraq in March. Steven and his wife, Angie
Leftwich Tabat '96 have two sons, Nyle 4, and Riley, 6-months. Riley
was born in Amberg, Germany, on Feb. 8. Steven made it home from his Kosovo
deployment only eight hours before Riley arrived.
2003, Luis Rodriguez, Jr. '92, who served as an armor officer from
1992 to 1996, was in the inactive ready reserve when he was notified he
would likely be mobilized. He was subsequently assigned to a National
Guard unit assigned to Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division in Fort Hood.
He writes: "At that point the division was slated to deploy to theater
in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, but was subsequently pulled off
deployment orders as the operation went exceedingly well. I was mobilized
for approximately two and one-half months, and have since been demobilized,
but continue to serve the 1st Cavalry Division as a reserve component
Captain, as the OIC of the 27 person Multi-Composition Liaison Officer
Team in preparation for the division's support of the global war on terrorism,
anytime, anywhere. "In my civilian job, I manage the South Texas and Louisiana
Territory for Galil Medical, a minimally invasive prostate and renal cancer
medical device company. I am married to Kate Stover Rodriguez, of St Louis,
Lt. Colin Cremin '95, U.S. Army, is currently serving as Alpha Company,
Task Force 2-37 Armor's Executive Officer in Baghdad, Iraq. Deployed with
the 1st Armored Division, he patrols downtown engaging in daily firefights
with Saddam loyalists and Fedayeen Militia. He writes: "Most Iraqis
are genuinely interested in a lasting peace and support the Coalition
Forces, but until they all do, we will remain vigilant. Your thoughts
and prayers are much appreciated." Write to Colin at email@example.com.
McCormick IV '86 is the commander of TPDD, 346th TPC (AIRBORNE) in
Baghdad, a psyops unit. He wrote in June that all was well there, "except
for the heat and the people who want to kill U.S. soldiers." He is
busy trying to keep up morale in the grim situation and "bringing
truth, justice, Elvis and the American Way to the people of Iraq."
They struggle with no electricity or running water and bathe with baby
wipes and bottles of water. Meals are MRE's since there's no mess hall
set up. The family sends boxes of food, and the top request is always
Diet Coke, chips and salsa. Before he was
called up he was the director of marketing at Proctor and Gamble, handling
accounts like Toyota, Warner Brothers, Pantene Hair care and Abercrombie
& Fitch. He was living in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife Kathy ‘86 and
their three children Peyton, 13; Mary, 12; and Mac, 10. Kathy spent part
of the summer in Plano with family members Allen and Ann McCormick, and
in Houston with Kent Tramel ‘87 and Lori McCormick Tramel ‘86 and their
five kids Kaiti, 15; Karie, 12; Kensie, 10; Lara, 9; and Kade, 4. Lori
writes: "We miss Allen terribly, and pray our worries away. We are
so proud of his courage and service to our country." Allen was a
member of ROTC and a Phi Delt while at TCU. Kathy and Lori were in the
Chi Omega sorority, and Kathy was also a Showgirl. Kent played football
Rhone '90, was mobilized back to active duty in November of 2002 in
support of Operation Noble Eagle. Shortly after arriving for duty with
the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C., Maj. Rhone was tasked to
support Operation Enduring Freedom with Special Operations Command Central
out of MacDill Airforce Base, Fla. Maj. Rhone deployed to the Middle East
with SOCCENT on Jan. 21, 2003. He was assigned as a special operations
liaison between Special Operations Command
Central and the special forces of several coalition countries. He spent
much of his time in Bagram, Afghanistan, and then relocated to Qatar to
begin support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. David redeployed back to the
United States on May 1 and was released from active duty on May 15. He
would like to thank all of his friends and fellow Horned Frogs for the
support he received while deployed. "A special thanks to The TCU
Magazine for keeping everyone up to date on the status of our men and
women in uniform serving all throughout the world," he writes. Rhone
is fifth from left in the photo.
Mark Montague '81 is a U.S. Air Force Combat Transporter deployed
in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, stationed at Kuwait City International
Airport for a one year assignment. There he is Director of Operations
for Detachment 2, 721st Air Mobility Operations Group. At the height of
the war, they were equipped with more than 500 additional personnel to
move more than 7,000 flights of passengers and cargo while under rocket
and terrorist attacks. Mark returns to Texas in November and will relocate
to the Fort Worth area upon retirement next year.
Friends of the TCU Library and the Star-Telegram co-hosted a sellout appearance
by noted mystery writer Janet Evanovich July 22 at Ed Landreth Auditorium.
She read selections from her newest book To The Nines and autographed
copies. Evanovich's latest novel is the ninth in the popular Stephanie
Plum series, which chronicles the exploits of a meek bail-bondswoman and
private investigator working in blue collar Trenton, N.J.
Honors Forum 2003: An Evening with Gail Sheehy Best-selling author and
cultural observer Gail Sheehy has changed the way millions of people throughout
the world look at their lives. Her original landmark work, Passages, made
history, remaining on the New York Times best-seller list for more than
three years. Sheehy will speak Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. The event is free but
tickets are required. Call 817-257-6488 to reserve your seat.
Chai: Joel Siegel on "Being Jewish in America" For 20-plus years, Siegel
has been sharing his views on our culture as entertainment editor for
Good Morning America on ABC-TV. He's also author of Lessons for Dylan,
a book that is a legacy of his life and Jewish heritage to leave behind
for his young son. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. on Sept. 16. Call 817-257-6679
for tickets or 817-257-7804 for information.
Sommer, strength and conditioning coach, for receiving the Master
Strength and Conditioning Coach certificaton from the Collegiate Strength
& Conditioning Coaches association. Only 36 coaches in the world hold
this level of certification.
Lauer, vice chancellor for marketing and communication, for receiving
the Alice B. Beeman Award for research in communication from the Council
for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The award is in recognition
of his book Competing for Students, Money and Reputation: Marketing the
Academy in the 21st Century. Reviews have referred to the book as a "must
read for college and university administrators and faculty," and to him
as "simply the very best in his field."
Football, which was recognized for its student-athlete graduation
rate by the American Football Coaches Association this year. TCU is one
of 32 institutions across the country recognized for graduating 70 percent
or more of its football players who entered the school as the freshman
class of 1997-98.
members Don Nichols, Roger Fisher, Bill Ryan and
Ginger Nichols for being named recipients of the Outstanding Volunteer
Team of the Year Award from the The Tarrant County Family Pathfinders.
The four, sponsored by University Ministries, helped a single mother located
employment, finish advanced education and provided encouragement along
the way. They also assisted families with donated computers and gift baskets
during the holidays.
To the Eta
Chi Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity for being named one of the
top undergraduate chapters in the U.S. and Canada. One of only three chapters
awarded this year with the North American Interfraternity Conference Award
of Distinction, TCU Pi Kappa Phi was recognized as a "standard bearer
for all fraternities." The chapter, only five years old, has been named
the top chapter nationally for the three previous years for its "consistency
of excellence in scholarship, leadership and community service."
creates new department
Neeley School of Business will merge its e-business, decision sciences
and supply chain management programs into a new department of information
systems and supply chain management, effective this fall. The change is
designed to better align students' knowledge with industry changes. Chuck
Lamb, former chair of the marketing department, will be chair of the newly
created department. The Neeley School's Supply and Value Chain Center,
a primary aspect of the supply chain management program, and the e-business
program's current advisory board will play key roles in the new department.
The center and advisory board will work to maintain networking ties and
partnerships with industry professionals and leaders, identify research
and scholarship opportunities for Neeley school faculty and students,
and provide practical guidance as the department evolves.
of Vistor members
College of Humanities and Social Sciences has named six new members
to its board of visitors. The new members are: William W. Harrell ‘68,
senior vice president of the Rogers Companies; Betty Lynn Georges ‘60,
Fort Worth educator; Judge Terrie Livingston, 2nd Court of Appeals for
the State of Texas; Dr. Jack McCallum ‘93 MA (‘01 PhD), local neurosurgeon;
Phil Record, former Fort Worth Star-Telegram ombudsman and current professional-in-residence
in the TCU journalism department; and Dr. Gleniece Robinson, director
of the Fort Worth Library.
Neeley School of Business added three new members to its International
Board of Visitors. Maribess Miller ‘75, managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers'
Dallas office; Phil Norwood ‘72, chairman of the board, president and
CEO of Summit Bancshares, Inc. and Summit Bank N.A.; and David P. Purcell
‘86, managing partner of Continental Advisors, LLC, will serve four-year
renewable terms on the IBOV.
A new circular
drive on the north side of the Dee J. Kelly Alumni Center allows
for easy access for dropping off visitors, thanks to Lesbia Word Roberts
'31, whose letter writing campaign initiated the new driveway.
Bivin '63, TCU vice chancellor for administrative services, retired
from the University in May after 32 years of service. Although he joined
TCU as a coordinator of residence hall staffing, Bivin has worked in the
areas of plant management and administrative services since the late 1970s.
During that time, he has overseen the construction of several multi-million-dollar
buildings on campus and a three-year renovation project to refit outdated
classrooms and laboratories. The Fort Worth native taught history at Eastern
Hills High School until the early 1970s when he returned to campus for
his master's of education degree. TCU hired Bivin in 1971. He and his
wife Irene exhibit and judge show dogs for the American Kennel Club. Both
have been breed judges at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog
Show in New York City numerous times over the years. Bivin's experience
there culminated in being chosen to judge "Best in Show" at the 1999 event.
Lusch of the M.J. Neeley School of Business has announced he is resigning
at the end of the school year to return to teaching and research. He has
accepted a position at the University of Arizona as department head and
professor marketing in the Eller College of Business and Public Administration.
A search for his replacement is underway.
Frog Club Director Hal Roach '61 retired from TCU on June 30 after
24 years of raising funds for the University's athletic programs and scholarships
for student-athletes. Roach, who graduated from TCU with a business degree,
began raising funds for the University in 1979 as part of an off-campus
group called Athletic Donors-Volunteers Accelerating New Concepts for
Excellence (ADVANCE). In 1992, when the NCAA mandated that athletic fund-raising
groups be moved under the university's umbrella, Roach became the first
director of the TCU Frog Club. Roach's accomplishments include hitting
the $1 million mark in annual scholarship support for student-athletes,
increasing membership of the TCU Frog Club to 2,700 members and completing
funding of the Walsh weight training facility.
report violations to NCAA
in TCU's men's basketball program were reported by TCU to the NCAA in
August following an internal investigation. The findings established that
impermissible transportation was provided to a prospective student-athlete
to help him solve a F1 international student visa problem, and that impermissible
academic assistance was provided to a currently enrolled student athlete
by expanding the contents of a draft of an academic paper, which was never
turned in to the professor for a grade. The resignation of a restricted
assistant basketball coach has been accepted, and the University will
implement the following self-imposed disciplinary actions, based on NCAA
rules guidelines: 1. Conduct a training program to ensure that athletic
department personnel better understand what constitutes appropriate and
inappropriate academic assistance for student-athletes; 2. Conduct a training
program to ensure that student-athletes are aware that academic assistance
should come from the Athletics Academic Services Center and that a coach's
involvement should be limited to input on matters of a general academic
nature; 3. Not sanction the currently enrolled student-athlete because
the investigation confirmed that he had no knowledge that his paper, which
he had asked to be proofed, was being expanded; 4. Declare the prospective
student-athlete ineligible to compete, pending reinstatement qualifications;
suspend him from 20% of the 2003-2004 countable contests; and require
him to reimburse the estimated value of the transportation ($386.64).
By Geoffrey Leavenworth
Leavenworth's first novel is a fictionalized autobiography about a Texas
writer's increasingly desperate attempts to save himself and his family
from a psychotic stalker. In the novel's opening scene, Gordo O'Connor
answers the door to his Galveston Island home one night to an angry man
who shoots him in the chest. He escapes serious injury, but the shooting
begins a chain of events that alters the course of his life. Tension spirals
as Gordo grapples with the need to protect his family, his raw emotional
response to the violence and a craving to understand the behavior of his
assailant and the police. The novel reaches a gripping conclusion when
the stalker confronts Gordo for the last time. It is available at bookstores
nationwide or from University Publishing, 1-800-826-8911.
By Charlie Moncrief '72
grudges, disloyal employees and the IRS thrust Charlie Moncrief, his family
and his oil business into national notoriety. Moncrief was called to defend
the family name, which was being sullied by accusations of tax evasion.
Here Moncrief gives his account of what happened before and after the
infamous 1994 IRS raid on the Moncrief Building in downtown Fort Worth.
His life took an unexpected turn when armed agents from the Criminal Investigation
Division of the IRS confiscated files on suspicion that the Texas oil
dynasty had neglected to give Uncle Sam his due. Moncrief recounts the
family's fight for justice and to restore the family name to its esteemed
standing. The book provides a personal glimpse of how a famous Fort Worth
family avoided devastation. It is available at bookstores nationwide.