A royal visit
of York Sarah Ferguson tells teens of her battles with weight and depression
at the "Health is Wealth" Forum at TCU in October.
her mother, two of her best friends and her marriage. As her spirits sank
and her weight rose to 225 pounds, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York,
found herself fodder for the British tabloids, seeing her photograph along
with headlines referring to her as the "Duchess of Pork."
had done what everyone expected me to do, which is I failed -- and I'd
done a really good job of it," she told an audience of more than 3,500
high school senior girls at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in October.
years ago, the American people embraced this lost soul, and you welcomed
me into your land," she said. "In the last seven years, you've made me
have the strength to stand up on this stage today in front of you, and
you've given my teen-age girls their Mommy back."
On her first
visit to Fort Worth, the duchess returned the favor by trying to pump
up her audience members' self-esteem, sharing stories of her own struggles
and how she prevailed.
called "Health Is Wealth," was hosted by the Women's Foundation of North
Texas, and also featured U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth.
duchess told the teen-agers not to strive to be perfect, but to view obstacles
as something to jump over rather than run from.
speech, the duchess clutched a children's rag doll with red yarn hair
and an orange and white checkered dress.
the doll, named Little Red, as a logo for the charity she founded in 1994,
Chances for Children, which helps children in crisis. One of the dolls
was in her office window on the 101st floor of the World Trade Center
on Sept. 11, 2001. The duchess was 20 minutes away when the terrorist
attacks occurred. She later watched video taken by CNN of a firefighter
finding the doll, placing it in his helmet and carrying it from the rubble.
doll stands for the rights of all young women and children in the world
to dream and grow," she said. "I couldn't believe that such a symbol had
survived such dreadful devastation. It just proved to me that we must
all fight on."
-- Kicking off the year with awards
In his inaugural
address to the university, Chancellor Victor Boschini, Jr., recognized
two outstanding professors, touted the university's recent accomplishments
in admissions and fund-raising and outlined challenges that lie ahead
such as additional on-campus housing and renovations to the student center.
announced the formation of a strategic planning committee, which will
review the suggestions made by the Commission on the Future of TCU task
force. The committee will advise the administration on graduate education
and capping undergraduate enrollment. This fall, the university welcomed
a record 1,590 freshmen.
also announced the completion of the first phase of the "Our Time, Our
Future" fund-raising campaign. The effort, which began its quiet phase
in June 2000, is currently at $100 million in pledges and gifts.
also presented German Gutierrez, professor of music, the Chancellor's
Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity, and Peggy Watson,
director of the Honors Program, the Wassenich Award for Mentoring in the
director of orchestral studies since 1996, was lauded for founding the
Latin American Music Festival, which has drawn world-renowned musicians
from South and Central America. After the first event, the TCU Symphony
Orchestra was invited to take its first international trip, a series of
performances in Mexico. The festival has since expanded to include all
other arts disciplines, as well as the departments of Spanish and Latin
American Studies, International Students Services, Radio-TV-Film and the
Fort Worth school district.
professor of Spanish, was recognized by students for her work as the director
of the TCU-in-Spain program, in which she guides students on a month-long
trip to Seville. She also has earned kudos as director of the Honors program.
Students mention her advice and encouragement, whether the topic is academic
or life. Watson, they say, never appears "too busy" to see them, and is
through Texas history
for Texas Studies at TCU offers two great chances to experience a slice
In a new
Extended Education course, Remember the Alamo: The Texas Revolutionary
Era, Dr. Gregg Cantrell, the Lowe Chair in Texas History, will take
you on a historical trip of the mind, as well as an optional road trip
to the site. The course will convene Tuesday nights, beginning in February.
An optional trip to San Antonio and Austin begins Feb 27. Alamo historian
and curator Bruce Winders '94 (PhD) will host a behind-the-scenes trip
to Goliad, and Stephen Hardin '89 (PhD), author of best selling book Texas
Iliad, will offer commentary. The group will also tour the battlefield
at San Jacinto and visit the "Texas Flag" exhibit in Austin. Go to www.ced.tcu.edu
to sign up, or call 817-257-7132.
so) Flags over Texas
history through its flags at an exhibit sponsored by the Center for Texas
Studies at TCU. Curated by Robert Maberry, Jr. '87 (PhD), the exhibit
includes 30 rare flags, and brings together banners from the 1836 Battle
of San Jacinto (carried under the leadership of Sam Houston) to Texas
battalion flags from World War II. The flags will be on exhibit at the
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum from Feb. 28 to Aug. 22, 2004.
The exhibit will then travel to El Paso and College Station before landing
at the Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame in Fort Worth in 2006. For information,
call 817-257-6295 or visit www.texasstudies.org.
celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit -- that's how a new sculpture
on campus, created by famed artist Marton Varo, is being described. Varo,
best known for the magnificent angels that grace Bass Hall, created "15
Cubes" on site during a week in September. The 15 marble blocks,
sculpted into a tall and elegant structure, now grace the lawn in front
of the Steve and Sarah Smith Entrepreneurs Hall on the east campus.
and artists are cut from the same cloth," said Dr. Robert Lusch, dean
of the Neeley School of Business. "They are both creative and start with
nothing. '15 Cubes' celebrates art and entrepreneurship because they both
require phenomenal risk and are most often building something without
knowing if there is a demand for it."
was made possible by a gift from Frost Bank.
tomorrow's college education at today's rate
more than 200 private universities this fall when it became part of the
Independent 529 Plan, which allows parents to lock in future tuition costs
at less than today's prices.
the plan, purchasers buy certificates that can be used to pay future tuition
costs. When a student is later accepted at a member college, the certificate
can be used to pay the percentage of tuition already pre-purchased.
discounts prepaid tuition by a minimum of 0.5 percent. TCU offers a 1
percent discount. Other universities participating in the plan include
SMU, Vanderbilt, Rice, Syracuse, Princeton, Notre Dame, Penn, Carnegie
Mellon and Tulane. Parents can prepay as little as $25 a month, as long
as their contribution totals $500 within the first two years. The plan
does not include room and board or graduate school tuition.
Go to www.independent529plan.org
or call 817-257-7858 for information.
Honor's Forum - The new normal
attacks on September 11 were watched live by 60 percent of Americans.
That was the introduction to the New Normal, said best-selling author
Gail Sheehy, the Fogelson Honors Forum speaker in October.
fundamentally changed what it meant to be an American," Sheehy told a
full house at Ed Landreth Auditorium. "We have to face the fact that we
too are threatened with horror."
stories from her latest book, Middletown, America, a chronicle
of families from the New Jersey town, which lost nearly 50 people on 9-11.
Sheehy said, are an "enormous testament to the human spirit's ability
to heal itself. It's a book about people putting their lives together
after the worst happens."
sort of magic has descended on Waits Residence Hall. With the turn of
a knob, formerly unused space in the basement becomes a symphony hall.
Or an arena. Or a living room. Welcome to the new practice rooms for the
School of Music (above), two of which are acoustically enhanced with microphones
and speakers to allow musicians to hear how they will sound in a variety
of performance venues.
rooms in all were added to the Waits basement, nearly doubling the number
of open-use practice rooms to 19.
an unreal shortage of practice rooms," said Nick Scales, assistant to
the director in the school. "These new rooms were desperately needed."
track on being an outsider
Siegel, longtime film critic on ABC's "Good Morning America," impressed
Gates of Chai lecture attendees with his knowledge of the intermingling
histories of American Jews and American Cinema when he spoke at Ed Landreth
Auditorium in October.
perspective on the growth of American filmmaking and its concurrence with
Jewish acclimation to American culture was the basis of his lecture, "Being
Jewish in America." He explained that Jews were successful in the film
industry because "Jews were outsiders. Being an outsider is a writer's
best friend," he said. Immigrant Jews were able to observe that which
they were not yet a part of, and their perspectives made for cultural
expressions widely enjoyed by audiences.
In the second
part of his lecture, Siegel showed clips from Citizen Kane, On
the Town and Casablanca, warning the audience that he may "ruin"
some favorite cinema moments by divulging behind-the-scenes secrets. Casablanca
star Ingrid Bergman was about five inches taller than her co-star Humphrey
Bogart. "In their scenes together, Bogart had to stand on a box," Siegel
the liberal arts
Jim Lehrer and author Kate Lehrer '59 were honored guests of AddRan College
of Humanities and Social Sciences in October for a celebration luncheon
of the value of liberal arts. The PBS anchor regaled the Fort Worth Club
audience with insights into current events, while talking about the challenges
(second from left and second from right) were in town promoting their
books. Jim's is a crime scene investigation novel called No Certain
Rest, which is not your average CSI mystery. Kate's Out of Eden,
now available in paperback, follows a widowed American woman who arrives
in Paris to immure herself in the best social circles in the hopes of
finding romance and her destiny.
madness - Fun on the court
was all fun, but no game, when the basketball teams gathered for their
first practice and official tip-off event to the 2003-04 season, affectionately
known as Midnight Madness. "Late Night With the Frogs," in its second
year, drew nearly 1,000 fans, who came to watch the ball players get silly.
and dance moves, players from both teams did their best to pump up the
Daniel-Meyer crowd for the upcoming season. The TCU showgirls, cheerleaders
and SuperFrog also got in on the dancing.
As a special
treat this year, Kristin Holt, who appeared on the first season of "American
Idol," acted as emcee of Frog Madness along with comedian Godfrey.
And the fans
got in on the fun with a dunk competition (judged by players and coaches),
followed by a free autograph session with the players.
is not just for those who contribute to political campaigns, but for all
peoples. That was the message New Mexico governor Bill Richardson offered
at the second annual Jim Wright Symposium in October.
was part of a program featuring U.S. Reps. Kay Granger and Martin Frost
and centered around obstacles to political representation. In a series
of panel discussions, the symposium compared representation problems of
today and those encountered by the nation's founding fathers, campaign
contribution problems and solutions candidates can offer and still achieve
grant from The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation funded the symposium.
on the field
surface at Amon G. Carter Stadium was officially dedicated the W.A. "Monty
& Tex" Moncrief Field during halftime of the Horned Frogs victory over
Vanderbilt on Sept. 20. The naming of the field follows a $3 million donation
by "Tex" Moncrief to the TCU football program. The field is named in honor
of the legendary oil family and one of Texas' first families of philanthropy.
joins music faculty
cellist Jesus Castro-Balbi, who performs internationally as a soloist,
recitalist and chamber musician, has been appointed to the faculty of
the TCU School of Music.
regularly appears as a duo with pianist and wife, Gloria Yi-Chen Lin,
who has joined TCU's music preparatory faculty.
touched Mars yet?
Mars tipped its hat at earth with the closest orbit in more than 60,000
years, nearly 700 onlookers gazed at the spectacle from campus, despite
hazy, overcast skies.
party was a joint venture of TCU's Physics/Astronomy Department and the
Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Gallery.
of sky-watchers waited patiently in one of three lines in between the
library and Tucker Technology Center to peer through the department telescopes,
which brought the red planet to about dime size, right in front of their
waited for Mars to rise in the southeastern sky, visitors toured the meteorite
gallery, which offered a chance to touch an 800-million-year-old Martian
meteorite, among the other several hundred space rocks.
degree on the horizon
the ranch these days takes more than good horse sense. It requires strong
business and scientific knowledge as well. So once again the TCU Ranch
Management program is leading the pack by offering a bachelor's of science
degree in ranch management.
in Fall 2004, cowpokes with grand ambitions will be able to earn the new
degree, which will be offered in addition to the program's one-year certificate
program. The bachelor's degree will be granted by the TCU College of Science
and Engineering, though students will be required to minor in business.
excited about the new degree option because it allows students to incorporate
the knowledge obtained in our program with business principles needed
to manage a successful ranch," said James Link, director of TCU's Ranch
Management program. For information on the bachelor's degree or certificate
program, contact the TCU Ranch Management office toll-free at 1-800-828-3764
or 817-257-7145 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On the web, go to www.ranch.tcu.edu.
gift books at 20% off
is now offering alumni a 20 percent discount on books by ordering through
Texas A&M University Press Consortium. With an emphasis on Texana and
western American literature and history, TCU Press offers some great books
on local history, including two recent publications: Stories from the
Barrio: A History of Mexican Fort Worth and Fort Worth & Tarrant
County: An Historical Guide. Order online at www.prs.tcu.edu, or call
800-826-8911. Use the discount code TCUP. For more information call 817-257-7822
or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Golka, an Artist Diploma student of Jose Feghali of the TCU School
of Music faculty, was awarded first prize in the Shanghai International
Piano competition this week, as well as the "audience favorite" prize.
Adam is only 16, but he has been studying at TCU for the past three years
under Feghali, the Gold Medal winner of the Van Cliburn International
Piano Competition in 1985.
To the Fort
Worth Journalism Project, a cooperative venture led by the TCU journalism
department, has been named one of the nation's most innovative university
outreaches to secondary schools by the Scholastic Journalism Division
of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
The project supports high school journalism teachers and programs by offering
workshops for teachers and students and organizing an awards program for
Lauer (vice chancellor, marketing and communications) was honored
with the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) President's
Award during the ICUT President's Dinner Sept. 6 in Dallas. The recognition
is given for distinguished service in ICUT and independent higher education
in the state. ICUT represents its 32 member institutions in Austin on
To the M.J.
Neeley School of Business, who was listed in The Wall Street Journal's
Guide to the Top Business Schools 2004 as among the top 100 business schools
in the world and among the top 75 business schools in the country. It
was the second year in a row the business school earned such a an honor.
The school was also ranked 59th in Forbes magazine list of the
best business graduate schools. The ranking is based on a survey of full-time
MBA graduates which measures return on investment for the graduating class
To the James
A. Ryffel Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Neeley School
of Business was awarded the NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence
Award at the National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) Directors
conference, held at TCU in October.
on a roll
smartest. Those are the words Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr., is using
to describe TCU's 2003 freshman class.
class numbers 1,596, adding 145 to last year's freshmen roster of 1,451.
The class also boasts the highest SAT scores of any entering class, averaging
1168. Overall, TCU's enrollment reached a record high for the third year
in a row, with 8,278 students enrolled in the undergraduate and graduate
programs for Fall 2003, an increase of 200 students over 2002. Brite Divinity
School experienced its largest student enrollment ever: 281.
the 2003 freshman class:
student representation set a new record, making up 14 percent of the class.
was fierce, with more than 7,600 applicants competing for fewer than 1,600
- Thirty-nine students representing 24 countries ranging from Bahrain
to Vietnam enrolled as freshmen this year.
Worth & Tarrant County
An Historical Guide
Edited and revised by Carol Roark
and Tarrant County were founded on a dividing line. East of the line,
the land was fair game for American settlers. West of the line, the land
was reserved for Native American tribes that had hunted, fished and camped
there for generations. More than a century later, Cowtown and the surrounding
area is home to scores of historical places, buildings and monuments.
Carol Roark's guide tracks all of them in impressive detail -- from the
Tarrant County Courthouse to the Fort Worth Laundry Company. Maps guide
the reader to sites in Fort Worth and text offers insights not found on
landmarks. Thematic tours group buildings and sites by subject matter
or interest, including African-American history, cattle and livestock
industry, early Tarrant County history, historic neighborhoods, Jewish
history and railroad history. This is truly a must-read for Fort Worth
history buffs or anyone curious about the city they live in.