A new beginning
J. Boschini, Jr., was the honored guest, the University was center stage
in March when its 10th Chancellor was Inaugurated amidst plenty of pomp.
a host of visitors from other universities and learned organizations looking
on, Boschini outlined his plan for taking TCU to the next level.
his vision is one where "education transcends career preparation,"
he acknowledged the importance of the latter.
TCU to be a place where the search for meaning is part of the academic
fabric, where first principles matter," he said.
Daniel-Meyer Coliseum was transformed into a softly lit ballroom where
family and invited guests celebrated the formal installation of the new
chancellor in style.
To read the
addresses, go to: www.chancellor.tcu.edu/inauguration.
named top athletic director
top athletic director TCU Director of Athletics Eric Hyman has been named
the 2004 National Athletic Director of the Year by Street & Smith's Sports
Journal. Under the leadership of Hyman, who is completing his seventh
year directing TCU athletics, the Horned Frogs have become a nationally
prominent program with improved visibility, personnel and facilities and
nationally ranked Top 25 teams.
was selected for the national award after being chosen as the NCAA Division
I-A West Region Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association
of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
2003-04 school year, TCU continued its recent success in collegiate athletics.
The Frogs garnered four conference championships in baseball, men's golf,
women's swimming and diving and women's indoor track and field. The Frogs
also secured nine second-place league finishes. The conference championships
in women's swimming and women's indoor track were the first in school
history, while the TCU baseball and volleyball teams set school records
the TCU football team captivated the nation by reaching a Bowl Championship
Series ranking of sixth in 2003, the highest ever for a school from a
non-BCS conference. Six TCU teams -- men's indoor track and field (8th),
men's golf (10th), men's tennis (18th), women's basketball (22nd), football
(25th) and men's outdoor track and field (which placed fourth at the NCAA
Championships)--finished their respective seasons rated among the nation's
arrival in Fort Worth, the Horned Frogs have generated 29 conference titles.
Since the 1999-00 campaign, TCU owns an impressive 26 league championships,
an average of more than five per year. In addition, the Frogs are excelling
in the classroom. In the latest report issued, TCU student-athletes have
a higher graduation percentage rate -- 72 percent -- than the overall
student graduation rate Ð 64 percent. Attendance figures have also increased.
In 2003, TCU's home football attendance average of 36,155 was the second
highest in school history, the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum single-game attendance
record was broken by the men's basketball team and the women's basketball
program set a TCU record for average home attendance at 3,470.
direction of Hyman, the Horned Frogs transitioned to Conference USA during
the 2001-02 school year and turned in the most successful overall season
of any C-USA member. The Frogs' debut campaign in the league featured
one regular season championship, five tournament championships and nine
NCAA appearances, more than any other conference school. That season came
on the heels of the 2000-01 athletic season, arguably the best in school
history, when TCU registered a school-record eight Western Athletic Conference
championships and had seven teams nationally ranked. TCU was one of only
four schools to record 10 victories in football and 20 wins in both men's
and women's basketball, and set a school record for football season tickets
achieved success because of a wide cross-section of support within and
outside of the university," Hyman said. "From the chairman of the board
to the faculty to the coaches, TCU is the most user-friendly school at
which I have ever worked. What separates TCU from all other schools is
the spirit and the cooperation of its people. Recognition like this is
a reflection of a lot of people working together. It's not about one person;
this is a group effort."
the whole family together
might be the biggest Frog gathering ever this fall as Homecoming and Family
Weekend are rolled into one giant event called Frog Family Homecoming.
Organizers say the move unites the entire Horned Frog family on an unprecedented
scale. "Our decision to combine Homecoming and Family Weekend was
made after we realized game scheduling conflicts would make it impossible
for us to offer both events successfully," said Chancellor Victor
J. Boschini, Jr. While the events are merging, Homecoming traditions such
as the Homecoming parade, reunions with old friends and a rousing football
game, are still on tap. The Horned Frogs are scheduled to take on one
of their bigger Conference USA rivals, the University of Houston, Saturday,
Oct. 23. Be on the lookout for more information about Frog Family Homecoming.
performed T.J. Walsh's new romantic comedy Melrose Stories last February
to appreciative audiences. Written and directed by Walsh, a theater assistant
professor, the story features New York writer Tom Kellogg who inherits
a bookstore on trendy Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Tom, visiting Los
Angeles for the reading of the will, stops by the store and finds that
he is pulled into the lives of those who work at the store and that the
store itself has a life, and a mystery, of its own.
to many Frogs
Angela A. Kaufman '95 has returned home, this time to do what she came
to TCU to learn to do -- minister. Kaufman will serve as the Minister to
the University beginning in July. She succeeds the Rev. John L. Butler
who retired this spring after 25 years in the position.
to Fort Worth from DePaul University in Chicago where she has served as
assistant director of University Ministry of the downtown campus since
2003 and chaplain for the College of Commerce and Kellstadt Graduate School
of Business since 2002.
in Richardson, she majored in philosophy and religion at TCU. She went
on to receive a master's of divinity degree from the University of Chicago
Divinity School in 1999 and continued her education with coursework in
management, economics, human services and counseling at DePaul.
years are a crucial time to support students as they explore their religious
identity as well as critically and reflectively develop their faith,"
Kaufman said. "I am honored to be joining the TCU family in such an important
work in ministry began with summer internships with youth at Christian
Churches in San Antonio and Brownfield. After graduating from TCU, she
became student pastor at Christian Church of Arlington Heights, Ill.,
and began working at DePaul as residence hall minister in 1999. She also
has taught computer software classes at Valcom Inc., and at Columbia College
Look at that.
600 stargazers took turns viewing one of the solar systems most unique
planets from telescopes atop the roof of the Tucker Technology Center
April 22. Jupiter Day, hosted by the Monnig Meteorite Gallery, also featured
a presentation about the planet's features and gallery tours.
University Art Gallery hosted a poignant Holocaust exhibit this spring.
Tales of Slavery and Deliverance, featured 25 stories from the Holocaust
and 13 accompanying etchings. The moving narratives are based on the vivid
memories of Dr. Anna Ornstein, above left, who survived internment at
Auschwitz as a teen, and later immigrated to America to become a respected
professor of child psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College
of Medicine. The etchings, as well as four large-format paintings included
in the show, are the work of Stewart Goldman, above right, emeritus professor
of painting at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. TCU partnered with The Jewish
Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County and The Herzstein Foundation
of Houston to bring Ornstein and Goldman's Tales of Slavery and Deliverance
exhibit to Fort Worth.
for a good cause
are notorious for staying up 'til dawn. But this time more than 200 students
deprived themselves of precious weekend sleep for charity. From 5 p.m.,
Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday students ate, gamed, danced and even massaged
their way through the hours without shuteye -- in an all-out effort to
raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This year's annual
"Up 'Til Dawn" fundraiser netted an estimated $55,110 for the hospital,
which offers care to children with cancer and their families, regardless
if they can pay.
and former international students celebrated a world without borders through
fest and fellowship at the banquet held in conjunction with International
Week festivities this March. More than 40 alumni and dozens of current
students enjoyed a fashion show featuring native dress from 60 countries
and a variety of dance acts from around the globe. John Singleton, director
of International Student Services, said alumni fly back to TCU from around
the world to attend the week's festivities. He describes International
Week as the equivalent of homecoming for (international students). "It
gives them an opportunity to present their cultures and to show off."
fans of the flute, the chance to study with renowned flutist Sir James
Galway was a once- in-a-lifetime music lesson. One of Ireland's most distinguished
exports, Galway was on hand this March to teach a master class for the
School of Music. More than 300 music students and members of the Texas
Flute Society reveled in the opportunity to study with the entertainer,
whose wide musical range has thrilled audiences worldwide. Galway has
recorded more than 50 RCA albums and tours internationally throughout
the year. Galway and his wife Lady Jeanne Galway, also a flutist, also
performed together at Bass Performance Hall as part of the Cliburn Concerts
student chapter established
on campus has been righted with the establishment of the first chapter
of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at TCU.
The turnout for the first meeting was about double the required 25 members
necessary to establish the organization.
of the group, as well as a few members from the UT-Arlington chapter,
were ready to implement big changes on the TCU campus.
Carmela Smith said that TCU's NAACP plans to host a voter registration
drive and to start a mentor program with high school students. Reese said
the group plans to celebrate Black History Month by creating a collage
made of pictures of different people to spell out the word "unity" and
to post the mural in the Student Center.
Chapter wants to focus on integrating students," Smith said. "I feel that
sometimes people tend to form cliques at TCU. However, NAACP seeks to
bring unity among students."
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 817-257-7807 or by e-mail
Starr-Renee Corbin '00 Starr-Renee serves with the 13th Signal Battalion,
1st Cavalry Division in Baghdad. She wrote recently that she was startled
to see a co-worker reading The TCU Magazine, then discovering he was a
fellow Frog. She also sent this picture of son James, who was born at
Fort Hood, where she had been stationed. When James was 5 1/2 months old,
below, Corbin was deployed. "It was the hardest thing I have ever
had to do. But I have an extremely supportive husband who sends me photos
and video over the internet of all my son's firsts since I have left Texas:
him crawling, him eating solid foods and him chasing our dogs around the
living room! "Did I like to leave my son so young? Of course not!
But I am one in an Army of many parents who have had to do the same. I
do this job for many reasons, but I also believe in Karma. I believe that
the good Lord will take my service as credit so
that my children will not have to go to war one day. It may sound sappy,
but honestly, one of the reasons I do this job is for my children and
for people like you."
Ruben Salinas, Jr. '95 Ruben is deployed to Balad, Iraq. He is part
of the 31st Combat Support Hospital in which he's providing excellent
medical care to our soldiers serving in the Middle East.
homefront: Comic relief
about depression in her husband's recently deployed Army Reserve platoon,
Tracy Sterling Bristol '80 (designer of The TCU Magazine) started
Operation Laughline, a collection drive for comedy DVDs to send to troops
overseas. Syndicated radio personality Kidd Kraddick launched the program
nationally and fellow horned frogs Robin Maness Thayer '80 and Robin Young
'80 provided marketing support. David Bristol's platoon is shown at right
with some of the comedies. Over three thousand DVDs were collected and
shipped in the first two weeks of the drive. For more information visit
for a Cure
than 25 faculty, staff members and their families ran in this spring's
Fort Worth Race For the Cure, benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer
Foundation in April. "For faculty and staff it's a great chance to
socialize outside of work," said Hao Tran, associate vice chancellor
for administrative services. "It's wonderful we can all come together
with one goal--bettering our community."
on the Frog
might see a few alumni sporting some eclectic Frog attire at upcoming
sporting events. Two one-of-a-kind Horned Frog jackets were auctioned
off at this year's women's basketball banquet. And four more unique creations
will be hitting the auction block at the upcoming football banquet and
a Frog Club online auction. The six specially themed jackets were handcrafted
by a group of design, merchandising and textiles students as part of a
class project. Alumni couple Augie Shilling '72 and Suzanne Huffman '73,
a TCU journalism professor, helped get the class's creative juices flowing
by soliciting jerseys and other Frog attire as material for the jackets.
They also provided the group with some funds for the project. All proceeds
from jacket sales go to support TCU athletics.
assistant philosophy Professor Blake Hestir (shown below, left, with Chancellor)
heard his name, his jaw sagged and he appeared confused. Hestir had just
been named Honors Professor of the Year, a recognition given for outstanding
contributions to the intellectual life of the University. Hestir rose
and stumbled over words as he expressed his appreciation to the Honors
students, who choose the award winner by vote. Hestir's animated, engaging
teaching style that successfully presents "abstract, seemingly impenetrable
concepts in simple, digestible terms," was cited as one of many reasons
he was selected. "This professor changes the way students think about
the world," said Greg Beauchamp, chair of the Honors Cabinet as he
introduced Hestir. "He encourages us not only to learn the course
material thoroughly, but also to develop into articulate and impassioned
now have a space to call their own. As part of an initiative to further
the study and appreciation of photojournalists and their craft, several
walls of the second floor of the J.M. Moudy Building-South have been designated
a gallery. The new Photojournalism Gallery will showcase the work of local
photojournalists, alumni and other artists dedicated to bringing us the
news in pictures. The display, which also offers space for current students
to show off their work, is expected to rotate in fall and spring semester.
The gallery's first exhibit is the thought-provoking work of Tom Pennington,
renowned photojournalist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Pennington,
who spent several months in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraqi, provides
a unique look at what it's like for civilians struggling with daily life
in the midst of the War on Terror. "Images of War" will be on display
Eastern visitors enjoy Frog hospitality
TCU played host to 20 Middle Eastern leaders, opinion shapers and journalists
as they passed through Texas on a tour of the U.S. this spring, goodwill
was plentiful, discussions candid and learning certain. The group, media
personalities and academics from throughout the Middle East and North
Africa, visited campus as part of a citizen ambassadors tour organized
by the Secretary of State. For many, the expedition marked their first
time to America. While on campus, professors and Fort Worth community
leaders joined members of the group for an enlightening panel discussion
about the differences between cultures. The forum offered an opportunity
for open debate about the perceptions each region has about the other.
Manochehr Dorraj, professor of political science, served as moderator.
He said the discussion, and the entire visit "helped build goodwill
beyond political relations." "On other tour stops, these visitors
sat passively learning about western culture and the U.S. economy,"
he said. "Here they not only experienced Fort Worth hospitality,
but they also got the chance to actively participate with us, without
fear of retribution, and help our countries build a bridge of understanding
between the Western and the Arab worlds."
School of Nursing received a $286,000 grant from The Texas Higher
Education Coordinating Board (THECB) for implementation of the first accelerated
bachelor of nursing degree (BSN) in Texas. The degree and grant are a
direct response to the growing shortage of nurses in Texas.
for college graduates with degrees other than nursing, students in the
accelerated BSN will advance to a nursing degree in 15 months. Twenty
students with varied backgrounds, such as a Ph.D. in applied mathematics,
public health and law, began the program in May 2004. For information,
call 817-257-7520 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
men's basketball coach Neil Dougherty was named "Best Dressed
Coach" by CollegeInsider.com.
M. Floyd-Thomas, assistant professor of Ethics and Black Church Studies
at Brite Divinity School, was the recipient of the Catherine Saylor Hill
Endowed Faculty Excellence Award, and the Louise Clark Brittan Endowed
Teaching Award given by the Brite student body to recognize superlative
teaching performance. Each award carries a $3,000 stipend.
Jackson swept the 20th Annual Entergy Young Texas Artists Music Competition
Finalists' Concert in March. Jackson was Young Texas Artist of the Year
for 2004. In addition to a $1,000 prize, Jackson was invited to perform
with the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra. He also won the $1,000 first place
prize in the Piano Division and the $500 Audience Choice Award. Recently,
Jackson was also honored with first prize from the Fort Worth Music Teachers
Magazine has ranked TCU's James A. Ryffel Center for Entrepreneurial
Studies at the M. J. Neeley School of Business one of the Top 100
Entrepreneurial Colleges and Universities for 2004. The rankings, which
appear in the magazine's May issue, put TCU in the top two percent of
more than 825 entrepreneurship programs nationwide and distinguish the
program as tops in Texas. David Minor, the Center's director, was
also recognized. His peers voted him as number seven in the top 10 list
of entrepreneurship program directors in the U.S.
publications, The Daily Skiff and Image magazine won a combined
29 awards from College Newspaper Business and Advertising Managers (CNBAM)
and the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) for work done during
2003. Skiff advertising staff took home top national honors from CNBAM
for Best Special Section and Best Training Program. At TIPA, number of
Skiff and Image staff members took home individual honors, and Image snagged
the Sweepstakes Prize for most honors won with 16.
The TCU University
Recreation Center received the Outstanding Sports Facilities Award
by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association. The award
recognizes TCU's 232,500 square foot facility for excellence in design,
efficient use of space and resources and ability to meet the unique needs
in Poetry 2
Edited by Billy Bob Hill
have long used poetry to extol the virtues of the nation's most independent
state and chronicle its turbulent history. In Texas in Poetry 2, readers
can catch a glimpse of the Lone Star state from its sesquicentennial for
state independence to the present. Revised from the acclaimed 1994 anthology
Texas in Poetry: A 150-year Anthology, the collection includes well-known
poets such as Walter McDonald and Vasser Miller. But it also includes
verse from some who gained notoriety more for the roles they played in
Texas history, such as infamous bank robber Bonnie Parker and the Republic's
second president Mirabeau Lamar. Renowned as the definitive collection
of Texas poetry to date, this anthology offers as much for the poetry
enthusiast as it does for the state history buff. It is available at the
TCU Bookstore and online.
Clark's Memoir Now Available in Paperback
Biographical and Historical, written by Randolph Clark and first published
in 1919, is now available from TCU Press in a facsimile paperback edition.
In response to many requests, Clark wrote this anecdotal account of the
early days of TCU in Thorp Spring in the 1870s. In this edition, the grammar
and syntax are unchanged to meet today's modern style, the type is as
it was printed long years ago, and the errors, if any, are original. Order
from the TCU Bookstore, 817-257-7844, or University Publishing, 1-800-826-8911.