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TCU's KinderFrogs School earned accreditation in August from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals. The five-year accreditation is the strongest system available to early childhood programs, and KinderFrogs is the only university-affiliated program in the Fort Worth area that has earned it.
KinderFrogs School is an early childhood educational center for children with Down syndrome that serves as an on-campus training site for students and faculty in the School of Education.

New director

The Rev. Luis Bernard has been named director of the Borderlands Center for Latina/o Church Studies at Brite Divinity School. Bernard comes to Brite from Sarasota, Fla., where he was the pastor of Beneva Christian Church. The Borderlands Center focuses on how the growing Latina/o population challenges the traditional Christian approach to blending religion and culture.

First grads

Three dual M.B.A./Ed.D. degrees were bestowed for the first time at fall commencement, to students Jessica Tyler, James Bowen and Alison Tanner. The Neeley School of Business and the School of Education partnered to create this comprehensive program that blends a master of business administration degree with a doctorate in educational leadership. The program is one of only three in the nation to integrate these two areas.

The first bachelor of science degree in Ranch Management was awarded in December to Paxton Motheral. The new four-year program consists of two years of the University's core requirements, one year in the business school (earning a minor in business) and successful completion of the nine-month Ranch Management certificate program.

Texas has honored its state poets laureate for 73 years, but much of their work has gone unpublished and unrecognized. In a step toward recognizing these achievements, TCU Press is publishing a volume dedicated to each poet. The first installment in the series, available in May, will honor Alan Birkelbach (2005) and Red Steagall (2006). Taken together, the volumes will draw these different voices together into a singular poetic expression of Texas.

Alan Birkelbach writes of the Texas landscape and its people with conversational ease, a touch that makes his vividness of description shimmer through each poem’s lines.

Red Steagall has made a career of bringing the cowboy way of life into the public eye through various media, and his poetry has been an important part of this effort. Steagall’s poems chart the changing of the land and the passing of generations, but they rest on the solid ground of a steady faith.

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Remarkable Reubke

Julius Reubke: The Keyboard Works
By John Owings, Herndon Professor of Music;
and H. Joseph Butler, University organist and associate dean of the College of Fine Arts
Pro Organo

Julius Reubke is one of the great "what ifs" in music history. His brief life brought him fame and recognition, not only as a disciple of Franz Liszt but as a proponent of the New German School of composition. As such, he played an active role in the development of the 19th-century Romantic style. This disc appears to be the first recording of the entire extant keyboard works of Reubke.

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