Changing of the Frog
Chancellor Michael Ferrari announces
he will retire in May 2003.
news that Chancellor Michael Ferrari was retiring next spring may have
been the best-kept secret on campus. Ever.
But it shouldn't
have seemed so startling. When the ninth top Frog joined TCU in 1998,
he said he'd give us five years. When he retires in May to settle closer
to his grandkids, he'll have given us what might be his best five years.
Ferrari has done an excellent job for us," said John Roach, chairman of
the Board of Trustees. "He's built strongly and accelerated the growth
and updating of the university. He's helped the school be highly competitive."
tenure has been marked by one of the most expansive periods in TCU history.
He has overseen $150 million worth of facility improvements, including
construction of the Tucker Technology Center, the Smith Entrepreneurs
Hall, the John Justin Center and various athletic facilities, as well
as the renovation of the campus recreation center, residence halls, classrooms
he spearheaded the restructuring of five colleges and schools into seven
and the move to a single-cost tuition structure.
June announcement, the chancellor told the TCU family that each of his
three appointments as a chancellor or president of a university has been
association that Jan and I have had with TCU has been by far the most
rewarding and fulfilling period of our lives and entire career in higher
education," he said. "Nonetheless, since Sept. 11, Jan and I have felt
increasingly that spending the past 40 years thinking about, engulfed
in and caring for the well-being and education of Ôother peoples' children'
(and mindful of the great rewards and blessings that have come our way
from this service), the time has come for us to be more fully engaged
in and with the lives of our own children and grandchildren."
search committee, headed by TCU trustee R. Denny Alexander, began work
with streamlining and modernizing the United States maritime forces when
he assumed his post in early 2001, Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England
'75 (MBA) saw his mission change after the terrorist attacks of Sept.
forces rapidly became a wartime machine.
charge of organizing, equipping and mobilizing 830,000 troops and civilians,
315 warships and 4,100 aircraft for Operation Enduring Freedom became
the ultimate challenge in managing a global supply chain in an uncertain
has taken England, the 72nd Secretary of the Navy, aboard warships, into
Pentagon boardrooms and face to face with dozens of international leaders.
he shared his insights of global supply chain management with nearly 100
top professionals from Tarrant County and across the nation at TCU's first
Global Supply Chain Conference, sponsored in part by the M.J. Neeley School
of Business Supply and Value Chain Center.
to supply at sea is the backbone of the U.S. Navy," England said. "Strategy
is important, but without an efficient and effective supply chain, you
can easily lose the war -- either the commercial war or the military war.
And in the business of protecting America, the stakes have never been
and post-Sept. 11 examples, England explained how the Navy has dramatically
improved its own logistics and looked ahead to a changing global supply
Enduring Freedom, England said, America marks a turning point in modern
warfare and the supply chain. A combination of tactics and technology
never used before is helping the U.S. fight terrorism.
Bush has said that America can keep the peace by redefining war on our
terms," he said. "That means our armed forces must have every tool and
every process to answer any kind of threat, including a modern supply
go suck an egg
an egg into a bottle. Play detective using forensic science. Delve into
physics with a rocket launch. Build a robot.
was one lesson the more than 100 children, aged 5 to 11, learned at TCU's
Camp Duo this summer, it was that math and science are anything but boring.
session, sponsored by TCU Institute of Mathematics, Science and Technology
Education, was a rousing success as the day campers got into the interactive
exploits -- making butter, exploring model caves, playing with gears and
cycles and using balloons to race tin cans, right.
It all helps
facilitate the learning process, said Janet Kelly, a professor in TCU's
School of Education and director of the institute. Kids are curious by
nature and aren't afraid of getting their hands dirty, "Kelly said. "This
camp encourages them to roll up their sleeves and explore the world of
science and math by examining snakes, spiders, caves, gadgets and small
chemical reactions. Our goal is to get kids excited about math and science
before they lose interest."
to People for Peace
Worth Mayor Ken Barr '64 led representatives from nine nations in signing
the first People to People for Peace Accord at the Kelly Center in July.
TCU welcomed ambassadors from Costa Rica, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Italy,
Hungary, Japan, Germany, Indonesia and the United States to the weeklong
forum, sponsored by the City of Fort Worth and Fort Worth Sister Cities
provided a unique opportunity for dialogue between youth and political
leaders to advance the peace process across the globe, including partnering
to combat terrorism, promoting voter participation, educating citizens
about commonalities in religion and faiths.
walk across campus this summer might leave one thinking TCU has designated
the crane as the school's official bird. We're talking a tall metal crane,
of course. The type that lifts giant girders and roofing materials into
place. It's all part of the University's ongoing commitment to making
TCU a premier educational campus that provides the optimal college experience.
list of major projects:
Entrepreneurs Hall, just north of Tandy Hall, will be ready for use in
-- The student
recreation center on the site of the Rickel Building will provide 202,000
square feet of health club-quality amenities in November.
Stadium for baseball will be ready this fall.
-- The men's
and women's basketball programs will enjoy renovated locker rooms and
new space for officials this fall.
renovations in Winton-Scott, Sid Richardson and areas of Moudy North and
South, Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic, Reed Hall, the Moore Building and
the Bass Building include complete interior floors, ceilings, lighting,
teaching walls and furniture.
-- A museum
for the Monnig meteorite collection will open by the first of the year
on the main floor of Sid Richardson.
residence hall is getting an interior makeover, complete with new furniture.
-- The Worth
Hills drainage ditch has been filled in to create a covered culvert beneath
a landscaped intramural play area.
Kindle '00, far left, was bedridden when she was awarded her diploma two
years ago. In desperate need of a liver, small bowel, kidney and pancreas
transplant, Kindle was counting the minutes of life as the TCU community
quickly raised more than $80,000 for her quadruple transplant in May 2000.
weighs 120 pounds (up from 98 pounds), and eats just about anything she
wants to. A registered dietician, Kindle passed the American Dietetics
Association's national exam this summer. She now advocates for organ donation,
and in April she walked in Fort Worth's Race for the Cure with Evelyn
Roberts, center, a retired dietetics professor, and former TCU professor
Lacye Osborn, right.
Germany, got a taste of Horned Frog art this summer when art faculty members
David Conn and Terri Cummings took their work to the world stage as part
of an exchange organized through Sister Cities International. The two
were among six Fort Worth artists invited to Trier to exhibit their art
in Landscapes: Art of Fort Worth. Conn's linoleum cuts were inspired by
his first trip to Germany two years ago and a camping trip in the New
Mexico wilderness last summer. Cummings' inspiration for her site-specific
installation -- five fabric panels -- came from two historical family
photos of her mother and grandmother that she enlarged on fabric, above.
reviews followed the performances of the 5th Annual Mimir Chamber Music
Festival this summer. A premiere summer camp for aspiring artists and
a venue for professional musicians, the festival is dedicated to the study
and performance of chamber music. Guest artists, selected for their superb
performance skills, are chosen because they are also great teachers. The
result is two-week celebration of chamber music at its best. Below, from
left, are Brinton Smith, Baird Dodge, Isabel Trautwein, Executive Director
Curt Thompson and Misha Galaganov.
hoop Frog Neil Dougherty has joked that he's a little publicity shy --
even about being on the cover of the team media guide and season ticket
brochure, which he says he will do this year.
basketball recruiting wizard, formerly of Kansas Jayhawk fame, knows the
value of exposure. That's why he listened to the pleas of athletic promotion
gurus and agreed to throw out the first pitch at the June 25 Rangers-Angels
game at The Ballpark in Arlington. Joining him was his 12-year-old son
And to no
one's surprise, the former star athlete at Leavenworth (Kan.) High School
tossed a strike in front of tens of thousands meeting him for the first
the basketball season is a home run.
of Admission is going bilingual -- every counselor and most of the staff
are learning to roll their R's and enunciate their N's. The goal is to
attract more Hispanic students by making it easier for the families to
communicate. Lessons in grammar, vocabulary and Hispanic culture are punctuated
with practice dialogues designed to simulate conversations that admissions
officials are likely to have with prospective students and their parents,
says Spanish professor Lee Daniel, who teaches the class. Previously,
the admissions office enlisted students to serve as translators when communicating
with Spanish-speaking families. Now the staff members are speaking Spanish
to each other every day in the office. "We may not all be proficient yet,
but we are making progress," says admissions counselor Victoria Herrera,
who is already fluent.
By day, they're
attorneys, physicians, travel agents and a lot of other things. By night,
they are pianists who practice with the intensity of seasoned performers.
The 74 competitors
at the third International Piano Competition for Out-standing Amateurs,
popularly known as the amateur Cliburn, often perform on a level that
approaches professionalism of the highest quality.
2002 was no exception. Taking a cue from last year's 11th Van Cliburn
Inter-national Piano Compe-tition, this year's amateurs' event ended with
a tie for first place. Victoria Bragin, a chemistry professor in California,
and Michael Hawley, director of special projects for the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, were both awarded first prize after a 3 1/2-hour
final round at Ed Landreth Auditorium.
event, open only to nonprofessionals over the age of 35, is generally
regarded as the leading piano competition in the world for amateurs. But
it is only part of a monthlong celebration of piano performance sponsored
by the Institute, which enjoyed its 22nd season in June.
Institute, an international cadre of up-and-coming young pianists are
tutored by the world's foremost instructors as they prepared to be the
next great professional performers.
for the students is the chance to perform publicly with the Fort Worth
Symphony, a unique opportunity for the pianists -- some as young as 12.
the student competition were Venezuelan Alicia Gabriela Martinez, whose
performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Fort Worth
Symphony made her sound like a possible candidate to return in three years
for the big Cliburn Competition. She took first prize in session one.
third place went to promising American Joshua Cullen-Carrozza and Shao
Ting, a student at the Shanghai Conservatory.
In the second
session, Malaysian pianist Mei-Yi Foo, from the Royal College of Music
in London, gave a most impressive performance of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto
No. 3 to win the top prize.
Kim, a student of 1962 Cliburn gold medalist Ralph Votapek at Michigan
State University, and Japanese pianist Riko Higuma, who studies with Phillip
Kawin at the Manhattan School of Music, finished second and third, respectively
is awakened through the art of Denise Stringer Davis '02 MFA. While her
degree is in printmaking, her work, which explores ideas relating to memory
and time, includes sculptural and installation elements. Her work was
among those displayed in the Moudy Exhibition Hall during the graduate
art students' Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition in May.
drive to become the best separates the great from the average, both in
business and in sports. That is the message third-generation Olympian
and 2002 Winter Olympics gold medallist Jimmy Shea shared in May with
150 TCU entrepreneur students and alumni at the second annual Entrepreneurs
Summit, sponsored by the Neeley School of Business.
a family of Olympic champions, Shea, above, shared how he found his motivation
in his own household and family, and about his desire to have the sport
of skeleton (a sledding event) reintroduced at the Winter Games.
"But my greatest
moment was raising that American flag during the opening ceremonies with
my father. That will be a moment I will always cherish," he said.
the purple vote
a team of TCU public relations students and Horned Frog faithful everywhere,
purple beat out aqua and pink for its rightful place in M&M bags across
of the company's 2002 Global Color Vote were announced in June with purple
receiving 41 percent of Internet votes. It is the company's first color
addition since blue replaced tan in 1995.
from Maggie Thomas' senior-level public relations writing class played
a large role in the vote locally by campaigning at malls, contacting other
purple-clad universities and sending purple M&M gift baskets to local
also included local appearances by a giant purple M&M, who was really
student Mindi Storey in a costume made by her grandmother.
summer vacation ...
I biked across America. That's the report six TCU fraternity brothers
will have when classes begin this fall. Members of the TCU chapter of
Pi Kappa Phi, the men are among 70 undergraduate members of the national
fraternity from 32 colleges and universities participating in the Journey
of Hope, a two-month bike ride stretching 4,000 miles across the country.
Representing TCU were Brian Casebolt, Grayson Allen, John Anderson, Chris
Oldham, Eric Fare and Ben Griffith. The coast-to-coast trek began June
2 in San Francisco and ended Aug. 4 in Washington, D.C. The event is a
project of Push America, the national outreach project of Pi Kappa Phi,
which raises money and provides service and education to promote a greater
understanding of people with disabilities. During the ride, the cyclists
and crew visited 117 communities to donate their time and manpower to
spread a message of hope and understanding for people with disabilities.
Several members of the TCU team became interested in the Journey of Hope
after volunteering at TCU's Rise School for children with Down syndrome.
sciences department and M.J. Neeley School of Business have teamed up
to offer a dual MS/MBA degree designed to create managers able to direct
a company's financial operations and monitor its business projects to
ensure environmental custodianship. "For years, business and the environment
have seemed to be at opposite ends," said Leo Newland, director of TCU's
environmental sciences program. "I think that business has now realized
how important it is to be green and to sell green products, not only from
a marketing point of view, but also from an economic or financial point
of view." For information, call 817-257-7155.
A new partnership
between the M.J. Neeley School of Business and the Universidad de las
Americas (UDLA) in Puebla, Mexico, will enable students to concurrently
earn a master's degree from both institutions. Upon completion, graduates
will hold a master's degree in international management from TCU and the
Maestra en Marketing y Negocios Internacionales (MMNI) from UDLA, which
will allow them to "be instrumental in providing business leadership
in the growing economic partnership between the U.S. and Mexico,"
said Bob Greer, Neeley's associate dean for graduate studies.
Allen has won his second consecutive Emmy as a member of the writing team
for As the World Turns. The show won the honor for Outstanding
Drama Series Writing Team at the 2001-2002 Daytime Emmy Awards in May.
Allen received his first Emmy nomination in 1987 for his writing on Days
of Our Lives, and has written for One Life to Live, General
Hospital and Another World. He no longer writes for As the
World Turns, but remains active professionally.
professor Waldek Zerda will serve as a Fulbright Scholar in Katowice,
Poland, this fall where he will teach and research at one of his alma
maters, Silesian University. The research projects involve the study of
superhard materials using x-ray and neutron scattering techniques as well
as work in Raman microimaging systems.
in the Bayou City
School will expand its seminary program this fall, opening a new Houston
Center, located at Memorial Drive Christian Church. The satellite campus
in the Bayou City will offer one-third of the traditional seminary program,
so students can begin coursework before relocating to Fort Worth.
historian and writer Joan Hewatt Swaim'56, whose work often graces the
pages of The TCU Magazine, has been commissioned to follow in big
footsteps as she writes the history of TCU from 1973 to the present. Swaim's
work will build on Colby D. Hall's Texas Christian University: A College
of the Cattle Frontier, published in 1947, and Jerome A. Moore's Texas
Christian University: A Hundred Years of History, published in 1974.
The book is slated for completion next fall.
By Linda Powley '89 under pen name Katie Cobb
happens when you break the rules? This young adult novel explores the
answer. Kelsey Gene Blackwell and her classmates have decided that until
Mrs. Delaney, their Advanced Placement English teacher, teaches like she
used to, they will do nothing. No homework. No tests. But doing this proves
to be more detrimental than they thought. It becomes a disaster threatening
the students academic future and Kelsey's relationship with her family
and friends. Worst of all is when the students' discover the real reason
behind their teacher's change in behavior. Order the book at amazon.com
or at area bookstores.
Edited by Judy Alter '70 and James Ward Lee '00
Worth is often dismissed as a semi-rural cowtown. But a city with a literary
reputation? TCU Press believes so in Literary Fort Worth, a collection
of essays, poetry, short stories and novel excerpts, all about Fort Worth
and most written by one-time residents. Fort Worth is in many ways the
most typical of Texas cities. People mingle as easily at the Bass Hall
with its world-class entertainers as they do at the While Elephant Saloon
or the Cowtown Coliseum. Literary Fort Worth is a smorgasbord with something
to appeal to almost any reader's taste. Contributors include Dan Jenkins,
Bud Shrake and Betsy Colquitt. It can be ordered at online bookstores,
the TCU Bookstore or by calling 1-800-826-8911.
Stories From the Heart of Texas
Edited by Jane Austin Bruckner '98 (MLA)
are treasures, and so are grandmothers. In this book, you are invited
to have a cup of tea and come into the world of grandmothers through the
pen of noted authors such as Elmer Kelton, Joyce Roach and others. These
rich, deeply preserved memories -- some simple, some profound -- illustrate
courage and creativity and show us how to tap into our own strength, tenacity
and heart. The book includes poems and recipes, as well as tips on how
to write your own grandmother story. It can be ordered at amazon.com.