New Provost pulled
from the ranks of TCU's best and brightest
Nowell Donovan, department chair of geology at TCU, has been called teacher,
mentor, chairman, rock hound, even Renaissance man. Now he will be known
as Provost, following a national search to fill the position formerly
held by William Koehler, who is retiring May 31.
announcing the decision, Chancellor Victor Boschini said, "Dr. Donovan
understands TCU's distinctive qualities better than anyone I have met
since coming to campus, and he also sees just how the University can maintain
shared an excerpt from a letter Donovan gave to the search committee.
In it, the man known for his rich Scottish brogue wrote that he sees TCU
as "a place in which students acquire meaning as a complement to knowledge.
If we succeed in creating such a university, then our ideal student will
be an informed and creative iconoclast, possessing the skills and insights
necessary to affect change where change is necessary, and yet aware of
the value of our greatest traditions."
arriving at TCU in 1986 as holder of the Charles B. Moncrief Chair of
Geology, Donovan has been active in campus committees and events, even
as he distinguished himself academically by publishing more than 100 scholarly
papers, book articles and abstracts, and making more than 100 presentations
around the world. He is the most cited author in his specific field in
the official British geological publication on the Northern Highlands
of Scotland, and he has won the A. I. Leverson Award for the "Best Paper
of Creative Thinking" toward New Ideas on Exploration from the American
Association of Petroleum Geologists.
has played a primary role in international education and established several
academic studies programs in Scotland. He was a member of the founding
faculty of TCU-in-Oxford, which eventually led to the creation of the
TCU London Centre. He has served as chair of the Faculty Senate and the
Institutional Effectiveness Committee, as well as countless other groups.
He was most recently involved in the redesign of the core curriculum and
is currently co-chair of TCU's strategic planning initiative, Vision in
Action: Planning TCU's Future.
coming to TCU, Donovan taught and conducted research at Oklahoma State
University and the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in Newcastle, England.
King Edward VII School, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, England
1961-66 B.Sc. Honors (Class 2.1), University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Newcastle,
1966-72 Ph.D., University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Newcastle, England.
Married to Jeanne Marie; two daughters: Erin Noelle and Corrie Linn
Newell Williams was inaugurated Jan. 22 as the eighth president of Brite
Divinity School, vowing to lead the institution into a new era of growth.
an inaugural address, titled "Heritage and Destiny," delivered during
a ceremony at University Christian Church, Williams predicted a new era
for Brite and announced that a major gift will finance a new professorship
in Catholic studies at the school, founded 90 years ago. Although the
size of the gift was not announced, Williams said in an interview that
the minimum to establish a professorship is $1 million.
also announced that Sister Carolyn Osiek, who joined Brite's faculty in
the fall, will fill the Charles Fischer Catholic Professorship. Fischer
is a leader in the area Catholic community.
is an internationally known scholar and is president-elect of the Society
of Biblical Literature," Williams said of Osiek.
founded by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Brite has Jewish,
Catholic, Methodist and Baptist studies programs. The school has 280 students
and 22 faculty.
believe that it is time to make another major step forward," said Williams,
who comes to Brite from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis,
where he was professor of church history. He replaces Leo Perdue, who
resigned but remains a professor of church history. The school has outgrown
its academic building, and trustees have approved plans for a $17 million
building that will be financed under a new capital campaign soon to get
under way, Williams said.
is a church historian whose work includes a history of his denomination,
Barton Stone: A Spiritual Biography, published by Chalice Press. Also,
he is co-editor of The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement, soon
to be released by Eerdmans Publishing Co.
previously served as both associate and assistant dean at Brite between
1978 and 1984.
Williams and his wife, the Rev. Susan McDougal (also an ordained Disciples
of Christ minister), have three school-aged children, Mac, Coert, and
magic at Carnegie Hall
Hall was the venue and the stars were 160 voices from TCU and University
Christian Church who joined the New York Pops Orchestra for two performances
of holiday music in December. Famed conductor Skitch Henderson, praised
the performances, expressing his desire that the group "come back
more often," said Ron Shirey, director of Choral Activities at TCU
and music director at University Christian Church. Inset photo left to
right: Beverly Beil Newsom '80, Shirey and Amy Pummill '96.
Dean's Awards for teaching or research and creative activity, which carries
a $2,500 cash prize, were awarded at winter commencement. Recipients of
the 2003 Dean's Teaching Award are Andrew O. Fort, professor of religion;
Terry E. Dielman; professor of decision sciences; and Babette Bohn, professor
of art history. Recipients of the 2003 Dean's Research and Creativity
Award are Charles Lockhart, professor of political science; Garry D. Bruton,
professor of management; and Jeffery L. Coffer, professor of chemistry.
Other faculty receiving recognition included Donald W. Jackson, professor
of political science, who was named a Piper Professor of 2003 by the Minnie
Stevens Piper Foundation; Brite Divinity School's Kenneth Cracknell, professor
of theology and global studies, who received the Louise Clark Brittan
Endowed Teaching Award; and Joseph R. Jeter Jr., the Granville and Erline
Walker Professor of Homiletics, who received the Catherine Saylor Hill
Endowed Faculty Excellence Award.
shaking up college football by nearly crashing the BCS with an almost-perfect
season, the 11-1 Frogs ended up playing Dec. 23 in the inaugural Fort
Worth Bowl at Amon Carter Stadium. The high-scoring affair against No.
17 Boise State was as breath-taking as it was heart-breaking, resulting
in a 34-31 loss for the Frogs. But with more than 38,000 attending and
an ESPN audience tuning in, the bowl put the TCU campus and Fort Worth
on the national stage once again.
coming and going of military personnel in Iraq spawed several reunions
as Frogs crossed paths in the desert. If you know of Horned Frogs serving
in the armed forces in the Middle East, send us information or a picture
and we'll share it in the magazine.
Leblond '95, left, who shared his story with us in the last issue, bumped
into two former Ranger Challenge team members, Rick Pardo '94 and John
Van Hook '94, just after Christmas. "I am the short, dashing Cavalryman
on the left, Rick is the confused looking artilleryman in the middle and
John is the infantry-Striker Commander wearing the latest in Army fashion
on the right," Scott wrote. "Troops are beginning to talk redeployment
and want to complete the deployment with as much success as has accompanied
us throughout our operations. Still focused on stabilization, and also
force protection is a huge priority. Getting everyone home is key to calling
the mission a success."
William Dunn '96, on the left, and Major Ed Jones '74 enjoyed a chance
meeting in Iraq recently. Dunn is the Allied Shops Platoon Leader for
A Company, 404th ASB, and Jones is the Battalion XO for 404th Aviation
Paul Haines '87,
of the Texas Army National Guard, was deployed to Kosovo as part of Kosovo
Force, a peacekeeping mission, focused on providing a safe and secure
environment for the Serbs and Albanians there. He hopes to return home
to wife Dina Rosen Hains '88 in Houston in September.
American Arts Festival returns
began as a music festival on campus in 1998 is now a community-wide celebration
of Hispanic heritage through creative expression. The month's events encompass
all the arts -- visual, theater, dance, film and music. Some notable activities
are a zarzuela performed by the TCU Opera and an outdoor fiesta with food,
music and salsa dancing on April 2 at the Student Center. For a list of
all the events, go to www.LatinArts.tcu.edu, or call 817-257-7143. Many
of the programs are free.
than 650 fourth-graders arrived for fun and instruction during the School
of Education's Fourth Annual Mini University in January. While the kids
attended classes ranging from meteorites to magic, the 550 parents who
accompanied them went to classes about college admissions and how children
learn. Nearly 250 students, faculty and volunteers from TCU participated,
including 67 education juniors and seniors who taught the classes.
Issues in College Athletics
on the well-being of student-athletes in order to maintain the integrity
of intercollegiate athletics is the greatest challenge facing university
presidents, athletic directors and coaches, NCAA president Myles Brand
told a crowd of more than 1,500 at the Martin Delta Gamma Lectureship
in Values and Ethics in February at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
winning comes in conflict with the bounds of good judgment," he said.
"We must remember that college sports is not a business. It's about educating
young men and women in the field and in the classroom. And that has serious
Brand at the forum titled "Ethical Issues in College Athletics," was an
A-list of college athletics leaders: Mack Brown, head football coach at
the University of Texas; Andy Geiger, athletics director, Ohio State University;
and Roy Kramer, former Southeastern Conference Commissioner and architect
of the Bowl Championship Series.
event was moderated by Dutch Baughman '88, executive director of Division
I-A Athletic Directors' Association. Topics ranged from illegal recruiting
practices to player and coach misconduct to academic fraud, all high-profile
scandals in recent years.
Many memories Retiring minister to the University John Butler touched
thousands of lives during his 27 years of service at TCU. Many of his
good deeds were chronicled in a memory book compiled by friends and co-workers
for his going-away party in February. Butler, an ordained minister for
the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), first came to TCU to earn
his masters of divinity degree in 1967. He returned to campus 10 years
later and has been serving as its minister ever since. Among his accomplishments,
Butler started TCU's community service program, Carols by Candlelight
and an intern program for students interested in campus ministry. He was
recognized with the Alexander Campbell Award in 2001 by the Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ) for his contributions to higher education.
S. Turner V, founding member and CEO of Novotrix, LLC and president of
Certificateswap.com was named TCU's 2004 Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the
Year in January. Turner received a $5,000 scholarship to be used at the
college of his choice. Turner is a senior at The Academy of Science and
Technology at Oakridge High School in The Woodlands. Novotrix, a web design
and media solutions firm, has completed work for over 75 clients, launched
50 Web sites and conducted business with companies in 22 states and six
countries. Novotrix earned over $32,000 in sales for 2003 and employs
three people. The five other winners, all high school students, are Matthew
D. Bizer from New Braunfels; Jessica A. Froberg of Plano; Austin C. Hoffman,
from Tyler; Chris Isenblitter from San Augustine, and Kyle Mann of Corinth.
Each of the winners received a $1,000 scholarship to be used at the college
of their choice.
was Frogs against Frogs in the annual alumni game in January to start
the 2004 baseball season. The Varsity topped the Alumni, 6-2, behind a
3-for-3 day by freshman Shelby Ford, who drove in five of the six runs.
Former all-American Royce Huffman helped pace the alums, which also included
ex-player and coach Roger Williams, who managed the alums. Former assistant
coach and Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, above right, joined the team
the night before at the First Pitch Banquet as keynote speaker.
was known for her lively personality as much as her talent. And what a
talent -- Mme. Lili Kraus was known as one of the 20th Century's greatest
Mozart interpreters. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth,
some of her former students and Jose Feghali, her successor as professional-in-resident
at TCU, performed a special program in February at PepsiCo Recital Hall.
Kraus, born in Budapest in 1903, was admired for her interpretations of
the Viennese school, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, and, above all, Mozart.
She first gained critical attention for her performances of the Mozart
piano and violin sonatas with Szymon Goldberg in the 1930s. During the
1966-67 New York concert season, Kraus gave an unprecedented landmark
series of performances of the complete Mozart piano concertos, recorded
for the Columbia Epic label. She first came to Fort Worth and to TCU in
1963 to serve on the jury of the first Van Cliburn International Piano
Competition and served on every jury thereafter until 1981.
Varo's 15 Cubes statue, which graces the lawn in front of the new Smith
Enterpreneurial Hall, was transformed into a rainbow-hued bit of magic
in December by lighting design students. Each year a major lighting project
is completed by the seniors earning a minor in lighting design.
percentage of TCU undergraduate students studying abroad is among the
nation's highest, according to a ranking of the top 20 doctoral institutions
whose students study abroad. Thirty-three percent of TCU undergraduates
studied overseas during the 2001-02 academic year, placing the University
seventh nationally in the percentage of undergraduate students studying
abroad that year. The percentage is based on the total number of undergraduates
studying abroad in relation to the total number of undergraduates who
graduated that year. TCU also placed 13th in the rankings of total number
of students who studied abroad. The rankings are listed in Open Doors
2003, the annual report on international student mobility, produced by
the Institute of International Education. A total of 417 undergraduate
students studied abroad in 2001-2002, an increase of 38 percent from the
previous year of 302. Overall, TCU increased the total number of undergraduate
and graduate students studying abroad to 469 in 2001-02 from 354 in 2000-01,
an increase of 32 percent. The most popular destinations for TCU students
were the United Kingdom (177), Germany (52), Spain (50), Italy (42), Mexico
(38) and France (31).
the mouths of little frogs
proof that sports marketing works. Artist, budding web connoisseur and
TCU football fan Benjamin Eaton was featured in the Star-Telegram's Quotable
Kids feature in December for his artwork of a Frog football player. We
asked if he'd share his creation with us. As it turns out, Benjamin, now
6, has quite a purple lineage. He's the son of current Brite student Brian
Eaton '05 and grandson of Roy '50 and Jeannine Eaton '60, who submitted
the story to the paper. What the paper doesn't tell you is that Benjamin
quickly picked up on the TCU Fight Song after TCU beat SMU in Dallas.
Upon a Gulf Coast Summer
By Susan Oliver (Susan Thompson '83)
Broadman & Holman
relationship between a mother and daughter is complex, but that is no
secret to Josephine Greene Van Zandt and her grown daughter, Katy Ardelean.
Issues bear down from Josephine's troubled and rigid childhood and the
enigmatic mother who was preoccupied with her own secret disappointments.
The war continues through Jo and Katy and even stretches down to Jo's
daughter Samantha. But a journal discovered after Jo dies, written during
the last months of her life, offers hope and redemption to Katy and opens
windows to forgiveness and understanding. Thompson is co-author of two
nonfiction works. This is her first novel.
By Helen Green
in East Texas in the 1940s, Helen Green grew up in a world separated by
color. Her mother was the only one in her family to receive a college
education; her father had only gotten through the fifth grade. Helen faced
personal challenges as well, getting married and having her first child
by age 17. While training to be a nurse, Green saw inequalities she could
not ignore. The hospital itself was divided by color, not by the severity
of the injury. Today, Green holds many honors in the medical field including
being the first black woman admitted into a Dallas school of professional
nursing and was also the first black president of the Texas Society of
rising TCU's Board of Trustees approved a $248 million budget for the
2004Ð05 academic year, one that further enhances students' academic experiences,
improves student services and strengthens student scholarship and financial
positive aspect of this budget is that it will allow us to hire 16 additional
full-time faculty," said TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. Other
budget highlights include:
$4.5 million to strengthen scholarship and financial aid
* $3.1 million to support academic excellence which includes hiring 16
* $2.1 million in capital funding for major improvements to on-campus
* Approximately three-quarters of a million to support student services
Tuition for the 2004-05 academic year was set as well.
and returning full-time students will pay a combined tuition and fee of
$19,700 instead of the current rate of $17,590. Continuing students enrolled
prior to March 2001 will pay $640 per hour in tuition and fees. Part-time
students will pay $685 to $835 in tuition and fees per hour based upon
the number of hours taken. Financial aid will be raised in proportion
to the tuition increase. The increase represents an 11.9 percent adjustment
over current tuition. Tuition and fees for graduate students is separate.
new committee, Vision in Action: Planning TCU's Future, has been convened
to strategically plot the future of TCU by building on the foundation
laid by The Commission on the Future of TCU, conducted in 1999.
of members of the TCU community and co-chaired by Leo Munson of Academic
Support and Nowell Donovan, recently named as Provost, this group will
tackle the following goals:
To build on the work of The Commission on the Future of TCU
2. To more closely align strategic planning with multi-year budgeting
3. To identify short-range institutional priorities
4. To fine-tune the case for the fund-raising campaign
5. To develop a longer-range institutional world-view
6. To create an ongoing University-wide planning process For information,
go to www.via.tcu.edu.
CEO! Club, TCU's student entrepreneurial organization, was recognized
as the best overall chapter at the national CEO conference in November.
More than 140 university entrepreneurship clubs were involved.
M.J. Neeley School of Business has received re-accreditation from
the Association to Advance Collegiate Business Schools International (AACSB).
The accreditation is for six years.
Victor Boschini Jr. was honored by his alma mater with the Spirit
of Greek BGSU Award for his long-time support of fraternities and sororities
on college campuses.
Bruton (Neeley School) has been selected as recipient of a Fulbright
Award in the Distinguished Lecturing Category in Poland. The three-month
grant will be at the Leon Kozminski Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management
in Warsaw, beginning April 2005.