Dear Horned Frogs,
Our semester officially begins on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and I’m overjoyed to begin another calendar year and another spring semester with our Texas Christian University community.
While this isn't our official “Welcome Back” message, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to connect with our community before the start of classes. Students are arriving daily, bringing vibrancy back to our residence halls, commons and classrooms. They're also wearing masks, getting tested and joining faculty and staff in Protecting the Purple so we can have another successful semester.
Protect the Purple.
The beginning of any semester is exciting and busy; we are all energized and ready to interact with friends and colleagues. I ask that you continue to practice all of our safety measures, to not attend large parties, and to think about our community. We are making our campus as safe as possible and continue to offer virtual learning as a choice. Like last semester, our amazing Student Affairs team, Housing & Dining and the Brown-Lupton Health Center along with our Public Health Group and Chancellor's Task Force stand ready to care for those who need support in case of illness or have the need for mental wellness services.
Start the Semester Connected and Engaged.
Connection is a hallmark of TCU's culture, and it’s not always easy when we are physically distanced. We invite you to participate in the many campus events offered here - small group and virtual. I am always stunned by the number and variety of interesting meetings, performances and free happenings on the TCU campus.
This coming Monday, Jan. 18, is a day that recognizes the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and his courageous and peaceful actions. Though the semester has not begun, I want to direct you to opportunities to safely participate in honoring and learning more about Dr. King's work. His legacy carries forward into today's diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at TCU and beyond. Read here for more information about TCU’s inclusive excellence initiatives.
February is Black History Month, a time to honor the many contributions of Black people in this country and elsewhere. We will feature speakers like Lee Merritt and will host a full week of programming presented by the Race & Reconciliation Initiative. Look for more information to be shared on social, including a keynote discussion with TCU Trustee LaDanian T. Tomlinson. Then in March, as the weather becomes warmer, expect the Community Commons to come alive with programming and more ways to gather safely.
I'm deeply grateful to you, our campus community, for your positivity and your boundless resilience. It's comforting to know that we are here for each other through both challenges and successes. Thank you.
Victor J. Boschini, Jr.