As the university begins its sesquicentennial celebrations, TCU Magazine is launching a series of commemorative stories to illustrate how TCU has evolved while remaining true to its founding principles.
The fall cover story explores how the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life is fostering interfaith dialogue and understanding. While the word Christian is literally in TCU’s name, writer Robyn Ross explains that the Disciples of Christ denomination, TCU’s affiliated church, has always promoted tolerance and religious exploration.
“As the student body diversifies in every way imaginable, the faith backgrounds represented on campus have expanded as well. No matter what we as individuals believe, every person in the TCU community should be united in the university mission to lead in an ethical and global sense,” Caroline Collier, TCU Magazine editor, said. “Doing so requires us to understand and respect what makes us different, especially in terms of our core beliefs about life and purpose. Faculty in religion and staff in Religious & Spiritual Life are taking the lead in teaching students to be courageous in their efforts to build bridges and understand another point of view.”
The fall magazine also celebrates the TCU men’s tennis program, which won a national championship earlier this year. Coach David Roditi ’96 is an inspiring leader who is straddling the past, present and future of TCU Athletics.
“I used to watch him play for TCU in the ’90s. While being a TCU tennis fan was great fun back then, Coach Roditi has completely transformed the college tennis environment. He really put his TCU Neeley marketing education to use and turned TCU tennis matches into some of the most happening events on campus,” said Collier ’98 (MLA ’17). “Don’t take my word for it — go experience the atmosphere for yourself. As a bonus, you might catch alumnus Cameron Norrie — the recent Wimbledon semifinalist who is also profiled in this issue.”
Other stories include:
- The third installment of the series following six inaugural students through their journey at the Burnett School of Medicine.
- A profile of John Devereaux ’12, who is on the touring cast for Hamilton and performed as George Washington and King George III on recent Texas stops. (Web readers will also find a video about how Devereaux became a TikTok star.)
- A profile on Katherine Beattie ’08, who is now an executive producer of NCIS … and a wheelchair motocross champion.
- A feature on why Zoranna Jones ’98 created TCU’s STEM Scholars program to diversify and nurture the doctors and engineers of the future and how these students are already giving back so much to the TCU community.
Read the fall 2022 edition of TCU Magazine.