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TCU’s Sesquicentennial is coming to life through research and creativity. Now on display is the College of Fine Art’s 150 Years/150 Artists exhibition, and it is merely the beginning of showcasing all that TCU’s colleges and schools have in store.

As part of TCU’s anniversary year, the 150th Executive Committee provided $7,000 in funding to each college/school to highlight TCU’s past, present and/or future research and creative activities.

“This is a milestone a century-and-a-half in the making and an opportunity to continue elevating and celebrating TCU on a national stage. We’ll look back, look forward and celebrate what makes TCU timeless,” said Clark Jones, co-chair of TCU’s 150th Anniversary Programming Committee. “Research and creativity are integral to TCU, so it is only fitting that we would place this center stage during our Sesquicentennial.”

Deans were asked to submit proposals last fall and begin work this semester, and the projects will be presented during Research & Creative Activities Week in fall 2023, as TCU begins to celebrate the end of its 150th year.

The AddRan College of Liberal Arts will celebrate “AddRan is Everything,” affirming the college as the founding college of TCU and, especially through the core curriculum, an integral part of every student’s education. AddRan will host a series of public lectures and a research and creative activity showcase, as well as series of social media videos and a T-shirt design contest for promotion.

The Burnett School of Medicine at TCU will highlight the Scholarly Pursuit and Thesis course and student projects through a video production. The four-year, integrated course is designed to develop physicians who are lifelong learners capable of critical inquiry and medical information literacy to produce physicians for patient-centric care.  

The College of Education has commissioned a photographer and will host an exhibition to honor its past and celebrate the accomplishments of its excellent undergraduate and graduate programs, unique lab schools and exceptional students, alumni, staff and faculty. The celebration will also include exterior step decals and building banners.

The College of Fine Arts will host a group exhibition featuring the work of 150 artists in all media, including painting, print, photography, sculpture, ceramics and video, through May 6. It will be accompanied by an exhibition publication that explores the legacy of the visual arts at TCU.

The College of Science & Engineering will host “The Next Frontier” open house event, complete with interactive demonstrations and presentations pertaining to research being conducted within the college and beyond. From fluorescence research performed in a physics lab and exploration of CSE’s Tropical Research Station in Costa Rica, to preparing heart-healthy meals in a Nutritional Sciences cooking lab and conserving threatened species by breeding and releasing them into their natural habitats, this evening will allow anyone to experience CSE’s research efforts.

Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences recently published the History of Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences in book format and plans to follow that project with a digital timeline that will chronicle the college from its beginnings as a partnership offering a bachelor’s in nursing to a college 1,600 strong and academic units in communication sciences and disorders, kinesiology, nurse anesthesia, nursing and social work.

TCU Neeley School of Business celebrates the trailblazing journey of the school’s past, present and future, while honoring 45 years of leadership and scholarship from Bill Moncrief, marketing professor, Charles F. and Alann P. Bedford Professor of International Business and the academic director for the Neeley Fellows Program. Moncrief will give a lecture to mark his retirement and debut an accompanying video journey, leading the audience from TCU Neeley’s humble beginnings through its transformation into one of the Top 25 undergraduate business schools in the nation and No. 1 in Texas (Poets&Quants).

Bob Schieffer College of Communication will create an interactive digital timeline of the college’s contributions in teaching communication. The timeline begins in 1873, when Thomas Marshall Clark, younger brother of founders Addison and Randolph Clark, taught TCU’s first courses in oratory and elocution. It will debut in November, when Schieffer celebrates 10 years as a named college, and showcases its history of adopting new strategies and technologies to teach communication fundamentals for 150 years.

The John V. Roach Honors College will produce a digital presentation that celebrates 60 years of Honors at TCU and highlights faculty, students and staff who have shaped and continue to shape the Honors experience.

The Mary Couts Burnett Library will highlight key collections that have built and will continue to build the TCU Library. As shown in this special display, having a notable collection of books has been a critical component in supporting research and creative activities, dating back to the university’s founding.

Additionally, Professor Bobby Francis’ Sesquicentennial wind symphony recording project was selected to receive TCU’s 150th Anniversary Commemoration Grant for Creative Activities, which will also be showcased during the research week this fall.

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