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TCU’s 150th

TCU celebrates sesquicentennial with drone show
Jan. 30, 2023 
Fort Worth Report 
TCU hosted a drone light display, a free public event celebrating the university’s 150th anniversary. The drone display capped off a week of celebrations kicking off the year-long series of events to celebrate the sesquicentennial. “We’ll be having events throughout the year, but this was the first event more for the public,” Brad Thompson, TCU 150th project manager and director of student activities, said. TCU worked with a local company, Sky Elements LLC, to come up with the concept. The drone display consisted of over 200 drones that morphed into 12 different shapes throughout the 20-minute show.

Drone Display at TCU for 150th Anniversary
Jan. 27, 2023
More than 200 drones flew above the Campus Commons near Frog Fountain, which the drones recreated in the sky. The show was open to the public. TCU was officially founded 150 years ago in 1873.  

TCU: 150 never looked so good 
Jan. 27, 2023
City of Fort Worth Daily News
It’s a moment 150 years in the making. Join TCU’s Sesquicentennial celebration with Texas-sized events on campus and across Fort Worth for all Horned Frogs, friends, neighbors and family. Key to the celebration is Light Fort Worth Purple, running through Sunday, Jan. 29. Downtown and other parts of Fort Worth will be lit purple in celebration of TCU’s 150th. 

Toast of the Town: TCU Opens No. 150 With Different Receptions for Football Team, Oklahoma
Jan. 26, 2023 
TCU formally kicked off its yearlong sesquicentennial celebration the Fort Worth way. Celebrations include a fantastic exhibit, “The Story of Us: An Immersive TCU Experience,” which took the viewer through the history of TCU with video and a display of objects of historical and cultural significance. A full 150 years is represented there, and it’s open to the public. TCU's No. 11 basketball team celebrated with a win against Oklahoma with the second-largest crowd to see a basketball game at Schollmaier Arena. At halftime, TCU football was recognized with the Fiesta Bowl trophy. 

Drone show to light up Fort Worth sky to help celebrate TCU’s 150th anniversary 
Jan. 24, 2023
Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
200 drones are expected to light up the sky over Campus Commons at TCU on Friday night. The display is one of several planned events to celebrate the university’s 150th anniversary. “You might actually see SuperFrog as an honorary pilot flying a drone,” Brad Thompson, director of student activities and TCU’s 150th projects manager and special projects subcommittee co-chair, said. “It’s just a neat opportunity and kind of a unique way of showcasing to the Fort Worth community that we’re here celebrating our 150th and we’re excited to include the entire community in that celebration,” Thompson said.

TCU kicks off sesquicentennial with week-long celebration 
Jan. 20, 2023
Fort Worth Business Press 
From humble beginnings with just over a dozen students 150 years ago, TCU has grown into one of America’s most renowned universities. TCU will kick off the Fort Worth institution’s sesquicentennial celebration with a week-long slate of activities reflecting the school’s past, present and future. For starters, visitors can take a historical walking tour with an audio guide featuring various landmarks across the campus.


TCU’s medical school partners with University of Mary Hardin-Baylor for dual degree program
Jan. 28, 2023
Fort Worth Report 
As of January, medical students at the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU can now pursue a second degree: a Master of Public Health. The dual option is the product of a new partnership between the medical school and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, a private Christian university between Waco and Austin. The offering reflects a growing trend in medical education: a rise in dual MD-MPH degrees that began years before the pandemic. “We so carefully arranged this,” Joanne Leuck, associate dean of curriculum, said. “We truly believe that the students are getting exactly what they need to accomplish both degrees, but in this really efficient manner that keeps them from having to take another year away from seeing patients or delaying graduation.”

TCU Board of Trustees Earns Distinction for Leadership by Association of Governing Boards
Jan. 23, 2023 
Fort Worth Magazine 
TCU is among those selected to receive the John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Established in 1992, the award is presented to higher education governing boards that demonstrate exceptional leadership and initiative. Each recipient was recognized for its justice, diversity, equity and inclusion-related programs and initiatives as well as its efforts to enhance student success. “It is an honor for TCU’s Board of Trustees to be recognized for its ongoing commitment to firmly support a community that fosters belonging for students, faculty and staff,” Mark L. Johnson, chairman of the TCU Board of Trustees, said. Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. said, “Texas Christian University is blessed with an exceptional and visionary Board of Trustees, and this recognition is well-deserved.”

6 college admissions experts share their biggest predictions for 2023 
Jan. 23, 2023 
Higher Ed Dive 
College admissions remain volatile in 2023. To keep up with the rapidly changing environment, one question was posed to six experts: What admissions trend do you expect to see in 2023? Dean of Admission Heath Einstein said, “Access to higher education, our country’s greatest engine of social mobility, has long been a goal for enrollment leaders. Tectonic shifts needed to generate real change, not just edge-tweaking, eludes many colleges, whether due to lack of funding, the absence of ingenuity or fear of failure. 2023 brings a new challenge to equity in admissions with the Supreme Court of the United States taking up two cases: Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard College and SFFA v. University of North Carolina. The use of affirmative action in college admission is on the chopping block,” he said.


More young women abandoning the pill because of mental health concerns 
Jan. 30, 2022
New York Post 
For more and more Gen Z women, there’s an intuitive sense that hormonal birth control might be disrupting brain functionality. Professor Sarah Hill thinks so. In 2019, she published the book This is Your Brain on Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences after going off of the pill herself. “It was going off of the pill and seeing how that changed me that inspired me to write the book,” Hill said. “I had a lot more energy, and I was exercising and cooking again. Suddenly, I was interested in sex.” 

Sheriffs who see themselves as ultimate defenders of the Constitution are especially worried about gun rights
Jan. 30, 2023 
The Conversation 
Emily Farris, associate professor of political science, discusses the recent Illinois gun control law, which immediately faced opposition from a group key to the law’s enforcement: “They are county-level, locally elected public officials who run jails, provide courthouse security and, in many counties, are the primary providers of law enforcement services.” 

White Settlement Road will keep controversial name after council scraps plans to consider change
Jan. 25, 2023 
Fort Worth Report
Fort Worth City Council will not rename White Settlement Road – at least not any time soon. The road, which carries a name tied to Fort Worth’s history of pushing out Native Americans from the region, has transformed since it was paved in 1956. Once a prairie-lined road heading west, the street is now a bustling thoroughfare surrounded by businesses. “The attack was a part of what the then-president of Texas Mirabeau B. Lamar called an ‘exterminating war’ against the Native American inhabitants aimed at their total extinction or total expulsion,” Scott Langston, Native American and Indigenous Peoples liaison, said. “The attack achieved its goal, forcing Native Americans to move farther west, away from encroaching white settlers.”

Why are police in a North Texas city taking photos of people they pull over? [ed: link removed] 
Jan. 25, 2023
The Lewiston Tribune 
Police in Pantego — a tiny town almost entirely surrounded by Arlington — have for years taken photos of drivers who receive even minor traffic violations. Criminal justice and legal experts say the policy, though likely not illegal, could prompt concerns over security and privacy. “This is definitely not standard practice,” Johnny Nhan, criminal justice professor, said. “Is it legal? I would say it falls in a gray area.” 

Disparities persist in traditionally female-dominated fields 
Jan. 24, 2023
KMGH-TV (Denver, CO) 
Great efforts have been made to close the gender pay gap. But not all fields of work are created equally. Tracey Rockett, who teaches management practice, said she can point to any number of studies that show the wide gulf between women and management. That gulf persists even in fields dominated by women. “In public schools, for instance, men make up the minority of teachers, but to keep them, very often, they will be offered promotion opportunities much earlier than women are,” Rockett said. “You see that in the restaurant industry, in education, in healthcare and in dance.”

Large Inventory Build Couldn't Push Prices Lower This Week 
Jan. 20, 2023 
In this week’s edition of oil and gas industry hits and misses, Rigzone’s regular market watchers focus on inventory trends, China’s reopening, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and more. Tom Seng, assistant professor in the Ralph Lowe Energy Institute said, “Another large inventory build this week could not push prices lower in this holiday-shortened trading week as optimism over increasing oil demand in China led to week-on-week gains.” He continued, “China, the world’s second-largest importer of oil, is reopening again after having severe Covid restrictions, which is giving the market a bullish view on demand. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Energy released a mere 10,000 barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve last week.” 


‘You do the best you can’: How medical students in Fort Worth are balancing school and parenthood
Jan. 23, 2023 
Fort Worth Report 
Medical students in Fort Worth are balancing school and parenthood. Together, parents make careful calculations about what might work and when and how, while knowing that life interrupts even the medical student’s best-laid plans. Mei Mei Edwards is a fourth-year medical student at the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU and is a member of the school’s inaugural class. To make parenting work, she blurs the line between family and school. She includes them in school events and practiced clinical skills like cardiovascular exams on her daughter and husband. “They’re both fantastic standardized patients, you know,” she said. “They don’t have the credentials, but man, they’re so good.” The Burnett School of Medicine at TCU offers mentorship through its faculty coaching program. When students arrive for their first year, they’re assigned a faculty coach like Dr. Collin O’Hara, assistant professor and physician development coach at the medical school. 


Five Horned Frogs Represent TCU At 2023 Reece’s Senior Bowl [ed: link removed]
Jan. 31, 2023 
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Five senior TCU football players looking to be selected in the upcoming NFL Draft participate in this year's Reece's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. One of the top NFL Draft events each season is the Reece's Senior Bowl. This week offers a critical step in each participant's draft journey, with the chance to practice for, interview and network with, and play in front of NFL scouts and coaches. This year, five TCU Horned Frogs are on Senior Bowl rosters: QB Max Duggan, OL Steve Avila, WR Darius Davis, LB Dee Winters, and DL Dylan Horton.

TCU Baseball Voted To Win Big 12, Multiple Players Receive Preseason Honors
Jan. 26, 2022  
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
TCU Baseball kicks off its season on Feb. 17. Preseason media polls voted the Horned Frogs to win the Big 12 once again and multiple players received preseason honors. The Horned Frogs followed up a regular season Big 12 title and Big 12 Tournament title in 2021 with another regular season title in 2022. The consistency – coupled with returning production and a top-10 transfer class nationally – garnered the complete respect of Big 12 coaches.

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