Horned Frogs in the News, Jan. 12-23

Lena Weib

January 25, 2022

From China to Walsh Ranch, TCU Horned Frogs are in the news.

INSTITUTIONAL

Seizing an opportunity to make higher ed more equitable
Jan. 18, 2022
University Business
COVID has brought higher ed’s inequities into glaring view, but it has also provided
a can’t-miss opportunity to solve the ongoing problem. TCUs Rees-Jones Hall features environmental graphics to engage students and communicate the “why” behind
all the important interdisciplinary programs housed in the facility.

TCU transitions to sole governance of TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine
Jan. 12, 2022
KXAS-TV
UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth and Texas Christian University have announced that after a successful collaboration between the universities creating
an allopathic medical school, governance of the medical school will transition solely
to its degree-granting institution, TCU. Chancellor Michael R. Williams and Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. issued a joint
statement regarding the School of Medicine.

Texas Geothermal consortium launched to roadmap capabilities and technology gaps
Jan. 12, 2022
Think GeoEnergy
The launch of the Texas Geothermal Institute includes the University of Texas at Austin,
Texas A&M University, The University of Houston, Southern Methodist University, Rice
University and Texas Christian University, with more than a dozen oil and gas industry entities participating as partners.
The TGI will take GEO’s successful model of demand-pull innovation for geothermal
and expand it across research institutions in Texas with deep expertise in geoscience,
well and subsurface engineering.

FACULTY & STAFF

The beating soul of music 
Jan. 23, 2022
China Daily
China’s groundbreaking double bass player Zheng Deren turned 100 years old this week,
according to traditional Chinese custom, which gives a year’s age to a newborn. “We
are all fruits that fell from the same tree,” says Lu Yuanxiong, double bass professor. The winner of numerous international competitions and the
artistic director of the TCU International Double Bass Festival, Lu studied with Zheng
for seven years, from 1977 when he was admitted to the middle school attached to the
Shanghai Conservatory of Music until his graduation from the institution. “You can
hardly find another musician like Mr. Zheng in the world. He has contributed so much
to the performance, education and music creation of an instrument,” said Lu.

Millions of dollars pour early into race for Texas governor
Jan. 18, 2022
KXAS-TV
The race for governor isn’t won solely through donations. While how much money a candidate
has raised is important, they simply need to raise enough to mount a successful campaign.
“While it is the case that people with more money have advantages over people with
less money, at some point the money becomes sufficient and sufficiency is really the
important question here,” said James Riddlesperger, political science professor.

Voters will decide how drastically Tarrant County Commissioners Court will shift under
new leadership

Jan. 18, 2022
Fort Worth Report 
The Commissioners Court will see a massive change as nearly 64 years of experience leave
and three new faces join. During the transition of former Precinct 2 Commissioner
Marti VanRavenswaay, she said she leaned heavily on staff to help her make informed
decisions on county business. Political Science Professor Matthew Montgomery said that’s typical for new government leadership. “It’s usually the career civil
servants in times of transition that are pretty critical for keeping institutional
knowledge intact,” he said.  

Texas Governor Greg Abbott campaigns at Fort Worth Zoo
Jan. 15, 2022
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dallas-Fort Worth is among the urban areas of the state where Political Science Professor Jim Riddlesperger expects Abbott to spend a lot of time in ahead of the March 1 primary. That’s where
the votes are, he said. “Dallas-Fort Worth is hugely important and Tarrant County
is important, of course, because proportionally there are more Republican voters in
Tarrant County. So, both parties are going to exert huge efforts in Tarrant County,
because it potentially is a swing county in Texas compared to the other urban areas
that are relatively solid Democratic territory.”

As Colleyville synagogue hostage crisis unfolds, Jews turn to prayers designed for
moments of danger

Jan. 15, 2022
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
A number of Jewish worshippers were taken hostage during Shabbat services at their
Texas synagogue Jan. 15. And as the afternoon stretched into evening, Jews and Jewish
communities across the country came together online to pray for the release of the
captives. Adam McKinney, a dance professor at TCU, organized an online vigil attended by hundreds of people
from across the country. (This story appeared in numerous publications across the country.)

It’s been two years since the pandemic began. How are we doing?
Jan. 12, 2022
Fort Worth Report 
The novel coronavirus, and whom it affects and how, and what can be done about it,
is not the enigma it once was. “Everyone wanted certainty where there was no certainty,
myself included,” said Dr. Jo Anna Leuck, an emergency medicine physician and assistant dean of curriculum at the TCU School of Medicine. Now, as a new year brings caseloads that
far eclipse previous peaks, and as COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. approach 850,000, Leuck
said she’s felt a sense of déjà vu. “It does feel somewhat like it did (in 2020),
right? We went to spring break, and then we never came back.” 

Can the horny toad bounce back?
Jan. 12, 2022 
Green Source DFW
Because around 50 years ago, the Texas horned lizard began to disappear from regions
in Texas where we used to see them in back yards and parks. Because the “horny toad”
had disappeared from so many places, there began to be a lot of interest in bringing
them back. The Fort Worth Zoo started working on the possibility, with the support
of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Genetics expert Dean Williams at TCU began to sort out three different populations of Texas horned lizards.

Boards/Commissions: Are you ready to serve? Appointing Black women to leadership
Jan. 12, 2022
Fort Worth Report
The Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, a 501(c)
7 organization, along with the NAACP Fort Worth/Tarrant County Branch, both nonpartisan
organizations, will host a public forum, “Boards/Commissions: Are You Ready to Serve?
Appointing Black Women to Leadership.” This forum will provide interested constituents
with information on how to obtain an appointment to a board or commission. The program
will feature accomplished professionals as panelists, including Ebony Rose, TCU’s senior learning and development consultant.

‘Poetry for Engagement and Overcoming’
Jan. 12, 2022
Carriage Towne News
The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire is offering a third and final online poetry
event, “The Black Matter Is Life: Poetry for Engagement and Overcoming,” Jan. 20.
Reginald Wilburn, dean for the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at TCU, will co-host the program. 

Nonprofits plan bright future for old KKK building in Fort Worth
Jan. 12, 2022
KXAS-TV
A group of nonprofits that bought a Fort Worth building built by the Ku Klux Klan
plans to turn it into a cultural hub and arts center – and name it after a Black man
who was lynched a century ago. Adam W. McKinney, TCU assistant professor of dance, said, “This moment heralds an opportunity to get
it right as a community where we stand firm in our commitment to remembering our past.”

Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit adds $500 digital art award
Jan. 12, 2022
Brownwood Bulletin
The Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit recently announced a new addition to its awards
list with a digital media award sponsored by ASAP Creative Arts. The new award will
offer $500 to a selected work in the digital media computer-generated art category. This
Year’s Juror is Amanda Allison, associate professor of art education. 

STUDENTS

Bryn Carden shares her experience of being an undergraduate entrepreneur
Jan. 19, 2022
EIN Presswire
Bryn Carden is currently a student at TCU, working toward earning a major in finance with a real
estate concentration from the Neeley School of Business while operating two organizations,
Styles for Smiles and BF Hats. “I have always been passionate about several things
at once, including design, real estate, business and helping others. I absolutely
love being a young entrepreneur during my college years as I can put all of my passions
to work at once during an essential learning and growing stage of my life,” said Carden.

ALUMNI

Where I Live: Walsh mixes small town feeling, high-tech resources in Metroplex
Jan. 23, 2022
Fort Worth Report
Christine Gores ’06 is a Fort Worth native who graduated from TCU with a bachelor’s degree in advertising/public
relations. She shares about where she lives in the latest “Where I Live” feature.
“In April 2018, our family made the move to Walsh. Our house was one of the first
under construction. When we moved in, there were still more model homes than permanent
ones. We embraced the pioneer spirit with a strong belief in the Walsh vision of what
was to come,” she writes.

ATHLETICS

Frogs in the NFL: Super Wild Card Weekend
Jan. 14, 2022  
Sports Illustrated
Eight TCU Horned Frogs are on NFL rosters that are in the playoffs ahead of Wild Card
weekend: Jerry Hughes, Buffalo Bills; Trevon Moehrig, Las Vegas Raiders; Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles; Lucas Niang, Kansas City Chiefs; Joseph Noteboom, Los Angeles Rams; Vernon Scott, Green Bay Packers; Ty Summers, Green Bay Packers; and Travin Howard, Los Angeles Rams.

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