TCU prides itself on recruiting students of high standards to develop them into future leaders in the global community.These are the same people that businesses hope to attract upon their graduation.
The issue is the changing face of business leadership and the concern about whether the student population is reflecting that demand.
As the consumer market in the United States becomes more diverse, whether that be ethnic, religious or gender diversity, businesses are taking notice and adjusting their ideals.
When the residence halls close at the end of the fall semester, not all students have the opportunity to go home and spend time with their families. For several international students, going home is not an option, and they are left to make other living arrangements until campus reopens.
"They either stay with family or with other students," said John Singleton, director of International Student Services. "Some travel."
Dimitar Zlatkov, a sophomore computer science major from Bulgaria, said he spent Winter Break last year in a motel.
After a series of successful fundraisers for victims of natural disasters close to home, members of the TCU community noticed a change in the efforts of student organizations to raise money for tragedies abroad. "What we have to avoid is becoming desensitized to human tragedy," said the Rev. Angela Kaufman, minister to the university.
Several organizations and university departments united earlier this fall to support fundraising efforts for those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
The office of Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services hosted a discussion Tuesday evening to promote attendance and devise strategies for advertising events on campus.Student leaders from various organizations attended to discuss the success of recent events and promote upcoming programs they are hosting.
"The purpose of our office is to provide support and make things happen," said Sandhya Klein, program coordinator for Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services.
The new goal of TCU's improvisational troupe, Senseless Acts of Comedy, is no laughing matter.The six-member troupe hosting "Improv for the Cure" is making its way through residence halls Wednesday nights for the remainder of the semester to raise money for breast cancer research.
"If we haven't been there yet, we will be soon," sophomore advertising/public relations major Michael Flusche said of their tour.
Flusche, a member of the troupe, was inspired to organize the efforts after his girlfriend's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer over the summer.
Four members of the TCU chapter of the NAACP have been elected officers on the state executive board for the youth division of organization.Erica Parker, Allison Robinson, Brittany Conley and Dominique Akins will not only be serving TCU students as representatives for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on campus, but they will also be leading students across the state for the next two years, officers said.
The four TCU students are part of a seven-member state board.
Students and faculty will have the opportunity to discuss the media, diversity and issues impacting the TCU community today. The seventh annual TCU Inclusiveness Conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.
"The purpose of the conference is to engage TCU faculty, staff and students in conversations dealing with issues of diversity in the U.S. and in the international community," said Darron Turner, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs.
The TCU music department vows to contribute to the cultural enrichment of the global society, according to the College of Fine Arts Web site.Mission accomplished.
The TCU Symphony Orchestra returned late Wednesday after participating in the Festival Iberoamericano de las Artes, a monthlong festival that featured opera, choir, jazz, theater, dance and other artistic performances from around the world in San Juan, Puerto Rico, said orchestra director GermÂ n GutiÂrrez.
"It's huge," GutiÂrrez said. "It's really a big festival."
The image of German actress and cabaret performer Marlene Dietrich was recreated on stage in "The Moons of Venus" in Pepsico Recital Hall Thursday night. Associate professor of German Scott Williams organized the event to acknowledge 15 years of German unity.
"It is an important month for Germany, as they celebrate their reunification," Williams said. "We wanted to do something nice that celebrated German Heritage Day."
Karen Kohler performed her own interpretations of songs from Dietrich's films, cabaret shows and the World War II USO tour.
Issues of diversity will be the focus of the "Call to Action" forum at noon today in the lobby of the Brown-Lupton Student Center, NAACP members said.Members of the TCU NAACP chapter say issues of diversity first addressed at a forum last semester still remain major issues at the university.
"We're serious about this; it will not fade," said NAACP chapter President Erica Parker.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is spearheading the forum today.