As I sit on the steps of Scharbauer Hall, watching the sun's golden rays dance on Frog Fountain, I can't help but feel a lump rising in my throat. The sun falls behind the Brown-Lupton University Union, and I suddenly realize my time at TCU is also drawing to a close. I've learned so much since I first began the daunting journey called college four years ago.
It all began with Frog Camp. I never knew three days could have such an impact on my life.
Students' unwanted chicken and mashed potatoes at Market Square could soon be dinner for the hungry of Tarrant County.
Melissa Gruver, coordinator for community involvement, said the Center for Community Involvement and Service-Learning is working with the Student Government Association to research implementing a Campus Kitchens program at the university. She said the program is designed to put unused food to use in the community while at the same time equipping students with leadership and organizational skills.
The university is not releasing the number of students affected by the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, at the request of Tarrant County Public Health, a university official said.
Don Mills, vice chancellor of student affairs, said that because the university is not testing everybody for H1N1, it would be misleading to release numbers.
"To say we have X number of cases is a guess, and it's not really helpful," Mills said.
Click. Click. Click.
The sound of students typing their papers breaks the silence of one of the study lounges in Samuelson residence hall.
First-year students cheer as their friends challenge each other to a game of pool or foosball in the second-floor lounge of Milton Daniel Hall.
Clack. Clack. Clack.
A group of first-year women excitedly walk down the hallway of Colby Hall in their high heels on their way to a formal.
The TCU Financial Management Association got two firsts in one semester.
TCU's FMA investment team won first place in its first year in the National Stock Challenge this year, said Travis Gallatin, TCU FMA president.
The team earned a 7.49 percent return, $74,900 on its million-dollar virtual stock portfolio this semester, said Scott Boston, team portfolio manager. The second place team, University of Texas at El Paso, earned a 1.19 percent return, Boston said.
Students interested in starting a business will not have to go far to find a start.
Fortune Small Business recently ranked Fort Worth the ninth-best place in the nation to "live and launch" a business. David Minor, director of the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center, said this designation will attract students to Neeley's entrepreneurship program.
Full-time MBA students from 17 universities across the country will join TCU MBAs in competing in the first Neeley Sales and Marketing Strategy Competition sponsored by Sony Electronics today and Saturday.
Fifty-five MBA students from TCU and 17 other universities across the country will work in teams of five to create recommendations to present to a panel of Sony executives, Ed Riefenstahl, Neeley's director of Experiential Learning said.
The new Neeley School of Business dean is a perfect fit for TCU because of his ties to the university and his record of research, the chairman of the Neeley dean search committee said.
Homer Erekson, dean and professor at the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for six years, will replace Dan Short as dean of the Neeley School of Business this summer.