In pursuit of a speaker for the Honors Convocation, university officials did not have to look far.
Addressing the topic, "Living a Facebook Life in a Google World," senior honors student Preston Swincher will be the first student to ever be the featured speaker at the Honors Convocation, a university official said.
Ron Pitcock, assistant director of the Honors Program, developed the idea to select a student speaker. Pitcock said he is constantly amazed at the intelligence of the honors students he interacts with.
The university Marching Band will receive national recognition after being selected as one of five college bands nationwide to have a prerecorded performance played at the College Band Directors National Association conference in Austin this week, a university official said.
Bobby Francis, director of bands at the university, said the band was among the five chosen this year, based on a performance of "We the People," which includes several American folk tunes.
ArtOrg, the student run organization that promotes its members' work and encourages them to enter local, national and international exhibitions, is hosting its first show this weekend, the organization's president said.
Simone Riford, a junior painting major and president of ArtOrg, said the goal of the ArtOrg exhibit this weekend is to support member's work as well as the organization itself.
"We want to promote artist involvement on campus and get people interested in the art community," Riford said.
A summer study abroad program in London has been cancelled, the latest in a string of eight terminated programs scheduled for this summer, a university official said.
"The History of the Industrial Revolution in London," a summer study abroad course, is one of the programs that has recently been cancelled due to low enrollment, said Jane Kucko, director for the Center for International Studies. This was the first time the program was offered through the university.
Six years ago, five high school students recorded an album in a Fort Worth church basement. Lots of local support and a major record deal later, Green River Ordinance has released its label debut, "Out Of My Hands."
Lead singer Josh Jenkins said the album is a testimony to the band's work over the past year. Signed by Virgin Records in 2007, the band was ecstatic, but at the same time Jenkins said they understood the weight of the new responsibility.
The collaboration between the professional Circle Theatre in downtown Fort Worth and Theatre TCU allows theater students to bridge the gap between the academic and the professional world, a university official said.
Harry Parker, chair of the theater department and member of the board of the Circle Theatre in Sundance Square, said the two theaters will combine their talent to perform the play "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," which he will direct.
Radio-TV-film instructor Greg Mansur encourages his students to use their creativity to find answers to existential questions. Through his work in film and experimental photography, he's still looking for answers of his own.
Mansur said he had no idea what to expect when the university hired him to teach filmmaking in 2001. He knew he loved film and photography and he knew teaching would be an opportunity to inspire others to do the same, he said. But he did not know what effect he would have on his students.