Responding to a globally increasing demand for energy, TCU is forming a multidisciplinary energy institute to prepare students for work in various facets of the energy industry.The institute, which plans to offer undergraduate and graduate coursework in the departments of geology, engineering, environmental science and in the Neeley School of Business, will focus on the exploration, extraction and transportation of carbon-based energy along with a study of new drilling technologies involved in the processes.
In a second natural gas discussion with the TCU community Wednesday, an administrator revealed tentative details of TCU's drilling calendar and said the university would have the authority to temporarily cease drilling during certain periods.Brian Gutierrez, vice chancellor for finance and administration, told participants that within the first year the producer would put the pipeline underground, drill a test core to ensure gas was in the area and drill one to two wells.
Bob Schieffer, a TCU alumnus and chief Washington correspondent for CBS news, returns to TCU tonight to host the third annual Schieffer Symposium. The symposium, entitled "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of the News: The Media's Role in a Democracy," will feature some of today's most influential journalists, including NBC News' Tim Russert, New York Times editor Bill Keller, ABC News legal correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg and Earl G. Graves Sr., founder and publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine.
In an open discussion Thursday, administrators told members of the TCU-area community that a gas lease with Four Sevens Resources Co. was far from finalized and would have to satisfy "stringent" requirements before drilling would be allowed to commence.The meeting, which filled a conference room in the Tucker Technology Center, was a chance for interested students, faculty, staff and TCU-area neighbors to express concerns and ask questions about the pending lease.
Administrators are hosting a meeting with the TCU community today to discuss the status of the university's natural gas operations.According to a press release posted on the TCU Web site, Don Mills, vice chancellor for student affairs, and Brian Gutierrez, vice chancellor for finance and administration, will lead the dialogue, which will touch on the board of trustees' letter of intent to negotiate exclusively with Four Sevens Resources Co. and the university's subsequent steps in the process.
An administrator said TCU will recommend to the board of trustees today that Four Sevens Resources Co. be named the university's "natural gas operator." Brian Gutierrez, vice chancellor for finance and administration, said in an e-mail Thursday that the designation would jump-start negotiations with Four Sevens to generate a lease allowing exploration for natural gas on TCU property.
TCU has yet to sign a lease with a local oil and gas company that is telling residents in a nearby neighborhood that it's a done deal, a top administrator says.Brian Gutierrez, vice chancellor for finance and administration, confirmed Monday in an e-mail that no agreement has been reached with Four Sevens Resources Co., who distributed fliers in the Colonial Park neighborhood announcing that Four Sevens "has been awarded the TCU gas lease!"
Gutierrez said Thursday that TCU is still assessing the feasibility of drilling on campus and discussions with Four Sevens are ongoing.
TCU scored a D in a 2007 evaluation of its sustainability practices - its ability to meet the needs of the present without impairing future generations.Sustainability in relation to endowment investment was the focus of the College Sustainability Report Card, which assigned letter grades to 100 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada possessing higher education's largest endowments.