A thin layer of debris that included energy drinks and chip bags was strewn about his room. An unmade bed sat next to him as he typed away.
Most college students are familiar with this setting, and for Ryan Fleisch, a junior entrepreneurial management and marketing major, it became a typical scene, even though he wasn't like most students. He was starting his own Web-based business.
Fleisch said he got the idea for his business, Purplerenter.com, last year while apartment hunting with a friend.
National recognition can say a lot about a university or academic program, but when results are based on favorable student opinion, the attention is worth even more, a Neeley School of Business official said.
The university was honored in October 2009 by Entrepreneur magazine as part of its book "Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition." The Princeton Review tallied those findings as part of its "Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools" to create a list of the top-15 schools in the U.S. and Canada based on area of emphasis, according to the Princeton Review Web site.
The Neeley School of Business recently received a $1.5 million donation to create a new position for the Entrepreneurship Center that would provide consulting to students from any field on campus.
Barry and Antoinette Davis, university alumni, made the donation that will help establish the Davis Family Entrepreneur-in-Residence position.
Barry Davis said the culture, high energy and creativity of the entrepreneur program are what impressed him and his wife the most.
One hundred years ago on March 22, the university's former administration building in Waco, Texas burned down. Nearly every building on campus was destroyed, leading to the university's relocation to Fort Worth, a move Chancellor Victor Boschini said is one of the university's most defining moments of the past 100 years.
"Six or seven cities vied for TCU, and the people that were then the leaders of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and the people that were the leaders of Texas Christian University felt Fort Worth made the best offer," Boschini said.
Expansion of the East Greene Avenue parking lot, adjacent to the Air Force ROTC building on West Lowden Street, is scheduled to begin sometime in the future, a Physical Plant official said.
"Right now we're in the process of moving staff from the Rickel to the Reed building," said Harold Leeman, associate director of major projects for the Physical Plant. "Once that is done, we will move the ROTC into the Rickel Building and start work on the East Greene lot."
For students with mid-term papers, exams and projects piling up, it's easy to forget about a well-balanced diet. Students of all majors will get the chance today to listen to one of the leading doctors in eating disorders and behavioral science.
Daniel Kirschenbaum, professor of psychiatry and behavioral health sciences at Northwestern University Medical School, will explain the details about obesity rates in America and his recent work with professional golfers, said Gloria Solomon, associate professor of kinesiology.