Saturday, December 24, 2011

Write Christmas

As the head coach for the men’s and women’s swimming teams at North Carolina State University for 25 years, Don Easterling ’55, MA ‘60 looked for an edge in recruiting. Since his boss was frugal, he devised the low budget approach of sending out holiday greetings with essays that tugged at the heartstrings of athletes and their parents.

A member of the American Swimming Coaches Hall of Fame who coached a dozen Olympians, he compiled the best of his annual letters, all showcasing the true joys of the season in a book titled What Did You Get From Christmas.

Easterling, who now makes his home in Charlottesville, Va., has recently updated the paperback collection of essays for the season and wanted to spread the word to fellow Frogs who may want to add it under their trees.
To purchase, contact Easterling directly at coachwufpak@aol.com or call: 434.975.6969.


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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Alum writes sex ed book for teachers


Martha Roper '70, a long-time teacher in Missouri, has written a book she wish had when she taught sex education for years. In Healthy Teen Relationships: Using Values and Choices to Teach Sex Education, Roper writes about more than just the biological facts. The book, which is geared for teachers but could be a handy resources for families, explores the emotional side of learning about human sexuality and values behind the choices teen-agers face.

Roper earned a degree in Elementary Education at TCU in 1970 before returning to her native Missouri. Soon, she also earned a master's degree in Family and Community Relations in 1974 from Columbia University in New York.


Roper finds that her book is needed, especially in public schools where she has experienced her own world of misinformation and confusion about the sensitive subject. The book emphasizes "abstinence-plus" with points on personal responsibility and media influences, plus the usual topics on sexually transmitted infections, contraception and teen pregnancy. 

The book, published by Search Institute Press, is available on Amazon

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A horned frog groom's cake

Charlie '06 and Vahista (Bharucha) Ussery '06 were married this year in downtown Fort Worth at the Worthington Hotel and had a special Horned Frog groom's cake. "While I had to make the decor pink (my favorite color), we had to bring in something that represented TCU!" Vahista wrote. "We met when we lived next door to each other on University Drive. Go Frogs!"

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TCU football poetry

Ellen Buck '03 of The Woodlands wrote in to tell us that she and her father made a TCU football poetry book for her 5-year-old son Nathan (above). "This was for his storybook parade at school. In order for them to wear a costume, they had to have a corresponding book. He wanted to be TCU quarterback Casey Pachall (notice the eye black), but there aren't any TCU kids books. So we made one," she wrote. Below are a couple of the poems in the book.

"Watergirl" (Said to "Little Boy Blue")

Watergirl, watergirl

Where is Coach P?

He’s on the ground concentrating.

Watergirl, watergirl

Why is he there?

He’s tying his shoe, mad as can be.

Watergirl, watergirl

What will you do?

I'll follow him 'round to see what he needs.

"Hey Diddle, Diddle"

Hey diddle, diddle
The Frogs have the ball.
The quarterback looks down the field.
He spots his receiver,
Sees an opening clear
And the fans cheer for Boyce and Pachall.

"Up and Down the Football Field" (Said to "All Around the Mulberry Bush")

Up and down the football field
The horned frogs ran the football
The fans thought it was all great fun
Score! Another touchdown.


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Gracious hosts in Boise

Bill Groeneveld '77 of Santa Barbara, Calif., wrote to tell us how much fun he had going to Boise, Idaho, last weekend to see TCU upset the No. 5 Broncos. He was especially taken with the local hospitality, even in light of a loss by the hometown team. "I thought you might like to see the very gracious congratulations that John Berryhill put on the entrance of his fabulous restaurant — Berryhill & Co. — in Boise on Saturday night. GO FROGS!"

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

In Afghanistan and proud of TCU

DeMuntz Bowie '96, who is currently deployed in Afghanistan, wrote to share a photo of his TCU pride on display. Bowie is a staff sergeant serving with the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade of San Antonio. "I have tried to keep up with the pictures and articles of other fellow Horned Frogs that have served our country," he writes. "Go Frogs! Beat Boise State!"

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Class of 2010 wins Frog Bowl Challenge, sets record

Congrats to the TCU Class of 2010, who won the Frog Bowl Challenge, a fundraising competition among the five most recent classes to graduate. With 278 members contributing, the 2010ers beat out classes from 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. While the Class of 2010 gave $47,750, a record total for a first-year reunion class, the contest is based on highest participation rate. About 15.9 percent of the class contributed. Above, members of the Class of 2010 pose with a sign of their accomplishment at the Frog5 Tailgate. The 2010 Class Gift Committee members are Clayton Dude (co-chair), Maddison Grigsby (co-chair), Jimmy Hopper, Dan Paret (not pictured), Kyle Arnold (not pictured) and Merillat Pittman (not pictured) and Kelsie Johnson (not pictured).

Of course, TCU alumni can give back to their alma mater at any time. Click here to make a gift to TCU.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

40 Kappa Delta alumni meet for "60s Sisters Reunion"

Marion Tolbert Coleman '71 of Austin wrote to share about a gathering last month of 40 Kappa Deltas from pledge classes 1964-1969, who spent the weekend of Oct. 7-9 in New Braunfels.

"They called it the '60s Sisters Reunion' and they came from 10 different states. One actually came by car, ferry, bus, plane, and car again (from San Juan Island, Wash.). Forty Kappa Deltas in all spent the weekend at the Prince Solms Inn in New Braunfels, remembering and celebrating 40-plus years of life during and since TCU days.

"Most of us had not seen each other since leaving school. Big sisters reunited with little sisters. Roommates recalled nights of laughter, helping each other climb in and out of chapter room windows after curfew, and trying to hear 'Paul is dead' when playing the White Album backwards. Pledge classes remembered their ties, the most infamous of which was when the 1968 pledge class tied their pledge trainer, Ellen Strickland Wilson '68 to the parking meter in front of radio station KLIF in Dallas. If the DJ had not decided to interview them, chances are they would not have been punished with extra months of dry pledgeship and postponed initiation. Every single one of them said it was their best memory.

"And the ladies still rock. The most surprising (and hysterical moment) was at the Saturday night dinner when our mistresses of ceremonies Darleen Williamson Nixon '70 and Lolly Squires Young '70 asked that the sister (that they knew of) who had gotten a tattoo reveal herself. Needless to say, the room went wild when not only six women stood but they were the from the earliest pledge classes in the group. There was so much laughter and there were tears.

"We have lost a few sisters, some have had tremendous challenges. At least five in attendance were breast cancer survivors. We posted sheets on the hotel front hall that folks could write on. On the one that said, Kappa Delta will always mean to me. Someone wrote, 'A springboard to who I am today' and 'A reminder that all those years ago, KD sisters believed in my worth and they still do' and on the one that read, 'This weekend will... someone said it all. It reminds me of what a gift sisterhood is, one that keeps on giving.'

Coleman hopes the reunion will hopefully inspire other women of our age in other sororities to do the same. Every one of us considers it a small miracle that we actually came together especially since there has not been an active chapter for a long time around which to rally.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

TCU pumpkin in New Orleans

Will Hogg '08 and his wife Katherine of New Orleans wrote to share this photo of his hand-carved TCU jack-o-lantern. Geaux Frogs!

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Friday, November 4, 2011

TCU pride while serving with NATO in Afghanistan

Laura (Carmichael) Bozeman '92 wrote us to say that she is deployed with the NATO Training Mission Afghanistan as a mentor for the Afghan National Army's General Staff Inspector General. As you can see, she is proud to be representing TCU while she's overseas.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Washington Winery Tour


More than 20 members of the Washington, D.C. Metro Alumni Chapter attended the October Purple Grape Escape, which took the Horned Frogs to two Virginia vineyards in KegBus, which bills itself as D.C.'s "Best Party Bus." Chapter President Shannon Johnson ’02 was delighted they filled the bus and says the event, "Was a blast!"

For a list of upcoming alumni events in your region, go to froglinks.

Johnson and Paul Kanitra '01

Paul Kanitra '01 and Lt. Col. Joe Blackwell (Ret.) '61

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Alum launches new film based on "Phantom"

"Erik: Portrait of a Living Corpse" — the debut feature film from writer, director, and current Film, Television, Digital Media (FTDM) junior Ryan Bijan — had its world-premiere screening at Fort Worth's Rose Marine Theatre on Friday, October 14, and the response was terrific. It will be screened next at the Rio 6 Cinema in Beeville, Texas, on October 28, as part of the film's recently launched press tour.

"This is by far the most impressive student film I've seen in several years," said Kylo-Patrick Hart, chair of TCU's Department of Film, Television and Digital Media. "If its contents are an accurate indication, Ryan Bijan has the potential to enjoy a very successful and intriguing filmmaking career."

Bijan's film offers a contemporary retelling of Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera," one that is told from the Phantom's own perspective. In addition to his screenwriting and directing accomplishments, Bijan plays the role of character Raoul DeChagny and served as the film's editor.

Check out the trailer and find out where the next screening is:

http://www.wix.com/erikmovie/erik#!__home

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JXbIQrHjPk

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1787064/


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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Representing TCU 'til hell freezes, then respresenting 'em on the ice

There's exotic places to dive, and then there is exotic diving.

Earlier this year, Chris Burden '98 of Hemet, Calif., trained to become an ice diver for his job as an investigator with the Riverside County Sheriff Department, including its Underwater Search and Recovery Team. His other duties fall within the department's Professional Standards Bureau.

Notice his TCU headgear.

He posed for this photo in March 2011 at Gull Lake, Calif., where he trained at an altitude of 7,000 feet. "I wonder if ol' Dutch Meyer was referring to this kind of ice?" Burden jokes. The training enabled Burden to become certified as a Level 1 FEMA Dive Team, which allows his squad to be deployed anywhere for public safety related disasters or crime scenes on a national scale.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

College Fair in Germany

Bill ’02 and Pia ’02 (MEd) Heiges worked the Horned Frog booth during a College Fair at Wiesbaden American High School in Germany on Oct. 13. Assisting were three potential future Frogs; Ami Rose, Micah and Abi Rae Heiges. Bill works as a Security Program Manager for the Defense Department Dependent Schools in Europe.

If you are interested in helping with college fairs, contact the admission office at 817-257-7490, 800.828.3764 or frogmail@tcu.edu.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Alum meets Daryl Washington in Arizona

Deborah Dye '91 of Flagstaff, Ariz., met Daryl Washington '09 earlier this year while the ex-TCU linebacker was in town for Arizona Cardinals training camp. Deborah writes, "He is such an amazing person and athlete (obviously). He spent an hour talking with me and have me tickets to every home game! It has been amazing and almost makes up for not living in Texas. He is just like the athletes I knew when I was at TCU - talented, gracious, grounded and kind!"

Washington is in his second season with the Cardinals, starting at linebacker. He has a career total of 101 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble.

Deborah also made a plea to return to purple and white uniforms. "You can't mess with tradition - even if you win more games. The purple and white are classic and look better on TV. Gary Patterson can still wear all black."

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Andy Dalton and JT Hodges

Both are young alums, big fans of TCU and are rising stars in their professions. Earlier this month, they were introduced and posed for this photo flashing the Frog sign.

Andy Dalton '10, starting quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals, and country music artist JT Hodges '00 met after a Bengals' practice in October. Dalton has guided Cincinnati to a 4-2 start, while connecting on 118 of 189 passes for 1,311 yards and seven touchdowns and five interceptions. While the season is not even half over, the QB is being called Red Rifle by the local media and is emerging as a contender for NFL Rookie of the Year.

Hodges signed to Show Dog-Universal Music last year and opened this summer for the Toby Keith Locked and Loaded Tour. His first single Hunt You Down, released in June, is currently ranked 40th on the Billboard Country chart. A full-length compact disc will be released later this fall.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Spiders and Frogs - oh my!

Kelly Drake Patterson '92, a speech-language pathologist from Cedar Park, Texas, wrote to say, "I found this cool wolf spider on my front porch today sitting right on my frog! It is a native spider to the hill country and the Austin area, and he fit right in with our Halloween decorations! Even makes my frog look a little spooky! :) Just wanted to share!" Kelly is a

We're glad you did! Spooky, indeed!

Happy Halloween!

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Teaching the Frog sign in Ethiopia

Joel Fox '90 (left) went on a mission trip to work with World Orphans and E3 Partners in Woliso and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this summer and found the time to teach my new friends how to throw up the Frog sign! Fox is from Arlington and is a consultant in the banking industry. "I am also saving up now for road games in the Big XII next year!!," he told us.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Spreading TCU cheer in South America

Ashley Wright Norman '05 and Sue Phillip Philp '69 in front of the Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in July 2011. The pair were in the South American country on a mission trip with four Methodist churches from southeast Texas. They are helping to build a church in Cochabamba.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Throwing up the Frog sign - in utero

Michael O. Browning Jr. '07 of Dallas and his wife are expecting their first child in the spring. Last week, they got a 3-D sonogram of the expected Baby Landree, and she appeared to be "throwing up the TCU Horned Frog sign," he wrote to tell us. The Brownings, who are big TCU football fans, love the image so much that they are getting t-shirts made for their tailgate! Michael is a senior vice president for marketing and business development at Santa Barbara Medical Innovations in Dallas.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Reading the mag in Zimbabwe

Jean Sauerberg Ware '60 wrote us to share this photo of her holding a copy of our Summer 2011 issue while on safari in Zimbabwe in August. That's Victoria Falls in the background. "While making the Frog sign," Jean wrote, "many visitors gave me very quizzical looks!!"

A resident of Houston, Jean and her husband have been on six African safaris to South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Tanzania. Jean said she and her husband love tenting and driving around to see the African animals and colorful birds. "Safaris are almost as thrilling as being in
the Rose Bowl watching the Frogs win the big one!" she wrote.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Licensed to cheer TCU

TCU ex-letterman Julie Perry Nelson '94 of the women's golf team wrote to tell us about this license plate her mom got when her daughter went off to become a Horned Frog. "Even though I graduated in 1994, she still has the plate!" Julie writes. "She does have to explain what it means in Arizona though! I’m sure if it was in Texas, there would be no explanation necessary!"

Either way, Go Frogs!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Representing TCU in Iraq

U.S. Army officers 1st Lt. Drew Mayer (left) and 1st Lt. James Starcher '09 show off a TCU flag at Contingency Operations Base in Basra, Iraq. The two are from different units and randomly encountered one another in the chow hall in the fall of 2010. Both strong Horned Frog fans, they decided to take this photo during the football team's 13-0 Rose Bowl season. At the time, they were both 2nd lieutenants.

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Aloha means "Go Frogs!"

Mary Shull Lawrence '80 of League City, Texas, and husband Jack just returned from a fabulous vacation in Oahu, Hawaii, to celebrate their 30th anniversary. "It was also a great escape from Houston heat and humidity!" Mary writes. "I managed to wear something TCU-related at least once every day while on vacation. I even did the "Go Frogs" while parasailing."

Not one day went by where someone didn't stop me to ask about TCU, Mary said. "It was a great opportunity to talk to folks about TCU," she said. "We even met another TCU alum the first day we arrived, appropriately attired in a TCU shirt as well."

Mary is works for METRO (Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County) as lead analyst for Ridership Analysis and Service Evaluation.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Frogs meet U.S. Senators McCain, Kerry

Well, you never know who you'll meet on the streets of Rome. In late June and early July, incoming TCU Honors students explored the cultural, historical and social contributions of Italy's capital city as a part of Frog Camp Rome. The city, whose history spans two and a half millenia, provided many wondrous sites and opportunities over seven days: the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica, the Coliseum, the Catacombs, the Borghese Gardens and Trevi Fountain.

But one late-night hunt for gelato provided more than Frog Campers expected, says the trip's faculty sponsor Ron Pitcock, the J. Vaughan and Evelyn H. Wilson Honors Fellow. "As we ate gelato outside one of my favorite shops at 11:30 p.m., we noticed two familiar faces strolling up Via Uffici del Vicario — U.S. Senators John Kerry and John McCain," he writes. "They were both gracious with their time. Both men posed patiently for pictures and chatted extensively with TCU’s incoming students."

What are the odds of meeting two U.S. senators on the streets of Rome, one student wondered. Says Pitcock, "Another student replied, 'It’s more significant than that. How many people can say they took a picture with the last two people to lose the U.S. Presidency?!' ”

Monday, August 15, 2011

TCU pride atop Grand Teton

Chris Poland '98 and Kirk Elam '98 scaled to the top of Grand Teton in the Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, Wyo., on July 26, 2011 at 8:40 a.m. "We brought a TCU flag up to the top to show our school pride," Poland writes.

The Grand Teton is 13,779 feet above sea level, and the duo climbed almost 8,000 vertical feet in two days. "It definitely was the most difficult thing that I have ever done," Poland says. "The view was spectacular, and the trip was personally fulfilling."

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

50 years later, still feeling forever Jung

It's been 50 years since David Roomy '61 left TCU. It's also been five decades since Swiss psychiatrist and thinker Carl Jung died.

Both have significant meaning to Roomy, a retired psychiatrist and professor living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with wife Cynthia Macnider Roomy '61. David has penned a tome of poems and musings called Spirit and Flesh, Englishman and Greek (iUniverse) about what Jung's "union of opposites" has meant in his life and practice. June is recognized as the founder of analytical psychology, a pioneer in dream study and among the first to view the human psyche as "by nature religious."

The book spans the last 50 years, exploring "what these opposites of spirit and flesh could mean for others but without reference to theory—only depending on art and beauty of phrase," David writes.

"Individual lives are important," he continues. "Often they tell the story of developments taking place on the collective level. The opposites are rendered here, for literary purposes, in the images of English-like and Greek-like parts in ourselves."

David transferred to TCU from Bethany College after a year of travel and speaking as the 1958-59 president of the International Christian Youth Fellowship Commission. Later, he took writing courses at the Poetry Society of America and Columbia University and has been a Penguin/Arkana author. He has traveled to Greece many times and lived for seven years with his family in England.

The 90-second movie, shown below, chronicles his life since leaving TCU, he says. The couple has found memories of TCU, although they regret missing their 50th reunion.

video


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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

TCU spirit at the Grand Canyon

TCU sophomore Taylor Baker, a finance major from Aledo, and his father Fremon Baker '83 displayed a TCU flag at the base of the Grand Canyon while crossing the Colorado River in May.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Flying their colors

Trevor Yarbrough ’11 (on left), along with friends Kristen Upton (who attended TCU as a freshman) and Vernon Titcomb ’13, stopped in Hollywood during a spring road trip. Yarbrough, a geography major who graduated in May, lives in Glen Rose; Upton is a teacher in San Antonio and Vern is a business major now in his junior year.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Kate Jackson Potter '99 and friends


It was a mini Frog reunion this summer at Lake Cypress Springs.

Enjoying good friends and TCU pastimes were Beth Shaddock Cesare '99, Kate Jackson Potter '99, Watson Potter '92, Amanda Welsh Flahive '99, Andrew Flahive '04, Farrah Goodell Jennings '99, Marcia Brown Nelson '99, Bales Nelson '97.

Future frogs pictured are Fiore and Elizabeth Cesare; Jackson, Ben and Claire Potter; Bales Nelson, Jr.; and not pictured are Nora and Madelyn Jennings.

They gathered from around the state and nation: The Potters live in Houston, Cesare and Jennings hail from Dallas, the Nelsons from Fort Worth and the Flahives now live in New York, NY.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mickey Mouse vacation


Dr. Lawrence Haber ’87 and family enjoyed an Alaskan Disney Cruise this summer. Shown here in true TCU style are (in back) wife Kelly, son Henry, 3, and Lawrence. Front: Sam, 5, and Jack, 9. The family lives in Jackson, Miss., where Lawrence is the Director of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Jewelry by Christina Greene ’10


With a love for creative and unique designs, Christina Greene ’10 has always enjoyed turning her ideas into reality. As a young girl, she played dress-up with her mother's jewelry and made her own friendship bracelets. During high school, her passion for jewelry making grew during an art class dedicated to jewelry.


This spring, she launched Christina Greene, a collection of handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry created from semi-precious stones and gold-tone findings. The collection includes a Vintage Design line, a Belizean Sea Collection, inspired by a recent trip to Belize, and a new College Collection, with TCU-related items like the purple agate cuff shown above.


Christina’s recent acceptance into Parsons: The New School of Design on Fifth Ave., in New York City will allow her to add a fashion marketing degree to her resume.


Her collection is now available online, or at Haut Chocolat, a Houston boutique. Her goal is to have the line in boutiques and department stores nationwide.


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On the beach in Barbados

David Jergovic '07 wrote to tell us that he and his friends showed a little TCU spirit on the beach in Barbados in June. Left to right are Lacey Shields Mead '08, Kristi Kirkpatrick '08 and Justine Shay '07.


Go Frogs!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Horned Frog cupcake anyone?

Kate Jones '09 of Fort Worth has been baking and decorating cupcakes since high school. She even continued her culinary pastime as a Horned Frog.

"I would generally surprise friends with cupcakes for birthdays or special occasions," she says.

But on her own 23rd birthday, Jones received a cupcake kit with holders shaped like turtles and teddy bears from her best friend Mallorie Sayre '10.

"I thought why not create a horned frog?" Jones wondered.

But not just a horned frog on a cupcake. Rather, Jones thought she could make an entire horned frog-shaped cake made out of cupcakes.

Her first one was for Mary-Kathleen Baldwin '03, assistant director for the TCU Center for Community Involvement & Service-Learning.

"She absolutely adored it, and I posted the photos to my Facebook account." Jones said. "In no time, friends were asking if I would bake one for them and offering ideas of how to market the product."

Now, Jones is starting her own business - CupKate's Bakery. She used some freeware on the Web to create her own site and is trying to get noticed.

" I really think growth is possible especially once the word gets out."

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Nursing majors show TCU spirit at the Parthenon

Nursing majors Caitlin Clark '13 (left) and Steffi Cenkus '13 explored the Parthenon and the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, in May. Notice they managed to show a little TCU spirit in the process. We like to think the ancient Greeks would approve.

Thanks to Judy Cenkus of Sugar Land for sharing with us.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Future Rose Bowl plans

The Horned Frogs may not play in the Rose Bowl Game any time soon, but Purple Nation can still make its presence felt. Proud alumna of the Harris College of Nursing Christine Schroeder ‘85 wrote to tell us about something coming in a future Tournament of Roses Parade.

Christine writes:


"I recently discovered at a nursing convention that for the first time on Jan 1, 2013, the president of the Tournament of Roses will be a nurse. Her presidency is recognizing the contributions that nurses make in all our lives by dedicating a Nurses Float.
"Contributions of any amount are needed to help this wonderful opportunity to honor, celebrate and recognize nurses. As a proud alumna of TCU, I hope that all of you will see this as a great opportunity to show our Purple Pride for our Rose Bowl Champions and our Nursing School and it’s Champions of graduates.
"Volunteers will also be needed to assemble the Nurses Float, if you are interested. To learn more about the Nurses Float and to contribute visit https://mobile.tcu.edu/owa/redir.aspx?C=57739a06691444f28ae117df738b2abb&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.flowers4thefloat.org. Please acknowledge you are from TCU if you donate, let’s show our pride.
"

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Panoramic scene of the 2011 Rose Bowl Game

Robert Morgan '86 BFA writes to share this panoramic photo of the 2011 Rose Bowl Game. Contact him at robertmorgan@bellsouth.net if you'd like a high-resolution reproduction of the image.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

TCU spirit at Disney World

Brent Parker '07 (MDiv) sent us this photo from a family vacation in Florida. He got Mickey Mouse to flash the Frog sign at Disney World!

Parker is the associated pastor for Family Like at First Christian Church in Longview.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bronze frog


Here's something that might interest some in the Frog family: A limited-edition bronze horned lizard sculpture.

Each summer the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts the Prix de West Invitational Art Sale & Exhibit. This year, the 108 Western artists included Gerald Balciar, who brought “Sunny Spot.”

It’s 7-inches tall, 11 ¼-inches wide and 5-inches deep, and costs $950. The show closes Aug. 7, so don’t wait too long to contact the Museum store at 405.478.2250, ext. 229.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Frogs on the run


Trudy Baade and her husband, Mathew, both class of ’01, recently ran their third race together with fellow classmate Mark Gregory in Boulder, Colo.

The Baades, who live in Grapevine, ran a couple of the White Rock half marathons with Gregory, but for this latest effort, they traveled close to his home in Denver to run the Bolder Boulder, one of the largest races in the world with more than 50,000 participants.

“The Bolder Boulder was the third big race we ran together,” Trudy writes. “ So I guess you can say we have all been running since college.”

Gregory is with the Gregory Group of Merrill Lynch in Denver. He is also the past Denver Alumni Chapter President and currently serves on the National Alumni Board.

Matthew is a partner/vice-president with Consilium Staffing, LLC in Valley View, Texas. Trudy is a Certified Master Wedding Planner and owner of Lagniappe Weddings with my twin sister and TCU grad, Sarah Tooke Pittman in the DFW area.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Austin cyclists


While these cyclists were representing Frost Bank in the MS150 Ride from Houston to Austin, they made sure everyone knew they were proud Horned Frogs. The MS150 Ride is an annual fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The riders, all from Fort Worth, are (left to right) Chad Cline '81, Bob Sitton (past TCU parent), Bill Knox, Urbin McKeever '75, Phillip Stephenson (current TCU parent).

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Valerie Neal '71 gets space shuttle Discovery

NASA announced today - on the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch - that it has selected the resting places of four retired spacecraft, and a Horned Frog is getting one.

The shuttle Discovery, which completed its last mission in March, will become the property of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a wing of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Virginia, which is curated by TCU's own Valerie Neal '71.

The Udvar-Hazy Center currently holds the shuttle Enterprise, which was the first shuttle and never made it into orbit, yet has immense historical value. The TCU Magazine wrote about Neal, who has worked for NASA and has been at the museum as a curator since 1989. She is responsible for post-Apollo human spaceflight artifact collections.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

SuperFrog Halloween in Omaha

Lanae Peck Grieb '89 of Omaha, Neb., shared this photo with us of her 10-year-old daughter Amy who dressed as SuperFrog for Halloween last October. "The Grieb family enjoyed the Frog invasion at the College World Series last summer in their hometown of Omaha," Lanae writes.

Ranked in the top 5 this season, TCU Baseball may be back again this summer.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Horned Frogs in ministry cheered the Frogs

The Rev. Kay Lowe McFarland '84 of Castro Valley, Calif., writes that she and two other Horned Frogs at First Christian Church in San Leandro cheered on TCU at the Rose Bowl this January. Pictured (left to right) are elder Jean Crosby '62, coordinating pastor Homer J. Richardson '58 and pastor McFarland. "We're thrilled by the Horned Frogs' season!" wrote McFarland.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Zeta Frogs get together

Suzanne Ashby Robertson '80 wrote to share about her all-Zeta Tau Alpha Rose Bowl celebration. Left to right include Suzanne's daughter Janie Robertson '08, Chaille Graham Ralph '81, Sandra Morgan '81, Kim Cook Miller '81, Townley Cooper '85, Robertson and Debbie Buell Rucker '80.

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Cheering on the Frogs!

Megan Delfeld '06 and her husband shared this photo of them at the Rose Bowl, surrounded by a sea of Wisconsin red. "We were so excited to be there as we cheered our Frogs on to victory!" she wrote.

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