Back in December, current TCU sophomore Gabrielle Derderian, who hails from Michigan, enjoyed a
holiday hike in Rocky Mountain National Park with her mother, TCU alum
Patricia Dougherty Mooradian '82 of Michigan, and her aunt and uncle, TCU alums and Colorado natives Anne
Dougherty Grigsby '81 and Bryan Grigsby '79.
James Weston '97 is in Sochi, Russia, this month as part of a contingent of U.S. government security personnel working at the 2014 Olympic Games. Weston, an English graduate, is part of a team that is exchanging security information with the Russian government, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Olympic sponsors to keep the Games safe.
Weston traveled to Sochi in October 2013 (pictured above) with the U.S. State Department and Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) to attend the Sochi Olympic Organizing
Committee Safety and Security Seminar for Marketing Partners.
"The security seminar included presentations on security-related issues
and was an opportunity for corporate sponsors, host nation officials
and OSAC to share information on their Olympic
programs and security plans leading up to the Games," Weston wrote us.
In addition to assisting the OSAC, Weston works at the Research and Information Support Center in Washington.
The United States Rugby
Foundation Board of Trustees and Directors announced this month that John (Jay) T. Hanson, Jr. '74
(above middle in this iconic Sports Illustrated photo) is among eight inductees for the 2014 class into the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame.
Hanson, who has spent more than 42 years in the sport as a player, coach and organizer, will be honored at the hall's annual dinner in Houston on June 7 prior to the U.S. Eagles match against
While a student at TCU, Hanson started playing the sport with the Fort Worth Rugby Club in 1972. "It was in Fort Worth that I
learned some of the traditional Rugby songs and embraced the rugby club
culture," he shared. "I loved it and had a great time. I became addicted to rugby
and spent many years focused on rugby far and above anything else."
He played at flanker in the
Eastern Rugby Union’s narrow
12-6 loss to France in 1976. That match earned Hanson his first look
with the U.S. National Team as he sat in reserve at hooker for the
USA Eagles match against France. Hanson toured with the Eagles on their
first three tours abroad to England, Australia, New Zealand and Japan,
and earned seven caps during his playing career. He also played for the
Pacific Coast Grizzlies from 1977-1985. Hanson started coaching while
he was still an active player and has continued to do so. Now living outside the Bay Area in Grass Valley, Calif., he most
recently helped organize and coach various age-level programs at the Sierra Foothills Rugby Club and is a co-coach for the
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