Horned frogs in the news, April 1-8

From opening the Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU to medical theater and reducing violent crime in Fort Worth, horned frogs are making headlines.


At TCU’s new Van Cliburn Concert Hall, the venue finally matches the musical talent
April 6, 2022
Fort Worth Star Telegram
New Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCUnamed after award-winning pianist Van Cliburn, is the jewel in the crown of TCU’s new $53 million Music Center, which opened in fall 2020. “This room sounds great for an orchestra with a choir, or it sounds good for a solo pianist” mentioned Richard C. Gipson, Dean of TCU’s College of Fine Arts. “And all of this is possible thanks to adjustable acoustics.” From master classes with guest artists to world-class performances, the events made possible by the new concert hall will enhance the education of music students at TCU. “For the past 20 years, we have had a world-class music school. We finally have a space where we can show him in a way that he has long deserved,” said Sean Atkinsondirector of the School of Music.

Fort Worth PD releases plan to reduce violent crime
April 5, 2022
Science will be one of the tools used to fight crime in Fort Worth. The Chief of Police Neil Noakes MS ’19 set a target of reducing violent crime by 10% over the next year. Data Scientists at TOS are helping police develop a model to track crime and allow police to respond to hotspots, much like Dallas has done with some success.

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Announces 2022 Candidates
April 4, 2022
The Dallas Morning News
The Cliburn has announced the 30 young pianists who will take part in the 16th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Among them is Dmytro Choni, a 28-year-old Ukrainian who auditioned here as his family fled kyiv during the siege. Seventy-two competitors were selected from 388 international candidates for pre-selection auditions held from March 6 to 12 in Texas Christian Universityit is PepsiCo Recital Hall. The preliminary rounds and quarter-finals — June 2-4 and June 5-6, respectively — will take place at TCU’s new Van Cliburn Concert Hall.


TCU Medical School Students’ Stories Become a Play
April 8, 2022
TCU School of Medicine’s stories of the battle against COVID-19 are now the basis of a play. theater teacher Ayvaunn Penn is the founder and producer of what is called the Stethoscope Stage Festival. “It’s a great avenue to use applied theatre,” she said, “and then follow that up with a conversation with healthcare professionals — doctors, nurses from our local community and our medical school, the TCU School of Medicine.”

Stethoscope Stage breaks the fourth wall between patients and providers
April 7, 2022
Fort Worth Report
theater teacher Ayvaunn Penn was interested in the gap between where health professionals and the general public got their information. Over the summer, she had the idea of ​​trying to bring these perspectives together in theater for the Stethoscope Stage festival. “It occurred to me, why not use my profession, what I know and love, what people like to gather – and that’s stories – to help share accurate information,” said Penn. She partnered with the TCU School of Medicine. “A lot of what they’ve already thought about and written about has been the effects of the COVID pandemic,” said Lawrence Mitchell, assistant professor of medical education and director of narrative medicine. “I was so moved by the effort to take perspectives that was spun throughout this piece,” said Chase Crossno, an assistant artistic director and an assistant professor in medical education.

Taxing land more than buildings would help Detroit homeowners and spur development
April 4, 2022
PR Newswire
Commissioned by Invest Detroit with support from the Kresge Foundation, a new split-rate property tax study analyzes data from Pennsylvania municipalities that have implemented spit taxes, as well as land and property data from Detroit. Co-authors include Zackary Hawleyassociate professor of economics at Texas Christian University.

Ron Pitcock Named Dean of John V. Roach Honors College
April 4, 2022
Fort Worth Report
Texas Christian University announcement that Ron Pitcock had been named Dean and President of the Wassenich Family of the John V. Roach Honors College following a national search. Pitcock joined TCU in 2001 and has spent the past 15 years at Roach Honors College. His term as dean will begin on June 1, 2022.

“Barbershop Talk Therapy” emphasizes the importance of men’s mental health
April 3, 2022
A candid community conversation took place for the first time at a hair salon in Fort Worth that offered free haircuts, health screenings and open conversation. “So many people, especially black people and black men, are not used to seeing a black psychiatrist who is in space. I think they know I went to therapy myself, it’s incredibly helpful,” said Dr Brian Dixon, assistant professor to TCU School of Medicine. For Antonio Igbokidi, a second-year medical student, it’s a passion project. “This particular program allows us to have a conversation in a vulnerable and raw environment,” Igbokidi said.

People 50 and older are now eligible for another COVID-19 booster shot. Here’s what you need to know
April 1, 2022
The Dallas Morning News
Health experts said with case numbers continuing to be low in North Texas, the decision on when to give booster shots is highly individual. “Certainly if it’s been over four months, it’s definitely highly advised,” said Dr Nikhil Bhayani, assistant professor at TCU School of Medicine. The booster boosts antibody response for several months, meaning getting one soon would prepare people in case the region experiences another wave of COVID-19. “One thing we learned from the omicron push is that people who are boosted were 21 times less likely to die of COVID than those who weren’t vaccinated, and seven times less likely to be hospitalized,” said he said, citing CDC data.

Deposit season doesn’t have to be so trying for artists
April 1, 2022
Fort Worth Report
Jessica Humphrey, an acting professor at TCU’s College of Fine Arts, teaches a course called “Professional Seminar” where students also create professional websites and practice negotiating salaries. Students typically take the course in the fall term of their freshman year after taking other courses in their major that focus on developing their craft. “Basically it just puts you in the mindset that it’s not only fun. It’s not just about acting. It’s not just dancing. The course itself really helps you think of it as a business,” Humphrey said.


Its recent past marred by deficits and drama, Dallas Contemporary hires a new leader
April 5, 2022
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas Contemporary, which began as a museum in 1978 but whose recent history has been marred by financial shortfalls and internal discord, has hired a new executive director. Caroline Alvarez-Mathies ’10 was born and raised in El Salvador in the midst of a civil war before immigrating to the United States at the age of 15. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in fashion merchandising. “We looked inward and launched a strong digital program. We have kept the museum alive and active through online innovation,” she said.

Here are the 13 North Texans nominated for the Grammys in 2022
April 5, 2022
Year after year, the music industry’s biggest night recognizes North Texas for the consistent home of immense talent that it is. That’s the case again in 2022, as 13 more Dallas-area musicians are up for awards as nominees at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. Mark Lettieri ’05who lives in Fort Worth and went to Texas Christian University, is up for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for his LP “Deep: The Baritone Sessions, Vol. 2.”

Empowerment Through Representation: Diane Price-Herndl Raises Visibility Through Literature

April 1, 2022
the oracle
During Diane Price-HerndlAs a child, her hometown of St. Jo, Texas was still racially segregated, with many unable to pursue higher education. Refusing to be trapped by the hatred of the city, his mother, a fervent supporter of civil rights and education, encourages him to aim higher than his current reality. Now Chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies [at the University of South Florida], Price-Herndl was the first in her family to attend college at Texas Christian University in 1977. “The only people I’ve ever met [before going to college] who had been to college were doctors and my school teachers,” she said. “When I got to college, it was like the whole world had exploded in front of me.”

TCU hosts “Global Energy Symposium” to discuss the future of the industry
April 1, 2022
TCU hosted its “Global Energy Symposium” as part of the Neeley School of Business Innovation Week. Ann BluntzerExecutive Director of the TCU Ralph Lowe Energy Institute, said: “Our mission at TCU is certainly always to try to make sure that we connect our students with people in the industry when it comes to energy…it’s important to have those moments, where you bring leaders together of opinion from around the world come to the TCU to try to find solutions.”


TCU gives Dixon extension after first NCAA win in 35 years
April 1, 2022
Associated Press
TCU announced a contract extension for the coach Jamie Dixon through the 2027-2028 season on Friday after leading his alma mater to its first NCAA Tournament win in 35 years. Dixon was a player in 1987 the last time the Horned Frogs won a tournament game before beating Seton Hall 69-42 on March 17. to prepare for next season,” Dixon said.

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