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TCU flag at Iwo Jima

April 15, 2014

Major Ryan D. Cox ’02 of the U.S. Air Force visited the Japanese island of Iwo Jima earlier this year, and he brought a TCU flag with him.

But it was no ordinary spot for a flag photo.

“We hiked up to the top of Mount Suribachi, which is the location of the famous raising of the U.S. flag at the battle of Iwo Jima during World War II,” Cox wrote to us. “I
was at the actual spot where the flag was raised.”

Behind him, is the beach on which U.S. Marines landed and bravely fought to take the island.

“The opportunity to go to Iwo Jima is rare since no civilians of any kind are even allowed to visit the island,” Cox shared. “Truly a great experience!”

Cox, who is a former member of TCU Cheer, is stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.

 

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Vicente Fox on campus

April 4, 2014

Bryan Lucas ’96, chief technology officer at TCU, met with former Mexican president Vicente Fox yesterday to discuss technology at his Centro Fox library and potential learning opportunities for Horned Frog students.Fox, who guided Mexico to a stronger democracy from 2000 to 2006, was the keynote speaker at the 51st annual Honors Convocation and shared his perspectives about the global economy, leadership on the world stage, immigration and challenges in the 21st century.

Joining them were Fox’s special assistant Dr. Juan Hernandez ’78 MA ’81 PhD (far left) and Dr. Beata Jones of the Neeley School of Business.

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Frog medical interpreter in Afghanistan

March 25, 2014

Haroon Said Wardak ’13 graduated from TCU’s Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences less than a year ago, but he’s showing his Horned Frog pride with passion on the other side of the globe.

Wardak, who describes himself as an Afghan-American “with purple blood in my veins,” is a medical interpreter/translator for U.S. military forces in Afghanistan. He also works in a NATO hospital there.

When he was deployed, he took along several TCU t-shirts. But he wanted something to show off his Horned Frog ties every day. So he bought a TCU ID tag holder from Amazon.

In the photo above, Wardak is proudly donning the TCU ID tag during formal Change of Command Ceremony at Multinational Medical Unit-NATO Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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High honor for Horned Frog soldier

March 24, 2014

Lt. Col. Diana Loucks ’96 of the 4th Infantry Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan, has been chief of space and special programs for Regional Command (South) since June 2013.

But before long, she’ll be a pioneer at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

Loucks has been asked to join the faculty at West Point in the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering. She would be the first female professor in the history of that department.

Following her tour in Afghanistan, Loucks must earn a doctorate before she starts her new job. She plans to pursue Ph.D. work in aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she earned a master’s degree in 2008.

Then she will be installed as an academy professor in 2017 and is scheduled to teach there for the duration of her Army career.

Previously, Loucks taught physics at West Point in 2008 and hopes to mentor students and help them develop their careers from the outset.

“It’s not just teaching them, it’s shaping their future as Army leaders,” she said through the U.S. Army public relations office. “You have an opportunity to shape how they think and feel about their role as leaders in the Army. To be able to influence that is really what I’d like to do.”

Read more on Loucks:
http://www.dvidshub.net/news/122361/opportunity-lifetime-awaits-army-officer-upon-return-hom#.UzCDwF7AkpR

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Frog spirit in the Holy Land

March 14, 2014

Kate Jackson Potter ’99 is the director of CrossWalk Houston at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Houston. She and TCU friends Melissa Lewis Simmons ’01 and Jean Sauerberg Ware ’60 took a trip to the Holy Land earlier this month with a group of 40 from their church. They brought their Horned Frog spirit with them, snapping photos in Jerusalem (above) and the Sea of Galilee (below) with a purple TCU flag.


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I just realized I never replied to your mesage (so sorry).  Is it too late to submit the information?  I am assuming the Summer Magazine is pretty close to finishing up:)  I went ahead and answered the questions below.  Thanks again for all you do to keep us alumni in “the know”!
-Kate

What made Jean think to bring a TCU flag?

Jean is one of the biggest TCU fans out there.  I think everyday she had at least something purple on!  When she mentioned carrying a TCU Melissa and I thought was a great idea.  Nothing like Horned Frog Pride to united Christians! Of course, Jean’s husband knew we would be a great pair because my Mac has a purple cover and I used a purple bag to carry all my things on the trip:)

There is just something about the awesome color purple!!!!

What areas did you see?

We went to almost all parts of Israel,  We spent about half our time on the Sea of Galilee and then the rest of our time in Jerusalem.  We had side trips to Ceasarea by the Sea, Bethlehem, Qumran (where Dead Sea Scrolls were found), Bet Shean, Massada.  But we saw it all… The mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus fed thousands, The Jordan River, Garden of Gethsemane, The Upper Room, Via Dolorosa (stations of the cross), TempleMount…It was a jam packed 10 days!!!

What did you get from the trip?

The bible came to life.  It was so real, it was so beautiful, it was life changing.  Sometimes words can’t explain what an experience has done to ones life. This is one of those experiences!

Holiday hike with alumni relatives

February 10, 2014

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.

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Horned Frog in Sochi, Russia

February 7, 2014

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.

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Jay Hanson ’74 picked for U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame

February 3, 2014

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 Scotland. 

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 Sierra Foothills Collegiate rugby team.

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TCU poodle skirt in Longhorn Country

January 27, 2014

Future Frog Alice Apple, daughter of Trudy Scott Apple ’90, wore this TCU poodle skirt and shirt earlier this month to the 50s Cotillion at the Austin Country Club. The outfit was made by her godmother, Ashley Lebkuecher Clark ’90

“Representing our Frogs in ‘Longhorn Country!’ ” Trudy wrote.

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Supporting Pachall in South Carolina

January 17, 2014

A trio of Horned Frog fans were on hand to cheer on TCU quarterback Casey Pachall in January at the 2014 Medal of Honor Bowl at Johnson Hagood Stadium on the campus of The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.

Bonnie Anderson (left to right), Wayne Anderson ’84 and Deb Pachall, Casey’s mother, snapped this photo with The Citadel’s bulldog mascots Victory and Honor.

On the field, Pachall completed 8 of 15 passes for 54 yards for the National team, which fell, 20-3, to the American squad. Pachall was one of 92 seniors to participate in the inaugural all-star contest.

Next up for Pachall is the NFL Draft in April.

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