From the Chancellor: Our Hearts Are Here

The Covid-19 pandemic gave us a tumultuous roller coaster of a year — full of lessons, loss and seemingly insurmountable challenges. But it gave us gifts as well.

TCU students enjoy an on-campus “Spring Refresh” during the second week of March, 2021. As the continuing pandemic made it dangerous for students to travel and gather in large groups, TCU leadership conceived the three-day event as an alternative to the traditional spring break. Shown: view of the Community Commons. Photo by Ethan Mito, The Horned Frog Yearbook

Photo by Ethan Mito, The Horned Frog Yearbook

From the Chancellor: Our Hearts Are Here

The Covid-19 pandemic gave us a tumultuous roller coaster of a year — full of lessons, loss and seemingly insurmountable challenges. But it gave us gifts as well.

We showed the world that Horned Frogs are made of grit, intelligence and resilience.

Texas Christian University’s mission to prepare leaders for the responsibility of changing our world for the better is global in its scope. But our roots grow deepest close to home.

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Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr.

This sense of community is pervasive among students, alumni, faculty and staff. Our connection culture is an essential part of who we are as a Horned Frog family.

The pandemic brought into focus the power of connecting with the people who live in our local community, making us appreciate our campus and hometown relationships even more. In a year of uncertainty and separation, Horned Frogs repeatedly came together and stepped up to serve the people around us.

There were food delivery programs and drives for protective equipment for health care heroes. Medical school students started a nonprofit to provide new shoes for kids. Horned Frogs made hundreds of gifts to the Frog Family Crisis Fund to help students with critical, pandemic-related needs. A crowd-produced campus mural illustrated a renewed commitment to advocate for societal change. 

A public Covid-19 vaccination program allowed TCU to serve a wider community through a well-oiled miracle of human cooperation. Our campus facilities, public safety personnel, nursing and medical students, and dedicated volunteers made it possible for TCU and our collaborator Baylor Scott & White Health to inoculate people who never had to leave their cars.

And to refresh the vital sense of community among our students, the University upgraded its own backyard, creating shared spaces to bring us together as we look forward to assembling in person for the fall semester.

This issue of TCU Magazine features other inspiring stories of Horned Frogs making positive change in the community.

Read about TCU’s residential living facilities, which are at the heart of our world-class campus infrastructure. Master planners and designers have built state-of-the-art spaces to encourage people to come together and experience the fusion of worlds and ideas. 

Learn about Venture Builders, a cross-disciplinary program from the Neeley School of Business and the College of Fine Arts, that pairs solution-oriented TCU students with startups and small businesses in economically challenged sectors of the city, giving our Frogs real world marketing experience while doing some real world good.

Former football player turned real estate innovator Terrence Maiden ’00 is using his social capital, talent and vision to transform the southern Dallas area where he grew up. When he’s not revitalizing malls, Terrence and twin brother Tim Maiden ’00 (MLA ’02) are building empowered networks of philanthropists and educators to model opportunity to young men in the area.

And through the healing power of the arts, dance professor Adam W. McKinney shares a Fort Worth history lesson — not an easy one — that he hopes will help bring enlightenment and a deeper understanding of our collective journey toward racial equity.

Horned Frogs do amazing things all over the globe. But there’s a special sense of pride when we work together for the greater good right here at home. When we intentionally move toward one another, the possibilities are endless.

Victor J. Boschini, Jr. 

10th Chancellor