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Aug. 31, 2023 
Business Wire鈥 
The Nissan Heisman House 鈭 the House built for Heisman Trophy winners 鈭 returns with a brand-new campaign featuring television spots, influencer collaborations and digital experiences that connect college football fans with their favorite players. Once again, the Nissan Heisman House Tour will travel to campuses across the country for some of the biggest college football matchups of the year. The tour gives fans the chance to explore the House, strike a pose with the Heisman Trophy, meet college football legends, and experience game day like a Heisman winner. On Oct.鈥14th, the Heisman House will be at鈥TCU. 

Aug. 31, 2023 
Fort Worth Report鈥 
Operation Progress is a nonprofit that aims to serve students in underserved communities and provide them mentorship from Fort Worth Police Department officers in an effort to improve community relations. The Fort Worth version of the organization was created by鈥Johnny Nahn, criminal justice professor and associate dean of graduate studies, and鈥Neil Noakes MS 鈥19, Fort Worth chief of police. 

Aug. 30, 2023 
American Writers Museum 
At the age of 20, Phillis Wheatley Peters became the first published African-American author with鈥Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773). The AddRan College of Liberal Arts and the University of Georgia are midway through a year-long collaborative project celebrating the 250th anniversary of the publication of Phillis Wheatley Peters鈥 book of poems.鈥疭arah Ruffing Robbins, the Lorraine Sherley Chair in Literature, and鈥Mona Narain, professor of English, were featured on a recent podcast to talk about the project.鈥 

Aug. 29, 2023 
Robinhood Markets Inc. is partnering with TCU to provide financial education coursework for the university鈥檚 student-athletes through its signature Robinhood Money Drills program. Robinhood will provide funding to support course sections of personal finance classes at the university, within the TCU Neeley School of Business and its dedicated Neeley NIL (Name, Image and Likeness) curriculum housed within its Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 鈥淲e are proud to join our Neeley NIL program in partnering with Robinhood to create this outstanding financial educational opportunity for our student-athletes,鈥 said鈥Jeremiah Donati, director of intercollegiate athletics. 鈥淩obinhood is an industry leader and will be a trusted resource for our student-athletes in preparing for their lives after TCU.鈥 

Aug. 21, 2023 
360 West Magazine鈥 
Every inch of the Margo Dean School of Ballet is painted in various shades of purple. Margo Dean herself is dressed in the royal hue from head to toe. When asked if it鈥檚 her favorite color, she replies with a smile, 鈥淚t鈥檚 my only color.鈥 It鈥檚 not an exaggeration to say that without Margo Dean, many of Fort Worth鈥檚 foremost ballet institutions would not exist today. At her suggestion, TCU became the first college in the nation to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ballet. 鈥淚 knew the director of fine arts,鈥 she says. 鈥淎nd I told him, 鈥業 think you need a ballet department.鈥欌 She recommended her friend David Preston to teach a class at the school, and he served as the department鈥檚 first chair for the next 14 years. 

Aug. 19, 2023 
Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
The Burnett School of Medicine at TCU wasn鈥檛 the university鈥檚 first attempt at a medical school. In June 1911 鈥 shortly after TCU moved to Fort Worth from Waco 鈥 the university would take over the 17-year-old Fort Worth Medical College. This was at a time when medical tuition was $50 a semester. In 1918, the medical school affiliated with TCU closed and transferred its records and students to Baylor in Dallas. It would be over 100 years before another student studied in Fort Worth for a Doctor of Medicine degree. 


Aug. 30, 2023 
ERCOT has issued repeated conservation appeals. They say there were problems with 鈥渢hermal generation outages.鈥 But what does that actually mean? 鈥淲hen they talk about 鈥榯hermal鈥 they're talking about the power plants fueled by natural gas, or coal and lignite,鈥 said Tom Seng, assistant professor of professional practice in the Ralph Lowe Energy Institute. Think about the temperatures that we've had this summer, and you鈥檙e running those things day in and day out. Something has to give.鈥 

Aug. 29, 2023 
Fox News鈥 
Students enrolled in鈥疶CU鈥檚 鈥渨hiskey school鈥濃痑re prepared to learn the history and science behind brown liquor.鈥Eric Simanek, Robert A. Welch Chair of Chemistry, who's taught the program for more than seven years, explained how the class evolved from exploring the science of whiskey to the way alcohol has shaped global culture and American history. 鈥淲hiskey turns out to be a great lens to look at the world around us, not only the science that's happening but also current events,鈥 he said.鈥淭he advantage to looking at events in the past through the lens of whiskey is that we can avoid that knee-jerk response and approach them safely and in a way that's detached from our own prejudices.鈥 

Aug. 23, 2023 
Why do consumers value simplicity in product packaging? 鈥淚magine there is a box of crackers with simple packaging,鈥 said鈥Lan Anh Ton, assistant professor of marketing. 鈥淲hen consumers view this product, the simplicity in the product packaging prompts them to assume the product has few ingredients. This perception of few ingredients leads consumers to infer the product鈥檚 core component, such as wheat flour in the case of crackers, is not mixed with other ingredients. In essence, they assume the simple box of crackers is pure and are thus willing to pay more for this product.鈥 

Aug. 23, 2023 
Supply Chain Now 
Are we getting back to normal? According to the Global Supply Chain Pressure Index, the level of disruptions in supply chains is moderating. While the current trend suggests lowered levels of volatility, most supply chain managers believe that some shortages and serious disruptions will continue throughout 2023. Are you prepared for what鈥檚 to come?鈥Morgan Swink, executive director, Center for Supply Chain Innovation, said, 鈥淲e just published a paper earlier this year that looked at AP and the effect of AP policy, accounts payable policy on supplier relationships, basically. And that鈥檚 really where I come at this whole thing from.鈥  

Aug. 23, 2023 
KTVT-TV (Ft. Worth, TX) 
Chat GPT is controversial in the classroom. School districts in New York and Seattle banned the artificial intelligence on school devices but local schools have chosen to embrace it. According to Beata Jones,鈥痯rofessor of business and information systems practice, 鈥淚t鈥檚 on the faculty to eliminate the opportunities for students to respond to their assignments with simply cut-and-paste. The worst thing people can do it ignore the existence of this technology.鈥 

Aug. 23, 2023 
KRLD-AM (Dallas, TX) 
Despite the heat, ERCOT has not ordered an 鈥淓nergy Emergency Alert.鈥 ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, has issued several 鈥淰oluntary Conservation Notices,鈥 urging individuals to take steps to reduce power use and asking local governments to implement programs to cut usage. 鈥淥n the one hand, the more times there are these alerts and requests by ERCOT to conserve energy, people may become numb,鈥 said鈥Tom Seng, assistant professor of professional practice at the鈥疪alph Lowe Energy Institute. 鈥淚 would hope it's almost the other way: habitually, this is what's good for the entire state and the entire grid.鈥 

Aug. 24, 2023 
Dru Riddle, associate professor of professional practice in nurse anesthesia, took office as the 2023-2024 president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology.鈥淎s president of the AANA, I am honored to continue to serve the profession of nurse anesthesiology and look forward to working alongside the 10 other board members, the incredible staff, and our fantastic members,鈥 said Riddle.  

Aug. 21, 2023 
The triple-digit days we're having here in North Texas are having a direct impact on livestock owners, especially those needing hay, to keep their livestock healthy. Matt Garcia鈥痮versees the Ranch Management program at TCU. They teach students livestock care, including heat management. 鈥淵ou can see heat stress on those animals, heat stroke on those animals,鈥 said Garcia. 鈥淎nd you can even see animals that if they if they get too stressed to the heat will actually die.鈥  

Aug. 17, 2023 
The Dallas Morning News鈥 
Matt Chumchal, biology professor, says spiders can help keep our food safe. He and his team think spiders pose some advantages as test subjects and could make mercury monitoring easier and cheaper. 鈥淵ou don鈥檛 have to get in the water,鈥 Chumchal said. He says it only takes about 10 minutes to collect and analyze a spider for toxins to flag any potential issues. 

Aug. 16, 2023 
The Dallas Morning News 
Solar power has helped keep the ERCOT grid intact this summer, at times offsetting the record-breaking energy demand that is met by natural gas plants, coal plants and more. Tom Seng, assistant professor of professional practice at the鈥疪alph Lowe Energy Institute, said solar companies can design a system suited to your position and needs. Typically, companies will aim for a system that would cover 80% of your electricity usage for the year. 鈥淚t鈥檚 never going to be 100%, because the sun doesn鈥檛 always shine.鈥  

Aug. 15, 2023 
茄子视频 90%-95% of Republicans will eagerly vote for Donald Trump in the 2024 election, more if he's in jail. But about 5%-10% absolutely will not, no matter what. Trump can't win without that 5%-10%, even against a lackluster Democratic ticket. But this election might not be that simple, even with Trump facing four criminal cases. 鈥淚 think he [Trump] could win,鈥 wrote鈥Jim Riddlesperger, political science professor, by email. 


Aug. 29, 2023 
FW Inc. 
What started out as a semester-long assignment for a TCU business course has blossomed into a growing North Texas coffee company. Whiskey Morning Coffee, based in Tolar, has gained a successful word-of-mouth following over the past five years because of its unique flavor profiles and smoking technique, which sets it apart, according to co-founder鈥疎van Sledge 鈥19, who, along with two cohorts, started this company during a class from Michael Sherrod, William M. Dickey Entrepreneur in Residence at鈥疶CU鈥檚 Neeley School of Business.鈥淚 liked this class a lot,鈥 Sledge said.  

Aug. 22, 2023 
Theater Latt茅 Da鈥痑nnounced today that it has chosen Justin Lucero 鈥03 as its next artistic director. 鈥淚t is with true enthusiasm that I accept this position and join this inspiring organization and vibrant community,鈥 said Lucero. 鈥淚 am absolutely committed to honoring Theater Latt茅 Da's rich legacy and bright future. 

Aug. 21, 2023 
The DailyTexan鈥 
Adam Powell鈥16, who makes videos on Austin history, now has 7,769 followers on TikTok, posting about local and campus history. He said he started his account as a hobby-turned-platform, amassing over two million views in one year. Recent videos include a collaboration with CASA of Travis County, an organization training volunteers to aid children in the welfare system. Powell also devoted a series on his account to Project Connect updates and posts about local issues.鈥 

Aug. 15, 2023 
EIN News 
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed鈥Jay S. Zeidman鈥05,鈥痶o the Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission. The Advisory Commission conducts studies on antisemitism in the state, provides assistance to schools and meets with appropriate representatives of public and private organizations to provide information in addition to various education duties around the state. Zeidman received a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Political Science, where he also served as student body president.鈥 


Aug. 30, 2023 
Fort Worth Star-Telegram鈥 
See photos from TCU鈥檚 2022 run to the College Football Playoff National Championship. The Horned Frogs had a conference record of 9-0 going into the Big 12 Championship. They lost to Kansas State, but defeated Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl. The Horned Frogs took on Georgia at Sofi Stadium in the National Championship, but lost 65-7. 

Aug. 25, 2023 
Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
The office of鈥痟ead football coach鈥疭onny Dykes has undergone a bit of a makeover since he arrived in Fort Worth in December 2021. The lush headquarters is now filled with trophies that are spread out across numerous tabletops. After leading the most improbable playoff run in college football history, Dykes received more than 10 Coach of the Year honors. 鈥淵ou work hard in this business to gain a little credibility, and I think it gave us credibility more as a program than it did individually,鈥 Dykes said. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 what you want; you want people to take the program serious. Whether it鈥檚 recruits, whether it鈥檚 high school coaches, who are helping guide recruits, or people that are willing to invest in the program.鈥 

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