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It has been a packed 2023. From the Sesquicentennial to athletic successes and the culmination of the Lead On campaign, TCU News recaps the top stories of the year.  

Horned Frogs Travel Miles to Celebrate College Football Playoff Win
Horned Frogs thrive in the desert.鈥疶ens of thousands of them descended on the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona to watch the TCU football team鈥痗linch a spot in the College Football Playoff National Championship game Jan. 9. Horned Frog alumni, students, faculty and staff traveled 1,043 miles 鈥 and more.鈥 

TCU Announces Formal Investiture of President Daniel W. Pullin 
The TCU Board of Trustees and Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. hosted the investiture of President Daniel W. Pullin, formally conferring the responsibilities of the president. In recognition of long-held academic tradition, the reverent ceremonial occasion served to acknowledge the great responsibility of stewarding a timeless institution and a university legacy, as well as commemorate the first year of Pullin鈥檚 presidency.鈥 

TCU Surpasses $1 Billion Campaign Goal 
TCU announced that it has surpassed the goal for its most ambitious philanthropic campaign in its 150-year history.鈥疢ore than $1 billion has been committed for Lead On: A Campaign for TCU. The success of this effort is fueling the university鈥檚 strategic plan and positioning TCU for the next 150 years of fulfilling its mission to educate leaders and responsible citizens for the global community. The university鈥檚鈥痬ission is supported by fundraising, which enables additional support for key initiatives that increase access to a TCU education and allow for expansion and improvements to the campus experience.

TCU鈥檚 150th is Here 
It鈥檚 a moment 150 years in the making. TCU鈥檚 Sesquicentennial opening celebration featured a week of Texas-sized events on campus for all Horned Frogs, friends, neighbors and family. 

TCU Returns to College World Series for the First Time Since 2017 
The Frogs ended their Omaha drought this season,鈥痶hanks to consecutive victories against Indiana State in the Fort Worth Super Regional. The Frogs departed for the College World Series鈥痠n style with a鈥痵endoff from fans and the Fort Worth Fire Department. With wins over Virginia and Oral Roberts, the Horned Frogs made it to the third round of the championship series. 

TCU to Gain 鈥楥eremonial Front Door鈥 off Berry Street 
Even with the construction of The Harrison on the south side of campus, the little white house remained TCU鈥檚 longtime neighbor. Now, the small residence at 3071 Wabash Ave. has been removed, and the entrance off Berry Street will have a new, inviting space.  

Like a Fine Wine: TCU Celebrates 150th with Commemorative Vino 
When it鈥檚 time to celebrate, it鈥檚 time to raise a glass. For TCU鈥檚 150th鈥痑nniversary, a special edition wine 鈥 actually two 鈥 commemorated the occasion. Saarloos + Sons winery in California鈥檚 Santa Ynez Valley created a cabernet sauvignon and a sauvignon blanc. The winery is operated by the Saarloos family 鈥 as in Kirk Saarloos, TCU鈥檚 head baseball coach. His brother, Keith, now runs the winery, a fourth-generation business that鈥檚 truly a family affair. It鈥檚 only fitting they would be the creator of TCU鈥檚 commemorative wine. 

New Tradition to Kick Off Opening Weekend 
Welcome home, Horned Frogs! The academic year was launched with an opening weekend full of festivities that set the tone for an amazing 2023-2024, and it started with the re-imagined tradition for faculty and staff鈥撯痶he Welcome & Opening Luncheon. 

A Commencement 150 Years in the Making 
In its 150th鈥痑nniversary year, 茄子视频 held a special commencement weekend filled with milestones, achievements and traditions. TCU and Brite Divinity School presented degrees to more than 2,400 candidates during four separate ceremonies May 13 and 14. Among the notable events, TCU reached its 100,000th鈥痩iving alum, the Anne Burnett Marion School of Medicine at TCU graduated its first class, and TCU commemorated its Sesquicentennial with ceremonies filled with unique touches and a new tradition.鈥 

Princeton Review Ranks TCU High on Happiness and More 
Disneyland may be the happiest place on earth, but, according to The Princeton Review, TCU has the happiest students. The 2024 rankings are out, and the university made the list in several areas, including its management, residence halls and relationship with its hometown. 

Three TCU Graduate Programs Receive Top 100 Rankings from U.S. News & World Report 
U.S. News & World Report鈥 released its Best Graduate Schools rankings for 2023-2024. The rankings include three鈥疶exas Christian University programs in the top 100, climbing multiple spots from last year. The鈥疍octor of Nursing Practice鈥痠n Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences was ranked No. 43 in the country.鈥疶he鈥疐ull-time MBA program鈥痠n the TCU Neeley School of Business is ranked among the top 50, up 17 spots from last year. Also in TCU Neeley, the part-time MBA program remains in the top 100, climbing 16 spots. 

Renovated Sadler Hall Opens 
The renovated M.E. Sadler Hall is open and holding classes. The building provides a new home to the John V. Roach Honors College, Academic Advising, TCU Global, the Faculty Affairs Office, and the departments of Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies and Women & Gender Studies 鈥 now within the AddRan College of Liberal Arts. Also located in Sadler is the Koehler Center for Instruction, Innovation & Engagement. The building includes classrooms, team rooms, student lounges and other needed space.  

Murals Marked TCU鈥檚 Impact Across the Country  
As part of TCU鈥檚 150th鈥痑nniversary, the university highlighted notable Horned Frog leaders who found their inspiration at TCU with a series of murals, hand-painted in cities across America. The larger-than-life artistic portraits appeared in select U.S. cities to recognize outstanding individuals who represent the power of TCU鈥檚 alumni鈥leading on 鈥痠n extraordinary ways in their chosen fields.  

TCU Announces Fall 2023 University Award Winners 
The 2023 winners of some of TCU鈥檚 prestigious university awards are official. Read on for details on the honorees, including a special surprise award announced and celebrated at the Welcome & Opening Luncheon. 

Telling the Story of TCU鈥檚 150 Years鈥 
Amidst the numerous commemorations of TCU鈥檚 Sesquicentennial, five books were published by TCU Press to recognize and chronicle the university鈥檚 path to 150. From looking at the campus itself, to its history with race and to its overall evolution, the books pay tribute to TCU. As the books were released throughout the year, TCU News shared the stories behind the stories.  

TCU Ranks in U.S. News & World Report Top 100 for 14th Consecutive Year 
U.S. News & World Report ranked 茄子视频 a top 100 national university for the 14th year in a row. The university was further recognized in the top 100 for its business, engineering and nursing programs and also cracked the top list for Best Value Schools. 

TCU Recognizes 2023-2024 Endowed Faculty 
TCU seeks out professors who have a passion for teaching as well as for conducting research 鈥 a combination that keeps them at the top of their fields. Through prestigious and enduring investments, generous donors create new knowledge and shape vibrant futures through exemplary research and teaching. Endowed faculty positions attract eminent national and international scholars, who draw other notable faculty and the brightest students to TCU.鈥 

TCU Enrollment, Retention on the Rise 
Texas鈥疌hristian鈥疷niversity鈥檚 enrollment鈥痜or fall 2023鈥痠ncreased 4.2%鈥痮verall to 12,785. This includes a 3.7% increase in undergraduate students to 10,915 and a 6.9% increase in graduate enrollment to 1,870. All numbers are in comparison to fall 2022. Retention numbers were once again very strong with TCU retaining first-time-in-college students at a rate of 94.3%.鈥疶his is even higher than the 91.7% achieved in 2022 and the 91.3% achieved in 2021. 

Making its Mark: TCU鈥檚 Downtown Mural is Complete 
Downtown Fort Worth has gone purple. TCU鈥檚 96-by-90-foot mural is complete in Sundance Square and will remain at its location on the southeast corner of 5th鈥痑nd Throckmorton streets for at least five years. The artwork is being used to celebrate the historical and integral relationship with Fort Worth as the university closes out its Sesquicentennial. 

Meet the Winners of the 2023 Deans鈥 Awards 
Each year, all academic deans review nominations for the Deans鈥 Award for Teaching and the Deans鈥 Award for Research and Creativity. Full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty are nominated by their colleagues, supported by recommendations from students and alumni. The deans review all 16 nominees, one from each college and two from AddRan, and choose six to honor each year. Each honoree receives $2,500. 

TCU Announces 2023 Award Winners for Teaching and Mentorship TCU is proud to announce the 2023 winners of significant university awards for scholarship, mentoring and teaching: the Chancellor鈥檚 Award for Distinguished Achievement, the Wassenich Award for Mentoring, and the Maryrose and Dan Short Award for Teaching Excellence. 

TCU Football Season Opens with Fox鈥檚 Big Noon Kickoff on Campus 
Opening weekend for Horned Frog football picked up where it ended last season: on the national stage.鈥疉head of a nationally televised opener Sept. 2, Fox鈥檚 Big Noon Kickoff broadcast from the lawn of the Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center once again.  

TCU鈥檚 150th Finale Week Looks Toward a Bright Future
TCU鈥檚 Sesquicentennial year was full of shining moments, and the university lit up its finale week and looks toward the bright future of the university鈥檚 next 150 years.

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