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June 5, 2024 
Study International 
Choosing one of the colleges with the happiest students is more important than choosing one with high rankings. With its vibrant campus culture and strong sense of community, TCU tops the list of colleges with the happiest students in the U.S.鈥疊ig on school spirit, you will find the school鈥檚 frog mascot all around the school. 鈥淲alking across campus, you will see many, many students in TCU gear, and I think that is representative of the love the student body has at this university,鈥 shared a senior. Kathy Cavins-Tull, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, said, 鈥淭he student experience is at the core of what makes TCU special. The connections built here last a lifetime, and our hope is that students will become part of a community where they feel like they matter and belong.鈥 

June 4, 2024 
Fort Worth Inc. 
Every year, Fort Worth Inc. celebrates the outstanding individuals who have made a significant difference in Fort Worth and the surrounding areas. The rigorous selection process highlights key leaders within their industries and spheres. In the Education category, Fort Worth Inc. honored TCU faculty and staff, including Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr., President Daniel W. Pullin, Ann Bluntzer, executive director of the Ralph Lowe Energy Institute and professor of professional practice, and Rodney D. Souza, executive director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and professor of professional practice.  

June 4, 2024 
The Fort Worth Business Press 
TCU named Merianne Kimmel Roth vice chancellor for marketing and communication. Roth, who had served as associate vice chancellor since 2019, began her new role June 1. Roth was selected following a nationwide search that attracted an extensive pool of candidates from top-tier universities, TCU said in a news release. 鈥淢erianne鈥檚 impressive array of skills and brand expertise will be instrumental in TCU鈥檚 quest to enhance our national reputation, elevate TCU鈥檚 brand and further strengthen our community engagement efforts,鈥 said the university鈥檚 president, Daniel W. Pullin. 鈥淎s a member of the president鈥檚 cabinet, the role of vice chancellor for marketing and communication is critical as we collaborate to develop TCU鈥檚 next strategic plan and even more so as we work to achieve our greatest aspirations and lead our university into the future.鈥 

June 3, 3024 
Fort Worth Report 
Merianne Kimmel Roth was named the newest vice chancellor for marketing and communication at TCU. The career of Roth, currently associate vice chancellor, spans both corporate and community executive leadership roles that will be beneficial in leading the university鈥檚 Division of Marketing & Communication. 鈥淚t鈥檚 been a privilege to be a part of the TCU team for the past five years, and I鈥檓 honored to serve as vice chancellor,鈥 said Roth. 鈥淭CU is a place of values, community and academic mission, and, thanks to our leadership, we鈥檙e entering a remarkable era of innovation and growth. I鈥檓 proud to have a role in building an even stronger future for our university and ensuring that a TCU education continues to benefit our students and the broader community. There鈥檚 no better time to be a Horned Frog.鈥 


June 13, 2024 
Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
As summer heats up and memories of last year鈥檚 streak of 105 degrees days come rushing back to North Texas residents, the idea of losing power in August may seem a bit frightening. Fears of that possibility popped up after Texas鈥 power grid operator ERCOT warned in a report published last week that it may have to force rolling blackouts as energy demand rises in August. Rolling blackouts are not completely out of the realm of possibility, but they are unlikely, according to energy and power grid experts. Still, ERCOT is erring on the safe side. 鈥淭hey鈥檙e very conservative in terms of generation availability,鈥 said Tom Seng, assistant professor of professional practice in energy finance. 鈥淭hey look at worst case scenarios.鈥 

June 12, 2024 
Fort Worth Report 
A rule that would ban churches with women pastors from the Southern Baptist Convention failed Wednesday at an annual meeting of the faithful in Indianapolis. At 61.45%, the vote fell shy of the two-thirds majority needed to codify the rule. Aretha Flucker, director of community and spiritual life, director of Baptist studies and campus pastor鈥痑t Brite Divinity School, opposed the rule but still said the vote harmed the Baptist community.鈥 鈥淎s a Baptist woman who has served in pastoral leadership for almost a decade, the thought that women cannot or should not fulfill the role of a pastor is just outlandish,鈥 Flucker said.鈥  

June 8, 2024 
New research presented at the Endocrine Society鈥檚 annual meeting shows promise as a new contraceptive option for men. The study included 222 participants and their partners but has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. Dr. Andrew Y. Sun, associate professor at the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU, says that this research has to be viewed in the context of America鈥檚 recent reduction in reproductive rights and a corresponding uptick in vasectomies. 鈥淭he topic of male contraception comes out [in conversation with patients] a lot. Especially, I think, with recent legal changes, especially in certain states here in America, this has become an even bigger issue as people are trying to basically find easier and more accessible ways to achieve contraception. Historically, unfortunately, that always fell on the women.鈥 

June 6, 2024 
Now that crude oil prices have fallen below the government鈥檚 target price of $79 per barrel, it is likely that further replenishments for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) will be purchased soon. This could be particularly important ahead of hurricane season, said Tom Seng, assistant professor with over 30 years in the natural gas industry. Any disruptions in the Gulf Coast could lead to additional sales from the SPR, depleting it further. 鈥淲e鈥檙e in good shape,鈥 said Seng. 鈥淏ut it would be smart of the (Department of Energy) to get a long-term contract in place to get it up to a much higher level.鈥  

June 6, 2024 
Fort Worth Report 
The historic Cowtown Coliseum will host the 2025 event next May for the elimination round and the 鈥淩ide for Redemption,鈥 while AT&T Stadium will welcome spectators to the final showdown. The event, previously held in Las Vegas for 28 years, has bounced between locations following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. That changed in 2022, when Fort Worth and Tarrant County offered a $3 million deal with PBR to bring the world finals to Fort Worth through 2024, in addition to a corporate relocation. While Tarrant County officials contributed funds to PBR鈥檚 incentive package, Arlington did not offer additional dollars to persuade PBR to host events at AT&T Stadium. John Harvey, economics professor, said that city leaders are put in a tough position when it comes to offering incentives to bring in business. 鈥淎ll these local communities are competing with each other by cutting back on the tax revenue that they otherwise would have received,鈥 Harvey said.鈥 

June 6, 2024 
Inside Higher Ed 
One of the greatest challenges for administrators in supporting college students鈥 mental health is identifying effective programs that can service large populations. Many counseling centers cannot accommodate all students with one-on-one counseling, and some students who need services don鈥檛 want one-on-one counseling.鈥 In a webinar hosted by the American Council on Education, campus leaders from Boston University and TCU shared four evidence-based practices colleges and universities can adopt that don鈥檛 require additional personnel. Nationally, half of college counseling centers only can serve around 20 percent of students who seek care, and a large number of those who are not served have high mental health needs that exceed the capabilities of short-term counseling, said Eric Wood, TCU鈥檚 director of counseling and mental health. When that happens, often students are referred off campus, and they may or may not get care, either due to transportation or cost or other barriers. 鈥淏ut 100 percent, they鈥檙e still on campus, and they鈥檙e still in class. They鈥檙e still in the residence halls. So eventually, even if they don鈥檛 get treatment, somebody gets worried about them, brings them to the counseling center,鈥 Wood said, and it creates a cycle. 

June 4, 2024 
Good Morning America 
Malas by Marcela Fuentes, a Pushcart Prize-winning fiction writer, is the Good Morning America Book Club pick for June. The debut novel from Fuentes, assistant professor of creative writing, takes readers to experience the life of one family living on the Texas-Mexico border with a curse that echoed across generations. Taking place in two different eras between the 1950s and 1990s, Malas is a vibrant portrait of two fierce women, separated by decades, but both determined to thwart fate and escape the confines of their lives.  

June 4, 2024 
Fort Worth Report 
Landing your first job after college takes planning and years of building skills and making contacts. And that means starting to make a plan as early as freshmaen and sophomore years, college counselors advise. 鈥淭he recruiting processes and timelines, as I have seen, and others in this field have seen, they鈥檝e moved up more and more early,鈥 said Mike Caldwell, executive director of the Center for Career and Professional Development. 鈥淓mployers are looking to recruit talent early and get ahead of their competition.鈥濃 


June 11, 2024 
The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation鈥檚 largest physician organization, today announced the election of Texas-based pediatrician Dr. Melissa J. Garretson鈥89 to its Board of Trustees. Garretson has more than 20 years of experience practicing as an emergency physician who specializes in pediatric medicine. She spent the first five years of her career in a small group pediatric practice before transitioning to pediatric emergency medicine at Cook Children鈥檚 Medical Center. 鈥淚t is an honor to be elected to represent my colleagues on the AMA Board of Trustees,鈥 said Garretson. 鈥淪haping the future of medicine is a responsibility that I will take on with great care. I will work tirelessly to address the issues important to physicians, so that we can focus on what matters most鈥攐ur patients.鈥 

June 3, 2024 
Fort Worth Magazine 
After close to three decades of steady employment in an industry he loves, Newy Scruggs鈥疢BA 鈥23, found himself in a professional place in which he had no experience: job insecurity. If Scruggs lost his job, for whatever reason, he would have to fix the skills gap. Last year, Scruggs walked across the stage at TCU with an executive MBA from the Neeley School of Business. 鈥淚 had to figure it out; I needed a toolbox. You need a toolbox in case you have to pivot,鈥 Scruggs said. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 what Kevin Davis was always talking about. Kevin is a recruiter for TCU. He had been on me for like six years. I鈥檇 gone to some of the informational meetings, and I鈥檓 like, 鈥楾his fits, this works.鈥欌 


June 13, 2024 
Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
TCU men鈥檚 basketball announced a marque addition to the upcoming schedule on Thursday afternoon. The Horned Frogs will face Michigan in Ann Arbor this season, the first game of a home and home series. TCU will then host the Wolverines in the 2025-26 season in Fort Worth. Michigan is entering a new era after parting ways with Juwan Howard and tabbing tapping Dusty May from Florida Atlantic to take over the program after the Wolverines went 8-24 last season and 18-16 the year prior. 

June 12, 2024 
Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
TCU football continued its hot streak on the recruiting trail with two more commitments this week to add to a class that鈥檚 surging into the top-15. The Horned Frogs added another offensive tackle with a commitment from three-star recruit Witten Van Hoy. Van Hoy is an intriguing prospect from Benton, Louisiana, that already stands at 6-foot-7, 305 pounds.鈥 TCU now has the No. 14 recruiting class in the country with 15 prospects in the class, including four four-star recruits. The class also sits at the top of the Big 12, three spots ahead of Arizona State. 

Jun 5, 2024 
Frogs O鈥 War 
Before new TCU women鈥檚 basketball guard Hailey Van Lith will join the Horned Frogs for the 2024-25 season, she鈥檒l be in Paris, France, for the 2024 Summer Olympics, competing for USA Basketball 3x3 women鈥檚 national team. Van Lith will be joined in Paris by fellow Horned Frogs Tania Moreno and Daniela Alvarez who will be competing for Team Spain in women鈥檚 beach volleyball.  

June 1, 2024 
Heartland College Sports 
In a recent interview with Heartland College Sports, head football coach Sonny Dykes voiced some criticisms of the conversations regarding the future of college football. 鈥淲ell, the biggest thing is to have success. I mean, I think that鈥檚 the whole thing. You can talk about whatever you want to talk about, but you have to go out there, and at some point, you got to play the games, and the games have to matter at some point... I think that when the games matter, and people look at the body of work in the Big 12, I think they鈥檙e going to have a ton of respect for what they see.鈥 While conference prestige, strength of schedule, and non-conference opponents all factor into determining the value or skill level of a football team, Dykes noted that regardless of any external factors, the most important evaluating metric of a football team is their ability to find a way to win. 

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