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April 2015 Volume 35, Number 4
TCU RETIREES’ APRIL PROGRAM
Upcoming MeetingsMay 28 June Koelker, TCU library renovationsJuly 16 Summer Coffeethe Boschini’s residence
11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 23D.J. Kelly Alumni & Visitor’s Center
Parking in the Center’s Lot Arranged With TCU Police.Reservations Required.
The reservations deadline is Monday, mid-afternoon, April 20 for this meeting. Email Kirk Downey at [email protected] or call him:
972.863.3628 or 214.632.0317.
Pay $11 per meal at the door. Please honor your reservation to avoid being billed. If you have any dietary restrictions, please specify these in making your reservations. Attendees who do not want to eat still need to make reservations but please designate that you will not be eating
so that a meal won’t be ordered for you.
Michael S. Hyatt is a Financial Advisor with UBS in the company’s Fort Worth, Texas office. A financial professional for over 40 years, Mike joined UBS (former-ly PaineWebber, Inc.) in 1992 from Texas Commerce Bank Fort Worth after serv-ing as President. From 1969 to 1973 he served as an infantry officer in the United States Army.
An active member of his community, Mike is a board member, executive com-mittee member and Treasurer of the Fort Worth Zoo Association. He is Vice Presi-dent of Finance and Director of Trinity Terrace, Inc., a continuing care retire-ment community located in Fort Worth. Mike is Chair Emeritus of Sister Cities International located in Washington, D.C. and serves on Oklahoma State University Foundation’s Board of Governors. He was recently appointed as Province President, Rho North Province of Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity. He is past presi-dent of Leadership Fort Worth Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, Inc., Casa Mañana Musicals, Inc. and the Texas Boys Choir as well as an advisory board member and past president of Fort Worth Sister Cities International.
TCURA established 1983
Michael S. HyattPast President of Fort Worth Sister Cities International
And Chair Emeritus of Sister Cities International in Washington, D.C.
Hello TCU Retirees:Over the past few years the TCU-
RA has been subtly changing and expanding its scope of influence and activities. And the future is bright as we welcome TCU retirees into our association. With that in mind, I have ask and the board has approved an AdHoc Committee for New Direc-tions to be headed by Larry Adams. You will find information from Larry
in this Newsletter. Others on the committee are Bronson Davis, Paul Hartman, Mary Lane, Don Jackson, and Emily Burgwyn. They have been tasked to look to the future and con-sider and/or make recommendations to the board for ways to make our association run smoothly in support of the Mission of TCURA.
I look forward to seeing you at our April luncheon meeting.
— Jean Walbridge
FROM THE PRESIDENT
TCURA President Sends A Greeting
Keep TCU Silver Frogs Courses and Lectures in Mind for Fall Events To Attend
Note from the editor:Carolyn Cagle’s column, “Health Help Now,” will appear in the May newsletter.She is traveling but has asked that you suggest topics for the next series of newsletters, starting in the fall. Please email her at: [email protected].
TCU EXTENDED EDUCATION
March 23 was the deadline for new course proposals for Silver Frogs classes this fall, so you might want to see what those offerings are when these are listed.
Some courses are four weeks long, 90 minutes once a week, and some are one-time 90 minute lectures.
You are likely to find some TCU retirees listed among the instructors.
Watch for listings at www.lifelong.tcu.edu or contact Julie Lovett at Extended Education at 817.257.l7132.
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Friday, April 3 Good Friday HolidayThursday, April 16 Honors Convocation: “Water: Inquiry,Reflection, Action,” with Keynote Speaker J.D. Granger, Executive Director, Trinity River Authority, 11 a.m. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Ed Landreth Auditorium.Wednesday, April 29 Last Day of Classes for SemesterSaturday, May 9May Commencement at 9:00 a.m. (Ad-dRan, Fine Arts, Business, and University Programs) and 2:00 p.m. (Brite, Commu-nication, Education, Science & Engineer-ing, and Harris College) in the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena, 1201 Houston Street in downtown Fort Worth.
READ ’EM AND WEEP, OR LAUGH, OR YAWN
Coffee, Books & Conversation Meets April 29Join other retirees Wednesday, 10 a.m., April 29 in the library at University Christian Church for Paul Hartman’s review of Empire of the Summer Moon. The book by S. C. Gwynne is about the Comanches and Quanah Parker, the extraordinary son of Sarah Parker.If you have any questions, call Judy Smith at 817.921.4798.
HEALTH HELP NOWby Carolyn Cagle
PEOPLE TO SEE. PLACES TO GO. THINGS TO DO.
Kenneth Ray Raessler Aug. 14, 1932 – Mar. 8, 2015
Before coming to TCU, the native of
Highspire, Pa. had taught in the public school systems of both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and when supervisor of music education for the Williamsport Area School District it achieved national prominence by receiving the first Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Exemplary Program Award. Raessler was an associate professor of music and Music Department chair at Gettysburg College, a liberal arts institution in the city of Civil War renown.
In 1989 Raessler became director of TCU’s Department of Music, which was elevated to a School during his tenure. Also in that time period, the Walsh Center for the Performing Arts was built. He served as president of the Texas Associa-tion of Music Schools and vice president of the Texas Music Educators Association. A former president of the TCU Retirees’ Association, he then served as Representa-tive-at-Large where he saw to and man-
aged the transfer of TCURA newsletters to electronic delivery, retiring from that position only this year.
Director and Professor of Music Richard C. Gipson had this to say about him, “Ken Raessler led TCU’s music unit at a critical time. He established the framework of the current School, oversaw its transition from department to profes-sional school, established it as Texas’ first All-Steinway School, and hired many of the faculty that distinguish the program today. He was a caring, gracious man to whom TCU and its School of Music owes much.”
Raessler received his bachelor’s degree from West Chester University in Pennsyl-vania, which later recognized him with its award as a distinguished alumni of the School of Music. His Master of Music Education degree was from Temple Uni-versity in Philadelphia and his doctorate was from Michigan State University.
He is the author of the book Aspiring to Excel, the curriculum titled “The School Choral Program: Philosophy, Planning, Organizing and Teaching,” and author of portions of the book, The Musicians’ Walk. Raessler was a frequent guest speaker lecturer, consultant and clinician.
IIf you learn of the passing of a faculty or staff member, please
send the information, with obituary, when possible, to:
Better late than never.Art Berliner passed away on January 10, 2013. I found out about it January 23 via campus email.Bummer!In our last conversation, one I have carried with me, I asked Art if he would grant me a favor. Without hesitation, he agreed then in-quired as to its nature. “Art, when it’s my turn to leave this planet, would you be kind enough to say something about me as a person?
Surely, YOU could find something of merit.” Unfortunately for me, I will not now be so honored. It is I who speak for him. Art was skilled in how to live a life. He was a natural. He helped me become a better person.I will always remember him. The breadth of the man was incredible. The depth of his spirit without limit.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This, a brief of Ray’s remarks, is why we ask that when you learn of a colleague’s passing, please send along your personal memories.
A REFLECTION BY BILL RAY
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TCU Off Campus Events“Guys and Dolls” Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser Book by Abe Burrows and Jo SwerlingApril 8-11 7:30 p.m.April 11-12 at 2:30 p.m.Scott TheatreFort Worth Community Arts Center1300 Gendy St.Contact: TCU Department of Theatre Box Office for tickets, 817.257.8080.
On Campus Events“Tigers Be Still” by Kim RosenstockApril 23-24 at 5:30 p.m.April 25 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.April 26 at 2:30 p.m.Studio TheatreContact: TCU Department of Theatre Box Office for tickets, 817.257.8080.
The Lin/Castro-Balbi DuoJesus Castro-Balbi, Cello and Gloria Lin, pianoDedicated to Joan and Scott Sullivan, April 6, 7 p.m. PepsiCoRecital Hall (Dr. Sullivan is the retiring dean of Fine Arts.)For Music Department Recitals,April 1-30Go to website: [email protected] call 817.257.7000.
Women’s TennisApril 10 Iowa State 5:30 p.m.April 12 West Virginia 1:00 p.m.April 18 Texas Tech 10:00 a.m.
Men’s TennisApril 2 Texas Tech 5:30 p.m.April 4 USF 1:00 p.m.April 8 SMU (Dallas) 6:00 p.m.April 11 Texas A&M 1:00 p.m.April 12 Texas U. 1:00 p.m.
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Newsletter Design: Broc Sears . School of Strategic Communication faculty . Bob Schieffer College of Communication . 817.257.5052 . [email protected]
PresidentJean Walbridge817-921-6676817-680-2527 [email protected]
Vice PresidentH. Kirk Downey972-863-3628 or214-632-0317 [email protected]
SecretaryBill [email protected]
TreasurerVictor [email protected]
ArchivistJudith [email protected]
Past PresidentPaul Hartman [email protected]
EditorDoug [email protected]
Brite DivinityStan [email protected]
Neeley SchoolSanoa [email protected]
Bob Schieffer College of CommunicationDoug [email protected]
EducationLuther [email protected]
Fine ArtsEmmet [email protected]
Harris CollegeWilladean [email protected]
HumanitiesBill [email protected]
Natural SciencesManfred [email protected]
Social ScienceLarry [email protected]
Staff Will [email protected]
Admin. LiaisonBronson [email protected]
Rep.-at-LargeBill Ray 903.523.5982 [email protected]
University Committee Representatives
Retirement / BenefitsEmily [email protected]
Retirement Program Mgr.Tracy [email protected]
TCU Retirees’ Association Board of Directors 2014-2015
The Texas Christian Univer-sity Retirees’ Association ex-ists to provide opportunities for fellowship, to promote lifelong learning, to advocate for fair benefits, to recognize the accomplishments of its members, and to strengthen the relationship between the retirees and the University.
Elsewhere in the Newsletter you will see President Jean Walbridge’s article in which she discusses the formation of a committee to consider “new directions” for the Association as it reviews the past and yet looks toward the future. Jean has asked that I join five other colleagues (Emily Burgwyn, Paul Hartman, Don Jack-son, Mary Lane and Bronson Davis) to look at our current organizational structure, committees, programs and services to see if there are ways in which the Association can become even more effective in serving the interests and needs of our members and the University.
Specifically, our AdHoc Commit-tee has been charged with reviewing the structure and activities -- ByLaws,
committees, programs, etc. -- of the Association and then making recom-mendations for consideration by the Board of Directors. We’ll look at such areas as membership. For ex-ample, do we need as committee to be “minding the store” on recruiting new members and generally promoting the Association. In another area, as the officer who develops programs, does the Vice President need a group to help him or her to plan and schedule an expanding set of programs, activi-ties or events that reflect the interests of our members?
Be assured that our Committee recognizes that it is building on a good, solid organization --- thanks to previous officers and members of the Association who have made
good contributions over the years. I don’t foresee any recommendations for major changes; I do see our group making some recommendations that will help our Association become even stronger.
Now, we will appreciate any com-ments and input that you wish to make to our Committee concerning the structure, programs or activities of the Association. Please forward your suggestions to any Committee mem-ber or to me via email: [email protected] Our report is due to President Walbridge and the Board by May 4th. We welcome your input.
— Larry D. Adams
THE FUTURE OF YOUR ASSOCIATION
Ad Hoc Committee for New Directions Seeks Your Ideas and Input