focuses on ways to better TCU experience
student voices were heard at Wednesdays Vision
in Action town hall meeting than in previous weeks.
Maybe AT&T is on to something when they say, reach
out and touch someone.
There isnt enough interaction among TCU students
from different backgrounds, said Feleceia Benton, a
junior advertising/public relations and musical theater
We havent learned about the cultures here
at home, she said.
Approximately 60 people, including students, faculty
and staff met Wednesday discussed what makes the university
unique. The meeting was the third of six town hall meetings
organized by Chancellor Victor Boschinis Vision
in Action group. Boschini developed the committee to
design a three-to-five-year plan for TCUs future.
Several speakers stressed the idea that college should
be a transforming experience for students.
The most important goal for any student is to
be changed as they leave, said Hilary Estepa,
a junior habilitation of the deaf major.
Students too often fall into their social comfort zones,
rather than meeting others who are different, said Marcy
Paul, Womens Resource Center coordinator.
Its such a great experience to leave and
say, Ive met people who are so different
than myself, she said.
George Kuh, inauguration keynote speaker, agreed with
You cant allow students to sit back and
walk away from diversity experiences, said Kuh,
who is the director of the Center for Postsecondary
Research at Indiana University-Bloomington. What
brings us together are some common understandings.
Several speakers focused on the need to integrate community
service into the academic curriculum.
To fully experience our mission is to do service,
said Robin Williamson, director of community service.
It also connects us with that global community.
All departments of the university need to be integrated
in order to give students a seamless experience,
said Eric Cox, TCU Leadership Center assistant director.
For example, student affairs and academic affairs need
to work together.
We all need to be working toward the TCU mission,
Students need to build mentoring relationships with
faculty and staff, said Emily Quesenberry, director
of Baptist Student Ministries.
That leads to building ethical leaders when they
see ethical leadership in practice, she said.
The committee should remember that no two students will
have the exact same TCU experience, said Pat Miller,
We may be using a single mold that doesnt
fit our students properly, he said.
Every student has the ability to dictate what their
individual TCU experience will be, said Ashley Shihab,
a junior advertising/public relations major.
Everyone comes here for a different reason,
she said. By putting one label on the undergraduate
experience, you hurt us more than if you say its
what you make it.