TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library presents: Celebrate the Intellectual Heart of Texas Christian University, March 7, 2019. 6 p.m. TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library, Fort Worth, TX.

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Celebrate the Intellectual Heart of Texas Christian University

Join us on Thursday, March 7, 2019 for an evening filled with fine food, friends, compelling conversation and fun as we raise funds to enhance our international collections and strengthen our curriculum.

It’s the one time you don’t have to be quiet in the library!

Celebrate the Intellectual Heart of Texas Christian University

Please join us on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

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6 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7:15 p.m. Dinner with Table Hosts

TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library
2913 W. Lowden, Fort Worth, TX 76129

Proceeds from this event benefit the library fund dedicated to expanding our international material, which will help strengthen the international curriculm.

Table Hosts


Rob Arnold

Rob Arnold

Head Distiller
Firestone & Robertson Distilling Company

As a native of Louisville, Kentucky with an uncle and grandfather who worked in the bourbon industry, Arnold grew up around the distilling world. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s in microbiology, he enrolled in a doctoral program in biochemistry at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where he studied microbial fermentation and analytical chemistry. He is currently enrolled in the doctoral program in plant breeding at Texas A&M University.

While working on his Ph.D., Arnold became increasingly interested in applying his education to both the art and science of making whiskey. Two years into the doctoral program, he was seriously considering leaving the medical research field to pursue his real passion. Arnold enjoys science and discovering new things in the lab, but what really got him excited was the prospect of making a Texas whiskey. Around this time, he learned about Troy Robertson and Leonard Firestone’s new venture, so he gave them a call. As fate, would have it, they were looking for a Head Distiller. After they described their vision for a Fort Worth whiskey distillery, and specifically the equipment and production processes they intended to use, Arnold decided to leave school early with a master’s degree and join the Firestone &Robertson team in September 2011.

Krys Boyd

Krys Boyd

Host and Managing Editor
Think at KERA

Krys Boyd has been host and managing editor of KERA-FM’s flagship midday talk show Think since 2006. Krys began her career along the U.S.-Mexico border, working simultaneously at radio and television stations as a reporter, anchor and news director. A graduate of TCU, Krys returned to North Texas in 1999 to serve as News Director for, and later Senior Producer of Broadcast News at Yahoo.

Krys joined KERA in 2001, hosting the nightly radio talk show Conversations. Later, she wrote and produced documentary and educational television programs, including the critically-acclaimed, nationally-broadcast JFK: Breaking the News in 2003, and served as producer and co-host of the Emmy Award-winning public affairs program On the Record. Think was named “Best Radio Talk Show” of Dallas by the Dallas Observer in 2009, and Krys was declared “Best Broadcaster for Radio in Dallas” by D Magazine in 2010, and won the PRNDI award for best call-in program in 2012.

Krys and her husband, Matt, live in Dallas and have four children.

Matt Brockman

Matt Brockman

Communications Manager
Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Matt Brockman was born in 1960 and grew up in North Central Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Tarleton State University in 1985.

Upon graduation, Brockman spent the first seven years of his career in Washington, D.C. working for U.S. Representative Charlie Stenholm before serving as director of legislative affairs at the National Grain and Feed Association. He returned to Texas in 1991 serving as assistant commissioner at the Texas Department of Agriculture under Commissioner Rick Perry. When Susan Combs was elected to the post in 1998, Brockman served in her administration as special assistant for producer relations. He became executive vice president for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association in 2001 and remained in that position until 2006 when he joined the staff of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Other than a two-year stint at Texas Tech University, he has worked there since. Brockman currently serves as the Stock Show’s communications manager.

Matt lives in Granbury, Texas with his wife Karen. When he’s not at the Stock Show he can be found showing horses, roping, shooting photographs or writing an occasional article for Western Horseman magazine about ranching and the western way of life.

Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown

Former New York Yankees Third Baseman
Retired Fort Worth Cardiologist
Former President of the American League

Sometimes known as the “Golden Boy,” Bobby Brown played for the New York Yankees from 1946 to 1954. He appeared in four World Series 1947, 1949, 1950 and 1951. His road roommate was star Yankee catcher, Yogi Berra.

Brown is the last living member of the Yankees team that won the 1947 World Series.

After baseball, he worked as a cardiologist for 25 years. In 1984, he left cardiology to become the president of the American League for 10 years. He is also a decorated veteran of two wars – World War II and the Korean war.

Born in Seattle, Brown attended Stanford University and UCLA before receiving his medical degree from Tulane University in 1950. All the while, he played baseball.

Today, he is a regular at the Yankees’ annual Old-Timers’ Day celebrations.

Brown’s wife of 61 years, Sara, died in 2012. They were married in October 1951, shortly after he played in the 1951 World Series.

Justin Frazell

Justin Frazell

Morning Show Host
95.9 The Ranch

It was the year 2000 when Justin Frazell started hosting his weekly radio show playing little known tunes from rising Texas Singer/Songwriters Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Kevin Fowler, and Roger Creager mixed-in-with songs from four Stillwater, OK based troubadours Frazelld Mike McClure, Jason Boland, Cody Canada, and Stoney Larue.

Every Sunday give-or-take-a-few since, Justin’s unmistakable Texas Twang has been a fixture on the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex airwaves, introducing the hottest new music and hanging out live with a whole slew of Texas-Red Dirt Stars and future Up and Comers.

Fourteen years later, the Texas-Red Dirt Music Revolution has spread Nationwide, and Justin’s show is now Syndicated in over 20 markets and seven states across America, with a listener base each week of more than one million people!! Justin began his radio career in 1996 at the legendary 570KLIF in Dallas and then took to the skies in 1998 for 99.5 The Wolf as their airborne traffic reporter.

Justin Frazell now resides as the Morning Show host at Fort Worth’s own 95.9 The Ranch. He and his wife Casey have two children, Jaycie and Castin. Both of them born premature, Casey and Justin started two charitable events for Cook Children’s Medical Center NICU unit in Fort Worth. To date these two events have raised over two million dollars for the facility.

John Giordano

Maestro John Giordano

Music Director Emeritus
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Distinguished Fellow of Music, TCU

Maestro John Giordano recently retired from TCU, where he held the title of Distinguished Fellow in Music since 2000. He served as jury chairman of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition from 1973 to 2013, and as music director of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra for 12 seasons. He was music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for 28 seasons, propelling that orchestra to a fully professional and artistically acclaimed ensemble. He is now that orchestra’s music director emeritus. He also founded the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, which appeared at Carnegie Hall and toured Spain, Mexico and the People's Republic of China. A number of acclaimed recordings with both ensembles have been produced under his direction.

Giordano has appeared as guest conductor in Europe, Mexico, South America, England, China, Philippines, Taiwan and throughout the United States. He has conducted world premieres of works by Gian Carlo Menotti, Benjamin Lees, Samuel Adler, Ezra Laderman and Joaquin Rodrigo. In addition, he has recorded as soloist and conductor with the English Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Chamber Orchestra, and the National Radio and Television Orchestra of Belgium.

Giordano is a versatile musician whose talents encompass performing, composing, arranging and teaching as well as conducting. His published compositions include award-winning film scores for the documentaries Milepost 407 and A Great Hall Rises, celebrating the dedication of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall.

He is a founder of the Colorado College Summer Music Festival for Young Artists and has served on the faculties of TCU, the University of North Texas and Tarleton State University. In addition, he is music director emeritus of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth.

A New York native, Giordano earned his bachelor and master of music degrees from TCU. He was a Fulbright Scholar to the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, where he earned the Premier Prix with Distinction and the Diplôme Superieur.

In 1996, TCU Trustees recognized Maestro Giordano’s lifelong dedication to excellence in music and music education by naming the piano wing of the Mary D. and F. Howard Walsh Performing Arts Center in his honor. The John Giordano Piano Wing opened in the spring of 1998.

Dale Hansen

Dale Hansen

Sports Anchor WFAA-Channel 8
Host of Dale Hansen's Sports Special

Dale Hansen is an American sportscaster, serving as the weeknight sports anchor during the 10 p.m. newscast on WFAA, Channel 8, and host of Dale Hansen's Sports Special on Sundays at 10:35 p.m., which is consistently among the highest-rated local programs in Dallas-Fort Worth. He's well known for his acclaimed "Unplugged" segments.

In 1987, Hansen was honored with the George Foster Peabody Award for Distinguished Journalism. That same year, he won the duPont-Columbia Award for his contribution to the investigation of SMU's football program. As a result of this investigation, the NCAA prohibited SMU from fielding a football program in 1987.

Hansen began his career as a radio disc jockey and operations manager in Newton, Iowa. This was followed by a job as a sports reporter at KMTV in Omaha, Nebraska. Hansen's first job in Dallas was with KDFW-TV (Channel 4). He joined WFAA-TV in 1983.

Hansen has won many awards in his career, including: two-time Sportscaster of the Year by the Associated Press, four-time Texas Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, Best Sportscaster by the United Press International and Dallas Press Club, TV Personality of the Year by American Women in Radio and Television, and Best Investigative Reporter by the Iowa Associated Press.

David Hawthorne

David Hawthorne

Former NFL Linebacker and TCU
Football Star
Co-Owner, Not Just Q

David Hawthorne spent nine credited years in the NFL as a linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints and Buffalo Bills after starring for the Horned Frogs from 2003-2007. He also strives off the field as co-owner of Not Just Q barbeque food truck, an official vendor of TCU.

The Corsicana, Texas, native is also a "part-owner or partner or operating investor or something like that" for eight different businesses, ranging from the Las Vegas steakhouse MB Steak in the Hard Rock Hotel, to a protein snacks company called Stryve Biltong and a credit card processing company called Journey Business Solutions.

As a businessman, Hawthorne still draws on lessons learned playing for TCU head coach Gary Patterson and implements them into his business model. Now retired from the NFL, David’s first line of business is to dive back into the TCU community and serve as a positive example for all student athletes.

Jamey Ice

Jamey Ice

6th Ave Homes Founder
Guitarist, Green River Ordinance

Fort Worth native Jamey Ice is co-founder of 6th Ave Homes, a one-stop-shop real estate company for buying, selling, renovation, design and property management. 6th Ave Homes has restored more than 90 historic properties on the Fort Worth Near Southside. The company has also developed and owns a 20,000-square-foot mixed-use warehouse on South Main Street called The 4eleven, and has helped hundreds of Fort Worthians find or create spaces that feel like them.

Jamey is also founding member and lead guitar player for the country/rock band Green River Ordinance. Their most recent record, “Fifteen,” debuted at #1 on the Billboard folk charts and #6 on the Billboard country charts. The band has had two Top 40 singles on pop rock radio, five #1 singles on Texas country radio, three albums in the Billboard top 100, songs in over 70 TV shows and films, videos on VH1, MTV and CMT, and have shared the stage with acts like Bon Jovi, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Sting, Train, Goo Goo Dolls, Zac Brown Band, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Needtobreathe, and Gavin Degraw.

Jamey and wife Melissa Ice founded and co-own BREWED, a coffee shop and restaurant located on Magnolia Avenue in Fort Worth, with a second location opening at DFW Airport in 2019. They also started The Net, a local nonprofit that serves the chronically homeless, women who have been sexually exploited, and refugee children. Melissa is the executive director and runs the organization. The Net recently started The Worthy Co., a retail line of products made by women coming out of sex trafficking. In 2019, The Worthy Co. will open its first brick-and-mortar retail location and production facility on Magnolia Avenue.

Jamey is passionate about the idea of restoration and helping to make the city of Fort Worth a more vibrant and fun place to live.

Bud Kennedy

Bud Kennedy

News Columnist
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Bud Kennedy is the “dean” of Dallas-Fort Worth newspaper columnists.

He is a homegrown Fort Worth guy who started out covering high school football locally when he was 16. Kennedy went away to the Fort Worth Press and newspapers in Austin and Dallas, such as the American-Statesman, Times Herald and Morning News, then came home in 1981 to the Star-Telegram.

Since 1987 — covering his passions for news, politics and food — Kennedy has written more than 1,000 weekly dining columns and more than 3,000 news and politics columns.

Kennedy has reported from two Super Bowls, seven national political conventions, a presidential inauguration and the White House Correspondents Dinner. In 1988, when Delta Flight 1141 crashed at DFW airport, he was one of the first reporters on the scene and interviewed passengers coming off the slides and running from the burning plane.

Kennedy’s first appearance in the Star-Telegram was before birth. He was sold for $600 back when classified adoption ads were legal in Texas.

Pam Minick

Pam Minick

Former Miss Rodeo America
Part Owner of Billy Bob's Texas
National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Member

Pam Minick is a local celebrity and one of the most recognized women in the equine world. A former Miss Rodeo America and World Champion Breakaway Calf Roper, she has hosted more than 1,000 television shows on ESPN, TNN, NBC and CBS. She is now the host of “The American Rancher” and “Gentle Giants” on RFD-TV.

Minick was the marketing director of Billy Bob's Texas for 24 years and is still involved with activities in the Fort Worth Stockyards, including serving as president of Friends of The Fort Worth Herd, a support group for the twice-daily cattle drive.

Minick's list of accomplishments includes champion calf roper, actress, movie stunt person, businesswoman and sports commentator. She served as vice president of the Women's Professional Rodeo Association and helped bring about significant advances for women's rodeo. Her popularity as a rodeo commentator helped increase interest in the sport as a whole.

Pam has been inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and recently was named Western Horseman of the Year.

Mike Moncrief

Rosie & Mike Moncrief

Former First Lady and Mayor of Fort Worth

Michael Moncrief is a lifelong resident of Fort Worth. He was first elected mayor in May 2003 and served Fort Worth and Tarrant County in that capacity until July 2011. He worked through public/private partnerships to develop and implement Directions Home, a 10-year program to address chronic homelessness. As mayor, a promise to the city of Fort Worth became a reality with the building and dedication of the Fort Worth Police & Firefighters Memorial, located in Trinity Park.

Moncrief's career began in the Texas House of Representatives in 1971, where he served on five major committees, including the Appropriations Committee. As a representative, he secured passage of drug legislation and is responsible for a bill that authorized the construction of the Fort Worth State School. At the end of his legislative term, he was voted Legislator of the Year by his colleagues.

After two years of service in the House of Representatives, he was elected Tarrant County Judge in 1974, where he served 12 years, presiding over the Tarrant County Commissioners Court.

During his tenure as a state senator, Mike was recognized nationally for authoring the Texas Children's Health Insurance Program, assuring that hundreds of thousands of Texas children would have an opportunity to receive medical services. In 2001, he was appointed President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate to preside over the affairs of Texas as Governor.

Mike now oversees his oil and gas business, investments and properties.


Rosie Moncrief

Rosie Moncrief works on a variety of concerns at both the state and local level, serving on several boards, committees and fundraisers to improve the lives of present and future generations of North Texans. As a businesswoman, she utilizes her expertise in business and property management in the role of president of Recherché.

A successful entrepreneur, community volunteer, wife and mother, Rosie Moncrief focuses on helping those in need build a better tomorrow and quality of life for all to enjoy. This focus blends well with her inexhaustible passion for making Fort Worth the greatest city in the world.

The Moncriefs set aside quality time for their two sons, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Ron Parker

Ron Parker

Former President/CEO
The Executive Leadership Council
Board of Trustees, TCU

Ronald C. Parker is the former President/CEO of The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), an organization representing global black CEOs, senior executives and corporate board members of Fortune 1000 and global 500 organizations.

Prior to The ELC, Parker was with PepsiCo for nearly 30 years and retired from his position as senior vice president of human resources, labor relations and global diversity and inclusion. During his time at PepsiCo, Parker served in a number of positions across multiple functions, including field operating and corporate staff roles.

Currently, Parker serves on the board of the Association of Governing Boards, the board of Baylor Scott & White Hospital, the diversity and inclusion advisory board of Procter & Gamble and the board of visitors for Howard University’s School of Business. He is a former board member of the Executive Leadership Council.

Parker is a graduate of TCU, holding a BA in political science. He also serves on TCU Board of Trustees and as chair of the University’s development committee. In addition, he is a member of the Neeley School of Business International Board of Visitors. Parker is a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Fellow and a frequent speaker on governance, diversity and inclusion, as well as leadership matters. He resides in Plano, Texas.

Doctor Ed Schneider

Ed Schneider, Ph.D.

President, Executive Director
Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Ed Schneider is charged with leading the Botanical Research Institute of Texas into the next phase of its mission of conservation and education.

As executive director of BRIT, Dr. Schneider has fully engaged the directors of the board in philanthropic activities and the creation and implementation of a multi-year, continuously evolving strategic/operational plan; and expanded board recruitment on a national level. He is also successfully building collaborations with institutions of higher learning and city and state agencies. These partnerships, including Memorandums with the University of Texas at Arlington, TCU, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the City of Fort Worth/Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, enhance the Institute’s capacity to serve and engage the community, share plant knowledge, and contribute to the education and development of future plant scientists.

A recipient of both distinguished teaching and research awards, Dr. Schneider has published five books, one an introductory botany textbook at the collegiate level and four related to CEO and trustee governance. He is also the author of over 120 scientific, peer-reviewed papers.

Dr. Schneider’s passion is exploring aquatic plant life.

Doctor Andrew Walker

Andrew J. Walker, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Dr. Andrew J. Walker became the Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s fifth director in April 2011, the museum’s 50th Anniversary year.

Prior to joining the Amon Carter, he was the assistant director for curatorial affairs and curator of American art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, a position he held for six years. He was responsible for collection development; acquisition, exhibitions and program management; and fundraising and donor development. During his tenure, he oversaw eight curatorial departments and organized five special exhibitions, including major examinations of American artists George Caleb Bingham and Joe Jones.

In his 25-year museum career, Dr. Walker has also held curatorial positions at the Missouri History Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. In the early 1990s, he served as a research consultant for the Amon Carter, assisting with exhibition research on Thomas Eakins and William M. Harnett. His other past positions include guest curator at Denison University Art Gallery in Granville, Ohio, and research intern at The Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Dr. Walker graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, receiving a BA degree in the history of art. He received his doctorate in the history of art from the University of Pennsylvania, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship for the Study of American Art and the Jacob Javits Fellowship with the United States Department of Education.

Dr. Walker’s teaching experience includes instructor positions with the art history departments of the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania. He has served on numerous boards, including the Samuel Cupples House at Saint Louis University and the community advisory board with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He is also on the board of directors of the World Chess Museum and Hall of Fame. He has delivered many articles for publication in scholarly journals across the country and has lectured widely on American art.

Dr. Walker lives with his son Jacob in Fort Worth.

Table Sponsors

To be announced

Sponsorship and Tickets

Proceeds from this event benefit the library fund dedicated to enhancing our international collections and strengthening our curriculum.

Register          Make a Gift

Scholar — $10,000

  • Table for 10 guests with PRIORITY choice of conversation host
  • Private Tour of Special Collections for up to 10 people with the senior archivist and rare book librarian (date to be mutually agreeable)
  • Recognition in event program, invitation and on digital signage*
  • Personal Recognition and Sponsor Gift on night of the event
  • Company Logo/Name on website

(Value of benefits: $2,000)

Donor — $5,000

  • Table for 10 guests
  • Recognition in event program, invitation and on digital signage*
  • Personal Recognition and Sponsor Gift on night of the event
  • Company Logo/Name on website

(Value of benefits: $1,500)

Contributor — $2,500

  • Table for 8 guests
  • Recognition in event program, invitation and on digital signage*
  • Company Logo/Name on website

(Value of benefits: $1,200)

Friend — $1,250

  • Dinner for 4 guests
  • Recognition in event program, invitation and on digital signage*

(Value of benefits: $600)

Individual tickets are $250


*In order to be recognized in the event program, sponsorship must be received by February 6, 2019; to be recognized in the invitation, sponsorship must be received by December 7, 2018.
**All donors will be recognized in the Mary Couts Burnett Library Annual Report.


To be announced


For more information about the event Celebrate the Intellectual Heart of Texas Christian University, contact:

Shelda Dean

Shelda Dean
Marketing/PR, TCU Library
TCU Box 298400
Fort Worth, TX 76129

phone: 817.257.6109

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