Student development dean reflects on her 43 years at TCU

first_imgLinkedin Higgins (third from left, bottom row) is a beloved member of TCU SDS (Photo Courtesy: TCU SDS) + posts Welcome TCU Class of 2025 ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Charlotte Tomlinson First-year class is largest in TCU’s history Previous articleOU’s Reaves too much for TCU in Big 12 openerNext articleLouisiana Tech matchup means more for TCU’s Wallow Charlotte Tomlinson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Charlotte Tomlinsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/charlotte-tomlinson/ Mask mandate and other changes make studying more difficult for some students Twittercenter_img What we’re reading: National Guard assembled in two states, U.S. unemployment drops Charlotte Tomlinsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/charlotte-tomlinson/ Student Success Series workshops aim to support TCU students Facebook Twitter Charlotte Tomlinsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/charlotte-tomlinson/ Linkedin ReddIt printTCU’s associate dean of student development has seen the university blossom during her 43 years on campus. Dr. Kay Higgins, who is retiring this month, has seen the addition of state-of-the-art buildings and growth in the student population that now exceeds 10,000. She has filled multiple roles at the university and seen what began as a part-time job in the housing office morph into a successful career. Her dedication and love for students and faculty alike will be treasured, even as her time on campus comes to a close. “I get consistently good feedback from our parents saying that they love working with Dr. Higgins because she ‘gets’ college-age students,” said Chancellor Victor Boschini. “To say I am sad she is leaving would be an understatement. She is retiring knowing, without a doubt, that she made a tangible difference in the lives of literally thousands of TCU students, past and present.”Higgins has been at TCU for 43 years. Photo courtesy: Kay HigginsCareer Higgins arrived on campus in 1977 planning to earn a master’s degree in religious studies from the Brite Divinity School.A part-time job working in housing took her in a different direction. Within a year she was working as a full-time area coordinator, coordinating with hall directors and RAs – a role she held for 16 years.Higgins said she loved working hands-on and supporting all students and faculty. She was constantly seeking out ways to better the experiences for not only the students but for her team members and coworkers alike. “There are many former hall directors who will tell you that Kay’s mentorship was vital in helping them be successful,” said Dr. Don Mills, a distinguished professor of educational leadership. Mills, whose been at TCU since 1972, is a former director of housing, associate dean of students and longtime work colleague of Higgins. “Many of those who prospered under Kay’s guidance have themselves gone on to successful careers in student affairs,” said Mills. While Higgins enjoyed her time in housing, she was always “looking for other playgrounds to play in.” The position of director of new student orientation was one that Higgins had seen filled multiple times over the years and one she felt ready to take on. “So, I finished out my housing role and became the director of new student orientations, which I did for 16 years,” Higgins said. “When Don became vice chancellor of student affairs in 1994, my role was moved to Student Development Services.” When Higgins joined SDS, it directed five organizations – now there are nearly 300.While working in SDS, Higgins also became the first director of what is now the Gender Resource Office to support and encourage women to grow during their time on campus. Higgins has always had a strong passion for women’s success, especially on the college campus. She utilized her leadership position to ensure the success and stability of this campus’s resources. Her passion came in part from looking at national data that showed women frequently belittle all of their accomplishments and hard work due to lack of confidence. “When looking at resumes and applications for women students, they showed the women were performing at the top of all their classes and making significant contributions,” said Higgins. “ But the women were rating themselves in the low 30th percentile for feeling they were competent at doing these things, and that always bothered me.”In order to combat these statistics, Higgins held lectures and workshops helping students understand “that who you perceive you are and who you perform to be are not in agreement, you just have to step up.” TCU’s growth Higgins was born and raised in Georgia and attended Mercer University, a small school in Macon, Georgia. Coming from a campus with roughly 500 total students in each class, Higgins said that when she first arrived in Fort Worth she “thought this place was bigger than New York City.”While to Higgins the school was notable and prominent, to the city of Fort Worth it was just another cluster of buildings. Higgins said it best, saying at the time TCU was the “untapped Texas secret.” Back then, Higgins would get calls from parents who lived less than 15 minutes from campus, but had no idea where the campus was. This integration of the campus and the city was not something that came easy but rather something the people had to work hard to bring about. “Now, TCU is such a dynamic party of the economy, of the city and the culture and in infusion of people from around the world,” said Higgins. With the building of that community relationship, cultural and geographic diversity became another priority for TCU, Higgins said. “The intention to diversify was very, very specific and calculated,” Higgins said. “Because ultimately, the more diverse an institution is, the better education every student will receive, as long as students are open to learning from others.” ReflectionHiggins’s dedication and work, which was largely behind the scenes, never went unnoticed. “At TCU we pride ourselves on being a connected campus. Kay took that responsibility seriously: helping students who were struggling, identifying new ways to support students, mentoring staff and being 100% pro-student. Kay is what it means to be a true ‘Horned Frog’,” Mills said.Having worked under four chancellors, Higgins has watched and taken part in the growth of the university over the last 43 years.Along with Mills and Higgins, one other person who has been at TCU since the early 1980s is a long-time friend and colleague, Mary Ruth Jones.Jones, who is also retiring this year, said TCU will be losing a special and devoted colleague. Read More: Mary Ruth Jones affects every Horned Frog she meets“I have known Kay Higgins since 1985 when I went to work as the admin in the TCU Housing office, we worked together and became good friends,” said Jones. “Kay is a dedicated leader and motivator and even though she is retiring she will still be a part of TCU.”Until the pandemic, Jones and Higgins saw each other every week and have been active parts of each other’s lives. “I was there when she and Keith Spalding married and I was there when both her children, Mary Catherine and Christopher, were born,” said Jones. Even though her career at TCU is ending, Higgins has no plans of slowing down. “I always find myself wanting to get into more philanthropy work, but because there are only so many hours in the day, I find myself saying ‘no’ a lot,” said Higgins. “So after I nap for two months, I am going to work trying to make what contribution I can to Fort Worth and to TCU!”As Mills said, even though Higgins didn’t attend TCU, she is just as much a Horned Frog as any student on campus. 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Princess Advice from the 2016 Royal Court

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Community News Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyVictoria’s Secret Model’s Tips For Looking Ultra SexyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCouples Who Stuck With Each Other Despite The Cheating ScandalHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a commentcenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Childrens events Princess Advice from the 2016 Royal Court Story and Photography by VERONICA AN Published on Saturday, January 9, 2016 | 7:04 pm The 2016 Royal Court graced the Hastings Ranch Library on Saturday afternoon to offer some princess advice in the form of seven children’s books.The six princesses and royal queen read story books including, The Princess and the Pea, Princess Super Kitty and Princess Says Goodnight to a crowd of young princesses in training.After the reading, little princesses posed with the Royal Court and made their very own crowns and wands.There were many princess lessons to be learned from dancing gracefully to not having peas in your bed but, perhaps the most important lesson of all is that little princesses read books. Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community Newslast_img read more

Scottish baker sells up

first_imgScottish bakery M Corson Bakers, based in Castle Douglas, has been put up for sale as a going concern for £1.25 million. Scottish bakery M Corson Bakers, based in Castle Douglas, has been put up for sale as a going concern for £1.25 million. The bakery, which was founded in the 1800s, is seeking a buyer due to retirement. It’s main retail site and bakehouse in Castle Douglas and its three other retail shops in Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie and Kirkcudbright are all included in the sale.The bakery mainly sold its produce from its four shops, but it also has a good wholesale trade. It currently employs 40 staff – a mix of full and part-time workers – including eight bakers. Offers in excess of £1,250,000 are invited for the business, which has an average annual turnover of £1.2m for the three years ended 31 March 2008.last_img read more

Laura Osnes Returns to Cinderella For the Musical’s 500th Performance

first_img Star Files It’s possible! The cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella celebrated a huge milestone on May 15—the hit musical has officially reached the 500-performance mark! To kick off the momentous occasion, original Cinderella star Laura Osnes returned to the Broadway Theatre to hang out with the cast, and of course, eat some delicious cupcakes. Check out these sweet shots of Osnes hanging out in her royal kingdom once again, then see Cinderella at the Broadway Theatre, starring Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher! View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Laura Osnes Related Shows Cinderellalast_img read more

McDowell must make case for defence

first_img McDowell has never successfully defended a tournament and all nine of his European Tour victories have come in different countries, namely Sweden, Italy, Korea, Scotland, Wales, the United States, Spain, Bulgaria and France. The 34-year-old was disappointed not to add Ireland to that list after going into the final round of the Irish Open last month just two shots off the lead, although his share of sixth place was his best finish in 13 appearances in the event. Press Association Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell will have to create a piece of personal history to retain the Alstom Open de France title at Le Golf National in Paris this week. “It was really from the US Open onwards that I really felt like my game was ticking along nicely,” McDowell told a pre-tournament press conference at Le Golf National, site of the 2018 Ryder Cup. “I was inevitably a little bit disappointed with my performance on the weekend (in Ireland), on the greens especially, but I took the positives away from the week. I hit the ball as well as I have this season tee-to-green and put myself in a position to win. “Being the defending champion gives you a nice little buzz, a spring in your step and good memories and I’m looking forward to my pairing this week with Victor (Dubuisson) and the US Open Champion Martin Kaymer, who is in some amazing form at the minute. “I’m feeling good and ready for an exciting summer. I feel like I’m in a good space myself and looking forward to it. I had four or five nice days off last week, I’ve really made a sort of decision this year to pace myself for the summer. “I felt like the last three or four years, come August, I’ve been pretty tired. I haven’t been mentally and physically ready for the FedEx play-offs and into the early part of the autumn with the Ryder Cup. “Even looking back to Medinah, I didn’t feel like I was physically on top of my game that weekend (he won just one point from four matches), and I really didn’t play as well as I’d like to. “It’s really been a conscious decision since then to try and have myself in peak condition come July, August, September.” Kaymer won the French Open back in 2009, but missed the cut in his native Germany last week in his first appearance since claiming his second major title at Pinehurst. “I just didn’t play as good. It’s that simple,” the 29-year-old said. “To play in your home country is very, very difficult and I think for a lot of French players this week as well, there are so many expectations from all the people. “People think it’s easier because it’s your home crowd and all those things, but I think it’s the toughest tournament you play all year. And then of course you have to do a few things on the side media-wise and all those things that take a little bit away from your time on the golf course, but we all know that. It’s just a matter of organising it and preparing as good as possible.” The good news for Kaymer is that he has been given an early tee-time for the second round on Friday, meaning he should be finished in plenty of time to watch the World Cup quarter-final between Germany and France. “When I saw the tee times, 1.20pm tomorrow and then early on Friday, I was very glad. I like to think that they did it on purpose so I could watch the game,” Kaymer added. “It will be a very tough game. Obviously we have played against France a lot of times, but in these extreme situations it’s always tough to say. We struggled a little bit against Nigeria the other day, but then patience paid off in the end. “I will wear my (Germany) shirt somewhere so hopefully I won’t get attacked!” last_img read more

Bhambri-Sharan bow out of French Open

first_imgParis, June 1: Indias men’s doubles pair of Yuki Bhambri and Divij Sharan crashed out of the French Open, going down to second seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic here on Friday. In the round of 32 match, which lasted around an hour and 17 minutes, the Indian pair was outplayed in straight sets 5-7, 3-6. The tennis match was neck and neck in the first set before the Indian pair bit the dust 5-7. In the second set, their opponents lifted their game and started attacking to wrap up the issue comfortably. The Indian duo managed to win 49 points in total compared to 63 won by their opponents. Earlier, in the opening round, Bhambri and Sharan defeated their compatriots Purav Raja and Fabrice Martin to advance. IANSlast_img read more