March 13, 2018
On Tuesday, February 27th, 2018, the John V. Roach Honors College welcomed over 250 guests to its inaugural fundraiser, “A Taste of Honors.” This year, our esteemed keynote speakers included TCU alum, Dr. James I. Cash, Jr. and Doug McMillon, president and CEO of WalMart Inc.
The evening began with a meet and greet session in the Chancellor’s Dining Room, where Dr. Cash welcomed event sponsors for an exclusive and intimate Q&A session with McMillon. Guests asked McMillon questions on a variety of topics, including the state of the economy and NAFTA. He answered with aplomb, and the room filled with laughter and applause during the brief 20-minute session.
Afterwards, it was time for one of the main attractions of the evening – the student research presentations. Sponsors and guests filled the BLUU Ballroom with excited chatter as they moved among Honors student research presentations, asking questions and listening to presenter anecdotes. Each student researcher was joined by his or her faculty mentor, who coached and assisted with the project preparation. For some students, the event was an excellent opportunity to revisit old research from a new perspective. One student shared, “Tonight allowed me to see my research with fresh eyes. I am reinvigorated to do more!”
A break for dinner followed the student presentations and Dean Diane Snow took to the stage to welcome John V. Roach. Mr. Roach shared a few words – as well as a few quips that had the audience chuckling in amusement – and introduced Dr. James I. Cash, Jr. to the stage. Dr. Cash addressed the crowd with a captivating charisma, discussing his connection to TCU and some of his accomplishments – including his victory in a bet with McMillon on the outcome of the TCU v. Arkansas game that resulted in McMillon donning a custom TCU shirt at a Wal-Mart board meeting.
McMillon joined Cash on the stage and the men sat down to have an engaging dialogue with the audience. McMillon gave attendees a fascinating inside look at some of Wal-Mart’s strategies for maintaining their powerful presence in a saturated marketplace and offered some entertaining personal anecdotes.
The John V. Roach Honors College would like to extend its sincerest thanks to our keynote speakers, our sponsors, our student researchers and their mentors, and all the guests that were in attendance for a wonderfully successful night. At its conclusion, “A Taste of Honors” tripled its fundraising goal in securing funds for high-impact practices within the Honors College! These funds will be used to support undergraduate research. We are so grateful to everyone who played a part.