The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 56, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 18, 1975 Page: 1 of 12
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56th Year No. 4
THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY
September 18, 1975
Dr.'s Whitney, where are you ?
by Lisa Lloyd
' * Two Tarleton professors
recently resigned without advance
-notice and have left for an
undisclosed location with four
children from previous marriages.'
. Dr. Howard R. Whitney,
former Associate Professor of
social sciences, failed to be
present to teach during the latter
|?art of the last session of summer
.school, according to Dr. O.A.
Grant, Head of the Department of
: Later that same day he
dissappeared, a letter was given to
-Dr. Grant, by a personal friend of
Howard Whitney's statingHhat he
was resigning and that he arid his
wife, Dr. Bobbye Whitney,
Assistant Professor of Education,
were "leaving". Bobbye Whitney
was also teaching summer, school
at that time, ' ''
District Court Judge! Herman
Fitz had called Dr. Grant earlier
that morning asking the
whereabouts of Howard .Whitney,
who had failed to show! up for a
hearing for . the custody ;of two
children of Howard Whitn'ey and
his previous wife.
Howard W h i t n 'e y had
temporary custody of the children
Money not so important to Fresh
FAC makes report
According to the final report of the Tarleton Faculty
Advisory Committee the cost of education had little
influence on decisions of freshmen to- enter a Tarleton in
1974. . ;
■ The committee administered a questionnaire to the
majority of new freshman students which determined that,
the cost of education carried little weight; location was a
significant factor in the decision to attend Tarleton; high
school counselors had almost no influence on decisions to
attend TSU; and few students had any opportunity to talk
to a TSU representative before coming to Tarleton.
As a result, the FAC has determined that: 1) more
participation of students is needed; and 2) formuiatic^n of
a one, five, and 10 year recruiting plan is necessary.
The report also stated that limited access to the TSU
budget is now possible through the Library. At present thq
budget is kept in the cage of the Library.
The FAC also made some recommendations to the
Promotions Committee in relation to the subject of merit
FAC recommended that merit be assessed according to
the excellence of a teacher's professional activities,
including teaching, scholarship, and professional
The FAC also asked that the guidelines for merit and
promotion at West Texas State be adopted at TSU, '
A second recommendation to the Promotions
Committee concerned the implementation of tjiis criteria
of merit. FAC posed three alternatives regarding the
Promotion Committee, all of which called for a significant
'number"'of elected, full-time teaching faculty to'be added
to the-appointed administrative personnel serving on the
committee. . " ' ,
/ Action vyas taken by the Academic Council on June 20,
.1975, which provided that the three of the eight members
of the Promotions Committee are to be elected by the
three undergraduate schools, one member per
The Promotions Committee was also empowered to
review and act upon all recommendations for promotions
and gll petitions for promotions submitted to it by the
Academic Council. ,
At the request of the FAC, the college engineer
provided energy policies for the campus. Last year's
departmental representatives have- copies of these
policies, and other copies can be obtained from the college
The Academic Council disapproved two motions by
FAC to abolish the affadivits concerning final exams.
Also, the request to change the FAC's name to the
Tarleton State University Faculty Senate was appro^c^
during the summer by the Academic Council.
before the hearing. 1
At the time of their riiysteriou?
departure Bobbye Whitney was
also involved in a civil case in
Denton involving the custody of
two children who she -had in
temporary custody ?frotn a
The Whitneys also toolj these,
children with them to' the
Before Howard Whitney's
sudden resignation ' he had
recently been, promoted to
Associate Professor. Both, of the
Whitneys were to teach during the
fall at Tarleton.
in New Mexico
by Diane Jones
The Tarleton Rodeo Team will
compete at Eastern New Mexico
State" University, at Portales New
Mexico, beginning Thursday,
Sept,,18, through Saturday,,
Sept. 20. 1 , :
Approximately 15. schools
throughout the Southwestern
region will be represented. About
25 students Will represent
Tarleton at the rodeo. ,
Cowboys will try their'skills in
bareback riding, bronc riding, calf,
roping, steer wrestling, team
roping, bull ridirlg.
Barrel racing, gpat tying ;1md
breakaway calf-, roping-, will be
reserved for the women. , ,
■ Iky Akers, Rodeo 'Club
president, said that he expects
Tarleton to do well thissyear
Tarleton has produced four
champion intercollegiate rodeo
teams at the national level; in the
. Howard Whitney's lawyer did
■ not know that he was gone until
he did not show up for the-
' Custody has now been awarded
to his former wife, although he
has the children with him.
The.Whitneys left their home
'and a car, which is now in the,
custody of Howard Whitney's
-. Howard and Bobbye Whitney
have had a felony complaint for
interfering with child custody
filed against them with the United
States Justice Department.
The ' Whitneys are now being
sought by the Texas Crime
Information Center and the
National Crime Information
Center, associated with the
Federal Bureau of Investigation,
according to District Attorney
at 3,083 total
by Kathy Daniel
• - Registration officially closed September 8 according to
registrar John Whiting, with total enrollment of about
3,083, an increase over last year's 3,026. •>
Tarleton reached a peak of enrollment in 1972 with
3,186, and last year was the. first time the University has
been able to show an increase after the enrollment dip.
The end of the draft was cited by Whiting as one reason
for this increase,
■, Before the University had to compete with junior
colleges, the number of Freshmen enrolled was around
1,300., The number of freshmen enrolled in the fall
semester is slightly over 1,000. Of the total number, over
400 are off campus students.
A high percent of students are college bound and
Tarleton has experienced the largest summer session,
graduate students, and freshmen^enrollment in its recent
history. Though there has been a decrease in seniors, the
number of juniors remains about the same.
The University also offers off campus, upper and
graduate courses. Graduate courses are offered at Coj^eras
Cove, Hillsboro, West, White Settlement," Graham arid
Burleson. Mineral Wells offers upper level "courses and
Waco offers both.
: Overall, the-University is; encouraged by the. increase
but the need to encourage frtshjjien and transfer students
enrollment is obvious. f \*
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SAF STAR-Country-western singer Bobby Bare is scheduled to perform tonight at 8 p.m.
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