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A proud part of the Texas A&M System
Employees honored Page 4
Intramural champs Page 7
Flie Tcirleton Texan Weekly isjews
Focus is academic success
By Charles Crittenden Jr.
More than 1,500 new and trans-
fer students are expected to attend
one of three orientation programs
this summer and the hundreds of
TSU staff members and students who
coordinate the program hope it is not
only the biggest but the best.
'This is truly a campus-wide pro-
gram," says Donna Strohmeyer, di-
rector of Student Activities and the
orientation program. "We have ad-
ministrators, food service people,
student service staff members, fac-
ulty and lots and lots of students.
There are hundreds of us involved in
putting this program together," she
This is the 12th year Tarleton has
offered orientation programs and Ms.
Strohmeyer has s'een a change in
emphasis. "Our focus has become
very academic-oriented. Our pri-
mary purpose is to help students get
started on the right track in the class-
room. We want to see our students
succeed," she said,
There will be sample classes con-
ducted by 12 volunteer faculty mem-
bers. In addition, there will be
demonstrations of mathematics and
science classroom presentations and
general lecture formats.
New students will be assigned
student advisers to help them through
the maze of new places and new
faces. 'They also will have an oppor-
tunity to met with academic advis-
ers, representatives from' the offices
of the registrar and financial aid.
Surprises are planned in small
groups headed by orientation advis-
ers and there will be time for new
students to get acquainted with fel-
low students as well. Following the
first day of orientation events, an
evening at the intramurals complex is
planned. A dance on the mall lawn is
scheduled the second evening of the
"This is the most exciting pro-
gram with our new students," Ms.
Strohmeyer said. "It is their first taste
of Tarleton; we want it to be memo-
New student orientation sessions
are scheduled July 19-21 and 26-28.
Participants can stay in air-condi-
tioned residence halls or commute.
Attendance is required at each ses-
sion of the two-and-one-half day pro-
The one-day, transfer student ori-
entation is scheduled July 14. Resi-
dent students pay a $75 registration
fee; cost for communting students is
$45. The transfer student program
The programs, Ms. Strohmeyer
said, are self supporting.
During student orientation, parent *
programs are offered as well. The
programs run concurrently, but are
separate, Ms. Strohmeyer stresses.
Parents are introduced to the orienta-
tion program in which their children
are participating. They also receive
special sessions on academic infor-
mation, financial aid and university
services. A parents' reception fol-
lows the first day of each session.
Campus tours and meetings with
TSU faculty and staff also are planned.
Information aboutall the programs
is available from the Office of Stu-
dent Activites at ext. 9490 or 9492.
Studying can be cool
Students find the shady amphitheater at the SDC is a good place to study. In the foreground is Thurman Wolfe,
graduate student from Cleburne. On the lower row from left are Stayce Dalton, freshman from Hamilton and Tony
Matta, senior, Puerto Rico. Top row from left are Christri Campbell, senior, Odessa; Julie Stewart, junior, San Angelo;
Angie Drew, senior, Dublin; and Carrie Barnard, graduate, Glen Rose. (J-TAC staff photo)
Vol. 149 No. 14
By John Cox
Students may have to dig a bit
deeper or work an hour or two longer
to pay their fees. In a forum June 29
in the Student Development Center
Ballroom, Dr. Dennis McCabe, presi-
dent of Tarleton State, explained that
the general use fee may increase
from $12 to $15 per semester credit
About 100 people attended the
forum, mostly faculty and staff, i
"The additional fee money will be
used for raises in teacher and staff
salaries," said Larry Bicket, vice-
president of Finance and Adminis-
tration . There has not been an across-
the-board raise since 1992, and that
was for only one percent.
In response to a student's ques-
tion, Dr. McCabe said that there would
be no student vote on the proposal.
He explained that quick action on the
proposal was required. Dr. McCabe
said that TSU officials were required
to survey student and campus re-
sponse to the proposal.
"We have to be ready to act," Dr.
McCabe said, when the Board of
Regents gets ready to decide this is-
TSU is not the only university that
is thinking of raising fees. Dr.
McCabe read a long list of schools in
both the A&M and UT systems that
will increase student fees this fall.
The general use fee at Texas A&M
will double this fall, he said.
The University of Texas at Ar-.
lington is raising its general use fee
from $10 to $18 for the 1995-96
academic year and to $26 for the
Speaker symposium, SPA to bring world famous author, historian to campus
Internationally renown author,
science historian, television host and
writer/producer James Burke will
speak at Tarleton next spring.
Using state-of-the-art television
and video techniques, Burke traverses
the world in search of clues to the
missing links of history. TV Guide
says "... Burke has a gloriously simple
and entertaining way of explaining'
Sponsored by the Speaker Sym-
posium Committee and the Student
Programming Association, Burke's
name will be added to the list of
notables to visit Tarleton in the past
few years under the auspicies of the '
Symposium and SPA. Dr. O. H.
Frazier, heart transplant specialist and
TSU graduate, spoke here in the
spring. Others recent speakers in-
cluded anthropologist Jane Goddall
and HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros.
Burke is best know for his BBC/
Time Life 10-part series called Con-
nections which surveys the history of
technology and social change. When
first broadcast in the USA on PBS,
Connections achieved the highest-
e ver audience for a documentary. The
series was developed as a credit course
in over 350 colleges and unversities
in the United States and has been
broadcast in more than 50 countries.
Two other series, The Day the
Universe Changed and Connections
2 have attracted world-wide atten-
tion as well. The former has be-
come the basis for both college and
high school courses; the latter pre-
miered on The Learning Channel
in April of 1994.
Burke was born in Londonderry,
Northern Ireland. He holds a mas-
ter of arts degree in English from
Oxford University and has taught at
the universities of Bologna and
Urbino in Italy. He has published
several books, including the com-
panion book to Connections. As a
journalist and historian, Burke makes
accessible the complexities of scien-
tific discovery and explains how they
affect bur everday lives.
Fort Hood MB As awarded
Special to the J-TAC
Members of the administration
and faculty recently traveled to Fort
Hood in Killeen for a special, aux-
iliary coinmencementduring which
the first degrees were conferred in
TSU's off-campus, master of Busi-
ness Administration program,
Capt. Jay P. Gautreaux, Yulie
Palenapa, Peggy Parker-Torries and
Susan Schultz were the first stu-
dents to complete the unique pro-
Tarleton began offering courses
leading to an MBA at Fort Hood in
January, 1994. In April, 1994, the
Texas Higher Education Coordinat-
ing Board gave approval for the en-
tire MBA program to be taught on
•post. This is the first program from a
state university at Fort Hood since
the post was established in the 1940s.
It is also the .first state university
program to receive such approval
from the Coordinating Board.
More than 325 teachers, county agents, adult leaders and others attended professional development workshops on campus in June including this group, that
learned about llamas during the wild life management workshop. The workshops were sponsored by the Agricultural Services and Development Department
and included training in land and range evaluation, lamb management and hunter safety. (University News service photo)
Dates for Homecoming set
It is never too early to make
plans for Homecoming activities and
the TSU Alumni staff is doing just
The Oct. 30-Nuv. 5 celebration
is entitled "A Tribute to John
Tarleton." The Homecoming plan-
ning committee selected (he theme
to honor the school's namesake in
this, the 100th anniversary of his
In addition to the Homecoming
parade and football game, there will
be dances, open houses across cam-
pus and special sessions to recog-
• nize returning alumni. A Tarleton
Alumni Assocation "members only"
reception to meet the 1995
distingushed honorees is planned.
A complete schedule of Home-
coming I yys events will be released
in September. For more informa-
tion, contact the Alumni office on
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