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The Tarleton Texan Weekly News
Volume 151 Number 14
A part of the Texas A&M System.
Keeping up appearances
Campus buildings, grounds undergo facelift
By Ann Davenport
While it may seem to outsiders
that Tarleton is in the midst of a
major facelift, it is just all in a sum-
mers work for the staff, crew and
student workers of Tarleton's main-
There is less student traffic flow
during summer months which
makes it easier to get the tedious
and somewhat time consuming
chores done. Some of the work is
cosmetic and includes general year-
ly projects such as painting and
upkeep, parking lot refurbishment
and building repairs, but a great
deal of the work in progress is not
"We have more than 80 projects
in the works right now," said
Raymond Fletcher, director of
physical facilities. "This is in addi-
tion to the average of 600 work
requests we see come through this
office each month."
Some of the outdoor projects
include painting, grounds work,
roofing and a new fence around the
volleyball court next to the P-26
parking lot. However, the major
changes are going on inside and on
top of the Humanities Building,
Tarleton Center and the Dick Smith
Library as well as the dorms, Hall
of Presidents, Education Building
and ag farm.
"I think I'm most excited about
completing the roofing projects,"
Fletcher said, "we've done every
building at the college farm, Davis
Hall and Wisdom Gym as well as
the Education and Administration
There are still some roofing jobs
left to be done including the
Science and Agriculture buildings,
Lewis Hall and Honeywell Annex.
"Those jobs are scheduled to be
done soon," Fletcher said.
Also completed this summer are
some new. floors in Wisdom Gym
and a refurbishing of two rooms in
the Humanities Building.
Memorial Stadium also saw a
change with the installation of new
sidewalks for wheelchair and hand-
icap access. A project scheduled in
the future involves the Savon build-
ing across from Davis Hall.
"We will be putting out notifica-
tion for bids on removal of
asbestos from that building," said
Fletcher "As soon as all the bids
are in a contractor will be selected
and work can be scheduled to
begin." Maintenance personnel
hope to see the Savon project begin
before summer's end.
'The work we do is not selective
to any one department," said
"Everything we do is campus
wide. A lot of these things have
been needing to be done for awhile,
I'm just glad to see some of the
work being accomplished now."
By Ann Davenport
Recently released figures show that
Tarleton's registration was up six to eight
percent during the first summer .session and
officials are hoping to see the same increase
as registration for the next summer session
"We were pleased to see this increase in
Summer One registration," said Don Ross,
registar and dean of admissions and registra-
tion^^W&Lhbpftifalliregist^ation wilLbe up..
too," however, we don't expect the increase to
match that of the summer sessions."
There are no major changes expected in
the registration procedure during Summer
Two or Fall, but there are unseen changes.
During the last few semesters, Tarleton has
utilized Texas A&M's mainframe for its com-
puting needs, but Tarleton now has its own
"The first major trial of the new system
will be walk-in registration for the second
summer session," said Ross, "Previous test-
ing has shown some minor changes are need-
According to Ross, the most important
thing a student can do is to learn and under-
stand the registration process before it
begins. This information is available during
orientation or through an adviser.
"Some new students are lost and don't
realize they need to be advised," said Ross.
"The most frequent problems we see during
registration occur because students don't
know about the process. Without that knowl-
edge, students are somewhat handicapped."
After students are admitted to Tarleton,
they receive an invitation to attend one of the
"The advantage of orientation is to give
new students individualized service and
attention to their needs," said Donna
Strohmeyer, director of student activities.
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UP, UP AND AWAY -- Some area school students
who attended summer camp took up an instru-
ment, others like the squad pictured at right,
jumped so high during cheerleading camp they ,
appear to be hopping over a car parked on
Mclhaney St. (Photos by Robert Benton)
Camps attract hundreds of area students
By Ann Davenport
and Robert Benton
Throughout the summer, cheers and
spirit cries could be heard across every
corner of Tarleton's campus as more than
1,800 junior high and high school stu-
dents participated in cheerleading
In addition to cheerleading camps, the
fine arts center also conducts a week
long band camp as well as an all-state
"Students have come from as far
away as Duncan Oklah. Beaumont and
Texarkana," said Tracy Holley, director
of fine arts summer camps. "Each of the
five summer sessions lasts one week."
"These camps bring students together
to practice and perfect what they've
learned," Holley said.
"This also is a good recruiting tool for
Students who stay on campus pay
$163 each to attend a camp session
which includes room, meals, medical
expenses and insurance as well as trainer
and trainer's supplies. However, some
school groups choose to stay off campus.
Those students pay $106 each.
Income from the camps helps support
housing facilities, dining hall and health
clinic personnel as well as SDC vendors.
A portion of the revenue generated by
the camps is set aside for future scholar-
"I think the most fun part of the
camps is the talent show," said Holley.
"On the third night of every camp the
kids get together and perform a little bit
of everything," she said "We've seen
singing, dancing, piano playing, skits
and even clogging. Some of it is incred-
ibly, incredibly good.
"The cheerleading camp is by far the
largest of the summer camps," Holley
said. "Dayle Cox, the assistant director,
and I are on call 24 hours a day to fill
whatever needs may arise.
"The schools come back every year,"
"The kids enjoy themselves a great
deal and I think it is a very positive expe-
rience for them."
Recommendations for new VPs
submitted to Board of Regents
. By Michael Peters
, Staff writer
Dr. Dennis McCabe, university
president, has recommended two
long-time TSU administrators to fill
; two vacant vice presidencies. The
, Board of Regents will vote on the rec-
ommendations in July when the gov-
erning board meets in regular session
; on the TSU campus.
Dr. B.J. Alexander was named
interim vice president for academic
' affaire! He has been a member of the
Tarleton faculty since 1971 in the
, department of English and languages.
' He directed that department from
1985 through 1989 when he was
named associate dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences.
A native of Mississippi, Alexander
holds bachelor of science and master
of arts degrees in English from
Mississippi State University, and
received his doctorate in English from
the University of North Texas.
Jerry Graham was named interim
vice president for finance and admin-
istration. He has been a member of
the Tarleton administration since 1970
in the department of finance and
administration. He was the assistant
business manager from 1970 to 1977,
business manager from 1977 to 1980,
vice president for business affairs
from 1980 to 1982, director of busi-
ness services from 1982 to 1988 and
associate vice president for business
affairs from 1988 to 1995.
A native of Eastland, Graham is a
TSU graduate. His experience at
Tarleton spans 26 years.
Dr. McCabe has high praise for
those who served on the committees.
"I want to recognize the efforts of
both search committees," said Dr.
McCabe. "They have worked long
and hard on the process of casting
advertisements, screening, scheduling
and hosting candidates and involving
the campus in the selection process."
There were 103 applicants for
provost and 71 for the finance and
Dr. Linda M. Jones, department
head of human sciences, and Dr.
Ronnie Shephard, dean of the College
of Education and Fine Arts, directed
search committee for a new financial
Award Winner - - Rodeo
barrel racer Jennifer
Smith, a freshman from
Zephyr, placed third in
the nation at the college
rodeo finals. Related
news on page 5.
State firearm deaths
exceed highway toll
By Charles Crittenden
Amid news that more Texans
died last year from firearms that
motor vehicle accidents, campus
police chief Robert Hooper has
reissued information about guns
and gun safety at Tarleton.
"Actually, the campus is quite
safe," Hooper said in a recent
interview. 'There have been no
shootings here, but we want to
remind students and employees that
carrying handguns or any other
weapon on university property is
Hooper said occasionally a stu-
dent — especially a new student
— will forget about a gun in a truck
gun rack. In that case, Hooper said,
the student is advised of the law
and required to store the gun off
campus until arrangements are
made to take it home. -t
With or without a permit, he
said, carrying a handgun on TSU
property is a violation of Texas
Penal Code, Section 46.03. The
law makes it an offense for a person
intentionally, knowingly, or reck-
lessly to go on the physical premis-
es of a school or educational insti-
tution with a firearm, illegal knife,
club or prohibited weapon.
The offense is a third degree
felonypunishable by imprisonment
from two-10 years and up to
$10,000 in fines.
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