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I V E R S I T Y
The students' voice since 1917
September 5, 2007
Fort Worth, Texas
Vol. 99, No. 1
The Rambler welcomes
all students, faculty and
staff back for another great
semester. Make sure to read
The Rambler for all the lat-
est in news, features, sports
aid refund checks were
issued Aug. 29 but will be
available in the cashier's
office until Sept. 12, when
they will be mailed to stu-
dents directly. The cashier's
office is open from 8:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on week-
See you at the chapel
Chapel is held at free
period every Tuesday in the
Chapel of Polytechnic
United Methodist Church,
followed by a free lunch.
Chapel services this month
include Dr. Bruce
McDonald (Sept. 11), youth
pastor Russell Clark (Sept
18) and Jerry Chism, pastor
of Arlington Heights UMC
Baptist Student Ministry
TWU's BSM invites
you to come hang out and
share a meal with other
Wesleyan students. Baptist
Student Ministries partici-
pates in ministry activities
on campus, in the communi-
ty and around the world.
Come see what Wesleyan's
members are doing this
semester. Meetings with
free lunch are Wednesdays
at noon in the Carter
Conference Room, on the
second floor of the Sid
Do You Think You Can
The Wesleyan Show-
stoppers dance team is hold-
ing annual try outs from 5:30
to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 in
the gymnasium. The team
performs a variety of dance
styles including jazz, hip
hop, lyrical, pom and the-
matic, performing at every
other home basketball game
and in Metroplex competi-
tions. Students must be
enrolled in at least 12 hours
at Wesleyan and have had at
least two years of formal
dance training to be eligible.
Contact Carolyn Ikens-
Owen as (817) 507-5898 for
more information including
required tryout uniform and
skills to be demonstrated.
SGA wants you!
Government Association is
resuming regular meetings
every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m.
in the Carter Conference
Room. Free food is provid-
Make your mark now
The Rambler is now hir-
ing writers and photogra-
phers. Get paid and have fun
helping produce Wesleyan's
oldest news publication.
Regular meetings are at
12:15 p.m. every Thursday
in the lobby of Stella
Russell Hall. Get paid, get
experience and get a chance
to make your mark in
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Wesleyan students, faculty and staff are once
again back for another great year of higher edu-
action. As usual, the tried and true traditions of
the fall semester brought in droves to campus.
Above, sophomores Melinda Garza and
Marquita Guyden look on as incoming students
participate in the many festivitites at Ram
Camp. On right, sophomores Olivia Delasantos
and Kristen Potter run into each other at the
annual President's Picnic. Below, senior Brooke
McNabb and Dr. Pam Rast, associate professor
and chair of the kinesiology department, repre-
sent TWU's scuba culb, also at the President's
Photos by Kevin Keathley
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$2 million grant
to add technology,
After getting turned down last year, Texas Wesleyan
University has been awarded the highly competitive Title III
grant this year by the U.S. Department of Education's
Strengthening Institutions program. Amounting in nearly $2
million dollars, this grant will be funded to TWU over a five
year period, guaranteeing TWU around $400,000 a year
starting Oct. 1.
This summer Rep. Michael Burgess' office informed
administration that Wesleyan was one of 20 recipients of the
grant. Moreover, Wesleyan is the only university in the state
of Texas to receive the grant.
Very excited about TWU's accomplishment of receiv-
ing the grant, President Hal Jeffcoat envisions a greater
Texas Wesleyan University for students as the grant money
is utilized for acquiring instructional technologies, remodel-
ing the advising process and establishing academic pro-
gramming incorporating the Learning Community model.
"This grant will help us better serve students, especial-
ly freshmen and sophomores," said Jeffcoat.
With the funds Wesleyan will also aim to develop bet-
ter programs to prepare students in core academic areas like
math and English through an upgrade in the institution's
With the implementation of more "smart classroom
technology" (interactive white boards with projectors) and
wireless Internet capability on campus, students, primarily
first and second year students, will reap the benefits of
increased student success because of upgraded technology.
"We will be able to get students more engaged academ-
ically through technology," said Debbie Roark, director of
grants and research. 'Along with a guarantee of increased
success through more advanced technology, students will
greatly flourish because of the Learning Community model
that will help be enforced by the grant."
This academic model, similar to "the buddy system,"
will allow students who have classes together to connect
more often, work together and study together. Along with
working together to ensure success academically, students
will also get the opportunity to bond with one another in the
"The Learning Community model will help students,
especially first year students new on campus, build relation-
ships," said Roark. "With the implementation of the
Learning Community model, students will also see new fac-
ulty members as some of the grant money is also utilized for
hiring and paying specialists in certain academic areas."
Although the grant money primarily is going to be uti-
lized to increase the success of students, administration also
has the primary goal of increasing retention and graduation
rates among the students.
"Students tend to leave TWU after their first and second
year," said Jeffcoat. "This grant will help us do a better job
for first and second year students so they will stay longer
and have a better chance of graduating. With the help of the
grant, our goal is to improve the retention rate by five per-
TWU's current student retention rate is roughly around
65 percent. Honored that TWU received the grant, Jeffcoat
and Roark know first-hand the difficulty TWU went
through to receive it.
After being informed that they met the eligibility
requirements, TWU submitted a proposal and faced stiff
competition. Its proposal and many other institutions' were
judged and scored based on certain criteria by a peer review
panel, which consisted of three individuals from other uni-
versities and colleges. These individuals turned in their
comments and score after each proposal evaluation
School of business obtains accreditation
In the world of business, a name can mean everything. That's why the
faculty and staff in the school of business decided to dedicate two years of
effort and energy working through the strenuous process of obtaining
Association of Collegiate Business Schools accreditation.
Founded in 1988, the ACBSP "was created by its
members to fulfill a need for specialized accreditation by
institutions of higher education with business schools and
programs," according to the ACBPS Web site.
"The focus is improvement and higher quality educa-
tion for our students," said Dr. Sameer Vaidya, associate
dean of Wesleyan's school of business.
According to Vaidya, ACBSP offers business schools at smaller liber-
al arts based schools a chance to be judged not on a standard of research,
as does the more widely known American Assembly of Collegiate Schools
of Business (AACSB), but by the university's mission.
"Research is not our focus," said Vaidya, "our focus is to teach excel-
lently, rather than have a TA in the class room while we are in our offices
While research is not the main criteria for ACBSP, according to the
Web site, there should be a balance between teaching and research, and the
"The focus is improvement
and higher quality education
for our students."
— Dr. Sameer Vaidya
Associate Dean of Business School
Wesleyan faculty was praised for finding just that.
The process of obtaining accreditation was not an easy task, and it
required the help of the university administration and staff.
"We had to document to standards, how we meet a certain level of
quality, so the faculty were highly involved," said Vaidya. "The support of
the school administration allowed us to spend our time and resources to get
According to Provost Allen Henderson, the
accreditation is a positive step for the university as a
"It is a way of confirming that our business staff
and faculty are quality and that the kind of school we
offer has been recognized by a peer group."
According to Vaidya, this was the first time that
the school of business had ever had someone from outside the university
judge what was taking place in the classrooms.
"It gave us a unique opportunity to have our peers look at the institu-
tion and give us feedback on how we are getting things done," said Vaidya,
who is looking forward to the benefits of having done so well.
"This is very important for our alumni, students and future students,"
he said. "It is a symbol of Wesleyan being a provider of high quality busi-
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