The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 99, No. 1, Ed. 1 Wednesday, September 5, 2007 Page: 2 of 6
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New acuity introductions
Maggie Camperlengo received her first degree in
political science from the University of Illinois with aspi-
rations to change the-world. After a real world experience
in a law office setting, she decided against political sci-
ence and law as a career, deeming it "empty and heart-
Scorning a life of comfort and financial stability, ,
Maggie Camperlengo went back to school earning a
bachelor's degree from her alma mater and then a master's
from Texas Women's University and University of Texas;r
both in biology. She said she followed her heart and
found out who she really was. Her love of biology led to
quite an uproar in her quiet Fort Worth neighborhood
after she zeroscaped her lawn.
Zeroscaping is the use of drought-tolerant plants and
rocks for landscaping, which Camperlengo did to con-
serve water and pay tribute to Texas plants and wildlife.
In a neighborhood of Chemlawn-green lawns and auto-
matic sprinkler systems, her~yard's innovative grassless
design has ruffled more than a few feathers, attracting
positive and negative attention from the Fort Worth Star-
Despite the attention, Camperlengo has followed her
own heart and inner voice, and it has led her to a happy
life as a mother, a teacher and active conversationalist.
Bom in Lubbock, Texas, Adjunct Education Professor
Joe Dryden was raised practically all over the country
while his father served actively in the Air Force. Dryden
holds two bachelor's degrees in physiology and biology
from Texas Tech University, a master's in education from
Texas Christian University and a juris doctorate degree
from California Western School of Law.
Continuing to pursue higher education, Dryden is nowj
working on obtaining a doctorate degfee~in educational
administration from the University of North Texas.
Coming to Texas Wesleyan University, Dryden hopes to
contribute to the campus by assisting the school of edu-
cation in the preparation of effective school administra-
tors and teachers.
Prior to coming to TWU, Dryden was an assistant prin-
cipal at Weatherford High School and Aledo Middle
School. Along with this, Dryden was a science teacher
and a boys' sports coach in Grape vine-Colleyville school
Outside of work and school, Dryden loves to play golf,
cycle and be with family.'
Another year at Wesleyan, and although summer was
a nice change from coursework and deadlines, the faculty
of Wesleyan has also changed. This semester marks the
arrival of more than a few new professors and instruc-
tors,, so take a moment to get to know a few of Wesleyan's
Photos by Shameka Hyatt
Don Spinks Joe Dryden
The lineup that the English department at Texas
Wesleyan served up last year just got bigger. With a return-
ing cast and two fresh new faces, the department is growing.
The first of two is Steven Rizzo. The Texas A&M graduate
is excited to be here after fate seemingly landed him at
"It chose me," he said.
After a couple of chance meetings with Department
Chair Dr. Linda Carroll at seminars across the country, Rizzo
learned of the opening, and, he said, everything fell into
place from there. Influenced by his love for music, Rizzo
brings an elaborate and enthusiastic passion for writing and
literature. His favorite aspect of TWU thus far, he said, is the
[warm, amiable campus where "everyone is very person-
Dr. Carol Lattimore
The other addition to the English department isn't as
newly minted as Steven Rizzo, for she has served on the staff
as a part-timer for some years now*
Wesleyan also proved the right fit for Dr. Carol
Lattimore as she joins thc^staff as a full-time visiting assis-
tant professor for the 2007-2008 scholar year.
Making all English majors better writers this year will
not be such a daunting task for Lattimore, for her reputation
"Lattimore is one of the best [at] working with students
individually," said Dr. Stacia Neeley, associate professor of
Lattimore's boldness and devotion to the study of lan-
guage and literature make her a valuable asset for the depart-
ment to have, colleagues said.
Accompanying new Visiting Assistant Professor
Gary Bierschenk (see story on page 6) is Lori Dunn,
accompanist. Dunn, who hails out of Winchester, Kan.,
has an extensive list of accomplishments attached to her
Notable ones include: the founding member of the"
Orenunn Trio, a group that toured the Midwest in 2004,_
and commendable honors at national competitions such
as the Naftzger Competition, funded by the Naftzger
Fund for the Arts.
Dunn is a graduate of the University of Kansas where
she earned a bachelor of music in piano performance. She,
followed with a master of music in piano performance
from Texas Christian University in 2006.
Born in Rome, N.Y., and raised outside of Waco,!
Texas, Assistant Professor of Graduate Counseling
Donald Spinks is an alumnus of Texas Wesleyan where
he completed his undergraduate studies. He later received
a master's degree in theology from Southern Methodist
University and a doctorate in marriage and family thera-
py from Texas Woman's University.
Now back at Wesleyan, Spinks plans to contribute
abundantly to his alma mater. His planned contributions
include increased alumni love of the institution, a rich
history of life experiences and a deep passion for individ-
Spinks also plans to concentrate on enabling graduate
school students the best preparation, maturation and
experiences to flourish in the counseling field by con-
tributing in the classroom, the new clinic and research.
Spinks said he plans to do this by making informa-
tion applicable and accessible to the growing student and
making the new clinic a research-based clinic in order to
get Texas Wesleyan noticed by the counseling communi-
ty. This will add on to the knowledge already existing in
the counseling world, and students can research and pub-
lish what they have accomplished.
Before coming to TWU as a faculty membef, Spinks
was a Methodist minister for several years and then ven-
tured into the private sector in business and counseling. If
not indulging in his most adored pastime of reading,
Spinks loves to be outdoors, fishing, golfing and spend-
ing time in the mountains of New Mexico and Colorado.
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Recent alumna Meredith Wallace Smith, who was invited to
sit on a panel this spring when the accreditation committee was
on campus, feels that the ACBSP seal of approval is not only a
positive step for the university, but also an addition to her degree.
"We praised the small class sizes and personal care and
attention given to students," said Smith. She is currently
employed with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and
is a student at the University
of Texas at Arlington earning
a master's in accounting, a
degree not offered at
"The truth of the matter
is that accreditation does
matter," said Smith, "espe-
cially at the graduate level."
The business school fac-
ulty have not basked in the
glory of their ACBSP accred-
itation for long, as they are
already planning to obtain
accreditation from the
"We are working on it
and heading in that direc-
tion," said Vaidya.
The AACSB was found-
ed in 1916 and awarded its
first accreditation in 1919.
The Association "represents
the highest standard of
achievement for business
Institutions that earn accredi-
tation confirm their commit-
ment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous
and comprehensive peer review," according to the AACSB Web
"Corporate-wide there is a very big push for continuing edu-
cation, represented by programs such as tuition reimbursement,"
said Smith. "However, Lockheed, for example, will only pay for
degrees earned at AACSB accredited universities, thus demon-
strating the perception of non accredited universities by the cor-
According to Henderson, the work toward the AACSB,
which will take a minimum of five years, will do a lot for the
three master's programs that the school of business offers.
"I'm really excited that Wesleyan achieved this accredita-
tion," said Richelle Mitchell, junior business major. "But, I real-
ly want to see us earn the AACSB."
"The accreditation process creates an env ironment of follow-
up and continued improvement," said Henderson of the result of
the ACBSP and the work being put toward the AACSB program
According to Vaidya, employers may or may not see that
Wesleyan has earned this accreditation, but the effects reach far-
Photo courtesy of the school of business
Dr. Saineer Vaidya (second from left), associate dean of the school of business, and Dr. Hector
Quintanilla (middle), dean of the school of business, were key figures in the business school's quest for
ther than just the certificate in the office.
"The focus is on improvement and high quality, real world
teaching, which in turn gives students a better education, which
makes them better employees and earns Wesleyan a reputation
based on this excellence," he said.
While the accreditation is a wonderful stamp of approval
from a peer group, those who have seen the quality of work
being performed in the school of business are not surprised.
"Accredited or not," Smith said, "after seven months in the
working world, I can honestly say that the professors in the
school of business and the knowledge that I gained in my
accounting classes prepared me well."
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