The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 99, No. 2, Ed. 1 Wednesday, September 12, 2007 Page: 1 of 6
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I V E R S I T Y
The students' voice since 1917
September 12, 2007
Fort Worth, Texas
Vol. 99, No. 2
It's a rush!
Kappa Alpha continues
its 2007 rush events, which
include a pool night Sept. 12
and a cigar and poker night
Sept. 14. Both events begin
at 6:30 p.m. in the Eunice L.
Calling all latin men!
Students interested m
joining Lambda Theta Phi,
the first national latin frater-
nity, can attend the last
informational meeting dur-
ing free period Sept. 13 in
room B17 in the Eunice L.
West library. Interested stu-
dents can contact Daniel
Bravo at i/ahravo rinuiil.
Party with Ms. Stella
All students are invited
to the free Stella Russell
Hall balcony party from 9
p.m. to midnight Sept 20
for the musical stylings of
DJ T-Thurm, free food,
drinks and a chance to win a
PlayStation PSP hand-held
Student Life is looking
for students interested in an
all-day paintball extrava-
ganza Sept. 21. Sign-up lists
are posted around campus
and at least 15 people are
required. Contact the
Student Life office in the
SUB for more information.
SGA wants you!
holds regular meetings
every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m.
in the Carter Conference
Room. Free food and
refreshment are provided.
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 youth pastor Russell
Clark (Sept. 18) and Jerry
Chism, pastor of Arlington
Heights UMC (Sept. 25).
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, m the communi-
ty and around the world.
Meetings with free lunch are
Wednesdays at noon in the
Carter Conference Room,
on the second floor of the
Sid Richardson building.
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
Photos by Kevin Keathley
Wesleyan students of all kinds turned out for a variety
of rush week events including kick ball, water-fights
and movie nights. Above, junior Britni Hollar, junior
Liz Neal and sophomore Marquita Guyden show off
their school spirit at a rush week social event. At right,
the girls of Gamma Phi Beta demonstrate a pyramid
for the nearby crowd of rush week attendees.
Trustee named as candidate far area bishop
Dr. Tim Bruster, a Wesleyan alumnus and
member of the board of trustees, is up for the post
of bishop with the Central Texas Conference of
the Untied Methodist Church.
In 2008, Dr. Ben Chamness, also a Wesleyan
alumnus and member of the board of trustees, will
retire from the bishop position. With this
announcement, it was up to the Central Texas
Conference to select its candidate for bishop. The
body decided to approach Bruster, the senior pas-
tor of the First United Methodist Church in down-
town Fort Worth.
The Central Texas Conference and the posi-
tion of bishop are vital components to the United
The General Conference of the United
Methodist Church is a worldwide organization. It
consists of annual conferences in Africa, Europe,
Latin America and the United States. Every four
years, the delegates elected by these annual con-
ferences meet together to review the issues of the
day, including theological, social and political
issues, while considering social principles and
theological stances of the past.
There they publish the United Methodist
Book of Discipline, which they review every four
years. The last general conference was in
Pittsburgh, Penn., in June 2004. The conference
site changes to different jurisdictions of the coun-
try. An annual conference refers to the Methodist
area governed by a bishop. First Methodist is a
member church of the annual conference known
as the Central Texas Conference.
When the annual conferences meet the year
before the General Conference meeting, each
annual conference elects an equal number of cler-
gy and lay delegates. Sometimes the leader of the
clergy delegation is asked by those elected if he or
she would allow the delegation's support for his or
her election to the episcopacy, or the office of
That's where Bruster comes in.
Some might wonder why Bruster would want
to pursue the episcopacy when he is the pastor of
a very large church. As Bruster said, a bishop is in
a "unique position" to provide guidance and lead-
ership within an annual conference in order to
clarify the duties of the church and to focus its
"vision for ministry/'
"[The office] has a real opportunity to affect
positive change in the direction of Methodism,"
According to Bruster, a bishop is meant to
provide "general oversight in leadership" for one
or two annual conferences. He describes them as
the executive branch of the United Methodist
Church. They appoint all district superintendents
and ordained ministers.
For example, every male and female minister
present at First Methodist was appointed with the
approval of Ben Chamness (or his predecessors),
the senior pastor and the Staff-Parish Relations
It is their respective duties to cast the vision of
the annual conference.
"They represent the larger denomination,"
The mission of this annual conference and the
United Methodist Church is to "make disciples of
Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,"
Although the office of bishop seems to be a
large undertaking. Bruster has no intention of giv-
ing up his dedication to Texas Wesleyan, he said.
See Bruster, page 2
Alumna s business gains national attention
have been equipped
Wesleyan graduates tend to be shooting stars. We
with the ability to go above and beyond and shine with-
in our own lives and within our community. Graduate
Teresa Nelson is no exception.
Nelson graduated in 1993 with a bachelor of busi-
ness administration in economics/finance. While using
her degree for a short time in banking, she aspired to
someday own her own company. Nelson began design-
ing gifts from her home after much prompting from a
local craft mall owner who saw a demand in the gift
Finally in 2000, Nelson opened the doors to her
very own business, Teresa's Treasures. Her regular
customers stop by to gaze at the variety of very unique
and specialized gift baskets available. The designs
range from baskets for birthday celebrations to baskets
of baby gifts. During her first Christmas in business,
Nelson made 1,800 baskets.
Now, seven and a half years later, that number is
up to more than 8,000 at Christmas. The business
serves more than 7,000 clients world wide from its
south Fort Worth showroom, which features some
1,500 of her products.
Prior to this success, however, Nelson faced a set-
back. During the semester Nelson was supposed to
graduate from Wesleyan she was involved in a terrible
Photo by Skyla Claxton
Alumna Teresa Nelson opened the door to
her gift shop Teresa'a Treasures in 2000,
and now caters to more than 7,000 cus-
tomers across the globe.
car accident. A semi-truck pulled out in front of her car and they collided.
"If my car had been two inches over, I would have died," Nelson
After the accident, Nelson and her family were overwhelmed by the out-
reach from the Wesleyan community. Professors
would stop by her home to visit with her.
"That is what impressed upon me the most,"
Nelson said. "Wesleyan is like a family."
Nelson attended her graduation ceremony, but
couldn't participate as she was in a wheelchair. During
the ceremony, the president of the university gave a
speech about Nelson and her determination. After the
ceremony, students brought her cards, letters and
poems of inspiration, which she still has.
"This was an emotional experience," Nelson
Despite this setback, Nelson went on to graduate
in 1993 and eventually became known locally and
nationally for her wonderful accomplishments.
Teresa's Treasures has been honored with numer-
ous awards including the 2002-2004 Small Business of
the Year, 2003 Mayors Award of Entrepreneurial
Excellence, 2006 Mayor's Global Award and 2006
Spirit of Inspiration award.
Also, Nelson was inducted into 2005-2006
National Who's Who for Business Executives, was the
2006-2007 Great Women of Texas recipient and was
named the 2006 National Gift Designer of the Year
See Treasure, page 2
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