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The students' voice since 1917
April 16, 2008
Vol. 100, No. 10
The Texas Wesleyan
University table tennis team
won its fifth consecutive
championship in Rochester,
Minn. at the 2008
Collegiate Table Tennis
beat out Princeton
University for the co-ed title
and the women dominated,
winning the women's team,
women's singles and
women's doubles. Wesleyan
also took home second place
for men's doubles.
Let's hear it for business!
Students of Sameer
Vaidya, associate dean to
the school of business, par-
ticipated in an online busi-
ness strategy simulation,
competing against 3,800
teams from 215 schools.
Three Wesleyan student
teams ranked in the Global
Top 100 Performances!
Last chance for tickets!
54th annual spring musical
Little Me graces the stage of
TWU's Thad Smotherman
Theatre starting at 7:30 p.m.
April 17-19 and 2 p.m. April
20. Come support Wesleyan
students and faculty in a
production directed and
choreographed by guest
artist Joel Ferrell and featur-
ing musical direction by
Aimee Hurst. Tickets are
$12 for general admission,
$6 for faculty and staff and
$5 for students with an ID.
The box office can be
from 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. at
FAFSA Open Flouse
Financial aid will host a
FAFSA open house from 10
a.m. - 2 p.m. April 18 in the
financial aid office.
Counselors will be available
to assist with FAFSA,
answer financial aid ques-
tions and review award
information. Free food will
be provided, and student
attendees will be included in
a drawing for a $300 schol-
arship. The FAFSA is
mandatory for all students
seeking financial aid. First,
either complete your 2007
taxes or make sure your par-
ents complete theirs. Next,
get a pin number at
www.pin.ed.gov. Next, fill
out your FAFSA at
www.fafsa.ed.gov and enter
in the Texas Wesleyan
University federal school
code (003645). For extra
information, visit the office
of financial aid on the third
floor of the administration
building or call (817) 531-
Calling all alumni
Wesleyan's All Alumni
Reunion will include a pic-
nic in front of the Eunice L.
West Library followed by a
spirit rally with perform-
ance by current and fonner
cheerleaders April 18. The
Alpha Chi/Golden Shears
breakfast and a performance
of the spring musical Little
Me take place on April 19. A
fiill schedule and links to
register can be found at
Stormy weather takes on Martin Field
Photo by Gasten Schoonover
In the early hours of April 10, forceful winds tore through Fort Worth, tearing down most of the fencing surrounding Wesleyan's Martin Field.
Pate s estate to bring Wesleyan
$1 million for history department
Businessman, philanthropist and renowned
civic leader Dr. Aggie M. Pate donated a portion
of his estate to Texas Wesleyan that could bring
close to $1 million for the history department.
Pate granted Wesleyan one-sixteenth of his 634-
acre estate in southwest Tarrant County
Pate passed away Oct. 6, 1988. Although the
land between the intersections of Dirks Road and
Bryant Irvin was willed to family members and
organizations, Pate specified that no portion of the
land be sold for 20 years. With that period ending,
Wesleyan is moving forward with plans for its
It might take more than a year to "finally cash
the property," according to William Bleibdrey,
senior vice president of finance and administra-
tion, but he said Wesleyan sees a projected finan-
cial gain of close to $1 million coming from all
sources. Abiding by Pate's wishes laid out in his
will, his estate will be used for the history depart-
ment, aiding the university with funding faculty
salaries, research and student activities within the
"We will have a well-funded program in his-
tory, which should enhance the learning experi-
ence for all students studying this area," said
Austin College and Texas Christian
University were also Pate's beneficiaries. Upon
Pate's request, Wesleyan, along with the other two
institutions, will establish with the funds the A.M.
Pate Jr. Chair of History.
Another aspect of the gift of land is that three
gas wells were drilled m early 2007 to recover
minerals under the property from the Bamett
Shale. Those profits will provide Wesleyan and
the other two universities additional income from
the natural gas.
Bank of America is the trustee of Pate's estate
and is in the process of soliciting bids from hous-
ing and commercial property developers to settle
all of the estate. Bank of America is facilitating a
sale to the state of right-of-way, which will be
used for a planned route of state highway 121.
A Polytechnic High School graduate, Pate had
a passion for history. He founded the Pate
Museum of Transportation and the Fort Worth
Civil War Round Table, a group of individuals
who meet regularly to share their common interest
in Civil War history.
He and his wife, Joyce, collected more than
15,000 on just President Lincoln, and amassed
many other books varying in subjects.
Pate supported a number of higher learning
institutions because of "his strong interest in
research and scholarship," according to Joan
Canty, Wesleyan's interim vice president of uni-
"He and his wife, Joyce, were volunteers,
donors, advocates and special friends of the uni-
versity," she said.
He was given an honorary doctorate in busi-
ness and finance from Wesleyan in 1980.
Pate was an avid supporter of the Texas Girls
Choir, the Fort Worth YMCA and the Tarrant
County Historical Society. He was chairman of
the board of Texas Refinery Corp. and has been
recognized for his contributions to both higher
education and the community. In 1982, Pate
received the Golden Deeds Award on behalf of
numerous community organizations in for his
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Dr. Jeffrey DeLotto, professor of English
at Texas Wesleyan, recently received the Joe
D. Thomas Award for excellence in teaching
from the Texas College English Association
There are several awards given by the con-
ference for papers, but only one overall
award for outstanding professor.
"There are very few overall awards pre-
sented by professional organizations m my
field," he said, and he did not expect diis
He is, however, no stranger to awards.
He received awards for best poetry present-
ed, best composition and rhetoric paper and
best British literature paper.
The conference was certainly about
more than awards for DeLotto. He organized
a panel to discuss what he considers to be an
important topic for writers. Because of his
work in online journals, a rapidly developing
medium for writers, DeLotto is interested in
the various mediums of publication.
'"I asked three other professors from two
other universities to join my panel," he said,
and he wanted to obtain a variety of publish-
ing backgrounds. "One has written 11 books
in creative writing, one is an editor of an aca-
demic print journal, and the other has written
several books in contemporary popular cul-
They discussed, in light of the advent of
online journals, My Space and ebooks, what
can be defined as publication today.
"The responses were wide-ranging and
inconclusive," DeLotto said. "If you put
something on a blog or on your Web site,
does that mean it's published? There are
some literary and academic journals online,
but does that constitute bona fide publica-
tion? Some academic departments say yes,
and some say no."
DeLotto said this is why there should be
a redefinition of publication.
DeLotto has taught English and creative
writing at Texas Wesleyan since 1983. He
previously taught writing and literature at
Yarmouk University in Jordan and at Texas
Tech University. He also taught as a
Fulbright Scholar during the 1992-93 aca-
demic year at the University of Plovdiv in
In addition to his many years of teach-
ing, his work in projections, such as the
aforementioned panel, and exceeding a five-
year membership of the College English
Association qualified him for the award.
"I was surprised and tremendously grati-
fied to receive it," DeLotto said. "It's a dis-
tinctive feeling. I think a professor feels a
certain gratification when students recognize
performance. It's a different gratification
when the university at which you teach rec-
ognizes what you have done and what you're
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Poling, Shawn R. The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 100, No. 10, Ed. 1 Wednesday, April 16, 2008, newspaper, April 16, 2008; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201256/m1/1/: accessed April 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas Wesleyan University.