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I Jeffcoat, from page 1
accountability, Asset devel-
• oprnent. Service and Team-
He also stressed the
; endowment issue, stating
! that he would like to double
the endowment over the next
• five years. Jeffcoat said he
would accomplish this by
developing good, solid
; investment strategies and by
balancing the budget. He
said these endowments
would be used for faculty
pay, student scholarships
"The world is going
digital, and we're going to
have to catch up with it,"
Jeffcoat said his favorite
aspect of Wesleyan is the
'expressed by faculty and
staff during the interview
members said they are
happy with the way the
Dan Boulware, chair of
the search committee, said
the search was successful
and there were some great
Boulware said, "I think
[Jeffcoat] was clearly the
Dr. Ibrahim Salih, pro-
fessor of political science
and chairman of social sci-
ence, said, "I was very
impressed by the direction
that the search committee
took under the direction of
Salih added, "I voted
for the candidacy of Jeff-
coat, and we are lucky to
director of gift planning,
said, "When it was all over,
it was probably the best
search process I've ever
been involved in."
Jeffcoat said, "My fam-
ily and I genuinely appreci-
ate the openness of the cam-
pus ... We really felt happy
. . to become part of the
Policy, from page 1
thinking about school was
less than ideal, Phaiah also
points out that every effort is
being made to disseminate
the information before the
"It is important that stu-
dents know that the universi-
ty is not making any money
from this," Phaiah said.
"This is one of the ways we
fslt we could improve ser-
vices to the students."
"Until now, Wesleyan
was the only area uni-
versity without insur-
Senior sociology major
Carrie Pricer asked, "Now
that another charge has been
added to the tuition, did the
financial aid office receive
additional funds to help the
students? I know many stu-
dents who can barely attend
school this semester because
of the raised tuition."
Financial aid director
Karen Krause said that such
living costs have always
been considered into the for-
mula used by her office to
determine financial aid
awards. Therefore, it doesn't
have an impact on the funds
available to students.
major Jimmy Bridges said,
"My education at Wesleyan
is already high. Then they
add a technology fee and
now a mandatory insurance
fee. When is it going to
If you already have
insurance or are covered
under your parent's insur-
ance policy, it is important
that you contact the univer-
sity's Health Center or the
Student Life office and sign
a waiver card.
If you have not done
this before Sept. 8, your stu-
dent account will be billed
$200 per semester. This
charge will not be removed
or refunded beyond this
date, even if you are able to
show existing coverage.
Alliance, from page 1
A Neighborhood Hous-
ing Committee meeting was
held Wednesday, Aug. 23 at
the Polytechnic United
At this meeting, com-
mittee members discussed
the groundbreaking ceremo-
ny which was held and the
fact that the houses are
available for anyone in the
area to purchase.
On Monday, Aug. 28, a
Commercial Corridor meet-
ing was held in the Orienta-
tion Room of the Eunicc and
James L. West Library.
At this meeting, com-
mittee members discussed
ways to attract companies to
move into the area.
The Rosedale Commit-
tee Corridor was one of five
corridors chosen for study of
economic development, and
the committee will spend the
next 12 months finding
ways to make the area eco-
nomically attractive, such as
using tax incentives or
evatements and low-interest
According to Quentin
McGown, director of gift
planning, Wesleyan's partic-
ipation in the alliance is
McGown said, "I think
our participation is critical
to the success of the
Computer labs expand hours and services
Committees work to improve campus life for Wesleyan students
CAMPUS lIFE EDITOR
In response to numerous student
complaints about the limited access to
computer labs, former Student Govern-
ment Association president Cedric
Adams and his administration began a
campaign last year that has finally paid
off for Wesleyan students.
"The members of my administra-
tion heard many complaints from stu-
dents throughout the school. It seemed
that I couldn't walk outside my office
without having a student grab me and
complain about the lack of hours in the
existing computer labs or the lack of
computers when the various classes had
priority usage of the facilities," said
According to Adams, the shortage
of adequate computer access was a
problem frequently brought up in SGA
"We worked together with the Stu-
dent Life office to get the ball rolling,"
said Adams. "We asked students to tell
us what they wanted. Several cam-
paigned for 24 hour access to comput-
ers, but that wasn't feasible from a
financial or security perspective."
Last year, Adams was the only stu-
dent asked to serve on the Technical
Advisory Committee (TAC). Others on
the committee included Peter Phaiah,
director of Student Life and Dr. Skip
Applin, associate vice president of Stu-
dent Life and athletics.
Photo by Martha Blinker
Students work in the new computer
lab, located in room 17 6f the Eunice
and James L. West library basement.
Adams voiced the concerns and
needs to members of SGA. Several
changes have been made by TAC as a
result of those committee meetings and
the student led initiative.
The extended hours for the com-
puter labs in the library are 7:30 a.m. to
midnight Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6
p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
In addition, the Student Life office,
along with SGA and members of the
TAC committee approved funds for a
new computer classroom in Room 17 of
the library basement. This lab is
equipped with 23 new computers as
well as a computer set up for instructor
For Wesleyan students, this pro-
vides a more-contained classroom set-
ting for a computer-based curriculum.
It also means individual students using
the older lab in the basement will be
able to work with less chance of being
pushed aside to make room for a class.
Student reaction has been positive.
Junior education major, Elisha Betz
said, "For the first time, we can see
what our money is going for. It's hard
when they add on fees, but you don't
see any improvements."
In addition to the improvements in
the library computer labs, SGA cam-
paigned to Student Life for the ice
machine that has been installed in Stel-
la Russell Hall, and moved the big
screen television from the Quad into the
lobby of O.C. Hall. The next improve
ment planned is the placement of
change machine in Elizabeth Hall.
Hours have also been extended fotj
student access to the game loft in the
quad. Students have access to the pool!
table and other game tables until mid-|
night. The hours for the gym have alsoj
The Student Life office worked
this summer to have televisions
installed in the quad and in the sub area
of Brown-Lupton. Officials have also
installed College Television Network^
According to Adams, there is interest in
having Wesleyan information and
footage broadcast over CTN.
Adams said he is pleased to see sc
many improvements for students. ,
"The students definitely got this |
ball rolling," he said.
More improvements are in the!
planning stages, including a new and!
improved commuter lounge next to the j
quad. There are plans to install addi-j
tional computers and a facsimile |
machine in this lounge so that com-
muter and other students can have a
quieter place to work and study.
Student Life and members of SGA,
past and present said they anticipate the
continued expansion of student accessi-
ble technology on campus.
Wesleyan sponsors summer camps for area
elementary and middle school students
Wesleyan's departments of chem-
istry and education sponsored camps on
campus for Fort Worth's elementary
and middle school children this summer
to motivate the students and improve
the children's academic development.
Qualified education graduate stu-
dents were also able to earn the new
state certified Master Reading Teacher
certificate through a new program.
The seventh annual Summer
Chemistry Camp for Kids, initiated by
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez, associate pro-
fessor and department chair of chem-
istry, was held May 29 through June 16
in the Ella McFadden Science Center.
fourth and fifth
grade English as
a Second Lan-
guage (ESL) and
tion Spanish stu-
dents from Hub-
bard Heights and
Faculty and administrators prese-
lected students who might be consid-
ered at risk of losing interest in school.
Rodriguez and a team of instruc-
tors taught fundamentals of chemistry,
physics and aerospace science through
a variety of hands-on experiments.
The students traveled to the C.R.
Smith Museum, University of North
Texas Health and Science Center and
the Fort Worth Museum of Science and
"The purpose of the camp is three-
fold. First, it introduces the child and
promotes the sciences to get them inter-
ested and keep them in school. Second,
it helps kids who are basically monolin-
gual to be involved with the learning
environment that will help them make
the transition to English using science
as a conduit. Third, it's to get more
middle, high and college students into
teaching in the science area," said
"Most of these kids become first
generation college students. For many
of them [the camp] is a new experience.
The kids felt special because they were
at a real university," said Maria Pena,
chemistry lab coordinator.
Outside Pena's office are pictures
of former participants of the Chemistry
"Karina Hernandez is now a stu-
dent at Dartmouth University. Elva
Granados is studying at Brown Univer-
sity. Many of them come to school here
at Wesleyan," she said.
Many students who participated in
the camp in elementary school come
back and become helpers and group
"I'm a proud parent of two girls,
Itzel and Judith Pena, who participated
in this program. Itzel is a junior and
Judith is a sophomore at Northside
High and is now a group leader," said
The camp cost the University
$12,000, yet it was free to the kids. Fort
Worth ISD provided free transportation.
"Most of these kids are first
generation college students ...
The kids felt very special
because they were at a real
"I don't know if this is the correct
way to put it but I basically had to hus-
tle to get the funding. Kathy Walker,
from the office of advancement, helped
me find the money," said Rodriguez.
"The camp is an outstanding pro-
gram and is a credit to Texas Wesleyan,
the chemistry department and Dr.
Rodriguez. Dr. Rodriguez has been
doing this for several years and has
done very well and the people are very
pleased," said Dr. Robert Landolt, pro-
fessor of chemistry.
The university's education majors
also held a 10-day reading camp for
first through eighth graders at Versia
"The camp was one on one. It was
for children to read and also teach my
students [to work with the kids). They
read books, wrote poetry and practiced
their reading skills," said Dr. Twyla
Miranda, associate professor of educa-
Kimble Arnold, 7-year-old daugh-
ter of Judy Arnold, administrative assis-
tant to the dean of education, attended
"Kimble loved it. It was a terrific
experience for her," said Arnold.
"It was really good. We learned
about ABC's and about shells and their
shapes," said Kimble.
"The purpose of the program was
to...have a good time," said Miranda.
"The students got that hands-on
training," said Arnold.
Also, 15 graduate students entered
the Master Reading Teacher program,
which will end at the beginning of the
Spring 2001 semester in January.
"The state is giving every elemen-
tary school $5,000 to hire a master
reading teacher. That extra money is
about the teacher's salary that they will
get from the state," said Miranda.
"All the universities sent their pro-
posal of how they can [give a stronger
education programj and we were
approved right off the bat," she said.
The course is 15 hours. The stu-
dents will learn how to reach the chil-
dren to access their strengths and weak-
"They work with a teacher in a
school and are their mentor. So they
must not only do their job but help the
teachers. It is a hard job, but 15 grad
students want that certificate," said
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