The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 86, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 6, 2001 Page: 1 of 4
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The students' voice since 1917
September 6, 2001
Fort Worth, Texas
Vol. 85, No. 1
Dr. Harold G. Jeffcoat will
be inducted as Wesleyan's
Monday, §ept. 24
Inauguration Concert, *
7:30 p.m. Polytechnic United
Tuesday, Sept. 25
10 a.m. Polytechnic United
* 9:30 a.m. classes are can-
celed so that students and fac-
ulty may attend ceremony.
Student picnic & Arts on the
Mall, 11 a.m. Quadrangle
Table tennis exhibition,
11 a.m.-noon Sid Richardson
Faculty & Student Art exhibi-
tion reception, 6-7:30 p.m.
East Room, EJW Library.
Thursday, Sept. 27
Time Flies 7:30 p.m. Firesta-
Friday, Sept. 28
Inauguration of Texas
Wesleyan's 18th president
10 a.m., lawn in front of
Bldg (weather permitting) or
Sid Richardson Center.
Reception immediately fol-
** All Classes are canceled
for the day so that students
and faculty can participate in
the inaugural celebration.
Application for Degree
The last day to petition for
December graduation is Tues-
day, Sept. 11. If you have not
filled out an Application for
Degree (yellow card), please
go to the Registration Office.
The third progress report
has been sent to the the
Southern Association of Col-
leges and Schools. It was a
positive response to SACS
concerns.;? Jeffcoat will meet
with SACS in December to
formally present Texas Wes-
leyan's report when the Com-
misions on Colleges will act
upon our status.
Insurance not Mandatory
Studerit medical jnsur-
ance is jaot lhandatoty this
semester and vyill not bis auto-
matically added to your stu-
dent account. If you need
insurance, contact Health Ser-
vices at ext.4948 or Student
life contact Peter Phiah at
ed in trying out For thl Lady
Rams basketball team, con-
tact coach Stacy Francis at
ext. 6599 or stop by the ath-
letic office in Sid Richardson.
Vice president of student life resigns;
staffing and admissions changes follow
EDITOR IN CHIEF
Dave Voskuil, Wesleyan's vice president
of enrollment and student life for the past 10
years, resigned from the
position effective Sept.
1, according to a release
issued on Sept. 4.
Voskuil will serve
as director of admission
and marketing at the
Junior Academy of
Golf at Waterchase, a
new school aimed at
preparing young golfers
for future careers in the
Voskuil worked with Waterchase, which
opened for classes Aug. 20, through the sum-
In addition to serving as director of
admission and marketing, he assists in the
teaching program in the area of golf history.
Dr. Donn Renwick of Wesleyan's exer-
cise and sports studies department and Dr.
Applin are also
among the staff at
time at Wesleyan,
the move from the
tion of Intercolle-
(NAIA) to the
giate Athletics Association (NCAA) and
added women's soccer to the university's
lineup of athletics. Because of his ability to
successfully market sports education, he also
served as a consultant to more than 25 col-
leges across the country.
Wesleyan's undergraduate admission
has grown nearly 75
percent since Voskuil's
arrival in 1991, and the
amount of financial
aid awarded to stu-
dents increased by
more than $17 million.
changes have taken
effect as a result of
Peter Phaiah, for-
mer Director of Student Life, has been
named the new dean of students. He will
now oversee financial aid, student life, career
Photos by Jose Valde/
Crews work to repair the east elevator in the Eunice
and James L. West library. A shaft seal blew and a
hydrolic jack went out. Trucks pumped new hydrolic
fluid to the shaft. The elevator is expected to be opera
tional within a week, according to maintenance per-
Strategic committee recommends restructuring
Under a system begun this year, the schools of fine and performing
arts and the school of science and humanities will be combined and oper-
ate as the school of arts and sciences.
A strategic committee comprised of Wesleyan Deans and Interim
Provost, Allen Henderson made several recommendations to president
Harold G. Jeffcoat that have resulted in a restructuring of the various
schools within the university.
In the past, Wesleyan has had five schools;
the school of business, school of education, school
of fine and performing arts, school of science and
humanities and school of law.
Judith Kirkpatrick will serve as dean of the
school of arts and sciences. Division chairs have
not been finalized yet, but will be in place before
the spring semester.
According to Henderson, the primary goal of
the committee was to look at the structure that was
in place and determine what mix of programs can
best address the needs of the students and stregn-
then the liberal arts core of the university.
"There are several reasons for this change. Many schools our size
don't have four seperate schools," said Henderson. "As we strengthen
the liberal arts core, faculty from the various areas will be able to work
together. We believe this move will foster communication across the dis-
In addition, Henderson said the move will address some of the
SACS issues. "In the past, we have attempted to do too many things
without sufficient resources. We believe this will allow us to better man-
age resources, improve our business and communication systems and
determine where we can best allocate resources."
"We have not lost one faculty position. In fact, president Jeffcoat
hired five new faculty this year. These were to replace people who left,
but he could have frozen these positions," he said.
Finally, Henderson said the changes will
address certain budget issues. "Enrollment is
steadily increasing in our graduate programs
and some of our under-grad programs. Howev-
er, we need to look at the overall declining
"The only big change is not keeping fine
arts as a seperate school," said Henderson. "Stu-
dents won't be negatively affected in any way."
He also said that a goal of the strategic plan is to
look at programs like the currently suspended
AEGIS program, or a similar interdisciplinary
When asked if the restructuring was primarily budget driven, Hen-
derson responded, "If we had all the money in the world, would we still
do this? The answer is 'Yes, we would.'
Former provost remains at Wesleyan to teach history
Dr. Tom Armstrong, former Wesleyan
provost, who left that position in February, is
now teaching history at the university full-time.
He began his career at Wesleyan in 1995 as
provost and senior vice president as well as a
professor of history. He has been a major sup-
porter of the Fine arts programs and perfor-
mances according to Jeff Walter, chair of facul-
ty council and assistant professor of music.
Armstrong taught history for one year at
Francis Marion College in Florence. South Car-
olina before arriving at Wesleyan.
He also taught for 19 years at Georgia Col-
lege State University and held the title of Dean
of Arts and Sciences for the last six of his years
with the institution.
He is currently active with the Southeren
Association of Colleges and has chaired more
than a dozen visiting accrediation teams.
Throughout his career, Armstrong has
served in many community organizations,
including the Fort Worth Chamber of Com-
merce, the Boy Scouts and Shakespeare in the
Park. He is also an active member of the down-
town Fort Worth Rotary Club.
Dr. Allen Henderson is currently serving as
Interim Provost and Senior Vice President.
counseling and development, and will report
directly to the president of the university.
Applin, who previously held the position
of vice president of student life and athletics,
will now serve solely as executive director of
intercollegiate athletics. He will continue to
monitor the athletic program's transfer to
NCAA Division III.
Jeffcoat has also changed the admission
process at Wesleyan in order to address new
retention and admission goals. Jeffcoat
hopes to admit 100 new full-time students for
spring 2002 and 500 new students for fall
2002. He will also work to improve the uni-
versity's retention rate by 5-10 percent.
In addition to the staffing changes, the
offices of freshman and transfer admission
have been combined into one office, in hopes
that incoming students will be better served.
President Harold G. Jeffcoat was
awarded a LL.M. degree on July 12,
after completing a two-year distance
learning course in European Union
(Commercial) Law from the Interna-
tional Centre for Management, Law
and Industrial Relations at the Univer-
sity of Leicester in Leicester, Eng-
ment, Law and
tions is a multi-
in the Faculty of
Law at the Uni-
versity of Leicester.
It is rated among the top 10 law
schools in the United Kingdom.
He was among one of the six or
seven students from the United States
selected into the program. He made
several trips abroad as part of a
requirement for the degree.
The distance learning program in
European Union Management (Com-
mercial/Employment) Law and
Employment Relations attracts stu-
dents' worldwide who seek the oppor-
tunity to use structured study modules
to improve understanding of employ-
It is designed for both practicing
lawyers and professionals from a non-
legal background in industry and
commerce who want to combine work
Jeffcoat became interested in this
program while serving as vice chan-
cellor at the University of Missouri-
Columbia from 1995-2000.
There, he was responsible for
development and alumni relations for
the land grant campus of the Universi-
ty of Missouri System.
He was made an honorary fellow of
the European Union Center at the
University of Missouri in 1999.
Although Jeffcoat said has no
plans to practice law. he may consider
teaching European law in the future.
"European law is an interest of
mine and I went through the program
to continue my education," said Jeff-
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