The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 98, No. 1, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 24, 2007 Page: 1 of 6
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Texas W e ..? l e-: y a aK 0\n i v e r s i t y
The students' voice since 1917
January 24, 2007
Fort Worth, Texas
Vol. 98, No. 1
The Rambler welcomes
all students, faculty and
staff back for another great
semester. Make sure to read
The Rambler for all the lat-
est news, features and
Get a(nother) room!
Students living in the
dorms have a few days to
submit room change
requests. The last day to
submit a room request is
Jan. 26. and the forms are
available at each residence
SGA wants voh!
Government Association is
resuming regular meetings
every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m.
in the Carter Conference
Room. Free food and
refreshment are provided.
aid refund checks will be
issued Jan. 26. tentatively.
All checks will be available
at' the cashier's office, open
from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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
Russell Hall. Free food and
refreshments are provided.
Let it snow
Texas Wesleyan students living both on and off campus at Texas
Wesleyan were treated to a snow day Jan. 17, which many seemed to
enjoy. All campuses were closed. Students, faculty and staff all had the
chance to enjoy a day without collegiate responsibilities.
But who decides to shut the university down in the event of a snow
day? The answer, according to Laura Hanna, director of communica-
tions, is Provost Allen Henderson.
"It is ultimately his decision," said Hanna.
After the decision was made, his next step was to call Hanna in
order to alert students via radio, newspaper, television and the Internet.
A phone tree exists to alert those on campus. The Internet, rather than
television, is the first place to ascertain whether or not and how long the
university is closed. Jason Neal. director of academic technology, is in
charge of placing a notification on the Web site.
When campus is closed almost all buildings are closed except the
living quarters, cafeteria, which is always open, and occasionally the
When Wesleyan shuts down, so do Wesleyan sporting events. The
Texas Wesleyan men's and women's basketball were forced to cancel
two games due to poor weather in the aftermath of the snow.
On Jan. 18, all 8 a.m. classes were cancelled.
- Kevin Keathley
Photo by Tyler Atkinson
Cumbie resigns, not to be replaced
Follow ing the departure of Gary Cumbie, former vice president of
advancement. Texas Wesleyan University announced potential changes for
Cumbie elected to resign in December 2006 after
more than three years at the position. He previously
served 18 years on Wesleyan's board of trustees,
including a term as the chairman from 1998 to 2002
while working at TXU Energy.
When the position of vice president became vacant,
Cumbie retired from TXU Energy to take the posi-
tion. He also resigned his board scat since an employ-
ee of the university cannot be a member of the board.
During Cumbie's tenure he was instrumental in
leading several successful capital projects, including
fund-raising for the renovation of the academic
wing at Polytechnic United Methodist Church and
construction of the new Schollmaier Science and
"Gary decided that there were other things he
wanted to do." said University President Hal
Jeffcoat. "He may stay in the kind of work he was
doing, but he may work for another institution."
Now that the vice president of advancement posi-
tion is open. Jeffcoat said he is in no hurry to fill it,
citing an opportunity to expand the advancement
program. To do this effectively he needs to build the
capacity of the schools and colleges to be more
engaged in the advancement process.
"[Jeffcoat] is not filling the position at this time," said Deborah Roark,
director of grants and research. "Each fund-raiser within the office will
report directly to Dr. Jeffcoat."
Cumbie's resignation has revised the issue of what is best in the long-term
for the organizational structure of the advancement program.
Photo coutesy of office of communications
Gary Cumbie, former vice president of
advancement, resigned his post to pursue other
interests. Mis responsibilities will be divided
between other Wesleyan employees.
The advancement office receives money in the form of endowment funds
from individuals, foundations and corporations and from state, federal and
According to the Texas Wesleyan Web site, endowed funds are one of the
most important sources of support for private education. Earnings from the
endowment are a significant source of annual
income. This income, along with tuition, student
fees and gifts to the annual fund, is the main source
of revenue to support the university's annual operat-
"Wesleyan is about twice as large as most small
colleges," said Jeffcoat. "Most schools that are pri-
marily undergraduate schools are about 900 to 1.500
students. We are close to 3,000 students, so we're
not small nor large. Nevertheless, it's my feeling
that we could do a better job of building connecti\ i-
ty with the community."
By focusing attention of where their areas of inter-
est are, Wesleyan can build a better relationship with
alumni and potential donors.
"I want to build out the advancement program by
staffing the schools and colleges to work with the
deans and alumni of those schools and colleges,"
said Jeffcoat. "That's the greatest potential we
At the same time, Jeffcoat wants the central devel-
opment staff to be able to keep accurate records, to
provide services to the schools and colleges and to
provide staffing for him to do more major gift fund
raising. This will also enable them to work with
very high-end people.
One of the other major potential changes is the idea of decentralization for
both alumni and fund raising.
"One of the thoughts that is being explored right now is to actually decen-
tralize the advancement activities and put them into individual schools."
See Cumbie, page 2
The Rambler debuts its new Web site
It seems like every year Wesleyan, and the
world around it. moves forward with new technol-
ogy that makes our lives move faster, more
easily and more conveniently. The Rambler
is joining the rest of the world this spring by
launching a Web site for The Rambler.
The site was designed by two of the
newspaper's editors, Shawn R. Poling and
Colleen Burnie to be a communication link
between the Wesleyan students, faculty,
community and The Rambler staff. The
award-winning publication needed a way to
get basic information, such as contact infor-
mation and advertising rates, to the
Wesleyan community in a quick and con-
The site allows viewers to see the week-
ly paper and also devotes a page to each of
the newspaper's sections: news, opinions,
campus life, sports and entertainment. Each
page has a picture and biography of the edi-
tor. contact information, a description of the sec-
tion's content, a link to a copy of that week's sec-
tion and a link to submit a story idea or story.
"We hope that these pages will give the site's
visitors everything that they would need to know."
Texas Wesleyan University J
Photo coutcsy of wwM txw cs.edu nimbler
English majors and Rambler editors Colleen Burnie and
Shawn Poling designed and created the university newspa-
per's Web site for a writing for the Web class. It functions as
a resource for Rambler employees, the Wesleyan community
and local businesses who wish to advertise.
said Poling. "If the community has more access to
the paper we expect that it will reflect in the publi-
In addition to each section page, there are also
links to the editor-in-chief, faculty adviser, photo
editor, business manager and ad manager. These
pages also have pictures and bios as well as con-
"Our expectation is that if the community
knows the faces of our staff-members then they
will feel like they know more about the paper and
will be more comfortable suggesting a story idea
or coming to a meeting," said Editor-in-Chief
There is also a right-hand tool bar with
resource links for different people within the
community. One of these links is for current
employees and offers some of the documents that
the publication's employees need, such as news-
paper style tips and The Rambler staff policies.
There arc links for people who want to work
for the paper, submit a story idea, press release or
photo idea or advertise with the publication.
See Web site, page 2
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Wylie, Chad. The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 98, No. 1, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 24, 2007, newspaper, January 24, 2007; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth253382/m1/1/: accessed May 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas Wesleyan University.