WEDNESDAY April 28, 2010
Vol. 93 • No. 12 ONLINE:
The Rambler The voice of Texas Wesleyan University students since 1917
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President Jeffcoat to retire June 1 After a decade at Wesleyan, Dr. Harold Jeffcoat announced April 23 that he will retire from his position as president of the university June 1, 2010. Jeffcoat plans on returning to teach humanities and European Union law after taking a one-year sabbatical, according to a press release. The board of trustees will name an interim-president while they search for a replacement. “My wife Marie and I have enjoyed 10 years of productive, rewarding work Rambler Archives for Texas Wesleyan University,” Jeffcoat
said in an e-mail. “I look forward to returning and beginning my next objective to become the best ex-president I can be for Texas Wesleyan.” According to the Star-Telegram, Jeffcoat is responsible for putting Wesleyan in financial order while creating programs in education, law and nurse anesthesia. Jeffcoat said he and his wife plan to return to their summer home in Norway before departing on a world cruise in January to celebrate their 40th anniver-
sary. Pamela Rast, kinesiology professor and president of faculty assembly, said Jeffcoat will be missed. “He had difficult decisions to make this university fiscally sound,” she said. “He did a fantastic job.” Bill Bleibdrey, senior vice president of finance and administration, said Wesleyan will need a visionary new president. “He’s laid the foundation for things to be much better in 10 years than they are
today,” Bleibdrey said. According to a Wesleyan news release, an interim-president will be chosen within weeks while the executive search is conducted. SGA President Heath Scott, who will serve on the committee to select the new president, said Jeffcoat will remain a figure at the university. “He has forever cemented his name at Wesleyan,” he said. “He was widely respected by students and faculty alike.” -Rambler Staff
Business school seeks approval Jonathan Resendez
Conner Howell | Rambler Staff Nick Demetri, above, propels himself in the tricycle races in front of the library, above. Students get the chance to bounce around and dunk faculty, below.
Nice, Green Fun
Wesleyan students gather for food, fun and games in support of Earth Day.
Wesleyan’s school of business is vying for contention with business schools worldwide. A member of the Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business since 2007, Wesleyan’s business school began the rigorous process of also being accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools and Business. “The benefit is that the accreditation makes you go through a process of improving yourself every day,” said Sameer Vaidya, associate dean of the school of business. “It makes sure that you’re offering the best possible education to your students.” Associated with the prestigious Baldrige award, known for recognizing role-model business associations, the AACSB ensures that schools are hiring the best faculty, using the best technology and conducting research that allows them to stay current in their field. Out of about 3,000 business schools in the country, only about 500 are recognized by the AACSB, Vaidya said. “It allows you to stay proactive and engaged in your profession, which helps the students,” he said. “The students are then getting an education
BUSINESS, page 3
Record voter turnout decides SGA executives Melissa Bates
Texas Wesleyan had a record turnout for student body elections on April 15 and 16. Heath Scott, president of the student government association, said he’s pleased with the number of students who voted. “We set record numbers,” Scott said. “More people voted in this election than any other election since the 1980s.” The results of the elections were Heath Scott, uncontested for president, with 137 votes; Justin Mikulencak for vice president with 103 votes; Julie Hutson, uncontested for chief justice with 157 votes and Ida Nickerson for secretary with 111. The votes for secretary were so close that a recount was
needed. “If it’s fewer than 10 percentage points difference between two elections, there has to be at least three recounts,” Scott said. Dr. Carol Johnson-Gerendas, SGA adviser and visiting assistant professor of English, oversaw the counting of ballots and said that it took a total of about 10 hours over a three-day period to count all the votes, including recounts. “We may be seeking a way to automate the process,” Johnson-Gerendas said. “I think we’re going to have more and more interest in voting.” Representative elections will take place on April 29 and 30. Students will vote for three representatives each for the schools of arts and letters, sciences, education and business.
For some, the process could’ve been smoother. “It could’ve been a little better,” said first-time voter Robert Paschal, senior liberal studies major. “The cafeteria ran out of ballots.” The SGA is the only organization authorized by Texas Wesleyan to make decisions for and speak on behalf of the student body. “When students vote they’re actually voting on people they want speaking on their behalf,” Scott said. “Because the student government is the sole voice of the student body, students need to decide who they want that voice to be.” Justin Payne, senior political science major, was elected Mr. Texas Wesleyan and Helena Collins, senior psychology major, was elected Ms. Texas Wesleyan.
Jonathan Resendez | Rambler Staff John Fisher, music department chair, and SGA President Heath Scott sign legislation that appropriates $5,600 for the music department.