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									WWU in the News
  March 31, 2008
WWU in the News

Top Stories
Page 3-10     WWU president honored as ‘First Lady in Education’
Page 11-15    William Woods to host therapeutic equestrian event
Page 16       WWU hosts US saddle seat equitation world cup team trials
Page 17       Gayle Lampe honored for achievements
Page 18       Student Art Show
Page 19       Deaf Awareness Week
Page 20       Students travel to Peru to study
Page 21       WWU to host film festival
              Students to host math fair
              Greeks to host run/walk
Page 22       WWU and Westminster students to host Greek Week
Page 23       Fraternity hosts ‘Dudes for Diapers’
              High school academic tournament planned
Page 24       Business leaders meet at WWU

G&AS Orientations
Page 25    M.Ed., Seneca
Page 26-28 Ed.S., Chillicothe
Page 29    Ed.S., Macon

Alumni Recognition
Page 30     Bright, Hombs promotions
Page 31-32 Fox named principal at NMS
Page 33     Pitts hired at Odessa R-7

Weddings and Engagements
Page 34     Lowe-Yelton engagement

Page 35-43

Articles of Interest
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Posted: Friday, Mar 28, 2008 - 08:55:48 am CDT

WWU hires associate head men's soccer coach
The Fulton Sun

William Woods University has announced the hiring of Nathan Mason as associate head coach
of the men's soccer team.

Mason comes to William Woods after spending one season as head coach at Iowa Central
Community College in Fort Dodge. He led the Tritons to an 8-10-1 record and a berth in the
Region XI Tournament.

Prior to his stint at Iowa Central, Mason was the women's head coach in 2006 at Neosho
County Community College in Chanute, Kan., guiding the team to the region semifinals. He
served the previous two seasons as assistant men's coach at Neosho.

“Coach Nathan Mason brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to William Woods
University as he begins a new era in men's soccer,” the school's athletic director Larry York
said. “Coach Mason has successful head coaching experience, and since he played at
McKendree University, he is familiar with the other conference schools.”

York noted that Josh Ganson will continue to coach the women's soccer team, while Mason will
work exclusively with the men's squad.

“Both teams will receive the individual attention they need to be able to compete at a high
level with other NAIA institutions, particularly those in our conference and region,” York said.
Posted: Friday, Mar 28, 2008 - 08:55:48 am CDT

WWU women's basketball team signs Winfield recruit
The Fulton Sun

William Woods University women's basketball coach Marcy Myers has announced the signing
of Winfield senior Megan Aubuchon to a letter-of-intent for the 2008-09 season.

Aubuchon - a 6-foot post player - is a three-sport athlete at Winfield. She has earned four
varsity letters in basketball, three in volleyball and two in soccer.

Aubuchon also was a first-team all-district, all-conference and all-county basketball selection
in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

“We are very happy with Megan's decision to play here at William Woods University,” Myers
said. “She is a well-rounded basketball player that has a bright future at William Woods

“She is very versatile in her abilities. We are excited to see where Megan's future takes her.”
Posted: Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 - 08:37:29 am CDT

Owls' Carver chosen AMC, Region V player of week
The Fulton Sun

William Woods University first baseman Luke Carver has been selected the American Midwest
Conference and NAIA Region V player of the week for March 17-23.

Carver - a senior from Jefferson City - batted .571 in six games last week for the Owls. He
went 12-for-21 with four doubles, two triples, seven runs batted in, four runs scored and was
2-for-2 in stolen bases.

William Woods was 12-11 overall going into Wednesday night's scheduled home game against
Central Methodist University.
Posted: Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 - 12:23:22 pm CDT

William Woods softball 8...16
McKendree University 7......4
The Fulton Sun

Senior designated player Shannon Huffman drove in the winning run with a two-out single in
the bottom of the ninth inning in the first game of Friday's AMC doubleheader at Backer

Sophomore second baseman Tara Schulte then had four hits and drove in six runs as the Lady
Owls completed a sweep with a rout in the nightcap. The game was called after six innings.

William Woods University improved to 14-7 overall and stayed unbeaten in the American
Midwest Conference at 4-0. McKendree (Ill.) University dropped to 10-6 overall and 4-2 in the

With Friday's opener tied 7-7, freshman third baseman Zoroya Brittan drew a leadoff walk in
the bottom of the ninth for the Lady Owls. Brittan then moved up on senior first baseman
Melissa White's sacrifice.

After freshman left fielder Morgan Parkhurst flied out to left, Huffman's single scored Brittan
from second with the decisive run.

Huffman went 3-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored as William Woods - which capitalized on
three McKendree errors - ended up with nine hits. Huffman's three-run home run punctuated
the Lady Owls' five-run outburst in the first.

Parkhurst also was 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. She hit a leadoff home run in
the third.

Senior pitcher Elizabeth Baker struck out nine in going the distance for the victory for William
Woods. Baker gave up seven runs - all earned - on 10 hits, while issuing three walks.

Schulte finished 4-for-4 with two runs scored as the Lady Owls broke out for 19 hits in the
second game. She produced a three-run double in the top of the fourth and then launched a
three-run homer in the sixth.

Parkhurst went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored, while Huffman was 1-for-3 with two
RBI and two runs scored.

Brittan also had three hits and scored four runs for William Woods. Junior center fielder T.J.
Quick - a Fulton graduate - and senior right fielder Lynnzie Trustee both supplied three hits
and scored three times.

Freshman pitcher Courtney Vincent gave up four runs, three earned, on 11 hits to earn the
complete-game win for the Lady Owls. Vincent struck out five and walked four.

William Woods played a doubleheader at William Jewell College in Liberty on Saturday. Results
were not available at press time.

The Owls play a 1 p.m. doubleheader today at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan.
Articles Regarding Higher Education
        March 31, 2008
Westminster peace projects go global
Student fellowships tackle issues including poverty, illness.
By ABRAHAM MAHSHIE of the Tribune’s staff
Published Sunday, March 30, 2008

                                                                      Winston Churchill’s legacy of internationalism is more than
                                                                      a plaque and a museum to students at Westminster
                                                                      College. Students are winning scholarships to address
                                                                      global issues of poverty and economic development,
                                                                      bringing life to the school’s mission and preparing the
                                                                      students and Mid-Missouri to be part of an increasingly
                                                                      global community.

                                                                      Westminster students were among applicants from 81
                                                                      schools this year competing for $10,000 "Projects for
                                                                      Peace" fellowships through the Davis United World
                                                                      College Scholars Program, and the school has kept pace
                                                                      with some of the nation’s elite institutions. Last year, aside
                                                                      from Westminster, only Princeton University and
                                                                      Middlebury College had three projects funded.

                                                                                 This year, two more Westminster projects won
Westminster College student Brittany Doscher learns to weave
With the help of a Thai student at the Healing Family Foundation in
Chiang Mai, Thailand. Doscher was part of a group led by
Westminster student Bambi Cheva-Isarakul, who won a Projects for          Scott Oldebeken, 21, a junior from Kansas City,
Peace grant last summer for a project to help break down                  got his winning idea from a presentation by
preconceptions in Thailand about the mentally challenged.
                                                                          Westminster Professor Bob Hansen. Hansen
                                                                          serves on the board of Fight for the Children, a
group that builds clinics in east Africa to treat preventable, curable diseases in children.

"Initially, I wanted to go over and serve and use the money to buy medical equipment … but it would run out and be
over," said Oldebeken, a pre-medicine student and team leader this summer. "So we looked at ways to stretch the
$10,000 into an investment, so we decided to shoot some films."

Oldebeken will serve in a medical clinic and shoot video he intends to show to the Fulton community as a way of
encouraging them to consider making Kibungo, Rwanda, a sister city and later help fund a clinic.

Phil Geier, executive director of the Davis UWC Scholars Program, said the Projects for Peace seek to
internationalize the American undergraduate experience.

"Proportional to its size, Westminster has a very significant international presence on campus, and therefore a very
globally engaged educational community," Geier said in an e-mail.

Westminster’s student body is 13 percent international, drawing 131 students from 65 countries. Full scholarships
from UWC support 104 international students. Westminster’s international UWC students often form teams with
domestic students and seek faculty assistance to write grant proposals that take them around the globe for summer
service projects.

"It’s like an internship, only they have huge amounts of responsibility for what they’re doing. It’s kind of like an
internship on speed," said Sam Goodfellow, a history professor and director of global education at Westminster.
Goodfellow, who helps advise students on their grant proposals, said the scholarships "put them in charge of things,
make them focused on helping other people. The nature of the problems they deal with are global; the nature of the
solutions they come up with are local."

"It really was stunning to see the level of commitment and energy that students bring to these projects," Goodfellow
said of the estimated 35 students who submitted Westminster’s 15 applications this year.

Goodfellow said most students work with established organizations to make the most out of a relatively short
experience abroad. In many cases, the lasting impact resonates with the student, the local community and other
Westminster students who are inspired by the stories of returning teams.

One of last year’s grant winners, Bambi Cheva-Isarakul, took a team of five to Chiang Mai, Thailand, to work with the
Healing Family Foundation, which brings together mentally challenged students and other students to break down
preconceptions in that country about the mentally challenged.

Cheva-Isarakul, 23, and her team redesigned the group’s Web site and brochures, organized a benefit concert and
gave interviews to local media.

"I think it strengthened my belief in human rights even more and also the power of young people," said Cheva-
Isarakul, who plans to pursue a master’s degree in international affairs at Columbia University in New York after she
graduates from Westminster.

Sithembile Mabila, 22, of Swaziland also won a Projects for Peace grant for this summer. She will be returning home
to educate parents on neglect and domestic violence, host youth seminars on leadership and motivate community
members to pursue grant funding for an unfinished preschool.

"I think it’s such a great idea," Mabila said of the Projects for Peace program. "They don’t limit your imagination. They
just say, ‘Write your program proposal, define it yourself, define Project for Peace.’ "
Central Methodist recruiters get creative
By ABRAHAM MAHSHIE of the Tribune’s staff
Published Sunday, March 30, 2008

FAYETTE - Nestled in a countryside of hilly pastures and farms some 20 miles from a major highway is a 150-year-
old red-brick and white-stone college campus entering a new era of competition for the nation’s biggest group of
college applicants to date.

This is not just the tale of Central Methodist University in Fayette. It’s the story of many small liberal arts colleges
whose admissions offices are spending more to establish name recognition, emphasize a niche and attract a certain
type of student in a buyer’s market.

"We’ve refined the way that we market ourselves," said Braxton Rethwisch, who has seen the game plan evolve over
43 years as an eastern Missouri regional admissions officer for CMU. "We don’t need billboards and TV ads; we need
that freshman class of 250 to 300 students. So maybe we can go get those one at a time."

Three years ago, CMU’s director of church relations became the United Methodist Church liaison, a change that
added a recruiting aspect to the job and more communication with pastors about scholarship opportunities for

Last year, a traveling admissions officer was brought on to look for students interested in pursuing band, choir or
theater, traditionally strong points at the college. And in a move to reduce first-year attrition, computer science
Professor Joy Dodson-Flanders was made a retention coordinator before the 2006-07 academic year.

Four times each semester, she receives updates on student progress, plus any referrals from instructors, sometimes
invoking creative investigations.

"If so-and-so’s grades have really dropped this semester … I go check out his Facebook pictures and see what he or
she is involved in," said Dodson-Flanders, who created her own social networking page to reach students who don’t
respond to e-mails and phone calls.

"We’re doing you a disservice if we bring you here, we take your money, we house you in the dorm for a year, and
then you’re gone," she said.

"Our mission is to get you graduated to make a difference in the world."

The school’s efforts have led to a gradual increase in applications and enrollment over the past several years.
Campus enrollment peaked at 940 last year, the highest in nearly 40 years.

President Marianne Inman, who joined the school 13 years ago, believes a recent capital campaign to build a new
student and community center and add new athletic facilities has broadened appeal to athletes and others. She also
said a marketing focus closer to home has increased enrollment of students from within a 70-mile radius of the school.

Ivory Brokes, 17, a prospective student from Hannibal who attended Junior Preview Day yesterday at CMU, lit up
when she described her first campus visit.

"I really liked it. I like the size and that it’s safe, and it’s really pretty here," she said.

Ivory’s parents liked the friendly staff and scholarship offers of more than 50 percent of tuition as long as she keeps
up her grades.
"We’ll see what they have to offer, and it’s not far from home," said her mother, Helen Brokes. She said several
personalized letters didn’t hurt, either.

Moz Rahmatpanah, a professor of physical education and CMU’s former soccer coach of 23 years, believes the
school’s leadership has helped to strengthen its reputation statewide in recent years.

"The atmosphere is everything is possible, everything is clicking, all the cylinders," Rahmatpanah said. "This is our
golden age. … I see a bright future."

Rethwisch agreed that CMU’s recruiting efforts are reaching quality students who come to love the institution. "We let
people live some of their dreams here."
March 26, 2008
Building Dorm Rooms Cheaper, Quicker and Quieter

NEW HAVEN — Modular construction may have an image associated with prisons and barracks, but it is also
increasingly being used in a more refined setting, to create quick and convenient dormitories and classrooms for
colleges and universities.

These are not the flimsy wooden buildings that were the hallmark of the first generation of modular building, but
hardier steel and concrete structures. For instance, Yale, on a campus distinguished by sturdy neo-Gothic and
Georgian Revival architecture, built a modular dormitory in 2004, covering about 7,800 square feet.

The $3 million building is part of Pierson College, one of Yale’s 12 residential colleges. It bears touches of the
surrounding architecture, completed in 1933, with custom antiqued brickwork, a pitched slate roof, Yorkshire glass
windows with concrete lintels, and stone copings at the parapets.

“They tried to blend in the appearance of the building with what’s here already,” said Martin Dominguez, a first-year
medical student who was also an undergraduate at Yale and has lived in the modular building for 18 months. “They
did a reasonably good job, though the building obviously looks pretty modern relative to the other architecture.”

Mr. Dominguez said he was not happy with the quality of the dormitory’s construction — some of the walls do not
quite fit together and the floor is uneven in the bathroom, he said. Yale officials did not respond to requests for
interviews about the dormitory.

But housing administrators at Muhlenberg College, a liberal arts institution with 2,150 students in Allentown, Pa.,
                                                                             toured the dormitory to review the work of
                                                                             the construction contractor and said they
                                                                             were impressed. They decided to build five
                                                                             similar residence halls.

                                                                             Adam Hirsh, left, and his roommates
                                                                             Lauren Gotterer, Caitlyn Pawson, Paul
                                                                             Thaler and Alana Torres live in one of the
                                                                             modular dormitories at Muhlenberg
                                                                             College in Allentown, Pa.
Modular manufacturers say that a growing number of colleges are incorporating prefabricated structures, in which
the buildings are manufactured as modules at a factory and then assembled at the site.

The Modular Building Institute, an industry group, says an average of 29 percent of the commercial modular
building market in 2002 to 2006 was for educational uses, but it does not break out college-level uses. The group
notes, however, that primary and secondary school enrollment has been rising rapidly.

In permanent modular construction, a module may encompass parts of more than one dormitory room or may be as
small as a single bathroom. The building is typically designed by an architect, and then a modular manufacturer
translates the design into components, which are fabricated in a factory and assembled on site.

While this method of manufacturing saves colleges some money — perhaps 5 percent to 10 percent on construction
costs — a more important reason for its growing popularity may be that it speeds up construction, which minimizes
disruption on campus.

Instead of taking a year to build a dormitory, it can take only a matter of days, meaning colleges can respond quickly
to an unexpected jump in enrollment and capture the revenue from rents sooner.

The three-story dormitory at Yale’s Pierson College, which houses about 18 students, was assembled during spring

The Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, Ind., is planning to build its second modular dormitory — a
four-story building for about 64 students — during its vacation next summer.

Muhlenberg assembled five dormitories with a total of 145 beds over the course of last summer to replace older,
smaller dormitories.

A Muhlenberg junior said that he and his roommates were thrilled the building was completed on schedule.

“We all knew it was modular, and that was important,” said Adam Hirsh, who applied during his sophomore year to
live in one of the new dormitories. With conventional construction, he said, “we’d be worried that it wouldn’t be
finished on time.”

Muhlenberg has had more experience with modular construction than most other colleges. The new dormitory
buildings were the fourth prefabricated housing project at the college, said Michael H. Brewer, director of plant

“We’re probably one of the biggest users of modular construction,” he said. “A lot of colleges have not used it, and
part of that is because of the reputation in the past of modular being more of a trailer. We’ve had to work to
overcome that aversion and the sense that modular buildings are temporary and less-than-good construction.”
Mr. Brewer said Muhlenberg has been pleased with the quality of its modular buildings. Solid buildings are
important, but equally essential for students and their parents is a peaceful living experience on campus, he added.

“I had a mother of a prospective student call me up and ask me, ‘Are you going to be constructing anything in this
area here in the next four years?’ ” he said. “She didn’t want her son to be disrupted in any way.”

The $13.2 million project at Muhlenberg, which was designed by Spillman Farmer Architects of Bethlehem, Pa., and
manufactured by the Kullman Buildings Corporation at its plant in Lebanon, N.J., consists of 20 modules for each
three-story building. All were trucked to the site and assembled by Kullman.

A 600-ton hydraulic crane, one of two that large in the United States, lifted all the modules into place. Modules for
the roofs of the five buildings were built on Muhlenberg’s nearby tennis courts.

“Because of the short scope of time we had, it was a feat,” said Aaron Bova, Muhlenberg’s associate director for
housing services. “There were naysayers, so we ended up with crowds of people up here every night watching as they
set the boxes. It was pretty impressive.”

Besides being quick, modular construction also allows colleges to build more efficiently and with fewer change
orders, said Rich Smith, a senior vice president at Kullman, which is currently manufacturing 178 bathroom
modules for two new residential colleges at Rice University in Houston as well as dormitories at Bloomfield College
in Bloomfield, N.J.

                                   Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., has added five modular dormitories with a
                                   total of 145 beds.

                                   Though Muhlenberg’s new dormitories are not certified as “green” buildings, Mr.
                                   Brewer said modular construction has that potential. “The process leads to very
                                   little waste, and it’s all controlled, and waste goes into bins for recycling,” he said.

Yet it remains to be seen if prefabrication may play a role in how students choose a college. Some students said they
might have second thoughts about living in modular dormitories.

“The first thing I think of when I think of modular housing is cheap,” said Martina Guzman, a graduate student at
Columbia who has not lived in a modular dormitory, but has some experience in construction.

But industry representatives say that as college students are exposed to well-designed and well-built modular
dormitories, their ideas about such construction are changing for the better.

“Indiana Tech obviously really liked the first dormitory we did for them, as they’re doing another one,” said John
Morrison, the director of marketing and business development for the Whitley Manufacturing Company of South
Whitley, Ind.
“Probably, initially, people have a little bit of prejudice against modular construction, because they think it will look
like a barracks building, or it’s going to be strictly rectangular, but once we show them the design of some of our
buildings that have been built, usually people’s attitudes change,” he said.

“It often shocks people. They say, ‘That’s modular? That came in pieces to the site?’ ”
To woo academic recruits, college makes them stars
By Kathy Boccella

Inquirer Staff Writer

Justin Chung knew Wilkes University wanted him when he got one of its first acceptance letters in February. But he didn't know
how badly until he saw the mall kiosk with his name on it.

And the pizza boxes.

And the commercial on MTV and VH1.

"Justin Chung of Council Rock South. As a weightlifter, you never push your limits without a spotter to help. Wilkes University
feels the same way about your education. (We just use less talc.)"

The shout-out is part of a quirky advertising campaign targeting eight high-achieving seniors who were accepted to the relatively
small liberal arts university in Wilkes-Barre but had not yet made up their minds.

"It's like I'm famous," the Richboro, Bucks County, teen said at Neshaminy Mall, where he works at the Hollister Co. clothes
store, around the corner from a kiosk with his name in foot-high letters. "The girls like it."

This is the season when colleges pull out all the stops to woo students whom they have accepted but who are undecided about
which school to attend. Prospective students are feted with sleepovers, concerts and parties. Even professors get into the act,
working the phones to try to persuade those still on the fence by the May 1 deadline.

Wilkes has pursued Chung and the other students with the kind of star-making attention usually bestowed on big-name college

Not only does the campaign play into young people's love of celebrity, but it is designed to make people curious about the school
of about 2,300 students, which prides itself on mentoring and personal attention.

"It's hard to get people to know about your school if you're not one of the large state systems or Ivy League," said Jack Chielli,
Wilkes' director of marketing and media relations. "If you're in between those two, you really have to work hard to get the word

Chung, 17, a wrestler with a 3.4 grade-point average who is not sure what he wants to study, said his phone rang nonstop the first
weekend the ads went out last month.

And while no one has asked for his autograph yet, a woman and her daughter walked by and waved as he stood by his blue-and-
white sign in the mall. "Hi, Justin," said Lisa Hansbury of Bensalem, with 5-year-old Olivia. "I've been reading about him."

Kristen Pecka, 18, who attends Allentown Central Catholic High School, did have a parent ask for her signature at a softball

"I had no clue when they said I was going to be on a billboard that it was going to be so big and on two major streets" - Routes 22
and 309 - "in the Lehigh Valley," said the future nurse-anesthetist, who works part-time for a physical therapist.

Even more startling was the call she got from her neighbor, who saw one of her ads on the screen at the local movie theater.
"Hey Kristen Pecka. One of your closest friends at Central Catholic calls you Pecka-lecka-lecka. Choose Wilkes University and
add 2,362 more people to the list."

"It's been great," she said. "A couple of days of fame."

In addition to billboards, the ads turn up in places that reflect youthful love of gossip, meaning a big presence online, including
MySpace.com as well as two college sites, www.aroundwilkes.com and www.hellowilkes.com.

In a creative twist, the ads are also plastered on pizza boxes from local pizzerias and atop pumps at select gas stations.

The biggest thrill for teens may be seeing their names flashed on MTV and VH1.

"I'm really impressed with their creativity," said Briana Turnbaugh, 17, a senior at Hazleton Area High School. "It makes me feel
they care about each of their students."

"Briana Turnbaugh. You listen to Kanye rap about the Good Life. Let Wilkes University help you actually get it. (Now throw your
hands up in the sky.)"

The campaign, which was launched last year, was created by the Philadelphia agency 160over90, which interviewed the selected
students to find out their activities, interests and college plans so it could personalize the ads.

"We asked the students to tell us about the popular places in their town for teens to see a movie, shop and eat pizza," said Darryl
Cilli, the agency's executive creative director. "Then we were able to hand-pick where ads should be placed so they would be seen
by the most number of students."

The school wanted not only to differentiate itself from, say, the nearby University of Scranton or Pennsylvania State University,
but also to look into the way students communicate. Nearly every youth sends text messages and has a MySpace page, so word-
of-mouth is how they relate, Chielli said.

The buzz has pushed enrollment this year beyond the school's goal of 572 students to 630. And the college's yield, or the
percentage of accepted students who decided to attend Wilkes rather than another school, rose 4 percent.

"It's been phenomenal. We've landed the largest class we've ever had in our history," Chielli said.

The campaign costs Wilkes $210,000. With the bump in enrollment bringing in about $1 million more in revenue, "we think that's
a pretty good return on the investment," he said.

Wilkes selected students who had good academic records and who would fit into the university, where tuition is about $24,000 a
year. A few have been offered scholarships. Last year, only one of the six targeted celeb-udents went to another school. But
netting students may be less important than getting out the message that Wilkes is a place that values human interaction.

That's what drew Pecka. A cousin who attends Wilkes told her that teachers were friendly and interested in their students. Alas,
Pecka has decided to go to the University of Scranton because of its nurse-anesthetist program.

"I feel bad. I feel really bad," she said.

Chung, who has been accepted at Temple and Drexel Universities, is also unsettled. But if he decides to major in pharmacology,
he said, he will go to Wilkes because it has a good program.

Turnbaugh, a top student with an SAT of 1340, ranked fifth in her class and with numerous activities under her belt, has gotten
full scholarship offers from other schools. Which means her final decision will come down to how much Wilkes puts on the table
rather than on her billboard.

"If they give me a full scholarship," said the future corporate lawyer, "I would definitely go there."

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