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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 Sports Page 35-43 Articles of Interest Page 44- Posted: Friday, Mar 28, 2008 - 08:55:48 am CDT WWU hires associate head men's soccer coach By RYAN BOLAND 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 By RYAN BOLAND 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 University. “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 By RYAN BOLAND 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 By RYAN BOLAND 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 Complex. 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 AMC. 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 grants. 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 students. 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 SQUARE FEET Building Dorm Rooms Cheaper, Quicker and Quieter By ALISON GREGOR 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 break. 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 operations. “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 athletes. 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 out." 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 game. "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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