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The Rambler | 3 February 10, 2011 |

Blind professor adapts electronically

Jonathan Resendez love for teaching help him tional to some, the technol- he said he has witnessed a trouble with social skills. This perform his daily duties as ogy is there for everybody,” he tremendous growth in the wasn’t the case with Wilson,
a teacher and departmental said. “I just use it most.” school of education. she said.
Dr. R. J. Wilson, professor head, Wilson said. Teaching however, wasn’t Wilson said 10 years ago, “Even though he can’t see
of education and department “I love to teach,” he said. “I his chosen career path when only seven faculty members [the students], he learns most
chair, takes slow, deliberate can’t imagine myself doing he was studying biology at resided in the school of educa- of them by voice on the first
steps while he maneuvers his anything else at this point.” Quincy University in Illinois. tion. Today the school boasts day of class,” she said.
way around the second floor A self-proclaimed “gadget “To tell you the truth, I nearly 20 professors and 14 Not only did he connect
of Wesleyan’s School of Edu- guy,” Wilson uses a software didn’t even like kids,” he said. adjunct professors. with the students, he was able
cation building. program called JAWS on his Wilson spent six weeks in a Wilson said he undertook to incorporate his science
He roams the thick-carpet- laptop to check his e-mail, state-run rehabilitation center the tremendous task of reor- background into his teaching
ed halls with his head tilted grade papers and perform after his laboratory accident. ganizing the school of educa- as well.
slightly back, sometimes stop- administrative duties. JAWS One of Wilson’s counselors tion programs and hopes to Wilson taught Sarah Smith,
ping to chat with colleagues features technology that reads arranged a last-minute, Fri- increase its quality with a new admission counselor and grad-
on the way back to his office. all Microsoft documents out day evening meeting for him direction. uate education student, during
Although 10 liters of chro- loud to him. The laptop syncs with a university representa- “Texas Wesleyan is an out- the fall 2010 semester. She said
mic acid left Wilson blind with his iPhone 4, which also tive from Southern Illinois standing institution for pro- although his teaching style was
more than three decades ago, talks to him. University at Carbondale. ducing teachers and we are Dr. R.J. Wilson discussion based, most of her
he navigates the halls with the Wilson describes his class- “Two and a half hours lat- trying to capitalize on that,” classmates found it educational
same skill with which he runs room as being totally elec- er, she convinced me I could he said. “He’s extremely intelligent, and challenging.
his department. tronic because all of his lec- teach,” he said. Sue Passmore, education beyond the norm,” she said. “He really gave a good
Wilson serves as chair of tures are delivered in some Wilson received his Ph. D in professor at Wesleyan for 43 One of the only fears the foundation on what to ask
the undergraduate education form of media. education in 1985 and came years, was on the committee committee held was the ten- and how to formulate good
program. Technology and a “While it may seem excep- to Texas Wesleyan, where that hired Wilson. dency for intellectuals to have research questions,” she said.

Harlem b-ball bounces back Campus update

with SGA
Barry Grubbs Fort Worth Poly-Wesleyan Kiwanis Moss expressed pride in the di- projects within the community. versity of the teams’ line-up.
“We mainly use it to implement “Just being able to see our wom-
The Harlem Ambassadors Pro- education and leadership programs en players on the floor competing
fessional Show Basketball team will in the [local] elementary schools,” against and beating male opponents
return to Wesleyan’s Sid Richardson Gonzales said. is sometimes, even in this day of Fellow Students,
Center at 7 p.m. Feb. 19, taking on One program served by the Poly- gender equity, a real eye opener,”
the Cowtown Kiwanis Club team. Wesleyan Kiwanis is the Bring Up Moss said. I hope you have kept warm and safe these last few weeks. It's not
The  Harlem Ambassadors  are a Your Grades program at D. McRae The Ambassadors program has very often that we get to have a "Spring Break" in the middle of Feb-
family friendly Harlem-style bas- Elementary and Sagamore Hills toured for more than 11 years through- ruary. Hopefully your break was well spent. Time to get back after
ketball exhibition team that features Elementary schools in Fort Worth. out the country, as well as numerous it though. Luckily, our real Spring Break is right around the corner!
a high-skills athletic performance The program recognizes students overseas tours including Europe, the I do have a few announcements: 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, is the dead-
including ball handling, slam dunks for improving personal academic far East and South Pacific. line for the Travel Fund requests. If you want to be considered for
and a dose of comedy. performance. Wesleyan students are looking some monies to travel this semester please come by the offices and
The Ambassadors, who were Originally, the Harlem Ambas- foward to the visit from the Ambas- pick up a form.
originally conceived in 1997 by Dale sadors organization toured a single sadors tomorrow. Also, for the next two weeks the Student Government will meet on
Moss, work with non-profit and ser- co-ed team, but a second team was “I’m really interested in seeing Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Feel free to stop by and say hi.
vice organizations across the country added for the 2002-2003 season al- them,” said Wesleyan junior busi- Lastly, any organization still needing money, we do have 14 $100
to raise funds for local communities. lowing the Ambassadors to put on ness major Ashley Bringol. “I think Honorariums left. Just grab the form and fill it out!As always...I hope
This is the third consecutive year more fundraising shows. it’s awesome, especially since it’s to see you around!
the Harlem Ambassadors will per- “All of our players are positive role [the team] both girls and guys play-
form their unique show on campus. models,” Dale Moss, Ambassadors’ ing together.” Heath A. Scott
Wesleyan’s Community Outreach founder, said. “All of our perform- Tickets can be purchased for $5 89th President
Coordinator, John M. Gonzales ers have their college degrees. So, and sponsorships are available by Texas Wesleyan University SGA
said, 100 percent of the proceeds they not only talk the talk, they have contacting John Gonzales at 817-
from ticket sales are used to support walked the walk.” 531-5814 or

Snow Antics:
Wesleyan community enjoys six
days off due to inclement weather

Bradley Gray | Courtesy Photo

Texas Wesleyan saw a record-breaking number of consecutive snow days last week, Feb. 1-
Feb. 6. After just two days of classes, the streak continued when a second snow storm blew
through North Texas and granted students and faculty another day off Feb. 9.

Black History Month Those aren’t snowflakes. Download a Mobiletag App

Exhibit open in SUB and on your smartphone and scan the codes above to view
SGA Chamber Hallway videos of the Wesleyan community taking in, and talking
about, the snow. You can also visit
Come check out the Black History Month Exhibit displayed
in the SUB and SGA Chamber Hallway honoring the men,
women and events that have changed the course of history
for our nation and the world

Pick up a quiz in the Student Life office (answers found

somewhere in the Exhibit) and win a prize for answering all PhysAssit Recruiters will be on campus
They are hiring for business, biology, pre-med and exercise science majors
the question correctly! March 1 10:30 - 1:15pm
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