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Blind professor adapts electronically

Jonathan Resendez

jlresendez@mail.txwes.edu

Dr. R. J. Wilson, professor of education and department chair, takes slow, deliberate steps while he maneuvers his way around the second floor of Wesleyan’s School of Edu- cation building. He roams the thick-carpet- ed halls with his head tilted slightly back, sometimes stop- ping to chat with colleagues on the way back to his office. Although 10 liters of chro- mic acid left Wilson blind more than three decades ago, he navigates the halls with the same skill with which he runs his department. Wilson serves as chair of the undergraduate education program. Technology and a

love for teaching help him perform his daily duties as a teacher and departmental head, Wilson said. “I love to teach,” he said. “I can’t imagine myself doing anything else at this point.” A self-proclaimed “gadget guy,” Wilson uses a software program called JAWS on his laptop to check his e-mail, grade papers and perform administrative duties. JAWS features technology that reads all Microsoft documents out loud to him. The laptop syncs with his iPhone 4, which also talks to him. Wilson describes his class- room as being totally elec- tronic because all of his lec- tures are delivered in some form of media. “While it may seem excep-

tional to some, the technol- ogy is there for everybody,” he said. “I just use it most.” Teaching however, wasn’t his chosen career path when he was studying biology at Quincy University in Illinois. “To tell you the truth, I didn’t even like kids,” he said. Wilson spent six weeks in a state-run rehabilitation center after his laboratory accident. One of Wilson’s counselors arranged a last-minute, Fri- day evening meeting for him with a university representa- tive from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. “Two and a half hours lat- er, she convinced me I could teach,” he said. Wilson received his Ph. D in education in 1985 and came to Texas Wesleyan, where

he said he has witnessed a tremendous growth in the school of education. Wilson said 10 years ago, only seven faculty members resided in the school of educa- tion. Today the school boasts nearly 20 professors and 14 adjunct professors. Wilson said he undertook the tremendous task of reor- ganizing the school of educa- tion programs and hopes to increase its quality with a new direction. “Texas Wesleyan is an out- standing institution for pro- ducing teachers and we are trying to capitalize on that,” he said. Sue Passmore, education professor at Wesleyan for 43 years, was on the committee that hired Wilson.

for 43 years, was on the committee that hired Wilson. Dr. R.J. Wilson “He’s extremely intelligent,
for 43 years, was on the committee that hired Wilson. Dr. R.J. Wilson “He’s extremely intelligent,

Dr. R.J. Wilson

“He’s extremely intelligent, beyond the norm,” she said. One of the only fears the committee held was the ten- dency for intellectuals to have

trouble with social skills. This wasn’t the case with Wilson, she said. “Even though he can’t see [the students], he learns most of them by voice on the first day of class,” she said. Not only did he connect with the students, he was able to incorporate his science background into his teaching as well. Wilson taught Sarah Smith, admission counselor and grad- uate education student, during the fall 2010 semester. She said although his teaching style was discussion based, most of her classmates found it educational and challenging. “He really gave a good foundation on what to ask and how to formulate good research questions,” she said.

Harlem b-ball bounces back

Barry Grubbs

bgrubbs@mail.txwes.edu

The Harlem Ambassadors Pro- fessional Show Basketball team will return to Wesleyan’s Sid Richardson Center at 7 p.m. Feb. 19, taking on the Cowtown Kiwanis Club team. The Harlem Ambassadors are a family friendly Harlem-style bas-

ketball exhibition team that features

a high-skills athletic performance

including ball handling, slam dunks and a dose of comedy. The Ambassadors, who were originally conceived in 1997 by Dale Moss, work with non-profit and ser-

vice organizations across the country

to raise funds for local communities.

This is the third consecutive year the Harlem Ambassadors will per- form their unique show on campus. Wesleyan’s Community Outreach Coordinator, John M. Gonzales said, 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales are used to support

Fort Worth Poly-Wesleyan Kiwanis projects within the community. “We mainly use it to implement education and leadership programs in the [local] elementary schools,” Gonzales said. One program served by the Poly- Wesleyan Kiwanis is the Bring Up Your Grades program at D. McRae Elementary and Sagamore Hills Elementary schools in Fort Worth. The program recognizes students for improving personal academic performance. Originally, the Harlem Ambas- sadors organization toured a single co-ed team, but a second team was added for the 2002-2003 season al- lowing the Ambassadors to put on more fundraising shows. “All of our players are positive role models,” Dale Moss, Ambassadors’ founder, said. “All of our perform- ers have their college degrees. So, they not only talk the talk, they have walked the walk.”

Moss expressed pride in the di- versity of the teams’ line-up. “Just being able to see our wom- en players on the floor competing against and beating male opponents is sometimes, even in this day of gender equity, a real eye opener,” Moss said. The Ambassadors program has toured for more than 11 years through- out the country, as well as numerous overseas tours including Europe, the far East and South Pacific. Wesleyan students are looking foward to the visit from the Ambas- sadors tomorrow. “I’m really interested in seeing them,” said Wesleyan junior busi- ness major Ashley Bringol. “I think it’s awesome, especially since it’s [the team] both girls and guys play- ing together.” Tickets can be purchased for $5 and sponsorships are available by contacting John Gonzales at 817- 531-5814 or jgonzales@txwes.edu.

Campus update with SGA

Fellow Students,

I hope you have kept warm and safe these last few weeks. It's not

very often that we get to have a "Spring Break" in the middle of Feb- ruary. Hopefully your break was well spent. Time to get back after

it though. Luckily, our real Spring Break is right around the corner!

I do have a few announcements: 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, is the dead-

line for the Travel Fund requests. If you want to be considered for some monies to travel this semester please come by the offices and pick up a form. Also, for the next two weeks the Student Government will meet on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Feel free to stop by and say hi. Lastly, any organization still needing money, we do have 14 $100

hope

Honorariums left. Just grab the form and fill it out!As always to see you around!

I

Heath A. Scott 89th President Texas Wesleyan University SGA

grab the form and fill it out!As always to see you around! I Heath A. Scott
Heath A. Scott 89th President Texas Wesleyan University SGA Bradley Gray | Courtesy Photo Texas Wesleyan

Bradley Gray | Courtesy Photo

Wesleyan University SGA Bradley Gray | Courtesy Photo Texas Wesleyan saw a record-breaking number of consecutive

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 Exhibit open in SUB and SGA Chamber Hallway Come check out the
Black History Month
Exhibit open in SUB and
SGA Chamber Hallway
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
the question correctly!
and win a prize for answering all the question correctly! Snow Antics: Wesleyan community enjoys six

Snow Antics:

Wesleyan community enjoys six days off due to inclement weather

community enjoys six days off due to inclement weather Those aren’t snowflakes. Download a Mobiletag App

Those aren’t snowflakes. Download a Mobiletag App on your smartphone and scan the codes above to view videos of the Wesleyan community taking in, and talking about, the snow. You can also visit therambler.org.

talking about, the snow. You can also visit therambler.org. PhysAssit Recruiters will be on campus They
PhysAssit Recruiters will be on campus They are hiring for business, biology, pre-med and exercise
PhysAssit Recruiters will be on campus
They are hiring for business, biology, pre-med and exercise science majors
March 1 10:30 - 1:15pm
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