Touch the Sky: A Guide for Tribal and Community College Transfer Students

Feb 15th, 1999 | By | Category: 10-3: Distance Education, Media Reviews

TOUCH THE SKY COVERBy Rebecca L. Robbins, Ph.D.
Published by the Alliance for Minority Participation, Pablo, Mont., 1998, $25.
137 pages

Review by Lori Colomeda, Ph.D.

With her team of advisors from the All Nations Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP), Dr. Robbins (Standing Rock Sioux) has created an exciting, comprehensive, and very readable transfer guide for American Indian students. This guide levels the path whether the student is moving into a university after graduation from a tribal or community college or into a tribal college from high school. With each new chapter, the student embarks on a theme that ultimately could challenge even the wisest mentor. Yet Touch the Sky brings powerful interactive medicine to the fingertips of transfer student and advisor alike.

Congruent with learning style theories of American Indian students, each hurdle in the transfer process is prefaced with a narrative case-study of students in a similar situation. Students learn by watching others and listening to the voices of those who have experience. Whether one seeks a career in biological and physical sciences or engineering, Touch the Sky can assist students to determine and refine which field of study is appropriate for them.

Chapters navigate through questions and answers, ending with a summary statement and a key point checklist of the chapter goals and activities. After each chapter, the book encourages students to complete the follow-up activities that will assist them to move closer to their goals. It covers beginning the transfer process, determining the climate on campus, and surviving campus life. Touch the Sky is a must read for every guidance counselor, advisor, recruiter, and student. It strengthens the arrow to hunt for dreams and touch the sky!

Lori Colomeda is a medical ecologist whose research area focuses on the Arctic.  She is the curriculum specialist for the Distance Education Department at Salish Kootenai College and teaches Environmental Health; Social and Environmental Ethics; and Personal, Community, and Tribal Health. She completed her Ph.D. in 1994 and is a descendent of French Canadians and Micmac people. To order Touch the Sky, make a check payable to All Nations AMP and send to: ANAMP, Attn: Jaymee Bick, P.O. Box 117, Pablo, MT 59855. For more information, call (406) 675-4800 x214.


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