Busy TCJ Welcomes New Editor

Feb 25th, 2013 | By | Category: 24-3: The Science of Place
By Rachael Marchbanks

January and February are busy months here at the Tribal College Journal (TCJ). While we are putting the finishing touches on this issue, the staff is also working on articles and reserving ads for the next issue, making plans for the upcoming American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) student conference and board meeting, anticipating the student writing contest, pulling together editorial themes for volume 25, and budgeting for fiscal year 2014.

While we juggle simultaneous projects, I’m reminded of the many hats those at tribal colleges must also wear. Ermen Brown, college registrar at Cankdeska Cikana Community College, once told us about driving a bus full of students through a snow storm to make it to an AIHEC student conference in Denver, CO. As I recall, they had to learn how to chain up the enormous bus tires in the dark, under extremely hazardous conditions. They made it to the event safely, but it was a long night.

This story illustrates the kind of fortitude and resourcefulness that is evident at every level in the tribal colleges, including with a college registrar who also volunteers as a bus driver when necessary. It is an honor to know and work with such inspiring individuals.

I was saddened to learn of the passing of distinguished Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI). A longtime advocate for American Indian rights and a supporter of the concept for a national tribal university, the legacy he leaves will continue to have a positive impact on Indian Country.

In the midst of this busy time of year, we are also saying farewell to a talented and dedicated editor. Laura Paskus has been with us for over three years and has contributed her expertise on climate change and other environmental subjects. She has been a real pleasure to work with and we wish her well in her future endeavors. I would also like to welcome our new managing editor, Dr. Bradley Shreve. Dr. Shreve comes to us with extensive experience at DinĂ© College, articulate prose, and a good sense of humor. We have not tested him out yet on chaining up bus tires, but considering his many talents and that he comes from a tribal college, I wouldn’t be surprised.

If someone at a tribal college has inspired you, please share your stories with us by emailing me at rachael@tribalcollegejournal.org. Social networking is another great way to share news. We invite you to like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tribalcollege or follow us on Twitter: @tribalcollege.

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