New Editor Takes the Reins at TCJ

Aug 15th, 2006 | By | Category: 18-1: The Winding Road to Student Success
By Gerald E. Gipp, Ph.D.

GERALD E. GIPPOn behalf of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), I am pleased to welcome Tina Deschenie (Diné, Hopi), M.Ed., as our new editor and Rachael Marchbanks as the new publisher. After serving as editor and publisher for 11 years, Marjane Ambler announced her resignation in February to return to her freelance writing and editing career. We will miss her and wish her well.

Marchbanks first began working at the Tribal College Journal in 1997. While working, she studied international studies and journalism at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, and graduated with honors in June 2000.

In 2003, she received a fellowship to attend the Stanford Professional Publishing Courses, which further increased her skills. As the marketing director for TCJ, she has done a remarkable job of increasing the circulation and advertising and made your journal a more viable publication.

Deschenie has over 25 years of experience in Indian education.  Most recently, she served as associate dean of continuing education at Crownpoint Institute of Technology in New Mexico, one of our member tribal colleges.

She has experience as both a consultant and a student at Diné College, our organization’s first tribal college. She studied Diné language and history there.  She also brings knowledge about accreditation, one of the most important issues at our colleges.

She served as the executive director of the Navajo Nation branch of the North Central Association accreditation agency, which was responsible for accreditation at primarily K-12 schools. In May 2003, the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education named Deschenie Native American Educator of the Year.

Readers might remember some of the articles she has contributed to TCJ as well as other Native publications (Winds of Change and Native Peoples). She has also been working behind the scenes as a copy editor for TCJ for nine months and as the guest editor of this year’s student edition (enclosed in this issue).

We hope you enjoy the students’ creative writing in this issue. Because of the popularity of the students’ poetry, short stories, and memoirs, we dispense with several of our regular departments each fall to make room for the students. Readers have said in the past that they appreciate this glimpse of students’ lives and their talent. Let us know what you think. Send your comments on this or any other aspect of the journal to:

You will notice that this issue is full color. At focus groups with readers, several people mentioned they would prefer more color. As a result,  TCJ conducted a national search for a new printer and found one that could do full color for the same price as the half color issues of the past. We hope you like it.

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