Thanks For Your Patience With Our Growing Pains

Nov 15th, 2001 | By | Category: 13-2: The Power of Partnerships
By Marjane Ambler

We always like hearing from our readers, but we were disappointed to hear what many of you told us this time. Our last issue, Vol. 13, N.1, was our biggest ever — 72 pages — because of all the excellent poetry and short stories we received from student writers.

Unfortunately, the size of the magazine resulted in problems at the Post Office, and several readers received empty dust jackets with no magazine inside. Thanks so much for your calls and your patience waiting for the replacements. Several people graciously said they eagerly awaited this issue: For example, one wanted to see the college recruitment and scholarship ads so she could share them with her students. Another said the student writing was her favorite issue each year, and we know many of you like that issue.

Several sets of eyes peruse our proofs prior to printing to prevent errors. Unfortunately, with the extra work of producing so many pages, more mistakes crept in than usual. Our apologies to Haskell student Gary Dorr, whose moving story about the war in Kuwait was changed during the printing process. Two lines of type were omitted. The paragraphs at the end of pages 56 and 57 should have read:

Page 56:

“On the fall of my footstep, I nearly jumped out of my boots and boxers. The silence was shattered by the shock wave of a tremendous crash, and then another, and finally one more. The CID agent said, ‘I wonder what that was!’”

page 57:

“Inside, my soul sobbed, shook, quivered, and sniffled. The war was weeks away, but I had already been ‘blooded.’ In the absence of enemy soldiers’ bullets, land mines, and artillery, I prepared myself for the tragedies that could form in my very near future. I spent about an hour alone on the dune, quietly sobbing, praying, hoping, and searching. I took a long, deep breath as I made my way down the slope. I strode silently through the sand to my tent; pulling the flap open, I crossed into the deep blackness.”

Additionally, we neglected to tell you about Betsy Mennell Putman, who wrote about her research on tribal colleges’ changing attitudes toward accreditation. We are proud of our authors and like to tell you about their credentials and interests. Putman is the associate director of development for the Center for Excellence in Education at Northern Arizona University. She completed her Ph.D. in Educational Administration at the University of Austin-Texas in December 2000. She spent her four years in the program working with, researching, and writing about the tribal colleges and universities, which she continues to do in her spare time.

As always we encourage you to let us know what you think of the journal.

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