From the Editor’s Desk

March 20, 2012

Welcome to the spring 2012 issue of Highlander.  This edition offers a fascinating look at the world of games.  But these aren’t the shoot-em-up extravaganzas that computer games like Mortal Kombat, Assassin’s Creed or Star Wars deliver.  Rather they comprise a whole new genre called serious games.  And they’re used for some very altruistic purposes.  Find out how they are changing our world for the better – and how they are being used in the classroom.

Read Counterweights about personal and national debt.  It’s a thought-provoking exchange by Dr. Dudley Salley, professor of economics, and Donna Mantooth, associate professor of psychology, who explore the political and social reasons behind America’s debt.

Enjoy the dry sense of humor of Donna Miller, director of the dental hygiene program.  She’s featured in our Faculty Faces video. Her journey to GHC was unexpected for her, but she’s found a home here for the last 21 years.

Learn about the evolving concept of learning communities.  The idea is a practical approach to putting a big-picture lens on societies and culture.

We invite you to read about our colleague Nancy Hague, who lost her life to cancer in February.   Post your memories and thoughts about her in the comments section at the end of the story.

Our News and Notes section is packed with news of our faculty and their many impressive accomplishments.

So take a break from the pollen – and enjoy.  As always, I welcome your feedback.  You may reach me at ddavis@highlands.edu.

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