From the Editor’s Desk

June 30, 2011

Welcome to the Summer 2011 edition of Highlander.  We are pleased that nearly all the feedback we received from the inaugural issue was positive, and we will continue making adjustments to content based on your comments as we progress.

Meanwhile, in this issue we celebrate our continued growth.  Despite a hostile economic climate, Georgia Highlands College has succeeded in expanding and serving the needs of the citizens of Northwest Georgia.  We are proud to announce that ground has been broken on the new student center in Cartersville.  We are launching a competitive athletics program, and expect to see an athletics director on board by this fall semester.  Perhaps the biggest news is our sector change from two-year college to state college.  This means that we can now offer four-year programs while still remaining accessible to students.  Our first four-year degree will be a Bachelor of Science in nursing, and the first to graduate from GHC with that degree will be the class of 2014.  Read about our future plans here.

In this issue, our Faculty Faces feature Robert Adams, associate professor of music, and Barbara Moss, associate professor of history.  Their life journeys are vastly different but equally fascinating.

Dr. Steve Blankenship, assistant professor of history, describes a poignant and fascinating tour of slavery’s history and heritage on the Sea Islands off the coast of Savannah.  He’ll take you there and tell you what it was like for slaves to live in this wild and untamed environment during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Our Counterweights article explores the complicated topic of illegal immigration.  It’s not as straightforward as ideologues on either side would have you believe.  Debating the issues are Rebecca Sims, assistant professor of political science, and Shea Mize, lecturer in political science.  We invite your opinions on the subject in the blog section below the article.

Read about one of our summer abroad trips.  A group of 19 students visited England, The Netherlands and Belgium and returned with a shift in attitude.

Finally, listen to Libby Gore, director of the First Year Experience.  She explains why the initiative is so important in retaining and graduating students.

In this issue, our News and Notes section is crammed with exciting activities and accomplishments of our faculty.

Please send your comments to ddavis@highlands.edu.

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