Welcome to the first edition of Highlander, a new, quarterly Georgia Highlands College e-zine. Besides keeping you up to date on college events and the activities of our accomplished faculty and staff, we plan to bring you lively discussions of the most pressing issues facing the citizens of Georgia today. Members of our faculty will thoroughly dissect each side of these subjects, bringing you an analytical perspective of the state’s challenges and potential solutions from very different philosophical perspectives.
Because we are leaving the confines of the print medium, we will offer you multiple ways of processing our news – video, audio, the written word. We are excited by the prospect of letting you get to know us in a way that is most interesting for you. And we hope you like our personality, intellect and style. We invite you to respond to our articles and video pieces via e-mail, and we intend to publish letters to the editor regularly.
This first issue introduces you to faculty members. You’ll be surprised to know how interesting they are inside and out of the classroom. They bring so much to the communities where they live, and they are an intellectual resource that hasn’t been fully recognized and tapped. You’ll also discover the many volunteer efforts of our faculty, staff and students through our service learning projects. Then learn about the new programs in academics: the Honors Program, new to GHC this year; the First Year Experience, designed to initiate freshman into college life and increase retention rates; the Global Initiative, which brings studying abroad alive with learning experiences in the field; eLearning, which gives greater flexibility to students with busy lives; and the GHC Diversity initiative, developed to mentor and increase retention rates among minorities.
Enjoy the civil debate of Counterweights, a discussion from opposite sides of a current issue of concern in the state of Georgia. This issue’s debate, featuring marketing professor John Reiners and political science professor Scott Akemon, studies the recession and explores solutions to the high unemployment rate. (Even I don’t know their personal political leanings, but nevertheless, they have each consented to represent one side, which may not be their private preference.)
We also want you to get to know our students. Their stories are unfailingly inspirational. In this issue Christie Hufstedler Boyd tells you why she’s here and what she hopes for her future. This year we celebrate our 40th anniversary, so take a look at our past through photographs and read about our glittering gala held in November. Our News and Notes fills you in on awards, recent events on campus and more.
In short, there’s something for everyone. I invite you to explore the stimulating world that is Georgia Highlands College.