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FALL 2001
Editor's Note


Amid the horrific challenges facing our small World of late, technology has continued move forward. The Fall of 2001 has also seen major upgrades to the Apple and Microsoft operating systems. I have been using OS X for a few months now and have been quite pleased with it. And, I suspect that Windows XP users will be equally satisfied with this recent product out of Redmond. A challenge in the coming months, no matter which you use, will concern "making the inevitable switch" to an OS that is more than just an incremental change in version number. These are major upgrades with steeper learning curves and higher memory demands (for both the user and computer!). Favorite programs may no longer work and we can expect maintenance upgrades. If my experience of upgrading the family iMac is any indication, we should remember that that there's a certain safety in what is known and comfortable (although I'm not sure many folks will miss the DOS prompts) and that some newer computer users have never known any other operating system than what they are current using.

The following articles are offered to help student affairs professionals ride this "wild ride" that describes emerging technologies on college campus.

Daniel W. Salter

Inside This Issue

Featured Articles

In light of the events of September 11th, Peter Vogt reflects on how the Internet has changed our lives in his article, The Internet Offers More "Humanity" Than We'd Thought.

If you're a big fan of metaphor and technology (I certainly am!), then you will enjoy Will Barratt's piece The Operating System for a University. Will draws an interesting parallel between the operation of a university and a computer.

The pace of technological change is so fast that sometimes we don't know what we don't know. In A Self-Evaluation of Computer Technology Skills for Administrators, Pamela Havice, Tony Cawthon and Richard Blackbourn outline the basic skills (and some related resources) for student affairs professionals and administrators.

Sometimes, our technology to-do-list can seem very large... such as building an online library. Tony Curtis provides some insight into how to make this type of daunting task more manageable in Building an Academic Research Library Online.

Equally daunting is technology-based delivery of "people services". In Student Counselling Services Websites, Hanno Koppel discusses some of the challenges of establishing a web presence for a counselling service for a major UK University.

In a second article about their online university setting, Christine Keith and Ted Maday discuss the the merits of team advising in Capella University's Team Advising Plan.

How Blitzmail Failed to Change My Lovelife and Other True Tales of the Digital Age by Brian Cremins is a short essay on how technology has changed in the most basic of interpersonal interactions.

In A Pack Rat in Cyberspace, Stuart Brown provides a perspective on how our personal idiosyncrasies can find their way into the digital world.

Book Reviews

Two more books that you may wish to consider after reading these reviews.

Promoting Student Learning and Student Development at a Distance: Student Affairs Concepts and Practices for Televised Instruction and Other Forms of Distance Learning was written by Alan M. Schwitzer, Julie R. Ancis, and Nina Brown reviewed by Dana Christman

Listen Very Loud-Paying Attention in Student Affairs was written by Randy L. Mitchell and reviewed by Gerry Muir

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