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Editor's Note


As has been typical for our summer edition, we have multiple book reviews for those of you looking to add a few items to your summer reading list. These books explore many different aspects of technology and its impact on society at large. And, if these books don't recharge your batteries, our featured articles provide many tips and strategies for improving the quality of your digital lifestyle (you are on your own with your analog lifestyle, however *smile*).

Regretfully, this edition of Student Affairs Online will be my last as editor: a task that will go to Gary Malaney's capable hands. I have truly enjoyed the time that I have spent working with all the contributors over the past few years and appreciate their support as we have worked to create this e-journal. Best to all in this technology era.

Daniel W. Salter

Inside This Issue

Featured Articles

    Some colleges universities are considering policies that require faculty and staff to respond to student e-mails within 48 hours (YIKES!). In her article, Making E-mail a More Productive Tool, Debra Hamilton provides some tips on making the morning e-mail session a more effective venture.

    Okay, now that you have whipped your e-mail into shape, time to turn your attention to your presentations. For help on that front, Pam Havice and Bill Havice make some excellent recommendations in Polish Your Next Presentation: Points to Remember.

    It is truly a shame that Bush and Gore did not have access to Steven Meyer's article, Creating Digital Democracy: Implementing Online Elections in Student Government. The 2000 election might have been quite a different experience. While many of us have been talking about it, Oakland did it - the online election.

    Scanners and scanning software, such as optical character readers, have come a long way since their introduction. Gary Malaney offers some insights and considerations to departments who are considering (or reconsidering) using this technology for research purposes, in his article Using Opscan Technology in Survey Research.

    And then there Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), which have become an essential piece of hardware for many people. Patrick Chang demonstrates how PDAs can be used by practitioners in a proactive manner in his article, N.I.P. (Network/Internet/PDA) those Student Affairs Problems in the Bud

    In the tradition of movies like "Its a Wonderful Life", Brian Cremins looks at how life might have been different without Internet search engines and other technologies in his article, WHAT IF...? and Other Weird Tales of the Digital Age

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