Academic journal article College Student Affairs Journal

Editorial

Academic journal article College Student Affairs Journal

Editorial

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In the Fall 1996 issue of the journal, newly appointed editor Diane Cooper wrote her first editorial, in which she used the metaphor of a garden as representative of the efforts of student affair professionals - and journal editors. She credited Cynthia Bonner with having given her a very well tended garden which was growing and showed the signs of careful nurturing. It was Diane's hope that she would prove to be as able a gardener as Cynthia had been.

As I write my first editorial I find that the garden metaphor is an apt one. Only a few months in and I can attest that there is certainly a great deal of dayto-day "hoeing" to do! Previous to my appointment as editor, I had served as a reviewer and then associate editor for the journal. From that vantage point, working with the journal didn't seem to be much of a burden. Manuscripts came in, were reviewed, revised, and the best were published. Now that I have moved into the editor's shoes and have the hoe in my own hands, I see that Diane and her predecessors were constantly working to maintain and improve the quality of the journal and that they tirelessly attended to a thousand details necessary to make the journal a reality. …

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