Welcome to the March 2018 edition of Chaparral! I hope you’ve been enjoying the issues that have come out so far this school year. This is only my second semester as editor, but it’s been a real pleasure being able to bring you such important, helpful, and enjoyable content that our wonderful columnists and guest writers have shared.
Perhaps my favorite part of Chaparral is the sense of community engendered through shared thought, and the way that this newsletter is a resource in itself for discussing important ideas and sharing what’s going on around campus. With so many different divisions doing so many different things, it can be hard to know where to find information, and what kinds of resources are available for faculty, staff, and students.
In putting together this issue, I found myself focused on the theme of resources. I’m always learning about new resources on campus that have flown under my radar, and I imagine I’m not alone in this experience. Thus, we have this month’s theme—a way to share and discuss just a few of the great resources that we have at our disposal.
One resource I’ve recently learned about is HelpFinder. Geared towards students and community members in need, HelpFinder helps connect students with food, housing, transportation, and more. We also have the Food for Thought Pantry on campus, which is an excellent resource for students (and which I hear is in need of some more volunteers!).
In this issue, you’ll find resources not just for students, but for faculty and staff as well, including information about wellness resources to stay healthy (and sane) throughout the semester; safety upgrades on campus; adjunct elections; new resources for Distance Education; how to get involved in the Faculty Diversity Internship; how Supplemental Instruction can benefit your classes; how our students are the best resources of all; and other important information for the greater GCC family.
I hope you find these articles illuminating and beneficial, and that you discover some new resources that help to make life a little easier and a little brighter.