Journal of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research

Volume 3 (2011)

With this volume, The Journal of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research (JIUR) enters its third year of publication. From the inception, our intent has been to make this journal multidisciplinary in approach by publishing original and review papers, including literature reviews, book reviews, film reviews, position papers, empirical work, experiential reflections, and original quantitative and qualitative research. By offering undergraduates the chance to express their ideas to a broader audience, we seek to demonstrate the strength of undergraduate scholarship at Southern Adventist University and our continued focus on academic excellence.

As our journal continues to gain the increasing attention of our campus, our alumni, and other universities, the ensuing appreciation and admiration for its purpose, content, and quality have been extremely gratifying. Nothing could please us more as we believe our journal is tangible evidence of what should be a primary focus of every university—academics. We are committed to recognize, celebrate and reward the pursuit of knowledge as reflected in this journal.

We can once again offer a quality journal due to the outstanding work of our graduate assistant, Daniel Olson. He kept the editorial board on schedule, worked with the students who submitted manuscripts for publication, and edited and laid out every page. His attention to detail allowed the editorial board to relax in the full confidence that the finished product would reflect the excellence we desired. If there is a group within your university that is thinking of producing such a journal, the timetable from inception to completion that Daniel developed would serve as an invaluable guide. I would gladly share it with you for the asking (rcoombs@southern.edu).

We are pleased and grateful to our university, especially the School of Education and Psychology, for their continued support, encouragement, and commitment to academic excellence that affords this publication.

-Robert S. Coombs, D.Min., Ph.D.