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BLOG: Returning Aviso staff faces new challenges


I’m sitting in a frigid, air-conditioned Emma’s, looking out at a muggy day. It’s somewhere in the 70s Fahrenheit, but due to the humidity, even a walk from Heritage to the Barn leaves me feeling like I need a shower.

School is definitely back in session.

The Aviso AVW staff gathers for a weekly editorial meeting. (Photo by Charley Garwood)

Some major changes have occurred for The Aviso AVW this year. Our faculty advisor of many years, Dr. David Dixon, left his position here to move to a situation much better for his family, and while I’m thankful he was able to make that choice wisely, we definitely miss having him to support and instruct us.

Aside from that, we have also lost a number of fantastic staff members to graduation, and for the time being we are a much smaller staff than we have had in previous years. This will mean lighter output as we focus on keeping and raising the quality of our production.

It follows that things are not going to be easy. However, we are blessed with what we do have. The staff I work with is dedicated and more than competent; I love working with them and am so thankful for how they step up to help out.

We are also glad to welcome a new advisor: Tim Bryan, the new vice president for university marketing and relations. Bryan worked at Hiram College as advisor to the newspaper there, so he has the perfect kind of background to support The Aviso. He has been gracious enough to volunteer to help us, and we are very excited to have him involved.

We are in for an interesting year, and we’re excited for you to continue the journey with us! If you’re interested in helping with writing, photography, or video in any capacity, email me at or or visit one of our planning meetings, which are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the library’s Story Development Room. Until then, stay in the know and happy reading!

Blaire Thompson
is the editor-in-chief of The Aviso AVW.

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