As you examine the schedule of classes both for fall and next spring, you will notice some familiar names missing and some returning to the line-up. We are excited to announce that Dr. Bartell will be on sabbatical for the entire 2012-2013 academic year, and Dr. Burns will be on sabbatical for the Spring 2013 semester. What is a sabbatical, anyway? As a student, you will notice that those professors do not teach classes when they’re on sabbatical, and they might even be in a far off place like New Zealand. Sabbaticals are a chance for faculty to work on projects like writing books or journal articles that they wouldn’t normally be able to complete during the semester while they’re busy teaching, researching, grading papers, etc. Stay tuned next time for more information on what Drs. Bartell and Burns will be working on during their sabbaticals. Meanwhile, we also look forward to welcoming back Dr. Regan Gurung, who will be returning from his full-year sabbatical this year, and we are pleased that Dr. Illene Noppe Cupit is already back with us after a Fall 2011 sabbatical. Both of them have at least one new book to show for their time away, and we will feature some of their exciting work in a future issue, as well.