From the Editor

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Over the past year, we’ve sent reader surveys to a sample of subscribers, and hundreds of you completed it, offering great suggestions and responses! Drawing on this feedback, we’ve introduced new types of articles, dedicated additional space to the topics you’re most interested in, and included more and larger images on each page. Here are some of the changes you’ll find in this and future issues:

More diverse feature articles.
We’ve created more space for features, allowing for more variety in the type and length of articles we include. In this issue, we include not only a long-form article on the history of the social work program (p.4), but also easy-to-read blurbs on the fields where social work alumni serve now (p.10) and an interview with Dr. Lloyd Gestoso, recently appointed dean of the School of Social Work (p.12).

Changes to University News.
We’ve made more space for the topics you rated highest on readership surveys, including new academic programs, student service, alumni profiles, and general university updates. Since we now produce only two issues per year, we also point you to ways to stay connected to the work of the University that interests you most, whether that’s athletics stats or the monthly alumni eNewsletter.

An updated look.
This issue features a number of design improvements—some subtle, some more obvious. For example, check out our new, streamlined Table of Contents!

A new way to read Cairn magazine online.
About 20% of Cairn readers report reading the magazine both in print and online. (Another 7% prefer to read it exclusively online!) Now you can read, recommend, save, and share our articles via Medium, an online story- and content-sharing platform. We also updated the look of our online magazine at

Although we’ve made some changes, our purpose has stayed the same: to keep you connected to the University; to share stories about how those in the Cairn community are serving Christ in the church, society, and the world; and to offer biblical perspective on relevant, timely topics.

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