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Letter from the Editors
From November 17-20, 2013, the California Caucus of College and University Ombuds (CCCUO) celebrated its 40th year of meeting at the beautiful and historic conference center on the Pacific Ocean...Asilomar. During these 40 years, Caucus participants have received the benefits of each other's wisdom as the ombuds field has grown and developed. In fact, we have helped this unique and special ombuds career path become what it is today, and the Asilomar meetings have provided the fertile ground for this growth to happen.
Along with our yearly meetings in this magical place, CCCUO has had a peer-reviewed Journal in which all of us working as college and university ombuds have shared ideas, raised question,s shared problems, connected and interacted with one another. Our first Journal was printed in 1988 and has continued to place an emphasis on the practice of ombuds work. We owe a particular debt of gratitude to Lois Price Spratten, long tern Journal editor and a University of Washington ombuds, who kept it vibrant and relevant. We are saddened by her passing this spring.
In keeping with our long tradition of providing a voice to college and university ombuds, in the United States, Canada, and around the world, we are proud to introduce the first electronic Journal specifically dealing with college and university issues. Our sincere thanks to everyone who has participated in making this possible.
In future issues (bi-annual), we intend to continue an interactive feature in which all of you can respond to questions from your colleagues, issues you want to raise, and such. Our hope is that this site will augment our conversations at our annual conferences and fertilize our ever-growing organization. Your participation is greatly needed to make this happen. Let us know what ombuds-related issues are on your mind. Consider writing an article about something you want to share in these virtual pages. If you've had a mess turn into a success, let your colleagues know here, mindful of confidentiality issues of course. Notice a trend? Get it in print here. This is your Journal. Please participate in keeping it interesting and relevant.
Lisa Neale, University of Colorado Denver Anschutz
Helen Hasenfeld, retired