Every day at least one person stops me as I’m walking around campus
to tell me how much they like the new Talon. It is so encouraging!
Every compliment reminds me of how truly blessed I am to serve the
community of Northwest University as Editor in Chief of The Talon. I
highly value this leadership opportunity and my goal is to make the
greatest contribution to this community that I can this year.
One of the most valuable lessons I’m learning is the importance of
having vision as a leader. I would define vision as looking beyond
what you can see at the moment. As we began preparing to change
The Talon from a newspaper to a magazine, we had to envision
something completely new. The Talon had never been a magazine
before, so we couldn’t rely on what had been done in the past. I’ll
admit that going in a new direction was a little scary. What if we
failed? What if we didn’t have the budget for our concept? What if
this? What if that?
Yet our vision kept us going. It was six months before we saw our
concept in print. During that time, I had to continue to stay focused
and remain confident as we made significant decisions. We designed
an entirely new layout. We changed printing companies. We had to
find a way to make our new concept work with our same budget. All
of this required a lot of faith, prayer, and trust in God.
All the glory goes to God. It has turned out better than I ever
imagined. I am amazed at how a dream can come true, how a vision
can become a reality, how an idea can lead to something that impacts
That is my hope for The Talon. I hope students and professors pick
up a copy and are informed and inspired. I hope that you learn
something new. I hope that it encourages you. Most of all, I hope that
God is glorified through our work and that The Talon serves as an
example of a dream dedicated to Him.
Colleen Weimer, Editor in Chief