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Volunteer At #ACPA15
ACPA
As you put the finishing touches on your convention schedule, don't forget to spare a few hours to volunteer at #ACPA15! Volunteering at the Annual Convention in Tampa is a great way to give back to the association, learn about the behind scenes convention planning and meet new colleagues in the profession! Signing up is only a few clicks away!
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Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities

March 5-8 |  2015 Annual Convention in Tampa
March 7-8 |  Next Gen Conference
June 7-10 |  About Campus Writers Retreat
June 13-17 |  2015 Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute
June 17-19 |  Student Affairs Assessment Institute
June 28-30 |  Phyllis Mable New Professional's Institute
June 22-24 |  2015 Conference on College Men
Oct. 18-21 |  2015 Residential Curriculum Institute
Nov. 1-3 |  2015 Institute on Social Justice
Nov. 8-11 |  Aspiring SSAO Institute
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Study: College Students Are Transferring Before Graduating
The Plain Dealer
Colleges should not be judged by how many of their freshmen graduate in six years because many students transfer and graduate from another institution, a new report says. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center studied where students enrolled in two- and four-year colleges and where they graduated. "In the majority of states, not tracking completions elsewhere would have resulted in reporting at least one-third of students who started in four-year public institutions as dropouts," the report said.
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#ACPA15 Convention Mobile Resources
ACPA
The #ACPA15 Tampa Convention Team invites you to utilize Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for this year's Convention using the hashtag #ACPA15. You can also download the convention app from CrowdCompass for the latest schedule and many other exciting features!
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Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading In Print. Yes, You Read That Right.
The Washington Post
Frank Schembari loves books — printed books. He loves how they smell. He loves scribbling in the margins, underlining interesting sentences, folding a page corner to mark his place. Schembari is not a retiree who sips tea at Politics and Prose or some other bookstore. He is 20, a junior at American University, and paging through a thick history of Israel between classes, he is evidence of a peculiar irony of the Internet age: Digital natives prefer reading in print. "I like the feeling of it," Schembari said, reading under natural light in a campus atrium, his smartphone next to him. "I like holding it. It's not going off. It's not making sounds."
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Help Us Empassion The Next Gen(eration) Of Professionals!
ACPA
Is someone you know interested in student affairs/higher education work? Encourage them to attend the Next Generation Conference held in conjunction with the ACPA Annual Convention. The registration fee of $125 provides access to both the full Convention and Next Gen. Learn more information and register today!
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Cyberbullying Often Goes Unchecked
Psych Central
New research suggests people tend to avoid direct confrontation with a cyberbully, even when they have an opportunity to make a difference. In a new study, 221 college students participated in an online chat room in which they watched a fellow student get "bullied" right before their eyes. Only 10 percent of the students who noticed the abuse directly intervened, either by confronting the bully online or helping the victim. Although the abuse wasn't real — the bully and the victim were part of the experiment — the participants didn’t know that.
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Student Affairs Assessment Institute Scholarship
ACPA
Two scholarships covering full registration costs will be awarded to attend the Assessment Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. To apply, please complete the online application. Please email Karla Thoennes with any questions. For more information on the 2015 Assessment Institute, please visit the Institute's webpage.
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Online Degrees Let Students Tap Their Intellectual, Creative Side
U.S. News & World Report
After graduating with a bachelor's degree from Virginia Military Institute in 2009, Alex Oliver became an officer in the U.S. Army. He spent a few years watching with jealousy as his friends went on to earn master's degrees, feeling like he couldn't follow in their footsteps due to his frequent moves with the military. Then, in 2013, he realized he could pursue a master's in international relations online — and anywhere — through American University. Whether the degree led to a promotion afterward was irrelevant.
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Commission For Student Involvement (CSI) Service Project
ACPA
Sponsored by the ACPA Commission for Student Involvement (CSI), the Annual Convention Service Project will take place on Thursday, March 5th at 8 am-12:30 pm. Participants will volunteer in teams with one of three Tampa community partners: Feeding America Tampa Bay, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, and Tampa Heights Jr Civic Association.

Register online today to reserve your spot at or register on site in Tampa at our table near the Welcome Center located in the Tampa Convention Center — 2nd Level Foyer.

The ACPA Convention Service Project is a wonderful way to meet colleagues, support the Tampa community, and to engage in the Commission's values of integration with the larger community. Help us put these values into action and register for the Convention Service Project today!

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Cantrell Perkins, CSI Convention Service Project Coordinator, at sarah.perkins@gatech.edu or Sarah Hermsmeier, CSI Chair, at shermsmeier@uky.edu.

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Professors Question Traditional Four-Year Residential College Model
Los Angeles Times
One of the greatest presumptions in U.S. higher education is that a traditional undergraduate degree, earned in four years while living on or near campus, is a good way to prepare young people to get a job and become well-rounded thinkers, at least according to Mitchell Stevens. Stevens, a Stanford University education professor, argues that large, prestigious universities like his are too slow to adjust to changing times. He lists the problems he sees: undergraduates who don't learn much, according to some studies; costs that can be astronomical; and increasing evidence that colleges struggle to deal with sexual assaults.
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LGBTQ Summer Academy: Discount Rate For The Campus Pride Professional Academy For LGBTQ Advisors This Summer 2015
ACPA
Do you enjoy advising LGBT college students, but wish you could be more equipped and the most effective with the best information, tools and resources? Campus Pride has the skill-building retreat just for you — the LGBT​Q​ Professional Academy for Advisors (aka Advisor BOOTCAMP).The five day retreat is in coordination with Camp Pride and brings together LGBT​Q​ student advisors and higher education staff who support LGBT​Q​ youth from around the country. At the academy, you will have the opportunity to learn new knowledge, enhance your skills as well as collaborate with others who share your passion for advising and creating safer, more welcoming communities. The academy is for you if you want a summer professional enrichment on LGBT​Q​ issues and concerns. Until May ​1​, 2015, you can receive an early discount off the registration. Go online to www.CampusPride.org/Bootcamp or email info@campuspride.org.
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SCLGBTA Paul Hart Memorial Fund 5K Run/Walk
ACPA
The ACPA Standing Committee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness, CSI, and Commission for Wellness will co-sponsor the Paul Hart Memorial Fund 5K Run/Walk on Friday, March 6th beginning at7:30am. At this fun-spirited event we will welcome all runners and walkers to participate as a benefit to the Paul Hart Memorial Fund. Registration will be in the Embassy Suites Lobby beginning at 6:30am on Friday. The course for the event will leave from behind the Marriott Tampa Waterside and continue along the beautiful Riverwalk Park! To register for the 5K, click here. If you aren't interested in participating or not going to be in Tampa, you can participate by donating to the Paul Hart Memorial Fund by clicking here. If you have any questions
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Mood Disorders In Graduate And Undergraduate Students: A Personal, Scientific, And Cultural Perspective
ACPA
"A prevalent, memorable question is always: 'Do you no longer enjoy activities that you used to enjoy?' It is simple, to the point and for me, and many others, it was the take-home question—even though my friends and I often teased each other with it. I believe now that the answer to that particular question is the most telling single indicator of a mood disorder."
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Commission For Student Involvement (CSI) Professional Dress Clothing Drive
ACPA
The Commission for Student Involvement (CSI) will sponsor a Professional Dress Clothing Drive to benefit Dress for Success Tampa. This is yet another way for ACPA Convention-goers to give back to the local community! As you pack your bags, be sure to add in new or gently used professional clothing to donate to Dress for Success Tampa.

A collection bin will be located at our table near Convention registration, located in the Tampa Convention Center — 2nd Level Foyer. Donations will be accepted through Saturday at 12pm. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Cantrell Perkins, CSI Convention Project Coordiantor at sarah.perkins@gatech.edu or Sarah Hermsmeier, CSI Chair, at shermsmeier@uky.edu.

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Healthy Minds Network (HMN) Announcements
ACPA
1) HMN has launched an interactive data interface allowing users to examine data from the Healthy Minds Study and the Healthy Bodies Study: data.healthymindsnetwork.org.

2) HMN is recruiting campuses for its survey studies. The Healthy Minds Study examines student mental health and related issues. The Healthy Bodies Study examines students' behaviors and attitudes around eating/body image. Join a growing network of over 100 colleges and universities that have participated in recent years! Details at healthymindsnetwork.org/for-schools/participate.

3) This year's College Mental Health Research Symposium will be held March 10-11, 2015 at University of Michigan: healthymindsnetwork.org/events/research-symposium. The Symposium precedes the Depression on College Campuses Conference (March 11-12, 2015).

4) The next HMN webinar will be Tuesday, March 31 (3-4pm ET) and will focus on sleep interventions for college populations. RSVP to healthyminds@umich.edu.

5) Check out Athletes Connected, recently featured in the Huffington Post: www.athletesconnected.umich.edu.

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