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#SACommits — The Two Faces Of Depression
By Gavin Henning, ACPA President
I'm sitting on my therapist's sofa, physically and emotionally distressed. "I need to try something different," I told her. In the year we had been working together, she had never seen me this upset. But this time felt different. This time was different. My wife and I had another fight about my drinking and my detachment. I thought it was the breaking point in my life. And our marriage.

That was the moment my life changed.

This post is a bit difficult to write. I am forced to reflect on my life in ways I haven't before and publicly share some behaviors of which I am ashamed. I am not someone who "puts myself out there." I am not, by nature, vulnerable. But as Brené Brown, the ACPA14 closing speaker and champion of daring greatly, tells us:
Vulnerability is not weakness, and the uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure we face every day are not optional. Our only choice is a question of engagement. Our willingness to own and engage with our vulnerability determines the depth of our courage and the clarity of our purpose; the level to which we protect ourselves from being vulnerable is a measure of our fear and disconnection (p. 2).
Perhaps this post represents the first step on my journey of engaging with my depression and accepting who I really am. (Read the full article here.)
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Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities

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 22-24 |  2015 Conference on College Men
June 28-30 |  Phyllis Mable New Professional's Institute
Oct. 18-21 |  2015 Residential Curriculum Institute
Nov. 1-3 |  2015 Institute on Social Justice
Nov. 8-11 |  Aspiring SSAO Institute
March 6-9, 2016 |  ACPA Annual Convention in Montréal

Study: Half Of College Students Switch Major In Second Year
When it comes to switching majors, University of Iowa senior Alex Pircer has been there and done that. Twice. Most recently going from marketing to interdepartmental studies, with an emphasis on community service. "I realized that I wanted to help people," Pircer said. "That's a big part of who I am. The best way for me to do that, I thought was to go into something that's more along the lines of counseling and advocacy." Pircer isn't alone, according to new research from the ACT.
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  Take SAMHSA's Prevention Pledge

Show your commitment to preventing substance abuse and mental disorders—Take the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Prevention Pledge! The pledge is part of National Prevention Week 2015, a national observance that celebrates the power of prevention. Share your stories and show that together, we can achieve more.

ACPA Now Accepting Nominations For Diamond Honorees!
The ACPA Foundation is pleased to announce it is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Class of Diamond Honorees.

Just as Keith Humphrey states in the video, nominees are expected to have demonstrated sustained contributions to ACPA, higher education, and the Student Affairs profession at the local, state, regional, national, or international levels. Following review of the nominations received by the ACPA Foundation Board of Trustees, the Diamond Honoree Class for 2016 will be selected.

Each Diamond Honoree is confirmed by raising a minimum of $2,500 to support the research, scholarship and professional development efforts of ACPA.

The Foundation invites you to consider nominating someone you believe is deserving of this honor. Those selected distinguished themselves as teachers, administrators, researchers, writers, and association leaders. The 2016 Class of Diamond Honorees will be recognized at the 2016 ACPA Annual Convention in Montreal, Canada. If your nomination is selected to be a Diamond Honoree, you will be responsible for championing the fundraising campaign on behalf of your Diamond Honoree's

To learn more about the Diamond Honoree program and view a list of those already recognized visit the ACPA Foundation web site. Nominations are due by June 5, 2015 and should be submitted electronically to Keith Humphrey Nomination packets should include a letter of nomination and a current resume/vita of the nominee. Additional letters of support are welcome and should be included with the nomination packet. Nomination packets should be sent as one email with all required items attached. Questions regarding the nomination process should be directed to Keith Humphrey at

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College Students Struggle With Exam Stress And Anxiety
The Digital Universe
A study of more than 2,000 senior college students says fear of lower grades and eventual job market failure are major factors in exam stress and anxiety. Students at campuses around the U.S. participated in the study, hosted by Stop Procrastinating. Survey results show that 64 percent of students worry that their exam stress is negatively affecting their grades and academic performance. Existing stresses stem from the the pressure to succeed academically and get a successful job after graduation. Stress is also linked to constant distractions such as social media and to a lack of motivation.
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ACPA Video On Demand
View the latest from ACPA Video on Demand. Recently added content include:
  • Dr. Mona Hicks, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at Saint Louis University discusses enacting social change with your head, heart and hands. Thinking deeply to address systems of oppression and disadvantage.
  • Dr. Kira Hudson Banks, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Saint Louis University discusses harnessing the power of your personal identity to start conversations and help create a movement around social justice in Leveraging Differences for Change.
  • Carl Williams, Academic Advisor and Financial Aid Coordinator at the University of Washington in St. Louis discusses the difficulties in attracting and retaining minorities on campus.
  • Joseph Nichols, Assessment Coordinator for the College of Education and Public Service at Saint Louis University discusses the clout that numerical data can hold in a political debate, and how you can structure an assessment program to influence change in Assessment Systems that Succeed.
Check out these and other critical issues on ACPA Video on Demand.

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Asking Too Much, Or Not Enough?
Inside Higher Ed
This spring, institutions that administered the campus sexual assault survey created by the Association of American Universities found some unexpected critics: students who had been assaulted and their advocates on campus. Advocates have long told colleges that they should conduct anonymous "climate surveys" to better assess the prevalence of sexual assault on their campuses. When the University of Michigan began soliciting responses to both the AAU survey and one of its own creation, some students said the language used in the survey's questions made them uncomfortable or even triggered dark memories of their assaults.
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New #SAPro? Join Us At The New Professionals Institute!
Have you been in the field less than five years? Then the Phyllis Mable New Professional's Institute is the program for you! This will be the last year that Peter Magolda and Jill Carnaghi lead the program, so don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to attend! Register today!
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    Study Has More Disturbing Findings About Campus Rape Of Freshmen Women (CNN)
3 Benefits Of Summer College Classes (USA Today)
College Campuses Are More Trans-Inclusive Than Ever, But Still Have A Long Way To Go (The Huffington Post)
4 Ways International Students Can Weigh Potential Majors (U.S. News & World Report)
Most Colleges See Fraternities As Among Their Top Liability Risks (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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What It Takes To Make The Class
The Chronicle of Higher Ed
In the popular imagination, admissions is about selection. But for many colleges, it's really about recruitment. Most of the work involves encouraging potential students to apply, and admitted ones to enroll. To illustrate how that works, the University of Evansville, a private institution in Indiana, shared the numbers of potential students it connected with at each stage of the admissions process that brought in its 2014 freshman class.
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Expanding Pathways To ACPA Leadership
Understanding how and why individuals choose to get involved in leadership roles in ACPA is critical to our organizational health, stability, and sustainability. It is important to explore and understand reasons individuals choose to get involved and continue involvement as well as possible barriers that prevent and limit involvement.

In the process of trying to ensure that ACPA's leadership pathways are open to all and reflect the values of the association, we are holding four focus groups over the next couple of months to continue to gather information about the facilitators and barriers to engagement.

Specifically we would like to learn more about experiences of the following populations of ACPA members:
  • Black and African American cis-male colleagues, under the age of 35
  • Native, First Nation, and Indigenous colleagues
  • Trans, Gender Queer, and Gender Non-Conforming colleagues
  • Latino/a colleagues
If you would be interested participating in one of these focus groups, please contact by 1, June, 2015. We are particularly interested in talking with people who are not currently in an ACPA Leadership position, nor have held one in the recent past.

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Amazon At Your Campus: The Next-Generation Campus Store
Publishers Weekly
Recently, Amazon quietly opened its second physical campus store at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Ind. The company opened its first Amazon Campus store — a 2,360-sq.-ft. location — at Purdue's Krach Leadership Center on February 3. A third Amazon store (roughly 3,000 sq. ft.) is slated to open at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in July, and the company's fourth store (roughly 2,200 sq.ft.) will open at University of California, Davis, early next year.
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Register Today For The Student Affairs Assessment Institute
The Student Affairs Assessment Institute is the premier professional development event for practitioners in the area of student affairs assessment and evaluation. New to this year's Institute is a pre-Institute program on Program Review, a process characterized by self-reflection and evaluation whereby one can critically assess all aspects of a department or functional unit. Register today to develop your assessment skills in this and other areas, and join keynote speaker Dr. Frank Shushok, Jr. and a team of experienced faculty in Louisville, Kentucky this June!
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Register Today: Theory To Practice To Outcomes: Connecting Student Development Theory To Community College Practice
The Commission for Two-Year Colleges, Morgan State University, and National Center for Student Development are sponsoring a drive-in conference on July 16 at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. The focus of the conference is utilizing student development theory in the community college and will be highlighted with a keynote address by Dr. Lee Knefelkamp, co-creator of the Practice-to-Theory-to-Practice model. Registration is only $75 and includes lunch. Learn more and register here.
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Registration Open For Lead365 National Conference, November 5th-7th
Early Bird Registration for the Lead365 National Conference is now open. This program will take place November 5-7 in Orlando, Florida. ACPA along with NASPA, NACA, and NCLP is endorsing the Lead365 National Conference in its mission to develop collegiate leaders and those professionals, graduate students and leadership educators dedicated to their success.
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Registration Open For Expanding The Circle: Advancing LGBTQ Initiatives In Higher Education, From The Classroom To The Campus Quad 2015 Summer Institute
This program will take place June 10-13, 2015 in San Francisco. ACPA members are eligible for a $150 discount. Utilize the code ETCACPA to access this discount. This program is designed for academic deans and administrators, campus counselors, faculty and faculty development specialists, student affairs professionals, students, and non-profit professionals who seek to advance LGBTQ issues and concerns in higher education. Goals of the 2015 Summer Institute will include creating greater inclusion for all members of our campus communities, and enriching the quality of education and scholarship in higher education through national coalition-building. More information on the seminar can be found here.
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Grant Opportunity with HHS: College Sexual Assault Policy And Prevention Initiative
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health and the Office on Women's Health has announced that there is $1.5 million in funding for up to 5 cooperative agreement awards for the College Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention Initiative. They are looking for grant applications for projects focused on policies to address sexual assault on college campuses. The awards will be used to enhance and implement sexual assault prevention policies through provision of national outreach and technical assistance, development of institutional partnerships, and creation of campus coalitions. For more information can be found here.
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