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Uptick In College Students Seeking Counseling, Financial Support
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Depression, anxiety and stress typically rise when teens enter college, and the risk is highest among students who try to cope in unhealthy ways, such as abusing cigarettes, alcohol or drugs (think "Animal House"); denying they have any problems, or blaming themselves for their difficulties, according to a University of Kentucky study published earlier this year in the journal Issues in Mental Health Nursing. More

Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
Oct. 7-9 |  Michigan College Personnel Association Annual Conference
Oct. 11-12 |  Wisconsin College Personnel Association Fall Conference
Oct. 12 |  The MCPA Fall Conference and ACPA East Coast Graduate Fair
Oct. 21-23 |  Residential Curriculum Institute
Oct. 21-23 |  CSPA-NYS Annual Conference
Oct. 24 |  Campus Sustainability Day 2012
Nov. 1-4 |  2012 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference
Nov. 8-9 |  2012 Senior Student Affairs Officers Symposium
Dec. 9-11 |  Leadership Educators Institute
Jan. 26-30 |  Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute
Mar. 4-7 |  ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Annual Convention
April 3-5 |  Alcohol Policy 16

75th Anniversary: The Student Personnel Point Of View
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To honor the 75th anniversary of the publication The Student Personnel Point of View of 1937, the Commission for Professional Preparation invited scholars to reflect on this foundational document for the student affairs field. This monograph contains a reproduction of the original document as it appeared along with a collection of essays wherein the authors reflect on the significance and enduring value of the document. ACPA members receive a complimentary download here.

Muslims From Abroad Are Thriving In Catholic Colleges
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Arriving from Kuwait to attend college here, Mai Alhamad wondered how Americans would receive a Muslim, especially one whose head scarf broadcasts her religious identity. At any of the countless secular universities she might have chosen, religion — at least in theory — would be beside the point. But she picked one that would seem to underline her status as a member of a religious minority. She enrolled at the University of Dayton, a Roman Catholic school, and she says it suits her well. More

Have you registered to attend the upcoming ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Convention?
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Join thousands of your colleagues, peers and students from March 4-7, 2013 in our co-located event with NIRSA: Leaders In Collegiate Recreation in Las Vegas. Watch a clip from the 2013 Convention Planning Team.

Lesson For College Freshman: Top Ten For Mental Health
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Considering that suicide is the second highest cause of death among college students, here are some tips on how suicide and depression might be avoided. The hope is these students will understand that mental health is important for all of us, not just those of us tagged with a predisposition for mental illness. More

Survey: Harassment Of Gay Students Declining
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Harassment of homosexual students is declining at U.S. schools, but the vast majority still report name-calling or threats, according to a survey. The drop in anti-gay harassment follows the adoption of anti-discrimination measures at more schools, according to the 2011 National School Climate Survey by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. More

Student Affairs History Project
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The Student Affairs History Project was launched in 2006 to preserve the past and enrich the future through the provision of resources to assist those interested in conducting research on the history of the student affairs profession. The site has a number of resources for those interested in teaching about or researching the history of the student affairs profession. More

US Colleges Have Made Huge Endowment Gains
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Led by big investment gains in 2011, U.S. colleges have built investment behemoths and rainy day funds of more than $408 billion, and most have recouped recession losses, according to a USA Today analysis. But parents and students are unlikely to see much of a break in tuition. In 2011, 74 U.S. schools had endowments of more than $1 billion, compared with 54 schools in 2009 after the recession hit, according to data collected annually by the National Association of College and University Business Officials and analyzed by USA Today. More

Webcast: Beyond Compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act
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All institutions of higher education are required to comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) through annual notification and biennial review. This webinar will discuss the federal requirements of the DFSCA and prepare participants to leave with plans for being in, or staying in, compliance with this important federal law. Register.

The Mental Health Crisis On Campus
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In late August, as the first leaves changed from green to red and gold, university ghost towns were coming back to life. Residences were dusted out. Classrooms were readied. Textbooks were purchased—and new outfits, new computers, new posters to decorate dorm room walls. Amid this bustle, construction workers at Cornell University began installing steel mesh nets under seven bridges around campus. They overlook the scenic gorges for which Ithaca, N.Y., is known; in early 2010, they were the sites of three Cornell student suicides of a total of six that year. Students cross the bridges daily on their way to class. More

The Commission For Student Involvement E-Series
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Student Involvement Assessment and Research: Measuring Student Learning
Sept. 20 from 1-2 p.m. EST
Student Involvement can be difficult to assess. As the field and profession moves beyond simple programmatic evaluation to more direct measurement of learning outcomes, it is important for student affairs practitioners to have the skills and competencies to measure student learning. Register.

Creating Leaders who Change the World Tuesday
Oct. 2nd at noon CST
In this webcast, Jason Connell, executive director of Ignited Leadership, will discuss the findings from this three years of practice research. More importantly, he will share low-cost, high-impact strategies that you can use to help turn your students into effective modern leaders who change themselves, their campus, their country, and ultimately, our wider global community. Register.


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