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ACPA Elections Are Open: Vote Now
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Among ACPA's values is inclusiveness in and access to association-wide involvement, leadership and decision-making. ACPA's elections is an open and inclusive one; please exercise your right and responsibility. ACPA's elections process is open from Nov. 26 through Dec. 10. During this time, ACPA members can view the candidates and cast their votes for leadership positions. Three Commissions are also holding their Chair elections during the same period of time. Only members of the Commissions holding elections will be able to vote. Visit the ACPA Elections Web site to view the candidates for each position and their bios, and cast your vote here.

Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
Dec. 2-4 |  Institute on Social Justice
Dec. 5-7 |  Symposium on Professional Development in Student Affairs
Dec. 5-7 |  Symposium on Service-Learning
Dec. 9-11 |  Leadership Educators Institute
Jan. 26-30 |  Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute
Feb. 4 - 6 |  Institute for Aspiring SSAOs — Exploring Diverse Identities & Vocation
Mar. 4-7 |  ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Annual Convention
April 3-5 |  Alcohol Policy 16


Americans Are Proud of U.S. Colleges But Not Of Their Direction
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Amid recession-era challenges in higher education and concerns about the nation's competitiveness, Americans are simultaneously proud of colleges in the United States and critical of the direction in which they're heading, according to the results of a national opinion poll released on Monday by Northeastern University. While a majority of those surveyed said American colleges are pre-eminent in the world, an overwhelming number saw a strong need for higher education to innovate in order to preserve its global competitive edge. More



ACPA Foundation: Give Back Today
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The ACPA Foundation is aspiring to be the premier philanthropic organization that promotes, supports, and enhances both student affairs research and educational leadership opportunities for all ACPA's global constituents. The ACPA Foundation can only do this with help and support from each of you. Robin Diana, ACPA Foundation President, challenges everyone to give to help support new research initiatives, new ACPA programs such as the Phyllis Mable New Professionals Institute, and honoring those who have made a difference in our field through the Diamond Honoree program. Participation from all of our members is key! Give $25, or any amount that you can, before the end of the year. More

Do Campus Smoking Bans Work?
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Jenna Johnson writes: "Nearly two years ago I wrote an article about how Towson University in Maryland was one of the first residential colleges in the region to enact an all-out ban on smoking anywhere on campus. Since then, these bans have become trendy on college campuses across the country. All of the schools in the University System of Maryland will be smoke-free by the start of next school year, as will be George Washington and American universities in the District. Nationally, more than 800 schools have banned smoking — and more than 600 of those schools forbid all tobacco products." More

Nominate LGBT And Ally Undergrads And Advisors For Campus Pride Voice & Action Awards
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Campus Pride's Voice & Action National Leadership Award program offers honorary national recognition highlighting the outstanding accomplishments of LGBT and ally young adult leaders and, in conjunction with ACPA, those advisors who work to support LGBT issues at colleges and universities across the United States. The recognition program is the only honor of its kind, focused on the work of undergraduate college students and the advisors who support them in their efforts to create positive change for LGBT and ally issues within their campus communities, local communities and region of the country. The deadline for student leader applications is Dec. 10, and the deadline for students to nominate advisors is Dec. 10. More

States Post Grads' Pay By College And Degree
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Eager to assess the value of a college education, a small but growing number of states are publishing databases comparing the earning power of degrees for recent graduates based on where they went to school. Virginia and Arkansas this fall published user-friendly search tools showing average first-year salaries for recent graduates of two- and four-year colleges in their states. Tennessee has published a similar tool for its public institutions. Texas, Colorado and Nevada are preparing to release similar data early next year, and several other states are poised to follow. More

Active Minds And The American Giving Awards
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Active Minds was founded on the hope of creating a world where no person dies by suicide, and every person who struggles gets the support he or she needs. Mental health issues are real, they impact all of us, and Active Minds is transforming the way society talks about the issues so no one is left struggling alone. Starting on Tuesday, Nov. 27, Active Minds joins 24 other charities (a verb is missing here?) the American Giving Awards presented by Chase. Voting is only the week of Tuesday, Nov. 27 - Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 12 p.m. EST. We hope you will join us by liking the Chase Facebook page, voting for Active Minds, and then asking your network to do the same. More

Stress In Students Could Lead To Depression, Self-Harm
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As the first semester comes to an end, stress levels start to increase, said Valerie Cox, a licensed clerical social worker and counselor at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. This stress students are dealing with can lead to subjects committing self harm such as cutting, burning and even death. According to helpquide.org, people harm themselves because it puts them back in control of the pain or depression they have felt from their surroundings. Cox said stress rate in students usually begins in October. With students being away from home, they want to have that feeling of being independent but sometimes take on too much, she said. More

North Carolina College Personnel Association (NCCPA) Research Symposium
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The NCCPA Research Symposium will be held at Appalachian State University on Feb. 1. Save the date for this low-cost, high quality professional development designed to engage college student affairs professionals in research, theory and applied practice! More

Survey: 64 Percent of College Students With Mental-Health Issues Drop Out
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Mental health may be a larger factor in college student success than previously thought. A majority of former students with mental illnesses dropped out for a mental-health related reason, according to a survey by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. There were 765 respondents in the survey, all from individuals diagnosed with a mental-health condition who currently are or were enrolled in college within the past five years. Of the respondents who participated, 64 percent no longer are enrolled in college. For some, the stigma associated with mental illnesses keeps them from seeking the help on campus that may allow them to suitably deal with their issues and stay in college, said Christopher Scott, associate clinical director of the University of Houston Counseling and Psychological Services. More

14th Annual White Privilege Conference On The Color Of Money: Reclaiming Our Humanity
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Since its inception in 1999, the founder, Eddie Moore Jr., has persisted beyond misperceptions of the White Privilege Conference's (WPC) name to present a transformational experience based on three tenets: understanding, connecting and respecting. The WPC has become a venue for fostering difficult and critical dialogues around white privilege, diversity, multicultural education and leadership, social and economic justice, and intersecting systems of privilege and oppression. More


 
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