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Get Involved! ACPA Elections Open Until December 9, 2014
ACPA
Please exercise your right and responsibility to get involved. ACPA's elections process is open from November 25 through December 9. Visit the ACPA Elections Slate Web Page to view the candidates and their bios. Additionally, various Commissions are holding directorate board elections. Cast your vote today!
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Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities

Dec. 5 |  Massachusetts State Conference — Piloting the Field
Dec. 11-13 |  Leadership Educators Institute
Jan. 14-16, 2015 |  Ohio State Conference — Discover — Connect — Lead
Feb. 3-5, 2015 |  South Dakota State Conference — Together Toward Tomorrow
March 5-8, 2015 |  2015 Annual Convention in Tampa
March 7-8, 2015 |  Next Gen Conference


Most College Students Don't Graduate On Time
Smithsonian
From a purely dollars and cents perspective, going to college is an investment. Students are trading years of their working lives and tens of thousands of dollars (if not more) for the prospect of a better paying job in the future. But the economic valuation of a college degree loses some of its luster for every extra year students have to stay on campus. Yet as the New York Times reports, taking extra time to graduate has somehow become the norm—a trend that's only adding to student's often-crippling debt.
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Graduate Student Payment Plan For #ACPA15
ACPA
In order to make the convention experience more accessible to graduate students, we are pleased to offer a payment plan for graduate students. Graduate student members wishing to attend #ACPA15 can now pay registration in three monthly installments. To learn more about the process and how to get started, click here.
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Domestic Violence As Prevalent For College Students As Sexual Assault
PBS Newshour
On Black Friday, Nadia Ezaldein, a University of Chicago student, was working at a Chicago Nordstrom when her ex-boyfriend entered the store, found her in the accessories department, and shot her to death. It was her 22nd birthday. A day earlier, on Thanksgiving, Shannon Jones, a student at Cornell University, was allegedly strangled to death by her boyfriend during an argument. Police described the murder as a "domestic incident." The two cases are not the only abusive relationships to end in the death of a college student in recent months. In October, Cecilia Lam, a San Francisco State University student and advocate for the prevention of domestic violence, was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend.
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Join The Growing #ACPAgrow Community
ACPA
One of our association's core values is continuous professional development and personal of student affairs and student services professionals. ACPAgrow is a mentoring program, in which we match up mentors and protégés based on professional interests and background to participate in this 12 week program. We are looking for members like you to participate in our eight cohort of #ACPAgrow participants. To learn more about and sign up for this immersive professional development experience, start here.
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3 Ways International Students Can Find A Mentor In College
U.S. News & World Report
Coming to a new country to study abroad is not as easy as it might sound. Besides understanding the culture of a new country, international students often need to adapt to a new culture of studying and socializing, a new living environment and a new circle of friends. The benefit of having a mentor to help navigate these changes is invaluable. A mentor can share past experiences, help you become involved in more activities and introduce you to new friends. Mentors can help you have a better transition to the college experience away from home. If you're wondering how to find a mentor in college, the following suggestions might inspire you to take action.
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Join Us For A Community Conversation: Confronting Reality Doing What Matters To Get Things Right
ACPA
ACPA—College Student Educators International invites you to gather with us in a conversation and creating voice about confronting the reality of racism in our communities and on our campuses.
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College Students Are Vulnerable To Depression
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
Every student feels down sometimes. You don't get the grade you want on a chem midterm. Or your girlfriend tells you she wants to date someone else. But depression can be a serious problem when you're in college. Research conducted in 2011 by the American College of Health Association-National College Health Assessment (ACHANCHA) found that 30 percent of college students reported feeling "so depressed that it was difficult to function at some time in the past year." Depression is the No. 1 reason students drop out of school.
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Read Member Of The Week Chris Moody's Story
ACPA
I've been a member of ACPA for more than 16 years, but only became actively engaged in leadership within the last 6 years. I've always been an ACPA member who dabbled in many aspects of the Association: I attended convention regularly, was both an employer and candidate at Career Central, presented programs and pre-conference workshops, and enjoyed the networks available through joining Committees, Standing Committees and State Divisions. It was through these amazing experiences that I found my professional voice and realized that I could contribute in meaningful ways to the field.
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Do 80 Percent Of Top Students Really Get Into An Elite College?
Slate
Pretty much the entire academic-industrial complex has an interest in convincing high school students that it's really, really hard to get into a good college. Universities love to brag about their low acceptance rates, which help them scale the rankings. Test-prep companies and admissions consultants play up the competitiveness of the admissions race to justify their fees. And so we get a regular diet of articles about how it's harder than ever for kids to win that ticket to the school of their dreams.
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Early Registration Rates In Effect Through December 19
ACPA
The 2015 ACPA Annual Convention is 89 days away and we welcome you to Tampa with open arms. We have an amazing slate of keynote speakers planned, Pecha Kucha presentations lined up, a variety of program sessions and career development support through Career Central at Convention. You can save $50 on your registration through Friday, December 19! Your pass to #ACPA15 is a few clicks away, register today!
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International Attendees Welcome Webinar
ACPA
The Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development and ACPA IO staff will be hosting a webinar for international colleagues attending the 2015 Convention on December 15th at 3:00pm. EST. The webinar will provide an overview of onsite logistics, opportunities for programming and professional development, and much more.
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The Commission For Wellness Webinars
ACPA
The Commission for Wellness is hosting a free webinar, Preparing Our Staff For Healthier Students: Lessons and Leadership with David S. Anderson, of George Mason University. Issues including stress management, relationship health, mental health and nutrition will be discussed in relation to data revealed from a national survey of student affairs practitioners and additional assessments. Attention to next steps for campus leadership, through student affairs practice and with preparation programs, are highlighted. Sessions will be Monday, December 8, 12-1 pm EST REGISTER and Tuesday, December 9, 12-1 pm EST REGISTER. Feel free to contact cortney.loui@asu.edu if you have questions.
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Commission For Admissions, Orientation, And First-Year Experience Webinars
ACPA
Today at 1pm - 2pm EST Part 1: Incorporating Technology into Orientation Programming - From communicating with incoming students, to engaging them during orientation, and finally maintaining contact post-orientation, learn about innovative ways that campuses are incorporating technology into their orientation programming. Click here to register for Part 1. Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 2pm - 3pm EST Part 2: Exploring Orientation Registration/Attendee Management Systems and Options - Thinking about improving the effectiveness of your orientation registration system? Find out more about the options available from campuses currently using them! Click here to register for Part 2. Participation is limited to 100 viewing sites. Individuals on the waitlist will receive a link to the recorded webinar. For questions, please e-mail Patty Witkowsky, AOFYE Directorate Member.
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ACPA Foundation Diamond Honoree Class
ACPA
It's time for ACPA members to support the research, scholarship and professional development of our field by celebrating the ACPA Foundation Diamond Honoree Class of 2015! We encourage all ACPA members to visit the Diamond Honoree website to meet the Class of 2015 and make donations in their honor. All donors will be invited to a special reception at the ACPA 2015 Convention in Tampa, FL. Questions about the Diamond Honoree Program can be directed to Dr. Keith Humphrey at humphrey@calpoly.edu.
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