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Volunteer At #ACPA15
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 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

Teaching Students How To Learn Without Study Drugs
In a shifting economy without any assurances of success, there's a lot of pressure on students to succeed in school. More and more kids are going to college and the application process is competitive. To help stand out, students are taking on tougher course loads, along with extracurricular activities and leadership roles. In order to pack everything in, some kids turn to prescription drugs like Adderall and Ritalin to stay awake and focus on school work and test prep. They can obtain the medication from doctors, peers and sources they find online. However, many of these students, both in high school and in college, don’t know the physical or neurological ramifications of taking drugs that haven’t been prescribed to them by a doctor.
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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.

#ACPA15 Convention Mobile Resources
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 (link to: for the latest schedule and many other exciting features!
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Educating College Students On Drinking Risks Can Temporarily Help Lessen Drinking Behaviors
Medical Express
Briefly counseling college students on the dangers of binge drinking is effective in lowering heavy drinking levels among many students, but only temporarily. Three out of four will be right back where they started a year later, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. Extremely heavy drinkers, mostly men who play drinking games and are the least concerned about their drinking, were also the least likely to respond to any short-term counseling efforts, according to the yearlong study of 1,040 college students. The findings appear in the APA Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
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Help Us Empassion The Next Gen(eration) Of Professionals!
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)
Study: College Students Are Transferring Before Graduating (The Plain Dealer)
Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading In Print. Yes, You Read That Right. (The Washington Post)
Professors Question Traditional Four-Year Residential College Model (Los Angeles Times)

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3 Surefire Tips For Managing Stress As A College Student
USA Today
Not all stress is bad, though, according to an article in Psychology Today. There's unhealthy stress, which could interfere with concentration and sleep, higher blood pressure and cause headaches. And there's healthy stress, which is a managed-and-balanced stress that can motivate, lead to personal growth and can be achieved by learning how to cope. To achieve that healthy stress, here are three of the best tips on managing stress as a college student.
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Student Affairs Assessment Institute Scholarship
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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Going Global 2015: Challenges Facing The World's Largest Higher Education Systems
University World News
Nine of the largest higher education systems in the world will convene at the Going Global conference in London this year to debate the impact of the greatest global massification of higher education ever experienced. India, China, Brazil, Nigeria, Russia, Pakistan, Indonesia, the United States and the United Kingdom together enrol more than half of the world's higher education students. They are facing unprecedented challenges — how they evolve in the coming decade will have enormous implications for all of us.
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LGBTQ Summer Academy: Discount Rate For The Campus Pride Professional Academy For LGBTQ Advisors This Summer 2015
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 or email
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Should Students Be Required To Work In College?
The Wall Street Journal
Some would say a lot of demands are placed on college students. They're expected to study hard, learn about life and be on their way to successful careers by the time they graduate. Many college students need to take out loans or find jobs to help pay their tuition. Others say college students don't realize how good they have it. Going to class and graduating on time can seem easy in contrast with raising a family. Compared with many classmates, those whose parents pay their tuition and who graduate without debt are luckier still. Could there be benefits for all students, fortunate and less fortunate, if colleges required them to work? It might lower college costs and help more students afford tuition. Then again, when many of the jobs provided are likely to be uninteresting, it might degrade one's overall college experience.
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SCLGBTA Paul Hart Memorial Fund 5K Run/Walk
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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Commission For Student Involvement (CSI) Professional Dress Clothing Drive
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 or Sarah Hermsmeier, CSI Chair, at

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