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ACPA President's Blog: Now, I Get It
We've all sent an e-mail to our Vice President and not received a response…sometimes for days ... or weeks. Count me in this category. I would wonder ... what did I say? Is she mad at me? Did I suggest something stupid? Well, today was day five of me being a Vice President and if you are one of those 500+ folks that are waiting for a response from me ... well, sorry. Read this first and you will get it. I get it now.
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Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
Feb. 14 |  The New C3 Webcast: Networking: Maximizing the Convention Experience & Developing Job Search Connections
Feb. 20 |  The New C3 Webcast: Can I Live and Work Here: Navigating the Campus Visit
Feb. 27 |  The New C3 Webcast: WebcastMoney Talk: Evaluating the Job Offer & Salary Negotiation
Mar. 3-4 |  2013 Next Generation Conference (Undergraduates only)
Mar. 4-7 |  ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Annual Convention
April 3-5 |  Alcohol Policy 16
June 28-30 |  2013 Student Affairs Assessment Institute

Higher Education Trends: MOOCs, Tablets, Gamification And Wearable Tech
As tech tools continue to proliferate with new launches and new products, it's difficult to predict what will stick and what won't. A recently released report by the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative tries to sift through the fads and find the few that will have a real impact on education in the next few years. What's worth noting? Sometimes what seemed impossible only a few years ago has already become a new trend. The 2013 NMC Horizon's Report on Higher Education, which brings together international experts in education and technology, attempts to take the pulse of emerging technologies in higher education and predict where the field will move in the near, middle and far term.
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Featured ACPA Sponsor: Seabrook House
Seabrook House is a private CARF-accredited addiction treatment center. The main campus, in Bridgeton (New Jersey), provides detox, inpatient, outpatient, and women's high-end extended care treatment programs, Changes for Women. Their 90-day luxury transitional living facility for men, Seabrook House West, is located in Pennsylvania. Their regional office is in New York City, along with additional outpatient offices in Cherry Hill and Northfield, New Jersey. Please Contact Clinical Outreach Director, Zina Rodriguez at 646-821-1221.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Freshmen Students Say Rankings Aren't Key Factor In College Choice (U.S. News & World Report)
Several Campuses Are Disrupted By Outage In Course-Management Systems (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Study Says Many College Students Underemployed After Graduation (NPR)
Universities Turn To Tumblr To Reach Prospective Students (TIME)
Social College Students May Receive Higher Grades (U.S. News & World Report)

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Does Student Affairs Need A Technology MOOC? #saMOOC
Inside Higher Ed
Massive Open Online Courses are all about open access with a large number of students. The "#saMOOC" could be the perfect place for student affairs graduate students and practitioners to learn about new technologies. A separate MOOC about strategic communications would be nice too. But let's not get greedy.
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Universities Turn To Tumblr To Reach Prospective Students
Back when planking was sweeping the Internet, encouraging people everywhere to photograph themselves lying flat in odd places, students at the University of Chicago were cooking up a meme of their own. Crouching down bowlegged, raising their arms like claws and sticking out their tongues, they were phoenixing — posing like the phoenix in the university's official seal.

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10 Colleges With The Most Students In Sororities
U.S. News & World Report
What do Katie Couric, Sheryl Crow, Condoleezza Rice, and Jennifer Garner have in common — other than their incredibly successful careers? Each pledged a sorority while she was in college. Nationwide, more than 300,000 female undergraduate students are members of a sorority, according to an annual report by the National Panhellenic Conference, which includes 26 long-standing sororities.

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15 Best Cities For College Grads To Live, Find Work
More than half of employers say they plan to hire recent college grads this year, according to a survey by CareerBuilder — but where? The job website released the "Top 15 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates" list, the fifth iteration of its collaboration with

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Asian Pacific American Network Publishing For Beginners Webinar
Have you ever wondered how it is that people get published? What is involved? Do I have to be a faculty member or have my Ph.D.? These questions and more will be addressed during this Webinar, which is designed as a general overview of the publishing process for scholar-practitioners who are considering submitting work for publication. Concerns specific to publishing on Asian American issues will also be addressed. Presenters have backgrounds as scholar-practitioners or faculty and have been published in a variety of outlets. This Webinar will not address questions about specific manuscripts or provide editing/writing assistance. It will take place on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 10 AM PST/Noon CST/1 PM EST.
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College Leaders: Focus On Ensuring Students Get Degrees
The Washington Post
Higher education leaders made public a letter that is notable for stressing a point that should be obvious: "College completion must be our priority." Which raises the question: Since when has completion not been a priority?
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Volunteers Needed For ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Convention
Attending convention? A great way to get involved, meet new colleagues, and gain the most from your experience is to volunteer. Opportunities exist in many areas with no previous convention experience necessary. Our convention could not be a success without our many volunteers, so please consider signing up for a shift and encourage your colleagues to do the same.
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Digital Devices Invade Campus, And Networks Feel The Strain
The Chronicle of Higher Education
In mid-March 2011, wet weather and finals week forced many Ohio University students indoors. Inside campus libraries and dormitory rooms, thousands of students connected to the Internet not only to study with online systems like Blackboard but also to watch movies and TV shows on Netflix. The second, more leisurely activity was soon eating up the network's bandwidth, and slowed Blackboard to a crawl as students prepared for final examinations. Network technicians twice decided to restrict Netflix traffic, but both attempts unexpectedly backfired, causing Internet outages across the campus.
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College Health Plans Respond As Transgender Students Gain Visibility
The New York Times
Over the last decade, as activists started pushing colleges to accommodate transgender students, they first raised only basic issues, like recognizing a name change or deciding who could use which bathrooms. But the front lines have shifted fast, particularly at the nation's elite colleges, and a growing number are now offering students health insurance plans with coverage for gender reassignment surgery.
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