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ACPA President's Blog: The Kitchen Table
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It's a time a year when many gather with their family to celebrate the season. I look forward to spending time with my partner and children and our extended family. It's also a time of year when I spend time with the family I choose. My ACPA family. One of the best parts of ACPA are the relationships that we develop with colleagues around the country. Over the years I have been fortunate to grow friendships with a key group of trusted friends. We get together at some point each fall, around someone's kitchen table for the weekend, to talk about the profession and our goals for each other in the coming year. We talk about how we can support each other in achieving our goals. More

Upcoming ACPA Professional Development Opportunities
Jan. 26-30 |  Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute
Feb. 4 - 6 |  Institute for Aspiring SSAOs — Exploring Diverse Identities & Vocation
Feb. 11-12 |  A Veteran Symposium for Higher Education
Mar. 3-4 |  2013 Next Generation Conference (Undergraduates only)
Mar. 4-7 |  ACPA 2013 Las Vegas Annual Convention
April 3-5 |  Alcohol Policy 16

10 Colleges With The Most Students In Sororities
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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. More

Innovation Grant Applications Are Now Available!
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Innovation Grant Applications are now available online! Visit the grants website for information about grant guidelines, the application and award process, ranking criteria and the application form. The ACPA Innovation Grants Team may allocate no more than $10,000 annually (fiscal year) for Innovation Grants submitted by ACPA members and entity groups. Two types of grants will be established: A pool of $5000 is available for grants for entity groups and a pool of $5000 is available for individual innovation grants. Grants amounts can vary but the maximum grant that will be awarded per request is $1000. In addition, ACPA is excited to announce the newly selected members of the inaugural Innovation Grants Team responsible for reviewing grant submissions and serving as innovation liaisons to grant recipients. Our 2013 Innovation Grants Team includes, Tony Doody (Director of Student Life, Rutgers, NJ) and Carrie (Martin) Grogan (Associate Director, Campus Programs University of Illinois, Chicago — IL). More

Living Cheap Enough?
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With national student debt now surpassing credit card debt and possibly reducing graduate school enrollment, discussions about debt have moved out of institutional financial aid offices and into the larger discourse on graduate school reform. "It can't have escaped notice that it's not just the year of the MOOC, it's also the year of student debt," Daniel Denecke, associate vice president of programs and best practices for the Council of Graduate Schools, told deans during the organization's annual meeting. "Student debt topped $1 trillion this year for the first time." More

Institute For Aspiring SSAOs: Exploring Diverse Identities And Vocation
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The path to a Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) role can be complicated and mysterious. It can also be especially challenging for those who have underrepresented identities. ACPA is proud to offer the Institute for Institute for Aspiring SSAOs: Exploring Diverse Identities and Vocation, a new professional development opportunity designed and facilitated by a faculty team of highly-experienced and diverse SSAOs from various types of institutions. More

Puppies: The New College Recruits
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They slobber, they poop, they yap; but they're also cute, playful and love unconditionally. Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with the help of Therapeutic Paws of Canada, has fashioned a room filled with puppies where stressed-out students can go to relax. It's only logical that if pet therapy can help people with diabetes, autism, and depression, it can help anxious college undergrads. By removing the responsibility of caring for a dog, the puppy room at Dalhousie allows students to get all the good that comes with chillin' with a puppy (cuddling, licking, petting) without the bad (poop-scooping, walking, feeding). More

Job Seekers It Is Time To Take Advantage Of Career Central (C2)
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Career Central (C2) is ACPA's year-round online job search portal. C2 allows job seekers to post resumes and search positions at anytime — at no cost! ACPA members benefit from Career Development Resources from experts in the field. All positions posted to Career Central are shared with our network via email, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. With our premier job search platform you are sure to find the ideal position. More

Has High School Become College And College Become High School?
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Thomas G. Plante, a professor of Psychology and director of the Spirituality and Health Institute at Santa Clara University, writes: "I wonder if high school has become college while college has become high school over recent years. What do I mean by that? Well high school seems to be pressure cookers of late. Students are expected to take many AP classes as early as their sophomore year (age 15 or so), excel in sports, music, and/or drama, take extensive standardized test prep training (for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT), do lots of community service, and oh by the way, start an orphanage in a 3rd world country to boot!" More

Can Students Force Colleges To Divest Oil, Gas Stocks?
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In the 1980s, American students angered by the system of apartheid in South Africa successfully campaigned to demand that their colleges and other institutions divest from companies doing businesses in the region. Climate change activists are now hoping to do the same with respect to oil, gas and coal companies. According to a report in the New York Times, college students at more than 100 campuses nationwide are pressuring their university endowment funds to sell off holdings in fossil fuel companies like Exxon Mobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP and Alpha Natural Resources in order to push the issue of climate change back into the national political limelight. More


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