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Student Affairs in Higher Education Well-Represented at American College Personnel Association Convention

Posted on 4/11/2012 12:12:23 PM

Students, alumni, and faculty of the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) department gathered with nearly 4,000 higher education professionals across the country at the annual convention of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) March 24-27, 2012, in Louisville, Ky.

Among educational programs presented by SAHE faculty and current students were: “Sorority Women’s Attitudes Toward Lesbian Membership” (Emilie Campbell); “Conversations on Culture: Experiencing the Transatlantic Dialogue” (Andee Fisher and John Mueller); and “Atheist College Students: Voices, Experiences, and Insights” (John Mueller). Programs presented by SAHE alumni included: “Engaging International Students” (Kate Adams, '11); “Crafting New Career Development Professionals: An Internship Program” (Jennifer Frick, '01); and “Promising Practice — From Police Officers to Nurses: Changing the Reporting Frame for RAs” (David Tiscione, '10).

Second-year students Kelli Aylor, Joe Benyish, and R.C. Stabile were the recipients of the Dodge/Kelly ACPA Scholarship. This scholarship, provided by SAHE alumni (’06) Michael Dodge and Deena Kelly, provides financial support to selected second-year SAHE students and covers the cost of their registration for the ACPA convention.

Other notable activities at the convention include leadership roles assumed by alumna Jennifer Ferrell ('05) as chairperson of the Standing Committee for Women and John Mueller as chairperson for the Commission on Professional Preparation. Alumna Ashley Fowler ('11) was acknowledged at the ACPA Awards Reception as this year's recipient of the Gerald Saddlemire Masters Research Award for her thesis research on women and intimate partner violence. Current SAHE student Diane Eshleman began her service as an ACPA ambassador. Finally, Linda Hall, chairperson of the SAHE department, hosted a reception on Monday, March 26, for SAHE students and alumni in celebration of the department's 40th anniversary.

ACPA is one of the leading professional associations serving more than 8,500 student affairs practitioners, graduate preparation faculty members, and graduate students in the student affairs profession.