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Lowery, Benjamin, and Mueller Speak at American College Personnel Association Convention

Mimi Benjamin, assistant professor, and John Wesley Lowery and John Mueller, professors in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE), each presented multiple sessions at the American College Personnel Association annual convention on March 30–April 2, 2014, in Indianapolis, Ind.

Benjamin presented “What DIDN’T I Learn? Student Stories of Co-curricular Learning,” which highlighted three studies focused on the learning outcomes experienced by students through the cocurricular roles of peer judicial board member, orientation leader, and resident advisors. She also served as a panelist for two sessions: “Transitioning from Administrator to Faculty Member: Reorganizing Your Strengths to Reinvent Your Career” and “Investing Time for Scholarship as a Practitioner: Beginning the Process.” Benjamin serves on the directorate of the association’s Commission for Professional Preparation.

Lowery presented three educational sessions at the convention: “Packing Heat: Guns, Concealed Carry, and Campus Safety,” “Complying with the Campus SaVE Act: Preparing for Implementation,” and “Graduate Preparation in Student Affairs: A Centennial Celebration.” Lowery was also presented with the Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues’ highest award: the Tracy R. Teele Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the area of student conduct affairs and legal issues.

Mueller presented two educational sessions at the convention: “Theist College Students’ Attitudes Toward Their Atheist Peers” with graduate student Lauren Donahue (’14) and “Faitheism: Fostering Interfaith Conversations that Include Atheists and Agnostics.” Mueller also completed his two-year term as chairperson of the association’s Commission for Professional Preparation.

Other highlights of the convention included Holley Belch, professor, and Lowery being inducted as Diamond Honorees of the ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation. In addition, the association remembered the loss of David DeCoster at its annual business meeting. 

The American College Personnel Association is one of two leading professional associations for student affairs in higher education. More than 3,200 student affairs practitioners, graduate preparation program faculty, and graduate students attended the national conference this year.   

For more information on Benjamin’s presentations, please e-mail her at mbenjami@iup.edu.

For more information on Lowery’s presentations, please e-mail him at john.lowery@iup.edu, or visit his website.

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