OK, so I finally gave in and used a gambling reference in homage to our profession's upcoming convention in Las Vegas (March 4-7, 2013). Don't hate me forever. It's just reflective of the environment I have been in this week.
I'm sitting in the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas reflecting on the successful ACPA Summer Leadership Meeting this week. Leaders from the State and International Divisions, Standing Committees, Commissions, Governing Board and Convention 2013 Planning Team came together to advance the leadership that ACPA offers the profession. I have never been with a group of ACPA leaders when we didn't over-achieve for our members, and this week was no different. We were even joined by the leadership of our Convention 2013 co-location partners, NIRSA, to enhance plans for our groundbreaking partnership.
Your ACPA leadership discussed the upcoming ACPA Strategic Plan, reviewed the fantastic results from our recent member survey, visioned for the future, outlined upcoming professional development experiences and publications, and toured the facilities that will host all of student affairs at the 2013 Convention. I can tell you this....the coming years will be major ones for ACPA, and you will be proud to be a member.
We enjoyed being in Las Vegas; it's hard not to in a city like this. They truly try to create an experience that is unique, memorable and inclusive of all who come to visit. Wait, that sounds like the work we do on our campuses. We just don't have all-you-can-eat buffets. Wait, we do too!
State Presidents, Standing Committee and Commission Chairs, and all other leaders are leaving energized and ready to transform student affairs and higher education. If you are not a member of one of these groups, now would be a great time to log in to your online member profile to ensure you are getting these group's communications. I know when you leave Las Vegas after the convention in March you will leave with the same sense of energy that only ACPA can provide.
And, for the record, I didn't even put one nickel into a slot machine.
Dr. Keith Humphrey