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ACAF 2014 Graduate Student Essay Competitions Winners Announced

The 2014 ACA Foundation Graduate Student Essay competitions have come to a close and the 32 winning essayists are identified below. A record 400 essays were submitted for the annual competition, exceeding the 2013 entries by 139 essays.

ACA student members were competing for prizes in two essay competitions, the Future School Counselors Essay Competition (sponsored by the Roland and Dorothy Ross Trust) and the Graduate Student Essay Competition (sponsored by Gerald and Marianne Corey and Allen and Mary Bradford Ivey). Formal recognition of the winning essayists will take place at the ACA Conference and Exposition, March 27-30, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Gerald and Marianne Corey and Allen and Mary Bradford Ivey Graduate Student Essay Competition

Grand Prize Winner:  Everett Painter, University of Tennessee

Runners-up: (in alphabetical order)

  • Brad Carmichael, Old Dominion University
  • Julia Olson, Regis University
  • Sara Pomerantz, University of Vermont
  • Erin Wenzel, Antioch University Seattle
  • Tanya Willson, Barry University  

Honorable Mentions: (in alphabetical order)

  • Saihba Ali, Southern Methodist University
  • Elizabeth Ballenski, Colorado Christian University
  • Alice Boertje, Concordia University Chicago
  • Justin Cook, Missouri State University
  • David Ray Dingus, Lindsey Wilson College
  • Eric Esters, Argosy University
  • Katherine Kingra, Husson University
  • Arnold P. Sprague, University of Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • Justin Trout, Lindsey Wilson College
  • Lorilee Virnig, St. Mary’s of Minnesota

Roland and Dorothy Ross Trust Graduate Student Essay for Future School Counselors

Grand Prize Winner:  Claire Nawojchik, University of Virginia

Runners-up: (in alphabetical order)

  • Mary Feamster, Appalachian State University
  • Miranda Pool, Vanderbilt University
  • Laura Preston, Campbell University
  • Danielle Sheppard, Northeastern Illinois University
  • MaryBeth Yeaman, Purdue University

Honorable Mentions: (in alphabetical order)

  • Emily Bess, University of Virginia
  • Sisi L. Chen, University of Rochester Warner School of Education
  • Emily R. Hess, The George Washington University
  • Norma Leaf, Johns Hopkins University
  • Holly Shepherd, University of Virginia
  • Joe Murphy, Jr., University of Tennessee
  • Amanda Shapiro, Purdue University
  • Kristin Studle, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Tyler W. Wasson, Northwest Nazarene University
  • Jessie Youngblood, University of Northern Colorado

 

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Help ACA design the 2014 For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only conference series in Hawaii!

by Don Kenneally | Apr 11, 2013
ACA really enjoys paying as much attention as we can to graduate students and new professionals and we need your help to do so.

Dear Graduate Students and New Professionals,

ACA really enjoys paying as much attention as we can to graduate students and new professionals and we need your help to do so.

An important ACA initiative is our special For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only conference series. Each year at the annual conference, ACA provides education sessions by some of the most famous authors, theorists, and leaders in professional counseling on topics specifically chosen by graduate students and new professionals. Previous For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only presentations have included:

  • Patricia Arredondo—Making the Most of Supervision.
  • Gerald Corey—Finding a Meaningful Life After Graduate School.
  • Gerald Corey, Marianne Corey, & Jamie Bludworth—Becoming a Professional Counselor
  • Rebecca Daniel-Burke—Finding a Counseling Job in This Lousy Economy. A New Opportunity: Getting a Job in Integrated Care.
  • Marcheta Evans—What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About Mindfulness.
  • Jo-Ann Lipford Sanders—What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About the Current State of Multiculturalism.
  • Carman Gill & Stephanie Dailey—Got Spirit? Our Clients Do.
  • Sam Gladding—What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About Humor in Counseling.
  • Sam Gladding & Donna Henderson—Keeping the Boundaries From Breaking in Counselor Education: Professor/Student Relationships.
  • Jane Goodman—Master Teaching Techniques for Rookie Counselor Educators.
  • Allen & Mary Ivey—What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About Neuroscience.
  • Marty Jencius—What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About Social Media.
  • Jeffrey Kottler—What Can I Do With My Counseling Degree? Career Options for Graduate Students and New Professionals.
  • Courtland Lee—Let Your Degree be Your Passport: International Opportunities for Graduate Students and New Professionals.
  • Lynn Linde—Office Politics 101.
  • Sandra Lopez-Baez—Practical Pointers for Graduate Students and Professionals.
  • Deborah Legge—Preparing Graduate students and New Professionals for Success in Private Practice.
  • Chris Moll—From Backpacks to Briefcases: Making the Transition From Graduate Student to Professional Counselor.
  • Jane Myers—Wellness & Self-Care for Graduate Students and New Professionals.
  • Beverly O’Bryant—Knowing me, Supporting Me, and Marketing Me.
  • Cynthia Osborne, Pamela Paisley & Jack Culbreth—How to Find Post-Grad Supervision on a Shoestring Budget.
  • Mark Pope—How to Get Through Your Dissertation (and Graduate).
  • Anneliese Singh—“Do Ask, Do Tell”: Current LGBTQ Issues in Counseling for Graduate Students and New Professionals.
  • Don W. Locke—Building Skills and Advocating for the Counseling Profession.

ACA needs your help in determining the lineup for the 2014 ACA conference in Hawaii next March. We would love to have you respond to the following two questions: 1.—Other than a faculty member in your own program, who is a famous counselor that you would enjoy seeing (and meeting) at the conference? Who is the person most likely to get the following reaction from you: “I can’t believe I’m seeing her/him in person!”

2. What topic(s) would you like to see at the 2014 conference for the For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only series? Most of our student attendees are enrolled in master’s degree programs, so while we certainly want doctoral level related programs, we are especially desirous of topics that are meaningful to master’s level students and new professionals.

ACA thanks you for your willingness to help construct the 2014 For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only series. The ACA conference is the world’s largest conference for professional counselors (3,500 attended the Cincinnati conference last month) and we hope that everyone can come to Hawaii. For information on the conference – including how to submit a proposal before the June 5th deadline- visit www.counseling.org/conference. Even if you can’t attend we still would love to have your ideas for the series.

You can send your thoughts directly to ACA at dkaplan@counseling.org.