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From the Past-President:

Dear LCCA Colleagues and Friends –

Having just completed a gratifying year as LCCA President, I am prioritizing what I see as glaring needs of Professional Staff in higher education throughout the state’s colleges & universities. I have spent 25 years as a college counselor, and am well aware of the scarcity of time, the paralyzing maze of bureaucracy, and the difficulty of organizing resources on any campus. We have begun the monumental task of unifying & amplifying the voice of Professional Staff on colleges & universities statewide. We would greatly benefit from YOUR unique experiences (good & not so; new counselor or grizzled veteran), to help resolve pressing counseling issues on respective campuses. Here at LSU, we have addressed issues like escalating fee costs for staff interested in furthering their college education; improving scholarships available to Professional Staff; pay inequities and unfair labor practices; have begun programs to increase exposure and the perception of counseling (Advisor Awareness Day; Majors Fair, and soon, Brain Fest). We surely all have bright, focused professionals that share our lives at work every day; so let’s increase LCA, and specifically, LCCA membership. Here is the LCA link for interested new members or for renewal of lapsed membership http://www.lacounseling.org/membership.htm and the LCA conference link http://www.lacounseling.org/conference.htm. I have also included the link to ACA and ACCA if you would like to broaden your professional horizon @ the national level >>> http://counseling.org.

What would make you happier and more productive in YOUR college environment? {Pause for effect, and to reflect}

Now, what are you able and willing to sacrifice this year to make a better professional life for yourself and your colleagues on your campus? I believe that we improve LCCA and LCA by keeping our own house in order! First make your respective offices, departments, and campuses models for compassionate and equitable treatment. If you truly want a better life for yourself, seek out new opportunities to ‘plant seeds of greatness’ in your professional life; and become actively involved in LCCA! I thank you all for your past sacrifices & service Fighting the Good Fight; and welcome you to join me to Fight a Great Fight in LCCA & from within every LCA divisions. Become politically active on the PAC (Political Action Committee); set a goal to attend; NO, present, at LCA, ACA, & ACCA; contact Lagniappe editor extraordinaire Vinetta Frie, and contribute an article, then submit the same to ACA; volunteer at area high schools and spread the word to Staff & seniors about what to expect as an incoming college freshman!

We continue to work on the LCCA website and expect to have it up & running next month. I also encourage you to contact me with success stories from your respective campuses! We plan the site to serve as a mechanism to post LCA & ACCA conference updates, CEU opportunities, and state & national college and University counseling employment opportunities. In the months ahead, I will encourage & help President Beste keep all LCCA members abreast of breaking news and opportunities to network with our local communities, in an attempt to keep our collective fingers on the pulse of pertinent concerns across our state.

I want to assure President Beste, that she has my unyielding support & respect. We want to engage & challenge our LCCA membership as never before. As I see it, there will ALWAYS be an endless list of reasons not to contribute to the betterment of our member organizations. I include myself in that number of tentative contributors: content to pay dues, attend a few meeting/conferences, do my demanding job from 8 to whatever – and call it a day! We use less than 10% of our brain power (many get by on much less than that!). But what if? What if, we decided that for the rest of ’09 & 2010, we’d step out onto the precipice, closed our eyes, spread our arms, and took that dreaded Leap of Faith! “We’d all die”, some would say; we wouldn’t be this business if we didn’t believe that miracles happen every day. Who defines possible? Challenge is perceived as many as an inappropriate, or even offensive, word; but I challenge our membership to risk losing (time, energy, face), and take that leap of faith.

Dare to make a difference! We will only be heard if our voice is clear and loud enough. Join us at the LCCA Town Meeting during the LCA Conference this fall, details coming! Let me hear from you!

Tim

Tim Fields, M.S., M.Ed., LPC

LA College Counselor Association, Past President

The Center for Freshman Year, Counselor III 150 Allen Hall

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Leadership Message

Having just completed a gratifying year as LCCA President, I am prioritizing what I see as glaring needs of Professional Staff in higher education throughout the state’s colleges & universities. I have spent 25 years as a college counselor, and am well aware of the scarcity of time, the paralyzing maze of bureaucracy, and the difficulty of organizing resources on any campus.

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