Thursday, December 7, 2017

Member Spotlight on David Adams!

David Adams, Assistant Director of Admissions, Widener University


What led you into admissions/college counseling? Share your journey story! 
It is a long and sordid story.  Not really, I was graduating from Old Dominion University and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.  I had worked in the admissions office as a student teleteam caller and a tour guide.  My boss came to me and said he thought I would be a great addition to the admissions team and suggested I apply for a vacancy on the staff, so I applied.  I interviewed for the position and quite frankly bombed the interview and didn’t get the job.  The person who did was amazing and totally deserved it.  But in their great wisdom, ODU hired me as a road runner.  After two seasons as a road runner the rest is 20 years of history.

What's your favorite admissions/counseling memory or travel story? 
I have two or three vivid memories. 
1.  When I was hired at Old Dominion it was a Friday afternoon and I was coaching rowing.  I was leaving practice and received a phone call to report to the admissions office immediately.  So I went to the office in my coaching gear which consisted of shorts and a t-shirt, both of which were soaking wet.  The VP looked at me, shook her head and told me to come to open house on Saturday (the next day) and I was hitting the road on Sunday for my first college fair.  Nothing like on the job training J

2.  I was visiting a school on the Eastern Shore of MD and my visit was canceled because a deer was running the hallways of the school.

3.  We work in an often thankless job.  Even when we are meeting our goals, someone is usually not pleased, whether faculty, the President, or the CFO.  I received a letter a couple of years ago from a student I met and admitted to Hood College, when I was the Director of Admission.  He thanked me for making a difference in his life and helping him be the success that he had become.  It was the most rewarding moment of my career.

What do you love most about your job? 
The travel, you can send me on the road and I love it.  Every day is a new adventure.  The students I meet.  It is a joy to open their eyes to their opportunities and abilities.  The other admission and college counseling professionals I meet. We all have the same goal and the good ones love what they do regardless of the pay, the hours, and the frustrations. 

What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue leadership (or membership) in PCACAC and/or NACAC? 
Join one committee, you are most interested in, and give it your all.  Being passionate and successful will lead to other leadership opportunities.  And if you want to do something, just speak up and let someone know.  They will help you find a way to your goals

If not working in admissions/college counseling, what else could you see yourself pursuing? I have already held the best jobs EVER, lifeguarding and bar tending/waiting tables.  Since I can’t make a living as a lifeguard, I would like to own my own restaurant someday.

What's one thing that most people don't know about you? 
In a previous life (when I was younger) I was a nationally ranked swimmer and in an Olympic training program.

What advice would you give to someone considering entering the admissions/college counseling profession? 

This is the most rewarding job you can have.  You are making differences in people’s lives every single day.  

Now Accepting Marion Flagg Scholarship Nominations!


What better time than now to consider how you can help others in 2018! The Marion Flagg Scholarship Program gives you the perfect opportunity to provide support to colleagues and friends in the field of college counseling and admissions. 
Named for one of PCACAC's most outstanding members, the Marion Flagg Scholarship is awarded annually to a group of exceptional educational professionals who are not currently members of PCACAC and who have not previously attended a PCACAC conference. PCACAC and its sponsors provide up to TEN scholarships for counselors to attend the 53rd Annual ConferenceSelf nominations are welcome. 

This scholarship specifically targets counselors who work with historically underserved students, minority students or students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Each scholarship includes one year of free membership in PCACAC, one conference registration, hotel lodging (two nights, in room shared with another scholarship winner of the same gender or 50% of cost of housing if you choose to get a single room), and transportation. 
SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION by February 9, 2018.

The Inclusion, Access and Success Committee oversees the selection of scholarship recipients. Most of these colleagues work with minority populations or students from disadvantaged backgrounds. They may be high school counselors, two- or four-year college admission professionals, independent counselors or individuals working in such programs as KIPP, Upward Bound, the College Success Foundation, AVID, etc.  Selected recipients and their nominators will be notified by March 2, 2018.  Award certificates will be presented to recipients at the 53rd Annual Conference.  Nominee must make every attempt to attend the program if selected.
If you'd like to help support the 53rd Annual Conference, you can give any amount by texting PCACAC53 to 50155.  To partner with us on a specific conference event, visit www.pcacac.org/conferences for the 2018 Prospectus and Sponsoring and Advertising form (a new, easy to complete form!).
Thank you for supporting this professional development opportunity for admission professionals like yourself!

Sincerely,

Rachel Cleaver

Marion Flagg Program Chair
QUESTIONS? We're happy to help!

Marion Flagg Scholarship Program Chair: Rachel Cleaver, rcleave2@gmu.edu PCACAC Executive Office: Rhonda Douthit, Executive Assistant, info@pcacac.org434-989-7557

Monday, December 4, 2017

FINAL DAY to submit your session proposal for PCACAC's 53rd Annual Conference

Today is the last day to submit a session proposal for PCACAC's 53rd Annual Conference at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, DE from April 15-17, 2018, but don't worry - you have until midnight tonight!. Whether you've been in the profession for two years, twenty years, or more, we invite you to share your expertise!  

Proposals can be on any area of interest to high school counselors and college admission professionals, including hot topics like those on our list of Suggested Session Topics.  Sessions will be 75 minutes or 7-10-minute "Anchor Talks" (modeled after Ted Talks). Presentations will be on Sunday through Tuesday, April 15-17. PCACAC cannot guarantee a specific date or time of any session presentation.

As in the last two years, PCACAC is offering a special incentive for public high school counselors who are interested in presenting for the first time at a PCACAC conference.  Find out more in the Call for Session Proposals.

Visit www.pcacac.org/conferences to download the Call for Session ProposalsSuggested Session Topics, and submityour proposal via the online Session Proposal Form today! 

If you'd like to support the 2018 Conference, you can give any amount by texting PCACAC53 to 50155.  To partner with us on a specific conference event, visit www.pcacac.org/conferences for the 2018 Prospectus and Sponsoring and Advertising form (a new, easy to complete form!).

Thank you!
Jake Talmage
PCACAC President-elect and Sessions Chair
Questions? We're happy to help!    

Visit the conference page at www.pcacac.org/conferences
Sessions:  Jake Talmage, Conference Sessions Chair, jtalmage@stpaulsschool.orgConference:  Rosemary Martin, Conference Chair, rmartin@stjohnschs.org
PCACAC office:  Rhonda Douthit, PCACAC Executive Assistant, info@pcacac.org434-989-7557

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Nominations for the Blackburn Award close on Friday, December 15th

The PCACAC Past Presidents Committee invites you to SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION for a deserving candidate for the John A. "Jack" Blackburn Award for Ethics in College Admission.  This award will be presented during PCACAC's 53rd Annual ConferenceApril 15-17, 2018 at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, DE.   Nominations close on December 15, 2017 and will be reviewed by the Past Presidents Committee after that date.  You will be notified prior to the conference if your candidate is selected.

The Blackburn Award was established by the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC) in 2010 to honor the late Jack Blackburn, long-time Dean of Admission at the University of Virginia. Throughout his career, Jack served as an admirable role model promoting the highest ethical standards, integrity in our profession and equity in access to higher education. This award recognizes a member of our profession who exemplifies the qualities that made Jack Blackburn revered by his peers.

Criteria used for selection are:
  • Commitment to the high ethical standards of college admission through sustained active involvement in the profession;
  • Dedication to promoting equal access to higher education for all students.
Membership in PCACAC is not a criterion for selection but consideration will be given to professionals in the PCACAC region.  If you would like to enjoy the benefits of membership, please visit www.pcacac.org and click on "Join" or "Renew" in the Membership Information section.
If you'd like to support the 2018 Conference, you can give any amount by texting PCACAC53 to 50155.  To partner with us on a specific conference event, visit www.pcacac.org/conferences for the 2018 Prospectus and Sponsoring and Advertising form (a new, easy to complete form!).
Thank you for helping us recognize those who make a difference!
Sincerely, 
Mike Carter                
Past Presidents Committee Chair


Questions?  We're happy to help...

Past Presidents Chair:  Mike Carter, mcarter@sssas.orgPCACAC office:  Rhonda Douthit, Executive Assistant, info@pcacac.org434-989-7557

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Only 6 Days Left To Submit Your Session Proposal!

Time is running out! If you have not already done so, PCACAC invites you to submit a session proposal for our 53rd Annual Conference at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, DE from April 15-17, 2018. Whether you've been in the profession for two years, twenty years, or more, we invite you to share your expertise!  
Proposals can be on any area of interest to high school counselors and college admission professionals, including hot topics like those on our list of Suggested Session Topics.  Sessions will be 75 minutes or 7-10-minute "Anchor Talks" (modeled after Ted Talks). Presentations will be on Sunday through Tuesday, April 15-17. PCACAC cannot guarantee a specific date or time of any session presentation.

As in the last two years, PCACAC is offering a special incentive for public high school counselors who are interested in presenting for the first time at a PCACAC conference.  Find out more in the Call for Session Proposals.

Visit www.pcacac.org/conferences to download the Call for Session ProposalsSuggested Session Topics, and submityour proposal via the online Session Proposal Form today!  The submission deadline is Monday, December 4, 2017

If you'd like to support the 2018 Conference, you can give any amount by texting PCACAC53 to 50155.  To partner with us on a specific conference event, visit www.pcacac.org/conferences for the 2018 Prospectus and Sponsoring and Advertising form (a new, easy to complete form!).

Thank you!
Jake Talmage
PCACAC President-elect and Sessions Chair
Questions? We're happy to help!    

Visit the conference page at www.pcacac.org/conferences
Sessions:  Jake Talmage, Conference Sessions Chair, jtalmage@stpaulsschool.orgConference:  Rosemary Martin, Conference Chair, rmartin@stjohnschs.org
PCACAC office:  Rhonda Douthit, PCACAC Executive Assistant, info@pcacac.org434-989-7557

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

It's Giving Tuesday! Give a gift that keeps on giving...

In this season of giving thanks, we are grateful for all our members and the work you do with all of the students and families you serve. PCACAC endeavors to provide excellent professional development to members in a variety of settings each year. With each passing year, budgets get tighter making it hard for members to take part in our events. In an effort to create more scholarship opportunities and fund more events for members, we are participating in our first annual Giving Tuesday event.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many of us focus on our holiday and end-of-year giving. Today we invite you to consider PCACAC in your end-of-year giving. Text PCACAC to 50155 to offer a donation to PCACAC's General Fund. 

If you'd like to support our 2018 Conference, you can give any amount by texting PCACAC53 to 50155.  To partner with us on a specific conference event, visit www.pcacac.org for the 2018 Prospectus and Sponsoring and Advertising form.

Thank you for your commitment to our organization! 

Your friends at PCACAC,

Robyn A. Lady
PCACAC President

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Submit Your Session Proposal By Monday, December 4th!

As we head into the holiday season, we wanted to pause and take a moment to thank you for all you do as an admission professional.  We hope you find time to relax with family and friends this Thanksgiving.

If you have not already done so, we invite you to submit a session proposal for our 53rd Annual Conference at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, DE from April 15-17, 2018. Whether you've been in the profession for two years, twenty years, or more, we invite you to share your expertise!  

Proposals can be on any area of interest to high school counselors and college admission professionals, including hot topics like those on our list of Suggested Session Topics.  Sessions will be 75 minutes or - NEW this year - 7-10-minute Ted Talks. Presentations will be on Sundaythrough Tuesday, April 15-17. PCACAC cannot guarantee a specific date or time of any session presentation.

As in the last two years, PCACAC is once again offering a special incentive for public high school counselors who are interested in presenting for the first time at a PCACAC conference.  Find out more in the Call for Session Proposals.

Visit www.pcacac.org/conferences to download the Call for Session ProposalsSuggested Session Topics, and submit your proposal via the online Session Proposal Form today!  The submission deadline is Monday, December 4, 2017.  

Questions? We're happy to help!    

Visit the conference page at www.pcacac.org/conferences
Sessions:  Jake Talmage, Conference Sessions Chair, jtalmage@stpaulsschool.orgConference:  Rosemary Martin, Conference Chair, rmartin@stjohnschs.org
PCACAC office:  Rhonda Douthit, PCACAC Executive Assistant, info@pcacac.org434-989-7557