Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Only 10 days left to submit your session proposal!

54th Annual Conference

May 2-4, 2019 (Thu-Sat)
Marriott College Park
3501 University Blvd East
Hyattsville, MD 20783

Whether you've been in the profession for two years, twenty years, or more, we invite you to share your expertise and SUBMIT A SESSION PROPOSAL for our 54th Annual Conference at the College Park Marriott from May 2-4, 2019!  If you want to see what the program will look like, check out the Conference At-a-Glance.
Proposals should 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.  Session proposals can be for a full 75-minute session or for a 7-10 minute 'Anchor Talk'.
Our conference sessions are the best opportunity for attendees to have a better understanding of the job they don't do and how it relates to the job they do! We are looking for motivated, passionate presenters for our conference sessions and welcome all session proposals. However, we'd like to see if we can get beyond the typical sessions to provide some deeper understanding of the college process from all sides of the desk. When thinking about what you'd like to present, please consider co-presenting with someone who can offer another view point on the same topic. For example, if you want to submit a session on working with transfer students, include a co-presenter or a panel of presenters who offer various view points, such as a 2-year college admissions counselor, a 4-year college admissions counselor, a high school counselor and/or a community-based organization.  A person from each of these areas can offer great insight into the same topic. 
Completing the online form is easy if you have the following information ready before you submit:
  • contact information for submitter and each presenter
  • session title (70 characters or less)
  • session description (75 words or less)
  • current PCACAC membership status for all presenters/panelists - Organizations wishing to present a conference session must have at least one PCACAC high school or college member as a co-presenter.
  • a brief biographical sketch of each presenter, to include educational background
PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS interested in presenting for the first time at a PCACAC conference are invited to submit for a chance to receive free lodging for up to TWO nights if selected to present.  Conference registration and travel costs will not be covered. The following criteria and limitations apply:
  1. The proposal must be submitted by a public high school counselor who works in the PCACAC region.
  2. The counselor must SUBMIT the session proposal AND confirm that this is their FIRST TIME presenting at a PCACAC conference by selecting that option on the proposal form.
  3. The award applies only to the submitter, not other presenters mentioned in the proposal.
  4. Up to six (6) awards will be presented.
Proposals are due by Friday, December 7, 2018. The session review committee is eagerly anticipating your session proposal submission!
Be part of the conference team!  VOLUNTEER on the Conference Planning Committee (CPC).
PCACAC | | | 434-989-7557
Conference Chair:  Rosemary Martin,
Sessions Chair:  Joel Lang,

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Submit Your Nomination for PCACAC's John A. "Jack" Blackburn Award

The PCACAC Past Presidents Committee invites you to SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION for a candidate deserving of the John A. "Jack" Blackburn Award for Ethics in College Admission.  This award will be presented during PCACAC's 54th Annual Conference at the College Park Marriott in Hyattsville, MD on May 2-4, 2019.   Nominations close on January 4, 2019.  Applications will be reviewed by the Past Presidents Committee and selections will be made by February 2019.

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 special consideration will be given to professionals in the PCACAC region.  If you are not currently a member, we invite you to enjoy the benefits of membership and JOIN TODAY!
If you'd like to support the 2019 Conference or partner with us on a specific conference event, stay tuned at to learn more.
Thank you for helping us recognize those who make a difference!
Mike Carter                
Past Presidents Committee Chair