January 18, 2023 

  1. President's Message
  2. Register for the 58th Conference!
  3. Member Spotlight 
  4. Blackburn Award Nominations
  5. NACAC Baltimore 2023
  6. Leadership Education Webinars
  7. College Fairs

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A Message from our President      

Happy New Year! We have much to look forward to in 2023. In April we will gather for our 58th annual PCACAC Conference at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina where we will celebrate our successes and put our heads together to meet the challenges of our important work in college admissions. Registration is open now--we anticipate the conference to sell out. Please don’t delay in registering and making your room reservations--once our hotel room block ($132/night) is fully booked, standard hotel rates apply. Join us in Cambridge, April 2-4, as we #Recreate & #Reimagine.

Our Leadership Education Webinar series is in full swing. Please consider attending the upcoming sessions on January 19, 4:00 pm (learn more about NACAC/PCACAC Organizational Leadership) and on February 16, 4:00 pm (focused on college/university institutional priorities). Learn more and register here.

One of our priorities in 2023 is helping NACAC host the 79th NACAC National Conference in Baltimore on September 21-23, 2023. Planning is underway with the NACAC staff. MANY volunteers will be needed to help us welcome thousands of colleagues to Charm City. Please email [email protected] to volunteer!

Thank you ALL for everything that you do to help make PCACAC an affiliate that supports you, inspires your goals and continues our work towards our mission to support and advance college admission professionals as they guide their institutions, students, and families in an ethical manner.

Welcome 2023--we are ready for you!                                                                 Sincerely, Ann Marie Strauss, PCACAC President

PCACAC's 58th Annual Conference!

Conference registration is underway! 

We can't wait to see you! The 58th Annual Conference will be in Cambridge, Maryland at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina on April 2-4, 2023! 

Registration is underway! The conference sold out last year! Don’t miss your chance to join us as we #recreate&reimagine college admissions together! Pay the member rate by becoming a member today.

PARTNER WITH PCACAC!  Please consider your involvement through these fantastic opportunities:

Sponsor Registration Now Open!     Exhibitor Registration Now Open!

PCACAC Inaugural Coming Together Conference (Pre-Con), Saturday, April 1:
We are excited to announce and share that our first annual Coming Together Pre-Conference sponsor is Johns Hopkins University. Coming Together is a pre-conference opportunity to dive into topics relating to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. It is a brave space for those working with BIPOC students or PCACAC members who are BIPOC themselves to learn, find support, and recharge. Register along with your conference registration for an additional $20. Don’t miss out.

Follow along on social media as we share the TOP 10 REASONS TO ATTEND PCACAC’s 58TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE. See you in April!

Conference Chair: Damian Garcia, Glenelg Country School (Ellicott City, MD)
Conference Vice-Chair: Julia Hixson, The Covenant School (Charlottesville, VA)
Conference Sessions-Chair: Rosemary Martin, University of Maryland (College Park, MD)

Member Spotlight Nominations

Do you know a PCACAC member who should be featured on the PCACAC social media channels? We want to highlight members who are making a difference in our profession. Please use this form to nominate your fellow PCACAC members.

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 58th Annual Conference in Cambridge, Maryland on April 2-4, 2023. Nominations are open now and close on February 1, 2023.  Applications will be reviewed by the Past Presidents Committee and selections will be made by March 1, 2023.

Volunteer for NACAC Baltimore 2023! 

The PCACAC Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) will work alongside NACAC to plan events and welcome conference attendees to Charm City! Our LAC chairs will need members of our profession to co-chair and serve on various subcommittees to make it all happen.

We hope that you will be interested in joining other college admission professionals as a member of the Local Arrangements Committee.  Each of the subcommittees needs members to begin the long-range planning necessary to insure a successful conference. You can read more detailed descriptions for each subcommittee here.

We hope that you reach out to one of us and join the LAC efforts for NACAC Baltimore 2023! NACAC Baltimore LAC Co-Chairs: Lisa HillGoucher College & Jayne Caflin FonashJCFONASH Consulting






Registration for the 2022 – 2023 PCACAC Leadership Education Webinars

We are excited to provide to PCACAC members and non-members this FREE opportunity to learn about important topics in college and admissions counseling and to hear from various voices and perspectives. Details about each webinar and information about how to earn the certificate can be found here.

New this year! Register at one time for all of the webinars you intend to attend. For your convenience, the webinars, with direct registration links, are: 

January 19 – NACAC/PCACAC Organizational Leadership 

February 16 – Institutional Priorities 

March 9 – Intersecting Views of Leadership Please share these opportunities with colleagues. 

The webinars are open to PCACAC members and non-members, however, only PCACAC members have the opportunity to earn the certificate. Become a member today for $45! Damian Garcia and Sanjay Mitchell; Leadership Education Webinar Certificate Coordinators

Spring 2023 College Fairs!

Spring 2023 College Fairs will be coming up soon and we are excited to invite you to register your event via this form. We thank you for all that you do and look forward to supporting your upcoming initiative. Contact our College Fair/College Night Chairs with any questions-- Margaret Omwenga  and Chris Gothard.

Join the College Fair/College Night Committee 

The College Fair/College Night Committee welcomes new members interested in supporting College Fair and College Night initiatives and programs. For more information and to express your interest in joining our committee, please  contact our College Fair/College Night Chairs Margaret Omwenga  and Chris Gothard.

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