PCACAC's 20th Annual Summer Institute 

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Co-Chair:  Butch Hamilton, St. Mary's Ryken HS (MD)
Co-Chair:  Kevin Zimmerman, Shenandoah University (VA)
Professional Development  Co-Chairs:   Charlain Bailey, Community Bridges (MD) and Daniel Zawacki, Towson University (MD)

Using a personalized setting, this event is uniquely designed to provide training, networking opportunities and leadership development for new and mid-level college admission and counseling professionals who assist students in the transition from high school to college.  The two-day institute promises a lineup of sessions of interest to both sides of the desk.  Your participation furthers our mission to support and advance college admission professionals like yourself as you guide your institution, students, and families in an ethical manner.

We are excited to announce the opening of registration for PCACAC’s 20th Annual Summer Institute!  Join us in Winchester, VA, July 10-11, at Shenandoah University.

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Registration Fees and Information:
Member Registration: $330
Non-Member Registration: $375
Sunday Night Lodging (Early Arrival): $75

Waiting for the new fiscal year or are in the midst of hiring new employees?  You can register future new hires now!  Plus, they can join PCACAC right from the registration form and automatically receive the $45 member discount on registration.  Membership costs $45 and we'll extend them through September 30, 2024, so why not get the most for your money? 

Registration closes soon. We do not offer one-day or on-site registration, and space is limited so don't delay in completing your registration!

Registration Tips: 
  • If you are registering a current PCACAC member, please enter THEIR username and password to access the form. DO NOT enter your own.
  • If you are registering someone who is NOT a current PCACAC member, enter THEIR email address in the NEW USER section of the registration form.  DO NOT use your email address.
  • If you would like to register new staff but do not yet know who they are, you may register using a "fake" email address (i.e., [email protected][email protected], etc.).  Enter TBD for their name(s) and be sure to include your information under the "Additional Contact Information" section on the registration form so we know who to send a copy of the invoice/receipt to.  Once you know their name and email, please send their information to [email protected] (due by June 30).

Refund Policy:  To process a refund, requests must be emailed to [email protected] by June 26, 2023. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after that date or in the event of non-participation. A $100 processing fee will be applied to refunds.

PCACAC reserves the right to cancel an event if there is insufficient registration.


Apply by midnight on June 15, 2023!

The Grant Committee will review applications and notify applicants of their decision by June 22, 2023.

Attention public high school counselors!  PCACAC is able to provide grant money in support of school counselors who work with students in public school systems or public charter schools. Grant recipients will receive free Summer Institute registration and a PCACAC membership through September 30, 2024. Preference will be given to those serving economically disadvantaged students and/or students from underrepresented populations. You do not need to be a current PCACAC member to apply.


  • Covered expenses for the 2023 Summer Institute on July 10 and July 11: registration, lodging at Shenandoah University, and meals on July 10 and July 11. 
  • A free one-year PCACAC membership (through September 30, 2024) for non-members.

Grant applicants may register for Summer Institute and select the "Pay later" option. If selected, we will apply a credit to the invoice. If not selected, payment will be due by June 30, 2023.


We have an amazing group of faculty - come learn from mentors and partners from around the table!

Laura Burrell Baxter The Key School
Bruce Chamberlin Georgetown University
Eli Clarke Commonwealth Academy
David "Butch" Hamilton St. Mary's Ryken High School
Melisa Hypolite CollegeBound Foundation
Johnnie Johnson Washington College
Jeannine Lalonde University of Virginia
Joel Lang Padua Academy
Rosemary Martin Edwards University of Maryland
James B. Massey, Jr. University of Maryland
Luis Portillo University of Rochester
Allen Smith Concord University
Ann Marie Strauss The Bryn Mawr School
Michael Walden The SEED School of Maryland
Libby Weith St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School
Alison Weston New River Community College
Jennifer Williams Jemicy School
Andy Woodall Shenandoah University
Dan Zawacki Towson University
Kevin Zimmerman Shenandoah University


Schedule At-A-Glance

Our Summer Institute faculty will be leading a number of wonderful sessions.  As a preview, check out a few of the session titles below!

ADM 101: Welcome to Admissions!
Five key things you need to know: Preparing families for college admission on the high school side
Beyond Grammar and Spell Check: The College Essay as the Student's Voice
The Art and Science of Territory Management
How to be the Most Important Person in Your Office (Social Media Professionals in Admission)


Monday, July 10
11:00am – 12:15pm Opening Session
12:15 – 1:00pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:45pm A Sessions
2:45 – 3:00pm Break
3:00 – 4:15pm B Sessions
4:15p – 5:00pm Mentor Meetup
5:30 - 9:00pm Reception and Dinner
Tuesday, July 11
7:30 – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15am C Sessions
10:15 – 10:30am Breakfast
10:30 – 11:45am D Sessions
11:45 – 12:45pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:00pm Closing Session