PCACAC's 19th Annual Summer Institute 

Co-Chair:  Butch Hamilton, St. Mary's Ryken HS (MD)
Co-Chair:  Kevin Zimmerman, Shenandoah University (VA)
PD Chair:  Alice Whitener, James Madison High School (VA) 

Registration for this year's Summer Institute has closed.

We are excited to announce the opening of registration for PCACAC’s 19th Annual Summer Institute!  Join us along the waterfront of the Chesapeake Bay in Southern Maryland July 18-19 at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

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.

Located right on the Chesapeake Bay, why not make it a destination weekend?!  Southern Maryland boasts scenic byways, historical sites, and more!

Registration closes at midnight on Friday, July 1, 2022. We do not offer one-day or on-site registration, and space is limited so don't delay in completing your registration!

Registration Fees and Information:
Member Registration: $320
Non-Member Registration: $375
Sunday Night Lodging (Early Arrival): $70

Waiting for the new fiscal year or are in the midst of hiring new employees?  You can register 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, 2023, so why not get the most for your money? 

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 July 1).

Refund Policy:  To process a refund, requests must be emailed to [email protected] by June 25, 2022. 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.


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, 2023. 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.

Grant Applications have closed for 2022


  • Covered expenses for the 2022 Summer Institute: registration, lodging at St. Mary's College of Maryland, and meals during SI.
  • A free one-year PCACAC membership (through September 30, 2023) 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 July 1.

The Grant Committee will review applications and notify applicants of their decision by June 29, 2022.


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

Laura Burrell Baxter Key School
Bruce Chamberlain Georgetown University
Eli Clarke Commonwealth Academy
Jose Garcia University of Richmond
Damian Garcia Glenelg Country School
David "Butch" Hamilton St Marys Ryken High School
Melloney Johnson Matoaca High School
Jeannine Lalonde University of Virginia
Joel Lang Padua Academy
Candace Leake Bucknell University
Kristen Lorenz Shepherd University
Rosemary Martin Edwards University of Maryland
James B. Massey, Jr. University of Maryland
Kristen Pantazes University of Pennsylvania
Carla Partlow University of Maryland Educational Talent Search
Luis Portillo University of Rochester
Allen Smith Concord University
Ann Marie Strauss The Bryn Mawr School
Libby Weith St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School
Alison Weston New River Community College
Alice Whitener James Madison High School
Jennifer Williams Jemicy School
Calvin Wise Johns Hopkins University
Tammi Wolfson St. Mary's College of Maryland
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!

Lean, Green, and Ready for the Unseen: Welcome to Admission
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
Get In The Game: Best Practices for Guiding Student Athletes
How to be the Most Important Person in Your Office (Social Media Professionals in Admission)


Monday, July 18
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 19
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