Thursday, June 5, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

A Case Study of First Year Study Abroad Programs at NYU and Syracuse University: Preparing Your Students to Identify, Prepare, and Apply to These Programs

Location: Science Building, 235
Post-secondary and Secondary / Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Lisa Raney- Assistant Director Marketing and Communications, Syracuse University; Jeomar Montelon, Recruiting Specialist, Syracuse University Abroad; Chris Nicolussi- Senior Director, Student Support & Services, NYU Office of Global Programs; Rebecca Larson- Assistant Director, NYU Office of Undergraduate Admissions

A discussion led by admissions and study abroad staff from NYU and SU on how to prepare students (academically, socially, emotionally) to identify, choose, and apply for first-semester study abroad programs. Topics will include advising students through the application and admissions process, including the pre-departure orientation, how these programs benefit participating students, how the VISA process works for both domestic and international student, criteria used in the admissions process.

Are They International?

Location: University Center, 211/212
Secondary / Beginner, Intermediate

Stacey Munsky-Acquaro, International Admissions Advisor, Stony Brook University; Angela Delcid, Dean of Admissions, LIU Post

Are they international? The ins and outs of immigration status for undocumented students, deferred action. Knowing how to advise your students when applying to college, and about financial aid.

Better Essays/Less Stress

Location: Woodruff Hall, 255
Secondary / Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Kim Lifton-President, Wow Writing Workshop

By asking the right questions and reading essay drafts like a writer, rather than an editor, you can help students write better application essays in far less time. Leave this session with straightforward writing exercises, valuable tips and proven time savers, along with online resources for students and parents.

Bridging the Readiness Gap

Location: Science Building, 215N
Post-secondary and Secondary / Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Marie Nocella-Assistant Director of Admissions and Multicultural Coordinator, Siena College; Annie Brickel-School Counselor (Retired), Julio A. Torres, Jr.-Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, Marist College; Jorge Osorio-Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Multicultural Recruitment, The College of Saint Rose

We will discuss strategies for the holistic preparation and success of underserved students regarding various aspects of college life. Topics such as finding the right fit, campus culture, and how to build and solidify networks within schools/CBOs and colleges will be addressed. We will encourage experience sharing and networking.

Bringing Toronto to NY by SENDedu

Location: Performing Arts Center, 215
Secondary / Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Rachel Callahan, Royall & Company/SENDedu; Carter Staub, Royall & Company/SENDedu; Veronica Pichardo, Williamsburg Charter High School

Representatives from SENDedu will partner with one of our high school admissions counselors who attended the past NACAC Annual Conference to share what we learned with high school counselors unable to travel to Toronto this year. We will be covering what’s new with electronic document transfer.

Confessions of a Public Speaker – Don’t Become Tuned Out to the Plugged-in Generation

Location: Performing Arts Center, 216
Post-secondary and Secondary / Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Kim Bechtel- Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission, Indiana University-Purdue University; Melissa Bright- Assistant Director of Admission, Indiana University-Purdue University

Based on the book, Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun, this session will discuss tips on giving effective presentations to the plugged-in generation With increased use of web based technology, we will discuss what works in higher education and how to improve your admissions presentations.

Early Recruiting in High School Athletics: Stemming the Race for Younger “Commits”

Location: Science Building, 215S
Post-secondary and Secondary / Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Melissa Anderson –Assistant Director of College Counseling, Greenwich Academy; Beth Stone -Chapter Representative, US Lacrosse for Western NY State

Consequences of early recruiting can include the forfeit of academic prorities and a thoughtful college search. There are substantial, prohibitive costs for underrepresented students, increased unpredictability about the recruit’s capabilities once on campus, a “shadow” admissions process, legal exposure in bringing young recruits to campus, and ballooning costs in recruiting expenses. We will present survey data, statistics and anecdotes that lend context to these concerns. Our goal is to present potential strategies for curbing early recruiting that address the collective interests of colleges, high schools, and our students.

Effectively Serving All Students: Working with Transgender Students

Location: Science Building, 233
Post-secondary and Secondary / Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Leigh Kleinklaus- Family Empowerment Facilitator, Schenectady City School District

Explore the experience of transgender youth to understand present issues and develop strategies that ensure school counselors and college residence and campus life administrators are effectively serving these students. Discuss the concept of transgender and dispel misconceptions.

Expertise on the OTHER Side of the Desk

Location: Hagedorn Hall of Enterprise, 219
Post-secondary and Secondary / Intermediate, Advanced

Jane Mathias-Director of Guidance, Nardin Academy; Susan Davidson- College Adviser, The Ramaz School; Lisa Sohmer-Director of College Counseling, Garden School, Pauline Brookfield-Director of College Counseling, Marymount School, Annemarie Cervoni-High School Counselor, Orchard Park High School

High school counselors use the knowledge and talents of admission counselors and directors to speak at college night programs, give institutional updates, inform about decisions, etc…But are colleges using the knowledge of high school counselors as effectively? Listen to a panel of experienced high school counselors and learn what they can share.

Partners in the Ship: Partnerships that WORK

Location: Science Building, 321
Secondary / Advanced

Ingrid Selman- Director of College Counseling, College Bound Initiative at the Academy for Social Action; Jatae Daly- Director of College Counseling, Urban Assembly School for Applied Math & Science; Rob Robinson- Director of Programs and High School Partnerships, College Bound Initiative; Jorge R. Osorio Jr.- Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions & Multicultural Recruitment, The College of Saint Rose

The impact that the college visit and rep visit has on a student’s decision to attend that particular institution is crucial. This round table session will combine the expertise of the high school counselor, and college rep to create an interactive experience. Bring your knowledge and experience to the table and walk away with some ideas and tools for your professional toolbox.

Promoting Pre-Health & Pre-Professional Programs

Location: Center for Recreation and Sports, Campbell Lounge 3
Post-secondary and Secondary / Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Michael Brick- Assistant Director of Admission, SUNY College of Optometry

This presentation will assist admissions professionals and high school college counselors on how to best market and recruit students for pre-health or other pre-professional programs. As many students want to attend graduate or professional schools after their undergraduate studies, this will assist you in showing how to begin the process after high school.

Rebuilding the Counselor-Admissions Connection

Location: University Center, 215
Post-secondary and Secondary / Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Paul Acosta- Assistant Director of Admissions, Siena College; Katie Cooney-Lesko-Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Siena College; David Coates-School Counselor, Kenmore East High School and Past President of NYSACAC; David Motta-Regional Admissions Representative, LIU Brooklyn/Post Campuses; Jason Miller-School Counselor, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School

The erosion of one-to-one face time between counselors and admissions reps continues to be an issue. Have counselors become too stretched or do they not value the opportunity to meet? This workshop will explore possible causes for this situation and discuss strategies for rebuilding what is a mutually beneficial relationship in the college admissions process.

SUNY Smart Track

Location: University Center, 213/214
Secondary / Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Julieta Schiffino-Associate Director for Financial Aid Services, SUNY in NYC; Patti Thompson, Assistant Vice Chancellor Office of Student Financial Aid, SUNY in NYC

Learn about the SUNY Smart Track Campaign, the first in the nation, system-wide proactive and comprehensive approach to combat student debt. See the innovative tools and services that SUNY is using to educate parents and students about the costs of college, help them plan financially for the future, and increase the chances of earning a degree.

The Toolbox Initiative: Strategies To Empower Students From Compromised Households Toward Self-Advocacy and Success

Location: Center for Recreation and Sports, Campbell Lounge 1
Secondary / Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Ann Clyde-Secondary School Counselor, Comsewogue High School; William Clyde Jr.-Director of The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program, LIU Post

This workshop will address the multiple layers of support necessary for students to build self-efficacy skills in the face of external and internal stressors. Changing demographics and the impact of divorce, homelessness and other familial and cultural considerations will be discussed.

Tips, Tales and Testimonies in 45 Minutes for Next-Gen College Admissions Leaders

Location: Hagedorn Hall of Enterprise, 108
Post-secondary / Beginner, Intermediate

Robert Piurowski-Director of Admissions, SUNY Delhi; Kristen Capezza-Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Adelphi University; Timothy Lee-Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University at Albany (SUNY)

Did you ever wish that you could hear a variety of best practices and genuine advice from a diverse array of admissions leaders? Now is your chance! Join us for a fast paced and lively presentation full of guidance, information and laughter that will help you enhance your skill set to become a next-gen admissions leader.

Understanding the Role that Community Colleges Play in Partnering with Secondary Schools to Assist in a Higher Quality of College Readiness

Location: Center for Recreation and Sports, Campbell Lounge 2
Post-secondary and Secondary / Beginner, Intermediate

Andre Richburg-Dean of Enrollment Management and College Relations, Atlantic Cape Community College; Jason Barnes-Admission Counselor, (SUNY) Onondaga Community College

Community colleges play a vital role in partnering with high schools to assist the implementation of college and career readiness. Retention rates for first year college students suffer because of lack of interest, the need for developmental courses, loss of motivation and the lack of desire to utilize on-campus resources.

Using Technology and Competition to Increase the College Knowledge of Underserved Students

Location: Science Building, 322
Secondary / Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Brigette Blue-College Counseling Teacher, Harlem Village Academies

Learn how to use social media, school-wide and classroom competitions to increase college knowledge among students. Participants will leave this session with specific tools and strategies for SAT preparation, vocabulary development, and college awareness. They will also have developed a personalized strategy for increasing college knowledge at their school or site.

When Transfer is the Choice: Counseling for Transfer

Location: Woodruff Hall, 253
Secondary / Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Bart Grachan-Director of Admissions, St. Thomas Aquinas College

Students often must begin their path to the baccalaureate at community colleges. This transition can add insurmountable challenges without proper planning. This workshop will discuss how to help students plan and prepare to make the transfer route a highly successful one.

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