A message from Jane Mathias, President-elect of NYSACAC.

image of Jane Mathias, President-elect of NYSACACDear Friends and Colleagues,

We are pleased to welcome you to the official website for the NYSACAC Annual Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Transformation of Education,” reflecting upon how much and how quickly our profession changes, the challenges and opportunities presented by the constantly moving parts of our industry, and developing better ways to make a college education accessible, to insure the success of those who attend, and to make what we do in the college process relevant to the needs of those we serve.

NYSACAC is the one voice of those who sit on both sides of the desk, and the way that you can have a say in the conversation. Whether you are new to the field and have questions about everything you know and don’t know, or whether you have many years of experience, what draws us to college admission is the desire to make a difference in the lives of students. This conference has opportunities to learn, to teach, to dialogue, to network, to be heard. You will think more broadly and creatively, meet more people, learn about how to do your work more effectively, and have a wonderful time enjoying the educational, social, and networking events we have planned for you.

Our thirty-sixth annual gathering is being hosted by Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, a beautiful and comfortable setting where you will choose five educational workshops chosen from a wide range of topics, a mega-session from a choice of three, and attend a sixth professional development session: an advanced panel focusing on specialized trends in our industry; hear a keynote address on the topic of Educationomics; attend a college fair for high school counselors; meet with vendors who have the latest products and services; and have the opportunity to tour Long Island and New York City campuses, all as part of the conference. Your evenings will give you an opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues, and meet new ones, both on and off campus. You can play golf on a Long Island golf course and even take a shot at mini-golf on campus; get a tour of Belmont Park, home of the Belmont Stakes; sample a taste of Garden City (literally and figuratively!), and play bocce, a NYSACAC conference tradition. There will be music, dancing, food and a number of surprises to keep you busy and engaged throughout the three days you are with us, June 4-6.

The full conference will be preceded by our Coming Together Conference, June 3-4, where you will have the opportunity to be part of a team seeking solutions to specific aspects of a common theme centered around increasing access and success in higher education. You will leave becoming a practitioner who implements the steps to make a difference.

We have options ranging from single day attendance to both parts of the conference and a discount for those who register before the Early Bird deadline, May 7. Make sure your membership is up to date – additional discounts are available to NYSACAC members. There are also opportunities to give and receive a conference grant for a counselor otherwise unable to attend.

We look forward to welcoming you to NYSACAC 2014. We promise it will be a highlight of your year.


Jane Mathias
President-elect, NYSACAC

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