NYSACAC Annual Conference
Welcome from NYSACAC President
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
We are pleased to welcome you to NYSACAC’s 34th Annual Conference. This year’s event will offer numerous opportunities for professional development and networking. Our conference theme is “Beyond the Headlines,” highlighting our focus on the most pressing issues we face as professionals.
The 15th annual Coming Together Conference will be held on June 5–6, emphasizing the importance of working with underserved students who seek access to higher education. This year’s Coming Together Conference theme is “Beyond Admission: College Retention and Completion.” This topic promises to be a very dynamic one that everyone can benefit from, as it impacts all of our students.
The annual conference will open Wednesday afternoon with a newly formatted conference welcome and a featured session on prominent topics in the field of college admissions. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from experts in our profession, setting the tone for further discussions during the remainder of the conference.
In addition, Thursday and Friday have something for everyone: educational sessions, a keynote address, a legislative session, social and networking opportunities, and our new counselors’ college fair. There will be over 60 educational sessions for people to choose from on both Thursday and Friday. Our keynote speaker, Jeff Selingo, vice president and editorial director of the Chronicle of Higher Education, is a leading authority on higher education worldwide. His keynote promises to be dynamic and engaging.
Also on Thursday afternoon, high school counselors will have the opportunity to interact and gain valuable information from college representatives from across the Northeast during the counselors’ college fair. This will be a great opportunity for high school counselors and college representatives to engage in meaningful dialogue on admissions criteria and policy. This new event, along with the other educational opportunities available throughout the conference, guarantees that you will go back to your school as a more informed counselor.
The conference will also offer networking and socializing opportunities for everybody. These include the always popular golf outing, as well as wine tasting and live music on the Ithaca Commons. We will then take the bocce tournament to a new level, as it will be held under the lights at Ithaca’s new athletic field. You won’t want to miss out on Wednesday night’s “In Living Color” party and Thursday’s “Hollywood Boulevard” social with live music and countless surprises to keep you on your toes all night long.
We are thrilled that you have joined us for what promises to be an educational and fun-filled event that you will remember for a lifetime!
Kent Rinehart David P. Coates