New England Association

     for College Admission Counseling


       Opening Doors to Higher Education in New England

August 2017



August 2017


  • The NEACAC Summer Institute Faculty Application for 2018 is now live!

  • DON’T WAIT - Students in Admissions Forum (SIAF) Registration is live!Support NEACAC while you shop

  • Apply for a Grant from the Make a Difference Fund- Deadline December 15th!

  • NACAC Boston 2017 updates

  • Annual Meeting & Conference 2018 Updates

  • What’s News?

The NEACAC Summer Institute Faculty Application for 2018 is now live!

Summer Institute faculty come from both college admission and secondary schools and have a desire to share their knowledge, experience, enthusiasm, and love of the profession to those who are just beginning their careers. Summer Institute faculty serve as mentors to new professionals, are involved in all aspects of planning the institute, and are part of a dedicated team of seasoned college counseling professionals.

Faculty members should have a minimum of five years’ experience. Faculty commit to a two-year term with an optional third year. Click here ( to apply. Deadline for applying for SI 2018 is August 15, 2017.

For more information or questions please contact: Chrissy Cerenzia, SI 2018 Chair, at St. George's School, or 401-842-6719.


DON’T WAIT - Students in Admissions Forum (SIAF) Registration is live!


Students in Admissions Forum (SIAF) is a one day workshop for students who work or volunteer in admissions (tour guides, overnight hosts, tele-counselors, etc.) AND their admission office supervisors. This program provides an opportunity to learn what other institutions are doing and share your own ideas. The 2017 Students in Admissions Forum will be held on Sunday, September 17th at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, MA from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

Registration is available here (


Want to present this year? Find the link to our proposal form here. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Maddie Brodeur ( or Kiel Szivos (!


Apply for a Grant from the Make a Difference Fund- Deadline December 15th!

Have a new program you would like to bring to your campus/school? Want to attend a conference but don't have the funding? Is there a new initiative that would benefit your school community?

Then apply for a grant from the Make a Difference Fund (MADF)! 

Grants from the MADF are available to all NEACAC members. Past grants have included a college bus tour for charter school students, national conference registration and transportation, and many more. 

Supported by NEACAC, the IDEA Committee seeks to increase inclusion, diversity and access to college for all students through programs that directly benefit students, and opportunities for professionals to gain training and information to help underrepresented or under-served populations.

The application deadline is December 15, 2017 (grants must be used between March and August 2018). The application is available at

Questions? Contact Erin Earle MADF Chair at 

Support NEACAC while

you shop

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NACAC Boston 2017 Updates

With just a few more weeks to go until NACAC descends on Boston, we are finalizing plans to welcome over 6,000 conference attendees to our great city!   It’s not too late to register and volunteer. Link here for more information:



Have you ever wanted to use a scanner outside of a session?  Or greet people at registration?  Or hand out swag?

This September, you can have your chance to do one of these activities or help in other ways!

If you are registered to attend the full conference (Thursday through Saturday) you are eligible to sign up.

Click on here:  for more details and the registration link.  You do not need to be from Boston or have any prior conference experience.

We’ll need help in all areas including registration, scanning and at the conference social and check your emails for more details to come as we start our volunteer assignments.  


The Registration Sub-Committee of the Local Advisory Committee for NACAC Boston is looking for your help. We will be meeting on Monday 9/11/17 at the Seaport Expo Center to assemble all of the conference pad folios. We expect a large attendance at the conference and thus any and all help would be greatly appreciated. For those attending the conference, they can sign up to volunteer through their registration links. For other folks that may not be attending but would still like to help, please reach out to either Brian Poznanski ( or Danielle Wells ( Registration Committee Co-Chairs.

Pad folio Stuffing (Monday) - Assist in stuffing registration materials into conference pad folios and staging registration to open the following day. Must be available Monday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Conference registration is not required for this committee.


Since the NACAC Conference is in Boston, it may come as no surprise that there are more college tour offerings before the conference than ever in NACAC history!  Click here:  to see the full list of opportunities.  Colleges all over New England will be welcoming counselors the week of September 10th.

While some tours are already full, there are many options still available ranging from "just a tour" to full-day and multi-day programs.  You do not have to be attending the conference to register for a tour.  Many offerings include transportation from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, and some include meals, housing, and/or entertainment.  Please see the website above for detailed information.



NACAC Imagine Fund Step Challenge

Instead of dong our normal End of the Day 5k, the Step Challenge will be the primary fitness fundraiser during our conference --  with all proceeds benefiting the Imagine Fund.  You are able to use any fitness band or even your cell phone to participate.

Rates for the Step Challenge are $35.  If you have already registered, you can easily add the challenge to your conference registration, quick how to video here.  

As always, if you have questions feel free to contact Jeff Gallant or Kathi Moody, Co-Chairs NACAC Local Advisory Committee:


Annual Meeting & Conference 2018 Updates


Just under a year away and the planning is already in full swing. We are looking forward to a conference unlike any other. We encourage you to start planning now by reviewing registration fees, posted online, early in order to make the best use of your professional development budget this year. Please reach out to your conference chairs, Michael Iorio at or Christina Berardi at with any questions.






A New York tradition, we are excited to take part in a special pre-conference offering entitled “Coming Together” just prior to the 2018 Super Conference at Marist University this June. This program has a focus on college access and can be attended either in addition to the full Annual Meeting & Conference or independently. The program begins on Tuesday, June 5 with a lunch and keynote followed by programming to continue through Wednesday, June 6. We hope you will SAVE THE DATE to collaborate with our New York colleagues on this important topic. More information will be posted throughout the year.

 What's New? New Hire? Promotion? Awards? Let us know at

Position Changes

Priscilla E Alicea is the new Vice President of Enrollment Management at Earlham College in Richmond, IN. She was formerly the Director of Admission at Bryant University, RI.

Safaa Aly is now an Admissions Counselor, Amherst College, MA.

Matthew Fava, formerly of Vassar College, NY, is now an Associate Director of College Counseling at Suffield Academy, CT.

Tony Franco is the new Assistant Director of College Counseling at St. George’s School, RI. He has recently finished a master’s in counseling at the University of San Diego.

Dale Hendricks is now the Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Outreach, Amherst College, MA.

Bill Jack is the new Senior Associate Director of Admissions at University of Maine at Farmington, ME.  He was formerly the Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Wesleyan University, CT.

Kareem Nulan, formerly of Macduffie School, MA, is now an Associate Director of College Counseling at Suffield Academy, CT.

Ethan Percy is now the Associate Director of College Guidance at Loomis Chaffee School, CT.

Jill Teeters is the new Associate Director of College Counseling at The Derryfield School in Manchester, NH. She was formerly the Associate Director of Admission at New England College in Henniker, NH.

New Hire? Promotion? Awards? Let us know at


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