New England Association

for College Admission Counseling


Opening Doors to Higher Education in New England

January 2017


NEACAC eBlast January 2017

  • Celebrate a colleague! Call for nominations for an MAM scholarship.
  • NEACAC Annual Award Nominations
  • Rising Leader Nominations Still Open -- Mentors & Participants Needed!
  • NEACAC’s Annual Essay Contest for High School Juniors and Seniors
  • NEACAC AMC Updates


                         Celebrate a colleague!

Call for nominations for an MAM Scholarship.


Celebrate a colleague today by nominating him/her for an MAM Scholarship at!

The Margaret Addis Memorial Scholar (MAMS) Program fund enables secondary school counselors from underrepresented areas to attend our Annual Meeting and Conference. "Underrepresented Areas" are defined as rural or urban secondary schools, EOP/TRIO programs and agencies and community/technical colleges in New England. To qualify, candidates should work in settings adversely impacted by budget cuts or limitations, and as such, cannot afford the cost of NEACAC membership or attendance to the Annual Meeting and Conference. The Scholarship deadline is January 22, 2017.

NEACAC Annual Award Nominations

Put on your thinking caps! Nominations for our annual awards will be open in later January and be open until the end of February.

They are Professional of the Year, IDEAL Award, Rising Star Award and William Neal Award. The description of these awards are found on our website under the awards drop down

Think of our many colleagues who are deserving of recognition!  We look forward to your nominations.

College Fair


Register for the NEACAC Spring 2017 College Fairs on January 4, 2017. Early registration rates will be available until March 1, 2017. Please note, registration is earlier than previous years due to the first fair being held at Mitchell College on Thursday, March 9th! 


Don't delay, register today! For the full fair schedule, registration information and rates please visit

Thank you for your continued support of the NEACAC College Fairs – we look forward to seeing you on the road this spring!

Rising Leader Nominations Still Open -- Mentors & Participants Needed!

Redesigned Program for 2017

The Rising Leaders Program (RLP) is NEACAC's year-long professional development experience for both secondary school and college/university admission colleagues. The RLP is an opportunity for rising professionals to be paired with seasoned mentors, to develop their leadership and management skills, gain new tools to become more well-informed and motivated professionals, and enhance their skills as they become more involved in our profession.

The three-day RLP kick-off summit will be held June 26-28 at a location to be determined, most likely a college campus.  The RLP is best suited for current professionals in college admission and counseling fields with three to five years of experience.   Space is limited to approximately 12-15 participants, paired with 6-8 mentors.

NEW for 2017 -- the RLP costs will be fully covered by NEACAC for selected participants and mentors.

Wish to serve as a mentor?  Email Jonathan Henry, V.P. Enrollment Management at Husson University, and RLP 2017 chair, at [email protected].

Want to nominate a participant (self-nominations are OK!)?  Send the name to Jonathan Henry, email address above.  An online application will be forwarded to them.

Further details will be updated on the NEACAC website under the "Conferences and Workshops" link.

Essay Contest

NEACAC’s Annual Essay Contest for High School Juniors & Seniors

Secondary School Counselors, please encourage your high school juniors and seniors to submit an essay for NEACAC’s Annual Essay Contest. Students from NEACAC-member high schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont are invited to submit a 500-word essay on the following topic:

Describe a counselor, teacher, or coach who has had the greatest influence on your decision to attend college. How has this individual impacted your future? What will you do in college or beyond that will make a difference in your community?

There will be six winners – one from each of the New England States – who will each be awarded a $1000 Scholarship. The application for the Essay Contest for 2017 will open on February 1, 2017 and be available through April 8, 2017. More information and the contest application will be found online at:

 Questions? Contact [email protected].

NEACAC AMC 2017 Update

Pre-Conference Session Topics

We are excited to give you a sneak peek at this summer’s NEACAC Annual Meeting & Conference Pre-Conference Session Topics. If you, or someone in your office, would benefit from a deeper understanding in any of these areas, we hope you will start lobbying now to attend these workshop based offerings. They are available either in addition to the full conference, or independently on Wednesday, May 31 from 9am-1pm at Keene State College. More information on each session to come.


  • Data-Driven Travel Planning: Everyone is doing it, but how well?
  • College Counseling Web-shop: Getting Hands On with Coalition, Common App, CSS Profile and FAFSA
  • When Your, um, Public Speaking Needs Some, uh, Work: Improving Public Speaking and Communication Skills
  • Middle Management Workshop

Volunteer to Run Yoga or Spin Classes

NEACAC’S Annual Meeting & Conference planning is currently underway and we excited to see you all there! The planning committee is searching for volunteers to help us run our wildly popular and well attended annual yoga and spin classes. If this is something you feel you are willing and able to do to support a successful conference, please contact Bill Hughen at [email protected] or Courtney Kipp at [email protected]

 Submit Your Office AMC Save the Date Mannequin Challenge!

REMINDER: This year, we invite you and your office to show us how excited you are for the conference by submitting your own version of the AMC Save the Date Mannequin Challenge! Entries should be posted to the NEACAC Facebook page with the conference hashtag (#NEACAC2017)  as well as emailed to Diane Soboski, Conference Chair at [email protected].



NACAC Boston 2017 Update

Planning is well underway for next year's National ACAC conference and NACAC has been busy updating information including housing rates and travel information. Details can be found here: 


Post-secondary institutions in New England: It's time to consider hosting a college tour!  Will you offer one for your college or university?  Will it be for one day, a partial day, or several days?  Will you do it alone or will you choose to partner with a group or consortium? Will you provide transportation from the convention center? It's time to think about the answers to these questions, so our College Tour Coordinators Jeff McAdam (Kents Hill School) and Sherri Geller (Gann Academy) will be sending you information within the next two weeks to tell you how to sign up and what you need to know to have a great tour experience for counselors across the world.  NACAC will promote the College Tours on the Conference Registration page to encourage as much participation as possible. Tours can begin on Sunday morning, September 10th; participants must be able to return to the Convention Center by noon on September 14th.  Watch your mailbox for the link and instructions to showcase your school!

 What's New? New Hire? Promotion? Awards? Let us know at [email protected]

Lisa Ellrich, University of Maine at Farmington - promoted to Interim Director of Admissions.

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