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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Christy Conley, Lead Counselor, North Oconee High School (GA) HOT TOPICS QUICK MINUTE: SACAC Professional Development &
Volume 23, Issue 2 - December 2023 Guess who's on LinkedIn? Member Spotlight: Dominque Harrison, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, North
Volume 23, Issue 1 - September 2023 Member Spotlight: Terry Chevako Bava, Best Fit College Counseling (PR) Watch List: This
Volume 22, Issue 3 - June 2023 Member Spotlight: Rose Llanos, Lynn University (FL) Today’s Reading: Reflections from SACAC's Government
Volume 22, Issue 2 - January 2023 Member Spotlight: Mary Allen Conforti, Crosby Scholars (NC) Today’s Reading: Shifting Perspectives on
Volume 22, Issue 1 - October 2022 Member Spotlight: Ashley Kersey, Counselor, Lincoln High School (AR) National Issue: The Supreme
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Six Easy Ways to Earn MVP on Turkey Day Bartley Sides, Associate Director of College Counseling, Christ Church Episcopal School
Hispanic Heritage Month - Member Spotlight Karen Vargas, Dean of Admissions, Wake Forest University (NC) Tell us about your journey
Hispanic-Serving Institutions by the Inclusion, Access & Success Committee The story of higher education in the United States and the
Indigenous Peoples' Day (*Updated post from 2020) by Rachel Fried, Director, Public School Initiative Basic cultural comprehension goes a long
Member Spotlight Dr. Erin Almond, KIPP Through College Program, Jacksonville (FL) When Dr. Erin Almond started with KIPP Jacksonville in
Serving the Underserved in Puerto Rico Dr. Maria Rosa Bruno, University High School - University of Puerto Rico by Celeste
Highlighting John Palmer Rea John Palmer Rea, Belmont University, Nashville, TN John Palmer Rea started as a student recruiter and
The Facts and Feelings of Choosing Your College or University: Tips Bryan Rutledge, Director of College Counseling, Woodward Academy, College
Community Based Organization Spotlight: The Peer Power Foundation (TN) Sydney Olojo, Director of Storytelling, Peer Power Institute The Peer Power
This Day in 1965: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act Bill Pruden, College Counselor/Director of Civic Engagement, Ravenscroft School The Elementary and
SACAC Member Spotlight on Kathryn Daniels Kathryn Daniels, College Counselor, Hammond School (SC) How did you get started in School
First-Generation Experiences Leri Argueta, Associate Director of Diversity Recruitment, University of North Georgia - Gainesville Can you share a little
My History with SACAC Jonathan Ferrell, SACAC President, Director of College Counseling, Pace Academy (GA) Tell us about your journey
My History with SACAC with Briana Duncan Briana Duncan, M.Ed (she/her/hers), College Advisor, Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School (GA) Tell
My History with SACAC Morgan Fowler, Senior Admissions Counselor, High Point University Tell us about your journey in the field
Celebrating HBCU Excellence! Jameia Tennie (pronouns: she/her), Director, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, North Carolina A&T State University The pursuit of
School Counselors Reflect on SACAC Professional Development Amy Short, School Counselor at South Forsyth High School in Cumming, GA, and
Challenges, Triumphs, and Advice: School Counseling During a Pandemic As we continue to make our way through National School Counseling
A Glimpse Inside YES-Appalachia in North Carolina Rebecca Figueroa (she/her), Operations Manager, YES-Appalachia (NC) Tell us about your program and
Check in with Board Member Myronee Simpson Myronee Simpson (she/her/hers), Director of College Counseling, Oak Hall School (FL) Why did
A Glimpse Inside Elon Academy in North Carolina Princess I. King (3rd from the left; pronouns: she/her/hers) and the Elon
Member Spotlight Jahleese Hadley, Director of College Access, GLOW Academy, Wilmington, NC Who/What first inspired you to work in education?
The Potential of a Promise Andrew Colson, Admissions Counselor & Program Manager of the UAB Birmingham Promise, The University of
You've Got a Friend in Me Shannon Grimsley (left), Outreach Program Director, Get2College/Woodward Hines Education Foundation Brandi Lyndall (right), Director
Supporting Transgender & Transitioning Students in the College Application Process Melissa Kotacka, MA NCC CT, Duke University Nicholas School of the
Today we celebrate Diwali, the Indian festival of lights Sunishka Deshpande, 10th grader at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC, shares
The Higher Education Act of 1965 Bill Pruden, Ravenscroft School, Raleigh, NC November 8, 2020 marks the 55th anniversary of the
Celebrating National Transfer Student Week           SACAC is excited to celebrate National Transfer Student Week this
Indigenous Peoples' Day by Rachel Fried, Director, Public School Initiative Basic cultural comprehension goes a long way. Often, schools and
Members on the Move - September 2020 We are excited to share news of these members who are on the
Members on the Move - June 2020 We are excited to share news of these members who are on the
Meet your new SACAC Treasurer-elect Claudia Jolivert Director of College Counseling Ransom Everglades School Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Why did you want
Meet your new SACAC President-elect! Tyler Peterson Executive Director, Admissions and Financial Assistance The University of Alabama at Birmingham Pronouns:
Member Highlight Celeste Surís-Rosselli Esq., Director of College Counseling at The Baldwin School Interviewed by: Djiara Meehan, College Counselor @
Celebrating the Joy in Your Why by Julie Carter, Associate Director of College Counseling, Episcopal School of Jacksonville “Celebrating the
Florida Regional Admission Counselors (FRAC) An interview with Antonio Serrano, Treasurer & Membership Chair for FRAC, by Nicole Sumrall In
Social Distancing Playlist from Your SACAC Board             Please enjoy a Spotify Playlist complied by
Advice on Working Remotely                 Amy Moffatt, Assistant Director for National Recruitment (Co-manager
Modeling Compassion in the Wake of a Natural Disaster                 Sammy Stevens -
Planting Ideas and Packaging Higher Education Monica Rozman, Clemson University As an admissions counselor, one of my favorite things to
Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Rowell Elizabeth Rowell, Freshman Admissions Counselor, Lander University Elizabeth Rowell has been in the profession for a
Mount Carmel Academy’s Student and Parent Outreach Efforts Kerri Caruso, Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans In order to reach a
A Closer Look at the New Orleans College Case Study Sheena Reed, Metairie Park Country Day School, Metairie, LA I
Expanding the Network: Louisiana Public School Counselor Outreach Initiative: Feedback from The LCA Annual Conference Caitlin Neal-Jones, Ascension Episcopal School
How The University of Southern Mississippi Has Aligned Freshman Scholarship Amounts to Maximize Affordability for Full Pell Grant Recipients By:
December MS State of the Month Post: Member Spotlight Grant Nerren, Assistant Director of Recruitment at Mississippi State University Years
District College Counseling. . . This is How We Do It By: Nancy Wolfe (pictured left) & Sheri Crigger (pictured
Scarlet to Black at Arkansas State University By: Pamela Bowie, Senior Director of Admissions, Arkansas State University Paying for college
Little Rock Mini Camp College Recap By: Emily Coffey, College Counselor, Mount St. Mary Academy Whitney Calliott-Smotherman, of the University
Connecting the Dots with STEM Reflections from the 2019 National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) By: Wendell Scales Jr., Director of