NYSACAC Conference

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  • Welcome

    Conference Welcome

    Dear Friends and Colleagues:

    It is my pleasure to invite you, on behalf of the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling board members, to the NYSACAC 2016 Annual Conference at Wagner College on Staten Island. Please join us from Tuesday, May 31st-Friday, June 3rd for a conference filled with engaging sessions and a host of terrific networking events. As is our tradition, the Coming Together conference will begin mid-day on Tuesday, May 31st.  If you have never attended Coming Together, make this your year to join in. The Coming Together Conference offers thought-provoking sessions and networking opportunities in support of our goals around the issues of diversity, equity, and access.

    In an ever changing atmosphere of college admissions (“Coalition,” “New SAT,” etc…) we rely on each other for support and to get a handle on the latest trends. Bringing together colleagues from the admissions offices, school counseling offices, college offices, our CBO partners, and our independent partners, ultimately helps students navigate the process. This is what our conference theme “Lighting the Path” is all about.

    Many will use the Staten Island Ferry to travel to Wagner College. On the trip, you get a clear view of the Statue of Liberty, the symbol of freedom and democracy in our country.  As educators, we strive to prepare students not only for college but to participate fully as democratic citizens. As we pass Ellis Island we think about college access for “Dreamers” and “DACA” students. Our 2016 conference will confront issues of access and success. We hope that you will join us to learn and share best practices and for those ever important networking opportunities.

    We have options including single day attendance and a discount for those who register before the Early Bird deadline, May 6th. 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 2016.

    Susan Davidson

    President-Elect, NYSACAC

    Susan For Conference Welcome

  • About the Conference
    19th Annual Coming Together Conference: – May 31-June 1, 2016

    Organized by the NYSACAC Human Relations Committee, the Coming Together Conference is the kickoff to the annual conference.  College admissions professionals, high school counselors, and community based organization (CBO) counselors participate in thought-provoking open forum discussions and networking opportunities that address issues of inclusion, access and success.  “Igniting the Spark”, our conference theme, speaks to our work as mentors and motivators to our students, and each other.  Each one of us can speak to that person or people in our lives who have kept us motivated, or saw a light in us that we did not see in ourselves.  The conversations we have at CTC will direct us in building off each other’s expertise, passions, and networks.  We will reinforce our theme of connection and mentorship as we support each other to action plan around solutions that address the needs of our students.

    CTC will be utilizing a variation of Open Space Technology (OST) called World Café.  Similar to OST, World Café aims to provide an open and creative platform for conversations on topics of mutual interest.  The goal: to surface collective knowledge, share ideas and insights, and gain a deeper understanding of the subject and the issues involved.

    Conference attendees will pre-select breakout session topics.  After individuals have registered for CTC, they will receive an email with a survey to vote on topics of interest in the categories of advocacy, partnerships, advising best practices and much more.  Voting will close on May 7th.  Breakout sessions will be facilitated discussions where the facilitator maintains productive and inspiring conversation.  The expertise will come from individuals participating in the discussion.  During the final session, attendees will apply the knowledge they acquired to create personal action plans to address the needs of the students they work with and organizations they work in.

    New to CTC this year, the CTC Forum will be an all-conference facilitated discussion to dialogue around the implications of race, class and gender in students’ access and success to higher education.  The forum will be led by Dr. Electra Weeks, adjunct professor and mentor at SUNY Empire State College – Staten Island Unit.

    Dr. Weeks is a mentor and faculty member at Empire State College in Staten Island where she teaches in the social sciences. She received her doctorate in the Anthropology of Science & Technology from The New School for Social Research in 2002 for her research on the clash between World Bank funded technologies and subsistence farmers in Southern India. Her current research interests include the intersection of urban food equity systems and social justice.

    The success of our Coming Together Conference is dependent on professionals, like you, joining in attendance. Your knowledge, passion and experience will enrich the conversation, moving us closer to finding solutions for our students’ pursuit of higher education.

    Register today to be a part of the CTC movement!

    Aaron Ray and Kristen Harris
    Human Relations Co-Chairs

    2016 Coming Together Speaker:

    Dr. Mary Dana Hinton, Ph.D

    Mary Dana Hinton, Ph.D is president of the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.

    President Hinton has extensive experience in higher education, national experience with non-profit K-12 education management and school development, and a philanthropic background in the corporate sector. She earned a Ph.D. in religion and religious education with high honors from Fordham University, a Master of Arts degree in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Williams College.

    Hinton is the author of “The Commercial Church: Black Churches and the New Religious Marketplace in America.” Her scholarship focuses on African American religious history, religious education, and leadership, strategic planning, assessment, and diversity in the academy. Hinton has served on several national higher education boards including the Association of General and Liberal Studies, the Religious Education Association, and the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion. We are thrilled to have Dr. Hinton join us all the way from Minnesota to guide and support our mission as we continue to light the way for our students and fellow colleagues.

    38th Annual NYSACAC Conference: – June 1-3, 2016

    The 38th Annual New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC) Conference provides colleagues who serve college-bound students throughout New York an exciting and educational experience that is full of professional development and networking opportunities.  Bringing together colleagues–from admissions offices, school counseling offices, college offices, our CBO partners and our independent partners–ultimately helps students navigate the process.  This is what our conference theme “Lighting the Path”, is all about.



    The 2016 Keynote Speaker:

    Liz Murray

    The child of drug-addicted parents who routinely ate from dumpsters and sought refuge at all-night subway stations to survive, Liz Murray was homeless at age 15 – and fending for her life.  Determined not to be defined by her circumstances, she recognized education as the key to a fresh beginning and a whole new way of living.  She earned her high school diploma in just two years and won a scholarship to Harvard University that would turn her bleak circumstances into a future filled with limitless possibility.  With sincerity, maturity and graciousness, Liz will share her personal journey from street smarts to classroom triumphs.  Liz is an inspiration to both student groups and educators alike in need of the motivation to overcome their own obstacles.  The subject of Lifetime Television’s Emmy-nominated original film, Homeless to HarvardMurray completed her degree at Harvard in 2009.  Her memoir, Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard (2010), was an instant success making the New York Times’ best-seller list the first week of release.


    liz Murray photo








  • Schedule


    Educational Sessions

    Educational Session A
    Educational Session B
    Educational Session C
    Educational Session D


    Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    Time Event Location
    9:30-3:00 Wagner College Tours Pape Admissions House
    10:30-7:00 Registration for the NYSACAC Conference/Coming Together Conference Union – Atrium
    12:00-1:00 Coming Together – Opening Lunch
    -Sponsored by Kaplan
    Union – Dining Hall
    1:10-2:10 Coming Together – Welcome & Networking Introduction Activity Union – Dining Hall
    2:20-2:50 Coming Together – Conference Structure Overview Union – Dining Hall
    2:50-3:10 Break
    3:10-4:10 Coming Together – Breakout Session Main Hall Classrooms
    4:20-5:20 Coming Together – Breakout Session Main Hall Classrooms
    5:20-5:30 Break
    5:30-6:30 Coming Together – Forum
    Dr. Electra Weeks,  Adjunct Professor and Mentor at SUNY Empire State College, Staten Island Unit
    Main Hall Theater
    6:30-7:00 Break
    7:00-8:00 Coming Together – Dinner & Keynote
    Dr. Hinton, President, College of St. Benedict
    -Sponsored by Sottile Security
    Union – Dining Hall
    7:45-8:45 Steering Committee Reception Union – Faculty Dining Room
    8:45-11:30 Coming Together Social
    -Sponsored by Chartwells
    Union – Dining Hall


    Wednesday, June 1

    Time Event Location
    7:00-1:00 Join us for a memorable morning on Silver Lake Golf Course.   Player Registration. Meet at Silver Lake G.C.
    8:00-7:00 Registration for NYSACAC Annual Conference Union – Atrium
    8:00-8:45 Coming Together – Breakfast Union – Dining Hall
    9:00-10:00 Coming Together – Breakout Session Main Hall Classrooms
    9:00-2:00 College Tours
    St. Joseph’s College and LIU Brooklyn CUNY: Brooklyn College and the College of Staten Island CUNY: Baruch College and Hunter College NYIT and Fordham University
    Buses Depart from Stadium Lot
    9:00-3:30 Wagner College Tours Pape Admissions House
    10:10-11:20 Coming Together – Action Planning Main Hall Theater
    11:20-12:00 Coming Together – Closing Circle Main Hall Theater
    12:00-12:45 Coming Together – Closing Lunch Union – Dining Hall
    12:00-2:00 College Tour
    – St. John’s University – Staten Island Campus
    Bus departs from Stadium Lot
    12:00-7:15 Exhibitor Area Open Spiro Sport Center
    1:15-2:45  NYSACAC Executive Board Meeting (Board members only) Foundation Hall – Manzulli
    2:30-3:15  First Timers Orientation Union- Dining Hall
    3:30-4:30 2016 NYSACAC Conference Welcome and Awards
    – Sponsored by Spark 451
    Spiro Sport Center
    4:45-5:45 Educational Session A Main Hall, Spiro Hall, SSC, & Foundation Hall
    6:00-7:15 Community Based Organization (CBO) Fair
    –  Sponsored by College Access Consortium of NY
    Gym – Spiro Sports Center
    6:00-7:15 General Membership/Exhibitor Reception
    – Sponsored by College Access Consortium of NY
    Spiro Sports Center
    6:00-7:15 First Timers Reception Union-Dining Hall
    7:45 Buses depart for Social Stadium Lot
    8:00-11:00 An Evening at The Vanderbilt
            -Sponsored by Zee Mee


    Thursday, June 2

    Time Event Location
    7:30-8:30 Breakfast Spiro Sports Center
    8:00-5:30 Registration for NYSACAC Annual Conference Union – Atrium
    8:00-5:15 Exhibit Area Open Spiro Sports Center
    8:30-9:15  General Membership Meeting Spiro Sports Center
    9:30-10:30  Educational Session B Main Hall, Spiro Hall, SSC, & Foundation Hall
    9:30-3:30 Wagner College Tours Pape Admissions House
    10:30-10:45 Networking Break
    11:00-12:00 Keynote Speaker

    • Liz Murray, best-selling author of Breaking Night:
      A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard (book signing to follow)
      -Sponsored by NRCCUA
    Spiro Sport Center
    12:15-1:15 Lunch and Silent Auction Spiro Sport Center
    1:30-2:30  Educational Session C Main Hall, Spiro Hall, SSC, & Foundation Hall
    2:30-2:45 Networking Break
    2:45-3:45 Mega-Sessions!

    • Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success
    • Early FAFSA and Financial Aid
    • The 2016 Presidential Election: What the Candidates Say About Higher Education

    • Main Hall Theater
    • Spiro Hall – Rm 2
    • Spiro Sport Center
    4:00-5:15  College Fair
    –  Sponsored by Stamats
    Spiro Sport Center – Gym
    5:15-6:15 Past-President’s Reception (Invitation Only) Guild Hall Patio
    5:30-7:30  FUN-draisers

    • Bocce! – sponsored by NextStepU
    • Flagship Brewery Tour – sponsored by Montclair State University
    • Staten Island Zoo – sponsored by Cohen/Davidson Family
    • Staten Island Pizza “Tour” – sponsored by Hobsons

    • Stadium – Hameline Field
    • Buses depart from Stadium Lot
    • Buses depart from Stadium Lot
    • Union- Dining Hall
    8:00-10:30 Social on the Oval Sutter Oval


    Friday, June 3

    Time Event Location
    7:30-8:30 Breakfast Union – Dining Hall
    8:45-9:45 Educational Session D Main Hall, Spiro Hall, SSC, & Foundation Hall
    9:30-12:30 Wagner College Tours Pape Admissions House
    10:00-11:15 NCAA Super Session: The Role of School Counselors and the Responsibility of Admissions Officers

    •  Amy Routt, Association Director of High School Review, NCAA
    •  Jim Gibbons, Director of Admissions, Wagner College
    • Peg Hefferan, Senior Associate Athletic Director / Senior Women’s Administrator, Wagner College
    • Joe Ahlstrin, Undergraduate Admissions, Manhattanville College


    Spiro Sport Center
    11:15-12:00 Closing Session & Slideshow with Lunch
    -Sponsored by Fire Engine Red
    Spiro Sport Center


  • Registration

    2016 Conference Pricing

    Conference pricing6 

    Registration is now open! Click here to register.

    There are several options for you to attend both the Coming Together Conference and the 2016 Annual Conference.  From one day options to complete conference attendance, residential and commuter, we look forward to seeing you at NYSACAC this year. NYSACAC members and early registrants receive substantial savings.


    No refunds will be processed after May 9, 2016 .


    Our Annual Golf Outing will be held on June 1, 2016 from 7:00am – 1:00pm.  Come join us for a memorable morning on Silver Lake Golf Course.    Player Registration.

    Conference Grants

    The March 25th deadline for grant applications has now passed.  All submissions are currently under review.  Notifications will go out to all recipients by the last week in April.

    Exhibitor Registration

    Exhibitor booths are available as well as various sponsorship opportunities.  Booth rates include conference attendance for one individual.  Attendee information and registration details will be collected at a later date.  Follow up instructions will be provided in the coming weeks.

    Click here to register as an exhibitor!

  • Travel & Housing
  • Announcements and Updates
    • 5/31/16 – Welcome to our Coming Together Conference guests!  We look forward to “Igniting the Spark” today as we kick-off the conference.  Opening Lunch will be in the Union Dining Hall.  See you then!
    • 5/31/16 – Clarification:  The WiFi network is NYSACAC and the password is Wagner2016 (be sure to use a capital W).
    • PROGRAM CHANGE: Due to an overwhelming response of first timers for the conference, we needed to relocate both the Welcome (6/1 – 2:30pm) and the Reception (6/1 – 6:00pm) from the Library to the Dining Hall.
    • Be sure to use the Conference hashtag #NYSACAC16
    • 4/21/2016 Register now for Golf at Silver Lake Golf Course…less than 5 mins from Wagner’s campus.  Silver Lake is a very playable 6,238 yard, par 70 public course on Staten Island.  The golf outing includes continental breakfast and some wonderful company!
    • 4/21/2016  – The Flagship Brewery Tour is now sold out.  Please choose from the other enjoyable FUNraiser options.
    • 4/01/2016 Conference Grant applications are now closed.
    • 4/01/2016 Coming Together Conference speaker has been announced.  The 2016 Coming Together speaker is Dr. Mary Dana Hinton, Ph.D, President of the College of Saint Benedict.
    • 3/07/2016 The Conference Grant Application deadline has been extended until March 25, 2016.  Those looking for financial assistance to attend the conference can complete the online application.
    • 1/27/2016 Early Bird registration is now open.
    • 1/22/2016 Annual Conference Session Proposals are now closed.   Thank you for your interest, and we hope to see you at the conference in June.
  • Sponsorship Opportunities


    The 2016 NYSACAC Conference will be held at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York on Wednesday, June 1st through Friday, June 3rd. Planning is well under way and we have so many exciting events in store for our conference guests. Historically, this event has attracted hundreds of higher education professionals who are looking to make connections and bring new knowledge back to their workplace.

    This year, we are expecting close to 1,000 attendees, since the conference will be held in New York City. The annual conference truly allows our organization to carry out our mission of providing college and high school members with the tools and resources to help students mold their educational futures.

    Please join us in promoting this year’s theme, “Lighting the Path” and become a conference sponsor or exhibitor today! Click the link below to explore your sponsorship options. We look forward to working with you.

    2016 NYSACAC Conference Sponsorship Form


    NYSACAC Conference Sponsorship Committee Co-Chairs
    Stephanie Espina, Director of Freshman Admissions, Adelphi University

    Christopher Sottile, Admissions Counselor, Wagner College


    NYSACAC thanks our confirmed Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors!