October 8, 2019

  1. NACAC Update
  2. Rising Star Award
  3. Government Relations
  4. Current Trends/Future Issues
  5. Counselor Resource Committee
  6. Call for Session Proposals
  7. Rural/Small Town SIG Conference & College Fair
  8. College Fairs
  9. Volunteer
  10. Messages and e-List
  11. Connect With Us

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Dear PCACAC friends and colleagues:

Newly elected NACAC President, Jayne Caflin Fonash, outlines the results of voting that occurred at the 2019 NACAC Assembly meeting on Saturday, September 28th in the UPDATE ON THE ASSEMBLY AND ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGWe encourage you to review the message in its entirety as well as review the specific revisions that were affected in the CEPP.  As we begin to navigate this new time in college admissions, we believe that all of us will continue to advocate for students to the best of our abilities. We stand together during this trying time. Please reach out to any of us with questions or comments.  

Your PCACAC leadership,

Joel Lang, President                                      
John "Jake" Talmage, Past-President                                     
Rebekah LaPlante, President-Elect

NACAC Rising Star Award!

Leaders from across the field of college admission were recognized last week by NACAC for the contributions they have made to students and to their profession. We are proud to announce that Fatmata Koroma was selected as an individual Rising Star Award recipient.

Since joining Potomac Chesapeake ACAC over four years ago, Fatmata has worked tirelessly to help make the affiliate’s annual conference and other events successful.This year she volunteered to launch the Equity Collaborative on Diversity, Equity and Opportunity in Education—a PCACAC preconference offering. And when one of the scheduled speakers was unable to present due to unforeseen health issues, Fatmata stepped in and led the session. 

Fatmata, who recently assumed the role of assistant director of college counseling at St. John’s High School in DC, is passionate about the potential of higher education to change lives and has become an important voice within her affiliate. Through her hard work, Fatmata is constantly striving—often behind the scenes—to contribute to her school, her affiliate, and the profession. Congratulations Fatmata Koroma!

Government Relations Updates:

NACAC Urges Passage Of Funding Bill For Minority-Serving Institutions

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) expressed its disappointment that the US Senate did not approve legislation that would provide funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and other minority-serving institutions. Michael Rose, NACAC Director for Government Relations





Current Trends/Future Issues:

Harvard University does not discriminate against Asian American students through its use of race-conscious admissions, a federal judge ruled in a decision released on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Eric Hoover writes about the ramifications of the ruling.

On September 30, 2019, California's Governor, Gavin Newsom signed a state bill called the "Fair Pay to Play Act" into law which allows athletes at California universities to earn money from their name, image and likeness starting in 2023.

Counselor Resource Committee Needs You!

The Counselor Resource Center compiles shared information about counselor visit programs, college programs, financial aid programs and more in one easy access site!

Thank you for joining us in gathering information for everyone. Please forward any counselor opportunities in your area to Kathleen Martin, [email protected].

Spring Conference...


SUBMIT YOUR SESSION PROPOSAL to present at our 55th Annual Conference. 

Due December 2, 2019

April 19-21, 2020
The Hotel Madison
710 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA  22801

Sign up to VOLUNTEER!


You can now view and order pictures from past PCACAC events through Cristie and Co. Visit > Search for "PCACAC" under Find Your Photos (no date needed) > Select an album and use the following passwords to access each:

  • 2019 Summer Institute (PCACAC SI 2019) - Password: Shepherd
  • 2019 Conference (PCACAC 2019) - Password: College Park
  • 2018 Summer Institute (PCACAC SI 2018) - Password: Richmond
  • 2018 Conference (PCACAC 2018) - Password: Dover
  • 2017 Conference (PCACAC 2017) - Password: Kingsmill

To receive a member discount and pricing, write down the number below each picture you want (i.e., IMG_1234) and contact Cristie at 540-839-5311, [email protected].



PCACAC is excited to facilitate this opportunity in Southwest Virginia to impact the underserved and many times overlooked populations in the deep in the hills of the Appalachian Region. The college fair portion of the event will run from 3-4pm.  Any college interested in sending a representative to the fair is welcome at no cost. 


Members interested in supporting this initiative through volunteering, your time and efforts will be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Alison Weston at [email protected] to find out how you can help.  

Click HERE or on the next image to register by October 18, 2019.

Click on this icon to visit our online calendar of events:

Add your college fair to our popular list!

Click HERE to add your fall 2019 fair to the list for FREE! Updates are made available to members as fairs are submitted.

Get a jump on your planning and add these events to your calendar:  

Connect with our College Fair/College Night Chair, Sanjay Mitchell, at [email protected].

Sign up to VOLUNTEER at the Greater Washington D.C. college fair at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.



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