September 25, 2020

  1. NACAC Board Members
  2. VACRAO College Fair
  3. ¡ALCANZA! College Fair
  4. Your Voice Counts!
  5. Social Media call out 
  6. Updated Value Statement
  7. Membership Renewal
  8. AmazonSmile
  9. Counselor Resources
  10. College Fairs
  11. Special Interest Groups
  12. PCACAC Giving
  13. Join PCACAC's Team
  14. Calendar of Events
  15. Messages and e-List
  16. Connect With Us

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New NACAC Board Members

We are excited to announce that two PCACAC members have been elected to the NACAC Board of Directors. Congratulations to Sanjay Mitchell and Robyn Lady as new board directors! They will both serve for three years. We are proud to have you both in such important leadership roles. NACAC's announcement on the new board members can be found here.

Sanjay and Robyn went through a rigorous process prior to the election which included a video of their speech, biography, statement and questions. You can view Sanjay Mitchell's nominee process here and Robyn Lady's nominee process here.

Congratulations to Sanjay Mitchell & Robyn Lady!

VACRAO & StriveScan College Fair

VACRAO and StriveScan are hosting a Virtual College Exploration Program from September 14th-November 5th. This program is open to ALL members of PCACAC. You can find more detailed information here

The eight-week program consists of hundreds of opportunities for students to learn about the college search process and about many different colleges through panel presentations and weekly Virtual College Fairs. 














 20th Annual ¡ALCANZA! College Fair

George Mason University invites students and counselors to join them for the 20th annual ¡ALCANZA! College Fair, virtually! Each year ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Mason hosts ¡ALCANZA! to promote higher education opportunities to more than 2,000 Latinx high school students in our community. This year, since they will be virtual, they are excited to welcome Latinx students from across the country to the ¡ALCANZA! College Fair to hear from hundreds of colleges and admissions professionals. ¡ALCANZA! live virtual event is on Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 3:00-5:30 PM.

Your Voice Counts!

If you want to confirm that you are registered to vote in the November 2020 election please click hereIf you need to register to vote in the November 2020 election please click here.

If you need to fill out the United States 2020 Census click here.

 Callout for help with social media!

Do you find yourself checking your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook account daily? Do you enjoy posting and reading others' posts? If so, consider joining the PCACAC Communications Committee! They need support managing the PCACAC social media platforms and welcome anyone who might be interested. Please contact the Communications Committee chair Melissa Ward.

PCACAC's Updated Value Statement

As an organization, PCACAC is intentional in creating opportunities for our members to grow into leaders while remaining committed to our core values. Please see our updated Value Statement.

 Membership Renewal

We're looking forward to another year with our fabulous members!

The new membership cycle starts on October 1, 2020 and runs through September 30, 2021. Here are a few things you'll want to know about renewing:


Even if there are already members from your organization, all new members must complete the membership form at Multiple new members may join under one invoice. Enter the email address of the first new member under the New User section.

Questions? Contact Luis Portillo, Membership Chair, at [email protected], or reach out to our office at [email protected], (434) 989-7557.

Giving made easy...AmazonSmile 

AmazonSmile customers can now support Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, update your app. Click here for instructions.

 Counselor Resource Center

Take a look at upcoming events for high school counselors:

If you are a member and would like us to post your event, please email details to Chair Kathleen Martin at [email protected].  (See below for posting of college fairs.)

College Fairs

PCACAC's College Fair/College Nights committee is looking for more volunteers, specifically from the college side.  Please consider joining this very talented and hard-working group of professionals who directly impact the students of our region.  For more information, please contact Sanjay Mitchell, Chair of the CF/CN committee at [email protected].

Advertise your fair for free!

Click HERE to add your fall 2020 or spring 2021 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].

SIGs - Special Interest Groups

A SIG is a Special Interest Group that brings colleagues together to explore a topic or population in higher education/    K-12 through discussion, networking and resource sharing. PCACAC has served as a leading affiliate in many ways including launching our very own SIGs at our 2018 Conference. We have grown from 3 to 5 SIGs in just one year, to include: African-American, LatinX, Independent Education Counselors/Consultants, Rural, and First-Generation College Students.

To learn more, connect with our SIGs Chair, Alison Weston at [email protected] 

We simply can't do it without you!

PCACAC invites you to contribute to our new endowment fund - created to help counselors whose schools, districts or programs are underfunded and/or who need extra support.  With your support, we can provide additional professional development opportunities, programming, and materials for those counselors most in need.  PLEASE GIVE HERE

 PCACAC Messages & e-List

Want to see past messages sent via our Contact Center (separate from the e-List)?  Login at > go to the ‘My Profile’ Quick Link button > hover over My Profile > select the Messages drop-down.

Subscribe to our e-list and share your news with other members:  Login at > go to the ‘My Profile’ Quick Link button > select My Features > E-lists > toggle the OFF/ON button for Subscribe and Email Delivery. 

Connect With Us

Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC)

PO Box 8308, Charlottesville, VA 22906 | 434-989-7557  | [email protected]