May 6, 2021 

  1. Virtual College Fair
  2.  Inclusion, Access & Success Session
  3. Conference Award Recipients
  4. Summer Institute
  5. Communication Committee Callout
  6. Counselor Resource Center - HBCU SIG
  7. AmazonSmile
  8. PCACAC Giving
  9. Join PCACAC's Team
  10. Calendar of Events
  11. Connect With Us

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Registration extended for PCACAC's Virtual College Fair until May 7th!

We are excited to announce that PCACAC is partnering with StriveScan to host a virtual college fair this spring. This event will be promoted to students in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia.

  • Sunday, May 23rd from 4:00 - 6:45 PM ET 
  • Monday, May 24th from 5:00 - 7:45 PM ET
Registration is open to both members and non-members alike. Only one person from your institutions/organization needs to be a current PCACAC member to receive the member discount. Not a member? Join PCACAC today! Annual membership is $45 (Oct 1 - Sep 30).

Registration is open through Friday, May 7th until 5 pm. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities will receive $50 off registration. Please check the appropriate box during registration.

Students, families and other counseling professionals are all welcome to attend free of charge. If you are a student or counselor and would like to attend, save the date!  Registration will open on Wednesday, May 12. 

PCACAC's Inclusion, Access and Success Committee invites you to a student-focused session lead by current college students. 

Join us on May 11, 2021
5:00 - 5:30pm

  • To connect current college students to incoming freshman so that they can discuss attending college during a pandemic
  • To help encourage college-going student success
  • Being a student during the pandemic
  • Getting help with classes
  • Mental Health resources available to students
  • Math and Writing Labs during virtual learning

Join Zoom Meeting:

Questions? Contact Melisa Hypolite, IAS Chair

Annual Conference Award Recipients!

Congratulations to this year's Blackburn, Apperson and Emeritus award recipients! There were honored during our annual conference.

John A. 'Jack' Blackburn Award
Leonard Satterwhite
Senior Associate Dean of Admissions
Washington and Lee University (VA)

The John A. "Jack" Blackburn Award for Ethics in College Admission was established by PCACAC to honor the late Jack Blackburn, long-time Dean of Admission at the University of Virginia. This award recognizes a member of our profession who exemplifies the qualities that made Jack Blackburn revered by his peers.

Apperson Award
Mildred R. Johnson
Dean of Admissions (Retired)
Radford University (VA)

The Richard L. Apperson Award, named in honor of PCACAC's first president, is the association's highest honor presented to a PCACAC member.  It is awarded annually to a member whose career embodies the ideals of the association - providing extraordinary service to students, to PCACAC, and to the college counseling profession.

Emeritus Award
Valerie Gregory
Associate Dean of Admission (Retired)
University of Virginia (VA)

Each year, PCACAC's Executive Board provides special recognition to members who have retired from their professional responsibilities and have been highly visible for an extended period of time within PCACAC.  These individuals have rendered significant contributions/leadership in support of the Association's programs and activities. For this, they have been awarded a complimentary, lifetime, non-voting membership in PCACAC, and a certificate of commendation.

Save the Date message for our virtual Summer Institute (July 12-14)

Hosted by Radford University Admissions Office

Co-Chair:  Butch Hamilton, St. Mary's Ryken High School (MD)
Co-Chair:  Kevin Zimmerman, Shenandoah University (VA)
Professional Development Chair:  Alice Robertson, Chantilly High School (VA)

Stay tuned for more details on this year's Summer Institute!

Call Out for Communication Committee Members!

The PCACAC Communication Committee is looking for some seriously awesome new ideas and new folks to share those ideas. Currently the Communications Committee shares information via social media accounts and produces the bi-weekly Anchor Splash.

Ideas for the future of the Communications Committee are wide open. The goals are to keep our membership informed of what is happening in our affiliate and nationally, produce interesting/relevant content that will help us express the value of PCACAC to current and prospective members.

Some ideas for future projects might include:

  • Establishing a PCACAC Tik Tok account/creating content
  • Producing Member spotlight pieces including video interviews in addition to print 
  • Student spotlight/testimonials (video/print)
  • PCACAC Institution spotlights (high schools/colleges/CBOs/IEC offices)
  • Day in the life series (counselors/admissions professionals/IECs/CBO members/PCACAC & NACAC members
  • Interviews w/NACAC/NASFAA/ACCIS/School Counseling Association members, Principals/Heads of School, etc.

We are looking for energetic and visionary colleagues who can help us build and invigorate the Communications Committee. 

PCACAC asks you to consider this invitation to serve the association. Is it your time? We hope so! 

Please contact Ann Marie Strauss for further information and to volunteer. 

Counselor Resource Center: 

Special Interest Group Spotlight: HBCU

Thanks to PCACAC's HBCU SIG for sharing the following resources and contacts!  

Common Black College Application- 

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund-

UNCF Stem Scholarship- 

Equity Index for Black students-

HBCU SIG Contact Michael Walden 

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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

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