May 22, 2023 

  1. President's Message
  2. Virtual College Fair
  3. Lunch & Learn
  4. Celebrate PRIDE Month!
  5. Summer Institute  
  6. Anchor Splash Publisher
  7. NACAC Baltimore
  8. Mark Your Calendar...

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A Message from our President   

Dear PCACAC Members:

It is an honor to write my last message as the President of PCACAC. This past year has been one of the greatest experiences of my career. I have enjoyed working alongside the PCACAC Board members, committee chairs/vice chairs, former delegates and our dedicated and inspiring members.  

Please help me welcome Chris Gothard (James Madison University) and Hannah Wolff (Georgetown Prep) as Chair/Vice Chair of our College Fair & College Night Committee and Kathleen Voss (Georgia Tech) and Amy Moffatt (Towson University) as Chair/Vice Chair of our Admissions Practices Committee.

During my year at the PCACAC helm, I am thankful to have worked closely with a dedicated, strategic and compassionate Leadership Team--Melisa, Libby, James, Rosemary and Lynn—there is no better group to start Thursdays with--thank you! Together, we accomplished much—for that I am proud.

I’d like to offer a sincere thank you to Kellie Stewart (Gonzaga College High School) for her dedication to creating and publishing the Anchor Splash over many years, and to her past leadership of the Communications Committee. We wish you all the best as you transition to your next adventure in beautiful Melbourne, Florida. PCACAC will miss you!

As we look forward, Rosemary Martin Edwards, PCACAC’s next President, will lead us as we continue to #Reimagine & #Recreate our work. I am confident PCACAC’s star will continue to rise.

With deep gratitude,

Ann Marie Strauss


 Student Registration is Open! 

Monday, May 22nd, 2023, 5:00 PM – 8:45 PM (EST) 

Registration is now open for our Virtual College Fair! Please encourage your students and families to sign-up to virtually connect with colleges and universities from around the country for free. 

During the Virtual College Fair, attendees will have the chance to hear from many different colleges. They can choose which colleges they want to hear from by registering for their sessions. Students and their families can ask questions of the college representatives throughout the presentations too! The program will also include a college knowledge session on the college search process presented by college admissions professionals. 

Check out the schedule, list of colleges, and register now! We are looking forward to sharing this virtual experience with each of you!  PCACAC College Fair/College Night Committee. Questions? Email [email protected]

Lunch & Learn Virtual Workshop Series

Professional Development Committee launches its first Lunch and Learn virtual workshop series. If you are interested in sharing best practices, or presenting on topics you think would be of value to our membership please contact our Professional Development  Co-Chairs: Charlain Bailey and Daniel Zawacki

Join us to celebrate PRIDE month in June! 

Great events to watch for...

Admissions representatives panel: how do we support LGBTQIA+ students in the college process/transition to college?
Guest Speaker: the intersection of neurodivergence and LGBTQIA+ - it's more common than you think!
For a little PRIDE month inspiration, here are some LGBTQIA+ quotes to share with your community!


PCACAC's 20th Annual Summer Institute

We are excited to announce the opening of registration for PCACAC’s 20th Annual Summer Institute!  Join us in Winchester, VA, July 10-11, at Shenandoah University.

Please click here to register by midnight on Wednesday, June 21.

Registration Fees and Information:
Member Registration: $330
Non-Member Registration: $375
Sunday Night Lodging (Early Arrival): $75

Summer Institute Co-Chairs:  Butch Hamilton & Kevin Zimmerman

Interested in becoming the next Anchor Splash publisher?

PCACAC is looking for a new publisher for the Anchor Splash monthly newsletter. Content is provided by PCACAC leadership and committee chairs, and the publisher pulls it all together. It's a great way to get involved with PCACAC! Interested? Contact Kellie Stewart                


NACAC and the Local Advisory Committee are excited that many of you will be joining us in Baltimore for  NACAC Conference 2023 – the largest gathering of college admission counseling professionals from around the world. This year’s event will feature more than 6,000 of our colleagues for three days of empowering programming, networking, and learning. We are delighted to share the most up to date NACAC Conference 2023 schedule so you can start planning your experience in Baltimore.

Volunteer for NACAC Baltimore 2023

The PCACAC Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) will work alongside NACAC to plan events and welcome conference attendees to Charm City! Our LAC chairs will need members of our profession to co-chair and serve on various subcommittees to make it all happen.

We hope that you will be interested in joining other college admission professionals as a member of the Local Arrangements Committee. Each of the subcommittees needs members to begin the long-range planning necessary to insure a successful conference. You can read more detailed descriptions for each subcommittee here.

We hope that you reach out to one of us and join the LAC efforts for NACAC Baltimore 2023! NACAC Baltimore LAC Co-Chairs: Lisa Hill & Jayne Caflin Fonash

Mark Your Calendar! 

PCACAC's 59th Annual Conference - Norfolk, VA, April 14-16, 2024

PCACAC Conference Logo Competition – Details coming soon!

Interested in designing a logo for the competition – email [email protected] with “Logo Competition Interest” in the subject of the email and we will be sure to send details when available.


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Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC)

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