Annual Conference Sessions 2019

Annual Meeting at a Glance*

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 Reverse College Day

Session 1: 9:00 a.m.-9:55 a.m.

A: The Entrepreneurial Student: Counseling Creativity
Stephanie Leathe, Assistant Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Gordon College

School counselors often work with students who think ‘outside the box’ with an entrepreneurial mindset about life after high school. This workshop will enable school counselors understand the entrepreneurial student and suggest ways to help them prepare for college and their professional future.

B: Relationships with Parents – How to Foster Good Relationships that Move Students Forward
Matt Wallace ’10, Interim Director of Admissions, Plymouth State University

Session focuses on strategies to build and leverage relationships with parents in order to support students through the admissions application process and beyond.

Session 2: 10:05 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

C: How to best bridge students from high school to college – a case study
Brian J. Ford, Director of College Counseling, Austin Prepatory School

D: Advising Students on Gap Years & What the Impact is on College Admissions
Matt Wallace ’10, Interim Director of Admissions, Plymouth State University

Panel aimed at providing concrete advice on what students can do to maximize their gap year before arriving on campus.

Reverse College Day Fair: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Reverse College Day Speaker Kaitlin Roig-Debellis: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 Annual Conference

Welcome Reception featuring Opening Speaker Anthony Everett: 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Session Block 1: 8:30am – 9:30am

1A: Integrating Enrollment Management into Strategic Planning
Renee Tastad

This session will describe how one community college went about developing an enrollment management plan in advance of the college’s strategic plan, and then made sure the enrollment management plan was fully integrated into the strategic plan, once developed. Discussion around formation of enrollment management team, development of the enrollment management plan focusing on historical data analysis, KPI’s, environmental scan, and program analysis. Finally, the session will weave the enrollment management plan into the strategic plan as it was developed by the college.

1B: Latinx Administrators in Higher Education: Experiences, Identity and Success
Miguel Sahagun, Assistant Registrar for Enrollment Services, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Harvard University

As Latinx Administrators, we are often challenged to maintain our ethnic identities while leading our team or department; and often,we find ourselves to be the only ones in the room. This often unacknowledged experience proves to be an opportunity to give voice, empower and support one another across schools. I will tell my “NEACRAO” and “AACRAO” story by sharing strategies to manage the experience and identity through self- authorship, support and community.

1C: Managing Your Curriculum Process
Keith Ingall, Registrar, Springfield College

This presentation will walk attendees through managing the Curriculum process.


Session Block 2: 9:45am – 10:45am

2A: Late-Admits and Retention
Bryan Boppert, Associate Director Student Navigation Center, Salem State University

2B: Living The Life You Want
Michele L. Vancour, PhD, MPH, Director of Faculty Development, Professor of Public Health, Southern Connecticut State University

There are increasing demands on our time in our “do more with less” society.
This session will provide practical tips for unplugging and gaining control of
your time for improved work-life integration and quality of life.
Using evidence from over 15 years of research, observations, and personal experiences, activities, examples and tools will be shared to help you sharpen your skills to reduce conflict and produce a sense of purpose.

2C: The FUNdamentals of FERPA, and More
Steve McDonald, General Counsel, RISD

Be sure to join Steve McDonald, NEACRAO’s resident FERPA expert, for a presentation on the structure and most significant provisions of FERPA, latest guidance, and potential amendments.


Session Block 3: 11:00am – 12:00pm

3A: The Recent College Admissions Scandal and the Implications For Our Work

3B: Coaching for Top Performance: Building Leadership Skills in Times of Change
Tara Hall, MS. Owner, Tara Hall Inspired Solutions, LLC

Just as a coach trains his recruits to perform at a high level, Leaders, Managers and Supervisors are expected to lead their team to perform at high levels as well. When the leader sees each team member as a leader, they create the ability to capitalize on strengths to enhance productivity and job satisfaction. Coaching for top performance requires strong leaders to have strong listening and communication skills, a vision that includes all member skill sets, as well as the ability to adapt to change.

In this breakout session, participants will leave with:

Identifying and implementing strategic communication skills
Identifying ways to laser coach staff with language of inclusivity and authenticity
Utilizing the E+R=O method to enhance performance and accountability

3C: Enrollment Projection Modeling
Jannie Gilson, Registrar, Massasoit Community College

Learn how Massasoit Community College developed and implemented an enrollment projection model to forecast annual enrollment as well as a five-year projection model to get within 1% of actual enrollments.


Annual Business Meeting, Luncheon, and Keynote Speaker, Luisa Havens Gerardo: 12:00pm-1:30pm

Session Block 4: 1:45pm – 2:45pm

4A: Wish List of Two College Counselors
Mary Foley, Director of Guidance, Montrose School
Rob O’Rourke, Associate Director of College Counseling Groton School

Discussion regarding what has worked well between colleges and high schools. Areas independent school counselors can improve and work with colleges.

4B: Stop! Collaborate and Listen
Jordan Jones, Assistant Director of Academic Advisement, Southern Connecticut State University
Leilanni Quintana, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Southern Connecticut State University
AnnMarie Puleo, Associate Director of Academic Advisement, Western Connecticut State University
Jennifer Ruggiero, Assistant Registrar, Southern Connecticut State University

An open discussion about the opportunities and challenges of working across departments and divisions, where the work of each office interacts and ultimately impacts the student onboarding experience at the university.

4C: The Role of Advocacy for Student Veterans and their Families
Rachael Garcia, Asst Director of Veteran Affairs, URI

This session will focus on the important role that advocacy plays in working with and assisting this special population on your campus.


Session Block 5: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

5A: Transfer students – How to Incorporate Transfer Students in a School’s Recruitment/Admissions Strategy
College transfer students are important in meeting institutional enrollment and revenue goals. However, colleges and universities face an increasingly daunting task in the recruitment of transfer students.

5B: The Psychology & Benefits of Going Beyond your Comfort Zone
Bryn Nowell, Senior Admissions Counselor, Holyoke Community Collge
Carin Zinter, Professor – Psychology & Business, Holyoke Community College

That butterfly feeling in your stomach right before doing something for the first time can be something you dread, or something you seek. This session will help to explain the benefits of stretching beyond your normal routine, learning new skills and trying new tasks. You’ll discover the psychological reason why you could grow personally and professionally as a result.

5C: Institutional Mergers
Christine Paal, Asst VP/University Registrar, Boston University


Session Block 6: 4:15pm – 5:00pm

6A: Registrar Roundtable

6B: Degree Audit/SIS System

NEACRAO After Dark: 8:00pm-11pm

Friday, November 8, 2019
Session Block 7: 9:00am – 10:00am

7A: Understanding Financial Aid and Admissions

Financial Aid and what a person in college admissions should know. How Financial Aid and Admissions can work together.

7B: Women in Higher Ed: Paths to Leadership and Lessons Learned Along the Way
Luisa Havens Gerardo, President, AACRAO; Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Virginia Tech
Tara Walor, Immediate Past-President, NEACRAO; Assistant Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management
Ewa Nowicki, Inaugural Chair of AACRAO’s Women’s Caucus; Registrar, Amherst College
Jinawa McNeil, Director of Admissions, Fitchburg State University

Four women leaders will share insights, stumbles, and successes related to their career paths in higher education. The panelists will share their personal experiences related to their identities, suggestions for emerging women leaders, as well as examples of how men and women can support women’s growth into leadership roles in higher ed.

7C: Three Years and Counting: Lessons from a Newbie to a Newbie
Joseph Wolk, Registrar, Bridgewater State

Transitioning to a new role can be challenging whether you’re a newbie on campus or simply rising through the ranks. This session is intended for new leaders or those aspiring to be in a leadership role.

Session Block 8: 10:15am – 11:15am

8A: Beyond Pride: Strategies for Trans Inclusion on Campus

What does it mean to become a trans inclusive campus? In this session, learn how partnerships between Academic Affairs and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion operational areas can bolster inclusive reform in student information systems, records, and interpersonal
relationships. Data regarding demographic shifts and an increase of diverse gender identities in student cohorts will center the need for policy and procedure reform. Strategies will be included for implementation of best practices in creating inclusive environments for trans people within our campus communities. Practical tips for on-campus interactions, records and reporting, and collaborative change management will be included to help recruit, retain, and support belonging and student success for trans and nonbinary community members.   

8B: From Colleague to Supervisor: Navigating the Dynamics of Managing Former Co-workers
Craig Canfield, Associate University Registrar, Yale University

Taking on new management responsibilities can be daunting enough, but what about when those new responsibilities include managing former co-workers? This transition can be challenging, and establishing new professional relationships can be awkward. This session will discuss tips for making the process as smooth as possible and offer practical suggestions for a successful transition. The session will also cover essential management practices that will be relevant to new managers as well.

8C: Tapping into Talent
Barbara Fienman

* this schedule is subject to change