Tuesday, March 25, 2008

NACAC at its Best: Networking, Professional Development and Much More!

NACAC's annual National Conference is a great chance to network with colleagues from across the country -- and around the world -- and it's also the association's most comprehensive professional development opportunity.

Whether you're new to the profession -- or more "seasoned" like me --you'll find workshops that will interest you and help you grow as a professional. The Professional Development team at NACAC and the members of the Professional Development Committee selected the 2008 program from more than 300 workshop proposals. That means there will be something for everyone--lots of variety and lots of choices!

Many of the standing committees, like Admissions Practices and Current Trends and Future Issues will have time set aside to provide updates and answer questions. The Board of Directors will hold a session, too, and I hope that many people will attend.

The conference won't stop when the sun goes down in Seattle. The welcome reception and Saturday night social "bookend" the activities, but each evening is a chance to have some fun and do some informal networking. I always try to meet as many new people as I can during the conference and I have longtime friends and colleagues from all over the world as a result.

So get ready for NACAC 2008 by checking this blog and the updates that you'll find at http://www.nacacnet.org/. Ask questions if you have them. Review the program when it's posted. If you're a first-time conference attendee, make the First Timers' Meeting your first stop in Seattle.

The annual conference is an example of NACAC at its best and I hope to see you there!

Lisa SohmerLisa Sohmer
Director, 2007-08 NACAC Board of Directors
Director of College Counseling
Garden School, NY

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