Wednesday, May 28, 2008

It’s Time to Start Planning for NACAC: Advice from A Local Member

Hello from just one of the many members of your Seattle NACAC Local Arrangements Committee (LAC).

It struck me today (Memorial Day) that most of you are winding down on another fabulous year in either college guidance counseling, or college admissions, which means it’s time to start planning for NACAC in Seattle this September!

I can’t tell you how excited all of us on the LAC are to be able to host this conference. We know this year’s event will be the biggest and best ever and I and the other members of this committee look forward to sharing all of our thoughts throughout the coming months to prepare all of you as best as we can.

Please use this blog as a guide of do’s and don’ts (probably mostly do’s!). Since this is my first post on the blog, forgive me for rambling, but here are a few things that have come to my mind as you prepare for Seattle this September:

  1. When you arrive at the airport (SEA-TAC is the official name) it’s a bit confusing, so I’m asking you to remember one thing…all transportation to and from the Seattle area hotels are across the skybridge and back down on the 2nd floor.

  2. Just about everything in downtown Seattle is within walking distance of your hotel, regardless of where you are staying (in fact our beloved Starbucks is on every corner…and sometimes 2 to a corner!)

  3. You have to go to Pike Place Market and see the flying fish!! (and the original Starbucks is also at the market…so please pass up the 47 others as you leave your hotel and go to the original!)

  4. The downtown monorail is a quick, and convenient, way for you to get to the Seattle Center and the Space Needle

  5. If you can’t get to the Needle before Saturday of the conference, please do not worry since the social will be held at the Experience Music Project (EMP) which is located right next door to the Needle. (Oh yeah; I’m the co-chair for the social so be prepared for the best NACAC social of all time!)

I think that’s it for now. I promise all future posts to this blog will be shorter!

We can’t wait to see you in Seattle!

Todd Abbott
Associate Vice President and Consultant
Enrollment Services