Wednesday, July 23, 2008

NACAC President Excited About National Conference and Headquarters Move

“Summer time and the livin’ is easy,” or at least easier. Judging from the number of “out of office” replies we received with the last Bulletin, many NACAC members are taking some well-deserved time off this summer.

Although we may slow down, our work does not stop. There are orientations to plan, staff to hire, master schedules to create and fall travel to schedule.

The activity at NACAC headquarters does not stop either. We are offering several professional development opportunities this summer and looking forward to events in the year ahead.

I am particularly excited about two events in the near future: the 2008 National Conference and the NACAC headquarters move. Our Seattle conference promises to be one of our best. Writer Sherman Alexie has recently agreed to address our group. His books are wonderful and I am eager to hear him speak about his views of the world and race and racism.

The conference blog has also whet my appetite in increased anticipation for all the conference has to offer. I encourage you to subscribe and read the many posts and write your own. (Contact Kristen Bourke if you'd like to blog for us.)

PNACAC President Michael McKeon and other NACAC members have blogged not only about the high-quality educational sessions but about additional ways to enjoy your time in Seattle. Their descriptions of the sights, coffee, food and wines of Seattle will prepare you to fully enjoy all the Emerald City has to offer.

Another exciting summer activity for NACAC is the move to the new headquarter office. We outgrew our Alexandria (VA) space and have purchased new office space in Arlington (VA). The staff will make the move in early August. This is a sign of the significant growth of our association and the new facility will allow us to do even more to become the preeminent voice for professionals who assist students in their transitions to college.

I hope summer finds you with both easy livin’ and stimulating projects of your own. It will not be long before we greet our new classes and shortly thereafter we will be together in Seattle. I hope to see you there.

Kimberly Johnston
NACAC President
Senior Associate Director of Admission
The University of Maine

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