Thursday, August 28, 2008

Northwest Harvest

This morning I was driving up Pine Street to work and for the second day saw a herd of goats in the dog walk park on Capitol Hill. They have been brought in to control the rampant wild blackberries that appear all over the Puget Sound region and grow 25 hours a day.

The first time I saw this “organic” means of pest control employed was during a visit to the sprawling campus of the Overlake School over in nearby Redmond (home of Microsoft.) Btw, parallel tangent factoids: when navigating our streets a few things to remember: Pine is north of Pike Street, so remember the N in Pine. Second navigation tip: the local adage to remember other streets’ configuration is that “Jesus Christ Made Seattle Under Protest.” The streets in question move from south to north in the following order: Jefferson, James, Columbia, Marion, Madison, Spring, Seneca, University, Union, Pike, and Pine.

Okay, back to goats and berries. I am a devoted gardener, and moved from Zone 4 in the Northeast to Zone 7 here in the Puget Sound region (gardening vernacular) where a broad new world of gardening opened (i.e. I could grow things).

Shortly after I arrived I was at a picnic at a park in Kirkland with some friends and one got up and said, “I’ll get some blackberries for dessert.” He shortly returned with a bowl filled with massive blackberries and explained that they grow wild everywhere. When he and his wife moved from Ohio to Seattle they were astonished to see posted signs by landscapers indicating “blackberries: removed permanently.”

When walking the dog in August, I am assured an ongoing snack by the rampant ripe blackberries everywhere – even the birds can’t keep on top of them. People in the region will pay landscapers thousands of dollars to get their property cleared of blackberries originally “dropped” by birds. Other seemingly benign plant species carefully cultivated elsewhere, which in the Puget Sound are eradicated with a vengeance are English and Baltic ivy (which grows rapidly and destroys houses and strangles trees), and holly, as well as a scourge imported by some demented Englishman called Scotch Broom, which when it blooms fills allergists offices with patients each spring, and then is just ugly the rest of the year.

Enough of the local horticulture lesson. Suffice it to say this is a climate hospitable to blackberries, and they are robust and excellent. Raspberries are superb as well, as are blueberries and local huckleberries and, as any of you know who have read David Guterson’s jewel like novel Snow Falling on Cedars, this region produces outstanding strawberries. All but local strawberries should be available during the NACAC conference.

Unfortunately, the asparagus season is long over. If you have eaten asparagus from the United States, and it was good, it surely came from eastern Washington State where it grows in abundance. Similarly, if you have ever eaten great cherries, they came from Washington State (factoid: the very sweet Rainier cherry was originally cultivated at Washington State University – “Go Cougs!”) And of course there is the superb sweet regional onion named after Walla Walla (a city “so nice they named it twice”, also home of Whitman College, and some of the richest farmland in the United States). East of the mountains is Washington’s bread basket, and besides wheat, asparagus, and cherries, they grow potatoes (Washington is only second to neighboring Idaho in potato production), apricots, peaches, plums, pears, and our signature crop, the apple: Washington is the leading producer of apples in the United States. (Btw, another Guterson novel you might want to check out is East of the Mountains.) If you are looking for local gifts to bring back to the office from the conference you might want to consider Aplets and Cotlets. The Liberty Orchards description reads:

“The blossom-fresh flavor of crisp Washington apples, the tangy goodness of ripe apricots, and the nutty richness of crunchy English walnuts have made our namesake Aplets and Cotlets our top sellers since 1920!”

Our neighbors to the south in Oregon produce immense volumes of excellent hazelnuts, which out here are known as filberts. Oregon produces amazing produce as well, and is noted for its many artisanal cheeses.

But surely you want to know about fish, which with good reason every visitor seeks to enjoy (unless they have a fish food allergy or are vegetarian or vegan – we have lots of so described locals and be assured they manage here quite nicely on the local bounty.) My earlier blogs have outlined our many varieties of salmon, and people here are mighty particular and opinionated about what they consider best. Personally I prefer king and coho. Fortunately for you it should be readily available fresh in restaurants (as opposed to “fresh frozen”). If you like salmon you really must have it here – the flavor is incomparable, but best prepared – and enjoyed -- SIMPLY. By the way, smoked salmon here (and I don’t mean lox) is really fine. You will probably see it listed as an hors d’oeuvre or in starters.

A white fish that is considered a local delicacy is halibut. It is dense and has a mild flavor and again will be available fresh. Don’t be surprised to see halibut cheeks on the menu (they are savored by connoisseurs.) By the way, there is white salmon as well, and it truly is excellent, but rarely seen on the menu.

Sine qua non for shell fish lovers are local Dungeness crabs/Dungies (hard shelled) with a delicate and slightly sweet flavor. Order some because when you go home as everyone will ask you if you had some.

Other local seafood of note: spot prawns, cod, Dabob Oysters (from the Hood Canal), Penn Cove mussels, snapper, sea bass, mackerel, albacore. You have got to check out the ocean’s bounty beautifully arrayed on crushed ice at the Pike Place Market, later to appear on Seattle’s tables and in its fine restaurants.

So what do you wash this down with? Connoisseurs of salmon passionately argue about the right wine, but one of Oregon’s superb Pinot Noirs will perfectly balance the oil in the salmon. If you are a devoted white wine drinker, then a Washington State chardonnay is an ideal choice. With other seafood you’d be wise to consider a Oregon Pinot Gris, or Washington State Semillon (L’Ecole 41 Semillon, from Walla Walla, is excellent.) If you are eating beef or pork Washington State produces world class cabernets and merlots (merlot is an excellent varietal, despite the pejorative comments in Sideways.) The Columbia valley region contains Washington’s Yakima, and Walla Walla appellations (AVAs: American Vinecultural Areas).

And, after dinner, you know you will be assured a great cup of our much discussed coffee to enjoy with a berry tart, or some outstanding locally produced chocolate.

Bon Appetite!

Michael K. McKeon
Dean of Admissions
Seattle University

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Academy Awards For College Counseling Professionals

In just a few short weeks we will convene in one great city, Seattle. Our conference—which can be likened to the Academy Awards but for college counseling professionals—will be chock-full of information, both updated and new, regarding the admission profession, presentations, awards, and most importantly fun and fellowship with new and old friends.

But after you strut your stuff along the red carpet attending presentations and conducting meetings, let your hair down, per se by taking advantage all that this city has to offer.

There are a myriad of wonderful institutions that surround the city awaiting your visit to their campuses. However, you may want to contact them in advance for either a personal or scheduled group tour. Visit the College Tour page on for the most up to date information on this.

Outside of the work related items, be sure to take full advantage of all this beautiful city has to offer. The possibility of catching a citing of heart throb and Dr. McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey, or eye-candy, Meredith Grey, both co-stars of Grey’s Anatomy based in Seattle, are slim, however, taking advantage of Seattle’s best attractions is much more likely—from Pike Place to the Space Needle, there is much to see and do in this city known for its beautiful natural surroundings.

So, make sure you are registered, make your airline reservations, confirm your hotel, DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR BADGE WITH YOU (even if it is wrong!) and make your list and check it twice as you don’t want to miss out on the culture, the coffee, the museums, and theatres located in this city surrounded by water.

I look forward to seeing you in Seattle, galoshes and all, and sharing a drink or two amongst friends.

Brian K. Smith
Senior Associate Director of College Counseling
Baylor School

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Scene

So what do we do out here in the provinces when we put down the bow saw, clean the catch, and take off our waders? Actually, amidst the cedars, mountains and some spotted owls, the upper left edge of the nation is a thriving cultural milieu.

Haling originally from the Empire State, I am regularly reminded by colleagues “we don’t care how they do it in New York.” Yet, Seattle is prone to the occasional comparison with the Big Apple. Allegedly Seattle’s theatre scene is only second to New York’s (for some reason I suspect other burbs might make that same assertion.) Without question, however, Seattle’s theatre sphere is outstanding. A glance at the Seattle Performs website lists 168 local theatre companies. The big stages in town are the Moore Theatre, the Intiman, the Fifth Avenue, ACT (A Contemporary Theatre), the Paramount, the Seattle Rep (Seattle Repertory Theatre), and the Seattle Children’s Theatre. Unfortunately, however, NACAC begins at the end of our summer, when the arts are taking a well deserved rest.

So what’s playing during the NACAC Conference?

A Contemporary Theatre (immediately next to the Convention Center)
Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Allison Narver

One minute you’re madly in love, as only a couple of kids can be. The next minute, you’re – well, dead. Cross the River of Forgetting on a one-way cruise to the Underworld in this fantastic and original retelling of a classic Greek myth. With its express elevator to Hades, a chorus of snarky talking stones, and the Lord of the Underworld holding court from the seat of his red tricycle, Eurydice is as achingly vivid as your best dreams – and just as surreal. From the author of The Clean House, a huge hit in our 2007 season.

Show times Tuesday, September 23 through Thursday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday (Sept 26 & 27) 8 p.m.

The Intiman Theatre (201 Mercer Street; close to EMP; 1.99 miles from the Convention Center – take the Monorail :)
All the King’s Men by Adrian Hall
In the presidential election year, Intiman completes its five-year American Cycle with Adrian Hall’s towering adaptation of Robert Penn Warren’s fictionalized portrait of Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long, which the New York Times calls the “definitive novel about American politics.” Warren ’s novel, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is a masterfully written, vital look at the temptations and complexities of power. This bold adaptation teems with life on stage, featuring a cast of 16 actors plus musicians.

Performances begin on September 26; show times Friday and Saturday at 8 pm.

The Paramount Theatre (911 Pine Street; 0.59 miles from the Convention Center)
Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber
Directed by Harold Prince
Traces the tragic love story of a beautiful opera singer and a young composer shamed by his physical appearance into a shadowy existence beneath the majestic Paris Opera House. Adapted from Gaston Leroux's classic novel of mystery and suspense, this award-winning musical has woven its magical spell over standing room audiences in more than 100 cities worldwide and is now the longest-running show in Broadway history.

Show times Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday 8 p.m.; Saturday 2 and 8 p.m.

The Moore Theatre; 1932 Second Avenue (0.83 miles from the Convention Center)
Thursday, September 25 @ 8 pm.
Lila Downs

Special Guest: LeRoy Bell

To bring her vision and songs to fruition, along with her seven-man band and producers Cohen, Aneiro Tano and Brian Lynch, Downs plays guitar and percussion. The band utilizes traditional instruments including accordion, harp and clarinet. The trumpet, trombone and tuba appear in several arrangements, bringing the sound somewhere between Mexico and New Orleans. In keeping with the spirit of connection, all writing, recording and performing is very collaborative: "Whoever plays with us becomes family."

Friday, September 26 @ 8 p.m.

Special Guest: The Cave Singers
There’s always been intrigue and adventure at the heart of CALEXICO. Ever since they were a largely instrumental duo experimenting with their unique collection of instruments and soundtrack sensibilities, Joey Burns and John Convertino have constantly imbued their music with an unparalleled sense of drama, calling upon the myths and iconography of the American West and its Spanish speaking neighbor Mexico, equal parts Sergio Leone, Larry McMurtry, Carlos Fuentes and Cormac McCarthy. Naming themselves after a town near the California/Mexico border in honor of this cultural mélange, they’ve spent the eighteen years since they met in Los Angeles mapping out musical territory that had otherwise been neglected or at the very least considered the preserve of historians. Now, with CARRIED TO DUST, they have defined that sound, calling upon almost two decades of exploration and an ensemble of musicians that must surely be the envy of bands throughout the world.

Seattle Repertory Theatre (155 Mercer Street; close to EMP and 1.94 miles from the Cnvtn Ctr) The Night Watcher by Charlayne Woodard
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
September 25 – October 26, 2008 (something is up with their website; couldn’t find the show times)

Playwright and actress Charlayne Woodard (Pretty Fire, Purgatorio) and director Dan Sullivan return to Seattle Rep with Woodard’s new, inspiring one-woman show. Aunt, godmother and friend to countless kids, Woodard beautifully weaves together stories of the ordinary and extraordinary ways she’s mentored the children in her life.

Saturday, September 27 @ 7 p.m.
Whose Live Anyway
Join cast members of the hit TV show Whose Line is it Anyway with Seattle’s Ryan Stiles (Whose Line Is It Anyway, Drew Carey and Two and a Half Men) plus Greg Proops, Chip Esten (ER, The Office) and Jeff Davis (Whose Line) for a night of unforgettable improv comedy and song that will leave you laughing days later. Bring your suggestions for the show and you might be asked to join the cast on stage.

The Fifth Avenue will be on break; the next season beginning in October (people in Seattle kill to take time off in August and September, btw.) And, while we’re all about education, I imagined you really weren’t interested in the Children’s Theatre schedule.

A place definitely worth alone seeing, event if you don’t have time for a performance, is breath taking Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony (200 University Street; 0.48 miles from the Convention Center). Overlooking the neighboring the central Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya occupies an entire city block and houses two performance halls. Entering the atrium your attention is riveted to two massive chandeliers by the internationally revered local glass artist Dale Chihuly. The building reflects Northwest elegance and understatement with ample wood, handsome plaster work, and alabaster light fixtures:

“The hall's traditional shape, defined by massive wood and plaster surfaces, is faceted and coffered to provide excellent acoustics and diffuse sound effectively. The wood paneling on the walls is subdivided into smaller panels, each one a different size so that each one resonates with a different frequency of sound. The arrangement of how those panels are put together, the subdivisions of those panels and the fasteners of those subdivisions are all expressed in the way the wood paneling is detailed. The result is that the physics of the acoustical design becomes an important part of the architectural design. Free public tours are held Tuesdays and Fridays at noon and 1 p.m.

During NACAC the Symphony will be performing
“Symphony of A Thousand"
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major

  • Gerard Schwarz, conductor

  • Lauren Flanigan, soprano

  • Jane Eaglen, soprano

  • Jane Giering-De Haan, soprano

  • Nancy Maultsby, alto

  • Jane Gilbert, alto

  • Vinson Cole, tenor

  • Clayton Brainerd, bass-baritone

  • Harold Wilson, bass

  • Northwest Boychoir

  • Seattle Pro Musica Seattle

Symphony Chorale "Symphony of A Thousand" is a work of epic proportions, calling for an enormous orchestra, large chorus and a host of soloists — aptly earning its nickname, "Symphony of A Thousand." Performances Thursday, September 25 at 7:30 and Saturday, September 26 at 2 p.m. (sorry, the Season actually starts in October; again note that the summer ends at the end of September in Seattle).

While at Benaroya you should check out SAM downtown (the Seattle Art Museum). Actually it has three locations: the uber branch;, the Seattle Asian Art Museum in its Art Deco building in Volunteer Park, and the new acclaimed Olympic Sculpture Park).

Besides exhibits the museum hosts evening events (SAM After Hours)

The Devil's Playground (1976). Arthur Dignam, Nick Tate. Digital projection, color, 107 min.
7:30–9:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 24, Plestcheeff Auditorium

We proudly present two films by writer-director Fred Schepisi, a pioneer of the 1970s Australian New Wave, who queen film critic Pauline Kael called "a great filmmaker with his own softly rhythmed style." In The Devil's Playground, Schepisi focuses (with a humorous empathy) on a school of monks and seminary students trying to discipline their minds to ignore their fleshly needs and emotional yearnings.

The second film in this series, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith takes place on Thursday, September 25, 7:30–10 p.m.

Creatively Speaking: The Artist's Point of View

Lari Pittman

Friday, September 26, 2008; 7–8 p.m., Plestcheeff Auditorium
The paintings of Los Angeles–based artist Lari Pittman are richly layered works that are inspired by advertising, folk art and decorative traditions. Hear the artist talk about his meticulously rendered artworks that explore difference and desire.

Of course, you are out of luck again as the incredible Impressionist Exhibit, which has been up since June 19 ends on September 21. Please don’t shoot the messenger. There are, of course, the permanent collections….However, at SAAM the following special exhibits will be up:

Inspired Simplicity: Contemporary Art from Korea at the SAAM Tateuchi Galleries
This exhibition showcases the work of three contemporary Korean artists who are new to SAM's permanent collection and illustrates their ties to that country's past. Each of these artists is continuing and re-interpreting an aesthetic developed during the Choson period (1392–1910), a time when Korea embraced Neo-Confucianism. Followers of Neo-Confucianism sought to cultivate self-control and humility. White was a supremely important color, signifying integrity, innocence and purity. A variety of whites, often set in beautiful contrast with cobalt blue, are displayed on porcelain works from the 17th to the 19th century.

Chinese Art: A Seattle Perspective at the SAAM Foster Galleries
This exhibit is an opportunity to see a fresh installation of SAM’s renowned collection of Chinese art at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. The collection was started by Dr. Richard Fuller, the founding director of the Seattle Art Museum, and his family in the early 1900s. It contains representative works from each dynastic period, and it is particularly strong in jades, ceramics and sculpture. Subsequent directors and curators of Chinese art have expanded the collection into areas such as painting, calligraphy, bronzes and, most recently, contemporary Chinese art. Thus, this exhibit of 167 pieces is not only a survey of the arts of China but also a chronicle of Seattle’s shifting interest in Chinese art.

Discovering Buddhist Art—Seeking the Sublime

Asian Art from SAM's Permanent Collection at the SAAM Tateuchi Galleries
The exhibition Discovering Buddhist Art—Seeking the Sublime features approximately 90 pieces of sculpture, painting, ritual implements and textiles from India, China, Tibet, Korea, Thailand and Japan. They illustrate the spectacular development of Buddhist arts and trace the influence of indigenous artistic styles and materials over 2,200 years. Intended for a wide audience, Discovering Buddhist Art is more than an introduction. It has been designed to evoke new views and stimulate appreciation for the art and material culture of one of the world's most widespread religions.

At the Olympic Sculpture Park (2901 Western Avenue, 1.39 miles from the Convention Center and a short walk from the Pike Place Market)

Dennis Oppenheim's installation Safety Cones (2007)
Composed of five gargantuan orange traffic cones that mimic the typical markers found on city streets. The installation overlays a new sense of scale on the park, not only making visitors feel diminutive in size but correcting some of the optical tricks that park architects Weiss/Manfredi designed into the space.

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley (2033 6th Avenue in tres hip Belltown; 0.53 miles from the Convention Center).

Ed Reed and the Peck Allmond Quartet, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 23-24

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents vocalist Ed Reed for two nights. Band members are Randy Porter (piano), Peck Allmond (saxes and trumpet), Scott Steed (bass) and Todd Strait (drums). Set times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 6pm on Tuesday and 5:30pm on Wednesday. In the Down Beat Critics’ Poll, published in the magazine’s August issue, Ed Reed placed in the “Rising Star Male Vocals” category, behind Giacamo Gates, Jamie Cullum, Theo Bleckmann, & (tied with) John Pizzarelli. This is his first appearance in the poll (a year & a half after the release of his first CD)

Maceo Parker
September 25-28, 2008

KPLU 88.5 FM and the Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley present saxophonist Maceo Parker for four nights. Band members are TBA. Set times Thursday through Sunday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm.

While James Brown is generally credited with redefining and re-energizing R&B and soul music in the 1960s, turning that revolutionary vision into a reality would not have been possible without the help of his creative collaborator, stage foil and right-hand man, saxophonist Maceo Parker. Like no other sax player before him, Parker stretched the potential of his instrument to unprecedented limits, exhibiting an uncanny ability to alternate the saxophone from a melodic instrument to a percussive one, and then back again, in the span of just a couple of beats, often less.

BTW, the above mentioned KPLU is the outstanding National Public Radio jazz station housed at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma (let the record note I just promoted the Lutes.)

The Pacific Northwest Ballet (301 Mercer Street, close to EMP, 2 miles from the Convention Center)

All Tharp
American dance icon Twyla Tharp has permanently expanded the horizons of contemporary dance with her fusion of meticulous classical rigor and elements from jazz, modern dance and pop culture. Her movement vocabulary—characterized by high energy, humor and an unpredictable physical daring—is imbued with dynamic inventiveness and a singular musical intelligence. As a thrilling start to the season, PNB has commissioned two original works for an All Tharp program that also welcomes the return of her delicious ballroom homage to Ol' Blue Eyes.

Nine Sinatra Songs
Music: Songs sung by Frank Sinatra
Choreography: Twyla Tharp

New Tharp *
Music: Johannes Brahms
Choreography: Twyla Tharp

New Tharp *
Music: Vladimir Martynov
Choreography: Twyla Tharp

*World Premiere!

Performances Thursday and Friday, September 25-26 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 27 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.

Unfortunately, the Seattle Opera will be on hiatus during NACAC. Presently they are performing Aida. Next August they are performing the entire Ring (Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen/The Ring of the Nibelung). Guess you’ll have to return to see it! August is our best weather month anyway and since everyone takes vacation the traffic is also bearable.

Michael K. McKeon
Dean of Admissions
Seattle University

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Who's Reading the Blog?

The answer to this is a lot of you! In the United States alone, we've had readers come and check the blog out from 45 states! The only States not represented (yet!): New Mexico, Wyoming, North Dakota, West Virginia and Delaware. If you have colleagues in these states and you know they are attending the conference, encourage them to read the blog.

Here is a listing of the top 10 states who have visited the blog:
1. Washington
2. California
3. New York
4. Virginia
5. Massachusetts
6. New Jersey
7. District of Columbia
8. Illinois
9. Florida
10. Hawaii

We of course have also gone international. We've had visitors come check us out from 26 different countries including Australia, India, Antigua and Barbuda, Romania and Vietnam.

We know (thanks to Google Analytics) that most of you visit the NACAC Web site first and then come to read the blog. If you’re not doing that, you’re using Google, Yahoo!, or AOL to search for it. It’s also hard to believe that there are still 24 people out there on dial-up and two readers are still using Netscape as a browser! Wow!

We hope you’ll keep reading the conference blog in the weeks ahead. We also continue to look for guest bloggers. If you are interested in giving advice to first-time conference attendees, blogging about your own experience at this year’s conference or if you have something to share with your colleagues, contact Kristen Bourke at NACAC.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Even More Nuggets of News from NACAC

Social Networking Anyone?

Going to Seattle for the conference? Want to start networking now? Catch up with old colleagues and make new connections when you join NACAC's 64th National Conference in Seattle Facebook group!

Not a Facebook user yet? Here are some facts to ponder:

If you don’t belong to Facebook, what are you waiting for? Join now!

Don’t Forget to Pack Your BADGE!

Planning ahead? The most important thing you can bring with you is your badge for the conference! It is critical that registrants bring their badge and registration information with them to Seattle in order to expedite check-in. Avoid the long lines and remember to pack your badge.

Preconference Workshop News

Admission Middle Management Institute (AMMI) – ONLY Five Seats Remain!
September 23-24
With just five seats remaining, sessions are filling up fast for NACAC’s Admission Middle Management Institute. AMMI is a two-day comprehensive institute designed for middle management admission professionals. Admission officers with three or more years of experience are strongly encouraged to attend this professional development opportunity. Informative and interactive sessions will cover critical areas of professional growth and development. Topics include management, supervision, leadership, communication, career planning and much more.

Guest speakers include:
Nanci Tessier – vice president for enrollment management, University of Richmond (VA)
Session emphasizes the value of developing strong leadership skills.
Bob Massa – vice president for enrollment and college relations, Dickinson College (PA)
Session will focus on professional development and how to identify and navigate one’s career track.

Visit the AMMI Web page for additional information and to register.

Management Experience In College Admission (MECA)
September 23-24
Calling all rising senior enrollment management professionals. Participate in MECA, NACAC’s two- day preconference workshop. MECA is a professional development workshop established for directors and deans with 0-5 years experience, associate and assistant officers positioned to move into a dean or director role, and all enrollment leaders who want to sharpen their skills. Fast-paced, yet comprehensive, the MECA workshop assists admission professionals in sharpening their leadership skills and abilities.

The MECA experience is facilitated by veteran faculty who will cover current issues and topics relevant in today’s changing admission landscape. Topics of discussion include:

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Personnel issues

  • Strategic planning

  • Enrollment management

  • Budgetary planning

  • Technology in admission

  • Millennial applicants

Register today! Visit the MECA Web page for additional information.

Chief Enrollment Officer’s Forum (CHIEF)
September 24 - 25
Registration remains open for NACAC’s Chief Enrollment Officer’s Forum. CHIEF is a half-day workshop tailored exclusively for senior-level enrollment leaders. The forum will provide an opportunity for enrollment leaders to discuss relevant issues in today’s complex enrollment environment. Network with nationally known experts in the admission field and your professional colleagues about strategic ideas.

Topics Include:

  • Issues about conflict of interest

  • Discussing what president’s want from their enrollment leaders

  • Shaping learning outcomes and agendas

Speakers Include:
Robin Mamlet - lead, Enrollment Practice, Witt/Kieffer Executive Search (PA)
Dr. Steven Olswang – provost, City University of Seattle (WA)
Dr. George Kuh – chancellor’s professor and director, Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University (IN)

For more information, visit the CHIEF Web page.

Student-Written Essay Scholarship Contest: Deadline Extended

Let your students know the Journal of College Admission is looking for student-written articles about the college-transition and admission process (the college search, application process, transitioning from high school to college, etc).

High school juniors and seniors and college freshman and sophomore are invited to enter. Finalists will have their work published in the Winter 2009 Journal of College Admission special issue, The Student Perspective: My Transition Experience. Seven finalists will be awarded $1,000 each!!!

Deadline: October 1, 2008. View the scholarship guidelines. Need more information? Contact

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Seattle Reads; Seattle WRITES

The title of one of my blog entries in June was how Seattle is a bibiloholic’s paradise. However, not only do we buy more books, and carry more library cards per capita than any other city in the United States, Seattle is a major incubator for writers. Its universities have superb creative writing programs and it is a culture and environment conducive to reflection, creativity, and eloquence (being largely trapped indoors many months probably promotes literary productivity as well…)

Seattle is a beehive of authors and while you are here you might want to consider going to one of our superb independent bookstores to hear a reading. Perusing the Elliott Bay Bookstore website, I noted the following author events that will overlap with the NACAC conference:

CHUCK KLOSTERMAN, Sept. 22; DEXTER FILKINS, Sept. 22 at Town Hall ; DAPHNE BEAL, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m.; SUSAN MADDEN LANKFORD, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.; MARK RICHARDSON, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.; IRVINE WELSH, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.; TARIQ ALI, Sept. 24 at Town Hall; RINKU SEN & FEKKAK MAMDOUH, Sept. 25; ROBERT SHILLER, Sept. 25 at Town Hall; ROBERT FISK, Sept. 26 at Seattle Public Central Library; HEDGEBROOK Group Reading, Sept. 26; CURT COLBERT, PETER PLATE & ARTHUR NERSESIAN, Sept. 28.

Reviewing the above mentioned June blog you will note how close Elliott Bay and the flagship Seattle Central Library are to the Convention Center. Town Hall, listed as an author venue, is a community cultural center and speakers’ venue 2 blocks south of the Convention Center. Besides the above, other events at Town Hall during NACAC follow:

Tariq Ali: On Pakistan
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 7:30 – 9pm
Location: Downstairs at Town Hall, enter on Seneca Street.
Pakistan is the lynchpin of the United States war on terror, yet relations between the two countries are never less than tense. Writer, journalist, and film-maker Tariq Ali, the well-connected, Oxford-educated scion of a famous Punjabi political family, weighs the prospects of those contending for power in The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life, with Elliott Bay Book Company.

Carol Coletta: Design for Livability
Thursday, September 25, 2008 6 – 7:30pm
Location: Downstairs at Town Hall, enter on Seneca Street.
How do we change the American dream from a society that chooses poorly-planned, sprawling development to one that prefers compact, walkable, well-designed neighborhoods? Carol Coletta, CEO of CEOs for Cities and the host of the syndicated radio program Smart City, explores how to harness our common interests to create vibrant landscapes while conserving critical landscapes in a lecture entitled “Design for Livability: Changing the American Dream.” Presented by the Cascade Land Conservancy, Allied Arts, and the American Institute of Architects

Robert Shiller: 'The Subprime Solution'
Thursday, September 25, 2008 7:30 – 9pm
Location: Downstairs at Town Hall, enter on Seneca Street.
Yale economics professor Robert Shiller rose to fame in 2000 with his best-selling Irrational Exuberance, in which he effectively predicted the tech and stock market crash of 2001. In his new book, The Subprime Solution: How Today’s Global Financial Crisis Happened, and What to Do About It, Shiller looks at how we got into the subprime mess and how we can get out of it. Shiller concludes that unchecked financial innovation works poorly in asset markets and describes the institutional measures he believes are necessary to prevent future such bubbles. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life, with Elliott Bay Book Company.

Historic Seattle Bungalow Fair
Friday, September 26, 2008 10am – 5pm
Location: Enter on 8th Avenue
Entering its second decade as the premier event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, Town Hall is once again the setting for Historic Seattle’s Bungalow Fair, a show and sale of antiques and new work by fifty of the nation’s leading designers and craftspeople in metal, tile, glass, textiles, ceramics, and lighting. The fair is an opportunity to learn about early 20th century architecture and design, and to get answers from experts in the field.

Ah, but again I digress…back to writers.

Unfortunately, something is wrong with Bailey Coy Books website, so I can’t find their schedule of author readings, but call 206-323-8842 and they can advise you accordingly. Their location on Broadway (yet another earlier blog entry) is adjacent to a multitude of great restaurants, bizarre natives, and the Dilettante Café.

Of course there are readings at the Seattle Public Libraries. The list of events that overlaps with the NACAC conference follows:

Thursday, Sep. 25, 2008:

Genealogy: Databases & the Internet at the Central Library
4 – 6 p.m.
Where: *Central Library
Learn how to use the electronic databases and Internet resources found on the Seattle Public Library's Web site to search for your ancestors.

Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer discuss 'The True Patriot' at the Capitol Hill Branch
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: Capitol Hill Branch
Join co-authors Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer for a conversation about The True Patriot.

Garth Stein reads at the Ballard Branch
6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Where: Ballard Branch
Meet author Garth Stein as he reads from The Art of Racing in the Rain, a novel chosen as this summer's #1 must-read by Book Sense, the Starbucks Book Club, the Today Show, and The Early Show.

Friday, Sep. 26, 2008:

2008 Friends of The Seattle Public Library Book Sale: Members Preview Night at Magnuson Park
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Address: Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Building #30, Seattle, WA 98125 Where: Non-Library Location
Summary: Join us for the Pacific Northwest's preeminent book sale with more than 200,000 books, records, CDs, DVDs, videos and art prints!

Saturday, Sep. 27, 2008

2008 Friends of The Seattle Public Library Book Sale at Magnuson Park
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Address: Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Building #30,Seattle, WA 98125
Where: Non-Library Location
Join us for the Pacific Northwest's preeminent book sale with more than 200,000 books, records, CDs, DVDs, videos and art prints!
10:00 am

Patterns, Series, Numbers and Motifs: Resources for A Designing Eye at the Central Library
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: *Central Library
Summary: Learn which books, magazines, web pages and images in the Central Library's Art and Picture Files and collection can inspire ideas for incorporating pattern design into your artistic projects.

80th Birthday Celebration at the Greenwood Branch
1 – 6 p.m.
Where: Greenwood Branch
Summary: The Greenwood Branch Library will be celebrating 80 years of library service to the Greenwood Community (1928 - 2008).

'Danger: Books! A Celebration of Intellectual Freedom' at the Delridge Branch
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Delridge Branch
Summary: Book-It Repertory Theatre is bringing its "Danger: Books!" program to Seattle Public Library branches

At the University of Washington and in the epicenter of the U District is the truly superb University Bookstore (let the record reflect that I am actually promoting the University of Washington…ahem.) Its author events that overlap with NACAC follow:

Thursday, September 25 at 7 pm

David Arnold
The Fishermen's Frontier: People and Salmon in Southeast Alaska
Discussion & Book Signing

Friday, September 26 at 7 pm

Anne Crossman
Getting the Best Out of College
Discussion & Book Signing

Just northwest of town in Lake Forest Park is highly respected Third Place Books. The following author events overlap with NACAC. Third Place has a second store in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood (adjacent to the U District), but its events for September aren’t posted yet. Events at the Lake Forest Park store, that overlap with the NACAC conference are listed below:

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
Maggot in My Sweet Potatoes by Susan Madden Lankford

Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
Cyndere's Midnight by Jeffrey Overstreet

Friday, September 26, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.
My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath

Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.
Look Me in the Eye by John Robison

Enough about bookstores. I started this blog to highlight some local authors of particular note.

Among them is Sherman Alexie who is one of the NACAC conference keynote speakers. He is perhaps best known for The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, his debut collection of stories that won the PEN/Hemingway Award in 1993. Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, graduated from Washington State and relocated to Seattle. A prolific writer of short stories, novels and poetry, Alexie is also a renowned stand-up performer who held the World Heavyweight Poetry Championship from 1998 to 2001. Alexie was named in 1996 by Granta magazine as one of the 20 Best Young American Novelists, as well as one of 20 Writers for the 21st Century by the New Yorker. He branched out into films with "Smoke Signals" and "The Business of Fancydancing." He is also a dedicated basketball player and Seattle Sonics season-ticket holder.

Gary Atkins

He is best known for Gay Seattle: Stories of Exile and Belonging which examines the struggle by gays and lesbians in Seattle to claim their full rights of communication and citizenship despite political and religious discrimination, which won the Washington State Book Award and was recognized as Jesuit Book of the Year. Currently Atkins is writing a book examining the freedom of communication struggles of gay men in Southeast Asia, tentatively titled Islands of the Morning. Prior to coming to Seattle, he worked as an investigative and literary journalist and ditor for the Riverside Press-Enterprise in California where he often wrote about social and environmental justice issues. He teaches journalism and communication at Seattle University.

Rebecca Brown

She is best known for The Gifts of the Body, a haunting novel about an AIDS caregiver published in 1994 that went on to win a Lambda Award. A resident of Seattle, Brown was the first writer in residence at Richard Hugo House and has taught writing often at that literary center on Capitol Hill. She now directs the literature program at the Centrum Foundation in Port Townsend, including its popular summer writers conference. Brown's wide-ranging work has probed such little-explored literary territory as a dance opera, a quasi-dictionary and a collaboration with a visual artist. Brown's writing is known for its spare language and powerful imagery.

Charles Cross

Best known for Heavier Than Heaven, a biography of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain that won the ASCAP Timothy White Award for outstanding biography in 2002. A Seattle resident, Cross rose to local journalistic prominence as editor of the much-praised alternative-music magazine The Rocket, which he headed for 14 years. He is also a recognized authority on Bruce Springsteen who has published freelance articles in such major publications as Rolling Stone, Esquire, Playboy and Spin. Cross followed his Cobain biography with one of another Northwest icon, Jimi Hendrix, and is at work on another, of Bruce Lee.

Pete Dexter

He is best known for Paris Trout, winner of the National Book Award for fiction in 1988. Dexter, a resident of Whidbey Island, worked as a much-heralded newspaper columnist in Philadelphia and Sacramento while also branching into writing novels and screenplays. His syndicated column ran for three years in the P-I. A 1991 TV film version of "Paris Trout" starred Dennis Hopper and Ed Harris. Dexter's work is known for its gritty detail and its mix of mordant wit and raw violence.

Ivan Doig

He is best known for This House of Sky, his 1980 debut that is regarded as a classic Western memoir about growing up on a ranch in Montana; it was a finalist for the National Book Award. Doig's background includes stints as a ranch hand, a newspaperman and a magazine editor. He has a doctorate in history from the University of Washington. Although a resident of Seattle for four decades, Doig often is thought of as a Montana writer since so many of his novels and memoirs are set under the Big Sky. His work is known for its humanity and its attention to historic detail. When the San Francisco Chronicle took a poll to name the West's best books of fiction and non-fiction in 1999, Doig was the only writer to make both lists.

Timothy Egan

He is best known for The Worst Hard Time, his riveting account of the Dust Bowl that won last year's National Book Award in non-fiction. Egan's early reputation was built largely upon The Good Rain, his 1990 debut that has long been regarded as one of the pivotal accounts of the present-day Northwest. A onetime reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Egan moved on to The New York Times, where he long has been a national reporter based in Seattle and shared in the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for a series on race in America. Egan is an unrepentant Northwest chauvinist with a passion for the region's outdoor pursuits, muscular cabernets and sports teams (Mariners, Huskies).

Ellen Forney

She is best known for I Love Led Zeppelin: Panty Dropping Comics, a 2006 collection of graphic work published by Fantagraphics Books, the Seattle-based publisher in the forefront of the sudden rise to prominence of the graphic novel. A resident of Seattle since 1989, Forney has had her cartoons and illustrations published in the Stranger, L.A. Weekly and BUST magazine. "I Love Led Zeppelin" featured an introduction by Sherman Alexie; the two are now collaborating on an upcoming book. Forney teaches comics at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts.

David Guterson

He is best known for Snow Falling on Cedars, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction in 1994; a high-profile film version was released in 1998. A former high school English teacher, he is a longtime resident of Bainbridge Island. Guterson has written a collection of short stories, a non-fiction book on home-schooling and four novels, all set in the Northwest with many evocative descriptions of the region's varied landscapes. Named in 1996 by Granta magazine as one of 20 Best Young American Novelists. His mentor at the University of Washington was Charles Johnson. His most recent book is The Other, which is a superb read.

Charles Johnson

He is best known for Middle Passage, winner of the National Book Award for fiction in 1990. Started his career as a cartoonist who satirized race relations. A longtime resident of Seattle, Johnson holds an endowed chair in creative writing at the University of Washington. A prolific writer of short stories, essays, screenplays and novels, including a richly imagined look at the last two years of crisis in the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (Dreamer). Johnson is a recipient of a "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation, as well as an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Eric Liu

He is best known for The Accidental Asian, where explores identity, in particular, the meaning of his own American and Asian American identity. Liu served as a speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the president's deputy domestic policy adviser. Liu is co-founder of The True Patriot Network, a political action tank framed upon the ideas he and Nick Hanauer presented in their 2007 book, The True Patriot.

He writes the 'Teachings' column for Slate magazine and is also author of Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in about transformative mentors, leaders and teachers. Guiding Lights is the Official Book of National Mentoring Month and has led to the creation of a broad civic campaign to highlight mentorship in all walks of life. Liu teaches at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs.

Lydia Minatoya

She is perhaps best known for Talking to High Monks in the Snow her autobiographical account that explores an Asian American woman’s search for identity, culture and belonging. Talking to High Monks won the 1991 PEN/Jerard Fund Award Her most recent book is The Strangeness of Beauty --a novel of three generations of women who reunite on the brink of World War II. A native of Albany, N.Y. Minatoya is a long time resident of Seattle and is a counselor at North Seattle Community College.

Jonathan Raban

He is best known for Bad Land: An American Romance, winner of the National Book Critics Award for non-fiction in 1996. A native of England, Raban has lived in Seattle since 1990. Much of his early reputation was based upon a series of first-person travel books that helped fuel the remarkable resurgence in the popularity of that genre of literary non-fiction. A frequent commentator on American affairs in British and American publications. Known for his incisive wit and his perennial outsider persona in his writings. An avid sailor who chronicled his voyage to Alaska in Passage to Juneau. After two decades devoted to non-fiction, he returned to the novel in 2003 with Waxwings, a portrait of Seattle in the dot-com era. His most recent book is Surveillance, another Seattle-set novel.

Tom Robbins

Best known for Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, his 1976 classic that became a 1993 film by director Gus Van Sant. A native of Blowing Rock, N.C., Robbins has lived in nearby La Conner since 1970 on April Fool's Day. He is a denizen of the best-seller lists, with his past seven books in a row achieving that level of popularity. His works have been translated into 22 foreign languages, most recently Lithuanian. Named among "100 Best Writers of the 20th Century" by Writer's Digest magazine. He pent four years early in his career as a fill-in copy editor at the Seattle P-I.

Ann Rule

She is best known for The Stranger Beside Me, her chilling 1980 book that recounted working in the Seattle Crisis Clinic with a personable young man who turned out to be Ted Bundy, the notorious serial killer. A longtime Seattle resident, Rule worked for the Seattle Police Department before turning full time to writing in 1969. Has had 20 books on The New York Times best-seller list on her way to becoming one of the country's most popular and prolific writers on true crime. Rule won a Peabody Award for TV miniseries (Small Sacrifices) based on one of her books. Took an exhaustive look at the Green River murders by Gary Ridgway in Green River, Running Red.

Dan Savage

He is best known Savage is best known for penning the internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column Savage Love featured in Seattle’s provocative alternative newspaper The Stranger, for which he also serves as editor. He is author of Savage Love: Straight Answers from America's Most Popular Sex Columnist a collection of letters from his column. The Kid relating how he and his boyfriend adopted a baby boy through open adoption, Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America which describes his exploration of the seven deadly sins (a satiric reference to Robert Bork's book Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline.), The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family (a memoir of his life, relationship and family and a commentary on the gay marriage debate. Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me. An author, media pundit, journalist and newspaper editor Savage is a Seattle icon and is often been the subject of controversy regarding his opinions that pointedly clash with both traditional conservative moral values and those put forth by what Savage calls the "gay establishment."
I am just scratching the surface with this ecclectic list of Seattle writers. However, if you are a person of letters, you will be in good company when you join us in Seattle for the NACAC conference.

Michael K. McKeon
Dean of Admissions
Seattle University

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Speak Like a Native

It helps when in Seattle to know the local vernacular to get what you want and where you want to go. Those who have read some of the earlier blog postings might regard this partly as a refresher course, but there are some additions not included in other entries. Master these terms, don your polar fleece and Birkenstocks, grab a double tall macchiato, and Seattleites might assume you are a local.
Local TermStandard American translation
Ya Sure, Ya Betcha Okay; derived from the local speak in Ballard, Seattle’s Scandanavian enclave. Also the name of a Red Hook IPA also known as Ballard Bitter
Bumbershoot Umbrella (also the name of a behemoth Seattle arts and musical festival of the same name)
The Mountains Are Outindication of a clear day when you can see the Cascades, Olympics, and most importantly Mt. Rainier
The Mountain Mt. Rainier, the uber mountain in the Cascade Range
The Freeway they are freeways out here, not highways
Sunshine Slowdown back up of traffic on the freeway (typically I-5) when the sun comes out
Sunbreak the hiatus during our mercurial weather days when the clouds break and that unfamiliar orange phenomenon appears in the sky
Drizzle rain
Mist rain
Black Ice thin treacherous coating of invisible ice coating the roads on the infrequent occasions the temperature falls below freezing
The Peninsula the appendage of land across Puget Sound separating the West Sound region from the Pacific Ocean, and the location of the Olympic Mountains
“The Eastside” the east side of Lake Washington, most immediately meaning Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island and (based upon your perspective) perhaps Renton.
Orange County The Eastside, a lament.
The Rock Mercer Island
The “North Shore” the suburbs to the North and east of Seattle. Includes Kenmore, Juanita, Bothell, Woodinville, and Redmond
The Locks Hiram M. Crittenden Locks; a complex of locks that sit in the middle of Salmon Bay, part of Seattle's Lake Washington Ship Canal. They are known locally as the Ballard Locks after the neighborhood to their north. (Magnolia lies to the south.)
The BluffMagnolia Bluff. Most easily accessible through Discovery Park (the old Fort Lawton). Spectacular view of Puget Sound. Don't forget your binoculars. Also home to some of Seattle's worst mudslides.
Alki Can refer to either Alki Point, where the first Seattle settlers first landed and settled, or to Alki Beach. Alki Beach is the most popular summer hang-out and sunbathing spot.
Belltown between Downtown proper and Denny Street. Belltown is home to many small music clubs, art bars, and other hip places. Recently, Belltown was named as the seventh "coolest" place in the U.S.
The Artists' Republic of Fremont Fremont, a place apart.
The Hill Capitol Hill (topic alone for an earlier blog)
Pill HillFirst Hill, where many of Seattle's hospitals are located, not to be confused with Second Hill, which has only one hospital on it.
Broadmoor The first walled and gated community for the exclusive in the country. Keeps the philistines from the hedgerows.
The Ave University Way, so go figure. A hip, gritty/grungy commercial strip adjacent to UW, destination for teenagers attempting to be cool.
The Corridor The I-5 Corridor, running from Bellingham in the north to Vancouver (WA) in the south, although some would extend it even further south, all the way to Eugene.
The Market the Pike Place Market
Jazz AlleyDimitriou's Jazz Alley, long-time jazz club, downtown in the Belltown/Regrade area. The entrance to the club is actually in the alley.
The Viaduct The Alaska Way Viaduct, an ugly two-level concrete eyesore built on fill and likely to collapse in an earthquake, but the only way to quickly by-pass Downtown if the Freeway is clogged up, which it is most of the time.
The Burke-Gilman The Burke-Gilman Trail, a rail line that has been converted into a trail for walkers, joggers, bikers, and so on.
The I.D. the International District, formerly known as Chinatown
EMP The Experience Music Project, Paul Allen's music museum dedicated to the history of rock-n-roll (and specifically the rock of the '60s). Site for the NACAC conference social.
Sea-Tac Refers to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, located roughly half-way between Seattle and Tacoma, thus the name.
SODO South of Downtown (Seattle…need you ask?)
SODO MOJO South of Downtown Magic, often heard at Safeco and Qwest Fields
East of the Mountains the side of Washington east of the Cascades (also a book by author, and Seattle native, David Guterson)
The Basin Refers to the Central Washington farming region, located east of the Columbia River, that was brought to life, so to speak, by irrigation provided from the Grand Coulee dam.
The Inland Empire the region surrounding Spokane
The Banana Belt area around Sequim (pronounced as "squim") which is in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, resulting in a paucity of rainfall (less than 10 inches a year)
UDub University of Washington
Wazzu Washington State University (some at WSU consider this pejorative but a large constituency considers it endearing).
The Dawgs University of Washington Huskies as in “go Dawgs!”
The Zags Gonzaga University athletic teams (officially they are the “Bulldogs”, but that original mascot is overshadowed by the “alpha dog” in Seattle)
Central, Eastern, WesternCentral Washington, Eastern Washington, and Western Washington Universities
UPS University of Puget Sound (not the United Parcel Service)
PLU Pacific Lutheran University
SPU Seattle Pacific University
Seattle U Seattle University (no one says SU)
The Goeducks the Evergreen State College mascot, pronounced the Gooeyducks, after the less than attractive Pacific Northwest mollusk, a large saltwater clam
WASL - Washington Assessment of Student Learning (there is impetus from the WA State Legislature for colleges and universities to factor the WASL in admissions decisions)
HEC Board Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board
WCHSCRWashington Council for High School College Relations
PNACAC Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling
Pho Vietnamese rice noodle soup, pronounced “pha”
Potstickers Chinese appetizer known in the eastern U.S. as a dumpling
Dungies Dungeness Crabs
Salmon wonderful, wild, fish best prepared simply. While food like, farmed Atlantic Salmon is an ersatz variety, and also an environmental nightmare
Chinook King Salmon
Coho silver salmon
Sockeye red salmon
Humpback pink salmon ( “humpies”)
Chum - also known as dog salmon (lighest in color and fat content)
Copper River Supposed to be the best of the best, a coho caught as part of the Copper River run.
Americano Also known as a Caffe Americano. An espresso diluted with hot water, ideal for the lactose-intolerant.
Barista Espresso bartender.
Breve Short for Espresso Breve. Espresso with half-n-half or semi-skimmed milk.
Caffè Latte Also known simply as a Latte. An espresso made with steamed milk, topped by foamed milk. The most popular espresso drink. Also the default espresso: if you ask for a "double tall," for instance, you'll get a double tall latte.
Caffè Macchiato An espresso marked (or "stained") with a dollop (a teaspoon or two) of foamed milk. In Italian, "macchiato" can be translated as "marked," "stained," or "spotted". Starbucks defines a macchiato as "one shot of espresso in a demitasse topped with a small dollop of foamed milk."
Caffè Medici A doppio poured over chocolate syrup and orange (and sometimes lemon) peel, usually topped with whipped cream. Formerly, the Last Exit, now gone, was one of the few places in town where you could get one of these, although I've heard recently that you can get a Caffe Medici at the Pearl, a coffee house also located on the Ave (where else?) which has been described to me as having "the spirit of the Last Exit more than the Last Exit in its final years."
Caffè Mocha Also known simply as a Mocha. A latte with chocolate. Methods of preparation can vary, some using steamed chocolate milk, others adding chocolate to a latte. One variation tops it with whipped cream, with cocoa powder as a garnish.
Cappuccino A shot of straight espresso with foamed milk ladled on top.
Doppio the hip way to request a double.
Double An espresso made from a double shot, approximately 1 1/2 - 2 ounces.
Double Cup An espresso served in two cups, just in case one cup might be too hot to handle.
Double Double Double cream, double sugar.
Drip A regular coffee.
Espresso Approximately a one-ounce shot of espresso made from Arabica beans, as opposed to Robusta beans, which are used in making regular coffee. Arabica beans, by the way, have about half the caffeine of Robusta beans. The word comes from the brewing method -- hot water is pressed by means of a piston or pump through finely ground, firmly packed coffee.
Frappuccino A concoction developed by Starbucks, basically an iced or chilled cappuccino. Various recipes for this are floating around the Web (the actual recipe is a secret). Starbucks has also come out with a bottled version. From what I've been able to gather, it is coffee beverage made out of either espresso or regular coffee, milk, sugar, ice, and other miscellaneous optional ingredients. The bottled version may be served chilled (no ice). Also called a Frap (or Frappe).
Grande 16-ounce cup.
Short 8-ounce cup.
Shot in the Dark A regular coffee with a shot of espresso in it. Also called a Speed Ball.
Skinny If you want a latte made with nonfat or skim milk, just say you want it "skinny."
Soy Latte A latte made with soy milk, instead of milk. I've been told this is also sometimes referred to as a Vegan Latte.
Tall 12-ounce cup.
Triple Three shots, for those for whom a double just doesn't offer enough of a jolt.
Venti A 20 oz. cup at Starbucks, apparently (taller than a tall, I guess).
With Room With space left at top of cup for either adding cream or preventing spills (while driving 70 mph down the freeway with a latte between one's legs!).

Michael K. McKeon
Dean of Admissions
Seattle University

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

My NACAC 2008 Folder

The conference is just about seven weeks away and I just started my “NACAC 2008” folder. So far, it’s only got two things in it – my e-ticket to Seattle and my invitation to the NACAC Leaders and Donors Reception (Go, Imagine Fund!) – but I’m getting ready to fill it up with:

They won’t fit in my folder, but I’m also bringing a water bottle (for filling at the conference’s many water stations), my business cards and comfortable shoes.

See you in Seattle!

Lisa Sohmer
Director of College Counseling
Garden School