Buffalo National College Fair


 Location & Hours

Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Exhibit Halls North and South
153 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

Fair Hours:
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Directions, and Parking:
Directions and Parking information for the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center can be found here.

Need more information?
E-mail collegefairs@nacacnet.org or call 703/299-6824

 For Exhibitors

​Fair Set-up Hours:
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
7:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

Estimated Attendance: 8,500

Loading/Unloading Entrance:
Access to the loading dock is on Pearl Street. The entrance is across the street from the Hyatt Hotel. There are three docks available behind the Exhibit level for loading and unloading. Please keep in mind that the loading dock is strictly for loading and unloading only, not parking.

Exposition Services Provided by:
Great Lakes Events
100 Bickford Street
Rochester, NY 14606
Exhibitor Service Kit

Shipping Information:

Authorized Shipping Address:
(Your Name/Institution)
(Booth Number)
Buffalo National College Fair
March 18-19, 2015
c/o Great Lakes Events
100 Bickford Street
Rochester, NY 14606

Materials Handling Charge: *

Cost is $59/cwt, 200lbs minimum. Please contact the decorator directly to arrange shipping. Make check payable to Great Lakes Events.
*Rates are subject to change. Please contact Great Lakes Events for current rates.

Shipping Deadline: All materials must be received by Thursday, March 12, 2015.

Electrical Service:

Electrical services must be ordered in advance through the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center at 716/855-5555 or fill out the 2015 order form and return via mail or fax 716/855-3158.

Host Hotel:

Hyatt Regency Buffalo
Two Fountain Plaza
Buffalo, NY 14202
Rate: $139.00 Single/Double
Deadline: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Please call in reservations at 1-888-421-1442 and ask for the NACAC or the Buffalo National College Fair rate or reserve online here.

NACAC has a long standing relationship with the Buffalo Business First, the printer of our onsite guide.  This guide is distributed to their readership community, as well as made available for the attendees at the fair.  If you would like to purchase an ad in this supplement, please contact Tammy Sullivan at tsullivan@bizjournals.com.  The deadline for submission is February 18, 2015.

Contact Information:

For more information regarding this National College Fair, email Michael Hoggard or call at 703/299-6824.

 Workshop Information

​Information Sessions held on March 18 on the first floor of the convention center
Pre-Fair Session 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Session 1 7:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and Session 2 7:40 p.m.-8:10 p.m.

Getting College and Career Ready: Pre-fair session
Room 106A
Presenters: Ms. Elizabeth Callahan, Director, Workforce Development, Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Dr. Nathan Daun-Barnett, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, SUNY at Buffalo
Dr. Steven Harvey, Executive Director, WNY College Connection
Dr. Susan McCartney, Director, Buffalo State College, Small Business Development Center
Mr. Darrell Slisz, Director, Workforce & Education, Catholic Charities
Moderator: Dr. John Craig, Vice President – Education & Outreach – WNED|WBFO
WNED|WBFO is sponsoring this town hall on college and career readiness as part of our Focus on Education project funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate initiative. Come learn about answers to these questions and others you may have:
-Can high school graduates today afford not to go to college?
-What kind of teaching & learning is happening in high school and are they aligned with college expectations? 
-Are there realistic career opportunities that are available to high school graduates without a degree, but some formal education beyond high school that colleges offer? 
-How can I ensure fair value for college costs and future employment outlooks for my children?
-What is the economic climate in WNY and Buffalo for future career opportunities?
College Athletics: Session 1
Room 103
Presenter: Brandi Guerinot, Director of Compliance, University at Buffalo
Important information for prospective student athletes will be explored.  Topics include recruitment rules, academic eligibility, letters of intent, and registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
ACT/SAT: Session 1
Room 106A
Presenters: Nicholas Rizzo, Department Chairperson/School Counselor, Clarence High School
Sharon Bertucci, School Counselor, City Honors
An overview of both tests will be presented. Tips and advice on how to best prepare for the tests will be provided as well as how results are used for college admission decisions.
Financial Aid 101: Session 1
Room 106B
Presenter: Kevin Ryan, Senior Financial Aid Advisor, University at Buffalo
You can never have enough information on financial aid. This workshop is designed to help answer questions that students and parents may have about the process of determining financial need and awarding aid. 
The Right College: Session 1
Room 106C
Presenter: Dean Reinhart, Ph.D. Associate Director of Admissions, Buffalo State College - SUNY
How do you find the college that is right for you?  This workshop will help students and parents examine the important factors to consider when making a decision on where to go to college.
Easy Tips on Writing your College Essay: Session 2
Room 106A
Presenter: Frank Williams, Dean of Admissions Daemen College
This session gives you the opportunity to learn about what colleges are looking for when reading college essays.  You will leave this session with confidence in writing your college essay.  Some of the questions that will be addressed are; how do I decide on a topic?  What are the skills needed to start writing your college essay?  How do I know if this is the right essay to submit?
Applying for Private Scholarships: Session 2
Room 106 B
Presenter: Allison Newman, Scholarship Director, Say Yes Buffalo
This presentation offers a brief overview on private scholarships and tips for completing scholarship applications.  Learn how to conduct scholarship searches using the internet and receive advice on writing essays for the scholarship application. 
Admissions Process for Veterans and Family Members: Session 2
Room 103
Presenter: Kevin Fricano, Admissions Counselor Transfer and Veterans Daemen College
This presentation is geared toward veterans and family members who may be eligible for the GI Bill benefits.  Find out if you are eligible for the benefits and learn how to access the GI Bill when applying to colleges. 
Early Decision, Early Action, and Rolling Admissions: What is the Difference?: Session 2
Room 106C
Presenter: Mollie A. Ballaro, Director of Undergraduate Admissions Canisius College
Meet with a panel of admission representatives to learn about the difference between early action, early decision, and rolling admissions.  The panelists will discuss and answer questions about each admissions process.