Educational Sessions

Breakout Sessions

Best Fit With an Eye for Retention
Brittany Pearce, admissions counselor, Winthrop University (SC)

Financial Aid Beyond Year One
Russell Jeffrey, director, student financial services, Concordia University, Texas (TX)

Social Media: The Saga Continues
Matthew Barsalou, communication management supervisor, Trinity University (TX)
Michelle Bartonico, Trinity University (TX)

Just Apply Yourself: What Are We Actually Asking for on the College Application
Chris Tokuhama, independent college counselor, Collegewise (CA)

Go Centers: A Catalyst for Establishing Strong Community Partnerships
Dr. Anita Perry, director of academic advisement, Fort Worth Independent School District (TX)
Dr. Stacy Burrell, coordinator of academic advisement, Fort Worth Independent School District (TX)
Glenn Spoons, manager, education, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce (TX)

Increasing College Counseling Effectiveness with the Smart Use of Data
Annette Royal, assistant director, University of Texas System's Office of Strategic Initiatives (TX)
Cathy Delgado, research and policy analyst, University of Texas System's Office of Strategic Initiatives (TX)

Are You MIA? Maximizing Institutional Aid
Tracy Kyttle, college counselor, Collegiate Directions (MD)

Strategies and Resources for First-Generation and Underrepresented Students
Aliza Gilbert, college counselor, Highland Park High School (IL)

College and Career Advising: Helping Students Connect Academic Success to Postsecondary Planning
Lauri Silas Benton, senior director, membership, mobilization and engagement, College Board (GA)

FAFSA Completion
Thomas Meleki, director, student financial services, University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Kick It Up! 8 Ways to Spice Up Your College Counseling Program
Kim Oppelt, community relations manager, Hobsons (VA)
Tara Miller, college and career advisor, Stephen F. Austin High School (TX)

The Gap Year: Clarity for College and Beyond
Ethan Knight, executive director, American Gap Association (OR)
Claire Dennard, assistant director of admissions, St. Edward's University (TX)

DREAMERS and the College Dream
Aliza Gilbert, college counselor, Highland Park High School (IL)

How to Be a Superhero: Using Technology to Help More Students Find the Perfect College at an Affordable Price
Tyler Hakes, director of marketing, College Raptor (IA)
Dr. Kenneth Craycraft, retired executive vice president of academic partnerships and former academic officer and vice chancellor, Texas State University System (TX)
William Staib, CEO and founder, College Raptor (IA)

The College Essay: Helping Students Find Their Voice
Rod Skinner, director of college counseling, Milton Academy (MA)

Multicultural Students: Do They Understand the Admission Game?
Beverly Wheeler, regional director-Texas, University of Tulsa (OK)

A Continuum Approach for Creating a College-Going Culture
Carloyn Probst, assistant principal, Westhampton Beach High School (NY)
Dennis O'Hara, principal, Oyster Bay High School (NY)
Taryn Johnson, principal, Merrick Avenue Middle School (NY)

Evidence Based Admission Counseling: Results of a 4-Year Study
Syam Chandra, independent counselor, Trans Web Global, Inc. (IA)
Alphonce O'Bannon, president, Latino Business Association Foundation (IA)

* All sessions are subject to change.