Katy’s First (EVER!) Blog Post

Whew!  How about that start of the new year?  It sneaks up on us, delightful yet daunting after what we hope has been some rest in the Summer.With Fall comes a new round of the familiar for most of us.  Familiar events, familiar patterns, familiar tasks.  Sometimes these can be tedious, but aren’t we lucky to be in a field where we make a difference each and every day?  So, as the tasks pile on, whether it be planning travel or getting on a plane, rounding up those Natl Merit Semi Finalists to get to their essays and/or talking with students about the processes of applying to college, I encourage you to take a moment to breathe, reflect and to enjoy your role in truly making a student’s life better.  And celebrate the ripple effect:  making that student’s life better helps his/her family and ultimately his/her community.We, as a profession, are a community . . . a community based in principles and ethics.  If you are able to travel to the NACAC Conference in Toronto you will hear about … [Read more...]

Work in Las Vegas

Starting with an apparent oxymoronic title seems problematic, but feels right to me.  As a native Nevadan, born in Las Vegas, it was where my parents began their professional lives in earnest.  My mom was a radio DJ, and my dad was a mechanical engineer.  They moved to California because the schools and universities offered more choice. Recently, the WACAC Presidential team, Past President-Robynne Royster (California College of the Arts) and President-Elect Peggy Hock (Pinewood School) and me, attended the NACAC Leadership Development Institute (LDI) at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.  Our 2 ½ day LDI congregates all 23 ACAC’s in one location to share information, and get schooled in policy, procedure and issues facing NACAC.  All three of us had breakout sessions on our roles as past, present and future presidents.  Additional breakouts dealt with issues about enhancing non-dues revenues, hiring employees for our organization, college fairs, and the last workshop on the last day, … [Read more...]