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2011 Summer Institute in Chicago

Finding Fit in Selective College Admissions

Sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 
ACM Chicago Programs, 177 N. State Street, Suite 700, Chicago

Scroll down for links to download materials from the 2011 ACM Summer Institute for Counselors in Chicago.


  • Quinton Clay, Assistant Dean of Admission & Coordinator of Chicago Recruitment, Grinnell College (
  • DeVone Eurales, Senior Assistant Director of Admission & Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment, Knox College (
  • Roberto Garcia, Director of Admission, Colorado College (
  • Sarah Goldman, Assistant Director of Admission & Chicago Regional Admission Representative, Cornell College (
  • René Gomez, Assistant Director of Admissions, Lake Forest College (
  • Jon Urish, Senior Associate Director for Admissions and Financial Aid, Beloit College (
  • Kate Virgo, Assistant Director of Admissions, Beloit College (

Schedule and Sessions

8:15 am Doors open. Sign in, continental breakfast, and networking.

Morning theme: What are residential liberal arts colleges?

Admissions officers, student life staff, and current students will provide insights into the range of opportunities that ACM colleges offer and how they can help students thrive and graduate.

8:45 am Welcome and Introductions

9:00 amHelping Students Find Fit: A Partnership between Colleges and Counselors

Presentation and question/answer with panels of admissions officers and students.

Moderator: Kate Virgo

10:15 amThe Transition to College

Breakout sessions will feature interactive discussions covering aspects of the academic and co-curricular experience on ACM campuses with admissions officers, student life staff, and students.

Moderators: Quinton Clay, DeVone Eurales, Jon Urish

Guest Panelist: Cecil Youngblood, Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Intercultural Affairs, Beloit College

11:45 am – Lunch (provided), informal discussion, and networking.

Afternoon theme: The Admissions Process

12:45 pm – Application Review at Selective Colleges

Admissions officers will lead a mock application review committee exercise, small group breakout sessions, and discussions.

Moderators: Roberto Garcia and René Gomez

Download materials for the Application Review Session. These case studies were used in the mock application review committee exercise.

2:15 pm – Special Topic Sessions  (counselors choose one to attend)

  • Writing Effective Recommendations for Your Students

Presenter: DeVone Eurales

Download materials from the presentation.

  • College Applications and Essays

Presenters: Roberto Garcia and Sarah Goldman

Links to: A presentation used in this session and a video for teachers about the Common Application.

  • Financial Aid

Presenter: Jon Urish

Download materials from the presentation.

3:15 - 3:30 pmWrap-up