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2016 Counselor Institute & Luncheon in Denver

  • Monday, October 3, 2016
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy - Denver South (7401 S. Clinton, Englewood)

See a list of the Admission Officers who participated in the Denver Institute.


Monday, October 3, 2016

Maggiano's Little Italy - Denver South

Counselor Institute

7:45 a.m. - Doors open: sign in, continental breakfast, and networking

8:20 - Welcome & Introductions

Moderator and Emcee for the Event: Sarah Colangelo (Knox College)

8:30 - The Third Coast: Attending College in the Midwest

What is the ACM and why should college-bound students spend four years on America’s “Third Coast”? We will briefly introduce you to who we are and our common purpose. We will touch upon the opportunities of attending college in the Midwest, and how you can work with students to discover new options in their college choice.

9:15 - What Does Holistic Admissions Mean?

Admissions officers will lead a mock application review committee exercise, small group breakout sessions, and discussions about what admission officers at ACM colleges look for in applications, essays, and recommendations.

For Counselor Institute participants - Prior to the Institute, please download and read all of the following materials for the application review committee exercise:
Application Review Instructions
Kenneth Aldman Application
Mary Leavitt Application
Christina Moore Application

10:30 - Break

10:45 - Getting Personal with the Experts: Group A topics (choose one)

Application Process and Standardized Testing
Facilitators: Rachel Arsenault (Grinnell College) and Matt Bonser (Colorado College)

Financial Aid
Facilitators: Colleen Murphy (Cornell College) and Jackie Hoefler (Lake Forest College)

Opportunities in the Fine Arts
Facilitators: Lauren Keller (Luther College) and Aleece Dewald (St. Olaf College)
>>Download the PowerPoint presentation for this session
Students pursuing fine arts at ACM schools benefit not only from in-depth knowledge in their field, but also the intellectual agility, cross-disciplinary problem solving, bold creativity, and entrepreneurial mindset that are essential of the liberal arts student. Learn about the unique application process, major/minor requirements, extra-curricular, scholarship, and other opportunities for students interested in the fine arts.

11:15 - Getting Personal with the Experts: Group B topics (choose one)

Writing Effective Recommendation Letters for Your Students
Facilitators: Sarah Colangelo (Knox College) and Lauren Keller (Luther College)
>>Download the PowerPoint presentation for this session

First-Generation Students and the Transition to College
Facilitators: Eliza Stephenson (Ripon College) and McKenna Inskeep (Coe College)

Opportunities in Athletics
Facilitators: Jessica Strong (Monmouth College) and Jackie Hoefler (Lake Forest College)
ACM colleges offer a multitude of athletic opportunities for their students at the NCAA Division III level. This session will highlight what athletic programs are offered at ACM colleges, the basic regulations of Division III athletic recruiting and participation, and what the student-athlete experience is like for participants at ACM colleges.

Counselor College Fair and Luncheon

11:45 - Counselor College Fair

Talk individually with admission officers and pick up literature.

12:15 p.m. - Luncheon and Program

Moderator: Sarah Colangelo (Knox College)
Presentations by Admission Officers, beginning at 12:45 p.m.

1:45 - Quiz the Admission Counselors: Q & A with a panel of admission officers

Moderator: Carly Stafford (Colorado College)
Panelists: Aleece Dewald (St. Olaf College), Eliza Stephenson (Ripon College), Rachel Arsenault (Grinnell College), and Jessica Strong (Monmouth College)

2:15 - Wrap Up

Moderator: Sarah Colangelo (Knox College)