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2012 Summer Institute in Chicago

Answers to Questions from Counselors

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Admissions Faculty

 
David Bennett

David Bennett

Lake Forest College

 
DeVone Eurales

DeVone Eurales

Knox College

 
Roberto Garcia

Roberto Garcia

Colorado College

 
Sarah Goldman

Sarah Goldman

Cornell College

 
René Gomez

René Gomez

Lake Forest College

 
Erika Pepmeyer

Erika Pepmeyer

Cornell College

Finding Fit in Selective College Admissions

Sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)

  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012
  • Location: ACM Chicago Program, 177 N. State Street, Suite 700, Chicago (map & directions)

ACM's third Summer Institute for Counselors was a one-day professional development workshop focused on the admissions process and student experience at independent, selective liberal arts colleges.

Scroll down for links to resource materials provided by the Summer Institute admissions faculty!

Schedule and Sessions

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

Morning theme: What Are Residential Liberal Arts Colleges?

8:45 am - Welcome by Christopher Welna, President of ACM

9:00 am

  • Helping Students Find Fit: A Partnership between Colleges and Counselors

Do you have students for whom a residential liberal arts college could be a good fit? This opening question/answer session features a panel of students from ACM colleges who will share their perspectives on their academic and co-curricular experiences on campus.

10:15 am

  • The Transition to College

Breakout sessions will feature interactive discussions with faculty, student life staff, students, and admissions officers from ACM colleges. Panels will focus on the campus community, academic opportunities, and diversity and first-generation students.

Panelists include:
Sonja Darlington, Professor of Education, Beloit College
Blake Hammond, Admission Counselor, Colorado College
David Park, Associate Professor of Communication, Lake Forest College
Cecil Youngblood, Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Intercultural Affairs, Beloit College

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

Afternoon theme: Insights into the Admissions and Financial Aid Processes

12:40 pm

  • Application Review at Selective Colleges

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 Summer Institute participants - Please download and read all of the following materials prior to the Institute:

Application Review Instructions
Kenneth Aldman Application
Mary Leavitt Application
Christina Moore Application

2:30 pm

  • Case Studies in Financial Aid

Presenter: Sara Beth Holman, Director of Financial Aid, Lawrence University

Case studies of three students will be used to give an inside view of the financial aid process. See how different colleges' Net Price Calculators can yield different financial aid estimates, and how a financial aid officer prepares financial aid packages and works with families based on their individual circumstances.

Presentation on Case Studies in Financial Aid

3:15-3:30 pm - Wrap-up


Admissions Faculty

  • David Bennett, Director of Admissions for Enrollment, Lake Forest 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
  • Erika Pepmeyer, Senior Assistant Director of Admission, Cornell College

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