Professional Development

This committee organizes and implements professional development programs for college admission (2 and 4 year), high school counseling, and independent counseling professionals as well as professionals in community based organizations that help students on their path to further their educational goals. The four programs offered each year help attendees with personal career development, professional education and growth from shared expertise and best practices, as well as networking with peers. The committee works in concert and consultation with the MACAC President and Board. 


Chair Members

Lindsey Owens, Gustavus Adolphus College(507) 933-6363
Erik Aschenbeck, College of St. Benedict-St John’s University, (320) 363-5794
Jenna Houser, Augsburg College

Members

Ryan Brennan, Marquette University
Mysee Chang, St. Catherine University
Ben DuFault, Hamline University
Samantha Franco, University of MN, Twin Cities
Norma Gutierrez, Saint Thomas Academy
Abby Hagel, Macalester College
Tara Halvorson, Chaska High School
Rebecca Hughes, University of St. Thomas
Bryan Jasperson, University of MN, Duluth
Carolyn Larson, University of MN, Twin Cities
Molly Mcalister, St. Cloud State University
Mai Chue Moua, Hamline University
Jeff Polski, University of MN, Rochester
Rebecca Schmitz, Washington Technology Magnet School


Events

  • Admission Counselor Institute – for new college admission representatives
  • Fall Forum – College Admission professionals and High School Counselors
  • Spring Conference – College Admission professionals and High School Counselors 
Alternating every other year between a MACAC conference and a multi-state conference with Iowa, Wisconsin and North & South Dakota ACAC’s.

Meetings

Meetings will be held in-person every other month with a conference call-in option.  That will be emailed out prior to meetings.  The PD Committee will always meet the Tuesday before an event on-site.  Our meeting dates and locations are as follows: 

Tuesday, September 12 @ 1 p.m. at Hamline University
Tuesday, October 10 @ 1 p.m., conference call
Tuesday, October 31 @ 1 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas
Tuesday, December 12 @ 1 p.m., conference call
Tuesday, January 9 @ 1 p.m. at Hamline University
Tuesday, March 13 @ 1 p.m. at Hamline University
Tuesday, April 10 @ 1 p.m., conference call
Tuesday, May 8 @ 1 p.m. at Hamline University
Tuesday, June 12 @ 1 p.m. at Hamline University

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