2015 MACAC Spring Conference

Monday, May 18, 2015 
Downtown Minneapolis Courtyard Marriott, West Bank of the University of Minnesota Campus

The Minnesota Association of College Counseling is pleased to announce the theme of this year's conference“Success Through Synergy”. The conference will offer an array of sessions designed to address current needs and trends in college counseling and admissions, as well as showcase best practices of our profession. 

Spring Conference Social

Sunday, May 17, 2015


Early Bird March 15 to April 26
Secondary Counselor Member: $75
Postsecondary Counselor Member: $100
Related Organization Member: $100
Graduate Student Member: $50
Retired Member: $50
NON Member: $125

Late Registration April 27 to May 10
Secondary Counselor Member: $90
Postsecondary Counselor Member: $115
Related Org Member: $115
Graduate Student Member: $50
Retired Member: $50
NON Member: $125



Hotel accommodations at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown are available for a discounted rate until April 26th and rooms can be secured:  

  • By Phone: call 1(877)699-3216 and ask for the “College Admissions Counseling Block”
  • Online: by using the reservation link - Book your group rate for MACAC


If you have questions, please contact the MACAC Professional Development Committee Tri-Chairs:

Casey Erickson, caseye@umn.edu
Ryan Blake, ryan.blake@stthomas.edu
Mai Chue Moua, mmoua@stkate.edu

Call For Session Proposals

Gather up your skills and expertise! Plan to share the wealth with your peers, colleagues and friends at this year MACAC Spring Conference in May. Everyone has something to share! Our theme is “Success Through Synergy” this year, and we hope to explore many topics in this year’s sessions. Send us your brilliant ideas for sessions.

The following is just a sampling of topics from previous years:

  1. The Basics of College Admissions for New Counselors
  2. The Common Application
  3. CSS Profile – Format and Use
  4. Handling Transfer Students
  5. Demographic Changes and Resulting Issues for College Admissions
  6. What’s New in College Admissions? Trends?
  7. The Life of a School Counselor – Reports and Tips
  8. NCAA Eligibility Center Update
  9. Transitional Issues for Students as They Go to College – i.e. Alcohol and Time Management
  10. Undocumented Students
  11. The Achievement Gap
  12. Social Media’s Effect on and Implications for College Admissions
  13. Writing Letters of Recommendation

Sessions Proposal should include the following:

  • Session Title
  • Presenter/s: Name/s, Title/s, Contact Information, Two Sentence Biography (including degrees and where earned as well as recent professional history).
  • Brief Description of Session
  • Target Audience (High School Counselors, College Admission Professionals or Both)
  • Tech Plans/Needs


Ryan Blake
University of St. Thomas
Professional Development Tri-Chair

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