Fall Newsletter 2016

In this Edition

  • President’s Message
  • Call for Nominations
  • Annual Conference Schedule/Sessions Update
  • Summer Workshop Debrief
  • Scholarships Make a Difference
  • Welcoming New Members

President’s Message

Dear Colleagues,

kaufmanAri Kaufman

NEACRAO has been hard at work this summer in many areas! We recently had a terrific summer workshop at Fitchburg State University. Bonnie Joy Dewkett, “the Joyful Organizer” led this workshop which focused on her innovative ideas for time management and workspace organization. Two of the many tangible ideas she imparted on us was to purchase a “Time Timer”, a portable clock that shows vividly in color how much time had elapsed in a meeting. She also suggested that the “out of office” email messages we use for time off can also be used to communicate that one is unavailable for just a portion of a day when one if busy with a project or meeting. If you were not able to make it to the workshop, there will be a session devoted to these and other ideas at the Summer Workshop in Review session at our Annual Conference in November.

Speaking of the Annual Conference, we are now less than two months away from what promises to be a highly substantive and enjoyable conference at the Radisson Downtown in Manchester, NH. I encourage you to register today if you have not already. We have put together an outstanding program for the conference which will take place from November 2 – November 4. Be sure to come in time for the NEACRAO welcome reception at 4PM on Wednesday, November 2nd. I look forward to welcoming you all and meeting many of you for the first time!

We recently completed an ambitious membership drive this summer to re-engage with member schools that had knowingly or unknowingly fallen out of current membership status as well as some schools that had never been members of NEACRAO. We (re)introduced ourselves to these schools are very pleased to report that this drive was successful in bringing several new and returning members! As of this writing we have added 8 of these institutions to our membership from this drive.

At this year’s conference, you will see an increased visibility for our exhibitors. As a group, they perform a wide array of services for higher education. You will hopefully come away impressed and with some good contacts that may help you improve some of the processes at your schools. There will also be some very appealing raffled items at the end of the conference.

If you are in the Admissions or Enrollment Management areas, please encourage your Admissions staff to attend our Reverse College Day immediately preceding the conference. In 2008, Reverse College Day won AACRAO’s Ockerman Award which recognizes outstanding professional activities of the state/regional associations. RCD is a unique opportunity for you to engage with counselors from secondary schools all across New England. In addition to the meet/greet in the morning, four sessions will be offered in the afternoon to maximize the experience.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to all the volunteers that make NEACRAO the successful organization it is today! We have had several new folks volunteer this year as well. I look forward to seeing you in November!

Best regards,

Ari Kaufman

Call for Nominations!

NEACRAO is seeking new members for our Executive Board for the following positions as well as members for a new Nominating Committee:

  • President-Elect
  • Vice President for Admissions/Enrollment Management
  • Vice President for College Admissions & High School Relations
  • Secretary
  • Nominating Committee – 2 members needed for the committee (1 from Admissions/Enrollment Mgmt and 1 from Registrar)

Considerations for nominating officers (see position descriptions on our Nominations site):

  • Involvement in NEACRAO and AACRAO
  • Interest in serving and availability
  • Leadership qualities
  • Institutional approval and support
  • President-elect must have served on the Executive Council during the current or previous year


  • Candidate’s approval should be obtained prior to nomination
  • Nominee MUST be a member of NEACRAO
  • Only one nominee per form

For more information, visit our Nominations site.

2016 Annual Conference Update

This year’s conference is November 2-4 in Manchester, NH. We have lots of exciting plans for this year and hope you will be able to join. For more information on the schedule and topics and our keynote speaker, visit our website!

Getting Ourselves Organized: A Summer Workshop Success!


On August 3, forty-five New England professionals met to get organized! Special thanks go to our stellar presenter, Bonnie Dewkett and our event organizer, Bryn Nowell.

For those of you who missed it, Bryn will be leading a presentation at this year’s Annual Conference in Manchester.



George Coleman Scholarships

Karen H. Schedin-Scola, NEACRAO Past-President 2015

Karen Schedin-Scola

Vice President of Enrollment Management, Rivier University

One of the most fulfilling tasks as a past-president of NEACRAO is serving as chairperson of the George Coleman Scholarship Committee. The five most recent past presidents serve on the committee and vote their selections. I appreciate their support and commitment to the organization.

Annually, high school seniors submit applications for the three available scholarships of $2,000 to attend an NEACRAO member college or university. Students applying for the scholarship must have earned a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and submit an essay and have the potential to succeed in a post-secondary environment.

Winnowing through the applications and essays is an exciting process of reading about the students, reviewing transcripts and ensuring cross-representation of states, public and private high schools as well as the diversity of types of institutions to which the applicants are accepted and are recommended by their school counselor.

This spring over 800 applications were received from all 6 of the New England states that comprise NEACRAO. The pool was culled down to 14 finalists and the high schools were contacted to determine where the applicant intended to enroll. The selections have been made and will be communicated to the school counselor, the student and announced at Reverse College Day (RCD) in November.


This summer NEACRAO welcomed (or welcomed back) 140 new members and 8 new member schools:

  • Anna Maria College
  • Bay Path University
  • Bentley University
  • Frank Olin School of Engineering
  • Providence College
  • Regis College
  • Suffolk University
  • University of Rhode Island

A hearty welcome for everyone who is new or returning after some time away. If you have colleagues you think could benefit from NEACRAO, direct them to visit our website!