Fall Newsletter 2018

Newsletter Fall 2018

  • In this Edition
  • President’s Message
  • Hotel Information
  • Summer Workshop Debrief
  • Call for Nominations
  • Board Changes

President’s Message

Dear members,


I hope your 2018-19 academic year is off to a great start! Campuses across New England have welcomed new faces thanks to the hard work of their wonderful admissions teams (who are already focusing on NEXT year’s class!), and the work of the registrar and enrollment management folks has taken over.

Before we say goodbye to summer for good, I would be remiss if I didn’t reflect on the amazing day we had at Central Connecticut State University, hosts of our 2018 Summer Workshop on August 2nd. This year Inspire Leadership presented on the topic of “Enabling High-Performing Teams and Relationships” to a sold out crowd of over 75 attendees who were given tools and ideas to help them learn to interact more effectively with others. We were thrilled with the turnout and the positive response from our participants. Thank you to CCSU and everyone who made the trip to New Britain! NEACRAO is looking forward to building on the success of this program and will continue to offer workshops that enlighten, inform, and inspire professionals in a wide variety of roles in higher education.

Summer was also a busy time for our immediate past president, Bryan Boppert. He received over 800 applications from all over New England for this year’s scholarships. We had a great mix of applicants and the final round candidates were composed of 17 wonderful students. There were 5 students from CT, 1 from RI, 7 from MA, 1 from VT, 1 from NH, and 2 from ME. The winners will be announced at the conference in November.

Speaking of the conference, it’s fast approaching!!! In only 7 weeks we will be gathering in Newport for 3 days of networking and professional development with some fun folded in! Are you registered?

We will start with Reverse College Day (RCD) on Wednesday, November 7th. We have a fantastic lineup of sessions, and a keynote which will focus on the all important topic of mental health for our students.

We will all gather Wednesday evening for the Welcome Reception. Both RCD and Annual Conference attendees are welcome! The Annual Conference will kick-off on Thursday morning. I am excited to announce that our keynote speaker is Jimmy Tingle who most recently was a 2018 candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. He is a humorist and activist with a compelling personal narrative of his journey through higher education. Jimmy has the rare distinction of winning Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” in the stand-up comedy category and for “best alternative theater” as the producer and artistic director of Jimmy Tingle’s OFF BROADWAY Theater in Somerville. He is the founder of a new social enterprise and solo show entitled “Humor for Humanity” which aspires to raise spirits, funds and awareness for nonprofits, charities and social causes. Also, a BIG thank you to our friends at CollegeSource sponsoring our keynote speaker!

The closing speaker will be Professor Philip Lee from the University of the District of Columbia. Phil is a legal scholar (with a background in Admissions!) whose research and writing centers on academic freedom, diversity and educational access, school law (K-12), higher education history and law, and property law and race.

And, for the fun… NEACRAO After Dark will not disappoint with DJ, photobooth, and music bingo to entertain us for the night!

This is my last newsletter as President of NEACRAO before turning the reins over to Mike Burke from Harvard at the conference in November. Serving the NEACRAO membership in this capacity has been an honor and privilege. I so appreciate the opportunity to give back to a remarkable organization which has had a tremendous impact on me as a higher education professional. I want to thank the NEACRAO Executive Council for their unwavering dedication, ensuring we provide you with important, relevant content and information, as well as opportunities to connect with each other in meaningful ways throughout the year. I’d like to thank our corporate partners and sponsors for continuing to choose NEACRAO as an important stop on their fall tour. And, finally, I want to thank YOU, the members, for your contributions, dedication, and commitment to NEACRAO and the profession. Without you, this organization wouldn’t exist. Best wishes for a successful academic year. I hope to see you in Newport in November!


Tara Walor

Hotel Information for Annual Conference/Reverse College Day

NEACRAO Conference participants receive a special rate on their reservations at the Newport Mariott. Don’t miss out on your discount of $156/night. Reserve your room todayBook by October 16th to get this discount!

A Wonderful Summer Workshop!


On August 2nd we welcomed over 80 registrants from all over New England to Central Connecticut State University for our annual Summer Professional Development Workshop.


Thank you to everyone who attended this informative and fun day. It certainly got us thinking about how we interact with our coworkers, students, and even families. Thank you to Inspire Leadership and our presenter Deene Morris for a great day!





Call for Nominations

One of the best professional development opportunities available to NEACRAO members is the ability to serve in leadership roles. The organization provides many ways to become involved as leaders in the field. Nominations are being accepted for the following leadership roles for election at the November annual meeting:

Open Positions

  • President-Elect
  • Treasurer Elect
  • Nominating Committee – 2 members needed for the committee (1 from Admissions/Enrollment Mgmt and 1 from Registrar)

Considerations for Nominating Officers (see position descriptions below):

  • 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

Position Descriptions and Expectations
President-Elect (1 year term with succession to President, and Past President): The President-Elect shall coordinate all activities of the Annual Meeting, carry out other duties as delegated by the President and automatically succeed to the presidency. Must have served on the Executive Council during the current or previous year. Participation at meetings held during the year (January, March, June, and the annual meeting– meeting months are approximate) are expected.

Treasurer Elect (1 year term with succession to 3 year term as Treasurer): The Treasurer shall collect the membership dues and shall maintain an accurate list of the membership of the association. Treasurer shall prepare the budget and secure the approval of the President on all bills before payment. Treasurer shall prepare an informal report to be presented at each meeting of the Executive Committee, and a formal report to the membership at the annual meeting. Treasurer-elect shall serve as associate to the Treasurer and should the office become vacant, shall serve the unexpired term of the Treasurer.

Nominations Committee Member: Members of the committee are responsible for compiling a slate of nominees. The Nominating Committee shall convene at least two months prior to the Annual Meeting to prepare a slate of nominees for officers of NEACRAO. The committee is comprised of the chairperson, the immediate past-president, and two registrar representatives and two admissions representatives. Members serve two-year overlapping terms.

More information on Nominations

New Director of Membership


We are welcoming a new Director of Membership to the Board, Miguel Sahagun. Miguel is excited to get started and making connections as we move toward our Annual Conference and Reverse College Day.

A huge thank you to Kaitlyn Santa Lucia, our former Director of Membership who has moved out of the profession but gave us a great start with our Networking night in May. Best wishes, Kaitlyn!