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Make the most of your PNACAC membership and become involved with the organization!

Committees
Executive Board Officer and Committee Chair Nominations
Awards and Recognition

Committees

PNACAC Committees endeavor to serve the needs of its members and to achieve the organization’s goals.We encourage you to volunteer your expertise and experience by serving on a committee. Contact the Committee Chair listed on the Leadership page for additional information.

Admission Practices Committee is responsible for monitoring the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice as it applies to the PNACAC membership. It recommends a course of action in cases of violation of these principles by member institutions. It alerts members of new practices and procedures in college admission and to formulate and recommend needed changes.

Awards and Recognition Committee endeavors to honor exemplary professionals among our membership and the professional community.

College Fair Committee consists of representatives of each regional fair offered by PNACAC and coordinates efforts of the fairs to equitably and successfully provide area students with access to the highest-quality fairs possible.

Diversity, Equity and Access (DEA) Committee is responsible for developing policy recommendations and implementing programs to assist those who may face challenges in accessing postsecondary educational opportunities. The DEA also provides support and resources to underserved members of PNACAC.

Finance Committee is in place to oversee the compliance of PNACAC's fiscal policies and help guide the financial direction of the organization. The Finance Committee is made up of the President, President-Elect, Past-President, Treasurer, Treasurer-Elect, Past-Treasurer, and one at-large Delegate.

Government Relations Committee is responsible for effectively representing the best interests of PNACAC members to NACAC as well as to local, regional and national legislators.

Inter-Association Committee shall promote the value of PNACAC membership to corollary college counseling organizations that share a common vision and endorse and adhere to the SPGP of NACAC.

Membership Committee promotes and increases membership in PNACAC and advises the Membership Chair regarding membership issues.

National College Fair Committees provide support to the National Fair Chair for the planning and execution of the four National College Fairs hosted in the region.

The Communications Committee is responsible for ensuring all members are kept up to date on organization news.

Professional Development Committee is responsible for developing policy recommendations and programs that will assist members in their professional growth and development.

Information and Technology Committee is responsible for PNACAC website management, maintaining the PNACAC e-list and assisting other chairs in posting and promoting individual committee matters of interest to the PNACAC membership.

Awards and Recognition

Do you know someone who is going the extra mile and making a difference in a student's life or in the field of education? Nominate him or her for a PNACAC award! Through the efforts of its Awards and Recognition Committee, PNACAC strives to honor exemplary professionals among our membership and the professional community.

Descriptions and eligibility criteria for each award are listed below. The Nominations form is available now, and nominations are , due by mid-March. Recognition of award winners happens at the PNACAC Annual Conference each May. Click here to nominate your colleagues today!

 

(New!) Excellence in Admissions: The PNACAC Excellence in Admissions award recognizes an outstanding professional who has worked in a college advocacy, counseling, or admissions capacity for at least five years.  Recipients of the award must have made an impact in the field either through a body of professional or research work, a single significant contribution, or through work or service that demonstrates support of the PNACAC and NACAC mission.

Rising Star: This recognition is given to secondary school or college admissions counselors who have been in the profession for five years or fewer and possess exceptional promise. 

Program of Excellence: This award is for programs that provide great service and/or outcomes for students. To be eligible for this award, programs are considered to be unique and provide excellent service to students. Nominees must have been in place for fewer than five years, and the program must be replicable by other institutions.

Sister Shawn Marie Barry Distinguished Service to Youth: This award is named for the St. Mary's Academy of Portland's former college counselor who lost her battle with cancer in 1995. These awards are given to a secondary school counselor and a college level admission officer. Recipients of the award must have a minimum of ten years of high school or college teaching and/or counseling experience with at least three years in their current position. They must be currently engaged in counseling and be recognized as "those who have given outstanding and faithful service to youth."

Exemplary service: This award is for individuals who have provided longstanding, exemplary service to students and to the PNACAC organization throughout his or her career. Individuals engaged in college advocacy work after retiring from a career in college counseling or admissions are also eligible to receive this award.

Past award winners are listed below.

Sister Shawn Marie Barry Distinguished Service to Youth Award

This award is named for the St. Mary's Academy of Portland's former college counselor who lost her battle with cancer in 1995. These awards are given to a secondary school counselor and a college level admission officer.

Recipients of the award must have a minimum of ten (10) years of high school or college teaching and/or counseling experience with at least three (3) years in their current position. They must be currently engaged in counseling and be recognized as "those who have given outstanding and faithful service to youth."

  • 2016 Kathy Krueger
  • 2015 Joe Raniero
  • 2014 Kelly Herrington
  • 2013 Claire Nold-Glaser
  • 2012 Susan La Rosa
  • 2011 Whitney Laughlin
  • 2010 Daniel Naegeli 
  • 2010 Doug Scrima
  • 2010 DebAnn Rippy
  • 2009 Teri Calcagno
  • 2009 Scott Copeland

Rising Star Award

The Newcomers Award is given to secondary school or college admissions counselors who have been in the profession for five years or fewer, and possess exceptional promise. 
  • 2016 Oster Hernandez
  • 2015 Monzerrath Stark
  • 2014 Hannah Middlebrook
  • 2013 Alex Galbreath
  • 2012 Heather Wofford
  • 2011 Katie O’Brien
  • 2010 Kelly Braun
  • 2010 Kellen Willis
  • 2009 Matt Ogawa
  • 2009 Victor Zamora 

Program of Excellence Award

To be eligible for this award programs are considered to be unique and provide excellent service to students. Nominees must have been in place for less than five years, and be replicable by other institutions.

  • 2016 Bienvenidos a EOU (Eastern Oregon University)
  • 2015 Pirates to Raiders, Southern Oregon University
  • 2014 AVANZA!, University of Idaho
  • 2013 Beaver VIP, OSU
  • 2012 Imagine U at Washington State University
  • 2011 ACT VI
Exemplary Service Award

This award is given to members who have demonstrated outstanding service to students and the organization.

  • 2016 Jim West
  • 2016 Alice Tanaka
  • 2013 Teresa Hudkins
  • 2012 Nancy Shaffer
  • 2011 Mark Janes 
  • 2011 Jim Sumner
  • 2010 Michael Sexton
  • 2009 Cynthia Doran (Ms. Doran received the Lifetime Achievement Award, which evolved into the Exemplary Service Award.)