Dear PNACAC Members,

During this time of uncertainty the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC) is joining many organizations in denouncing President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order from Friday, January 27, 2017. This Executive Order bans “entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, [barring] Syrian refugees indefinitely, and [blocking] entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.” PNACAC stands by our members and the students and families they serve regardless of age, gender, sex, race, color, country of origin, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, immigration status, or disability.

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By Mike Sass, Gonzaga University

In the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, discussions have erupted about what is to come next.  From newly proposed legislation to the selection of a Supreme Court Justice, no one knows what exactly is in store for the U.S. and the American education system, but among the topics of conversation is immigration reform.  President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to immediately reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - better known as DACA - if elected. Since DACA was first implemented by President Barack Obama through an executive order, the President-elect will hold the power to completely overturn the policy and shutter the program after taking the oath of office.  DACA and its potential reversal could affect many students at all levels.

Many believe that an immediate shutdown of the program is not likely, but ambiguity surrounds what will actually happen on January 20, 2017.  While advocates representing both sides of the issue are lobbying lawmakers (and the incoming administration), Congressional Representatives on both sides of the aisle, and several prominent non-governmental organizations are advocating for a slower elimination of DACA if the President-elect is to jettison the program.  Republican Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) have joined together with Dick Durban (D-IL), one of the creators of the DACA program, to craft legislation helping to provide legal support and protection to individuals who are current beneficiaries of DACA.

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National Conference Call for Proposals

The 2017 National Conference Call from Proposals is now available at Submit your proposal by January 9 for full consideration and represent PNACAC in Boston!

Click here to register for the 2016 spring PNACAC Fairs

Become a member of the PNACAC Executive Board!

As a member of the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling, you know we are a professional organization that promotes ethical standards and provides resources for its members to guide and empower students as they prepare for college admission. We are able to do this because year after year people like you volunteer to serve on our committees and our Executive Board. Each year there are open positions that need to be filled on the Board.    Click here for details or click here to apply today!

Lists of participating institutions at the 2015 PNACAC Fall Fairs are now available on the College Fairs page!

Early Bird Registration rates end this Friday, August 14!  Click here to register for the 2015 Fall Fairs!
Click here to register for the 2015 PNACAC Fall Fairs.

Know someone who is doing extraordinary things to make a difference in a student’s life or in the field of education? Nominate them 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. Information on available awards is listed below.  You may know of a deserving colleague!

Awards and Recognition 2015:  The deadline for nominations for the 2015 Awards and Recognition Program is April 3, 2015. Awards will be announced at our annual meeting in Reno at the SUPERACAC II Conference in May.

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The scholarship application to attend the 2015 Super ACAC Conference in Reno, NV is now available!  Please click here to access the application.

PNACAC Fall Fairs

Logistics and participating institutions for the PNACAC Fall Fairs is now available on the College Fair websitePlease note the new locations for the Southern Oregon/Northern California Fair:  Southern Oregon University and the Central Oregon Fair:  Redmond High School.

The deadline to submit an RFP for the 2016 Spring Conference has been extended to September 1. Visit the Conference page to learn more!

2014 Montana Fall College Fair Tour

Western Montana Region

  • Dates: September 22 - 25, 2014
  • Expected Attendance:  4,150
  • Fair Sites: Butte, Helena, Missoula, Hamilton, Polson, Kalispell

Central Montana Region

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Please join PNACAC in thanking the following board members for their past three years of service:

  • Kevin Dyerly, Vice President of Enrollment, University of Redlands, Redlands, California - Past President
  • Robbie Cupps, Career Counselor, Capital High School, Boise, Idaho - Secretary
  • Jana Jaraysi, Associate Director of Admission, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington - Inter-Association Chair
  • Patrick Wilson, Assistant Director of Admission, Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon - Technology & Information Chair
  • Jason McDonald, Dean of Admissions, University of Portland, Portland, Oregon - Delegate

Please join PNACAC in welcoming the following new board members:

  • Josh Ritchie, Career Counselor, Borah High School, Boise, Idaho - President-Elect
  • Jennifer Reeves-Eisbach, Counselor, Roosevelt High School, Portland, Oregon - Secretary
  • Robert Keenum, College Counselor, Billings Catholic High School, Billings, Montana - Treasurer-Elect
  • Brandon Braun, Assistant Director of Admissions, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington - Diversity, Equity, and Access Chair and Delegate
  • Robyn Campbell, Independent Counselor, Collegeology, Seattle, Washington - Inter-Association Chair
  • Janah Valenzuela, Assistant Director of Admission, Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington - Newsletter Editor
  • Karlen Suga, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon - Technology & Information Chair
  • Matt Ogawa, Associate Director of Admissions, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon - Delegate

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Read Jim Rawlins & Jason McDonald's Guest Opinion in The Oregonian:

Students need college counseling more than ever