Jocelyn De Jong, University of Washington, Seattle WA

Beginning with autumn 2018 applicants, the University of Washington (Seattle) admission application deadline will move to November 15. The decision to move to an earlier deadline was made with fervent discussion and consideration of how it may affect applicants and you, our colleagues who advise them. Ultimately, moving up the deadline allows us to notify applicants of their admission decisions earlier, and we felt this was, overall, a better outcome for the student. Also beginning with autumn 2018, our notification period will shift to March 1-15. With the Coalition Application opening in July and the UW specific questions opening September 1, the application will, in effect, be open two weeks longer than in previous cycles.

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Christina Campbell, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education

No one said it was going to easy - especially in a state bigger than Texas, California, and Montana combined.  But facing big challenges is something Joie Millett is ready to face head-on. Millett is the new Program Manager of the Alaska College & Career Advising Corps (ACAC). Having grown up in rural Alaska, Millett is familiar with the difficulties students wishing to pursue college and career training face.

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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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The Winter 2016 Newsletter is now available.  Catch up on the latest happenings in our great PNACAC region!
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2014 Winter

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For updates and information from:

  • Jeanne Eulberg, PNACAC President
  • 2014 Annual Conference
  • Annual Awards Nominations
  • Summer College Tour
  • Membership Report
  • Admission Practices Report
  • NACAC and PNACAC Advocacy
  • PNACAC Spring College Fairs
  • UBC Summer Scholars
  • In Our Region
  • Save the Date
  • PNACAC Store
  • PNACAC Annual Conference Scholarships

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Jeanne Eulberg, PNACAC President, Assistant Principal for Student Services, O’Dea High School, Seattle, Washington

Now that the holidays are behind us, we all are looking forward to a fresh start in 2014. The New Year brings renewed energy as we pursue our professional goals. PNACAC also is invigorated to partner with all of our members as we endeavor to strengthen our collaboration. Professional development always is in the forefront of our activities and this year is no exception. The Conference Planning committee for our annual conference in May is in full- swing. The conference this year will be held on the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon from May 28th-30th. This will be a unique event as the campus still will be in session, so we will be able to mingle with current students. I anticipate that this will be a wonderful experience for all of us as we will have the chance to re-live our own college days. The conference itself will be full of excellent sessions and fun social events. Please plan to attend and get involved; there will be many opportunities to volunteer and to connect with colleagues from both sides of the desk.

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Eric R. Pedersen, Conference Co-Chair and PNACAC President-Elect

It will be time to hit the books (and maybe a social event or two) this May at OSU! 

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Juana Alcala, Awards and Recognition Committee Chair

It is time to begin thinking about nominations for PNACAC’s annual awards!

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Megan Diefenbach, Professional Development Committee Chair

The 2014 PNACAC Summer College Tour will bring up to 50 high school and independent counselors to Western Washington from July 13 -19, 2014. Plans are underway to visit many institutions along the I-5 corridor, including University of Washington Bothell, Western Washington University, Seattle University, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington Seattle, The Evergreen State College, Saint Martin’s University, Seattle Pacific University, University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University and University of Washington Tacoma. 

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Paula Sutton, Admission Practices Committee Chair

According to the NACAC AP Committee, complaints or cases over the past five years have mostly fallen under the following areas within the SPGP: 

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Grant Blume, PNACAC Government Relations Committee Chair

The end of 2013 was marked by political brinksmanship and uncertainty as Congress debated issues related to the federal budget. On December 10, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced a budget deal that eventually passed the House and Senate and was signed by President Obama. NACAC viewed the Murray-Ryan agreement as “a positive step forward but not ideal” because the agreement restored most (87%) but not all of the federal funding to education that had been cut under sequestration (the mandatory across-the-board cuts that went into effect January 1, 2013). 

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Susan Allan, Manager, International Recruitment, University of British Columbia

Making the transition from high school to university is a significant step up for most students. To help bridge a period of uncertainty and to open the doors towards university-level study, the University of British Columbia (UBC) offers an exceptional opportunity for students entering one of their last two years of high school to participate in a summer program that will challenge them socially, culturally and academically. The program, now entering its third year, brings young scholars from all over the world to the UBC in Canada to study Environmental Science and Sustainability. 

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Linfield College, McMinnville Oregon

The Linfield College Office of Admission is pleased to welcome Joseph Marlitt as our newest Admission Counselor, and Christian Juanillo as our Post-Graduate Intern. 

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As the 2014 PNACAC Spring Conference quickly approaches, do you find yourself wondering what to wear? Check out the latest spring fashions on the PNACAC Land’s End website! 

Use the link below to navigate to the PNACAC store where you can buy clothing to suit your needs. Once you have selected your item and placed it in your shopping cart, you can have the PNACAC logo applied. Before proceeding to checkout, under “Special Requests” you can ask that the logo be done in color (default) or you may choose to have it done in black, pewter or white to better fit the item you have selected.

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