As if the month of February is not short with 28 days, this month is short and it flew by! So after a couple of snow days, an arctic vortex, and a few spring-like days, we find ourselves at the end of the month of February and ready to get into March. As I speak with colleagues on all sides of the table, there is much going on, yet, the dedication and commitment to students and the work we all do keeps everyone going strong. It is that dedication and commitment that fuels me and that I hope I show to the next colleague I speak to so that they will go on to the next, and so on, creating a chain effect. Let us continue to inspire one another to do the work we do and continue to make an impact on the students we serve.

Registration for #NJACAC19, our Annual Conference is LIVE! Make sure you visit www.njacac.org to get all of the details and information about our upcoming conference and get registered! Larry Alterman, your President-Elect and 2019 Conference Chair is hard at work with the 2019 Conference Planning Committee to bring you the very best conference possible. A mailer was recently sent out to you all and you will notice that events and sessions that have always made our conference great and you will also see that we will introduce some new aspects to our conference as well. Be sure to stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds to get any and all updates regarding the annual conference and use #NJACAC19 on social media when talking about our upcoming time in Atlantic City at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

As our colleagues at colleges and universities get ready for spring recruitment, remember to come visit us in New Jersey! This spring we will have 5 regionals fairs all across the state and we will be collaborating with Strivescan once again to provide fair scanning technology at those fairs. Registration for colleges and universities is available via the NJACAC website and to our members working directly with NJ students, be sure to point them to their closest New Jersey Regional College Fair.

Beginning on March 2nd, NJACAC leadership (President, President-Elect, & Immediate Past President) will be in Washington, D.C. for the Winter Leadership Institute meetings where we will receive updates from NACAC regarding a variety of different items and engage in productive conversations that will inspire continued strength among the NACAC affiliates in order to continue to provide quality to you as members of NJACAC. The Winter Leadership Institute meetings tie right into NACAC Advocacy Day and rest assured that your interests will be represented as members of NJACAC will travel with our Government Relations Chairs and the Presidential Trio to meet with elected officials from our great state. If there is anything in particular that you would like for our contingent to relay to our elected officials during those meetings or would like to get more involved in Government Relations, please email government.relations@njacac.org or send a tweet to @NJACACGovRel.

On March 5th, Drew University will host our next Professional Development event, “College Admissions in the 2020’s – A Look Ahead”. A presentation looking ahead at the landscape of college admissions will be followed by a panel discussion. Be sure to check out the link to get more information and to register for this upcoming Professional Development opportunity.

NJACAC continues to find ways to enrich our state with opportunities for members and their constituents. We are currently in preliminary talks to bring a NACAC STEM Fair to our great state so that we can highlight some of the amazing STEM programs we have here while allowing for the opportunity for professionals and students to see what other STEM-geared offerings exist. Not to mention that at events such as the Winter Leadership meetings, your leadership looks out for the best interests of you, the member, so that we can ultimately provide the maximum value to your membership.

As always, if there is anything that I can do to enhance your membership or perhaps something one of our standing committees can do to that same effect, please do not hesitate to email me at president@njacac.org or send me a tweet at @EM_CarlosC.

Best,
Carlos O. Cano
NJACAC President