Over four days in June, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host more than 600 admissions professionals at the 29th annual conference of the New York State Association of College Admission Counseling. The state-wide “Charting the Course conference brings together secondary school counselors and college admissions personnel to share ideas and innovations with their colleagues. This is the first time HWS has served as host.
The event, which runs from Tuesday, June 5 to Friday, June 8, will be packed with professional development forums, workshops and community service fundraising activities. Conference workshops will explore dozens of issues salient to high school counselors and admissions professionals, including sessions on scholarships and financial aid, athletic recruitment, SAT/ACT optional admission policies, gender balanced enrollment and curricular counseling.
Highlighting the conference will be a keynote address by Jonathan Alter, a senior editor at Newsweek magazine, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. An award-winning editor, Alter has covered six presidential campaigns for Newsweek and authored more than 50 cover stories for the national publication. His reporting has covered important issues such as anti-Semitism, party politics, patriotism and weapons of mass destruction. Alter is a contributor to NBC News and its sister networks MSNBC and CNBC and has previously worked as a freelance writer for The New York Times, The New Republic and Esquire.
In addition, Alter has received numerous awards and citations for his work, including the John Bartlow Martin Award, the Clarion Award and the National Headliner Award. His latest book “The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2006.
Fundraising events, including a golf outing, a bocce tournament and a 5K walk/run, will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday. These events will benefit Geneva Agri-Business Child Development, an early childhood education program. In addition over the week, a silent auction will be held to raise money for the Fund for the 21st Century, the charity arm of the state association.