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Member Spotlight: Otu Obot, MA

1)      What Is your role at your current institution?

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CAPACRAO Executive Board Member Selected for Inaugural Leadership Institute

Congratulations Otu Obot, II for your acceptance into the inaugural 2023-2024 Maryland Chief Student Affairs Officers Leadership Institute. The Maryland Chief Student Affairs Officers Leadership Institute is a year-long program designed to build the leadership capabilities of student affairs professionals and is supported and approved by the Maryland Association of Community Colleges Presidents’ Council. Monthly participants will attend full-day sessions rotating at different community colleges around the State of Maryland to discuss a range of topics that practitioners will encounter in everyday practice. Monthly sessions will be facilitated by a Chief Student Affairs Officer.

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Member Spotlight: Sheena Jackson

Name:  Sheena Jackson
Institution and Role: Director of Admissions & Scholarships
Number of years at your institution: 15

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Renew (or join) CAPACRAO today!

Renew (or join) CAPACRAO today!

Here are some of the benefits of CAPACRAO membership:

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Member Spotlight: Keisha Campbell

Name: Keisha Campbell 
Institution Name & Role: Executive Director for Enrollment Services & University Registrar at Morgan State University
Number of Years at your institution: 6

  • What is your favorite quote, motto, or mantra? -  'This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man."
  • What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Traveling, swimming, lifting weights, and being with my friends. 
  • If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? A lawyer. 
  • If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be? Queen Elizabeth I

Season's Greetings & Happy New Year 2022

We can never say it enough. Thank you for your continual support and engagement within Chesapeake and Potomac Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (CAPACRAO). We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

Best Wishes,

Your CAPACRAO Executive Team

Member Spotlight: Samantha Howard

Name: Samantha Howard
Institution and Role: Prince George's Community College, Coordinator, Recruitment & Community Relations

What is your favorite quote, motto, or mantra? "Nothing beats a failure but a try." -R.J. Smith

Your top three favorite books?

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Happy Thanksgiving From CAPACRAO

This year, we are most thankful for you, our members, committee volunteers, institution leaders, AACRAO and our Corporate Sponsors. Thank you for your continual support and engagement within Chesapeake and Potomac Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (CAPACRAO). We hope you have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.

Best Wishes,

Your CAPACRAO Executive Team

Member Spotlight: Rebecca Fowler


Name: Rebecca Fowler
Institution and role: Towson University, Assistant Director of Residency, Reenrollment, and Special Programs in the Registrar’s Office.
Number of years at your institution: 3 years

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October is Careers In Student Affairs Month

Careers in Student Affairs (CSAM) is a month-long initiative, each October. CSAM is dedicated to the celebration of a career in student affairs, education and awareness in the profession, and engagement with professional associations and peers in the field. Across various professional and indepedent associations you will come across a myraid of ways to engage, explore, reflect and rejuvenate especially if your enrollment management position sits under the umbrella of Student Affairs at your institutions. 

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Member Spotlight: Shannon Hardester

Name: Shannon Hardester  
Institution Name & Role: Salisbury University-Assistant Registrar, Veterans & Special Populations
Number of Years at your institution: 4.5

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October 2021 Professional Development

Professional Development Calendar

October is Careers In Student Affairs Month. Click here to learn more

Alternative Career Pathways in and Around Higher Education | Virtual | October 1, 2021 | 12:30 PM
National Conference on Students in Transition | Virtual | October 2 - October 4, 2021 | All Day 
CAPACRAO Webinar: AACRAO Career Planning and Professional Development | Virtual | October 4, 2021 | 3:00 PM
Stories of Transformation: 6 Innovative University Leaders Share Insights | Virtual | October 5, 2021 | 12:30 PM
Benchmarking Digital Marketing in Higher Education | Virtual | October 5, 2021 | 1:00 PM
Understanding Prospective Students for Recruitment and Enrollment | Virtual | October 5, 2021 | 2:00 PM

Accenture’s Workday Higher Education Forum | Virtual | October 6, 2021 | 1:00 PM
Politics, Covid, Social Justice, and Minority-Serving Institutions | Virtual | October 6, 2021 | 2:00 PM
Improving Research Operations and Output | Virtual | October 7, 2021 | 2:00 PM
Breaking Down Silos and Improving Relationships | Virtual | October 7, 2021 | 2:00 PM
The New Doctoral Studies Network | Virtual | October 7, 2021 | 4:00 PM
Leadership in Higher Education Conference | Virtual | October 7 - October 9, 2021 | All Day
AACRAO Elections Open | Virtual | October 11, 2021 | All Day
AACRAO Caucus Meeting | Virtual | October 12, 2021 | 3:00 PM
Career Development for HBCU Student Affairs Professionals | Virtual | October 13, 2021 | 12:00 PM
Offshore Caribbean Medical Schools Report | Virtual | October 13, 2021 | 2:00 PM
Coming Out of COVID | Virtual | October 18, 2021 | 1:00 PM
Getting Involved in NASPA as an Emerging Professional | Virtual | October 18, 2021 | 3:00 PM
2021 ATD Data & Analytics Summit | Virtual | October 18 - 21, 2021 | All Day
Moving On(line): Strengthening Your Brand Through Novel Approaches | Virtual | October 19, 2021 | 2:00 PM
De-Mystifying AI for University Admissions Leaders | Virtual | October 20, 2021 | 2:00 PM
2021 Virtual Forum on Educational Policy | Virtual | October 20 - October 21, 2021 | All Day
NASPA: What I Wish I knew as a New Professional | Virtual | October 21, 2021 | 1:00 PM
Closing Equity Gaps in Enrollment – A Four-Pronged Approach | Virtual | October 22, 2021 | 2:00 PM
NACEP Dual and Concurrent Enrollment Annual Conference | Virtual | October 24 - 26, 2021 | All Day
2021 Assessment Institute | Virtual | October 24 - 27, 2021 | All Day
Complete College America: United for Change Symposium | Virtual | October 26-28, 2021 | Half Day
AABHE Research Webinar 2021 | Virtual | October 27, 2021 | 1:00 PM
Insights on Higher Education’s Next Normal: Building a Strategy for Sustained Growth | Virtual | October 27, 2021 | 2:00 PM
NASPA: The Current State of Student Affairs | Virtual | October 27, 2021 | 3:00 PM
EDUCAUSE Annual Conference | Virtual | October 26 - October 29, 2021 | All Day
Working in Unison: Fostering Collaboration between Faculty and Student Affairs Professionals | Virtual | October 28, 2021 | 2:00 PM
NASPA Improving Career and Engagement Outcomes of First-generation Graduates | Virtual | October 28, 2021 | 2:00 PM
AACRAO Collective Gathering | Virtual | October 28, 2021 | 3:00 PM

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Summer Virtual Happy Hour

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President's Welcome 2021

President's Welcome

Hello Members, Sponsors and Colleagues:

On June 30, 2021, many of our distinguished Executive Board members’ term came to an end, and a new Executive Board transitioned in. I am honored to be your incoming President and I want to acknowledge the leadership provided by Sheena Luaehu-Lyons as President, Seth Kamen as Past-President, last year's board and standing committee members. Many thanks for the work that they have done to cultivate the Association. I also want to thank our Sponsors because our achievement would not have been possible without their continued support and dedication to excellence.

I am excited to welcome my colleagues, some new but many who are returning members, into their new roles. I am humble and grateful for this opportunity serve as your President but I have to be honest, we need our members in a mighty way this year. My favorite quote is actually an African Proverb and it is "many hands make for light work." As President, I would greatly appreciate you, our members, joining us this year in whatever capacity enhances your strengths, provides you value and allows you to share your talents. Some ideas, but in one way do we want to limit you, are:

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Dual Enrollment SIG Meeting - July 2021

We are meeting soon. Click here to register.

Member Spotlight: Otu Obot II

Name: Otu A. Obot II
Role: Creating Opportunities for Academic Success and Transfer (COAST) Coordinator 
Institution Name: Prince George's Community College.
What are your three favorite Podcasts/Books?
What are your credentials/experience, for working in your position?
I have over 9 years of non-for-profit experience in various community organizations and ministries in Buffalo, N.Y.  I have been a short-term missionary and lived on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for six months.  I have over 6 years of Higher Education experience.  I have worked for Canisius College which is the premier private institution in Western New York for their TRiO Program as an Academic Talent Search Counselor for 2.5 years.  Currently, I have worked at Prince George's Community College for the past 4 years as a COAST Coordinator.  I am placed in two of the 21 high schools in the county where I am the direct liaison between the high school and college regarding Dual Enrollment, Senior Recruitment, and College Outreach.
I have earned a Bachelor of Science in Education with a Minor in Business Administration with a concentration in advertising and sales from Baldwin-Wallace University (formerly called Baldwin-Wallace College) in Berea, Ohio.  I have earned my Master of Arts in Higher Education at Morgan State University in May of 2020. 
Although I love education and I know that credentials are needed to do the work, I firmly believe that you should have a passion, calling, or desire to be an educator.  You need to see people beyond where they are now and empower them to learn the skills, to get them to their goals in life.  I believe that you must have the attitude and disposition to serve and lead by example.  Lastly, I am in the business of setting people up for success with knowledge and wisdom that I share with them daily.  I must always remember that without the students there is no institution, therefore, customer service, cultural, gender, and race sensitivity, awareness, and the systematic foundation of intersectionality, are vital to have an impact on the students that I serve daily.  
I aspire to move onto Senior leadership as my goal is to be a VPSA, however, I plan to take all my daily lessons I have learned along the journey, so I can always be a servant first and a leader second.  
What are the values that drive you?
  • Empowerment
  • Faith
  • Knowledge
  • Loyalty
  • Servant Leadership
  • Transparency
  • Wisdom
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
Motivational/Inspirational Speaker.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?
Frederick Douglass
Survey Feedback Requested
Nanci, Otu, and Danielle created a brief four-question survey to understand CAPACRAO member needs.
Please take 5 minutes or less to complete the survey with your professional development thoughts. The survey will close on Thursday, April 22, 2021.
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Member Spotlight: Nanci Beier

Name: Nanci Beier
Role: Registrar
Institution: Anne Arundel Community College

What do you do at Anne Arundel Community College?

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Member Spotlight: Cassandra Moore

Name: Cassandra Moore

Title: Director of Enrollment Development and Admissions
Anne Arundel Community College

What do you do at Anne Arundel Community College?

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Member Spotlight: Carol Harrison

Name: Carol Harrison

Title: Interim Dean of Enrollment Services/Registrar
Institution: College of Southern Maryland

What are your credentials/experience, for working in your position? I have spent the last 32 years working in higher education. My experience includes Financial Aid, Admissions, and Registrar functions.  I believe the key credentials needed to work in this role are strong technical skills, critical thinking to solve problems and implementing these types of solutions that bridge Records, Admissions and Academic Affairs.

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CAPACRAO Member Selected for AACRAO Work Group

CAPACRAO Members are always on the move! Congratulations to Jacqui Rogers, Coordinator of Transfer and Articulation at the College of Southern Maryland, who was recently selected to serve on AACRAO's Transfer Student Success Work Group. The fourteen member workgroup will expand dialouge and policy discussions regarding domestic and international student transfer.

Why she applied?

I was excited at the opportunity to dive into the research and scholarly work within transfer to provide guidance on a bigger scale. It also gives me the opportunity to work and learn with other professionals throughout the country. I may have also had some encouragement from Carol Harrison, the Registrar at the College of Southern Maryland. 

What she hopes this will be gained for two and four-year instititions? 

I hope this workgroup will encourage 2-year and 4-year institutions to strive to improve their transfer initiatives from a holistic perspective, analyzing all of the aspects of the institution that touch transfer.

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