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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 as AACRAO State & Regional Vice Chair

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Johnika Dreher, CAPACRAO Past President (2022-2023) was selected as State & Regional Relations Vice Chair. She will transition to Chair during the 2024 Annual AACRAO Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

AACRAO and the state and regional associations (ACRAOs), such as CAPACRAO, share the same basic goals of enhancing not only the profession but also the professional development of the individual members. One of the fundamental strengths of our profession is the vitality of strong, active state and regional associations. These associations provide members with many professional development activities and opportunities and generally are instrumental in forging the informal networks that exist throughout the country.

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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.

CAPACRAO desires to celebrate with you.
Email [email protected] with details on individual and institutional accomplishments to be featured.

Nominations are being accepted for the 2022-2023 CAPACRAO Awards - Nominate yourself or a colleague TODAY.

Balance & Boundaries Webinar - February 23, 2023

Everything Is a Priority Today

Click Here to Register.

February is American Heart Month. According to the American Heart Association, Heart Disease is America's number one health crisis. 

The heart is the muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. The heart represents the center of love and security. Louise Hay, a self-help author of You Can Heal Your Life, outlined the facets of illnesses in relationship to how individuals live and process their lived experiences. Hay surmises that someone who experiences a heart attack has a lived experiences where there is a "squeezing of joy out of the heart in favor of money or position." Hay continues by saying the individuals may say statements to themselves like:

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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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Congratulations, Dr. Reginald Garcon!

CAPACRAO would like to acknowledge Dr. Reginald Garcon for being highlighted in last month's edition of The Successful Registrar (see below)! In addition to being an outstanding Registrar, Dr. Garcon has served as CAPACRAO's Vice President of Programming (2021-2022) and currently serves as our President-Elect. Congratulations and well deserved, Dr. Garcon!

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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

February 2022 Professional Development

Professional Development Calendar

Inside HigherEd: Textbooks, Affordability and Equity of Access | Virtual | February 1, 2022 | 2:00 PM
Dual Enrollment Special Interest Group Meeting | Virtual | February 2, 2022 | 2:30 PM

5th Annual First-Generation Symposium | Virtual | February 2-3, 2022 | All Day
The Great Equalizer: Blacks in Higher Ed | Virtual | February 3, 2022 | 1:00 PM 
Fraudbusters: The Battle Against Diploma Mills | Virtual | February 3, 2022 | 2:00 PM
Surprise It's Not Always Financial Aid, Part II | Virtual | February 9, 2022 | 2:00 PM
Time Management Strategies for HigherEd Professionals | Virtual | February 10, 2022 | 1:00 PM  
Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience | Virtual & In-Person | February 12-15, 2022 | All Day
AACRAO International Institute | February 14-18, 2022 | All Day
uAchieve Planning + Audit = the Trusted Pathway to Graduation | Virtual | February 14, 2022 | 2:00 PM
Paving Paths to College Enrollment for Historically Excluded Students | Virtual | February 15, 2022 | 2:00 PM
Simplify Transfer: Transferology and TES | Virtual | February 16, 2022 | 2:00 PM
Why Mentorship Matters: Scaling Student Success Efforts for 2-Year Institutions | Virtual | February 22, 2022 | 12:00 PM
The Enrollment Growth Pivot | Virtual | February 22, 2022 | 2:00 PM
A Niche Playbook to Storytelling and Proof Points to Engage Students and Parents | Virtual | February 24, 2022 | 1:00 PM

2022 AACRAO Annual Meeting | April 3-6, 2022 | Portland, Oregon 

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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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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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2022 CAPACRAO Award Nominations

CAPACRAO invites you to SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS for our annual awards: Emerging Leader and Steven A. Smith.  These awards will be presented during CAPACRAO's Annual Business Meeting in June. The deadline has been extended. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, May 13, 2022.  

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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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September 2021 - Dual Enrollment Meet Up

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In preparation for our 4th Dual Enrollment Special Interest Group Meeting on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at 3:00 PM, we wanted to say hello and provide some updates.

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CAPACRAO Shops Local: Attractions & Hidden Gems

Vaccination rates are increasing and the capacity restrictions are decreasing. So, we've combined our May and June CAPACRAO Shops Local to highlight Maryland and DC Attractions & Hidden Gems. Share your favorite places to be entered into our Quarter 2 Raffle via this link Google Form. Submissions will be accepted through June 30. Submit by 12 noon. The winner will be announced at our Annual Business Meeting

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Preparing Yourself for The Return

Picture retrieved from Baltimore Sun article "Maryland Colleges Planning For Return To Campus"

Preparing Yourself for The Return

According to an article by U.S. News, in April 2020, 70 percent of U.S. employees were working from home.1 Fast forward thirteen months later and many of us (56%) are still answering emails from our homes.1 But for higher education professionals in the Maryland and DC area that will all be changing soon as many colleges and universities prepare to return to campus this fall.2 Undoubtedly, faculty and staff emotions run the gamut regarding the return. So, I have compiled a list of tips that will make your transition back to the office a bit smoother. Whether you are joyful or apprehensive there is something here for you.

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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.
Say hello to Otu. Feel free to comment below.

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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