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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

Member Spotlight

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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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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Season's Greetings 2022

On behalf of the CAPACRAO Executive Board, we say thank each and every one of our member institutions and corporate sponsors for your continual support. Before we wish you well and say cheers to the New Year, we wanted to share that rest and relaxation are important. As inspiration, check out this brief article with 25 ways to infuse rest and relaxation into your winter break to inspire you.

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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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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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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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2021 Annual Business Meeting Re-Cap

Picture retrieved from RGX 

Congratulations! 2020 was definitely a worldwind experience and unexpected in so many ways. However, what a way to truly pivot an association that was planning an in-person meeting at Towson University for June 2020. We took some time on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 1:00 PM to share our reflection as an association with our members. Thank you to all of the attendees who registered and joined us to not just learn of the business side of CAPACRAO but reflect on the dynamic work that we've done over the past year.

What an amazing year for CAPACRAO and our members. Kudos to the dynamic team of volunteers - who serve on the executive board, committees, those who contribute as guest speakers, writers and various contributers. This year is dedicated to you. Because while we were balancing the work of our evolving roles during the pandemic, we still connected, contributed and cared about our personal and professional development. Most importantly, we did it together. From the Chat & Chews in March and April, to the Summer Leadership Series that replaced our Summer Meeting, to the monthly virtual Happy Hours, to our CAPACRAO Supports Local Initiative, around to the modification of our newsletter, increased engagement within our social media plaforms, our Member Spotlight Series, the launching of our Special Interest Group for Dual Enrollment, and continous webinars, we truly did not miss a beat. For our collective efforts, we were recognized by AACRAO at the 2021 Annual Conference.

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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.

Summer Virtual Happy Hour

Connect with us. To register, click here.

Member & Institutional Spotlight

Member & Institutional Spotlight

CAPACRAO loves it's members and we are an association that thrives on member engagement and member involvement. While we do not know when we will physically connect again for a CAPACRAO event, we still have a wonderful medium to facilitate our knowledge sharing. Our member spotlights are new features within the last year that provide a venue to celebrate ourselves and the work we do within our personal and professional lives. We are seeking colleagues who are interested in being featured in our member or institutional spotlight.

Interested? Please complete our brief survey. We look forward to spotlighting you soon.

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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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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