Committee Updates


MACRAO Fall Conference 1999!

Brewing up a Magical Potion for Fun!

Mark your calendars for the upcoming fall conference: November 3, 4 and 5 at Shanty Creek. This may be the last conference at Shanty for a while, and we want to make this a very useful and special event.

The Local Arrangements Committee has chosen the theme of “Magic” and is having fun planning activities and sessions that will be professionally useful as well as entertaining. Technology seems to permeate our lives and will also be part of much of the conference. Whether you’re part of the admissions, registrar, or enrollment management team, you’ll find sessions to help you define and improve the way you work. We’ve also worked a couple of “personal development” sessions in (more on that in the conference packet!).

On the list of topics now: Michigan Virtual University, Document Imaging, Designing a Home Page, Transfer Equivalencies on the Web, On-line Student Services, Implementing a New System, Government and Legislative Updates, Career Pathing for Admissions Professionals, Recruiting in the Urban School Setting, Homeschool Issues, Guest Applications (continued!) and more. So write in the MACRAO Fall Conference on your calendar and prepare for 3 days of MACRAO MAGIC!

- Karen Klump, President-Elect
For the MACRAO Fall 99 Conference
Local Arrangements Committee

Secondary School Relations Committee
New Professionals Workshop

The Secondary School Relations Committee is busy getting ready for the New Professionals Workshop which will be held on September 16 & 17 at the Lansing Holiday Inn – South. We are looking forward to a great turnout and many excellent presenters. Topic sessions will include the following: high school visits, college nights, financial aid, serving diverse populations, presentation skills, MACRAO & MACAC, ACT and survival skills. Please consider sending new professionals from your office to this excellent training opportunity. You may visit the Secondary School Relations web site by going to, or you may call Tory Parsons at (616)895-2025 or e-mail her at

Secondary School Relations has also been attending the Joint Relations meetings which brings together MACAC, MASSP and MACRAO. Some issues brought to the table are dual-enrollment, the college day/night calendar and legislative issues affecting the secondary and post-secondary insititutions.

Professional Development Committee
Support Staff Workshop

The Support Staff Workshop will be held on Monday, October 18, 1999. This is a major change since it has always been held in the Summer. The Professional Development Committee decided to move it after getting input on the evaluations that June was not a good month. Input was sought from Directors of Admissions and Registrars and the majority felt that October would be a good time. If you have any ideas for the workshop, contact Sarah Dickman at (313) 593-5655 or e-mail her at

Graduate and Professional Studies Committee
All Aboard!

The Graduate and Professional Studies Committee is looking for new members. Our purpose is to promote the professional development of all personnel connected with graduate programs. We want to enhance the awareness of graduate opportunities and foster increased cooperation and communication within this group.

Our committee has also been charged with sharing information on international admissions and credential evaluations. We fulfill our duties by providing interesting conference sessions relating to our charge. We are recruiting MACRAO members that work either in Graduate Studies or with International students. Please call the current committee chair, Vivian Ladd, at 313-593-1494 or email at , if you have an interest in serving a two year term on this Committee, want to find out more about our mission, or would like to share your expertise in these areas by participating in a conference session.

Articulation Committee
Articulation Conference

The Articulation Conference will be June 9 – 11 at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Pleasant. An exciting conference is being assembled that we think will promise to generate interest and discussion. President Sederburg from Ferris will open our session with the direction of higher education in the State of Michigan. We will continue the animated discussions of the “guest application” and what it means to 2 & 4 year college. There will be many activities that for members and their families to participate in. Canoeing, tennis, swimming, golf, and of course for the adults, the Soaring Eagle Casino which also features live entertainment. Merel Haggard will be performing on the 10th.

Registrar’s Practices Committee
Registrar’s Drive-In

The Registrar’s Practices Committee hosted the annual Registrar’s Drive-In Information Exchange on Friday, March 26, at Saginaw Valley State University. Lisa Kujawa, President of MACRAO welcomed the 81 attendees. Karen Klumpp, President-elect, gave a progess report on the 1999 Fall Conference.

Workshop attendees heard updates on the MACRAO Homepage and MACRAO ListServe from Mark Ulseth (Henry Ford Community College) and Karen Klumpp (Alma College). A presentation on the Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative and the Michigan Virtual University was given by Paul Schmidt (Monroe County Community College). The final morning presentation featured alternatives to mailing grades to students. The presenters were Sonya Bigelow (Ferris State University), Sherrine Matusik (Schoolcraft College), Scott McMillan (Michigan State University), and Doug VanDenBerg (Western Michigan University). The afternoon session provided an opportunity for the attendees to exchange their challenges, solutions, and innovative problem solving ideas. Planning for the 1999 Fall conference is now underway. The committee developed six proposals for the conference and presented them to the MACRAO Executive Committee.

College Day/Night Committee

The Day/Night Committee has completed the 1999-2000 College Day/Night Calendar. If you haven’t already received your copy. Please contact Steve Parsons at 734-647-1462 or e-mail at

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