The newsletter of the Michigan Association of
Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
Volume 38 Number 1
Update from the President
...some goals and objectives
Your Questions on MACRAO Finances...
MACRAO 1998 Fall Conference
MACRAO in the Millennium
MACRAO announces new web page address!
Workshop for New Admissions Professionals
Neat on-line stuff
MACRAO 1998 Executive Committee
MACRAO Committee Chairs
I'm Paul Schmidt, President of MACRAO.
If you want to know how I pay the bills, I am the registrar at Monroe County Community College, down in the Southeast corner of the state. I've been in Michigan for 12 years now and came to Monroe after a time in Mt. Pleasant at CMU.
When I was asked to contribute my time and talents to the association by accepting the progression through vice president, president-elect and then president, I brought with me a willingness to learn and an ability to work hard on behalf of MACRAO. When this year as President is complete, it is one of my goals to have you feel I did just that.
I have some other goals and objectives that I would like to make you familiar with:
As we work through this year for the MACRAO organization, I am thinking of how busy we all are, how much we all have to do . . . and yet, the cliche "if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it" rings true, particularly in the MACRAO association. Many of these busy people are serving as organizers, presenters, committee chairs, committee members, and on the executive committee. The work they do on behalf of the organization takes time and energy and is the reason MACRAO enjoys the reputation we have in Michigan and throughout the country.
I know how difficult it is to balance the different responsibilities that we all have and to all the committee chairs and committee members, including the members of the executive committee, and members who have served in the past, I want to say a very public: Thanks for your hard work.
Our committees are the way MACRAO gets things done, and I plan to continue the focus on committees and look for ways we can improve the committee structure. To help provide information that will help guide the decision making process, we will be evaluating and analyzing the structure of MACRAO and it's committees.
Communication with our membership is another area where I plan to place some emphasis. The World Wide Web, our Newsletter, Directory, and the MACRAO discussion list are all methods of communication and we will be actively looking at these items and others during this year. This President's Update is something I am trying for the first time this year.
Transfer articulation and the use of electronic media to provide information to students, faculty and staff is another area that is gathering increased interest lately and MACRAO is looking at this area from a number of new perspectives. One of the highest rated sessions at the Summer Articulation Workshop was a session on using the web for transfer equivalencies and transfer guides and will be presented again at the fall conference.
Legislative issues affect us all and we plan to continue the work accomplished by the ad-hoc task force in 1997 and become more involved in informing the membership on these issues.
I and the executive committee seek your input on these issues and any others that you wish to discuss. We want you to contact one of us (several of us, if you wish) and let us have your ideas, suggestions and comments. Send a letter, FAX it if you wish, use that "old fashioned" telephone or send an e-mail. Let us hear from you.
Phone numbers and e-mail addresses can be found on the last page of this newsletter.
Thanks for your confidence and your support.
I am looking forward to a great year for MACRAO!
Paul Schmidt, President
By Paul Schmidt, MACRAO President, and Paul Wright, MACRAO Treasurer
While the e-mail discussion lists have slowed lately with comments, opinions and suggestions as to how AACRAO should deal with the financial troubles recently brought to light, the Executive Committee wants MACRAO members to know that your state association is in good financial shape!
Paul Wright, (our treasurer) reported to the Executive Committee at their last meeting that all the bills are paid and that MACRAO has sufficient operating funds to work with this year. In addition, Paul has been able to make some money on interest for the association by putting funds not immediately needed in a short-term certificate of deposit.
Your association supports a number of activities throughout the year that bring in revenue and some that do not. Those activities have been supported by MACRAO and we will continue to do so. In addition, MACRAO will continue to work hard to keep workshop and conference registration fees reasonable so that our events will continue to be the best professional development activity available for the price.
The executive committee is confident that the financial stability of MACRAO will continue. For your information, an abbreviated version of the latest treasurer's report is included at the end of this article, and the proposed budget for 1998 is on the MACRAO web site. (www.macrao.org) In addition, Paul Wright, myself or any member of the executive committee will be happy to discuss the MACRAO financial position with any member.
Checking $ 3,100
Total Funds $23,100
Bills to be paid $ 0
Transforming Education through Technology
The 1998 MACRAO Fall Conference is fast approaching. It is difficult to imagine that we will soon all be heading back to Shanty Creek once more. This year's conference will begin on Wednesday, November 4th and run through Friday, November 6th. The MACRAO Committees and the Local Arrangements Committee are in the process of creating a conference that has something for everyone.
This year's theme is "Transforming Education through Technology".
The conference agenda reflects the definite push towards using technology to conduct business in a more efficient and flexible manner. Students today require access to a variety of university services without waiting to gain answers to their questions. We all must be prepared to create mechanisms that will allow access to our services using technology.
Leon Collins, Director of Michigan Public Television at the University of Michigan-Flint will be our keynote speaker. Leon will provide us with a perspective of where we have come with technological advances and where we need to be to compete in today's competitive environment.
We have over forty conference sessions that include roundtable discussions, presentations and fireside chats. The conference registration information will be on the MACRAO web page (www.macrao.org) and the Conference packet will be mailed to the membership in late September.
There will be something for everyone! The 50s and 60s band "Steve King and the Diddlies" will be our entertainment for Thursday evening. A sock hop, dance contest, hula-hoop contest, bubble gum blowing contest and more will be the activities for that evening. Dressing for the hop is encouraged!!!
I look forward to seeing all of you at the fall conference and assure you it will be one you won't soon forget.
Lisa R. Kujawa, Chair
1998 MACRAO Conference
Committee Structure Analysis
At the Fall conference last November we briefly discussed the idea of looking at the MACRAO committee structure and evaluating our goals, objectives and format. Members attending were asked to respond to a short survey and give opinions on eliminating the committee for International Students and on creating a committee on legislative issues and creating a committee for communications and publications.
While feedback indicated that we were perhaps headed in the right direction, the comments submitted have caused us to expand the focus and look at the entire committee structure. Your comments do count !
So . . . here's a chance for all MACRAO members to have input into the evaluation of our operating structure. Are we positioned in a manner that will enable us to be effective into the next millennium? Are we meeting the needs of the members and their institutions? Do we have too many committees? If we are going to create new committees, are we going to combine or eliminate some? Do we have enough volunteers for the committees we have? How will the international issues be explored?
These are all excellent questions and need to be evaluated in open discussion. Do you have a question or a comment? How about a suggestion? Let us have them. Your input is important.
You can contact any member of the executive committee or, in specific, you can contact the President and let him know what you think:
You can Write: Paul Schmidt, MACRAO President
Monroe County Community College
1555 South Raisinville Road
Monroe, MI 48161
You can Call: 734-384-4230
You can FAX: 743-242-9711
You can E-mail: email@example.com
Thanks for reading this and thanks for your input!
Set your browser to www.macrao.org and check out the new website. Then set your bookmark to make this your *NEW* MACRAO page. Tell your friends!
We are in the process of updating the MACRAO home page and accompanying information, so be sure to take a few minutes to look it over and pass on your comments to President Paul Schmidt or a member of the executive committee. We are interested in hearing from MACRAO members about what you think would be helpful and informative to have out on the web site. Check out the Mall and see what's on each floor. Look in Members Only and find something that interests you. Browse the Community College Weekly Enrollment Report. Check out the committee chair list. Send an e-mail to an executive committee member.
Special recognition goes to Mark Ulseth for his efforts in relocating the site and for getting the MACRAO College Mall up and running. Mark is also the idea behind and the creative force for development of the Community College Weekly Enrollment Report. Nice Job, Mark!
Registrar's Practices Committee
1998 Registrar's Drive-in Workshop
The Registrar's Drive-in workshop was held on the campus of Baker College-Owosso, March 27th. Approximately 70 people attended. Paul Schmidt, MACRAO President, welcomed the attendees and the sessions began at approximately 10:15am. There were several presentations regarding home pages and the web. Presenters were Scott McMillan, M.S.U., assisted by Sheryl Matsudo and Nancy Terres of M.S.U., Karen Neal, Albion College, Paul Schmidt, Monroe County Community College, and Mark Ulseth, Henry Ford Community College. Mark also demonstrated the MACRAO College Mall. There were also presentations by Scott McMillan, M.S.U. on the on the Hope and Lifetime Learning Tax Credits, and Ann Liska, Lawrence Tech. regarding Student Right to Know and the Graduation Rate Survey. Lunch was sponsored by MACRAO, followed by a question and answer session.
Graduate and Professional Studies Committee
1997 Activities Report
Our Committee met 3 times during the year, as well as by e-mail. The trifold brochure inviting attendance at the annual conference and membership on the committee was updated. We began research on graduate enrollment figures for report to MACRAO this year, and hopefully annually from now on. We conducted 3 sessions plus a fireside chat at the annual conference which were all highly rated, successful sessions. The committee received many positive comments, both during the conference and afterward.
1998 Summer Articulation Workshop
Once again the MACRAO Articulation Committee provided an outstanding Professional Development opportunity for our MACRAO membership. The 36th Annual Summer Articulation Workshop took place on June 10-12 at the Crystal Mountain Resort. Our theme, taken from the favorite children's book "Charlotte's Web", appropriately tied together the main workshop topic and other important articulation issues currently facing our members. Approximately 90 individuals attended the workshop to explore and learn more about the following topics:
The highly rated Summer Articulation Workshop continues to be the primary MACRAO event that explores articulation issues and concerns at a grassroots level. The Articulation Committee accomplished their goal of exposing attendees to the cutting edge of new and innovative ways of dealing with transfer credit as well as providing the opportunity to establish new and maintain existing articulation contacts.
Equal Education Opportunity
Fall Conference Planning
The Equal Educational Opportunity Committee (EEO) has been hard at work on our sessions for the upcoming annual conference in November. Both statewide and nationally, issues of student diversity and equal access to our respective campuses continue to dominate discussions in academia. Our mission is to continue to bright forth sessions that are both timely and insightful for the MACRAO membership. This year is no exception.
College Day/Night Committee
1997 Activity Report
The prime purpose of the MACRAO Committee on College Day/Night Programs is to promote close communications between secondary schools and colleges and represent the association in all aspects of college day/night programs in Michigan. During 1997, the Day/Night committee sanctioned seventy-four sites as approved programs for the 1997-98 academic year. This included ten sites as Spring Fairs. Twenty of the sites were on the campuses of Michigan community colleges, ten at four year college/university sites, three at private expo facilities, and the remaining thirty-seven events at secondary school locations. In addition, the College DAY/NIGHT committee sponsored three sessions at the Annual MACRAO conference in Shanty Creek in November, 1997 (remember Khal & Jennifer in their "Technological Journey" into the Future of Admissions Counseling?????) as well as co-sponsored a fourth session with the Secondary School Relations committee. A big thanks to all the superb and hard work on this committee!!!!
The MACRAO Secondary School Relations Committee is sponsoring the New Admissions Professionals Workshop scheduled for September 17 and 18 at the Lansing Holiday Inn South, in Lansing, MI.
This workshop is designed for new admissions professionals who have been on the job for less than 12 months, and offers valuable suggestions from seasoned admissions professionals on a variety of topics. Presenters include Betty Wagner, Central Michigan University and JoAnn Foerster, Grand Valley State University. Participants in previous workshops have been very positive and have indicated that this workshop was a real benefit to them as new professionals in the field.
The registration deadline is August 28th and the registration fee is $80.00, which includes three meals and all materials for the workshop. Questions? Contact committee chair Christina Grabowski at Oakland University at 248-370-3360. Need a registration form? Check out the MACRAO web site at www.macrao.org (go to "Members Only" and then to Annual Conference and Meetings) or contact Mary LaDue at West Shore Community College at 616-845-6211.
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MACRAO is always interested in our members who are retiring from service to their institution and also the MACRAO organization.
You can help us identify and recognize these people. If you know of anyone who is retiring this year (From January to December) please let a member of the executive committee know!
Phone numbers and e-mail addresses appear on the back of this newsletter.
We'll take it from there.
Thanks for your help.
President: Paul Schmidt
Monroe County Community College
Phone: (734) 384-4230
President-elect: Lisa Kujawa
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Phone: (313) 593-5487
Vice President: Karen Klumpp
Phone: (517) 463-7348
Past President: James Dwyer
Saginaw Valley State University
Secretary: Karen Hutslar
Central Michigan University
Treasurer: Paul Wright
University of Michigan
Phone: (734) 647-3501
Historian: Joan Hartwig
Lansing Community College
Phone: (517) 483-1184
Newsletter Editor: Edward Loyer
University of Michigan
Phone: (734) 647-3501
Directory Editor: Vickie Scavone
Phone: (248) 689-8282 Ext. 207
Central Michigan University
Stephen P. Parsons
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of Michigan-Flint
Equal Education Opportunity
University of Michigan - Dearborn
Graduate and Professional Studies
Eastern Michigan University
Walsh College - Novi Campus
Phone: 248-349-5454 or 248-689-6178, ext. 227
Ferris State University
Secondary School Relations
Christina J. Grabowski
Data and Technology
Jackson Community College