MACRAO Summer Summit 2020

MACRAO Summer Summit 2020

Monday through Friday
June 15-19

We're very excited to announce that this year's MACRAO Summer Summit is still going to happen... but it's going to be a virtual conference, and it's going to last a whole week!

As we all continue to deal with the changes to our work lives brought about by the COVID-19 situation, the College Articulation and Registrars' Practices committees felt it was important to still host a version of the Summer Summit this year. The solution we've decided on is to expand the Summer Summit over five days and offer a selection of the sessions that we would have had if we had met in person at Davenport University in Grand Rapids but in an online, virtual format.

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College Fairs: Precautions due to coronavirus

The College Day/Night Committee of MACRAO, along with the Board of Directors, have been monitoring the situation with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state of Michigan. With numerous college fairs coming in the coming weeks, we recommend admissions professionals who are scheduled to attend these fairs take the following precautions:
  • Check with the host institution to make sure they are still going to hold their event. It is up to the host to determine the status of their event, not MACRAO. It’s a good practice to double-check arrangements under the best of conditions, so this is general advice as well.
  • If your institution has restricted travel due to coronavirus concerns and a college fair you were planning to attend is still taking place, let the hosts know you won’t be able to attend as a courtesy. (Again, good general etiquette.)
  • Follow guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Michigan Department of Health, your local health department, and your institution, including washing hands regularly, avoiding touching your face, and practicing “social distancing.” Details are available at
Lake Orion High School’s fair has already been cancelled. You can check the College Day/Night Fair calendar on for other updates as we receive them.

The safety of MACRAO members and the students we serve is our primary concern. Please take care of yourselves!

If these recommendations need to be updated as conditions change, we will re-post to the MACRAO listserv and at

Dena Russell, Chair, MACRAO College Day/Night Committee
Colleen Kibin, President, MACRAO

New Professionals Workshop - August 28

The MACRAO New Professionals Workshop will return this summer! The Secondary School Relations Committee will be hosting this year's event at Lawrence Tech on Friday, August 28. (If you're coming from a distance, we'll have details on hotel accommodations for Thursday at a discount, and a small social gathering may also be possible that evening - more to come on that!)

The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday with a light breakfast and coffee. We will have a guest speaker, and planned sessions include introductions to:

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Get involved! Join a MACRAO committee!

MACRAO's standing committees are where the real energy and innovation happens. Our committees work on professional development opportunities, discuss and develop best practices and other solutions, and create networking opportunities and friendships that provide support when we need it most!

Who is eligible to be on a MACRAO committee? Any current member... institutional, affiliate, individual, or honorary. If your institution is a MACRAO member and you work in the areas of registration, records, admissions, recruitment, or related fields, you're eligible! (If you're not already listed as an institutional member, ask your school's key contact to request that you get added to the membership list.)

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Follow MACRAO on social media

Yes, MACRAO is on social media just like all of the cool kids. Follow us so you know what's cool!

2019 MACRAO award winners announced

2019 Equity in Education Award

The Board of Directors presents this award to a program that promotes equitable opportunities within higher education for marginalized populations.

Winner: Eastern Michigan University Gateways to Completion

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