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The Admissions Directors Lunchcast

The Admissions Directors Lunchcast

By Nathan and Teege
Our proposal: the most productive lunch meeting you'll take all week.

Each episode, Nathan and Teege will discuss an issue directly related to college admission. We don't have all the answers, so we'll bring in two guests each time - one influencer and one practitioner.

By the end of the episode, our hope is that you'll have an idea or a tactic that you can implement in your office, perhaps as early as the afternoon.
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Making The Move

The Admissions Directors Lunchcast

Making The Move

The Admissions Directors Lunchcast

Making The Move
Whether it's moving in to your first Director role, or moving on from it, the decision on when to make the move is critical.  And difficult.  And not always yours to make.   Our influencer is Mary Napier, the Founder and Search Consultant at Napier Executive Search in DeLand, Florida.  She discusses how the process works, when she knows someone is ready to make the move, and what you might want to think about when you're considering the move.  Our practitioner is John McGreal, Dean of Enrollment Services at Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.  He describes his own journey, and the multiple times he decided he was ready to make the move. It's an introspective episode, as we prepare to take our summer hiatus.
May 24, 2022
Onsite Admissions
In the olden days, we just mailed an admit letter to a student.  Then we upgraded to "the big envelope."  Then, admit boxes, with balloons and gifts.  Then, digital portals.  Then, digital confetti.   Where on that spectrum does an in-person application and admission decision fit?  We're joined by two great professionals to discuss just that topic.  Crys Latham is the Founding Director of College Counseling at Washington Latin Charter School in Washington, DC. and Board Chair of Colleges that Change Lives.  Sanjay Mitchell is Director of College and Alumni Programs at Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in Washington, DC.  They both discuss the onsite admissions programs they put together as school counselors, how they work with colleges and students for these events, and touch back to their time on the college side of the desk to consider the effectiveness of these programs. If you're not doing onsite admissions, this is episode is for you.
May 17, 2022
Transfer Admissions
We're all fully aware about the changing demographics facing admissions professionals.  As a result, colleges are turning to transfer students with increasing urgency and interest.  While it should have perhaps happened long ago, we've got two experts to guide us through the current state of play today. Our influencer guest is Andre Richburg, Director of Enrollment Services - Management Consultant at CampusWorks in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania.  Andre has a career full of community college and transfer experiences and provides great insights into how and why we can all do better for transfer students.  Our practitioner guest is Nick DeFalco, Director of Transfer Admission at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.  Nick walks us through the best practices and approaches to serving both a four-year institution and transfer students at the same time.
May 10, 2022
Student Workers Turned Admission Professionals
Each season, we have a guest that is a bit out of left field.  That's this episode. This week, we wanted to dig into the process of developing admission professionals from student workers.  We're joined by someone from outside the world of admission to show us that there's a much better way to do this.  Terry Tumbarello is the Director of Residence Life at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, in Whitewater, Wisconsin - and is a personal friend and mentor of one of our hosts.  He describes how student affairs efficiently exposes rising professionals to a wide range of options outside their alma mater.  We follow up with a career progression discussion with a rising star, Conner Ellinghuysen, Director of Admission at Buena Vista University, in Storm Lake, Iowa. We hope you'll finish this episode and initiate a discussion with some of your student workers this week about the range of options they'll have in the admissions profession.
May 03, 2022
The Future of College Fairs
Three years ago, it would have felt like a wild thought experiment to imagine a world without college fairs.  Or at least the start of a zero-based budgeting process for an admissions office.  Now, the future of college fairs is genuinely unknown, and we have two experts to help sort through it. Behind the scenes, Dan Savaadra has been influencing college fairs for years as the Founder and President of StriveScan, in Chicago, Illinois.  We'll discuss what problems he saw with the old college fair model to begin with, how he's guided us to virtual college fairs, and what he sees next.  Our practitioner guest is Mark Steinlage, Associate Dean of Admission at Saint Louis University, in Saint Louis, Missouri, and current NACAC board member.  Mark has extensive college fair experience from his time at Missouri ACAC and shares his own great insights for us. Are fifty handshakes in one night in our future again?
April 26, 2022
Gap Year Strategies
We've all been there.  You hear from a fantastic student recruited for this fall that they're very excited to come to campus ... after a gap year.   What you do or say next will make all the difference.  Our influencer guest is Dean Jacoby, Director of College Guidance at Albuquerque Academy, in Albuquerque, New Mexico - and a nearly-certified expert on gap years.  He'll talk to us about the perceptions (correct and incorrect) about how and why students pursue gap years, when it's the right choice for them, and what colleges can do to better recruit gap year students.  Then, we're joined by our practitioner guest, Jake Weissbourd, Director of Partnerships and Strategic Innovations at Verto Education Group, in Portland, Oregon.  We'll hear how Verto put together an academic gap year program that is a win/win for all involved.
April 19, 2022
Search Strategies
The ground we all play on with search is rapidly shifting beneath our feet.  This week, we try to catch lightning in a bottle by capturing the (current) best practices and thought processes with student search. Kent Kleiva, Senior Consultant at KelmscottEDU in Berkeley, Illinois, may be one of the most important influencers in how we all conduct search today.  With a few years of experience behind him, Kent helps us understand what's changing, and what's always been true ... at least for twenty years.  Our practitioner guest is Kevin Halle, Director of Admission at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska.  In this role, he's built a new search campaign from scratch, with the scars, ideas, and insights to prove it. If you haven't updated your search campaign in a couple years, this is an episode you don't want to miss.
April 12, 2022
Influencing the Influencers
"If you teach a person to fish..." Perhaps the admissions version is, "If you recruit a student to your college, you increase your next class by one.  If you recruit an influencer to be your supporter, you increase your next ten classes." This week, we're joined by two different influencers.  Mia Suarez, Associate Director of College Counseling at Westminster Christian School in Palmetto Bay, Florida talks to us about how colleges can better connect with school counselors.  Desvan Moody, Manager of High School Support at Kipp: Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland discusses how impactful community-based organization staff can be in the recruitment process.   We're slightly off format with two influencers this week, but we think you'll agree that it was a wise choice after listening to these conversations.
April 05, 2022
Season Three Teaser
Less than a month before another May 1, and we are back with another great season of The Admissions Directors Lunchcast.  We have times these episodes to match the approach you might be taking to your work this time of year.  The pressing issues will be in April, with topics that allow for more reflective thinking reserved for May.  We are excited for the line up - mark yourself out over lunch for Tuesdays in April and May!
April 04, 2022
J Term: Jennielle Strother
And just like that, J Term comes to an end.  For our final of four installments of the J Term edition of the Lunchcast, come along for the wild ride of our conversation with Jennielle Strother, Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Management at Concordia University Texas, in Austin Texas.  This conversation may carry more laughter and light hearted moments than most - but it also comes with a deep discussion on the mindsets of a good admissions director, the ways we can support each other, and an ever evolving sense of what time of year it is as we talk.  Enjoy this conversation as we gear up for Season Three of the Lunchcast.
January 25, 2022
J Term: Daryle Tucker
Just like in real life, J Term goes by quickly.  For the third of four limited edition episodes of the Lunchcast, listen in on the extended conversation with Daryle Tucker, Head Women's Basketball Coach at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin.  Daryle discusses the disconnects between athletics and admissions, how he forged a successful recruiting relationship with an unlikely partner, and talks about the secret to success his father gave him.  This could be the most fun lunch hour you have in January.
January 18, 2022
J Term: Carin Smith
Join us for the second of four "J Term" editions of the Lunchcast.  This week we play the extended conversation with Carin Smith, Midwest Regional Admissions Manager for Beloit College, in Beloit Wisconsin.  Carin took us on a delightful journey of the benefits of having a regional, the joys of the role, and the unique aspects of regional admission counselors.  She then brings some real "Joan Crawford / wire hangers" energy when we discuss whether or not regionals should drive in for Saturday duty.  This is a conversation you'll want to fully take in!
January 11, 2022
J Term: Pam Johnson
In the first of four "J Term" editions of the Lunchcast, join us for the extended conversation with Pam Johnson, of Pam Johnson Consulting.  Pam took us on a masterclass of the student decision process, from browsing to shopping to buying, walked through the role of financial aid, how to work with parents, and even some advice to give admissions counselors.  
January 04, 2022
Mid-Cycle Training
As a previous guest, Jeremy Tiers often says, training admissions counselors is not just an activity in August.  Additionally, ongoing professional development for admissions directors is not either.  In this episode, we'll discuss both topics - training your staff after fall travel, and continuing your own professional growth.  To do that, we're joined by Rafael Figueroa, Dean of College Guidance at Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Jennielle Strother, Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Management at Concordia University Texas in Austin, Texas.
October 26, 2021
Teaming with Athletics
For many (perhaps most) colleges, we'll never hit our enrollment targets without a successful recruiting year from the athletics department.  Ensuring a strong relationship between admissions and athletics is critical for any admissions director.  Joining us to discuss the nuances, tensions, and opportunities in this relationship are Dan Tudor, Founder of Tudor Collegiate Strategies in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Daryle Tucker, Head Women's Basketball Coach at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin.
October 19, 2021
Regional Admission Counselors
When utilized correctly, regional admission counselors can help you dig deeper into a territory than you could from campus.  When used incorrectly, they're coming to campus every fourth Saturday.  This week we're discussing what we get wrong, what we get right, and how a regional admission counselor can help you connect with a new territory.  We are fortunate to be joined by Traci Flowers, Post-secondary Counselor at Deerfield High School in Deerfield, Illinois and Carin Smith, Midwest Regional Admissions Manager at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin.
October 12, 2021
Independent Counselors
There is a wide range of perspectives on how best to include independent counselors in your recruiting operation.  This week, we are joined by two fantastic guests to work through this topic: Meggan Mattson of College Fit Consulting in Denver, Colorado, and Steve Syverson, Dean of Admissions Emeritus at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and recently retired Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management at the University of Washington - Botthel in Botthel, Washington.
October 05, 2021
Working With CBOs
A successful admissions operation often relies on strong relationships with one or several community based organizations.  However the ways we engage with CBOs and the students they serve can often require a different approach.  This week, we are joined by Alia Georges, former College Preparation Coach at College Bound St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri, and Marc Young, Director of Admissions and Recruitment at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
September 28, 2021
Marketing Tips and Tricks
An evergreen topic for sure, but this week we dive into some of the best marketing approaches and tactics for Admissions Directors to consider.  We're joined by Scott Voris, Managing Director at KelmscottEDU in Berkeley, Illinois and Carlos Cano, Director of Admission Communication and Marketing at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey.
September 21, 2021
Visits in 2021/2022
Handling campus visits has never been more dynamic, challenging, or important.  This week, we talk through these challenges with Angelica Melendez, College and Financial Aid Specialist at South San High School in San Antonio, Texas and Gerri Daniels, Executive Director of Admission at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan.
September 14, 2021
Student Decision Path
The process a student goes through to make a final enrollment decision can sometimes seem mystical.  To help break it down, we're joined this week by Sonia Ryan, Director of College Counseling at Justin-Sienna High School in Napa, California, and Pam Johnson, of Pam Johnson Consulting in St. Paul, Minnesota.  
September 07, 2021
Teaser Season Two
It's hard to believe another academic year is upon us - but we are ready to go with another great season of The Admissions Directors Lunchcast.  Now is the time to subscribe so that you are among the first to receive each episode.  We've got a fantastic line up that will deliver great content every Tuesday in September and October.
August 31, 2021
Summer Session: Trée George
In the fourth of four extended cuts from season one, please enjoy our full interview with Trée George, Director of Admission at Louisiana Tech University.
July 27, 2021
Summer Session: Carmen Lopez
In the third of four extended cuts from season one, please enjoy our full interview with Carmen Lopez, Executive Director of College Horizons.
July 20, 2021
Summer Session: Jenny Gibson
In the second of four extended cuts from season one, please enjoy our full interview with Jenny Gibson, owner of Jenny's Sock Shop.
July 13, 2021
Summer Session: Andre Douglas
In the first of four extended cuts from season one, please enjoy our full interview with Andre Douglas, Director of Graduation Plus College Access & Success Services.
July 06, 2021
Staff Training
Properly training your staff is an ongoing concern, but how do you get the right training experiences in front of your team at the right time?  We have two outstanding guests, Jeremy Tiers, Director of Admissions Services at Tudor Collegiate Strategies, and DeVone Eurales, Director of Admission at Knox College to help think through this. Plus, as promised all season, one listener will receive a free training workshop offered by Jeremy Tiers.  To enter, just fill out this short survey about what you would like to see on Season Two of the Lunchcast. 
May 11, 2021
Building A Staff
There may not be a more significant decision an Admissions Director makes than the people they hire to be admissions counselors.  To help us think through those important decisions, this week we are joined by Nick Spaeth, Director of College Counseling at Brookfield Academy, and Trée George, Director of Admissions at Louisiana Tech University.
May 04, 2021
Fly In Programs
This year has given us the opportunity to re-evaluate how we spend travel resources to manage or grow enrollment.  As we move forward, what is the best role for fly in programs?  This week, we welcome Carmen Lopez, Executive Director of College Horizons, and Michael Decker, Regional Recruitment Director at Loyola University Maryland to provide insights and perspectives.
April 27, 2021
Bringing In Parents
Determining how and when to involve parents in the process is a delicate balance.  This week, we're joined by Jenny Gibson, the parent of three college graduates and Tony Cabasco, Vice President for Enrollment at Bennington College.  These conversations brought some of the most interesting conversations (everything from fishing to embarrassing dad stories) to help us figure out how to better work with parents throughout the recruitment process.
April 20, 2021
Scholarship Days
One of the oldest debate in admissions plays out on this week's episode of the Lunchcast: do Scholarship Days enroll more students, or reward the students already enrolling?  This week, we're joined by Seth Harris, Managing Director of Analytics at the Education Advisory Board and Whitney Rundell, Director of Admissions at Northland College to share their thoughts and perspectives.
April 13, 2021
Financial Aid Counseling
Getting students, parents, admissions counselors, and financial aid counselors together to discuss financial aid is a perennial challenge for Admissions Directors.  This week, we're joined by Andre Douglas, Director of Graduation Plus College Access & Success Services and Mai Nhia Xiong-Chan, Vice President of Enrollment Management at Hamline University to discuss the best approaches to getting everyone talking about money.
April 06, 2021
Spring Yield in 2021
As if yield season wasn't challenging enough - throw in virtual visit days, limited travel, and economic uncertainty.  This week, we're joined by Michelle Borleske, Director of College Counseling at the Gregory Schools, and Meghan Cooley, of Meghan Cooley Consulting to discuss the approaches to take this year.
March 30, 2021
Working Your Admit Pool
Each spring, an admissions team must decide how to allocate their most precious resource: an admissions counselor's time.  This week, we're joined by Adrian Flores, College Transition Coordinator at the Carmen Schools, and Brian Troyer, Dean of Admissions at Marquette University to discuss when, how, and why we should be segmenting messages and events.  
March 23, 2021
Season One Trailer
Clear your Tuesday lunch hours this spring to take a meeting with Nathan and Teege.  Each week, we'll bring in two guests to discuss a topic directly related to the work of College Admissions Directors.   Our hope is that by the end of your lunch, you'll have picked up some new ideas and tactics that you can implement immediately - perhaps as early as this afternoon.
March 02, 2021