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2016 Colorado Western Slope College Fair Workshops

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Day 1
02 Oct 2016

2016 Fall Workshops-Session 1 videos click HERE

THE COLLEGE ESSAY: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE
Moderator: Dr. Georgina Levey, Teacher, Aspen Middle School
Gary Ross, Vice-President and Dean of Admission, Colgate University
Your ‘story’ is important; develop a strong essay to grab your reader’s attention.

FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS
Stephanie Panion, Scholarship Program Coordinator, The Boettcher Foundation
Jamie Burciaga, College in Colorado
Thomas Valles, Director of Financial Aid, Glenwood Springs, Colorado Mountain College
Paying for college: Navigating the financial aid maze and scholarship opportunities.

NATIVE, LATINO, AFRICAN-AMERICAN & FIRST-GENERATION POPULATIONS
Moderator: Dr. Shawn Rios, Teacher, Aspen Middle School
Whittier College, Yale University, Colorado Mesa University, Washington and Lee University, University of Tampa
Hear why colleges value diverse populations and the broad range of services (academic, social and emotional) to multicultural students and communities.

SMALL SCHOOLS, BIG IMPACT
Moderator: Brooke Bedingfield, Executive Director, Aspen Education Foundation
Bowdoin College, Grinnell College, Middlebury College, Williams College, University of Puget Sound, Wesleyan University
A panel of liberal arts colleges defined by collaborative and life-long learning with passionate teaching and student engagement.

STANDARDIZED TESTING
Moderator: Josh Berro, Counselor, Aspen High School
John Haskell Test Preparation Specialist and Strategist
A guide to standardized tests and their place in the admissions process. Which tests to take? When and how to prepare?

ACADEMIC RESOURCES FOR LEARNING DIFFERENCES
Moderator: Heather Abraham, Special Educator Director, Aspen School District
Lynn University, High Point University, Landmark College
Learn how institutions support student success through academic resources, advising, career services and pre-professional programs.

WESTERN UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE (TUITION EXCHANGE) & OUR BACKYARD
Moderator: Emily Edmond, Teacher, Aspen High School
Fort Lewis College, Montana State University, Northern Arizona University, University of New Mexico, Western Washington University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Portland State University
Learn about schools in our backyard and institutions where students are eligible for reduced tuition.

OUT-OF-STATE PUBLICS
Moderator: Eileen Knapp, Teacher, Aspen High School
San Diego State University, University of Virginia, College of Charleston, CalPoly, University of Washington
The admission and financial aid landscape can be dramatically different when you are an out-of-state student applying to a public institution. In what ways is it different

COMPETITIVE MUSIC SCHOOLS
Vanderbilt Blair School of Music, Carnegie Mellon School of Music, University of Colorado School of Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
In collaboration with the Aspen Music Festival and School, this workshop is a highlight of competitive music schools and programs.

COLLEGE ABROAD: INTERNATIONAL OPTIONS
Moderator: Paul Freeman, Principal, Roaring Fork School District
University of St. Andrews, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, Swansea University, Univ. of Aberdeen
More and more students are choosing to attend college abroad. Learn about just a few of the unique options available.

HOW TO USE KHAN ACADEMY FOR FREE SAT TUTORING
Sarah Orlowski, Senior Director, The College Board
College Board and Khan Academy have collaborated to offer free SAT tutoring online. Learn how to use their services.

Session 2 videos click HERE

THE COLLEGE ESSAY: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE
Cate Zolkos, Dean of Admission Amherst College
Your ‘story’ is important; develop a strong essay to grab your reader’s attention.

FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS
Stephanie Panion, Scholarship Program Coordinator, The Boettcher Foundation
Jamie Burciaga, College in Colorado
Thomas Valles, Director of Financial Aid, Glenwood Springs, Colorado Mountain College
Paying for college: Navigating the financial aid maze and scholarship opportunities.

FINANCIAL AID IN SPANISH & BENEFITS OF THE ASSET BILL
Moderator: Ana Vega, Roaring Fork Pre-Collegiate
“Taller de Recursos Financieros para estudiantes Universitarios de nuevo ingreso”
Marilyn Villalobos Rivera, Outreach and Access Coordinator, Southern Region, College in Colorado
Edgar Lopez, Admissions, Regis University
Pagar por la Universidad; consejos sencillos de un experto para ayudarle a navegar el laberinto de ayunda financiera.

MILITARY COLLEGES, SERVICE ACADEMIES & ROTC
Moderator: Dwayne Romero, Aspen School District Board Member, President - The Romero Group
United States Naval Academy, United States Military Academy- West Point, Air Force ROTC – University of Colorado, Boulder, United States Air Force Academy
Nominations, offers of appointment, admissions, commissions and service obligations.

HIGHLY SELECTIVE COLLEGES
Moderator: Matt Gianneschi, Chief Operating Officer, Colorado Mountain College
Princeton University, Brown University,
Duke University, University of Chicago, Pomona College
With increasing competition and rising standards, hear what ‘highly selective’ schools look for.

PRINCETON REVIEW: “ADMISSION: POSSIBLE!”
Moderator: Josh Berro, Counselor, Aspen High School
Kevin Krallman – The Princeton Review
Kristin Leslie – The Princeton Review
ACT vs. SAT, the role of standardized testing in the college admissions, AP Exams and SAT Subject Tests, and more.

WINTER/JANUARY START OPPORTUNITIES & GAP YEAR
Moderator: Philip Qualman, Asst. Superintendent, Eagle County Schools
University of Southern California, Colorado College, Hamilton College, Elon University, Where There Be Dragons, Global Citizen Yr.
What is a Winter Start/January Start? What is a Gap Year? Why would a student choose this? Taking a semester or year off before college can be transformative. Hear about why.

THE COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENT ATHLETE
Moderator: Mary-Cate Hauenstein, Counselor, Aspen High School
Christina Pachuta, Assistant Director of Compliance, University of Denver Athletics & Recreation
Lauren MacKay, Former DI Athlete, Head Tennis Pro, Snowmass Club
Aspen High School Athletic Coaches: Jessica Owings, Karson Pike, James Aldridge, Hannah Gregory, Alex Schrempf
Hope to compete at the college level? Important information about recruitment, NCAA rules and regulations.

THE ROAD AHEAD: COLLEGE (ESPECIALLY FOR 9th/10th GRADE)
Moderator: Karen Zohar, Teacher, Aspen High School
Jennie Harris, Assistant Dean of Admission, Wake Forest University
Alisha Couch, Director of Admission, Ohio Wesleyan University
Tips for students and parents when preparing for college.

DIGITAL MEDIA ART & DESIGN
Rob Martin, Director for The Isaacson School for New Media, Colorado Mountain College
The intersection of art and technology is a moving target with careers that rapidly change. Choosing a school that teaches how to adapt as technology evolves is important. Learn what you need to consider in a college.

COLLEGES THAT CHANGE LIVES
Moderator: Sarah Strassburger, Vice Principal, Aspen High School
Knox College, Southwestern University, Willamette University, Ursinus College, St. Olaf College
A highlight of colleges who believe in educating the whole student and that “college should change your life.”

HOW TO USE KHAN ACADEMY FOR FREE SAT TUTORING
Sarah Orlowski, Senior Director, The College Board
College Board and Khan Academy have collaborated to offer free SAT tutoring online. Learn how to use their services.

Session 3 videos click HERE

STUDYING STEM: WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY & HOW
Moderator: Greg Roark, Founder/CEO Aspen AEROspace Alliance & the Aspen Higher Learning Flight Academy; Director of AEROnautics, Aspen School District
Vanderbilt University, Tufts University, Washington University in St. Louis, Colorado School of Mines, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
21st century graduates need more in-depth knowledge of STEM areas to solve present and future challenges. Learn about STEM majors, programs, research and careers.

FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS
Stephanie Panion, Scholarship Program Coordinator, The Boettcher Foundation
Jamie Burciaga, College in Colorado
Thomas Valles, Director of Financial Aid, Glenwood Springs, Colorado Mountain College
Paying for college: Navigating the financial aid maze and scholarship opportunities.

FINANCIAL AID IN SPANISH & BENEFITS OF THE ASSET BILL
“Taller de Recursos Financieros para estudiantes Universitarios de nuevo ingreso”
Marilyn Villalobos Rivera, Outreach and Access Coordinator, Southern Region, College in Colorado
Pagar por la Universidad; consejos sencillos de un experto para ayudarle a navegar el laberinto de ayunda financiera.

A HIGHLIGHT OF BUSINESS MAJORS, PROGRAMS, INTERNSHIPS & MORE
Moderator: Dr. John Maloy, Superintendent, Aspen School District
New York University, Tulane University, Miami University - Ohio, Emory University, Butler University
Interested in pursuing business and/or economics in college? Are you a budding entrepreneur? What is the study of business all about and how can you maximize your years in college to market yourself and explore the business industry.

HIGHLY SELECTIVE COLLEGES
Moderator: Jennifer Morandi-Benson, Teacher, Aspen High School
Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Yale University, Rice University, Caltech
With increasing competition and rising standards, hear what ‘highly selective’ schools look for.

STANDARDIZED TESTING
John Haskell Test Preparation Specialist and Strategist
A guide to standardized tests and their place in the admissions process. Which tests to take? When and how to prepare?

COMMUNITY COLLEGE OPTIONS
Aims Community College, Colorado Mountain College, Red Rocks Community College, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Western Colorado Community College
Begin your education and/or start your career with affordable two-year or four-year degrees, training, and certificates.

THE COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENT ATHLETE
Moderator: Josh Anderson, Teacher, Aspen High School
Christina Pachuta, Assistant Director of Compliance, University of Denver Athletics & Recreation
Lauren MacKay, Former DI Athlete, AHS Girls’ Tennis Coach, Head Tennis Pro, Snowmass Club
Aspen High School Athletic Coaches: Jessica Owings, Karson Pike, James Aldridge, Hannah Gregory, Alex Schrempf
Hope to compete at the college level? Important information about recruitment, NCAA rules and regulations.

. THE ROAD AHEAD: COLLEGE (ESPECIALLY FOR 9th/10th GRADE)
Moderator: Mary-Cate Hauenstein, Counselor, Aspen High School
Paul Dillon, Senior Assistant Dean of Admission, Franklin & Marshall College
Diane Soboski, Associate Director of Admissions, College of the Holy Cross
Tips for students and parents when preparing for college.

FOR THE ARTISTIC SOULS: ART, DANCE, DESIGN, DRAMA & MUSIC
Moderator: Moderator: Michael Gass, Superintendent, Garfield County School District No. 16; Stephanie Nixon, Teacher, AHS, Logan Carter, Teacher, AHS
Emerson College, Bard College, DePauw University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Cornish College of the Arts, Oklahoma City University, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
If your passion is performing on stage, playing in the orchestra, or honing your talent for acrylics, there is a college out there for you.

FAITH-BASED COMMUNITIES
Moderator: Charla Belinski, Assistant Pastor, Snowmass Chapel
Gonzaga University, Earlham College, Saint Anselm College, Regis University, Wheaton College, IL.
Learn how a fulfilling spiritual life can be part of your campus experience.

Workshop Videos


2015 College Fair Workshops

2015 Colorado Western Slope College Fair – “Standardized Testing for College Admission” (51:09)

With increasing competition and rising standards, hear what today’s schools look for.

2015 Symposium – Competitive College Admissions: Understanding The Process (Session 2)

With increasing competition and rising standards, hear what today’s schools look for. 

2015 Symposium –  The College Bound Student Athlete

Hope to compete at a college level? Information about NCAA rules and regulations, including registering with the Eligibility Center.

2015 Symposium – Standardized Testing For College Admission: ACT/SAT/OMG!

A guide to standardized tests. Which tests to take? When and how to prepare?

2015 Symposium – The Road Ahead: College

Tips for preparing for college early in high school. Great for 9th and 10th grade students and their families. 

2015 Symposium – First Steps: Associate Degrees And Certification Programs: Where To Begin

The distinct advantages of two year institutions, including career-oriented programs and affordability. 

 

2014 Colorado Western Slope College Fair – “Attending College Abroad – International Options” (56:52)

An increasing number of students are choosing to attend college abroad for academic, cultural, and financial reasons. Learn about a few of the unique options available.

 

2014 Colorado Western Slope College Fair – “The College Landscape for Students with Special Needs” (56:02)

An array of opportunities and support services for students with special needs.

2014 Colorado Western Slope College Fair – “The College Bound Student Athlete” (51:06)

Hope to compete at the college level? Important information about NCAA rules and regulations including registering with the Eligibility Center.

2014 Colorado Western Slope College Fair – “Digital Media Art & Design:  Emerging Media in Emerging Markets”(01:32:38)

The intersection of art and technology is a moving target with careers that rapidly change. Choosing a school that teaches how to adapt as technology evolves is important. Learn what you need to consider in a college.

 

2014 Colorado Western Slope College Fair – “For the Artistic Soul:  Art, Culinary, Design, Drama, Dance & Music”(57:24)

Whether your passion is culinary studies or playing in the orchestra, there is a college for you.

2014 Colorado Western Slope College Fair – “Native, Latino/a, African American and First-Generation Populations” (55:19)

Hear why colleges value diverse populations and the broad range of student support services (academic, social and emotional) to multicultural students and communities.

2014 Colorado Western Slope College Fair – “Princeton Review – Admission Possible!” (55:48)

De-mystify the college application process and learn insights to help you navigate the ever-evolving admissions landscape. Topics covered include: ACT vs. SAT, the role of standardized testing in the college admissions process, AP Exams,SAT Subject Tests and more!

 

2014 Colorado Western Slope College Fair – “Writing the College Essay” Featuring M. Beverly Morse (34:52)

Your ‘story’ is an important piece of the college application landscape. Learn from an insider’s perspective how to develop a strong essay to grab your reader’s attention.

Bev Morse – Writing the College Essay

2014 Colorado Western Slope College Fair – “Writing the College Essay” Featuring Gary Ross (41:52)

Your ‘story’ is an important piece of the college application landscape. Learn from an insider’s perspective how to develop a strong essay to grab your reader’s attention

 

Financial Aid: Free Money – Fact Or Fiction?

Paying for college: navigating the Financial Aid maze.
(44:31) 2015 Symposium

Scholarships: Merit Aid And Grant Aid

Discovering, accessing and applying for scholarships.
(39:21) 2015 Symposium