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GPACAC Summer Newsletter

May 15, 2013
Greetings from the GPACAC Executive Committee




We have wrapped up a wonderful year full of college fairs, conferences, and most importantly guiding students through the college search process. Included in this newsletter you will find a sampling of the fabulous presentations that occurred during the annual GPACAC Conference, held April 7-9 in Overland Park, KS.


The board would also like to take this time to thank the outgoing Executve Committee members and welcome the new members to the committee. Along with welcoming our new committee members, we'd like to welcome all of our new GPACAC members and member institutions. And last, but certainly not least a huge shout out goes to Karen Chen and Lisa Clay for their SUPERHERO effort on putting together a conference that was out of this world,


This year has certainly been filled with Great People and Great Power of the Great Plains!



Your GPACAC Executive Committee

Great People, Great Power, Great Plains
GPACAC Conference 2013 - Recap

The Superheroes of the 2013 Annual GPACAC Conference, "Great People. Great Power. Great Plains."  had an exhilaratingly fun and educational time!  We had the largest registration for a single conference since 2008 so thank you for everyone's support!  Please make sure to "like" us on Facebook under GPACAC to get some fun and silly photos from our conference and to learn about the latest updates.  Read More

Great People, Great Power, Great Plains
2013 GPACAC Conference
Session Sampling
Cick Here to read a sampling of sessions from the 2013 conference.
Spring 2013 Recap

Parents and students from the greater Kansas City Metro area, South Central Kansas and the greater Tulsa Metro area came to 3 separate GPACAC College Fairs to explore numerous college options. The college admission representatives at each fair were extremely impressed with the quality of students they had the opportunity to visit with during the evening's college fair.  Read More

Book Review
Academically Adrift by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa

How much are students actually learning in contemporary higher education?  The answer for many undergraduates we have concluded, is not much. (p 34).  In a day and age when higher education is being asked for great accountability as to the impact schools are having on students, two researchers have focused one measure that can be applied across institutions that measures core outcomes. Read More 


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Have you registered for the GPACAC Fall Conference yet? If not, you still have time to join us in Kansas City for a GREAT time! 

Click here to register!

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Due to the rapidly developing COVID-19 outbreak, the travel restrictions at organizations within our affiliates, and other circumstances outside of our control related to COVID-19, GPACAC has made the decision to cancel all Spring College Fairs.

Welcome, High School Counselors, Students, & Parents!

GPACAC College Fairs are always free for students and parents!

Students planning on attending the fair can pre-register at StriveScanThis will allow you to share your information wit colleges quickly and easily by utilizing the scanner technology available at these fairs.  Click the link below to enter your information and StriveScan will create your own personal QR code to print and bring with you or save to your smartphone. 

Make the most of your college search! Before registering, check out these helpful College Fair tips.

Click below to view which institutions were represented at each of our Spring 2019 fairs!


Overland Park College Fair 
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Blue Valley West High School

16200 Antioch Rd, Overland Park, KS 66085

Tulsa College Fair Circuit
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
8:00 – 11:20 a.m.                     Union High School 6636 S Mingo Rd. Tulsa, OK 74133
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.                                    Jenks High School 205 E B St Jenks OK 74037
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.         Metro Christian Academy 6363 S Trenton Ave Tulsa, OK 74136
Wichita College Fair 
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
             Wichita Collegiate Upper School   

Kansas City STEM College and Career Fair 
Sunday, March 29, 2020
STEM Fair Registration
Union Station Kansas City, 30 West Pershing Road             1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Students: Register Now for Your Barcode
Go to to register for a barcode. It’s free and will save you time!
Fill out this short registration form to obtain your barcode, and show the barcode the colleges you meet at the fair. The colleges will scan it to obtain your information and send you more information about their schools. The day after the fair, you will receive a report with information about each college with whom you scanned.

Encourage your students to register for a barcode before they attend the fair at Registration only takes two minutes and will allow them more time for meaningful conversations at the fair. Download and print StriveScan’s handout for students.

High School Counselor Conference Grant Application

Grants are are available to high school counselors seeking funding to attend a professional development conferences.  The grant and scholarship opportunities are intended for high school counselors who wouldn't otherwise be able to attend professional development opportunities due to financial constraints.


              NACAC Annual Conference                           GPACAC Super Conference

                                                                                 (with Texas & Rocky Mountain ACAC) 

                  September 24-26, 2020                                          April 11-13, 2021

                    Minneapolis, Minnesota                                          Dallas, Texas

Counselor Grant Application


 Conference Scholarship and Grant Application Details

  • NACAC Priority Deadline:     July 1, 2020
  • GPACAC Priority Deadline:   **Applications for 2020 have closed**  February 1, 2021 

NACAC and GPACAC Grant Eligibility

  • Priority will be given to individuals/institutions who have not received a grant in the past two years
  • Applicants must assist students in the transition process to college

NACAC and GPACAC Grant Details

  • Grant funding from NACAC or GPACAC may vary based on need and available funds. Grants could include funding for conference registration, lodging and/or travel expenses. The NACAC funds are specifically earmarked for public high school counselors

  • Recipients will be reimbursed following the attendance at the event and submission of expense report.
  • It is the expectation that each GPACAC grant recipient share their professional development with fellow counselors. There are many ways to fulfill this requirement such as presenting at a local, regional or national conference; submitting an article for our website or to a professional journal. 


Conference Grant Application (for Oklahoma Guidance Counselors)

Funding is available to High School Guidance Counselors in Oklahoma to attend a Professional Development Conference in 2013.

Our goal is to provide financial support for high school counselors from OK who might otherwise be unable to attend.  Applicants are not required to be GPACAC members, but must assist students in the transition process to college.  Examples include the GPACAC Annual Conference (Overland Park, KS), NACAC Annual Conference (TBD), Guiding the Way to Inclusion (Orlando), and Critical Components (Charolette).

Oklahoma High School Guidance Counselors can click here for the online: GRANT APPLICATION!


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