Volume III | November 2020
CCAA Counselor Corner
We hope the third edition of the CCAA Counselor Corner (CCC) finds you ready for a Thanksgiving respite from the craziness of this school year. The theme of this edition’s CCC is gratitude. We are grateful for all that you do in working with students as they search for the right college fit, as well with those of us on the college admission side. Your work is truly important and life-changing, especially in a challenging year. 

Please continue reading for some timely and important updates, including an upcoming event to put on your calendars.
December Virtual Town Hall
We’d like to cordially invite you to our second Counselor Town Hall on Friday, December 11, at 3 p.m. ET via Zoom webinar. Several members of our Board of Directors will address topics of interest to counselors. Stay tuned for more details and registration information. We hope that you will join us!
New President and President-Elect
We are proud to announce Jean Marie Cox, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admission at Saint Louis University (Saint Louis, MO), as our new President. She succeeds Tracy Manier, Vice President for Enrollment Management at St. Edward's University (Austin TX), who is now Past-President. Tracy has done a tremendous job of leading our organization through the pandemic and guiding us through a rapid time of change while keeping our mission of promoting Catholic colleges and universities. 

In addition, Elizabeth “Beth” Sullivan, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing at Saint Peter's University (Jersey City, NJ) has been elected President-Elect and will succeed Jean Marie as President next fall after the Seattle NACAC. These three enrollment leaders are incredibly dedicated and talented and we look forward to their continued hard work and passion.
From the campuses of our member institutions and
Catholic high schools…
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to spread the joy and message of gratitude. Here are examples of gratitude displayed by some of our member institutions, as well the high schools of two of the secondary school counselors on our Board of Directors:
Gratitude Bell at Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, NC
The bell was brought to the Belmont Abbey campus in 2016. The ringing of the bell encourages students, faculty and staff, and the campus community to reflect on their blessings from God. Click here for a video about the story behind the bell, told by Belmont Abbey’s President, Dr. Bill Thierfelder.
Mass of Gratitude at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
This annual tradition was started in 2018 by Fr. Tony Penna, BC’s Director of Campus Ministry. Chris Darcy, Associate Director of BC’s Campus Ministry, told us, “Fr. Tony wanted to offer a new Mass at the end of the school year, in the spirited tradition of what we do with our Mass of the Holy Spirit..." (continue reading)
GrateFALLness Busy Woman’s Retreat and Friendsgiving Event at College of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, MN
Sister Sharon Nohner, OSB, Director of Campus Ministry at CSB, told us, “This fall we had a GrateFALLness Busy Woman’s Retreat. Our Bennies were paired with a Sister from the monastic community to share prayer, daily reflections and insights on living our lives with a grateful heart..." (continue reading)

For the Friendsgiving Event, students took a picture of a turkey and decorated it. Winners could win a gift basket with items to make a Friendsgiving Dinner. The picture to the left is one of the entries, submitted by Krystiana Connelly, Class of 2022.

According to Sister Sharon, Krystiana’s turkey “captured the spirit and life on campus.”
Thanksgiving Prayer Service at Assumption High School, Louisville, KY
Leigh Jackson, College Counselor at Assumption and a member of our Board of Directors, tells us, “Our Thanksgiving prayer service is truly one of my favorites. Members of our community write letters of thanks to a person(s) that they are thankful for and a large number of them are selected to be shared/read during our service...” (continue reading)
Appreciation Shout-Outs at Holy Names Academy, Seattle, WA
Megan Diefenbach, College Counselor at Holy Names and a member of our Board of Directors, says, “At my high school, we are invited to share thank you/appreciation shout-outs at the start of our weekly virtual faculty meetings..." (continue reading)
We're Thankful For You
Thank you for everything that you do, both with your students and with us, your friends on the college admission side. We are eternally grateful for our strong partnership, and are blessed to work with all of you.

P.S. Coloring is a relaxing, calming activity. Take a break and color this turkey from National CCAA member Marquette University.
Use your imagination, and share your work with others by displaying your artwork. We'd love it if you'd post your creation to our Facebook page or tag us on social media!
The CCAA Counselor Corner (CCC) is an e-newsletter for high school, independent, community-based, and two-year college counselors. Through the CCC, we hope to give counselors some helpful tips, resources, and advice as you navigate the school year.

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