The Iowa ACAC Professional Development Committee organized the annual Admission Counselor University (ACU) conference for new professionals in our world. This year, the conference was held at the University of Northern Iowa and had 27 attendees. Some were on their second or third day in the profession, where others were rounding out their first year. There were many informative sessions that took place, including Listening for Leaders, Recruiting vs. Counseling, Things I Wish I Knew During My First Year in Admissions, and Travel Tips & Tricks. Troy Anderson from Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) led an informative session on Financial Aid 101 and Haley Best, PD Committee Chair, gave an overview of the NACAC’s Code of Ethics.

The last event of the conference was the “After School Special,” where participants had time to get into their groups and present their fictitious universities to the Professional Development committee. Through this activity, they were tasked to create a university with various aspects that are appealing and important to students, including financial aid, academic and student involvement opportunities, a mascot, location, and what makes their university unique. These were very entertaining to listen to! Afterwards, a graduation ceremony was held where participants received a certificate of completion and took a group photo. Thanks to all who attended ACU 2019!