Congrats to Newly Elected Board Members!

TACRAO board is excited to announce the newest members of the TACRAO Board!

  • Avery Swinson, President-Elect (Walters State Comm College)
  • Jessica Swiney, Secretary (King University)
  • Tracy Comer, Treasurer (Austin Peay State University)
  • Sammy Stevens, VP Admissions & Financial Aid (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
  • Kelly Pietkiewicz, VP Recruitment Services (University of Memphis)
  • Kellie Siniard, VP Administration Support Services and Outreach (Chattanooga State Comm College)


Registration Open!

Registration for the 2015 TACRAO Annual Meeting & Conference is now available!

Greetings TACRAO members!  I hope you will be able to join us this year for the 2015 TACRAO Annual Meeting & Conference, which will take place Nov. 18 – 20, in Chattanooga, TN!  Online registration is now open! Please click here to go directly to conference registration.  Our conference site is up and running and will provide you with everything you need to know to plan your trip to Navigate the Rivers of Higher Education.


Conference Quick Reference:
Hotel Accommodations
Embassy Suites Hamilton Place
2321 Lifestyle Way, Chattanooga, TN, 37421

Reservation deadline:  November 2, 2015
Reserve Your Room
Room rates are $129 per night


Free self-parking is available at the hotel. There is no valet service.

Keynote Speaker
Mike Reilly, Executive Director of AACRAO

Service Project
We will partner with the Chattanooga Area Foodbank to hold a canned food drive!  Please bring canned food and/or non-perishable food items. Drop off barrels will be available at check-in on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

Big Event
Tennessee Aquarium
River Journey Building
Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 7:00 – 10:30

Transportation from hotel will be provided. Dinner will be served upon arrival. Big River will cater dinner in the Seahorse Gallery. With food and drink in hand, we will have full exhibit access to view otters, seahorses, stingrays, catfish and much more. Cash bar will be available. Entertainment includes a DJ, scavenger hunt, and photos!


We are in the process of finalizing sessions and presenters. Please continue to check the conference website for updates and the preliminary program!  Hope to see you in Chattanooga!

Michele Priddy
TACRAO President-Elect

TACRAO 2015 Annual Meeting – Call for Session Proposals

Planning is already underway for the 2015 Annual Meeting and session proposals are now being accepted.  This year’s conference will be held November 18-20 at the Embassy Suites-Hamilton Place in Chattanooga, TN! More details about the conference will be available later this summer, so stay tuned for updates.

If you are interested in presenting this year, we look forward to reviewing your ideas.  To submit a session proposal, please click here or click on one of the links below. Please note that listing a session chair/recorders is optional.  If you do not list one on your proposal, one will be assigned to your session by the Board of Directors.  Proposals must be submitted no later than September 1, 2015 for full consideration. The Board of Directors will review all submissions and notify presenters of their selection by late September.

Below is a list of suggested topic areas.  Remember, these are just broad suggestions, and we look forward to your creativity to make this a diverse, informative, and fun experience for conference attendees in enrollment management, admissions and records/registrar’s offices.

Admissions and Enrollment Trends ▪ Electronic Records ▪  Online Education ▪  MOOCS ▪  Student Access and Success ▪  Professional Development ▪   Academic Scheduling ▪  Office Ethics ▪  International Admissions ▪  Social Media ▪  Transfer Student Articulation ▪  Recruitment Strategies ▪  Dual Enrollment ▪  Career Development ▪  Diversity ▪  Technology ▪  Student and Family Programs ▪  Campus Events ▪  Veterans Outreach Programs ▪  Leadership and Management ▪  Degree Completion ▪  Compliance ▪  Campus Visits ▪  Adult/Transitional Programs ▪  Undocumented Students ▪  Office Morale ▪  Affirmative Action ▪  FERPA

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me via phone (615) 297-7545, ext. 432 or email

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Upcoming Summer/Fall Events Dates and Locations Announced

The TACRAO Board is happy to announce the dates and locations for the upcoming Summer and Fall TACRAO events.  Invitations will be sent out later but we want everyone to have the dates to add to their calendar!

  • Summer Admissions Workshop – July 31 @ Tennessee Tech (Invitations sent in late May)
  • Registrar Roundtable – Sept 22 @ Cumberland University
  • Middle TN High School Guidance Counselor Workshop – Sept 25 @ APSU
  • East TN High School Guidance Counselor Workshop – Oct 2 @ Maryville College
  • East TN Support Staff Workshop – Oct 23 @ King University (Hardin Valley)


Watch your email this summer for invitations to the events!

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