Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Colleague Corner

The Colleague Corner
By Laura Morcone, Associate Director of Admissions at SUNY Orange

A new look at our friends and colleagues throughout SUNY.  Get to know one another. Whether it be a familiar face, or someone you have never met, that is what I am trying to do.

Meet Meylin Andares

Meylin was the first person I met “on the road” when I first got hired at SUNY Oneonta. The first fair I did was at Kellenberg HS in Nassau County, Long Island, and Meylin was a table next to me (representing SUNY Albany).  We introduced ourselves, and then our friendship took off as I quickly knew everything about Meylin in just about 5 minutes (she is not shy).
She invited me, along with about 10 other counselors, to Champs (which was across the street) for food and drinks.  She is magnetic, and I know you will see why. She has been in her new job at SUNY Central for less than 1 year, and she is already making a difference.

What is your current title?
My title is Director of Enrollment Management and Student Success for SUNY System. I focus on providing resources to underrepresented populations in order to secure a college education.

When did you start?
I started in June 2016.

Coming from U Albany, how has admissions-related work assisted you in the transition into your new role?
My time at UAlbany Undergraduate Admissions helped me to learn the vast framework behind higher education. This has allowed me to gain a unique perspective which can be applied to my new role. This includes recruitment, networking and understanding what a student needs to be successful. 

What do you miss most about not being in admissions anymore?
What I miss most are my colleagues, Admissions peers and most importantly the students. I would also have to include traveling to high schools and helping students/families with the college application process. Being a part of getting students accepted into UAlbany/EOP Program has been highly fulfilling to me. 

What are your long-term goals for this new job?
Some of my long-term goals include developing new initiatives across SUNY System, assuring underrepresented students have the best resources available to them and bridging the gap between campuses and non-profit organizations. 

What has been one defining moment in your professional career?
One of the most defining moments of my professional career has been successfully achieving the increased EOP freshmen class size by 250 students. This accomplishment helped broaden my skills and ability to do more as a higher education professional. 

What does your typical day look like?  Is there such a thing?
An average day consists of meetings, site visits, conference calls and webinars. This includes after work networking events. 

What professor/staff member had the most impact on you during college, and why?
The staff member that had the most impact on me during college was Cesar Sanchez. Cesar was the New York City Admissions representative for UAlbany. He recruited me as a high school senior to attend the University. Afterwards, he remained a mentor assisting me in many ways. He encouraged me to apply as a tour guide which introduced me to the world of Admissions. 

What are you most proud of professionally?
What I am most proud of professionally is my leap from Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions to Director of Enrollment Management and Student Success. My new role allows me to create change on a much larger scale

What are you most proud of personally?
What I am most proud of personally is being an immigrant. My parents brought me here from Managua, Nicaragua to have a better life and more opportunities. They worked hard, instilled the importance of an education and taught me the simple motto, "One person can make a difference". 

For fun:
If you become President of the United States someday, what is the first thing you would do?
If I would be President of the United States one day, the first thing I would do is to hold a national vote in order to pressure Congress to pass the Dream Act. This would be my first act as President due to my experience as an immigrant, becoming a citizen and following the American Dream. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

SUNYCAP Leadership Institute Grad

Kyle Fennell
Senior Admissions Counselor & Events Coordinator
SUNY Potsdam

As I enter my 6th year in Admissions at SUNY Potsdam, I have evolved, developed and grown in many ways since starting as an Admissions Counselor at the University in December 2012.  As I transition into a new role as the Admissions Events Coordinator and supervisor of our student ambassadors, I feel that the professional development that I have experienced as a member of SUNYCAP, University College Rep on the SUNYCAP Executive Board, in addition to the recent completion of my SUNYCAP Leadership Institute (SLI) Certificate in Enrollment Management, has contributed greatly to the success that I have achieved in the Admissions field thus far.

       The SUNYCAP Leadership Institute is committed to the professional growth and development of Admissions professionals, who have expressed interest in serving as future leaders in our profession.  The overall goal is to blend and manage initiatives that will assist in the development of future leaders, who in return will be retained, challenged and enriched through professional opportunities.  The SLI program is taught by experienced enrollment and Admissions professionals, from both within and outside the SUNY System, and covers a wide range of topics, including student recruitment, financial aid, and strategic enrollment planning and retention.

            Five workshops are required for program completion, in addition to two electives, all of which are offered at the annual SUNYCAP Conference every June, and at drive-in programs.  The five required courses include: How to Write a Strategic Enrollment Plan; Budget Writing; Institutional Research; Marketing and Promotion; and Human Resource Issues.  Other requirements to obtain the SLI Certificate include having a minimum of three years of Admissions experience, in addition to being a member of SUNYCAP.  Upon completion of all program requirements, graduates are awarded a Certificate in Enrollment Management.

            I would highly recommend working toward obtaining your Certificate in Enrollment Management, as I recently completed it in June 2017, and was recognized at the annual conference.  It is a great opportunity that will open up doors to your future success in higher education and the Admissions profession.  If you are interested in learning more about the SUNYCAP Leadership Institute, I encourage you to visit: