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College Counseling Colloquium

Join the Priory Office of College Counseling for our

First Annual College Colloquium

Real advice from real practitioners - Deans of admission as well as parents and students who have "been there/done that!"


Thursday, Feb. 18

6:30 – 7:00 p.m.

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
“The Deans Best Advice” Panel

Friday, Feb. 19

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 – 10:40 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

Session 1: 8:30 – 9:30
Athletic Recruiting
"Finding Your Fit"
"Holistic Admission": How it Works
Trends in College Admission
Student Panel
Parent Panel
Session 2:  9:40 – 10:40
Athletic Recruiting
“Finding Your Fit”
“Holistic Admission”: How it works
Trends in College Admission
Student Panel
Parent Panel

10:50 – 11:50 a.m.
Mock Admission Workshop

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Closing Session

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Breakout Session Descriptions

Athletic Recruiting

Learn the ins and outs of athletic recruiting. What does it take to be an athlete at a Division I, Division II or Division III college? How can you attract the attention of the coaches? What should you watch for in the college selection process as an athlete?

Presenter: Mr. Wes Waggoner, Dean of Admission and Executive Director of Enrollment Services, Southern Methodist University

Finding Your Fit

The best thing about the college choice process is that it really is a choice. With thousands of options in the United States and many more beyond our borders, how do you find the school where you find success? What really matters when making your choice? 

Presenter: Mr. Bob Murray, Dean of Enrollment Management, Illinois Wesleyan University

Holistic Admission: How it works

What happens to your application when a college or university says, “We review applications holistically”?  What is important?  How can you make your application reflect your unique strengths and talents?  What factors can you influence and which ones can you not?

Presenter: Mrs. Teresa Bont, Regional Director of Admission, The University of Tulsa

Trends in College Admission

“The Coalition”, “Turning the Tide”, Globalization, Access, Under Matching. What do all of these things mean? What are the new initiatives, priorities, and conversations in college admission and how will they impact you?

Presenters: Dr. Pamela Horne, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Purdue University; Mrs. Barbara Sams, Director of College Counseling, Saint Louis Priory School

Student Panel

Students, this panel is just for you! Hear from your peers about the college choice process.  Current seniors will offer their best advice and tips on what they wish they had known before they started the process.

Parent Panel

Parents, this panel is just for you.  Hear from parents of recent graduates about the college choice process.  This panel of seasoned veterans will offer their best advice and tips for navigating this process with your son.

“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4


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