2018 Annual Conference

April 22-23, 2018

Galveston, TX – Moody Gardens Resort

 The 2018 TACAC Conference, TACAC-stock:  Peace, Love and Admissions, will provide attendees opportunities for professional development and the ability to network with colleagues. We invite and encourage you to submit a proposal to serve as a presenter at the conference which is scheduled April 22-23, at the Moody Gardens Resort in Galveston, Texas.

 Call for Proposal Guidelines:

 • Session topics should address issues related to college admission counseling including but not limited to: transfer students, international students, access to higher education, best practices in the field, professional development, diversity, the use of technology in college admission counseling, standardized testing, rising college costs, writing effective letters of recommendation, legislative concerns regarding education and ethnic issues facing admission professionals, effects of PPY; NCAA updates; recruitment and college counseling in uncertain campus climates; parents role in college search process; campus visits; ethics/legality issues or anything that may be helpful for high school or college admissions personnel.

 • Individual submissions are fine, but we strongly encourage partnering with your peers at other institutions.

 • In addition to the title, description, audience, and topics covered in your proposed session, we will need the following information for each presenter: degrees received, subject area, and name of degree-awarding institution as well as certifications/professional affiliations and contact information. This information is required to obtain Continuing Education certificates for attendees through the National Board for Certified Counselors. Please note that the biographical information for ALL presenters must be complete before a session proposal will be reviewed.

 • Presentations should be interactive when possible and allow for questions from the audience.

 • Presenters must be available to present either on Sunday, April 22, 2018, or Monday, April 23, 2018. Presenters are required to register for the conference or have special approval to attend only to attend a session. Presenters do not receive a discounted registration rate.

 • Presenters must provide their own laptop and projector. If Internet is required, presenters must request and pay through the hotel for the service.

 • Presenters are responsible for providing their own handouts to session attendees, though any presentations provided will be posted on the conference app for access during and post-conference.

Conference Session proposals are now closed.  

For any questions or concerns, please email Mickey Saloma at msaloma@lyle.smu.edu.


Registration & Cancellations/Substitutions

Exhibitor Registration

Sponsorship Opportunities


Site info & Transportation

Schedule College Tours


Raffle   Counselor College Fair  

Keynote Address

Mobile App & Social Media

Other Details



Registration is now open! Fee schedule below.


Regular Registration

January 2018 – March 22, 2018

Late Fee Registration

March 23, 2018 - April 9, 2018







Local Educators' Day



Counselor College Fair



Pre-conference fitness activities will be a $15 donation to the NACAC Imagine Fund. 

Payments must be received by Monday, March 21 to ensure your participation.

Cancellation requests must be submitted IN WRITING ASAP at tacac.conference@gmail.com.

All refunds are subject to a $15 processing fee.  A half refund minus the $15 processing fee is available if cancellation request is received by 3/24/18. No refunds will be processed for cancellations received after 3/24/18 or for no-shows.

There is no fee for substituting another participant if you are unable to attend.

Guest tickets are non-refundable.

Exhibitor Registration & Sponsorship

Exhibitor registration and sponsorship opportunities are available here.


A successful conference needs lots of volunteer assistance! If you are interested, please complete the volunteer form.

Site Info & Transportation

The conference will be held at the Moody Gardens Resort. 

There is a block of rooms reserved at the Moody Gardens Hotel for a special group rate of $159 per night. In order to get the special rate reservations must be made before *March 31, 2018 using the special group ID TACAC418.


Tentative 2018 Conference Schedule

Executive Board will meet Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

12        Registration Opens

1:30 – 2:30    First Timers’

2:45-3:45    ACCEPT Meet Up

4-4:45        Welcome & State of TACAC        Exhibitor’s Break   

5 – 6        Session I

615 – 715    Session II

7:30        Dinner & Awards

9:00        Reception


Monday, April 23, 2018

7:15        Breakfast  

9:00        Session III

10:15        Session IV

11:30        Business Meeting/Passing of Gavel/Lunch

1:00        Counselor Card Swap

2:15        Sponsor Reception/Roundtable (Invitation Only)

2:30        Session V

3:30        Break

4:00        Session VI

***          MENTORSHIP - Time/Location TBD (Invitation Only)

7:30        Social


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

8:00        Breakfast

8:30        Work Day



Help support the Anne Naman Fund and win some great raffle prizes! Tickets cost $1 each, and the raffle will start on Sunday and end Monday afternoon.

We so appreciate institutions that have generously donated items for the raffle. If you or your institution is interested in donating an item for the raffle, please contact the conference committee.



College Tours

Registration for college tours will open in early spring.

Keynote Address


If you have questions about the conference, please contact one of the following people: