TACAC's 36th Annual Conference - April 3-5, 2016

Trailblazing Through Transition

Horseshoe Bay Resort, Marble Falls

The 2016 TACAC Conference, Trailblazing Through Transition, will be held at the Horseshoe Bay Resort April 3-5, 2016. We hope you’ll be able to join us at this exciting site. View the tentative schedule at a glance.

To register, go to TACAC 2016 Conference Registration. The principal member of each institution has the option of registering all attendees from his/her institution at once. You may pay by credit card or select a "send check" or "invoice user" option which will generate an online and electronic invoice.

Online registration is available November - March. Registration fees must be paid in full on or before March 21, two weeks prior to the conference. If full payment has not been received and confirmed by TACAC by that date, registrations will be cancelled and attendees must re-register at the prevailing higher rate. This applies to registrants submitting PO’s, checks, and credit card payments that are incomplete for any reason. Pending availability, on-site registration may be an option but is not guaranteed and will be at a higher rate. Registering early allows the association to best plan for the number of attendees, reduces costs, provides advanced communication for attendees, and reduces time checking in on-site. 



Regular Registration

November 1, 2015 – March 3, 2016

Late Fee Registration

March 4, 2016 –  March 21, 2016







Local Counselors’ Day




We are no long accepting session proposals for the 2016 conference. Session selections will be made and announced by mid November, though the final schedule won't be available at that same time.

Exhibit registration is exclusively online and will be available in early 2016. Individual exhibitor attendees will register for the conference on the same form used to register to exhibit. This year exhibitors are asked to choose between the Platinum ($1200) and Gold ($600) packages.  There are several sponsorship opportunities that range in price from $75 to $10,000 to comfortably meet the needs of your organization. Please view this page for more details about exhibiting and/or sponsoring.


A mobile app has been built for TACAC through Attendify and is available in the App Store™ and Google Play™. Search "Texas ACAC" and the Texas ACAC logo should appear. Install the app (at no cost to you) and then click on 2016 Annual Conference for details and updates.




We have secured a special group rate of $169 per night for resort guest rooms and $319 for 2-bedroom paseo apartments. Hotel room rates are subject to a daily resort fee of $10 per room per night, plus applicable state taxes. Reserve a room online or call into the Horseshoe Bay Resort Reservation Call Center (877.611.0112) which is open Monday - Friday 7 am - 9 pm, Saturday - Sunday 9 am - 7 pm, and holidays 9 am - 5:30 pm.

Group ID 1075VI
Group Rate Code TACAC



Situated on Lake LBJ, Horseshoe Bay Resort is located in the Texas Hill Country approximately 45 minutes northwest of Austin and is easily accessible by car from the Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and Midland areas. Visit the Horseshoe Bay Resort website for travel information including maps and directions. Complimentary self parking is available.

Ground transportation options to and from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and the San Antonio International Airport are available through the hotel by reservation. Charges vary based on the number of people needing transportation. If you are interested, please complete an airport transfer group transportation request form no later than Monday, March 21st. Your travel information will then be submitted to the resort's transportation department. The resort will contact you with final pricing and details as to how and where to meet the shuttle at the airport.

Austin-Bergstrom Transfers through Horseshoe Bay Transportation Department:
Escalade - from $360 round trip up to four passengers plus an 18% service charge
Mercedes Sprinter - from $720 round trip up to eleven passengers plus an 18% service charge
14 Passenger Mini Bus - $120 per hour (2 hour minimum) plus an 18% service charge
San Antonio Transfers through Horseshoe Bay Transportation Department:
Escalade - from $420 round trip up to four passengers plus an 18% service charge
Mercedes Sprinter - from $840 round trip up to eleven passengers plus an 18% service charge
14 Passenger Mini Bus - $120 per hour (2 hour minimum) plus an 18% service charge

Additionally, TACAC has set up a carpool and ride share sign up online if you are interested in sharing rides to from your home city or one of the airports. Visit the Group Carpool page to seek a ride or offer space in your own vehicle. Should you choose to participate, we ask that you complete a Release, Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability for Participation Form and return to tacac.conference@gmail.com no later than Friday, April 1, 2016.




While at the conference, please post pictures and comments to social media. Post to TACAC Facebook or Instagram using the hashtags #TACACTrailblazers. We’d love to see your shots (and perhaps use them during the conference, too!). We'll be Tweeting during the conference using the hashtag #TACACTrailblazers.


A successful conference requires a lot of help, so we're asking for you to give a little of your time during the upcoming TACAC conference to ensure all runs as well as it should. We’re using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming conference volunteer sign-ups. There are many types of and lengths of volunteer opportunities available. Volunteer registration will open in early 2016.


Are you interested in sharing your tips and resources with a new professional? Are you a new professional looking to learn the ropes? Let the Mentorship Program help provide you with an opportunity for professional development! Anyone interested in serving as a mentor or mentee should stop by the Check-in/Information Table to fill out a quick interest card. Questions? Ask anyone wearing a “Mentorship” ribbon on their conference badge.


We are gearing up for another awesome TACAC raffle to benefit the Anne Naman Fund! 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 email: Mackenzie Burns at burnsma@slu.edu.




Similar to a college fair, admission representatives will set up tables Monday from 2:15 - 3:15 for high school counselors have an opportunity to meet and interact with them. Unlike a traditional college fair, the idea is not to bring or take home lots of materials, but to exchange business cards and information on summer programs your campus may have available.


Guaranteed to be a big hit, the conference social will be held Monday night at the Horseshoe Bay Yacht Club. (Social attendance is included in your full conference registration fee. It is NOT included with local counselors' day registration, but may be purchased separately. Contact Diana McAfee).


A golf outing is being planned for Saturday, April 2nd. Be on the lookout for details. Also, back by popular demand, a fun run/walk will be held on Tuesday, April 5th. More details to come!

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE (Click here to view a PDF of the full 2015 conference program for an idea of what to expect)

Sunday, April 3, 2016  
2:30 – 6:30 PM Registration
2:30 – 6:30 PM Raffle & Service Project, Volunteer Check-in
2:30 – 4:30 PM Exhibitor check-in and set up
2:30 – 4:00 PM Fellows Orientation
4:15 – 5:30 PM First Timers’ Session
4:30 – 6:30 PM Reception with Exhibitors
6:30 – 8:00 PM Welcome Dinner
8:00 - 10:30 PM President’s Reception
Monday, April 4, 2016  
7:30 – 10:00 AM Registration
7:30 – 8:45 AM Platinum Exhibitors Breakfast (invite only)
7:30 – 8:45 AM Mentorship Breakfast (invite only)
8:00 – 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 6:00 PM Raffle & Service Project, Volunteer Check-in, Exhibits
9:00 – 10:00 AM Keynote Address
10:15 – 11:15 AM Session 1
11:30 – 12:30 PM Session 2
12:45 – 2:00 PM Lunch & General Membership Meeting
2:15 – 3:15 PM Networking Event – Counselor Card Swap
3:30 – 4:30 PM Session 3
4:30 – 5:00 PM Exhibitor Break
5:00 – 6:00 PM Session 4
5:00 PM Exhibitor tear down
8:00 PM – 12:00 AM Social
Tuesday, April 5, 2015  
7:00 – 8:00 AM Fitness Options
8:00 – 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 11:30 AM Raffle winnings pick up
9:00 – 10:00 AM Session 5
10:15 – 11:15 AM Session 6
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Closing General Session

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