Cape Fear Community College Host Annual Educators 2011 Conference

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40th Annual CACRAO Event A Major Success Again!


By Deborah A. Culp



What is CACRAO?  The acronym for the Carolina’s Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

CACRAO is dedicated to the advancement of higher education in its fullest and broadest aspects; the promotion of professional development of its members; the fostering of a spirit of unity, cooperation and exchange of ideas through annual meetings, committee activities, workshops, and relationships with the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and their professional associations.

CACRAO membership is institutional. Any institution of higher education in North or South Carolina may apply for membership. Any officer or employee of a member institution who is interested in the work of the Association is encouraged to attend meetings and participate in the discussions.


Each year at the conference a nonprofit, charitable organization is recognized. This year was times, New Hanover County Toys for Tots Coordinator, Michael Gautier. Mr. Gautier was able to place the USMC Foundation cardboard toy collection boxes in the lobby at the host venue, the Riverside Hilton Hotel. Each box was filled to the brim by CACRAO Conference attendees. He briefly spoke about the organization; present his inviter, Mr. Dean Heath, Student Recruiter for Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) with Toys for Tots pin, Toys for Tots Challenge Coin and a certificate of appreciation for the organization as well.


The December 4-7, 2011 CACRAO Speaker was Mr. Jeff Kallay.  He the Vice President of Consulting (a.k.a. “Apostle of Authenticity”) at TargetX. He is also a popular speaker at national admissions and higher education marketing conferences, publishes a popular blog, and his groundbreaking campus visit consulting work has been featured frequently in the media, including: the cover of the Chronicle of Higher Education, National Section of the New York Times, University Business, US News & World Report, Washington Post and other outlets.


The weekend event was comprised of break out seminars at the Hilton conference rooms, with a variety of topics and presenters. Professional networking and like minded vendors on hand too. A sumptuous lunch was served, topped off by a magnificent cake from the *CFCC Culinary School students.  **Just one of the many programs that CFCC has to offer. Any qualifying student is welcome to apply. Whether they reside in the Cape Fear area or from out of state. For more information about CACRAO see: For Information about CFCC:

Deborah A. Culp ( Contributing Writer)

About Deborah A. Culp ( Contributing Writer)

Deborah A. Culp is a Freelance Journalist & Consultant with over 20 years of hard earned experience in the business. This includes Print & Broadcast Media. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she now lives in Wilmington, NC. She is a Correspondent to Divine Caroline, TPEPost News, The History of Jazz Music, and For ColoredGurls and formerly with the Wilmington Star News Online. Deborah recently became the Parent & Family Expert for the, Wilmington/Fayetteville, and NC. Still operating as a Freelance Writer/Photographer. She is working on her first book; “Then there was laughter” and has a few business endeavor irons in the fire. She is a staunch volunteer and loves her family & friends.