College Counseling Webinars

Spring Family Weekend goes virtual this year, but there will still be plenty of information about the College Admissions process.

Cornell Lesane, Senior Vice President for Enrollment & Dean of Admission at Allegheny College, speaks with families at last year’s workshops

Saturday, April 25


7:00 PM
The College Admissions Landscape ?

Panelists:


8:00 PM
College Admissions for International Students: ????????????
Obstacles and opportunities, and thinking beyond the USNWR

  • Father Iriarte Andujar, Providence
  • Sara Shifrin, Gould
Register for Admissions for International Students

8:00 PM
Role of Families in the College Process: ?
Taking a step back literally and figuratively

  • Leykia Nulan, Mount Holyoke
  • Maggie Davis, Gould
Register for the Role of Families

8:00 PM
Liberal Arts and 21st Century Skills: ??
The value proposition of collaboration, community, and pursuing STEM/STEAM at a liberal arts college

  • Michael E. Moore, Union College
  • Brad Clarke, Gould
  • Caleb Clarke ’16, St. Lawrence University ’20
Register for Liberal Arts & 21st Century Skills

8:30 PM
Selective College Admissions: ?
Understanding the committee process, factors beyond your grades, and the value of creating inclusive communities

  • Nikki K. Chun, CalTech
  • Brooke Libby, Gould
Register for Selective Admissions

8:30 PM
Financial Aid and Access: ?
The How To’s of applying for financial aid, what EFC means, and college affordability

  • Jared Rivers, Bates
  • Shannon Robitaille, Gould
Register for Financial Aid and Access

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED ?
Please click on the link for each session to sign up through Zoom.


The Panelists:

Father Iriarte Andújar, O.P.

Associate Dean of Admission, Providence College

Father Iri joined the Providence College Office of Admission in 1989, where he has been involved with both domestic and international recruitment and admissions. In addition to his admissions work, he resided in one of the dorms for 19 years and served as the Army ROTC chaplain for the Patriot Battalion at PC. As a Dominican Friar and priest, there are a number of other priestly functions to which Father Iri is called. He studied theology and philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago (Chicago, IL), where he graduated in 1978. While there, he was one of two salespersons in a local pants store that mostly served Russian customers – he somehow managed in Italian.


Nikki K. Chun

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
California Institute of Technology

Nikki came to Caltech in September 2015 after working in admissions at Rice University (Houston, TX) and her alma mater, the University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL). She is originally from Honolulu, Hawai’i, and identifies as a first-generation student who is of part-Native Hawaiian and part-Chinese heritage. Nikki is a Kamehameha Schools Kapalama alumna; she earned her B.S. in Communication and M.S.Ed. in Enrollment Management from the University of Miami. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO). In her spare time, Nikki dances hula with Kaulana Ka Hale Kula O Na Pua O Ka ‘Aina, a hula halau based in Torrance, CA.


Michael E. Moore

Associate Dean, Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment,
Union College

Michael has a unique and powerful vision for how enrollment management can impact the success of incoming students. He has crafted and led minority recruitment programs that are helping to fight America’s “Quiet Crisis”- the lack of participation of the underrepresented majority – the minorities, women, and other groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and in the Liberal Arts and Humanities. Michael’s success implementing innovative and entrepreneurial programs at various types of colleges and universities is impressive, but above all else, he cares deeply about helping his students and employees achieve their full potential. Outside of work, many of Michael’s favorite pastimes include sports and related endeavors. A former student-athlete, he can never get enough of the sound of sneakers squeaking on the hardwood, basketballs bouncing on the floor, or the referees’ and coaches’ whistles.


Leykia Nulan

Dean of Admission, Mount Holyoke College

Leykia came to Mount Holyoke in 2019 after working in admissions at her alma mater, Wheaton College (Norton, MA), Amherst College (Amherst, MA), and University of Massachusetts Amherst. In her various roles, Leykia has directed freshman admission, specialized in multicultural outreach, recruitment, and admissions, and advanced initiatives to provide access to and support diverse communities, including underrepresented students, students of color, and Native students. Leykia earned her B.A. from Wheaton College and an M.S. Ed. in higher education policy at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA). She and her husband live on the campus of Suffield Academy, where they are kept on their toes by the 33 young ladies in their dorm and by wrestling their two-year-old to bed. 


Jared H. Rivers

Senior Associate Dean and Director for Diversity Enrollment
Bates College

Born in the Bronx, New York but raised in Skowhegan, Maine (“Skow-Vegas”), Jared is a diehard Red Sox fan despite the Yankee blood that flows through his veins. Being a first-generation college student, Jared transferred twice as an undergraduate before graduating from the University of Maine at Farmington with a B.A. in History in 2001. At UMF, he also played men’s basketball and was later inducted into their Hall of Fame. While there, Jared sat on many student panels for the Admission Office describing his experience as a student-athlete, a transfer student, and what it was like to be a student of color in Maine. As a result, Jared completed an internship – an experience that ultimately led to admissions work for Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), Brandeis University (Waltham, MA), and Bates beginning in 2013. When he’s not on campus, Jared, his fiancée, and their baby boy love being outdoors and soaking up all that Maine has to offer.


Questions, please contact College Counseling.

College Counseling Team

Brooke Libby

Director of College Counseling
B.A. Yale University
M.A. /abd Tufts University

Bio

Ms. Libby has taught in colleges and high schools in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Utah and brings a genuine love of language, students, and confidence in higher education to her role as a college counselor. In 2008, she was appointed the director of college counseling and, since then, has designed a four-year college counseling program for Gould students, helped mentor other young professionals through NEACAC’s Rising Leaders Colloquium and ACCIS organizations, and been named 2014 NEACAC Professional of the Year. Married to English teacher and director of the Skateboard Program, Mr. Dave Bean, Ms. Libby is a closeted writer and singer, and she loves to cook bagels and latkes from scratch. The Libby Beans live off campus with their three children: daughters, Zoe ’17, Lilo ’19, and son, Utah ’21.

Maggie Davis

Associate Director of College Counseling

M.A., Emory University
B.A., Lynchburg College
Bio

Ms. Davis joins us from nearby Lewiston, Maine, where she worked as the director of programs and mission impact at the YWCA of Central Maine. Prior to this, she worked extensively in the field of college advising, both in Maine and Virginia nonprofits, where she designed and directed programs to build access for first-generation, low-income students, and student-athletes. She also spent five years as a faculty member at Northfield Mount Herman School—as well as a short stint directing Gould’s summer school program, so she is well versed in boarding school and Bethel life. She lives on campus with her daughter, Elyana.

Shannon Robitaille

Administrative Assistant
College Counseling

B.S., Springfield College

Bio

Ms. Robitaille joins Gould Academy this year in the College Counseling department after two years of working at Springfield Central High School in Springfield, MA. Prior to that, she earned her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Springfield College. She lives in Davidson dorm with her fiance, Timothy Mannix, and their dog and cat, Obie and Pebbles.