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Julie Kirk selected to represent SACAC on Capitol Hill

By Erika Neldner

Reinhardt University Assistant Director of Admissions for Recruitment Julie Kirk recently was selected to represent the Southern Associate for College Admission Counseling on Capitol Hill as a part of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Hill Day.

“For me it was incredible. It was just really powerful to be there in D.C. on the Hill and have the opportunity to be surrounded by key players in the world of college admissions,” she said. “I was honored to be there to represent Reinhardt and to speak to the issues we face and how they directly impact our students and institution.”

Kirk and other college admissions counselors met with Georgia congressional staffers, including representatives from the offices of Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Barry Loudermilk, Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Johnny Isakson.

For Kirk, her two academic worlds collided and she was able to use the degrees she earned to help support Reinhardt and higher education.

“I have a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in higher education. Both education degrees intersected and it was thrilling to be able to talk to our representatives’ staffers about the issues affecting our institution and students,” she said.

Some of the issues included Pell Grant funding, the need for more high school counselors, reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and the value of international students at colleges and universities.

”Some people might think that educational policy doesn’t affect private institutions, but it does. Every single issue we spoke about could have an effect on Reinhardt and its students.”

The opportunity to attend Hill Day came at the SACAC Day at the Georgia General Assembly in February, where she was selected to represent SACAC – the Southern affiliate of NACAC – in Washington.

“We are so very proud of her – not only for representing SACAC and Reinhardt University, but also for demonstrating her passion for students all year long – so much that SACAC recognized her talents and contributions after only a year and a half of involvement,” said Reinhardt Director of Admission Lacey Satterfield. “We are very fortunate to have Julie’s energy, passion and knowledge at Reinhardt University.”  

More than 130 members of NACAC traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress March 7 about issues important to students, families and admission professionals across the country.
    
The annual advocacy meeting brings together NACAC members from both sides of the desk—high school counselors and college admission representatives—to advocate on behalf of students as they make the transition to postsecondary education.

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Admissions Counselor Julie Kirk represented SACAC on Capitol Hill.

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