OpInform to gather counselors, SUNY reps

Guidance counselors from more than 70 high schools and representatives of more than half of SUNY’s 64 campuses will convene on the SUNY Oswego campus for Operation Inform on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

OpInform is designed to help guidance counselors from around the state learn more about what the SUNY system has to offer, said Katie Maxwell, assistant director of admissions at SUNY Oswego and coordinator of the local event. SUNY hosts eight sessions around the state annually, with Oswego’s OpInform the first of this academic year.

“It’s designed to meet the needs of both newer and veteran guidance counselors and promote all 64 campuses in the SUNY system,” Maxwell said. “Some guidance counselors may be able to meet representatives of SUNY schools they couldn’t otherwise visit.”

Professionals from various campuses as well as SUNY System Administration will present workshops on topics that include what makes a good application, financing a SUNY education, transfer admissions and new things to know for students applying in fall 2006.

The host campus may program one workshop and, while some colleges may use it to promote a particular program, Oswego’s entry will feature Jody Fiorini of the counseling and psychological services department discussing grant opportunities. “We’re choosing something that we think is of great interest to guidance counselors,” Maxwell said.

The daylong program, which starts at 7:30 a.m., also will feature question-and-answer sessions, professional exchanges, displays from SUNY colleges, campus tours and two meals. There is no cost for guidance counselors to participate.

This is the first OpInform that Oswego has hosted since 1997. While the event happening so early in the school year brings its share of challenges, Maxwell thinks having it at the lakeside campus offers many benefits.

“Just having the guidance counselors on our campus, showing how beautiful it is, being able to meet faculty and staff and our students, and seeing the Campus Center coming together should impress them,” Maxwell said. “I feel like our school’s going to sell itself.”

Guidance counselors interested in attending or seeking more information should contact Maxwell in advance at 312-2250.

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(Posted: Aug 31, 2005)