This Zoom webinar offers the opportunity to hear from parents and academics from the Romanian-American community about their experiences helping students apply to college or being part of selection committees. Your will learn about the choices that need to be made starting with Middle School in order to plan a successful college admission experience. Our special guests will be university professors Ileana Marin (University of Washington) and Dan Nicolae (University of Chicago), together with Honorary Consul of Romania and FB program manager Iulian Calinov. They will provide tips about what makes a strong application, such as proof of extracurricular committment (eg. volunteering), personal statements and essays, awards, community service, courses taken, and standardized test scores.  

Special guests: Ileana Marin, Ph.D. (ARCS Chair of the Board/University of Washington Affiliate Faculty, REECAS), Iulian Calinov (ARCS Board member / FB Programs Manager/Honorary Consul of Romania in WA State); Dan Nicolau (RUF Vice-President of the Board/Chair of Statistics at the University of Chicago and Professor, Departments of Statistics, Human Genetics and Medicine). Read their bios bellow. 

Register HERE in advance.

Find out more about the Romanian American National Heritage Award (5th edition) HERE.

Program co-organized by ARCS, Alianța and RUF-Romanian United Fund.  


Ileana Marin, Ph.D.

Ileana Marin teaches interdisciplinary courses at the University of Washington in Seattle and at the Center of Excellence in Image Studies at the University of Bucharest. Her long-standing academic career on both sides of the ocean has given her the opportunity to establish contacts between Romanian and American scholars, artists, and institutions. She, thus, initiated the first UW Exploration Seminar to Romania, and to Eastern Europe, and opened the fund for Romanian Studies, hoping that Romanian language will be taught regularly in Seattle. With a BA in Romanian and a PhD. in Comparative Literature from the University of Bucharest (2000), and one in Textual Studies from the UW (2011), Ileana is a strong believer in the power of education and bilingualism. In ARCS, she advocates the expansion of the Romanian language programs in the US and for disseminating the most recent Romanian cultural achievements. On her agenda as president, Ileana Marin has two major tasks: board development and recruitment to ensure the successful implementation of ARCS mission through meaningful programs. 

Dan Nicolae

Dan Nicolae is the Vice President of Romanian United Fund. He also serves as Chair of Statistics at the University of Chicago and Professor, Departments of Statistics, Human Genetics and Medicine.

Iulian Calinov

Iulian Calinov was born in Bucharest Romania. Iulian holds a masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the Politehnica University of Bucharest and a Masters of Business Administration in Corporate Finance jointly from Bucharest School of Economics and Université du Québec à Montréal. Iulian has worked as an Assistant Professor with the Politechnica University of Bucharest for 6 years after graduation, teaching Control Theory, Digital Control, Microprocessor Systems, Electric Drives and Microeconomics. After a brief stint as a Treasurer for Philip Moris in Romania, Iulian moved to the United States to work for Microsoft in Redmond, WA in 1998. Currently, Iulian is a Program Manager with Facebook, and serves the Romanian community in Seattle as a Honorary Consul on Romania as well as the Secretary of Romanian American Society of Washington State.