2005-2006SPRING 2006 ISSUE



TABLE OF CONTENTS

President's Message

SWASFAA Volunteers

Board Meeting Minutes

AK Spring Conference

Past President's Report

Membership Article

Mid-Level Agenda

Prof-Dev Scholarship

State Reports
    AASFAA State Report
    NMASFAA News
    OASFAA State Report
    TASFAA State Report

Committee Reports
    Membership
    Site Selection

General Articles
    Deficit Reduction Act
    Graduate PLUS Loans


SCAN is produced by the Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. SWASFAA is a professional organization with a diverse membership and SCAN works toward providing a forum for communicating to the membership news and issues affecting the student aid profession in the Southwest region. The ideas and opinions expressed in this forum do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of SWASFAA, its board of directors, or its members.


Submit your articles, staff updates, photos or other items of interest for the SCAN to
Joe Wilcox at joewilcox@mail.utexas.edu. Questions can also be sent to the same address.

DEADLINES
Deadline for articles to be received for inclusion in the SUMMER edition of SCAN will be August 1, 2006.


SWASFAA CALENDAR
Check the calendar on the SWASFAA website for events happening in your state and region. If you have events you'd like to add to the SWASFAA calendar, please notify Joe Wilcox
(joewilcox@mail.utexas.edu).





PRESIDENT'S REPORT
By Rick Renshaw, SWASFAA President

SWASFAA Members,

2006 is flying by. It is hard to believe that this year is almost half over. The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity with conferences, committee meetings, and board meetings. My colleagues at the Dallas County CCD are beginning to wonder if I am ever in the office! I truly want to thank each and every one of them for the support they have shown. Without their help and encouragement, I wouldn't be able to do this.

This last quarter started off with the Annual Conference committee meeting at the 2006 conference site in Tulsa, Oklahoma. David Page and his team are busy putting together a fantastic conference for us with an excellent selection of sessions on the agenda. The committee has already posted information on the web site and will be adding more as it becomes available. If you haven't already reserved your room at the hotel, please do so now. We'll be "Putting on the Ritz, 2006" at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa, November 8, 9 and 10. Be there or be square.

In March, I was able to spend a few days with our colleagues in New Mexico at their annual conference at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, New Mexico. The weather was as gorgeous as the facilities. Everyone made me fell right at home. In April, I attended the OASFAA spring conference in Midwest City, Oklahoma. The attendance was great and the hospitality was top shelf. In May, I visited our colleagues from AASFAA at their spring conference in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Visiting Arkansas is like going home, since I was reared in that state. Everyone there was so friendly and gracious. At each conference, I was able to recognize those who have volunteered their time and efforts to our association and to express appreciation for their hard work on our behalf throughout the region.

The SWASFAA Board met in the Dallas area April 24-25 for the second meeting of the year. At that meeting, the Board approved the implementation of an on-line credit card payment system as an added benefit to our membership. Many members have indicated that their schools and companies are moving away from paper checks and requiring electronic payments. The Board recognized the need for the association to provide this payment option to its members and acted to make this happen this year.

The Nominations and Elections committee is currently receiving nominations for a variety of positions open on the Board for 2007. If you would consider running or know someone who you believe would provide great leadership to the association, please submit a nomination form on the web site today. Nominations deadline is July 1!

I hope your 2006-07 awarding cycle is going well. Looking forward to seeing you at the conference in Tulsa in November.

Rick Renshaw

 

 

 

 

  

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