Happy New Year! As SWASFAA begins our “Journey to Little Rock – Road to Relevance,” I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve and represent SWASFAA and the leadership. I am proud of this opportunity and thankful and honored to follow many in our association who have paved the way for SWASFAA.
Your SWASFAA Board, committee chairs, and volunteers are getting organized and setting goals for the next year. I look forward to working with each and every one of them this coming year.
I personally invite each of you to volunteer. People volunteer for various reasons – learning a new skill, stepping out of their comfort zones, or making a difference in someone’s life. Volunteerism also creates memories and lifelong friendships. Complete this online form, located on the SWASFAA webpage, and let SWASFAA know your interests.
The mission of SWASFAA is to enhance the professional development of financial aid administrators within the five state region of the southwest, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The SWASFAA Board will work closely with the SWASFAA committees and membership encouraging member participation and promoting volunteerism.
SWASFAA will focus on our future while maintaining the traditions and values SWASFAA was formed on – professional growth and development, collaboration, inclusiveness, advocacy, integrity, ethics, leadership, access and equity. SWASFAA will focus on relevance - who we are, why we were formed, assess our strengths, and address our weaknesses.
Our conference and boot camp will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas November 5-9, 2018, at the Doubletree Little Rock. We will also be celebrating SWASFAA’s 55th year!
Thank you for the honor to serve as President of SWASFAA. Thank you to my family and my Texas Tech University Financial Aid & Scholarships family for their love and tremendous support. I love SWASFAA, I believe in SWASFAA, and will do my best to represent the SWASFAA membership.
Shannon L. Crossland
2018 SWASFAA President
Texas Tech University