Sent on behalf of Conference Chair, Harold Whitis:
The Great Wolf in You!
Have you been thinking of “wolf facts” sing the last blog? Here are some more that are symbolic of what student financial aid is all about and how we are similar to a “wolf pack”.
- Male wolves can be called many things, primarily the “alpha”.
- Regardless of gender, we call our leaders Directors or other variations.
- The “beta” wolf occupies a position immediately below the “alpha”.
- This is an Associate Director usually.
- The “omega” wolf is one or more wolves, male or female, that occupy the lowest position in the pack hierarchy. This wolf often plays the role of the scapegoat.
- In financial aid, this is usually the person who just left (forever whatever reason) after the most recent audit.
- Wolves are carnivores, which means they eat meat as their main food source. They also eat fruits and vegetables to stock up on nutrients not found in meat.
- We all try to take care of our physical needs.
- Wolves work together to catch their prey.
- As FAAs we work together on many things when the voice or efforts of all members are necessary to tackle the issue.
- A pack mentality of extreme loyalty and devotion to the group binds the wolves together as a unit, despite times of scarce prey or violence. For example, while the alpha wolves rule the roost, they ensure that any pups get their fill of food before the others dig in.
- We are all bound together in a common cause. Article II of the SWASFAA Constitution says the purpose of the association is to promote the professional preparation, effectiveness, recognition and association of student financial aid administrators, postsecondary institutions, government agencies, foundations, and private business and others in educational institutions, government agencies, foundations, and private and community organizations concerned with the support and administration of student financial aid.
As you can tell by now, wolves are pretty complex animals but not very different from FAAs. Sure, we buy our meat at the grocery store and prepare it at home in a nice, clean environment. I like the part about extreme loyalty and devotion to the group and that the wolf is a symbol of guardianship, ritual, loyalty and spirit! I’m proud to work with the devoted group of FAAs in SWASFAA! I’m sure you have stories to relay about how they have help make “The Great Wolf in You!”
We look forward to seeing you in Grapevine!
The SWASFAA Fall Conference Committee