SWASFAA Friends – February Journey Update

SWASFAA Friends,

Happy Monday!  Where is everyone on their journey this month?  For the first time this year, the temperature was above freezing this morning.  I am ready to run!  I am not a very good treadmill runner – accident prone and treadmill – not a good combination!  I will do it – I just have to remind myself – don’t STOP while the belt is moving!!!  I did invest in a rowing machine which I am truly enjoying in the comfort of my garage during these cold temperatures.  Once I figured out the entire apparatus as to where do I put my feet and the coordination of it all, it turned out to be nice, overall workout in the early mornings.  I don’t know about all of you, but the Olympics are keeping me up late into the evenings!  What is your favorite event to watch?  I love the hockey and men’s alpine downhill.  It was funny this morning, I had the women’s hockey game on and caught myself yelling out loud, “To the penalty box!!!”

We had our first SWASFAA Board of Directors meeting last month.  The meeting minutes will be posted on the SWASFAA site for you to read.  The following members are representing SWASFAA this year:

 

SWASFAA Board Member Institution
President Shannon Crossland Texas Tech University
Past-President Denise Welch Panola College
President-Elect Lauren Jackson Northwestern State University
Treasurer Cindy Perez University of Louisiana-Lafayette
Secretary Erika Cox University of Texas – San Antonio
AR President Vicki Walker NYIT COM @ Arkansas State University
LA President Katraya Williams Southern University – Shreveport
NM President Mindi-Kim Schrum San Juan College
OK President Karen Jeffers Tulsa Community College
TX President Chris Murr Texas State University
AR Delegate Emily Patterson University of Arkansas – Fayetteville
LA Delegate Lynette Viskozki Centenary College of Louisiana
NM Delegate Jan Terry-Sanchez Eastern New Mexico University – Portales
OK Delegate Jason Marrujo Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
TX Delegate Cynthia Butler Dallas County Community College District
Committee Chair
Archives Shannon Crossland Texas Tech University
Awards Denise Welch Panola College
Boot Camp Jan Terry-Sanchez Eastern New Mexico University – Portales
Annual Conference Emily Patterson University of Arkansas – Fayetteville
Corporate Relations Craig Poleman Inceptia
Electronic Initiatives Erika Cox University of Texas – San Antonio
Finance Lauren Jackson Northwestern State University
Local Arrangements Amy Neathery Arkansas Student Loan Authority
Long Range Planning Taina Savoit McNeese State University
Membership Denise Welch Panola College
Mid-Level Training Jason Marrujo Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Nominations & Elections Denise Welch Panola College
Site Selection Tricia Dubroc Louisiana Education Loan Authority
Training & Continuing Education Melanie Rinehart Seminole State College

During our introductions, it was interesting that several had started their journey working as a student worker in the financial aid office.  So many different backgrounds and journeys taken; however, we have one common goal:  helping students.

The SWASFAA Board approved the implementation of a Diversity Awareness Task Force.  This task force would put in motion the implementation of a committee for SWASFAA focused on Diversity Awareness in 2019.  The committee would be responsible for determining the role and responsibility of Diversity Awareness as it relates to SWASFAA.

SWASFAA Diversity Awareness Task Force

  • Chair: Cecelia Jones, Jarvis Christian College
  • Task Force Members:
    • Arkansas – Pending
    • New Mexico – Pending
    • Louisiana – Jasheika Dennis, Southern University at Shreveport
    • Oklahoma – Cornelia Bass, University of Oklahoma
    • Texas – Erika Cox, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Task Force Charge:
    • The Chair will be responsible for coordinating volunteers for the remaining open task force member representation positions.
    • The Chair will provide a progress report of task force activities to the President for the SWASFAA April Board of Directors Meeting.
    • The Chair will provide a progress report of task force activities to date for the SWASFAA July Board of Directors conference call.
    • The Chair will provide a progress report of task force activities to date for the SWASFAA September Board of Directors conference call.
    • The Chair will provide to the SWASFAA Board of Directors the Diversity Awareness Committee Proposal (Purpose, Duties, Membership, Tenure and Qualifications) for review and approval.

Upcoming SWASFAA Events and State Conferences:

OASFAA Annual Conference, Reed Conference Center, Midwest City, OK

April 11th – April 13th

SWASFAA Board of Directors Meeting, Doubletree Arlington DFW South, Arlington, TX

April 16th – April 17th

SWASFAA Mid-Level Training, Doubletree Arlington DFW South, Arlington, TX

April 17th – April 18th

NMASFAA Annual Conference, Courtyard Marriott, Farmington, NM

April 25th – April 27th

SWASFAA Boot Camp and Annual Conference, Doubletree Little Rock, Little Rock, AR

November 5th -9th

Thank you for all you do for SWASFAA,

Shannon Crossland

SWASFAA President 2018

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