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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.
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YEAR IN REVIEW
By Sherry Foster, SWASFAA President
Foster, 2005 Swasfaa President and
Rick Renshaw, 2006 Swasfaa President
2005 – What a year! No one can describe to you what a challenge
it is being President of SWASFAA... but no one can tell you how
rewarding it is either.
To recap 2005 is almost impossible. So many great things happened
and so many people were involved, I don’t want to overlook
anyone. Committee Chairs hit the ground running, preparations
were being made for the annual election, and the awards committee
was pulling things together, as well as the archives committee.
The electronic iniatives committee was constantly working to keep
the website up to date, the finance committee began looking at
improving our investment strategies to make our association sounder
financially, site selection was constantly busy looking into future
sites for future conferences, as well as working with the committees
to set up committee meetings.
The first major event was our Mid Level Workshop, which is a
joint effort each year with SASFAA. We stepped out of our previous
locale of a school setting into a hotel setting. This proved to
be well accepted by those who attended the workshop, and everyone
enjoyed the efforts of the Continuing Education Committee for
a great workshop.
We also began the draft stages of the application for our Professional
Development Scholarship. This scholarship will be used annually
to assist the membership who would otherwise be unable to attend
SWASFAA activities. (More to come on this item in the near future.)
Another event that SWASFAA sponsors annually is the NASFAA Decentralized
Training. This is a huge undertaking and requires a lot of organization—SWASFAA
sends individuals to Washington DC to receive whatever training
is required to present this information to the membership. NASFAA
provides the material and training, SWASFAA provides the trainers.
These trainers then move around the region, presenting the information
to us, as the membership! This is a tremendous undertaking, and
my thanks go out to those individuals who volunteered this year
and did such an outstanding job.
The last event of the year is the annual conference. And what
a conference!!! The conference committee, local arrangements committee,
boot camp committee, and corporate sponsorship committee worked
the entire year preparing for this event. I have never seen committees
work so well together, and as a result, in my prejudiced opinion,
produce one of the best conferences ever!!!!! Thank you to all
of you for working so tirelessly on this event.
In my year, I saw what true friendship is all about. We came
together, not only as colleagues and professionals, but also as
friends to aid those affected by the hurricanes. I saw us laugh
together and cry together. I saw us embrace each other and feel
so blessed that we were able to be together one more time. So,
if I could sum up the whole year, it would be to say “Thank
You” to all of you who are what makes SWASFAA what it is
and will continue to be—the greatest financial aid association
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