2006-2007FALL 2006 ISSUE


President's Message

Board Meeting Minutes

NASFAA Training in D.C.

LASFAA Fall Conference

End of the Year in Pictures

State Reports
    OASFAA - Oklahoma
    TASFAA - Texas
    LASFAA - Louisiana

Committee Reports

General Articles
    Earplugs & Padded Walls?
    Men, The Sky is Not Falling
    Where Are Students' Loans?
    1st Generation Students

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
Lisa Pickering at lpickering@studentcapital.net. Questions can also be sent to the same address.

Deadline for articles to be received for inclusion in the WINTER 2007 edition of SCAN will be FEBRUARY 1, 2007.

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

By Rick Renshaw, SWASFAA President

SWASFAA Members,

As I sit here writing this final article for the Fall 2006 SCAN edition, the annual conference is just about to begin, David Page and his conference committee have done a fantastic job of putting together a wonderful program full of valuable information for you. Vicki Hendrickson and her local arrangements team are making everyone feel so welcome in Tulsa. Their plans for a top shelf social event for Thursday night is going to be something to remember; if for nothing else other than getting me into a tuxedo!

Words cannot express the appreciation and thanks that I have for all of the board members who have worked so diligently this year. The board has approved a credit card payment system, a disaster recovery plan, a new listserv policy, and contracts for the 2007 Mid-level Workshop and 2010 annual conference. Negotiations for the 2009 annual conference are in their final stages.

Our committees have all been busy throughout the year and some are still completing their work. Janette Carson's Boot Camp team is busy training almost 80 new aid officers. Jo Holland's trainers are presenting the NASFAA training on verification issues around the region during the months of November and December. From all accounts, this could be a record year for turnout for de-centralized training events.

As I pass the gavel on to Jackie Lachapelle, I would be remiss if I didn't give a special thank you to the Dallas County Community College District for allowing me the time this year to fulfill my duties as President. All of my colleagues in the District have been tremendously supportive. And to my wife Sharon, I give a very special recognition for her extraordinary patience and love. She is looking forward to not having to ask every few days, "Now where are you going this next week?"

This has been a most memorable year for me. I cannot thank you enough for the confidence you showed in electing me to serve this great association. I only hope that I have been able to represent you all in a manner that would honor your dedication to our profession. Thank you all, and I hope that you will continue to volunteer and participate in 2007. You are the greatest family of colleagues, ever!

Rick Renshaw
SWASFAA President-2006





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