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By Jacqueline Lachapelle, SWASFAA President

Dear SWASFAA Members,

I hope all of you are well and looking forward to the end of the semester. I would first like to say how excited I am about the upcoming year. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity you have given me by allowing me to serve as your President. This is truly an honor.

Your SWASFAA Board is hard at work planning for all the upcoming events we will be offering during this next year. Some important dates to remember are:

  • NASFAA Board Meeting – April 20-23 in Charlotte, NC
  • SWASFAA Board Meeting – April 30 - May 1 in Dallas, TX
  • NASFAA Best Practices Symposium – May 4-5 in Fort Worth, TX
  • SWASFAA/SASFAA Mid-Level Workshop – June 17-19 in Dallas, TX
  • NASFAA Conference and Board Meeting – July 6-11 in Washington D.C.
  • SWASFAA Board Meeting – September 24-25 in Dallas, TX
  • SWASFAA Board Meeting, Bootcamp, and Conference – December 10-14 in Austin, TX

I would like to thank the Board Members who have graciously agreed to assist me and serve this association for the next year. We have set many goals for the upcoming year in an effort to continue improving our association and the services we offer to our membership.

The spirit of volunteerism has been great. Thanks to all of you who have volunteered your time and talent. Also, please consider volunteering for 2008. Your President-Elect, David Page, will be in need of volunteers and we want to support him and make sure that all states are well represented.

Last, but not least, it is time to renew your SWASFAA membership if you have not already done so. If you are not a member of SWASFAA, I would ask you to consider becoming one. Your regional association is not about me or the board. It is about all of us who share in this mission of providing students access to some form of post-secondary education that otherwise would not be available to them. There is power in numbers and the stronger we are as a region, the louder our voice will be and the further it will carry.

Again, I thank all of you for this opportunity and look forward to meeting as many of you as possible as I visit the great states in the SWASFAA region. Take care and God bless.

Jacqueline Lachapelle
2007 SWASFAA President


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