It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your President for
2009, and I want to continue moving our association forward with
providing training and updates that are vital to our association.
I would like to extend a sincere "Thank You" to David
Page and his board members for a successful 2008 year, as the
2008 conference theme of “Mission Possible: A New State
of Mind” was so appropriate for each of us to keep an open
mind to the always-changing financial aid profession.
I want to ensure you that your board members and all committees
are very busy and off to an excellent start. Thank you to the
many volunteers that allowed your name to be submitted to assist
with the various committees. The Conference, Boot Camp, and Continuing
Education committees are well underway getting organized to provide
you with training opportunities. Please mark your calendar for
December 7-11, 2009 for a weeks worth of training,
whether you attend Boot Camp (December 7-9), Mid Level (December
8-9) and/or the Conference (December 9-11), all the training will
be excellent and very worthwhile. More details are due shortly
on the website, so stay tuned.
As institutions' budgets are having constraints even more during
these economic times, it is important that we continue to investigate
inventive ways of communicating with our membership and still
providing training opportunities. Through each of our committees,
they will be working toward continuing our electronic communication
to keep the membership updated through the website and listserv.
Anyone who has been in financial aid for more than a year knows
that our profession changes, and adapting to changes is what we
do best. From dealing with the constant regulatory updates, implementing
HEOA across the campus, dealing with the new PLUS auction that
still has not been totally conducted or implemented, to the new
administrations proposal of changes, to the student loan programs
that we provide to our students…Financial Aid Administrators
and their staff have to remain focused on our true purpose, which
is ensuring that our students receive the financial assistance
that they need to achieve their educational goals. Along with
all this, we must always provide the best service possible, regardless
of the issues that each financial aid professional is dealing
with at their institution. We are all in this together!
I would like to extend our congratulations to Judi Sears from
New Mexico State University-Carlsbad who has recently been elected
to serve as a NASFAA Representative-at-Large to the Board of Directors
through 2010. She will assist the NASFAA membership in bringing
any concerns to the board’s attention, along with David
Page (Past President), Lee Carrillo (President-Elect), Alvina
Thomas (Representative-at-Large), and I as your President, who
also serve on the NASFAA Board of Directors.
I look forward to working with each of you during this year,
so please do not hesitate to contact
me and let me know how SWASFAA can better serve you!
Just a thought to think about: Yesterday
is history, Tomorrow’s a mystery, Today’s a gift—that
is why we call it the Present…Stay focused and remain encouraged—you
each have a lot to offer your colleagues and students!
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