to the SWASFAA Membership!
Well, summer time is well underway with the hot and humidified
weather that we are all accustomed to during this time of year.
I hope that your summer semesters are going well and I know
that everyone is busy getting their fall students situated.
Hang in there and keep up the good work!
I have had a busy spring visiting three state conferences in
New Mexico, Arkansas and Oklahoma. It was an honor to visit
their conferences and I truly appreciate their hospitality.
I learned a lot from each of them and receive feedback from
many colleagues during these state visits. Many new colleagues
were met and some have continued their communication with me
since the conferences. The networking and assisting each other
is what it is all about and that is what keeps all of our associations
viable and of utmost importance.
In a seven-week time frame, I went from Taos, NM (NMASFAA)
to Conway, AR (AASFAA) to Midwest City, OK (OASFAA) to Arlington,
TX (Board Meeting) to Anchorage, AK (WASFAA Inter-regional visit)
to Jackson Hole, WY (NASFAA Board Meeting) then a final stop
in Albuquerque, NM (Conference Committee Meeting). All of the
meetings were extremely beneficial, informative, educational,
creative and fun. Just wanted to ensure you, it was not all
fun and games—I did have to work at each of these meetings,
whether giving presentations, updates and/or reports. I do appreciate
my university co-workers that assisted in my absence from work,
and most of all, enjoyed returning home when time permitted.
As you know, we are honored that the NASFAA Conference will
be held in our region this year. It will be July 12-15, 2009
in San Antonio, Texas. I am hopeful that many of you will be
able to attend. I know that Cheryl Lyons from University of
Central Arkansas, Conference Chair, and her committee, along
with the Local Arrangements Chairs, Jill Brye from St. Mary's
University, and Joyce A. Fox from University of Texas at San
Antonio, have been hard at work and will be ready to greet our
colleagues from around the nation. Thank you Cheryl, Jill, Joyce
and your committee members for representing the SWASFAA region
The Nominations and Elections Committee is now soliciting
nominees for the 2010 year and those positions are: President-Elect,
Secretary, Oklahoma Delegate-at-Large and Texas Delegate-at-Large.
“To serve your Association as an elected officer is an
extremely rewarding and humbling experience. Not only are you
able to share your leadership skills and training experiences,
you have a direct impact on the direction and fiscal health
of the Association. SWASFAA is worthy of your talents—please
consider giving of your time and energy to this great organization,”
as stated by David Page as he seeks nominations for those offices.
I could not have said it better—each of you has a special
talent that needs to be shared with SWASFAA as we continue to
grow and enhance our association.
Congratulations to two of our members that will be completing
their three-year commitment on the NASFAA Board in July, David
Page (Regional Representative) and Alvina Thomas (Representative-at-Large).
Thank you David and Alvina for doing a great job while serving
on the NASFAA Board!
Please make plans to attend the Annual Conference, Boot Camp
and Mid-Level Training throughout the week of December 7-11,
2009 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The committees have been busy
planning very informative, educational and training sessions
for all three events.
SWASFAA 2009 President
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