2008-2009FALL 2009 ISSUE


President's Message

State Reports
    AASFAA - Arkansas
    LASFAA - Louisiana
    NMASFAA - New Mexico
    OASFAA - Oklahoma
    TASFAA - Texas

Committee Reports
    Boot Camp 2009
    Boot Camp Agenda
    Conference 2009
    Conference Agenda 2009
    Night at the Museum
    SWASFAA Auction

General Articles
    Financial Literacy
        Programs 101

    Preventing Student
        Loan Default in
        Withdrawn Borrowers

September Board Minutes

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 Griffin at lgriffin@slgfa.org. Questions can also be sent to the same address.

Deadline for articles to be received for inclusion in the SUMMER 2009 edition of SCAN will be JULY 1, 2009.

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 Mark Bandre at

By Taina Savoit, SWASFAA President

Tania Savoit Greetings to my SWASFAA Colleagues!

As all of our fall semesters seem to be flying by, I am hopeful that all is going well on your campus. Many of our institutions across the region have had an extreme increase in enrollment for the fall semester and an increase in FAFSA applications, which is all great for our institutions. Since all of these increases directly affect the Financial Aid Office, many have NOT had the luxury to hire additional personnel. So, thank you for all that you do for your students even when things might feel a little overwhelming!

Over the past few months, our association has continued to stay very busy all through the efforts of our dedicated board and committees members. My final two state visits will be during October to Texas and Louisiana for their conferences. The journey of visiting all of the state conferences in our region continues to be an honor and I truly appreciate their hospitality. The feedback from our many colleagues is invaluable and well appreciated!

Congratulations to the winners of our recent election for the 2010 board positions! The following positions will become effective January 1, 2010:

  • President Elect - Laura Coponiti, University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma
  • Secretary - Darlene Ellinger, New Mexico State University - Alamogordo
  • Oklahoma Delegate-at-Large - Andrew Hammontree, Francis Tuttle Technology Center
  • Texas Delegate-at-Large - Enrique "Henry" Garcia, Del Mar College

Congratulations to each of these individuals and thank you to everyone that allowed their name to be nominated for important roles in our association.

We were honored to host the NASFAA Conference in our region this past summer in San Antonio, Texas. It was well attended and very informative. The next NASFAA Board Meeting will be held in November in San Antonio, so we are pleased to host our NASFAA colleagues again while in our region.

Come "Rising Above...The Journey to Greatness" at our Annual Conference, Boot Camp and Mid Level Training throughout the week of December 7-11, 2009 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The committee has done an excellent job planning a very informative and educational agenda, so do not miss out. Registration and hotel reservation information is now available on the website at www.swasfaa.org.

We need you to please consider bringing your talents and ideas to us by getting involved in our association. It only takes a small amount of time and effort to make a big difference, and the benefits and rewards are tremendous. I am asking that you will consider playing an important role in the success of our association. Volunteers are now being sought for 2010, so please visit our website to get involved. Lee Carrillo, SWASFAA 2009 President Elect is eagerly awaiting your name to be submitted as he works toward getting ready for the upcoming year.

Something to think about, we are responsible for providing our students with the financial aid information needed to guide them through the process. You do just that each day of your profession. You work your way through the regulatory mazes to help students to receive their financial assistance that is needed to further their education. Thank you for all that you do!

I will plan to see each of you at the annual conference in December in Albuquerque, which is the Hot Air Balloon Capital of the World. The conference will be here before you know it, so get prepared for an exciting training event and networking opportunity.

Taina Savoit
SWASFAA 2009 President


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