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by Dan Mann, MASFAA President
Welcome to the Summer 2006 edition of the MASFAA Moments Newsletter.
The newsletter is designed to keep you updated on activities of
MASFAA, our state associations, and our individual members, as
well as provide information that is useful to each of us as financial
aid administrators. I hope that you will take time to review this
I have recently completed my visits to our state conferences.
I was fortunate to attend state conferences in eight of the nine
MASFAA states and thank Howard Thomas for representing MASFAA
at the West Virginia conference. First, I want to thank each of
you for your hospitality and making me feel welcome. Each state
went out of their way to make my stay a great experience. Second,
I congratulate the state presidents and their conference committees
for putting on great conferences. The conferences I attended had
strong programs, good speakers, and plenty of opportunities to
network with colleagues. Finally, I’m happy to report that
all nine of our state associations appear to be strong, had increased
numbers of conference attendees, and experienced record levels
of sponsor support.
I have recently attended two outstanding MASFAA events.
The MASFAA Symposium was held on June 8-9 in Kansas City. Zina
Haywood and her committee (Ginny Biada, Karen Kopp, Janice Riutta
and Michiale Schneider) put on an outstanding program entitled
“Putting the PRO in the Financial Aid PROfession”.
Thanks to all who attended and also thanks to our speakers and
presenters. I believe that this was the best overall program that
I have attended in many years and found the interactive and thought-provoking
nature of the sessions to be particularly effective.
The MASFAA Summer Institute was held on June 17-22 at Baldwin-Wallace
College in Berea, OH. Jerry Wade and his committee (Val Kepner,
Michiale Schneider and Cheryl Willard) put on an outstanding week
of training and fun for 88 of our newest members to the profession.
This year’s theme was “Are you the next Financial
Aid Idol?” Thanks to all who attended and thanks to Zina
Haywood, Jamie Malone, Lawrence Matthews, Cynthia Van Pelt, Michele
Wade and David Woodward for serving as faculty members and to
Tally Hart for serving as the special banquet speaker.
As I traveled across our region these past few months attending
our state conferences, the MASFAA Symposium, and the MASFAA Summer
Institute, I’ve been reminded over and over again about
the number of talented colleagues that we have in our associations
and the valuable contributions that so many of you make to our
profession and to our students. Thanks for your many efforts and
keep up the good work!
Finally, I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as
your MASFAA president. I look forward to seeing many of you at
the NASFAA conference in Seattle and hope that you have already
registered for our MASFAA conference in Des Moines in October.
As always, please contact me
if you have suggestions on how MASFAA can better serve you.
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