Volume 2, Number 3SUMMER 2006


President's Message

MASFAA Regional Report

Committee Reports
    Nominations & Elections

Executive Board Minutes

Haywood Scholar Announced

Conference Scholoarship

MASFAA Symposium

MASFAA Summer Institute

State Updates

Ohio State's Tally Hart

MASFAA Conference Update

Graduate PLUS Loans

Training Opportunities in FA

General Articles
    You Are The School!
    Keep Confidential Info Secure

The MASFAA newsletter is published quarterly (December, March, June, September). Its purpose is to provide an effective forum for communicating with members about issues affecting our profession as well as to inform members of the ongoing activity of MASFAA committees and the Executive Council.

Please send articles, letters, and comments to Michiale Schneider, Email - michiale.schneider@usafunds.org

President's Message
by Dan Mann, MASFAA President

Dan MannGreetings! 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 edition.

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.

Dan Mann
MASFAA President


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