2005-2006 Year-End Reports
Long Range Plan
Editor's Note: The article printed in the Winter
2005 Newsletter contained the wrong contact information for Terry
Everson. He is now with Student Loan Express and his contact information
is as follows:
Terry D. Everson
Senior Vice President of
Training and Sales
Student Loan Xpress
3532 John Muir Drive
Middleton, WI 53562
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by Dan Mann, MASFAA President
Greetings! Welcome to the Fall 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 that highlights the 2005-06 MASFAA
year. Please review the enclosed articles that contain reports
from our elected officers and committee chairs on our activities
and accomplishments this past year.
Over the past two months, I have talked with several of you and
know that far too many of us have felt stressed, overwhelmed,
frustrated and challenged as we implemented the new ACG and SMART
Grant programs as well as the new Graduate PLUS program. I hope
that you and your campuses have found a way to successfully meet
the challenges of implementing these new programs and that you
enjoyed a good fall start-up.
On August 1-2, the Association Governance and Planning Committee
held a retreat in Elkhart Lake, WI to gather input and ideas related
to updating the MASFAA strategic long range plan. Howard Thomas,
our Past President, chairs the AGPC and has led our strategic
planning team. This plan will serve as a blueprint for our Association
and leadership for the next few years. The Executive Council plans
to review the long range plan at our next meeting on October 14.
On September 20, the MASFAA Family Educational Concerns Committee
held our annual early awareness activity at Harding Middle School
in Des Moines, IA. Arnold Woods and his committee (Denise Coleman,
Gina Heard, Brandi Stone-Miller, Margaret Richards, La Toya Sykes,
and Delegate-at-Large Al Pinckney) conducted the “Reality
Store” for 200 eight graders from Harding and 50 eight graders
from Goodrell Middle School as well as a separate program for
their parents that evening. Harding Middle School has 92% of their
students on the free or reduced lunch program and students from
33 different countries make up the current student population.
For those of us that participated, we were touched by the students,
their teachers, and their principal and hope that we have planted
the seed that a college education is possible. Special thanks
to 35 of our financial aid colleagues (mostly from the state of
Iowa) who volunteered their time and service to conduct the Reality
Store and to Steve Loven of the College Planning Center for making
the presentation for the parent’s session.
As I complete my year of service, I want to thank you for the
opportunity to serve as your MASFAA President this past year.
It has been a wonderful personal and professional experience that
has left me with many fond memories and friendships that I will
never forget and will always treasure. Also, I would like to thank
everyone who has served MASFAA and/or supported me this past year.
Thanks to the members of the Executive Council for their leadership
and work on behalf of the Association. Thanks to everyone who
has served MASFAA in any way (committee members, presenters, moderators,
volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors) and contributed to our many
successful events and activities. Thanks to our state presidents
and those who so graciously welcomed me at your state conferences.
Thanks to those of you who provided guidance, counsel and encouragement.
And finally, thanks to my boss and my staff at the University
of Illinois for supporting me and for taking care of business
when I was out of the office. To all of you, thanks from the bottom
of my heart. You have made this another successful MASFAA year!
I look forward to seeing many of you at our annual MASFAA Conference
in Des Moines on October 15-18. On October 18, I will have the
honor of passing the gavel to my friend and colleague, Vickie
Crupper. Vickie has served MASFAA in many ways over the years.
She has many good ideas and will provide strong leadership to
our Association during the upcoming year. Please join me in supporting
and serving Vickie as she becomes the 45th MASFAA President.
See you in Des Moines!
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