Reminder: Nominations are open!


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Nominations are still being accepted for the next slate of RMASFAA Officers. This is your opportunity to nominate a colleague (or yourself) to run for a RMASFAA office.

The following positions are open for nomination:

  • President-Elect
  • Vice President-Elect
  • Treasurer-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Associate Member Delegate

 

 

 

Duties of each position are outlined within pages 9-13 of RMASFAA’s Policies and Procedures Manual. http://www.rmasfaa.org/docs/inside/governingdocs/PandP.pdf

Nominations will be accepted through March 15, 2018, and candidates must be current members.  The RMASFAA Election will be administered online, during the month of May.

The online nomination form if found by clicking on ‘Online Forms’, from the left side of our website homepage. You are also welcome to email a nomination directly to me at pfannenstielm@newmanu.edu. Thank you for your time today, please give some thought to which of your colleagues you would like to see on this year’s RMASFAA ballot – or consider nominating yourself! I look forward to hearing from you.

Myra Pfannenstiel President Elect

Myra Pfannenstiel
RMASFAA President-Elect and Chair, Nominations & Elections Committee

Nominations for RMASFAA Officers


1 Nominations

Good Morning RMASFAA!

Nominations are now being accepted for the next slate of RMASFAA Officers. This is your opportunity to nominate a colleague (or yourself) to run for a RMASFAA office. Your assistance in identifying RMASFAA members for these leadership positions is invaluable to our regional association and helps to ensure continued delivery of RMASFAA’s mission to our membership.

The following positions are open for nomination:

  • President-Elect
  • Vice President-Elect
  • Treasurer-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Associate Member Delegate

The elected candidates for the positions of President Elect, Secretary and Associate Member Delegate will serve on the Board of Directors in the 2018-2019 year (board year begins October 2018).

The Vice President-Elect serves concurrently as the Vice Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee (FAC), and automatically becomes Vice President and Chair of the FAC at the installation ceremonies to be held during the next annual meeting after the commencement of the term as Vice President-Elect. The Vice President-Elect is not a member of the Board of Directors nor Executive Council until their year as Vice President.

The Treasurer-Elect shall be mentored by the Treasurer and share responsibilities, with appropriate oversight. The Treasurer-Elect automatically becomes Treasurer at the installation ceremonies to be held during the next annual meeting after the commencement of the term as Treasurer-Elect. The Treasurer-Elect is not a member of the Board of Directors nor Executive Council until their year as Treasurer.

Duties of each position are outlined within pages 9-13 of RMASFAA’s Policies and Procedures Manual. http://www.rmasfaa.org/docs/inside/governingdocs/PandP.pdf

Nominations will be accepted through March 15, 2018, and candidates must be current members.  The RMASFAA Election will be administered online, during the month of May.

The online nomination form if found by clicking on ‘Online Forms’, from the left side of our website homepage. You are also welcome to email a nomination directly to me at pfannenstielm@newmanu.edu. Thank you for your time today, please give some thought to which of your colleagues you would like to see on this year’s RMASFAA ballot – or consider nominating yourself! I look forward to hearing from you.

Myra Pfannenstiel President Elect

 

Myra Pfannenstiel
RMASFAA President-Elect and Chair, Nominations & Elections Committee

Leadership Pipeline: Sarah Standley


Please welcome the 2017-2018 Leadership Pipeline class. The nine participants that make up this year’s class will share their experiences about participating in RMASFAA’s renowned professional development program.  It’s time to meet Sarah Standley.

Sarah Standley

What is your current position and how long have you worked in financial aid?

Hi! My name is Sarah Standley, and I am a Senior Financial Aid Advisor at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. I have worked in the Financial Aid office at UNL for four years. I am responsible for supervising the work study employees who work in our financial aid office. I do the hiring, training, and scheduling for these young professionals. I currently have 13 work study students, and they are responsible for answering student and parent questions on phones, at the front counter, and through email. We also do calling campaigns throughout the year to remind students about important deadlines.

Who is your Leadership Pipeline mentor and describe your relationship with them?

My mentor is Dori Roth. Dori is the Associate Director of Financial Aid at Hesston College in Hesston, KS. When I met Dori, I knew right away that we would get along very well! She is easy going, sharp, direct, and hilarious. Dori’s financial aid office consists of herself and one other person. In contrast, my office has 30 staff members. One of my professional goals is to learn about other areas of financial aid administration. Although my role is important to the functioning in my office, I’m also limited as to what I do every day since it’s primarily customer service based. Since Dori’s office is so small, she is responsible for a lot of different areas of financial aid processing. I’m grateful that she has all of this knowledge that she is willing to share with me, and I’m looking forward to learning from her. Dori also gives great advice, and she has helped me through a few tough situations already. I’m hopeful that we will be able to continue our relationship even after the program ends.

Why did you decide to join Leadership Pipeline?

I was fortunate enough to attend the RMASFAA Conference in October 2016, and that was the first time I heard about the Leadership Pipeline program. During the conference, I started asking questions about the program and what kind of things the mentees were learning. I heard nothing but good things about the program from the participants. After I got home from the conference, I also had some strong encouragement and support from staff members in my own office. I look up to the leaders in the financial aid office on my campus, and I admire the way they are continuously trying to improve processing and our service to students. They have implemented a lot of innovative ideas, and I hope that I can someday do that same thing and bring ideas that will help our office serve students better.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned so far?

One of the most insightful things I have taken away so far has been the difference between leading a team vs managing a team. I am new to leading a team, so this is something I’m still learning. My goal as a leader is to lead by building relationships with my team members. I want to help each of them grow personally through coaching and help them build skills that will be useful to them in their career someday. If I can help them develop these skills, it will not only help our office functioning, but it will also help them for their future.

Also, I sometimes tend to get overwhelmed with the day-to-day duties in the office, and I forget to take a step back to remember why I first started in this industry. Student service is important to me, and it helps me to remember that my primary responsibility is to make college financing possible for all students. When I think about that, it helps me to feel refreshed so I can dive back into my work with a renewed sense of purpose.

What is it that you are hoping to come away with at the end of the program?

I am relatively new to my position supervising the work study students in our office. I have never supervised anyone before this, so I know there are a lot of areas in which I can improve. Specifically, I am hoping to learn how to train my staff more efficiently and effectively and how to coach employees to have better performance. I would also like to get more ideas on how to train my staff to work more independently so they can feel more empowered in their positions and develop their own professional skills. I want to become a better leader myself, but I also want to help my own staff to be the best they can be.

Why would you recommend the Leadership Pipeline program to others?

Although I’ve only been in this program for a few months, I have already learned so many things that I feel I can implement. One of the most exciting things I’ve learned is the importance of setting strategic goals. I’ve been in my “new” position for about a year now, but I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never really thought about how I can make changes to improve the way my team functions. I’m realizing that there are so many simple things I can do with my team to improve customer service as a whole.

I would recommend this program because I know there are going to be so many other things like this that I will be learning how to implement. I really believe that I will be able to make many other positive changes to the office as a result of what I’m learning here. I would also recommend Leadership Pipeline because of all the awesome people I have had the opportunity to meet!

President’s Update


As 2017 comes to a close, I look back at many great RMASFAA memories. Here are some highlights:

• Summer Institute – Our SI Committee did an excellent job in continuing the reputation of this week of learning as being one of financial aid’s premier training opportunities. This year’s Summer Institute, to sum it up, was an outstanding, encompassing event. So exciting to see the dedication of the faculty and committee along with the enthusiasm of the attendees come together for another successful event. The NASFAA University materials provided a strong base for our faculty and the NASFAA credentialing options provided additional opportunities for our attendees. SI went completely electronic from the training materials to the e-newsletters. Mark your calendars for June 3-8, 2018 for next year’s Summer Institute located in the beautiful setting of Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO.
• Annual Conference – The 2017 RMASFAA Conference in Wichita, KS hit near record attendance levels and was an amazing conference. The conference started out with a night of fun, laughter, entertainment and great food at the “Mosley Street Melodrama”. The conference was filled with a wide variety of sessions and great opportunities to network. Outstanding job Kansas! Mark your calendars for RMASFAA’s 50th Anniversary Conference in Fargo, ND October 7-10, 2018 where the conference theme is “North of Normal”!
• I held my transitional board meetings where the soon to be 2017-18 RMASFAA Board met for the first time. I was so impressed by the level of interaction, enthusiasm and volunteerism demonstrated by this dedicated group of individuals. I am so excited for the upcoming year of service with this board!
• In November I had the opportunity to attend the NASFAA Board Meeting as an observer. It was a tremendous experience and wonderful opportunity. I had the privilege to see in action our own Vicki Kucera (Past President) serving as RMASFAA Regional Representative and Brenda Hicks serving as Representative at Large. I was very impressed by the board proceedings and the dedication displayed by the board in NASFAA’s efforts to advocate for students. This was a wonderful opportunity for me as I prepare to become the RMASFAA Representative Board Member after the NASFAA 2018 Conference in Austin.

It is such an honor and privilege to be a part of this wonderful association and to serve you as RMASFAA President. Thank you for all your dedication and service which makes RMASFAA such an outstanding organization. I’m looking forward to all our events coming up in 2018.

All my best to you this Holiday Season and best wishes in the New Year!
Ken Kocer, RMASFAA President

Ken Kocer