Janet Riis

Welcome to our first RMASFAA Blog!

For those of you who don’t blog…don’t be nervous…I didn’t either until now…even now I guess I’m not blogging because our innovative, energetic Association News Chair, Sarah Sell will be doing it for me!  This is a first in a series of blogs you will receive from RMASFAA.  We hope to give you news throughout the year rather than quarterly as the newsletter did in the past.  So you will still receive hearty information and updates but just more frequently and with a little more fun thrown in to it.  For those who know me you know I love food so I may share a recipe or two over the next year – I hope you enjoy them!

I trust everyone made it home safely from the RMASFAA conference in Grand Forks, ND.  It was a great conference thanks to our very exhausted conference committee – thank you ND!  We had an impressive agenda including updates from our new NASFAA President, Justin Draeger; updates from our current NASFAA Chair, Laurie Wolf; retirement goodbyes and an update from NCHELP’s Brett Lief and of course never-ending training on Year Round Pell Grants from Department of Education’s Jeff Baker.

We had over 200 RMASFAA members join us for training, laughs, networking and much more.  The RMASFAA awards this year went to Terri Gruba for the Hall of Fame Award, Kelly Svenkensen and Art Young for the Oscar R. ‘Jack” Hendrix Award, Training Committee for the Committee of the Year Award, Sue Weinreis for the Ron Smout Award for Teaching and Mentoring, Pat McTee for the Distingquished Service Award, and numerous Quarter Century Club awards were awarded for 25 years of service or more.  Sharon Kienow was presented the President’s Plaque for her dedication over the last year as President of RMASFAA – thank you Sharon!

A friend told me Thursday before the conference and Board meetings that it was the best day she’d had in months because she knew she was going to be surrounded by her friends at RMASFAA and I couldn’t agree more.  I always have a sense of being renewed after I come back from a conference or training because we all understand each other, we “get it” and during this past week in North Dakota we were able to laugh, hug, share stories, vent and just enjoy each other for a few days.  I hope you all have a fantastic fall season and remember the next RMASFAA Conference is in my home state of Montana – “The Last Best Place”.

Recipe of the month –  Cowboy Caviar

Splash of olive oil
Splash of red wine vinegar
3-4 cloves of garlic
Black pepper
1 can black beans, drained
1 can white corn
1 C cilantro chopped
1 bunch chopped green onion
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped fine
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
2 avocados, cubed and added last
Lime juice

Mix all ingredients and serve with white corn chips (scoops work best).
Best served at room temperature.


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Janet Riis
RMASFAA President

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  1. Sarah Sell

    I made the Cowboy Caviar for a tailgate party I attended last Saturday and it was a huge hit!! So much so that one of the girls at the party insisted I bring it again this weekend to her house!
    Thanks for the recipe, Janet!

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