President’s Summer Update by Janet Riis

Janet Riis

I just returned from Boston and the NASFAA Conference- what a great conference!  Boston was a great location and a beautiful city with historic charm and friendly people.  The NASFAA Board meeting was held Friday and Saturday.  We focused on the heavily debated Pell Grant and aid changes we may see in the near future as well as Board structure and size which will be discussed further in the fall.  With heated discussions on the hill your voice is even more important- Advocacy in these critical days and months ahead is important, please let your legislators know what your students need. 

There was an increase in the number of NASFAA conference participants this year with just over 2300 in attendance.  The conference kicked off with Dr. Steven Perry the founder and principal of Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford, CT, a paradigm-busting success story that has been praised by education experts across America- it was a perfect start to the conference.  All of the training was especially strong this year. 

I finally saw the light of day, literally, on Monday evening when we walked the freedom trail.  Picture this- about 1000 NASFAA participants in blue NASFAA t-shirts getting in line for the subway all at once and then descending on the historic district of Boston.  Quite a sight to see- looked like a sea of blue everywhere you looked.  A few of us ended up in Little Italy for dinner and dessert at Mike’s Pastry- unbelievable Cannolis.  If you haven’t experienced them before make it a stop when you visit Boston!

Our very own Mary Sommers from Nebraska was honored with the State and Regional NASFAA Leadership Award- congratulations Mary!  Mary was an integral part of the successful Leadership Conference held in D.C. this year.  So successful that the Leadership Conference was one of the Committee’s of the Year- again congratulations Mary!

EASFAA started a new tradition and hopes to have it spread across the states and regions.  Financial Aid Day is the 3rd Wednesday of October which this year is October 19th.  So what better celebration than to celebrate together at the RMASFAA Conference in Missoula, MT!  We encourage you to publicize the day and heighten the awareness of financial aid and financial aid administrators on October 19th, 2011.


My auditors are in next week, athletes descend in a week or two and I have a position to fill in my office- just another day in Financial Aid!  I hope you all enjoy what left of “summer”!

Janet Riis

RMASFAA President


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