KASFAA Spotlight- Kansas Mover, Shakers & Highlights

Emporia State University

Big Changes in ESU Staffing:

The story begins with the State of Kansas retirement program. If you had so many years of service and were a classified employee you were offered incentives to retire early. Long time loan certification officer, Marion Jones, took advantage of that opportunity. At the same time Cindy Brown moved to Mississippi with her husband. When they exited, so did our entire loan department. But, when one door closes….Enter Jessica Sauer who is our new loan certification officer. Previously Jessica was in charge of our reception area. Darcy Johnson came on board, also in our loan department. She had been employed with a textbook company. So, that leaves our reception area unattended. But, again….Enter Mac Schwartz. Mac was our graduate assistant overseeing work programs. We are still in need of a graduate assistant, but so far so good. We will miss Marion and Cindy and are fortunate to have Jessica, Darcy and Mac. Financial Aid really is all about change and adapt.

Wichita State University

Julie Scott will be joining our team as the new Outreach Coordinator in the WSU Office of Financial Aid on January 8, 2012.

Julie is currently a Curriculum Coordinator in the TRIO Upward Bound Math Science Regional Center at WSU where she has been employed for the past 4 years. She comes to the position having a basic knowledge of financial aid, and she has worked extensively with first-generation and low-income students which is a significant target group that our Outreach Coordinator position works with as well. Welcome Julie!

University of Kansas

Sara Vancil was one of fifteen KU staff members chosen last August to participate in the University of Kansas’s Staff Fellows program for the 2011-2012 school year.  Jointly sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, the purpose of the Staff Fellows Program is to make KU a stronger institution by providing opportunities for selected staff to take part in a structured program of professional development that includes skill and leadership development and the opportunity to gain broader knowledge of the University of Kansas.   

Southwestern College

Southwestern College just hired Carol Warhurst for the position of Financial Aid Counselor at our Wichita campus.  Carol replaces Alex Zarchan who moved to financial aid at Butler County Community College.  Carol is a December 2011 graduate of Wichita State University.  We are excited to have Carol join our team and look forward to her contribution to the Southwestern College community and financial aid profession.

Kansas State University

Robert Gamez, Associate Director of Financial Aid has been selected (along with another RMASFAA member- Craig Munier, University of Nebraska-Lincoln) to serve on NASFAA’s Higher Education Act Reauthorization Task Force. As the 2013 Higher Education Act expiration approaches, the Task Force will work to develop recommendations to the NASFAA board on policy issues and specific statutory changes in the federal student aid programs and their delivery systems.

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