Greetings to all of you!
Can you believe March Madness is upon us?! You know I am not just talking about Basketball, but the beginning of the processing season. The NeASFAA Board of Directors has been hard at work and here are just a few things we have been up to since October:
Our Professional Development Committee has been working extremely hard on the Spring Conference! I think it will be one of the best conferences we have had! This year’s dates are April 19-20th at Divots in Norfolk, NE. The facility is a wonderful place and the rooms are terrific. We have a great agenda in place and this year we are fortunate enough to have a training specialist from NASFAA at our conference. She will be doing sessions on Verification, Administrative Capability and NASFAA Tools. When she is not presenting, she will be answering questions at a table in the Vendor area. We will be celebrating NeASFAA’s 45th Anniversary this year, too!
This year, NeASFAA has teamed up with the Great Plains Collectors Network and we will be offering sessions for Perkins Loan officers and business office staff at our spring conference. We are encouraging our members to talk to their business offices and extend an invitation for them to join us. There will be sessions on Bankruptcy & Litigation, Financial Literacy, VA Benefits and other sessions which may prove beneficial to them.
As you know, 2012 is our year to host the RMASFAA Conference. The dates are October 14-17th, 2012 and it will be held at Creighton University’s Harper Center for Student Life and Learning in Omaha, NE. The planning committee held a site visit in December and the facility is fantastic and the program will be loaded with lots of great information from some of the top people in the industry. The Chairs of the RMASFAA Conference are: Bailey Jorgensen (Clarkson College, Omaha, NE) and Jodi Vanden Berge (EducationQuest Foundation, Kearney, NE).
The Communications committee is finalizing a listserv policy that can be posted on our listserv by members. The committee also surveyed the organization to determine what our association would like to see in terms of newsletters, how to deliver it, etc. The results have been reviewed and the committee will be looking at ways to keep the association abreast of what is happening with its members.
Our Association Governance committee, headed up by Terri Graham and Ritchie Morrow has graciously updated the NeASFAA Policy & Procedures manual.
Elections were held in November and and to recap here are the results:
President-Elect: LeAnn Hoffman (Wayne State College, Wayne, NE)
Treasurer: Marty Habrock, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Lincoln, NE)
Secretary: Matt Johnson, University of Nebraska-Kearney (Kearney, NE)
Private 4 Year: Misten Thompson – Clarkson College (Omaha, NE)
Private Career: Sara Christensen – Kaplan University (Lincoln, NE)
The NeASFAA upcoming President, Tom Oschner, and upcoming NeASFAA Treasurer Marty Habrock, went to Washington, D.C. the first weekend in March for the annual NASFAA Leadership Conference in preparation for the year ahead. They met with Congressmen on the Hill to lobby for the subsidized loan interest rate to remain at 3.4 percent for the 2012-13 school year.
That sums up what we have been up to in Nebraska since October! The unofficial January Board meeting minutes have been posted to our website at http://www.neasfaa.org. I can’t wait to see all of our Nebraska friends in Norfolk in April!
Director of Financial Aid