Greetings from Montana! I hope this finds all of you doing well and sketching out some time on your calendars for mini-vacations this summer! MASFAA members have been busy and I thought I would provide an update about our spring conference from Valerie Curtin, who just finished her year as MASFAA President. She was also just elected as our incoming RMASFAA Vice President!
So, without further ado, here is what happened at our 2012 MASFAA Conference in April:
The annual 2012 MASFAA Conference went off without a hitch. Cindy Small, MASFAA President-Elect (at the time), did a great job of organizing the Blazing New Trails on the Financial Aid Frontier themed conference. Everyone had a rootin’ tootin’ good time listening to Megan McClean give a NASFAA update, Deb Tarpley impart her wisdom on the newest regulations, as well as our very own recent retiree, Mick Hanson and Ray Carlisle speak on a possible MASFAA/TRIO joint alliance. We also found out that all of us are definitely ‘Worth a Penny’ through Mark Wilmarth of Vision West, and we raised a little money playing bingo for a scholarship to one lucky person who wants to be a part of the RMASFAA Leadership Pipeline this next year.
MASFAA has several members who have been a part of the association for many years:
10 Years – Shelby Gilluly, Dee Schafnitz, Mandy Hanson, Rita Larby, Beth Littlefield and Kathy Gaskill
15 Years – Leah Habel
20 Years – Eileen Nelson
25 Years – Jolene Myers
Andre Altans from MSU Bozeman was specially recognized and celebrated for his 36 years of service upon his retirement this year. Ricki Jones from UM Western was bestowed the coveted 2012 Financial Aid Professional of the Year Award.
The new officers elected for the 2012-2013 aid year are:
Cindy Small – President
Leah Habel – President – Elect
Valerie Curtin – Past-President
Jessica Francischetti – Vice President/ Secretary
Brittnee Loch – Treasurer
Julie Watson – Member At Large
Gloria Payne – Member At Large
Greg Mason – Associate Delegate