North Dakota State Update

2015 NDASFAA CONFERENCE

Our spring conference was held in the state capitol of Bismarck this year, hosted by Bismarck State College.  The theme of the conference was “Trivial Pursuit – Where ‘it depends’ is the only real answer.” Along with the welcomed opportunity to network with others from across the state, the conference provided some very helpful sessions to enhance our professional development.

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Day one included a Federal Update from Joe Massman, a D.C. update from Jesse O’Connell, and breakout sessions of FERPA and the Top 10 Audit Findings.  On day two, we learned about the effectiveness of communicating with students via social media, the importance of student government’s roll on campus, and had two great sessions from Joe Massman on Verification and Consumer Information.  The final morning provided insight from three different financial aid directors regarding best practices, and a state grant program update.

Joe panel

FUN FACT!  At 3.2%, North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the United States. It’s also the least visited state in america.

This year’s recipient of the NDASFAA Philanthropy Project was the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, a book gifting program that mails new, age-appropriate books to enrolled children every month from birth to five years of age.  A gift of $25 sponsors a child for one year and by the time they are five years old, they will have a home library of up to 60 books.  We are happy to report that we were able to sponsor more than 22 children through this program.  As you can see, we also had a lot of fun hanging out with Dolly!

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FUN FACT!  NORTH DAKOTA PRODUCES MORE HONEY AND SUNFLOWERS THAN ANY OTHER STATE.  WE ARE THE NATION’S 3RD TOP SUGAR PRODUCER, AND GROW ENOUGH WHEAT EACH YEAR TO MAKE 12.6 billion LOAVES OF BREAD. 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

We always take time to recognize and honor members who have gone above and beyond or have reached a special milestone.

  • Donna Joyce of Dickinson State University was awarded the Rookie of the Year award for her outstanding work planning last year’s conference.
  • Sylvia Brockman and Karen Keller, both of Bank of North Dakota, also received years of service awards. Those reaching 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of service were also recognized.

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  • Retirees: Marge Michael, North Dakota University System and Kathy Nelson, Minot State University.
  • RMASFAA Summer Institute scholarship winners: Martha Harrison from Sitting Bull College and Kaitlyn Schmidt from Trinity Bible College.

capitol

FUN FACT!  North Dakota’s state capitol is 242 feet high.  it’s the tallest buiding in North dakota and the 3rd tallest capitol building in the country.  the original capitol burned to the ground in 1930.

This state update was submitted by Kristie Myers at North Dakota State University.

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