Nebraska State Update

NeASFAA hosted its Spring 2016 Conference March 23rd and 24th in Lincoln. We had a basketball theme correlating to the Madness felt in financial aid offices in March as well as on the basketball courts. There was a fun tournament on Wednesday night with mini hoops and brackets hosted by our conference sponsors.NE1

The conference fun started with a session on the future of federal aid from Washington insider, Brett Lief.

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We were also fortunate to have a federal trainer, David Bartlett for sessions on Student Eligibility, Modules & Title IV Aid, NSLDS Reporting, and Verification. Other break-out sessions offered were on PPY, Financial Literacy, EducationQuest Tools, the RMASFAA Training topic, Federal Methodology, Gainful Employment, and Loan Repayment Options.

NeASFAA spring conference has also had great feedback on our birds of a feather sessions where we can get answers to questions from our colleagues and also do some valuable networking. We have sessions with aid directors, financial aid counselors, by software systems, and our sector meetings offered throughout the two days.

NeASFAA was proud to honor and recognize the following award recipients. Congratulations to each honoree.

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Distinguished Service Award – Peggy Tvrdy, Doane University
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Rookie of the Year – Gina DeJong, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
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Bob Minturn Special Recognition Award – Les Monroe, EducationQuest Foundation
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Committee of the Year – Membership Connections: Linda Butcher (Doane) (pictured, left), Lani Swanson (Wesleyan) (pictured, right), Renee Besse (UNK), Julian Gomez (SECC), Amanda vonSeggern (EducationQuest)

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Thursday morning, attendees had the rare opportunity to hear from and meet a US Olympian and gold and bronze medals winner. Curtis Tomascievz was a guest speaker and took time to talk and take pictures with people after his speech. He was on the 2006, 2010 (gold), and 2014 (bronze) US Olympic bobsled teams and is from Shelby, Nebraska. It was a great speech and fun for everyone to see him and his two medals.

Our conference wrapped up with an informative and interesting Federal Update from Craig Munier. It is always great to have Mr. Munier back in Nebraska and to hear his information on what is happening in Washington.

Looking ahead, NeASFAA has great training planned throughout 2016-2017. We will be hosting six different opportunities to earn NASFAA Credentials. We will host the training sessions and then individuals will be able to take the test to earn the credential for the training they attended. This is a great opportunity for aid administrators in Nebraska. Additionally, 2017 will be NeASFAA’s 50th anniversary conference. To be held March 30th and 31st in Lincoln, it will be a fantastic celebration and opportunity for training.

Brought to you by:
Beth Sisk
College of Saint Mary
NeASFAA President

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