#winning. Winning is how best to describe Summer Institute 2016; not only because of its “Winning the Financial Aid Game” theme and such fun activities as Minute to Win It, Bingo & Catch Phase, but mainly due to all of the knowledge and new friendships gained by SI attendees. 2016 SI attendees were the first to be exposed to NASFAA University training materials, over the previously utilized NASFAA CORE materials; SI seasoned and first-time faculty alike seemed to be extremely happy with the new NASFAA U material. Additionally, 2 NASFAA credentialing topics were taught to each level of attendee, and any 2016 SI attendee can register to take the credentialing test in their two topics, with no additional charge to them or their school! SI 2016 also saw the use of laptops in the classroom as a primary material point of reference; thus, reducing our notorious notebooks significantly in size and making them not push people’s luggage over the restricted airline weight limits (this made self-proclaimed “tree hugger”, and faculty co-dean, Susan Stephenson giddy beyond belief). Thanks to the amazing SI committee and faculty for stepping it up to implement all of these updates and for making this a fantastic week of learning and fun; you all are awesome! Thanks to our fantastic 2016 SI attendees, you all made for a super fun and enjoyable week!
Feel like you missed out by not attending SI 2016? Well you totally did! So don’t miss out again, and make plans to attend SI 2017, which will begin Sunday, June 11th. We look forward to seeing (and learning with) you next year in beautiful Golden, CO!
Jenny Leigh Adler
2016 Summer Institute Co-Chair