Oh sweet mother of sunshine, it’s June. When did that happen?! (And if anybody emails me and says something cute like “midnight May 31st” I swear I’ll…”)
But alas, here we all are, getting ready to close out another academic year and start a new one. It’s not like closing out a calendar year, is it. In December we celebrate the end of a year with Christmas and sugar plums and champagne toasts. When we close out an academic year we celebrate by answering a bunch of crazy audit inquiries and closing out our work study accounts and trying to figure out why the physical plant shut off the air conditioning in our building when it’s 95 degrees outside. But such is the life we financial aid folk have chosen for ourselves, and the reality is we wouldn’t change a thing. And working with a fresh group of new freshmen? Awesome. If only they’d leave their parents at home… Plus, there is no law that says we can’t have champagne toasts in June!!
So what’s been happening here in this magnificent world we call the Rocky Mountain Region? Well here are some highlights since my last update in March…
- State Conferences: Truly the highlight of my Presidency has been my travels to the state conferences. I had so much fun at every single one of them that I’m going to talk President-Elect Ken Kocer into letting me tag along next year. (Except the treasurer might have something to say about that…) I made it to seven of our eight states and drove to every single conference except Montana. Not only did I enjoy the company and expertise of the conference attendees and contributors, but took in some great scenery as well. Thank you to Past-President Joe Donlay for making it to the Utah conference on my behalf which fell during the same week as the Kansas conference. I am forever impressed by the amazing work our state associations do to keep their members tuned in and educated. Thanks so much to each and every state for making me feel so welcome!!
- Training Committee: This amazing committee could have sat on their laurels after providing seven NASFAA U Credentialing Webinars, which were incredibly well attended and appreciated. But no, like the energizer bunny, they just keep going! Now they have scheduled five summer and fall webcasts on topics including SAP, Verification, Consumer Information, Enrollment, and R2T4. Check out the RMASFAA Blog for full information on these webcasts, and hats off to Janet Dodson and her team for all of their hard work!
- Elections: Kudos to Ken Kocer for putting together a fantastic slate of candidates for the coming year!! If you have not voted already, get that vote in now!! We are all waiting with baited breath for the results. Thank you so much to those of you who threw your name into the hat. Good luck to all!
- Summer Institute: It’s almost here! Looking forward to seeing all of you signed up to attend, and working with all of you on the committee. Jenny Leigh Adler, SI Chair, and Susan Stephenson, Faculty Dean, along with their amazing crew, have put together what will be an amazing experience for all of us. I’m ready to hit the road!
- NASFAA Conference: Hope to see some of you in San Diego June 25-29! I am planning a RMASFAA get together on Monday evening, so if you are interested in coming with, pop me an email at email@example.com. Would love to have you with us.
- RMASFAA Conference Wichita: Mark your calendars for October 15-18 in Wichita, Kansas! Myra Pfannenstiel and Tony Lubbers are putting together a great program and I for one can’t wait to head south. Don’t miss this opportunity. Seriously.
So I’m sitting here on this sunny June Wednesday morning, indulging in a Barista’s Skinny Spiced Chai Dirty (with a shot of caramel) thinking about how fast this year has gone as President. In just a few short months it will be almost over, and I suppose that should sound good to me, but I’m already feeling a sense of loss. Working with this Board and with all of you is the icing on the cake for a financial aid lifer. Those of you fortunate enough to win this election are in for a treat (especially getting to work under the likes of Ken Kocer our President-Elect). What an amazing association we are!
So enjoy your summer, enjoy each other, and always know that if you have any questions or concerns, I’m just a phone call or email away (402-461-2414 or firstname.lastname@example.org).