NeASFAA celebrated its 50th anniversary during its 2017 Spring Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska this past March. The conference theme “Celebrating the past, embracing the future” gave conference attendees the chance to look back at how far NeASFAA has come and provided an opportunity to share memories with old and new friends.
Two guest presenters that started their career in Nebraska were invited back to present sessions. Doug Severs, of Oregon State University, started his career in Nebraska at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Doug presented a session on Working with the Campus Community and Being a Legislative Advocate. Joan Zanders, of Northern Virginia Community College, started her career in Nebraska working at Northeast Community College and Wayne State College. Joan presented a session on Coursework and Financial Aid Eligibility and a session on SULA. Other guest presenters included, Tom Melecki, College Affordability Solutions, David Bartlett, Department of Education, Dean Obenauer, Creighton University, Lisa Blaser, NASFAA Chair from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Kent Wolfe, Inceptia, Edd Cole. Office of Inspector General, Carol Swenson, Great Lakes, Janet Dodson, Tuition Exchange, Mark Araujo, Nebraska Methodist College, Linda Butcher, Doane University, Angelia Turner, University of Nebraska-Omaha and Mary Sommers, University of Nebraska at Kearney.
The conference also provided the opportunity for attendees to participates in two NASFAA credentialing sessions. Matt Johnson, University of Nebraska at Kearney, and Sheila Johns, Western Nebraska Community College, did a great job in presenting Direct Loan credentialing. The Direct Loan credentialing session had 32 attendees. In addition to Direct Loan training, Penny James, Nebraska Methodist College, presented the NASFAA Return to Title IV Credentialing Session which had 17 attendees.
The highlight of the conference was the banquet dinner. Good food and fellowship were shared with first time attendees and several retired friends joined together to share old memories and create new ones as NeASFAA joined together to celebrate the past and embrace the future.