Can you believe that 2018 is coming to a close? Where did the time go? As I look back over 2018 and remember all that I “Got to Do”… it was a pretty amazing year.
Here are some of my highlights:
Summer Institute – Even though I had to miss it (for my daughter’s wedding), the SI Committee put on an incredible week of training at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. I am always in awe of everyone in our profession who “show up” and are willing share their knowledge, expertise, support, and friendship with so many who are just entering our profession. The move to Colorado Springs provided 114 students with the opportunity to learn from some of the best, meet new people, and make life-long friendships. Once again we utilized the NASFAA University materials and offered faculty/students the opportunity to earn NASFAA credentials. The results were a success: 130 individuals drew down 276 exams and 212 exams were passed. Great job SI committee! Don’t forget to put SI on your calendar for June 2-9, 2019 – Colorado College, Colorado Springs.
Annual Conference – we were North of Normal in Fargo, North Dakota. The conference committee did a great job providing us with an amazing conference and learning environment. The conference was kicked off with our 50th Anniversary Banquet and a walk down memory lane. Our opening speaker spoke about “Creating Community “, we heard about what NASFAA is doing, what is happening inside the Beltway, and received updates from the Department of Education. NASFAA also announced that Joe Massman would be joining the NASFAA team and this would be his last RMASFAA conference presenting as a Department of Education trainer. Congrats Joe!
My first transitional board meetings were held and I can confidently say we are in in good hands. I am looking forward to the upcoming year as RMASFAA President; it will be exciting, productive, and very rewarding. President-Elect James Broscheit is currently working to finalize committee vice-chairs and volunteers to fill the committees. RMASFAA members are top-notch when it comes to volunteering and getting the job done for our wonderful organization.
In November, I traveled to Scottsdale, AZ and attended my first NASFAA Board meeting as an observer. Past-President Ken Kocer serves as our Regional Representative during this coming year and after the 2019 NASFAA Conference, I will become an actual board member – moving out of the peanut gallery!! RMASFAA is well represented on the NASFAA board – Ken Kocer – regional representative, Brenda Hicks – representative at large, and Art Young – commission director. Watching the board in action confirmed to me that RMASFAA members are an incredible group inside our region and beyond. Justin Draeger (NASFAA President) announced a possible opportunity to meet with Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, at the FSA conference in Atlanta. Ken Kocer and I were part of the group who did meet with the Secretary and her staff. This was definitely a great experience and opportunity as I prepare to serve as RMASFAA’s representative on the board after the NASFAA conference in Orlando.
I cannot say it enough, I am truly honored to have been chosen to represent RMASFAA as your regional President, and I am looking forward to the amazing year that will unfold in front of us. Your dedication and willingness to “show up” for our profession, our organization, and our students is leaps and bounds above others. Thank you for being you and all you do. 2019 will be here and well underway before we realize it! I will leave you with the following thought: “My life is a gift not an obligation and I get to make the most of it.” – Jon Gordon
Embrace your gifts and enjoy your journey. See you all in 2019.
Myra Pfannenstiel, RMASFAA President