Good Day RMASFAA!
Hope you are all settled in for the spring term and all is going well. Spring is on the horizon (well maybe not yet in SD) and RMASFAA activities are going strong. Your 2017-18 RMASFAA Board of Directors have been hard at work insuring another amazing year for our association. Here are some highlights:
- Membership Chair. Alexa Freeburg and her team have launched the 2018 membership drive and the response had been wonderful. If you haven’t already renewed your membership, please do so today. Renewing your RMASFAA membership now ensures you continued access to RMASFAA resources, news, and the best rates for Summer Institute and the Annual Conference, and allows your institution to participate in the upcoming election.
- Corporate Support Chair. Ruben Reyes has been working with our 50th Anniversary Taskforce, Conference Committee Chairs Bethany Vincent and Sherry Bisek, along with our associate members to highlight the Milestone Event of RMASFAA’s 50th Anniversary during our annual conference. You won’t want to miss this year’s RMASFAA Conference in Fargo, ND October 7-10!
- The Summer Institute. Committee lead by chair Carolyn Halgerson, held their Mid-Winter Planning meeting on February 9th to kick off planning for our premier RMASFAA Summer Institute training event to be held June 3-8. Summer institute will be held at the beautiful setting of Colorado College in Colorado Springs. The faculty and staff members of the SI Committee are dedicated to making this year’s training the best ever. Look for registration to go live on March 1.
- President-Elect and Nominations and Elections. Committee Chair Myra Pfannenstiel has sent out a call for nominations to run for RMASFAA Office. Take this opportunity to nominate a colleague or yourself to run for RMASFAA Office. The following positions are open for nomination: President-Elect, Vice President-Elect, Treasurer-Elect, Secretary and Associate Member Delegate.
- Regional Presidents Meeting Washington DC, January 17-18. I had the privilege of attending the Regional Presidents Meeting with the Regional Presidents and NASFAA Leadership this past January. It was a wonderful opportunity for the Regional Presidents to discuss issues facing all our regions and exchange best practices. Some of the topics we discussed included regional exchanges, membership & conference contracts, identifying candidates to run for regional office, training practices, possible joint ventures between regions in areas such as audits and training. We had a meeting with FSA personnel on effective ways for FSA to work with aid administrators regarding how to review/evaluate financial aid issues and topics. We also had a round table discussion on financial aid topics with three members of the media. It was a great experience and opportunity for exchange of ideas for the regional presidents and also served as preparation for serving together on the NASFAA Board.
- SASFAA Conference February 10-14, Alexandria, VA. Talk about Southern hospitality! As part of our Regional Presidents Exchange, I attended the SASFAA Board Meeting, New Board Member Orientation and Conference February 10-14. The SASFAA Board and members were just wonderful and made me feel at home from the time I landed at the airport until departing. SASFAA President-Elect, Bryan Erslan had attended the RMASFAA Board Meeting and Conference in Wichita and this was my opportunity to observe SASFAA Board proceedings, conference offerings and co-present a NASFAA U session on “Verification”. I really liked the training that was provided by SASFAA to newly elected state delegates, which prepared them for board service. The state president exchanges were also very popular between SASFAA member states. Being so close to Washington DC, their conference included several presenters from the Department of Education and they had a nice mix of options for sessions. SASFAA had approximately 350 in an attendance for the conference.
It is such an honor and privilege to serve you as president. Our regional association remains strong due to the involvement from our membership, our caring volunteers and our enduring commitment to professional development to better serve our students and our profession.
Thank you for all you do for RMASFAA!
Ken Kocer, RMASFAA President