Wednesday, June 29, 2016

FL and You Can Help a Colleague


Keiser University’s Jacksonville Campus (FL) to Hold Blood Drive (and fund raiser) in Honor of Darryl R. Burt II 


Event Date:                         June 30, 2016, Thursday

                                                10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Location:                             Keiser University

                                                6430 Southpoint Parkway

                                                Jacksonville, FL 32250                                     


Event Contact:                   Raquel Ryan




Event Details:                     In honor of their colleague and friend, Darryl R. Burt II, and every victim of the tragedy in Orlando, Keiser University (6430 Southpoint Parkway) will be holding a blood drive on campus, June 30 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Darryl was laid to rest in his home town of Amelia, Virginia this past Saturday. Several of Darryl’s coworkers attended the service to say their final goodbyes to a young man they described as having an unforgettable smile.  Darryl was highly respected in the field of higher education for his work with returning Veterans seeking a college degree to start the next chapter of their lives. Darryl was also a valued member of the Jacksonville Jaycees and a gofundme account me has been established in his memory https://www.gofundme.com/Darryl-Burt-ll


How can SASFAA help? Have some extra change that you found when you recently cleaned out your vehicle? Decided to skip lunch and have an extra $5 or so? Just want to donate to a very worthy cause? Donate to the gofundme account at the above link? Every dollar helps and shows our support to a colleague's memory.                                                

About:  Keiser University, co-founded by Dr. Arthur Keiser, Chancellor in 1977, is a private, not-for-profit University serving nearly 20,000 students offering 100 degrees at the doctoral through associate level on 18 Florida campuses, online and internationally, employing 3,800 staff and faculty. Keiser University and the Keiser Mills Foundation provide nearly $44 million annually in need-based and academic scholarships.


Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Keiser University.


For additional information regarding Keiser University, go to http://www.keiseruniversity.edu.





Nichole Crowley

Director of Financial Aid

Keiser University

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6430 Southpoint Parkway

Jacksonville, FL 32216

904.296.3440 Office

800.507.2827 Fax


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Save the Date - SASFAA's 2016 Leadership Symposium

SASFAA Leadership Symposium
October 26 – 28, 2016 - Orlando, FL

Mark your calendars!  SASFAA is in the planning phases of developing the 2016 Leadership Symposium.  The format of the event will likely be three days.
·                   - October 26th – 3:00pm until dinner
·                   - October 27th – 8:00am – 5:00pm
·                   - October 28th – 8:00am – 12:00pm

The symposium is geared towards people who are currently in leadership positions, as well as those striving to be in a position of leadership.  Whether you want to improve your skills to be an effective leader within a financial aid office, financial aid association, or other office, this interactive symposium will provide you with the tools necessary to take your skills to the next level.

Workshop Size:
This is being designed as more of an intimate event than you may see at a larger conference, with plans being made for 50 attendees.

Embassy Suites Orlando - Lake Buena Vista Resort with a room rate of $142/night.  The rates will also be offered 2 days pre/post the event based on availability.

Registration:  $200.  Registration will open later in the summer or early fall and be open for paid SASFAA members.

Tentative Session Topics:
While this is not a final list, the committee is considering the following topics.  Sessions will include presentations, group work, and small/large group discussion based on the topics.
  •       “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”    - All participants will need to read the book prior to attending the event. 
  •          Trust
  •          Conflict
  •          Commitment
  •          Accountability
  •          Results
  •          “Politics”
  •          Ethics
  •          Team Building
Committee Members:
·         Brad Barnett, James Madison University (barnetbd@jmu.edu
·         Heather Boutell, Bellarmine University (hboutell@bellarmine.edu)        
·         Ron Day, Kennesaw State University (rday9@kennesaw.edu)
·         Lisanne Masterson, Blue Ridge Community College (l_masterson@blueridge.edu)
·         Brent Tener, Vanderbilt University (b.tener@vanderbilt.edu)
·         Tracy Misner, Cape Coral Tech (Site Coordinator)

We will share more with the membership as the event takes shape. In the meantime, please mark your calendars, or contact a committee member if you have any questions. We look forward to you joining us in Florida.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

SASFAA 2016-2017 Volunteer Opportunities

SASFAA is Looking for Volunteers for 2016-2017!

To get involved in SASFAA during the 2016-2017 year, please complete the following online form by July 1: https://fs19.formsite.com/SASFAA/form20/index.html .

Volunteering is a wonderful way to network, to learn something new, and, of course, to have fun.  Getting involved is a great way to enhance your professional skills and resume.  So, don’t wait! Complete the form today.  The 2016-2017 Executive Board will be developing committees and making plans soon.  We need to hear from you no later than July 1.
Thanks so much, and I look forward to working with you all in 2016-2017!! 


Marian Malone Dill
Director of Financial Aid
SASFAA 2015-2016 President-Elect
TASFAA Past-President

Lee University
P.O. Box 3450
Cleveland TN 37320-3450

423-614-8300 Fax 423-614-8308

Sunday, May 29, 2016

NAOW - Late Fee Waiver

Breaking news on the NAOW front, we have temporarily WAIVED THE LATE REGISTRATION FEE!

This is the final week of registration.

Why should you attend NAOW?  NAOW is an incredible experience that will remain with you the rest of your life. I had the privilege to attend NAOW as an attendee in 2004 on the campus of the University of South Florida. To this day I remember my instructors and have fond memories of that hot summer week in 2004 twelve years later. The bonds that will be built during this week are priceless. Don’t delay register today!

NAOW Faculty           http://www.sasfaa.org/NAOW2016/Faculty

Registration                    http://www.sasfaa.org/NAOW2016/registration

Shuttle Service           http://www.sasfaa.org/event-2229277

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SCASFAA--A Year in Review

Serving students for 50 years with focused passion and fearless vision.


Greetings from the Palmetto State. We had a wonderful time celebrating our 50th anniversary this year. We started out the year with a Transitional Board Meeting in Newberry last July. After a time of transitioning activities between the 2014-15 and 2015-16 boards, we resurrected a mini version of the SCASFAA Olympics as a team-building experience.

Some highlights of our year:

·        President Elizabeth Milam attended and presented at KASFAA as part of the SASFAA State Presidents’ Exchange.

·        Our first Financial Awareness Symposium was held at Columbia College on December 14, 2015.

·        The New Aid Officers’ Workshop was conducted at Newberry College on January 21, 2016.

·        We submitted the SCASFAA history and assorted memorabilia for the NASFAA 50th Anniversary time capsule.

·        NASFAA accepted two of our Student Success Stories for inclusion in the National Conference Student Success Luncheon (Dr. Tabatha McAllister, University of South Carolina’s Palmetto College) and NASFAA’s Student Success publication (Samantha Kite, Coastal Carolina University).

·        Approximately 75 SCASFAA members attended the SASFAA Annual Conference in Greensboro, NC.

·        College Goal SC was held at numerous locations across the state on February 20-27, 2016.

·        President-Elect Kevin Perry attended the NASFAA Leadership & Legislative Expo and participated in Hill visits in Washington, DC.  

·        The Intermediate Aid Officers Workshop, featuring a NASFAA U Credential in Verification, was held at Southern Wesleyan University on March 16, 2016.

·        The Leadership Symposium, focusing on customer service and self-care practices, was held as a pre-conference event on April 3, 2016.

·        Legislative Issues Chair Joey Derrick and committee member Brandon Lindsay attended the SASFAA Legislative Symposium and participated in Hill visits in Washington, SC. 


The year culminated with our Annual Conference and 50th Anniversary Celebration at Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach on April 3-6, 2016. SASFAA President Amy Berrier and MASFAA President Nicole Patrick were our special guests. We were honored to have 25 of our 49 presidents in attendance. We brought back many fun activities from the past such as the SCASFAA Olympics (nothing creates a bond like being blindfolded and tied to a colleague) and the Miss SCASFAA Pageant. Conference Chair Katie Harrison and her committee did a remarkable job putting together a conference with meaningful sessions, engaging activities, and historical remembrances. The conference touched the hearts of retired lifetime members and past-presidents, energized current members, and inspired those new to the profession.


The following retirees were recognized at the annual conference:

Josephine Brown    Trident Technical College                        15 years

Candace Hall          Medical University of South Carolina         17 years

Sherry Hall             Aiken Technical College                          33 years


The following members were presented Quarter Century pins, recognizing 25 years of service:

Angela Fowler        Converse College

Hank Fuller            The Citadel

Bobby Holcombe    University of South Carolina-Union

Michael Jordan       North Greenville University

Terri Williams         University of South Carolina-Upstate

Sandra Gibson        Morris College                                      (37 years of service)


The following members were recipients of SCASFAA awards:

Emerging Leader Award                        Kyle Phillips             Clemson University

SCASFAA Achiever Award                      Katie Harrison          SC Tuition Grants Commission

Fearless Nine Service to SCASFAA Award   Tabatha McAllister    University of South Carolina’s Palmetto College


Our conference’s charity fundraising was held in memory of DePayne Middleton Doctor, one of the “Emmanuel Nine,” victims of the tragic shooting in Charleston last June. DePayne was a graduate and employee of three SCASFAA-affiliated institutions, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College and her Master’s from Southern Wesleyan University. She worked at the Medical University of South Carolina and most recently at Southern Wesleyan University. SCASFAA was proud to raise $2,500 for a scholarship for DePayne’s daughter who is attending Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC.


Below are a few photos from our year so far.

Transitional Board Meeting, July 2015 – (back) Nikki Miller, Cindy Peachey, Leah Suttles, April Baur, Carolyn Sparks, Jennifer Williams, Kevin Delp, Kisha Dawkins, Deborah Williams, Melanie Gillespie, DJ Wetzel, Jenny Beakley Hammett, Donna Quick, Casey Wallen, (front) Kevin Perry, Elizabeth Milam, Ken Cole, Katie Harrison



SCASFAA celebrated our 50th Anniversary at the Annual Conference in April 2016

25 out of 49 SCASFAA presidents attended the 50th Anniversary Celebration – (back) Ken Player 1991-92, Ken Cole 2014-15, Bob Godfrey 1992-93, Allison Sullivan 2011-12, Ellen Green 1990-91, Nancy Garmroth 2005-06, Betty Whalen 2004-05, Earl Mayo 1999-2000, Keith Reeves 2003-04, Jeff Holliday 2010-11, (front) Jennifer (Jones-Gaddy) Bomar 1983-84, Jackie Bell 1996-97, Fred Hardin 1995-96, Sarah Dowd 2012-13, Mike Fox 2000-01, Elizabeth Milam 2015-16, Katie Harrison 2013-14, Tabatha McAllister 2007-08, Cheryl Hughes 1998-99, Hank Fuller 2009-10. Present but not pictured: Marvin Carmichael 1881-82, Jeff Dennis 2008-09, Anita Kaminer Elliott 2002-03, Sylvia Hudson 1974-75, Kim Jenerette 2006-07

Jeff Dennis defended his 2005 crown to win the Miss SCASFAA Pageant again in 2016.

SCASFAA wishes you a great remainder of 2015-2016.

Elizabeth Milam

President, South Carolina Assn. of Student Financial Aid Administrators


Monday, May 16, 2016

Week of May 16 - This week in legislation...


·       This week, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are in session for legislative business. However, neither chamber is expected to consider student financial aid-related legislation.

·       Today at 10:00 a.m., Education Secretary John King, Jr. and Under Secretary Ted Mitchell participate in a roundtable discussion on expanding dual enrollment programs for high school students at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, MD. The event will be moderated by Dr. Bradley Gottfried, President, College of Southern Maryland, and include the following participants: David Robinson, Professor, College of Southern Maryland; Brian Hammond, Admissions Director, College of Southern Maryland; Taylor Mutchler, Senior, Huntingtown High School and Student, College of Southern Maryland; Hassan Yousaf, Student, College of Southern Maryland; Tierra Harris, Student, College of Southern Maryland; Molly Gearhart, Supervisor of Student Services, Calvert County Public Schools; Alicia Jones, Supervising School Counselor, Charles County Public Schools; and Jeffrey Maher, Chief Academic Officer, St. Mary’s County Public Schools.

·       On Tuesday and Wednesday, all day, The Atlantic convenes its second annual Education Summit where educators, policymakers, parents, and students will discuss what makes for quality early childhood education programs, how technology is changing the classroom, and the purpose and future of higher education. Speakers include: The Honorable Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chair, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; Chester Finn, President Emeritus, Thomas B. Fordham Institute; Marisa AllisonResearch Fellow, New Faculty Majority; Ross AndersenSenior Editor, The AtlanticAmanda Bennett, Recent Graduate, University of Alabama; Clare Berke, English Teacher, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School; Jeanette BetancourtSenior Vice President, U.S. Social Impact Sesame Workshop; Dana BolgerExecutive Director and Co-Founder, Know Your IX; and Ron BrownsteinSenior Editor, Atlantic Media

·       On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.the House Education and the Workforce Committee holds a hearing entitled, “Helping Students Succeed by Strengthening the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.” Witnesses will be announced at a later date. To watch the hearing live, visit the Committee’s website.

·       On Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.the Aspen Institute holds a discussion titled, “Celebrating Skills for America’s Future,” which focuses on how businesses can successfully partner with community colleges to meet their workforce needs and help working people connect to economic opportunities. Speakers include: The Honorable Penny Pritzker, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce; Nick Pinchuk, Chief Executive Officer, Snap-On; Eva Sage-Gavin, Principal, Sage-Gavin Associates; Ellen Alberding, President, Joyce Foundation; Walter Isaacson, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Aspen Institute; Maureen Conway, Vice President for Policy Programs, The Aspen Institute and Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program; and Marie Lynch, Chief Executive Officer, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future.

·       On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, all-day,the Association of American Colleges and Universities and U.S. News and World Report host the fifth annual National Leadership Conference on STEM Solutions, which brings together interested parties to share their strategies and ideas in advancing the future. Speakers include: David Coleman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The College Board; Dr. Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University; Marc Morial, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Urban League; Timothy Lawrence, Executive Director, SkillsUSA; and Dr. Russell Shilling, Executive Director – STEM, U.S. Department of Education.


·       On Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee holds a hearing titled, “The Telephone Consumer Protection Act at 25: Effects on Consumers and Business.” The hearing will examine the TCPA and the FCC’s application of the law to new technologies and practices popularized since adoption of the Act. Witnesses include: Becca Wahlquist, Partner, Snell and Wilmer, testifying on behalf of the U.S. Chamber Institute of Legal Reform; Monica Desai, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs; Rich Lovich, Partner, Law Offices of Stephenson, Acquisto, & Colman, testifying on behalf of the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management;Margot Saunders, Of Counsel, National Consumer Law Center; and The Honorable Greg Zoeller, Attorney General, State of Indiana.

·       On Thursday and Friday, all-day, the International Institute for Business Information and Growth holds its Education Finance and Loan Symposium, which attracts key players in the education finance/student loan industry. During the event, attendees will hear from experts on the following topics: State of the Education Finance and Lending Industry in 2016/17; Life Cycle of Student Loans – Part I: Current Loan Origination Opportunities; Life Cycle of Student Loans – Part II: Servicing Private Loans; Life Cycle of Student Loans – Part III: Collections and Risk Management; FFELP Auction Rate Securities Litigation: An Update; College and University Student Financial Aid Roundtable; Student Loan Portfolios: Valuation and Securitization Trends; Cloud-Based Lending: How Disruptive Technologies and New Players are Changing the Student Loan Markets; and Legal and Regulatory Roundtable.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

NAOW - More info, register, shuttle...


Why should you attend NAOW?  For the opportunity to be immersed in intricacies of financial aid with highly qualified SASFAA instructors and staff from each of the nine states in the region. http://www.sasfaa.org/NAOW2016/Faculty

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