Thursday, February 26, 2015

Recap of Opening Session Take-aways and Thank You

Dear Members & Friends,

Our conference theme, Uncovering Your Purpose, Power, and Passion, was certainly exemplified this week in Memphis, TN.  It was refreshing to hear from many attendees who said they enjoyed the Opening Session and that it set the mood for the entire conference.

Mr. John Croyle, our guest speaker and founder of the Big Oak Ranch, shared a great message with us on Sunday.  As we meet with students and families, we can possibly take more time, pull up a chair, and really listen to their stories.  The work that John and others do at the Ranch is something to which we as financial aid administrators can relate. We speak with students, often daily, who may have issues at home—abuse, hopelessness, neglect, or other trials great and small—that they bring with them to our offices and to our institutions.  We become more than just staff that provides financial assistance.  We become listeners. We remain calm—although, at times, that calmness may be difficult!  We offer guidance, and if we are unable to assist, we then direct them to others who can.  We provide the family that student may never have had.  Too, we may be simply the friend the student needs--the person who can show that student, "I care about you. I will help you."

Thank you, SASFAA, for the outpouring of generosity that we showed Big Oak Ranch with our fund raisers at the conference.  We raised over $2,600 to help Mr. Croyle and his family and staff to be able to continue doing their excellent work one child at a time. These funds will multiply in ways we may never see.  May we all continue to share our purpose, power, and passion in our daily work.

I hope those of you who were able to join us for our annual conference have made it safely home. If you are traveling today, I wish you safety along your journey.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Election Results

The results of the 2015 election were announced at the SASFAA Annual Conference in Memphis, TN this morning (02/25/2015). The following people were elected to the Board for the 2015-16 year:
  • President-Elect: Marian Dill - Lee University, TN
  • Vice President: Michael Morgan - Rhodes College, TN
  • Treasurer (2-year term): Jenelle Handcox - University of North Carolina Pembroke
I very much appreciate all of the candidates being willing to serve SASFAA. We had a great slate of officers this year. Thanks also to all of the Nominations and Elections Committee members (the Past President from each of the 9 state associations) and to Angie Black, Electronic Services Committee Chair.

All of the proposed bylaws changes were also approved.

Submitted by Zita BarreeNominations and Elections Committee Chair

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

SallieMae at SASFAA!

Join us on Tuesday, February 24 at 7:30 a.m. in the Landsdowne Room for an invaluable group session about Sallie Mae's free planning for college resources.

Discover all the new tools and plans available to help your students responsibly finance their education.  And we'll also introduce you to our new Sallie Mae® South Region Vice President, David Long.

Don’t forget to stop by and see us during the conference at Booth 33 in the exhibit area!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Join AcademicWorks at SASFAA

Join AcademicWorks at SASFAA in Memphis TN - February 22-25

Please visit AcademicWorks at the SASFAA Conference and learn how over 70 campuses in the SASFAA region have improved services to students and streamlined their scholarship management processes through software automation.

Business Partner Session
Join us Sunday, February 22nd at 2:00 PM in the Kentshire Room for our Business Partner Session. During this session, you will:
  • Get a sneak peek at several "game-changing" new features.
  • Discover how over 350 AcademicWorks clients have automated the scholarship management application, matching, reviewing and awarding processes.
  • Learn how importing student data from the campus information system radically improves the accuracy and efficiency of your process.
  • Explore best practices in scholarship management using technology.
Find us at the trade show!  
Stop in at the AcademicWorks Booth (#23) during the SASFAA trade show to visit with Bo Kerin, Regional Director of Sales, and discuss your current scholarship management process. Learn how leveraging scholarship dollars can improve enrollment numbers.

About AcademicWorks

AcademicWorks is the leading provider of scholarship management solutions. Over 350 colleges, universities and foundations have selected AcademicWorks to improve their scholarship management processes. AcademicWorks combines a unique blend of market experience, product innovation, outstanding customer service, and cloud-based software delivery to offer our customers benefits that are unmatched in the industry.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

SASFAA Conference 2015 - Reminders!

Good morning, SASFAA Conference Attendees!

We hope that you are looking forward to attending the 2015 SASFAA Annual Conference in Memphis, Tennessee next week!  In preparation for your trip, please find a few reminders below.

* Memphis, Tennessee is in the Central Standard Time Zone! All times listed are local time

* Visit the conference mini-site for the attendee checklist.

* Conference attire is business professional.  Wednesday will be school/organization Spirit Day! 

* Hotel information: published check-in time is: 4:00pm
    149 Union Ave
    Memphis, TN  38103
    (901) 529-4000

* Remember to bring a silent auction item and/or cash for the Big Oak Ranch charity.  

* Don't forget a door prize for Bingo on Monday night.

* The final conference program and session presentations will be posted this week.   Be sure to download the presentations you plan to attend. There will not be any printed conference handouts, but there will be a pocket agenda in your registration packet.

I look forward to seeing all of you in Memphis on Sunday!  If I can help you in any way, please contact me

Safe travels!

Chris Tolson Mapes

2015 SASFAA Conference Chair

Friday, February 13, 2015

Get Connected!

Being disconnected is no fun.  GET CONNECTED!!!

Join your SASFAA friends and colleagues on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/SASFAA - Be sure and 'like' the page!  4.5 billion likes are generated on Facebook each day! Make yours one of them!

Have you subscribed to SASFAA Nine News, our online newsletter?  Go to http://sasfaa.blogspot.com/, and you'll see the box at right where you can enter your e-mail address to receive new material as published.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Chair, Communications and Outreach