Thursday, March 8, 2012

SASFAA Nine News and Listserv

Good afternoon SASFAA,

As you have seen over the past few months SASFAA created a new on-line tool called the SASFAA Nine News.  This is a new venture and was done for a couple of reasons:

·         The newsletter has outlived its usefulness in this day and age of instant news reporting, so SASFAA Nine News was created in large part to replace the newsletter.  It will allow newsletter articles to be reported in a timelier fashion.
·         This summer SASFAA is changing hosts for the SASFAA website.  Our current listserv is tied to ATAC, the current host.  Changing website hosts to Wild Apricot will save SASFAA a few thousand dollars a year, so the move is a good one financially for the association.

Part of the thought process in creating SASFAA Nine News is that it would replace the listserv as well as the newsletter.  To help encourage people to register for SASFAA Nine News and assist you in becoming comfortable with it, we have been posting duplicate messages to the listserv and SASFAA Nine News.   This dual posting was never designed to be permanent…it was simply part of the transition process as the current listserv goes away this summer.

We have been working hard to prepare for our transition to the new website host and I am happy to report that we recently discovered Wild Apricot will provide us with the ability to utilize a listserv through their service.  This is great news!  So, what does this mean for you?

·         First, this means we can go back to using SASFAA Nine News as strictly the newsletter replacement, but will allow us to post articles throughout the year in a timelier fashion than putting them in a quarterly newsletter.  
·         Second, we will stop posting dual messages (with the exception of this one) to the SASFAA Nine News and the listserv as there is no more need for a transition plan for SASFAA Nine News to replace the listserv.  However, there could be occasions where duplicate messages will be posted, but it will not be the norm.
·         Third, you should not need to do anything other than keep your SASFAA membership in good standing in order to have access to the new listserv once we make the transition.  However, if we discover you do need to take some action, then a notice will be sent to the membership with instructions on what needs to be done.

The SASFAA listserv is restricted to SASFAA members only.  Anyone, SASFAA member or not, can sign up for SASFAA Nine News.

We appreciate your patience as we move forward with this initiative.

Brad Barnett
SASFAA President

Friday, March 2, 2012

Registration Is Open for the SASFAA New Aid Officer’s Workshop

Have you thought about sending someone from your school to the SASFAA New Aid Officer’s Workshop?  This workshop will provide your employee with the opportunity of a lifetime by participating in one of the most professionally developed, educationally-oriented financial aid training programs anywhere in the United States.  See details below.

Registration Begins TODAY!!!

The SASFAA New Aid Officers Workshop is an intense professional development activity designed to provide a working knowledge of the federal financial aid programs, as well as an understanding of the laws and regulations that govern these programs. The curriculum will take the student from A-Z covering the basics of financial aid.

Intended Audience
The workshop is intended for new financial aid administrators with less than three years of experience in the field of financial aid. Other individuals whose professional responsibilities include significant contact with the financial aid process are welcome to attend the workshop on a space-available basis. Preference will be given to financial aid administrators.

Format of Workshop
A carefully selected faculty of experienced aid administrators selected from the SASFAA states and representing diverse institutions will provide instruction. These individuals will team-teach and work with the same class of participants throughout the week. Instruction will include the use of case studies, lectures, and interactive instruction. The faculty will be on site for the entire week, providing opportunities for ample interaction outside the classroom.

Location and Dates
The workshop will be held on the campus of North Carolina Central University (NCCU).  Founded in 1910, NCCU historic campus is in Durham, in the heart of North Carolina's vibrant Research Triangle.   Visit NCCU’s website at www.nccu.edu to view the campus.  Classes will be conducted in classrooms that contain PC’s, and other equipment.  Participants should plan to arrive no later than 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, 2012 to check-in and take care of on-site registration activities. Check-in and on-site registration will be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, 2012.
The first class begins at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, 2012. The workshop will end on Friday, June 22, 2012 by 11:30 a.m. for room check-out.  Participants may arrive on Saturday, June 16, 2012. Check-in and on-site registration will be available from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm on Saturday. There is an additional charge of $20 if you arrive on Saturday.  Please make your travel arrangements to allow you to arrive before the workshop begins on Sunday afternoon and for you to attend all of Friday morning activities.

Registration fee for the workshop is $675, if registration is completed by May 26, 2012 and $725 if registration is completed after May 26, 2012. The registration fee includes all instructional materials, most meals, housing and your 2012-2013 SASFAA membership ($35).  Early arrivals- those arriving on Saturday, June 16, 2012 will be charged an additional $20 fee to cover the additional night’s lodging.

Housing will be provided in Ruffin Hall located on NCCU’s campus.  This facility opened in August 2005. This suite style, building has a combination of two person suites with a lounge area and bathroom within the suite. Ruffin is located in the West Campus on the corner of Fayetteville and Larson Streets.  You must provide your own television, laptop and other electronic devices. Wireless access is available in many areas of campus. Each bedroom has one single bed, one desk and chair, one chest-of-drawers, and one closet.  Linens include one pillow, one pillowcase, two sheets, one thin blanket, bath towel and washcloth.

All meals will be cafeteria meals except for Wednesday night.   Beginning with dinner on Sunday, June 17, 2012, participants will be provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner except for Wednesday dinner which is on your own. Morning and afternoon breaks will be provided. There are several special activities and functions planned throughout the week.

North Carolina Central University is located in Durham, NC.  Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU) services seven (7) major airlines and/or commuter flights from around the country.  You are responsible for your transportation from the airport to NCCU.  Shuttle services are available.  A list of shuttle services will be posted to the SASFAA website.   For driving directions, please visit NCCU’s website at http://www.nccu.edu/aboutnccu/drivingdirections.cfm

Beginning TODAY you can register for this workshop online at www.sasfaa.org under Training.  Space is limited so register early!
For more information contact:
Runan Pendergrast, SASFAA Vice President Bluegrass Community & Technical College

Mandy Branch-Friar, Curriculum Coordinator University of Georgia