Wednesday, December 23, 2015

SASFAA Offers New Learning Opportunity at the Annual Conference

Traditionally, Tuesday's lunch at the annual conference has been "on your own."  Thanks to our sponsors this year, we will be providing lunch to all conference attendees, and you will have a choice as to who you would like to join for our Lunch and Learn.

Developmental Partners (sponsors) have signed up to be a part of this special opportunity.  Prior to the conference, you will be notified of the host(s), location(s), and topic(s) offered by each partner.  You won’t want to miss this special opportunity.  We also want to make sure it’s a success by encouraging all attendees to take advantage of this new and beneficial opportunity, so please make plans to attend Tuesday's Lunch and Learn on February 9, 2016.
See you in Greensboro. Register today if you haven't already:  http://www.sasfaa.org/annualconference. 

Brenda McCafferty
Sponsorship Committee Chair

But do you recall...

But do you recall…the most famous fed reg of all?!?!

You may not remember the most famous one, but you are sure to learn more about the newest ones at the 2016 SASFAA Conference!  Register today to make sure you stay on the nice list!!!

For more information, please visit the SAFSAA Conference website!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Conference Charity - Fisher House

Conference Charity:
“Help Our Heroes in Their Time of Need”


SASFAA will collect donations during the conference to support a Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher House in Mississippi. Built in 1992, The Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher House is a compassionate-care facility, located on Keesler AFB (Biloxi, Mississippi) within walking distance of the hospital. The house provides a comfortable place to stay, serving patients and families from all branches of the military and veterans receiving active treatment at the Keesler Hospital and the Biloxi Veterans Administration Medical Campus. Guests must live outside a 50-mile radius of the hospital. Availability of rooms is provided on a space- available basis. Custom-built houses that are typically between 5,000-16,000 square feet, and feature 8 to 21 guest suites.

The intent was, and still is, to provide home-like accommodations. Operating costs are underwritten by nominal guest fees and by contributions to the non-profit Fisher House of Keesler, Inc., a Mississippi 501(C)3 tax-exempt corporation.

Our hope is that with enough donations, we can reduce or eliminate guest fees altogether in the future.

The Fisher House Foundation awards annual scholarships for military children. In 2014-2015, they awarded $1.2 million in scholarships.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to provide support to the Fisher House in the following ways:

1.                  Each state will have a basket of goodies for a raffle.  Attendees can purchase tickets to place in the state basket collection box.  On Wednesday morning, at the closing session, the winning ticket will be pulled.  Tickets can be purchased for $1.00 each, $5.00 for six or $10.00 for twelve.  We will conduct a 50/50 raffle from the tickets purchased during the conference.

2.                  We are seeking items for a silent auction donated by SASFAA members.  Members can bid on these items throughout the conference, with the final bids concluding after the end of Tuesday’s concurrent sessions.  The winners will be announced on Wednesday morning.

3.                  The Local Arrangements Committee will have a booth in the vendor area where attendees can donate personal care items such as: shampoo, shavers, combs, lotions, soap, deodorant, etc. The items will be donated locally to the Fort Bragg: Womack Army Medical Center’s Fisher House. Representatives from Ft. Bragg and the Medical Center will be present.

4.                  SASFAA members not attending the conference can support the Fisher House Foundation online at: https://www.fisherhouse.org/ways-to-give/


Made your plans for Greensboro?

Did you know the first Super Bowl was held on January 15, 1967?  The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs: 35-10.  The 50th Super Bowl will be played on Sunday, February 7, 2016 in the San Francisco Bay area.  Will your favorite NFL team be there this year?

SASFAA provides the “super bowl” of financial aid training and networking each year by sponsoring our annual conference.  To kick off the conference, SASFAA will host a Super Bowl viewing party complete with your favorite tailgate foods and big screens for viewing.  In the days to follow, over 50 concurrent sessions and 3 general sessions will be offered that will certainly meet our training needs.  Plus, you will have many other networking opportunities throughout the days in Greensboro.

Our conference will be held February 7-10, 2016 at The Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons and Koury Convention Center.  For agenda and registration information, please visit the SASFAA website.

We look forward to seeing you then!!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

You got the moves? You got the song?

You got the moves?  You got the song?  Well, we’ve got the DJ and the time and place—Tuesday, February 9 in Greensboro.  It’s time for a Lip Sync Showdown—SASFAA Style! 
Check out some of the epic lip sync battles on Spike TV’s You Tube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/LipSyncBattle) for inspiration and get your act together…literally.
Let us know you’re interested by filling out this form: http://goo.gl/forms/dtF4TVwjWh.  If you don’t have it all figured out yet, that’s okay.  Go ahead and let us know so we can make plans for your amazing performance.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Free Doughnuts!

Do you live near a Krispy Kreme? Did you get your free doughnuts yet? Check it out. http://krispykreme.com

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

This week in Washington...

Week of December 7


·       This week, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are in session for legislative business.


o   Both chambers may vote on an Omnibus Appropriations Act to provide discretionary funding for federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education, and keep the federal government open past this Friday’s expiration of the current short-term Continuing Resolution (CR). Absent this action, both the House and Senate are expected to extend the CR until next Friday, December 18, to give negotiators additional time to reach a comprehensive budget agreement.


o   Both chambers may consider legislation to temporary extend a series of smaller tax provisions that expired earlier this year, including allowing teachers who spend their own money on classroom supplies to take a $250 deduction on their taxes. 


o   The Senate is expected to vote on, pass, and send to the President the Every Child Succeeds Act (S. 1177), which would replace the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind. Among the bill’s provisions, the legislation allows states and school districts to spend federal funds on: 1) college and career guidance and counseling programs, such as postsecondary education and career awareness and exploration activities, training counselors, and financial literary and federal financial aid awareness activities; and 2) enrollment in dual or concurrent enrollment programs and early college high school courses.


·       Today at 9:30 a.m., the Brookings Institution holds an event titled, “A Discussion of the Key Economic Issues in Election 2016,” to discuss some of the key issues on the economic agenda leading into the presidential campaign, including advancing social mobility and opportunity, increasing economic growth, and tax reform and fiscal policy. Participants include: Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum; Glen Hubbard, Dean, Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics, Columbia Business School; and Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress.


·       Today at noon, the American Enterprise Institute holds an event entitled, “Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee Conference.” The Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee (SFRC) is a group of independent experts on the financial services industry who meet regularly to study and critique regulatory policies affecting this sector of the economy. SFRC members will present their adopted policy statements on a variety of current financial regulation issues including: new Federal Reserve capital requirements, the status of deposit insurance, government guarantees, and too-big-to-fail problems, and the application of corporate versus individual sanctions. Participants include: Franklin Edwards, Professor Emeritus and former Arthur F. Burns Chair of Free and Competitive Enterprise in Finance and Economics, Columbia University; Robert Eisenbeis, Vice Chairman and Chief Monetary Economist, Cumberland Advisors; Richard Herring, Jacob Safra Professor of International Banking and Co-director of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Edward Kane, Finance Professor, Boston College; George Kaufman, Finance and Economics Professor, Loyola University Chicago; Albert Kyle, Charles E. Smith Chair Professor of Finance, University of Maryland; Erik Sirri, Director of Market Regulation, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; and Chester Spatt, Pamela R. and Kenneth B. Dunn Professor of Finance, Carnegie Mellon University.

·       Today at 1:00 p.m., Academic Impressions hosts a webinar entitled, “Understanding the Essentials of Direct Assessment,” where participants will learn about the role of assessment in competency-based education (CBE), accreditation in CBE programs, and accessing financial aid for CBE programs. The instructor for the webinar is Kate Kazin, Chief Academic Officer at College for America at Southern New Hampshire University.


·       Today at 3:00 p.m., the Federal Reserve releases its “Consumer Credit – G.19” report, which includes the amount of outstanding federal and private student loans. 

·        On Monday and Tuesday, all day, Academic Impressions hosts a two-day conference entitled, “Career Services: Measuring and Communicating Student Outcomes,” where attendees will learn how to collect student career data and demonstrate the impact that institutions have made on students’ employability and career success. The conference’s sessions include: Student Outcomes Goal Setting and Benchmarking; Establishing Partner Data Expectations and Needs; Sustainably Tracking and Analyzing Key Metrics; First Destination Collection and Reporting; and Using Data to Tell the Story. 

·       On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., the House Financial Services Committee holds a hearing entitled, “Oversight of the Financial Stability Oversight Council.” Witnesses include: The Honorable Richard Cordray, Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; The Honorable Thomas Curry, Comptroller of the Currency, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; The Honorable Martin Gruenberg, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; The Honorable Timothy Massad, Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission; The Honorable Debbie Matz, Chairwoman, National Credit Union Administration; The Honorable Melvin Watt, Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency; The Honorable Mary Jo White, Chair, Securities and Exchange Commission; and The Honorable Roy Woodall, Jr., Independent Member with Insurance Expertise, Financial Stability Oversight Council.

·       On Wednesday through Friday, all-day, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) holds its 22nd Higher Education Government Relations Conference titled, “Higher Education and the Public Good,” in Austin, TX. The conference, a partnership among AASCU, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, is the premier annual professional development venue for government relations and public affairs professionals who work on behalf of public higher education institutions, systems, coordinating/ government boards, and policy organizations. The conference’s agenda includes sessions on: What the Presidential Campaign Means for Higher Education; State and Federal Free Community College Plans: The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown; Championing the Public Good of Higher Education in an Era of Polarization, Privatization, and Change; An Update on the Voluntary System of Accountability and Voluntary Framework of Accountability; and a Washington Update.


·       On Wednesday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which challenges the university’s use of racial preferences in admissions decisions. This is the second time that Abigail Fisher’s case against the university has reached the Court. In 2013, the Supreme Court directed the lower court to scrutinize more closely the university’s justification for its use of race and compliance with Grutter v. Bollinger (2003) which held that schools can use race to achieve diversity in some cases. The lower court reaffirmed its previous ruling, and the Supreme Court agreed to take the case again, which surprised many observers who now anticipate a major decision changing the face of affirmative action in the country.


·       On Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee meets to consider a number of legislative measures and nominations, including the reappointment of The Honorable Jessica Rosenworcel to the Federal Communications Commission.
Forwarded from SASFAA's Legislative Relations' Committee.

SASFAA Slate of Officers

SASFAA members:

I am very happy to announce the approved slate of candidates for the elections that will take place prior to and during the Annual SASFAA Conference/meeting, February 2016, Greensboro, NC.

The following individuals will be on the slate for the respective positions:

·         Sharon Oliver (4 year public university, N.C. Central University – North Carolina)

Vice President:
·         Michael Morgan (4 year private college, Rhodes College – Tennessee)

·         Jody Darby (2 year public college, Chattahoochee Technical College – Georgia)
·         Janet Nowicki (2 year public college, Guilford Technical Community College – North Carolina)

·         Wayne Kruger (4 year public college, St. Petersburg College – Florida)

Stay tuned for more information regarding the candidates and election process. We will be posting information about the candidates to the SASFAA website by December 26th.  An announcement will be sent out once that has been done.  In the meantime, feel free to contact any of the candidates should you have questions for them.

I sincerely appreciate each candidate’s willingness to run for office and serve the SASFAA membership.   

Each of these individuals has stepped up to volunteer their time to serve our great regional association.  These individuals with families and lives outside of work alone have made, and will continue to make, sacrifices to serve SASFAA.  Members often join SASFAA at what I call Level One (self-serving) or Level Two (because of a friend or their job assignment).  In time, they become true believers--passionate about our association and our members--reaching Level Three (commitment and dedication).  Each of the individuals on this year’s ballot has achieved this third level:  Commitment & Dedication!   

I would like to thank the other members of the committee (below) for their work in developing this slate.  I feel that we have done our due diligence and am feel very pleased with the slate for our 2016 election.
·         Ms. Stephanie Miller– AL
·         Mr. Wayne Kruger – FL (and Ms. Joan Bailey who sat in for FL on our committee’s meeting/call)
·         Ms. Susan Smith – GA
·         Ms. Kristie Hughes – KY
·         Ms. Carrie Cooper – MS
·         Ms. Cathy Shell – NC
·         Mr. Kenneth Cole – SC
·         Ms. Celena Tulloss – TN
·         Mr. Tarik Boyd – VA 

Submitted By: Nathan R. Basford, Jr. Nominations and Elections Committee Chair

Monday, December 7, 2015

Remembering Pearl Harbor

May we always remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice at Pearl Harbor.