updated 8.6.19

President's Update

February 2005

This is my second message for Year 2005 and I hope that these communications will serve as a vehicle to keep you informed of the actions and activities of your Executive Board.

The February Executive Board Meeting was held in Ontario with full agendas for both days. The following are some of the topics that were discussed.

  • At the Federal level Congress passed an amendment requiring all schools that receive federal funds to hold an educational program on the United States Constitution each September 17th. (You may want to brush up on the Constitution!)
  • At the State level the new 2005-06 Board of Governors Fee Waiver Application has been distributed by the Chancellor’s Office. It incorporates the implementation of the California Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act. You should have also received a REVISED BOG Application for the current school year 2004-05, which must be implemented immediately.
  • Mary Gill was present to discuss the Health Services Association proposal to eliminate the Health fee waiver from the Board of Governors Waiver program thus giving each campus the local decision to assess the health fee. There was much discussion on the issue and our association chose to survey all the community colleges, of which only about 50% responded. CCCSFAAA has not taken a position on the proposal. Instead we summarized our concerns and recommended that the CSSO Association, in collaboration with the Programs and Associations most affected by this initiative, work together to convene a task force to establish principles and a framework for establishing policy that would, at minimum, address the issues identified and any other identified by the Student Service Council. The summary and recommendations were presented at the Student Services Council (The Student Services Council represents all of the constituent groups within Student Services across the state).
  • The Financial Aid staff at San Bernardino Valley College will be moving to a new location. On May 13th, a garden next to the Student Services building will be dedicated in memory of Maureen Martinez. The CCCSFAAA Executive Board approved a donation of $5,000.00 to the Maureen Martinez Memorial Scholarship Fund at San Bernardino Valley College. The donation will be presented at the ceremony.
  • Craig Yamamoto and the CCCSFAAA Training Committee are busy planning the Spring Fling Training Workshops. Registration information will be available soon on the CCCSFAAA web site.
    • The Northern Site training will occur at:
      San Joaquin Delta College on March 24, Thursday
    • New this year, there will be TWO Southern Sites:
      College of the Canyons on April 1, Friday
      Riverside Community College on April 13, Wednesday
  • On February 23rd, the California Student Aid Commission will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary. We plan to have three members of the Executive Board attend the reception at the Commissioner’s Meeting.
  • Our next Executive Board meeting will be held on March 21 – 23. Activities include a joint meeting with CASFAA and the Day at the Capitol in Sacramento.
That's it for now. If you find some time, pull out that old history book and take a refresher on the Constitution. You never know when you may be asked to conduct an educational program to meet the new requirement.

All the best!
Susan Jones
President, CCCSFAAA 2005

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