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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
All the best!
President, CCCSFAAA 2005