updated 8.6.19

President's Update

March 2005

In March, the CCCSFAAA Executive Board spent three days in Sacramento for their regularly scheduled board meeting and the “Day at the Capitol.” March 22nd was scheduled to be the day in which we joined CASFAA for the “Day at the Capitol” event. But guess what? The legislators were at recess! So instead of spending a day at the Capitol, we spent half a day at the Capitol and obviously we didn’t meet with our respective legislators. Instead, we heard a CSAC Update from Diana Fuentes-Michel, CSAC Executive Director; received legislative tips from Laura Rodriguez, Legislative Director for Assemblywoman Barbara Matthews; and heard from a panel of representatives from the various sectors regarding higher education issues. Also speaking was Jason Murphy, a staff member for Senator Jack Scott. During the three days, we also spent time meeting with CASFAA. At this meeting we shared our respective goals and discussed Federal/State issues.

One of my goals for 2005 was to develop and publish a CCCSFAAA brochure and I am happy to announce that the CCCSFAAA brochure has been completed. All community colleges have been mailed a copy of the publication to the attention of their Financial Aid Director. I recently reviewed the membership records and noticed that 98 of the 109 community colleges have CCCSFAAA membership. I’m hoping that the publication will spark an interest for someone from each of the other eleven campuses to join.

Two directors have recently retired; Marlene Miranda from Cypress College and Carmen Solom from Cuyamaca College. Knowing how demanding the role of a director is, I wonder how long it will take before they get bored? All I can say is that I am envious and I wish them both all the best. On March 24th, I attended the Spring Fling training held at San Joaquin Delta College. There were 124 registrants for this first training. On April 1st, I attended the Spring training at College of the Canyons where there were 144 persons registered. The third and last Spring training event will be held at Riverside Community College on April 13th. Currently, there are 198 registered for this event. Since the training at College of the Canyons was held on April Fools Day, the Spring training committee decided that it was appropriate to fool their chairperson, Craig Yamamoto. They had the poor guy sweating by making him think that the keynote speaker had not arrived while the speaker was in the audience the whole time. Next year you can bet that I won’t be planning an event on that day!

You may recall that at our conference in December 2004 I stated one of my goals was to have all 109 California community colleges conduct an outreach event in late Spring. I want to take the time to strongly encourage you to hold a financial aid outreach event sometime during the month of May. This is an opportunity to reach late filers and send the message that students may still apply for aid. It is also an opportunity to spend any remaining dollars in your BFAP budget.

All the best!
Susan Jones
President, CCCSFAAA 2005

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