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President's Update

Index of Updates

March 2006

Karen Micalizio
2006 CCCSFAAA President

This first issue of CCCSFAAA News for 2006 is hitting your campus at a time when some of you are refreshed from a recent spring break while others are anxiously anticipating a break. I chose not to take time off during our break but the change in routine was enjoyable.
Whether or not you take time away during your campus’ spring break, I hope you enjoy a little slower pace while students and faculty are away.

Three of our colleges have agreed to host Spring Flings on their campuses during spring break. A sincere ‘thank you’ goes out to the staff at College of the Canyons, San Joaquin Delta and Long Beach City! A lot of hours go into planning and hosting these events and your willingness to go the extra mile is greatly appreciated. Susan Jones, CCCSFAAA Past-President, has a great slate of interest sessions planned. These sessions are appropriate for the novice financial aid professional as well as for the seasoned veteran. Depending on when you are reading this, there may still be time to register for the Spring Flings. If you have not yet registered, go to the CCCSFAAA website (cccsfaaa.org) and follow the ‘Training’ link to do so. But hurry, time is running out!

Congratulations to John Muskavitch and the entire 2005 Conference Committee for a very successful event. As incoming President, I got a glimpse of the fine details that go into planning such an event. It is amazing to watch the team at work. This is not John’s first success at chairing our conference nor will it be his last. John has graciously agreed to chair our 2006 conference in Ontario. With John at the helm, my mind is at ease! Mark your calendars for December 1-3 to join us in Ontario.

Our friends at the Chancellor’s Office, in partnership with the CCCSFAAA Training Committee, are planning several training events. Among them is a training for Financial Aid Directors that will include a day exclusively for new Directors followed by two days of training for all Directors. Mark your calendars for June 12-14. The exact location of the training has not yet been selected but it will most likely take place in the south. They are also working on trainings that will give us an opportunity to exchange information and ideas with EOPS, CalWORKS, Outreach Coordinators and Transfer Center Coordinators.

There has been a lot of time and energy spent on state issues this year; CSAC/EdFund issues, California High School Exit Exam, and the many bills affecting student aid that are making their way through the legislative process. Your new State Issues Chair, Beth Asmus, has taken off running in her new role. Some of you may recall that Beth has been the CCCSFAAA Web Master since we expanded our web presence under the reign of Past President, Craig Yamamoto. Beth is a web site ‘power user’ and you will find a wealth of information under the State Issues link.

Susan Jones and I are working with the ‘icanaffordcollege.com’ campaign on new and creative ways to promote “California Community Colleges Financial Aid Awareness Month.” Start planning your May events NOW and don’t forget to post them to the ‘icanaffordcollege’ web site! Information on how to post your events is outlined in the “I Can Afford College” Campaign update in this issue of CCCSFAAA News.

We have a wonderful group of volunteers in our Association. Many financial aid professionals have come forward over the past year to offer their time and talent. The continued efforts of Craig Yamamoto cannot go without special mention. Craig participates in numerous advocacy efforts on behalf of CCCSFAAA. His commitment is relentless. I have yet to find a job he won’t accept on behalf of our Association. Thank you, Craig!

The year is off to a great start. Your 2006 CCCSFAAA Board is motivated and enthusiastic. They are very supportive of one another and responsive to calls for participation. CCCSFAAA can always use YOUR help. Contact information for Board members and Committee Chairs is available on the CCCSFAAA web site. Please contact one of us if you would like to get involved.

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