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President's Update

Index of Updates

February/March 2007

Beth Asmus
2007 CCCSFAAA President

It’s official. Karen’s past; Susan is past-past; Craig is past-past-past; Rob was way back when; and, Toni served as president a decade ago. I suddenly find myself with two jobs – serving as your president and my regular day job as Dean, Special Programs at College of the Canyons. Both posts are new to me. That equates to lots of change. And CHANGE is what we financial aid professionals thrive on! Right?

Congratulations to the 2006 Conference Co-Chairs John Muskavitch and Toni DuBois and their hard-working Ontario conference committee. CCCSFAAA hosted another outstanding conference, setting the bar even higher for next year’s conference committee.

Be sure check out who we honored as CCCSFAAA Award Winners at the 2006 conference in Ontario. CCCSFAAA presented it first ever “Lifetime Awards” to two life-long, very dedicated student financial aid advocates. We count ourselves very fortunate and recognize that our profession is full of talented, caring people who continuously and passionately advocate for accessibility and affordability for the community college students in the state of California.

CCCSFAAA is bringing one-day Spring Training events to your area soon. The Spring Training events offer prizes, presentations, federal and state updates, interest sessions, great food and professional networking. All this is in the works for you and your staff and these events are dedicated completely to California Community College financial aid programs and training. It’s the best bargain around at $10 for CCCSFAAA members and $40 for non-members. I’ll see you there!

Save The Dates – December 13, Thursday through December 15, Saturday for the 2007 CCCSFAAA Annual Conference. Conference co-chairs Brad Hardison and Andi Schreibman promise an entertaining and informative conference in the beautiful city by the bay - San Francisco. Pssst! There have been rumors of a CCCSFAAA talent show…..stay tuned and check the web page for updates.

CCCSFAAA welcomes Bryan Dickason serving as CSAC Liaison to the executive board for 2007. Bryan is a long-time friend to the community colleges, financial aid professionals and students in the State. Also new to the executive board for 2007 is Donna Huber who will serve as the California Lenders for Education (CLFE) Liaison. CCCSFAAA’s other liaison appointments include Maria Escobar, EOPS Liaison, and Tim Bonnel and Richard Quintana from the California Community Colleges System Office. You can check out all these dedicated volunteers on the “About CCCSFAAA” web page.

You’d be amazed how many people it takes to keep our association strong, informed and moving forward with a united voice of advocacy on student financial aid issues affecting the 109 California Community College’s students and financial aid programs. Executive board members, regional representatives, liaisons, committee chairs and appointees to state-wide committees and workgroups. And, great news, there is always the room for one more – YOU! CCCSFAAA is a volunteer organization. We are only as strong as our volunteers. WE need your talent, abilities, opinions and participation. Membership on a committee benefits your colleagues, students and parents, and provides an opportunity for personal and professional development. So go ahead, complete the volunteer form located at www.cccsfaaa.org/docs/forms/memVolunteer.html. Don’t hold back – raise your hand ….. volunteer!

Exciting things are happening in the Federal Issues arena. Two of our segment’s very own resident experts on all things federal, Linda Michalowski (Vice Chancellor, CCC System Office) and Patricia Hurley (Associate Dean Financial Aid, Glendale College) have been appointed to serve on NegReg committees convened on General Provisions and the new ACG/SMART programs, respectively. CCCSFAAA will provide testimony at a federal hearing at College of the Canyons on March 5th on the “Affordability of Textbooks”.

Kris Shear (Santa Rosa Junior College) State Issues committee chair, and her crew, are busy planning a full day of legislative advocacy in Sacramento for the Day at the Capitol event on Wednesday March 28. Keep your eye on the web for breaking news. CCCSFAAA will maintain a presence at future California Student Aid Commissioner Meetings to provide a community college’s view on all things Cal Grant, CASHEE, CHAFEE and IPA.

One of CCCSFAAA’s goals is to increase the number of members who participate in work of the association during 2007. We also want to forge a path for future leaders by providing opportunity and training to volunteers within our ranks. One way to promote this idea is to extend a standing invitation to any member who desires to attend an executive board meeting and see “how” we work. Three regional guests joined us at the San Diego meeting in early February. Let me know if you’d like to join us at a meeting. Here’s the remaining 2007 executive board meetings dates and locations.

            March 26 Sacramento
            May 8 Riverside
            July 26 Half Moon Bay
            October 23 Bay Area (TBA)

CCCSFAAA has built a wonderful resource and tool for its members on it’s website at www.cccsfaaa.org. CCCSFAAA is committed to identifying and implementing new features to improve web services for CCCSFAAA members. If you have an idea about how the website can be improved or if you are looking for a challenging and rewarding volunteer position as an apprentice webmaster, please contact Dennis Schroeder (Glendale College) or me.

All the best,

Beth Asmus
CCCSFAAA President

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