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President's Update

Index of Updates

August 2007

Beth Asmus
2007 CCCSFAAA President

It’s the busiest time of the year in financial aid offices from College of the Siskiyous to Southwestern College, and from Lake Tahoe Community College to College of Alameda….and all 105 campuses in between.  ISIRs, FAFSAs, BOGWs, phone calls, emails and students are pouring into your office - through the front door and electronically - at a rate faster than you can keep pace.  Don’t lose sight of the fact that you provide a vitally important service to your financial aid students. Find little ways to celebrate your efforts!

CCCSFAAA extends a warm welcome to Dr. Diane Woodruff, recently appointed Interim Chancellor for the California Community Colleges.  Dr. Woodruff succeeds Chancellor Mark Drummond, who announced his resignation to become Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District in July.  Woodruff is the first woman to lead the largest higher educational system in the world.  CCCSFAAA has invited Dr. Woodruff to give the opening address to kick-off the CCCSFAAA Annual Conference in San Francisco on Thursday, December 13, 2007.

Its countdown time to the 2007 Annual CCCSFAAA Conference!  Brad Hardison, Conference Chair and committee members, are working hard to create informative interest sessions for beginning and advanced financial aid professionals, with break-out sessions for professional development, and special interest strands for Veteran’s and Foster Youth services and programs. No doubt you’ll learn something new, as well as have ample time to network with your colleagues at the beautiful downtown San Francisco Marriott.

The philanthropic project for this year’s conference is “Glasses For Humanity”. You are encouraged to bring gently used prescription glasses, reading glasses and sunglasses (prescription and non-prescription) to deposit in the collection box which will be located at the Conference Registration Desk.  You’re unique but your prescription isn’t. “No old glasses lying around?” you say.  Modestly clever folks have created a supporter-level donation of $20.20 (or a bifocal level donation $40.40) just for you. Or maybe you are inspired to take up a collection at the office, with your Student Services departments, or your campus to bring a big bag of used glasses to the conference! Let’s see how many pair of glasses CCCSFAAA can collect to help the nearly 2 million American children who can’t clearly see the blackboard or a book, or the 2.5 billion people who do not have the eyeglasses to see well enough to read or to hold most jobs.  

Speaking of the conference, this year’s conference theme was selected to honor you, the financial aid professional, in recognition of your diligent work making a difference in the lives of your students as you practice financial aid magic -- “Each One Reach One”.  Your effort today may very well make the difference in helping that student stay in school to complete his or her educational goal. Statistics show that retention rates increase for students who receive financial aid.  My hat’s off to you as you serve your students – one student at a time. Conference publicist Greg Ryan (Victor Valley College) will provide frequent updates about conference registration, hotel information and the conference agenda on the conference webpage.  Check it regularly!

Past President Karen Micalizio, and Nomination & Elections Committee Chair, presented a strong slate of nominees for the 2008 ballot to the Executive Board, for the positions of:  President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer-Elect and Secretary. In my recent readings I came across this tidbit, “The aim of succession planning is to identify the organization’s future personnel needs, assess the existing talent pool, and prepare for the integration of these two components.”  You are encouraged to cast your vote for your colleagues in the upcoming CCCSFAAA elections.  Online voting will open August 21, 2007 and close on September 12, 2007. Your vote counts!

One of the goals of the 2007 Executive Board is to continue efforts to strengthen CCCSFAAA’s partnerships with CASFAA, CSAC, EdFund, CCCCO, CLFE and state legislative officials (and staffers) in Sacramento. Special thanks to Jacque Bradley (Mendocino College) and Dr. Patricia Hurley (Glendale College) who have partnered with Vice President JoAnn Bernard to help keep tabs on federal issues.  Also a big thank you is extended to Anne McKinney and Tim Bonnel (Chancellor’s Office) and Mary Gill who has worked with President Elect Kristin Shear to keep CCCSFAAA abreast of state issues in Sacramento.  It is critical that CCCSFAAA voices its support (or opposition) on student financial aid legislative bills with a united voice representing the 109 campuses and the 2.5 million students enrolled at the California community colleges. CCCSFAAA does not employ a lobbyist, attorney, or an accountant.  We have learned to roll up our sleeves, and seek the sage advice of our predecessors, to get things done.  As past president Craig Yamamoto said, “We are all just a bunch of volunteers – hard working, hard driving, dedicated financial aid folks. And, CCCSFAAA is only as good as the volunteers who make up our organization.” 

At the annual conference in Washington D.C., NASFAA awarded its Lifetime Membership (the highest award that NASFAA can bestow) to one of our own - Dr. Mildred “Millie” McAuley.  Millie served many years as Director at Grossmont College.  She was very involved during the early formative years of CCCSFAAA, and served in many leadership roles with CCCSFAAA, CASFAA, WASFAA and testifying at Congressional hearings for NASFAA.  Another equally important Lifetime Award was presented to Dallas Martin. Dallas stated, "You are the professionals that create opportunity everyday. It is the most honorable profession anyone could ever have."  This will be Martin’s last national conference as he will retire December 15th, after an illustrious 32 year career as NASFAA President.

Let’s talk about this important topic of recognition. Organizations must have the right leaders in the right places at the right times doing the right things. It is important to recognize those extra special people or organizations whose efforts have contributed to help move our association forward in 2007. Very soon you will receive an email soliciting CCCSFAAA award nominations from Susan Jones, Awards Committee Chair. The annual awards are conferred at the conference in the categories: Outstanding Service, Leadership, Hall of Fame, Lifetime, Making a Difference and Special Recognition. This is the only mechanism CCCSFAAA has to honor and show its appreciation to these dedicated financial aid professionals. Please take a few moments to nominate a colleague for a 2007 CCCSFAAA Award.
I hope that by the time you read this that Governor Schwarzenegger has signed the State’s budget and that the 2007-2008 funding is flowing as it should between the State Treasurer’s Office and your campus.  If it has not, I know you will do whatever you can at the campus-level to ensure that your financial aid students are not detrimentally impacted by the State’s budget impasse.

All the best,

Beth Asmus
CCCSFAAA President

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