Index of Updates
2009 CCCSFAAA President
We Made It!
What a challenging year we have had! We should be proud of all we have accomplished.
The work we do each and every day helps students reach their goals by assisting them
financially. I realize that doing our work becomes more difficult with rising
applications and no additional resources. I feel proud of our commitment to students
in these economic times.
That commitment to students carries forward into the work that CCCSFAAA accomplished
this year. Our advocacy efforts have been sustained and constant. Our team of
CCCCSFAAA volunteers (yes we do this above and beyond our regular jobs), wrote
letters and testified at legislative hearings all in order to stave off cuts to our
operational funding or the funding of our students in the form of Cal Grants. I look
forward to sharing my contacts and strategies with Jacque Bradley as your incoming
CCCSFAAA President and Sherrie Padilla, your incoming President Elect and State
Issues Chair. I know they will both carry forward the high standards of CCCSFAAA
leadership we have seen in the past.
I have made a concerted effort to try to encourage members to get involved in the
volunteer opportunities of CCCSFAAA. I am happy to report that we have brought in
many new members to assist us with activities such as our annual conference. Even our
board has seen some new faces join. Three of our regional representatives are new –
Yvonne Glashan, Sierra College, Region 2, Janeen Beard, Ventura College, Region 6 and
Gregory Sanchez, San Diego City College, Region 10. Our other regional
representatives are either finishing out the second year of their two year term or
have decided to join us for another term on the board.
If you are still looking to get involved, we have committees you can serve on that
require a few hours or less per month on a conference call at the convenience of your
desk. You can simply sign up at the CCCSFAAAA website under Member Services and
Volunteer Form. We can certainly use your help.
Our premier training opportunity is just around the corner in San Jose from December
10th to December 12th. I am excited that many of you can join us. I know that some of
you may not be able to attend for various reasons. I encourage you to talk with your
colleagues who attended so you stay informed. You will also be able to download the
financial aid presentations from the CCCSFAAA website soon after the conference. We
will send out a notice when the majority are posted.
I would like to end this message with something I got from one of our members. It
resonated with me. It said
"This is a time of year when we all can slow down our fast paced lives
and reflect on all the things for which we are thankful.I have so much for which I am
grateful...I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. Hug your loved
ones, enjoy your time away from the job, and take time to reflect on for those things
that make your own lives special."
It has been a delight and pleasure serving as your CCCSFAAA President. Be sure to
take extra time for yourself and the loved ones in your lives in the coming weeks. You deserve it!