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The purpose of OASFAA shall be: to foster and promote the professional preparation, effectiveness, recognition, and association of administrators and counselors of student financial aid in educational institutions beyond high school and individuals in public or private agencies or organizations concerned with student financial aid.

A Letter from your President...

July 23, 2014

What a gorgeous time of year it is. Spring's full bloom is starting to hint at summer, with luscious Oregon strawberries filling my canning jars, and raspberries not far off.

What an eventful few months we've had since the last OASFAA newsletter!

We have some exciting training events coming up soon, including the Summer Drive-In, which is being co-chaired by Mary McGlothlan and Shelle Riehl this year. Summer Drive-In will be held on August 7th in Portland, and will feature a federal update from one of our very favorite Feds, Kim Wells.

We're also excited to announce that NASFAA President Justin Draeger will attend our Annual Conference in 2015 as a special guest. If you haven't yet had the opportunity to see Justin speak, prepare to be inspired and impressed.

Finally, we are interested in expanding our Legislative Committee, which Susan Degen has managed beautifully as a one-person operation for years. With all of the ongoing legislative and political interest in the work we do as financial aid professionals, it is important that the experts (that's us!) be engaged in the process of making positive change in the financial aid rules that undergird the critical work we do to make college possible for thousands of students and families. To get involved, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Ashley Coleman, at ashleyjo@uoregon.edu.

As you may know, two important OASFAA members left our ranks for greener pastures in May. We are proud of their accomplishments and very happy for their hard-earned promotions. Nevertheless, it is always hard to say goodbye to treasured friends and valuable members of the financial aid community in Oregon. Ryan West said farewell to Western Oregon University's financial aid office to become the new Associate Dean at Chemeketa Community College's Yamhill Valley Campus in McMinnville. In addition to being elected to the position of 2014-15 President-elect, he served OASFAA in numerous ways, including Treasurer, Secretary, Archives Chair, and trainer. His enthusiasm and sparkling wit will be greatly missed.

Frankie Everett, Fund Development Chair and Annual Conference Co-Chair, left her position at Marylhurst University-and the state of Oregon altogether-to become the Financial Aid Director at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Frankie served OASFAA in a number of different roles over the years, contributing her outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail to each new task. The fearless, can-do attitude and unfailing collegiality she brought to her work for OASFAA will serve her well in her new role.

In April, I had the pleasure of representing OASFAA at the WASFAA Executive Council meeting right before the WASFAA annual conference in Reno, Nevada. My involvement with WASFAA has reminded me how very lucky we are to have such a well-organized and robust state financial aid association in Oregon. OASFAA thrives, thanks to the many dedicated volunteers who manage to find time to devote to our mutual training and development while balancing challenging (and fulfilling) jobs and life outside of work.

As any OASFAA volunteer can attest, the time and energy we give to our organization is so very rewarding. I've also learned that WASFAA is a truly exceptional regional financial aid association, thanks again in large part to the dedication and rich knowledge of WASFAA volunteers, many of whom are also OASFAA members and volunteers. Over the next year, I will keep OASFAA members informed of upcoming WASFAA training events and other communications.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve all of you. Please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions on ways we can make OASFAA even stronger going forward.

Helen Faith
OASFAA President 2014-15
Lane Community College

  Notes & News
9.3.14 - 2015 OASFAA Conference Session Proposals now being accepted
7.14.14 - July Newsletter posted

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