Monday, February 19, 2018

MASFAA in MN

By: Katie Kraemer, Wisconsin Representative

Not even Mother Nature could prevent (after a few delays for some…) a meeting of MASFAA minds at the winter board meeting in Minnesota on February 12th and 13th!  The Executive Council gathered at the Marriott in downtown Minneapolis – site of 2018’s MASFAA Conference.  Members of the Program Committee met the day before the board meeting and worked hard to start developing an exciting, impactful, and informative conference.  Mark your calendars now for October 14-17th as you will not want to miss it!

Executive Council discussed many topics, all centered around our members – how best to serve them, what added benefits MASFAA can provide, and most importantly, how to ensure they are getting the greatest value out of their membership!  Details were shared about Summer Institute, the MASFAA Leadership Conference, and the annual MASFAA Conference regarding content, goals, and costs.  Summer Institute and the leadership conference will be held concurrently, June 4-8, at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.  Stay tuned for details regarding an updated format to the Leadership Conference, with new tracks being offered this year!   

The meeting resulted in many action items.  Some were immediate, like the list serve for members, which was resurrected mere hours after our meeting!  Other items will take more time and additional work.  One hot topic was the membership fee structure.  MASFAA is going to review and research the differences between individual and institutional memberships.  A task force will need to consider how our budget would be impacted by both models and what will best serve MASFAA and its schools.  The board meeting was also a wonderful opportunity for representatives from each state to share what is going on in their states and gain ideas from one another.

As someone who is newly involved in MASFAA and new to Executive Council, it was awesome to experience working with such a welcoming and ambitious group!  I cannot stress enough how much the Executive Council cares about the association and the needs of its members.  I encourage you all to get involved, whether it be joining a committee or running for a position.  Which brings me to my last reminder and plug – elections will take place soon.  Please take the time to vote!  And consider throwing your hat in the ring for a position when nominations occur next year!!  You will gain invaluable leadership experience and I promise it will be rewarding to serve your peers.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Love, MASFAA

Happy Wednesday, MASFAA!  Are you feeling in <3 with all of the Financial Aid things happening?  If not, maybe you’ll love the news that I have for you today. 

In case you didn’t realize it by the way this blog post came to you– the MASFAA listserv is BACK!  We heard you, and we made it happen.  The email address is the same as it always was – masfaal@masfaaweb.org.  Feel free to continue to use the job board or forums on the website in addition to the listserv.

Speaking of the website, we just want to make sure that our members know how to use our awesome new website.  The number one thing to remember – if you can’t find something that you’re looking for – LOGIN!  Some of the menu choices for members only won’t show up unless you’re logged in.  The log in button is a little person on the top right of the page on a desktop, and if you’re on your mobile device, it looks like an arrow in a door.

If you need ANY assistance at all with our website, please contact any member of the Communications and Electronic Initiatives Committee.  All of the members of the committee are listed here: https://masfaaweb.wildapricot.org/CEI/

Been missing our blog lately? So have we!  We’d love to hear what’s been going on in your state, or anything that you’d want to contribute to the MASFAA blog: professional development topics, advocacy efforts, etc.  Anyone can contribute a blog, not just members of our committee (though we’d love to have you).  Send submissions or ideas to blog@masfaaweb.org and our committee will work with you to get those out to the membership.

Things to look for in the coming weeks: an update from the recent executive council meeting in Minneapolis at the site of the conference in October, announcements about our summer training opportunities (Summer Institute and Leadership Symposium may be getting a facelift – stay tuned!), lots of conference teasers and info, and of course – before you know it, the ballot!


So keep your eyes in your inbox for updates from MASFAA, and have a Happy Valentine’s Day.