Monday, December 22, 2014

Iowa Update

(by Julie Haack, MASFAA Executive Council State Representative for Iowa)

Fall is winding down here in Iowa and the weather is ramping up!  It’s feeling more like the holidays every day! 

We had a great fall conference this month here in my hometown of Davenport!  We welcomed 111 conference registrants to see What’s All the Buzz About? Fifteen of those 111 were newcomers to IASFAA!  Our Program committee did a great job of lining up interesting topics for our seasoned veterans and some 101 topics for our newcomers. 

We kicked off the conference with over 40 people attending NASFAA training on Needs Analysis, presented by Tim Kremer from University of Dubuque and Steve Loven from ICAN.  They provided a great history lesson for those who haven’t been around the block yet, and great guidance into the world of Needs Analysis!

We welcomed a few special guests as well.  We had Jesse O’Connell, a NASFAA Policy Analyst who provided us with the NASFAA update.  Byron Scott, former Training Officer for the Department of Education, provided his services on his last stop in his training role as he received a promotion in October.  We were very grateful that he was able to keep his commitment to us!  And our very own Aaron Steffens, current MASFAA President, provided us with the MASFAA update and along with his “Happy” crew, got people pumped up for MASFAA in Iowa in 2015! 

We gave out a number of awards for years of service and had 3 members who will be celebrating retirement this year.  Steve Loven from ICAN plans to retire in the spring, as well as Linda Schwinn from Capri College and Peg Julius from Kirkwood Community College.  We wish them much happiness and stress free living in their futures!

Our charity this year was the local non-profit group Quad City Scholars.  Quad City Scholars was created by local business leaders who recognized not all high school students with college potential were pursuing college degrees.  The group operates in area high schools and provides college and career exploration programs for 9th through 12th graders with the Iowa/Illinois Quad Cities.  They run on strictly donor dollars and use those funds to provide ACT prep, scholarship assistance, mentoring, and college visits.  To help raise funds we had a live auction and a silent auction and passed around donation jars.  We surpassed even our own expectations and raised over $1,600.00 for the organization.  We were then notified that a local trust had agreed to match all donations made in November so we really were able to provide an impact for this group!  We are so grateful for all the generosity in IASFAA!

We are already on track planning for our spring 2015 conference to be held in Johnston, Iowa in April.  Hard to believe my term as President is half over!  Stay warm and Happy Holidays from Iowa!

Barb Hoffman
20 Years of Service

Chris Ditter & Carolyn Schwendeman
25 Years of Service

Ean Freel & Pam Smith
10 Years of Service

IASFAA Fall 2014 Party Pic! 
IASFAA Fall 2014 Party Pic!

IASFAA Fall 2014 Party Pic!
Mary Jo Smith & Jen Sassman

Julie Dunn
35 Years of Service

Linda Schwinn
Retiree Recognition

Peg Julius
Retiree Recognition

Robin Jennings
5 Years of Service

Scavenger Hunt Party Pic!

Scavenger Hunt Party Pic!

Scavenger Hunt Party Pic!

Scavenger Hunt Party Pic!

Scavenger Hunt Party Pic!

Shannon Amundson, Gisella Baker, Carmen Nugent, & Chad Olson
15 Years of Service

Teresa Thiede
30 Years of Service

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