Monday, March 23, 2015

Iowa Update

(by Julie Haack, Iowa Representative)

It’s been a long winter and we are finally beginning to see the signs of spring and with it comes the start of a new awarding year and all the glory that comes with it! We are in the heat of it now as I’m sure all of you are!

A lot has happened here in Iowa since I last posted in December.

Our Community Outreach committee organized Governor Terry Branstad’s signing of a proclamation making February Financial Aid Awareness Month. Twenty IASFAA members attended the signing, one of the largest groups yet, to show their support.

The signing was pre-empted by the Director’s Drive-in Workshop, an event held each February in Des Moines that brings together Directors from around the state to discuss current events and issues.

Elections were held in January and those slated to serve under President-Elect Kristi Fuller for the 15-16 term are:

Chris Ditter – Drake University, President-Elect; Amy Norton – Clarke University, Vice-President; Chad Peters - DMACC, Secretary; Tristan Lynn - AIB, Treasurer-Elect; and Erick Danielson - ICAN, Delegate. We thank each and every one that agreed to run for these elected positions and give their time to IASFAA!

Kristi Fuller attended the MASFAA board meeting in my place in January, and traveled to Indiana on January 28-30 as our State Exchange representative.

Erick Danielson from ICAN and Sarah Harrington from University of Iowa will be attending the MASFAA Leadership symposium in June. And our own Chad Olson from Iowa State, our current Program Chair, will be among the faculty for this year’s MASFAA Summer Institute being held concurrently with Leadership.

Our spring conference to be held April 9th & 10th in Johnston, Iowa is right around the corner and we will be hosting Val Meyers from Michigan as our State Exchange guest. Val will also be presenting on Consumer Information at the conference. We appreciate her willingness to participate in our conference!

Have a great spring everyone!

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