Monday, September 18, 2017

Financial Aid and Mushing

Two words I never, ever, EVER would expect to see together - Financial Aid and Mushing.

Well, first I had to look up “Mushing”.

Go ahead and look it up – I’ll wait…….

Attending the upcoming MASFAA Conference in Dayton, OH in October will give attendees the opportunity to hear how Jodi has learned to “…Lead From Behind…”.

We have attended many session on management and interpersonal relationship building as well as working together on teams.  Let me tell you, this will be the first time you will hear about leading as Jodi has had to learn to lead – from behind.

We are excited to bring you Jodi’s unique and at times humorous perspective and adventures all while learning together – we look forward to seeing you soon in Dayton!

A brief Look at Jodi ~

Jodi Bailey, 48, grew up on the island of Marthas Vineyard MA. She earned her BA in Theater Studies and Anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta GA. While at Emory she made her first summer trip to Alaska to study storytelling. “Since my first summer here I knew in my heart Alaska was the place for me”. After graduating in 1991 she moved to Fairbanks and never looked back. In addition to mushing Jodi enjoys yoga, running, gardening, and cooking. Jodi and her husband, Yukon Quest and Iditarod veteran, Dan Kaduce, call Dew Claw Kennel in Chatanika Alaska home; along with Opal & Jasper (the house dogs) their team of racing Alaskan huskies, and Chopper (the cat who is cool enough to live with this many dogs).

Jodi began mushing in 1995 and has focused on distance races including the Copper Basin 300, Tustumena 200, Denali Doubles, Kobuk 440, and Yukon Quest. In 2011 Jodi made history when she became the first rookie to successfully complete both the Yukon Quest and Iditarod in the same year. “One of my favorite things about distance racing is the relationship you develop with your team over the hours and miles.” Jodi explains, “We are running dogs that were born in our living room, the descendants of our original race dogs. It is exciting to see them grow from wiggly fur balls to world class athletes”

Monday, September 11, 2017

Register Today

Your 2017 MASFAA Conference flight beckons you with:
35 Concurrent Sessions
NASFAA Credentialing Session
6 Business Solutions options
    In-Flight General Sessions featuring:
Justin Draeger, NASFAA President and CEO
Billie Jo Hamilton, NASFAA National Chair
Eve Rips, Director of Regional Strategy, Young Invincibles
Jodi Bailey, An Iditarod racer, Co-Owner of Dew Claw Kennel
Lena Tenney and Robin Wright, Kirwan Institute Researchers

MASFAA, the oldest regional Financial Aid assocation, is celebrating our 55th year by Making Every Moment Count.  As recorded in our 25th year history book, MASFAA – Pioneer and Leader by Stephen A. Morris, “The primary role of the regional association is to meet both the individual needs of its members and the collective concerns of the financial aid profession.”  Our 2017 MASFAA Conference is designed to effectively fulfill both of these goals.

For you as an individual, MASFAA is your chance to really connect with peers from throughout our region.  Sharing perspectives, ideas and encouragement, you can learn from peer experiences to better serve your institutions.  You can also share; others need to benefit from what you can give!  We connect you to both national and federal trainers at an extremely reasonable cost point.  MASFAA professional development is also your step towards involvement at the national level.  MASFAA members have a very strong presence in leading national policy discussions benefiting our students and profession.

Professional service vendors. Over 20 companies who help with a variety of Financial Aid services will be available to speak with you about options on ways to improve your operations.  These companies strengthen our ability to help make student’s dreams come true. 

Dayton!  Host to several cultural experiences the weekend we are there like The Ohio Renaissance Festival, Dayton River Corredor Classic Half Marathon, and Jungle Jim’s Weekend of Fire.  Home to the National Museum of the US Air Force and great aviation history giants Orville and Wilber Wright.  We will be experiencing an amazing piece of this history as we dine at Carillon Historical Park, home to the original Wright Flyer III.  Based at the fully renovated Marriott at the University of Dayton we have outstanding accomodations ready for us to enjoy.  It’s worth considering coming in early.  The hotel registration deadline is coming right up next week, so do not delay!  Register now!

It’s time to fly!  Get your ticket, come find your seat and get ready to enjoy the view.

MASFAA – Your Regional Financial Aid Conference.  Your High Flying Experience Awaits!

Access Committee Partnership with Sinclair Community College

Submitted by Angela Johnson, MASFAA Access Chair

The Access Committee is excited to announce that in partnership with Sinclair Community College, MASFAA will host a FAFSA completion event to assist students and families complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA during the MASFAA Conference. 

This FAFSA workshtop will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 12pm - 2pm at Sinclair Community College-Dayton Campus, Sifferlen Health Sciences Center-Building 14, Dayton, OH 45402. Sinclair Community College is a short 5-minute drive from the MASFAA conference hotel (Dayton Marriott).

We need your help at this event:  FAFSA completion volunteers are need to help students/families complete the FAFSA. Volunteers should plan to meet at Sinclair CC by 10:30am to receive assignments and instructions to prepare for the event. The event will conclude at 2pm and volunteers should plan to stay until the event ends. The first conference breakout sessions begin at 3:15pm.
Please wear your school (or alumni) spirit shirts to the event. Sign up to volunteer on SignUp Genius using the link below.

For questions about volunteering for the event, please contact Angela Johnson, MASFAA Access Chair - or (216)987-4213.

For questions about the site or specific info about Sinclair Community College, especially for students/families attending the event, please contact Matt Moore, Director of Financial Aid - Sinclair Community College - or (937)512-2960.

OHIO COLLEAGUES - FOR STUDENTS/FAMILIES ATTENDING:  Participants who need help completing the FAFSA are encouraged to register for this event at FAFSA Help Ohio - ; Click on the event date for this event - October 8, 2017 and follow the sign up instructions.

Thank you for considering adding this event to your MASFAA Conference experience.

Justification for Attendance - MASFAA Conference 2017

Submitted by MASFAA 2017 Conference Committee

Last week we sent out information to the listserve in which we suggested that it was vital that we stay up-to-date and learn how to implement any changes to the student aid programs.

We even provided language to help you justify your attendance at the MASFAA conference. That language is provided below as well.

To that end we are pleased to announce that Zack Goodwin, Regional Training Officer for the Department of Education will be presenting at the MASFAA conference.  Along with the Federal Update, Zack will be leading SIX interest sessions including favorites like Resolving Conflicting Information and the Top Ten Compliance
Concerns as well as breaking news – Verification 2018-19.

Leading From Behind

Submitted by: Thomas Ratliff, MASFAA President

Are you that amazing leader who loves to be in the spotlight, always seem to know exactly what to do and you’re constantly sure that everyone is following along behind you?  If so, WOW you’re amazing.  Congratulations on being that awesome!

Now, if you happen to be like the rest of us where you have a leadership role (or hope to in the future) and although you’re giving it your best and having some good results, you occasionally feel like you are following everyone else, as if you are trying to develop and herd cats in a reactive mode… then we have just the thing to help you! 

Jodi Bailey, our Sunday evening speaker at the 2017 MASFAA Conference, knows how to effectively lead from behind and how to tame a wild ride.  She is a competitive Alaskan Husky sled dog musher.  By competitive we mean she was the first rookie in history to complete both the Yukon Quest and Iditarod races in the same year!  That’s nearly 2,000 miles of obstacles, cold, snow, wind, dogs, adrenaline and success!  She and her husband raise, train and race their dogs to win as teams.  Come hear how the principles of their success are directly applicable to our professional leadership roles.  They can help you lead your team to success in unique ways!

Register now for the 2017 MASFAA Conference in beautiful Dayton, Ohio being held on October 8 – 11, 2017.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Access Awards Application

The Access Committee would like to announce that the nomination/application for the 2017-2018 Access Awards is available. Deadline is September 8, 2017.

The Access award recognizes innovative ideas and programming in the area of financial literacy, and financial aid outreach initiatives targeted toward K-12 or post-secondary settings. This award is open to our state associations, financial aid offices, and individuals who are MASFAA members. The program selected demonstrate commitment to access and financial education, in an innovation program that has been developed within the past two year. This award is presented annually at the MASFAA conference.

Get the details about the 2017-2018 Access Award Application:

Monday, September 4, 2017

MASFAA Member Spotlight!

One of the tasks of the Summer Institute faculty is to identify a winner of MASFAA's Haywood Legacy Scholarship, an award that provides for registration to the MASFAA conference and membership dues for the upcoming year. This week, it is our pleasure to introduce you to a newcomer to our profession - Vie Ward from University of Illinois, the 2017 Haywood Legacy Scholarship recipient!