June State & Regional Association Updates

By Maria Carrasco, NASFAA Staff Reporter

In this monthly round-up in Today's News, we would like to highlight what’s going on in your state and regional associations. 

This month, we have the opportunity to hear from our colleagues from Illinois, Mississippi, and the Southern Association of Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA). 

Elyse Weller, past president of ILASFAA (Illinois), shares that Bambie Roy of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign started her term as president of ILASFAA and Chelley Jackson of Illinois State has started her term as president-elect for 2024-25. The ILASFAA Executive Board Retreat was held on May 22-23 at the Herrington Inn in Geneva, Illinois. “Bambie has an exciting new year planned,” Elyse writes. 

Mississippi (MASFAA) 2024 Conference
MASFAA (Mississippi) 2024 Conference

Heather Dearman, president of MASFAA (Mississippi),
shares that the association held its annual conference on April 24-26 at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Biloxi, Mississippi. The conference theme was "We're All In This Boat Together" with sessions presented by NASFAA's Dana Kelly, FASFAA's Mia Mwango, SASFAA's Michael Morgan, and presenters from around the state.

MASFAA Award WinnersThe following awards were also presented at the conference: 

  • Honorary Lifetime Membership: Tyia Brooks of Pearl River Community College, Brenda Carson of East Central Community College, and Ann Hendrick of Woodward Hines Education Foundation

  • Jack Woodward Award of Excellence: Megan Smith of Delta State University

  • Rookie of the Year: Dean Pace of William Carey University 

“We appreciate everyone's support and the words of wisdom shared throughout the conference that reminded us that we all are in this boat together!” Heather writes. 

Michelle Hemmer, communications and outreach chair for SASFAA, shares that over the 2023-24 academic year, SASFAA’s Vice President Katie Conrad and other members created a webinar series for the SASFAA membership. A few of those webinars included “FAFSA Delays! Now What?,” professional judgment, and awarding Title IV aid for crossover periods. SASFAA also provided a webinar to help assist members who were new to the association and attended their first SASFAA conference back in February. All the webinars have been heavily attended by the membership, Michelle shares. 

“The hope is that everyone has enjoyed the webinar series and has learned a lot,” Michelle writes. “SASFAA is also appreciative of the presenters who have provided their time and knowledge throughout the webinar series.” 

Check back next month to see what your colleagues are doing across the country, and check out your colleagues’ updates from previous months!


Publication Date: 6/10/2024

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