Submitted by: Gary Spoales, and Maria Izquierdo-Whitaker – Editors and Co-chairs
Welcome to the first issue of the new web-based newsletter. The Association’s website is undergoing a transformation and we invite you to follow all of the links within the newsletter to important news and developments on the website. Through this new format, our challenge is to provide new and different information of interest to members at large, not found on the revamped website. It will also serve as a timely reminder to the membership (at least four times a year) that new and important information is posted on the Association’s website. Under Patricia Rhodes’ leadership, the site is off to a great start and you should check it out regularly.
I am personally excited (see Sharon, I do get excited) to be working once again with Paula Gordon at ATAC. My initial work with Paula involved the establishment of the EASFAA website, and in particular, the areas affecting Development Committee work and advertising on the web. As EASFAA’s Development Committee Chair, I learned first-hand what a quality product ATAC could produce and how easy it was to work with Paula in setting up new initiatives. The newsletter committee has worked closely with Paula and Pat to develop this first issue. Thank you both for your assistance and cooperation.
The purpose of the newsletter is to keep the membership informed and up-to-date on association supported activities and items and articles of general interest to the financial aid community. Careful steps are being taken to meet your needs professionally while resisting the temptation to accept articles simply to fill space. Consequently, we have developed an editorial policy to accomplish this task:
A regular feature article regarding early details of the association unearthed by Historical Committee will be submitted by Dr. Herm Davis, a Life Member. He will revisit some interesting facts about our past in each issue. This information will be supplemented by “a look back” at past newsletters with excerpts reprinted for your enjoyment and reflection of our roots in the industry.
As we head back to school for the Fall semester, aren’t we glad that we don’t work at the University of Colorado? Every year, The Princeton Review Inc. compiles a list of the nation’s schools and produces an “Annual Ranking of the Top Party Schools”. The list released last Monday, as usual, generated a buzz – and drew complaints from this year’s winning college – the University of Colorado at Boulder. Although your school may have not made this list, each of you has something to brag about on behalf of your institution. You’ll have two opportunities to let others know about it. You can contact the PD&T Committee to participate in the campus visit activities (see their report) or you can use the newsletter to write an informative article or a short blurb for our “People in the News” section.
In this issue, don’t miss the message from our Chair, Bob Foultz, as he sets the tone for the year. He directed a successful retreat this Summer in Rehoboth Beach, DE, to set the association on track for another successful year. NASFAA President, Dallas Martin, e-mailed a letter on reauthorization to Association Members stressing the need for aid administrators to "stay focused on critical financial aid issues" and emphasizing that "we need your involvement in the legislative process as never before." The full letter is available in this issue or on-line at http://www.NASFAA.org/publications/2003/nmartinreauthletter081903.html. The House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness are expected to begin marking-up legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act in September. This is your opportunity to support the efforts of your Federal Relations Committee.
If you like what you see, tell us. If you don’t like what you see, tell your spouse or a friend who will understand. Truth be told – we want to hear from you. We’ll accept letters to the Editor for publication or suggestions for ways to improve your newsletter. Send them to any member of the committee and we’ll review them for publication and response prior to our next deadline date.
Welcome back and best wishes for a very successful year from your Newsletter