August/September 2002 Online Publication       

Much of CASFAA's mission focuses on the personal and professional development of its members.

State Reports...
by Linda Bisesi,
CASFAA President

CASFAA leaders are busy, as usual. Much of CASFAA's mission focuses on the personal and professional development of its members. In this vein, CASFAA committees will offer excellent training and professional development activities throughout the summer.

In the financial aid profession, teamwork is crucial. Who comprises your team? How far does your team reach? What can be done to make your team more effective? The 2002 CASFAA Mini-Conference will explore these questions and many more at this year's Summer Mini-Conference series, "Building Teams Far & Wide." The Mini-Conferences are one-day events in June and held at ten different locations all over California.

Management Institute
The Management Institute is designed to improve and enhance the management, supervisory, and leadership skills of financial aid administrators. Many aid administrators may not have an opportunity to participate in formal management training programs. The Management Institute is an excellent way for CASFAA members to gain valuable skills that can be utilized on a day-to-day basis at their institution. The Management Institute is a four-day event held in Santa Barbara in June. The Institute is limited to 25 participants.

GP "Do Talk Shop"
The Graduate & Professional Issues Committee sponsors a one-day workshop titled "Do Talk Shop". The northern California group will explore Leveraging Your Funds - Meeting Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management Goals. Roundtable discussions will include discussions about tuition discounting, retention, fund development, alternative loans, and effectively communicating with EMT. The southern California group's program includes presentations and roundtable discussions on loan consolidation, stress management, and federal issues.

EDC Summer Workshop
The Ethnic Diversity Committee is hosting northern and southern California workshops in July. The topic of discussion will focus on four key areas for effectiveness in managing people in the financial aid office: managing myself, leading staff, serving clients, and advancing in the field.

Conference 2002
The Conference Committee had its second meeting on May 14, 2002. The program, social events, artwork, calendar, and budget were the hot topics of discussion. The Fiscal Planning Committee on June 5 and Executive Council schedule the budget for review on June 7. CASFAA, founded in 1972, will celebrate its 30the anniversary this year. The conference theme will focus on three decades of CASFAA and Linda Bisesi's re-occurring theme for recruiting volunteers, "CASFAA WANTS YOU!" This conference promises to be both unique and full of surprises.

CASFAA has a new webmaster - Rick Allen
Director of Financial Aid at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, Rick moved to California from the RMASFAA (Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators) region three years ago. Actively involved in RMASFAA, Rick oversaw the set up of the RMASFAA web site and worked hand-in-hand with Paula Gordon at ATAC; the same web site service CASFAA and WASFAA have contracted.

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