President's Welcome

AASFAA Friends,

On behalf of the 2019-2020 Board of Directors, I welcome you to another year of activity and advocacy in the Arizona Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. I am honored to serve as the President of this great association and I look forward to connecting with you at various events and trainings throughout the year.

I personally invite each of you to volunteer on one of our ten committees. Volunteering will enhance your membership by not only helping you to connect with your colleagues across the state, but by allowing you to develop skills you might not otherwise build in your current professional position. You do not have to be a Director or VP to run for an elected position; your association benefits from input of all levels of financial aid professionals both within an organization and by years of experience. As a Program Coordinator, I served as AASFAA’s Secretary within my first two years in the industry. I met some incredible people and my learning and growth in this field have been enhanced by my participation. At the regional level, it is not uncommon to find folks of varying titles who are serving as their states’ association presidents. Feel free to reach out to the chair of a committee you’re interested in or to a board member to learn more about these positions.

Planning for one of our most popular events, the 2020 Annual Conference, will soon be under way. Based on feedback after last year’s fantastic conference in Tucson, AASFAA members are most interested in either a joint conference with the Nevada Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NAFAA) in Laughlin, NV, or heading up to northern Arizona. Our Site Selection and Conference committees will be working out some details soon…Stay tuned!

AASFAA’s mission is to “provide our members with the highest quality of personal and professional growth opportunities.”  The Board will work closely with our many committees to encourage member participation, promote volunteerism, and solicit feedback. We want to hear your ideas about how our association can best serve you and your institution.

Thank you, all, for the work you do for students and for the support you give each other. We work in a wonderful, diverse, exciting field, and I’m happy to serve with you and for you.

Sincerely,

Amanda Cornelius
2019-2020 AASFAA President
Northern Arizona University

 

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