MSFAA Looking Back

  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017 1:30 PM | Angela Sarah (Administrator)

    It was February of 2011. I was looking forward to serving our association as incoming President having learned from some of our state’s best leaders. The winter conference was being held in Kalamazoo and all was well… until it wasn’t… weather reports went from just cold to a blizzard on the way! Schools state wide were cancelling classes, businesses were preparing to shut down for the blizzard of 2011, or as the following headlines read in this article…

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    Leadership past and present gathered informally to decide, do we move forward or cancel the remaining days of the conference? We were torn. Some attendees were not waiting for the official word, they were packing it up and heading out! At the last minute, an announcement was made that those who felt they needed to leave should do so, those willing to brave it out could stay. The hotel was more than accommodating for those of us who toughed it out one last night. They afforded us our planned dinner, didn’t uphold us to our room count for that evening and just prior to everyone ducking out, I officially took the gavel. Those that stayed entertained themselves with karaoke and storytelling, and from that evening new friendships blossomed!

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  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 1:24 PM | Angela Sarah (Administrator)

    This week we are excited to share with you the entire first issue of the MSFAA Mentor [PDF], The Official Publication of the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association, published in December 1999. Oh snap!

    This publication gives us a true peek inside our Association in the late 90s and into the minds of financial aid leaders just before the turn of the century. You will find wicked awesome cover art from Deirdre Moore, totally rad articles written by Barbara Banks, Val Meyers, Mark Delorey, an in depth look into Y2K anxiety, memories from a Summer conference at Shanty Creek with 600 attendees (you go MSFAA!!) and much more!

    We hope that you find this issue to be "all that and a bag of chips."

    Peace Out 'til next week.

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  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 1:06 PM | Angela Sarah (Administrator)

    Just an interesting "tidbit" from the past - in a time long ago - in another universe !!! Okay…no Star Wars BUT, before most current financial aid professionals were born, I became MSFAA President. 1980 - 1981 (who remembers)?

    I became the first and only International President in MSFAA history. Elected by Michigan schools but monitored by one very tight MSFAA treasurer, one William (Bill) Munsell then Director of Financial Aid at Lake State, we ended up at a Holiday Inn in Windsor, Canada for my inauguration (I think the rooms were $2 a night cheaper In Canada).

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  • Thursday, November 09, 2017 9:31 AM | Angela Sarah (Administrator)

    Even though I did not have any experience in financial aid, I was made director of financial aid and placement at Henry Ford Community College in 1972. I was quite unsure of myself. I became involved in MSFAA if only to save my job! My first contact, Dick Johnson of Mott Community College, became my mentor. I called him whenever a problem arose. I used to say, “The only thing that matters is getting a clean audit.” And my MSFAA colleagues helped make that happen.

    I became heavily involved in professional activities as the result of an accident of fate. The officers from Region V were meeting monthly at the home of Gladys Rappoport, the director at Oakland University. It was probably in 1974, and one of those present, Mike Carty, said he could no longer chair a committee hosting MASFAA’s annual meeting at the Hyatt Hotel in Dearborn. His school was RETS, and it had been broken into and the situation was disastrous. I was appointed the chair of the host committee. Our theme was, “Better Ideas in Ford Country.”

    That got me in touch with a broad range of financial aid folks throughout the state. I used to brag to my kids that I knew somebody from every college in the state. I cherish many memories. I will share some of them.

    We used to play a game called “bite the bag.” You would start out with a paper grocery bag and all who wanted to participate would pick up the bag with their teeth. Then the top of the bag would be cut off, and this would continue until there was just a small piece of brown paper on the floor. Henry Dykema, the now deceased director from MSU, showed us all up by taking out his false teeth and picking up the bag!

    I was chair of the professional development committee when we chose a resort rather than a college for our summer meetings, the first being at Shanty Creek. Not surprisingly, attendance immediately jumped by 50%! Our committee came up with, I believe, the first MSFAA T-shirt emblazoned with, “Financial Aid Officers Need Analysis.”

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  • Wednesday, November 08, 2017 7:22 PM | Angela Sarah (Administrator)

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