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A note from our new president: MSFAA 2017 – Looking ahead

Thursday, February 09, 2017 10:54 AM | Leighanne Denja (Administrator)

Greeting MSFAA!

I just wanted to take a few minutes and welcome you as a 2017 MSFAA member! If you are new here, we are glad to have you and look forward to getting to know you over the next year. If you are a returning member, we are happy to have you back with us for another great year.

MSFAA has a very exciting year ahead! Most notably, our association will turn 50 years old in December of 2017 and we will celebrate our golden anniversary next January at our winter conference at The Henry in Dearborn. This is a huge milestone for MSFAA. It offers us a chance to reflect on our history as an association, the history of federal student aid in this country and to celebrate all of our accomplishments and leaders along the way.

To support the Conference Program and Conference Site Committees in the planning of the 50th Anniversary Celebration I have added a special 50th Anniversary Task Force to the Executive Board this year. Our task force is co-chaired by Diane Fleming, a retiree and MSFAA past-president, and by Stephanie Petsch, a long time board member, of Eastern Michigan University. They will be recruiting MSFAA members to join their committee over the next few months and I encourage you to reach out to them if you are interested in planning the 50th Anniversary celebration. It’s going to be a fun event and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the task force comes up with and celebrating with all of you next year.

Please mark your calendars for the MSFAA Summer Conference as well! You might notice the dates are a bit earlier this year. This was by design! The NASFAA Conference is scheduled for late June and we wanted offices to be able to staff accordingly to take advantage of all the great financial aid trainings this summer. We will gather June 11-14 at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire and hope to see you there. Please consider submitting a session proposal to our Conference Program Committee for consideration. Sharing the best practices of our members at MSFAA conferences is what it’s all about!

Also, look for updates on our Leaders of Tomorrow participants this year. These future leaders have applied to the program to enhance their skills and develop their own leadership style. MSFAA is investing in them this year and we are excited to see their progress.

Lastly, if you are interested in getting involved in MSFAA, please reach out to us. Our Membership co-chairs, Sarah Krueger and Candace Henry-Shroeder, would be happy to talk to you about the many opportunities there are to get involved.

If you ever want to chat, please feel free to email me at kschne15@emich.edu. I’m always happy to hear from MSFAA members.

Think spring!

Kelly Schneider

2017 MSFAA President

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