PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE CSI “Come See IASFAA” on the IASFAA website www.iasfaa.com and in periodic emails from Joan. For those who like to plan ahead, IASFAA’s Spring Conference is scheduled for N March 30th and 31st 2006. Location is the Downtown, Des Moines Marriott. IASFAA’s Leadership Symposium is It is with this article I wish that each of back on the calendar for the 2005-2006 you has sustained the aftermath of our year and already has a full compliment own little hurricane, and accordingly of participants. Thank you to everyone were not affected directly by the natural (committee and participants) who are E disasters that recently devastated our involved in this program. The Leader- country. ship Symposium has been a proving ground for the great leadership IAS- As most of you know Reauthorization FAA has experienced in the past. It is on the board, and will prove to be as will be exciting to see these faces in confusing as usual. It is in these years our future. This year will prove to be that we have Reauthorization, that I another great year for IASFAA. School feel it is important our fall conference Relations is planning the fall High provide an opportunity to enlighten our School Guidance Counselor Training, W membership on the topics, concerns Community Out Reach is busy putting and important notices to be considered together their programs and by the time for the upcoming year. Matt Brown, this newsletter is printed will have par- Chair of our Federal and State Issues ticipated and assisted with the Gover- has arranged for Brett Leif, President of nors Cup Walk / Race. As you can tell, NCHELP to highlight the Reauthoriza- a number of Executive Council as well tion issue at the fall conference. as members have been busy already this year. S Everyone will be glad to know com- mittee’s have been busy planning and Most of you may realize that Iowa will organizing events, activities and pro- be Host to our regional Associations grams for the 2005-2006 year. The ex- (MASFAA) annual conference a year ecutive council met May 25 for a one th from now (October 2006). A number of day retreat. The retreat gave a chance to IASFAA member are already busy in discuss some immediate issues, as well planning and organizing for this grand as direction and service to the IASFAA event which will take place in Des membership. Moines, coincidently at the same loca- published by the tion as IASFAA’s spring 2006 confer- Iowa Association of The fall conference venue is Dubuque. ence. Our own Debbie Scholz, College Student Financial Aid Joan Meyer and committee have been Planning Center, and Roberta Johnson, Administrators hard at work orchestrating what I’m Iowa State University, are chairing the sure will be an entertaining and infor- Site and Program Committees respec- October 2005 mative program. Watch for clues and tively. announcements related to the theme page 2 CSI Dubuque - Joan Meyer, Program Committee If you’re not at the Fall Conference, Financial Literacy & Debt Manage- Laughing Mystery Players will be on CSI: Dubuque, (Come See IAS- ment including Credit Scoring and hand to present an evening of murder, FAA) you better have a darn good Computer Security. General sessions mystery and laughs. Thursday night alibi because there will be no excuse will include the ICSAC Update, at our President’s reception, our own accepted for missing this one. Ev- Students Right to Know, Federal Is- Ron Schardt and his 5-piece brass idence in the case is piling up and sues/Reauthorization by Brett Lief, band will provide the entertainment. we have every intention of work- NCHELP, Things that Make you Go ing around the clock until the crime . . . HMMMM??? and a motivational You will all be notified by e-mail is solved and those responsible are session by Bob Kann, professor at the when the website is available for your brought to justice. You won’t want to University of Wisconsin. This is sure on-line conference registration with miss knowing how it all plays out so to be one conference you will all want details of all the sessions. You can mark those calendars now for to be caught in the act!! contact the Holiday Inn in Dubuque November 9-11. at 563-556-2000 anytime to make your room reservations and they have We’ve been sworn to secrecy and extended the reservation date to Oc- have even been forced to put some tober 25th. The price will be $69 per committee members in the witness night and you don’t forget to mention protection program, but since they the code “AFA” to get this rate! haven’t found all of us, we thought it would be safe to share the top- The Program Committee is working ics of the interest sessions with you. hard to provide a conference that is They will be: a Newcomer session on Something new that you won’t want educational, informative and enter- FA101, VA Benefits, College Savings to miss will be a Murder Mystery taining with a little bit of something Plans/529s, EFCs (Proration/Recalcu- Dinner Theatre, which will be our for everyone. Please CSI: Come See lation), Staffing Models, Supervisory Wednesday evening’s entertainment. IASFAA!! Skills-Delegating and Motivating, Inspector Clues and his cast of Die- Fall Conference Sponsorship - Connie Jensen, Sponsorship Chair Many of us are anxious to attend the IASFAA Fall Conference to be held No- vember 9-11 in Dubuque. IASFAA’s Associate Member Friends are an integral part of this fine organiza- tion. These friends provide much needed financial and in-kind support. IAS- FAA would like to express appreciation to conference sponsors and exhibitors. Our Associate Member Friends also provide helpful knowledge and services to colleges and students alike. Financial or in-kind contributions totaling $2000 or more are Gold Sponsors. Those contributing $1000 to $1999 are at the Silver level. The Bronze level of contribution is $200 to $999. Exhibitors also provide support through $250 exhibit fees. IASFAA members would like to express their appreciation to those members providing financial and in-kind support to our organization. Be sure to let them know how much we welcome their support all through the year. We are excited about our upcoming conference in Dubuque. See you there! page 3 IASFAA F.O.O.L.S - Financial Aid Officers on the Loose! Chris Keahi, a.k.a. “Dancing Qeen” attemps to charm the judges (Julie Dunn, John Beneke, and Robin Fisher) during the karaoke contest Valerie Norma - Graceland Univeristy, Amy Gaffney - Iowa Student Loan, John Meyer - La’ James College, and Lora Juhl - Buena Vista University entertain the crowd with Margaritaville Gretchen Zimmeramn - Grinnell College, Dave Kecy - ICSAC and many IASFAA colleagues enjoy the food, fun, and comradery at the lender sponsored dinner page 4 Associate Members -Rebecca Feldman, Associate Members Chair Associate Members (AM) met on Au- We are also getting ready for our event, such as playing off of the enter- gust 29 via conference call to review charity event for the fall IASFAA tainment in the form of buying guess- committee’s plans for the year. Our conference. The program committee es to solve the ‘Whodunnit’ mystery first event of the fall is the Governor’s suggested funds raised go towards a dinner. More details to follow! The walk/race for Dollars for Scholars, local charity (Downtown Neighbor- committee has also been busy review- set for October 2. IASFAA will be hood Association, in Dubuque). The ing the John Moore Award timeline managing the registration process and Associate Members committee is and discussing whether there would staffing the registration desks. Infor- open to this as we are still assisting be any interest in creating an award mation has been mailed to all schools with and contributing to the Dollars for Associate members specifically. in hopes to have a good IASFAA for Scholars event. We have discussed representation. many options for our fall charity Federal and State Issues - Matt Brown, Federal and State Issues Committee Chair The Federal and State Issues Committee is working on the following projects for the academic year: 1. Brett Lief, President of the National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs (NCHELP) will be providing an update on Reauthorization and other federal issues in Washington at IASFAA’s Fall Conference in Dubuque. The most recent development related to Reauthorization occurred on September 20 when the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday approved The Higher Education Extension Act (H.R. 3784). Set to expire on September 30, this legislation extends student finan- cial aid and postsecondary programs under the HEA for three months through Decem- Brett Lief, NCHELP President ber 31, 2005. This shortened extension—an amendment from the six month extension period proposed in the bills introduction last week—puts pressure on Congress to pass the HEA reauthorization this year. 2. Constitution Day: So far twelve different Iowa colleges and universities have provided the Federal & State Issues Committee with sum- maries of how they celebrated Constitution Day on their campuses. We hope to have the summaries organized into a “best practices” reference guide available to attendees at the Fall Conference in November. We will also post this guide on the IASFAA website when it becomes available. 3. Visit the Hill / Legislative Day 2006 Please mark your calendars for Visit the Hill / Legislative Day, which will be Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at the State Historical Building in Des Moines. The day is coordinated with the IASFAA Drive-in Workshop on the 7th. This year the planning committee is hoping for more student involvement this year through a collaboration with the Iowa College Student Aid Commission’s Student Assistantship Program. Student Assistants will be encouraged to attend the event & recruit other students from their campuses to attend as well. They will also be asked to provide testimonials of how financial aid has affected them and what challenges they have seen in other students through peer financial counseling. You won’t want to miss it! page 5 Community Outreach News - Kristi Fuller, Community Outreach Co-Chair College for a Day was success- fices, each college that participated fully held in Des Moines on did a wonderful job in making this Thursday, September 22, 2005. day informative and fun for the high The day is designed to let the school students. Thank you to Iowa high school students partici- State University, DMACC, Drake pating in this event know that University, Grand View College, and college can be a possibility for Hamilton College for assisting in this them after they complete high event by hosting students on their col- school. The Committee made lege campuses. a decision this year to host this event in the fall rather than the Our next event, Make High School spring and to take high school Count, will take place on Thursday, sophomores rather than fresh- November 17 at Upper Iowa Univer- Participants stop for a picture during the campus tour at Iowa State University men to the various colleges. sity. Fayette and surrounding area Although the fall is an extremely seventh and eighth grade students, busy time in the admissions of- along with their parents, will have the opportunity to attend this free event. Site Committee -Chris Keahi, Site Committee Chair We’re just a few short weeks away from this year’s fall IASFAA confer- ence. It is scheduled for November 9-11 in Dubuque at the Holiday Inn. We’ve not been in Dubuque for a number of years and with autumn’s beautiful colors and the hotel’s scenic Community Outreach Committee members with the fall river views we should be in for a treat. 2005 College for a Day participants The Marriott Hotel welcomes IAS- FAA back to downtown Des Moines Upper Iowa University to Host as the host for our spring conference Make High School Count scheduled for March 30-31, 2006. -Jobyna Johnston, Community Outreach Committee The staff at the Marriott are quite excited to host our conference and On Thursday, November 17, 2005, Upper Iowa University will be host- hope to preview their facility as it is ing Make High School Count beginning at 5:30 p.m. They will be inviting the host site of next year’s MASFAA area seventh and eighth grade students along with their parents to attend the conference. Keep in mind that be- fun, informative evening. The program will consist of a College Fair from cause Iowa is hosting the 2006 MAS- 5:30-6:30 in which students and their parents can ask questions and request FAA conference we will not have a information from various colleges and universities, a free supper from fall IASFAA conference. 6:30-7:30 p.m., and three half hour sessions on Guidance, Leadership and Activities, and a Student Panel. Students will have multiple opportunities And for those of you long-term plan- throughout the evening to win door prizes donated from various institutions. ners, we’ve begun looking at sites for the Spring 2007 conference. We’ve Students may register by calling (800)553-4150, option 3 then 0 or by log- visited a couple of hotels in the Cedar ging onto www.uiu.edu. This program is presented as a community service Rapids area and will soon be seeking by the Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators in coop- proposals. eration with Upper Iowa University. page 6 Getting to Know the Associate Members Carolyn Halgerson - Citibank -Shea Seeber, Newsletter Committee Carolyn Halgerson, with Citibank, her family and pay for her schooling. rector of Financial Aid. She held this has lived in and around Montrose, This did not leave very much time position for 8 years. Carolyn is now South Dakota for her entire life. She for extra activities! Carolyn actually at Citibank and has been for the past is the oldest of 3 children; she has a began working in the Financial Aid 7 years. When asked what led her to younger brother and sister. Carolyn Office at Dakota State the day after where she is today, Carolyn says it was in kindergarten when she met her her high school graduation! is pure “dumb luck”! She was in the husband, Rion. They began dating right place at the right time. in high school and were married 1-½ After attending college full time for years after high school graduation. 1 year, Carolyn began working full To anyone out there who would one Carolyn and Rion have been mar- time and attending college part time. day like to become a Financial Aid ried for 31 years and have 2 children; After 4 years Carolyn was named the Director, Carolyn says the best advice Jeremy, 22 and Kyle, 17. Director of Financial Aid and held is to find a mentor, become involved that position for over 8 years. After in IASFAA, and to ask LOTS of Carolyn attended Dakota State Uni- that, she worked for the South Da- questions. Although Carolyn is busy versity in Madison where she re- kota Board of Regents as an end-user she enjoys watching High School ceived a BS in Business Administra- trainer during the Student Information sporting events, reading, crocheting, tion. Then, Carolyn attended the Uni- System implementation in the South and counted cross-stitch. versity of South Dakota in Vermillion Dakota University system. Carolyn where she received her MBA. Caro- did this for 4 years and then she went Carolyn thanks for letting us get to lyn worked very hard throughout her to Southeast Technical Institute in know you. college career to both help support Sioux Falls, South Dakota as the Di- What’s Happening at the Iowa College Student Aid Commission? The Commission’s budget proposal has been presented to the Governor’s office. A summary follows: Iowa Tuition Grant Program $52,653,990 Vocational Technical Tuition Grant $3,533,115 College Work Study $300,000 Iowa Grants $1,029,784 National Guard Program $3,800,000 Osteopathic Forgivable Loans $100,000 Physician Recruitment $346,451 Teacher Forgivable Loans $285,000 Internships for Iowans in DC $76,400 In addition, the Commission just finished regional training. We appreciated the hospitality extended by AIB College of Business, Des Moines; Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City; St. Ambrose University; Davenport; and Hamilton College, Cedar Falls. The response from college and university officials was very positive. The Client Service Representatives will provide materials and one-on-one training to college and university officials who were unable to attend the training. Please contact the Commission at 800-383-4222 for more information and to schedule an appointment. page 7 Mentoring Task Force -Chad Olson, Mentoring Task Force Committee Chair The IASFAA Mentoring Task Force will once again be holding a New- comer’s Welcome Breakfast during the IASFAA Fall Conference. This will occur on Thursday morning and all IASFAA newcomers are invited. As usual, we will be pairing up a newcomer with a mentor, so if you’ve never mentored before, this is your opportunity to welcome someone to IASFAA! We will also be conducting Regional First time IASFAA conference attendees Networking Lunches in late January pose for a picture after the newcomers and early February in multiple loca- breakfast at the 2005 IASFAA Spring tions around the state. New mem- Conference in Mason City bers and inactive members will be invited to meet IASFAA colleagues and attend a Professional Develop- ment Workshop. Dates and locations will be announced following the Fall IASFAA Executive Council members welcome and Conference. entertain the crowd at the newcomers breakfast ICN Financial Aid Training NASFAA Training -Natalee Girardi, School Relations Chair -Pam Perry, Professional Development Committee Chair The School Relations Committee NASFAA Training will be held in has been busy planning the annual Dubuque on Tuesday, November 8th ICN Financial Aid Training for high and Wednesday November 9th prior school guidance counselors. This to the Fall IASFAA Conference. year’s training will be held on No- The topic of the training this year is: vember 3, 2005 from 8:15 to 12:15 Administrative Capability: Campus- and will be broadcast to 34 different Wide Compliance. Lois Mulbrook ICN locations across the state. The from Mount Mercy College and training topics will include the finan- Janice Cordell from Luther Col- cial aid basics, the FAFSA and an lege will be the trainers. The train- update from the Iowa College Student ing presents compliance in the Aid Commission on their state aid context of a campus-wide effort. It will focus programs. Currently there are 130 on developing strategies to ensure and strengthen the cross-campus commu- registrants and more keep arriving nication necessary to demonstrate Title IV administrative capability. every day, so it’s bound to be another Registration information on the IASFAA web page. We look forward to see- huge success for IASFAA. ing you there! page 8 Heather Doe welcomed the early 13 oz. and was 20 inches arrival of their son, long. Alexander and big sister in the Know Samuel Crews Doe Emmersen are doing great! Promotions on April 20, 2004. Tim Kremer has been promoted to Sam weighed 2 lbs. Gena Schmidt, Assistant Dean of Student Financial Planning 11 oz and was 14 Director of Financial Aid at and Scholarships at the University of 1/2 inches long. Northwestern College, and Dubuque. Sam spent 2 months her husband Matt welcomed in the NICU at the arrival of their son, Gage Welcome Blank Children’s Matthew on August 29, 2005. Amanda Dunn started a new position Hospital in Des Sam Gage weighed 9 lbs. and was 23 as Assistant for the College Planning Moines. Sam is home inches long. Gage and big sister Center on May 22, 2005. Amanda and thriving with his big brother Jack. Gabby are doing great! had been a student at Central College in Pella where she worked for Jean Shawna Beaubien, iLink Service Farewell VanderWert as an intern. Center Crystal Filer Ogden, former Representative, Director of Financial Aid at Melissa Kos started a new position and her husband Iowa Wesleyan College has in July at Grand View College Kirk, welcomed accepted a new position at a as a Financial Aid Coordinator. the arrival of their college on the east coast. Her Previously, Melissa has worked for son Jace Adam last day at Iowa Wesleyan was Vatterott College and the Federal on April 8, 2005. September 21, 2005. We all Student Aid Information Center. Jace weighed wish Crystal much luck with 8lbs. 5 oz. and her new endeavors. Chris Traetow started a new position was 21 inches as an Outreach Representative with long. Sympathy the College Planning Center in July, Leonard Keahi, father of 2005. Chris had previously been the Chris Bowser, Jace Chris Keahi, Associate Vice Assistant Director of Admission for Outreach President of Student Lending Coe College. Representative with Regions Bank, passed with the College Planning Center, and away on August 28, 2005 in LeMars Weddings his wife Jaimie welcomed the arrival Iowa following a quick, but difficult Debbie (Craig) Scholz, Project of their daughter, Annaliese Sue, on battle with cancer. Coordinator with the College July 10, 2005. Annaliese weighed Planning Center, married Greg 8lbs. 4 oz. and was 20 inches long. Scholz on April 14, 2005. She and Greg were married by Greg’s best friend, Pastor Dale. It was a beautiful Make sure to register setting - a spring flower garden in full for the IASFAA bloom. Greg and Debbie reside in Mitchellville. Fall Conference: Sara (Skahill) Lehman, Assistant CSI Dubuque on Director of Student Financial November 9-11 Planning at the University of Annaliese Dubuque, was married on July 2, 2005 to Greg Lehman. Jane Haughland, District Coordinator Registration is for Eastern Iowa Community Babies Colleges, and her husband Dwight, available online Heather Doe, School welcomed the arrival of their son, Communications Specialist at Iowa Alexander Clemence on August Student Loan, and her husband Rob, 11, 2005. Alexander weighed 7lbs. page 9 Getting to Know Bev Hickman - Heather Doe, Newsletter Committee Bev were inseparable during high the queen of the house. Remington school and decided to get married makes sure everyone knows that she while they were still young. is the house diva. She even has her own bedroom! After graduating from high school and getting married, Dan and Bev In her spare time Bev enjoys spend- lived in several towns: Huxley, Iowa ing time with her two grandbabies, Falls, Norwalk, and then Indianola. Payton who is 3 and Cooper who is They call Indianola home and have 9 months. Payton already has her lived there since 1977. During this grandma’s fashion sense. She is time Dan and Bev had two beautiful Bev’s little shopping buddy! Many of us know Bev Hickman as daughters, Carrie and Casey. Bev an affable person we can’t wait to see stayed home to raise the girls un- Without kids at home, Dan and Bev again at the next conference. As she til Casey, the youngest, was in first are finding more time to spend on begins her term as our IASFAA sec- grade. Bev then decided to work out- their hobbies. Dan is an avid mo- retary, you may just learn something side of the home on a part time basis. tor-head and they both enjoy taking new about this vivacious person. She worked as a customer service their corvette out to car shows. You representative at Midland Bank (now will also see them cruising through Bev Hancock grew up on farm in Commercial Federal Bank) and loved Porky’s in Des Moines on a Saturday Lucus County, Iowa. Although she is the challenges it brought. night in their corvette. one of six children, she is the young- est and was raised more like an only As the girls grew up, Bev felt that she Bev also enjoys running. She finds child. In fact, her oldest sibling was ready to work outside the home running to be the best stress reliever graduated from high school the year on a full-time basis. It was about this and she mainly does it for fun. While that she was born. The sibling closest same time that she heard that Simp- she doesn’t plan to run a marathon in age to Bev is still ten years older. son College was looking for some- any time soon, she always makes sure So it shouldn’t be too surprising to one in the financial aid office. Bev to run in the Race for the Cure. One hear that all of Bev’s siblings would had some experience with student of Bev’s sister’s is a breast cancer sur- agree that she was spoiled and had loans from working at the bank, but vivor so the race holds a special place her parents wrapped around her little other than that, she didn’t have any in her heart. finger. Bev says that isn’t true, her financial aid experience. Bev didn’t parents just saved the best for last. let that stop her and the rest is his- Bev says that she has made some tory. Bev has been helping students wonderful friends through IASFAA When it was time for Bev to start with financial aid at Simpson College and she has always found IASFAA to school, she went to the big city of since 1989. be a tremendous resource. “IASFAA Chariton. Bev was an honor roll members provide a wealth of informa- student and enjoyed school. She was Dan and Bev are now experienc- tion. There are no competitors when not able to get involved in too many ing the empty nest syndrome. Both it comes to help. I can pick up the extracurricular activities since she Carrie and Casey graduated from phone and call Clare at St. Ambrose, lived in the country and didn’t have Simpson College. Carrie now lives in Jean at Central or Robin at Luther to a way to get back and forth to events Council Bluffs with her husband and get their opinion on something. It is and activities. two children. Casey and her husband great to know that I always have that live in Iowa City while her husband resource available.” In junior high, Bev met Dan Hick- attends graduate school at the Uni- man. Although they were friends, versity of Iowa. However, they do Thanks Bev, we couldn’t agree more! they didn’t start dating until they were still have Remington at home. Rem- sophomores in high school. Dan and ington is their Weimaraner and she is page 10 Leadership Symposium - Catherine Remakel, Professional Development Committee - Leadership Symposium Chair This year’s Leadership Symposium standing of others. This year’s participants include: marks the seventh year that IASFAA Pam Smith - Drake University has invested in its members by offer- The retreat continued with discus- Jennifer Sharar - Hamilton College ing the Leadership Symposium. sions and activities that built on the MBTI foundation. Time was also Clare Campbell - St Ambrose All IASFAA members have the op- spent on sessions “Making Your University portunity to participate in the Leader- Mark” and “Leadership Motivation”, Tammy Hansen - Iowa State ship Symposium by simply apply- which made people think about how University ing on the IASFAA website – when and why they can make a difference. Duane Polsdofer, Jr - Waldorf College announced - by the deadline. Every Part of what participants get out of person that applied to the program the program is that they not only take Ellen Gukeisen - Wartburg was accepted. This year will mark away a great feeling about giving Theological Seminary the largest group to go through the time to the organization, they also Chris Bowser - College Planning program at one time. We had 16 ap- meet people, whom they now can call Center plicants apply and all were accepted friends. Jeannie Barness - Upper Iowa – one has since had to back-out due to University medical reasons. As in the past, each participant is tasked with working on a Personal Debra Steinbronn - Cornell College This year’s first meeting of the Lead- Development Project. The next two Ann Heisler - Clarke College ership Symposium took place October sessions: December 5, 2005 and Valerie Norman - Graceland 5th and 6th at Camp Hantasa in Boone, March 29, 2006 will partially be spent University Iowa. The program replicated the with the participants giving the group previous years, in that, everyone was updates as to what they selected and Justin Davis - Hamilton College asked to take the Meyer’s Briggs why and where they are at with meet- Gary Adams - Iowa Student Loan Type Indicator test. Part of the first ing their defined goal. Natalee Girardi - Iowa Student Loan day was spent reviewing the results of This year’s Leadership Symposium Rebecca Feldman - Iowa College these tests. Participants walked away Planning Committee includes, Debbie Student Aid Commission from the session knowing more about Scholz, Kristi Fuller, and Catherine themselves and having a better under- Remakel. Electronic Services - Nancy Ankey, Electronic Services Committee Chair We have just completed the member- Did you know you can change your If you have questions or suggestions ship renewal process for 2005-2006 password for the IASFAA web site? for the IASFAA web site, please con- via the IASFAA web site. IASFAA Go to www.iasfaa.com and click on tact Nancy Ankeny at 877-272-4692 currently has 168 paid members! Your “Member Services” from the left- x411 or firstname.lastname@example.org membership is not complete until hand menu. Sign into your member- payment is received. If you signed ship profile to: up for membership but have not yet submitted your payment, please send • Update you membership in- it as soon as possible to: formation (i.e. address change, email change etc) Gretchen Zimmerman • Change your password Grinnell College Office of Student Financial Aid • Renew your membership Grinnell, IA 50112-1690 • Register for the conference Phone: 641/269-3250 Remember your username is always Fax: 641/269-4937 your first initial and last name. Email: email@example.com page 11 Iowa Dollar for Scholar’s and Golden Circle Hurricane Katrina College Fair - Debbie Scholz - Jen Sharar, Regional Loan Counselor, Kaplan Education The Governor’s Cup Race/Walk for Dollars for Scholars and the Golden Circle College Fair were held in Des Moines on October 2, 2005. Sunday morning Everyone has been touched by the started at 9:00 a.m. with over 650 way lives have been devastated people who raced, ran, or walked by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. to raise scholarship dollars at Ter- Immediately we think about ways race Hill. Governor Tom Vilsack that we can help to provide sur- and First Lady, Christie Vilsack vivors with items that they need started and participated in the such as food, clothing, and shelter. race/walk. Students at all levels, While these things are extremely DFS members from the 113 Iowa vital to relief efforts, there are also chapters, college presidents, staff, other things that we, as financial and families helped raise $70,000 aid professionals, can do to help. for college scholarships. Several websites have chosen to provide links to information The following DFS Collegiate Partner colleges and universities offered relevant to hurricane survivors scholarships totaling $16,000: AIB College of Business, Capri College, Des educational needs. Moines Area Community College, Graceland University, Indian Hills Com- munity College, Iowa State University, La’ James International College, Loras College, Mount Mercy College, North Iowa Area Community College, North- The Department of Ed provides east Iowa Community College, Simpson College, Southeastern Community contact information such as phone College, University of Iowa, Waldorf College. numbers and email addresses for students, parents, schools, lend- Many colleges offered door prizes: Buena Vista University, Clarke College, ers, and guaranty agencies on Des Moines University, Drake University, Grand View College, Grinnell Col- their website (http://ifap.ed.gov/ lege, Iowa Wesleyan College, Luther College, Northwestern College, Univer- eannouncements/katrina.html). sity of Northern Iowa, Upper Iowa University, and Wartburg College NASFAA’s website is also set up There was a full bus load of participants from the Decorah area representing with a lot of helpful information six DFS chapters. The Iowa State University Drum Corps provided a rousing including policy guidance, news start to the event and entertained spectators. They even got the governor and from schools affected by Katrina, first lady to share their drum skills. College mascots helped cheer the runners schools helping schools and stu- and walkers. Des Moines University students provided manipulations after dents, and non-Federal sources of the race/walk. Children under 6 ran in the tot trot to win ribbons and cookies. assistance announced for Katrina Students painted pumpkins to decorate the Terrace Hill property. The Drake victims (http://www.nasfaa.org/ Jazz Ensemble entertained while runners and walkers enjoyed a pancake linklists/Katrina.html). breakfast. While here in Iowa we have far Race winners were presented medals and trophies by the Governor and then less of a role to play than colleges scholarships were presented by the First Lady. It was a great morning for and universities that are located in students in Iowa. the effected states, we still need to be prepared and informed in Golden Circle College Fair the event that a hurricane survivor Also, on October 2, starting at 12:30, the 15th annual Golden Circle College ends up on our doorstep. Thank Fair hosted 158 colleges at the Des Moines Convention Complex. Estimates you to NASFAA, the Department of 2,500 – 3,000 students along with their family attended the college fair. of Ed, and all of the other finan- This was their opportunity to speak with college representatives and to obtain cial aid organizations that chose information for college selection. to provide us with the information needed to help these students dur- Both events were so successful that organizers plan to offer this “Day for Edu- ing their time of need. cation” next year on October 1, 2006. Be sure to participate in both events. page 12 Getting to Know John Beneke He attended Iowa Central Com- is 10 and in the 4th grade. munity College and graduated from Buena Vista with a degree in Business John and sons like to hunt, fish, and Administration with an emphasis in golf - not necessarily in that order. accounting. While finishing school he Kellie enjoys getting the house to worked full time 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 herself or shopping with friends when a.m. as a night auditor. When did you the men are gone. John also likes to have time to sleep John?? As he remi- build and construct. He has done the nisced, he said, “It is similar to the finishing work on the last two homes. amount of sleep he is getting now go- His last house construction was fin- John Beneke is our 05-06 IASFAA ing through a conversion.” He worked ished around Thanksgiving 2004. president, financial aid director at as a youth program director at the Iowa Lakes, husband, father, is going Spencer YMCA after graduating from John appreciates IASFAA most for through a computer conversion with Buena Vista. He was working for an the support members give each other Datatel and dreams of enjoying the accounting firm in Spencer when he and the learning experiences it pro- home he built less than a year ago. moved to academic life to work in vides. Anyone who has plans on mak- One thing about conversions, they economic development. He has been ing financial aid a profession needs do take a lot of time! He continues working for Iowa Lakes Community to be involved in this association. to have a very busy and challenging College for 14 years and has been The network of insight the member- year. their Financial Aid Director for the ship holds is valuable to anyone, but last six years. He admitted he did not especially someone who is aspiring to John was born in Fort Dodge on June have much (any) financial aid experi- d more for themselves and the profes- 15, 1963 - the same day as his dad’s ence, but he has come a long way. sion. birthday! He is a 1982 Palmer High School graduate with a graduating He and Kellie have been married Thanks John for letting us get to class of 17! He was Student Council for 19 years. They were home town know you. We all hope you see the President and Homecoming King and sweethearts whose parents live less light at the end of the tunnel in your jokingly admits there were only seven than two miles apart. They have three conversion process. men in his class. He was very athletic sons: Nick who is 18 and is attend- and went out for all of the sports: ing Iowa Lakes; Reid who is 14 and a Basketball and Baseball. freshman in high school and Lee who Getting to Know Associate Members - Erin Gjerde - Shea Seeber, Loan Coordinator at Grand View College Many of you may already know Erin student at Concordia, Erin received In June 2004 Erin married her hus- Gjerde with Wells Fargo. Erin was financial aid and had a workstudy job. band Bill. She has 2 stepchildren, born in Amery, Wisconsin, where she First, she worked in the Development Jessica and Aaron, who are grown was the youngest of three children. Office and then as a Student Manager and out of the house. Erin is excited During high school, Erin enjoyed par- in dining services. to travel to Anchorage, Alaska in ticipating in the band, choir, and pom- February 2006 for the birth of her pom squad. After high school, Erin So, how did Erin get where she is first grandchild! Another large part attended Concordia College, home of today? Well, Erin began at Hertz of Erin’s family are her two very the Cobbers. The mascot was a corn- Rent-A-Car immediately after gradu- large Anatolian Shepherds, Tasha cob and was actually voted the “Silli- ating. She stayed there for a year and and Duke. Erin is an avid golfer and est Team Name”! The team got their then moved to a career in financial aid tennis player. She also enjoys read- name because the football field stood where she stayed a few years. When ing and singing in her church choir. where a cornfield once had. Erin par- Erin heard of an opening in Iowa at Thanks to Erin for sharing her history ticipated in concert choir and Spanish Wells Fargo in the student loan area, with us. I am sure many of us would club and received her Communica- she jumped on it. Erin has now been love to travel to Alaska! Got room in tions degree from Concordia. As a at Wells Fargo for 9 years. your suitcase? page 13 NASFAA NEWS NASFAA and Partners Announce College Access Marketing Web Site NewYork, N.Y. (July 1, 2005) - The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and the Pathways to College Network announced today the availability of a new online resource to improve communication campaigns aimed at encouraging students and families to pursue college opportunities. The Pathways Network is managed by The Eduction Resources Institute (TERI), and comprises 30 partner organizations, including lead partners NASFAA, the College Board, and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Named College Access Marketing, the Web site is designed for schools, programs, organizations, and government agencies that provide students and families with support and guidance about going to college. The site explains how to use marketing tech- niques to reach students with messages that resonate, and emphasizes the importance of investing in good audience research and solid evaluation. It also features a multimedia gallery of examples from past and current campaigns, including TV, radio, print, and other materials. While college access marketing is still a young field, the use of marketing techniques to promote positive behavioral change has been a well-accepted practice in the public health sector for decades. NASFAA President Dallas Martin applauded the site, saying “This is a great resource for NASFAA members and others commit- ted to college access. It takes what we are already doing and makes it more effective. Ultimately, this is about the students. Are they hearing what we are trying to say? If not, what do we need to do differently? This site helps people find constructive answers to those questions.” “The College Access Marketing site is really breaking new ground,” said Ann Coles, Director of the Pathways to College Network and TERI senior vice president. “It links what research shows is effective in communication to the goal of improving college ac- cess in a very practical way.” College Access Marketing is available free of charge to all users at: http://www.collegeaccessmarketing.org. 2005 NASFAA Fall Training to Address Adminis- NASFAA’s LearnStudentAid.org trative Capability: Campus-Wide Compliance Washington, DC - LearnStudentAid.org, the first learning community on the Web created by financial aid administra- Washington, DC - NASFAA has announced the topic for its tors, celebrated its first anniversary during the annual NAS- 2005 Fall Training Workshops, “Administrative Capability: FAA conference this past July. Campus-Wide Compliance.” In this first year alone, 230 participants completed 786 cours- What. The focus of the workshops will be developing strate- es. Feedback has been very positive. Marilyn Krump, from gies to ensure and strengthen the cross-campus communica- the University of Wisconsin Colleges wrote, “The technology tion necessary to demonstrate Title IV administrative capa- was great. I signed up for the course so that I would know bility. Administrative capability is at the heart of the Title what I was supporting when I was encouraging others on the IV regulations, encompassing many of the measures of an staff to also take the courses. It is a great economical way to institution’s Title IV eligibility. Effective cross-campus com- receive good training. munication is, therefore, key to achieving compliance with federal regulations. “I was surprised at the detail in the information and the quizzes,” noted Patty Harris, a course mentor and Director Who. The workshop topic is most appropriate for those re- of Financial Aid at William Mitchell College of Law. “This sponsible for administering the Title IV programs, including technology has the potential to present financial aid concepts financial aid administrators, admissions officers, bursar’s per- in a consistent format that becomes a ‘starting point’ for any sonnel, registrar’s personnel, as well as those who determine new financial aid staffer’s understanding of their own institu- institutional policy in the areas of admissions, enrollment, tion’s policies and practices.” and academic program offerings, and school administrators with responsibility for coordinating student services. The four courses currently being offered, which are part of the Financial Aid Fundamental series, were updated for Where and When. Workshops will be held at sites throughout the 2005-06 by NASFAA’s team of technical staff member. the country in October and November 2005. For a complete Courses that begin September 1 will included the updated list of sites and dates, go to: material, as well as other improvements suggested by course http://www.nasfaa.org/falltraining.asp. participants. For more information, course descriptions, and to register for courses, please visit www.LearnStudentAid.org.