KASFAA on the Range was a Success!

The conference planning committee would like to thank everyone who took part in fall training in Dodge City! KASFAA had over eighty members attend and participate in training sessions and entertainment activities.

Thursday morning started up with an informal Posse Roundup. Members played “get to know you” bingo with one another and were given extra incentive to meet and chat with Ben Kohl, KASFAA President, Brenda Hicks, KASFAA President Elect, Diane Lindeman, KBOR Director of Student Financial Assistance, and David Bartlett, Department of Education Training Officer.

20141009_093225Fall training included five sets of breakout sessions including sessions for neophytes and fiscal officers. David Bartlett provided us with a Federal Update and also trained on 150% SULA and Modules.   We had a chance to perfect our public speaking skills, learn more about undocumented students, find unique private scholarships, and take a look at the NASFAA Student Aid Index tool.

Brand new this year was our forum track which proved to be extremely popular. Each forum session had a defined topic as well as a moderator and a note-taker. The sessions were designed so that everyone in attendance could share best practices and get new ideas.

Topics covered in the forum sessions included: work study, customer service, compliance, FA and Fiscal Officer collaboration, and 150% implementation. Notes from these forum sessions (and all the breakout presentations) can be found at http://kasfaa.org/docs/toc_training.html. Be sure to come back for Round Two of these forum sessions at the spring conference in Wichita April 8-10!

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Fall training in Dodge City wasn’t just about education and best practice sharing. It was also about having fun with friends and playing some cowboy games! During dinner, KASFAA was joined by Miss Kitty and the Dodge City Marshal. Our President, Ben Kohl, was deputized at the event! Attendees also learned how to rope from some real cowboys and had the chance to run the KASFAA on the Range obstacle course.

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The conference planning committee is already hard at work to make the spring KASFAA conference just as wonderful of an experience as fall training! We hope to see all of you at Urban KASFAA in Old Town Wichita. We have more great sessions, speakers and activities planned including some line dancing! You’re a real cowboy, ain’t ya?! If you are, come and prove it!

20141009_190924Find all the conference photos on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/KASFAA-Kansas/166447041894.

Submission by Sara Vancil, KASFAA Vice-President

A Message from KASFAA President Ben Kohl

Hi KASFAA members.

October flew by fast, as I was traveling so much, learning a lot, and having a great time representing KASFAA.

I was excited about the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. during the first week of October to participate in meetings with the NASFAA Website re-development task force.

After some very deliberate and effective meetings with the NASFAA task force on Thursday afternoon, evening, and Friday morning, my family and I decided to make a vacation of our time in Washington D.C.

We had the opportunity to tour the White House and the Capitol Building, thanks to the staff of one of our State Senators, Jerry Moran. The staff members went out of their way to coordinate a these tours for my family and I am very grateful for the experience.

We also were able to see the Smithsonian Castle, Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the American History Museum.

Before we came back home, we walked on The Mall and visited the memorials.

The second week of October was our KASFAA fall training conference. Brenda Hicks (President-Elect), Sara Vancil (Vice President), and the members of the conference planning committee produced a very informative and fun conference for the members of KASFAA.

The board and committee reports from the conference are available on kasfaa.org, along with the meeting minutes and program presentations for your review and resource library. You may need to sign in to see this information.

http://kasfaa.org/docs/committees/BoardDirectors/minutes_index.html

http://kasfaa.org/docs/toc_training.html

If you attended the fall training conference, but have not yet provided your evaluation of the conference, please do so.

http://kasfaa.org/Surveys/FallTrainingSurvey14/FallTrainingSurvey14.html

You need to sign in to complete the short survey.

One of the highlights for me was during dinner when I was dubbed deputy marshal of Dodge City. I was given a nice framed certificate. Unfortunately, there is no picture of this event because I was the photographer.

Overall, the fall training conference was a great time for us to come together to learn and have fun. It was great to welcome so many new members and it was fun to see so many members when prizes during the conference. There were lots and lots of prizes, thanks to the donations from many of our very generous associate members!

Here is my report from the fall training conference.

http://kasfaa.org/docs/committees/BoardDirectors/20141009.pdf

During the third week of October, I had the great privilege to travel to Snowbird, Utah to present and participate in the RMASFAA conference. You can see from the pictures provided that many KASFAA members were at the RMASFAA conference, and many of us presented at the conference and some of us currently serve on the RMASFAA board of directors and committees. If you ever are offered the opportunity to be more involved with RMASFAA, I strongly suggest that you seize that opportunity. Our region is filled with a lot of excellent professionals who want to meet and work with new financial aid professionals to enhance training and professional development opportunities for all of us.

If you did not attend the RMASFAA conference, and you can guess who Spiderman is, let me know. The first KASFAA member to respond with the correct answer wins a prize.

Thanks for the opportunities that I have received through this term as KASFAA President. I am extremely grateful for your support through my term as President.

Check out KASFAA’s Facebook page to see pictures: https://www.facebook.com/pages/KASFAA-Kansas/166447041894

Your 2014-15 KASFAA President

Ben Kohl

Fundamentals of Federal Student Aid – Seats Available for U.S. Department Training

A message from David Bartlett with U.S. Department of Education:

We have some seats available for the Fundamentals of Federal Student Aid offered in the U.S. Department of Education’s Kansas City Regional Training Facility October 27-31, 2014. The training is described in the training announcement at the following link:

http://ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/ANN1420.html

A few particulars about the training…

It starts promptly at 9:00AM on Monday October 27, 2014. Monday through Thursday is 9:00-5:00PM and Friday is 9:00-1:00PM.

The training is at our training facility at 1010 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64106. If you have attended a training course in our regional training facility at our previous location, please note that our new location is in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

There is no charge for the training course, however you are responsible for your own travel, parking, lodging, meals, and other costs for the week.

The training is designed for newly eligible schools and new financial aid administrators, however, all are welcome to attend. You must complete the online course before you are able to register to attend. The training announcement describes the online portion/process in more detail.

Hope to see you in Kansas City!

David

David A. Bartlett
Training Officer
816-268-0434
david.bartlett@ed.gov

Please note the Kansas City office has moved and our new address is below:

United States Department of Education
Federal Student Aid
1010 Walnut Street Suite 336
Kansas City, MO 64106