KASFAA President Profile – Ben Kohl



Ben Kohl

At what institution do you work?

Kansas State University

How long have you been with your current institution?

I started at K-State as the Coordinator for Enrollment Management for the Department of Housing and Dining Services in July of 2001, then moved over to the position of Assistant Director for the Office of Student Financial Assistance in January of 2004.

Tell us, in one sentence, what you do for the financial aid team.

I mainly oversee our communication and outreach efforts.

What are you most looking forward to as a KASFAA President?

I am looking forward to working with talented KASFAA members to accomplish our association’s goals.

Where did you earn your undergraduate degree?

Emporia State University

What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Energetic, Ambitious, Discerning

Outside of work, what do you like to do for fun?

I am ABD for my Ph.D., so I am working on my dissertation when I can. I follow my kids’ activities (and drive them to their meetings and practices) Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Baseball, Wrestling, Triathlons & Runs, Dance, Theater, Piano, Church, and school take up a lot of time. While driving and participating in my kids’ activities,  I think about all of the work I should  be doing on my dissertation.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

Someone would be surprised to know that I cannot concentrate at home unless it is clean and tidy. My office space is a mess, but I cannot stand my house being a mess. Deborah (my wife) and I have four kids, so I don’t get a lot of dissertation work done at home.

The best thing about Kansas is:

There’s No Place Like Home.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring with you?

My Leatherman utility tool. Lots of drinking water. A fishing pole (with line & lots of bait).

Are you heading west to KASFAA on the Range?

KASFAA Fall Training

Howdy! Have you saved the date on your calendar for KASFAA’s Fall Training Conference in Dodge City? If you want to explore the cowboy or cowgirl side while getting exclusive updates on some of the hottest topics in financial aid. Don’t miss out.

Conference registration begins on August 4th.

Cost: $75 for KASFAA members, $100 for nonmembers (Late Fee after September 15th, 2014 is $25)

You can read more details about the program on the conference website: http://www.kasfaa.org/docs/toc_training.html

Hotel Information: A block of rooms is reserved until September 24th, 2014

Dodge House Hotel and Convention Center http://www.dodgehousehotel.com/ block room rate $84-109+tax per night

La Quinta Inn & Suites http://www.laquintadodgecity.com/ block room rate $80+tax-all rooms per night

I better see y’all in Dodge City!  If you have any questions, please feel free to email Tisha Anderson at Tisha.Anderson@ku.edu

Registration Committee

Tisha Anderson, University of Kansas

Tricia Brothers, Tabor College

Danielle Sullivan, University of Kansas

KASFAA Member Profile – Lacey Ledwich


Name: Lacey Ledwich

What institution do you work for? Wichita Area Technical College

How long have you been with your current institution? 5 years and 5 months

Tell us in one sentence what you do for the financial aid team: Since I am the Director of the Financial Aid Office, I oversee all day to day operations

What are you most looking forward to as a KASFAA Member? Assisting on the Conference Planning Committee.

Where did you get your undergrad: Pittsburg State University….GO RILLAS!!

What three words would you use to describe yourself:  Detail-Oriented, Loyal, Dependable

Outside of work, what do you like to do for fun: Spending time with my husband and son!

What might someone be surprised to know about you? I was ‘that’ student that everyone in the Financial Aid world hated….I used my financial aid to go on AMAZING Spring Break trips :-)

The best thing about Kansas is: My family and friends are all pretty close by.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring with you? My child, matches, water

Conference Planning Meeting – Brenda Hicks


This is how a training event begins….a group of people gather in a small room to go over deadlines, schedules, budgets, menus and other details that need to be decided so that events like the Fall Training and Spring Conference are implemented smoothly.  On Monday, July 21, the KASFAA conference planning committee gathered at the Hotel at OldTown Conference Center in Wichita Kansas to discuss these and other topics.

Things that we learned – Sara Vancil is growing a raised garden in her backyard, Diana VanDyke has a miniature horse, Keith Fitzsimmons and May Schumacher are working on an accurate definition of “rodeo butt,” Dianna Bunker has a beautiful and talented but slightly spazmodic dog, Lacey Ledwich is too busy to have a dog, Shirley Bader can sew and Tisha Anderson knows how to turn mulberrys into fruit pies.  Brenda Hicks, Diane Lindeman and La’Lisa Coley kept the peace and no one wanted me to take their picture.  I did it anyway.

This group is great – thoughtful minds, excellent questions and terrific ideas!  Together, we are working on providing two events that will meet your 2014-2015 training needs with a dash or two of relaxation and fun.  The conference committee will be meeting monthly by phone from now until the spring conference is concluded and there is still lots of room for extra help if you are interested.

First up is Fall Training in Dodge City on October 9-10!  Look for registration and details about the conference on the website soon.  I don’t think I’m spilling the beans too much by indicating that you might want to look around in your closet for that cowboy gear that you have stuffed away….you might have an opportunity to wear it in the very near future.  And, as you are looking – if you happen to find a stick horse, nerf gun or rope  – let La’Lisa Coley or Dianna Bunker from Hutchinson Community College know.  For real.  I’m serious.