Tony Lubbers Awarded 2014 Jan LaFever Award

2014 Jan LaFever Recipient Tony Lubbers

Tony Lubbers

Tony Lubbers, Interim Director of Financial Aid and KASFAA Past President, was awarded the 2014 Jan LaFever Award for Adjunct Teaching at Friends University.  The Jan LaFever Award for Adjunct Teaching honors an individual who has taught for at least one year and has shown extraordinary service to Friends University.

Tony Lubbers, this year’s award recipient, has been a member of the University community for 18 years in both an adjunct faculty and professional staff role.  Described as enthusiastic. interesting, and entertaining, Tony makes a sometimes dry subject like history come to life for adult students.  Not only do his students think about his courses long after they finish, but their academic success in his classroom encourages them to stay in school.  One of his students said, “I was reluctant to go back to school after 20-plus years, but after taking his course, I was convinced I was doing the right thing.”  When he is not teaching for being the assistant director of Financial Aid [currently Interim Director], Tony enjoys running, Saturday morning wrestling sessions with his dogs, and volunteering.  Excerpted from the 2014 Faculty View Book, Friends University.

This is Tony’s second time to be awarded the Jan LaFever Award.  He also received this award in 2007.  Congratulations Tony!

KASFAA Member Profile – Tammy Higgins

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What school do you work for: Pittsburg State University

How long have you been with your current school: In total, 12 years, 5 years as Director

Tell us in one sentence what you do for the Financial Aid Team: I try to keep all the balls in the air at the same time.

What are you most looking forward to as a KASFAA Member: Professional Growth, both in the industry, and in our organization

Where did you get your undergrad: Missouri Southern State College (now University); and my Masters at Pitt State.

What three words would you use to describe yourself: Creative, Fun-loving, and Curious

Outside of work, what do you like to do for fun: Laugh with my friends and family, travel when I can, and paper crafting.

What might someone be surprised to know about you: I’ve kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland twice, and yet still don’t seem to have the “Gift of Eloquent Speech”.

Who’s your favorite Superhero: Tie between Wonder Woman (because she’s a good example of being strong and feminine) and Thor (he’s my version of a Gentleman- he has great Honor – oh, he’s nice to look at, too.)

The best thing about Kansas is: We are blessed to live in a beautiful state, which has so many colors, (the green corn and the golden wheat in the fields; and the beautiful red leaves on the oaks in the fall, etc.),  but the people remain humble and kind.  We are good neighbors and good friends to strangers.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring with you: my family to talk/argue with (they count as one, right?); the Good book to read; and a beach towel (multi-purpose uses)

KASFAA President Profile – Ben Kohl



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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:

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

Dodge House Hotel and Convention Center block room rate $84-109+tax per night

La Quinta Inn & Suites 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

Registration Committee

Tisha Anderson, University of Kansas

Tricia Brothers, Tabor College

Danielle Sullivan, University of Kansas