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.
Fall 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!
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.
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!
Find all the conference photos on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/KASFAA-Kansas/166447041894.
Submission by Sara Vancil, KASFAA Vice-President