Last week, I represented the state of Kansas at the RMASFAA board winter meeting in Denver, Colorado. Some of you may have seen pictures of this event on Facebook.
The meeting was extremely productive and I felt very proud of the sunflower state as I sat around the table. In particular, you can be especially proud of Donna Carter from Wichita State University who is representing the state very well as the current RMASFAA Treasurer. We all know how terrific Donna is here – it’s nice to see other people noticing her and her talents as well.
Another one of our members was lifted up during committee reports. The conference committee announced that Tony Lubbers from Friends University has been selected as a keynote speaker for the 2016 RMASFAA Conference that will be held this year in Rapid City, South Dakota. Some of you may have heard Tony give his speech on Presidents at the KASFAA conference. I understand that he will be doing something similar – but not exactly the same for RMASFAA. It is nice of Tony to share his talents and historical knowledge with us! Thank you, Tony, for representing KASFAA in this important way.
Our very own Robb Cummings from Sallie Mae was also present in the meeting representing the Associate sector. (We sat together and tried very hard not to cause too much trouble – unsure how well we succeeded.)
RMASFAA, like KASFAA and many other non-profit associations, is evaluating how it does business in today’s world. Watch for important news concerning officer duties and changes as a result of great discussions around the table about more efficient use of resources and shifts in duties that will help RMASFAA meet the recommendations of its auditors. *New compliance tool rolling out this year. Art reported on his experience sitting on the NASFAA board and announced that NASFAA is in the process of creating another really cool tool (think AskRegs) for the membership that will be unveiled at the 50th Anniversary Celebration! I personally can’t wait for this one.
Other Kansan’s who are participating in RMASFAA in meaningful ways are: Aimee Campbell from Southwestern College who just agreed to be the Kansas representative on the Association News committee, Christal Williams from Johnson County who is participating on the Conference Program sub-committee, LaLisa Coley from Hutchinson Community College and Sheelu Surender from Wichita State University who are participating on the Diversity & Multi-Cultural Initiatives committee, Russ McBee from Dodge City Community College and Macklin Schwartz from Emporia State University who are on the Electronic Initiatives committee – Russ is serving as the chair this year, Brandon Winters from Manhattan Christian College who is serving on the Membership committee, and Lois Madsen from Kansas Wesleyan University, Sara Vancil from the University of Kansas and Angie Zoerlin from Wichita State University who are on the Summer Institute committee – Sara is serving as Faculty Dean and Lois is also serving on the Training committee. (If I have forgotten your name – please let me know.)
It is nice to see Kansas active and alive in the programming of RMASFAA!