I want to talk a little about the NYSFAAA charity for this year’s conference – St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen. This organization provides hot lunches for anyone who shows up, Monday – Friday, including holidays. Numbers run anywhere from 100-250 hungry people who can count on at least one hot meal that day. My husband has been a volunteer cook there for a number of years and has been touched with how so little can help so many. They conduct a backpack drive filled with school supplies each year. They have a community garden where they grow fresh vegetables. They provide emergency assistance whenever possible. I hope you can find it in your hearts to support this worthwhile organization. A raffle is being held at the conference with a basket containing: an overnight stay at Turning Stone, breakfast for 2 at the Harvest Buffet, $200 cash, $50 Visa gift card, $25 Master Card gift card, $25 Starbuck’s gift card, and two bottles of wine going to some lucky winner – a $500 value! If you aren’t able to attend the conference, you will be missed, however you can still donate and get into the raffle by sending me your check this week – made out to either NYSFAAA or directly to St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen. I will fill out your raffle tickets and enter them in the drawing. Tickets are $5 or 3 for $10. Provide me with your email and I will respond that I have received your donation and send you scanned copies of your tickets. Let’s have NYSFAAA break all records for charity fundraising this year – I know we can do it.
Thanks to those of you who have already sent me your checks – I know I can always count on my NYSFAAA family to help those in need. Hope to see you at Turning Stone.
Anne Barton, Past President of NYSFAAA
I thought I would take a few moments to reflect on the NYSFAAA Conference in Lake Placid. It was great to see folks I have not seen in a while. The sessions were varied and interesting. The motivational speaker “Dr. Humor” was wonderful – such a positive outlook on life – words of encouragement for those in the trenches. His concurrent session was a “hoot” and our apologies to LaSonya Griggs who was presenting in the next room – I know we made it difficult for them! I learned a lot at the SUNY Smart Track presentation – the new retention service that SUNY Central offers is a great bonus for campuses – if you aren’t part of this initiative, call Bill Cavin to get on board! The federal update didn’t have much new information to offer, but Jeff Baker is always welcome at NYSFAAA – even by phone. Congrats to all the NYSFAAA members who received recognition especially Curt Gaume, Judi Miladin and John View who were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Be watching the NYSFAAA website for copies of the presentations – you can benefit even if you did not get to attend the conference. The virtual bobsled, ski and luge ride was awesome – so much fun!!!! Kudos to region 8 for another great conference.
I just arrived in Lake Placid – hope to see many colleagues that I have not seen in a while. I have the privilege of moderating a session by our keynote speaker, Dr. Stuart Robertshaw tomorrow. If you are not able to make the conference, check out his website: www.drhumor.com. I did it while preparing his bio – I also purchased his book on Amazon – it is hilarious, I think every Financial Aid Office should have a copy. I will try to post about sessions I attend – have a great week!
What are you doing today to celebrate Financial Aid Day? Is your whole office involved? How about having a party, going out to lunch as a group, posting a sign so everyone who visits your office can see this is a special day. You do wonderful work every day – the unsung heroes on your campus! It is about time everyone knows it. Make sure you post to the site what you are doing on your campus – share your great ideas. This profession has a lot to be proud of – let the world know – today is your day!