Happy Financial Aid Day!

Dear Colleagues,

Wednesday, October 16th we celebrate the fifth annual Financial Aid Day. As NYSFAAA’s social media keepers, we want to provide you with a fitting tribute to Financial Aid Day and all of the hard working people who it represents. What better way than to bring you the thoughts and words of the Father of Financial Aid Day, Mr. Neville R. Brown. It is with his kind permission that we reprint the wise words of his 2010 “Isn’t It About Time?” speech.

The 2010 Annual EASFAA Conference, on May 16-19, at Foxwoods MGM Grand, was a raving success. The sessions were deliciously informative and the audience was exquisitely engaging and responsive. The theme “Financial Aid: A Grand Profession: was an unforgettable hit and I left the conference with a proud smile, broader that President Barbara Miller’s Presidential Suite. The conference is over, but the celebration must continue. It is, now, time to focus on us – the dedicated souls who open the doors of educational opportunities for our students – and what better way to do this than a Financial Aid Day for us!

As your Principal Cheerleader for EASFAA, I am empowering all aid administrators across our Region to support this EASFAA initiative for a Financial Aid Day. I sincerely believe that it is time for us – aid professionals – to stand up and be recognized for our dedication to helping students realize their college dreams and for being so ever effective at helping our institutions accomplish their mission. I supplicate you to designate the third Wednesday of each October as Financial Aid Day (FAD), in order to honor ourselves and colleagues in the Financial Aid Profession. On Wednesday, October 20, 2010, henceforth, do something special –have an office party, a potluck, etc., to celebrate our first annual FAD and y/our contribution to our profession. Be sure to take lots of pictures to record this momentous occasion, so that we can post them to out EASFAA website and share them with our State. Regional, National and Federal colleagues across the country, as we display our respect, love and passion for Financial Aid: A Grand Profession. I shall continue to work diligently with our membership to make this day a reality for our EASFAA Region – so stay tuned for more information on our first annual EASFAA Financial Aid Day! Isn’t it about time?

We hope his inspiring words will resonate within your heart for years to come! Thank you for your efforts to help students at your college and through your participation in NYSFAAA. We look forward to a continued celebration at the NYSFAAA conference!

Sincerely,
Technology, Innovation, and Communication Committee

Congratulations, Curt

Curt Gaume and Scott Atkinson

Curt Gaume and Scott Atkinson

NYSFAAA recently presented Curt Gaume from Canisius College with Lifetime Membership. Over the span of his career in aid, Curt has been a committed leader, an inspiring mentor to many in our profession, and a welcome voice to families beginning the aid process.

As he begins his retirement, I hope you will look to his example and become or remain actively involved in NYSFAAA, encourage others in their pursuits, and serve as an unfaltering advocate for students.

Many thanks to Linda Hunter for sharing this delightful photo.

Wishing you a Joyful Financial Aid Day!

Wednesday, October 16th we celebrate the third annual Financial Aid Day. As NYSFAAA’s social media keepers, we want to provide you with a fitting tribute to Financial Aid Day and all of the hard working people who it represents. What better way than to bring you the thoughts and words of the Father of Financial Aid Day, Mr. Neville R. Brown. It is with his kind permission that we reprint the wise words of his 2010 “Isn’t It About Time?” speech.

The 2010 Annual EASFAA Conference, on May 16-19, at Foxwoods MGM Grand, was a raving success. The sessions were deliciously informative and the audience was exquisitely engaging and responsive. The theme “Financial Aid: A Grand Profession: was an unforgettable hit and I left the conference with a proud smile, broader that President Barbara Miller’s Presidential Suite. The conference is over, but the celebration must continue. It is, now, time to focus on us – the dedicated souls who open the doors of educational opportunities for our students – and what better way to do this than a Financial Aid Day for us!

As your Principal Cheerleader for EASFAA, I am empowering all aid administrators across our Region to support this EASFAA initiative for a Financial Aid Day. I sincerely believe that it is time for us – aid professionals – to stand up and be recognized for our dedication to helping students realize their college dreams and for being so ever effective at helping our institutions accomplish their mission. I supplicate you to designate the third Wednesday of each October as Financial Aid Day (FAD), in order to honor ourselves and colleagues in the Financial Aid Profession. On Wednesday, October 20, 2010, henceforth, do something special –have an office party, a potluck, etc., to celebrate our first annual FAD and y/our contribution to our profession. Be sure to take lots of pictures to record this momentous occasion, so that we can post them to out EASFAA website and share them with our State. Regional, National and Federal colleagues across the country, as we display our respect, love and passion for Financial Aid: A Grand Profession. I shall continue to work diligently with our membership to make this day a reality for our EASFAA Region – so stay tuned for more information on our first annual EASFAA Financial Aid Day! Isn’t it about time?

We hope his inspiring words will resonate within your heart for years to come! Thank you for your efforts to help students at your college and through your participation in NYSFAAA.

Sincerely,
Sarah Macri & Lea Nuwer
Technology, Innovation, and Communication Committee