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  • 11 Sep 2020 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Hello TASFAA Friends!

    I hope this email finds you safe and well.  As TASFAA President this year, I want to personally welcome you back to a new year in TASFAA!  It has been a blur for me since spring as I am sure it has been for you too.  I hope many of you were able to take vacations and actually be on vacation this summer.  We seem to struggle to find a good work/life balance.  It is the “I’ll just check this email,” or “let me just work one more hour and maybe I’ll finish” that keeps us from our self-care, and while we have always done that as a group, this year separating work from home has been even harder as many are still working from home.  Keeping up with staff and the day to day work has been more stressful and challenging than ever.  August arrived and left just as quickly.  Everyone has been busy getting students enrolled and aid audited and ready to disburse all while making sure our campuses and offices are staying safe and healthy.  Our colleagues and friends from our sponsors have also helped to keep us informed and supported our efforts through the changes we have faced.  To say it has been “a lot” is such an understatement, but I hope each of you were able to at least have a restful reprieve from all the work during the Labor Day Holiday weekend, and that you also take a break this weekend as well! 

    Your 2020-2021 TASFAA Executive Board officially began its service on behalf of the Membership July 1st, and they have been hard at work planning this year with several meetings already held since July.  With the help of our sponsorship partners and members of our executive board, we have some fun and informative opportunities for training and networking already planned with more to be added soon!

    First up is our Welcome Back & Kickback TASFAA Mixer, sponsored by the TASFAA Diversity Committee, next Thursday, September 17th at 5:00 PM CST (it is 5:00 somewhere 6:00 PM EST).  Our own DJ Ego, Eric Farmer, Diversity Chair, will be co-hosting and providing music that evening.  I will be sending out more information next week with a virtual link, so be on the lookout for it.  Grab your favorite cocktail or mocktail and join us!  This will be open to anyone receiving this email.

    Now is the time join or renew your TASFAA membership if you haven’t already so that you will continue to have access to other webinars in the works as well as other important information throughout the year.  The membership fee remains $35.00.  TASFAA will be hosting TASFAA Thursdays for member-only webinars.  Be sure the save the following TASFAA Thursday Webinars scheduled so far:

    Save the dates for TASFAA Thursdays

    • Thursday, September 24, 2020, TSAC Webinar Q&A, all paid members, TBD
    • Thursday, November 12, 2020, Governmental Relations Webinar, all paid members, 3:15-4:15 PM EST (2:15 PM CST)

    The links and more information will be sent very soon as well as more dates and topics that are in the works, so get your membership application in and be sure to check your email.  Additionally, a Training Survey is forthcoming.  Be sure to complete it so that we better understand your training needs and travel restrictions to assist with our planning efforts for you.

    We are looking forward to seeing you at our spring conference April 18-21, 2021 in Franklin at the Cool Springs Marriott too!  Please mark your calendars and plan to be there.  The Conference Committee is working hard planning a great event for us!

    I welcome your comments and suggestions and I look forward to a great year serving as President.  Members of the 2020-2021 TASFAA Executive Board also welcome your suggestions.  We have other incredible events in the works, and we will need more volunteers.  If you are interested in serving, it is not too late!  Volunteer online or contact any member of the TASFAA board.  Again, welcome back and may you have a great year!

    Health and Peace,

    Danette S. Seale, MBA

    2020-2021 TASFAA President

    Pursue Golden Opportunities

    Rise Up & Reach Out


    Executive Director of Financial Aid

    Carson-Newman University

  • 26 Feb 2020 3:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Woman Who Fought Transit Segregation in 19th-Century New York

    by Nicole Javorsky

    October 3, 2018

    Before Rosa Parks, there was Elizabeth Jennings - a lifelong school teacher.

    A century before Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama, Elizabeth Jennings Graham defied the racial segregation of public transit in New York City. On July 16, 1854, Jennings (Graham was added to her name after marrying in 1860) was running late to church and tried to ride a white-only streetcar in Manhattan. The conductor told her they weren’t accepting black passengers. She was forced out of the streetcar, and a police officer inflicted injuries by physically pushing her.

    “After dragging me off the car, he drove me away like a dog saying, not to be talking there and raising a mob or a fight,” said Jennings, quoted in Frederick Douglass’ Paper later that summer.

    Jennings’s actions, and subsequent court case won in 1855, triggered the Brooklyn Circuit Court to rule that African Americans could not be excluded from transit. It wasn’t until the New York State legislature passed the Civil Rights Act of 1873 that racial discrimination in public transportation was explicitly outlawed in New York City. However, Jennings’s case was reported in the press and talked about in a way that forced more New Yorkers to consider the issue of racial segregation on public transportation.

    Jennings’s case was reported and talked about in a way that forced more New Yorkers to consider the issue of racial segregation on public transportation.

    In the years that followed, Jennings’s contributions became lost to history because no one was writing about her. Meanwhile, documentation, in the form of newspaper clippings, census records, and other documents, remained. Author John Hewitt wrote one of the few pieces of historical research about Jennings Graham in 1990, writing at the time, “By and large, historians and writers have not dealt adequately with [her] story.” In his research, Hewitt continued, “What emerged was the saga of a remarkable family—a bright, proud, cultured, feisty, middle class, 19th century, African-American woman, who stimulated in New York City what Mrs. Rosa Parks was to initiate in Montgomery, Alabama, a hundred years later.”

    Chester Arthur, Jennings’s lawyer, had only been admitted to the bar a couple of months before Jennings was pushed off the streetcar, but he made use of a “recently enacted state law making common carriers liable for the acts of their agents and employees,” according to Hewitt, and won the case. Arthur would later become the U.S. president in 1881 after former President James Garfield was assassinated.

    In what is likely the first major display of Jennings Graham’s story in recent years, The Museum of the City of New York’s Rebel Women exhibition includes her portrait and a description of her rebellion against racial segregation in 19th-century New York City. Rebel Women opened in July and features New York City women of the 1800s who defied the Victorian-era expectations of them.

    “We kind of call her the first Rosa Parks,” Rebel Women curator Marcela Micucci said of Jennings Graham.

    It wasn’t until the state legislature passed the Civil Rights Act of 1873 that racial discrimination in public transportation was explicitly outlawed in New York.

    What is often left out of Parks’s story is that she had been a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)’s Montgomery chapter for over a decade before the 1955 arrest. Similarly, Elizabeth Jennings Graham spent her life as a schoolteacher promoting the education of black children, an extraordinary effort especially for the 19th century. And as Hewitt noted, “the brilliant success of the trial may well have been a source of encouragement as [Jennings] refocused her attention and energies on another important reality of her life: her role in the ongoing struggle to provide a decent education for the young black girls and boys of mid-19th century.”

    This was before New York City’s Progressive Movement, which began in the 1890s. Even by the turn of the 20th century, only 6 in 10 school-aged children in New York were enrolled in school, according to the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness.

    Like Parks, when Jennings Graham refuted the idea that she should be late to church because a streetcar with available space was designated white-only, it was not her first time contemplating racial injustice or acting against the white supremacist status quo. She deserves a place in the history books.

  • 26 Feb 2019 10:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • 16 Apr 2018 9:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For so many the path to the American Dream is through college. A college education can make a world of difference for most students. The median yearly income gap between high school and college graduates is around $17,500. However, for millions of first-generation, low-income students, the pathway to and through college is broken. They have the ambition and smarts, but face an uneven playing field. Lack of access to capital prevents low-income students from accessing the same colleges, opportunities, and outcomes of higher-income peers. 

    Each year, seven million high-achieving, low-income students are accepted into, but cannot afford four-year public & private non-profit institutions. Lacking credit history and co-signers, this segment of students is persistently underbanked, facing average out-of-pocket gaps between $5,000 to $15,000 per year. In aggregate, this represents an annual underfunding gap between $35-$105 billion per year (net of institutional aid and the $140 billion Federal financial aid program). 

    Since 1970, degree attainment for high-income adults has increased from 40% to 77% and barely crawled from 7% to 9% for low-income adults. Sixup levels the playing field with a new system to fund and incubate underserved human capital into transformative economic and social impact at scale. The cumulative value of investing in this population translates into generational mobility, workforce pipelines, and economic development. Researchers estimate that achieving educational equity will generate and add $86 trillion GDP (60-year NPV) to the U.S. economy. 

    At Sixup we’re committed to changing these statistics. We are creating a movement of students, educators, counselors, investors, corporations, and foundations with a singular, passionate focus: to help low-income, first-generation students reach their full potential in college and beyond. 

    We’d love to chat with you about how we can work together to make a change. We’ll be at the conference starting April 22, 2018, and are looking forward to meeting all of you. If you have any questions about Sixup please check out our site at sixup.com or email Lenny Akins at lenny@Sixup.com. See you soon! 

  • 10 Apr 2018 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Dynamic Forms is a secure, state of the art e-sign/workflow solution that provides a simple way for non-technical users to take any paper-based form and quickly build a sophisticated interactive, electronic form that can be published to your SIS portal or outside website.

    Scholarship Manager provides a comprehensive solution to your scholarship program. From building student profiles through smart applications and school information system (SIS) data integration, through online review and awarding, Scholarship Manager can help you automate, simplify and transform your scholarship process.

    JobX is the only comprehensive solution in the market specifically designed to meet the unique challenges of the Federal Work Study (FWS), Job Location Development (JLD), and Student Employment businesses. From online job postings, applications, compliance checks, hiring, and reporting, JobX can help you automate, simplify, and reduce expenses associated with your on- and off-campus processes.

    TimesheetX provides a comprehensive solution for your employment timesheet needs. From online timesheet entry, time off accruals, employer approvals, budget/accrual/award balance tracking, payroll integration, compliance services, and reporting, TimesheetX can immediately save your institution thousands of dollars annually.

    TASFAA Conference – Don’t Miss the UTK / Next Gen Session & a chance to win a Yeti Tumbler!!!!

    Session: FWS, Student Employment & Technology - How to survive budget cuts, be more efficient, and eliminate compliance violations!

    Session Date/Time: Monday, April 23 - 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

    Location: Mirabella A

    This informative session will discuss UTK’s lessons learned following their FWS DOE audit and specifically how you;

    • CAN avoid costly FWS and State/Federal Labor Law violations, penalties & fines;
    • CAN be more efficient managing your entire employment lifecycle
    • CAN survive severe budget cuts; and
    • CAN bring considerable cost savings to your institutional bottom-line.

    For anyone interested in scheduling a demo of one or more of the Next Gen Efficiency Solutions, please visit www.ngwebsolutions.com to request a demo TODAY!!!

  • 19 Feb 2018 6:52 AM | Anonymous

    Dear TASFAA Members,

    I hope your year has gotten off to a great start and you have found time to catch your breath, if only for a moment now that classes are well underway.  It is a very exciting time for TASFAA as we are just a little over two months from our 50th Anniversary celebration and annual conference.  Your conference committee has been working extremely hard to make this year’s conference one of the best in our 50 years as an association.  The theme this year is Honoring the Past, Building the Future as we must not forget those that not only helped build TASFAA into the strong association that it is today but also made the way for us to continue the important work for our students for the next 50 years.  The conference registration will be open online very soon, and I am truly looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible in April.  I also want to take the time to keep the association informed about the ongoing work that TASFAA is doing as well as the recent results of our TASFAA Elections.

    A TASFAA member meeting was held on February 13, 2017, at the SASFAA conference in Alexandria, Virginia.  About 20 TASFAA members attended.  After a welcome and introductions of attendees, Marian Dill, SASFAA Past President, delivered a SASFAA update.  Celena Tulloss, SASFAA Vice President, shared information about the 2018 SASFAA New Aid Officers Workshop to be held June 3 – 8 at Wofford College.  I would like to encourage any member with 3 years or less experience to attend.  TASFAA is pleased to offer the Clyde Walker Professional Development Scholarship to a qualified member.

    Our meeting continued with a discussion on TN legislation, specifically the Compete to Complete Act SB 2259 and HB 2114.  Many of you were on the January 31 phone call with Tim Phelps and other members of TSAC discussing the bill. Let your institution’s administration know about this bill and the impact it may have on your students. If you have concerns about this bill, now is the time to speak with your Tennessee Legislator

    While at SASFAA Tiffany Summers, TASFAA President Elect from Lipscomb University, and Phyllis Faulkner from University of Tennessee Health Science Center joined Ron Gambill, TASFAA Legislative Chair, on Hill visits! They were able to meet with staff members from the offices of Congressman Cohen (D-TN) , Congressman Roe (R-TN), and Congressman Cooper (D-TN),  as well as a member from the office of Virginia Foxx (R-NC). They spoke on behalf of our students and shared support and concerns with the Prosper Act.  Thank you to those three for their advocacy!

    To wrap up our meeting, Karen Hauser, TASFAA Past President and Nominations Chair, reported on our election results.   401 ballots were submitted, and 198 votes were cast (49%).  Karen recognized the Nominations committee and the work done to provide a full slate of candidates.  I would also like to express my gratitude to each TASFAA member who ran for office for their willingness to serve TASFAA.  Congratulations to the 2018-2019 TASFAA elected officers:

                    President Elect: Joe Myers, Motlow Community College
                    Secretary: Kacee Hardy, Dyersburg Community College
                    Member at Large: Eric Farmer, TSAC
                    4-yr Public Sector: Jennifer Buckles, UT Chattanooga
                    4-yr Private Sector: Chanell Thomas, Vanderbilt University
                    Community College & 2-yr Sector: Holly Malone, North East State Community College
                    TCAT Sector: Cara Suhr, TCAT Nashville
                    Proprietary Sector: Mary Kidd, Nossi College of Art

    I would like to congratulate Leah Louallen, TASFAA Conference Chair, on her election to the SASFAA Executive Board. Leah will be serving as Treasurer Elect for 2018-2019 and Treasurer for 2019-2020.  Leah has served TASFAA in this same capacity in the past, so I know that SASFAA will truly benefit from her hard work and attention to detail.

    I would also like to congratulate Marian Dill.  Marian is a former TASFAA President, current SASFAA Past President, and Lee University Director of Financial Aid.  The NASFAA membership elected Marian to serve as a Representative-at-Large for a two-year term beginning in the 2018-19 program year.  The six National  Representatives-at-Large are elected without regard to geographical location.  This is a tribute to Marian's service to the profession as she was elected not just by TASFAA members but by institutional NASFAA members across the country.

    Again, watch for our TASFAA conference registration to open soon. You won’t want to miss our 50th annual conference as it will definitely be one to remember.  See you in April!

    Charles Harper

    TASFAA President

  • 10 Jan 2018 9:42 AM | Anonymous

    2018 SASFAA Conference registration has been extended!

    Hotel Cutoff New Date January 16th Please take advantage of the conference room rate of $145 plus taxes / night.  Click here to book your room TODAY

    Open Registration will end January 16th.  Take advantage of the conference rate of $275.  Additional fees will be assessed to registrations on or after January 17th Click here to register TODAY

    Conference Sessions include . . .

    • ·       Washington Updates

    • ·       Year Round Pell

    • ·       Data Sharing

    • ·       Fraudulent Documents

    • ·       COD Updates

    • ·       R2T4

    • ·       NASFAA U credentialing 

    • ·       Excel Training (pre-con session)

    • ·       And much more. . . For more information go to www.SASFAA.org

    See You in Alexandria, VA


  • 28 Dec 2017 12:37 PM | Anonymous


    2018 TASFAA Conference & 50th Anniversary Celebration

    April 22 – 25, 2018

    Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro Tennessee


    On behalf of the TASFAA Conference Committee, I would like to invite you to TASFAA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration in April 2018. We will send detailed conference information when registration opens in February. There will be more surprises and special guests than you can imagine! You don’t want to miss this event as we will be Honoring the Past and Building the Future!

    In order to make this the best possible conference, we need your help with the following items:

    Call for Sessions: This is your conference and we want to make sure we are providing sessions on the hottest topics that are impacting you. Please email any session recommendations to Leah Louallen at Leah.Louallen@tn.gov by January 10, 2018.

    Former TASFAA Members: We are inviting all former TASFAA Members to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. We don’t want anyone to be left out! Please think of all of our friends who have retired or moved on to other careers or states and would want to join us. We will create a database of these friends to send direct conference communication. Please email Karen Hauser at K.Hauser@vanderbilt.edu with the name, mailing address, email address and/or phone number of our friends from years past.

    Get these dates on your calendar so that you don’t miss out on this celebration! It wouldn’t be the same without you there!

    Kind Regards,

    Leah Louallen
    2017-18 Conference Chair

  • 03 Nov 2017 7:53 AM | Anonymous

    Check out this interesting read submitted by your TASFAA Diversity Committee 2017

    Racism is Literally Bad for Your Health

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