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TASFAA Spring Update!!

09 Apr 2015 8:44 AM | Anonymous

TASFAA Spring Update!!

It’s one of the busiest times of year for most of us, but as we celebrate National Volunteer Week beginning on the 12th, I’d like to take some time to recognize all of the TASFAA folks who volunteer in our association and beyond.

First, TASFAA Governmental Relations Committee Chair Ron Gambill (Edsouth) and member Larry Rector (Johnson University) visited Washington, D.C. to lobby for various Federal Student Aid issues.  Larry’s account of the trip was featured on the SASFAA Nine News blog.  They met with two Senators and three Representatives over the two day trip.  Thank you Ron and Larry for representing TASFAA and advocating for our Tennessee students!

Next, former TASFAA President and Director of Financial Aid at Lee University, Marian Dill was chosen to serve as a Primary Negotiator, representing private, non-profit institutions for the U.S. Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking on Title IV loan issues.  Marian is currently serving as the Vice President of SASFAA and was recently voted SASFAA President-Elect for the 2015-2016 year.  Kudos to Marian on her achievements! 

Most recently, President-Elect Dick Smelser attended the NASFAA Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo.  The conference helps prepare state association presidents and leaders from across the United States.  Dick was also able to advocate for our students on Capitol Hill, even being invited to the “Tennessee Breakfast” with Senators Alexander and Corker.  We look forward to your year as President Mr. Smelser!

Last but not least, I want to acknowledge the work of Leah Louallen and the 2015 TASFAA Conference Committee.  We have an amazing agenda this year, full of great presenters (including David Bartnicki), as well as lots of fun.  We have a new conference location at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, a powerhouse opening speaker in June Cline, and surprises you won’t want to miss.  Please make plans to join us April 26-29, for “TASFAA: A Growing Family Tree”.

As always, I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve as President of this amazing association, with such a spirit of friendship and volunteerism.  I salute each of you this National Volunteer Week. 

Thanks for all you do TASFAA family!


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