Index of Updates
2007 CCCSFAAA President
It’s Spring! Although the March 2nd Cal Grant deadline has come and gone, the California Community College financial aid offices across the state are still geared up to provide on-going student financial aid presentations and workshops, and are putting the final touches on our May Financial Aid Awareness Month events. The “I Can Afford College” television and radio campaign has collaborated with CCCSFAAA to create for the first-time a media blitz that promotes our message that “Financial aid is available year round at your local community college” during the months of April and May. This is great news for students who decide to attend a California Community College who may think that they have missed the financial aid deadline for the 2007-2008 academic year. Be sure to continue to register your college financial aid outreach events year-round on the “I Can” website to help promote your workshops and events to potential financial aid students.
Exciting new legislative bills and carry-over bills from last year’s legislative session, are scheduled for hearings and beginning to move through the legislative process in Sacramento. There are many bills relating to financial aid that the State Issues Committee and California Community Colleges Chancellors Office are keeping a watchful eye on and have placed on the CCCSFAAA Legislative Watch List. Be sure to check the CCCSFAAA website for the latest information.
Additionally, CCCSFAAA has sent letters on behalf of its members to:
- Support the appointment of Dr. Yasmin Delahoussaye, Vice President Student Services at Los Angeles Valley College, to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to serve as the California Community Colleges commissioner.
- Assembly members George Miller and Howard “Buck” McKeon for HR 990 in support of the elimination of Pell Tuition Sensitivity for California Community College students.
- Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein in appreciation for their authoring of the Senate bill (S 707) also in support of the Pell Grant Equity Act.
- Laura Kerr of the California State Student Association (CSSA) for her advocacy on student financial aid issues during her tenure at the California State University Office of the Chancellor.
- And, most importantly, the California Student Aid Commission with comments on the Draft Institutional Participation Agreement to support of the Grant Advisory Committee recommendations and to bring forth community college issues on the proposed changes to the Commission staff.
Kudos to State Issues Chair, Kris Shear (Santa Rosa Junior College) who created a very successful day of legislative advocacy with the Day At The Capitol event on March 28, 2007 in Sacramento. Linda Michalowski (Vice-Chancellor, California Community Colleges System Office) and Patricia Hurley (Glendale College) provided updates on the Federal NegReg committees; Steve Caldwell and Diana Fuentes-Michel provided a synopsis of state legislation from the perspective of the California Student Aid Commission; Sam Kipp (EdFund) provided an overview of legislation, both state and federal, affecting the student loan program programs. The Day At The Capitol culminated with CCCSFAAA member visits to their state legislator’s offices at the Capitol to increase awareness and promote advocacy on community college student financial aid issues.
CCCSFAAA Spring Training provided the members a full day of training during the first two weeks of April. Site hosts included Mt. San Jacinto College, College of the Canyons, and Las Positas College. Past-President Karen Micalizio, also this year’s Training Committee Chair, assembled a variety of interest sessions which offered something for veteran financial aid staff and “newbie” staff alike. More than 300 CCCSFAAA members took advantage of this year’s training. On behalf of CCCSFAAA, Karen and I would like to officially thank the many vendors who supported our training events.
CCCSFAAA is pleased to announce two new liaison appointments to the Executive Board. Mark Alipio has joined us as the California Student Senate student representative. Mark attends Cypress College and brings the value of a student’s perspective to the discussions at the Executive Board meetings. Also, upon a recent motion passed by the Board, a California Lenders For Education (CLFE) representative has been added to its membership. Donna Huber (AES Student Loans) was officially welcomed as the CLFE liaison to represent all student loan lenders and guarantors in the State of California. Both Mark and Donna will provide CCCSFAAA with their unique perspectives added value during discussions and exchanges of information, with their views and ideas. Liaison appointees are non-voting members to the CCCSFAAA Executive Board and attend meetings at their own cost.
2007 CCCSFAAA Liaisons
Tim Bonnel - California Community Colleges System Office (CCCCO)
Bryan Dickason – California Student Aid Commission (CSAC)
Maria Escobar – EOP&S Association
Donna Huber – California Lenders for Education (CLFE)
Mark Alipio – California Student Senate Association (CSSA)
Nancy Davis – California Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CASFAA) Segmental Representative
I’m looking forward to seeing you all at the All Directors Training on April 23 – 25, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency at the San Francisco Airport, Burlingame. This event, similar to the old Mega Conference format and sponsored by the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office, will bring EOPS/CARE, CalWORKs, DSP&S, Matriculation and Financial Aid professionals together to share Student Services best practices, with an emphasis on serving all students.
The next CCCSFAAA Executive Board Meeting will be on May 7 & 8, 2007 at the Riverside Mission Inn. Tim Bonnel has arranged for the California Community Colleges Transfer Center professionals to join us one morning for a few hours for an exchange of best practices and how our campuses might address serving transfer students with coordinated financial aid and transfer resources.
“Each One Reach One” is the theme of the 2007 CCCSFAAA Annual Conference on December 13 – 15th at the San Francisco Marriott. Conference Chair Brad Hardison is busy checking out the hotel, meeting spaces and planning social events. The Conference Committee is gearing up to ensure we leave our hearts in San Francisco! Because it takes a “village” to put on a successful conference, now is a premier time to volunteer to help with the conference. This is a great opportunity for you to get involved, meet new people, and to serve your Association by giving back. You may contact Brad at email@example.com.
CCCSFAAA has a new executive board position, which needs to be filled immediately, that of Treasurer-Elect. It is a 2 year commitment, serving this year 2007 as the treasurer “in-training”, and then serving as treasurer for 2008. A special election will be held to elect the treasurer-elect position in April or May. Interested persons may contact CCCSFAAA Treasurer Brad Hardison for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCCSFAAA is also looking for someone who may be interested in serving the Association as Webmaster beginning in January 2008. If you’d like more information about what this job entails, please contact CCCSFAAA Webmaster Dennis Schroeder at email@example.com.
I’d like to extend a personal invitation to you as a CCCSFAAA member to: attend an executive board meeting; submit an article for the association newsletter; get involved and grow professionally; improve your competence by attending CCCSFAAA training, conferences, and workshops. You may wish to take advantage of the opportunities to serve your Association, including running for an elected office or regional representative position. Members are entitled to a quarterly copy of the “CCCSFAAA News” and the CCCSFAAA Financial Aid Directory, access to the “Members Only” section on the website, benefits of reduced registration fees, communication with CCCSFAAA members via our listserv, and messages about important breaking news from the CCCSFAAA leadership and our partners! CCCSFAAA is only as good as its volunteers – and we need YOU! If YOU have an interest in serving your professional association but don’t know where to begin, please send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. I will get you connected with the right CCCSFAAA person - pronto!
All the best,