President's Welcome

It was 50 years ago that a small group of dedicated individuals met and formed KASFAA. While our methods have differed over time, the core of our beliefs and purpose have remained the same as we have maintained a commitment to service for the benefit of students, our profession, and each other. Our mission statement reminds us that we were "founded in order to establish a community of members, who through the sharing of ideas, professional competencies, and experiences would serve more ethically and effectively the diverse needs of students, parents, and institutions. The present and future existence of the Association continues to be based on this founding principle."

At the upcoming spring 2017 conference we will be Celebrating 50 Years; it is a conference that you won’t want to miss as we reflect upon our longstanding history of service to students, service to our colleagues, and KASFAA’s service to its membership, while looking ahead at great things to come as we proudly rest and build upon the solid foundation that has been laid for us. Our spring program committee, in conjunction with our 50th anniversary committee, has coordinated a conference that embraces everything that is, has been, and will be within KASFAA!

Under the leadership of Kristie Hughes and Chester Priest, committees have worked tirelessly to develop a program that will provide relevant session topics and trainings to ensure attendees are informed and equipped to maintain excellent service in support of students aspiring to achieve their educational goals, all with a spirit of celebration as we mark a momentous occasion in KASFAA’s history. We are pleased to welcome special guests, NASFAA Assistant Director of Federal Relations, Stephen Payne, FASFAA President, Joan Bailey, and our U.S. Department of Education Trainer, David Bartnicki, and we are thrilled to rally together to support Potter Children’s Home, an organization with a strong commitment to the needs of children much like KASFAA’s commitment to those that we serve.

Our New Member Workshop, held on Wednesday morning, will provide an opportunity for new members to become acquainted with all that KASFAA has to offer. Also, in addition to the excellent federal student aid training that will be offered, we are proud to once again offer several NASFAA U credentialing opportunities, six pre-conference and three concurrent topics. At the Thursday Business Luncheon, you’ll receive an update on current KASFAA business. Finally, this special conference would not be complete without the opportunity to catch up with old friends, make some new ones, share resources, and celebrate the last and next 50 years with special friends and guests at our 50th Anniversary Celebration and Dinner on Thursday evening before receiving key federal and state updates at the conclusion of the conference on Friday morning.

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Everybody can be great because everybody can serve." I’m honored to be a part of such a special group committed to carrying out such a worthy purpose in service each and every day, and I can’t wait to celebrate 50 years with you at the upcoming spring 2017 conference.

Sincerely,

Angela Black
KASFAA President, 2016-2017