TASFAA committees have been working very hard in their various areas of responsibility. They have presented the following reports (summarized for this report):
First meeting as a committee on Friday, January 26th. The following was decided at the meeting:
Theme: The committee would like to move back to a “Camp Theme” this year.
Agenda: As a committee, we felt that having breakout sessions was great and based on the evaluations, so did the participants. We have set our tentative agenda for the workshop. Based on the evaluations and our observations of last year’s workshop, we felt that we needed to bring back the group activities.
Deadlines: The deadlines for contacting speakers, putting the agenda on the web, etc. have all been set.
Budget: We would like to ask for our budget to be increased to $42,000, which is a $7,000 increase.
Summaries of the evaluations received from the workshops we sponsored around the state were presented to the TASFAA Board. Huston-Tillotson workshop was cancelled because of a date change and associated scheduling issues. The evaluations emphasize how important these workshops and our TASFAA Financial Aid Workbook are to the high school counselors in Texas. Evaluations for additional workshops will be presented in the next committee report. We will continue to find additional ways to get more high school counselors/partners involved in our high school workshops. Our goal is for all of our Texas students and parents to know that a higher education is accessible to all who want it! The first committee meeting will be the end of February or first of March.
Activity & Resources Committee
The TASFAA Activity & Resources Committee has provided its update for the committee section of the TASFAA website. The names of the committee members have been updated in the system.
Conference calls took place welcoming the new members. The committee goals and the details regarding TRAINetwork were explained. A 2007 committee strategy has been written in order to see that the various tasks within the committee are carried through.
The committee would like to remind each member to utilize the TRAINetwork within their institution, as we enter the period surrounding financial aid awareness month.
and By-laws Committee
Proposed changes were posted to the TASFAA website and the membership was asked for input through January19, 2007. One set of comments were received. They were submitted for review by the board. Final proposed changes will be posted for voting by the membership.
Given that the TASFAA Times was recently made available, there is no
additional information since the November board meeting. Committee was
pleased to have received positive written feedback from membership.
Survey: Caroline Hernandez is overseeing the process of sending out the survey.
Since the last meeting of the TASFAA Board, the Early Awareness Committee has continued its charge to “facilitate a positive, cooperative relationship between the Association, educational organizations, and Texas middle schools”. Each committee member is expected to present to at least one middle school audience during their tenure and report the results to the committee chair. Since the last report, committee members have presented to one middle school, Ousley Junior High in Arlington, and are scheduled to present to Godley Middle School in February.
The committee has committed to is evaluating the supply of presentation items to promote college. A sub-committee has formed to address this issue and identify potential presentation items to be used.
The committee is still committed to creating an insert for the High School Partnership Training workbook for the next year. A sub-committee has been identified to focus on content that middle school counselors would find beneficial. A draft of this content should be ready by spring 2007.
The 2007 Fall Conference Committee attended their first meeting on
January 23 on the Texas A & M Galveston campus. In attendance were
Micah Marin, Joyce Fox, Tracy Sutton, Brian Fagen, Chris Elam, Patrick
Reyna, Chuck Ramos, Linh Nguyen, Dennis Carlton, Heather Walker, and
Rett Anderton. Those absent were Rick Renshaw, Thomas Frazier, Christiana
Mendez, and Michelle Enriquez.
The committee is also under discussion of the conference theme. We have been propositioned by an Olympian to be a keynote speaker, and there was a suggestion made to look at having an astronaut present as a keynote. Depending on price and availability, we may look at one of these individuals. This may also determine our theme, which would be concentrated on leadership and success (theme is still being debated). Once a theme has been determined, we will look more closely at keynote speakers as well as a conference gift. A decision on theme is expected to be made shortly.
Assignments were distributed, and the tentative dates for our next meetings are March 13 and April 30. At this time, subcommittees are expected to have rough drafts of their respective assignments.
Jacqueline Lachapelle, SWASFAA’s president, presided over the SWASFAA board meeting which was held on January 29-30 in Arlington, Tx. The following items were discussed and are being presented to the Board for your information and or appropriate action:
No Reports Submitted
No written reports were received from the following committees: