The Retirement of a Champion

After 42 years of dedication and service to the financial aid and veterans affairs communities, it is with mixed emotions and sincere gratitude we announce the retirement of Teresita “Terry” Bazan, Executive Director of Financial Aid & Veterans Affairs, at Austin Community College (ACC) on May 31, 2018. A retirement celebration will be held at ACC.

Highland Campus, Bldg 4000 on May 17, 2018, from 9am-11am

If you are not able to attend the celebration, feel free to reach out to Terry at terryisretired2018@gmail.com.  We will hand over the email access to her on May 31, 2018. 

Terry started as a work-study student at Del Mar College. There she successfully rose through the ranks to the positions of Assistant Director, then Director of Financial Aid.  She then moved to Austin, Texas, and assumed the role of ACC’s Associate Director of Student Assistance. She was later promoted to Director of Student Assistance and subsequently to her current position as Executive Director of Student Assistance & Veterans Affairs.

During her tenure, Terry has served on the TASFAA Board of Directors, as well as chairing numerous committees.  Her service to advisory committees includes TG (now Trellis), THECB Financial Aid Advisory Committee, and the Association of Texas Leaders for Education (formerly ATLE).  She has provided her expertise to the Center for Community College Student Engagement, as well as the Austin Chamber of Commerce Education Council.  She was a guest panelist at the Univision 62 Town Hall Community Forum and SXSWedu, speaking on financial aid and college costs; she has even presented to the Joint Select Committee on Higher Education, the Texas Senate Higher Education Sub-Committee, and the House of Representatives Higher Education Committee to provide her expertise and support for continued state funding for higher education.  Terry was nominated by her peers as a mentor honoree at the TG Conference. She has served on many ACC governing committees and represented financial aid on various institutional committees. She has been recognized as the ACC Prof/Tech Employee of the Year.

For those of us within the ACC Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs family, we are extremely sad to see Terry leave.  While the staff is spread among 11 campuses and a district office, we all agree that she has been a mentor to each of us. She has always been there to defend and support our department; she is honest, dedicated, and always striving to improve processes so we can better assist students in reaching their educational goals. She has always said, “Students don’t know what they don’t know–so it’s our job and responsibility to tell them.”  Terry has been our cheerleader, our disciplinarian, our supporter both professionally and personally, and most importantly, our friend.  She encouraged us to be active participants in the industry, at the College, and to keep learning because the world of financial aid is ever changing.

Terry, our department is successful due to your leadership.  For those of us who know you, there is no doubt that you are dedicated to helping students and their families reach their educational goals. We are going to miss you dearly.  Thank you for your service and dedication to this profession.  Enjoy your retirement…it only means it’s time for a new adventure!

Un gran abrazo de tú familia de financial aid (a big hug from your financial aid family),

Amber Johnson Imelda Buentello Natalie Vierna Teresa Wendland
Angela Oubda Jake Dromgoole Ngoc Nguyen Terry Wunderlich
Ardilya Jones Jason Briseno NJ Chambers Trisha Luedecke
Belinda Pena Jason Edens Robert Garza Vanessa Verstuyft
Brie Kidd-Norton Jessica Navarro Rosario Juarez Vicki Sanders
Caroline Hernandez Juanita Chable Rosario Potteiger Willie Schunior
Cary Rodriguez Latisha Marion Sandra Diaz Yolanda Gibson
Cayce Pierce Laurie Nedwed Sarah Haywood  
Charles Mims Leslie Cryer Sarah Randall  
Cody Pope

Courtney Frost

Lilly Kilcrease Seth Klempner  
Cyndi Bazan Linda Kuhn Sharhonda Broaders  
Cynthia Mendez Lionel Salinas Sharon Haynes  
Diana Hidrogo Maria Gonzalez Sherie Ohamuo  
Eileen Eiden Marissa Burill Sonia Garcia  
Erin Sarbinoff Mark Harden Stacy Flood  
Felicia Rush McKayla McCarty Stephanie Marquez  
Frank Guttierrez Melanie Vicinaiz Stephanie Ruiz  
Gail Braswell Michelle Vickers Tekita Coffey  

TASFAA Award Nominations

The TASFAA Award Nomination Form for 2018 is now available on the TASFAA website. These awards will be presented at the TASFAA Conference in October. These awards recognize professionals in our business who make a difference every day.

The categories are:

  • Financial Aid Star Award – Recognizes outstanding efforts in the area of advising students in a front line position
  • Hall of Fame Award – Recognizes current or former financial aid administrators who show exceptional dedication and service to TASFAA and the students of Texas
  • Financial Aid Support Award Recognizes outstanding efforts in a back-office support role **New for 2018
  • Teaching and Mentoring Award – Recognizes commitment to teaching and mentoring other FAA professionals **New for 2018

Nominate your colleagues for their outstanding work! Nomination forms are due June 15, 2018, and can be found in the Online Forms here.

Your Proposals are Needed by Next Week!

TASFAA needs you to help make the 2018 conference a success!

Submit your interest session proposal by next Friday, May 18, 2018 to Joy Dailey at joy.dailey@tsu.edu. Use “TASFAA 2018 – Proposal Request” as the subject of your submission.

The 2018 TASFAA conference will be held October 3-5 at Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, Texas.

TASFAA… It’s Island Time!

~Christina Pikla and Jael Perez (Co-Chairs)

Update from the TASFAA President

Dear TASFAA,

I hope all of you are doing great! I know many of you are getting ready for the end of the spring semester, graduation, and the start of summer classes. It’s hard to believe summer is almost here. It’s also hard for me to realize that my term as TASFAA president has already reached the halfway point. What a terrific six months it has been!

While the first six months have flown by, it has been amazing to work and visit with so many talented TASFAA members. I saw quite a few of you at our regional trainings across the state, and what great trainings they were. So many of our members volunteer for TASFAA and are accomplishing quite a bit as board members, committee chairs, committee members, and in other ways. It’s a blessing to work with each of them, and their enthusiasm, dedication, and time are what help make TASFAA such a dynamic and vibrant association. An association of which I’m proud to be a part.

In that vein, I wanted to share with you just some of the new and ongoing work that your TASFAA board and committees have accomplished over the past six months on behalf of you (the TASFAA membership). Below are just a few examples.

New Initiatives

  • Adopted a three-year strategic plan that will now help to better guide the board in meeting the Association’s mission and vision as well as serve its members more effectively.
  • Created an Inventory task force to better identify all of TASFAA’s material assets held throughout the Association and effectively track them over time.
  • Published the Financial Aid Basics presentation to assist members in better educating higher education administrators and those informing public policy on issues related to student financial aid programs.
  • Reached out to legislative staff on the State’s higher education committees, letting them know TASFAA stands ready to assist in any questions they may have regarding student financial aid programs.
  • Created the Teaching and Mentoring Award to recognize a TASFAA member who has demonstrated a commitment to teaching and mentoring other FAA professionals over a sustained period of time. This award will be presented each year at our annual fall conference.
  • Created the Financial Aid Support Award to recognize outstanding efforts by a TASFAA member in a back-office support (non-front line) role. This award will also be presented each year at our annual fall conference.

What’s Coming Up – Annual Conference

There’s still a lot your TASFAA volunteers are and will be doing on your behalf over the next six months. Not the least of which is hosting the New Aid Officer Workshop in May and the 2018 TASFAA Fall Conference at Moody Gardens in Galveston, October 3 – 5, 2018. To learn more about our upcoming conferences and the exciting opportunities for learning and fun, visit www.tasfaa.org.

Thank you again for trusting me to serve as your TASFAA president this year. It is an honor and a responsibility that I take very seriously. We (the board, committee chairs, and committee members) will continue to work diligently to increase the level of service we provide to you.

Sincerely,

Christopher D. Murr, Ph.D.
TASFAA President

 

Call for Proposals – 2018 Fall Conference

Whether you’re a veteran TASFAA presenter, or you’ve thought about it but haven’t taken the plunge, this is the year. TASFAA needs to hear from you!

The 2018 Fall Conference will be held October 3-5 at Moody Gardens Hotel in the tropical setting of Galveston, Texas. We’re looking for session proposals within the broad topical areas listed below, but don’t feel confined to just these. Share your knowledge, successes and insight on any topic you’re passionate about and feel would benefit the TASFAA membership.

  • Topical Areas:
    Best Practices
    Communication
    Compliance
    Customer Service
    Enrollment Management
    Financial Literacy
    Health and Wellness
    How to Move Up
    Leadership
    Nuts and Bolts
    Preparing for an Audit
    Research (if you’ve conducted research related to financial, share your findings)
    Student Success
    Supervisory Skills

Proposal Request Form

Proposals are due next month, Friday May 19, 2018 and should be submitted to Joy Dailey at joy.dailey@tsu.edu. Please use “TASFAA 2018 – Proposal Request” as the subject for your submission.

It is the active participation of our members that makes TASFAA strong. Thank you for playing a part!

Sincerely,

Christina Pikla, 2018 Fall Conference Co-Chair