Jack Edwards at the Nevada State Conference

Hello from Reno, Nevada!

Well The IASFAA Conference ended on Tuesday, October 9th.  It was a huge success, well attended with lots of energy.  Congratulations to Kevin Jensen and the team involved in putting together the IASFAA annual conference and relaunching the IASFAA website, www.isafaa.org.

Today, I am Reno for the Nevada State Conference.  NAFAA has not had an instate conference in a number of years and it is great to see over 50 attendees.  The conference kicked off with a warm welcome from Breena Conlin, President who then handed it over to Sandi Guidry and Leonard Walker, Conference Co-Chairs.  

Justin Draeger, President of NASFAA was the opening keynote speaker providing a Washington DC update.  Justin address focused on Trends and Attitudes tied to three areas, Consumer Information, Student Loan Indebtedness and Success and Completion Agenda.  He had the audience’s full attention and engagement as folks listened to his comments.  He later will present a session on “Efficiencies in Leadership.”  

Sessions for the NAFAA Conference are focused on many of the issues impacting all schools across the nation and specifics for schools in Nevada.  Session topics include Verification, SAP, and Default Management.  For those who don’t know, the state schools in Nevada have been implementing PeopleSoft as their new student administration systems.  As a PeopleSoft school as well, I am looking forward to sitting in on this session to hear their concerns. 

Stay tune for more from your President as I travel next week to Washington State for the WFAA Conference. 

Cheers, 

Jack

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About Zack Duffy

By day Financial Aid Counselor at the University of Oregon by night Communications Chair for WASFAA somewhere in between husband. I’m also the Vice President of the Leadership Board for Big Brother Big Sisters of Lane County and creator of Live Like a Duck a financial literacy program for students at the University of Oregon. Living in the Northwest allows me to enjoy summers.

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