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Welcome to the MASFAA website. This is one of multiple hubs we have as information sources for you to stay engaged with your peers throughout the MASFAA region. We hope you also read and enjoy our regular blogs, Listserve emails and check out our social media outlets. Even more importantly we encourage you to join in with us as we strive to make a positive difference for our students and colleagues by volunteering our time and expertise, attending our conference, Summer Institute, Leadership Symposium and other initiatives.
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as your MASFAA President for the 2016-2017 year. We have a great team of leaders contributing from all nine MASFAA states this year working together to deliver meaningful services. With the transition of national leadership this year we will be keeping a watchful eye on new legislative initiatives. Our Federal Issues Committee will be helping us spark grassroots efforts within our region to ensure the needs of our students are heard throughout this process. During this year we will also have committee teams actively working in a variety of areas including increasing access and awareness of student aid for families, considering MASFAA's role with our professional associations and reviewing our membership timing.
Relationships are a key factor for MASFAA. We are eager to make all of our relationships personal and meaningful. Encouraging inclusion of all MASFAA members into our efforts, welcoming varying ideas, building on the strengths of our diversity, ensuring that MASFAA membership has value for both regular and associate members, promoting sharing of thoughts across state lines and in enhancing our communication touches through a new upcoming web presence and other electronic channels.
We are excited about our training events for the 2016-17 year which include our Summer Institute and Leadership Symposium to be held on June 5-9 at Illinois State University in Bloomington, IL. These have developed as very valuable staples of our association in helping new professionals grow in the field and in showing our next generation of leaders how to excel. Our 2017 MASFAA Conference will be held in Dayton, Ohio on October 8-11, 2017. We will be Making Every Moment Count throughout our year, culminating with this training event that promises to be something very special. Mark your calendars now and plan to be a part of this as an attendee, moderator or speaker.
I am very grateful to be working with such an energized group of colleagues representing your MASFAA Executive Council. Throughout this year I welcome your feedback and particularly your involvement. Join in on our work and help your regional Financial Aid association thrive.