After a six year hiatus, the CAPFAA newsletter is back in a new format. We hope you enjoy these updates and feel free to submit any pertinent information you would like included in next month's newsletter!

Letter from the President

Dear fellow CAPFAA Members,

It is a great privilege to lead our association into another year. Together I am hopeful we will engage in discussions, thought-provoking presentations, and collaborative spirit that enriches our collective experience. This newly formatted CAPFAA Newsletter comes to you from the cooperative efforts of your colleagues. I am grateful for their efforts to bring forward key issues and join us together!

Our Annual Meeting held June 7, 2023 was descriptive of enhanced benefits for professional development, student financial aid advocacy, community service, leadership, and communication -- all while remaining financially strong. I invite you to view the Annual Business Meeting slideshow which includes videos of our nine talented and thankful CAPFAA Scholarship Recipients. A special thank you to Fany Stubbs for her excellent leadership as President during the 2022-2023 year. She led with professionalism and grace while becoming a new mother to Scarlett Noa!

We are pleased to recognize and congratulate our CAPFAA Award Recipients. Thank you for your service to CAPFAA, especially during a year that was both inspirational and challenging, responding quickly when you were needed most. In addition, a special congratulations to Steven McDowell who was recognized by NASFAA at the Annual Conference and was awarded the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award for his book, “Basic Guide to Financial Aid.”

The CAPFAA Executive Officers and CAPFAA Council of Committee Chairs, Vice Chairs and Co-Chairs met on July 13 and 14, 2023 at Yale’s West Campus. The Retreat was full of thoughtful insights and ideas that exemplified our theme around the next CAPFAA Strategic Plan: Building a Roadmap for the Future. Please take an opportunity to view the Strategic Planning presentation from the CAPFAA Annual Business Meeting. As a CAPFAA member, I’m confident you will find this content informative, and the presentation will help you clearly see how CAPFAA wants to work for you in the years ahead.

Let me take a moment to encourage each member to engage with your colleagues and contribute to the advancement of best practices that inspire innovation in what promises to be the most challenging year in decades. To our partners and sponsors who remain steadfast in their support of CAPFAA and the higher education community, I extend my thanks. The value of active engagement and commitment cannot be understated. Please view CAPFAA Committee work being done and consider co-chairing or being a committee member. Reach out to me or your fellow colleagues to take part. Support in small part will help make work lighter but have a huge impact!

I hope to see all of you again at upcoming events. Until then, stay well and stay in touch!


Julie B. Savino
CAPFAA President
Executive Director of University Financial Assistance
Sacred Heart University

Julie Savino
CAPFAA President
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Congratulations to Steven McDowell!

Steven McDowell, associate vice president for financial aid services & Title IV compliance at CT State Community Colleges, was awarded the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award by the NASFAA at their National Conference in San Diego. McDowell was chosen for this award for his published book, “Basic Guide to Financial Aid.” The origin of this publication came from his realization that while our colleagues at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers have many books relevant to enrollment management within their library, they do not have any that focus on financial aid. McDowell’s book was intended to assist higher education professionals in enrollment management positions, including admissions officers, registrars, and even new financial aid administrators, to gain a fundamental understanding of what goes into the administration of financial aid, to strengthen the resources available managers in higher education and ultimately provide a benefit to all students who interact with those in enrollment managers.

If you weren't able to attend this year's Annual Business Meeting, here are some photos from the fun and informative event!

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Henry L. Miller Emerging Leader Award:
Amanda Lasicki
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Lifetime Membership Award:
Anne Traverso
2021-2022 Executive Leadership
ABM Attendees
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P. Jerome Cunningham Distinguished Service Award: Steven J. McDowell
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Magic of Mentoring Award:
Melissa Stevens
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Newest and certainly the cutest CAPFAA member: Scarlett
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