Monday, July 8, 2013

#FAchat Topic for 7/9/13: Connecting Through #NASFAA2013

This week’s #FAchat will center on the upcoming 2013 NASFAA National Conference held in Las Vegas.  Join us Tuesday, July 9, at 12:00 p.m. CST for #FAchat!

The NASFAA National Conference is the premier event serving the student financial aid community.  Nearly 3,000 student aid professionals from across the nation attend the conference each year to teach, learn, network, and share best practices – and who knows how many follow along through the Twitter backchannel via the official conference hashtag: #NASFAA2013.

Our chat will focus on how to connect with your colleagues through NASFAA whether you are attending the conference or not. Be sure to watch the event via the #NASFAA2013 Twitter feed July 14-17. You can also participate in financial aid discussions year-round via #fachat.

2013 NASFAA National Conference
Location: ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas
Dates: July 14 – 17, 2013
  • The conference program is now available online.
  • We encourage you to use the NASFAA MyPlanner Tool whether you are attending or not to see when certain sessions are being held in case you want to see if anyone is live-tweeting.
  • Follow the NASFAA Twitter account: @NASFAA.
  • There are several concurrent sessions that include social media, which might be those that are more active on Twitter as well as some of the general sessions (all times in Pacific Time Zone):
    • Opening Session: Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, Keynote: Sunday, July 14, 10:30am-11:45am
    • Diversity Caucus: Sunday, July 14, 2:30pm-3:45pm
    • NASFAA Policy & Advocacy Update: Monday, July 15, 9:00am-10:15am
    • Closing Session & U.S. Department of Education Federal Update: Wednesday, July 17, 8:30am-11:00am
    • How to Network with Networks: Using Social Media as a Means to Advance Your Financial Aid Career: Tuesday, July 16, 2:30pm-3:45pm
    • New Ways to Communicate with Students, Part 1: Tuesday, July 16, 9:00am-10:15am
    • The ABC’s of Using Technology to Communicate with Students: Tuesday, July 16, 9:00am-10:15am
    • New Ways to Communicate with Students, Part 2: Tuesday, July 16, 10:35am-11:50am



Monday, July 1, 2013

NASFAA 2013 #FACHAT Tweetup Invitation

by Liz Gross (@lizgross144)
In just two weeks thousands of financial aid professionals will be gathering in Las Vegas for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators 2013 conference. In case you haven’t checked the weather, we’re in for 100+ degree days. But don’t worry - #FACHAT will keep you cool with two, yes TWO tweetups.

What is a tweetup?
A tweetup is an opportunity for folks who have been tweeting with each other (say, using the #fachat or #NASFAA2013 hashtag) to meet in person. It’s one way to guarantee you’ll see a familiar face among the crowd of conference attendees. There’s no formal agenda, just chat like you would normally…you just don’t need to wear out your thumbs. Afterwards, you’ll have gotten to know some excellent colleagues just a little bit better. You may even end up collaborating on something for next year’s NASFAA conference because of the connections you made!
Tweetup Dates & Locations
We’re sure you want to see a bit of Las Vegas, so we’re not going to add another event to your schedule on top of the already packed conference. We’ll meet up in conjunction with the Sunday and Monday night networking receptions. You can come to just one meetup, or double up and attend both.
  • Tweetup #1:
    • Sunday, July 14 at 6:00 p.m.
    • Meet in the exhibit hall at a table behind the Department of Education’s booth.
  • Tweetup #2:
    • Monday, July 15 at 5:00 p.m.
    • Meet in the exhibit hall at a table behind the Department of Education’s booth.
Please RSVP
Justin, Karla and Liz will be saving table space for us and marking them with super cool #FACHAT & Twitter bird tabletents. To help us know how many places to save, please RSVP using this Google form.
If you have any questions about the tweetup, feel free ask them in the comments, or contact Justin (@jstnchsbrwn), Karla (@itsjustkarla), or Liz (@lizgross144).