The Division of Enrollment Services Newsletter
Southern Methodist University
An Electronic Newsletter of
Undergraduate Admission, Financial Aid, Student Financial Services, and the University Registrar
Volume I, Issue V         March 2002
Star Staff for March
As we have mentioned the Division Staff meetings will see some changes in the future. Click on the title to get more details.
Next Division Staff
of "On Time" Awards (this month it was one hour off coupon)
Fall First Year Acceptance Letters are out! Applications numbers are up and the quality of students accepted is higher than ever.
Ron Moss - Chair Elect of the College Board SW Regional Council for 2002-03. SW Regional Council includes Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
Mike Novak - serves as a member of the Regional Council of the College Board
Mary Beard - will be published in the SASEA newsletter and a presenter at the SASEA conference in May.
Eartha Walls' son Bryce was named to the Chancellor's List in recognition for a 4.0 gpa.
Deveron Ellison, Student Financial Services - Collections
Sarah Parsons, Enrollment Resources Specialist
Summer Kokic, Information Systems Specialist, Financial Aid
Tommy Newton, March 1 - moving to Meadows School of the Arts.
Epi Ramirez - 12 Years!
Ron Moss - 9 years
Ginger Oravsky - 2 years
Rod Del Rio - 2 years
Marilyn Prokup - 2 years
Josh Ruiz - 1 year
Stephanie Nonnemacher - 1 yr
Mark Gomez - March 2
Mike Holt - March 16
Laura Harrington - March 28
Fay Gough - April 1
Anna Gomez - April 2
Laura Phelps - April 12
Very Important Ponies
of our VIPs this month are:
Jennifer Russell - I always am impressed with people who are helpful even when they are busy. Jennifer took time in the middle of the final folder review in Admission to help me find staff to cover the phone and the desk when SFS/FA were out for a retreat. She did it with a smile.
Ernie Calderon - makes it fun to come to work. In the middle of any hectic day, I will get an e-mail with information I have requested. Ernie will have added a remark that makes me laugh. It is a wonderful break in the day.
Chris Salone - has really stepped up to the plate. In addition to his regular duties, he has coordinated three searches in his area. His desire to do an excellent job motivated him to participate in an interviewing workshop. Chris enthusiastically expands his knowledge and skills.
Cathy Smith - I have observed Cathy assisting several colleagues with problems with their printers when other assistance was not available.
SMU has contracted with the North Texas Higher Education Servicing Corporation and the National Educational Loan Network (NELNET) to provide servicing for the loans through SMU. NELNET is the second largest servicing organization in the United States so the risk of students having loans serviced by multiple companies is significantly reduced.
SMU will use the profits from the loans for a number of student and DES initiatives. For example, most lenders charge an origination fee that can amount to 3% of the gross amount of the Federal Stafford loan. Private and Alternative loan origination fees can sometimes exceed 3%. SMU will return the student's origination fee on both the Stafford and the Private loans. In short, the student will receive the full borrowed amount versus a reduced amount of the loan payment.
The profits also will provide SMU with an opportunity to establish scholarships and provide additional staff support and services that directly impact students. For example, two new Senior Financial Aid Counselors will be located in the Graduate and Professional areas -- one in the Law school and one in the Business school. This will provide greater student access to our staff and more inclusive counseling.
Most importantly, students will see no change in the way they apply for loans. Students will continue to apply for the Stafford through the Loans by Web system. Private Alternative loan applications will also be online and linked directly from the SMU website. Although, the program will be heavily marketed to first year Graduate and Professional students, we think that continuing students will find the benefits so attractive that they will apply for loans using SMU as their lender.
In addition to online applications, we will be offering the capbility for Electronic Signature which will drastically cut processing and receipt time. SMU will be one of only 3 lenders in the nation currently working with Texas Guaranteed Student Loans that has E-signature capabilities.
As Stan Eddy says, "This is an incredible opportunity for our students and SMU."
Important Dates and Things:
Scholarship Weekend - March 22 and 23
Springfest - March 23
Emergency Loan Deadline - March 28
Enrollment for Summer and Fall 2002 - begins April 1
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Are you ENGAGED
in your work?
Gallup Organization Survey
There first meeting was staged, but it worked out well.
A Love Story - Laura and Floyd Phelps
Dallas Morning News March 3, 2002