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Movers & Shakers April 24, 2010

| April 24, 2010 9:00 PM

Registration deadline for golf tourney nears

Time is short to register for this year's Coeur d'Alene Area Chamber of Commerce Spring Golf Tourney at The Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course. The annual golf event is scheduled for April 30, with lunch sponsored by Texas Roadhouse.

Entrants will get a free floating green logo golf shirt and coupon for two-for-one golf this summer upon registration. Cost is $120 per person or $480 per four-person team. Registration deadline is April 28.

To download an entry form, go to

For more information contact Toni Sayler at 415-0112 or e-mail her at

NIC hires new financial aid director

North Idaho College hired Joseph Bekken as its new financial aid director. He plans to begin at NIC on May 3.

"We're so pleased to have Joseph as a part of the NIC financial aid team," said NIC President Priscilla Bell. "He brings more than seven years experience in financial aid, which in a field with many complicated processes, will prove to be invaluable."

Bekken joins NIC after a six-year career in financial aid at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz. He began his career in 2003 as a financial intake specialist at the University of Phoenix before joining Grand Canyon University as a financial aid adviser in 2004. His career has included various positions in financial aid including loan processing, supervising, managing and eventually as director of finance counseling from 2008 to 2009. In that role, Bekken directed a staff of more than 40 at Grand Canyon University.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Grand Canyon and is currently pursuing a master's degree in business management.

"I am very grateful and feel privileged to become a part of the North Idaho College and Coeur d'Alene community," Bekken said. "I am thoroughly excited about this new opportunity, but even more excited for my wife and three daughters to get to know the people I have come to know. We are ready to begin our next phase of life and can't wait to become a part of the community!"

The NIC financial aid director position was vacated in September of 2009 and has been filled in the interim by Janet Hunter, Ph.D., from Financial Aid Services out of Atlanta, Ga. A total of 40 candidates applied for the permanent position.

"NIC has worked tirelessly with our consultants, Financial Aid Services, over the last six months to correct financial aid procedures so that aid is delivered in a timely and efficient manner," said NIC Vice President for Student Services Eric Murray. "For the first time in four years, the awards for fall semester are being processed smoothly. Mr. Bekken comes in on the heels of these changes and, with his experience, will be able to continue implementing the management plan outlined by Financial Aid Services. He understands NIC's computer system, Datatel, has many years of experience with financial aid, and seems to be a good fit with the campus and North Idaho culture. His willingness to continue improving the systems and to finding answers to problems that may surface will help NIC to better serve students."

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