Feb. 17, 2010
SHSU Media Contact: Meredith Mohr
National fiscal crisis or not, “students need financial education,” according to Jacki Brossman-Ashorn, assistant director at Bearkat OneCard services and the SHSU Student Money Management Center.
And to remedy this, the Student Money Management Center will host its second annual Financial Literacy Week Feb. 22-26, focusing on empowering students to take control of their finances by educating them on intelligent financial management strategies.
“We tend to teach students to become great teachers, lawyers or doctors, but we don’t typically teach students how to manage their money during that process,” Brossman-Ashorn said. “Nor do we teach them how to manage their new incomes when they graduate and start their careers. Financial Literacy Week is an excellent opportunity for students to learn the basic fundamentals of money management.”
Financial Literacy Week will officially begin on Monday (Feb. 22) with events including “Banking 101,” a presentation by First National Bank Huntsville in the Lowman Student Center Theater at 9 a.m.; “Cost of Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco,” a presentation by the Student Money Management Center in the LSC Theater at 11 a.m.; a Money Booth in the LSC Mall Area from noon to 2 p.m.; and a financial aid workshop, presented by the Financial Aid Office in the LSC Lobby/ Atrium from noon to 2 p.m.
Other afternoon events include “Scholarships 101,” a presentation by the Scholarships Office in LSC Room 320 at 2 p.m.; “Common Financial Mistakes,” a presentation by the Student Money Management Center in LSC Room 320 at 3 p.m.; and the presentation “Funny Money” at 6 p.m. in the LSC Theater.
On Tuesday (Feb. 23), there will be a presentation called “The Law and Your Wallet,” by Student Legal Services in LSC Room 320 at 9:30 a.m.
Also on Tuesday, the money management center will host Daron Peschel, vice president of the Houston branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, for a presentation at 11 a.m. in the LSC Theater. Peschel’s presentation, “The Fed and The Economy,” will focus on the role and functions of the central banking system in the United States.
Tuesday’s presentations also include “College Planning,” a presentation by Sallie Mae in the LSC Theater at 12:30 p.m.; “Right on the Money,” a presentation by Edward Jones in LSC Room 320 from 2-4 p.m.; and “Ultimate Money Skills,” a presentation by Monster.com, in the LSC Theater at 6:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, keynote speaker Dan Iannicola, Jr., will present on the development of financial literacy in America and the importance of promoting the fundamentals of money management in maintaining and growing the economy at 11 a.m. in the LSC Ballroom.
Iannicola is the president and CEO of the Financial Literacy Group, a leading organization in the promotion of intelligent financial management skills. Prior to this role, he was the federal government’s lead official on financial literacy matters, serving more than five years as the deputy assistant secretary for financial education at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Wednesday’s presentations also include “Financial Education in Texas,” by the Texas Department of Banking in the LSC Theater at 2 p.m.; “Financial Aid 101,” by the Financial Aid Office in LSC Room 320 at 4 p.m.; “Life’s Milestones,” by the Texas Society of CPA’s in the LSC Theater at 6 p.m.; and “Saving for Spring Break,” a presentation by the Kat2Kat Counselors in LSC Room 320 at 8 p.m.
On Thursday, students can learn about “Identity Theft,” a presentation by the Huntsville Police Department, in the LSC Theater at 8 a.m.; “Good Credit vs. Bad Credit,” a presentation by the Texas Dow Employees Credit Union, in the LSC Theater at 9:30 a.m.; and the FAFSA form, during a come-and-go workshop by the Financial Aid Office in the LSC Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Afternoon presentations include “Using Technology to Balance Your Wallet,” a presentation by the Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union, in LSC Room 320 at 1 p.m.; “Credit Cards: Make Them Work For You,” a presentation by the Texas Dow Employees Credit Union, in the LSC Theater at 2 p.m.; and “Taxes and Record Keeping,” a presentation by the Texas Society of CPAs in the LSC Theater at 4 p.m.
On Friday, Financial Literacy Week will conclude with “Food, Facts and Literature,” during which students can pick up literature in the LSC Mall Area from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Brossman-Ashorn said that this year’s events were planned from suggestions and survey results from last year’s participants, with the hopes of creating a successful, fun and informative schedule of events for this year.
“We are extremely excited about this year’s events. We are trying to hit students with information from several angles,” Brossman-Ashorn said. “We really wanted to know what our students want and need. We are here to serve them and that’s what we’re all about.”
For more information on Financial Literacy Week events, contact the Student Money Management Center at 936.294.2600 or visit www.shsu.edu/~smmc/.
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