Campus News 2008

For Immediate Release
September 17, 2008

Learn about your money at Schreiner’s free workshops

Schreiner University’s office of admission and financial aid will offer Dollars & Sense, a financial literacy program for Schreiner students and community members.  The program will present six free 40-minute workshops lead by Schreiner faculty members with expertise in that particular area. Program organizers ask that participants bring a brown bag lunch, paper and pencil. Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Dr. Anne Berre and Dr. Charles Salter designed the workshop series in collaboration with student services and the office of admission and financial aid. The workshops will continue through 2010 and will address the 12 aspects of life economics Americans need to address to build financial security.

“We want to reach out and provide our students and the public with the new rules that affect their financial decisions so they can maintain acceptable standards of living and make major purchases such as a home and affordable transportation,” Salter said.

Berre teaches personal finance and business and consumer law in Schreiner’s School of Professional Studies. Salter teaches finance, insurance and investing in the School of Professional Studies.

Berre will lead three of the workshops: Put a Pencil to Your Spending, Monday, Sept. 22, 2008; Making Your Money Work for You, Monday, Nov. 10, 2008; and Supercharge Your Spending Power, Monday, Jan. 26, 2009. Salter will lead the other three workshops: Credit Management – What’s Your Score?, Monday, Oct. 20, 2008; Insurance? We Don’t Need No Insurance!, Monday, Feb. 23, 2009; and Investing--Start Today, Monday, March 9, 2009.  All the workshops will be at noon in the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center.

“The lack of understanding which the public has about the basics of personal finance has reached a crises level in our country,” Berre said. “With Americans losing their homes at an unprecedented rate these last weeks and months, we have to educate consumers regarding how to manage their money and their access to and use of credit.”

For more information about the workshop series, call Toni Bryant, director of financial aid, at 830-792-7229 or e-mail at tlbryant@schreiner.edu.

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