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2016 Conference Presentations

Keynote - Moving out of the Red and Into the Black

Angela Mazzolini


Managing and Motivating Peer Mentors

Angela Mazzolini

When utilizing peer mentors in your program, it is vital to know how to manage different personality types and how to keep them motivated. In this session we will talk about how to do both, as well as discuss how to select and train your peer mentors.

Helping College Students Face Financial Realities

Paul Goebel

Recent research conducted by Ohio State University found that 70% of college students in the United States are worried about their finances. Money-related issues are being cited more frequently as the primary reasons college students are feeling overwhelmed, overextended, underfunded and underprepared for the financial realities of college. Many campus counseling and financial aid personnel are not equipped or knowledgeable of options and resources to assist students facing financial stress. This session will help identify the common money stressors college students face and strategies to help alleviate undue pressure, stress and anxiety from students’ lives.

Majoring in Money: How American College Students Manage Their Finances

Kelly Savoie

Majoring in Money, a national study from Sallie Mae, researches how college students, ages 18-24, are managing their finances and using credit. The report examines the methods students use to pay for purchases, their knowledge and use of credit, and their money management skills. Published in 2016, the survey findings show that the majority of students are handling their money responsibly, and are looking for opportunities to improve their financial knowledge. 

Financial Literacy Bootcamp

Mae St. Julien

An overview of the needs for financial literacy resources on college campuses and a discussion regarding proper implementation. 

Effective Economics and the E.O.C.

James Bond

This session will highlight suggestions and activities that will bolster educator confidence in preparing students for the Economics EOC.  The session will be led by James Bond who spent 27 years in public high schools before becoming an academic advisor at the University of North Georgia.  Mr. Bond taught Economics and AP Macroeconomics for 22 years and assisted in the development of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (Economics section).

Perspectives from University of North Georgia Students on their Financial Lives and Financial Education Needs

Dr. Donna Danns

This presentation shares results from a qualitative research that investigated students’ financial activities, influences on their financial behavior, attitudes toward financial education and preferred program delivery mechanisms and content. Ten focus groups, including ethnic minority and non-traditional student groups, were convened on three campuses. Results reveal that one size does not fit all as it pertains to college financial education. While overwhelmingly students want structured financial education from their university, interesting differences emerged among ethnic minority and other groups.

It Just Got Real

Angela Mazzolini, Paul Goebel, Erick Jones

In this session attendees will dive into real SMMC cases and attempt to solve student financial issues from their institution’s own unique perspective. Our presenters will work with attendees and go over the solutions they arrived at in each case.

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