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2008.11.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Improving Financial Literacy Focus of Money Smart Nebraska Week

Omaha - A statewide, public awareness campaign designed to help consumers of all ages better manage their personal finances kicks off Monday, Nov. 10.

The College of Business Administration and the Center for Economic Education, both at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), will participate in Money Smart Nebraska Week, a statewide program, with events taking place through Friday, Nov. 14.

All seminars will be held in Roskens Hall, Room 402, on the UNO campus. The sessions are free and open to students, faculty and staff at UNO. Attendees will be eligible for a door prize drawing at the end of the week.

“We hope that the entire UNO community will find these seminars helpful and timely,” said Mary Lynn Reiser, associate director of UNO’s Center for Economic Education. “In this time of scary headlines, it is good to remind ourselves that basic financial education can help people make better decisions, and help make them feel more secure. We plan to offer financial topics that should appeal to everyone no matter their financial situation.”

The programs taking place during Money Smart Nebraska Week are achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of organizations across the state including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media.

Money Smart Nebraska Week is coordinated by the Nebraska Financial Education Coalition, a non-profit coalition created to help Nebraskans of all ages improve their level of financial literacy.

For more information about events scheduled for Money Smart Nebraska Week visit www.moneysmartnebraska.org.

The complete Money Smart Nebraska Week event schedule at UNO follows.

Monday, Nov. 10
Noon to 1 p.m.: MavMoney.com demonstration (Beta Alpha Psi)

Tuesday, Nov. 11
Noon to 1 p.m.: MavMoney.com demonstration (Beta Alpha Psi)
1 to 2 p.m.: Is the U.S. going to run out of money? (Students in Free Enterprise)
2 to 3 p.m.: Tips on purchasing your first home, (Roger Sindt)

Wednesday, Nov. 12
11 a.m. to noon: Becoming debt free (Olivier Maisonsdieu Laforge)
1 to 2 p.m.: How the mighty have fallen: The U.S. credit crunch and you (Kathleen Henebry)

Thursday, Nov. 13
Noon to 1 p.m.: Getting and improving your credit report (Mary Lynn Reiser)
1 to 2 p.m.: Home mortgage payments: What can you really afford? (Susan Eldridge)
2 to 3 p.m.: Pay day lenders: What are they and how they work (Michael O’Hara)
4 to 5 p.m.: College loans and the credit crunch (Students in Free Enterprise)

Friday, Nov. 14
Noon to 1 p.m.: Getting the most from your 401(k)/403(b) (Patty Meglich)
1 to 2 p.m.: Creating a budget for your future (Janet West and Laura Beal)
2 to 3 p.m.: Annuities: Are they right for you? (Wendy Guo)
3 to 4 p.m.: Mutual fund basics (Wendy Guo)

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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