MASFAA Financial Wellness Symposium

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Event begins at 9am and will be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

 

EVENT IS FULL.


AGENDA for the 2018 MASFAA Financial Wellness Symposium
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
9:00-9:30: Registration

9:30-9:45:  Welcome & Introductions

9:45-10:45:  The Importance of Supporting and Building Financial Literacy Initiatives on College Campuses

Dr. Margaret Brooks, Director of Financial Literacy and Professor of Economics at Bridgewater State University

Financial literacy is increasingly being recognized by higher education administrators as a vital life skills topic. A lack of financial literacy can lead to significant problems for students, including higher student loan debt; difficulty managing daily living; increased college dropout rates; more credit delinquencies; and higher student stress levels. Colleges and universities can – and should – offer programs to increase their students’ financial knowledge, which in turn will generate better financial and educational outcomes for their students, their institutions, and their communities.

Dr. Margaret Brooks is the Director of Financial Literacy and Professor of Economics at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. A graduate of Brown University, she has offered innovative financial and economic education workshops for New England teachers and students for over 20 years. Dr. Brooks also serves as the President of two successful non-profit organizations: the Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition and the Rhode Island Council for Economic Education. She is a recognized national and regional speaker on financial literacy topics. The @BSUFinLit Twitter account she established less than three years ago has grown to become the largest college/university financial literacy and financial aid office Twitter account in the country, with 6,500 followers. In 2016, Dr. Brooks was honored to receive the national EIFLE (Excellence in Financial Literacy Education) Educator of the Year Award.

11:00-12:00:  Breakout sessions
Starting a financial literacy program on your campus (Panel Presentation)
Jen Farkas, Director of Financial Aid, Yale School of Public Health
Christine Robbins, Senior Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Umass Lowell
Jason Zelesky, Dean of Students, Mount Wachusett Community College

Protecting Your Sensitive Information in Cyberspace
Matt Wardle, Special Agent, United States Department of Education

Finance Wellness Boot Camp
Jeanne Mahan, Director, College Finance, College Coach

12:00-12:45:  Lunch

12:45-1:45:  Think Tank Carousel

Connecting with Students: Gaming, Creative Programming and Tools
Robin Rondeau, Sr. Financial Aid Counselor Holyoke CC; Jen Sheehy, Associate Director of  Special Projects; Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Overcoming Roadblocks and Challenges
Christine Robbins, Senior Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Umass Lowell
Bill Bianchi, Manager, Rhode Island Student Loan Authority

What’s In it for Me?  Collaborating Across Campus
Alia Georges Olin College of Engineering
William D. Bianchi, Manager, Rhode Island Student Loan Authority

2:00-3:00 Super Heroes Wanted:  Engaging Students as Mentors (capes optional)
Paul Goebel, Director, University of North Texas Student Money Management Center
“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Superman.

Super heroes do exist in the form of peer mentors. This session may not be faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but it will be fun and informative. Learn how to create your own peer mentor league that transforms ordinary students into collegiate personal financial super heroes.

3:00-3:30 Closing Remarks & Evaluations

EVENT IS FULL.