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URI to host discussion about how students can manage their money, Nov. 18

Media Contact: Elizabeth Rau, 401-874-2116

Talk is part of annual speaker series in the College of Human Science and Services


KINGSTON, R.I. – Nov. 8, 2013 – Students interested in learning about how to manage their credit cards, student loans, spending, and savings can attend a discussion with family finance experts at the University of Rhode Island.

The talk will be Monday, Nov. 18 in Room 100 at the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences on the Kingston campus. The event, sponsored by the College of Human Science and Services, is free and open to the public.

A reception will be at 6 p.m. followed by a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. with three finance experts: Jing Jian Xiao, a professor of family finance in Human Development and Family Studies; Joan Anderson, URI professor emerita of family finance; and URI alumna Gail Hopkins '97, supervisor of support services at Money Management International.

"We decided to focus our fall semester's HSS speaker series on realistic financial guidance for students, from first year through senior year,’’ says Lori Ciccomascolo, interim dean of the College of Human Science and Services. “Through an interactive presentation, our professors in Human Development and Family Studies will teach students to better manage their finances, incur less debt, and understand that the financial decisions they make now may determine their future."

‘’From a financial development perspective, college students are at a special stage in their lives, transitioning from financial dependence on their parents to financial independence,’’ says Xiao. “This event will provide valuable information for these young adults to take control of their money and life now and in the future.’’

The speaker series, in its second year, showcases the range of the College’s academic diversity while connecting alumni with students, faculty, staff and the outside URI community. Speakers talk about issues involving health, education and human science.

The event is sponsored by The Heditsian Family Endowment. Manoog Heditsian is a 1947 graduate of URI, a past member of the URI Foundation Board, and a supporter of the University.

With more than 2,400 undergraduate students, 400 graduate students and six academic departments, the College of Human Science and Services is the second-largest college on campus, just behind the College of Arts and Sciences.

In addition to the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, the College is comprised of Communicative Disorders; Physical Therapy; Kinesiology; School of Education; Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design; and Interdisciplinary Studies in Gerontology and Health Studies.

For more information about the Nov. 18 talk, please contact Anne Seitsinger, associate dean of the College of Human Science and Services, at anneseitsinger@uri.edu.