Money Smart Week 2019

April 15-18, 2019

Money Smart Week at the University of Denver seeks to provide current students, staff and community members with tools and sessions dedicated to enhancing financial preparedness. Salary negotiation, exploring off-campus living, and loan repayment, oh my! Don’t be a billowing bale of bovine fodder, come to Money Smart Week at DU!

Programs are offered to all demographics and income levels, and cover all facets of personal finance.

View our three different tracks and session descriptions below.

Hope to see you there!

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Schedule of Events

Monday, April 15th:

Money Smart Week Kick Off!

Stop by AAC between 11:00am-1:00pm to learn more about all of the events going on for Money Smart Week!


Tuesday, April 16th:

  • Salary Negotiation Techniques - 9:00-9:50am

    "I'll get you my pretty and your little dog too."
    -The Wicked Witch of the West

    Get tips on negotiating your salary after graduation! Topics in this session include:

    • Researching salary and market value
    • Handling salary history/requirement questions
    • Evaluating a job offer
    • Negotiating the offer
    • Accepting/rejecting offers

    Time: 9:00-9:50am
    Location: AAC 290

    Presented by: Andrew Gupton, Career Advisor with DU's
    Career and Professional Development

  • Avoiding Financial Fraud in the Investing World - 10:00-10:50am

    Dorothy: "How do you talk if you don't have a brain?
    Scarecrow: "Well, some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't they?"

    Learn how to spot deceptive and fraudulent investments. In this session, you'll learn the telltale signs of investment fraud, how to spot fraudulent sales tactics, and take the right steps avoid being a victim of fraud as an investor. 

    Time: 10:00-10:50am
    Location: AAC 290

    Presented by: Dr. Robert Fusfeld, Associate Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at DU's Institute for Public Policy Studies.

    Dr. Fusfeld teaches graduate and undergraduate courses and advises graduate and undergraduate public policy students. His research and teaching focuses on regulatory policy, constitutional law, organizational culture, and effective analysis and writing. Dr. Fusfeld is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Antioch School of Law.

  • Eating on a Budget - 1:30-2:20pm

    Miss Gulch: "What's she done? I'm all but lame from the bite on my leg."
    Uncle Henry: "You mean she bit ya?"
    Miss Gulch: "No, her dog."

    In this session, you'll get tips on shopping, meal planning and prep and where to cut corners without losing nutritional value.

    Time: 1:30-2:20pm
    Location: AAC 340

    Presented by: Gina Vega, Dietician for Sodexo

  • Understanding Student Loan Repayment - 2:30-3:20pm

    The Wizard: "A diploma! Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Universita Committeeatum E Pluribus Unum, I hereby confer upon you the honorary degree of Th.D."
    Scarecrow: "Th.D.?"
    The Wizard: "That's, er, Doctor of Thinkology."

    Learn the basics of student loan repayment, including how to apply for an income-driven repayment plan and how you could qualify for public service loan forgiveness. After attending this session, you'll:

    • Be able to understand more about the student loans you have borrowed
    • Understand all of your repayment plan option
    • Be ready to begin Public Service Loan Forgiveness

    Time: 2:30-3:20pm
    Location: AAC 340

    Presented by: Shannon Osborne, Assistant Director of Graduate Financial Aid in DU's Office of Financial Aid

    Shannon joined the DU community in June 2015, and has spent the majority of her almost 10 years’ experience in Financial Aid learning and focusing on student loan repayment. She received a Master of Arts in Financial Communication from Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis and a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications from Indiana University.


Wednesday, April 17th:

  • Be a Smart Health Care Consumer - 10:00-10:50am

    "They tore my legs off and they threw them over there. Then they took my chest out and they threw it over there.”
    -Scarecrow (about the flying monkeys)

    Understand the difference between your health insurance options.

    Time: 10:00-10:50am
    Location: AAC 340

    Presented by: Angela Barrett with Kaiser Permanente

  • Well-Being on a Budget - 1:00-1:50pm

    "Why, anybody can have a brain. That's a very mediocre commodity!"
    -The Wizard

    Get tips and tricks for improving and maintaining your well-being without spending a fortune.

    Time: 1:00-1:50pm
    Location: AAC 290

    Presented by: Alexandria Leach, the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Project Coordinator with DU's Health and Counseling Center

    Professional Interests: Mental Health, social justice, program evaluation, suicide prevention

    Professional Experience: Peer Health Education and Promotion at Dartmouth College Office of Student Wellness, Counseling Intern at Affirmations LGBTQ Community Center in Michigan, Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line

  • Financial Security & Cognitive Health - 2:00-2:50pm

    "Back where I come from, we have universities, seats of great learning where men go to become great thinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts."
    -The Wizard

    Attendees who attend this session will:

    • Be provided with a general overview of the overall cost of aging care with respect to retirement and long-term care, in addition to how financial decision-making abilities change overtime
    • Understand how behavioral habits impact financial wellness/security throughout an individual's life course
    • Learn strategies to safeguard themselves against common financial abuse and exploitation tactics

    Time: 2:00-2:50pm
    Location: AAC 290

    Presented by: Jessica King and Ashley Taeckens

    Jessica King, MSW, is a second-year doctoral student at DU's Graduate School of Social Work and has an MSW from Boston College.  Prior to returning to school, she worked as a medical social worker and clinical social worker for children and families. Jessica's work with multigenerational families motivates her research interests in social policy and gerontology.

    Ashley Taeckens, MSW, is a gerontologist with an undergraduate dual degree in Psychology and Gerontology from Missouri State University and a master's degree in Aging Services and Policy from DU.  With over five years of academic research experience, she is driven by policy-based efforts to improve the well-being and quality of life of older adults.

  • Financial Aid 101 for Continuing Students - 3:00-3:50pm

    Dorothy: "Now, which way do we go?"
    Scarecrow: "Pardon me. That way is a very nice way..."

    Learn the basics of financial aid at the University of Denver.

    Time: 3:00-3:50pm
    Location: AAC 290

    Presented by: Alexander Robinson, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Financial Aid and Kaitlin Wallace, Assistant Director of Online Programs for DU's Office of Financial Aid


Thursday, April 18th:

  • The Starting Line - 9:00-9:50am

    There's no time like the present to save for the future. This workshop will help people at the beginning of their careers plan for what happens at the end with advice on investing and budgeting for the long-term.

    Time: 9:00-9:50pm
    Location: AAC 290

    Presented by: Kevin Collins, Associate Financial Consultant  within the Institutional Retirement division at TIAA

  • Exploring Budgeting and Off-Campus Living in Denver - 10:00-10:50am

    "There's no place like home."

    During this presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about budgeting and why it's important when moving off campus. Participants will:

    • Identify their needs when living off campus along with what they can live without
    • Take time to reflect on their current budgeting habits and consider what they may need to change when living off campus
    • Learn further about resources that are available in the Denver community to support students when living off campus

    Time: 10:00-10:50am
    Location: AAC 290

    Presented by: Rachel Taylor, graduate student in the Higher Education M.A. program at the University of Denver

    Rachel currently serves as the Off-Campus Housing fellow for Housing and Residential Education where she has the opportunity to engage the DU community with support when it comes to moving off campus.

  • Be a Smart Health Care Consumer - 1:00-1:50pm

    The Wizard: "As for you, my galvanized friend, you want a heart. You don't know how lucky you are not to have one. Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable."
    The Tin Woodsman: "But I still want one."

    Understand the difference between your health insurance options.

    Time: 10:00-10:50am
    Location: AAC 290

    Presented by: Angela Barrett with Kaiser Permanente

  • $tep Up: Financial Literacy for Young Adults - 2:00-2:50pm

    "For I consider brains far superior to money in every way. You may have noticed that if one has money without brains, he cannot use it to his advantage; but if one has brains without money, they will enable him to live comfortably to the end of his days."

    Time: 2:00-2:50pm
    Location: AAC 340

    Presented by: Chris Myklebust with the State of Colorado

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Additional Resources

Financial Literacy Books

The DU Library has a number of books dedicated to personal wealth, investing and budgeting.

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Personal Finance Websites

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