For release: October 24, 2008
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901/678-2843
Financial issues have seldom been on the minds of Americans more than they have these
past few weeks, but during the week of Oct. 27-31, financial literacy will be special
focus of a campus-wide initiative at the University of Memphis sponsored by the University’s
Center for Economic Education.
Kicking off the week will be a major public presentation by one of Tennessee’s U.S.
Senators, Bob Corker. He will discuss “the intersection of Wall Street, Main Street,
and Pennsylvania Avenue,” and his talk will include an explanation of how the nation’s
current economic crisis began and developed. He will also talk about the impact the
economic climate is having on Tennessee communities and institutions and about the
reforms needed to protect the nation from similar crises in the future.
Corker will speak at 10 a.m. in The Zone in the FedEx Institute of Technology. He
will be joined by Greg Gonzales, Commissioner of the Tenn. Dept. of Financial Institutions.
Immediately following the hour-long forum, Corker will be available to speak briefly
to the media in the Methodist Le Bonheur Presentation Theater in the FedEx Institute.
For the entire week, the University will sponsor the Financial Literacy IQ Quiz.
The online, 15-question quiz is available to all U of M students. Last week a group
known as Tiger P.A.W.$ (Peer-to-peer on Assets, Wealth, and $) presented classroom
discussions about credit cards. The Tiger P.A.W.$ group also gives talks about budgeting,
saving and investing, student loans, credit reports, and identity theft.
During Financial Literacy Week, the person with the highest score each day of the
week will receive a $100 textbook scholarship, courtesy of the University Bookstore
and First South Credit Union. At the end of the week, from the names of all the students
who took the quiz, a random drawing will select one winner of a new iPod touch phone.
The emphasis on personal financial literacy is the brainchild of Dr. Julia Heath,
professor of economics in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics. Recognizing
the harm that a lack of knowledge of how to deal with personal finances can cause
to individuals, Heath established the program to make college students aware of how
to handle their personal finances, and of the importance of that knowledge.