The Office of Student Activities is sponsoring several events during the second week of November, ranging from money management advice for young people to light-hearted musical entertainment to literary enlightenment.
Peter Bielagus, known as the “Go-To Guy for Young People and Their Money,” will be on hand to share his secrets for wise money management on Wednesday, November 10, at 10:45 and at 12:40 in Goodroe Auditorium in Memorial Hall.
Bielagus, whose entrepreneurship began in fifth grade when he started a landscaping business in his New Hampshire hometown, learned about the importance of being fiscally responsible the hard way when he plunged $5,000 into debt during his freshman year at the University of Miami in Florida.
That experience spurred him on to dig his way out of debt, and he became committed to learning about personal finance, reading over 300 books on the subject, interviewing experts, and attending seminars. By the time he graduated from college, he was debt free and on his way to financial security.
Since then he has written a personal finance guide called Getting Loaded: A Complete Personal Finance Guide for Students and Young Professionals, published by Penguin Putnam Press.
A licensed financial advisor who has established his own fee-only financial planning firm, Bielagus has appeared on radio and television shows nationwide talking about personal finance for young America. He travels the country sharing his financial tips and quips in money workshops, seminars, and keynotes.
On Thursday, November 11, an Open Mic and Coffeehouse event will take place in the Pope Student Center beginning at 6:30 pm.
Entertainment will be provided by the musical group Augustine. Comprised of female vocalist Jordan Meredith and guitarist Louis Johnson, the duo who formed the group met in St. Augustine, Florida, when they were both trying to launch their musical careers. Their music mixes fun lyrics with catchy tunes to produce light-hearted love songs.
On Tuesday, November 9, Sharyn McCrumb will discuss her fiction, which includes New York Times bestsellers and award-winning novels She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket. Her lecture begins at 7:30 pm in Goodroe Auditorium.