BGSU hunts for financial educators

At Monday night’s Undergraduate Student Government meeting, USG President Johnnie Lewis discussed two new positions opening up within the University. Students will soon have another option for getting financial help.

The University believes there should be more education offered to students to help them handle their money said Jill Carr, the assistant vice president of student activities and dean of students.

The University is creating a new service for students called Student Money Management. The two positions are for financial services educators. These educators will work one on one with students as well as organize programming to present to student organizations.

The individual work with students will consist of helping them manage expenses, such as tuition, credit card debt and other bills, according to Carr.

The University is actively searching for applicants to fill the two positions. Open forums will take place in order to review and evaluate the potential candidates. Candidates must be well versed in the workings of the financial aid and bursar processes according to Carr.

Lewis is a member of the search committee for the educators. Lewis also represented USG in the Beyond Bursarables, from which the Money Management Service extended from.

The next open forum will be held Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Room 316 of the Student Union.

Also discussed at the USG meetings was Lewis’s visit to Columbus in order to attend a summit on campus safety. The summit will include representation from all of Ohio’s public institutions, according to Lewis.

Speaking at the summit will be officers from the Virginia State Police, Ohio Chancellor of Education Eric D. Fingerhut, and Gov. Ted Strickland. This will be the first summit on Ohio College Campus Safety and Security, according to Bret Crow, Assistant Director of Communications for the Ohio Board of Reagents.

“The one-day event – to be held on the campus of The Ohio State University at the Fawcett Center – will report on the work of the Task Force on Campus Security to make all college campuses as safe as possible,” according to Crow.

Campus safety has been a major concern to the parents of incoming freshman and a hot topic at Orientation and Registration according to USG members present at the meeting.