Money Smart Week Wisconsin kicks off at UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY — Money Smart Week Wisconsin, the third annual statewide financial literacy campaign, kicks off at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Money Smart Week officially runs Oct. 12-18 with events at other locations.

The Oct. 14 events on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive, will start at 5:30 p.m. in the University Union’s Phoenix Rooms.

Five topics of discussion include:

• How to locate a job that meets your budget, with John Gosling of Wisconsin Job Service.

• Identity theft, with Scott Cleveland of PrePaid Legal Services and Identity Theft Shield.

• Smart choices in retirement, with Andy Sulskis of Edward Jones.

• Finding direction through personal goals, with Debbie Sobiesczyk of Catholic Charities.

• Understanding your credit report and credit score, with Linda Vance of Harbor Credit Union.

Also at the kickoff, the UW-Green Bay Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team will present a $500 scholarship to a middle school student who participated in an essay contest about how to best purchase a major item for a family.

Money Smart Week Honorary Chairman Charlie Schrock, president of Wisconsin Public Service Corporation will introduce the events, which are all free and open to the public.

Money Smart Week Wisconsin is a creation of Gov. Doyle’s Council on Financial Literacy in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The week has a goal of helping families, students, homeowners, businesspersons, employees and other community members expand their opportunities through financial literacy. The week is set up to provide workshops, seminars, programs, events and other activities for people of all ages aimed at improving their financial knowledge.

“We all need to become more financially literate,” said UW-Green Bay Prof. John Stoll, SIFE adviser and professor of public and environmental affairs (economics). “It’s important for people of all ages, especially now in tough economic times, to understand how to turn money into wealth.”

A complete calendar of Money Smart Week events for the Green Bay area is online at

For more information, contact Money Smart Week co-chairs Nancy Schopf at (920) 437-8704; or Bobbi Lison, at (920) 272-8234.