Money Mobile to Provide Bill Pay-Off for Southeast Students


Chatzky to Speak to Students Nov. 13 about Taking Control of their Finances

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Jean Chatzky, a contributor to “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and the financial editor for NBC’s “Today,” will be speaking at Southeast Nov. 13.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 25, 2007 — In an effort to encourage students to learn about financial accountability, Southeast Missouri State University is providing an incentive — money.

As part of a grant provided by the Missouri Department of Higher Education’s loan default prevention program, Southeast is hosting a contest titled, “Pay Off Your Bill with the Money Mobile.” On Oct. 29, 31 and Nov. 2, students will be able to visit the Money Mobile, a bright blue P.T. Cruiser that will be parked at various points across campus, and sit for a short video session where they will explain why they should win $1,000 to be used toward paying off the bill of their choice.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges based on creativity and reasoning behind their case. One grand prize winner will have their bill paid off up to $1,000, and there will be other prizes of $750, $500 and two of $250.

The winner will be announced at presentation at 8 p.m. on Nov. 13 in Glenn Auditorium located in Robert A. Dempster Hall by nationally known author and correspondent Jean Chatzky, whose expertise with financial management has made her famous as a financial editor for NBC’s “Today.”  She is the author of four books, including best sellers “Pay it Down: From Debt to Wealth on $10 A Day” and her latest, “Make Money, Not Excuses.”

Chatzky will be speaking to students about methods of debt reduction and the importance of taking control of their finances now.

“This is a unique opportunity for students to get excited about taking control of their financial future,” said Dr. Dennis Holt, vice president for administration and enrollment management. “Students are prepared academically when they leave Southeast, but we want them to be prepared when it comes to their personal finances as well.”

The campus-wide project is being implemented by a team of advertising and public relations students under the direction of Southeast faculty members, Dr. Karie Hollerbach and Doug McDermott.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity to get to learn about motivating people hands-on,” said Scott Crean of Belleville, Ill., a Southeast public relations major.

The student team developed a plan with the faculty advisors to bring speakers to campus and excite students about the possibilities of financial literacy with the contests.

More information about the “Pay Off Your Bill” contest, rules and regulations, and about Chatzky’s presentation may be found at http://www2.semo.edu/moneymobile. More information about Chatzky may be found at www.jeanchatzky.com.