2010
State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias will kick off Money Smart Week in DuPage

State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias will kick off Money Smart Week in DuPage
March 31, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, who at age 30 became the youngest state treasurer in the nation when he was elected in 2006, will help kick off “Money Smart Week” in DuPage County when he speaks at Benedictine University at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 19 in the Krasa Center. “Money Smart Week” in DuPage County, which runs April 17-24, features a series of presentations by community groups, financial institutions, government agencies, educational organizations and financial experts to help consumers learn to better manage their money. Since becoming state treasurer, Giannoulias has overhauled the state’s Bright Start College Savings Program, passed legislation to remove predatory credit card marketing from college campuses and led efforts to crack down on debt settlement scams. The April 19 kick-off will also feature the presentation of student essays and award winners. The event is free and open to the public. The public is also invited to a screening of the movie “I.O.U.S.A.” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20 in the Krasa Center Presentation Room. “I.O.U.S.A.” boldly examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. For more information about the “Money Smart Week” events at Benedictine University, contact Vicki Jobst in the undergraduate Business department at (630) 829-6455 or by e-mail at vjobst@ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.