"Get Real!" Series Opens with Personal Finance Session

Thursday, September 15, 2011

David Smith, Westminster College associate professor of accounting, will present "Knowing the Fundamentals of Personal Finance" Tuesday, Sept. 27, as the fall semester's first session of the "Get Real!" life preparation series. 

Students will learn how to plan their finances now for a successful financial future.

Smith, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2004, earned an undergraduate degree from Bucknell University, a master's degree in taxation from Robert Morris University, an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a certified public accountant in Pennsylvania.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, the "Get Real!" series is a program that acquaints students with life after college.  It provides helpful advice on financial planning; banking; medical care; consumer and personal legal matters; apartment, auto, and house hunting; getting the most out of leisure activities; and preparing for lifelong relationships.

Each workshop covers a different topic and runs from 12:45-1:45 p.m. in the McKelvey Campus Center.  Additional sessions scheduled for this semester are: "Strengths Finders" (Oct. 4); "Investing for Beginners" (Oct. 18); and "Living Green" (Nov. 8).

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About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

David Smith