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As part of the 4th Annual West Virginia Money Smart Week, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University will host “Building Wealth in Uncertain Economic Times” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in room G21 Ming Hsieh Hall on the Downtown Campus. The talk is free and open to the public.

Frank Vitale, senior vice president at Clear Mountain Bank in Morgantown and Eberly College alumnus, will moderate the panel discussion.

Mike Mays, director of the Institute for Mathematics Learning, Neil Berch, associate professor of political science and Brian Luskey, associate professor of history will discuss economic public policies, historical perspectives on corruption and the raw numbers behind wealth-building.

“We live in challenging times to save and invest, but our country and our state have prospered through similar circumstances before,” said Robert Jones, dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

“The context of why, how, when and what’s next is incredibly valuable and I’m proud to have faculty members in our College that can take a topic that literally hits us in our pockets and build such an interesting knowledge-building opportunity around it.”

“Building Wealth” is the third discussion in the Eberly Ideas series, a unique forum that promotes the exchange of ideas and stimulating debate while highlighting the timely research of some of the College’s all-star faculty.

Dozens of organizations are participating in this year’s West Virginia Money Smart Week. The event aims to educate people about saving, investing, giving and spending.

“In these tough economic times, it’s important to be smart consumers. Money Smart Week events help people learn about developing good financial habits and how to better manage personal finances,” said Susan LeFew, a senior program specialist for the AARP Foundation and a member of the West Virginia Money Smart Week Planning Committee.
To RSVP to attend “Building Wealth in Uncertain Economic Times,” email with “Eberly Ideas” in the subject line. Include the name/s of the people attending in the body of the email.

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