Money Smart 2010

October 1st, 2010 | SMWC

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Financial Sustainability Conference @ MoneySmart Week

Money Smart Week (MSW) Indiana 2010 is October 18-22.  Video recordings of the presentations will be available below.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, a proud partner with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, brought debt experts to campus for the Financial Sustainability Conference of MoneySmart Week. The sessions will be recorded and will be available by clicking on the links below.

An education is an investment that is often financed with scholarships, grants, loans, and credit cards. According to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, "two out of three college students graduate with debt and the average borrower who graduates from a public college owes $17,250 from student loans." (Volume 3, August 2006). Even worse, "the number of college graduates with at least $40,000 in student loan debt has increased 10-fold in the past decade." (Paying with Plastic - Survey, National Association of College and University Business Officers,

Presentation Topics


  • Amanda Vester, ISU Credit Union Marketing Director
  • Attorney General Representative
  • Neil Garrison, Terre Haute City Council President
  • Kelly Ikenberry, Terre Haute Authentic Action Coaching founder
  • Darrel Gosse , Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
  • ISU MBA Students
  • Career Center / Office of Financial Aid
  • Old National Bank  
Amanda Vester
Amanda Vester

Life After the Woods

Amanda Vester (SMWC 2000)
Keynote Speaker 
ISU Credit Union Marketing Director

9:15 a.m.

Amanda has been with ISU Credit Union for two and a half years. She oversees all aspects of marketing from business development to press releases to website updates and everything in between. Prior to the credit union, Amanda worked in the SMWC Office of Admissions. While a student at SMWC, she wrote for The Woods newspaper and played softball all four years. Amanda recently received her Masters in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is also on the Residential Life staff as a Resident Community Advisor at SMWC.


VideoCast coming soon!

Kallyn Vandenack and Amy Wardlow
Kallyn Vandenack and Amy Wardlow

Kallyn Vandenack and Amy Wardlow

Outreach Services Specialists
Office of the Indiana Attorney General

10:00 a.m.

Kallyn Vandenack graduated with honors in 2009 with a degree in Professional Communication from Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI.  Amy Wardlow also graduated in 2009 with a degree in Political Science from the University of Indianapolis.  After graduation, both Ms. Vandenack and Ms. Wardlow spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA assigned to the Consumer Protection Division of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office.  While there, they built partnerships with numerous service providers and community organizations throughout Indiana.  These partnerships led to the creation of educational events for the community, many of which included numerous opportunities to speak at functions across the state educating Hoosiers on how to protect themselves from consumer protection issues such as:   Identity theft, mortgage fraud/foreclosure, telephone privacy, Medicaid fraud, patient abuse & neglect, and unclaimed property.  After their successful year as AmeriCorps VISTAs, they were asked to stay on as employees for the Indiana Attorney General’s Office as Outreach Services Specialists, where they continue their work today.



VideoCast coming soon!

Neil Garrison
Neil Garrison

 Neil Garrison  

10:30 a.m.

Neil Garrison is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for a local dental lab that services dentists throughout the United States. Their lab employs over 100 employees in the Terre Haute area that fabricate dental prosthetics and appliances that include a variety of dental services including orthodontics, TMJ disorders and sleep apnea.
        Neil decided to get involved in local government after helping several candidates win their respective races. His goal was to be the candidate that he has always looked for ... honest, open, idea-generating, problem solving and one that is community serving while not being afraid to make a tough vote. Some of his initiatives include reducing graffiti, creating the first ever “Neighborhood Watch” via e-mails, and last year he and his newly formed committee created the “Terre Haute Walk of Fame” in downtown Terre Haute that included Mother Theodore Guerin in its inaugural year.
        Sometimes he simply helps raise funds for a variety of causes to help the community which include animal concerns, a widows & orphans fund for local police & fire, the crime stoppers annual fund raiser (that pays for anonymous tips) as well as several neighborhood revitalization efforts.

Discussion Questions

• How does a city councilmen evaluate a multi-million dollar budget that includes 36 departments?
• Can a councilmen ignore budget recommendations from the Mayor and City Controller and increase the budget?
• How many meetings does the public have to discuss the annual city budget?
• What are the largest expenses in the city budget?
• What are the two most expensive departments in the city budget?
• What governmental services could YOU live without if you had to choose?
• Is there a better way to manage local governments?



VideoCast coming soon!

 Gain financial confidence even when you don't know where to start, have enough time, or know enough about money!
Kelly Ikenberry

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11:00 a.m.

Kelly Ikenberry once owned more than $30,000 of consumer debt with her husband. They were yo-yo debtors until they finally discovered how to get out of debt, stay out of debt, save, and invest so their money works for them.
Her experience, along with the knowledge she gained while working as a financial advisor for four years, led her to become a Financial Coach. Kelly's business, Authentic Action Coaching, is dedicated to all topics relating to you experiencing financial freedom in life and business, on your own terms, through "authentic action-based living".
Kelly works one-on-one and in groups with individuals and business owners who want to take control of their financial future, never lose sleep over money again, and who want to experience financial freedom once and for all.

VideoCast coming soon!

Darrel Gosse
Darrel Gosse

Weed Seeds and Mustard Seeds - what businesses must do in today's recovering economy

Darrel Gosse

11:30 a.m.

Dr. Darrel Gosse, CPA, CMA is a retired chief financial officer of an Ohio manufacturing firm.  Dr. Gosse's career has included auditing and training development in a multi-national CPA firm, and teaching at several universities.  Dr. Gosse is currently teaching business courses to WED students at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

VideoCast coming soon!



 ISU Riverscape research project  - Reza Houston

1:00 p.m.

ISU students researched 10 major projects that served to revitalize areas in various cities across the country. A great deal of information was garnered and each project selected provided insight into some of the important success factors in community projects.  Namely, all projects consisted of widespread “buy-in” at various levels of the community.  This “buy-in” ranged from individual citizens to local businesses and corporations and, finally, to local, state and federal government.  Furthermore, a majority of successful projects consisted of a strong economic anchor (museum, markets, or corporate headquarters), which helped stimulate local economic activity.  Finally, every project examined had a project manager who was able to handle the day-to-day operations of the project.  In this report we outline the success factors of the 10 projects we researched and provide insight into how Riverscape can use this information to inform its future success.


VideoCast coming soon!


Career Center/ Office of Financial Aid

Job Hunting Tips and Student Borrowing Trends

1:30 p.m.






VideoCast coming soon!


Old National Bank
Karla Bensinger

2:00 p.m.

Karla Bensinger has lived in the Terre Haute community all her life and has been involved extensively in various community organizations. Karla’s banking career has spanned over 30 years with various job appointments along the way. She began as a bookkeeper and teller, and from there advanced to Manager of Customer Service, Loan Officer, and Banking Center Manager. Karla is currently the Affinity Relationship Officer for the Northwest Region of Old National Bank. This position entails, conducting presentations at organizations and companies which covers the concerns of our current economic environment. Many of the topics covered are about obtaining and keeping good credit, guarding against identity theft, the workings of FDIC Insurance and being prepared for retirement. One of the most gratifying aspects of her job as an Affinity Relationship Officer is meeting with individuals and assisting them with their financial concerns.



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