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FYE Class Wins Pizza Party as ‘Most Engaging’ in Discussion of Financial Savvy

A "most engaging" class gathers 'round its instructor.
A “most engaging” class gathers ’round its instructor.
Jennifer L. McCracken celebrates with four of five students with unblemished attendance in her FYE class. From left are Justin C. Zetwick, a machine tool technology major from Rixford; Luke S. Orzechowski, of Newtown, studying plastics and polymer technology; Bradley R. Day, of Hawley, enrolled in information technology: information assurance and security concentration; and Jacob C. Weller, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Reading. Absent was Nicholas E. Mills, a residential builder student from Tyrone.
Jennifer L. McCracken celebrates with four of five students with unblemished attendance in her FYE class. From left are Justin C. Zetwick, a machine tool technology major from Rixford; Luke S. Orzechowski, of Newtown, studying plastics and polymer technology; Bradley R. Day, of Hawley, enrolled in information technology: information assurance and security concentration; and Jacob C. Weller, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Reading. Absent was Nicholas E. Mills, a residential builder student from Tyrone.
Students help themselves to pizza and soda in honor of their first-year success.
Students help themselves to pizza and soda in honor of their first-year success.

Congratulations to instructor Jennifer L. McCracken’s students for receiving the Fall 2014 Financial Literacy Challenge Award as the most “engaging” First-Year Experience class based on presentations by Career Services’ Dana R. Suter. (Second and third place, respectively, went to Ivy R. Avery and Shelley L. Moore.) “I started this friendly competition among the classes as I know talking about finances – budgeting, credit card debt, investing and student loan repayment – isn’t the most exciting topic of conversation, but a conversation that is needed,” Suter said. “Being financially healthy and understanding the importance of making smart financial choices while in school (and after graduation) is so important, and how those choices may impact you in getting that ‘rock star’ job!  Jennifer’s class asked very suitable questions throughout the presentation, as well as offering feedback about the financially healthy practices that they have experienced.” Suter, coordinator of part-time student employment and career programming, provided pizza and refreshments … and had fun with some additional awards, including honors for both perfect attendance and consistent tardiness. McCracken, assistant director of The College Store, is among the many faculty/staff who work with new students through the required FYE sessions.
Photos by Erin S. Shultz, coordinator of career development

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