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NIU to host ‘Money Math: Using Credit Wisely’ STEM Café at Claddagh Irish Pub in Geneva

April 3, 2013

Photo of a credit card with a golden gift bowAn Irish pub might be the last place you’d expect to learn about your finances, but Northern Illinois University is ready to change that perception with a fun and innovative program called “Money Math: Using Credit Wisely.”

This free community event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Claddagh Irish Pub, 1702 Commons Dr. in Geneva Commons.

“Money Math” is part of NIU’s STEM Café series, monthly talks where people can eat, drink and have lively discussions about the latest research in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Organizers stress that the events are not formal lectures. University experts move away from the podium and into local restaurants and encourage audience members to engage in casual, free-flowing conversations.

NIU’s STEM Outreach department has been hosting these popular events in DeKalb, Sycamore, Maple Park and Geneva for the past year. Their topics have included everything from the Asian Carp invasion of Illinois rivers to the future of space exploration.

At the event at Claddagh Irish Pub, experts will focus on the science of finance. Judge John H. Squires and attorneys Janice Alwin and Donna Wallace, bankruptcy experts, will provide a lively, lighthearted presentation about making credit work for you, affording debt and living debt-free.

Money Smart Week logoThe group uses humor and visual aids like advertisements to share information on why it pays to save early and often. Organizers say that participants will learn how to manage credit and debt in financially sound ways while avoiding the pitfalls of credit misuse and excessive debt.

The event is free and open to the public. Throughout the evening, food and drinks will be available for purchase from Claddagh Irish Pub.

“Money Math: Using Credit Wisely” is being presented in observance of The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Money Smart Week®, which takes place from Sunday, April 21, through Satruday, April 27.

For more information on NIU’s future outreach programs and up-coming STEM Cafés, contact Judith Dymond at [email protected].