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Students Learn to be Financial "Survivors"

Students Learn to be Financial "Survivors"(Posted: March 4, 2013)

Numerous University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students tested both their brains and brawn at the fourth annual First Bank Corp. Collegiate Ambassadors Board Spring event on March 1.

"Survivor's Challenge: Tips to Surviving Your Finances" incorporated an island theme based on the Survivor reality television show and included a financial trivia game, "Brains and Brawn," hosted by two of the UAFS College of Business professors – Drs. Dan Settlage and Latisha Settlage of Fort Smith. The game allowed students to test their knowledge of finance for the opportunity to win prizes.

Students also announced the winning professor of a recent student poll, Dr. Balbir Bhasin of Fort Smith, who was presented with a one-year membership to the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum. Dr. Mohamed Zainuba of Fort Smith, the runner up, also received a prize.

Guest speaker was Kim Snipes, senior vice president of auditing at First National Bank of Fort Smith, who presented students with her tips on surviving their finances, including making a simple budget and avoiding the dangers of fraud. Sam T. Sicard, president and chief executive officer of First National Bank, also spoke to the students about First National Bank offerings as well as his tips on personal finance.

This year's First Bank Corp. Collegiate Ambassadors Board includes Colton Clark of Fayetteville; Patrick Charlton, Daniel Hobbs, Tram Nguyen, Trey Smith and Eaven Ward, Fort Smith; Angie Meyer, Greenwood; Hannah Miller, Muldrow; and Kymbur Altes and Elizabeth Bishop, Van Buren.

The mission of the First Bank Corp. Collegiate Ambassadors Board is to educate students on departments and activities within a financial institution by serving as an advisory board for First National Bank. The board also allows students to gain insight of the institution and provide feedback on the bank's marketing strategies. CAB members are selected by the bank through an application process and serve one-year terms.

Along with the island decor, goodie bags and free hot dogs, more than $2,000 in raffles and prizes were given out, including a mini iPad donated by Taco Bell through Fred Williams of Williams/Crawford and Associates. Other items raffled off included a desk donated by Riverside Furniture, two $100 certificates from the Off Campus Bookstore, a $50 floral arrangement from Collections Floral Inc. and much more. Other donors included Markham Restaurant Supply, 21 West End, Geno's Pizza, Blaze 'N Burrito, Poultry Direct, Bravo Italian Restaurant, Midas, Elite 24 Health Club, Chick- fil-A, Sweet Bay Coffee, Goody's Frozen Yogurt, Sonic Drive-In, Mr. Rob's Cleaners, Movie Lounge, Subway, Chili's, Walmart, Planet Sun, Brick City Emporium, Suite One, Langston's Drug Store, Farm Bureau - Justin Lovette, Rache's Boutique, The Party Place, Boom-a-Rang Diner, River City Deli, Now and Then Shoppe, Ralph's Pink Flamingo BBQ and George's Restaurant.

Article by: Elizabeth Bishop, Collegiate Ambassador Board president
Photo(s) by: Corey S. Krasko, Photographer, Marketing & Communications Office

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