Food & Finance

Program Goals

The goals of the program are to enhance financial literacy and transform decision making so that individuals become wealth creators. The program will promote balanced financial choices so that participants understand they are responsible for their current and future lifestyles. The focus is on key life choices: spending, saving, investing, managing credit, evaluating risk, insuring assets, and planning for retirement.

Unconquered by Debt is a program developed for and targeted to students at Florida State University.  Food and Finance contains most of the same material, but redesigned for faculty and staff at FSU.

Program Resources

Our program covers 33 topics and provides the following resources for each:

  • Content Videos
  • A Topical Story
  • Book References
  • Other Web-Based Resources

Please visit our resource site to access the materials.

Workshops

Sign up for any or all of this series of free workshops here. All workshops will be held at the Stavros Center for Economic Education, 250 S. Woodward Ave. (next to the UPS Store). Food and drinks will be provided at every event.

Use the following Zoom link to attend remotely (you do not need to register at SignUpGenius if you plan to attend remotely).

https://fsu.zoom.us/j/95923886263?pwd=cHdoZjBKZWduYzdzKzFlekN6TkVhUT09

Meeting ID: 959 2388 6263
Passcode: 248783

Workshop Leaders

Each workshop will be led by an FSU faculty member or an industry expert.  Questions and an interactive audience are encouraged.  No solicitations of any kind will be made.  The workshops are offered to enhance your personal finance knowledge and scheduled at a time we believe is convenient for the workday.  We hope you’ll join us.

Spring 2024 Workshops

Unconquered by Debt

Spring 2024 workshops for faculty and staff

12:00-1:00 pm

Stavros Center for Economic Education

January 23

Introduction to LIFE:  Lessons in Financial Efficiency

Joe Calhoun

Joe Calhoun is a teaching professor and chair of the Department of Economics at Florida State University.  He is also the Director of the Gus A. Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education.  He currently teaches economics and personal finance classes. He regularly presents at national teaching conferences about how to effectively use media and technology in the classroom.  A strong supporter of study abroad programs, he has been privileged to teach in England, Italy, and Spain.  Professor Calhoun has received an Undergraduate Teaching Award at FSU three times.  His doctoral degree is from the University of Georgia.

January 25

Introduction to FSU Benefits and Human Resources

Joel Huffman

January 30

Introduction to Credit Management

Chuck Adcock

Charles E. “Chuck” Adcock III has been the FSU Credit Union President/Chief Executive Officer since 2018. Adcock first joined the credit union in 1994 as a teller while completing his finance degree from Florida State University. Adcock is considered one of Tallahassee’s most respected lending and financial literacy experts. He serves as a guest lecturer on financial literacy topics at local colleges and universities including Florida State University, local high schools, and area businesses. Adcock also led Florida State University Credit Union to it’s 2022 League of Southeast Credit Union’s Credit Union of the Year.  He received his B.S. in Finance from the Florida State University College of Business in 1997 along with his Juris Master’s from the Florida State University College of Law in 2023. He is also a graduate of the University of Lending (1997, 2002), CUNA Mutual BDS/BDST Program (1999), and the Jim Moran Institute Small Business Executive Program (2015).

February 1

Introduction to Risk Management:  Health and Life Insurance

Joe Calhoun

February 6

Introduction to Social Security

Jamey McClenny

Jamey McClenny is an Investment Advisor Representative with Trek Financial LLC and brings over 25 years of experience as a financial professional to the classroom. He has hosted two regional radio shows, Financial Safari and Cover Your Assets that aired on multiple radio stations in Tallahassee and Panama City and can be heard live on Real Talk 93.3 on Tuesday mornings at 8:30.  A member of the Council of Financial Educators, Jamey began teaching Planning Your Retirement at Tallahassee Community college in 2016.  He was recently selected to serve as an advisor for CPALMS, a joint initiative between Florida State University, the Learning Institute, and the State of Florida to improve financial literacy among Florida high school students.  He has been quoted in Forbes Magazine and Fiduciary News.  A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Jamey and his wife, Dr. Carolyn McClenny, reside in Tallahassee with their Labrador Retriever and Boykin Spaniel. 

February 8

Introduction to Risk Management: Property Insurance

Joe Calhoun

February 13

Introduction to Tax Planning and Myth Busting

Miles Romney

Miles Romney is an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting at Florida State University’s College of Business. His 15 years of accounting, banking, tax and financial planning work experience help to inform his research and teaching in tax issues. Romney earned his bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Brigham Young University, his master’s degree in accountancy and financial management from the University of San Diego and his doctoral degree in accounting from Michigan State University. He has published articles in The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, and the Journal of the American Taxation Association among others. Miles Romney has appeared on “Wheel of Fortune”, run a marathon, completed the Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast and the Red Hills Triathlon, performed in a comedy troupe, and been run over by a sailboat. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Amy, and their brood of four active children at home. He also enjoys playing and watching anything with a ball, singing, dancing, and making merry.

February 15

Introduction to Avoiding Identify Theft, Scams, and Fraud

Chris Green

Christopher Green is the Public Relations Manager and Outreach Coordinator for the Division of Consumer Services at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Division of Consumer Services is the state’s clearinghouse for consumer complaints and a consumer resource for protection, information, and education. The division’s outreach team partners with associations, civic groups, and local entities across the state to deliver presentations about fraud and scams and about the services provided to consumers through the division.

February 20

Introduction to Trusts, Wills, and Estate Planning

John Grant

John Grant has a J.D. from the FSU College of Law (1992) and is a member of the Florida Bar and Georgia Bar.  He practices in the area of real estate, probate and estate planning.

February 22

Introduction to Investing Principles

Steve Hiraga

February 27

Introduction to Retirement Planning

Kimberly Thomas

February 29

Introduction to Stocks and Bonds

Tyler Huston

Tyler Huston was born and raised in New York until graduating high school and attending Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.  During his collegiate time, Tyler participated in numerous organizations. He played on the FSU Lacrosse team as well as joining and becoming president of his fraternity, Sigma Lambda Beta.  In 2019, George Avant and Tyler merged their firms forming Avant Huston Financial Group. Personally, Tyler is married to his lovely wife Darcie Morningstar. They reside in Tallahassee, FL with their three furry children, pups Margo, and Dingo and cat, Mr. Tux.

March 5

Additional Topics in Tax Planning

Miles Romney

March 7

Introduction to Mutual Funds

Kimberly Thomas

March 19

Introduction to Financing Major Capital Purchases

Grant Abbott

March 21

Additional Topics in Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds

Tyler Huston

March 26

Additional Topics in Retirement Planning

Jamey McClenny

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