New Series Explores State and National Economic Challenges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 11-08-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs 530-898-4260
Thia Wolf, director
First Year Experience Program
530-898-6579

An exciting new project to increase student involvement in the public sphere, Economic Challenges Series: State and National, is premiering on Nov. 17 and 18. First- and second-year economics students will make presentations on the ways recent economic crises affect U.S. and California economies. The student presentations will be followed by small group discussions focused on proposed solutions.

The Economic Challenges Series will be held in the Bell Memorial Union, room 210, 6–8 p.m. next Wednesday and Thursday. Dessert and refreshments will be available. The events are free and open to the public.

The Principles of Macroanalysis class, taught by Professor Ruben Sargsyan, has been preparing for this event all semester. At the first forum, students will make presentations on state issues, including the economic impact of illegal immigrants, job cuts and their effects on the state’s economy, and the effects of budget cuts on the unemployment rate and the CSU system.

At the second forum, students will make presentations on national topics: the future of social security, the national debt and its effect on college students, the unemployment rate and the sub-prime mortgage crisis.

“This project supports first-year students as they enter college life and the Chico community,” said Thia Wolf, director of First Year Experience. “It also brings together good minds for solution-focused conversations. It will be a positive, solution-oriented experience for everyone, and we hope that many people from the community attend.”

The presenters would like you to RSVP for one or both of the events by calling the FYE Office at 530-898-3705 or e-mailing fye@csuchico.edu.

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