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K-State Today Student Edition

April 3, 2013



Rachel Ramsey Cruze to speak April 16 on personal financial management

By Cassie Kniebel

Rachel Ramsey Cruze, the daughter of recognized financial commentator and expert Dave Ramsey, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the K-State Student Union Forum Hall. This lecture is the sixth installment of the Upson Lecture Series, organized by the K-State student and alumni group, Food for Thought.

Cruze will share her personal and passionate message of the importance of managing money and having hope for the future. She grew up learning the basic principles of money responsibility from her parents, including how to give generously, spend wisely and save responsibly.

Seeing the damage of debt firsthand, Cruze understands its dangers and has a passion to help the students and young adults of her generation learn the principles of money management. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer session.

"I feel very strongly about reaching my peers with this message," Cruze says. "I can use the platform my dad has built to reach even more teenagers and young adults. People always tell my dad 'I wish I had known this stuff when I was a young adult,' so I’ve taken that to heart."

Cruze travels around the nation to educate students on ways to eliminate debt, increase personal wealth and live a full life. Cruze has been speaking to audiences since her teen years, and in 2010, she joined her father’s team to continue sharing her knowledge of avoiding money mess-ups. Her message is simple but powerful: Handle your money with wisdom.

Cruze has a bachelor's degree in communication studies from the University of Tennessee and lives in Franklin, Tenn., with her husband, Winston.

Sponsors of this installment of the Upson Lecture Series include: Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University, Food for Thought, Frontier Farm Credit, Kansas State Bank, K-State Credit Union, Leonardville State Bank, Powercat Financial and Nels and Karen Lindberg.

Food for Thought, the organizer of the Upson Lecture Series, is a grass-roots group of K-State students who strive to bridge the gap between consumers and agriculture. The group includes undergraduate, graduate and veterinary students, as well as young alumni, who work under the guidance of Dan Thomson, the director of K-State’s Beef Cattle Institute and Don Boggs, associate dean of the K-State College of Agriculture.

More information about Food For Thought is available on the group's blog, Twitter or Facebook.

For more information about the lecture, contact Cassie Kniebel, a Food For Thought member, at cassie.kniebel@gmail.com or 620-767-2790.