West Georgia Talks Economics

Thursday, October 16, 2008

As the budget news for the State looks bleak, the team at the University of West Georgia is focused on being part of the solution. UWG faculty members are presenting a two-part series for the campus and Carroll County community dealing with different aspects of the economic situation on Tuesdays, Oct. 21 and 28, at 7 p.m. in the Bonner Lecture Hall.

Dr. Donadrian L. Rice, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of psychology, will present “Successful Strategies for Handling Stress” on Oct. 21 and Dr. Charles Hodges, professor of finance, will present “Tips on Financial Planning during Economic Downturns” on Oct. 28.

Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, UWG president, noted that while the university recognizes the serious and challenging effects of a declining budget in the face of significant increases in enrollment, UWG is committed to sending the appropriate positive messages for the long-term health and improvement of the university and community of which UWG is an intrinsic part.

“In the same vein, we are mindful as human beings that there are those under considerable stress because of the current economic situation, and we want to be of assistance to them,” Sethna said.  “This economic community series is intended to do just that.  We are proud to be part of this community and are eager to be of service.”

During session one, Rice will present a brief explanation of how stress affects our health and then provide practical strategies to minimize the negative effects of stress.

As a professor of psychology, Rice teaches courses in mind/body psychology, health psychology, clinical hypnosis, neuroscience, and neurofeedback.  As a licensed mental health professional, he has conducted workshops and training sessions with physicians and other health care professionals on topics of stress reduction, relaxation training and clinical hypnosis.

In session two, Hodges will have practical advice for steps to ease current financial problems and will have suggestions on how to profit from the current turmoil.

Hodges has taught personal finance for many years, has been managing partner in two small investment firms, and is a member of the University of West Georgia Foundation, Inc. Investment Committee. He has published over 25 articles and has won multiple research and teaching awards.  He completed his PhD in Finance from Florida State University in 1993.  His research and teaching interests are primarily in the areas of information asymmetry, applied game theory, and financial market imperfections.

Following both presentations, there will be a question and answer session. For more information on the series, contact the Office of University Communications and Marketing at 678-839-6464.