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Personal Financial Planning

Author: Anne Rubash

K-State Research and Extension springs forward with financial education

By Elizabeth Kiss, personal finance extension specialist

Elizabeth KissOften serving as the front door to Kansas State University, Kansas Cooperative Extension is headquartered on the K-State campus in Manhattan and is invested with faculty and staff in four colleges (agriculture, arts and sciences, engineering and human ecology), on the Manhattan and Olathe campuses, throughout the state at five research-extension centers, and in every county. Operating collaboratively with the Kansas Agricultural Experiment State as K-State Research and Extension, faculty and staff with extension appointments provide trusted, practical education to help individuals and families, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. Several years ago, through a strategic planning process with stakeholders, five grand challenges facing every Kansan were identified. They are: global food systems, health, developing tomorrow’s leaders, community vitality, and water. Efforts in research and extension focus on addressing these challenges to help better our state and beyond.

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Message from the program director

Kristy ArchuletaSeason’s greetings!

I think it is fair to say that not only do I get to work with the best students, but also I get to work the best and most respected colleagues in our field. K-State personal financial planning, or PFP, is a leader in the fields of financial planning, financial counseling, and financial therapy, and we continue to be recognized as one of the top programs in the country. Across our all of our programs, we strive for excellence in not only teaching our students the necessary skills to succeed, but also providing our students experiences that will develop them into better professionals. Both aspects are important to help bridge the gap between education and practice.

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Faculty highlights

Martin Seay, PhD, CFP®, assistant professor of personal financial planning was appointed to the Financial Planning Association’s Board of Directors effective January 1, 2017. Seay, who will serve an initial three-year term, joins thirteen other board members.

Sonya BrittSonya Britt, PhD, CFP® associate professor of personal financial planning, along with co-authors Jeff Hill, Ph.D., Ashley LeBaron, and Roy Bean, Ph.D., all of Brigham Young University, won the 2016 Financial Planning Association’s Best Theoretical Research Award for their presentation and associated paper, “Savers and Spenders: Predicting Financial Conflict in Couple Relationships.” Congrats to Dr. Britt on this wonderful achievement!

Stuart Heckman, PhD, CFP®, assistant professor, was the recipient of a Big 12 Faculty Fellowship to travel to Iowa State University to develop a family finance research alliance and mentoring relationship.

Ron SagesRon Sages, AEP®, CFP®, CTFA, EA, assistant professor, was a recipient of the 2016 Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA) Faculty Excellence Award for his instruction in the Master’s Program’s Capstone Course. The award was presented in April at the GPIDEA annual meeting in Kansas City.

Kristy Archuleta, Ph.D., LMFT, associate professor, was invited to be a Hartford Funds Insights panelist on the topic of couples and money. In her role, she writes articles to help practitioners navigate the dynamics of couple clients.

In May, Kristy Archuleta, associate professor and program director, and Morey MacDonald, professor, led the 2014 PFP Doctoral Cohort to Seoul, Korea, for the capstone research experience. Members of the cohort presented research to faculty and students of Ewha Womans University and Seoul National University, employees of Shin Han Bank and members of the Korean Financial Planning Association during the ten-day period.

In the news:

Sonya Britt, CFP® was featured in The New York Times, discussing how money can mask a marital problem.

Kristy Archuleta, Ph.D., LMFT, was recently featured in The New York Times and MarketWatch discussing why communication between spouses and significant others is important with respect to money.

Ann CoulsonAnn Coulson, CFP® was quoted in this CNBC article on what needs to happen with your financial documents in the event of an emergency evacuation.


K-State undergraduate financial planning team finishes third in the 2016 Financial Planning Association competition

2016 FPA team 3rd placeThe personal financial planning student team has emerged from the final competition in the 2016 Financial Planning Challenge in third place, winning a $1,000 cash award for the Personal Financial Planning Program. Only eight teams nationwide are admitted into the final competition, which was held September 14-16, 2016, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Team members who competed were PFP seniors Lindsay Adams, Stephen Phillips, and Nolan Keim. The team’s adviser is Ann Coulson, PhD, CFP®, assistant professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services.

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K-State Financial Planning Association chapter

career-day-10-7-16The K-State FPA chapter has been active this fall. Students have had the opportunity to learn from professionals in the field at chapter meetings. Fifteen students, plus Ann Coulson and Roxanne Martens, attended the FPA of Greater Kansas City’s career day at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on October 7. The chapter held a penny drive at Bosco Plaza to raise money for Shepherd’s Crossing, a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing compassionate and caring assistance to those in need of a listening ear and financial support.

Officers for the 2016-2017 academic year include: Scott McGehee, president, junior from Hesston; Nolan Keim, vice president, junior from Sabetha; Abby Pope, secretary, sophomore from Overland Park; and Lauren Conrow, treasurer, senior from St. George. Their faculty advisor is Roxanne Martens.

In depth with doctoral graduate Sarah Asebedo

S AsebedoSarah Asebedo, Ph.D., CFP® successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in May. Her dissertation was titled: Three essays on financial self-efficacy beliefs and the saving behavior of older pre-retirees. Asebedo’s research employed a psychological framework to investigate the saving behavior of older pre-retirees through three essays using data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). Understanding the connection between psychological characteristics and saving behavior is critical as this population attempts to bridge the retirement saving gap. Of these characteristics, financial self-efficacy beliefs (FSE) are theoretically vital to saving behavior. With the FSE beliefs of older adults weak and vulnerable to decline, more research is needed to understand how FSE beliefs affect saving behavior and how FSE beliefs can be supported.

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