By Katie Quaranta
With the stock market undulating and the nation facing -- or already in -- a recession, economic news can seem more intimidating and confusing than ever. Thankfully, a panel of Ohio University and state experts stands ready to illuminate many of the complicated issues surrounding the current crisis.
Ohio University's College of Arts and Sciences will host a public forum, "Making Sense of the Economy," from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in Morton Hall 235. It will feature presentations by Ohio University professors and experts from the Ohio Department of Commerce and the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. A question-and-answer session will follow.
Jerry Massie, a network administrator in the College of Arts and Sciences, helped organize the panel and will serve as the discussion's moderator.
"I have heard people in various buildings and various settings discussing the economy," he said, explaining his inspiration for pulling the panel together. "It occurred to me that we have expertise on campus, and that is something we could tap into.
"One primary (goal) is just to answer people's questions," he said. "The other thing is to make available resources they can use."
Massie will open the evening's discussion by laying out a timeline of the economic meltdown.
Here's a look at the panel and their areas of expertise:
- Rosemary Rossiter, professor and chair of Ohio University's Department of Economics, will detail driving forces behind the situation. Her research interests include money and banking, macroeconomics, managerial economics and financial market volatility.
- Associate Professor of Finance Natalie Chieffe will address common concerns regarding bank accounts, retirement accounts and investment options. She researches and has published scholarly articles on topics such as personal investments and portfolio management.
- Panelists Jennifer Flatter and Dawn Lazelere will discuss what resources Ohioans can employ to guard against home foreclosures. Flatter is a legislative liaison with the Ohio Department of Commerce and a graduate student in public administration at Ohio University. She focuses on foreclosure, real estate and federal policy issues. Larzelere is director of legislative affairs for the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and is responsible for coordinating with members of the Ohio General Assembly and Ohio's Congressional delegation. Both Flatter and Lazelere are involved in the state's foreclosure prevention efforts, Ohio Save the Dream.
Although panelists cannot give tailored financial advice, Massie said attendees will have ample time to ask questions about the state of the economy, what the future holds and how best to protect themselves financially in these difficult times.
More information about the panel, as well as links to economic resources, can be found at www.cas.ohiou.edu/economy/.