Spring 2017 Lunch & Learn Archive

1. January 31, 2017
Understanding Your Lease
What to Know and Do Before You Sign
Pyon Su, #2108
Just because the lease looks official, does not mean the language is fair, or even legal.  Don’t sign or review your lease until you bring it and your questions to this important workshop.  Stenise Sanders, GLAO Director and Attorney, will lead you through a lease review to help you understand the terms of the lease including: giving notice to end the lease, maintenance and repairs, pets and security deposits.

*Presentation materials from Understanding_Your_Lease workshop. 

2. February 7, 2017
Saving and Budgeting
Make the Most of Every Penny
Margaret Brent A, #2112
Grad school is not a time-out period from your financial life.  Whether you want to minimize your loans, break out of living paycheck to paycheck  or build your savings, there is support in your financial journey.  Representatives from SECU will provide guidance on how to develop good money habits now by sharing tools and techniques for paying yourself first and managing your debt wisely.

*Presentation materials from Budgeting_Basics & Budgeting_Basics workshop.

3. February 14, 2017 
How Credit Works
Do you know your credit score?
Pyon Su, #2108
Your credit score may be used by everyone from potential employers to landlords to evaluate your stability and financial health.  Learn more about this important number from Ann Holmes of UMD’s College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, including how to how to establish good credit, how to get your credit report for free and tips on how to improve your score.

*Presentation materials from How_Credit_Works workshop. 

4. February 21, 2017
Tax Questions Answered
Tax Day is Tuesday, April 18
Pyon Su, #2108
Preparing your taxes may be complicated, but it’s not impossible.  Leslie Mostow, CPA, from UMD’s Business School, will provide information about preparing and filing your income taxes.  Bring your questions and learn where to get help with the forms, how long to keep your tax documents, where to file as an out-of-state student,  special issues for international students and more.   

*MSLC_VITA_Flyer from this workshop. 

5. February 28, 2017
Identity Theft and Fraud
Protect Yourself
Pyon Su, #2108
An estimated 17.6 million Americans, about 7% of U.S. residents age 16 or older, were victims of identity theft in 2015.  Most victims (86%) experienced the misuse of an existing credit card or bank account.  Jeff Karberg, Esq., from the Office of the Maryland Attorney General, will discuss how to protect your identity and what to do if you become a victim of identity theft.

5. April 4, 2017
Grad Student Appreciation Week Special Event – doors open at noon, buffet  luncheon
Salary Negotiations
Tactics for Better Compensation
Benjamin Banneker, #2212
co-sponsored by Grad Student Life and Graduate Student Government
One of the best ways to increase your income is through salary negotiations, either when you are offered the job or during a performance review.  It may make you uncomfortable, but it's extremely important. Guest speaker, Dr. Susan Martin, from UMD’s graduate school will lead a discussion filled with proven tactics on how to get what you want out of a negotiation.

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6. April 11, 2017
Auto & Renters Insurance
Pay a little now to save a lot later
Pyon Su, #2108
At this workshop you will learn how to select an insurance provider, what coverage is required versus optional, what factor companies consider when setting your rates and what you can do to reduce your premiums.  Joy Hatchette, from the Maryland Insurance Administration will lead you through the myriad of choices available to you and answer your questions.

*Workshop materials are available at the Maryland Insurance Administration website.  

7. April 18, 2017
Intellectual Property
Can you claim ownership?
Margaret Brent A, #2112
Join us for a discussion about when you can claim ownership of research, publications, inventions and data.   Your questions will answered by Felicia Metz, Esq, of UMD’s Office of Technology Commercialization.  OTC provides end-to-end support for faculty and student researchers and entrepreneurs.

*Powerpoint IP_Presentation from Intellectual Property workshop

8. April 25, 2017 
Conflict Management
Breakdown vs. Opportunity
Pyon Su, #2108
In any situation involving more than one person, conflict can arise.  Poorly managed conflict generates a breakdown in trust, while well-managed conflict may lead to opportunity.  Join in a discussion with Director and Attorney, Syndy Shilling, from Undergraduate Student Legal Aid to learn how to deal with conflict before it escalates beyond repair.

*PowerPoint presentation from Conflict Management workshop

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