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Rachel Cruze to give April 16 lecture at K-State Union

Rachel Cruze, the daughter of financial commentator and expert Dave Ramsey, will speak at Kansas State University at 7 p.m., April 16, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. The 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 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, she 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 said. “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.”

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

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

The Upson Lecture Series was established in honor of Dan Upson, K-State professor emeritus of anatomy and physiology. Sponsors of this installment of the series include: the 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 is a grassroots 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,; on Twitter at @fftgroup or on Facebook.

More information about the lecture is available by contacting Food for Thought member, Cassie Kniebel, at or 620-767-2790.

Date: 4/8/2013


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