Department of Personal Financial Planning to Host Networking Events for Students

Opportunity Days, a series of networking events designed to connect alumni and industry professionals with PFP students, will take place Feb. 24-26.

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Vickie Hampton and Bill Gustafson

In an effort to connect alumni and industry professionals with its students, the Department of Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University will host Opportunity Days, a series of networking events, Feb. 24-26 at a variety of locations throughout Lubbock.

Opportunity Days is designed to provide company representatives an intimate opportunity to get to know Texas Tech PFP students by allowing employers to connect with them in a variety of events such as interviews, casino night, speed networking, a banquet, golf outings and other sponsored events.

This year’s Opportunity Days honoree is Bill Gustafson, who retired in December after founding the Texas Tech PFP program nearly 30 years ago. Texas Tech Regent John Steinmetz, along with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, will attend the banquet to honor Gustafson.

In addition to Gustafson, the banquet will also honor alumni award winners J. Brent Beene and Nathan Harness, who both graduated from the Texas Tech PFP program and have since made significant achievements in the professional industry.

Vickie Hampton, Personal Financial Planning department chair at the College of Human Sciences, said what started as a banquet has grown into a valuable networking and conference series of events that benefits many parties in the PFP community.

“This event has really evolved over the years,” Hampton said. “It all started with a spring banquet and has grown into a mini-conference that features events for students, professionals, alumni and academia.”

More information is available at the Opportunity Days website, which includes lists of committed companies and sponsors, a schedule of events and a registration portal for prospective sponsors and professionals.

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The Department of Personal Financial Planning in the College of Human Sciences educates students on the need to focus financial knowledge on families and the achievement of their goals.

Undergraduate and graduate degree programs in personal financial planning are registered by the CFP Board. Students graduating from a CFP Board-Registered Program are eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination.

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