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Human Ecology names Fall Commencement Speakers

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The College of Human Ecology has named their student and guest commencement speakers for the upcoming Fall Commencement ceremony on December 9, 2017.

Jake Lofquist, senior in kinesiology, has been selected as the student commencement speaker. Lofquist is from Overland Park, KS. He is a member of Pre-Physical Therapy club and served as their Service Chair. Outside of the classroom, he has given time back to the community through many different organizations including the Manhattan Emergency Center, Purple Paws Animal Rescue and School of Hope. Following graduation, Lofquist plans to attend physical therapy school.

The guest commencement speaker will be Sonya Britt-Lutter. Lutter is an associate professor of personal financial planning within the School of Family Studies and Human Services. She is Certified Financial PlannerTM professional with training in marriage and family therapy. As a researcher and teacher of financial therapy, Sonya explores the role of money in couple relationships, families, and for the individual.

Britt-Lutter’s research on money arguments and their influence on relationship satisfaction and divorce and has been referenced in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, and Yahoo! Finance to name a few. She and her co-authors won the best theoretical paper award at the 2016 Financial Planning Association national meeting with a paper titled, Tightwads & Spenders: Predicting Financial Conflict in Couple Relationships. Her developmental work in the emerging field of financial therapy is summarized in Financial Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice with co-editors Drs. Brad Klontz and Kristy Archuleta. Sonya has applied her research over the last 10 years into a Love and Money curriculum and forthcoming book for young couples.

Britt-Lutter has been active in promoting financial literacy and financial well-being on campus. She has worked with multidisciplinary teams to focus on first-generation students, food insecurity, and veterinary and pre-veterinary students. Sonya’s work at the financial counseling centers at Texas Tech University and Kansas State University have guided her effectiveness of financial counseling research agenda. Her work with college financial counseling programs culminates with a co-edited book with Dr. Dorothy Durband titled, Student Financial Literacy: Campus-Based Program Development.

Britt-Lutter received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Kansas State University and her doctorate from Texas Tech University. She was founding president of the Financial Therapy Association and continues to serve on other national boards. She enjoys spending time at home with her husband, two boys, and many pets.

The College of Human Ecology’s Fall Commencement will be Saturday, December 9 at 2:30 p.m.

This article was posted on Thursday, November 9, 2017, and is filed under College News, Kinesiology, Personal Financial Planning.