Events & Programs


Possible programs include: The Stock Market Game, an online education program, designed to help teach math, social studies, business, economics and language skills while focusing on the importance of long-term savings and investment. Students in grades four through 12 participate in teams and manage a simulated investment portfolio.

Upcoming Events

Teach Children to Save Day 2016

For 18 years, this program has partnered banks with students for lessons on the importance of saving. The program has reached more than 5 million students with savings education lessons. The next date for the program is Friday, April 29, 2016.

Volunteers' Responsibilities:

  • Commit 2 hours to visit neighborhood classrooms for about 45 minutes
  • Read a children's story book to the class
  • Teach a lesson about saving, based upon the book
  • Do an activity with the class related to the book and the lesson
  • Leave the lesson plan, activities and book with the teacher

How it benefits our community:

  • Students learn about saving in a cross-curricular, hands-on activity
  • Students interact with a volunteer who reads to them and talks about his/her experiences regarding saving
  • Teachers receive a book, lessons and activities for the classroom


Past Events

Stock Market Game On-Site Training for High School Teachers
Tuesday, November 19, 4:30-5:00 p.m. 
Dominican University

US Bank Center for Economic Education presents "If We Are All Better Off, Are We All Better Off? Distribution matters", by Peter Alonzi, PhD; and Daniel Condon, PhD. 
Monday, November 25, 6:30 p.m. 
Parmer 108 - Bluhm Lecture Hall 

For more information, contact Daniel Condon, PhD, and director of the U.S. Bank Center for Economic Education at Dominican.


Past Events

Deficits and the Debt: Past Defeat or Future Victory?

On Wednesday, April 17th, Prof. Dan Condon (director of the U.S. Bank Center for Economic Education) and Prof. Peter Alonzi, both of Dominican’s Brennan School of Business, discussed the issues involved with the U.S. national debt. 

Essay Contest Award Presentation

Professor Dan Condon, Director of the U.S. Bank Center for Economic Education at Dominican University, along with Joanne Dempsey, president/executive director of Econ Illinois, presented awards to students who wrote essays addressing investment topics.

The SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite competition, offered in Illinois by Econ Illinois, bridges classroom learning in mathematics, social studies, language arts, business and economics, with the practical research and knowledge required for long-term personal financial planning. Students are, in fact, building on what they have learned through their participation in The Stock Market Game, which has reached more than 13 million students since its inception in 1977.

" Lake Zurich 5th-grader’s essay wins business contest"

Teach Children to Save Day 2012

Teach Children to Save Day is a component of the national Teach Children to Save campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the important role that banks and bankers play in helping young people develop lifelong savings habits. So far it's reached more than 5 million young people with the help of some 100,000 plus banker volunteers, Teach Children to Save Day lessons, and the Teach Children to Save website:

Volunteers will be asked to teach only one local elementary class of 1st, 2nd or 3rd graders for about 40 minutes.

If interested please contact the Dominican U.S. Bank Center for Economic Education at or call the office at 708.524.6040.

Of Federal Deficits and National Debt: Solutions?

Tuesday, October 4
Martin Recital Hall

Professor Alonzi and Professor Condon discussed the federal deficit and national debt- reasons to be concerned or not, causes and solutions.

Teach Children to Save Day 2011


Tuesday, April 12

"Teach Children to Save" is a fun and exciting program designed to help children in grades 1-3 learn about the importance of saving. "Teach Children to Save" was presented to local classrooms on Tuesday, April 12 by volunteers from U.S. Bank and Dominican University.

Click here to learn more.


Dominican University names U.S. Bank Center for Economic Education

In recognition of a $3 million commitment to Dominican University, the university’s Center for Economic Education has been renamed the U.S. Bank Center for Economic Education. The partnership was announced during a reception at the university on Thursday, December 2.