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MSUFCU Hosts 2024 Backyard Bash Concert Series at Headquarters
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Because every summer needs a killer soundtrack to accompany the warm breezes, cool sunsets, and lasting friendships of the season, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is hosting the Backyard Bash Concert Series outside its Headquarters, 3777 West Road in East Lansing.
From June through August, the community is invited to five unforgettable performances featuring award-winning artists across a wide range of music genres. The 2024 MSUFCU Backyard Bash Concert Series lineup presented by the Share the Music Foundation features
: June 5 — Summer Kickoff: Josh Kelley and Jeffrey East June 13 — Singer/Songwriter: Sam DeRosa, as seen on NBC’s “Songland” July 10 — Country’s Rising Stars: Twinnie and Jason Cross July 18 — The World’s Greatest Journey Tribute Band: DSB Aug. 7 — Yacht Rock: Bell Bastien, formerly known as OneUpDuo“Live music brings people together, and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the support the MSUFCU Backyard Bash Concert Series has received from the Greater Lansing community,” said Grant Hendrickson, President of the Share the Music Foundation. “We’re thrilled to expand our operations this summer thanks to the generosity of MSU Federal Credit Union.”
Embracing its roots in community engagement, all profits from the MSUFCU Backyard Bash Summer Concert Series support local charities. Over the past two seasons, the series has raised more than $25,000 for local organizations, including $13,000 in 2023 for the Michigan State University Community Music School, which supported 100 families with scholarships and tuition assistance. This year, proceeds will once again support the MSU Community Music School.
“We believe in the significance of providing access to arts and music within our communities,” said Arianna Ridderbusch, MSUFCU Vice President of Community Impact. “Events like the MSUFCU Backyard Bash Concert Series allow us to help make meaningful contributions to the Lansing area while also supporting local charitable initiatives.”
Each concert this summer will feature local food trucks, as well as a variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available for purchase.
Gates for all performances open at 6 p.m. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and free for children ages 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit sharethemusic.org.
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ABOUT MSUFCUFounded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group; along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate; trade name Oakland University Credit Union; and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 24 branches; over 350,000 members; $7.61 billion in assets; and more than 1,200 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
ABOUT SHARE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION
Share the Music Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing musical artists to the Greater Lansing area for the purpose of cultivating live musical experiences in the community and raising funds for Michigan charitable organizations. Learn more at sharethemusic.org.
MSUFCU Launches Women of Sparta
EAST LANSING, Mich. —On Thursday, April 4, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) proudly revealed its latest initiative,Women of Sparta, at a special event held at the MSUFCU Club Suites at Spartan Stadium. The program is a dynamic leadership initiative crafted to elevate Michigan State University's women's sports and its student-athletes.
Women of Sparta, presented by MSUFCU, not only provides a comprehensive platform for personal growth, financial literacy, and community engagement but also expands the Credit Union's Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) opportunities with MSU women's sports student-athletes.
“This partnership between MSUFCU and MSU women’s athletics supports the development and success of student-athletes while elevating the platform for women’s sports teams overall,” said April Clobes, President and CEO at MSUFCU. “By empowering the next generation of leaders and shining a brighter light on MSU women’s sports teams, our goal with this initiative is to foster a positive and even more inclusive community for everyone.”
Student-athletes participating in Women of Sparta will benefit from a range of opportunities tailored to support their holistic development, including financial education, personal branding workshops, mentorship programs, job shadowing, internship opportunities, and an expanded NIL program.
To expand on the core elements of the program, it will offer
:Financial Literacy and Career Readiness Classes:All MSU women’s sports student-athletes will have access to workshops to strengthen their financial literacy and confidence. Led by MSUFCU educators, student-athletes will learn more about budgeting, financial planning, resume building, networking, and interviewing.Media Training and Personal Branding Workshops:MSUFCU will provide Women of Sparta student-athletes with training in media relations and personal branding to help them leverage the additional attention that comes with being an MSU student-athlete. These workshops are designed to enhance communication skills and empower the student-athletes to effectively share their stories.Leadership Development:The Credit Union will offer job shadow and internship opportunities for student-athletes to continue their community impact. Through mentoring from MSUFCU leadership, all student-athletes will have the ability to participate in networking and growth opportunities that help them plan for post-graduation career goals.NIL Partnership Opportunities:Through Women of Sparta, MSUFCU is expanding its NIL program to encompass all women’s sports at MSU. The Credit Union will continue to partner with players on the MSU women’s basketball team and offer agreements to two student-athletes from each of the university’s other women’s sports teams.“The Women of Sparta program furthers MSU Athletics as a front-runner in the NIL space following our recognition as the best institutional program at last year’s NIL Summit,” said Alan Haller, Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at MSU. “The continued investment by President and CEO April Clobes and the MSUFCU Community empowers our student-athletes to dream bigger and elevate their success. We are grateful for their strong leadership and continued support.”
Student-athletes interested in becoming a Woman of Sparta for the 2024-2025 academic year are encouraged tosubmit their applications by June 1, 2024. The first cohort of Women of Sparta student-athletes will be announced this summer.
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ABOUT MSUFCUFounded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group; along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate; trade name Oakland University Credit Union; and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 24 branches; over 350,000 members; $7.61 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visitmsufcu.org.
MSUFCU President and CEO April Clobes Honored as 2023 Crain???s Detroit Business Newsmaker
DETROIT —MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) President and CEO April Clobes was honored yesterday as one of 10 recipients of the 2023 Crain’s Detroit Business Newsmakers of the Year during a luncheon ceremony at the MGM Grand Detroit.
Individuals are selected for their influence on moving the metro Detroit region and state forward during the year. According to the publication, Clobes was chosen “because of her leadership and vision behind the growth of MSUFCU but also in the credit union market in general.”
“I was honored to be recognized as a 2023 Crain’s Detroit Business Newsmaker of the Year with a group of dedicated leaders,” Clobes said. “Despite a challenging economic year, MSU Federal Credit Union continued to invest in what is important, our people and technology. Our dedication to serving our membership and communities led to many opportunities throughout last year.
“Some of our most exciting 2023 initiatives included an announcement to expand in the Chicagoland area by opening five branch locations, acquiring two community banks in the Chicago suburbs, and our entry into the Detroit market through our Congress Street branch,” Clobes continued. “Our success would not be possible without the support of our volunteer Board of Directors, members, and employees.”
Clobes joined the Credit Union in 1996 as a marketing specialist and moved through several positions in the organization before being named President and CEO in 2015. She also serves as CEO of Reseda Group, MSUFCU’s wholly owned Credit Union Service Organization formed in 2021. Clobes has a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts degree from Michigan State University in advertising, and a Master of Business Administration from Western Michigan University.
Named as one of the Most Powerful Women in Credit Unions by American Banker, Clobes has been a transformational leader for technology in the credit union industry. She serves on multiple advisory boards that support the business and credit union communities.
The additional 2023 honorees were: Kofi Bonner, CEO of Bedrock LLC; Matt Cullen, Chairman of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and JACK Entertainment; Sheila Ford Hamp, Principal owner and chair of the Detroit Lions; Jennifer Gilbert, Co-founder of the Gilbert Family Foundation; Hamissi Mamba and Nadia Nijimbere, owners of Baobab Fare; Ryan Maibach, President and CEO of Barton Malow; Bob Riney, President and CEO of Henry Ford Health; Rep. Joe Tate, Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives; and Teresa Woodruff, Interim President of Michigan State University.
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ABOUT MSUFCUFounded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group; along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate; trade name Oakland University Credit Union; and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 24 branches; over 350,000 members; $7.61 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visitmsufcu.org.
Desk Drawer Fund, MSUFCU's Foundation, Paves the Way for Community Music Programming in Traverse City: Commits $500,000 to Traverse Symphony Orchestra's New Music Center
TRAVERSE CITY, MI— At the Traverse Symphony Orchestra (TSO) concert held Sunday, March 17, at Corson Auditorium, two significant announcements marked the occasion. The Desk Drawer Fund, MSU Federal Credit Union’s Foundation, proudly announced a generous commitment of $500,000 dedicated to the construction of the new TSO music center to name the Rehearsal Hall. Additionally, the TSO announced its decision to rebrand as the Traverse City Philharmonic (TC Phil), coinciding with the opening of the new music center this Fall, which will be named the Traverse City Philharmonic Center. Online updates reflecting the new name will be effective June 1.
The TSO has been a pillar of cultural enrichment for 72 years, both as the leading professional orchestra in Northern Michigan and through educational opportunities to individuals of all ages and backgrounds. The new Traverse City Philharmonic Center, located in the former K-Mart at Cherryland Mall, will expand the TSO’s community impact significantly. The TSO's new home will provide space for classes, lessons, and offices in addition to the Desk Drawer Fund Rehearsal Hall.
The Desk Drawer Fund's contribution will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of arts education in the Traverse City community and surrounding counties with the new Traverse City Philharmonic Center. From Parent and Baby classes, Suzuki lessons for children as young as three or four years old, private music lessons for all ages, and additional ensembles for youth through seniors, this new music center allows expanded programming in ways that weren’t possible for the TSO without their own building.
"This lead gift commitment from MSUFCU’s Foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund, exemplifies their dedication to enriching the cultural fabric of our community," said Dr. Kedrik Merwin, Executive Director of the TSO. "It’s an exciting chapter in our history, and we wouldn’t be able to give back to the community with this new music center without this type of visionary partner. By naming the Rehearsal Hall, MSUFCU and its foundation are shining examples of what it means to cultivate the arts in our community."
The 4,800 sq. ft. Rehearsal Hall will serve as a versatile space for rehearsals for all the ensembles, as well as a space large enough for smaller concerts and recitals, seating approximately 200 people in the audience. The Desk Drawer Fund's support ensures that this space will be both beautiful and functional for rehearsing and performing, promoting an environment conducive to creativity and artistic excellence.
"On behalf of the Desk Drawer Fund Board and donors, we are proud to support the Traverse Symphony Orchestra's vision for a new music center," said April Clobes, president and CEO of MSUFCU, the founding member of the Desk Drawer Fund. "The Credit Union’s commitment to our core value of giving back to community is evident in the support our Foundation provides to the communities where our members and donors live and work. Our dedication to community enrichment aligns seamlessly with the orchestra's mission to inspire and educate through music. Naming the Rehearsal Hall is an investment in the cultural legacy of our community, fostering a love for music that will resonate for generations to come."
The Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the Desk Drawer Fund invite the community to join in celebrating this exciting collaboration at the opening of the Traverse City Philharmonic Center this Fall. Stay up to date on the new music center project atTraverseSymphony.org.
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ABOUT TRAVERSE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Traverse Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra serving Northern Michigan, creating educational opportunities and community enrichment through excellence in symphonic and other musical experiences. For more information, visit traversesymphony.org.
ABOUT DESK DRAWER FUND
The Desk Drawer Fund was established in 2019 to empower MSU Federal Credit Union and Oakland University Credit Union members, employees, and other businesses to invest in our local communities and help them flourish. The Fund focuses on supporting organizations within its five philanthropic pillars — Arts and Culture, Empowering Youth, Financial Education, Fostering Entrepreneurialism, and Stable Housing — with charitable grants, volunteering, and other resources. To date, more than $2.1 million has been distributed. Among other sources, income is generated through employee contributions; new/existing credit union members; and a quarterly raffle. For more information, visit deskdrawerfund.org.
ABOUT MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group, along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate, trade name Oakland University Credit Union, and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 24 branches; over 350,000 members; $7.61 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Opens First Branch in Jackson County
JACKSON, Mich. —MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) celebrated the opening of its first branch in Jackson County with an event today for community members and partners.
Located at 1800 N. Wisner St. in Jackson, the site is the former location of Gabriels Community Credit Union, which recently merged with MSUFCU. This location will allow the Credit Union to extend financial products, services, and education to a new community.
The event included remarks by April Clobes, MSUFCU President and CEO; Allison Horn, MSUFCU Vice President of Executive Communication and Legislative Affairs; Greg Deppong, MSUFCU Board of Directors Chair; Arianna Ridderbusch, MSUFCU Vice President of Community Impact; Eboné Young, United Way of South Central Michigan - Jackson County Senior Community Impact Associate; Ryan Tarrant, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO; and City of Jackson Mayor Daniel Mahoney.
“Our 5,000-plus members in Jackson County and more than 10,000 members within a 30-mile radius have eagerly awaited the opening of this branch,” stated Clobes. “At MSUFCU, our commitment has always been to meet our members where they are, and this new branch is a testament to that dedication. We're excited to better serve our existing members in the area and the members joining us from Gabriels Community Credit Union.”
Leading up to and following the event’s formal remarks, attendees enjoyed food and refreshments from local businessesMyBakeryandThe Kilted Farmers. MyBakery is a nonprofit, trauma-informed, youth-centered business that provides employment skills, business education, and baking trade training for youth residing at MyPlace in Jackson or those at risk for exploitation. The Kilted Farmers use locally sourced ingredients to create veggie pastas.
Additionally, a $5,000 donation was made to theUnited Way of South Central Michigan – Jackson County, which mobilizes people, organizations, and funds to create a community rich in opportunities to eliminate poverty and allow all people to achieve financial stability and success.
“It is an MSUFCU strategic pillar to not only support our members but the surrounding community,” Clobes said. “The mission and work of the United Way, from its JobSTAR program to providing utility assistance and self-sufficiency services, has long been supported by MSUFCU.”
The opening of MSUFCU's inaugural branch in Jackson County symbolizes not only a significant expansion of its service footprint but also a reaffirmation of its core mission to empower individuals and families to achieve their financial goals and dreams.
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ABOUT MSUFCUFounded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group; along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate; trade name Oakland University Credit Union; and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 24 branches; over 350,000 members; $7.61 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visitmsufcu.org.
Winners Announced for the 2024 MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit
EAST LANSING, Mich.—MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) today announced the winners of the 2024MSUFCU Student Art Exhibitand honored all who competed during a special awards ceremony at MSUFCU headquarters in East Lansing, Michigan. This year’s event featured 143 pieces of art by young, local artists from 17 mid-Michigan high schools that received more than 15,000 votes from community members both online and in person.
“The response to this year’s MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit was nothing short of amazing,” said Arianna Ridderbusch, MSUFCU Vice President of Community Impact. “A record number of votes were received celebrating the creativity of our young, local artists. We would like to congratulate the winners and thank all who participated.”
The 2024 MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit winners by category include
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Juried Awards
First place — Entry #31:untitledby Amy Lee, senior at Okemos High SchoolSecond place — Entry #35:untitledby Seoeun (Sarah) Lee, senior at Okemos High SchoolThird place — Entry #126:“Rose-Colored Glasses”by Ellery Curtis, junior at Grand Ledge High School
Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)
Entry #11: “Hey Sweetie” by Nala Noel, senior at East Lansing High SchoolEntry #51: “Pure Bliss” by Allison Galloway, senior at Mason High SchoolEntry #46: “Ineffable” by Cecelia Williams, sophomore at Mason High School
Entry #92: “Princess of Blue” by Ahmad Ismaeel, senior at Everett High SchoolEntry #32: untitled by Joanna Deng, sophomore at Okemos High SchoolEntry #97: “Circle of Life” by Alysia Riffenburg, junior at Everett High SchoolEntry #70: “You Took the Rest of My Life” by Mackenzie E. Hall, senior at Holt High SchoolEntry #125: “Dulling Faces, Rusted and Stained” by Kylee Campbell, junior at Grand Ledge High SchoolEntry #17: “Glittering Potential” by Allison Luginbill, junior at Lansing Christian High SchoolEntry #113: “Atlas” by Julianne Serviss, senior at DeWitt High School
People’s Choice AwardsFirst place — Entry #126:“Rose-Colored Glasses”by Ellery Curtis, junior at Grand Ledge High SchoolSecond place — Entry #81:“Loss”by Lena Anzaldua, junior at Haslett High SchoolThird place — Entry #55:3-21-12”by Allison Galloway, senior at Mason High School
Social AwardWinner — Entry #81: “Loss” by Lena Anzaldua, junior at Haslett High School
School Spirit AwardMason High School
The Juried Awards were selected by a panel of three local art experts: Melina Brann, Benjamin Duke, and Ryan Holmes. The People’s Choice Awards and School Spirit Award were determined by votes from the public, cast both in person at MSUFCU headquarters and online at the exhibit’s website. The Social Award was given to the student artwork that gained the most “likes” on the exhibit’s Facebook and Instagram channels.
First-place winners received $300, second-place artists received $200, and third-place honorees were given $100. The first-place Juried Awards artwork will be displayed on an Arts Council of Greater Lansing billboard. The Social Award winner received $50, and each of the Juried Awards category Honorable Mention recipients were given $25.
The MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit was sponsored by517 Magazineand featured the artwork of students from 17 mid-Michigan high schools from Jan. 28 through Feb. 23. To learn more about this year’s winners and to view the artwork, visitmsufcuart.com.
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Event photos and video footage are available upon request.
ABOUT THE MSUFCU STUDENT ART EXHIBITIn its 17thyear, the annual MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit, sponsored by517 Magazine, has served as a creative showcase for students from participating mid-Michigan high schools. Student artwork is displayed, and votes are collected in person and online for one month from community members and judges. Awards and prizes are given in a variety of categories during a special ceremony. The Arts Council of Greater Lansing features the first-place juried winner’s entry on a billboard through Adams Outdoor Advertising. For more information, visitmsufcuart.com.
MSUFCU Announces Addition to Executive Leadership Team
EAST LANSING, Mich. —Rob Johnson, Chief Internal Auditor for MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), recently was added as a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
“Rob’s promotion to the Executive Leadership Team underscores his commitment and expertise at MSUFCU,” said April Clobes, President and CEO. “His extensive background in audit and compliance, and his focus on member safety, makes him an invaluable addition to our leadership team.”
Having worked at MSUFCU in various roles since 2012, Johnson brings more than 15 years of audit expertise to his responsibilities at the Credit Union and its subsidiaries, the Desk Drawer Fund and Reseda Group. He has served as Chief Internal Auditor since 2016. In his role, Johnson oversees the development and execution of comprehensive audit plans, provides recommendations for mitigating risk, and evaluates internal controls. He also leads a team of nine audit professionals.
“I am excited to bring my background and experience to the Executive Leadership Team to represent the audit and compliance aspects of the Credit Union,” said Johnson. “Being elevated as a voice for the audit program, regulatory compliance, and risk management naturally ties into fulfilling MSUFCU’s strategic pillar of safety and soundness and maintaining the trust of our members.”
In addition to his work at MSUFCU, Johnson is committed to his field and helping audit professionals advance. Johnson serves on several boards, including the Association of Credit Union Audit and Risk Professionals (ACUARP), the Lansing Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the Michigan Credit Union League’s Capitol Area Chapter of Credit Unions, often taking on leadership roles within these organizations. Johnson’s dedication to furthering his field and the credit union movement has led to recognition from ACUARP for audit processes and practices implemented by the MSUFCU Internal Audit Team. Johnson is also committed to community youth, previously serving on the Board of Directors for the Michigan 4-H Foundation and the Michigan Association for Children’s Mental Health.
Johnson earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Northwood University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
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ABOUT MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group; along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate; trade name Oakland University Credit Union; and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 24 branches; over 350,000 members; $7.61 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visitmsufcu.org.
MSUFCU and Sparrow Health System Announce Partnership
LANSING, Mich. —MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and Sparrow Health System have announced a partnership adding a new location at E.W. Sparrow Hospital and specialty offerings for employees.
“MSUFCU is pleased to partner with Sparrow leadership and to be returning to Sparrow to support caregivers, our members, and the community,” said April Clobes, President and CEO at MSUFCU. “This renewed partnership provides unique opportunities for financial education programs and specialized products. The new location will feature video tellers, a technology bar, and office space for member meetings.”
“We are excited to enhance our partnership with MSUFCU and for what it means for our community and our Sparrow team members,” said Margaret Dimond, Ph.D., Regional System President at University of Michigan Health, which includes Sparrow and UM Health-West. “MSUFCU has been a dedicated partner in the health of our community since their first gift to the Sparrow Foundation in 1994. We’re proud to partner with them to provide even more support for all those we serve together.”
During the announcement event, a $25,000 check was presented to the Sparrow Foundation to support the Care for the Caregivers Fund, Hospital Week, and Nurses Week.
Among other amenities, members will be able to schedule meetings with MSUFCU staff at a new location in E.W. Sparrow Hospital at 1215 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing, which will open in summer 2024.
Specialty offerings from MSUFCU for Sparrow employees will include
:Special-Term Hero Loansand Professional Mortgages:A simplified mortgage process with preferred terms.Commercial Loans and Lines of Capital:Financing for professional needs, including equipment and office space.Nurse and EMT Student Loans:Special student loans for employees to go back to school to get necessary certifications/degrees. Deferred payments and rate reduction with direct deposit.Wealth Management Solutions:Short- and long-term investment resources to help staff members make the most of their money.Financial Education Services:Employee opportunities for all shifts, virtually and in person. Topics include budgeting, first-time homebuying, responsible credit, and account security.Additionally, the partnership will bring ongoing support to the Sparrow Foundation. MSUFCU will make a $10 donation with each new Sparrow employee membership.
Photo Caption:MSUFCU President and CEO April Clobes, Regional System President at University of Michigan Health Margaret Dimond, Ph.D., and Lansing Mayor Andy Schor at the announcement of MSUFCU and Sparrow's new partnership.
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ABOUT MSUFCUFounded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group, along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate, trade name Oakland University Credit Union, and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 24 branches; over 350,000 members; $7.61 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visitmsufcu.org.
ABOUT SPARROW HEALTH SYSTEMSparrow is mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization and includes hospitals in Lansing, Carson City, Charlotte, Ionia, and St. Johns, as well as Sparrow Specialty Hospital, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group, the Michigan Athletic Club, and AL!VE. Sparrow is part of University of Michigan Health. Through the dedication of its 10,000 caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and patient experience. For more information, visitsparrow.org.
Detroit Free Press Marathon Announces Long-Term Partnership with MSU Federal Credit Union
DETROIT — The Detroit Free Press Marathon is excited to announce the extension and expansion of its partnership with MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) as the Presenting Sponsor for the next three years. This announcement builds on the successful collaboration from the previous year, further solidifying the strong relationship between the two organizations.
The partnership highlights MSUFCU's commitment to the Detroit community and its support for one of the city's most iconic sporting events. The Detroit Free Press Marathon, known for its unique international course, will continue to benefit from the enhanced visibility and support provided by MSUFCU.
Aaron Velthoven, Vice President and Race Director of the Detroit Free Press Marathon, expressed his enthusiasm for the renewed partnership: "We are grateful for the long-term commitment by MSUFCU as our Presenting Sponsor. Their dedication to community and financial wellness aligns perfectly with the spirit of our marathon weekend. This partnership is not just about running; it's about building a stronger, more connected community.”
April Clobes, President and CEO of MSUFCU, shared her thoughts on the partnership: "At MSUFCU, we believe in supporting initiatives that enrich our members and the communities we serve. The Detroit Free Press Marathon is a celebration of the spirit of Detroit and the State of Michigan. We are proud to be part of this incredible event and look forward to three more years of inspiring participants to achieve their dreams.”
The Detroit Free Press Marathon, set to take place on Oct. 18-20, 2024, is North America’s largest International road race, featuring a course crossing international borders into Windsor, Ontario, Canada and back in Detroit, Michigan. For more information about the event and the partnership with MSUFCU, please visit the Detroit Free Press Marathon Official Website (freepmarathon.com).
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ABOUT DETROIT FREE PRESS MARATHON The Detroit Free Press Marathon is a cornerstone event in Michigan, showcasing the best of Detroit and its surrounding areas. The event brings together runners from all walks of life, celebrating the spirit of the city and the endurance of its people.
ABOUT MSUFCU Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group, along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate, trade name Oakland University Credit Union, and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 24 branches; over 350,000 members; $7.61 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org
Desk Drawer Fund Announces 2024 Charity Partners
EAST LANSING, Mich. — To help drive change and build brighter, better communities for all, the Desk Drawer Fund, the philanthropic foundation of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and Oakland University Credit Union, recently announced the 2024 charity partners chosen by employees through the Credit Union’s CU Involved program.
Each year, MSUFCU employees vote on and select local organizations with causes that align with the Desk Drawer Fund pillars. For 2024, employees will support the Lansing Promise; Tri-County Office on Aging; Children’s Healing Center; Michigan Women Forward; and the Credit Union’s ongoing charity partner, the United Way of South Central Michigan. Support will include quarterly volunteer and fundraising efforts organized by the CU Involved Committee.
“Giving back to the community is one of MSUFCU’s core values. Credit Union employees embrace this by giving generously through their time and treasure,” said Rebecca Surian, Executive Director of the Desk Drawer Fund and MSUFCU Vice President of University Relations. “Nearly 75% of all Credit Union employees have pledged more than $200,000 to our 2024 charity partners and will volunteer hundreds of hours at nonprofits in the communities we serve.”
Funds raised by employees in the first quarter will benefit the Lansing Promise, which falls under the financial education pillar. The organization ensures that every eligible young person living and going to school within the Lansing School District has access to education and career training beyond high school. Funds help Lansing-area high school graduates achieve their potential by providing scholarships and support leading to post-secondary education.
Second-quarter fundraising efforts will be granted to the Tri-County Office on Aging, representing the stable housing pillar. The organization promotes and preserves the independence and dignity of the aging population. It helps older adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers access programs and benefits, improve their health, and remain active in their communities. While Meals on Wheels is its most recognized program, it also offers the Caregiver Support and Nursing Facility Transition programs.
The Children’s Healing Center will be given funds raised in the third quarter in support of the empowering youth pillar. It is the first year-round recreation facility to provide social and emotional healing for kids with weakened immune systems and their families in a safe, clean environment. Its programs are offered at no cost to families.
Michigan Women Forward will receive funds in the fourth quarter as part of the fostering entrepreneurialism pillar. It is a community development organization with a mission to expand economic opportunity, empower the next generation, and celebrate and honor the accomplishments of Michigan women. It has invested $4.9 million to help more than 200 women start and grow businesses, creating 566 jobs through Michigan Women Forward client companies.
The United Way of South Central Michigan will benefit from MSUFCU’s employee payroll deduction contributions to the Dress Down Days Fund with 10% of dollars raised to be directed to this organization. In 2023, more than $50,000 from Credit Union employees was sent to the United Way of South Central Michigan.
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ABOUT THE DESK DRAWER FUND
The Desk Drawer Fund was established in 2019 to empower MSU Federal Credit Union and Oakland University Credit Union members, employees, and other businesses to invest in our local communities and help them flourish. The Fund focuses on supporting organizations within its five philanthropic pillars — Arts and Culture, Empowering Youth, Financial Education, Fostering Entrepreneurialism, and Stable Housing — with charitable grants, volunteering, and other resources. To date, more than $2.1 million has been distributed. Among other sources, income is generated through employee contributions; new/existing credit union members; and a quarterly raffle. For more information, visit deskdrawerfund.org.
ABOUT MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group, along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate, trade name Oakland University Credit Union, and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 24 branches; over 350,000 members; $7.61 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
Desk Drawer Fund Announces New Executive Director
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Rebecca Surian has been named as the new Executive Director for the Desk Drawer Fund, the philanthropic foundation of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and Oakland University Credit Union (OUCU).
Surian has been with MSUFCU since 2022 in the role of Vice President of University Relations. She will continue to hold that position in addition to her new role.
“In a short time, Rebecca’s influence already has inspired a greater level of engagement for Credit Union employees and leadership, with 71% contributing more than $245,000 of their earnings to the Desk Drawer Fund in 2023,” said April Clobes, President and CEO of MSUFCU. “Her experience will be a catalyst for the Fund’s community impact in the coming years.”
The Desk Drawer Fund was established in 2019 to support the places and people that make the communities surrounding MSUFCU and Oakland University Credit Union vibrant and strong. In 2023, the Desk Drawer Fund awarded transformational grants of $605,213 to 20 nonprofit organizations that support arts and culture, empowering youth, financial education, fostering entrepreneurialism, and stable housing.
As the executive director, Surian primarily will be responsible for planning and implementing a comprehensive fundraising program and philanthropic giving plan, working with the Board of Directors to implement strategic gift-giving, and other activities.
Before joining MSUFCU, Surian retired from Michigan State University after a distinguished 32-year career in higher education philanthropy. During her time at MSU, she was presented with the prestigious Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award.
“It’s been exciting to hit the ground running with our first annual celebration this past November,” Surian said of the inaugural donor event held last fall at MSUFCU headquarters in East Lansing. “I’m looking forward to leveraging my experience and working with the Board to grow the Desk Drawer Fund to even greater heights with increased support in the communities we serve.”
Surian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from MSU’s College of Arts & Letters. She has also earned a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy and has completed leadership development training through Gallup.
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ABOUT THE DESK DRAWER FUND
The Desk Drawer Fund was established in 2019 to empower MSU Federal Credit Union and Oakland University Credit Union members, employees, and other businesses to invest in our local communities and help them flourish. The Fund focuses on supporting organizations within its five philanthropic pillars — Arts and Culture, Empowering Youth, Financial Education, Fostering Entrepreneurialism, and Stable Housing — with charitable grants, volunteering, and other resources. To date, more than $2.1 million has been distributed. Among other sources, income is generated through employee contributions; new/existing credit union members; and a quarterly raffle. For more information, visit deskdrawerfund.org.
ABOUT MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group, along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate, trade name Oakland University Credit Union, and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 24 branches; over 350,000 members; $7.61 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
Experience the 2024 MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The 17th annual MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit is now open to the public for viewing through Friday, Feb. 23, at the MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) Headquarters 2 Building in East Lansing, Michigan. Young local artists from 17 mid-Michigan high schools are showcasing their artwork, hoping to earn various awards through votes from community members, judges, and social media.
Each high school may enter artwork, including paintings, sketches, 3D sculptures, photography, and animations. This year’s participating high schools are Charlotte, DeWitt, East Lansing, Everett, Fowlerville, Grand Ledge, Haslett, Holt, Lansing Catholic, Lansing Christian, Leslie, Mason, Okemos, Potterville, St. Johns, Williamston, and Waverly.
“The MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit is a unique platform for young artists to get exposure and take the next step in their artistic journey,” said April Clobes, President and CEO at MSUFCU. “We are excited to support these students and to bring this exhibit to the Lansing area for everyone to experience.”
The public is invited to view students’ artwork and cast their votes through Friday, Feb. 23. Student submissions are accessible online at msufcuart.com or through the MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit Facebook and Instagram pages. People also may visit the exhibit in person in the lobby and lower level of the MSUFCU Headquarters 2 Building at 3899 Coolidge Road in East Lansing during normal business hours.
Public voting helps determine the People’s Choice Awards; a School Spirit Award, given to the high school that draws the most votes; and a $50 Social Media Award for the student who gains the most “likes” on the MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit social media pages.
Juried prizes will be determined by four local artists: $300 to the first-place winner, $200 for second place, $100 for third place, and cash prizes for 10 honorable mentions.
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is supporting the exhibit by placing the first-place juried winner’s entry on a billboard through Adams Outdoor Advertising after the winners are announced at an awards ceremony Sunday, March 3.
“We are proud to support the MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit because it is a great opportunity for us to engage with students who want arts and culture as a part of their future, and it lays the foundation for them to become creative adults,” said Meghan Martin, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.
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ABOUT MSUFCU STUDENT ART EXHIBIT
In its 17th year, the annual MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit, sponsored by 517 Magazine, has served as a creative showcase for students from participating mid-Michigan high schools. Student artwork is displayed and votes are collected in person and online for one month from community members and judges. Awards and prizes are given in a variety of categories during a special ceremony. The Arts Council of Greater Lansing places the first-place juried winner’s entry on a billboard through Adams Outdoor Advertising. For more information, visit msufcuart.com.
MSUFCU Announces New Vice President of Branches - Illinois
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Jean Theis has been announced as the first Vice President of Branches – Illinois for MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU).
“We are excited for Jean to return to MSUFCU, where she started her professional career as a marketing specialist,” said Lea Ammerman, Chief Operating Officer. “Her main focus will be on the execution of the Credit Union’s strategy and business plan in Illinois, including representation in community initiatives, financial education programs, and outreach efforts.”
Theis has years of experience working in and with credit unions. Her most recent role was Chief Relationship Officer at HomeAdvantage. Before that, Theis was the Chief Operating Officer at Consumers Credit Union as the result of a merger with Andigo Credit Union. Prior to the merger, she held progressive roles/responsibilities at Motorola Employees Credit Union/Andigo Credit Union for more than 20 years.
Through her previous roles, she has experience in merger integrations, which will be helpful as MSUFCU works to complete the acquisition of Algonquin State Bank and McHenry Savings Bank branches in Illinois. Theis also will oversee the five new MSUFCU branches planned for Chicago later this year.
“I enjoy being part of building strategy and thrive on new challenges,” said Theis. “My background includes leadership roles spanning all aspects of a financial institution, including marketing, member experience, community relations, deposit operations, training, and branches, so this role is an ideal fit.”
Theis grew up in mid-Michigan and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration from Western Michigan University.
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ABOUT MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group, along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate, trade name Oakland University Credit Union, and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 24 branches; over 350,000 members; $7.61 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
First Class Graduates from MSUFCU's Culture of Finances Program
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The foundation on which to build solid and sound financial futures was set for 20 local community members who graduated Wednesday, Jan. 10, from MSU Federal Credit Union’s (MSUFCU) inaugural The Culture of Finances program.
The Culture of Finances was created in 2023 as part of MSUFCU’s mission to boost financial literacy and education within the communities the Credit Union serves. It is a diverse community outreach program that supports, develops, and encourages financial growth through tailored education courses. The courses offer personalized financial education, address economic and social barriers, and present strategies to help adults and young people ages 13-17 overcome financial fears. Participants are given tools to build confidence and prepare them to reach their financial dreams.
“We lost the patriarch of our family, and things were pretty dark,” said graduate Angela Stepter of Grand Ledge. “This program was just what we needed to understand how we can make it (financially). It took away some stress and (showed us how) to function with money a whole lot better and to make better decisions.”
Involvement in The Culture of Finances is free and open to everyone, with sessions available virtually or in person at an MSUFCU facility. Participants do not have to be an MSUFCU member or live in the Greater Lansing area.
“It was amazing to interact with the participants and learn about their experiences,” said Jamara Randall, MSUFCU Greater Lansing market manager. “Our goal is to empower community members with the knowledge and tools they need to set themselves up for financial success. We look forward to our next cohort and are encouraging members and nonmembers alike to participate. We are here for everyone.”
With the success of the inaugural program and incorporating feedback from the participants, MSUFCU is looking forward to the next cohort beginning Feb. 5 for youth ages 13-17 and Feb. 6 for adults.
Registration for the next cohort is open through Jan. 29. For more information and/or to register, visit msufcu.org/thecultureoffinances.
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ABOUT MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group, along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate, trade name Oakland University Credit Union, and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 24 branches; over 350,000 members; $7.61 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Distributes Annual Giving Tree Donations to Michigan Families
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Instead of opening gifts this year, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) members and the community opened their hearts during the Credit Union’s annual Giving Tree initiative with local nonprofit organizations across Michigan.
Employees, members, and the community collectively donated 735 gifts toward this year’s Giving Tree partners, helping to provide holiday gifts to 151 individuals throughout the communities served by the Credit Union. This is a significant increase from last year when 220 gifts were collected for more than 100 families.
MSUFCU’s annual project to help make the holidays brighter for children and families ran from Nov. 1 through Dec. 1. The public could select gift tags from the Giving Tree displays at every full-service MSUFCU branch. Each tag contained one or more individual wish list items to purchase. The new, unwrapped gifts and tags were returned to the branch by Dec. 1 for distribution.
This year, MSUFCU partnered with Child and Family Charities of Lansing, Michael’s Place grief support center of Traverse City, Neighborhood House of Oakland County, American Indian Health & Family Services of Detroit, and Comprehensive Therapy Center of Grand Rapids to distribute the gifts to local families.
“This is one of our favorite initiatives as our collective participation reinforces one of our core philanthropic pillars - supporting and strengthening the communities we serve,” said Arianna Ridderbusch, MSUFCU’s Vice President of Community Impact. “The Giving Tree embodies the Credit Union’s philosophy of people helping people, enriching lives, and spreading joy in the true spirit of the season.”
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ABOUT MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group, along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate, trade name Oakland University Credit Union, and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 23 branches; over 350,000 members; $7.61 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSU and OU Students Impact Community Through Credit Union Memberships
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Students from Michigan State University and Oakland University gave back to their respective communities simply by becoming members of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and Oakland University Credit Union (OUCU).
Between June 1 and Oct. 31, 2023, every time a student opened an account with MSUFCU or OUCU, $5 was contributed to local organizations on their behalf. This initiative resulted in a total donation of $8,905 to the MSU Student Food Bank and $1,170 to the Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center, with a total of 1,781 MSUFCU accounts and 234 OUCU accounts opened during this period.
“Having the opportunity to positively impact their community is one of many benefits to MSUFCU and OUCU students in joining our Credit Unions,” said Arianna Ridderbusch, MSUFCU’s Vice President of Community Impact. “We’re more than financial institutions where students can maintain checking and savings accounts or obtain a credit card - we’re partners in philanthropy, education, and volunteerism.”
Additionally, students benefit from access to the Financial 4.0 app and free educational webinars offered by MSUFCU and OUCU, covering a range of topics from budgeting basics to debt payoff and understanding credit reports.
“Offering free financial education on campus is an integral part of our mission at MSUFCU and OUCU,” Ridderbusch said. “We believe that empowering students with knowledge about budgeting, debt management, credit reports, and other topics is essential for their long-term financial well-being. Our goal is to help them build a strong financial foundation that lasts well beyond their college years.”
MSUFCU and OUCU employees were also actively involved on campus this fall, contributing to student move-in activities with more than 250 volunteers on both campuses.
To find out more about student membership, visit msufcu.org/students or oucreditunion.org/students.
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ABOUT MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group, along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate, trade name Oakland University Credit Union, and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 23 branches; over 350,000 members; $7.61 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
ABOUT OUCU OU Credit Union was founded in 2013 and is a trade name of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), the world’s largest university-based credit union. The Credit Union offers a full range of personal- and business-related financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni association members, and their families worldwide. The Credit Union began operating on Oakland University’s campus in 1958 after an alumni gift was donated to MSU to start the new college in Oakland County, Michigan. OU Credit Union is now the official financial services partner of Oakland University and has grown to include two branches and multiple ATMs on and around the OU campus. MSUFCU and OUCU together have 23 branches, nearly 350,000 members, over $7.45 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit oucreditunion.org.
MSUFCU Announces First Dreams Take Flight Scholarship Recipients
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is excited to announce the first recipients of its Dreams Take Flight scholarship to help make flight time more accessible and affordable to area high school juniors and seniors interested in an aviation career.
This year’s selected recipients are Lillian Schneider, a junior at DeWitt High School, and Ty Wardin, a junior at St. Johns High School. MSUFCU’s program provides two $5,000 scholarships to assist with the costs associated with flight lessons.
The Aviation Careers Institute, a partnership between the Capital Region International Airport and Eaton Regional Education Service Agency, offers high school juniors and seniors in all school districts and academies in Eaton, Ingham, and Clinton counties the unique opportunity to learn about careers in aviation; take part in classroom lessons; and utilize flight simulators to learn the basics of flight, plane management, and ground school.
“Offering this scholarship empowers local students to reach their aviation dreams by providing financial support for their required flight time,” said Arianna Ridderbusch, MSUFCU’s Vice President of Community Impact. “MSUFCU is proud to partner with Eaton RESA, Crosswinds Aviation, and Capital Region International Airport to encourage students right here in the mid-Michigan community and help their Dreams Take Flight.”
To qualify, applicants must be a high school junior or senior in Eaton, Ingham, or Clinton counties who plans to attend or is currently attending the Aviation Careers Institute, Crosswinds Aviation, or another flight school partner to earn a pilot’s license.
Submissions were reviewed by a committee made up of individuals from MSUFCU, the Capital Region Airport Authority, Eaton RESA, and Crosswinds Aviation.
“Congratulations to the recipients of the MSUFCU Dreams Take Flight scholarship,” said Nicole Noll-Williams, President and CEO of the Capital Region Airport Authority. “Their passion for aviation has not only earned them this well-deserved recognition but has also taken them one step closer to achieving a career in aviation. MSUFCU’s investment in this program and aviation education is a testament to its shared commitment of fostering excellence and providing access and opportunities for a career in aviation to our local students and community, and we are so grateful for their investment and partnership.”
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ABOUT MSUFCUFounded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group, along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate, trade name Oakland University Credit Union, and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 23 branches; over 350,000 members; $7.61 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU, Desk Drawer Fund Hold Inaugural Celebration and Announce Significant Donations
EAST LANSING, Mich. —MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and its charitable foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund, hosted a first-ever event this week at the Credit Union’s headquarters in East Lansing.
More than 200 people attended the Desk Drawer Fund Annual Celebration, which featured food, musical entertainment, community partner booths, and formal remarks from Desk Drawer Fund officials, community partners, and MSUFCU leadership.
Founded in 2019, the Desk Drawer Fund focuses on five areas, or “pillars,” as it fulfills its mission to help create jobs, teach valuable skills, and improve the overall quality of life in communities. These pillars include arts and culture, empowering youth, financial education, fostering entrepreneurialism, and stable housing.
“This was our first event to celebrate the incredible impact of the Desk Drawer Fund, a tradition we plan to continue for years to come,” said Samantha Willett, Desk Drawer Fund Manager. “The evening was an occasion for us to come together to foster connections, celebrate achievements, and showcase the support that the Desk Drawer Fund provides to our community partners.”
Several donations from the Desk Drawer Fund were announced or highlighted, including
:$30,000 to Michigan Women Forward.$55,000 to the Lansing SAVE program.$500,000 to Child and Family Charities for its “Be the Light” capital campaign.The Desk Drawer Fund Board of Directors also recently selected Family Promise of West Michigan and Accelerate4KIDS® in Detroit, to receive $10,000 and $9,000, respectively, as part of the fourth-quarter granting cycle.
“The Desk Drawer Fund was created to provide an avenue for our employees and members to give back to their communities. Their generosity directly supports the transformative work the Desk Drawer Fund provides to our nonprofit partners,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President and CEO. “We’re proud of the collective impact we can make when we all come together.”
Contributions to the Desk Drawer Fund are made by MSUFCU and Oakland University Credit Union members and staff through the quarterly Desk Drawer Fund Raffle, direct donations from their account, opting into Dress Down Days, and Kroger Community Rewards. Members of the general public may participate by becoming a MSUFCU or OU member.
For more information on the MSUFCU Desk Drawer Fund, visitdeskdrawerfund.org, call 517-333-2299, or [email protected].
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ABOUT MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For®by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group, along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate, trade name Oakland University Credit Union, and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 23 branches; over 350,000 members; $7.61 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visitmsufcu.org.
MSU Federal Credit Union and Gabriels Community Credit Union Announce Plans to Merge
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) announced it has entered into a merger agreement with Gabriels Community Credit Union (GCCU), based in Lansing. This strategic partnership will enhance the credit union experience for both GCCU and MSUFCU members.
April Clobes, President and CEO of MSUFCU, shared her support for the merger, stating, “This merger represents a partnership of being able to continue to provide accessible financial products and services to GCCU members. At MSUFCU, we are committed to helping members achieve financial security, and this merger will empower us to provide even more comprehensive financial solutions to GCCU and MSUFCU members, including a much-requested branch location in Jackson, Michigan.”
The merger is pending regulatory approval from the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services and the National Credit Union Administration. Upon completion, GCCU will become part of MSUFCU, expanding MSUFCU’s footprint in Michigan and facilitating entry and growth into a new geographic region. MSUFCU currently serves more than 5,000 members in Jackson County and 10,000-plus members within 30 miles of the branch.
Once the merger is complete, the nearly 2,700 GCCU members in the Greater Lansing and Jackson areas will have access to a broader range of financial products and services, including innovative digital banking solutions, extensive branch locations, competitive loan and savings options, and access to educational resources for financial wellness.
The merger is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2023, subject to receiving all required regulatory approvals. More information and details for members regarding the merger will be shared through msufcu.org, direct mail, email, and social media.
ABOUT MSUFCUFounded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group, along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate, trade name Oakland University Credit Union, and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 23 branches; over 353,000 members; $7.6 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU is Branching Out in Brighton
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is opening a new branch in 2024. A location in Brighton will connect MSUFCU’s Lansing-area and southeast Michigan membership bases through the Interstate 96 corridor. A livestream of the groundbreaking ceremony will be held Tuesday, Nov. 21, on MSUFCU’s Facebook page, facebook.com/msufcu. “Our goals in opening this new branch are to better serve our existing members living, working, and traveling in southeast Michigan, and build relationships with local community partners and organizations,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President and CEO. “These efforts are at the core of our commitment to making financial services more inclusive and creating a positive impact in the communities we serve.” The Brighton branch will be built at 8510 W. Grand River Ave., right off the I-96 exit, and will be the Credit Union’s introduction into Livingston County. This location will serve the approximately 5,000 existing MSUFCU members who live nearby and the 6,000 MSU alumni and students in the area. Construction is tentatively scheduled to be completed next fall. The new branch will follow the existing layout model of an integrated design that offers sit-down desks rather than a traditional teller line. The stations will be staffed by employees who are universally trained to handle a wide variety of transactions, including opening new accounts and processing loan applications. “Expanding to the Brighton area provides unique opportunities for MSUFCU to grow its membership and continue to fulfill its mission of helping members achieve their financial goals and dreams,” Clobes said. MSUFCU has also submitted plans for a Novi location to open next year at 43420 Grand River Ave., which is a block from Twelve Oaks Mall. Approval is pending and going through the Novi City Council’s process following its Nov. 7 meeting. As the approval and construction timelines progress, more information will be shared through msufcu.org, email updates to members, and the Credit Union’s social media channels.
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ABOUT MSUFCUMSUFCU Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group, along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate, trade name Oakland University Credit Union, and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 23 branches; over 350,000 members; $7.61 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Announces Collaborative Art Exhibit in 311 Abbot Community Room
EAST LANSING, Mich. —With an emphasis on bringing people together through intergenerational, creative activities, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) employees recently worked with local artist Zahrah Resh andMichigan State University’s AgeAlive program, to create a Butterfly Garden in the new 311 Abbot Community Room.
The AgeAlive program, which is within the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, aims to
strengthen intergenerational relationships and provide nourishing mental health activities through art and creativity. This approach ties into MSUFCU’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives by celebrating an individual’s unique qualities and the singular beauty of each paper butterfly on display. The program also aligns with the Credit Union’s passion for supporting arts and culture, as well as the overall well-being of the communities where its employees and members work and live.
MSUFCU employees participated in a collaborative butterfly-making session led by Resh at the Credit Union’s Headquarters 2 Building and were able to work on the project at home by ordering kits. Resh then installed the creations in the community room.
“At MSUFCU, we believe in expanding access and opportunities for our community to engage with the arts,” said Arianna Ridderbusch, MSUFCU Vice President of Market Strategy and Community Engagement. “The MSU AgeAlive Butterfly Garden is a powerful display of unity through art, and we are proud to feature the talent of local artist Zahrah Resh along with butterflies created by MSUFCU employees. This exhibit celebrates the individuality of all the artists who contributed and is an uplifting display of how we can create something beautiful together.”
The MSU AgeAlive Butterfly Garden exhibit will run until Nov. 10 and can be viewed in the Community Room at the East Lansing Branch, 311 Abbot Road, between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
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ABOUT MSUFCUFounded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. The Credit Union operates an award-winning, wholly owned credit union service organization, Reseda Group, along with digital financial platforms AlumniFi and Collegiate, trade name Oakland University Credit Union, and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; and has 23 branches; over 350,000 members; $7.61 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visitmsufcu.org.
MSUFCU 2023-2024 Free Financial Education Series Underway
EAST LANSING, Mich. —If you’re interested in learning more about retirement income planning, home buying, maximizing Social Security benefits, building financial literacy into your family’s daily routine, and other finance-related topics, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has free seminar opportunities for you!
Running from September 2023 through April 2024, in person and virtually, the 2023-2024 Financial Education Seminar Series is open to all community members interested in attending. Each Financial Educator-led seminar will include a presentation and a live discussion segment where attendees may ask questions pertaining to the topic.
MSUFCU created the Financial Education Seminar Series to provide financial education and resources to its communities at no cost. Its commitment to making a positive impact in the community goes beyond products and services. MSUFCU understands that financial stability and success start with having the knowledge to make safe and sound financial decisions. Each year, the Credit Union hosts free financial education seminars and provides resources to community members of all ages to promote lifelong financial literacy and empowerment.
“The MSUFCU Financial Education Seminar Series is a powerful initiative, designed to empower individuals in our community through knowledge and access to free financial education,” said Courtney Boehm, Financial Education Manager at MSUFCU. “The upcoming season includes a wide array of topics to meet the diverse needs of our members, employees, and community in a fun and engaging way.”
Interested individuals can view upcoming events by accessing theMSUFCU Seminars & Events calendar. There, they can register to attend Zoom-hosted webinars or in-person seminars at either the MSUFCU Farm Lane, Auburn Hills Regional Office, or Congress Street community rooms.
Most of the virtual sessions will be recorded for those unable to attend the live webinar. Individuals can access the recordings two weeks following the event onMSUFCU’s YouTube channel. To locate a specific session, search for “MSUFCU Seminar Series” followed by the event title.
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ABOUT MSUFCUFounded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by theDetroit Free Pressfor 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., and has 23 branches, over 350,000 members, $7.61 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visitmsufcu.org.
MSUFCU Announces 2023-2024 NIL Partnerships with MSU Women???s Basketball Players
EAST LANSING, Mich. —For a third year, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is showing its support for student-athletes by entering name, image, and likeness agreements with all eligible players on the Michigan State University women’s basketball team for the 2023-2024 season.
The eligible players include: Julia Ayrault, graduate student guard; Kennedy Blair, freshman guard; Gabby Elliott, senior guard; DeeDee Hagemann, junior guard; Theryn Hallock, sophomore guard; Moira Joiner, graduate student guard; Abbey Kimball, sophomore guard; Mary Meng, freshman center; Tory Ozment, graduate student forward; Bree Robinson, freshman guard; Lauren Ross, graduate student guard; and Jocelyn Tate, junior guard. MSUFCU is also partnering with former MSU women’s basketball athlete Lauren Walker.
MSUFCU views these partnerships as an opportunity to empower women athletes and to recognize the value they bring to the university and the community. As part of their contracts, the student-athletes will support the ongoing efforts of the Credit Union throughout the year.
“Supporting these women student-athletes aligns with several of MSUFCU’s core values and initiatives — in particular, building a positive environment; encouraging, embracing, and driving change; and pursuing growth and development,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President & CEO. “We want to be able to encourage their visions to dreamBIG as they help us share the story of the Credit Union.”
In addition to the NIL partnerships, MSUFCU has been a sponsor of MSU athletics for more than 14 years and became the presenting sponsor of MSU women’s basketball in 2019 as part of a multiyear athletics sponsorship agreement.
A special kickoff event will be held next month; stay tuned for more details. Follow MSUFCU onFacebook,Instagram, andLinkedInto stay up-to-date on its NIL partnerships and support of these student-athletes.
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ABOUT MSUFCUFounded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by theDetroit Free Pressfor 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., and has 23 branches, over 350,000 members, $7.61 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visitmsufcu.org.
MSUFCU Launches New Financial Education Initiative
EAST LANSING, Mich. — On Wednesday, Sept. 6, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) launched The Culture of Finances program at an evening event in the new Community Room at the 311 Abbot building with 61 people in attendance.
Created as part of MSUFCU’s mission to boost financial literacy and education within the communities it serves, this new financial education initiative is aimed at fostering financial confidence and empowerment among youth (ages 13-17) and adults (ages 18 and older).The launch event was held to generate awareness, share the purpose for which these financial education programs were created, allow community members to learn more about MSUFCU and its Financial Education Team/initiatives, and introduce the course topics that participants will learn more about in the program.
The event included remarks from Ashley Baker, Ph.D., Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at MSUFCU; Jen Hsu-Bishop, Chief Equity Officer at the United Way of South Central Michigan; Omari Hall, Learning Experience Designer at GreenPath; DaVante Montgomery, Therese Bacon, Tonya Williams, David Hoskin, and Jamara Randall, members of The Culture of Finances Team at MSUFCU; and Arianna Ridderbusch, Vice President of Market Strategy and Community Engagement at MSUFCU.
“For more than a decade, MSUFCU has been developing innovative ways to help empower and educate individuals in our communities to reach their financial goals and dreams,” Ridderbusch said. “Through The Culture of Finances, we’ve built a program that will bring financial literacy to those who are underrepresented and facing barriers to their financial well-being. We invite all members to join us in building healthy financial habits through The Culture of Finances program.”
Program participants will be equipped with essential tools to build confidence and pave their own path toward achieving their financial dreams through topics such as budgeting, understanding credit, debt management, and effective financial goal setting.
“Financial security was not a topic talked about in my home growing up,” said Jamara Randall, Market Manager at MSUFCU. “I witnessed financial hardships often and the creative ways those around me would make ends meet. What I learned from my experiences and environment was how to survive financially instead of thriving financially. The intentions of The Culture of Finances program are to address barriers like those I experienced, to bring inclusivity into finances, and to provide tools and resources to reach your financial dreams. I am looking forward to seeing how this program will positively impact individuals in our community by giving them strategies to overcome their financial fears.”
The courses for the youth and the adult tracks will start in October, with the adult program lasting 12 weeks with five mandatory sessions and the youth program lasting eight weeks with four mandatory sessions.
When individuals complete the program, they will be eligible to be entered into a drawing to win $500.
Currently, the program has 22 adult participants signed up. Registration is still open at msufcu.org/thecultureoffinances.
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ABOUT MSUFCUFounded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., and has 23 branches, over 350,000 members, $7.61 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Holds Expansion Event for New Chicago Branches
CHICAGO, Ill. —MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) celebrated its expansion into Chicago with an event on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023, at one of the spaces it soon will be occupying.
MSUFCU will be opening five branches in 2024 in the Gold Coast, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Old Town, and Wicker Park neighborhoods, giving the Credit Union the opportunity to enhance its services to existing members in Chicago and to attract new ones.
The expansion event at 1550 N. Clark St. in Chicago, included remarks by April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO; Greg Deppong, MSUFCU Board Chair; Fawn O’Brien, President of Chicago Spartans, the local alumni group; Nick McLaren, Assistant Vice President of Alumni and Pipeline at Michigan State University; and Bob Varga, Vice President and Design Principal at SmithGroup, the firm designing the branches.
“The Chicagoland area has the greatest concentration of MSU alumni outside of Michigan, including 2,500 who are MSUFCU members,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO. “In order to best fulfill the Credit Union’s mission, our aim has always been to be where our members are, so this branch expansion into Chicago will help further those efforts.
“We have worked for 86 years to serve MSU faculty, staff, students, and alumni with great products and services,” she added. “We strongly believe that if you are in a better financial position, you will achieve your dreams. And whatever they are, we’re here to help you.”
Leading up to and following the event’s formal remarks, attendees were entertained by a local jazz quintet, enjoyed food and refreshments from Café Ba-Ba-Reeba!, and were visited by MSU mascot Sparty.
Additionally, a $15,000 donation was made to3Arts, a nonprofit organizationthat supports Chicago’s women artists, artists of color, and Deaf and disabled artists who work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts. By providing cash awards, project funding, residency fellowships, professional development, and promotion, 3Arts helps artists take risks, experiment, and build momentum in their careers.
“It is important for MSUFCU to not only support our members, but the surrounding community,” Clobes said. “The mission of 3Arts aligns with the pillars and mission of MSUFCU’s Desk Drawer Fund to help create jobs, teach valuable skills, and improve the overall quality of life in communities.”
The five new branch locations will create employment opportunities for local residents, contributing to the overall economic growth of the region. The Credit Union also plans to have community spaces available to host events, provide financial education opportunities, and collaborate with local community partners.
As progress is made toward the branch openings, updates will be provided on theMSUFCU websiteand social channels.
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ABOUT MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by theDetroit Free Pressfor 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., and has 23 branches, over 350,000 members, $7.61 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visitmsufcu.org.
MSUFCU Named Top Workplace in Financial Services
EAST LANSING, Mich. —MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is proud to accept the 2023 Top Workplaces honor awarded by Top Workplaces based on the 2022 results of the Energage Workplace Surveys administered in partnership with theDetroit Free Press.
Out of 121 distinguished organizations, MSUFCU’s remarkable commitment to its employees secured its ranking of 40thin the Top Workplaces in Financial Services.
“This Top Workplace recognition is a testimony to the open and welcoming environment of our organization that we have proudly built for over 85 years,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU Chief Human Resources Officer. “We continually look to improve processes based on employee feedback to create a workplace where all our team members can come to work as their authentic selves, be proud of the work they do, and do their best work.”
The Top Workplaces awards celebrate nationally recognized companies that make the world a better place to work together by prioritizing a people-centered culture and giving employees a voice. The award is based on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by Energage LCC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection.
MSUFCU is committed to the financial, personal, professional, and social well-being of its employees. As a Top Workplace-recognized organization, MSUFCU offers a variety of positions with flexible work models; competitive wages and benefits; affinity groups to foster belonging and connections; and opportunities for our employees to gain new skills, learn, and grow at the organization.
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ABOUT MSUFCUFounded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by theDetroit Free Pressfor 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., and has 23 branches, over 350,000 members, $7.45 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visitmsufcu.org.
MSUFCU Launches New Financial Education Initiative - The Culture of Finances
EAST LANSING, Mich. — As part of their mission to boost financial literacy and education within the communities they serve, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) proudly announces the launch of a new financial education initiative, The Culture of Finances. The innovative program led by MSUFCU Financial Educators aims to foster financial confidence and empowerment among both young people and adults alike, covering topics such as budgeting, understanding credit, debt management, and effective financial goal-setting.
The Culture of Finances was developed when MSUFCU recognized a need for a diverse community outreach program that supports, develops, and encourages financial growth through tailored education courses. The courses offer personalized financial education, address economic and social barriers, and present strategies to help adults and young people ages 13-17 overcome financial fears. Participants will be equipped with essential tools to build confidence and pave their own path toward achieving their financial dreams.
“For over a decade, our Financial Education department has been developing innovative ways to educate members of our community to help everyone reach their financial dreams. However, we asked ourselves, ‘how can we further this initiative by providing financial literacy to those who are underrepresented?’” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO. “Through research and listening to our community members, we have crafted an inclusive financial literacy program that removes barriers for the underrepresented, builds trust, and offers equal opportunity for financial education.”
Through The Culture of Finances all community members are invited to participate in building healthy financial habits that will help them follow and reach their dreams. A launch party will be hosted at the Abbot Road Community Room located at 311 Abbott Road in East Lansing on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at 6 p.m. to kick off the new program. To attend the launch party, participants are encouraged to register at msufcu.org/thecultureoffinances.
With the unveiling of The Culture of Finances, MSUFCU strengthens its commitment to transform lives and foster financial empowerment throughout the communities it serves.
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ABOUT MSUFCUFounded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 13 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., and has 23 branches, over 350,000 members, over $7.45 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Celebrates Abbot Road Branch Grand Opening
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) celebrated the grand opening of its Abbot Road Branch on Friday, July 21, 2023, with an event for community members and partners.
The new branch at 311 Abbot Road replaces the MSUFCU East Lansing Branch at 523 E. Grand River Ave. It is located on the first floor of MSUFCU’s new, Abbot Road Building in downtown East Lansing.
The full-service branch features an integrated design that offers sit-down desks rather than a traditional teller line. The desks are staffed by employees who are universally trained to handle a wide variety of transactions, including opening new accounts and processing loan applications.
The grand opening event included remarks by April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO; Gregory Deppong, MSUFCU Board Chair; Teresa Woodruff, Ph.D., Interim President of Michigan State University; Ron Bacon, Mayor of East Lansing; and others. MSU women's basketball and track and field athletes with Credit Union NIL partnerships also attended including Gabby Elliot,Julia Ayrault, Lauren Walker, Moira Joiner, and Nala Barlow. After a ceremonial ribbon cutting, attendees toured the Abbot Road Building, including the new branch.
“MSUFCU was originally founded to serve and uplift Michigan State University (MSU) faculty, staff, students, and alumni. This new branch represents the Credit Union’s longstanding commitment to East Lansing, our home since 1937, and MSU, the reason we exist,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President and CEO. “We wanted to provide a walkable space where faculty, staff, and students can conduct business, a place where alumni can work remotely while visiting campus, and a community room where events and programs can be hosted. We are proud to provide a physical space that will not only bring us together, but also continue to help activate the local and campus community. We look forward to continuing to serve the needs of our members – including faculty, staff, students, and graduates – and help them achieve financial success, and ultimately their dreams.”
The Abbot Road Building also has an exhibit space where local artwork and other projects can be featured, a demo space for The Lab at MSUFCU, leasable space, and a community room for health fairs, seminars, board meetings, blood drives, and other events.
Since the branch opened in June, the Abbot Road Branch team has handled 4,810 transactions for members; opened 36 new checking and savings accounts; funded $162,712 in loans; and opened Visa Credit Cards with a combined $105,500 in credit limits.
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About MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., and has 23 branches, over 350,000 members, $7.45 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU's Annual Kids' Day Draws Record Crowd
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) hosted its annual Kids’ Day event, welcoming over 1,500 community members to its headquarters campus in East Lansing on Saturday, July 15, 2023, for an afternoon of fun and financial education.
The three-hour event featured a variety of engaging games, interactive exhibits, and educational booths covering topics such as saving, budgeting, and the importance of responsible spending. Experts from MSUFCU were on hand to guide the children through these interactive sessions, ensuring they left with practical knowledge to help navigate their financial futures.
There was no shortage of energy and excitement as guests also enjoyed sweet and savory treats including Hungry Howie’s Pizza, Cravings Popcorn, cotton candy, and frozen treats. A disc jockey from Hot Beats Entertainment provided music. Entertainment consisted of inflatables, yard games, balloon animals, glitter tattoos, a magician, photo booth, STEM activities, and more.
“Supporting the communities we serve has always been a core value at MSUFCU,” said Susi Elkins, MSUFCU Chief Community Impact Officer. “Through Kids’ Day, we aim to make financial literacy fun and accessible for our youngest members of the community and set the foundation to empower them for a lifetime of financial success.”
Attendees had the opportunity to meet and engage with local celebrities including the chance to collect autographs and have their photos taken with stars from the MSU women’s basketball team or compete in a basketball shootout game with them. Other guest appearances included Nature Cat from PBS/WKAR and East Lansing police officers and firefighters.
New this year at Kids’ Day, a Sensory Space was provided to offer a quiet area where children and their parents could enjoy a calm atmosphere during the event. The space featured semi-private seating areas, ambient lighting, soothing music, soft pillows, coloring pages, and fidget toys.
Say Anything Glitter Tattoos, Planet X, Bubbles R Fun, Hungry Howie’s, Cravings Popcorn, WKAR, Impression 5, STEM for All, The Culture of Finances, Balloon Twists, Uncultured Enterprises LLC, More than Magical LLC, DJ Rod Carpenter Hot Beats Entertainment, Events to Rent, and Lansing SAVE provided food, music, interactive games, and educational activities.
MSUFCU is grateful to the community for their unwavering support and participation, without which this celebration of financial education and family fun would not have been possible. For more information about MSUFCU and its ongoing community initiatives, please visit www.msufcu.org.
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ABOUT MSUFCUFounded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., and has 23 branches, over 350,000 members, over $7.45 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSU Federal Credit Union Announces Plans to Expand in Chicago
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) announced today, it plans to open five branches in Chicago in 2024, marking a major expansion for Michigan’s second-largest credit union.
"Expansion into the Chicago market is an important initiative we have been preparing for in order to better serve our members, MSU Alumni, and their families in the area," expressed April Clobes, President/CEO of MSUFCU. "We are eager to providein-person support and expanded access to our comprehensive suite of financial products. These new branches serve as a tangible realization of our Credit Union's mission, as we embrace the opportunity to engage with the Chicagoland community, empowering them to achieve financial security, pursue their goals, and ultimately their dreams."
The new branches will be located in the Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Gold Coast, and Old Town neighborhoods, giving MSUFCU the opportunity to enhance its services to existing members in Chicago and attract new members to the Credit Union.
In addition to serving its current membership, there are more than 10,000 MSU students and alumni living in the Chicago area, providing a unique opportunity for MSUFCU to grow its membership and help more people with their financial needs.
The five new branch locations will also create new employment opportunities for local residents, contributing to the overall economic growth of the region. The Credit Union also plans to have community spaces available at the new branches to host events, provide financial education opportunities, and collaborate with local community partners.
MSUFCU has offered services digitally to members outside of the state of Michigan for many years, including offering mortgage products in 18 additional states across the country. Today, the Credit Union proudly serves over 350,000 unique members nationwide. Through its expansion to Chicago, MSUFCU will continue to fulfill its mission of helping members achieve their financial goals and dreams.
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ABOUT MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., and has 23 branches, over 350,000 members, $7.45 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
OU Credit Union Launches Updated Financial 4.0 Website and App with Ever Green 3C
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Oakland University Credit Union (OU Credit Union) launched its newly updated OU Credit Union Financial 4.0 website and app. OU Credit Union, a trade name of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), has partnered with Ever Green 3C, a credit union service organization (CUSO) owned by Reseda Group, to develop the new site and content management system used for educational outreach, financial literacy, and engagement with Oakland University students.
The Financial 4.0 site and app are free financial resourcesdesigned to help educate students and promote lifelong financial literacy and empowerment. The new Financial 4.0 site will feature all the blog posts, podcasts, videos, quizzes, contests, and event information that individuals are used to engaging with, but with an enhanced design and upgraded user experience.MSUFCU’s Financial 4.0 site and app underwent the same platform update in February 2023, resulting in positive user feedback.
The new Financial 4.0 mobile app will also reflect the same look and feel as the new site. The iOS and Android apps are available for download in their respective app stores. Previous versions of the mobile app will no longer be supported by OU Credit Union. To experience the new features and content available, users are encouraged to download the new version of the app from the app store by searching ‘Financial 4.0 for Oakland University Credit Union’.
“A core part of our mission as a credit union is to provide financial education in the communities we serve,” said Susi Elkins, Chief Community Impact Officer at OU Credit Union and President of Ever Green 3C. “Through the creation of free resources like our Financial 4.0 site and app, we continue to find innovative ways to provide individuals of all ages with the knowledge and support needed to be financially successful throughout their lives.”
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About OU Credit Union
OU Credit Union was founded in 2013 and is a trade name of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), the world’s largest university-based credit union. The Credit Union offers a full range of personal- and business-related financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni association members, and their families worldwide. The Credit Union began operating on Oakland University’s campus in 1958 after an alumni gift was donated to MSU to start the new college in Oakland County, Michigan. OU Credit Union is now the official financial services partner of Oakland University and has grown to include two branches and multiple ATMs located on and around the OU campus. MSUFCU and OU Credit Union together have 23 branches, nearly 350,000 members, over $7.45 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit oucreditunion.org.
About MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., and has 23 branches, nearly 350,000 members, over $7.45 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
About Reseda Group
Reseda Group helps credit unions thrive by delivering innovative products and solutions to their members and communities. Driven by a shared goal of building better – everything – for members, Reseda Group invests in strategic partners bringing new technologies, digital resources, and industry solutions to market.Reseda Group is a wholly owned credit union service organization (CUSO) of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU).
About Ever Green 3C
Ever Green 3C was created to help credit unions establish better engagement, loyalty, and lifelong relationships with their members and communities through financial education solutions.Ever Green 3C is powered by Reseda Group, a wholly owned CUSO of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU).
MSUFCU Opens Abbot Road Branch in East Lansing
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) today opened its new Abbot Road Branch located at 311 Abbot Road in downtown East Lansing.
The new Abbot Road Branch replaces the previous East Lansing Branch located at 523 E. Grand River Ave.
The full-service branch features an integrated design that offers sit-down desks rather than a traditional teller line. The stations are staffed by employees who are universally trained to handle a wide variety of transactions, including opening new accounts and processing loan applications.
“This new branch represents MSUFCU’s longstanding commitment to East Lansing, a community we’ve called home since 1937,” said Susi Elkins, MSUFCU Chief Community Impact Officer. “We are proud to provide our members and prospective members with an amazing new space where we can continue to serve their needs and help them achieve their dreams.”
To celebrate the new branch, members can take advantage of limited-time grand opening specials at all Credit Union locations through June 30, 2023, including $500 off mortgage closing costs; $250 cash when you open an IMMA account; and a free gift when you open a new youth account or the new Spend and Save bundle.
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ABOUT MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., and has 23 branches, nearly 350,000 members, over $7.45 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Receives 2023 CUNA Diamond and MAC Gold Awards
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has received two national awards for its creative excellence and outstanding results in marketing.
In 2022, the Credit Union created a branded bus wrap for a Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) bus, that drove through Michigan State University’s (MSU) campus throughout October and November. The design aimed to promote MSUFCU’s brand awareness among MSU students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors.
The MSUFCU campus bus wrap won the following awards for outdoor design
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-Credit Union National Association (CUNA) DiamondAward-Marketing Association of Credit Unions (MAC) Gold Award
The CUNA Diamond Awards, the most prestigious annual credit union marketing competition, recognize and reward creative excellence for credit unions and advertising agencies that work on their behalf.
The MAC Awards have been recognizing outstanding credit union marketing achievements since 1986 and are hosted annually by the Marketing Association of Credit Unions, a group of credit union marketing professionals who help each other thrive, advance, and succeed.
“We are honored to receive these recognitions for our team’s work in creatively promoting our credit union services to our members and prospective members,” said Susi Elkins, MSUFCU Chief Community Impact Officer. “These marketing efforts inform individuals in our communities about opportunities to establish a partnership with a trusted financial institution whose mission is to help them achieve their financial goals, and ultimately, their dreams.”
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About MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., and has 23 branches, nearly 350,000 members, over $7.45 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Announces Q2 2023 Desk Drawer Fund Raffle Winner
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and the Desk Drawer Fund (DDF) are excited to announce the winner of the Q2 2023 Desk Drawer Fund Member Raffle. On Friday, June 2, 2023, DDF Chair Ernest Betts drew the winning ticket, announcing Elizabeth Tabor as our raffle winner. Tabor will receive $20,000 as the raffle prize.
"When I purchased the ticket, I never imagined that I would win,” said Tabor. “It was my lucky day!"
Throughout the year, MSUFCU and OU Credit Union members have a chance to win up to $20,000 in the quarterly Desk Drawer Fund Member Raffles when they purchase raffle tickets at any of the Credit Union’s branches. The second-quarter raffle saw 2,050 tickets sold, raising a total of $41,000 for the DDF. With a portion of the funds going to one lucky winner each quarter, the other half of the funds raised are donated back into the communities the foundation and the Credit Union serves. By purchasing raffle tickets, Credit Union members are supporting the foundation’s mission to contribute to the public good and make a positive impact in our communities. Members will have another chance to win when third-quarter raffle tickets go on sale Monday, July 10, 2023.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of hosting this raffle is that it allows our Credit Union members, like Ms. Tabor, to have a direct impact on making our local communities stronger,” said Susi Elkins, MSUFCU Chief Community Impact Officer. “We want to congratulate Ms. Tabor on winning the second-quarter Desk Drawer Fund Member Raffle, as well as thank all of our members who participated by purchasing tickets.”
MSUFCU’s Desk Drawer Fund foundation supports the MSUFCU and OU Credit Union communities. It offers opportunities for Credit Union members, employees, and businesses to contribute to the public well-being through five philanthropic pillars — Arts and Culture, Stable Housing, Empowering Youth, Financial Education, and Fostering Entrepreneurialism. In 2022, the Desk Drawer Fund donated over $487,000 to philanthropic causes and organizations.
For more information on the Desk Drawer Fund and to donate, visit deskdrawerfund.org, call 517-333-2299, or email [email protected].
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 23 branches, nearly 350,000 members, over $7.45 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
313 Presents Announces OU Credit Union as Proud Partner of Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
DETROIT, Mich. — 313 Presents announced today they have entered into a multi-year corporate partnership agreement with Oakland University Credit Union (OU Credit Union) as the exclusive Proud Partner of Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the campus of Oakland University. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“We are excited to welcome Oakland University Credit Union as the exclusive Proud Partner of Meadow Brook Amphitheatre,” said 313 Presents President Howard Handler. “313 Presents and Oakland University Credit Union have both been longtime partners to Oakland University, so you couldn’t ask for a better fit. Together, we look forward to providing the best in live entertainment and service to our guests.”
“As part of our core value of giving back to the community, OU Credit Union is thrilled to be the exclusive Proud Partner of Meadow Brook Amphitheatre," said Susi Elkins, OU Credit Union Chief Community Impact Officer. “Located on Oakland University’s campus, the Amphitheatre is a unique space where our members and the community can come together to enjoy live music and entertainment. This partnership is just one of the ways we are working together to create a vibrant community for all.”
“We are thrilled that Oakland University Credit Union has entered into this exciting partnership with 313 Presents for the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre,” said John O. Young, Oakland University Vice President of Communications and Marketing. “This is a perfect partner for a site with such deep roots and history.”
OU Credit Union becomes the exclusive presenting partner and official credit union of Meadow Brook Amphitheatre. 313 Presents will incorporate OU Credit Union branding components, including signage and graphic displays throughout the venue grounds, and social and web integration online.
The Credit Union has had a long-standing partnership and history of serving Oakland University faculty, staff, students and alumni, helping them reach their financial goals and dreams.
313 Presents oversees managing, marketing and booking of the 7,700-capacity amphitheatre as part of an agreement with Oakland University. Meadow Brook’s traditional and eclectic programming has flourished over the years and has recently become a destination for music’s biggest emerging stars. Today, concerts of all genres highlight and showcase the venue’s unique ambiance and intimate setting.
Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy brings “The Sonder Tour” with special guest Sasha Alex Sloan to officially open the summer schedule at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre this Friday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Follow Meadow Book Amphitheatre Presented by Proud Partner Oakland University Credit Union on Twitter at @MeadowBrookAmp, Facebook at @MeadowBrookAmphitheatre and Instagram at @MeadowBrookAmp, OU Credit Union Facebook at @CUofOU and Twitter at @CUofOU, and 313 Presents TikTok at @313Presents.
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About 313 Presents
313 Presents is Detroit’s premier live entertainment company. Inspired by the soul of Detroit, 313 Presents promotes and produces concerts, theatrical productions, sporting events and family shows at six world-class venues across southeast Michigan including Little Caesars Arena, the historic Fox Theatre featuring Proud Partner Comerica Bank, Comerica Park, Pine Knob Music Theatre Presented by Proud Partners United Wholesale Mortgage, Trinity Health and Ally, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre Presented by Proud Partner Oakland University Credit Union and Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre. Headquartered in The District Detroit, 313 Presents is a joint venture between Ilitch Sports + Entertainment and Pistons Sports & Entertainment. For additional information, visit 313Presents.com.
About OU Credit Union
OU Credit Union was founded in 2013 and is a trade name of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), the world’s largest university-based credit union. The Credit Union offers a full range of personal- and business-related financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni association members, and their families worldwide. The Credit Union began operating on Oakland University’s campus in 1958 after an alumni gift was donated to MSU to start the new college in Oakland County, Michigan. OU Credit Union is now the official financial services partner of Oakland University and has grown to include two branches and multiple ATMs located on and around the OU campus. MSUFCU and OU Credit Union together have 23 branches, nearly 350,000 members, more than $7.45 billion in assets, and over 1,100 employees. For more information, visit oucreditunion.org.
MSUFCU's Desk Drawer Fund Receives 2023 SLBA Community Service Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union’s (MSUFCU) charitable foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund, was recently recognized at the South Lansing Business Association (SLBA) Annual Awards Ceremony in the Community Service category.
Since 1986, the SLBA Annual Awards Ceremony has recognized organizations and individuals making a difference in the South Lansing community. The Desk Drawer Fund received the 2023 Community Service Award for its support of organizations in the South Lansing area and the Greater Lansing community, including the Lansing Art Gallery, Capital Area Housing Partnership, Impression 5 Science Center, and Lansing SAVE program.
The Foundation focuses on five philanthropic pillars: Arts and Culture, Empowering Youth, Financial Education, Fostering Entrepreneurism, and Stable Housing.
Arts and Culture
The Foundation promotes and helps strengthen theater and visual arts programs while supporting the customs, heritage, and artists that enhance creativity. The Desk Drawer Fund is proud to be a sponsor of the 2023 Lansing Art Gallery ArtPath, which places public art created by Michigan artists on the Lansing River Trail for the community to enjoy.
Empowering Youth
The Desk Drawer Fund partners with and supports organizations that listen, collaborate, and help remove barriers for youth to share their ideas to facilitate stronger communities and develop future leaders. Through the support of Impression 5 Science Center, the Foundation is helping support its mission to facilitate science exploration through hands-on exhibits and participatory programming.
Financial Education
Financial Education is a top priority of the Foundation and part of the mission of MSUFCU. Through this pillar, the Desk Drawer Fund engages and educates community members to take charge of their finances. The Foundation is proud to support Lansing SAVE, a children’s savings program in partnership with the City of Lansing, the Lansing School District, and MSUFCU. These accounts help students in the Lansing School District
start saving for their future college or career training experiences, setting them up for long-term success.
Fostering Entrepreneurialism
Through the support of Michigan Women Forward, which invests in expanding opportunities to Michigan women, the Desk Drawer Fund focuses on empowering and educating entrepreneurs to develop core skills and receive support from MSUFCU through a variety of business loan opportunities and services.
Stable Housing
The Foundation supports organizations such as the Capital Area Housing Partnership with the aim of breaking the cycle of generational poverty and housing instability. The Stable Housing pillar helps ensure support for all community members in securing reliable and safe shelter.
“We are honored to serve the South Lansing community and have the opportunity to give back where our members live and work,” said Susi Elkins, MSUFCU Chief Community Impact Officer. “Our Foundation’s investments are a result of the support of our Credit Union members, and this recognition from the SLBA speaks to the impact we can all make together.”
MSUFCU has been a proud member of SLBA since the opening of its South Lansing Branch in 2005.
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ABOUT MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place
to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; has 23 branches; nearly 350,000 members; over $7.45 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
ABOUT SLBA
In 1980, the South Lansing Business Association was organized as a civic organization for the betterment of the City of Lansing with an emphasis on the South Lansing area. Our members are from all walks of life, including small-business owners, community leaders, bankers, lawyers, and industry officials. Members of the SLBA, most importantly, share a common interest in Lansing’s south side. SLBA has been involved with a number of important issues such as improvements to Cedar Street, business district cleanups, and sign ordinance legislation. The SLBA knows the importance of good communication between government and private enterprise and works to ensure those lines are always open. For more information, visit slba.biz.
MSUFCU Opens Kentwood Branch, Second in West Michigan
KENTWOOD, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new full-service branch in West Michigan at 4580 28th St. SE in Kentwood.
“Each time we have the joy of opening a branch, it is a new beginning in a community that we want to grow and support,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President and CEO. “Physical branches are a way to embody the Credit Union’s core values and are critical to our success in the community. MSUFCU’s philosophy is to locate branches where our members are located and living, including the more than 16,000 who are in the greater Grand Rapids region.”
The new branch will offer drive-up video tellers and 24-hour ATMs, as well as a full range of financial products and services, including mortgages and business services. As a full-service branch, MSUFCU’s Kentwood location creates 10 new jobs — Branch Manager Russ Waligorski, Assistant Branch Manager Chelsea Post, and eight financial services representatives.
As part of the grand-opening event, representatives from the following local organizations spoke about their new partnerships with MSUFCU
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Comprehensive Therapy Center, which meets the therapeutic and educational needs of adults and children with disabilities who are at-risk or disadvantaged through skill building, academic enhancement, and social-emotional support.Home Repair Services of Kent County, which strengthens vulnerable Kent County homeowners by teaching them how to take care of their home, make home improvements themselves, and provides financial counseling as it relates to home ownership.This is in addition to existing support for other West Michigan programs, including Family Promise of West Michigan, the Grand Rapids Public Museum Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids, and the Hope Network Foundation.
The Credit Union is offering several specials coinciding with the new branch’s grand opening, including
:Mortgage Closing Cost Savings: $500 off through June 30, 2023.Spend and Save Bundle: Open an MSUFCU Visa credit card and a one-year add-on certificate and receive a gift.Youth Account: Receive a gift for opening a new account.Insured Money Management Account Special Offer: New accounts receive $250 when depositing $25,000 or more.###
ABOUT MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; has 23 branches; more than 330,000 members; almost $6.9 billion in assets; and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Named a Bell Seal Gold Recipient for Workplace Mental Health
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has been named a 2023 Gold recipient of Mental Health America’s Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health.
The Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health is an annual national certification program that recognizes employers committed to creating mentally healthy workplaces. Bell Seal recipients are evaluated based on their organizational policies and practices that improve employee mental health outcomes including workplace culture, benefits, compliance, and wellness programs.
“MSU Federal Credit Union is proud to be named a Bell Seal Gold recipient,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU Chief Human Resources Officer. “This recognition speaks to our organizational commitment to prioritize our employees’ overall well-being. We’re proud to offer exceptional benefits, robust wellness activities, affinity groups, and an inclusive culture, so that our employees feel supported and can bring their authentic selves to work each and every day.”
MSUFCU was also recognized for its learning and development opportunities, as well as its commitment to creating and maintaining a psychologically safe work environment for employees – both of which were contributing factors to earning the certification.
Mental Health America recognized employers from several industries including financial services, government, health care, manufacturing, and others. The full list of 2023 recipients can be found here.
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 23 branches, nearly 350,000 members, over $7.45 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Receives 2023 CMPRSA PACE Pinnacle Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) received a 2023 Central Michigan Public Relations Society of America (CMPRSA) PACE Pinnacle Award for their 2023 Open Enrollment Guide.
Held annually, the CMPRSA PACE Awards are mid-Michigan’s highest honor of public relations efforts and are awarded to public relations practitioners who, in the judgment of their peers, have successfully addressed a contemporary issue with exemplary professional skill, creativity, and resourcefulness. A Pinnacle Award is the society’s top honor that an organization can receive in each respective award category.
The custom 2023 Open Enrollment Guide, for which MSUFCU received the Pinnacle Award, was designed to increase employee awareness of benefit options and streamline the open enrollment process. The guide assisted the Credit Union’s 1,100+ employees and their families with learning about the great benefits package offered for medical, dental, vision, and more.
“We are honored to receive this award,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU Chief Human Resources Officer. “This recognition is a reflection of our commitment to empowering our employees with the necessary tools, resources, and compensation to do their best work. We continue to work together to build a culture and work environment that we all want to and are proud to be a part of.”
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 23 branches, nearly 350,000 members, over $7.45 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU's Desk Drawer Fund Donates $72,500 to Five Community Organizations
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Desk Drawer Fund, the philanthropic foundation of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), recently announced it would be awarding $72,500 in grants to five community organizations, supporting their efforts to make a positive impact in our community.
Founded in 2019, the foundation focuses on five areas, or “pillars,” as it fulfills its mission to help create jobs, teach valuable skills, and improve the overall quality of life in communities. These pillars include arts and culture, empowering youth, financial education, fostering entrepreneurialism, and stable housing. The following organizations received grants during the second quarter of 2023
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Arts and Culture
City of East Lansing and the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival ($10,000) — The city’s two-day musical event, which takes place June 23-24 this year, celebrates the best in local, regional, and national jazz. Thousands from across the state of Michigan are expected to attend.
“The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival highlights the best in local and regional jazz, and we’re proud to present these artists in a free festival in the heart of downtown East Lansing,” said Justin Drwencke, Administrative Services Coordinator for Parks, Recreation & Arts for the City of East Lansing. “With the support of Desk Drawer Fund, we’re able to uplift local and emerging talent, sometimes providing students and newer artists with their first major bookings. This communitysupported festival can be a great introduction to jazz and is sure to be a fun time for the whole family.”
Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center’s ArtPath ($15,000) — ArtPath exhibits 20 temporary artworks from artists across Michigan — including art murals and interactive sculptures — along the Lansing River Trail during the summer. It aims to connect the Old Town, downtown, and REO Town neighborhoods in Lansing.
“ArtPath is more than just a public art project. It’s a celebration of Michigan’s rich artistic community and a catalyst for creativity and connection,” said Michelle Carlson, Lansing Art Gallery Executive Director. “Thanks to the generous support of the Desk Drawer Fund donation from MSUFCU, we’re able to bring this vision to life, providing local artists with a platform to showcase their talents, engage with the community through artist talks and workshops, and connect with a broader audience through the creation of their artwork. Together, we’re creating a vibrant shared experience that uplifts our community and fosters the careers of talented artists.”
Fostering Entrepreneurialism
Michigan Women Forward ($30,000) — MWF, with offices in Detroit and Grand Rapids, invests in expanding economic opportunity to Michigan women and provides microloans to help entrepreneurs with business growth. The Desk Drawer Fund’s donation will help 45 entrepreneurs this year.
“MWF is thrilled to become a Desk Drawer Fund partner, because each year thousands of Michigan entrepreneurs — over 1,900 in 2022 alone — come to MWF seeking microloans but need critical business assistance, marketing, and technology support to start their businesses or take them to the next level,” said Carolyn Cassin, MWF President and CEO. “With these funds, MWF and MSUFCU will provide financial education and prepare clients to obtain microloans. MWF’s vision and mission are to create a more inclusive economy so that everyone can build wealth. With MSUFCU’s investment, MWF will be able to target and assist more women and people of color who have been unable to fully participate in diversifying our economy.”
Stable Housing
Capital Area Housing Partnership ($7,500) — This Lansing-based organization will use its donation to provide financial counseling to ensure safe, affordable housing and financial security, impacting 650 households.
“Achieving the dream of an affordable place to call home can be exciting and challenging. That is why our housing counseling team serves hundreds of mid-Michigan households annually through tailored guidance and support to find housing and financial stability,” said Rawley Van Fossen, Capital Area Housing Partnership Executive Director. “Thanks to the Desk Drawer Fund’s partnership, we will continue to build more opportunities and stabl futures for our neighbors.”
Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region ($10,000) — Based in Traverse City, this organization will use its donation to help build six new affordable homes and assist in its efforts to find innovative ways to serve the community’s needs.
“Habitat Grand Traverse Region works side by side with qualified families to help build and buy their own homes, as well as working with existing homeowners to bring aging homes up to current health and safety standards,” said Wendy Irvin, Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region CEO. “Additionally, Habitat Grand Traverse Region facilitates financial education for applicants who need to work on their credit and prepare their budgets for future homeownership.”
“The Desk Drawer Fund is proud to support these organizations and their missions as they work to improve the quality of life through the arts, entrepreneurialism, and housing,” said MSUFCU Chief Community Impact Officer Susi Elkins. “With the help of these grants, we look forward to seeing how each organization will positively impact those who make up the communities they serve.”
For more information on the Desk Drawer Fund and to donate, visit deskdrawerfund.org, call 517-333-2299, or email [email protected].
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; has 23 branches; nearly 350,000 members; over $7.45 billion in assets; and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Employees Raise More Than $50,000 for Charities in First Quarter
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) employees raised $50,367.41 for local organizations during the first quarter of 2023.
Credit Union Employees chose New Day Foundation for Families as their first quarter charity partner, raising $43,466.06 through internal fundraising initiatives, including dress down days and raffles. They also raised $6,901.35 for Capital Area United Way (CAUW), the Credit Union’s ongoing charity partner.
New Day Foundation for Families’ mission is to provide financial and emotional resources to improve quality of life and treatment outcomes to patients diagnosed with cancer.
“It has been so meaningful to work with MSUFCU, said Gina Kell Spehn, New Day co-founder and president. “The hygiene packs are the perfect addition to our care packs and the donations will have a meaningful impact. So much good will come from this gift. MSUFCU’s donation will bring help and hope to families who are facing cancer and feeling overwhelmed.”
MSUFCU employees select a different charity partner to support each quarter. In the second quarter, employees are raising funds for the Allen Neighborhood Center. CAUW will also benefit from funds raised each quarter.
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 23 branches, nearly 350,000 members, over $7.45 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Reelects Three Members to its Board of Directors
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Three members of the MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) Board of Directors have been reelected for three-year terms, MSUFCU President/CEO April Clobes announced.
Those Board members are: Bill Beekman, Michael Hudson, and Elizabeth Lawrence. Additional MSUFCU board members are: Ernest Betts, Ph.D.; Angela Brown; Quinetta Roberson Connally, Ph.D.; Gregory Deppong, CPA; Steven Kurncz; and Janet Lillie, Ph.D.
The Board also elected the following to the Executive Committee: Gregory Deppong, CPA, Chairperson; Janet Lillie, Ph.D., Vice Chairperson; Steven Kurncz, Secretary; and Elizabeth Lawrence, Treasurer.
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., and has 23 branches, nearly 350,000 members, over $7.43 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Opens Downtown Detroit Branch, Donates to Five Local Organizations
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) today opened its new full-service branch in downtown Detroit with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new branch is at 243 W. Congress St., at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Congress Street in the historic Marquette Building, and includes a community room for use by nonprofit organizations and other community partners. It is the Credit Union’s 23rd branch.
“The goal with this new branch is twofold: to provide existing members with the quality financial services they know and trust in another convenient location, and also to connect with Detroit residents and welcome them as new members,” said April Clobes, President and CEO of MSUFCU. “We look forward to helping area residents achieve financial security, their goals, and, ultimately, their dreams.”
The new branch location initially brings eight new jobs to Detroit. The Credit Union supports many local organizations that assist those in the community and is committed to working in partnership to promote area artists and small businesses, as well as by welcoming local groups to use the community room that is part of the new MSUFCU space.
During the grand-opening event, check presentations were made to support the following local organizations
:$50,000 to the Detroit Institute of Arts.$25,000 to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.$25,000 to Apple Developer Academy.$25,000 to Crescendo Detroit.$25,000 to The Carr Center.These community investments are in addition to the impact MSUFCU has already made through its $1 million support of MSU’s Community Music School-Detroit and recently announced presenting sponsorship of the Detroit Free Press Marathon, which is taking place in October 2023.
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ABOUT MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; has 23 branches; more than 330,000 members; almost $6.9 billion in assets; and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
ABOUT THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS
The town square of our community, a gathering place for everybody. The DIA connects people to art with programs, resources, and a diverse collection — among the top six in the nation with over 65,000 works.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETROIT
The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit presents exhibitions and programs that explore the best of contemporary art, connecting Detroit and the global art world. Located on Woodward Avenue and Garfield Street between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Institute of Arts, Wayne State University, and the College for Creative Studies, the museum is an innovative addition to Detroit’s vibrant Midtown neighborhood and functions as a hub for the exploration of emerging ideas in the contemporary arts.
ABOUT APPLE DEVELOPER ACADEMY
The Apple Developer Academy is a partnership between MSU and Apple. Individuals 18 or older have the opportunity to become a world-class developer using Apple’s iOS ecosystem. The academy focuses on coding, design, entrepreneurship, and essential professional skills.
ABOUT CRESCENDO DETROIT
Crescendo Detroit is a nonprofit created with the foundation of transforming the lives of youth, ages 5-18, in the Metro Detroit neighborhoods by developing intense instrumental music, vocal music, and dance programs that promote artistic excellence and character building. Using a youth-centered approach, we will offer a comprehensive program that includes literacy and life skills classes, homework support, daily meals, and snacks.
ABOUT THE CARR CENTER
The Carr Center leverages the essence of the African American cultural experience to inspire, entertain, challenge, and educate. It is a place where artists across all disciplines and community come together. We accomplish our mission through three core programs: The Carr Center Contemporary, The Carr Center Arts Academy, and The Carr Center Presents (visual arts, performing arts, arts education). The Carr Center is devoted to the preservation, presentation, promotion, and development of the African and African American cultural arts traditions within our multicultural community.
Detroit Free Press Marathon Welcomes MSU Federal Credit Union as Presenting Sponsor
DETROIT (April 21, 2023) – The Detroit Free Press Marathon today announced MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), the globally-recognized Michigan-based financial institution, as its presenting sponsor for this year’s race weekend October 13-15, 2023.
“For over 85 years, MSUFCU has been committed to helping our members and communities achieve their financial goals, and ultimately their dreams,” said Susi Elkins, MSUFCU Chief Community Impact Officer. “We are proud and excited to be the presenting sponsor of the 46th Detroit Free Press Marathon, furthering our commitment to the Detroit community and providing us with a unique opportunity to support the marathon runners as they achieve their dreams.”
“We are delighted to welcome MSU Federal Credit Union as the new presenting sponsor of the Detroit Free Press Marathon,” said Aaron Velthoven, Vice President and Executive Race Director for the event. “This is a tremendous partnership for us; we are excited to showcase MSUFCU’s impact within the community and build awareness amongst our participants and running community of their strong presence right here in Detroit.”
Founded in 1937, on Michigan State University’s campus, MSUFCU has grown to have branches across the state of Michigan and serve Credit Union membership worldwide. MSUFCU will soon celebrate the opening of its new full-service branch in downtown Detroit, at 243 W. Congress Street. Since its founding, MSUFCU has remained focused on protecting and improving the financial health of its members and communities. MSUFCU’s sponsorship of the 46th Detroit Free Press Marathon and the new MSUFCU branch location in the historic Marquette Building further demonstrate the Credit Union’s commitment to investing in Detroit.
The Detroit Free Press Marathon is North America’s largest international road race and Michigan’s largest road racing event, featuring a unique and iconic course that crosses into Canada via the Ambassador Bridge and returns into the U.S. via the Detroit/Windsor Tunnel, the only underwater international mile of a Marathon in the world. The new in 2022 U.S. side of the course will continue this year, showcasing many historic Detroit neighborhoods, Midtown, Eastern Market and downtown Detroit.
More information can be found at freepmarathon.com.
About the Detroit Free Press Marathon:The Detroit Free Press Marathon is Michigan’s largest road race and the only race to cross international borders twice. From the new runner to the more seasoned marathoner, there is a race for everyone. Races include the Competitive 1-Mile, 5K and Meijer Kids Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 14, and the Full Marathon, Half-Marathon, U.S.-Only Half-Marathon and Marathon Relay on Sunday, Oct. 15. This is the 46th year of the event. It is owned and produced by Michigan.com.
About MSU Federal Credit Union:Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping- people philosophy LouiseHerring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, nearly 335,000 members, over $7 billion in assets, and over 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
About Michigan.com:Michigan.com is the business arm of the Detroit Free Press. It also produces a number of premier events in metro Detroit, including Freep Film Festival, Detroit Free Press Top 10 Takeover, The Detroit News Dish & Design Series, Top Workplaces and The Detroit Free Press High School Sports Awards. Michigan.com also manages the business operations of The Detroit News under the terms of a federal Joint Operating Agreement.
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Oakland University Athletics and Oakland University Credit Union agree to 10-year, $5M naming rights partnership
ROCHESTER, Mich. – On Monday, April 17, 2023, Oakland University Athletics and Oakland University (OU) Credit Union agreed to a 10-year, $5 million naming rights partnership for the newly dubbed OU Credit Union O’rena, effective July 1.
"Thank you to the Oakland University Credit Union for this transformational naming rights partnership. OU Credit Union is a longstanding partner with Oakland University and the Athletics Department, and this significant O'rena naming rights agreement elevates this partnership to another level, benefiting each of our sports programs and current and future Golden Grizzly student-athletes for years to come,” said Oakland University Director of Athletics Steve Waterfield. “I look forward to the Athletics Department's expanded collaborations with OU Credit Union and the many positive outcomes these collaborations will create for OU Credit Union members, OU and the community."
The O’rena opened in 1999 as the university transitioned to NCAA Division I, hosting Golden Grizzlies Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball and Volleyball teams. Stakeholders have seen a slew of stout Summit League, Horizon League, and non-conference Power Five opponents hit “The Blacktop.”
"As a longtime partner with Oakland University, OU Credit Union is pleased to expand our partnership with Oakland University Athletics with the naming of the O’rena. Through this sponsorship, we are looking forward to expanding our programming with OU Athletics, engaging our members and the campus with events and community programs,” said MSU Federal Credit Union President/CEO April Clobes.
“In a building where teamwork and working together for a common purpose are observed and celebrated, we are so proud that the ‘OU Credit Union O’rena’ will be center stage for a long and mutually beneficial sponsorship," OU President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz added.
OU Credit Union will also receive signage and graphic displays throughout the facility. The company already greets visitors to the Oakland University Athletics website through various sponsorships in coverage of Golden Grizzly student-athletes. OU Credit Union has been the official Credit Union of Oakland University since 2013.
“This is truly a landmark partnership for Oakland University Athletics and OU Credit Union,” said Playfly Sports Properties President Christy Hedgpeth. “Naming rights deals hold immense power and influence to local and regional fandoms, and building an even more comprehensive partnership around that marquee asset will be an impressive case study on brand impact and engagement. The OU Sports Properties team is eager to start activating these assets for both the Oakland University Athletics community and OU Credit Union to transform the beloved O’rena for the student-athletes and fans.”
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Oakland University Credit Union was established as a trade name of Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU). MSUFCU was founded in 1937 to serve the Michigan State University community. In 1958, the Credit Union extended its field of membership to serve the Oakland University community. MSUFCU and OU Credit Union together have 21 branches, over 350,000 members, more than $7 billion in assets, and over 1,100 employees. For more information, visit oucreditunion.org.
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MSUFCU's Foundation Celebrates Four Years of Making an Impact in Local Communities
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union’s (MSUFCU’s) foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund, is celebrating its fourth anniversary on April 1, 2023.
Named after the desk drawer out of which MSUFCU was founded in 1937, the Desk Drawer Fund was established in 2019 with a mission to empower members, employees, and businesses to contribute to a universal well-being by investing in our local communities. The founding idea that we can make a difference together remains true today through the work of the foundation and the donors who support it.
“We are excited to celebrate four years of making a difference through the Desk Drawer Fund by giving back where our employees and members work and live,” said Susi Elkins, Desk Drawer Fund Foundation President. “With the support of our MSUFCU and OU Credit Union communities, we look forward to making a meaningful impact for many more years to come.”
In 2022, the foundation introduced quarterly Desk Drawer Fund Member Raffles, giving MSUFCU and OU Credit Union members the chance to win up to $20,000 by purchasing raffle tickets at Credit Union branches. Half of the funds raised were donated to the Desk Drawer Fund and invested back into the communities the Credit Union serves. The raffles continue to be an opportunity for members to help support the foundation’s mission to contribute to the public good and make a positive impact in our communities.
The Desk Drawer Fund awarded $487,278 in grants to 46 nonprofit organizations in 2022, all supporting at least one of the foundation’s five philanthropic pillars — Arts and Culture, Stable Housing, Empowering Youth, Financial Education, and Fostering Entrepreneurialism.
Since its inception, the Desk Drawer Fund has gifted more than $1.6 million. This impact is possible because of donations from individuals and organizations looking to make a difference in the communities MSUFCU and OU Credit Union serves.
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About MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 350,000 members, over $7 billion in assets, and more than 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
About Desk Drawer Fund
Founded in 2019, the Desk Drawer Fund is a foundation supporting the MSUFCU and Oakland University Credit Union communities. It provides community-oriented opportunities for members, employees, and businesses to contribute to the public well-being through five philanthropic pillars — Arts and Culture, Stable Housing, Empowering Youth, Financial Education, and Fostering Entrepreneurialism. For more than four years, the foundation and its donors have granted more than $450,000 annually, supporting nonprofit organizations that are vital to our communities. To contribute to the foundation or learn more, visit deskdrawerfund.org.
MSUFCU Announces Q1 2023 Desk Drawer Fund Raffle Winner
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and the Desk Drawer Fund are excited to announce the winner of the Q1 2023 Desk Drawer Fund Member Raffle. On Friday, March 10, 2023, Michelle Wilcox was randomly selected as the Q1 2023 grand prize winner of $20,000.
"I am shocked, humbled, and full of gratitude,” said Michelle Wilcox. “This was a much needed blessing that came at just the right time!”
Throughout the year, MSUFCU and OU Credit Union members have a chance to win up to $20,000 in the quarterly Desk Drawer Fund Member Raffle when they purchase raffle tickets at any of the Credit Union’s branches. The Q1 raffle saw 2,504 tickets sold, with a total amount of $41,080 raised. Half of the funds raised will be donated to the Desk Drawer Fund and invested back into the communities the Credit Union serves. By purchasing a raffle ticket, Credit Union members are supporting the Desk Drawer Fund’s mission to contribute to the public good and make a positive impact in our communities. Members will have another chance to win during the 2023 Q2 raffle, with tickets going on sale beginning April 17, 2023
“We want to extend our congratulations to Ms. Wilcox on winning the Desk Drawer Fund Member Raffle this quarter and thank all of our members who participated by purchasing tickets,” said Susi Elkins, MSUFCU Chief Community Impact Officer. “One of the most rewarding aspects of hosting this raffle is that it allows our credit union members to have a direct impact on making our local communities stronger.”
The Desk Drawer Fund is a foundation supporting the MSUFCU and OU Credit Union communities. It provides opportunities for Credit Union members, employees, and businesses to contribute to the public well-being through five philanthropic pillars — arts and culture, stable housing, empowering youth, financial education, and fostering entrepreneurialism. In 2022, the Desk Drawer Fund donated over $487,000 to philanthropic causes and organizations.
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 335,000 members, $7 billion in assets, and nearly 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org
MSUFCU Donates $50,000 to WKAR Public Media
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) awarded $50,000 to WKAR Public Media to support the station’s community-wide educational initiatives. The donation was presented at WKAR’s annual PBS KIDS Day event on January 28, 2023, where hundreds of families gathered to participate in educational activities hosted by partners from communities throughout mid-Michigan.
“We are proud to sponsor WKAR’s educational initiatives, including the WKAR Reading Kit project that provides over 10,000 books to children and families,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO. “We’re pleased to partner with WKAR to ensure that all children in our community have access to high quality educational programming.”
The donation will enable WKAR’s education department to host community pop-up events and procure more literacy tools and books to be distributed to children and families throughout mid-Michigan. In addition, the donation will assist WKAR in hosting more virtual education workshops and trainings for educators and families.
“This gift from MSUFCU will allow us to support the educational needs of the community in ways that will have a lasting and positive impact on children and their families,” said Shawn Turner, general manager of WKAR. “Thanks to the generosity of MSUFCU, we are able to put resources in place to benefit parents, educators, and children across mid- Michigan. It’s the kind of work that really matters to everyone here at WKAR.”
As an award-winning producer of original television and radio programming, WKAR is uniquely poised to be a leader in children’s education across mid-Michigan. The station recently celebration its 100th year in operation. The Century of Service celebration continues through much of 2023.
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping- people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 335,000 members, $7 billion in assets, and nearly 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
About WKAR
WKAR Public Media is the Michigan capital region source for award-winning original television and radio, and the best from PBS and NPR. WKAR is part of Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences and includes WKAR TV, WKAR Radio, wkar.org, WKAR Radio Reading Service, WKAR Family, and WKAR Ready to Learn.
MSUFCU Launches Updated Financial 4.0 Website and App with Ever Green 3C
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is excited to announce the launch of the newly updated MSUFCU Financial 4.0 website and app on February 7, 2023. MSUFCU partnered with Ever Green 3C, a credit union service organization (CUSO) owned by Reseda Group, to develop the new site and content management system used for educational outreach, financial literacy, and engagement with MSU students and student members ages 16-28.
The Financial 4.0 site and app are free financial resources designed to help educate students and develop a more engaged relationship between them and the Credit Union to promote lifelong financial literacy and empowerment. The new Financial 4.0 site will feature all of the blog posts, podcasts, videos, quizzes, contests, and event information that student members are used to engaging with, but with a new, enhanced design look and upgraded user experience.
The new Financial 4.0 mobile apps will also reflect the same look and feel as the new site. The iOS and Android apps are available for download in their respective app stores. Previous versions of the mobile apps will no longer be supported by MSUFCU. To experience the new features and content available, users are encouraged to download the new version of the app from the app store by searching ‘Financial 4.0 for MSU’.
“Part of our mission as a credit union is to provide financial education in the communities we serve,” said Susi Elkins, Chief Community Impact Officer at MSUFCU and President of Ever Green 3C. “With resources like our Financial 4.0 site, we will continue to find new and innovative ways to provide children and adults of all ages with the knowledge and support needed to be financially successful throughout their lives.”
Additionally, the associated Oakland University Credit Union Financial 4.0 site and mobile app are also scheduled to receive the same design and technical updates in the near future.
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About MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 335,000 members, $7 billion in assets, and nearly 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
About Reseda Group
Reseda Group helps credit unions thrive by delivering innovative products and solutions to their members and communities. Driven by a shared goal of building better – everything – for members, Reseda Group invests in strategic partners bringing new technologies, digital resources, and industry solutions to market.Reseda Group is a wholly owned credit union service organization (CUSO) of Michigan State University Federal Credit Union.
About Ever Green 3C
Ever Green 3C was created to help credit unions establish better engagement, loyalty, and lifelong relationships with their members and communities through financial education solutions.Ever Green 3C is powered by Reseda Group, a wholly-owned CUSO of MSUFCU.
MSUFCU Sponsors Annual MSU SpartaHack
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) recently sponsored the 2023 MSU SpartaHack competition. This student-run programming event saw this year’s participation increasewith over 500 hackers, 90 teams, and 25 schools.
During the 24-hour event, 35 teams participated in the Community Hack portion of the event, where employees of the Credit Union served as judges and selected the winning team, BedTime Stories.
In 24 hours, the student team went from a concept focused on solving a community need to a working application. The BedTime Stories team’s project focused on child literacy, specifically for children with learning disabilities, autism, or struggling with learning to read. The team identified that children react better to their parents’ voices to help them learn. Seeing a need for parents working outside of the conventional 9 to 5, BedTime Stories developed an application that houses a library of books for children that allows parents to read to them via prerecorded audio and video files.
MSUFCU continues to foster growth and development through sponsorships like this to further innovation in the community and champion students to reach their goals and dreams.
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 335,000 members, $7 billion in assets, and nearly 1,100 employees. For more information, visitmsufcu.org
MSUFCU Campus 2 Career Program Wins RippleMatch 2023 Campus Forward Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is excited to announce that its Campus 2 Career internship program has been selected as a RippleMatch 2023 Campus Forward Award winner. The Campus Forward Awards recognize the top early-career training and internship programs in the nation. RippleMatch, the awarding organization, is a recruitment automation platform that specializes in supporting Gen Z job seekers to find career opportunities.
Programs selected for this award represent a commitment to the next generation of talent through the following criteria
:Demonstrated investment in early career hiringInnovative and multi-faceted approach to university recruitmentOverarching commitment to diversity and inclusionImpactful internship programGrowth and development of the next generation of talentMSUFCU’s Campus 2 Career internship program focuses on helping university student interns identify their passion and skillset in order to place them in a position within the Credit Union that matches their career goals. The Campus 2 Career program partners with student groups, organizations such as Women in Business, multicultural business groups, and university divisions such as the MSU Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions to recruit students and candidates who are not normally encouraged to apply for internship opportunities. The program removes typical barriers in place for selecting candidates, such as restrictions on job experience or professional skills, instead prioritizing candidates with an interest in learning and exploring career paths. As a result, the Campus 2 Career program’s intern to full-time position conversation rate is 19%.
“We are truly honored to be selected as a Campus Forward Award recipient,” said Susi Elkins, MSUFCU Chief Community Impact Officer. “Our program is built around the concept of continual growth, and we believe in investing in our interns’ professional development to help them establish careers within our organization. It is rewarding to see those efforts and the success of our interns recognized.”
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 335,000 members, $7 billion in assets, and nearly 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
$1 Million MSUFCU Gift Boosts Music Education in Detroit
EAST LANSING, Mich. — More students across Detroit will now have access to the power of music educationthanks to a $1 million gift from MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU).
Michigan State University Community Music School-Detroit (CMS-D), an outreach arm of the MSU College ofMusic, will use the funds to provide sustainable resources through the new Detroit Regional Engagement andAccess to Music Endowment (MSUFCU DREAM Fund).
“CMS-D is an incubator for artistic excellence and cultivates a diverse and connected community by providingopportunities for lifelong education, college and career readiness, mentorship, and belonging,” said CMS-D
Director Kristopher Johnson. “We need partners who share our vision and are as committed as we are to removingbarriers to music education in Detroit. I am extremely grateful that we have such a supportive partner in MSUFCU.”
At CMS-D, students of any age can engage weekly in high quality and accessible sequential music educationthrough early childhood music, music therapy, group and private lessons, youth ensembles, adult ensembles, andmusic production classes.
“The vibrant cultural legacy within Detroit, combined with access to inspiring music education, is an undeniablerecipe for the continued success of personal development, fostering enriched lives through the power of music,”Johnson said.
CMS-D has had a significant presence in Detroit since opening in 2009. With the MSUFCU DREAM Fundendowment in place, CMS-D will be able to strengthen its subsidized tuition program. Funds will also go towardinstrument loans for CMS-D students in need, an MSUFCU Detroit Arts Leadership Engagement Program, and anannual MSU On the Road at MSUFCU Detroit Concert Series.
The CMS-D funds are part of a $5.5 million commitment from MSUFCU that will advance three MSU art programsover five years and bolster the university’s arts strategy.
“As MSUFCU celebrates 85 years of partnership with MSU, we’re proud of all we have accomplished together onbehalf of campus and community,” said MSUFCU President and CEO April Clobes. “We’re pleased to continue oursupport through these creative and innovative projects that will enhance the lives of our members.
The $1 million gift is part of a $5.5 million commitment from MSUFCU that will advance three MSU art programsover five years and bolster the university’s arts strategy. It is also the latest in a line of significant support fromMSUFCU for MSU College of Music programs.
“Whether it be our highly successful MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence program, our career-focused MSUFCUEntrepreneurial Musical Artist in Residence program, or other initiatives over the years, the College of Music andthe MSUFCU have an extensive history of creative, effective, and sustainable collaborations,” said College ofMusic Dean James Forger. “The MSUFCU DREAM Fund is a continuation of that strong partnership and will havea significant impact on music education in Detroit.”
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About MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 335,000 members, $7 billion in assets, and nearly 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
About MSU College of Music
Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1934, the College of Music at MichiganState University is a national leader and innovator offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in musicperformance (brass, winds, percussion, piano, strings, and voice), music education, music theory, musicology,composition, conducting, piano pedagogy, and jazz studies. From its modest beginning as a regionally respecteddepartment of music to a college that is nationally and internationally acknowledged to be among the best in severalareas of performance and music education, the College of Music welcomes a diverse group of students from 41
states and 17 countries.
About MSU Community Music School – Detroit
Since 2009, the MSU Community Music School - Detroit (CMS-D) has provided high-quality music education andmusic therapy services. Classes are offered for babies through seniors, and everyone in between. Through sequentialmusic study, CMS-D builds 21st century life skills in urban youth and fills a unique niche in the local musiceducation landscape. Lessons are offered at subsidized prices, financial aid is available to those in need, andinstruments are loaned at no cost to registered students.
MSUFCU Announces Its 2023 Charity Partners
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce its four 2023 charity partners, chosen by employees through the MSUFCU CU Involved program.
Employees will support New Day Foundation for Families, Allen Neighborhood Center, The Davies Project, The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) – Traverse City and the Credit Union’s ongoing charity partner, Capital Area United Way, through quarterly volunteer and fundraising efforts.
Funds raised by employees in the first quarter will benefit New Day Foundation for Families, in the financial education category. New Day Foundation, based in Rochester Hills, Michigan, is patient-centric Michigan cancer support organization that provides financial and emotional resources to improve quality of life and treatment outcomes.
Second-quarter fundraising efforts will benefit Allen Neighborhood Center (ANC), in the fostering entrepreneurialism category. ANC, located in Lansing, Michigan’s east side, serves as a hub where neighbors can access resources designed to improve their health and well-being; expand job and entrepreneurial opportunities; create a sense of place, belonging, and community pride; and build a safe, sustainable, and thriving neighborhood.
The Davies Project, also based in Lansing, will receive funds raised in the third quarter, in the empowering youth category. This organization connects families to resources and the community by providing reliable transportation for seriously ill children and pregnant women as they seek essential health care services. Volunteer drivers provide rides to medical appointments for children with serious health conditions, pregnant women, and for parents with a baby in the NICU if no vehicle is available.
The Women’s Resource Center, located in Traverse City, Michigan, will receive funds in the fourth quarter, in the stable housing category. The nonprofit supports domestic and sexual abuse survivors, provides protection and shelter during their healing journeys, and empowers the community through education and awareness.
Capital Area United Way benefits from MSUFCU’s fundraising efforts through donations from dress down days and an annual payroll deduction campaign.
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 330,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Announces Q4 2022 Desk Drawer Fund Raffle Winner
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and the Desk Drawer Fund are excited to announce the winner of the Q4 2022 Desk Drawer Fund Member Raffle. On Friday, December 16, 2022, Kathleen Edsall-Parr from East Lansing, Michigan was randomly selected as the Q4 2022 grand prize winner of $11,640. She purchased her winning raffleticket from the MSUFCU Farm Lane Branch.
“I feel so lucky and greatly appreciative to win this raffle,but even more so for all the organizations that will benefit from the Desk Drawer Fund itself,” said Katheleen Edsall-Par. “Thank you, MSUFCU!”
Throughout the year, MSUFCU and Oakland University Credit Union members have a chance to win up to $20,000 in the quarterly Desk Drawer Fund Member Raffle when they purchase raffle tickets at any of the Credit Union’s branches. The Q4 raffle saw 1,164 tickets sold, with a total amount of $23,280 raised. Half of the funds raised will be donated to the Desk Drawer Fund and invested back into the community. By purchasing a raffle ticket, Credit Union members are supporting the Desk Drawer Fund’s mission to contribute to the public good and make a positive impact in our communities. Members will have another chance to win during the 2023 Q1 raffle. Tickets go on sale January 23, and the drawing will be held March 10.
“We want to congratulate Ms. Edsall-Parr on winning the Desk Drawer Fund Member Raffle and thank all of our members who participated by purchasing tickets,” said Susi Elkins, Chief Community Impact Officer of MSUFCU. “Through its many initiatives, like the raffle, the Desk Drawer Fund empowers our members to invest in their local communities and make a positive difference.”
The Desk Drawer Fund is a foundation supporting the MSUFCU and Oakland University Credit Union communities. It provides community-oriented opportunities for members, employees, and businesses to contribute to the public well-being through five philanthropic pillars — arts and culture, stable housing, empowering youth, financial education, and fostering entrepreneurialism. In 2021, the Desk Drawer Fund donated over $453,000 to philanthropic causes and organizations.
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 335,000 members, $7 billion in assets, and nearly 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Gives Back This Holiday Season Through Annual Giving Tree Program
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) partnered with area charities to participate in the annual Giving Tree program that provides gifts or monetary donations to help make the holiday season merry and bright for families in need.
“Giving back to the community is at the core of who we are at MSUFCU, and Giving Tree is one more way our employees, members, and community are committed to making a positive difference,” said Susi Elkins, MSUFCU Chief Community Impact Officer. “We’re pleased to bring the community and charitable organizations together once again to make the holiday season special for local families.”
Credit Union members and employees chose gift tags with children’s requests from Giving Tree poster displays located at MSUFCU branches. From Nov. 14, 2022 to Dec. 7, 2022, unwrapped gifts or monetary donations were delivered to MSUFCU branches.
This year, MSUFCU partnered with Child and Family Charities, Clarkston Area Youth Assistance, The Boy and Girls Club of Grand Rapids, and Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan to collect gift requests from families. Traverse City employees also sponsored two children through Child and Family Services’ Paper Angels program.
Collectively, employees and members donated nearly 220 gifts to this year’s Giving Tree partners – helping to provide holiday gifts to nearly 100 children in our communities.
“There are not enough words to describe the difference that MSUFCU’s participation in the Giving Tree program is making in the lives of Clarkston Area Youth Assistance program children and their families,” said Joyce Bleim of the youth assistance organization. “They are truly amazed that complete strangers cared enough to make sure their children received Christmas gifts.Our children deal with unbelievable circumstances and thanks to MSUFCU at least they get to enjoy Christmas like other kids.”
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 330,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Member Wins Third Place in MCUL 2022 Grand Raffle
EAST LANSING, Mich. — An MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) member, Thomas Geissinger, was recently randomly selected as a third-place winner of $1,000 in the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) 2022 Grand Raffle.The Grand Raffle is one of the largest fundraising events in the credit union industry and benefits the MCUL's Federal political action committee (PAC), MCULLAF. MCULLAF supports candiates for state and local offices who have demonstrated a belief in the principles of the credit union movement. The grand prize for the Grand Raffle drawing is a choice between $20,000 cash or $20,000 towards the purchase of a pre-selected vehicle. The second place prize is $5,000 cash, and there are ten third place prizes of $1,000 each.
“Wow, a raffle win of $1,000 from MSU Federal Credit Union and the MCULat Christmas time. It doesn’t get better than that,” said Thomas Geissinger. “I’ve been an MSUFCU member since it was only one lone building on Crescent Road, just off of Harrison Road. How times have changed, and only for the better at the MSUFCU!”
“We want to congratulate Mr. Geissinger on winning third place in the MCUL 2022 Grand Raffle and thank all of our members who participated by purchasing tickets,” said Susi Elkins, Chief Community Impact Officer,MSUFCU. “The Grand Raffle greatly benefits Michigan credit unions and their members by strengthening the credit union movement. ”
Additionally, the individuals who sell winning tickets also receive cash prizes for their parts in the raffles’ success. Each seller of a second or third prize winning ticket receives $100.Tina B., an MSUFCU Loan Officer at the Central Park Branch in Okemos, Michigan, sold the third-prize winning ticket to Mr. Geissinger.
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 330,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU's Foundation Donates $500,000 to Child and Family Charities
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is proud to announce its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund, is supporting the Greater Lansing Community by donating $500,000 to Child and Family Charities (CFC).
The donation — presented Sunday, Nov. 20, as part of MSUFCU’s 85th Anniversary Celebration — is allocated over five years in support of Child and Family Charities’ Be the Light capital campaign to better support behavioral health, child abuse prevention, and child welfare services.
“The Desk Drawer Fund was created to support our community and its endeavors in meaningful ways,” said Susi Elkins, MSUFCU Chief Community Impact Officer and Desk Drawer Fund President. “We are honored to help support the work that Child and Family Charities is doing every day to meet the needs of families in our region.”
In 1937, eight Michigan State College faculty and staff opened what was then called MSC Employees Credit Union on campus, which they operated out of a desk drawer. The Desk Drawer Fund, named to honor the Credit Union’s origins, presents opportunities for members and employees to make donations — large or small — to a fund that is ultimately distributed to charitable organizations that serve local communities across the Credit Union’s five philanthropic pillars: arts and culture, stable housing, empowering youth, financial education, and fostering entrepreneurialism. In 2021, donations to the Desk Drawer Fund enabled community support of over $435,000.
“MSUFCU has prioritized serving not only its members but also its community,” said Elliott Daniels, Vice Chair of the Desk Drawer Fund Board. “The Desk Drawer Fund has an opportunity to help Child and Family Charities to create the consolidated campus of services for children, youth, and families right here in our own community. This gift will help fund Child and Family Charities’ new services building which will have behavioral health, child abuse prevention, and child welfare services. This larger space will allow CFC to serve an additional 1,500 individuals per year. They currently serve over 15,000. The services building also features collaboration and community spaces, which MSUFCU will use to provide financial education workshops.”
“Right now, we reach 8,000 individuals in MidMichigan and 15,000 statewide,” said Julie Thomasma, Child and Family Charities CEO. “This building is going to allow us to do so much more and reach more youth who need us. This speaks volumes to MSUFCU’s true commitment to their values and investing in children and families in this region.”
For more information about Children and Family Charities, to view 3D plans for the new space, and to donate, visit childandfamily.org/be-the-light/.
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan; has 21 branches; more than 330,000 members; almost $6.9 billion in assets; and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Welcomes Rebecca Surian as Vice President of University Relations
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is excited to welcome Rebecca Surian, recently named Vice President of University Relations of their Community Impact division. As the Vice President of University Relations, her primary focus will be to secure and develop relationships with university partners through MSUFCU’s digital brand, Collegiate Credit Union (CCU).
“We are pleased that Rebecca is joining MSUFCU in this role,” said Susi Elkins, Chief Community Impact Officer at MSUFCU. “She brings extensive fundraising expertise and a proven track record of program development success to the role, both which will support our goals of expanding our service footprint and establishing relationships with new CCU members.”
Most recently, Surian led the Spartan Fund as the Director of Development within MSU Athletics. Before that, she spent over 10 years in the College of Music, driving unprecedented growth through philanthropy. During her time in the MSU Athletics Department, Surian led an 18-member team whose work resulted in a record-breaking $70.3M fundraising year in 2022-23, for 23 teams and 700+ student-athletes.
Surian has been an MSUFCU member since the 1980s when she joined through her father who was on faculty at MSU. She has lived in the greater East Lansing area her entire life; she met her husband while attending MSU and together they raised two daughters who are also graduates of MSU–and MSUFCU members.
“I am thrilled to join the MSUFCU team and thankful for this opportunity,” said Rebecca Surian. “I look forward to working to help our members achieve financial security, their goals, and their dreams!”
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 330,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Celebrating NIL Partnership with MSU Women's Basketball Players
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is once again showing its support of student-athletes by entering Name, Image, and Likeness agreements with eligible players on the Michigan State University women’s basketball team for the 2022-2023 season.
This will be the second year of MSUFCU’s NIL partnership with members of the MSU Women’s Basketball team. A special kick-off event was held with MSU women’s players for Credit Union members and high school girls’ basketball teams from the region on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 4-6 p.m. at MSUFCU Headquarters 1, 3777 West Road in East Lansing.
“Our goal through the partnership is to empower women to grow and succeed,” said April Clobes, President and CEO of MSUFCU. “It was gratifying to see our local area young people connect with the athletes, and we look forward to providing more opportunities for member engagement with the team throughout the year.”
The Credit Union has been a sponsor of MSU athletics for more than 13 years, and MSUFCU became the presenting partner of MSU Women’s Basketball in 2019 as part of its multiyear athletics sponsorship agreement.
“We know our members appreciate the contributions these outstanding leaders bring to campus and community, said Susi Elkins, MSUFCU’s Chief Community Impact Officer. “We’re proud to shine a light on their accomplishments through this special partnership.”
Before entering into a mutually beneficial, financial industry exclusive relationship with the players, MSUFCU discussed specific details with student athletes on how the partnership would work. The student athletes are excited to participate and took time to align requirements of the NIL contracts with their existing commitments.
“I want to thank MSUFCU for the contract and that we appreciate the support going into this season,” said Moira Joiner, senior on MSU Women’s Basketball team. “We love what MSUFCUstands for as a Credit Union in our community and their willingness to endorse and support women’s sports – it means a lot.”
MSUFCU views this partnership as an opportunity to assist women athletes and to recognize the value they bring to the university and the community. As part of their contracts, the student-athletes will support ongoing efforts of the Credit Union throughout the year.
"It was great to see everyone come out to support us at the event,” said Jayla James, senior on MSU Women’s Basketball team. “I want to thank MSUFCU for their support that furthers our independence as players.”
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For winner for six consecutive years, and one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes’ Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan, has 21 branches, more than 335,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Celebrates Pay It Forward Week
EAST LANSING, Mich. — ­In honor of their 85thanniversary, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) celebrated their annual Pay it Forward week from Sunday, November 13 to Saturday, November 19.
MSUFCU’s Pay ItForward week is an annual opportunity for the Credit Union to give back to the community, one of their core philanthropic pillars. During Pay it Forward week, the Credit Union held several promotions for members and employees alike.
Gift Card Giveaway: MSUFCU surprised members who visited their branches with gift cards to various Local Loyalty partners and other local businesses. In total, 1,500 five dollar gift cards – a total of $7,500 in gift cards –supporting 23 local businesses were distributed.Local Heroes: MSUFCU employees nominated and selected local heroes, individuals working to make positive improvements in their community, who each received $500 to help further their impact.Jodi Schrader,Saved by ZadeMelissa Keck,Warrior Girl Strong ProjectVolunteer Challenge: MSUFCU challenged its employees to collectively volunteer 85 hours in the community during Pay It Forward week, either independently or by making cards for local hospital patients and caregivers as a group. In total, MSUFCU employees volunteered 128 hours during the week.“To commemorate our anniversary each year, we look forward to spreading kindness in our communities and donating to individuals and causes selected by our employees,” said Susi Elkins, Chief Community Impact Officer of MSUFCU. “Pay It Forward is an impactful and important Credit Union tradition and, as we celebrate its tenth year, we are pleased to support local businesses, local heroes, and our members in the communities we serve.”
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 335,000 members, $7 billion in assets, and nearly 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU 85th Anniversary Celebration
EAST LANSING, Mich. — To commemorate MSU Federal Credit Union’s (MSUFCU) 85th Anniversary this month, the Credit Union, its Board of Directors, and management welcomed invited special guests and community members to a celebration event at its headquarters campus in East Lansing, MI on November 20, 2022.
Over 1,500 guests enjoyed an afternoon of food, fun, and activites along with remarks from MSUFCU’s President/CEO April Clobes and others. Attendees were treated to complimentary refreshments from Saddleback BBQ, Slice by Saddleback, Morton’s Fine Catering, Cappuccino Man, and Melting Moments.
Additionally, MSUFCU celebrated its Pay ItForward week before the anniversary celebration as an annual opportunity for the Credit Union to give back to the community, one of their core philanthropic pillars. During Pay it Forward week, the Credit Union held several promotions for members and employees alike.
MSUFCU also offerred special rate increases on their Certificate offerings to celebrate their 85th anniversary throughout the month, including
:.10% APY more on 3-18 month Certificates.25% APY more on 19-47 month Certificates.50% APY more on 48 month and longer Certificates###
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 335,000 members, $7 billion in assets, and nearly 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU, Visa Expanding Access to Financial Literacy at MSU
EAST LANSING, Mich. - At a time when inflation and interest rates are climbing daily, it's more important than ever before for young people to start their adult lives off on the right financial foot. On Oct. 13, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union and Visa presented the Michigan State University Department of Social Science with a gift of $300,000 to support the university's financial literacy programming for undergraduate students.
"These funds will be critical to the College of Social Science in its ability to provide an education and foundation of financial literacy to students," said Kyan Zeller, senior director of corporate relations at MSU. "To have this underpinning foundation in financial literacy really sets them up for success."
MSUFCU, which was created to support MSU faculty nearly 85 years ago, has a long history of supporting financial education.
"The College of Social Sciences has an initiative to ensure that personal financial awareness is available to all students. Several years ago, they came to us and asked for support to re-create the program because of our existing programs on campus," MSUFCU President and CEO April Clobes said, noting that the credit union and Visa previously partnered to fund the programs, provide course materials and send financial educators to teach.
Celeste Schwitters, senior vice president of community accounts at Visa, said supporting financial literacy education is one of the organization's core values.
"We as a corporate citizen feel very obligated to give back to the community," she said. "So, from a consumer education and financial literacy standpoint, we've been investing in that space for over 30 years."
Amanda Talbot, director of undergraduate education at MSU, said the importance of financial literacy for undergraduate students cannot be overstated.
"We hear from our students that they want this to be required . ... Financial literacy education, is for everyone every day, and it is critically important to all that we do," she said.
MSU students are already benefitting from existing financial literacy programming. MSU has seen consistent, measurable gains in graduation rates for those who take financial literacy classes compared to those who don't.
"It's a really valuable intervention to all of our students," said Mark Largent, MSU associate provost and dean for undergraduate education. "It's most effective at helping our students who would otherwise suffer from the biggest opportunity gaps."
MSUFCU is one of MSU's largest funders, investing more than $30 million over the 85-year partnership between the two organizations.
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For winner for six consecutive years, and one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan, has 22 branches, more than 330,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU to Bring Payments to Life on Game Day with Flow Networks
EAST LANSING, Mich. —MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) today announced an innovative new partnership with Flow Networks, creator of the Flow Platform that enables market leading financial institutions to grow their customers’ point of purchase activity and solve portfolio challenges across the customer lifecycle. The new partnership is designed to drive member engagement and increase card usage while activating MSUFCU’s sponsorships.
MSUFCU will use the Flow Networks platform to power a series of member engagement campaigns from the MSUFCU Mobile app. The initial Game Day campaign launches in conjunction with Michigan State Football home games. This will be followed by Game Day campaigns for MSU Women’s Basketball, Men’s Basketball, and Men’s Hockey.
The member experience brings the excitement of Game Day into the payment moment. Upon making a payment with a credit or debit Visa card, the MSUFCU Mobile app engages the member with a sports-themed mobile game and a chance to compete for a top position on the Game Day leaderboard. Top Game Day players will receive $200 gift cards.
This Game Day integration allows MSUFCU to access the power of Flow Network’s capabilities to engage with their members at the moment of payment. The Flow platform offers card issuers an “app store” of pre-built, pre-designed engagement experiences that stream to members through their app. Experiences can include rewards, loyalty programs, payment tools, installments, or gamified experiences.
Flow Networks CEO Chris Boncimino said, “MSUFCU is a leader among credit unions in bringing new ideas and new technology to their members. Real-time consumer engagement increases card usage, builds loyalty, and reduces fraud. It can also be a lot of fun for Spartan fans playing MSUFCU’s Game Day.”
MSUFCU’s Chief Digital Strategy and Innovation Officer Ben Maxim said, “Our members will benefit from our partnership with Flow Networks in incredible ways. We are proud to partner with Flow Networks, whose platform opens a new frontier for member engagement. We are excited for the opportunity to offer our members meaningful, personalized experiences at the point of sale and beyond.”
“Game Day is just the beginning. At MSUFCU, we have moved past the impersonal plastic card payment moment. MSUFCU members will enjoy personalized engagement opportunities, rich rewards, and, of course, the trust and security that comes with every interaction they have with MSUFCU,” said Ami Iceman Haueter, Chief Research and Digital Experience Officer at MSUFCU.
The first MSUFCU Game Day Experience on September 24, 2022 saw 5,245 MSUFCU members participate out of 21,084 unique cardholder members who received the opportunity to play, a 24.9% engagement rate. The 5,245 participants played a total of 16,547 games, an average of 3.15 games per participant. The members who received the opportunity to play ranged in age from 18 to 66, with a median age of 29.
MSUFCU saw an increase in engagement with participating members, with an average of 1,975 more transactions made during the first Game Day Experience compared to the number of transactions made during the first two MSU Football home games when there was no MSUFCU Game Day Experience.
About MSUFCU
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 330,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
About Flow Networks
Flow Networks is a consumer engagement, loyalty, and retention company. Flow provides a secure platform connecting issuers and merchants with cardholders during payment for interactions, including rewards and digital receipts.
To learn how to own the payment moment, visit FlowNetworks.io.
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MSUFCU First Desk Drawer Fund Raffle Winner Announced
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Starting in the third quarter of 2022, MSUFCU and OU Credit Union members have a chance to win up to $20,000 in the quarterly Desk Drawer Fund Member Raffle when they purchase raffle tickets at any of of the Credit Union’s branches.
On Friday, October 7, 2022, Ronald Darling, Jr. from Holt, Michigan was randomly selected as the grand prize winner of $16,580.He purchased his winning raffleticket from the MSUFCU Holt Branch.
“To think that by simply purchasing a $20 raffle ticket, I’m supporting our community,” said Ronald Darling, Jr. “I still can’t believe that I won over sixteen thousand dollars in the first quarterly Desk Drawer Fund Raffle. Amazing.”
The first raffle saw 1,658 tickets sold, with a total amount of $33,160 raised. Half of the funds raised will be donated to the Desk Drawer Fund and invested back into the community. By purchasing a raffle ticket, Credit Union members are supporting Desk Drawer Funds mission to contribute to the public good and make a positive impact in our hometowns. Members will have another chance to win during the 2022 Q4 raffle in November.
“We want to congratulate Mr. Darling on winning the first Desk Drawer Fund Member Raffle and thank all of our members who participated by purchasing tickets,” said Susi Elkins, Chief Community Impact Officer of MSUFCU. “Through the Desk Drawer Fund we are able to further our philanthropic mission as a Credit Union. Our members’ support for the foundations’ efforts and initiatives, such as the raffle, have a direct impact on making our community stronger.”
The Desk Drawer Fund is a foundation supporting the MSUFCU and Oakland University Credit Union communities. It provides community-oriented opportunities for members, employees, and businesses to contribute to the public wellbeing through five philanthropic pillars — arts and culture, stable housing, empowering youth, financial education, and fostering entrepreneurialism. In 2021, the Desk Drawer Fund donated over $453,143.98 to philanthropic causes and organizations.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 330,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit Returns After One-Year Hiatus
LANSING, Mich. - After 13 years, the annual MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit took a year off to evaluate the event in the ongoing pandemic. Now that the world is in its new state of normal, we're proud to announce the return of the exhibit. The MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit will kick off in January and run through February, with an awards event in early March. Registration is open, and local high school art teachers are encouraged to register now to get their students started on their entries.
"We'd like to invite all local teachers to register and encourage their students to participate in the exhibit," said Susi Elkins, MSUFCU Chief Community Impact Officer. "It's a great way to celebrate creative growth and expression, and we're thrilled to continue the tradition in person this year."
After a television production for a pandemic version of the event in 2020, the event will return to its original format in 2023 with art displayed at MSUFCU Headquarters Building 1. The community will also be able to vote online at msufcuart.com and through social media. The awards are also juried by esteemed local artists. Students can win up to $300 and other recognition for their entries.
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing returns with support for the event. As in previous years, a billboard donated by the Arts Council will run after the event featuring the juried first-place winner's exhibit entry.
"For most artists, a passion for the arts begins in their youth," said Meghan Martin, Arts Council executive director. "With advocates like MSUFCU in our community, we are building a base for future artists and creative entrepreneurs. It is a pleasure to continue our partnership honoring the talent in our region and supporting the winning artist."
In the past, participating high schools have included Bath, DeWitt, East Lansing, Eaton Rapids, Everett, Fowlerville, Grand Ledge, Haslett, Holt, Laingsburg, Lansing Catholic, Lansing Christian, Mason, Okemos, St. Johns, Waverly, Webberville, and Williamston.
The winners of the Student Art Exhibit will be announced at a special awards ceremony at MSUFCU Headquarters Building 1 at 1 p.m. on March 5, 2023. The MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit is sponsored by 517 Magazine.
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 335,000 members, $7 billion in assets, and nearly 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 335,000 members, $7 billion in assets, and nearly 1,100 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Announces $5.5 Million Gift to Michigan State University
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) today announced a $5.5 million donation to Michigan State University that will advance three MSU arts programs over five years and bolster the university’s arts strategy.
"Michigan State considers the arts to be key instruments of knowledge and understanding embedded across the university’s educational, research and creative endeavors,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “Our arts strategy is an important component of the university’s strategic objectives of student, staff and faculty success; impactful innovation; and diversity, equity and inclusion. I want to thank MSUFCU for sharing our vision and investing in this vital area.”
The gift from MSUFCU includes $2.5 million for the MSUFCU Arts Power Up Endowment, which will fund two pilot programs: the MSUFCU Arts Power Up Arts Residencies at the STEAMpower Project, and the MSUFCU Arts Power Up to Start-Up program. An additional $2 million will support the MSU Museum’s new CoLab Studio, which evolved from the museum’s partnership with Science Gallery International. Another $1 million will support the College of Music’s MSUFCU DREAM Fund, or Detroit Regional Engagement and Access Music Endowment.
“As MSUFCU celebrates 85 years of partnership with MSU, we’re proud of all we have accomplished together on behalf of campus and community,” said MSUFCU president and CEO April Clobes. “We’re pleased to continue our support through these creative and innovative projects that will enhance the lives of our members.”
MSUFCU is one of MSU’s largest funders, investing more than $30 million over its history, half of which has gone to support the arts. Since 2008, MSUFCU has supported programming in the arts that has advanced career readiness, provided opportunities for students to work with high-caliber artists, offered lifelong learning programs in the performing arts and supported residency programs for artists and scholars. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For winner for six consecutive years, and one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes’ Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan, has 22 branches, more than 330,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Headquarters Branch Grand Opening
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), its Board of Directors, management, invited special guests, and community members celebrated the grand opening of the Credit Union’s new Headquarters Branch at 3775 Coolidge Road in East Lansing, Mich., on September 23, 2022.
This new branch building replaces the branch location that previously resided inside the MSUFCU Headquarters Building 1. The new full-service Headquarters Branch features drive-up Video Tellers, 24-hour ATMs, and an integrated branch design that offers sit-down stations rather than a traditional teller line. The stations are staffed by employees who are universally trained to handle a wide variety of transactions, including opening new accounts and processing loan applications.
To celebrate the new branch, new and current members can take advantage of limited-time grand opening specials at all Credit Union locations through November 30, 2022, including $500 off mortgage closing costs; a free travel mug with a new Visa Credit Card; and $250 bonus cash with a new checking account, Savings BuilderSM, and Visa Credit Card.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 330,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU, Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Building a Greener Community
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) recently partnered with the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) and the Community Housing Network (CHN) to plant six new trees at a CHN-owned lot in Oakland County, Michigan.
During the event on Friday, September 9, 2022, six MSUFCU employee volunteers planted Arborvitaes and one Maple tree as a first step in CHN’s long-term plan to transform the lot into a green space for neighborhood residents and community members to enjoy.
The Credit Union formed its partnership with MADA — a coalition of organizations dedicated to celebrating Arbor Day and the important role trees play in community health and well-being — in 2013. MSUFCU and MADA offer local students with the opportunity to learn about the importance of forestry and natural resources. Over the course of the partnership, more than 500 trees have been planted in the Greater Lansing area. This is the first collaborative effort for MSUFCU and MADA planting trees in Metro Detroit.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 330,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Employees Raise Over $51,000 for Charity Partners in Second Quarter
EAST LANSING, Mich. – MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) employees raised $51,647 for local organizations during the second quarter of 2022, bringing the total amount raised for their charity to $98,455.
As part of a yearlong charitable giving campaign, Credit Union employees select one charity partner per quarter to raise funds for. Throughout the second quarter of 2022, Love In Deed, was the charity partner of choice, receiving $43,470. Funds were raised through a variety of events including dress down days, online sales, and raffles.
Love In Deed’s mission is to support Michigan’s foster children by providing clothing, shoes, and other essential items for daily living at no cost to the foster families.
“We are overwhelmed and humbled by the incredible generosity of MSU Federal Credit Union employees during this second quarter charity partnership,” said Amy Heeschen, founder of Love In Deed. “The donated goods, as well as the financial support, will be used in multiple ways to further our mission of helping the children in foster care and their families throughout Mid-Michigan. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for helping us to Love In Deed.”
During the second quarter of 2022, Credit Union employees raised an additional $8,177 for Capital Area United Way (CAUW). CAUW is the Credit Union’s ongoing charity partner, benefiting from funds each quarter.
MSUFCU employees chose Youth Haven Ranch as their first quarter charity partner and raised $46,808. The Credit Union will support Barn Sanctuary in the third quarter and End Violent Encounters in the fourth quarter.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, more than 330,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU's VP of Digital Strategy and Innovation, Benjamin Maxim, Wins Technologist of the Year
EAST LANSING, Mich. –MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is proud to announce that the Vice President of Digital Strategy and Innovation, Benjamin Maxim, received first place in the Technologist of the Year Category of Finopotamus’ 2022 Tekkie Awards. The Tekkie Awards recognize outstanding achievements in credit union technology.
A new addition this year, the Technologist of the Year category is a special award recognizing an individual whose achievements embody not only great technology, but also the credit union ethos of people helping people.
In addition to his role at MSUFCU, Ben also serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Reseda Group and its subsidiaries. Reseda Group is a Credit Union Service Organization (CUSO) that helps credit unions remain relevant and competitive by delivering the best products and services to their membership.
“I am ecstatic to receive the Finopotamus Technologist of the Year award," said Benjamin Maxim, MSUFCU VP of Digital Strategy and Innovation. "At MSUFCU and Reseda Group, we’re always working to challenge ourselves through collaboration and networking to come up with the best fin-tech products and services out there."
“Ben’s tireless commitment to innovation comes from his belief that members deserve superior service in all forms of delivery,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO. “Our philosophy is that technology advancements should seamlessly enhance the member and employee relationship, and Ben’s imaginative approach has been integral to the success of our innovation efforts at the Credit Union and Reseda Group.”
Ben heads the growing digital and innovation team at MSUFCU. An important part of this team is working with The Lab at MSUFCU, which is a center for innovation that brings agility, collaboration, drive, and innovation together to turn ideas into advanced financial technologies.
Established to identify, create, and execute opportunities for innovation at the Credit Union, The Lab uses members and employees to pilot test various programs and technologies before implementing. By devoting resources to cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset, collaborative ideas then lead to new products and services for members and employees.
Some examples of technology that have come out of The Lab are MSUFCU CVV Key, which is an app that allows members to register their Visa Credit Card to receive a new and unique CVV2 code each time they use their card online or over the phone. This program helps increase security. Another app that was greenlit by The Lab was Fin-Life, which coaches members through 10 themes of financial wellness.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, more than 330,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU and Spartan Athletics Announce Expanded Partnership at Spartan Stadium and Munn Ice Arena
EAST LANSING, Mich. – MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and Michigan State Athletics have announced a naming entitlement for the club and suite areas inside Spartan Stadium and Munn Ice Arena. The 10-year agreement will change the names of the areas to the MSUFCU Club and Suites.
“We are excited to announce the expansion of our long-standing relationship with MSUFCU,” said Michigan State Vice President and Director of Athletics Alan Haller. “This exposure continues to enhance the alignment with our campus and community partners. We appreciate MSUFCU’s continued support of Michigan State Athletics and our student-athletes.”
“We are looking forward to our continued partnership and further supporting Spartan Athletics, student-athletes, and the MSU community," said April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO. "The Club and Suites are a visible commitment to our support of Spartan Athletics and provide an enhanced experience and space for football, hockey, and event attendees."
The MSUFCU Club, located on the fourth floor of Spartan Stadium, offers a host of amenities designed to provide fans with the ultimate game-day experience, including complimentary food and beverage services. Club seats are open to the stadium, while at the same time covered and heated in inclement weather. The air conditioned and heat-equipped club area is 18,500 square feet with comfortable living room style furniture, multiple TVs, private restrooms, and elevator access.
There are 24 MSUFCU Suites at Spartan Stadium located on the seventh floor that provide 18 or 36 person-seating capacities and offer unique game-day experiences with private amenities for families or businesses. The MSUFCU Suites are sold out for the 2022 football season.
The MSUFCU Club at Munn Ice Arena features excellent views of all the action on the ice from a private club on the south side second level. The spacious club includes multiple televisions, comfortable theater style seats and complimentary food and beverage services.
Munn Ice Arena’s MSUFCU Suites are a great way to host a party of 12-16 individuals in a private suite for a hockey game. The suites are available on a season or individual game basis (limited availability for the 2022-23 season), and include multiple televisions, comfortable theater style seats and catering at an additional charge.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, more than 330,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Celebrates Juntos Avanzamos Accreditation
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) was pleased to welcome community members to their Juntos Avanzamos accreditation celebration event at their Headquarters in East Lansing on June, 22, 2022.
MSUFCU earned the Juntos Avanzamos designation for its commitment to serving and empowering the Hispanic community. As a Juntos Avanzamos credit union, MSUFCU employs bilingual and culturally competent employees and leaders; accepts alternative forms of ID; and treats all members with respect regardless of immigration status.
“This designation demonstrates our commitment to our core value of cultivating diversity, equity, and inclusion as we serve the Hispanic community,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO. “Through our work with Juntos Avanzamos and Inclusiv, we are helping our members achieve their dreams.”
Translated as “Together We Advance,” Juntos Avanzamos credit unions help those who remain largely unbanked and vulnerable. This initiative showcases that working together with underserved communities is vital to helping them achieve financial security and independence.
During the accreditation ceremony, guests had the opportunity to hear remarks from MSUFCU President/CEO, April Clobes; MSUFCU DEI Director, Amanda Denney; East Lansing Mayor, Ron Bacon; East Lansing DEI Director, Elaine Hardy; Lansing Mayor, Andy Schor; Director of MSU Migrant Student Services, Luis A. Garcia; Lansing School Board of Education Trustee, Guillermo Z. Lopez; Cristo Rey Community Center CEO, Joseph J. Garcia; and Director of Juntos Avanzamos and Inclusiv PR Network, René Vargas Martínez.
“I’m proud that MSUFCU received this important designation,” said Joseph J. Garcia, CEO of Cristo Rey Community Center. “And I am very proud that my credit union, MSUFCU, was awarded this designation. It’s important to be open and available for the Hispanic community and I greatly appreciate it.”
Garcia continued, “For primary Spanish-speakers, most of the things we take for granted are day to day tasks, which can be daunting, overwhelming, frustrating, and challenging because of language barriers. Navigating our U.S. financial system is one of the biggest challenges. MSUFCU is a leader in helping overcome this challenge. It’s wonderful to take care of our Spanish-speaking members.”
“Normally when we engage with a credit union, the work can take years. It is a transformative process. But sometimes you find a credit union that has been doing it the whole time,” said René Vargas Martínez, Director of Juntos Avanzamos and Inclusiv PR Network. “This is one of those cases where we received the application and this criteria was designated even before we officially designated it.”
Guests were also invited to participate in a flag raising ceremony following the formal remarks, enjoy a selection of tapas and light refreshments, and watch performances by El Grupo Fiesta and Rey Rodriguez on the MSUFCU Headquarters lawn. The celebration was recorded and can be viewed on MSUFCU’s Facebook page.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, more than 330,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU's Chief Financial Officer Receives 2022 Outstanding Service Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Sara Dolan, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) Chief Financial Officer, recently received the 2022 Outstanding Service Award by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Finance Council.
CUNA is a national association that advocates on behalf of all American credit unions by delivering support, professional growth, and operational confidence to credit union leaders.
The Outstanding Service Award recognizes a credit union leader who is dedicated to their credit union’s core values and provides exceptional support to their employees, members, and community.
“During a period of rapid changes and uncertainty, credit unions continued to deliver extraordinary service to their communities and members over the past year," said Brandon Smith, chair of the awards and recognition committee. "We are delighted to pay tribute to the leaders who rose to the task at hand to continue to drive our industry.”
Dolan, who joined MSUFCU in 2005, was honored for her leadership in the financial industry, having served as a mentor and supporter of her employees in the workplace. Additionally, she has devised and executed strategies and initiatives designed to help MSUFCU members achieve and maintain financial security.
“Sara’s outstanding leadership has been invaluable to the Credit Union, as well as its employees, community, and the industry as a whole.” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO. “She has guided her employees and championed projects that provide solutions for our members, helping them achieve their dreams.”
Dolan has played a vital role in the launch of several MSUFCU products including its award-winning Savings BuilderSM account, which launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, the MSUFCU Visa Signature® Credit Card, and tap to pay technology on all MSUFCU Visa Credit and Debit Cards.
Beyond the workplace, Dolan is involved in the Greater Lansing and Michigan State University communities. She currently serves on the Michigan Electronic Recording Commission, McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation Board of Trustees, Delta Dental of Michigan Board of Directors, Renaissance Holding Company Board of Directors, Renaissance Health Services Corporation Board of Directors, The 4100 Group Board of Directors, and Trellance Data Advisory Committee.
Dolan was recognized for her achievements during the recent CUNA Finance Council Conference.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU has 22 branches, more than 327,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSU Federal Credit Union Expanding to Kentwood
EAST LANSING, Mich. – MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) announced today that it will be opening a full-service branch in Kentwood, Michigan, in spring 2023. The branch will be located at 4580 28th Street, and will be the Credit Union’s 24th branch.
The new branch will offer drive up Video Tellers and 24-hour ATMs, as well as a full range of financial products and services, including mortgages and business services. As a full-service branch, MSUFCU’s Kentwood location will create 10 new jobs — two managers (a branch manager and assistant manager) and 8 financial services representatives.
The Kentwood Branch will provide MSUFCU the opportunity to expand its services to nearly 7,500 members living within 10 miles of this branch. Located approximately 11 miles from the Credit Union’s Monroe Center Branch at 86 Monroe Center St. NW in Grand Rapids, the Kentwood Branch will offer additional account access and convenience to members who live and work in the area.
“The decision to expand to a second location in Kent County is part of our long-term growth strategy to better serve our existing and potential members,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “We are looking forward to joining the Kentwood community with this new branch location and helping more members achieve their dreams.”
The Credit Union offers a wide array of products and services designed to help its members achieve their dreams, including: free checking accounts and free financial education; programs to promote saving money and building credit wisely; mortgages; auto loans; credit cards; business loans; and much more.
The Credit Union will host a groundbreaking at the site of the future branch on June 24, 2022. Representatives of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce will also participate in the event.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, more than 327,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Welcomes Dr. Quinetta Roberson Connally, Ph.D., to Its Board of Directors
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Janet Lillie, Chair of the Nominations/Governance Committee of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Quinetta Roberson Connally, Ph.D., to the Credit Union’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Roberson Connally is the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Management and Psychology at Michigan State University, prior to which she was on the faculty at both Villanova and Cornell. She has been a visiting scholar at universities on six continents and has more than 20 years of global experience in teaching courses, facilitating workshops, and advising organizations on leadership, talent management, and diversity. Dr. Roberson Connally has published over 40 scholarly journal articles and book chapters, and edited a Handbook of Diversity in the Workplace. Her research and consulting work focus on developing organizational capability and enhancing effectiveness through the strategic management of people, particularly diverse work teams, and is informed by her background in finance, having worked as a financial analyst and small business development consultant prior to obtaining her doctorate. She earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Maryland, and holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Delaware, and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business.
Serving on the Board of Managers of MSUFCU’s holding company, Reseda Group, since March 2021, Dr. Roberson Connally has made many positive contributions. Her strong talent management and organizational capability skills have been an asset to the Reseda board, helping guide its future.
April Clobes, President/CEO of MSUFCU, commented, “We have had the privilege of benefiting from Quinetta’s many talents while she served on the Board of Managers of Reseda, and are pleased to welcome her to the MSUFCU Board of Directors. Her experience in leadership and finance will greatly benefit the Credit Union and its members. We look forward to her future contributions.”
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU has 22 branches, more than 327,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Expands to Detroit, Opening in Fall 2022
EAST LANSING, Mich. – MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) announced today that it will be opening a full-service branch in downtown Detroit in the fall of 2022. The new branch will be located at 243 W. Congress Street, at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Congress Street, in the historic Marquette Building, and will include a community room for use by nonprofit organizations and other community partners. The branch will be the Credit Union’s 23rd branch.
The Credit Union is finalizing its planning for the new branch, and construction is slated to begin in June.
“The goal with this new branch is twofold: to provide existing members with the quality financial services they know and trust in another convenient location, and also, to connect with Detroit residents and welcome them as new members,” said April Clobes, MSU Federal Credit Union President/CEO. “We look forward to helping area residents achieve financial security, their goals, and ultimately, their dreams.”
The Credit Union currently offers a HEROES mortgage option with 100% financing available, an origination fee of only $1,395, and for first-time homebuyers, a discount of $500. This loan is available to firefighters, law enforcement, EMS, healthcare, and active-duty military personnel, veterans, and teachers, as well as all support staff in these fields. The Credit Union also offers a robust first-time homebuyers program, free financial education for community members, and many programs to promote building credit wisely and saving money. Additionally, the Credit Union offers free checking accounts, auto loans, credit cards, business loans, and much more.
The new branch location will initially bring eight new jobs to Detroit. The Credit Union supports many local organizations that support those in the community, and is committed to working in partnership with community members by promoting local artists and small businesses, and by welcoming community groups to utilize the community room that will be part of the new MSUFCU space.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU has 22 branches, more than 327,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Announces Juntos Avanzamos Accreditation
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) announced it has earned the Juntos Avanzamos designation for its commitment to serving and empowering the Hispanic community. Translated as “Together We Advance,” Juntos Avanzamos credit unions help those who remain largely unbanked and vulnerable. This initiative showcases that working together with underserved communities is vital to helping achieve financial security and independence.
“Our Juntos Avanzamos designation represents MSUFCU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President and CEO. “Everyone deserves a pathway to financial success, and MSUFCU is proud of Amanda Denney’s work to provide an avenue where all members can achieve financial security, their goals, and ultimately, their dreams.”
Amanda Denney is the Credit Union’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
To qualify for the Juntos Avanzamos accreditation, credit unions must complete an extensive process to demonstrate how they serve Spanish-speaking people through inclusive underwriting policies, financial education, and affordable loans. This accolade is a strong representation that MSUFCU has made a commitment to cultivating an equitable environment based on inclusion. MSUFCU demonstrates itself as a trusted financial partner by employing bilingual team members, accepting alternative forms of ID such as ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Number), offering products and services suited to meet the financial needs of the Hispanic and immigrant communities, and simply by treating members with respect, regardless of immigration status.
“On behalf ofInclusivand the JuntosAvanzamosNetwork, we congratulate MSUFCU for their designation and their commitment to the financial inclusion and empowerment of Hispanics and immigrants in Michigan. MSUFCU has demonstrated that they are truly committed to DEI by adopting policies and procedures that remove barriers to financial inclusion and help the communities the credit union serves reach financial independence and build assets. We welcome the largestuniversity-basedJuntos-designatedcredit union in the U.S. to our network and look forward to our continued collaboration,” said Pablo DeFilippi, EVP atInclusivNetwork.
To celebrate the Juntos Avanzamos designation, the Credit Union will be hosting a proclamation ceremony including food, entertainment, and networking at its Headquarters campus. The event will be held on June 22, 2022, beginning at 1:00 p.m. For further event details, visit msufcu.org/events.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, more than 327,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Reelects Three to Board of Directors
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Three MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) Board members have been reelected for three-year terms, MSUFCU President/CEO April Clobes announced.
Those Board members are: Angela Brown; Gregory Deppong; and Steven Kurncz. Additional MSUFCU board members are: Bill Beekman; Ernest Betts; Michael Hudson; Elizabeth Lawrence; and Janet Lillie.
The Board elected the following to the Executive Committee: Gregory Deppong, Chair; Janet Lillie, Vice Chair; Steven Kurncz, Secretary; and Elizabeth Lawrence, Treasurer.
“The MSU Federal Credit Union Board members volunteer their time and considerable talents to govern the strategic direction of the Credit Union while representing all of our members’ interests,” said April Clobes, President/CEO of MSU Federal Credit Union. “We are fortunate and grateful for the dedication and engagement of our Board who works with us to deliver on our mission to provide our members and employees opportunities to achieve their dreams.”
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, more than 325,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and nearly 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSU Federal Credit Union Member Wins A Year's Worth of Car Payments
EAST LANSING, Mich. — In celebration of MSU Federal Credit Union’s (MSUFCU) Auburn Hills Regional Office Grand Opening, the Credit Union held an auto loan promotion for a chance to win a year’s worth of car payments. One lucky winner, Stephanie F., received $5,500 to cover her MSUFCU auto loan payments for the next 12 months.
From January 1, to February 28, 2022, individuals could enter MSUFCU’s sweepstakes for a chance to win up to $6,000 to cover 12 months’ worth of their car payments. The Credit Union chose that dollar amount ($6,000) as the average monthly car payment is around $500 — equating to the average annual cost of car payments.
“I am humbly grateful for being the recipient of this prize,” said Stephanie F. “We have had three car loans through MSUFCU and continue to come to them for our car loans, because they make it easy and flawless. Thank you again for this incredible gift.”
“From our members’ first cars to their dream cars, we help our members achieve their financial goals — and dreams,” said MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer Deidre Davis. “This promotion provided a fun and engaging way for us to talk about our low-rate auto loan options and the benefits of financing with MSUFCU.”
Located at 3220 University Dr. in Auburn Hills, Mich., the new regional office houses the Auburn Hills Branch, Campus 2 Career Intern Center, and several Credit Union departments, including Human Resources; Information Technology; Infrastructure, Planning, and Facilities; Call Center; and more.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 325,000 members, more than $6.7 billion in assets, and nearly 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSU Federal Credit Union partners with local artist, Zahrah Resh, to host MSU AgeAlive Butterfly Garden Exhibit
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union’s (MSUFCU) Affinity Groups have partnered with MSU AgeAlive artist in residence, Zahrah Resh, to create the Butterfly Garden Exhibit at its Headquarters Building located at 3777 West Rd. in East Lansing.
In 2018, MSUFCU introduced Affinity Groups — networks of employees drawn together by characteristics, affinities, or professional interests. Affinity Groups serve as an employee resource to foster communication, awareness, and an inclusive environment for all.
CU PRIME, MSUFCU’s 50+ Affinity Group, organized and hosted an in-person painting session with Resh as guest artist. Employees from all departments of the Credit Union worked together to create the nearly 1,000 painted paper butterflies for the art display. Each butterfly is a different shape, color, size, and style; and their unique qualities are what gives the entire exhibit its power. The exhibit, through its representation of butterflies, celebrates the diverse and individual strengths inherent in every person.
“At MSUFCU, we embody our core values each and every day. Our core value of ‘cultivating diversity, equity, and inclusion’ is the driving force behind the formation of our employee Affinity Groups,” said Amanda Denney, MSUFCU Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. “With the help of our Affinity Groups, we partnered with AgeAlive and artist, Zahrah Resh, to create the exhibit and celebrate our belief that all employees, members, and community members should be valued for their true, authentic selves.”
MSU AgeAlive is a program within the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine that promotes campus/community partnerships to advance shared goals of increasing well-being and quality of life for people of all ages and abilities. To learn more about AgeAlive, visitwww.agealive.org.
Installation of the Butterfly Garden Exhibit in the MSUFCU Headquarters’ lobby will be complete on March 10. The public is invited to visit and experience the Butterfly Garden Exhibit until May 9, 2022.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, nearly 325,000 members, more than $6.6 billion in assets, and nearly 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSU Federal Credit Union Ranks #18 in the 2022 Training APEX Awards
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) announced its learning and development program ranked #18 out of 95 placed organizations in the 2022 Training APEX Awards.
This is the fourth consecutive year Training Magazine has recognized MSUFCU for best-in-class employee training and development. For the second consecutive year, the Credit Union also received the Outstanding Training Initiative Award.
According to Training Magazine, the Training APEX Awards ranking is determined by assessing a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including financial investment in employee development, the scope of development programs, how closely such development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives, and their effectiveness in terms of business impact.
“We are honored for the recognition of our learning and development efforts at MSUFCU,” said Silvia Dimma, Chief Human Resources Officer. “From our employees’ first days at the Credit Union, we support them through a variety of training programs to ensure employees thrive and succeed— both personally and professionally. We offer in-person, virtual, and eLearning training sessions, creating an environment where everyone has the opportunity to learn and grow.”
In comparison to 2021, MSUFCU’s ranking is the largest increase of all awarded organizations — moving up 55 places from last year’s ranking.
Training Magazine is a professional development publication advocating using training and workforce development as a business tool. The magazine is targeted to training, human resources, and business management professionals in all industries.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, more than 320,000 members, more than $6.6 billion in assets, and nearly 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSU Federal Credit Union Celebrates the Grand Opening of Auburn Hills Regional Office
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) celebrated the grand opening of its Auburn Hills Regional Office on February 24, 2022, with an event for community members and partners. Attendees of the event enjoyed formal remarks by April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO; Angela Brown, MSUFCU Board Chair; Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, President of Oakland University; and Kevin Daniels, Mayor of Auburn Hills; among others. After a ceremonial ribbon cutting, attendees toured the new building.
“We are excited to celebrate our expansion in Oakland County,” said April Clobes, President/CEO of MSU Federal Credit Union/OU Credit Union. “The new regional office underscores our commitment to the students, faculty, and staff of Oakland University, to our members who live and work in the area, and to the community as a whole.”
The new three-story, 68,380 square-foot building will house Credit Union departments including Learning and Development; Human Resources; Information Technology; Infrastructure Planning and Facilities; a Call Center; and more.
Additionally, the Auburn Hills Branch (previously located at 3265 Five Points Drive) is located on the first floor of the regional office. Throughout 2021, the previous Auburn Hills Branch welcomed 645 new members and completed nearly 65,000 transactions. The new Branch has seen much traffic in its first few days, and has opened numerous accounts as well as safe deposit boxes.
The new location also has a community room available for community partners to use for events such as health fairs, seminars, board meetings, blood drives, and more. The Credit Union is also offering internships at its Campus 2 Career Intern Center located in the new regional office.
“Our Campus 2 Career Intern Center offers opportunities for real-world work experience that prepares students for today’s competitive environment,” commented Clobes. “Our robust internship program provides learning and growth opportunities for students, and supports the success of the region.”
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. Oakland University Credit Union (OU Credit Union) is a tradename of MSUFCU. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 322,000 members, more than $6.6 billion in assets, and nearly 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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Community Art Project Brings Pop of Color to MSUFCU Construction Site in Downtown East Lansing
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The construction site for MSU Federal Credit Union’s (MSUFCU) new seven-story office building in downtown East Lansing is getting a pop of color this week with the installation of new, vibrant fence panels featuring the artwork of local K-12 students.
This exciting community art project was made possible by a partnership between MSUFCU, the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the City of East Lansing, Granger and local art teachers.
The fence panels feature colorful, artistic weavings by high school students from East Lansing High School and K-6 students from Stepping Stones Montessori, with a total of 38 panels set to be installed around the construction site. MSUFCU and Granger facilitated the fence panel deliveries and installation, while the DDA assisted with the project by providing funding for the fence weaving art supplies.
“We are excited to celebrate local students and showcase their talents by bringing art to our community,” said April Clobes, President/CEO of MSU Federal Credit Union. “The artwork will create community connections much like the Credit Union does through its support of various programs.”
“The DDA was excited to support this community-driven project, which will showcase the creativity of local students, while also beautifying an area in downtown East Lansing that is currently under construction,” said East Lansing DDA Chair Mike Krueger. “This type of unexpected, community art certainly adds to the vibrancy in our downtown.”
The new fence panels will remain up throughout the duration of construction, with the project slated for completion in spring 2023. Community members can visit eastlansingbuzz.org for the latest updates on the project and to sign up for construction alerts.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 320,000 members, more than $6.6 billion in assets, and nearly 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Names Its 2022 Charity Partners
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce its four 2022 charity partners, chosen by employees.
Employees will support Youth Haven Ranch; Love In Deed; Barn Sanctuary; and End Violent Encounters as well as the Credit Union’s ongoing charity partner, Capital Area United Way, through volunteer and fundraising efforts.
“Again this year, employees will support one of our four Charity Partners each quarter, coming together to fundraise in a variety of ways to help support organizations that are vital to the communities we serve,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU Chief Human Resources Officer. “In addition to raising funds for local organizations, employees also volunteer their time and talents.”
The first quarter, funds raised by employees will benefit Youth Haven Ranch, in education and outreach category. The organization provides life-changing, Christ-centered experiences for disadvantaged children through both on-site and off-site programs, such as camps and retreats.
The second quarter proceeds from fundraising events will benefit Love In Deed, in the health and human services category. This group supports Michigan's foster children by providing clothing, shoes, and other essential items for daily living at no cost to foster families.
The Barn Sanctuary will be the recipient of funds in the third quarter in the animals and the environment category. This organization provides a safe haven for abused and neglected farmed animals.
Finally, representing the people and culture category, End Violent Encounters will receive donated funds in the fourth quarter. The nonprofit supports domestic and sexual abuse survivors on their journey of healing and empowers the community through education and awareness.
The Capital Area United Way benefits from MSUFCU’s fundraising efforts as well. The Credit Union donates a portion of the proceeds from its dress down days each quarter, and the Capital Area United Way also receives funds through the annual payroll deduction campaign to support United Way.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions on Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine for two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 320,000 members, more than $6.6 billion in assets, and nearly 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU partners with Slice by Saddleback to introduce specialty Green & White Pizza
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is excited to announce a new Local Loyalty benefit from our partnership with Slice by Saddleback. On National Pizza Day (February 9), MSUFCU and Slice by Saddleback revealed a new member-exclusive discount for their specialty pizza: the Green & White by MSUFCU.
Credit Union members can use promo code “MSUFCU” when ordering online or by mentioning the discount in the store to receive 10% off the Green & White by MSUFCU. This unique pizza features dill pickles, garlic sauce, mozzarella, and dill weed — and it’s one of their most popular specialty pizzas.
“At MSUFCU, we understand the impact that local businesses have on our community,” stated MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer, Deidre Davis. “By supporting small businesses such as Slice by Saddleback through our MSUFCU Local Loyalty program, we help those businesses thrive and help provide money-saving offers for our members.”
"When we first came up with this idea, we immediately thought of MSUFCU.Not only are they our neighbors at two of our locations, but they have been our trusted financial partner since we started Saddleback nearly seven years ago,” said Travis Stoliker, Co-Owner of Slice by Saddleback and Saddleback BBQ. “We are proud to offer a premium pizza at a discount to all of MSUFCU'shundreds of thousands of members. The Green & White by MSUFCU is an amazing pizza — you're gonna love it!"
MSUFCU's Local Loyalty program launched in January 2018. The program has seen tremendous growth since its inception, providing unique and exclusive discounts for the Credit Union’s members while supporting the communities it serves. MSUFCU members have saved more than $2 million by using their Credit Union Visa debit or credit cards at Local Loyalty partner businesses.
Today, MSUFCU members have access to more than 75 discounts across 22 states where their members live and work. The program's discounts include college tuition, estate planning, retail, food service, entertainment, wedding venues and vendors, videography, health and wellness, tattoo and tattoo removal, automotive repair, and more.
For a full list of member exclusive discounts and deals, visit us msufcu.org/specialoffers or download the MSUFCU Mobile app. Business owners interested in joining MSUFCU's Local Loyalty program may visit msufcu.org/localloyalty for more information.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions on Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine for two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 320,000 members, more than $6.6 billion in assets, and nearly 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
Established in 2015, Saddleback BBQ is Lansing & Okemos, Michigan's premier craft BBQ restaurant. Dedicated to all things BBQ, whether that means serving you a quick brisket dinner, preparing food for a large catering event, or supplying local retailers with our BBQ Sauces and Rubs. Located in Lansing (REO Town) & Okemos, MI, Saddleback specializes in hand-crafted, award-winning Southern BBQ with a unique Midwestern flair. We are 100% devoted to the craft of BBQ. We smoke our meats in-house using a wide variety of wood, ranging from hickory and mesquite to Michigan fruit-tree woods like apple and cherry. We use a reverse flow smoker, to cook all of our BBQ meats. Our proprietary smoking technique is what gives our product its amazing flavor. Visit Saddleback BBQ soon at our restaurants in REO Town & Okemos, contact us about our catering options, or order a great pizza from our newest endeavor, Slice by Saddleback!
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MSUFCU's Foundation And Employees Donate More Than $714,000 In 2021
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is proud to announce its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund, donated $453,143 to 104 organizations in 2021, and employees donated $261,422 in 2021, $61,000 more than the goal.
Desk Drawer Fund recipients included nonprofits, organizations, and individuals within the foundation’s five philanthropic pillars of Arts & Culture, Stable Housing, Empowering Youth, Financial Education, and Entrepreneurialism.
In 2020, the Desk Drawer Fund distributed $446,251 to 70 organizations and individuals.
“We are proud of the support the Desk Drawer Fund has received from members and community members since its founding in 2019,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer and Desk Drawer Fund President. “These donations allow the foundation to support organizations that are vital to our cities, communities, and families. They assist individuals and families by creating jobs, teaching valuable skills, and increasing overall quality of life. We are privileged to have an impact on local economies through our foundation.”
For more information, visit deskdrawerfund.org.
Credit Union employees work together each year to select and support local charities throughout the various communities MSUFCU serves. Employees come together to fundraise in a variety of ways to help support organizations vital to our communities’ success. MSUFCU’s employee 2021 fundraising efforts included virtual runs/walks, dress down days, and more. In addition to donating funds to local organizations, employees also volunteered their time and talents.
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In the first quarter, employees raised funds for REACH Studio Art, a Lansing-based studio art center offering programs dedicated to mentoring youth, urban revitalization, and strengthening community.In the second quarter, fundraising efforts focused on Salus Center, based in Lansing. Founded in 2017, Salus serves Lansing’s LGBTQIA+ communities as a gathering space and information hub.New Hope Pet Rescue in Charlotte was the organization supported in the third-quarter. This organization is committed to helping people and animals in need. Its mission is to provide a means to place unwanted, adoptable animals into appropriate, loving homes.MSUFCU closed out the year with fourth-quarter fundraising for Firecracker Foundation in Holt. This organization provides comprehensive services to child survivors and their families, and community education by creating a holistic, safe space for the community to support children, families, and advocates.
The Capital Area United Way benefits from MSUFCU’s fundraising efforts as well. The Credit Union donates a portion of the proceeds from its dress down days each quarter, and the Capital Area United Way also receives funds through the Credit Union’s annual payroll deduction campaign to support United Way.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions on Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine for two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 320,000 members, more than $6.6 billion in assets, and nearly 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Sponsors Michigan Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) proudly sponsored the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on October 26, 2021.
During the virtual event, presented by Michigan Women Forward, six exceptional women were honored for their dedicated service and lifetime accomplishments.
The Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame class of 2021 included Debra White-Hunt, Diana Sieger, Rosalind “Roz” Brewer, Lila Neuenfelt, Sarah E. Ray, and Fannie B. Peck. Learn more about the inductees here.
“We are so proud and excited to welcome these six powerful women into our Hall of Fame,” said Carolyn Cassin, president and CEO of Michigan Women Forward. “Their stories of perseverance, innovation, and inspiration will resonate with women in Michigan for years to come.”
“MSUFCU has partnered with Michigan Women Forward since 2019,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer. “During that time, we have donated more than $11,000 to the organization, supporting its role in recognizing women who play an active part in philanthropy and governance in their communities.”
Michigan Women Forward manages the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame with a mission to “expand economic opportunity, empower the next generation, and celebrate and honor the accomplishments of Michigan women.” The six honorees join 323 others at the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame, located at 105 W. Allegan St., Lansing, Mich. The center, also known as HERstory, was founded in 1986. To learn more about Michigan Women Forward, visit miwf.org.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions on Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 320,000 members, more than $6.6 billion in assets, and nearly 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Contracts with Nala Barlow, MSU Track and Field Student-Athlete
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) announced a NIL (name, image, and likeness) contract with Nala Barlow, MSU Track and Field student-athlete.
The Credit Union also partners with the 11 eligible MSU Women’s Basketball players, and is excited to expand its NIL brand ambassador partnership beyond Women’s Basketball to include Nala. The Credit Union sees its partnership with the student-athletes as an opportunity to expand its support of women athletes and to recognize the value they bring to the university and the community.
Before entering into a contractual relationship with the student-athletes, MSUFCU held several meetings with the student-athletes to discuss details and expectations. All parties participated in thoughtful conversations and took time to ensure that expectations of services required to receive NIL payments would align with the existing commitments of student-athletes.
“We are pleased to add Nala to the group of outstanding brand ambassadors we are partnering with,” said April Clobes, President/CEO of MSU Federal Credit Union. “We believe their efforts will increase engagement with our products and services among one of our primary target audiences. Additionally, these women contribute to the team, the MSU community, and the future in a very positive way.”
“I am grateful to MSUFCU for helping me make smart financial decisions and helping me encourage others to do the same. With this opportunity, I am part of something bigger than myself and I look forward to future endeavors,” said Nala Barlow.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions on Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine for two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 320,000 members, more than $6.6 billion in assets, and nearly 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Named on GoBankingRates' Best Banks and Credit Unions List
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has been named on GoBankingRates’ 100 Best Banks and Credit Unions of 2022 List. GoBankingRates analyzed a variety of financial institutions based on nine factors including number of branch locations, fees, APYs, products and services offered, and others, to provide consumers with 100 of the best banks and credit unions to choose from.
“These nine factors give a great wholesale overview of a bank or credit union,” said Andrew Murray, content data researcher at GoBankingRates. “In our recent survey, we found the features most important to people when opening an account with a new institution were low fees (34%) and good rates (22%), which we cover through the factors analyzed.”
“We are proud to be named as one of GoBankingRates’ top 100 best banks and credit unions,” said Deidre Davis, Chief Marketing Officer. “From the products and services we offer to our multiple branch locations throughout the state and extensive financial education offerings, we help our members achieve financial security, their goals, and ultimately, their dreams.”
GoBankingRates is a publication that focuses on personal finance, and is “inspiring and empowering [their] audience to live richer…” through their vast amount of content. GoBankingRates also works to help readers fulfill their goals and be able to explore the world and advance their careers. To learn more about GoBankingRates, visitgobankingrates.com.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For®by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work®for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 320,000 members, more than $6.6 billion in assets, and nearly 1,000 employees. For more information, visitmsufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Employees Raise More Than $52,000 for Charities in Third Quarter
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) employees raised $52,349 for local organizations during the third quarter of 2021.
Employees chose New Hope Pet Rescue in Charlotte, Mich., as their third quarter charity partner, raising $43,152 through internal fundraising initiatives, including dress down days and raffles. They also raised $9,197 for Capital Area United Way (CAUW), the Credit Union’s ongoing charity partner.
New Hope Pet Rescue’s mission is to provide a means to place unwanted, adoptable animals in appropriate, loving homes.
“We are proud to support New Hope Pet Rescue, a volunteer-run organization, whose mission is to find forever homes for animals in need,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU Chief Human Resources Officer. “We are thrilled that our employees’ generous donations provide additional financial support for this rescue organization. Our new format of fundraising — for one charity partner per quarter — has been very successful, and has allowed our employees to dedicate their efforts to helping fulfill each partner’s needs.”
MSUFCU employees select a different charity partner to support each quarter. In the fourth quarter, employees are raising funds for the Firecracker Foundation. CAUW will also benefit from funds raised each quarter.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions on Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine for two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 318,000 members, more than $6.6 billion in assets, and nearly 1,050 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU's Justin Hewson Receives 10 Over the Next Ten Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) Business Services Manager Justin Hewson has been named one of Greater Lansing’s 10 Over the Next Ten winners by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and Lansing 5:01.
The 15th annual awards celebration recognized Greater Lansing’s top 10 young professionals expected to make significant contributions to the community over the next 10 years.
Hewson oversees loan operations for the Business Services Department at MSUFCU. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, he led the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan distribution process for MSUFCU business members. This involved managing the distribution of more than 1,600 PPP loans between both rounds of funding, totaling over $65 million in assistance. Hewson also implemented a new loan origination software to improve loan approval and distribution processes.
“Justin’s commitment to the Credit Union’s mission of helping members achieve their financial goals and dreams is reflected in his dedication to identifying and implementing process improvements as well as identifying additional ways to assist members,” said Jeff Jackson, MSUFCU Chief Lending Officer. “His enthusiasm for providing superior service and giving back to the community are commendable.”
Hewson currently serves as board chair for the Mid-Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross and alsoserves on its philanthropy committee. In addition, Hewson serves on the East Lansing Downtown Management Board and Downtown Development Authority committees. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University.
The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce helps local businesses connect, grow, and thrive. The chamber has served as the voice of the Greater Lansing business community. For more information, visit lansingchamber.org.
Lansing 5:01 strives to retain and attract young professionals in the Lansing region by connecting college talent and young professionals to the community’s quality-of-life opportunities. Lansing 5:01 partners with over 35 companies and organizations across the Lansing region including Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit agencies, and small businesses. For more information, visit lansing501.com.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for 10 consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine for three consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions on Forbes’ Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine for two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 318,000 members, more than $6.6 billion in assets, and nearly 950 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Hosts Lansing SAVE to Support Local Students
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) was pleased to host a virtual Lansing SAVE night November 23, 2021, to introduce the program to families with children in the Lansing School District.
Lansing Student Accounts Valuing Education (SAVE) is a school-based initiative, free for students in the district. The program offers each kindergartener in the district an MSUFCU savings account to be used for post-high school education. It also offersfinancial education in classrooms from elementary through seventh grade, taught by Credit Union employees. MSUFCU partners with the City of Lansing, Lansing School District, and Capital Area United Way to offer the Lansing SAVE program. The program runs from December to May each school year.
“Since Lansing SAVE was initiated in 2014, we now have more than 9,700 accounts with students from the 24 participating schools. Every year, we increase the number of students and schools who we offer this program to,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer. “We recognize the importance of Lansing students having access to financial resources and education, and empowering them to achieve their dreams. Beginning in kindergarten, Lansing SAVE offers students and their families the necessary tools to build a foundation for a bright future.”
Parents, guardians, and students can contribute to the students’ MSUFCU savings accounts at any Credit Union branch throughout elementary, middle, and high school. After high school graduation, students can use their Lansing SAVE accounts for any post-secondary education such as college or skilled trades training. For more information, visit msufcu.org/lansingsave.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine for two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 318,000 members, more than $6.6 billion in assets, and nearly 1,030 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Named Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness Winner
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has been named a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness® 2021 winner for the ninth consecutive year by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). This program honors companies that promote employee well-being, worksite health, and wellness.
"The Best and Brightest in Wellness award recognizes innovative organizations and celebrates quality and excellence in health awareness," said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU Chief Human Resources Officer. "We promote a culture of wellness by creating, implementing, and evaluating efforts in employee wellness to make our Credit Union and the community healthier."
Companies were evaluated by an assessment administered by SynBella, a leading wellness systems firm. Company entries were examined for quantitative and qualitative data and scored on a point system based upon criteria to benchmark and improve wellness program effectiveness. They include outcomes, analysis, tracking, participation and incentives, benefits and programs, leadership, employee input, culture, and environment.
With more than 20 years of experience, NABR has identified numerous best practices and provided benchmarking for companies that continue to be leaders in employment standards.
“The Best and Brightest is a powerful community of elite leaders who share ideas and practices, and have proven they are employers of choice. Best and Brightest winning companies have also been a voice for important action in creating a sustainable culture that works at ensuring the wellbeing of their employees comes first,” said Jennifer Kluge, Best and Brightest Programs President and CEO.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 318,000 members, more than $6.6 billion in assets, and nearly 1,030 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Employees Pay It Forward to Celebrate Credit Union's 84th Anniversary
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) employees celebrated the 84thanniversary of its founding by paying it forward with acts of kindness.
Employees have participated in this practice each year since the Credit Union’s 75thanniversary in 2012.
This year, employees of the Credit Union and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund, donated $8,400 to charities and local heroes during the week of November 14-20, 2021. In addition, employees surprised 760 members at branches with gift cards to local establishments.
“Each year, we look forward to spreading kindness in our communities and donating to area charities selected by our employees to commemorate our anniversary,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer. “Pay It Forward remains an impactful and important Credit Union tradition and, as we celebrate its ninth year, we are pleased to support local charities, local heroes, and our members in each of the communities we serve.”
Fourteen organizations and two local heroes received donations from MSUFCU this year, and most were nominated by employees. Recipients are from Grand Rapids, Greater Lansing, Oakland County, and Traverse City. Organizations included:Helping Hands Respite Care;Happy Feet Pet Rescue;Footprints of Michigan;City Mission Rescue of Lansing;The Davies Project;NorthWest Initiative;Michigan Abolitionist Project;Lighthouse Food Pantry;Yatooma Foundationfor the Kids;Brickways;Home Stretch;TC PolestarLGBT+ Community Center;Designed Future; andThe Diatribe.
In addition, two local heroes each received $500
:Marissa Thaler, a Lansing artist who uses her talents to give back the community. She volunteered to repaint the defaced “Fruit of Her Labor” mural by Nanibah Chacon in Old Town, and assisted in the restoration of Art Path artist Isiah Lattimore’s mural honoring George Floyd.Ceci Bordayo, Director ofPass It On Community Center. She is currently raising money to renovate the center which at one time was slated to close. Bordayo also worked with various community groups to help more than 50 students from kindergarten through sixth grade complete school work at the facility.Visit MSUFCU’sFacebookandTwitterpages to see photos of employees and donation recipients.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For®by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 10 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine for two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work®for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 318,000 members, more than $6.6 billion in assets, and nearly 950 employees. For more information, visitmsufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Earns Top 10 Ranking In Large Employer Category As Detroit Free Press Top Workplace
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) was named #8 out of 30 large employers in for the Detroit Free Press 2021 Top Workplace Awards. In addition, April Clobes, MSUFCU CEO/President, was selected as one of three Top Leaders.
This marks the eleventh consecutive year the Credit Union has been named a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press, and the second time that April Clobes has received recognition as a Top Leader.
The Top Leaders were select for receiving the highest scores from their employees in the area of “trust.” Each Top Leader said their willingness and ability to empower employees were key to successfully navigating the constant change faced by their businesses and industries throughout the year.
“We are honored to be named a Top Workplace for the eleventh consecutive year,” said Clobes. “At MSUFCU, we maintain a supportive culture and ensure employees are valued and that their voices are heard through open conversations ranging in topic from diversity, equity, and inclusion to our Credit Union’s strategic goals and tactical plans, and by supporting our employees’ personal and professional growth and wellness. Together, we have created a workplace where employees can come to work as their authentic selves and help our members – and each other – achieve their dreams.”
“It is a privilege to receive this award,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU Chief Human Resources Officer. “By empowering our employees with necessary tools and educational resources, as well as trust in their abilities, together we build a culture and work environment that we are all proud to be a part of and one that we continue to enhance.”
With more than 15 years of data from 23 million employee surveys across 70,000 organizations, the Free Press compares each employer’s data with its industry’s best in class.
The Detroit Free Press recognized 174 companies in Michigan as Top Workplaces for 2021. The awards were based on results from anonymous surveys completed by company employees measuring several aspects of workplace culture including alignment, execution, and connection. The list of companies recognized can be found here.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 318,000 members, more than $6.6 billion in assets, and nearly 950 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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Whitney Anderson-Harrell Receives Right on the Money Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) Chief Community Development Officer, received a second-place award in the individual category in the 2021 Right on the Money Contest.
The award is presented by CRMNEXT Inc., a global CRM (customer relationship management) solution provider for financial services.
The contest — cosponsored by CU Sol and America’s Credit Union Museum — recognizes credit unions, community banks and their leaders for providing creative and innovative solutions for the communities they serve. This year, nearly 100 nominations were submitted, more than double 2020’s 47 nominations.
“We were blown away by the number of nominations we saw this year and by the absolutely incredible work these institutions and individuals are doing in their communities,” said James Gilbert, CRMNEXT Head of Marketing. “It was an honor to review all of the nominees and our judges really had their work cut out for them selecting the winners for our top 10 institutions and individuals. To say the work these folks are doing in their communities is astounding is an understatement.”
Anderson-Harrell, who joined MSUFCU in 2015, was honored for her innovative approach to financial education. She developed virtual reality financial education fairs for high school students to practice real-world scenarios; a virtual reality program to help people recognize and adjust their unconscious bias; and the Financial 4.0 app offering financial videos, quizzes, blogs and more on financial topics to community members.
In addition, Anderson-Harrell serves as Executive Director of the Credit Union’s foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. It was founded in 2019 to support organizations operating within five philanthropic pillars: arts and culture, stable housing, empowering youth, financial education, and fostering entrepreneurialism. So far in 2021, the foundation has donated nearly $400,000 to over 90 community organizations.
“Whitney’s commitment to MSUFCU’s mission of helping employees and members achieve their financial goals and their dreams is unparalleled,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU CEO/President. “She creates and champions programs that provide financial resources, support, and value to community members. Her continued enthusiasm, effort and dedication inspires us all.”
To see the full list of winners, visit crmnext.com.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 10 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 317,000 members, more than $6.6 billion in assets, and nearly 950 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Now Offers Mortgage Lending in 12 States
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is now offering mortgages in 12 states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.
“We are pleased to offer lending in additional states,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer. “By doing so, we are helping our 295,700 members in those 12 states achieve their dreams of homeownership.”
With a mortgage preapproval, MSUFCU members can search for new homes with the assurance that their interest rates are locked in for 90 days. The Credit Union offers many loan options, including down payments as low as 3%, flexible terms from 10 to 30 years, variable-, or fixed-rate mortgages, and more. For more information, visit msufcu.org/homeloans.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 317,000 members, more than $6.5 billion in assets, and nearly 950 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Contracts with MSU Women Student-Athletes
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) announced that it will expand its support of student-athletes by providing compensation to all eligible players on the Michigan State University (MSU) Women’s Basketball team for the 2021-2022 season (October – June) through NIL (name, image, and likeness) contracts. The Credit Union has been a sponsor of MSU Athletics for more than 12 years, and became the Presenting Partner of MSU Women’s Basketball in 2019 as part of its multiyear athletics sponsorship agreement.
Before entering into a contractual relationship with the student-athletes, MSUFCU held several meetings with the student-athletes to discuss details and expectations. All parties participated in thoughtful conversations and took time to ensure that expectations of services required to receive NIL payments would align with the existing commitments of student-athletes.
MSUFCU sees this partnership as an opportunity to assist women athletes and to recognize the value they bring to the university and the community.
“We are pleased to partner with this group of outstanding student athletes and believe their efforts will help grow engagement with our products and services among one of our primary target audiences,” said April Clobes, President/CEO of MSU Federal Credit Union. “Additionally, these women contribute to the team, the MSU community, and the future in a very positive way. We’re honored to have entered into a contractual agreement with this group of on-campus leaders.”
Tory Ozment, senior Guard/Forward for the Spartans said, “Thankful for the opportunity MSUFCU has given us to use our voices as young women while representing a great organization. This is the beginning for future female athletes.”
“We are so fortunate to be part of this movement in our community. Not only are we thankful that MSUFCU has allowed us to represent them, but more importantly, they have given us the opportunity to use our voices. MSUFCU and their leaders are pioneers in recognizing women’s athletics. We are glad to be a part of their vision for our collective future,” said junior Guard, Moira Joiner.
Alisia Smith, MSU graduate student Forward said, “Thank you MSUFCU for the opportunity to represent and be a part of change for other female athletes in the future.”
Julia Ayrault, junior Guard, added, “We are so blessed and excited to have the opportunity to represent MSUFCU. We, as a team, are so thankful for everything they have supported us with, and cannot wait to represent their great financial institution.”
Each of the other eligible players also expressed their thoughts regarding the contract.
“We are very grateful for this opportunity that MSUFCU has provided for us and are super excited to be a part of change for future female athletes,” said Alyza Winston, junior Guard.
Lauren Walker, freshman Forward stated, “We are so grateful to have the opportunity to represent MSUFCU. It really speaks volumes about who they are as a company and how much they value women and believe in investing in us. This is a huge step in women’s collegiate athletics and I am so thankful to be a part of it!”
Taiyier Parks, junior Forward stated that she feels, “Blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of the MSUFCU family and is looking forward to setting an example for all the young girls out there.”
Laurel Jacqmain, graduate student Guard, added, “Thankful for this opportunity and to be part of such a great organization to represent and inspire young women.”
Jayla James, junior Guard, expressed gratitude when she said, “Thank you to MSUFCU for providing this opportunity and helping to make a change. Beyond grateful and glad to be a part of a big step, in a better future for female athletes.”
Nia Clouden, senior Guard, said, “I’m so excited that MSUFCU is supporting a group of hardworking women in the community.”
Brooklyn Rewers, freshman Center, added, “I am grateful to MSUFCU for the opportunity to represent such an amazing organization and empower female athletes.”
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 315,000 members, more than $6.5 billion in assets, and nearly 950 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Receives Quality Service Awards from Visa
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Card Services team at MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) recently received two 2020 Visa Global Quality Service Awards.
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High Authorization Approval Rate – Card Not Present (Credit), which recognizes issuers that display a commitment to customer (member) service through high Card Not Present credit authorization approval rates while helping to control risk.
High Authorization Approval Rate – Consumer (Credit), which recognizes consumer credit issuers that display a commitment to customer (member) service through high authorization approval rates while helping to control risk.
“We are honored to be named one of Visa’s highest-performing card issuers,” said Sara Dolan, MSUFCU’s Chief Financial Officer. “Our team is dedicated to enhancing member experiences when they use their MSUFCU Visa cards, continually demonstrating excellence in innovation, operational efficiency, and providing superior service.”
Receiving Visa Global Service Quality Awards through Visa’s annual client performance program is a notable industry distinction.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 315,000 members, more than $6.5 billion in assets, and nearly 950 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Earns Great Place to Work® Certification for Ninth Consecutive Year
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) announced that it is again Great Place to Work-Certified™— for the ninth consecutive year. Great Place to Work certification is a prestigious independent recognition based solely on employee feedback about leadership behavior, integrity, camaraderie, and 17 other dimensions of corporate excellence.
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience, and leadership behaviors, and certification is seen as the definitive “employer-of-choice” recognition. According to Great Place to Work, the certification is the most definitive “employer-of-choice” recognition that companies aspire to achieve, and recognition is based entirely on what employees report about their workplace experiences — specifically, how consistently they experience a high-trust workplace.
MSUFCU’s 2021 certification was based on survey results in which 89% of employees called the Credit Union a great place to work, compared to a benchmark of 59% of employees at a typical U.S.-based company.For instance, 97% of respondent employees agreed that when you join MSUFCU, you’re made to feel welcome. In addition, 96% employee respondents feel good about the ways the Credit Union contributes to the community, and 94% think special and unique benefits are offered.
“At MSUFCU, we know our success is the direct result of our employees’ dedication to our members, our community, and to each other. We work hard to put the needs of our employees at the forefront of our efforts of inclusivity so they can be their full, authentic selves every day. Conducting surveys such as this one ensures our employees’ voices are heard, and as an organization, we turn those results into actions to benefit all. This recognition is a testament to all of our dedicated employees whose efforts make the Credit Union’s growth and achievements possible,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU Chief Human Resources Officer.
Great Place to Work research shows that job seekers are 4.5 times more likely to find a great boss at a certified great workplace, and employees at certified workplaces are 93% more likely to look forward to coming to work as well as twice as likely to be paid fairly and have a fair chance at promotion.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 315,000 members, more than $6.5 billion in assets, and nearly 950 awesome employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU, the Spartan Media Network, and WLNS 6 News Announce TV Partnership
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Beginning this month, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) will partner with the Spartan Media Network and WLNS 6 News to provide a new weekly magazine-style television program for Spartan fans throughout the state of Michigan. The “MSU Federal Credit Union Coaches Show” will have exclusive content and features officially affiliated with Michigan State University.
The new program will be 30 minutes of weekly original programming airing over 16 weeks, from October 22, 2021 through February 12, 2022, with hiatus weeks at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The show will be a fast-paced, content-driven format featuring inside access to Michigan State University coaches, student-athletes, and narratives hosted by the WLNS 6 News Sports team.
“Partnering with WLNS 6 News and Playfly Sports Properties on behalf of the Spartan Media Network on a Spartan-focused television show that will offer viewers exclusive behind-the-scenes access to MSU coaches, student-athletes, and storylines is an exciting opportunity for us to continue our longstanding tradition of supporting Michigan State University,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer.
“We are proud to partner with the Spartan Media Network to provide this exclusive local content from the MSU coaches and players to viewers throughout the state of Michigan,” said Marci Daniels, WLNS 6 News Vice President and General Manager. “Our Sports Director, Audrey Dahlgren, will lead this initiative. With the passion she brings to her work every day, she is the perfect person to deliver this exciting content to our viewers throughout the state. Additionally, we couldn’t have asked for a better partner in MSU Federal Credit Union – a true supporter of all things MSU.”
“The Spartan Media Network is pleased to work with WLNS 6 News and MSU Federal Credit Union to provide this new programming option to Spartan fans,” said Kris Kassel, Playfly Sports Properties Group Vice President representing the Spartan Media Network. “Michigan State fans will enjoy the creative energy from Audrey and her team as they tell the stories that our always-passionate fan base wants to see. Our fans will also get to hear directly from coaches Mel Tucker, Tom Izzo, Suzy Merchant, and others on timely topics as they get ready for each week’s slate of games.”
The show will be featured on an unwired television network throughout the state of Michigan. It will air in Lansing on WLNS-CBS Fridays at 7:00 pm, and on WLAJ-ABC Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., in Grand Rapids on WXSP-My Network Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., and in Marquette on WJMN-TV Local 3 CBS on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Other affiliates are expected to be added throughout the state.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for nine consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine for three consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes’ Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 315,000 members, more than $6.5 billion in assets, and nearly 950 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Helps Raise Funds for McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) expanded its partnership with the McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation as one of the sponsors of this year’s McLaren Loves Lansing fundraiser.
The fundraiser, held at the Lansing Brewing Company, featured a strolling buffet with unique food options, local beer and desserts, and games and prizes. The event raised more than $42,800 to support the foundation’s Campaign for Care, which will help McLaren Greater Lansing transform care in the community through patient comfort, programming, and technology.
“At MSUFCU, we embrace our role as a community leader and support charitable initiatives vital to our thriving community,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer. “We are committed to brightening as many lives as possible, and we believe investing in our community helps create a place where people are proud to live and work. By partnering with McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation, we impact the community through innovative programming to support those in need.”
While McLaren Greater Lansing, part of McLaren Health Care Corp., is making a $600 million investment in Lansing with its new hospital campus, its foundation plans to raise $10 million through its Campaign for Care.
"It is a privilege to work with MSUFCU, an organization that shares McLaren Greater Lansing's dedication to the Greater Lansing community,” said Lynn Griffor, McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation Vice President. “We appreciate their generous support of the McLaren Loves Lansing event and look forward to a long-lasting partnership."
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for nine consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine for three consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes’ Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 315,000 members, more than $6.4 billion in assets, and nearly 950 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Hosts Eighth Toy Drive For Sparrow Children's Center
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) hosted a virtual toy drive last month, partnering with Sparrow Hospital’s Children’s Center to support children in the community.
More than 70 items were donated for the Children’s Center playroom, a place for young patients and their families to experience a home away from home while receiving care. Nurses and child life specialists use the playroom to help children recover from illness or injury through play, education, and emotional support.
The Credit Union has hosted the toy drive for eight years, either virtually or through drop-off sites at its various locations.
“We embrace our role as a community leader and support many charitable initiatives vital to our thriving community,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer. “This annual toy drive allows our members and employees to show their dedication to our community, and over this eight-year partnership with Sparrow Children’s Center, MSUFCU members and employees have donated more than 1,700 toys.”
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine for three consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes’ Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for eight consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people helping people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 312,000 members, more than $6.3 billion in assets, and greater than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Headquarters Branch
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) Board of Directors and President/CEO, April Clobes, invited special guests, media representatives, and community members to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of its new Headquarters Branch on August 18, 2021. The branch will be located at 3775 Coolidge Road in East Lansing.
“We continue to build branches because there is value for in-person activity; there are certain transactions that people feel more comfortable doing in person when they can converse with someone who is an expert in that area,” said Clobes. “We talk with people at the most exciting and the most difficult times in their lives. We talk with them when they are buying their first homes, their first cars, or their bringing their children in to start college savings accounts. We talk to and help our members when their loved ones have passed, when they don’t know what to do with their accounts, and when they need guidance on difficult transactions. That’s the value our employees bring each and every day to every community that we are in.”
“At the Chamber, we work relentlessly to help businesses connect, grow, and thrive, and MSUFCU aligns with those values,” said Michelle Rahl, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Member Engagement. “MSUFCU also drives innovation, making their services more accessible to their customers. Every movement of dirt, dollars, and people represents a step forward for this region. We know continued investment from the private sector is a critical component of our growth, so we thank the team at MSUFCU for their continued investment.”
“MSUFCU is a really important institution to the City of East Lansing,” said George Lahanas, City of East Lansing City Manager. “MSUFCU is the second largest employer in the community, offering great jobs and continued investment, which is good for the city. Beyond that, MSUFCU provides support for festivals, enrichment activities, many downtown events, generously going above and beyond to make the community better. That’s what MSUFCU does for the City of East Lansing.”
Branch details: the branch will be 9,936 square feet; it will include two island Video Teller Machines, one thru wall Video Teller Machine, and two island ATMs; and approximately 12-15 employees will work at the location.
Construction begins this month with an anticipated opening date of June 2022. This branch will replace the one currently inside the Headquarters Building. That space is currently being evaluated for use by MSUFCU’s Human Resources Department.
The construction will be scheduled to allow current ATMs to remain open to members. These ATMs will eventually be converted to Video Teller Machines. After the construction of the branch and drives, the ATM will be removed and the site reconfigured to improve traffic flow.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine for three consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes’ Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for eight consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 312,000 members, more than $6.3 billion in assets, and greater than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Earns Best Credit Unions to Work For® Honors
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has been named one of American Banker’s Best Credit Unions to Work For®. This is the fifth year the Credit Union has earned this recognition.
“One of our core values is to create an environment of inclusion, where everyone belongs, and where opportunities for development, growth, and success abound,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU Chief Human Resources Officer. “When employees are empowered to be their true authentic selves, and to participate as meaningful contributors, our Credit Union, our members, and our communities thrive.”
This distinction recognizes MSUFCU’s value of investing in its employees’ wellbeing and development while creating an engaging and motivating environment through which employees can excel.
Employees completed surveys administered through American Banker regarding MSUFCU policies, procedures, demographics, and practices. The resulting recognition was based on survey results showing that employees like working at MSUFCU because they have the ability to select charity partners and take part in virtual fundraisers, as well as use volunteer time off to support local charities; access to RISE, an internal recognition platform that allows employees to acknowledge coworkers for the impact of their actions and hard work as well as celebrate milestones such as work anniversaries and birthdays; and use of a free wellness app with friendly contests to improve their own health and wellbeing.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine for three consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes’ Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for eight consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 312,000 members, more than $6.3 billion in assets, and greater than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Announces New Managers
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has named one employee to a management position and recruited three people to management roles:Ashleigh Ashbrook – Vice President of eServices; Angela Bartolomeo – Call Center Manager;Caleb Hudgins – West Side Branch Manager; andMark Schultz – Vice President of Software Development.
Ashbrook joined MSUFCU in 2007. As Vice President of eServices, she leads the department’s effort to implement strategic initiatives and enhance digital member service. Ashbrook earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and is a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor. She has served on the Capital Region Community Foundation grant review board for four years.
Bartolomeo, with 10 years of experience, coaches and motivates Call Center employees to exceed member expectations; manages projects and initiatives; and identifies opportunities for improvement as Call Center Manager. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.
Hudgins utilizes his more than 15 years of experience to lead and support employees to provide superior service while assisting members in achieving financial security, their goals, and, ultimately, their dreams as West Side Branch Manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Michigan State University.
Schultz, with extensive experience in agile transformations and solution delivery, leads software development teams and implements the Credit Union’s software initiatives and strategies as Vice President of Software Development. He earned a master’s degree in information technology management from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence Technological University.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine for three consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes’ Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for eight consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 312,000 members, more than $6.3 billion in assets, and greater than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Named One of the Best Credit Unions in Michigan
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Forbes has ranked MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) among the top five credit unions in Michigan in its Best Credit Unions In Each State 2021 list.
Of the 5,068 credit unions nationwide, just 3.6% made the business magazine’s list.
“Since our founding in 1937, we have provided superior service, helping our members and those in our communities achieve their financial goals and dreams,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer. “Under the credit union philosophy of people-helping-people, we offer low- or no-fee services and lower interest rates on loans, as well as greater returns on deposits than many financial institutions. Through innovative strategies like The Lab at MSUFCU, we focus on developing real-world solutions to help our members achieve success. Our service model puts our members first, resulting in higher levels of engagement and loyalty.”
Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to produce its fourth annual look at the Best Credit Unions In Each State. Nearly 25,000 customers in the U.S. were surveyed for their opinions on their current and former financial institution relationships.
Credit unions were scored on overall recommendations and satisfaction, as well as on trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services, and financial advice. The full list of credit unions in this year’s ranking is available here.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine for three consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in the Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 311,000 members, nearly $6.3 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Employees Raise Nearly $55,000 for Charities in Second Quarter
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) employees raised $54,874 for charity partners during the second quarter of 2021.
Employees chose Salus Center as their second-quarter charity partner, raising $47,249 through dress-down days, online sales, and raffles. They also raised $7,624 for Capital Area United Way (CAUW), the Credit Union’s ongoing charity partner throughout the year.
MSUFCU employees support a different charity partner each quarter. They are raising funds for New Hope Pet Rescue in the third quarter and for Firecracker Foundation in the fourth quarter. CAUW will also benefit from funds raised each quarter.
Salus Center serves Lansing’s LGBTQIA+ communities as a gathering space and information hub, advocating for the rights of community members.
“We are proud to support members of the LGBTQIA+ community and bring attention to the work of Salus Center,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU Chief Human Resources Officer. “Our employees continue to select charity partners that serve our diverse community members. The new format of fundraising for one charity partner per quarter allows our employees to focus on and help fulfill each partner’s needs.”
"The generous donations and support of MSUFCU and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund, are invaluable as we begin to reopen our physical space this summer,” said Frank Heveran, Salus Center Event and Volunteer Coordinator. “Volunteers from MSUFCU cleaned and organized the Center, helping us make it more accessible for groups. The Desk Drawer Fund sponsored our unicorn mural, brightening our front windows and downtown Lansing. Working with MSUFCU has been a pleasure and we are so grateful for their generosity. As Lansing's only LGBTQIA center, these contributions allow us to continue to serve our community by providing resources, connection, and a gathering place for LGBTQIA people and allies."
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine for three consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 311,000 members, nearly $6.3 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Breaks Ground on East Lansing Building
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) broke ground on its new building in downtown East Lansing on July 13, 2021.
The Credit Union’s Board of Directors and President/CEO April Clobes invited special guests and community members to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the East Lansing Building at 311 Abbot Road.
The building will be 107 feet tall, with seven stories. Each floor will have approximately 11,800 square feet. The exterior building materials will include red and gray brick, as well as glazed green brick accents. The new building will include a Credit Union branch (our East Lansing Branch will be relocated from its current location on Grand River Avenue); an ATM; three floors of MSUFCU office space; the opportunity for up to two floors of leased office space; and a Community Room available for non-profit organizations and our partners.
“We have wanted to have a larger presence in the core of East Lansing but it just wasn’t possible 15 years ago (when we began building our Headquarters). It is possible today,” said Clobes during the ceremony. “This building will bring office workers, student interns, and a new branch to serve members with knowledgeable employees and integrated technology. It will also have a community space for events and for people to gather together to celebrate, much like we are doing today. There will also be additional space available, perhaps retail space for start-ups or for art exhibitions. The Credit Union is committed to the community and to the community’s success, and to bringing vitality to this space.”
“The construction of this building brings us back to the Credit Union's roots,” said Angela Brown, MSUFCU Board of Directors Chair. “We were founded out of desk drawer in 1937. The Credit Union provided a safe and secure place for members to borrow and save. Eighty-four years later, we are now 22 branches, and have over 310,000 members and over 900 employees. What a difference from that desk drawer on the campus of MSU. With this new building, MSUFCU will continue to provide outstanding service and products, and financial support, to help our members realize their dreams."
“This project will continue MSUFCU’s longstanding commitment to East Lansing, with new and sustained job growth in downtown East Lansing,” said Kathy Buck, Senior Project Manager at Neumann/Smith, the architectural firm for the building. “It will introduce office space, which is currently lacking in the downtown core, and establish a workforce that will help to support other local businesses. It will build upon other developments that have been constructed over the last several years to help strengthen and create a more diverse downtown for the citizens of East Lansing to enjoy.”
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine for three consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in the Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, over 311,000 members, nearly $6.3 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Earns Three Awards for Crisis Communication
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) received three Crisis Communication Awards from Lawrence Ragan Communications for its #MSUFCUEatsLocal Giveaway campaign, including winner in the Social Justice category; honorable mention in the Cause-Related Campaign category; and honorable mention in the Social Media Response category.
“As the coronavirus pandemic was drastically impacting the communities we serve, MSUFCU launched two #MSUFCUEatsLocal Giveaway social media promotions to help support local businesses and encourage people to pay kindness forward,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer. “The promotion provided a unique way to support local restaurants and raise awareness while in-person dining was closed by encouraging members to patronize local restaurants and share photos on social media. We also highlighted locally owned-and-operated Black and LGBTQIA+ restaurants in the area. We appreciate this recognition by Ragan Communications and the involvement of our members to support local businesses during the pandemic.”
To enter the Credit Union contest, members used their MSUFCU Visa Debit or Credit Cards to order takeout or delivery from local restaurants, then shared photos of their purchases in the comment sections of the #MSUFCUEatsLocal posts on MSUFCU’s Facebook or Twitter pages. Randomly selected winners received two gift cards to use at a local restaurant — one for the winner and one to pay it forward to someone else. During the two promotions, MSUFCU purchased $4,200 in gift cards from locally owned restaurants.
For more than five decades, Lawrence Ragan Communications, Inc., has been a leader in training for professionals in corporate communications, public relations, social media and management.For information, visit ragan.com.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine for three consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions in 2021. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, almost 310,000 members, nearly $6.3 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Opens Second Location in Traverse City, Mich.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has opened its second branch in Traverse City, Mich., at 3752 N. U.S. 31 S.
The grand opening of MSUFCU’s 22nd branch took place Tuesday, June 29, 2021. The Credit Union’s first Traverse City location, at 312 S. Union St., opened in June 2020.
“Our continued expansion in the Traverse City community is due to our members’ ongoing support. In the first 10 days of operation, 116 members have stopped in and we’ve opened nearly $2 million in deposit accounts,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO. “We are proud to offer our products and services to our existing and potential members who live and work in Grand Traverse County. We promise to be an active corporate community member, supporting this area’s growth.”
The Credit Union is offering several specials coinciding with the new branch’s grand opening, including:Member gift: Each member who visits the new branch receives a free gift;Direct deposit: Members receive $250 for new checking accounts with direct deposit; andAuto and boat loans: Members make no payments for 90 days on new auto and boat loans.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine for three consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, almost 310,000 members, nearly $6.3 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Employees Mark Arbor Day with Tree Planting in Lansing
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) employees helped to plant 10 trees on Glenburne Boulevard in Lansing on May 21, 2021, as part of Arbor Day Tree Planting sponsored by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA).
“Our 10 employee volunteers planted 10 trees with assistance from City of Lansing employees,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer. “The trees will add beauty to Lansing’s Glenburne Neighborhood. It was a great day for a great event!”
MADA is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan. Its dedication comes from the belief in the importance of trees and their role in community health and well-being.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, nearly 308,000 members, over $6.2 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Launches Drive to Support Ronald McDonald House of Mid Michigan
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has started an internal drive for employees to collect and donate aluminum pull tabs to the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan (RMHMM).
“We are excited about this new fundraising effort,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer. “The idea came from Autumn Michaels’ initiative. Autumn, a senior at Laingsburg High School, collected recyclables and pull tabs from pop and soup cans to support RMHMM before its fundraiser, Run for the House, that took place in March on the Credit Union’s headquarters campus. On behalf of Autumn, we collected tabs and due to the positive feedback from employees, have decided to continue this project. We were originally inspired by Autumn’s commitment, and are happy to be able to provide ongoing support to RMHMM.”
Before the Run for the House, the Credit Union donated more than seven one-gallon bags of pull tabs to support Autumn’s initiative. Autumn donated 21.4 pounds of tabs, for a total 25,680 tabs. RMHMM recycles the tabs through a local company, which pays for the materials. Generally, the House collects a few thousand dollars per year through pull tab recycling/collections, which helps cover the cost of basic utilities at the House for one month.
“Collecting pull tabs is such a fun and impactful way to support the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan,” said Carolyn Hurst, Executive Director of RMHMM. “Autumn is the true definition of a House champion. The momentum she generated through her family, friends and community is immeasurable and will support those staying at the House into the future. We are incredibly grateful and proud of Autumn — and all of her champions, including MSU Federal Credit Union — for collecting tabs and returnable cans to help the House support families seeking medical treatment for their children in our community.”
"I chose to support the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan as my senior project because I love to help people and because I know RMHMM as an organization that helps people in need,” said Michaels. “I am very touched that MSUFCU has decided to continue this project. It goes to show you that when one person starts a great project, others want to take part.”
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, nearly 308,000 members, over $6.2 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Employees Raise More Than $48,000 for Charity Partners in First Quarter of 2021
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) employees raised $39,917 for REACH Studio Art Center and an additional $8,639 for the Capital Area United Way (CAUW) during the first quarter of 2021, totaling $48,556.
Credit Union employees selected REACH Studio Art Center as their first quarter 2021 charity partner. Funds were raised through dress down days, online sales, and raffles. A different charity partner will be supported in each of the year’s remaining quarters: Salus Center in the second quarter; New Hope Pet Rescue in the third quarter; and Firecracker Foundation in the fourth quarter. The Credit Union’s ongoing charity partner, CAUW, will also benefit from funds raised each quarter.
“Our employees were instrumental in helping REACH with its funding goals,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU Chief Human Resources Officer. “Their generosity and willingness to support our charity partners is both remarkable and inspiring. We look forward to continuing this new format of focusing on one charity partner per quarter as a way for our employees to emphasis each partners’ needs.”
“REACH Studio Art Center is incredibly grateful for MSUFCU’s partnership,” said Alice Brinkman, Director of REACH. “MSUFCU employees helped us finish some projects around REACH and also donated supplies. Their donated funds also made it possible to restart and continue some of our key after-school art programs that are free for the community. Thanks, MSUFCU!”
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, nearly 308,000 members, over $6.2 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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Reseda Group, CUSO of MSUFCU, Acquires Fintech Live.Give.Save.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Reseda Group, a wholly-owned CUSO (Credit Union Service Organization) of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), has announced it is has acquired Live.Give.Save. Inc., a women-founded fintech company that created the first personal finance mobile app to make saving and giving as easy as spending.
"We have been seeking a partner like Live.Give.Save. to evolve our technology offerings and be able to share that technology with the credit union industry," said April Clobes, CEO/President of Reseda Group and MSUFCU. "The credit union industry is based on the core value of people helping people, and the Spave® mobile app provides the platform for helping people through technology."
The acquisition agreement, which closed on June 1, 2021, calls for Reseda Group LLC to form a new company called Spave LLC. Live.Give.Save. is contributing all its assets to Spave, and Reseda Group will have 80% ownership in Spave. The founder and CEO of Live.Give.Save., Susan Sorensen Langer, will own 20% of Spave LLC and stay on as CEO.
"We've long sought a partner like MSU Federal Credit Union — a company with leadership who shares our vision of creating a better world — and have been actively seeking to invest in new technology," said Langer. "We knew they could enrich our user experience, deliver industry credibility, and provide ready access to our target market."
Concurrent with the closing of its acquisition, Live.Give.Save. also announced that its latest version of the Spave® mobile app is now available for download in the iOS App Store and Google Play.
Spave® is the first-ever mobile app that uses everyday spending to help consumers give to causes they care about and save for their future without changing their lifestyle. The result: the more you spend, the more you “spave”. The more you spave, the greater the impact you'll have — for yourself and others.
It works like this: Spave® deducts micro-amounts ("spavings") from your primary checking account whenever you make a purchase using cards linked to the app (debit or credit). You define the percentage to spave, and Spave® automatically distributes them to your savings and selected charity(ies). With the Spave® app you can: Set it and forget it. Easily and securely link your accounts to start saving and giving with every swipe of your card, then watch your spavings grow; define your spaving amounts that allow you to live the life you want, give to the causes you care about, and save for a secure, fulfilling future; view your spending, giving, and saving all in one place; set or modify weekly, monthly, or yearly goals and track your progress; and compare your charitable contributions and personal savings against your total spending.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $6.2 billion in assets, and greater than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Red Wing, Minn., Live.Give.Save. is a woman-founded fintech company. Its proprietary technology platform and process solves challenges with balancing spending, saving, and giving habits for consumers (particularly millennials) using cutting-edge mobile technology. It is designed for users, by users, to help financial institutions and nonprofits better engage with their constituents (customers, contributors, and community). More information is available at the Spave website. Version 2.0 of its Spave® app is now available for download on the iOS App, or on Google Play.
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MSUFCU Reelects Three to Board of Directors
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Three MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) Board members have been reelected for three-year terms, MSUFCU President/CEO April Clobes announced.
Those Board members are Ernest Betts; John Brick; and Janet Lillie. Ernest Betts will continue in his role as Treasurer.
Additional board members are Angela Brown, Chair; Gregory Deppong, Vice Chair; Steven Kurncz, Secretary; Bill Beekman; Michael Hudson; and Elizabeth Lawrence.
“The MSU Federal Credit Union Board members volunteer their time and talent to govern the strategic direction of the Credit Union while representing the members’ interests,” said Clobes. “We are fortunate to have dedicated and engaged volunteers working with us to deliver on our mission to provide our members and employees opportunities to achieve their dreams.”
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, greater than 300,000 members, over $6 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Foundation Marks Second Year
EAST LANSING, Mich. ­– MSU Federal Credit Union’s (MSUFCU’s) Desk Drawer Fund foundation celebrated its second anniversary April 1, 2021.
In its first two years, the foundation donated $668,616 to support nearly 90 local organizations.
The Desk Drawer Fund is a foundation supporting the MSUFCU and Oakland University Credit Union communities. It provides community-oriented opportunities for members, employees, and businesses to contribute to the public wellbeing through five philanthropic pillars — arts and culture, stable housing, empowering youth, financial education, and fostering entrepreneurialism.
“We are so grateful to our employees, members, and community for their support,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer and President of the Desk Drawer Fund. “These first two years have allowed us to support so many outstanding organizations who help people in the communities where we live and work. In 2020, we recognized an opportunity to do more, and reallocated funding to support a variety of COVID-19 relief programs — providing meals, shelter, cleaning supplies, and more throughout Michigan.”
The foundation is pleased to continue supporting its communities through investment. To stay up-to-date on community initiatives, follow the Desk Drawer Fund on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. To contribute to the foundation or learn more, visit deskdrawerfund.org.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $6 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Hosts Run for the House
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Dozens of people took to the pathway behind MSU Federal Credit Union’s (MSUFCU’s) headquarters building during the last weekend in March 2021 for the annual Run for the House fundraiser.
The event supports Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan (RMHMM) in Lansing. The nonprofit provides lodging and food for families with children being treated for serious illnesses in area hospitals.
“We were excited to be able to host the Run for the House this year,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer. “Participants could choose to run the race wherever they would like or they could run the open course on the Credit Union’s campus during their chosen two-hour time slot. This made it an easy, safe, and fun way to get some exercise, and support a wonderful organization.”
This year’s Run for the House was different, with a virtual component and an open course along MSUFCU’s Headquarters campus. The event had 346 participants and raised $36,188 for RMHMM between March 26 and March 28.
"We are thrilled with the participation at the 2021 Run for the House and the necessary support it provided for our Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan guest families,” said Carolyn Hurst, RMHMM Executive Director. “MSUFCU was an incredible host and their campus walking trails offered a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors over the weekend. We remain grateful to our community for continuing to support us as we continue to serve families in the mid-Michigan region."
For more information on Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan, visit rmhmm.org.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $6 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Reaches $6 Billion in Assets
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has reached $6 billion in assets, a milestone in the credit union’s history.
It took MSUFCU just over two years to grow from $4 billion in assets to $5 billion, and this latest milestone was achieved less than one year after that – on March 17, 2021.
In 2020, the Credit Union celebrated its 300,000th member; opened branches in Holt and Traverse City; broke ground on its regional office in Auburn Hills; broke ground on a second branch in Traverse City; and developed products and services to help meet members’ needs including the Back to Business Loan, Savings Builder SM, SmartLineSM Home Equity Loan, and more.
“We are excited to celebrate this milestone,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO. “Our growth and success is due to the support of our members, dedication of our employees, and strength of our community. We continue to provide superior service, secure and convenient account access, innovative products and services, and philanthropic support for organizations that help make our communities places we are all proud to live and work.”
Late this year, MSUFCU plans to open the second branch in Traverse City, the regional office in Auburn Hills, and begin work on a new building in downtown East Lansing that will house an intern center, a call center, and other functions, as well as a community room. Additionally, the Credit Union plans to begin construction on a new, larger Headquarters Branch this summer.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $6 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Names Six Employees to Management Roles
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has named six employees to management positions.
Nick Grecu – Member Solutions and Recovery Manager
Mae Holmes – Specialty Accounts Manager
Katie Knop – Manager of the Holt Branch
Kara Maxey – Manager of the Farm Lane Branch
Nicole Reid – Assistant Manager of the Downtown/Sparrow Branch
Rose Spencer – Assistant Manager of the Marsh Branch
Grecu joined MSUFCU in 2014. As Member Solutions and Recovery Manager, he identifies: opportunities for process improvements and efficiencies, loan trends, and potential risk exposure, in order to assist members with creative solutions, ultimately helping maximize recoveries and minimize losses. Grecu earned his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Central Michigan University.
Holmes joined MSUFCU in 2015. As Specialty Accounts Manager, she works with department employees to provide in-depth guidance on all accounts within the deposit side of the Credit Union, ensuring accuracy, compliance with laws and regulations, and the launch of new products. Holmes earned a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University, and bachelors’ degrees in organizational management and business administration from Ashford University.
Knop joined MSUFCU in 2013. As the Holt Branch Manager, she oversees the branch’s operations, including member service, lending, new accounts, and cash operations. Knop ensures members receive superior service and the resources and education needed to become and remain financially sound. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Central Michigan University.
Maxey joined MSUFCU in 2010. As the Farm Lane Branch Manager, she oversees the overall operations of the branch, including member service, lending, new accounts, and cash operations. Maxey ensures members receive superior service and the education needed to become and remain financially sound. She attends Ferris State University through Lansing Community College.
Reid joined MSUFCU in 2014. As the Downtown Lansing/Sparrow Branch Assistant Manager, she leads, develops, and supports employees to assist and build relationships with members. Reid also works with community organizations to help with their financial requests. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Michigan State University.
Spencer joined MSUFCU in 2016. As the Marsh Branch Assistant Manager, she leads, develops, and supports employees to assist and build relationships with members. Spencer also works with community organizations to help with their financial requests. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $6 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Announces its 2021 Charity Partners
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) employees have chosen four charity partners for 2021 – one for each quarter.
Employees will support REACH Studio Art, Salus Center, New Hope Pet Rescue, and Firecracker Foundation through volunteer and fundraising efforts.
Each year, Credit Union employees work together to support local charities. Employees raised more than $222,000 for their selected 2020 charity partners, despite the challenges of fundraising while keeping socially distanced. This year, employees will focus on one organization each quarter, instead of all four organizations year-round, to improve engagement with that charity partner.
REACH Studio Art in Lansing is MSUFCU’s first-quarter charity partner. This studio art center offers programs dedicated to mentoring youth, urban revitalization, and strengthening community. REACH connects artists with local residents, brings diverse individuals and groups together, and creates an atmosphere of shared pride and creative problem solving. For more information, visit REACH.
In the second quarter, fundraising efforts will focus on Salus Center, based in Lansing. Founded in 2017, Salus serves Lansing’s LGBTQIA+ communities as a gathering space and information hub. It advocates for the rights of community members by honoring and affirming the interconnectedness of oppression. Salus Center empowers community members to build on the legacy of LGBTQIA+ activism and to manifest a life that is authentic, safe, and full. For more information, visits Salus Center.
Third-quarter fundraising will focus on New Hope Pet Rescue in Charlotte. This organization is committed to helping people and animals in need. Its mission is to provide a means to place unwanted, adoptable animals into appropriate, loving homes. For more information, visit New Hope Pet Rescue.
MSUFCU will close out the year with fourth-quarter fundraising for Firecracker Foundation in Holt. This organization provides comprehensive services to child survivors and their families, and community education by creating a holistic, safe space for the community to support children, families, and advocates. For more information, visit Firecracker Foundation.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $6 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Celebrates Grand Opening of Branch on Sashabaw Road in Clarkston
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), its Board of Directors, management and community members celebrated a virtual grand opening of the Credit Union’s branch at 6051 Sashabaw Rd. in Clarkston, Mich., on March 6, 2021.
“We relocated our Clarkston Branch to this convenient location on Sashabaw Road which allows us to serve a larger portion of our members residing in and visiting this area. All the same friendly faces are available to offer products and services to members and prospective members,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “This location will help us to better serve our more than 14,000 existing members living within 10 miles of this location and to let the nearly 340,000 potential members in the area know about our vast array of products and services.”
To celebrate the new branch, members can take advantage of these limited-time grand opening specials at all Credit Union locations through March 31, 2021, including free work-from-home security kit with new Visa credit card; $100 bonus cash with new direct deposit; and free charging mouse pad with new checking account.
The 20-person team at the Sashabaw location has been busy since the branch opened in December 2020, opening new accounts and loans while saving members money. Between December 21, 2020, and March 20, 2021, the team has opened 232 new accounts including 205 checking accounts; opened more than 41 Visa credit cards; funded over $2 million in loans; saved nearly $108,000 in loan interest (by transferring higher interest loans to the Credit Union); and distributed more than $44,800 in dividends (interest earned from savings products).
The full-service Sashabaw Branch features drive-up Video Tellers, 24-hour ATMs and an integrated branch design that offers sit-down stations rather than a traditional teller line. The stations are staffed by employees who are universally trained to handle a wide variety of transactions, including opening new accounts and processing loan applications. The branch also has a digital station where youth members can play the Credit Union’s free gaming apps.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $6 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Employees Join Filene Research Institute's i3 Innovation Program
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Two MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) employees were selected for Filene Research Institute’s i3 program, joining more than 260 credit union industry innovators.
i3 is a two-year innovation leadership program equipping top credit union professionals with the mindset, tools, and network to lead and shape the credit union of the 21st Century. The program’s applied learning model puts ‘impact’ at the center to maximize results at the individual, organizational, and community level.
“I am excited about the opportunity to participate in Filene’s i3 program and learn more about how strategy, innovation, and design thinking have an effect on our industry,” said Ami Iceman-Haueter, MSUFCU Assistant Vice President of Research and Digital Experience. “Through this program, I am looking forward to developing both a diverse skillset to share with others at MSUFCU, and throughout the industry, as well as a new perspective on how to create a positive experience for members.”
“Becoming part of Filene’s i3 program is an opportunity to learn how to facilitate innovative changes, accelerate the best ideas found inside and outside of the industry, and provide our members with strategies to help them succeed,” said Ben Maxim, MSUFCU Assistant Vice President of Digital Strategy and Innovation. “By building collaboration and implementing innovative consumer finance solutions, we can help strengthen our communities.”
Filene i3 members work in cross-functional teams to practice innovation through four experiential training modules: Building Skills to Drive Change; Insights and Ideation; Co-Creation and Proof of Concept; and Testing and Evaluation.
“Congratulations to Ami and Ben for being accepted into the Filene i3 program. We seek out the best and the brightest employees in North American credit unions to help shape the future of cooperative consumer finance,” said Mark Meyer, Filene President/CEO. “The i3 program strengthens credit unions by developing its leaders from the inside out — building competencies in individuals, organizations, and collectively across communities.”
“We are very proud that Ami and Ben were selected into the Filene i3 program,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO. “The program inspires participants to lead as forward thinkers and change lives by creating innovative initiatives at their credit unions and throughout the industry. I look forward to the work that Ami and Ben will develop that will strengthen MSUFCU and help our employees and members achieve financial security and their dreams.”
About Filene: Filene Research Institute strengthens organizations through innovative research and incubation to improve consumer financial well-being. As an independent cooperative finance think tank, Filene’s membership network connects a community of leaders and bright minds to change lives through innovation, truth and cooperation. In addition to delivering cutting-edge, actionable academic research, Filene also provides incubators to test and scale solutions, events to spark organizations into action and advisory services to help accelerate and implement innovation. For more information, visit filene.org. Learn more about the i3 program and learning modules at filene.org/i3.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $5.8 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Earns National Wellness Award for Sixth Consecutive Year
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSUFCU has received the 2020 National Best and Brightest in Wellness® award for the sixth consecutive year.
The award recognizes organizations that make their workplaces, their employees, and the communities they serve healthier places to live and work.
“We recognized that our employees were facing many unique situations in 2020, and we wanted to provide supportive programs to help them through these challenging times,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “To address employees’ physical and mental health, we provided recommendations for self-care while working from home, including free access to online resources focusing on exercise and counseling. To help employees feel more connected, we introduced RISE, an internal, recognition portal, that employees could use to acknowledge the great work their colleagues are doing.”
The National Association for Business Resources (NABR) has conducted Best and Brightest competitions for more than 20 years, identifying numerous best practices and providing benchmarks for companies that continue to be leaders in employment standards.
Companies received 2020 awards based on surveys developed and administered by SynBella, the nation’s leading wellness systems firm. Each survey focused on outcomes, analysis, tracking, participation and incentives, benefits and programs, leadership, employee input, culture and environment.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $5.8 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Awards Kent Intermediate School District Teacher with MIDream Grant
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Robert Barrett, a science teacher at Kent Intermediate School District in Grand Rapids, Mich., has received an MIDream grant through a partnership with MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and the Michigan Education Association Financial Services (MEA FS).
The grant, designed to support MEA members, includes $250 for the recipient to use in their classroom or on a school project, and $250 donated to the charity of their choice.
“I will use these funds to build and supply my kids with some simple and effective at-home physics kits,” Barrett said. “These will enable them to shift our activities at school to learning and investigating phenomena within their homes as needed, allowing for our investigations to be flexible, meaningful and engaging.”
For his charity, Barrett selected Feeding America West Michigan. Serving 40 counties, it is one of seven Feeding America food banks located in Michigan. For more information, visit feedwm.org.
“MEA FS is pleased to have partnered with MSUFCU to offer the MIDream grant,” said Bruce M. Reaume, MEA FS Executive Director. “As MSUFCU and MEA FS share similar visions of quality member benefits and a commitment to education, it is exciting to see this partnership result in such a worthy outcome.”
“MEA members are dedicated to helping youth in our communities grow and succeed, and this grant is one way to show our appreciation for these community heroes,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Through the MIDream Grant, we are also able to fulfill our core value of giving back to the community by contributing funds to a local organization chosen by the recipient. We look forward to continuing our partnership with MEA and supporting its members through the MIDream Grant.”
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $5.8 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Employees Donate $6,065 to Lansing Food Bank During Virtual Annual Gala
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union’s (MSUFCU’s) Annual Gala looked different this year as have many events since the COVID-19 pandemic began over a year ago. The Credit Union usually celebrates the prior year’s accomplishments with hors d'oeuvres, service awards, and a night out with coworkers.
For the first time, the Annual Gala was held virtually, on February 20, 2021. Throughout the challenges of the pandemic, MSUFCU has continued to live its Mission and Core Values of: Demonstrate Integrity and Honesty; Give Back to the Community; Provide Superior Service; Encourage, Embrace, and Drive Change; Pursue Growth and Development; Build a Positive Environment; Be Passionate and Determined; and Cultivate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Giving Back to the Community is a Core Value MSUFCU strives to achieve each and every day, and the Annual Gala was no different. During the Gala, employees could make a donation to the Lansing Food Bank with MSUFCU matching donations up to $5,000. At the start of the Gala, nearly $2,500 had already been donated, and the goal of $10,000 (including the match) was surpassed in less than one hour. A total of $11,065 was donated to the Lansing Food Bank, which will provide 36,735 meals to those in need.
"I am proud and humbled by the generosity our employees, and the way we live our core value of giving back to the community," said April Clobes, MSUFCU's President and Chief Executive Officer. "This donation will help provide essential services to those in need."
For nearly 84 years, MSUFCU has proudly given back to the communities it serves, from Grand Rapids to Greater Lansing, and Metro Detroit to Traverse City. In 2020, MSUFCU employees raised over $222,000 for five local charity partners, and volunteered over 500 hours at local organizations. MSUFCU has increased its community impact with The Desk Drawer Fund, a foundation that supports five philanthropic pillars: Arts and Culture, Stable Housing, Empowering Youth, Financial Education, and Fostering Entrepreneurialism. In its first year, more than $170,800 was donated to 53 organizations.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $5.7 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Hosts Annual Student Art Exhibit; WILX 10 Televises Announcement of Winners
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to host the MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit at its Headquarters lobby now through February 24, 2021. This annual event allows area high school students to display their artwork for family, friends, and community members to view and enjoy.
This year, community members can review the exhibits and vote in person or online. During a special televised event on Sunday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. on WILX 10 student winners will be announced in the following categories: People’s Choice - first, second, and third place; Juried winners; Social media winner; and Honorable mention winners.
“This exhibit allows families, fellow students, teachers, and the community to celebrate the accomplishments of area high school student artists. These students truly have amazing talents!” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer. “It is a privilege to sponsor the MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit, and each year, we eagerly look forward to seeing the student exhibits. We enjoy sponsoring this event and displaying their wonderful artwork.”
To view the artwork and vote in person, visit MSUFCU Headquarters building at 3777 West Road, East Lansing between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, or vote online by visiting msufcuart.com. And remember to tune into WILX 10 on Sunday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. to learn which student artists are named winners.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $5.7 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Appoints a New Board of Directors Member
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Janet Lillie, Chair of the Nominations/Governance Committee of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Lawrence, MHSA, to the Credit Union’s Board of Directors.
Serving on MSUFCU’s Asset and Liability Committee (ALCO) from 2014 to 2016, then on the Credit Union’s Supervisory Committee from 2016 to 2021, Lawrence has made numerous positive contributions to the Credit Union over the past several years.
Lawrence is affiliated with the Society for College and University Planning, American College of Medical Practice Executives, Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Medical Group Management Association.
“We have had the privilege of benefiting from Liz’s many talents as she served on both ALCO and the Supervisory Committee, and are honored to welcome her to the MSUFCU Board. Her wealth of experience in organizational strategy and policy will greatly benefit the Credit Union and its members,” said April Clobes, President/CEO of MSUFCU.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $5.7 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Donates $1.39 Million in 2020
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Although fundraising events looked different in 2020, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), its employees, and the Credit Union’s foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund, donated $1.39 million to those in need in 2020.
Credit Union employees work together each year to select and support local charities throughout the various communities MSUFCU serves. In 2020, employees donated $222,101 in personal funds to the following organizations
:Capital Area United Way, the Credit Union’s ongoing charity partner that supports programs and services in Greater LansingHelping Women Period, which provides feminine hygiene products to homeless and low-income girls and women in Greater LansingHQ Runaway and Homeless Youth Drop-In Center, a Grand Rapids-based organization that helps youth ages 14-24 who are living in unsafe or unstable housingOakland County Animal Shelter, which provides shelter and care to more than 4,000 animals each year, attempting to reunite animals with their owners or find them new, loving homesMSUFCU’s employee fundraising efforts included virtual runs/walks, dress down days, donations made for family photos, letters to Santa, and more. In addition to donating funds to local organizations, employees also volunteered their time and talents. Even with restrictions due to the pandemic, they volunteered more than 500 hours in 2020 in communities the Credit Union serves.
As part of its annual giving, MSUFCU contributed $729,972 to 199 organizations in the communities where Credit Union employees and members live and work. MSUFCU also redirected funds in 2020 to support COVID-19 relief programs such as food banks and hospitals.
The Desk Drawer Fund contributed $446,251 to 70 donor recipients including nonprofits, organizations, and individuals within its philanthropic pillars of Arts & Culture, Stable Housing, Empowering Youth, Financial Education, and Entrepreneurialism. For more information, visit deskdrawerfund.org.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $5.7 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Member Wins Michigan Credit Union League Grand Raffle Prize
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) member Juan Torres-Suarez Jr. has been named a grand prize winner in the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) Grand Raffle.
He received a $1,000 third-place prize.
After depositing the funds into his account, Torres-Suarez celebrated by buying coffee for the MSUFCU employees working at the Downtown Lansing Branch where he purchased his winning ticket.
MSUFCU is a proud member of the MCUL, which provides advocacy on and coordinates cooperative initiatives, as well as assists credit unions in enriching the lives of their members.
“For the 2020 Grand Raffle, we sold more tickets than ever before, showing that our members are committed to supporting the MCUL’s Grand Raffle. We are very excited that our member, Juan, won this prize. His kindness in paying it forward to employees is indicative of what we see every day from our members,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer.
The MCUL Grand Raffle is one of the largest fundraising events in the credit union industry. It is also the largest annual fundraiser for the Michigan Credit Union League Legislative Action Fund’s (MCULLAF) Federal Political Action Committee that ensures credit unions are represented in Washington, D.C.
The annual raffle kicks off in the spring with ticket sales running through October at various credit union locations throughout Michigan. Winners were randomly selected in a virtual drawing in November. For a full list of winning ticket numbers, visit mcul.org/grand-raffle.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, andis in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $5.6 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Names Four to Management Roles
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Contact: Deidre Davis
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MSUFCU Names Four to Management Roles
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has promoted four employees to management positions
:Shaun Darling – Human Resources ManagerAlea Hewson – Assistant Manager of the West Side BranchKristi Izzat – Finance ManagerEric Kibbey – Business Services Assistant ManagerDarling joined MSUFCU in 2013. As Human Resources Manager, he focuses on achieving strategic HR initiatives in employee relations, recruitment, compensation, retention, employee wellness and engagement. Darling earned an MBA from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Michigan State University. He has certifications from the Human Resources Certification Institute and the Society of Human Resource Management.
Hewson joined MSUFCU in 2014, and in her new role as Assistant Manager of the West Side Branch, she helps oversee branch operations and provides education on products and services for employees. Hewson earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oregon State University and is working toward a dual MBA in leadership studies and human resource management at Baker College.
Izzat joined MSUFCU in 2002, and in her new role as Finance Manager, she oversees a three-person finance team and is responsible for financial reporting, forecasting and analysis for the Credit Union. Izzat earned an MBA from Northwood University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Michigan State University.
Kibbey joined MSUFCU in 2018. As Business Services Assistant Manager, he supervises the 15-person business services team. Kibbey also oversees various process improvement projects, and provides access to lending and other ancillary services to local small businesses. Kibbey attends Lansing Community College.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $5.6 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Earns CUNA National Award for Member Service
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has received the 2020 Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) National Awards Committee.
The Credit Union was honored for its new Savings BuilderSM product.
MSUFCU launched the Savings Builder account in response to the economic impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This blended-rate, dividend-bearing account is tiered to encourage members to save at least $1,000 for emergency expenses.
“As a result of the pandemic, we saw the impact on many in our community who did not have savings and knew we needed to take action to help,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer. “We created Savings Builder to help our members – and our community – build their emergency funds faster by paying higher dividends on initial balances. Credit unions’ roles include supporting members by developing products and services to help them achieve financial success, and we are honored to be recognized for these efforts.”
“Congratulations to the 2020 CUNA Award winners who are being recognized for their commitment to their communities, particularly in a time when they’re needed the most,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “We celebrate their efforts in social responsibility, the credit union philosophy, and financial education.”
The Louise Herring award is given to a credit union demonstrating the application of the credit union philosophy of people helping people. A complete list of winners can be found here.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $5.6 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Promotes Lauren Kotlarczyk
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Lauren Kotlarczyk has been named Assistant Vice President of Community Development at MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU). She oversees the Credit Union’s Business Development, Community Development, and Financial Education departments in Greater Lansing and Oakland County.
Kotlarczyk joined MSUFCU in 2009 as a Marketing intern, then moved to other roles at the Credit Union within the Internal and Corporate Communications, Community Relations, Marketing and Communications, and Community Development departments.
“Lauren continues to be a strong asset to MSUFCU,” said Whitney Anderson Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer. “She has helped lead efforts in business development by expanding opportunities through our Local Loyalty program; community development by growing our relationships with local organizations we support; and financial education department by increasing the number of presentations made to community members of all ages free of cost.”
Kotlarczyk is an active community volunteer and is involved with various credit union sector programs. She has served as board chair for Young Professional Alzheimer’s Advocates of Lansing, team captain of the Members Development Company NextUP program, a member of the Michigan Children’s Savings Account Network Policy Committee, and mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Kotlarczyk earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and is a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor through the Credit Union National Association.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $5.6 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Celebrates 83rd Anniversary by Paying It Forward
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) employees celebrated the 83rd anniversary of the Credit Union’s founding by paying it forward with acts of kindness.
Since 2012, MSUFCU employees have marked the November 15, 1937, founding of the Credit Union with a weeklong celebration highlighting one of its key values: Giving back to the community.
This year, employees from the Credit Union and its Desk Drawer Fund foundation introduced creative, safe, and socially-distanced ways to donate to charities and surprise members at branches during the week of November 15-21.
As part of the Pay It Forward initiative, the Credit Union donated a total of $8,300 to nonprofit organizations and local heroes chosen by employees. Recipients each received between $200 and $500.
Each Credit Union branch also received 40 gift cards in $5 increments from businesses near the branches to distribute randomly to members who visited the branch during the week.
“Although this year looked different, employees’ enthusiasm for our Pay It Forward campaign was still unmistakable,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer. “We look forward each year to sharing kindness in our communities and donating to area charities selected by our employees. Pay It Forward remains an impactful and important Credit Union tradition.”
As part of the celebration, two local heroes each received $500: Carolyn Hurst, Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan Executive Director; and Ryan Holmes, Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy Art Educator. Visit MSUFCU’s Facebook and Twitter pages to see photos of employees and recipients.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $5.6 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Earns Detroit Free Press' Top Workplace Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has received a Top Workplace Award in the large employer category from the Detroit Free Press for the eighth consecutive year.
The news organization recognized 150 companies in Michigan as Top Workplaces for 2020. The awards were based on results from surveys completed by company employees.
“This recognition is a testimony to the open and welcoming environment of our organization,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU Chief Human Resources Officer. “We continually look to improve processes based on employee feedback. This has helped us create a workplace where employees can come to work as their authentic selves and do their best work.”
The anonymous survey measured several aspects of workplace culture including alignment, execution, and connection. The list of companies recognized can be found here.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for three consecutive years, andis in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, recently winning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $5.6 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Celebrates Its 300,000th Member
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) celebrated a milestone October 21, 2020, welcoming Steven Harmon as its 300,000th member.
Harmon opened his account through the Credit Union’s eServices department. He received $500 and a basket filled with MSUFCU-branded gifts.
“We believe it is our responsibility to provide our community members with the knowledge and resources, as well as the products and services that allow them to make informed financial decisions, attain financial security, and ultimately, achieve their dreams,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer. “The fact that our membership has grown to more than 300,000 is one way we can measure our effectiveness in helping community members thrive.”
The Credit Union reached 100,000 members in 2000 and 200,000 members in 2015.
The Credit Union’s 300,000th member campaign, 300,000 Reasons, was two-fold — to share with members and nonmembers the thousands of reasons membership truly benefits them, and to reaffirm that MSUFCU members are the reason employees do what they do each and every day. This includes creating new and innovative products and services, extending service hours, and creating a safe environment when members visit the branches.
In addition, MSUFCU sponsored the Find Your Reason and What’s Your Reason contests. Each randomly-selected winner was presented with a $500 check and a gift basket.
Jose Luis Mendoza, the Find Your Reason winner, also received an additional $500 to give to a charity of his choice. He selected The Boys and Girls Club of Lansing.
George Covert was named the What’s Your Reason contest winner for sharing his reason why he chose to be a member of MSUFCU.
As a financial institution, the Credit Union seeks to improve the financial health of communities by empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their financial well-being. This is done in part through providing many free financial education seminars, classes, and resources for community members of all ages. Among them
:A financial podcast: Wallet WatchA mobile app and website for students: Financial 4.0Virtual financial seminars and events for members and nonmembers alikePocketnest, a financial planning platform, a new tool to help members manage their financial wellnessMSUFCU’s mission of helping members achieve their financial goals has driven innovative and service-focused products and services, most recently including
:FranSM, our virtual assistant, who answers questions about the Credit UnionVideo Chat, with which members speak directly to Credit Union employees via their smartphones or computersVideo Tellers that offer the functionality of an ATM combined with the personalized service of Financial Service Representatives from the convenience of a member’s carBack to Business Loan that offers favorable rates and terms to local businessesSavings BuilderSM account that helps members build their emergency funds fasterSmartLineSM Home Equity Loan, which provides members flexibility when using the equity in their homes
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5-star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the ninth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Michigan Credit Union League: first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award; first place for the 2020 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award; second place for the community service 2020 Dora Maxwell Award; and honorable mention for the 2020 Alphonse Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $5.5 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Names Roger LaGrone Vice President of Call Center Operations
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Roger LaGrone has been named Vice President of Call Center Operations at MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), President/CEO April Clobes announced.
LaGrone leads the Credit Union’s growing in-house Call Center, which is on track to receive more than 750,000 calls this year answered by Call Center Specialists and Video Tellers. He also directs MSUFCU’s strategic initiatives in the department through team and process management.
“I am pleased to have Roger join MSUFCU in this role,” said Lea Ammerman, MSUFCU Chief Operating Officer. “He brings extensive knowledge of call center operations and a track record of implementing process improvements. He will help improve our members’ experiences through leadership and the ability to foster a collaborative environment to support future growth.”
LaGrone’s background includes experience with contact center and sales practices. With more than 15 years of Six Sigma Master Black Belt knowledge, experience with lean methodologies and contact center Omni channel and online integration, LaGrone has managed startups and contact centers having as many as 1,000 employees. He earned an MBA in general management from the University of the Pacific and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston University.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5-star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the ninth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Michigan Credit Union League: first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award; first place for the 2020 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award; second place for the community service 2020 Dora Maxwell Award; and honorable mention for the 2020 Alphonse Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, almost 300,000 members, over $5.5 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Breaks Ground on New $16 Million Regional Office in Auburn Hills
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) held a groundbreaking event for its new regional office in Auburn Hills on October 21. The three-story, $16 million development on 3.73 acres will be located on University Drive, east of Cross Creek Parkway. The project is expected to take18 months to complete.
“We are very excited about our expansion in Oakland County where we continue to grow our partnership with Oakland University through our OU Credit Union brand,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO. “We view this investment as critical to serving our members – and potential members – who live and work in the region.”
Upon completion of this project, the current Auburn Hills branch will relocate from Five Points Drive to the new regional office. The office will also house Credit Union support services, including a call center, IT support, human resources, infrastructure planning and facilities, learning and talent development, and an intern center.
MSUFCU live broadcasted the comments during the groundbreaking event. You can watch it here.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for nine consecutive years, received a 5-star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the ninth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the 2020 Louise Herring Award, second for the 2020 Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, as well as second for the 2020 Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, almost 300,000 members, over $5.5 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Earns Four Awards from The Michigan Credit Union League
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has been honored with four 2020 awards from the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL).
The first-place award is for the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award, which recognizes credit unions demonstrating the practical application of the credit union “people helping people” philosophy for their members. Another first-place award forAlphonse Desjardins Award for adult education, honoring leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of youth and adult financial literacy, and twosecond-place awards for the Dora Maxwell Award, recognizing community service achievements by credit unions, andAlphonse Desjardins Award for youth education.
“These awards recognize our dedication in the areas of member and community service, as well as in financial education,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “As a financial institution, we believe it is our responsibility to improve the financial health of our community, and that by empowering individuals and contributing to a stronger community, we are fulfilling our core value of giving back.”
MSUFCU received the first-place Louise Herring Award for its new savings product, Savings BuilderSM. In response to the economic impact of the novel coronavirus, MSUFCU launched this account to help members better prepare for future emergencies and build their emergency funds faster. The blended-rate account is tiered to encourage members to save at least $1,000 for emergency expenses. There are three tiers, in which lower balances earn higher dividends.
The Credit Union was recognized with the second-place Dora Maxwell Award for its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund. In April 2019, MSUFCU established the Desk Drawer Fund to further our commitment to the communities we serve. Its mission is to empower members, employees, and other businesses to contribute to a universal wellbeing by investing in our local communities and helping them flourish. The Desk Drawer Fund provides support for numerous initiatives across the sectors of five identified pillars to support local organizations: Arts & Culture, Empowering Youth, Financial Education, Stable Housing, and Fostering Entrepreneurialism.
The first-place for theAlphonse Desjardins Award recognized the Credit Union’s podcast, Wallet Watch, in the adult category. The second-placefor theAlphonse Desjardins Award was for the Crredit Union's Financial Reality Fairs, in the youth category. In 2019, we launched Wallet Watch, a podcast hosted by financial educators at MSUFCU and OU Credit Union (a trade name of MSUFCU).
Wallet Watch provides an additional avenue for the Credit Union to expand its reach to college students and young professionals. With the increase in popularity of podcasts, MSUFCU uses this platform to provide financial and everyday life tips. Topics include financial responsibility, professional development, overcoming obstacles, and more.
Every spring, MSUFCU sponsors a Financial Reality Fair for the Lansing School District. Financial Reality Fairs provide hands-on experiences in which high school students navigate through real-life scenarios, including careers and starting salaries to prepare them to be financially successful adults. This past year, we expanded the program to other local schools, including the Lansing Community College (LCC) early college program, Haslett High School, LCC West Campus, Ingham Intermediate School District, and Brandon High School.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5-star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the ninth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized by the Michigan Credit Union League: first place for the people-helping-people philosophy 2020 Louise Herring Award; first place for the 2020 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award; second place for the community service 2020 Dora Maxwell Award; and honorable mention for the 2020 Alphonse Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, almost 300,000 members, over $5.5 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Names Amanda Denney as Its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Amanda Denney has been named Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Director at MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU).
In this new role, Amanda will oversee DEI plans and initiatives to ensure awareness, respect, and acceptance in the workplace for employees and members. Her most recent role was as a manager in the Credit Union’s call center.
“We are pleased to have Amanda in this role at MSUFCU,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU CEO/President. “She will build on and advance the Credit Union’s DEI strategy by partnering with the executive team; HR team; Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council, and department managers as well as with others in our community to create employee and member experiences and community programs where everyone is welcome and celebrated.”
The DEI Council is an internal, cross-organizational membership representing a diverse range of employees and team members. Working with this council and other internal and external groups, Amanda will lead the initiation and implementation of effective mechanisms to manage diversity and inclusion programs and training within the Credit Union.
“In the role of DEI Director, Amanda will be instrumental in developing partnerships with community members, community organizations and suppliers, and expanding our DEI initiatives,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer.
Amanda joined MSUFCU in 2008 as a call center specialist and has served in various positions, including eServices loan officer, branch manager, senior loan officer, and call center manager. She also participated in the Credit Union’s management development program in 2013.
“I am excited to begin in this role at MSUFCU,” said Amanda. “I look forward to identifying best practices and recommending strategies and solutions to support a culture of inclusion at MSUFCU.” Denney earned a master’s degree in Strategy, Leadership, and Management from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northwood University.
Amanda’s unique experiences working with members and employees from diverse backgrounds will help her carry forward initiatives within the Credit Union and the community. Partnering with internal and external groups, she will create an equitable environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion connected to all aspects of work and community support while providing a foundation for changes to come. For more information, visit msufcu.org/deierg.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for nine consecutive years, received a 5-star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the ninth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the 2020 Louise Herring Award, second for the 2020 Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, as well as second for the 2020 Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, more than 300,000 members, over $5.5 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Earns Five Awards from Marketing Association of Credit Unions
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce it received five MAC awards from the Marketing Association of Credit Unions (MAC). The Credit Union received the following awards
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Project NameCategoryMSUFCU Visa Signature Credit Card Product DevelopmentMSUFCU Good for Business Booklet Business DevelopmentMSUFCU Your Refund Plus Some Direct Mail SingleMSUFCU Credit Score Handout Image EnhancementMSUFCU Youth Newsletters Newsletters
“We are honored to receive this recognition for our team’s work in promoting our products and services to current and prospective members,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “These marketing pieces inform consumers about opportunities to establish a partnership with a financial institution whose mission is to help them achieve their financial goals, and ultimately, their dreams.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for nine consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the ninth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, nearly 300,000 members, over $5.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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Credit Union Introduces an Innovation Center The Lab at MSUFCU
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has launched The Lab at MSUFCU, a center for innovation, that will bring agility, collaboration, drive, and innovation together to turn ideas into advanced financial technologies.
“The Lab at MSUFCU embodies one of MSUFCU’s core values of driving and embracing change by bringing innovation to our members,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU CEO/President. “Our innovation pilots are designed to incorporate member feedback as well as include a cross-section of employees in the creation process.”
The Lab at MSUFCU was established to identify, create, and execute opportunities for innovation at the Credit Union. By devoting resources to cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset, collaborative ideas can be generated that lead to pilots and new technology, products and services for members and employees.
“The purpose of The Lab at MSUFCU is to develop innovative solutions so members can take advantage of the latest financial technology opportunities to improve their experiences and make their dreams a reality,” said Ben Maxim, MSUFCU Assistant Vice President of Digital Strategy and Innovation. “By bringing people together who have differing roles and experiences, we are able to approach ideas from all angles and develop holistic solutions to fulfill unexpressed needs and emerging market expectations for our members.”
With an agile, “fail fast” mentality, participants will be able to explore and test new opportunities before long-term investments are made. Members will be encouraged to be a part of the creation process and try the new innovations as they become available. This will allow the team to incorporate member feedback into the technologies. For more information, visit msufcu.org/thelab.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for nine consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the ninth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, nearly 300,000 members, over $5.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Hosts Grand Opening for Its 21 Branch in Holt
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), its Board of Directors, management and community members celebrated the grand opening of the Credit Union’s newest branch at 2313 Cedar St., in Holt, Mich., on October 6, 2020.
The Holt Branch is MSUFCU’s 14th location in Greater Lansing and 21st overall.
“We are excited to be part of the Holt community and help members achieve their dreams,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “Since opening, we have welcomed over 100 members and prospective members to the branch each day. MSUFCU’s expansion into Delhi Charter Township is part of our long-term strategy to better serve our almost 80,000 existing members living within 10 miles of this location and to let others know about our vast array of products and services.”
To celebrate the new branch, members can take advantage of these limited-time grand opening specials
:Free cooler with a new account$100 bonus cash with checking account and direct deposit$100 cash back with an auto loanFree USB night light charger with new Visa Credit CardThe eight-member team at the Holt location has been busy since the branch opened in July, opening new accounts and loans while saving members money. As of September 29, 2020, the team has
:Opened 195 new accounts and 221 checking accountsOpened nearly 70 Visa credit cards openedFunded more than $1.2 million in loansSaved more than $49,000 in loan interest (by transferring higher interest loans to the Credit Union)Distributed more than $9,200 in dividends (interest earned from savings products)The full-service Holt Branch features drive-up Video Tellers, 24-hour ATMs and an integrated branch design that offers sit-down stations rather than a traditional teller line. The stations are staffed by employees who are universally trained to handle a wide variety of transactions, including opening new accounts and processing loan applications. The branch also has a digital station where youth members can play the Credit Union’s free gaming apps. The Holt Branch had a soft opening in late July.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for nine consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the ninth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, nearly 300,000 members, over $5.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Partners with Northwood University to Provide Tuition Discounts For Members
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is proud to announce it is partnering with Northwood University to provide tuition discounts to its members. The discounts include
:Application fee waived for members and dependentsAdult Degree Program: 5% off for members and dependentsDeVos Graduate School: 5% off for members and dependents“This partnership provides a great opportunity for Credit Union members to further their education at a lower cost,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer. “Our mission is to help our members achieve their goals and their dreams. This discount at Northwood University is yet another way we are providing support for their future successes.”
Northwood University is located in Midland, Mich., and offers several business degree options, whether you’re just beginning, or you need to finish what you started. There are more than 15 specialty concentrations for undergraduate degrees, a master’s degree in science in organizational leadership or finance, as well as an MBA program, and Master of Science degree in organizational leadership or finance. In addition to in-person options, you can also complete your degree online. For more information, visit northwood.edu.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for nine consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the ninth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, nearly 300,000 members, over $5.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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Credit Union Receives Community Spark Award for MSUFCU Eats Local Giveaway
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has received the 2020 Community Spark Award that recognizes banks and credit unions for making a difference in their communities by supporting small businesses.
MSUFCU launched its #MSUFCUEatsLocal giveaway in March to support local restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. To enter, participants submitted photos of meals from their favorite local restaurants on the Credit Union’s Facebook or Twitter pages. Between April 22 and May 13, a daily winner was awarded two $25 gift cards to local restaurants, one for themselves and one to pay it forward with. A second round of the giveaway took place between July 10 through July 31 with a focus on Black- and LGBTQIA+-owned and operated restaurants. Over the two rounds of this campaign, MSUFCU purchased a total of $4,200 in gift cards to local restaurants helping support 15 businesses.
As part of the Community Spark Award, the Credit Union was able to choose an organization to receive $250. The Credit Union chose Weekend Survival Kits, which mobilizes community volunteers to donate items and pack kits, providing food on the weekends for children in grades K-5 in Greater Lansing area schools.
“Our MSUFCU Eats Local Giveaway social media campaign allowed us to support local businesses and encourage people to pay kindness forward during this challenging time,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer. “We are honored by this recognition, and the fact that Weekend Survival Kits will receive $250 to help local children makes the recognition even more impactful and appreciated.”
Financial organizations submitted 2020 projects they initiated that “sparked” local community support to award sponsor Social Assurance, based in Lincoln, Neb. Social Assurance manages banks’ and credit unions’ online marketing efforts, content, community relations, employee engagement, and social selling.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for nine consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the ninth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award aswell as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, nearly 300,000 members, over $5.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Introduces SmartLine A Flexible Home Equity Loan
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is now offering the SmartLineSM Home Equity Loan, featuring a variable line of credit with an optional fixed-rate component.
SmartLine gives a member the flexibility to lock a portion of their line of credit at a fixed rate, term, and payment, while keeping the remaining line of credit available at a variable rate. As payments are made, the credit line is replenished.
“With SmartLine, members have access to funds for home improvements, debt consolidation, or any other expenses, while enjoying a fixed rate on each portion they lock,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer. “This new loan will potentially make budgeting for payments much easier, and provide peace of mind through the fixed rate.”
SmartLine features: Lines of credit from $5,000-$300,000; minimum fixed-rate advance of $2,500; $99 closing costs; maximum loan value of 90%; property must be located in Michigan; and property must be the member’s primary residence or vacation home.
For more information visit msufcu.org/smartline.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for nine consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the ninth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, nearly 300,000 members, over $5.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Named National Best and Brightest Company To Work For
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) was honored as a National Best and Brightest Company To Work For® — alongside 183 organizations from across the country — out of 1,700 nominations. This is the fourth consecutive year the Credit Union has received this award.
“We are dedicated to providing an inclusive and positive work environment that allows all employees to achieve their goals and dreams,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU Chief Human Resources Officer. “By inviting open and honest conversations and developing engaging employee programs, we create a place where our employees can bring their full, authentic selves and make meaningful contributions.”
“Through the first half of 2020, the National Best and Brightest Companies To Work For have demonstrated leadership and forward thinking as they pivoted their business and workforce through COVID-19. As the conversation and focus has shifted, these companies have also been a voice for important actions regarding race. It is in these unique times that the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For excel and share their knowledge with others," said Jennifer Kluge, president and CEO, Best and Brightest Programs.
The Best and Brightest Company To Work For program honors those organizations who have a commitment to excellence in operations and employee enrichment, leading to increased productivity and financial performance.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, nearly 300,000 members, over $5.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Business Member, Value Engineering, Receives $25,000 Elevate Small Business Grant
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce that its business member, Value Engineering, has received a $25,000 Elevate Grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis (FHLBI). The Elevate Grant assists the growth and development of small businesses, their workforces, and the communities they serve.
Value Engineering will use the grant for training and hiring purposes alongside new technical design training and to purchase new technical/design software for the organization.
“As a small business making advances to enter a competitive and mature industry, this grant will help us provide training and new equipment for staff,” said Jon Kolbasa, PE, Value Engineering Founder/Service Leader. “By focusing on delivering innovative and collaborative transportation solutions and demonstrating dependability to our partners and clients, we will be able to pursue new markets and new projects.”
“Jon has been a MSUFCU member since his time as a Michigan State University student, and we are excited to continue this partnership by serving his business, Value Engineering, since 2013,” said Jeff Jackson, MSUFCU Chief Lending Officer. “We have witnessed and supported the business’s continued growth, and this grant is an opportunity for Jon to take his business to the next level.”
Value Engineering, a Lansing, Mich.-based civil engineering firm, provides quality design and construction services to connect people and communities for both private and government contracts. Clients include the Michigan Department of Transportation, City of Lansing, City of Detroit, Ingham County, and Wayne County. Value Engineering is the winner of the 2018 COMTO DBE firm of the year award and is thankful for the continued recognition from peers, clients, and the communities it serves.
MSUFCU is a member of FHLBI, one of 11 independent regional cooperative financial institutions across the U.S. FHLBI is privately capitalized and owned by member banks, credit unions, community development financial institutions (CDFIs), and insurers across Indiana and Michigan. As a cooperative, its members receive lower borrowing costs, which are subsequently passed on to consumers, businesses, and communities.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, nearly 300,000 members, over $5.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Recognized as One of PEOPLE 2020 Companies that Care®
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to be named one of People Magazine’s 2020 Companies that Care®. The Credit Union is ranked 21st out of 50 U.S. companies.
People’s Companies that Care list features the top 50 U.S. companies that have shown respect, care and concern during the pandemic for their employees, communities, and the environment while still succeeding in business. The full list will be highlighted in the September 14 issue of People, which will be available September 4.
MSUFCU also earned a Great Place to Work® certification from the Great Place to Work Institute in Oakland, Calif., for the seventh consecutive year.
“Our employees’ experiences are a priority here at MSUFCU – every single day,” said Silva Dimma, Chief Human Resources Officer. “It is important to MSUFCU that our employees are provided with an open and inclusive work environment. With that support, employees can achieve their professional and personal goals, which makes our whole organization the best it can be.”
Teaming up with Great Place to Work, People Magazine surveyed more than 4.8 million employees who shared how their lives and communities have benefited from their companies’ efforts. Great Place to Work evaluated each organization's benefits, community involvement, and, specifically, actions in response to the pandemic. The full list of companies can be found here.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, nearly 300,000 members, over $5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Employees Donate Nearly $80,000 to Charity Partners in First Half of 2020
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Employees at MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) have raised $79,127 for four local charitable organizations, halfway through their yearlong campaign supporting the Credit Union’s core value of giving back to the communities they serve.
Each year, Credit Union employees select four local charities to support through a yearlong fundraising initiative. This year’s charities are: Capital Area United Way and Helping Women Period, each in Lansing; HQ Runway and Homeless Youth Drop-In Center in Kent County; and Oakland County Animal Shelter. Each organization received $19,781.
“Due to the impact of COVID-19, many of these organizations have had to cancel fundraising events — and now more than ever, community members need our support,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU Chief Human Resources Officer. “We are proud that our employees have continued to provide assistance through their personal donations during this challenging time.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, nearly 300,000 members, over $5.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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Battle Creek Public Schools Teacher Receives $500 MIDream Grant
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Battle Creek Public Schools teacher Anthony Pennock has been awarded a $500 MIDream Grant from MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), in partnership with the Michigan Education Association (MEA).
Pennock will use $250 of the grant for classroom materials and donate $250 to charity.
“The funds will be used to expand my classroom library to be more inclusive and diverse, and to supplement the lack of an available building library in the alternative high school where I teach,” said Pennock.
His charity donation will go to the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), an organization that believes every student has the right to safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education. For more information, visit https://www.glsen.org/our-work.
“MEA Financial Services (FS) congratulates our third MIDream Grant recipient and is grateful for our continued partnership with MSUFCU,” said Bruce M. Reaume, MEA FS Executive Director. “We are excited for Anthony and our commitment to help members support and educate children throughout Michigan.”
“We are proud to partner with MEA FS to support its members through the MIDream Grant,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “With this grant, we are able to show our appreciation for the work MEA members do for children throughout Michigan.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, nearly 300,000 members, over $5.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Earns a Diamond Award for Marketing Excellence
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) was recently honored with a 2020 Segmented Marketing Diamond Award from the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA’s) Marketing and Business Development Council. The award recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry.
“We are excited to receive this award and are proud of our team’s work to deliver impactful messaging for our members,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer. “It is an honor to be recognized by our industry peers for creative excellence and outstanding results.”
“It’s a privilege to bring recognition to some of the best in credit union marketing and business development,” said Amy McGraw, Diamond Awards Chair and VP of Marketing/Chief Experience Officer at Tropical Financial Credit Union in Miramar, Fla.
CUNA’s Marketing and Business Development Council celebrated Diamond Awards Week in June by announcing winners in 35 categories through a series of daily virtual awards ceremonies. There were 1,295 entries for this year’s awards competition.
Visit CUNA’s website here to learn more about the Diamond Awards and view the entire list of winners. CUNA is a national network comprised of more than 1,200 credit union marketing and business development professionals.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, nearly 300,000 members, over $5.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Introduces Video Chat To Enhance Member Accessibility
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to offer its new Video Chat service, allowing members to perform a multitude of transactions face-to-face with Credit Union employees from almost anywhere through their computers or smartphones.
“With Video Chat, members can interact with the Credit Union from the convenience of their homes or offices, or even when they are on the go,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer. “Video Chat expands our exceptional service beyond the geographic footprint of our branches, allowing us to serve members who do not live near a branch in a more personalized, face-to-face manner.”
Various transactions can be completed using Video Chat, including opening new accounts, updating personal information, and ordering checks. Members can also transfer funds, initiate wire transfers, and conduct loan transactions.
MSUFCU Video Chat employees can also help members order, cancel, block, or unblock debit and credit cards, and members can report possible fraud, and receive assistance with bill payments.
Video Chat is available via desktop or smartphone. With a webcam, speaker, and microphone, members will be equipped to connect. Learn more at msufcu.org/videochat.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $5.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Receives Top Credit Portfolio Performance Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has received the Highest Overall Portfolio Performance Award from Visa, Inc. for its credit portfolio, as voted on by its peers.
This award recognizes Visa DPS clients who maintain strong, well-balanced performance programs that include authorization approval rate, point-of-sale (POS) usage, gross fraud rate, and portfolio growth.
“We are honored to be recognized by Visa,” said Sara Dolan, MSUFCU Chief Financial Officer. “Our team is dedicated to maintaining a high-performing credit portfolio that drives growth in key areas, and offers numerous options and benefits for members.”
Visa's performance programs celebrate the partnership between Visa and its clients, recognizing those who achieve high performance in key areas that drive business growth.
In 2019, MSUFCU received the Excellence in Innovation Visa DPS Client Achievement Award. In 2017, the Credit Union received the Visa DPS Client Achievement Award for Overall Portfolio Excellence, and a Global Service Quality Award for the Highest Authorization Approval Rate — Issuer, Card Present.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $5.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Opens 21st Branch, in Holt, Michigan
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) Board of Directors and management are pleased to announce the Credit Union opened its 21st branch at 2313 Cedar Street, Holt, Mich., on July 24, 2020.
This full-service location features both drive-up Video Tellers and 24-hour ATMs, and an integrated branch design, which offers sit-down stations rather than a traditional teller line. The stations are staffed by employees who are universally trained to handle a wide variety of transactions, including opening new accounts and processing loan applications. The branch also has a digital station where youth members can play the Credit Union’s free gaming apps.
“We are excited to join the Holt community as we open our fourteenth location in the Greater Lansing area,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “We have expanded in Delhi Charter Township as part of our long-term strategy to better serve our 79,700 existing members living within 10 miles of this new branch.”
The Holt Branch will allow the Credit Union to serve a larger portion of its members residing in this area as well as offer its products and services to prospective members. Holt is an unincorporated community within Delhi Charter Township, Ingham County. Delhi Township has a population of 25,877 and Ingham County has a population of 292,406.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $5.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Recruits Marie Charbonneau to Assistant Vice President of Branches
EAST LANSING, Mich. — April Clobes, President/CEO of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), is pleased to announce the hiring of Marie Charbonneau as Assistant Vice President of Branches. Ms. Charbonneau is supporting the MSUFCU team through the opening of its Traverse City Branch and membership growth in this new market. She also helps lead three other Credit Union branches, including two in Greater Lansing, and one in Grand Rapids.
In her role, Ms. Charbonneau assists in the development and delivery of Credit Union products and services, including those focused on retention, market differentiation, and technology. She provides leadership guidance to branch managers and assists with branch operations and employee development.
She earned an MBA, with a focus on strategic management, from Davenport University, and a bachelor’s of science degree from Lake Superior State University.
“Marie’s leadership supports our employees as they help our members achieve their goals and dreams,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “She plays an integral role in our success and growth in Traverse City.”
In May 2020, MSUFCU opened its first northern Michigan branch located at 312 S. Union St. in Traverse City. It is the Credit Union’s 20th branch. MSUFCU hosted a groundbreaking for its second Traverse City branch at 3750 N. U.S. 31 S on June 30, 2020, which is set to open in 2021.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $5.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Introduces Contactless Credit and Debit Cards for Tap to Pay
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) began issuing all of its Visa debit and credit cards with contactless technology for Tap to Pay use, a faster, easier, and more secure way to pay, on July 1, 2020.
“With MSUFCU’s introduction of the Visa Signature cash back card as a contactless card last year, many members were pleasantly surprised by the convenience of Tap to Pay,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Tap to Pay is a safe and easy way to pay. It not only eliminates physical contact, including the need to enter a PIN, it’s faster, taking only one to two seconds to complete transactions compared to up to 45 seconds for cards with chip technology.”
Tap to Pay uses a technology called NFC (near field communication). Each card has a contactless NFC chip and radio frequency (RFID) antenna. To use Tap to Pay, simply wave the card one to two inches over the terminal, and a one-time code is transmitted to complete the transaction. The code is sent with payment information that does not expose actual account details, so consumers don’t have to worry about account information being misused or stolen.
And, Tap to Pay is becoming widely accepted. According to a Forbes article, more than 60% of Visa payments are contactless and 75% of the top 100 merchants accept contactless payments through Tap to Pay.
MSUFCU is issuing contactless cards to members whose cards are renewing, as well as all new cardholders.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 20 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Provides $2,000 in Scholarships to Graduating High School Seniors
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Four 2020 Clarkston High School and Brandon High School graduating seniors received scholarships from MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) for their college educations.
Clarkston graduates Nathan Abolish, Timothy O’Donnell, and Jordan Mountain; and Brandon graduate Alexia Weberian each received a $500 scholarship.
“We are grateful for this opportunity to assist high school seniors to pursue post-secondary education in our communities,” said Whitney Anderson Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer. “This is our fifth year of offering scholarships to graduating seniors from these high schools, and we look forward to helping more students achieve their dreams.”
Several students submitted their applications through the Credit Union website or through their school counselors. Recipients were selected by a scholarship committee, which included Credit Union employees. To qualify for the scholarship, students had to meet the following requirements
:Be accepted and committed to attending MSU or Oakland UniversitySubmit an essay describing what financial education has done for themSubmit one letter of recommendation from a teacher and have a GPA of 3.0 or higherBe a member of MSUFCU or Oakland University Credit UnionMSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 20 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU's Back to Business Loan Helps Small Businesses During COVID-19
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is introducing its Back to Business Loan to help small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This loan will help these businesses remain a vital part of the community.
“We recognize the importance of small businesses to thriving communities, as well as our role in supporting them,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer. “We are proud to introduce the Back to Business Loan, designed to help businesses in our community continue their operations, create opportunities for new talent and growth regionally, and energize the economic base.”
The Back to Business Loan offers loan amounts of up to $40,000, with an APR of 5%. Two options are available for members
:Terms of up to 60 months, with no payments for 90 days.Twelve-month line of credit with interest-only payments (no 90-day payment deferral option). Then, terms of up to 48 months with standard principal and interest payments.For more information or to apply for a Back to Business Loan, visit msufcu.org/backtobusiness.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, and was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 20 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Announces Partnership with FACF to Support Small Businesses in Newaygo County
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 9, 2020
Contact: Deidre Davis
Chief Marketing Officer
517-333-2424 ext. 7877
MSUFCU Announces Partnership with FACF to Support Small Businesses in Newaygo County
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has partnered with Fremont Area Community Foundation (FACF) to create the Small Business Recovery Loan Program, which will leverage up to $3.4 million to support businesses in Newaygo County.
Both MSUFCU and FACF believe their partnership is a natural fit and demonstrates the organizations’ shared missions to serve and improve community members’ lives.
“MSUFCU is pleased to partner with FACF to provide local businesses with a newly-created loan program,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO. “It is all of our responsibility to lift up our businesses and communities in times of need so that everyone has the opportunity to thrive.”
Loans up to $50,000 are available for Newaygo County businesses with 50 or less full-time employees. Loan terms are favorable, with low interest rates and up to five-year terms. Depending on applicants’ needs, the first principal and interest payments may not be due until 90 days after closing.
“We know that many local businesses applied for federal aid in the past several months. While most received a small amount of recovery funding, many were denied or not even allowed to apply,” said Carla Roberts, FACF President and CEO. “This loan program will help preserve existing businesses in our community and give them the tools to not only survive but to thrive as our state slowly reopens.”
Both nonprofit and for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for a Small Business Recovery Loan. Visit facommunityfoundation.org/loans for more information.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 20 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Donates $8,500 To The Children's Foundation
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) joined The Children’s Foundation & iHeartRadio to support the COVID-19 Crisis Fundraising Campaign from May 11 to 17, 2020.
The Credit Union matched funds donated up to $8,500 to the campaign, which was established to help children and families in Detroit and surrounding areas.
“We were pleased to be a part of this effort to help those who are most in need during this time,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer. “One of our core values is giving back to the community, and by partnering with The Children’s Foundation and iHeartRadio, we were able to have an immediate impact on children’s and families’ health and wellness.”
The Children’s Foundation supports pediatric research, education, community benefit programs, and other initiatives that improve the health of children in Michigan. The nonprofit donates $6 million in grants annually. iHeartRadio is a free online radio broadcast, podcast and streaming app owned by iHeartMedia Inc.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 20 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Celebrates Traverse City Branch Groundbreaking
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) Board of Directors and management team are pleased to announce the Credit Union broke ground on its second Traverse City branch. Opening in 2021, the new branch will be located at 3750 N. U.S. 31 S in Traverse City.
Representatives from MSUFCU and the Traverse City community celebrated the expansion with an official groundbreaking on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The full-service branch will be MSUFCU’s 22nd branch.
“This expansion aligns with our long-term strategy to better serve our existing members in Traverse City as well as in the surrounding areas,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “We are excited to join the Traverse City community and look forward to providing superior service to our members living and traveling in northern Michigan.”
The new location will serve the Credit Union’s 2,447 existing members in the area and feature an integrated branch design, including a sit-down concept stations rather than traditional teller lines. The stations will be staffed by universal employees who are trained to handle a wide variety of transactions. The branch will also have digital offerings, including drive-up video tellers and a station where youth members can play the Credit Union’s free gaming apps.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 20 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Opens First Traverse City Branch
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has its first northern Michigan branch located at 312 S. Union St. in Traverse City. It is the Credit Union’s 20th branch.
“We are excited to open the Traverse City, Union St. Branch, after receiving numerous member requests for branch access in the area,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “We are looking forward to being a part of the Traverse City community and helping members who live and work in the region achieve their dreams.”
The Traverse City, Union St. Branch gives MSUFCU the opportunity to expand its services to 2,447 existing members living in the Traverse City community. The new location, conveniently located in downtown Traverse City, provides members with the Credit Union’s full range of products and services delivered by knowledgeable employees.
MSUFCU will host a groundbreaking for its second Traverse City branch at 3750 N. U.S. 31 S later this month. The decision to expand to Traverse City is part of the Credit Union’s long-term growth strategy to extend its service to members living and traveling in northern Michigan.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 20 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Introduces Its FUNtivity Zone
MSUFCU’s FUNtivity Zone Provides Free Kid-Friendly Activities
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has introduced its FUNtivity Zone to provide fun and educational activities, lessons, games, recipes, and videos to engage its youth members. Each week, new activities and videos are posted with themes such as “Setting and Reaching Goals” and “Wants vs. Needs.”
“We created the FUNtivity Zone to support parents and youth members during this time when they are in need of new and exciting things to do,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer. “With attention-grabbing activities, resources, and contests offered as another free member benefit, we hope to be an additional source of financial education for families.”
Credit Union youth members can submit weekly pictures of completed FUNtivities via msufcu.org/funtivityzone for a chance to win Youth Store coins. The coins may be redeemed for prizes online.
Opening a MSUFCU youth account is easy. There are five youth account levels with tools and resources to make learning fun and interactive at any age
:Sweet Pea (0-2 years)Dollar Dog (3-6 years)Cyber Saver (7-10 years)Money Club (11-13 years)CU Succeed (14-17 years)MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 19 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Announces 2020 Board of Directors
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Three MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) Board members have been re-elected for 2020, April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO, announced. They are Sue Carter, J.D., Secretary; Bill Beekman; and Michael Hudson.
Sue Carter is a professor in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. She has previously served as a special consultant and executive assistant to the president of MSU, and secretary of the MSU Board of Trustees. Carter was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015. Carter has served on the MSUFCU Board of Directors since 2011.
Michael Hudson, Director of Michigan State University’s Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD), has served on MSUFCU’s Board of Directors since 2014. Prior to his board appointment, Hudson served on MSUFCU’s Supervisory Committee and was named Committee Chair in 2013. At MSU, Hudson leads a team of 20 professionals and countless volunteers to maximize ability and opportunity for over 2,700 students and employees with disabilities.
Bill Beekman currently serves as Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Michigan State University. He previously served as Vice President and Secretary of the MSU Board of Trustees, as well as Executive Director of MSU’s Alumni Association. Beekman has served on the MSUFCU Board of Directors since 2013, and was Chair of the Board from 2015 through 2018. Prior to serving on the board, he served on MSUFCU’s Supervisory Committee.
Additional board members include: Angela Brown, Chair; Gregory Deppong, Vice Chair; Ernest Betts, Treasurer; John Brick; Steven Kurncz; and Janet Lillie.
“The MSU Federal Credit Union Board generously volunteers their time and talent to help guide the strategic direction of the Credit Union,” said Clobes. “We are fortunate to have such a dedicated and engaged group of volunteers working with us to help our members and our employees achieve their dreams.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 19 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Desk Drawer Fund Celebrates First Anniversary and More Than $170,800 in Donations
MSUFCU's Desk Drawer Fund Celebrates First Anniversary and More Than $170,800 in Donations
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union's (MSUFCU's) philanthropic foundation, Desk Drawer Fund, marked its first anniversary, with $114,124 donated to 43 organizations in 2019 and $56,700 to 10 organizations so far this year. This totals $170,824 donated to 53 organizations since the foundation’s inception a year ago.
“We recognize that local organizations need our help now more than ever. Because of this, we are redirecting funds to several organizations on the front lines of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU’s Chief Community Development Officer/Executive Director of the Desk Drawer Fund. “We recognize that now, possibly more than ever, it’s important that wecontribute to a universal wellbeing and invest in our local communities.”
The Desk Drawer Fund, founded in April 2019, provides support for numerous initiatives across five pillars to support organizations within the communities the Credit Union serves: Arts & Culture; Stable Housing; Empowering Youth; Financial Education, and Fostering Entrepreneurialism. The foundation’s goal is to fund as many local organizations as possible to support the maximum number of community members.
To contribute to the Desk Drawer Fund and learn more about its impact, visit deskdrawerfund.org. By empowering members, employees, businesses, and residents to invest in their local communities, the Desk Drawer Fund will continue to improve communities and make a positive difference.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 19 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $4.8 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Donates $46,000 to Organizations Supporting Community Members
EAST LANSING, Mich. — To provide additional help to community members during this challenging time, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has donated $46,000 to several organizations throughout the communities we serve.
The Credit Union and its foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund, helped support five organizations on the front lines of helping community members in need. These include
:Haven House - $2,500Holy Cross Services - $2,500St. Vincent Catholic Charities - $2,500Tri County Office on Aging (TCOA) - $5,000YMCA Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen Bus - $2,500
In addition, MSUFCU donated $30,000 to Sparrow Hospital, with $10,000 to the Sparrow’s Care for the Caregivers fund, which supports caregivers who have been exposed to COVID-19 and who have lost income, and $20,000 to the Challenge Response Fund, which helps shore up the current strain on Sparrow’s resources in caring for our community.
The Desk Drawer Fund also donated $1,000 donation to the Baldwin Public Library Trust, benefitting a local group’s goal of manufacturing 30,000 face shields in 30 days. Through the Baldwin Public Library, a group of dedicated volunteers are using the library’s 3D printers to create plastic headbands and face shields. The face shields will be distributed across Michigan, with a particular focus in Oakland County due to the number of cases.
“We recognize that local organizations need our help now more than ever. Because of this, we are redirecting funds to several organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU’s Chief Community Development Officer/Executive Director of the Desk Drawer Fund. “During these unprecedented times, we continue our commitment to our mission, contributing to a universal wellbeing and investing in our local communities.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 19 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $4.8 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU Employees Donate More Than $44,600 to Charity Partners in First Quarter of 2020
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Employees at MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) raised $44,627 for local charitable organizations during the first three months of 2020, in keeping with the Credit Union’s mission of giving back to the community.
Each year, Credit Union employees select four local charities to support through a yearlong fundraising initiative. This year’s charities are: Capital Area United Way and Helping Women Period, each in Lansing; HQ Runway and Homeless Youth Drop-In Center in Kent County; and Oakland County Animal Shelter. Each organization received $11,156.
“Now more than ever, these organizations need our support,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU Chief Human Resources Officer. “Many nonprofits are struggling to meet clients’ needs all while having to cancel crucial fundraising events. We are proud of our employees for providing continued assistance to our charity partners as we are all in this together.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 19 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $4.8 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Member Wins $1,000 in TurboTax Sweepstakes
EAST LANSING, Mich. — A phone call from MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) Chief Marketing Officer Deidre Davis to Credit Union member Jennifer Sochor came as a welcome surprise.
It was great timing to learn she had won $1,000 in the TurboTax® $25,000 Sweepstakes via MSUFCU.
“It was an unexpected call from the Credit Union,” said Jennifer. “This was perfect timing to receive this $1,000 prize as several family members have been laid off work. I thank MSUFCU and TurboTax®.”
MSUFCU partnered with TurboTax® to host the $25,000 sweepstakes. Members who submitted their tax returns using TurboTax® via MSUFCU’s website were automatically entered to win. Individuals could also enter the sweepstakes by mail. Twelve $1,000 and one $25,000 winner were selected at random.
TurboTax® is a tax software company offering online federal and state e-filing tax return processes for consumers. Once taxes are filed, consumers receive confirmation emails from the IRS. They can also track returns online or with the TurboTax® mobile app to know when tax refunds will be deposited.
“We are thrilled one of our members won this prize,” said Davis. “Our partnership with TurboTax® allows us to provide our members with easy and secure tools to help them file their taxes and receive their refunds. This sweepstakes gave us a new opportunity to promote this helpful resource and further support our mission to help our members achieve their goals.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 19 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $4.8 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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Flint Community Schools Teacher is Recipient of MIDream Grant
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), in partnership with the Michigan Education Association (MEA), is pleased to announce that Leah Montroy has been awarded a $500 MIDream Grant.
Leah, of Flint Community Schools, received $250 for classroom materials and $250 to be donated to a charity of her choice. Her charity donation will go to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan Backpack Program, which provides children in need with backpacks of nutritious foods they can take home on the weekends when school meals are not available.
“With the grant money for my classroom I plan to purchase a large rug for the students in my fourth grade class,” said Leah. “We currently don’t have a comfortable area to gather for lessons, mindfulness, or to just sit and read. My students deserve this and it will make our room an awesome learning environment.”
“MEA Financial Services (FS) is proud of our second MIDream Grant recipient and our continued partnership with MSUFCU,” said Bruce M. Reaume, MEA FS Executive Director. “We are excited for Leah and our commitment to help members support and educate children throughout Michigan.”
“This grant offers us an opportunity to show our appreciation for the work MEA members do for children throughout Michigan,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the MEA and supporting its members through the MIDream Grant.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union received a 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial in 2020, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for seven consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For five years in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 19 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $4.8 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Promotes and Recruits Employees to Management Roles
EAST LANSING, Mich. — April Clobes, President/CEO of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), is pleased to announce the promotion of Megan Curtis, and Benjamin Maxim, and the addition of Chas Coyne, Christie Langeland, and Steve LaRock to management positions.
Ms. Curtis serves as an Assistant Vice President of Credit Risk & Compliance. She is responsible for developing and supporting collection and recovery programs, and ensuring ongoing compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Maxim serves as Assistant Vice President of Digital Strategy & Innovation. He is responsible for assessing emerging business trends and technologies, facilitating innovation throughout the Credit Union, and providing strategic direction for existing and future digital channels. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.
Ms. Coyne serves as the Information Security Manager. She is responsible for overseeing the direction and operation of the security team and supervising employees who provide IT security support and service to Credit Union employees and members. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.
Ms. Langeland serves as the Software Quality Assurance Manager. She is responsible for leading a team in developing software engineering processes for digital and core Credit Union financial solutions. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State
University.
Mr. LaRock serves as the IT Network Manager. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of planning, operation, and management of the Credit Union’s data networks, internet, and phone systems. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union received a 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial in 2020, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for seven consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For five years in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorablemention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in Lansing, MI, has 19 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $4.8 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Announces Employee Winners of Crystal Awards
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) honored several employees for their superior service and volunteerism during its recent annual awards dinner.
Eight employees, nominated by their coworkers, received Crystal Awards for demonstrating traits such as dependability, having a positive attitude, and serving as an outstanding ambassador for the Credit Union. This year’s honorees were: Jason Cunningham, Business Solutions; Austin Drouare, Software Development; Ashley Duffy, eServices; Deb Jackson, Business Services; Rhonda Martin, Specialty Accounts; Cristina Mireles, Call Center; Lindsay Thomas, Auburn Hills/Oakland Center Branch; and Joe Winkler, Human Resources.
In addition, Colleen McBride, Internal Communications, was named Volunteer of the Year for her commitment to the community and the hours she volunteered in 2019 – more than 350.
“This event is a great opportunity to recognize our employees’ successes and also how we work together as a team to fulfill our mission of helping members achieve their dreams,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU Chief Human Resources Officer. “All of our employees are passionate about helping members and this is demonstrated every day through their hard work and commitment to excellence.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union received a 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial in 2020, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for seven consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For five years in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 19 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $4.7 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Earns Digital Banking Award for Its Innovative Member Engagement Solution
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union’s (MSUFCU’s) efforts to simplify the online application process has earned it national recognition.
MSUFCU received the Credit Union Journal’s Best Practices Award for Digital Banking for its Online Membership and Loan Application (OMLA) system that combines membership, accounts, and loan applications into one online portal.
“Our goal was to streamline the application processing system for employees while making it easier for consumers to become Credit Union members and open accounts,” said Samantha Amburgey, MSUFCU Chief Information Officer. “The previous system required multiple steps. Now, all steps are combined into one.”
MSUFCU has seen a 74% increase in new online account openings in the system’s first 10 months, along with a 31% decrease in abandonment for online membership applications. More than 800 applications were started and 730 accounts opened.
The OMLA system also includes a “student package” of checking, savings, and credit products to market to college students, one of the Credit Union’s key audience segments. MSUFCU has accounts for approximately half of Michigan State University’s students.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union received a 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial in 2020, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for seven consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For five years in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 19 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $4.7 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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Kids Meet MSU Football, Basketball, and Hockey Players and Attend Games through MSUFCU Contests
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has partnered with MSU to give young Spartan fans ages 6-11 a chance to spend pregame time with players and watch MSU football, basketball, and hockey home games by entering MSUFCU youth contests. The contests include
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MSUFCU Kick-Off Kids: Two young Spartans are randomly selected to join the Spartans on the sidelines at each home MSU football game and pick up the kicking tee after each kickoff.MSUFCU Game Ball Delivery: One young Spartan is randomly selected to deliver the game ball to Sparty on the Breslin Center court before each MSU men's and select women’s basketball home games.MSUFCU Captain of the Game: One young Spartan is randomly selected to spend exclusive time on the bench before select MSU men’s hockey home games.“By partnering with MSU athletics, MSUFCU helps make dreams come true for young Spartan fans,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer. “We support the youth of our community in many ways. MSUFCU offers youth accounts and financial education gaming apps, and provides financial education presentations in area schools. As the official credit union of MSU athletics, we are pleased to sponsor these opportunities for area youth to have special access to players and games.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union received a 5 Star Rating from BauerFinancial in 2020, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for seven consecutive years, a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For five years in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 19 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $4.7 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Employees Donate a Record $245,000 to Charity Partners
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Employees at MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) donated a record amount of $245,014 to charity partners in 2019. Each year, Credit Union employees work together to select and support local charities throughout the various communities MSUFCU serves. The 2019 recipients were
:Capital Area United Way: Credit Union’s ongoing charity partner which supports programs and services in Greater LansingChild and Family Charities: Operates 17 programs helping 7,000 children, youth, and families each yearMental Health Foundation of West Michigan — Be Nice: Works to build an understanding of mental health issues through various programsHope Against Trafficking: Provides safe housing and support to female abuse survivors
MSUFCU’s employee fundraising efforts included dress down days, events, raffles, and more. In addition to donating funds to local organizations, employees also volunteered their time and talent. In 2019, they volunteered nearly 3,600 hours in communities the Credit Union serves.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for seven consecutive years, a top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 19 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $4.7 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Announces its 2020 Charity Partners
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce its 2020 charity partners, chosen by employees. Each year, Credit Union employees work together to support local charities throughout the various communities MSUFCU serves. Employees raised $245,014 for their selected 2019 charity partners, and are looking forward to this year’s fundraising efforts.
Credit Union employees will raise funds and awareness for: Capital Area United Way and Helping Women Period, both in Lansing; HQ Runaway and Homeless Youth Drop-In Center in Kent County; and Oakland County Animal Shelter.
Capital Area United Way (CAUW) is MSUFCU’s ongoing charity partner; they support programs and services in Greater Lansing. The CAUW’s mission is to unite people and resources to solve defined problems and improve the quality of life for individuals and families.
Helping Women Period (HWP) provides feminine hygiene products to homeless and low-income youth and young adults in Greater Lansing. The organization partners with local schools, and attends local events to offer free items with discretion in beautiful, handmade bags.
HQ Runaway and Homeless Youth Drop-In Center in Grand Rapids helps youth ages 14-24 who are living in unsafe or unstable housing. HQ offers free basic resources, including laundry facilities, warm meals, and showers. Youth are also connected to community resources, including case management support, counseling, housing, and help with job readiness skills.
Oakland County Animal Shelter has been helping animals since 1980. It provides shelter and care to more than 4,000 animals a year. It attempts to reunite animals with their owners or find them new, loving homes. The shelter also participates in local pet adoption events and provides education on responsible pet ownership.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for seven consecutive years, a top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 19 branches, more than 287,000 members, nearly $4.7 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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OU Credit Union Receives Chamber Award for Education Programs
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Oakland University Credit Union (OU Credit Union), a tradename of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), recently received the Baker College of Auburn Hills Education Advocate Award for its financial education programs.
The award was presented during the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce brunch on December 9, 2019. The annual event honors business leaders in the areas of innovation, leadership, and community involvement.
“Providing financial education is a priority of the Credit Union,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer. “Our commitment to educating our members and the public contributes to their financial literacy and creates a stronger community. When people are equipped with financial knowledge, they make more informed decisions and become better consumers.”
The Credit Union’s financial education programs include presentations, articles, blogs, website posts, apps, and more. In Oakland County, it has offered financial presentations and education in the Brandon School District, at Oakland University Reality Fairs, and through the Financial 4.0 app, and website that features financially-focused articles, videos, and podcasts.
OU Credit Union is a trade name of MSUFCU. The Credit Union has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. MSUFCU was named in the top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for seven consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 19 branches, more than 287,000 members, nearly $4.7 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Recognized for Its Learning and Talent Development Programs
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union’s (MSUFCU’s) learning and talent development program has been named among Training Magazine’s Top 125 most successful in the world for the second consecutive year.
“We create an environment where everyone can be successful by providing all employees access to eLearning and in-person training sessions,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU Chief Human Resources Officer. “With these programs, our employees continuously build new skills, both personally and professionally, that support them as they develop their careers with Credit Union.”
Several components of the Credit Union’s Learning and Talent Development program were evaluated for the 2019 award, including alignments with strategic goals, learning innovations, programs offered, and its outstanding training initiative, What is Phishing? Information Security Awareness Series.
Training Magazine is a professional development publication advocating using training and workforce development as a business tool. The magazine is targeted to training, human resources, and business management professionals in all industries.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for seven consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, has 19 branches, more than 287,000 members, nearly $4.7 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Named One of the Best Workplaces for Women by Fortune
EAST LANSING, Mich. — For the third year, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) was named in the top 100 workplaces for women by Fortune.
“We believe in giving all of our employees every opportunity to advance and succeed, because we recognize that’s how we succeed too,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “As a result, it makes sense to us to have robust mentoring, coaching, and job-shadowing programs, among many other initiatives. While we recognize it’s important to be a great place for women to work, most importantly, we want to be a great place for everyone to work.”
In 2019, seven of nine MSUFCU executives are women, including the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Information Officer. In addition, 12 of the Credit Union’s 17 Assistant Vice President positions are held by women, including in IT leadership, Branches, Call Center and Facilities Operations. Overall, of MSUFCU’s 104 management members, 72 are women, which is greater than two-thirds (69%).
To determine the Best Workplaces for Women, Fortune research partner Great Place to Work® analyzed anonymous surveys representing more than 4.6 million U.S. employees. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. The Fortune list can be found here.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for seven consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, has 19 branches, more than 286,500 members, $4.6 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Hosts Lansing SAVE Night for Families with Children in the Lansing School District
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) was pleased to sponsor Lansing SAVE night on November 26, 2019, to introduce families with children in the Lansing School District to the program. The Lansing Student Accounts Valuing Education (SAVE) program is a school-based initiative free for students in the district. The program provides each kindergartener in the district with an MSUFCU savings account to be used for post-high school education as well as financial education in classrooms through high school offered by Credit Union employees.
“The goal of Lansing SAVE is to encourage families and students to engage in their Lansing schools, improve academic performance, and increase enrollment in post-secondary education and training,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer. “The MSUFCU savings accounts opened for each kindergartener gives the students and their families opportunities to save for their future education. We want to support youth in our community, and this program enables us to do this by providing age-appropriate financial education as they progress through their school careers.”
Lansing SAVE and MSUFCU’s Desk Drawer Fund have also partnered with Kroger, who’s Kroger Rewards cardholders can now elect to have 1% of their quarterly grocery spending designated to the Desk Drawer Fund who will then divide these rewards equally among Lansing SAVE accounts. If you have a Kroger rewards card, you can help by creating or signing into your Kroger.com account, clicking on “Community Rewards,” searching for RN620, and clicking on “enroll now.”
The City of Lansing has partnered with the Lansing School District and MSUFCU since 2013 to provide the Lansing SAVE program. Parents, guardians, and students can contribute to the MSUFCU savings accounts throughout elementary, middle, and high school at any Credit Union branch. After high school graduation, students use their Lansing SAVE accounts for any post-secondary education, such as college or skilled trades training.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for seven consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, has 19 branches, more than 286,000 members, $4.6 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Partners with WLAV-FM to Host Coat Drive Benefiting Mel Trotter Ministries
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) co-hosted a coat drive with radio station WLAV-FM in Grand Rapids to support those in need this winter. The Credit Union’s Grand Rapids branch served as the drop-off point for the coat drive during which more than two dozen items were collected for people served by Mel Trotter Ministries, a Grand Rapids organization working to end hunger and homelessness in the community.
“The support from our members and employees was great to see. We received a number of coats from employees who don’t live in Grand Rapids, but care about having a positive impact in the communities we serve,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU Chief Marketing Officer. “Those working in our downtown Grand Rapids branch see the positive impact Mel Trotter has with those experiencing homelessness. We are proud to support Mel Trotter for this coat drive to help provide warmth to those in need.”
“It takes a community to serve the men, women and children who come to us for warmth and hope — that’s why we were blessed by this coat drive and the partnership with WLAV and MSUFCU,” said Abbey Sladick, Vice President of Communication for Mel Trotter Ministries. “Because of these donations, our neighbors experiencing homelessness will have coats to keep them warm this winter so they can focus on moving forward.”
“I continue to be amazed at the number of men and women Mel Trotter helps every day,” said Bruce Law, General Manager at Cumulus Radio Station Group of which WLAV is part of. “It is heartbreaking to see people on the street without coats when it’s a cold Michigan day. We were proud to be part of this coat drive.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for seven consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, has 19 branches, more than 286,000 members, $4.6 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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Detroit Free Press Names MSUFCU a Top Workplace for the Seventh Year
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has been awarded the 2019 Top Workplaces honor by The Detroit Free Press. For the seventh consecutive year, the Credit Union has received this award.
“Our organization is focused on creating an inclusive workplace where our employees can come to work as their authentic selves, which enables everyone to achieve their best at work,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO. “We strive to provide a robust offering of benefits to create a competitive total compensation package, demonstrating our commitment to our employees’ success.”
The award is based on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by Energage LCC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection.
“The Top Workplaces award is about much more than recognition,” said Eric Rubino, CEO of Energage. “Our research also shows that these organizations achieve higher referral rates, lower employee turnover, and double the employee engagement levels. It just goes to show that being intentional about culture delivers bottom line results.”
“Our culture of inclusion and belonging creates an environment of trust where employees know their feedback is valued and acted upon, resulting in amazing changes that improve processes and the overall environment,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU Chief Human Resource Officer.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for seven consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, has 19 branches, more than 286,000 members, $4.6 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Celebrates 82nd Anniversary By Paying It Forward
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Employees from MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) were in the community sharing gift cards for free coffee, lunch, gas, or tickets to a movie theater during the week of November 11-15 as part of a Pay It Forward initiative. This annual event coincides each year with the Credit Union’s anniversary — November 15 —fulfilling one of the Credit Union’s values: giving back to the community.
Now in its seventh year, employees were in all communities that have MSUFCU and Oakland University Credit Union (OU Credit Union) branches, including Auburn Hills, Berkley, Clarkston, Ortonville, Greater Lansing, Charlotte, Holt, Grand Rapids, and on the Oakland University and MSU campuses sharing kindness and encouraging recipients to Pay It Forward.
“Our Pay It Forward campaign is an exciting event for employees,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU’s Chief Community Development Officer. “We look forward to sharing kindness in our communities by handing out gift cards, paying for meals, and donating to area charities selected by our employees. Pay It Forward is an impactful and important Credit Union tradition.”
During the weeklong campaign, Credit Union employees paid for individuals’ coffees, teas, gas, and lunches at businesses including AMC Movie Theater, Olga’s, Freshii, Sparrow’s Coffee and Tea Newsstand, Marathon Gas Station, Coffee Barrel, Small Cakes, Pita Way, Honcho Coffee, and The Lunch Café. Specific charities including Alliance LBTGQ in Ferndale and Relay for Life Eaton County each received a $500 donation. Two individuals were also chosen to receive a $500 donation: Pam Miklavcic, Executive Director of The Davies Project in Lansing, and Bonnie Kalahar, a local Lansing woman who alters donated wedding dresses into handmade burial gowns for infants that have passed away while in Sparrow Hospital’s NICU.
Over the past 82 years, the Credit Union has expanded its service, donations, and volunteerism to serve its membership and communities. This year, employees distributed $8,200 on behalf of the Credit Union. We appreciate our members’ continued support — we wouldn’t be where we are today without them!
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 284,000 members, $4.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
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MSUFCU Celebrates Berkley Branch Grand Opening
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The MSU Federal Credit Union’s (MSUFCU’s) Board of Directors and management are pleased to announce the opening of its newest branch at 1833 Coolidge Hwy., Berkley, Mich.
The MSUFCU Board of Directors and employees welcomed community members on November 7, 2019, to the new branch for a grand opening. The event began with formal remarks from MSUFCU and the Berkley community and concluded with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception. The branch is a full service location with a drive through and a 24-hour ATM. It also offers a full range of financial products, including mortgages and business offerings.
“After opening a temporary branch in Berkley where we helped thousands of members with their financial needs, we are pleased to officially open the permanent, full-service branch,” April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO. “We are excited to play an active role in the Berkley community and help more members achieve their dreams.”
The Berkley Branch is MSUFCU’s fifth location in Oakland County, and its 19th branch. The location will allow MSUFCU to serve more members residing in the area, as well as offer products and services to prospective members. The Credit Union currently serves over 16,500 members who live within 10 miles of the branch. Overall, the Credit Union has more than 53,000 MSUFCU members currently living in Oakland County.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for seven consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, has 19 branches, more than 284,000 members, $4.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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Looking for Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season? Stop by an MSUFCU Branch in November
EAST LANSING, Mich. — When you visit an MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) branch this month, you may notice a Giving Tree poster displaying many gift tags. If you take a closer look, you will see a gift request written on each tag. These requests come from local families who, without the generosity of the community, may not have holiday gifts this year.
“The Giving Tree is a great opportunity for our employees, members, and others in the community to provide special gifts or monetary donations to families this holiday season,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer. “This is another way MSUFCU brings the community and charitable organizations together to make a difference — especially for the children — in our communities.”
MSUFCU has partnered with several charities in each of the communities where it has locations for the Giving Tree program. Here’s how the program works: Members and employees can choose a gift tag, then purchase a new item or make a monetary donation. All donations must be delivered to a Credit Union branch, unwrapped and with the gift tag attached, by December 4, 2019.
The Credit Union is partnering with area charities for the Giving Tree donations, including MSU Apartments in East Lansing; Child and Family Charities in Lansing; Clarkston Area Youth Assistance in Oakland County; and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, has 19 branches, more than 284,000 members, $4.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Celebrates Reopening of Its Ortonville Branch
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) celebrated the reopening of its Ortonville Branch located at 4 South Street. The MSUFCU Board of Directors, employees, and community leaders welcomed members on November 7, 2019, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception.
The updated branch features an integrated design that includes an open layout with one-on-one meeting spaces rather than a traditional teller line. From depositing a check to applying for a loan, members can enjoy the Credit Union’s services with the convenience of accomplishing everything in one spot. With this renovation, MSUFCU provides a one-stop experience where members work with knowledgeable employees for all of their transaction, account, and lending needs.
“The updated design of the Ortonville Branch will transform members’ branch visits into consultative experiences and support the growth of a dynamic community,” said Lea Ammerman, MSUFCU Chief Operating Officer. “By offering a variety of products and services that help community members achieve financial success, we ultimately help them achieve their dreams.”
Technology is available throughout the branch to provide multiple avenues of member engagement and education. This includes: iPads at technology bars with information about products and services, and access to MSUFCU accounts; a lobby queue kiosk for members to sign themselves in with their service request; and Community Boards that provide financial tips, community event information, involvement initiatives; and more.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, has 19 branches, more than 284,000 members, $4.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU to Sponsor Run for the House Event to Benefit Ronald McDonald House
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce it will sponsor the 2020 Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan's (RMHMM’s) annual Run for the House at its headquarters campus in East Lansing. The event will take place on Sunday, March 22, 2020, and will feature a 10k, 5k, kids mile/sprint, and kids’ activities.
“The Run for the House is a great way for MSUFCU employees, their families, and community members to spend time together participating in fun, physical activities while supporting a great organization,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU Chief Community Development Officer. “We are proud and honored to be the title sponsor of this event, which ties in with our core value of giving back to the community.”
Proceeds from the Run for the House help the RMHMM provide a home-away-from-home for families whose children are hospitalized or receiving treatment at Lansing-area hospitals and clinics. The RMHMM offers a comfortable, affordable, and private place for families to sleep, eat, and relax. This caring atmosphere provides support and encouragement from others who are also going through difficult times.
Since 2001, the Run for the House has raised thousands of dollars for the Ronald McDonald House. MSUFCU has been a sponsor of the event since 2013, and for 2020, will be the title sponsor and host. This is the first race to be held at the Credit Union’s headquarters campus.
Online registration for the Run for the House is now open, and you can register by visiting runsignup.com/Race/MI/EastLansing/RunfortheHouseMichigan.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, has 19 branches, more than 284,000 members, $4.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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MSUFCU Employees Donate More Than $49,000 to Charity Partners in Third Quarter of 2019
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Hosting fun events, including a golf scramble, ice cream sandwich sale, and dress down days, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) employees raised $49,406 for charity partners in the third quarter of 2019. The funds were donated to four charities: Child and Family Charities, Be Nice Mental Health Foundation, Hope Against Trafficking, and Capital Area United Way.
“I am proud of our employees’ generosity and dedication to supporting local charities,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO. “Throughout the year, they raise funds and volunteer to assist our charity partners, both which play a critical role in serving and strengthening the communities we serve.”
The annual charity campaign begins with employees selecting three charities, along with Capital Area United Way, to support through charitable giving efforts throughout the year. Employees donate funds through special internal events and activities, including T-shirt sales, raffles, bake sales, and more. Money raised each quarter is divided evenly between the four charities and presented to a representative from each. In the third quarter of 2019, each charity received $12,351 due to the efforts of the more than 900 MSUFCU employees.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, has 19 branches, more than 284,000 members, $4.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
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Bay City Teacher is First Recipient of MIDream Grant
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce that Amanda Young of Bay Arenac Intermediate School District in Bay City has been named the winner of the first MIDeam Grant. The grant was presented in partnership with the Michigan Education Association (MEA) and MSUFCU to support MEA members, and includes $250 given to the recipient for use in his or her classroom or school project, and another $250 donated to a charity of his or her choice.
“We are starting a lending library for our special education preschool classrooms to improve early literacy skills,” said Amanda. “This money will help us purchase books.”
For her charity, Amanda selected Area 9 Special Olympics.
“MEA Financial Services (FS) is pleased to have partnered with MSUFCU to offer the MIDream grant,” said Bruce M. Reaume, MEA FS Executive Director. “As MSUFCU and MEA FS share similar visions of quality member benefits and a commitment to education, it is exciting to see this partnership result in such a worthy outcome.”
“MEA members play a key role in serving the youth of our communities, and this grant offered an opportunity for us to show our appreciation for their hard work,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The grant also provides funds for a community organization the grant recipient champions. We look forward to continuing our partnership with MEA and supporting its members through the MIDeam Grant.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 284,000 members, $4.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
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MSUFCU has been named one of the Credit Union Journal's Best Credit Unions to Work For
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has been named one of the Credit Union Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For®. This award recognizes MSUFCU’s value of investing in its employees’ wellbeing and development while creating an engaging and motivating environment through which employees can excel.
“Creating an environment where our employees can be their authentic selves, bring their best selves to work, and where our mission and core values align closely with their individual values is important to us,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “We value our teams and have made it one of our strategic goals to ensure we create an environment where everyone belongs, and opportunities for development, growth, and success are abundant.”
Employees completed surveys administered through the CU Journal regarding MSUFCU policies, procedures, demographics, and practices. The resulting award was based on survey results showing that employees like working at MSUFCU because they have
:The ability to use paid volunteer time off to volunteer for local charities and participate in MSUFCU-sponsored charitable eventsAccess to wellness rooms for employees wanting to take a break and for nursing mothersAccess to the annual “Health and Wellness” fair where employees can learn how to improve their own health
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 283,000 members, $4.6 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
MSUFCU Members Can Now Send Funds to Each Other Instantly For Free
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has unveiled its newest exclusive member service: Member2Member℠ (M2M℠) transfers. The service is free, easy to use, instantaneous, and secure.
“The implementation of M2M has been highly anticipated by our membership and offers a free and convenient way to send funds to friends and family, within the Credit Union’s digital landscape,” Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “With the addition of optional digital greeting cards, members can send congratulatory notes to recipients, wish them a happy birthday, or send one of several other greetings with a simple click.”
On September 12, 2019, M2M was rolled out to MSUFCU membership. Within the first month, more than 9,000 members have enrolled and performed 21,856 transactions.
Based on member feedback and requests, M2M was developed as a proprietary system by MSUFCU’s IT Department to provide convenience and more account control for MSUFCU members. Other mobile payment services, such as PayPal, Venmo, and Cash App, allow users to send funds to other individuals, but these apps can take up to three business days to process a transaction and may include fees. M2M allows Credit Union members to immediately access funds sent to them once they’ve accepted the transfer — at no additional cost.
MSUFCU members are identified within the M2M transfer system by their phone numbers and/or email addresses. In the mobile app, the user’s contact list is uploaded upon his or her acknowledgement and approval. This makes it easy and fast to then select the member to send money to. M2M is part of the Credit Union’s MoveMoney℠ feature, a secure and free way to send money, make loan payments, pay bills, and transfer money within MSUFCU and external accounts. For more information, visit msufcu.org/m2m.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for five consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six years in a row. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 283,000 members, $4.6 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
MSUFCU Shows Appreciation for Its Members on International Credit Union Day
EAST LANSING, Mich. — On Thursday, October 17, 2019, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), along with more than 56,000 credit unions around the world, will celebrate International Credit Union Day (ICU Day) to recognize the achievements of the credit union movement. Members who stop by any MSUFCU branch during the week of October 14-18, 2019, will receive a free gift to celebrate ICU Week.
This year’s theme, “Local Service Global Reach,” emphasizes the industry’s philosophy of people helping people. On ICU Day, all MSUFCU branches will share member appreciation gifts.
“By helping our members achieve their financial goals and, ultimately, their dreams, we impact communities — near and far,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “ICU Day is an important opportunity to raise awareness about the superior service credit unions provide locally that has a global impact.”
The World Council of Credit Unions Inc. (WOCCU) was created to help establish and maintain viable credit union movements. Today, more than 235 million people are served by credit unions in 109 countries and six continents. This year’s ICU Day theme emphasizes the credit union movement’s loyalty to its members and its mission to provide them financial support and guidance.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 283,000 members, $4.6 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
For the Fifth Year, MSUFCU Named One of Michigan's Best and Brightest in Wellness
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce it has earned the designation as one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness. The Best and Brightest Program honors organizations that make their workplaces and the community a healthier place to live and work. MSUFCU received this award in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
So far this year, the Credit Union’s internal CU Healthy committee has sponsored
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340 employee registrations in quarterly CU Healthy challenges176 race registrations123 sports league registrations52 donations to area blood banks135 employee flu shots
“This recognition reinforces our commitment to encourage our employees to be healthy by providing a workplace that supports a variety of health-minded activities,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “Delivering superior service to our members can best be accomplished by a strong and healthy workforce, so we will continue to make wellness a priority for employees.”
The Best and Brightest in Wellness is an innovative initiative recognizing and celebrating quality and excellence in health awareness. MSUFCU has been selected for this recognition based on its culture of wellness and efforts in employee wellness to make the organization and community a healthier place to live and work.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the fourth consecutive year, has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 283,000 members, $4.6 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
MSUFCU Desk Drawer Foundation Celebrates Its First Monetary Donation
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union’s (MSUFCU’s) Foundation, the Desk Drawer Fund, recently celebrated its first monetary donation from Sergent Results Group, a consulting firm providing learning and training sessions on a variety of organizational topics.
“We are thankful to Sergent Results Group for their generous donation, and we are thrilled that their donation represents our very first monetary support of the Desk Drawer Fund,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, Desk Drawer Fund Executive Director. “We appreciate their support of the Foundation’s goal to empower communities by investing in local nonprofits.”
The Desk Drawer Fund was established to further MSUFCU’s dedication to its local community. The Foundation provides support for numerous nonprofit initiatives across the sectors of five philanthropic pillars: Arts & Culture; Stable Housing; Empowering Youth; Financial Education; and Fostering Entrepreneurialism.
"We inspire people to think about self, organization, and community as a system,” said Dennis Sergent, Sergent Results Group President. “This is even more powerful as the organizations we work with develop, grow, and succeed. The Desk Drawer Fund is poised to make a significant impact in our community and is the perfect venue for us to support financially and help even more nonprofits.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune for the third year, in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 283,000 members, $4.6 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
Helping Students Start Off The Year With Free School Supplies
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Rallied by its CU Involved committee, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) employees came through for local students. Employees donated school supplies for districts in Lansing and Oakland County during its annual drive.
Items donation by the Lansing branches: Items donated by Oakland County branches
:Over 100 packets of pencils and pens Over 330 pencils
Over 100 folders Over 50 notebooks
Over 100 notebooks Over 50 glue sticks
Over 50 boxes of pencils, markers, and crayons 15 erasers
25 pencil boxes Over 10 pairs of scissors
Over 10 containers of Clorox wipes 10 boxes of markers
Two cases of bottled water
“This school supply collection was driven by our CU Involved committee, composed internally of employee volunteers,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “The generosity our employees show for youth in need in our communities is gratifying to see. Time and time again they help others in any way they can.”
“When families are struggling to make ends meet, school supplies are the last thing on their list even though they’re needed,” said Brian Philson, President and CEO of Highfields. “Many teachers often try to offset the cost by providing supplies out of their own pockets just so students don’t fall behind. Thanks to MSU Federal Credit Union, Highfields’ clients have one less thing to worry about.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 280,000 members, nearly $4.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
MSUFCU 2019 Amazon Prime Day Promotion Surpasses 2018 Numbers
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) had another successful Amazon Prime Day promotion, recording more than $856,000 in transactions made with MSUFCU debit or credit cards. There were 19% more transactions this year than during the 2018 promotion, surpassing the promotion’s goal of 15%. In addition, more than 10,280 members used their cards during Prime Day hours.
“Amazon Prime Day has become a big cyber sales event each year, and we are pleased our members take advantage of the great deals offered,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “With our Amazon Prime Day promotion, we encouraged members to use their debit and credit cards by offering them the chance to win a $250 gift card.”
The Credit Union promotion offered members an opportunity to win gift cards for using their MSUFCU Visa Debit or Credit Cards on Amazon Prime Day (July 15-16, 2019). The Credit Union’s promotion encouraged card-holding members to learn about and responsibly use their debit and credit cards while offering a fun and engaging promotion. At the end of the promotion, one MSUFCU member who used a MSUFCU Debit Card and another one who used a MSUFCU Credit Card during Amazon Prime Day were randomly selected to each receive a $250 gift card.
Rates on MSUFCU’s Visa Credit Cards are typically significantly lower than the national average. The Credit Union recently introduced its Visa Signature Credit Card offering up to 3% cash back on items members purchase every day. MSUFCU debit cards are free with checking accounts and offer a convenient way to make purchases.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 280,000 members, nearly $4.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
More Than 1,600 Family Members Attend Annual Kids Day in East Lansing
EAST LANSING, Mich. — On a beautiful, sunny day, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) hosted its annual Kids’ Day, welcoming 1,641 community members, almost double the number of attendees in 2018. This event featured inflatables, a magician, balloon animals, face painting, food, and more fun for children and their families on July 27, 2019.
“We had a record number of families attend this year’s event and it was great to offer a day of fun in our community,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Kids’ Day is an opportunity for families to spend time together, play games, stop by the photo booth, have balloon animals made, and enjoy lunch and other treats. This annual event also gives MSUFCU employees opportunities to build stronger relationships with our current and future members — especially our youth members — by interacting with them in a casual and relaxed atmosphere.”
MSUFCU also hosted Kids’ Day in Oakland County on August 17, and welcomed area families to enjoy an afternoon of fun mixed with financial education. As part of both Kids’ Days, games focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects were available for children to play as well as information about youth accounts and financial education. Through this annual event, MSUFCU promotes responsible money management for children and their families.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 280,000 members, nearly $4.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
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MSUFCU Recognized as Top Five Credit Union in Forbes Best-In-State
EAST LANSING, Mich. — According to the Forbes 2019 Best In-State Banks and Credit Unions, banks may have earned an average score of 4.2 out of five, but they could not touch credit unions, who earned average scores of 4.5.
Forbes partnered with Statista, a market research firm, to produce its second annual financial institution ranking, which named MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) in the top five out of 226 credit unions in Michigan for 2019.
“Our mission is to help our members achieve their financial goals and dreams,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s CEO/President. ”We are very proud of receiving this recognition as it illustrates our credit union’s commitment to the mission and our members.”
More than 25,000 U.S. consumers were surveyed for their opinions on current and former financial institution relationships. Credit unions were rated on overall recommendations and satisfaction, as well as five sub-dimensions including trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services, and financial advice.
There are more than 5,000 credit unions with 117 million members across the U.S. Member-only credit unions typically have lower fees and offer better interest rates than traditional banks, and the not-for-profit model also puts the consumer first, resulting in higher levels of satisfaction. In total, 182 credit unions were awarded as the Best-In-State Credit Unions 2019.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for five consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six years in a row. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 278,000 members, nearly $4.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
MSUFCU Earns Great Place to Work Certification for Sixth Consecutive Year
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has announced that it is again Great Place to Work-Certified™ for the sixth consecutive year. Using validated employee feedback gathered with Great Place to Work’s data-driven methodology, Certification confirms seven out of 10 employees have a consistently positive experience at MSUFCU.
“We are thrilled to earn this recognition,” said Silvia Dimma, Chief Human Resources Officer. “We make employee experience a priority every day and are delighted our employees have a positive experience with their co-workers, managers, and jobs. This is important to us because when our employees have a positive work experience, they provide superior service to our members.”
“We congratulate MSUFCU on their Certification,” said Sarah Lewis-Kulin, Vice President of Best Workplace List Research at Great Place to Work. “Organizations that earn their employees’ trust create great workplace cultures that deliver outstanding business results.”
Great Place to Work® is a global people analytics and consulting firm that helps companies of all sizes produce better business results by focusing on the work experience for every employee— research shows there is a direct relationship between employee engagement and financial performance. Through the Certification programs, the organization recognizes outstanding workplaces and produces Fortune’s annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, as well as other Best Workplace rankings in the United States and in more than 60 countries.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six consecutive years. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 278,000 members, nearly $4.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
MSUFCU Earns Awards from Marketing Association of Credit Unions
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce it has received two awards from the Marketing Association of Credit Unions (MAC): one in the category of Direct Mail Series, and the other in Marketing Segment Program.
In the Direct Mail Series, the Credit Union team created and sent mailers to incoming Michigan State University (MSU) and Oakland University (OU) students and their parents promoting a $100 offer to those students opening new checking accounts. For MSU, the response rate was 22.47%, and for OU, the response rate was 16.71%. The average response rate for direct mail campaigns is generally .5% to 2%, according to JWM Business Services.
For the Marketing Segment Program, the MSUFCU team appealed to new MSU and OU students with an introduction to the Credit Union. The combined response rate for the mailers was 20.64%.
“We are excited to receive these awards in recognition for our team’s work in promoting our products and services to prospective members,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “It is rewarding to connect potential members in a way that resonates with them. These mailings also inform them about a great opportunity to establish a partnership with a financial institution whose mission is to help them achieve their dreams.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for five consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six years in a row. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 276,000 members, nearly $4.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
MSUFCU Initiates Employee Community Garden
EAST LANSING, Mich. — When a couple of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) employees wanted to create an employee community garden, April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO, thought it was a great idea. The employees quickly formed an internal committee, CU Dig It, and proceeded to secure resources to allow employees to grow nutritious produce on the Credit Union’s headquarters campus.
“The mission of CU Dig It is to build community among Credit Union employees, share our passion for gardening, grow nutritious food for both employees and, eventually, community foodbanks, and learn more about sustainable gardening and healthy eating habits,” said Jennifer, co-founder of CU Dig It.
Gardening is open to all employees and family members interested in helping with the design, planting, maintenance, and harvesting. The core committee set up a schedule based on volunteers’ availability to tend the garden. The committee volunteers planted beans, beets, carrots, cucumbers, herbs, kale, lettuce, peas, peppers, pumpkins, radishes, summer squash, tomatoes, and zucchini in the garden, which consists of four raised beds.
“We are grateful to MSUFCU’s Infrastructure Planning and Facilities team for clearing the space, building the raised garden beds, constructing a storage shed, and establishing a water supply,” said Katie, co-founder of CU Dig It. “Without their support in getting us established, we would not be at this point. We are excited to see the fruits of our labor later this summer!”
Volunteers are currently focusing on watering and weeding while awaiting the first harvest.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for five consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six years in a row. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 276,000 members, nearly $4.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
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MSUFCU's New Credit Card Offers Up To 3% Cash Back Rewards
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to introduce its Visa Signature Credit Card. With this new card, users earn
:3% cash back on groceries,2% cash back on gas, travel, and universities, and1% cash back on all other purchases“We are excited to introduce the Visa Signature Credit Card to our membership,” said Deidre Davis MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “With this card, members will earn more cash back on items they purchase every day, such as groceries and gas, while still enjoying a low rate. Plus, members paying for college will enjoy 2% cash back on university-related purchases, such as tuition and donations — a benefit we hope they find valuable.”
Other features include Tap to Pay, a faster and more convenient payment option, no international transaction fees, and access to exclusive offers and world-class events. New cardholders will receive a welcome offer of $100 credited to their account after spending $3,000 on eligible purchases within three months of card approval.
As with all MSUFCU credit and debit cards, members can keep track of cards via the mobile app, plus receive $1,000,000 Travel Accident Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, and enjoy $0 fraud liability. In addition, cardholders can use Card Lock for misplaced or lost cards, and Mobile Location to ensure their cell phones and credit cards are in the same place, reducing the possibility of fraudulent purchases.
Consumers can apply for the Visa Signature Credit Card on the website and through Live Chat, or in any MSUFCU branch. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for five consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six years in a row. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 276,000 members, nearly $4.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
MSUFCU Announces Board of Directors For 2019
EAST LANSING, Mich. — April Clobes, MSU Federal Credit Union’s (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce the Credit Union’s Board of Directors for 2019
:
Angela W. Brown – Chair
Gregory Deppong, CPA – Vice Chair
Ernest Betts, Ph.D. – Treasurer
Sue Carter, J.D. – Secretary
Bill Beekman
John Brick, Ph.D.
Michael Hudson
Steven Kurncz, and
Janet Lillie, Ph.D.
“This group of volunteers serving on MSUFCU’s Board are uniquely qualified to lead the Credit Union’s strategic direction and continued development of our products, services, digital, and branch growth,” said Clobes. “We are fortunate to have a talented and dedicated board who gives their time and skills to help govern the Credit Union.”
“I am pleased to begin serving as the Chair of MSUFCU’s Board of Directors,” said Brown. “As the Credit Union continues to expand into new Michigan communities, such as Oakland County and Holt, and identify and develop innovative products and services to help members achieve financial success, the Board will provide direction to ensure MSUFCU remains a leader in the financial industry.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for five consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six years in a row. The credit union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 276,000 members, nearly $4.5 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
More Than 1,700 Children Take Part in Sparrow Michigan Mile
EAST LANSING, Mich. — On a bright Saturday morning in June, more than 1,745 laced up their running shoes and took part in the sixth annual Sparrow Michigan Mile, a race designed for children up to the age of 13. Kids ages seven and up participated in a one-mile run, and kids under six years of age took part in the KIDSPRINT.
MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has been a sponsor of this event since the beginning, providing funds and volunteers to cheer on the participants and promote exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.
“We were pleased to be a part of this annual event,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU’s Chief Community Development Officer. “Helping people make their overall well-being a priority is a focus at MSUFCU, and supporting the Sparrow Michigan Mile event is great way for us to help support this initiative.”
Nine MSUFCU employees were among the many volunteers who came out to cheer on the kids and pass out medals at the end. Each child that participated in one of the races received a free t-shirt and gold medal.
“The Sparrow Michigan Mile is part of our commitment to encourage physical activity in kids and improve the health of families in our community,” said Katie Hubbard, Wellness Coordinator for Sparrow Health and Wellness. “We truly could not offer this memorable event for kids without the support of MSUFCU. Their support and partnership has helped us reach more than 12,000 mid-Michigan children and their families.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for five consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six years in a row. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 275,000 members, nearly $4.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
Ingenuity Drives Improvement of Members' Experience with Card Usage
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce that its Card Services team has been recognized with the Excellence in Innovation Visa DPS Client Achievement Award as voted on by peers. This award recognizes Visa DPS clients who demonstrate innovative approaches to improving credit card program performance and cardholder satisfaction.
‘We are honored to have been recognized with this award,” said Sara Dolan, MSUFCU’s Chief Financial Officer. “Our team is dedicated to enhancing member experiences when they use MSUFCU Visa cards, and earning this award demonstrates that we are making strides to achieve this goal.”
In 2017, MSUFCU won the Visa DPS Client Achievement Award for Overall Portfolio Excellence, and a Global Service Quality Award for the Highest Authorization Approval Rate - Issuer, Card Present. Visa's performance programs celebrate the partnership between Visa and its clients, recognizing those who achieve high performance in key areas that drive business growth.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for five consecutive years, and wasnamed as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six years in a row. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 275,000 members, nearly $4.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
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New Youth Account Members Receive Free Grand Rapids Children's Museum Passes
EAST LANSING, Mich. — For more than 25 years, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum (GRCM) has been centered around children learning through play. It is this philosophy, and the museum’s important role in the community, that prompted MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) to establish a partnership with GRCM. As part of this collaboration, MSUFCU members will receive two free GRCM passes for each new youth account opened at its Grand Rapids location at 86 Monroe Center through June 30, 2019.
“We understand the value of play as a primary way children learn new skills,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Our youth accounts come with access to free, interactive, educational gaming apps so children and youth can learn financial lessons as they play. The partnership with the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum allows the Credit Union to both support and promote this great organization.”
In 1997, GRCM opened its doors at 11 Sheldon Ave. NE and hosted more than 30,000 children and their families who experienced hands-on exploration and learning. Today, the museum has multiple exhibits and more than 200,000 visitors annually.
“Having grown up in the Lansing area, I saw firsthand the relationship MSUFCU has with the community,” said Maggie Lancaster, CEO of GRCM. “To see them now extending their civic-focused mission here in Grand Rapids is just thrilling. We are honored to partner with a longstanding, community-minded business that strives to support families, and values the importance and power of play.”
MSUFCU youth accounts provide the tools and resources to start the savings process and make learning financial basics fun. There are five youth accounts, each designed for different age groups up to 17 years old. For more information, visit msufcu.org.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for five consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six years in a row. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 275,000 members, nearly $4.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
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MSUFCU Employees Donate More Than $42,000 to Charity Partners in First Quarter of 2019
EAST LANSING, Mich. — As part of a yearlong charitable giving campaign, employees of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) raised $42,497 in the first quarter of 2019. The funds were donated to four charities: Capital Area United Way, Child and Family Charities, Hope Against Trafficking, and Mental Health Foundation’s be nice program.
“I am continually impressed by the compassion and generosity our employees show through our annual charitable giving campaigns,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “The work our employees do to raise funds and volunteer to support these organizations is how we fulfill our core value of giving back to the community. Each of these nonprofit organizations plays a vital role in serving and strengthening the communities we serve.”
Every year Credit Union employees select three charities, along with the United Way, to support through charitable giving efforts. Funds are raised through special events and activities, including: dress down days, raffles, bake sales, and more. Money raised each quarter is divided evenly between the four charities and then presented to a representative of each of them. In the first quarter of 2019, each charity received $10,624 on behalf of the more than 900 MSUFCU employees.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for five consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six years in a row. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 275,000 members, nearly $4.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
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Local Man Receives $5,000 Payday Giveaway From MSUFCU
EAST LANSING, Mich. — When Larry learned he was receiving a $5,000 payday, a good day turned into a great one. After participating in MSU Federal Credit Union's (MSUFCU) Direct Deposit promotion, he and other eligible members were entered to win various prizes. The campaign encouraged members to switch their direct deposits to MSUFCU checking accounts before April 30, 2019, and by doing so they were then entered to win weekly prizes and a grand prize of $5,000.
“As far as I’m concerned, MSUFCU direct deposit is the easiest and best way to go,” said Larry C., grand prize winner of MSUFCU’s $5,000 Payday Giveaway.
“We work to educate members on ways to save time and money and make managing their finances easier; direct deposit achieves all of these objectives,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “It saves time as members don’t have to deposit their checks; it is more eco-friendly and saves money; and it provides flexibility and convenience as employees can direct funds to multiple accounts as soon as the direct deposit is made. This promotion was a great way to share that message.”
Eight weekly winners were randomly selected to each receive $500 among Credit Union members who participated in the promotion, and one winner was selected to win $5,000. Larry was selected as the grand prize winner among the 87,674 entrants.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for five consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six years in a row. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 275,000 members, nearly $4.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
MSUFCU Announces Expansion Opportunities in Traverse City
EAST LANSING, Mich. —MSU Federal Credit Union’s (MSUFCU) Board of Directors and management are pleased to announce that MSUFCU is expanding its branch services to Traverse City, Michigan.
MSUFCU is planning to open two locations — one in Downtown Traverse City and the other in the Charter Township of Garfield. The Traverse City locations give MSUFCU the opportunity to expand its services to existing members living and vacationing within Grand Traverse County and surrounding areas.
“After many years of receiving member requests for branch access in Traverse City, we are planning two locations in northern Michigan,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “The new locations will provide our members with our full range of products and services delivered by our knowledgeable employees. Members also have access to our extended-hours call center and robust digital services.”
The new locations will serve members living and traveling in the northern Michigan area by providing increased account access, mortgage services, and additional ATMs. The decision to expand to Traverse City is part of MSUFCU’s long-term growth strategy to extend its service to members living throughout Michigan.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance byFortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award®for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for five consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six years in a row. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 275,000 members, nearly $4.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
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