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Art from the Heart Program Displays Work of Local Artists with Disabilities
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is once again partnering with the Peckham Community Partnership Foundation to host the Art from the Heart exhibit, from June 20 – July 18, 2019. The Art from the Heart program provides professional, individualized instruction in the visual arts to artists with significant disabilities and other barriers to employment.
“We are grateful for the ongoing partnership we have with Peckham and value the work they do with local artists. Our foundation, Desk Drawer Fund (DDF), invests in nonprofits that contribute to the five pillars that the DDF supports, including Arts and Culture, and Art from the Heart perfectly aligns with our strategy of giving back to the community,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU’s Chief Community Development Officer. “This exhibit provides an amazing opportunity for area residents to view and purchase artwork from talented local artists.”
An opening reception of the exhibit will be held at MSUFCU Headquarters, located at 3777 West Road in East Lansing, on Thursday, June 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Community members and media representatives are invited to attend this free event where they can meet the artists and purchase artwork on display while enjoying refreshments. The exhibit will then be available for community viewing during the Credit Union’s Headquarters’ normal business hours through July 18, 2019.
Peckham Inc. is a nonprofit community vocational rehabilitation organization that values quality, diversity, and performance. MSUFCU helps support Peckham’s programs financially and through its involvement in events such as Art from the Heart.
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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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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Youth Members Deposit More Than $1 Million in April
EAST LANSING, Mich. — During National Credit Union Youth Month in April, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) encouraged youth members to add to their savings through two different youth-focused contests. The top prize was a $100 1-Year-Add-On Certificate. The results were amazing; more than $1 million was deposited throughout April, surpassing the total of youth account deposits made in 2018 by more than $300,000.
“Each April, we focus on sharing financial information with our young members, teaching them savings strategies so they can achieve their dreams,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “This savings contest, as well as the career goals photo contest, are creative ways we helped them look forward to their futures, and envision their goals.”
More than 2,500 deposits were made into MSUFCU youth accounts during the promotion. Youth members could enter the career goals photo contest by submitting a picture of themselves dressed for their dream job, with one winner receiving $250. In addition, all youth members who visited a Credit Union branch during April received a free gift.
“It’s been proven that when we acknowledge and record our goals for the future, they’re more likely to come true,” said Michelle Kamke, Marketing Projects Manager at the Credit Union National Association. “By encouraging our youngest members to get into this habit, we foster their ability to save for their futures.”
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 Recognized as a 2019 West Michigan Best and Brightest Companies to Work For
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Companies who have the most innovative and thoughtful human resources approaches are honored as one of the West Michigan Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® award; MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce it received this award for the seventh year.
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For gives businesses the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices, and demonstrate why they are ideal places for employees to work. This national program celebrates commitment to excellence in human resource practices and employee enrichment.
“As an organization, MSUFCU is dedicated to maintaining a positive work environment,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “We strive to provide our employees with the resources they need to be successful in their personal and professional lives. By investing in our employees, we are investing in their futures, as well as the futures of our members, the Credit Union, and our community.”
Those honored with Best and Brightest Companies to Work For award were assessed based on survey feedback conducted by an independent research firm. Assessments were based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, and retention.
MSUFCU received the award in the Elite category in 2012 for Compensation and Benefits, an award for Training and Development in 2013, and awards for Best of the Best Overall in 2015, 2016, and 2017, as well as an award for Diversity and Inclusion in 2018.
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. In 2018, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and National Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 273,000 members, $4.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
MSUFCU Supports Financial Reality Fairs for Area High School Students with $18,000 Grant
EAST LANSING, Mich. — It’s not an easy choice — do you pay for car repairs or buy the latest video game? This may be an unusual question for most high school students, unless they are participating in Reality Fairs.
Annual Financial Reality Fairs offer real life adult experiences for Lansing area high school students, such as learning how to plan for everyday expenses as well as unexpected costs while staying within a budget. MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) recently donated $18,000 in grant funds it received from The National Credit Union Foundation to support the day-long events. Reality Fairs were held at Charlotte High School and at Lansing’s Sexton High School.
“MSUFCU is committed to providing financial education to community members of all ages,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU’s Chief Community Development Officer. “The Reality Fairs are a great way to give high school students a view into real-world decisions they may face once they are responsible for their own decisions and resources. We enjoy interacting with the students, working with them on their budgets, and helping them learn more about consequences of financial decisions in a risk-free environment.”
The Financial Reality Fairs are interactive financial literacy tools for high school students. They provide hands-on experiences in which students identify their careers and starting salaries then complete a budget sheet requiring them to live within their monthly salary while paying for basics such as housing, utilities, transportation, clothing, and food. Additional expenditures, such as entertainment and travel, are factored in as well.
“I think that the MSUFCU Reality Fair is a well-run, organized event and an excellent opportunity for our students to gain awareness as how to maneuver through life after high school,” said Kathy Hubbard, Magnet Focus Teacher at Sexton High School. “It gives them a little insight as to some of the things that can happen in your daily life as a working adult with bills, responsibilities, and experiences for which you may or may have not planned. When the students truly get in to the activities and think about their choices, it can be life changing!”
Throughout the fair, there are many temptations for additional spending, and students must learn to balance their wants and needs to live within their means. After students have visited various booths covering components of independent living, students balance their budgets, and then sit down with a financial counselor for review.
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. In 2018, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and National Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 273,000 members, $4.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
MSUFCU Donates $25,000 to Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Building with Lego® bricks, spending the night in a museum, and a day exploring with chemistry mixtures are just a few of the activities MSU Federal Credit Union’s (MSUFCU) $25,000 donation will help support this year at Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing.
Founded in 1972, Impression 5 Science Center was established as an open and free environment for children and families to learn together through hands-on experiences. Known today as a dynamic, interactive space for families to play, create, and challenge their understanding of science together, the name “Impression 5” refers to its purpose: use all five senses to explore the world and make meaningful connections to science.
“During the three years we have partnered with Impression 5, we have seen this organization offer a multitude of creative activities that promote a love of science,” said Whitney Anderson Harrell, MSUFCU’s Chief Community Development Officer. “We are proud to support this outstanding organization, both financially and through employee volunteerism.”
MSUFCU’s 2019 $25,000 donation supports several events, including
:Physics & Astronomy DayLEGOPaloozaMSU Science Festival: Night at the MuseumChemistry DayPhUn Day – special activities exploring physiology with MSU Department of Physiology student groups
Funds contributed by the Credit Union also provide “Museum for All” scholarships for the Science Center, which cover admission costs for more than 150 people. In addition, the donation supports the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams exhibit at MSU, SMASH, which will open in July 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. In 2018, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and National Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 273,000 members, $4.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.
MSUFCU Recognized as a 2019 Best Workplace in Financial Services & Insurance
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce it has received a 2019 Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance designation by Great Place to Work®. This is based on analyzed anonymous survey feedback representing more 726,000 employees working in the financial service and insurance industries in the United States.
“We are committed to providing a welcoming and supportive environment where employees feel respected, and valued for their contributions, and are able to achieve their full potential,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “This award signifies that we are fulfilling our commitment to creating an engaging workplace that fosters growth and development.”
Employees responded to more than 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organization creates a Great Place to Work For All™. The evaluation was based on 85% of what employees said about their experiences of trust and reaching their full potential as part of their organization. Great Place to Work analyzes these experiences relative to each organization’s size, workforce make up, and what’s relative to their peers in the industry. To be considered, companies had to meet the Great Place to Work-Certified™ standard.
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. In 2018, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and National Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 273,000 members, $4.4 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Welcomes Three Managers to the Credit Union
EAST LANSING, Mich. — April Clobes, President/CEO of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), is pleased to announce that three professionals have joined the Credit Union in management positions: Clark Beach as Senior IT Infrastructure Manager; Kisha Graham as Assistant Branch Manager of the Auburn Hills and Oakland Center Branches; and Ami Iceman-Haueter as Assistant Vice President of Strategic Research Analysis.
Mr. Beach currently serves as Senior IT Infrastructure Manager where he leads his team of database and system administrators, architects, and site reliability administrators. He attended Lawrence Technological University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Architecture.
Ms. Graham serves as Assistant Manager for the Auburn Hills and Oakland Center Branches, where she leads her team to provide the best member experiences through product and services knowledge, and to promote individual career growth and development. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Central State University.
Ms. Iceman-Haueter serves as AVP of Strategic Research Analysis where she provides support for internal strategic initiatives and business divisions through research-based analysis. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Advertising with a specialization in Public Relations.
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. In 2018, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and National Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 273,000 members, $4.4 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Celebrates Holt Branch Groundbreaking
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) Board of Directors and management are pleased to announce the Credit Union will open a branch at 2313 Cedar Street, Holt, Mich., in 2020.
On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, representatives from MSUFCU and the Holt community were in attendance to make formal remarks regarding the new branch, which will be a full service location with drive-up tellers and a 24-hour ATM. It will feature an integrated branch design, including a sit-down concept 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 a digital station where youth members can play the Credit Union’s free gaming apps and members can get assistance with the mobile app and ComputerLine, the Credit Union’s online system.
“The decision to expand into Delhi Charter Township with this 14th location in the Greater Lansing area is part of our long-term strategy to better serve our existing and potential members,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “We are looking forward to joining the Holt community and helping members achieve their dreams.”
The Holt Branch is the20thlocation for the Credit Union, and will allow the financial institution to serve a larger portion of its members residing in this area as well as offer its products and services to prospective members. Nearly 75,000 MSUFCU members live within 10 miles of the new branch location. Delhi Township has a population of 25,877 and Ingham County has 280,895 people living within its boundaries.
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. In 2018, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and National Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 273,000 members, $4.4 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Announces Promotion of Five Employees to Management Roles
EAST LANSING, Mich. — April Clobes, President/CEO of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), is pleased to announce the promotion of five individuals to management positions: Ana Hattey, eServices Manager; Christopher Inman, eServices Manager; Tanya McGary, Marsh Branch Assistant Manager; Chloe Merindorf Norton, Management Development Associate; and Ashley Ward, Headquarters Branch Manager.
Ms. Hattey serves as a Manager in the eServices Department, where she oversees live chat operations while coaching and developing the eServices team. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University.
Mr. Inman serves as a Manager in the eServices Department, where he trains and develops employees, providing them with the tools, insight, and confidence necessary to assist members through live chat, message response, and online loan and account applications. He attended Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in English.
Ms. McGary serves as the Assistant Manager for the Marsh Branch, where she leads her team to enhance organizational performance including professional development, compliance operations and providing superior service to potential and existing members. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Baker College.
Mrs. Merindorf Norton serves as a Management Development Associate where she is gaining knowledge in preparation to manage a team (or department) of Credit Union employees. She is currently pursuing an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Lansing Community College.
Ms. Ward serves as Manager of the Headquarters Branch where she oversees member services, including managing branch operations, supervising employees, and offering appropriate Credit Union products and services. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University.
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. In 2018, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and National Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 273,000 members, $4.4 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Recognized With ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) was recognized March 28, 2019, with an award from ATHENA Award® Program for Organizational Leadership. This is based on its commitment to support female professionals, such as appointing women into management positions, and donating to community organizations.
“We are honored to receive this award in recognition of our history of hiring and promoting women into leadership roles, and our commitment to the community,” said April Clobes, President/CEO of MSUFCU. “Seventy percent of management positions at MSUFCU are held by women, which is reflective of overall employee base —70% of which are women.”
The ATHENA Award Program recognizes organizations for professional excellence, providing valuable service to their communities, and assisting women in their attainment of professional goals and leadership skills. The Credit Union also helps strengthen communities by providing education and resources to underserved populations, creating sustainable programs, and empowering others to 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 Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, and received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. In 2018, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, National Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, MSUFCU was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The credit union has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 271,000 members, $4.4 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Marketing Team Earns Three 2019 CUNA Diamond Awards
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has announced the winners of its 2019 Diamond Awards for marketing, and MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has earned three. In the Membership Marketing category
:Credit Score Handout and Rock Star Credit Mailer; andExplore Series to learn more about MSUFCU.In the Direct Mail – Single or Series category
:Freshman Student Mailers.
The CUNA Diamond Awards recognize creative excellence and outstanding results in credit union marketing. Marketing campaigns are judged on strategy, creativity, design and production, copy and communication, and results.
“These awards recognize our efforts to reach our members in creative and memorable ways,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Through these effective marketing campaigns, we communicated about our products and services and how we can help our members achieve their financial goals and dreams. We’re honored to receive these awards.”
There are 36 categories for the CUNA Diamond Awards and an average of 1,200+ entries each year. These awards give credit unions the opportunity to showcase their achievements and inspire others to promote the movement in new and innovative ways.
“The hard work displayed by these credit unions always leaves us feeling inspired and passionate about what we do,” said Amy McGraw, Chair of the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council’s Diamond Awards Committee and Vice President of Marketing, Tropical Financial CU. “Receiving these awards further highlights the dedication they have for our movement and their members.”
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, and received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press. In 2018, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, National Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, MSUFCU was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 271,000 members, $4.3 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Establishes a Foundation: Desk Drawer Fund
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Since opening its doors in 1937, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has made giving back to the community a priority. Today, it announces that it is taking that commitment to a new level.
MSUFCU is pleased to introduce the Desk Drawer Fund, a foundation supporting the MSUFCU and Oakland University Credit Union (OU Credit Union) communities. OU Credit Union is a trade name of MSUFCU.
“The Desk Drawer Fund was established to further our dedication to our local communities,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, Desk Drawer Fund Executive Director. “MSUFCU has always embodied a culture of philanthropy, and we will continue to lead the way in encouraging investment in our community. We are excited to empower those in our community to achieve their goals and dreams."
The Desk Drawer Fund will provide support for numerous initiatives across the sectors of five identified pillars to support organizations within the communities where the Credit Union operates. The aim is to fund as many local organizations as possible to impact the maximum number of community members. The five philanthropic pillars are: Arts & Culture; Stable Housing; Empowering Youth; Financial Education; and Fostering Entrepreneurialism.
“Establishing the Desk Drawer Fund helps expand our philanthropic impact in areas vital to vibrant communities,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “With the support of our MSUFCU and OU Credit Union communities, we will continue fulfilling our core value of giving back where our employees and members live and work.”
Everyone is invited to contribute to the Desk Drawer Fund by visiting deskdrawerfund.org or by stopping by any MSUFCU or OU Credit Union branch. By empowering members, employees, businesses, and residents to invest in their local communities, the Desk Drawer Fund aims to improve communities and make a positive difference.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. In 2018, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, National Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, MSUFCU was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The credit union has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 271,000 members, over $4.3 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
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MSUFCU Partners with Grand Rapids Drive for Jersey Night
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Excitement was in the air as the Grand Rapids Drive basketball team took to the court to face the Delaware Blue Coats on March 20; and it was Jersey Night. As a sponsor of Jersey Night, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) offered a 50/50 raffle and players’ jerseys auction during the game. Each of the 11 players had a jersey up for bidding as did the mascot, Buckets. The Credit Union selected Kids’ Food Basket to receive the $939 in proceeds raised from the raffle tickets and jerseys auction. Around 1800 people attended the game.
“We are pleased to continue partnering with Grand Rapids Drive and supporting this great event,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “After opening our Monroe Center Branch in Grand Rapids in late 2017, we began to build community connections with various nonprofits, including Kids’ Food Basket, who became one of our 2018 Charity Partners. When the opportunity arose to support Kids’ Food Basket by partnering with Grand Rapids Drive, we quickly agreed.”
This is the second jersey night MSUFCU has sponsored for Grand Rapids Drive, a NBA-G League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons. The $5,000 event donation supported a business partner, provided an opportunity to spread the word about the Credit Union’s presence in Grand Rapids, and allowed MSUFCU to support a local charity. Kids’ Food Basket provides meals to nearly 8,000 west Michigan kids each weekday through its Snack Supper program.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. In 2018, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, National Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, MSUFCU was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The credit union has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, more than 270,000 members, $4.2 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
For MSUFCU, Providing a Healthy Workplace is a Priority
EAST LANSING, Mich. — "Our employees’ wellbeing is a top priority for MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU)," said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU's Chief Human Resources Officer. "Empowering our employees to improve their health and overall wellbeing is a goal that the Credit Union’s CU Healthy Committee is fully committed to."
MSUFCU received the National Best and Brightest in Wellness® award which honors organizations that make their workplaces, their employees, and the community a healthier place to live and work. This innovative award recognizes and celebrates quality and excellence in health awareness by highlighting companies, schools, faith-based groups, and other organizations that promote a culture of wellness.
"Receiving national recognition for this work is a great honor," said Dimma. "As an organization, we encourage our employees to improve their health and wellbeing through a variety of activities and events. Many of the activities involve teambuilding practices which lead to a more positive work culture for our employees. As an example, employees can choose to participate in voluntary fitness challenges, financial wellness education classes, or the many 5K runs/walks the Credit Union sponsors to support local charities."
Any company, no matter the type, can earn the National Best and Brightest in Wellness award by planning, implementing, and evaluating efforts in employee wellness, which ultimately creates a more vibrant community.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, National Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, MSUFCU was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The credit union has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, more than 270,000 members, $4.2 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
Capital Area Humane Society is Recipient of $2,750 Donation from MSUFCU
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Finding “furever” homes for companion animals living at the Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS) is not easy. That's why MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) decided to help.
In partnership with CAHS, MSUFCU offered a special promotion called Get a Home, Give a Home. Participants who received mortgage financing through MSUFCU could adopt animals in need from CAHS with the Credit Union covering the adoption fee or making a donation in their name. This resulted in a $2,000 total donation for the organization.
In addition, Credit Union employee, Kieran, recently named MSUFCU’s Volunteer of the Year for 2018, was given the opportunity to choose a local charity to receive a $500 donation on behalf of the Credit Union. Kieran selected CAHS, bringing the donation to the organization to $2,500. Finally, a team of MSUFCU employees chose to donate $250 to CAHS, bringing the grand total to a $2,750 donation made to the organization.
“We are pleased to continue our support of the Capital Area Humane Society,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Our partnership with this great organization goes back many years. We embrace the role we play in strengthening our community, and are proud to help our members find homes as well as help some furry friends find homes, too.”
CAHS promotes the humane treatment of companion animals through protection, placement, education, and example. In 2018, 3,724 animals were placed in forever homes. For more information about CAHS, visitcahs-lansing.org.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, MSUFCU was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The credit union has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, almost 270,000 members, $4.2 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Hosts Student Art Exhibition for 12th Consecutive Year
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to host the 12th Annual MSUFCU Student Art Exhibition at its Headquarters. From January 23 through February 28, the artwork from 19 Lansing-area high schools will be available for viewing. Community members can vote for their favorite art pieces through February 28.
“Through this annual event, local high school students can showcase their artwork in art gallery setting and receive recognition for their work,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Community members have the opportunity to stop by and view the students’ outstanding artwork and vote for their favorites, engaging both the artists and the viewing public in this exhibit.”
The Credit Union’s Headquarters is located at 3777 West Road in East Lansing and the Exhibit will be open from January 23 through February 28 in the lobby of the headquarters between 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The exhibition will feature art from some of the area’s best budding high school artists, including paintings, sketches, 3D pieces, photography and art. These students represent 9th through 12th grade and reflect a broad range of artistic media. Each of the schools participating have chosen up to 10 of their most promising and creative student art pieces to highlight talent and their art programs.
Winners will be determined based on votes from a juried panel, public voting, and social media. Three artists with the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Awards. Additional awards include: juried awards, determined by a panel of judges; social media award, provided to the student who posts his or her art on MSUFCU’s Art Exhibit Facebook page and garners the most likes; and school spirit award, given to the school that receives the highest total votes from both the website and in person. Votes will be tallied at the end of February to determine the People's Choice and School Spirit awards.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, MSUFCU was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The credit union has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, almost 270,000 members, $4.2 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Announces its 2019 Charity Partners
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce the charity partners its employees selected for their 2019 charity campaign! Each year, employees work together to support our communities through a yearlong charity campaign. Credit Union employees raised $231,780 for selected 2018 charity partners and look forward to increasing fundraising and volunteer efforts this year.
Employees will raise funds and awareness throughout the year for these local organizations: Child and Family Charities, Be Nice Mental Health Foundation, Hope Against Trafficking, and Capital Area United Way.
Child and Family Charities’ mission is to strengthen and support children, families, and individuals in the community. Based in Lansing, the organization operates 17 programs serving 7,000 children, youth, and families each year in mid-Michigan. Programs include child abuse prevention, services for children in foster care and families in the adoption process, behavioral and mental health screening and counseling, and an Angel House residential program for pregnant and parenting teen girls in foster care.
The Be Nice Mental Health Foundation works to build an understanding of mental health in communities by inspiring people to recognize, understand, accept, and take action. The Grand Rapids-based organization strives to reduce the teen suicide rate by addressing the stigma surrounding mental health, equipping students, staff, and parents with tools to recognize mental illness, providing outreach programs to educate the public, and connecting impacted individuals to important services such as counseling and screening tests.
Hope Against Trafficking provides safe housing and restorative support for adult female survivors of sex and labor trafficking in southeast Michigan. Through its 24-month residential program, the Oakland County-based organization offers rent-free housing and comprehensive services focused on the physical, mental and individual transformation of these women so they become empowered to thrive once again.
The Capital Area United Way (CAUW) supports programs and services in the Greater Lansing area that address complex health and human service problems. Its vision is that everyone deserves the opportunity to have a good life through a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, MSUFCU was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The credit union has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, more than 267,000 members, $4.2 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Earns Visa Global Service Quality Performance Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Visa® has awarded MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) one of its prestigious Visa Global Service Quality Performance Awards based on the Credit Union’s exceptional results in its authorization approval rate for consumer credit.
Throughout this award program’s history, Visa has recognized its most exceptional clients for their consistent, superior operating performance in areas directly affecting Visa cardholders and merchants. More than ever, exceptional service quality is essential, particularly in card operations, where the focus on members using Visa payment service, supported by efficient workflows, continues to set MSUFCU apart from its peers.
“This recognition from Visa is a tribute to the exceptional performance of our team,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We are committed to providing accurate and efficient processes so that our members consistently receive access to credit in a timely manner. We are honored to receive this award; it underscores our commitment to fulfilling our mission of helping members achieve their dreams.”
In 1992, Visa instituted the Visa Global Service Quality Performance Awards program to recognize clients demonstrating exceptional card operations processing within the U.S. region.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, MSUFCU was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The credit union has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, more than 267,000 members, $4.2 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Receives 2018 Regional Diversity Star Award From Lansing Economic Area Partnership
EAST LANSING, Mich. — In recognition for creating a diverse and welcoming workplace, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has earned the 2018 Regional Diversity Star Award from the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP). This award recognizes companies, like MSUFCU, who promote diversity which attracts talent of those who want to work and succeed, having a direct impact on the local economy.
“We are very much honored to receive this award from LEAP,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU's Chief Human Resources Officer. “A diversified workforce translates into increased innovation, higher levels of creativity, and unique approaches to various opportunities, all of which allow us to better serve our members and enhances the quality of our workplace for employees. This award highlights our continual efforts to support a diverse and inclusive culture, and underscores our commitment to attract and retain employees with varied backgrounds and perspectives.”
LEAP is a coalition of area leaders committed to building a prosperous and vibrant region where business can thrive. To do this, it helps entrepreneurs start new businesses, helps existing businesses grow, and attracts new businesses to the region.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, MSUFCU was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The credit union has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, more than 267,000 members, $4.2 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Receives the 2018 Editor's Choice Award for Community Involvement from CardRates
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has earned the Editor's Choice™ Award for community involvement from CardRates.com, which informs and educates consumers about credit cards and encourages better credit decisions. This award recognizes the Credit Union for building a workplace culture where employee-approved corporate philanthropy, financial education, and volunteerism go hand-in-hand with providing superior member service.
“Giving back to our communities is one of MSUFCU's core values,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU's Chief Marketing Officer. “We invest in our communities in a variety of ways. We support organizations that create a greener Michigan, provide therapy for child victims of abuse, build homes for those in need, support families with life-threatening illnesses, and so much more. Our support helps strengthen communities, educate and encourage underserved populations, and empower others to make a positive difference.”
In 2017, MSUFCU donated more than $2.2 million and 1,200 employee volunteer hours to more than 500 organizations. Employees also raised more than $170,000 for MSUFCU's charity partners and expect to donate even more in 2018.
To better coordinate its charitable contributions, the Credit Union recently initiated a CU Involved program. Each year, MSUFCU employees increase the number of no-cost financial education sessions for community members of all ages. These sessions focus on helping people make better informed decisions about their economic well-being. An article about MSUFCU receiving the Editor's Choice Award for community involvement award can be found here.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, MSUFCU was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The credit union has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, more than 267,000 members, $4.2 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSU Federal Credit Union Announces Holt Branch
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) Board of Directors and management are pleased to announce that MSUFCU will open a branch at 2313 Cedar Street in Holt, Michigan, in early 2020. This will be the Credit Union's 21st branch.
The Holt Branch will provide MSUFCU the opportunity to expand its services to nearly 74,300 members living within 10 miles of this location. Located less than three miles from the Credit Union’s South Lansing Branch at 200 East Jolly Road in Lansing, the Holt Branch will offer additional account access and convenience to members who live and work in the area.
“We are looking forward to joining the Holt community with this new branch location,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU's President/CEO. “We have a growing number of members within Holt and they have been requesting a local branch to serve them.“
As a full-service branch, MSUFCU’s Holt location will create 13 new jobs— one mortgage officer, two managers, and 10 financial services representatives.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, MSUFCU was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The credit union has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, more than 267,000 members, $4.2 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Earns Best Credit Union to Work For From Credit Union Journal For The Third Year
EAST LANSING, Mich. — For the third consecutive year, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has been named as 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.
“We want to be a place for employees to continually develop and enhance their skills,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU's Chief Human Resources Officer. “Through internal programs focused on wellness and professional development, we inspire employees to improve both their personal wellbeing and professional growth.”
This award was based on results from recent surveys completed by employees regarding MSUFCU policies, procedures, demographics, and practices. Employees indicated several reasons why they like working at MSUFCU including
:The ability to use paid volunteer time off to volunteer for their favorite charities and participate in MSUFCU-sponsored charitable eventsAccess to wellness rooms at each building for employees to take a break or make a personal callThe annual “Health and Wellness” fair at the Headquarters campus where they can learn how to improve their own health.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, it was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, more than 267,000 members, $4.2 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Breaks Ground On Sashabaw Branch In Oakland County
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) Board of Directors and management are pleased to announce the Credit Union will open a branch at 6051 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, Mich., in the fall of 2019.
On Thursday, November 29, 2018, representatives from MSUFCU and the Clarkston community were in attendance to make formal remarks regarding the new branch, which will be a full service location with drive-up tellers and a 24-hour ATM. It will also offer a full range of financial products, including mortgages and business services.
“MSUFCU’s sixth location in Oakland 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 adding a branch in the Clarkston community, providing additional opportunities to help our members achieve their dreams.”
The other five MSUFCU locations in Oakland County are located in Oakland Center on the Oakland University campus, Auburn Hills, Ortonville, Berkley, and another location in Clarkston along with 10 ATMS. As the 20th branch for the Credit Union, the Sashabaw Branch will allow the financial institution to serve a larger portion of its members residing in this area as well as offer its products and services to prospective members. More than 35,000 residents are within a five mile radius of the new branch, of which 4,826 are current members.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, MSUFCU was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The credit union has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, more than 267,000 members, $4.2 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Works to Spread Kindness With Its Pay It Forward Week Initiative
EAST LANSING, Mich. — You may have noticed more MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) employees then usual out and about a few weeks ago. You may have even received free coffee, lunch, or tickets to a movie theater from them, as they encouraged you to Pay It Forward. It was an event created to fulfill one of the Credit Union’s values: giving back to the community.
Now in its sixth year, the Credit Union’s annual Pay It Forward Week initiative took place the week of November 11 – 17, 2018, in conjunction with its 81st anniversary on November 15. Employees were in 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 employees take our Pay It Forward campaign to heart,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU’s Chief Community Development Officer. “Each year, we look forward to the opportunity to share 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, and lunches at businesses including Biggby, DiBella’s Subs, You Me & Bubble Tea, Madcap Coffee, Parsley Mediterranean Grille, Espresso Royale, Jersey Mike’s, and Einstein Bagels. At other sites, such as public libraries and bowling alleys, community members were offered gift cards. Specific charities including Forgotten Harvest in Oakland County and Sparrow’s Nest in Lansing, selected by employees, each received a $500 donation. One individual was also chosen to receive a $500 donation: Xavier Degroat, CEO & Founder of Xavier DeGroat Autism Foundation.
Over the past 81 years, the Credit Union has expanded its service, donations, and volunteerism to serve its membership and communities. This year, employees distributed $8,100 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. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, MSUFCU was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The credit union has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, more than 267,000 members, $4.2 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Earns Two Awards from The Michigan Credit Union League
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has been honored with 2018 first place and honorable mention 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, and the honorable mention is for the Dora Maxwell Award, recognizing community service achievements by credit unions. State-level winners will go on to compete nationally for the CUNA 2018 National Awards. These award winners will be announced at the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, March 2019, in Washington, D.C.
MSUFCU received the Louise Herring Award for its account management program established in partnership with Mid-Michigan Guardianship Services, Inc. (MMGS) for individuals in need of guardianship and conservatorship. This program enables members of MMGS with a reliable process for identifying their clients, and allows them to cash checks at MSUFCU with a unique identification card.
MSUFCU’s CU Involved committee was recognized with the Dora Maxwell Award honorable mention. The committee was established to foster a stronger internal commitment to community volunteering by involving employees in the charity partner selection process. This includes selecting community organizations to support each year, setting volunteer goals, and providing various incentives including Volunteer Time Off.
“We are honored to be recognized for our work in the areas of member and community service,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We establish programs, such as the MMGS, to assist members, no matter their financial standing, in achieving their goals and dreams. By contributing to a stronger community, our employees are living our core value of giving back. We are proud to contribute to a community where people are excited to live and work.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, more than 265,000 members, $4.1 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Named a Top Five Workplace by Detroit Free Press for Fourth Consecutive Year
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is honored to be named a Top Workplace for 2018 by the Detroit Free Press. The Credit Union has been named as a Top Workplace each year since 2012, and has placed in the top five workplaces in the large workplace category every year since 2014.
To be considered for a Top Workplace recognition, MSUFCU employees participated in an anonymous survey administered by the Detroit Free Press covering seven areas, including organizational health factors that measure how well employees are working together toward a common cause. These include alignment, effectiveness, connection, manager evaluation, employee engagement, organization’s leader, and overall benefits.
In all, 244 organizations, with a combined 110,993 employees, participated in the survey. This year, 151 Michigan employers earned the Top Workplaces list recognition.
“At MSUFCU, our employees are passionate about working together to fulfill our mission of helping members and employees achieve their dreams,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “We provide an environment that fosters communication and collaboration to ensure our employees develop and are empowered. We are honored by this recognition as it underscores our commitment to our employees.”
As part of its entry for the Top Workplaces competition, MSUFCU highlighted how the credit union strives to remain competitive and innovative with its compensation and benefits. Extensive steps are taken to help employees be successful, including a comprehensive onboarding process in which new hires are integrated into the organization with an emphasis on cordialness.
Internal engagement programs include an organization-wide wellness incentive program, a skills development course offered to all employees, frequent town hall meetings with executives, an internal social media platform to connect amid expansive geographical growth, and more.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, MSUFCU was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The credit union has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, more than 265,000 members, $4.1 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Opens Pop-Up Shop at RiverTown Crossings Mall in Grand Rapids
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) will open a Pop-Up Shop on November 7, 2018, at the RiverTown Crossings Mall in Grand Rapids. The Pop-Up Shop will be open November 7 – 29, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. Credit Union and community members are able to visit this holiday-themed space to learn about our products and services, mobile apps and website, as well as provide feedback about Credit Union services.
As an added bonus for those who visit the Pop-Up Shop, special, limited-time offers on Mortgages and Certificates will be available.
“We are excited to host a Pop-Up Shop location in Grand Rapids,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The Pop-Up Shop provides an opportunity for us to introduce residents and visitors of the greater Grand Rapids area to MSUFCU, and show the Grand Rapids community all the ways MSUFCU helps members achieve their dreams.”
Using iPads, visitors can explore and learn about ComputerLine, MSUFCU mobile app, and the Financial 4.0 app. Information about budgeting, credit education, home buying, identity theft, membership benefits, and youth accounts will also be available.
There are plenty of activities for kids at the Pop-Up Shop, including MSU’s Sparty and OU’s Grizzly coloring masks, a photo booth with holiday themed props, and four youth gaming apps: Dream Racer, Saving Draggy, Saving Magic, and Saving With Piggy. All apps are available on Android and iOS devices.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, MSUFCU was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The credit union has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 265,000 members, 4.1 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Celebrates Berkley Branch Groundbreaking
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) Board of Directors and management are pleased to announce the Credit Union will open a branch at 1833 Coolidge Hwy., Berkley, Mich., in the fall of 2019.
On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, representatives from MSUFCU and the Berkley community were in attendance to make formal remarks regarding the new branch, which will be a full service location with drive-up tellers and a 24-hour ATM. It will also offer a full range of financial products, including mortgages and business services.
“The decision to continue expansion with a fifth location in Oakland 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 Berkley community and helping members achieve their dreams.”
The Berkley Branch is MSUFCU’s fifth location in Oakland County, and the 19th branch for the Credit Union. The location will allow the financial institution to serve a larger portion of its members residing in this area as well as offer its products and services to prospective members. More than 346,900 households are within a five mile radius of the new branch, of which 6,372 are current members. More than 51,300 MSUFCU members currently live in Oakland County.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal's Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 260,000 members, more than $4.1 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU's Jeff Jackson Elected to Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis Board of Directors
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce that Jeff Jackson, MSUFCU's Chief Lending Officer, has been elected to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis (FHLBI) Board of Directors. In this role, he will provide leadership, strategic planning, and guidance for FHLBI to help its members with reliable, cost effective, and flexible funding resources.
Jackson is committed to strengthening and overseeing the FHLBI's core mission to provide advances for liquidity, housing, and community economic development to its members; to purchase mortgages from its members; to administer Affordable Housing Program (AHIP) grants; and to provide other correspondent banking services.
“It is an honor to have been elected to the FHLBI Board of Directors,” said Jackson. “I look forward to bringing a community-focused perspective to the FHLBI, increasing access to grants, and improving services to further economic development.”
The FHLBI Board is comprised of both member and independent directors. Board members are elected for four-year terms.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 260,000 members, more than $4.1 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Celebrates 70th Anniversary of International Credit Union Day
EAST LANSING, Mich. — On Thursday, October 18, 2018, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) will, along with more than 56,000 credit unions around the world, celebrate International Credit Union Day (ICU Day) and recognize the philosophy and achievements of the credit union movement. This year’s theme, “Find Your Platinum Lining,” combines the traditional 70th anniversary gift of platinum with a play on the saying “every cloud has a silver lining.”
“Every day, but especially on ICU Day, we celebrate the people-first principles of credit unions,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “On ICU Day, as on all other days, we demonstrate the appreciation we have for our members through our outstanding service, as we work with our members to help them achieve their goals and dreams.”
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.
Plan to stop by any MSUFCU branch during the week of October 15-19 for a free member gift in celebration of ICU Week. On Thursday, October 18, ICU Day, a special free member appreciation gift will be available in all MSUFCU branches. Help us celebrate MSUFCU's mission of providing superior service while assisting members to achieve financial security, their goals, and ultimately, their dreams for more than 80 years.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, MSUFCU was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The credit union has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 260,000 members, more than $4.1 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Sponsors Annual Run with the Dinosaurs to Support MSU Museum
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Fall in mid-Michigan means leaves changing colors, cooler weather, and running with dinosaurs, right? In East Lansing it does!
Kids, adults and dinosaurs were seen walking and running on Michigan State University (MSU)’s campus during the 33rd annual Dinosaur Dash on October 7, 2018. MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) once again partnered with the MSU Museum to sponsor the run in support of the museum. This year, nearly 60 participants attended the Dinosaur Dash 5K walk/run, with more than 25 Credit Union employees volunteering to help distribute race packets and cheer on the walkers and runners.
“For more than 30 years we have been the title sponsor for the very popular Dinosaur Dash,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “We are proud to be a part of the event, welcoming community families to join us in supporting the MSU Museum.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was again recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. In 2017, MSUFCU was recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The credit union has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 260,000 members, more than $4.1 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Recognized for Innovation by the Association of Credit Union Internal Auditors
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce a second place award for its internal audit department team by the Association of Credit Union Internal Auditor's (ACUIA) annual Best Audit Practice contest. The award recognizes the Credit Union’s internal audit team for creating and implementing an audit engagement checklist to improve the audit process.
“This is an outstanding recognition for our internal audit team,” said Jim Hunsanger, MSUFCU's Chief Risk Officer. “Rob Johnson, our Chief Internal Auditor, and his skilled team of audit professionals showed much initiative creating a comprehensive audit checklist to ensure we are performing at the highest level.”
A best audit practice is defined by ACUIA as any auditing routine, procedure, audit program step, or audit technique developed to contribute to an effective audit or cover an administrative function for an audit department. Criteria for selecting winners included originality, ability to implement or use/reuse, adaptability to the credit union size, overall value to the credit union, and the value to the audit department. The MSUFCU internal audit team received the award at the ACUIA's annual conference held in June in Chicago. The team consists of six employees.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 260,000 members, more than $4.1 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Announces Three Managers Join the Organization
EAST LANSING, Mich. — April Clobes, President/CEO of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), is pleased to announce that three professionals have joined the Credit Union in management positions: Brian Techlin II as Purchasing & Logistics Manager; Joseph Wagner as Assistant Branch Manager; and Ashley Ward as Assistant Branch Manager.
“Each of these managers has exemplified exceptional skills, and we are confident that their leadership will positively benefit our members, employees, and the organization,” said Ms. Clobes.
Mr. Techlin serves as Purchasing & Logistics Manager where he oversees the operations of the department including inventory control, warehouse, ordering, and transporting supplies. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University.
Mr. Wagner currently serves as an Assistant Manager for the Clarkston Branch where he leads his team to provide appropriate guidance, products, and services to members. He attended the University of Michigan-Flint where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice.
Ms. Ward has joined the Credit Union as Assistant Manager of the Headquarters Branch where she works with employees to provide appropriate products and services, provides training, and assists with branch operations. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 260,000 members, more than $4.1 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Named One of Michigan's Best and Brightest in Wellness for Third Consecutive Year
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce it has once again earned the designation as one of Michigan's Best and Brightest in Wellness. The Best and Brightest Programs honors organizations that make their workplaces, their employees, and the community a healthier place to live and work. MSUFCU received this award in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
“We are thrilled to receive this award again,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU's Chief Human Resources Officer. “As an organization, we work diligently to ensure we have a healthy and vibrant workplace for our employees. This commitment to our employees’ wellbeing keeps our workforce strong and healthy so they can continue to provide superior service to our members.”
Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO of the Best and Brightest Programs, said, “Health and wellness programs are at the forefront of every business looking to retain a healthy workforce. This year’s winning companies represent high standards and an exceptional commitment to their employees’ wellbeing.”
The Best and Brightest program provides yearlong education, benchmarking, assessment tools and interaction amongst the best employers throughout Michigan. For more information, visit thebestandbrightest.com.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 260,000 members, more than $4.1 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
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MSUFCU's James Hunsanger Appointed to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection's Credit Union Advisory Council
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce the appointment of James Hunsanger, MSUFCU's Chief Risk Officer, as one of seven new members to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection's Credit Union Advisory Council by Acting Director Mick Mulvaney on September 7, 2018.
“I am honored to serve on this council,” Hunsanger said. “I look forward to playing a key role in advising the Bureau leadership on a broad range of consumer financial issues from a credit union perspective.”
Mulvaney said, "I am appointing experts to the Bureau’s advisory committees who will bring a fresh perspective to our important work. These experts are highly talented individuals in consumer finance markets, and we look forward to working closely with them throughout their service."
The Bureau regulates the offering and provision of consumer financial products or services under the federal consumer financial laws and educates and empowers consumers to make better informed financial decisions. As a U.S. government agency, the Bureau makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat consumers fairly.
The newly appointed members include experts in consumer protection, financial services, FinTech, community development, fair lending, civil rights, and consumer financial products and services as well as representatives of community banks and credit unions. Advisory committee membership reflects expertise across the range of issues under the Bureau’s jurisdiction. New members will serve a one-year term.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 260,000 members, more than $4.1 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Helps Kickoff MSU 2018 Football Season with Annual Kids Contest
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce the 2018 MSUFCU Kickoff Kids Sweepstakes. During the Michigan State University (MSU) 2018 football season, kids entered into the sweepstakes will be selected randomly to participate as a Kickoff Kid for one of the seven home games.
“We are excited to again be part of this once in a lifetime chance for kids to join the MSU football team during a home game,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “By partnering with MSU, we are helping kids in our community share the great tradition of MSU football.”
For each MSU home football game, two kids will be randomly selected to join the Spartans on the sidelines and run onto the field to pick up the kicking tee after each kickoff. In addition, each winner receives a MSU football jersey, a sideline pass, two tickets to the game for their parents/guardians, and a parking pass.
For the first MSU home football game on August 31, 2018, Jason Lea, Jr., age 11, and Will Kaiser, age 9, kicked off the season as the first participants in the Kids Kickoff Contest. (See attached photo).
You can still enter your Spartan fan in the contest by completing the entry form at msufcu.org/specialoffers/kickoffkids. Children must be between the ages of six and 11 years old to be entered. Parents/guardians will be contacted by MSUFCU at least five business days before the home MSU football game at which their child is selected to be a MSUFCU Kickoff Kid. Children/parents do not need to be MSUFCU members to win.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 260,000 members, more than $4.1 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Hosts Nearly 900 Community Members During Annual Kids' Day
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) hosted its annual Kids’ Day on August 4, 2018, welcoming nearly 900 community members. This event featured inflatables, a magician, balloon animals, face painting, food, and fun for children and their families.
“We were excited to host this event once again and offer a day of fun for families in our community,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Kids’ Day has traditionally been an opportunity for families to spend time together playing games, stopping by the photo booth, having balloon animals made, and enjoying 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.”
As part of Kids’ Day, 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. WKAR also provided information about its PBS children’s shows which encourage early learning. 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. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 260,000 members, more than $4.1 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU's eStatement Promotion Benefits Michigan Arbor Day Alliance
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce a $500 donation to the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) as a result of a recent eStatement promotion. During the promotion, employees in the branches, Call Center, and eServices departments helped 1,537 members convert from paper statements to eStatements.
“This eStatement promotion not only educated our members about their options when it comes to receiving their statements, it enabled us to support one of our community partners, the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance,” said Whitney Anderson – Harrell, MSUFCU’s Chief Community Development Officer. “With the number of members who converted to eStatements, we were able to make a $500 donation to this outstanding organization, helping create a more vibrant and green community. MSUFCU offers an eStatement option for accounts to support the greening of the Greater Lansing community which also supports MADA’s mission as well.”
The Credit Union has had an ongoing partnership with MADA, a coalition of organizations dedicated to celebrating Arbor Day and the important role trees play in community health and wellbeing, since 2013. Together, MSUFCU and MADA help provide 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 by MSUFCU employee volunteers in the Greater Lansing area.
Photo caption: Danielle Deneau, Marketing and Communication Manager for MSUFCU, left, presents a $500 check to Sarah Bauer, Outreach Coordinator for the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League, a Michigan Best and Brightest in Wellness award winner, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 260,000 members, more than $4.1 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Receives Great Place to Work Certification
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) was recently certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. MSUFCU earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by its employees in anonymous surveys.
Great Place to Work® is a global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Fortune "100 Best Companies to Work For®" list and a series of Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces lists.
“This recognition affirms the dedication of MSUFCU to continually strive to create a positive, welcoming, and open work environment,” said Silvia Dimma, Chief Human Resources Officer of MSUFCU. “We work to make MSUFCU a place our employees want to come to work every day and do their best to serve our members. This certification demonstrates we are creating this type of environment.”
Sarah Lewis-Kulin, Vice President of Great Place to Work Certification & List Production, said “According to our study, 91% of employees say MSU Federal Credit Union is a great workplace.”
This certification was awarded as based on 344 employee survey results concluding that 98% of employees have great pride in MSUFCU and 97% of employees say the organization offers special and unique benefits. A summary of all results is available here.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 260,000 members, more than $4.1 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU 2018 Amazon Prime Day Promotion
MSUFCU’s Amazon Prime Day Promotion
Encourages Members to Make Responsible Financial Decisions
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) offered members an opportunity to win gift cards for using their MSUFCU Visa Debit or Credit Cards once again on Amazon Prime Day (July 16, 2018). 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.
Comparing 2017 Prime Day to 2018 Prime Day, MSUFCU members’ Amazon purchases with MSUFCU cards increased 63% for debit cards and 65% for credit cards, surpassing the promotion’s goals in both categories.
Rates on MSUFCU’s Visa Credit Cards are as low as 8.9% APR, significantly lower than the national average. In addition to low rates, the credit cards have various benefits, including no annual fees, no application fees, no balance transfer fees, 1% cash back on all purchases, $0 fraud liability, and card lock and mobile location confirmation. MSUFCU debit cards are free with checking accounts and offer a convenient way to make purchases.
“Helping our members manage their finances so they can achieve their dreams is part of our mission,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Through this promotion, we encouraged our members to use their MSUFCU debit or credit cards to take advantage of Amazon Prime Day specials while also empowering them with knowledge to help them make the right financial decisions for their situations.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, an Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League, and is certified as a Great Place to Work®. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 260,000 members, more than $4.1 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
MSUFCU Employees Donate More Than $92,000 to Charity
EAST LANSING, Mich. — In the first half of 2018, as part of a yearlong charitable giving campaign, employees of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) raised $92,908 to donate to four charities: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Kid's Food Basket, Lighthouse of Oakland County, and Capital Area United Way.
Every year, employees select three charities along with United Way to support through their charitable giving efforts and raise funds through special events and activities, including: dress down days, movie theatre ticket purchases, bake sales, and more. Money raised each quarter is divided evenly between the four charities and then presented to these charities.
“Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in shaping and strengthening our communities,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU's President/CEO. “The work our employees do to raise funds, volunteer at, and support these organizations is one way we fulfill our core value of giving back to the community. I am continually impressed by the compassion and devotion our employees show through our annual charitable giving campaigns.”
CASA provides highly trained volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who are under court jurisdiction due to abuse and neglect, serving Barry, Eaton, and Ingham Counties. Kid's Food Basket creates Sack Suppers for children in West Michigan living at or under the poverty line, providing well-rounded and nutritious evening meals. Lighthouse of Oakland County provides short-term emergency assistance and other support and services to help families become economically self-sufficient. Capital Area United Way supports tri-county programs and services that address complex health and human service problems.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 259,000 members, more than $4 billion in assets, and nearly 900 employees.
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MSUFCU Receives 2018 Ad POP Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce it has received the 2018 Ad POP (Pride in Online and Print) Award presented by the National LGBT Media Association.
Ad POP awarded MSUFCU for the best representation of LGBT individuals in online and print advertising in regional LGBT media. MSUFCU was honored with this award at both the national and regional levels at the Between the Lines’ 25th Anniversary Celebration in Detroit on June 8, 2018.
“This award is a great honor, and we are proud to be recognized for our advertising efforts to represent the LGBT community,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “At MSUFCU, we embrace and celebrate diversity in the communities we serve as well as in our workplace. Supporting members of the LGBT community in our ads is one of many ways we demonstrate our commitment to equality.”
Ad POP is a production of the National Gay Media Association, a group of the nation's leading LGBT newspaper publishers, located in New York (Gay City News); Washington, D.C. (Washington Blade); Boston (Bay Windows); Philadelphia (Philadelphia Gay News); Detroit (Between the Lines); Chicago (Windy City Times); Dallas (Dallas Voice), Los Angeles (LA Blade), San Francisco (Bay Area Reporter), Atlanta (Georgia Voice), Ft. Lauderdale (SFGN) and Orlando (Watermark).
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 255,000 members, more than $4 billion in assets, and 850 employees.
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MSUFCU's Executive Vice President Honored as Professional of the Year
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce that its Executive Vice President of Member Services, Lea Ammerman, was awarded the Professional of the Year Award by the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions. Ammerman was recognized at NAFCU’s 51st Annual Conference and Solutions Expo on June 20, 2018.
“Lea is dedicated to constant improvement, executing strategies and initiatives to benefit our members,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “She works tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of our members and our employees.”
Ammerman leads the member-facing areas of MSUFCU, including 18 branches, Call Center, eServices, and Specialty Accounts. She has played a crucial role in implementing a modern, open concept layout for branches and saving members more than $50 million in interest since 2013, among other enhancements and innovations to the Credit Union’s member service.
“I am honored to receive NAFCU’s Professional of the Year Award,” said Ammerman. “My passion for MSUFCU and the Credit Union philosophy of people helping people is instrumental in every project I lead and every interaction I have with members and employees. It is our mission and my guiding focus to provide superior service to members, and I am grateful to work among such dedicated employees who share that same vision.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 255,000 members, more than $4 billion in assets, and 850 employees.
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MSUFCU Celebrates Students with Stand Out Student Scholarship
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) awarded a $500 Stand Out Student Scholarship to Scott Thomas from Grand Ledge High School on June 15, 2018. MSUFCU, in partnership with WILX, created the Stand Out Student of the Week, honoring students who have achieved academic excellence.
Each week, a student was selected as the Stand Out Student and offered the opportunity to then apply for MSUFCU’s Stand Out Student Scholarship. Those students completed applications on MSUFCU’s website and must have had a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher, be a member of MSUFCU, written an essay on why financial education is important, and provided a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school advisor to be eligible to receive the scholarship.
“We are proud to recognize these students for their academic achievements and help support them as they continue to learn and grow,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU’s Chief Community Development Officer. “MSUFCU’s mission is to help members achieve financial security, and ultimately, their dreams, and we will be there every step of the way, especially to help them enhance their financial literacy.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 255,000 members, more than $4 billion in assets, and 850 employees.
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MSUFCU Announces New Youth Accounts and Online Youth Store
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce the recent release of its new youth accounts and digital Youth Store. The new youth account structure is designed to better engage and educate MSUFCU’s youth members based on their interests and financial literacy.
Previously, MSUFCU offered three youth accounts: Sweet Pea (ages 0-4), Dollar Dog (ages 5-12), and Cha-ching (ages 13-17). The Credit Union now offers five youth accounts targeting smaller age groups: Sweet Pea (ages 0-2), Dollar Dog (ages 3-6), Cyber Saver (ages 7-10), Money Club (ages 11-13), and CU Succeed (ages 14-17).
The online Youth Store will replace MSUFCU’s Dollar Dog Store that was previously only offered to Dollar Dog members ages 5-12 who earned and redeemed their coins for prizes at branches. Now, all youth members will receive one virtual coin for every $10 deposited into their accounts, whether the deposit is made at a branch, an ATM, via eDeposit, or by mail. Members can then redeem the coins for fun and exciting prizes via ComputerLine (MSUFCU’s online banking system) in the digital Youth Store.
“We’re excited to enhance our youth account options, as we are committed to helping our young members acquire greater financial independence,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The new structure gives us an opportunity to build stronger relationships with our young members and will help them learn positive financial habits. By offering the new online Youth Store, we can also reward our youth members for saving money, keeping them excited about their financial futures.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 255,000 members, more than $4 billion in assets, and 850 employees.
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MSUFCU to Host Peckham's Art from the Heart Exhibit
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) will partner with the Peckham Community Partnership Foundation to host the 2018 Art from the Heart exhibit from May 15 – June 14, 2018. The Art from the Heart program provides professional, individualized instruction in the visual arts to artists with significant disabilities and other barriers to employment.
Community members and media representatives are invited to attend the opening reception at MSUFCU Headquarters located at 3777 West Road in East Lansing, on Tuesday, May 15, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Attendees can enjoy refreshments, meet the artists, and purchase artwork that will be on display. The exhibit will also be available for viewing during MSUFCU’s normal business hours until June 14, 2018.
Peckham Inc. is a nonprofit community vocational rehabilitation organization that values quality, diversity, and performance. MSUFCU helps support Peckham’s programs via financial education and its involvement in events such as Art from the Heart.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 255,000 members, more than $4 billion in assets, and 850 employees.
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MSUFCU Ranks Highly in Consumer Reports' Credit Union Survey
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has ranked highest among 70 credit unions throughout the nation in Consumer Reports’ 2017 Banking Survey, with an overall reader score of 96 out of 100.
Consumer Reports sent the survey to its members asking questions about their credit unions’ customer service, website usefulness, ease of online transactions, convenience of hours and locations, and wait times. Overall ratings were based on the responses of 16,455 Consumer Reports members. MSUFCU was the only credit union to receive superior rankings in all six categories.
“Our top priority is to provide superior service to our over 250,000 members worldwide,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO. “We do this not only through in-person interactions, but also by offering a robust mobile banking app, free services such as bill payment and eDeposit, and a leading-edge fraud monitoring program that protects our members and their accounts. Additionally, we offer extended hours in our branches, call center, and eServices department, so that members can speak with us in the ways they feel comfortable at times convenient for their schedules.”
MSUFCU has made several recent enhancements to its service offerings, all focusing on the specific needs of members. These include: remodeling three branches with an open model where members can speak to one representative to complete their personal and business financial needs; redesigning its website to optimize users’ experiences and navigation while researching Credit Union products and services; improving and adding online account and mobile app services, providing members with more control over their accounts no matter where they are; and hosting unique events on specialized topics so members can achieve greater financial capacity from a reliable source.
April added, “our mission and values focus on providing superior service to our members, and ultimately helping them achieve their dreams. Our employees are committed to helping members achieve financial success with each and every interaction.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association and fifth in nation for youth financial education in 2016 by the National Youth Involvement Board. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 250,000 members, more than $3.8 billion in assets, and 850 employees.
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MSUFCU Achieves Milestone: Reaches $4 Billion in Assets
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is excited to announce that it has reached $4 billion in assets, as of March 31, 2018. This milestone is accompanied by year over year loan growth of over 19%, member growth of nearly 9%, and asset growth of 13%.
In 2017, the Credit Union celebrated its 80th anniversary, grand opening of a second building on its headquarters campus, hiring of an 800th employee, renovations at three branch locations, and grand opening of a new branch location in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“Our tremendous growth is due to the support of our members, dedication of our employees, and strength of our community,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “Our success is made possible because of those who support us, and we will continue to serve them with superior service, secure and convenient account access, innovative products and services, and philanthropic support for organizations that help make our communities places we are proud to live and work.”
Looking forward, MSUFCU plans to open two branches in the metro-Detroit area, rebrand its youth accounts, and continue to offer products and services that best suit the needs of its members.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 255,000 members, more than $4 billion in assets, and 850 employees.
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MSUFCU Recognized by Visa for Innovative Use of Its Products
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is honored to announce that the Visa Debit Processing Services (DPS) Client Achievement Awards recognized the organization for its collaboration and implementation of innovative Visa services for members, winning the Overall Portfolio Excellence category in the client showcase.
MSUFCU partnered with Visa DPS to add protection and convenience to its suite of fraud monitoring services with Visa Card Lock and Mobile Location Confirmation. Visa Card Lock allows members to lock or unlock their cards from their online accounts. This offers members control over their cards and additional account safety, as they can lock their cards to prevent fraudulent purchases and easily unlock cards when they are ready to use them again. Mobile Location Confirmation compares the location of members’ mobile devices to the location of transactions made with their Visa Debit and Credit Cards. By enrolling in this service, members share their mobile devices’ locations with MSUFCU and Visa so that it can be factored into Visa’s transaction approval process and potentially decline transactions made in a location that differs from where the devices are.
“We have a highly mobile membership. Knowing the lifestyles of our members, we wanted to offer a service that gave them more control, with minimal disruption,” said Nicole Dilts, MSUFCU’s Assistant Vice President of Payment Systems. “These new features work to our members’ advantages, providing them convenience, simplicity, and confidence that their accounts are protected.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 250,000 members, nearly $4 billion in assets, and 850 employees.
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Davis, MSUFCU CMO, Honored with Top Marketing Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Deidre Davis, Chief Marketing Officer of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), received the 2018 Marketing Professional of the Year award from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing & Business Development Council. Ms. Davis was honored with this award during the Recognition Dinner and Awards on March 13, 2018.
The Marketing Professional of the Year Award celebrates individuals who exemplify excellence in credit union marketing and are dedicated to benefiting members, supporting communities, and advancing the ideals of the credit union movement.
“This award is a testament to the creative talent, skill, and vision Deidre contributes to the success of the Credit Union,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “Her marketing efforts and strategic foresight demonstrate her commitment to our members and community through the mission and core values.”
In the last year, under Ms. Davis’ leadership, the marketing and communications department of MSUFCU created numerous innovative programs and initiatives designed to meet and exceed business objectives, including: a first-time homebuyers’ mixer, an Amazon Prime Day promotion, an event celebrating the Credit Union’s 80th anniversary and the grand opening of its newest headquarters building, and several other unique promotions that connected members with the products and services that help them achieve their dreams.
“I am honored to have been selected as Marketing Professional of the Year by CUNA,” said Davis. “My primary objective, through our marketing and communication efforts, is tell MSUFCU’s story — to explain how we can help members — and potential members — achieve financial success, and ultimately, their dreams. I am incredibly fortunate to be part of the Credit Union movement, and am thankful to work in an industry I am truly passionate about.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association and fifth in nation for youth financial education in 2016 by the National Youth Involvement Board. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 250,000 members, more than $3.85 billion in assets, and 850 employees.
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MSUFCU CFO Receives Inaugural Great Place to Work® For All Leadership Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Sara Dolan, Chief Financial Officer of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), received the Great Place to Work For® All Leadership Award, recognizing women leaders from companies in FORTUNE’s annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For and Best Workplaces for Women. Winners were honored at a gala dinner on March 7, 2018 during Women’s History Month.
“Sara leads with confidence and is dedicated to the Credit Union: both its members and its employees,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s CEO/President. “She has played an instrumental role in our growth through her leadership, innovation, and commitment, and she continues to help propel us towards a promising future.”
Employee development is a core focus for Dolan, shown in interactions between her and her teams and unique projects she has spearheaded at the organization. In 2017, Dolan created the Ignite Innovation Competition, an incentive program inviting employees to submit strategic project proposals to help the Credit Union enhance its products, services, and processes to meet business objectives. She has also executed strategies aimed to create more efficient workflows for employees, enhancing their work experiences.
“I am humbled to be recognized among such dedicated and passionate women leaders in the nation,” said Dolan. “Throughout my career, colleagues, friends, and family have empowered me to lead passionately and to honor my community. Understanding how these connections created an environment of opportunity for me, I hope to instill that same support in all with whom I interact.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. Last year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association and fifth in nation for youth financial education in 2016 by the National Youth Involvement Board. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 250,000 members, more than $3.85 billion in assets, and 850 employees.
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MSUFCU Donates $100K to Lansing Promise
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) announced a $100,000 donation to Lansing Promise, presenting a check on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at its Headquarters campus.
The Lansing Promise is a scholarship program providing access to place-based tuition assistance for all eligible high school graduates or GED recipients living and schooling within the Lansing School District boundaries. By reducing financial barriers to college and career training after high school, the Promise is changing outcomes for an entire generation.
“This donation is an investment in our community and in the Lansing Promise scholars to help them achieve their dreams,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “With local businesses supporting Lansing Promise through not only monetary donations but also mentorships, internships, and employment, we are all helping to build a brighter and more vibrant community.”
Promise scholars are eligible to receive tuition assistance over a four-year window to complete their associate’s degree, become certified in a skilled or professional trade at Lansing Community College, or receive an award of $6,500 toward their first two years at Michigan State University or Olivet College. Since 2012, more than 750 Promise Scholars have set foot in a collegiate classroom and have earned more than 120 degrees and certificates.
“Lansing Promise imagines a community that allows kids to lean in and achieve their dreams with access to education,” said Justin Sheehan, Lansing Promise’s Executive Director. “Together, with partners like MSUFCU, we are creating the conditions for success to occur. We believe in our children, knowing that education can change lives.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association and fifth in nation for youth financial education in 2016 by the National Youth Involvement Board. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, nearly 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Raises Funds for Children's Grief Awareness Month
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union launched a unique promotion to honor Children’s Grief Awareness Month in November by donating a penny to Ele’s Place every time a Credit Union member used his or her MSUFCU credit or debit card. In total, MSUFCU donated $4,990.01 to Ele’s Place, presenting a check on December 12, 2017.
Through the It All Adds Up promotion, members opted-in to participate through their online accounts in MSUFCU’s mobile app or ComputerLine, the Credit Union’s online banking service. Each time an enrolled member used his or her MSUFCU credit or debit card, the Credit Union added a penny to the total donation amount. The promotion ran throughout the month of November.
“Our It All Adds Up promotion invited our members to be a part of an initiative to support Ele’s Place during Grief Awareness Month by doing something that everyone could easily be a part of,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “As a credit union, we operate within the founding principle of ‘people helping people’ and this promotion showcases how as little as a penny can make a difference and how our members, by making every day purchases, are truly helping others.”
Ele’s Place is a healing center for grieving children and teens. Four locations support families throughout the Lansing, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and Flint areas and beyond. Each week, peer support group programs help hundreds of children, ages 3–18, learn how to cope and begin to heal after the death of a parent, sibling, or other loved one.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association and fifth in nation for youth financial education in 2016 by the National Youth Involvement Board. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, nearly 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.
MSUFCU Recognizes Growth and Development with Additional Management Promotions
EAST LANSING, Mich. — April Clobes, President/CEO of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce the promotions of five employees to management positions: Vicky Huhn, Call Center Manager; Lauren Kotlarczyk, Community Development Manager; Liam Petraska, Web and Mobile Development Manager; Liliana Torres, Call Center Manager; and Mary Beth Vandenberg, Branch Manager.
“Each of these managers has exemplified exceptional development and skills, and we are confident that their continued leadership will positively benefit the organization, the employees, and our members,” said Ms. Clobes.
Ms. Huhn started at MSUFCU in 2013 in our branch network. As a Call Center Manager, she mentors and develops employees who provide superior service to members. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies and Psychology.
Ms. Kotlarczyk joined MSUFCU in 2009 as a student intern. In her current role, she helps facilitate community involvement efforts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing from Michigan State University.
Mr. Petraska started in 2016 as a Web Developer in the Web and Mobile Development department, where he is currently a manager. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications from Michigan State University.
Joining the Credit Union in 2015, Ms. Torres supports the daily operations of the Call Center and helps employees achieve their professional goals. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Michigan State University.
Ms. Vandenberg serves as a Branch Manager in the Downtown Lansing and Sparrow locations and has worked for MSUFCU since August 2017. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rosary College.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association and fifth in nation for youth financial education in 2016 by the National Youth Involvement Board. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Encourages Employee Development Through Assistant Manager Promotions
EAST LANSING, Mich. — April Clobes, President/CEO of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce the promotions of Rico Javier to Assistant Branch Manager of the Downtown Lansing and Sparrow branches and Paul Thelen to Assistant Branch Manager of the East Lansing and Union branches.
“From the first day of employment, we hope to nurture employees’ professional growth and development,” said Ms. Clobes. “The promotions of Mr. Javier and Mr. Thelen to Assistant Manager positions are great examples of employees who began careers at the Credit Union who took advantage of our many development opportunities, leading to their current positions and numerous contributions to our organization and members.”
Mr. Javier joined MSUFCU in 2013, serving members in the eServices Department for three years and entering into the Management Development program to the gain experience and skills necessary to succeed on a management level. As an Assistant Branch Manager, he supports the teams at the Downtown Lansing and Sparrow branches as they provide superior service to members. Mr. Javier received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Kalamazoo College and has coached recreational youth basketball in East Lansing outside of the Credit Union.
Mr. Thelen has worked at MSUFCU since 2013, holding positions in the branch network and Call Center. In his current role at the East Lansing and Union branch locations, he helps branch employees reach their professional goals and continue development, increase operational efficiency at the branches, and builds and fosters relationships with members through education and superior service. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Northwood University, studying Advertising, Marketing, and Management.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association and fifth in nation for youth financial education in 2016 by the National Youth Involvement Board. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, nearly 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.
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MSUFCU President/CEO Receives Honorary Alumni Award from Oakland University
EAST LANSING, Mich. — OU Credit Union, a trade name of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), is pleased to announce the selection of April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO, as the recipient of the 2017 Oakland University Honorary Alumni Award. Ms. Clobes was honored at the Alumni Awards Banquet in October 2017.
The Honorary Alumni Award recognizes an individual who did not graduate from Oakland University but who has provided outstanding service to the university.
“I am honored to be recognized among such esteemed alumni and to join the prestigious group of honorary alumni award winners,” said Ms. Clobes. “Oakland University consistently demonstrates their commitment to innovation and continues to deliver quality education and experiences to its students and the community, and I am grateful to help OU student achieve their dreams through my service to the University.”
Oakland Unviersity began in 1957 as Michigan State University - Oakland and has since grown to a student-centered, doctoral research institution with a global perspective. Students receive a distinct educational experience with opportunities to engage more deeply with their peers, faculty and staff, and academic experiences.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. In 2016, the Credit Union was named the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press and one of Fortune magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads as well as ranked fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. MSUFCU also was named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. This year, MSUFCU was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, nearly 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.
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OU Credit Union Makes $1 Million gift to Support International Education
EAST LANSING, Mich. — OU Credit Union, a trade name of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has announced a $1 Million donation to Oakland University over the next five years, supporting students who participate in study abroad and international educational opportunities.
OU Credit Union’s President/CEO, April Clobes, and Chief Financial Officer, Sara Dolan, presented the donation at an Oakland University Board of Trustees meeting on December 11, 2017.
“International education advances students’ learning by broadening their life experiences and personal connections — a competitive quality when entering the workforce,” said Clobes. “Our donation will bring this opportunity to more students looking to enrich their academic, professional, and personal experiences with a global perspective.”
OU Credit Union has been the official credit union of Oakland University since 2013, but the partnership between the University and Credit Union existed long before then when Michigan State University formed the establishment as Michigan State University – Oakland in 1957. Today, OU Credit Union has two branches on and adjacent to campus and provides annual scholarships, sponsorships, community involvement, and financial education to the students, faculty, staff, and community members of the Oakland area.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association and fifth in nation for youth financial education in 2016 by the National Youth Involvement Board. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, nearly 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Recognizes Growth and Development Through Several Management Promotions
EAST LANSING, Mich. — April Clobes, President/CEO of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce the promotions of five employees to management positions: Erika Fussman, Compliance Manager; Seth Kissling, Indirect Lending Manager; Erin Olin, Payment Services Manager; Jeff Skeans, eServices Manager; and Jamie Smathers, Loss Prevention Manager.
“Each of these managers has exemplified exceptional development and skills, and we are confident that their continued leadership will positively benefit the organization, the employees, and our members,” said Ms. Clobes.
Ms. Fussman joined MSUFCU in 2011. She now oversees Compliance, Bank Secrecy Act, and Quality Control, mitigating risk to the Credit Union and members. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing from Central Michigan University.
Joining MSUFCU in 2015, Mr. Kissling helps employees working with lending partners to fund and service loans and leases. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance from Liberty University.
Ms. Olin has worked at MSUFCU since 2011, working in Payment Services for nearly five years before transitioning to her current management role. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northwood University and holds an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) certification.
Mr. Skeans joined MSUFCU in 2013. In his current role, he coaches employees who assist members via eMessage and Live Chat. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management from Albion University.
Ms. Smathers began at the Credit Union in 2015. Currently, she oversees Loss Prevention, serving members experiencing hardships. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology from Michigan State University.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the fourth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association and fifth in nation for youth financial education in 2016 by the National Youth Involvement Board. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, nearly 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Encourages Healthy Living for Employees
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is proud to announce it has been recognized with a Best and Brightest in Wellness award and was celebrated at this year’s Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness event on October 20, 2017.
MSUFCU knows the value of encouraging healthy lifestyles with its more than 800 employees and implemented an internal wellness program: CU Healthy. Promoting optimal wellness creates a stronger workplace community where employees engage more deeply with one another, the organization, and nearly 250,000 members.
“Throughout the year, we actively support employees’ health and wellness through an incentive program, local 5K races, healthy competitions, and more,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “We encourage these wellness initiatives to help our employees achieve sound minds and bodies at work and beyond.”
Each month, CU Healthy sponsors local 5K races and offers employees complimentary registrations, hosts quarterly wellness challenges, and partners with Sparrow to offer a wellness tracking program where employees can receive cash incentives each quarter for their participation.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the sixth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association and fifth in nation for youth financial education in 2016 by the National Youth Involvement Board. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, nearly 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.
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MSUFCU President/CEO Receives 2017 Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — April Clobes, President/CEO of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), is honored as the 2017 ATHENA Award recipient from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Clobes will be recognized at the annual ATHENA Award Luncheon on Thursday, December 7. The Luncheon will take place 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.
The ATHENA Award honors women and men who strive towards the highest levels of professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen fields, have devoted time and energy to their communities, and who pave paths for other women to follow. The award celebrates the potential of all women as leaders in the community and recognizes those who support them.
Ms. Clobes regularly meets with female business students at MSU to provide mentoring opportunities as well as
assists the women who work with her at the Credit Union in their professional development through direct mentorship programs and frequent town hall meetings. She is also actively involved in creating a stronger community by serving on the Lansing Chamber of Commerce Board and eight other boards, including serving as president of the MSU Wharton Center Advisory Council.
“I am honored to be included among such esteemed past recipients of the ATHENA Award. The support and encouragement I have received from colleagues, mentors, family, and friends alike has been instrumental to my professional and personal development,” said Ms. Clobes. “Those meaningful relationships are why I work to mentor other women and strengthen our community, understanding that we all achieve success together.”
The ATHENA Award was created by former Lansing Chamber President Martha Mertz in 1982 and has since spread around the world. More than 6,000 awards have been presented in over 500 communities in the United States, Canada, China, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. This year, the Credit Union was named the #5 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking in second place for the National Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award in 2017 by the Credit Union National Association and fifth in nation for youth financial education in 2016 by the National Youth Involvement Board. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, nearly 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Pays It Forward in the Community
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) employees performed random acts of kindness to pay it forward in the community the week of November 12-17, 2017. A total of 93 employees reached 210 hours of community service to celebrate the Credit Union’s 80th anniversary on November 15.
Since 2012, MSUFCU has held an annual Pay It Forward week to celebrate the Credit Union’s continued growth and thank loyal members and the community. This year marks a significant milestone as the Credit Union reached 80 years of serving those in the community to build more secure financial futures and achieve dreams. MSUFCU’s success and growth is the result of unyielding support from members and community members, and Pay It Forward week is one way to show gratitude, spread kindness, and build a stronger community.
Employees set out in the Greater Lansing and Oakland County areas, visiting local establishments to give out free gift cards, purchase food and beverages for restaurant and coffee shop patrons, and deliver supplies to Footprints of Michigan and the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Some organizations and businesses benefiting from Pay it Forward this year include The Firecracker Foundation, Capital Area Humane Society, March of Dimes, Many Hands, Union Food Court, and more.
“The growth and success that we have experienced started and continues with our community and its support,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “We began 80 years ago with a mission to help our members achieve financial success. I am proud that we have remained true to our mission and of how our employees reflect our mission in their daily interactions with members.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. This year, the Credit Union was named the #5 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking in second place for the National Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award in 2017 by the Credit Union National Association and fifth in nation for youth financial education in 2016 by the National Youth Involvement Board. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, nearly 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Appoints Two New Assistant Vice Presidents
EAST LANSING, Mich. — April Clobes, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce the promotions of Meredith Crowl to Assistant Vice President of Business Solutions and HelpDesk and Nicole Dilts to Assistant Vice President of Payment Systems.
“Ms. Crowl and Ms. Dilts bring a wealth of knowledge gained both from their time at the Credit Union and experiences beyond the organization,” said Ms. Clobes. “I look forward to the contributions they will make as we expand our product offerings and enhance the service we provide to members.”
Ms. Crowl joined the Credit Union in April 2014 as a Network Systems Assistant Manager and worked as a HelpDesk Manager since 2015. As the Assistant Vice President of Business Solutions and HelpDesk, she works with business units to provide technology solutions, enhance employee tasks, and increase member-service efficiency. She received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Olivet Nazarene University and volunteers for Camp Barakel and her church.
Ms. Dilts has worked at MSUFCU since 2009, serving as a Payment Services Manager for six years. She oversees the Credit Union’s Card and Payment Services Departments, creating and maintaining a vision for both areas, while managing various payment-related projects. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Michigan State University, an MBA from Northwood University, and earned an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) certification. Beyond the Credit Union, she serves on the Regional Payments Association Committee and Board, coaches youth sports for DeWitt Area Recreation Authority, and served as Treasurer of the Alfa Foundation.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. In 2016, the Credit Union was named the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press and one of Fortune magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads as well as ranked fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. MSUFCU also was named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. This year, MSUFCU was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, nearly 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Named as Top Workplace in Detroit Free Press
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is proud to announce that it has been named as a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for the sixth consecutive year.
To be considered for a Top Workplace recognition, MSUFCU employees participated in an anonymous survey administered by the Detroit Free Press, measuring employees’ experiences and feelings about the organization. Supplementing survey responses, the Credit Union also submitted a comprehensive report detailing employee demographics, culture, and programs.
“Fulfilling our mission and core values to serve members and build stronger communities begins with our employees,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “We provide an engaging work environment, a culture through which they can connect with one another, and internal resources with which they can learn and grow, helping to empower employees to make the best decisions possible to serve our members.
Internal engagement programs include an organization-wide wellness incentive program, a skills development course offered to all employee levels, frequent town hall meetings with executives, an internal social media platform to connect amidst expansive geographical growth, and more.
MSUFCU has been honored as a Top Workplace since 2012, and has placed in the top five workplaces for the large workplace category every year since 2014.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. In 2016, the Credit Union was named the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press and one of Fortune magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads as well as ranked fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. MSUFCU also was named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. This year, MSUFCU was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, nearly 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Honored as Second Place National Winner in Adult Financial Education
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is honored to announce that it has received second place recognition in the nation for the Alphonse Desjardins Financial Education Award in the Adult category, presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). In October, MSUFCU announced it had received first place in both the Desjardins Adult and Youth categories at the state level by the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) and would go on to compete against other state league winners for the national award.
MSUFCU believes that financial education and access to resources are two tools necessary for achieving financial security and dreams and relays this into every interaction between employees, members, and the community. All educational initiatives and events are free to the public and include: monthly financial education articles posted on Lansing State Journal’s website, in Capital Area Women’s Lifestyle Magazine and ING magazine, and on MSUFCU’s Financial 4.0 website for students; seminars on specialized topics such as estate planning and college tuition preparation for students; lunch and learn classes at various local employers; educational TV and radio snippets on MomsEveryday on WILX, Morning Blend on Fox 47, and Money Minutes on 96.5; and many more.
“Our financial education program for children and adults has expanded in the last several years, serving a critical need with educational services that are easy to access at any age,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “Seeing the community’s positive response to our educational seminars and events reinforces our mission as a credit union: to help our members succeed and reach their dreams.”
Though individuals may use money management skills every day, they do not always have an understanding of overall financial concepts or how to improve their financial standings. Because of this need, MSUFCU increased its number of seminars and events for youth and adults and engaged in various community partnerships to deliver these resources to all age groups, regardless of financial standing. Through interactive programs like in-school credit unions and our new Financial Reality fair, youth and adults in our community learn financial concepts and apply what they have learned through real life examples.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the fourth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking fifth in nation for youth financial education in 2016 by the National Youth Involvement Board. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, nearly 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Employee Investment Key to Its Success
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce that it has been ranked as a Training Top 125 by Training magazine for excellence in its employer-sponsored training and development programs. Winners in the Top 125 will be recognized at an awards gala on February 12, 2018.
MSUFCU has an extensive development program available to employees at any stage of their careers. Once hired, employees take a four-week training course to introduce them to the credit union philosophy and MSUFCU’s culture, mission, core values, products, and services. Each year, employees participate in development courses to refresh on the organization’s goals and offerings as well as learn about inclusion and safety and security. At any level of employment, employees can also take advantage of personal enrichment, leadership skills, and management development programs.
“We are extraordinarily proud of the dedication and passion in each and every one of our employees and are always looking for ways to provide resources and trainings to support them in their own growth and careers,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “Our extensive training program results in employees who are knowledgeable about our products and services and are excited to contribute to the overall goals of the organization.”
The Training Top 125 ranking assessed many aspects of employer-sponsored training programs, including: total training budget; percentage of payroll; number of training hours per employee program; goals, evaluation, measurement, and workplace surveys; hours of training per employee annually; and detailed formal programs.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. For the fourth year in a row, MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press. This year, it was also recognized as one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first in Michigan and second in the nation for the 2017 Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award by the Credit Union National Association and fifth in nation for youth financial education in 2016 by the National Youth Involvement Board. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, nearly 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Welcomed Community to New Building for 80th Anniversary Celebration
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) celebrated its 80th anniversary recently and welcomed members of the community to an event at the newly constructed second building on its headquarters campus.
Over 1,300 guests toured the new building; heard remarks from MSUFCU’s President/CEO April Clobes, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, MSUFCU’s Chair of the Board Bill Beekman, the building’s architect, and others; entered to win raffle prizes; enjoyed complimentary food and beverages; and visited Sparty.
The expansion of its Headquarters campus in East Lansing is part of the Credit Union’s long-term growth strategy to meet the demands of its growing membership. Membership at MSUFCU has increased an average of 8.5% annually, leading to increased hiring and adding many jobs to the local economy. The 186,350-square-foot building has three floors with a lower level and will house 564 employees over the next 10-12 years.
“In 80 years, the Credit Union grew from operating out of a single desk drawer in the physical plant on MSU’s campus to serving nearly 250,000 members worldwide,” said Ms. Clobes. “Our growth is the result of the support from members who enable us to build a stronger community, provide superior service, and make dreams into realities.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. This year, the Credit Union was named the #5 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking in second place for the National Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award in 2017 by the Credit Union National Association and fifth in nation for youth financial education in 2016 by the National Youth Involvement Board. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, nearly 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Hosts Free, Financial Education Seminar Series
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce the start of the 2017–2018 financial education seminar series on October 17, 2017. The free seminars are designed to prepare members and the community to navigate numerous financial situations. Credit Union employees and industry-specific experts present on a variety of topics including home buying, long term care planning, budgeting, and credit building.
The seminars are held at the Farm Lane Branch Community Room, as part of the Credit Union’s ongoing financial education program. The program provides in-class instruction and activities to community members throughout the Greater Lansing area. By continuing to host financial education seminars, the Credit Union demonstrates its commitment to providing services and tools for a positive financial future.
This year, the Credit Union will continue to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association to address financial and legal concerns associated with long-term caregiving. Volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Association will help educate attendees about the stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Additionally, they will learn the steps of taking responsibility for health care decisions and managing money for a loved one.
“We’re excited to present our 2017–2018 financial education seminar series. These events demonstrate our dedication to educating our members and the community about a variety of financial topics,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “By providing learning opportunities such as these, we help connect community members with the tools and resources for a positive financial future, ultimately making our entire community stronger.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. In 2016, the Credit Union was named the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press and one of Fortune magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads as well as ranked fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. MSUFCU also was named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. This year, MSUFCU was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, nearly 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.
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Great Place to Work and FORTUNE Name MSUFCU One of the Best Workplaces for Women
EAST LANSING, Mich. — It takes the hard work of each and every employee at MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) to deliver the outstanding service our members deserve. We offer a supportive and equitable place to build a career and are extraordinarily proud to announce that Great Place to Work and FORTUNE have named MSUFCU one of the country’s Best Workplaces for Women.
The list considered more than 400,000 employee surveys from hundreds of businesses in all sectors of the economy and ranked the top 100. The ranking gauged women’s assessment of their organizations’ culture, leadership, fairness, and other elements essential for a great workplace. MSUFCU came in 59th on the list.
“Our success depends on developing the full potential of our employees,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “That’s why we offer an intensive mentoring program, tuition reimbursement, flexible scheduling to meet the unique needs of each employee, and a transparent process for raises and promotions.”
Research from Great Place to Work has shown that women are five times more likely to plan a long-term future with their employers when they are treated as full members of the team, regardless of position. The Best Workplaces for Women also set themselves apart from competitors in other important ways: 95 percent of women at these organizations describe them as friendly and say they’re proud to tell others where they work.
"The Best Workplaces for Women deserve recognition for crafting environments where men and women alike can bring their best selves to work each day,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work.
The Best Workplaces for Women is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. In 2016, the Credit Union was named the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press and one of Fortune magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads as well as ranked fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. MSUFCU also was named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. This year, MSUFCU was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, nearly 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Wins Alphonse Desjardins Financial Education Awards
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) believes that financial education and access to resources are two tools necessary for achieving life security and dreams. Providing financial education is part of our core purpose, and we are proud to be recognized by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) as first-place winners of the Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards for $1 Billion in assets and over category.
Though individuals may use money management skills every day, they do not always have an understanding of overall financial concepts or how to improve their financial standings. Because of this need, MSUFCU increased its number of seminars and events for youth and adults and engaged in various community partnerships to deliver these resources to all age groups regardless of financial standing. Through interactive programs like in-school credit unions and our new Financial Reality fair, youth and adults in our community learn financial concepts and apply what they have learned through real life examples.
“Educating our members and those in the community empowers those individuals to achieve financial self-sufficiency, stability, and happiness,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU’s Chief Community Development Officer. “The goal of our financial education program is to actively engage the community, no matter what age, in discussions about their finances and making responsible financial decisions, building stronger individuals, communities, and economies.”
As a state-level CUNA Award winner, MSUFCU will go on to compete against other state league winners for a CUNA National Award. CUNA National Award winners will be announced at the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference in February 2018.
“Part of the credit union social mission is to give back to people and communities in imaginative and generous ways,” said MCUL CEO Dave Adams. “Yet, after all these years, it still never fails to amaze just how much imagination and generosity comes out of our member credit unions. We’re very proud of Michigan’s award-winners and wish them luck in the national competition.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. In 2016, the Credit Union was named the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press and one of Fortune magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads as well as ranked fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. MSUFCU also was named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. This year, MSUFCU was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 240,000 members, more than $3.65 billion in assets, and nearly 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Supports Job Growth in the Community
EAST LANSING, Mich. — To continue meeting the needs of its growing membership, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) hired its 800th employee on October 2, 2017. MSUFCU now has over 800 total employees, including full- and part-time employees who work in greater Lansing and in their Grand Rapids and Metro Detroit branches.
Ten years ago, MSUFCU employed 330. Now with 18 branches, two buildings on Headquarters campus, and the Financial Innovation and Education Center (FIEC) across from Michigan State University’s campus, the Credit Union has significantly expanded its geographical presence throughout the state of Michigan. Amidst its growth, MSUFCU continues to enhance its ability to serve members worldwide with convenient remote services and internal department structures to provide members with superior service.
“Our tremendous growth has provided an exciting opportunity to develop new and innovative ways to maintain our family-like employee-to-employee connections, culture, and unparalleled service to members,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “Our mission is to provide superior service to our members, and each of our 800 exceptional and motivated employees makes that possible on a daily basis.”
Every employee completes an extensive and global training program when hired, regardless of position, to introduce him or her to the Credit Union’s core values, culture, goals, and operations. Understanding and believing in the organization’s goals are integral to how employees come together to serve members and achieve Credit Union-wide goals.
“We are proud to foster a positive and supportive work environment that retains current employees and members and attracts future prospects,” added Clobes.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. In 2016, the Credit Union was named the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press and one of Fortune magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads as well as ranked fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. MSUFCU also was named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. This year, MSUFCU was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, nearly 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Helps Members Achieve Financial Security with Education and Low Interest Rates
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has a singular reason: provide members with superior service, helping them achieve financial success and their dreams. With this as a guiding principle, we are pleased to announce that our members have saved over $50 million in interest by refinancing high-rate debt from other financial institutions to MSUFCU since 2013.
“Our mission at MSUFCU is to help members achieve financial security and, ultimately, their dreams,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Helping members save over $50 million in loan interest creates opportunities for financial freedom, allowing our members to realize their goals, financial or otherwise.”
MSUFCU consistently educates members about interest rates and how they can save money by refinancing high interest rate loans held at other financial institutions. These conversations between Credit Union employees and members serve to teach members about the total costs of loans: the total amount they pay for loans, including the interest associated with them. With high interest rate loans, members may have been burdened by high monthly payments. After refinancing with MSUFCU, members can use that extra money to pay off other debt, build up their savings, or make purchases they may not have been able to make otherwise.
Members of MSUFCU benefit from both our low interest rates and superior service. The Credit Union’s success is a testament to the support of our members, and helping them build dreams is one way we serve members and create financially secure lives.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. In 2016, the Credit Union was named the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press and one of Fortune magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads as well as ranked fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. MSUFCU also was named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. This year, MSUFCU was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, over 240,000 members, more than $3.65 billion in assets, and nearly 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Announces $5.5 Million Gift to Michigan State University
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) announces a $5.5 million donation to Michigan State University (MSU) to support ten university programs over the course of five years. Each year, $1.1 million will be donated to support: Broad Art Museum, College of Arts and Letters, College of Business, College of Communications Arts and Sciences, College of Music, College of Social Science, Residential College in Arts and Humanities, Science Gallery, Wharton Center, and WKAR.
With this donation, the university will continue to enhance the services and education they provide to students and provide arts and cultural enrichment for faculty, staff, and community members.
“We are proud to support the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Michigan State University, as these individuals are our members,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “We were founded by MSU faculty and staff and by supporting the growth and development of these 10 programs, we can help support those faculty, staff, students, and alumni that have supported us with their membership while strengthening our community.”
Giving back to the community is one of MSUFCU’s core values, and this gift will help strengthen the campus and surrounding community while also empowering students with increased knowledge and engagement who will eventually pass those experiences onto different communities as they graduate and transition to the next steps in their careers.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU professors, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 235,000 members, more than $3.56 billion in assets, and over 750 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. In 2017, the Credit Union was named as Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League.
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MSUFCU Named 2017 Economic Bright Spot
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is proud to announce that it has been named as a 2017 Michigan Economic Bright Spot by Corp! Magazine.
MSUFCU was awarded this honor in the Large Business category for its continued operational expansion and contributions to Michigan’s overall economic growth through hiring and retaining Michigan talent and helping drive forward the state’s economy and business profile.
“We are honored to be named a 2017 Michigan Economic Bright Spot,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “As we continue to grow, we maintain our dedication to our members and the communities that have supported our development and helped shape our organization. Furthermore, we are pleased to contribute to making Michigan a vibrant place to live and work and look forward to future growth opportunities.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. In 2016, the Credit Union was named the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press and one of Fortune magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads as well as ranked fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. MSUFCU also was named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. This year, MSUFCU was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 238,000 members, and nearly 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Helps Children Cheer on the Spartans From the Sidelines
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), partnering with Michigan State University Athletics, is excited to announce the 2017 MSUFCU Kickoff Kids Contest, where a few lucky children will join the Spartans on the sidelines for each MSU home football game this season, running onto the field to retrieve the kicking tee after every kickoff.
From August 1, to November 10, parents and guardians of interested children between the ages of six and 11 can submit an entry form on MSUFCU’s website. Each winner will receive a sideline pass for the Kickoff Kid, two game day tickets (to be used by the parents/guardians), an MSU football jersey, and a parking pass. Children and their parents/guardians do not need to be members to win.
“We are happy to partner with MSU Athletics in the MSUFCU’s Kickoff Kids Contest for the ninth consecutive year,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The contest provides a memorable experience to children in our community, allowing them to be a part of the game and show their Spartan spirit right from the sidelines. Game days in East Lansing are an incredible showcase of community solidarity, and we enjoy providing a unique opportunity for children to participate in the fun.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. In 2016, the Credit Union was named the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press and one of Fortune magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads as well as ranked fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. MSUFCU also was named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. This year, MSUFCU was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 238,000 members, and nearly 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Donates $30,000 to Cancer Research
EAST LANSING, Mich. —MSUFCU is pleased to once again partner with The Aitch Foundation to help raise funds and awareness for early detection of hidden cancers at the recent Hidden Key Fashion Show. In its seventh year of hosting local celebrities wearing local fashions, the Hidden Key Fashion Show raised $69,863 toward its initiatives. The evening included silent and live auctions, the fashion show, research presentations, and an in-memoriam segment.
“We are so grateful for our partnership with MSUFCU because The Aitch Foundation would not be what it is today without it. Because of MSUFCU, we have been able to fund Aitch Fellowships at Michigan State University that expand cancer research for our communities and beyond. MSUFCU helps make our annual event, The Hidden Key Fashion Show, a wonderful experience for cancer warriors, attendees, and the young MSU PHD student researchers working hard to find a cure for this deadly disease,”said Lauren Aitch, the founder of The Aitch Foundation.
Additionally, MSUFCU is pleased to sponsor an Aitch Fellow for the second year. This year’s MSUFCU Aitch Fellow is Sean Misek, an MSU student conducting research into the early detection of hidden cancers. MSUFCU employees also helped create marketing materials and volunteered to clean up after the show.
“The Aitch Foundation is striving to create a world without cancer through awareness and research, and MSUFCU is proud to help support that goal,” said April Clobes, President/CEO at MSUFCU. “Each day, thousands of lives are affected by cancer and we hope that with our support and volunteerism, we can help to decrease that number.”
MSUFCU is a proud supporter of The Aitch Foundation, partnering with the Hidden Key Fashion Show since its inception in 2013, and plans to continue funding cancer research and awareness initiatives in the future.
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. In 2016, the Credit Union was named the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press and one of Fortune magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads as well as ranked fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. MSUFCU also was named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. This year, MSUFCU was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 238,000 members, and nearly 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Helps to Make the Community Greener
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) recently partnered with the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) and the City of East Lansing to plant 10 new trees at the East Lansing Aquatic Center and Softball Complex. The Credit Union donated $2,000 to help support MADA’s efforts in maintaining an environmentally friendly community.
During the event, eight MSUFCU employee volunteers planted Red Oak and Tulip Poplar trees, enhancing the community so that individuals are proud to live and work there. The new trees will help provide shade for East Lansing Aquatic Center and Softball Complex visitors.
The Credit Union has had an ongoing partnership with MADA, a coalition of organizations dedicated to celebrating Arbor Day and the important role trees play in community health and wellbeing, since 2013. Together, MSUFCU and MADA help provide 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.
“We are pleased to support the efforts of the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance for the fourth consecutive year,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “By planting trees to support the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, we are helping create a more vibrant community.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. In 2016, the Credit Union was named the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press and one of Fortune magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads as well as ranked fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. MSUFCU also was named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. This year, MSUFCU was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 238,000 members, and nearly 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Announced Gift to East Lansing Fire Department
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSUFCU announced a gift of $6,500 to the East Lansing Fire Department (ELFD), alongside a gift in the same amount from the Kiwanis Club of East Lansing, to fund the purchase of two new thermal imaging cameras. The donation was presented by April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO, and Michael Hudson, MSUFCU’s Board Member, on July 17, 2017 at Fire Station 1 on Abbot Road.
MSUFCU’s and Kiwanis Club’s donations also fund an orientation from the camera distributors to train firefighters on the equipment, two truck chargers, two extra batteries and a five-year full warranty on each camera and battery. With higher resolution images and an enhanced ability to locate hidden fires within structures and those who may be trapped, this new technology will provide invaluable support to the ELFD, benefitting the safety and efficiency of the firefighters who serve the community.
“We are proud to join the Kiwanis Club of East Lansing to help support the East Lansing Fire Department with these lifesaving resources,” said Clobes. “With the addition of this new equipment, our firefighters are now better equipped to protect the lives and infrastructure of our community.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. In 2016, the Credit Union was named the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press and one of Fortune magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads as well as ranked fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. MSUFCU also was named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. This year, MSUFCU was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 238,000 members, and nearly 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Releases Mobile App Updates
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce the recent release of updates to the MSUFCU Mobile app. The updates are designed to increase account accessibility and management. Mobile app users will now have access to three notable features: My Offers notifications, Total Balance Snapshot, and Transaction Details.
Through My Offers notifications, users are directly connected to relevant offers, community events, and member benefits. The Total Balance Snapshot enables members to effortlessly review their accounts, with a single click, expanding to display the member’s individual shares and loans, along with their respective balances. Additionally, Transaction Details is now accessible by tapping directly on card images or share/loan icons. This updated feature also allows users to rate and review Credit Union products.
“We’re excited about our latest MSUFCU Mobile app release, as it demonstrates our dedication to enhancing the services we provide to our members and the community,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The updates in the latest release provide members with a seamless experience in personalizing and managing their finances on the go; as well as opportunities to learn about the major benefits available to them as members.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. In 2016, the Credit Union was named the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press and one of Fortune magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads as well as ranked fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. MSUFCU also was named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. This year, MSUFCU was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 238,000 members, and nearly 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Encourages Members to Make Financially Savvy Decisions
EAST LANSING, Mich. – EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) provided members with an exciting chance to win $500 for using their MSUFCU Visa Debit or Credit Cards on Amazon Prime Day (July 11, 2017). 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.
Comparing Amazon’s 2016 Prime Day to its 2017 Prime Day, MSUFCU members’ purchases on Amazon with MSUFCU cards increased 59% for debit cards and 47% for credit cards, surpassing the promotion’s goals in both categories.
Current rates on MSUFCU’s Visa Credit Cards are as low as 8.9% APR, significantly lower than the national average. In addition to low rates, the cards have multiple benefits, including no annual fees, no application fees, no balance transfer fees, 1% cash back on all purchases, $0 fraud liability, and chip card technology for enhanced security. Through encouraging the use of MSUFCU cards with their included benefits, the Credit Union is helping members make financially-savvy purchases.
“We are committed to providing financial education to all of our members and helping each member manage his or her finances responsibly,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We know that our members use Amazon to make purchases and feel it is in the best interest of our members to encourage the use of our cards, due to the low APRs on credit cards and the financial education we provide at no cost to our members.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. In 2016, the Credit Union was named the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press and one of Fortune magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads as well as ranked fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. MSUFCU also was named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. This year, MSUFCU was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 238,000 members, and nearly 800 employees.
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MSUFCU Helps People and Animals Find Homes
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has partnered with the Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS) to offer the Get a Home, Give a Home promotion where individuals who apply and are approved for a new mortgage with the Credit Union between July 1 and August 31 receive a voucher for one free animal adoption through CAHS, paid for by MSUFCU.
MSUFCU is excited to offer this special promotion to those embarking on a new and exciting life stage, while also supporting the local community. Members have until October 31 to redeem the vouchers and will need to meet all CAHS adoption regulations. MSUFCU will make a donation equal to the adoption fee in the members’ names if they prefer not to adopt a new furry family member
“Capital Area Humane Society is one of our 2017 charity partners, and this promotion offers a new and unique way to fulfill our core value of giving back to the community,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Chief Marketing Officer. “While supporting the Humane Society and their impactful contributions to humans and animals alike, our Get a Home, Give a Home promotion also fulfills our mission of helping members achieve their dreams — be they financially-related or providing a forever home to a shelter animal.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU professors, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 240,000 members, more than $3.65 billion in assets, and almost 800 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. In 2017, the Credit Union was named as Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League.
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MSUFCU Receives HR & Organizational Development Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. – MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by theCredit Union National Association (CUNA) for the CUNA HR & Organizational Development Award for employee engagement. The MSUFCU Human Resources Department was honored with the award at the 23rd annual CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council Conference held April 19–22.
The CUNA HR & Organizational Development award recognizes and honors credit unions that exemplify excellence in human resources and company development. It also recognizes those who promote credit union philosophies through leadership. MSUFCU received this award for continuously excelling in professional ethics and contributing to the credit union movement. There were three aspects of human resources considered in this award including employee engagement, management practices, and innovative staff development.
“It was an honor to receive this award for our efforts regarding employee engagement,” said Silvia Dimma, MSUFCU’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “MSUFCU prides itself on creating a positive work environment and providing opportunities for all employees to grow, develop, and become successful leaders.”
MSU Federal Credit Union offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU professors, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 235,000 members, more than $3.5 billion in assets, and over 750 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces For New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. In 2017, the Credit Union was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League.
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MSUFCU's Sara Dolan Wins Professional of the Year Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is proud to announce that its Chief Financial Officer, Sara Dolan, was named Professional of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL). Dolan will be formally recognized at the Honor Awards Breakfast during MCUL and CU Solutions Group’s Annual Convention and Exposition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from June 7 to 10, 2017.
The Professional of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has been exceptionally supportive of the Michigan credit union movement over the past year. The recipient helps build an environment that supports collaboration and enhances teamwork in the organization. Dolan was selected for this award for her dedication to MSUFCU and exemplary work on various boards and committees, including the MCUL State and Federal Issues Working Group and the Volunteers of America Homeless No More Host Committee.
“I am honored to receive the MCUL Professional of the Year Award and proud to be a part of MSUFCU’s mission of helping members and employees achieve financial success, their goals, and ultimately, their dreams,” said Dolan. “This award is particularly meaningful to me as it is presented by the MCUL, whose mission of strengthening the credit union community while enriching the lives of its members is so closely aligned with that of MSUFCU.” “Sara’s commitment to the Credit Union, its members, and employees is evident through her hard work and exemplary dedication and leadership,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “She brings forward initiatives that are aligned with the strategic goals of the Credit Union and possesses a deep knowledge of the varied financial aspects of a multi-billion-dollar institution. In addition to her impressive financial acumen, Sara is a selfless leader dedicated to the development of others and very deserving of this recognition.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU professors, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 235,000 members, more than $3.56 billion in assets, and over 750 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. In 2017, the Credit Union was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League.
MSU Federal Credit Union Named 2017 Outstanding Credit Union of the Year
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is proud to announce that it has been named the 2017 Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL). MSUFCU was formally awarded at the Honor Awards Breakfast during MCUL and CU Solutions Group’s Annual Convention and Exposition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from June 10, 2017.
MSUFCU was selected as the winner of the large employer category based on its recent growth and community involvement in 2016. From opening two branches in the Clarkston area, to creating the Financial Innovation and Education Center near Michigan State University’s campus, the Credit Union grew significantly throughout the year. Additionally, the Credit Union gave back to the community through numerous financial education presentations, volunteer activities, and charitable giving initiatives.
“We are honored to receive the MCUL Outstanding Credit Union of the Year Award. Since 1937, we have been dedicated to the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people,’” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “Through providing superior service, creating a positive work environment, and giving back to the community, we have embodied our mission of helping employees and members achieve their financial goals and dreams.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU professors, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 235,000 members, more than $3.56 billion in assets, and over 750 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board.
MSUFCU's Whitney Anderson-Harrell Recognized with Greater Lansing ATHENA Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSUFCU is proud to announce that its Chief Community Development Officer, Whitney Anderson-Harrell, was selected as a recipient of the Greater Lansing ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, presented by the Lansing/East Lansing Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.
The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award recognizes an emerging woman leader who demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative in her business or profession; provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in her community; and clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally. Anderson-Harrell will be honored at the 7th Annual White Rose Gala on Friday, April 14, 2017, at the University Club of MSU.
Anderson-Harrell commented, “It’s humbling to be recognized for this award and all it represents. I am honored to help support the development of those within our community through mentoring and involvement initiatives and hope that I am able to positively impact others’ lives and contribute to making our community a better place to live and work.”
“I am proud of Whitney in her many accomplishments and achievements relating to this award,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “Whitney spends numerous hours in the community mentoring students and creating paths for future success, contributing to a better community for us all. She epitomizes the spirit of the ATHENA award.” The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the culture and economic survival of their community.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU professors, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 235,000 members, more than $3.56 billion in assets, and over 750 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. In 2017, the Credit Union was named as Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League.
MSU Federal Credit Union Donates $10K to CharlotteRising
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union committed $10,000 in support of the CharlotteRising program. CharlotteRising allows the community to focus on strategies to revitalize the downtown area as well as attract new residents, business investments, economic growth, and job creation. Part of the Michigan Main Street Program, CharlotteRising’s vision is to establish a formal and enduring collaborative force that catalyzes economic growth by revitalizing downtown, attracting development, leveraging public resources, facilitating Project Rising Tide, enabling affordable modern housing, connecting community assets, encouraging placemaking, and advancing the Michigan Main Street Program. The Michigan Main Street Center’s Select Level program is a five-year program designed to provide communities with intensive technical assistance and best practices to help build and revitalize downtown areas.
“The foundation of any organization is a strong supporter base,” said Joe E. Pray, President of CharlotteRising. “We are humbled to have such proud and vocal advocates for our community and our organization. It is the support of community members and businesses, like MSUFCU, that will help build upon our organization’s momentum and serve as the catalyst to Charlotte reaching its full potential.”
“We’re proud to support CharlotteRising and its initiatives, as it creates a better community and benefits our members and employees who live and work in Charlotte.,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “By supporting this program, we are living our core value of giving back to the community. We look forward to seeing this program develop further and the opportunities it will bring to the Charlotte community.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU professors, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 235,000 members, more than $3.56 billion in assets, and over 750 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. In 2017, the Credit Union was named as Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League.
MSUFCU Receives 2016 Company Volunteer of the Year Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. – MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the Capital Area United Way (CAUW) for the 2016 Company Volunteer of the Year award. Each year, CAUW recognizes a company that consistently and effectively encourages its employees to volunteer their time and talent in local communities. MSUFCU was recognized for its support of volunteerism and substantial impact on several nonprofit organizations throughout the year.
During 2016, MSUFCU employees raised over $194,000 for the CAUW and Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center, which helps heal and empower children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse. Employees also volunteered over 900 hours of time to help local organizations ranging from Volunteers of America and Capital Area Humane Society, to Girl Scouts and Junior Achievement.
“One of MSUFCU’s core values is giving back to the community, and we are excited to encourage our employees to volunteer and donate to local nonprofits,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “Each year the number of individuals we employ grows, allowing us to expand the time and resources we contribute. Our employees enjoy giving back and strengthening our community by helping families and individuals receive basic needs, help students achieve success in many areas, and ensuring families are secure, happy, and healthy.”
MSU Federal Credit Union offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU professors, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 235,000 members, more than $3.56 billion in assets, and over 750 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces For New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. In 2017, the Credit Union was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League.
MSUFCU Completes Renovations at Downtown and Sparrow Branch
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union recently completed renovations on its Downtown Lansing branch, located at 104 S. Washington Square in Lansing, Michigan, and its Sparrow branch within the Sparrow Professional Building at 1200 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing, Michigan.
Renovations to the Downtown Lansing and Sparrow branches were made to offer visitors a modern, streamlined look and layout in which they can complete their personal and business-related transactions. Rather than traditional teller lines, offices, and a reception desk, visitors are welcomed to a station, a one-on-one space where the visitor interacts directly with a Credit Union employee and can have all requests completed and questions answered without moving to another space or employee for additional services. The new, open layouts provide all the same features as the branches’ previous layout — such as card printing, account transactions, new accounts, loan applications, and more — with the convenience of accomplishing each step in one spot.
“The new branch layout engages members and helps foster relationships. The branches now better reflect the brand image and culture of the Credit Union, while also providing members with an enhanced experience each time they visit the Credit Union,” remarked April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO.
Similar renovations were also completed this year at MSUFCU’s Union branch in Michigan State University’s Union building and will be implemented in the upcoming Grand Rapids branch location.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU professors, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 235,000 members, more than $3.5 billion in assets, and over 750 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. In 2017, the Credit Union was named as Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League.
Winners announced for 2017 GreenLight Business Model Competition
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The GreenLight Business Model Competition, created by Spartan Innovations and MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), announced winners and awarded $100,000 in cash prizes for its 2017 competition on March 29, 2017.
Created in 2013, the competition offers participants an opportunity to pitch business plans to a panel of judges, network with some of Michigan’s top talent in angel and venture capital investment, and encourage small business and startup ventures. In the competition’s five years, MSUFCU has been a co-creator, sponsor, and representative on the judging panel.
“It’s inspiring to see the entrepreneurs’ commitment, passion, and knowledge, showcased in their business plans and pitches,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and CEO. “Entrepreneurs create jobs and positively contribute to making our community, our region, and our state a more vibrant place to live and work. As an organization that believes in investing in the communities we serve, we are proud to help support local entrepreneurship.”
Winners of the 2017 competition include: MySwimPro for the MEDC Sponsored Grand Prize of $40,000; VADE Nutrition for the MSUFCU Sponsored Section Prize of $25,000; Switched Source for the Third Prize of $10,000; MTBIsense for the Fourth Prize of $7,500; Pretch for the Fifth Prize of $5,000; Parabricks for the Sixth Prize of $2,500; Kulisha for the Undergrad First Place prize of $6,500; CarryCott for the Undergrad Second Place prize of $2, 500; and Stir It Up for the Undergrad Third Place prize of $1,000.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU professors, MSUFCU has 17 branches, nearly 235,000 members, more than $3.5 billion in assets, and over 750 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. In 2017, the Credit Union was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League.
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MSUFCU's Clobes Receives Inaugural Future Thinker Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce the selection of April Clobes, its President and CEO, as the inaugural recipient of the 2017 Future Thinker Award, presented by the GreenLight Business Model Competition on March 29, 2017.
The GreenLight Business Model Competition was co-created by Spartan Innovations and MSUFCU in 2013 and works to expand entrepreneurship and small business success throughout Michigan. Participants in the annual competition have the opportunity to pitch their business plans to a panel of judges, network with some of Michigan’s top talent in angel and venture capital investment, and help encourage small business and startup ventures. In the competition’s five years, MSUFCU has participated as a co-creator, sponsor, and representative on the judging panel.
Further recognizing entrepreneurs in the community, GreenLight created the Future Thinker Award this year, with Clobes as the 2017 recipient. Paul Jacques, Director of Student and Community Engagement at Spartan Innovations remarked: “April is the first Future Thinker recipient because she inspired it. April began this competition and her vision and leadership are vital to the greater Lansing area’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.”
“I am honored to receive this award,” commented Clobes. “Helping entrepreneurs and small business owners is critical to the vitality and success of our community, our region, and the state.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU professors, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 235,000 members, more than $3.5 billion in assets, and over 750 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. In 2017, the Credit Union was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League.
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MSUFCU Sponsors Annual Race for the Place 5K
EAST LANSING, Mich. — On Sunday, April 9, 2017, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and community members from across mid-Michigan came together to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the Race for the Place 5K. The race started at Michigan State University’s Jenison Field House and guided participants on a scenic route though campus.
Race for the Place is a fundraiser that benefits MSU Safe Place, Michigan State University’s on-campus domestic violence shelter and advocacy services provider. This annual event allows MSU Safe Place to continue to provide vital services to members of the MSU and Greater Lansing communities who experience relationship violence and stalking.
April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO commented, “We are proud to have supported Race for the Place for the past 21 years, and are happy to continue building our long-term partnership with MSU Safe Place. It is an honor to work alongside an organization addressing such critical issues in our community as they provide support and services to those in need, strengthening our entire community.”
MSU Federal Credit Union offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 233,000 members, more than $3.5 billion in assets, and over 730 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces For New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. In 2017, the Credit Union was named as Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League.
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MSUFCU Announces Grand Rapids Branch
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The MSUFCU Board of Directors and management are pleased to announce that MSUFCU will open a branch at 86 Monroe Center St. NW in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the fall of 2017.
The Grand Rapids branch provides MSUFCU the opportunity to expand its services to nearly 5,000 members living within 10 miles of this location, including those who are part of the MSU College of Medicine Secchia Center and employees of the State of Michigan, which are select employee groups of MSUFCU. The new location will also provide members in the area with increased account access and additional ATMs. In the first year of operation, MSUFCU will create 13 new jobs at this location — one mortgage officer, two managers, and 10 financial services representatives.
“The decision to expand to Grand Rapids is part of our long-term growth strategy to better serve our existing members and over 13,000 MSU alumni there,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “After receiving significant member requests regarding the need for branch access to our products and services in the area, we are excited for the opportunity to serve the Grand Rapids community.” MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU professors, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 232,000 members, more than $3.48 billion in assets, and over 730 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board.In 2017, the Credit Union was named as Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League.
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MSUFCU Increases Loan Portfolio to $1B in Mortgages
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSUFCU is proud to provide its members with the resources needed to become home owners. In February 2017, the Credit Union reached $1 billion in its mortgage loans portfolio, with a total of 8,615 mortgages in Michigan.
The Credit Union offers conventional and jumbo fixed and adjustable-rate mortgages, and mortgage refinances to help members buy or build the homes of their dreams at an affordable rate. In 2016, MSUFCU was the number one lender in both Eaton and Ingham counties, as determined by the number of mortgage loans closed, according to MarketTrac.
MSUFCU’s mortgage department consists of nearly 40 employees who provide support to members in person, over the phone, and online to help meet their homeownership needs. Additionally, they provide the products, services, and financial education resources to help each member make the most of his or her loan.
Jeff Jackson, MSUFCU’s Chief Lending Officer, commented, “The Credit Union is proud to offer members convenient and affordable solutions for their home borrowing needs. We offer a variety of solutions for members whether they are looking to purchase, refinance, or build the home of their dreams.”
“Reaching $1 billion in our mortgage portfolio is significant for the Credit Union as it illustrates that we are truly living our mission — we are helping our members achieve their financial goals, and fulfill their dream of homeownership,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and CEO. “When our members place their confidence in us for one of their largest purchases, we know that they will have a better experience, receive a better rate, and ultimately have their mortgage with a financial institution that understands their individual needs.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 232,000 members, more than $3.48 billion in assets, and over 730 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board.
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MSUFCU Announces 2017 Charity Partners
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSUFCU is pleased to announce that its employees have selected the Capital Area United Way,Many Hands, The Firecracker Foundation, Capital Area Humane Society, and Stiggy’s Dogs as its 2017 charity partners. MSUFCU employees will support each organization through fundraising and volunteer activities throughout the year.
In previous years, MSUFCU employees selected one local charity to raise funds for during the first half of the year and the Capital Area United Way for the second half of the year. In 2016, over $194,000 was raised through employee donations. This year, to broaden the impact upon local organizations, five charities were selected in the categories of education and outreach, environment and animals, and health and human services.
“One of our core values at the Credit Union is giving back to the community, and each year, employees go above and beyond to share their time and personal financial resources to support the charities we work with and our community,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and CEO. “We’re excited for the opportunity to partner with these organizations and look forward to supporting them in their efforts to create an outstanding community.”
The Capital Area United Way supports tri-county programs and services that address complex health and human service problems. Their purpose is to provide local employers, employees, and other donors a cost-effective system to address community health and human service needs through charitable gifts of time, money, and goods.
Many Hands is an organization that serves as a resource for communities in Michigan that wish to respond to systemic problems such as youth hunger or individual families experiencing a health or financial crisis. They fight hunger in elementary schools in Ingham County by providing “Weekend Survival Kits” to help provide nutritious meals during non-school hours.
The Firecracker Foundation provides child survivors of sexual trauma and their families with holistic healing services, such as individual mental health therapy, trauma-sensitive yoga therapy, and caretaker support groups. Therapeutic services are provided at no cost to families who cannot afford care elsewhere.
The Capital Area Humane Society shelters homeless animals, fights animal cruelty and neglect, and offers many programs to help families provide for their animals, such as discounted vet services and an animal food bank. Their mission is to promote the humane treatment of companion animals through protection, placement, education, and example.
Stiggy’s Dogs is an organization that rescues and trains shelter dogs to be psychiatric service dogs for military veterans living with posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. The service dogs are trained and deployed at no cost to the veteran and provide a unique method of healing.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 230,000 members, more than $3.41 billion in assets, and over 730 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board.
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MSUFCU Saves Members Nearly $12M in 2016
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) meets its members’ needs by providing affordable (low rate and low or no fee) loans. In 2016, the Credit Union saved members $11.87 million in interest on loans by refinancing high-rate loans its members had at other financial institutions.
Whether individuals are looking to buy their first cars or purchase their dream homes, the Credit Union is there to help make members’ dreams a reality — and offers an affordable way to do so. MSUFCU offers many loan options, including mortgage and home equity loans, Visa Credit Cards, auto loans, personal loans and lines of credit, and also offers financing options for business account holders. Since 2013, the Credit Union has helped save members $39.61 million in interest.
April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and CEO, commented, “At MSU Federal Credit Union, our mission is to assist members in achieving their goals and dreams. We provide low-cost loans, which allow our members to reinvest money saved by refinancing with us back into our community, whether in the form of a dream vacation, braces for a child, a first car, or in any other manner.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU professors, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 230,000 members, more than $3.41 billion in assets, and over 730 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board.
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MSU Federal Credit Union Announces Risk Management Executives
EAST LANSING, Mich. — April Clobes, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), is pleased to announce the recent promotions of Jim Hunsanger and Rob Johnson to executives of the newly-formed Risk Management Department. Hunsanger was promoted to Chief Risk Officer and Johnson to Chief Internal Auditor.
Jim Hunsanger has been with MSUFCU since 2011 and prior to his new role, he served as Vice President of Internal Audit and Compliance. As Chief Risk Officer, he oversees the evaluation and testing of internal controls to ensure that the Credit Union remains compliant with laws and regulations. Before joining the Credit Union, he worked for a Michigan-based public accounting firm where he obtained his license as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Hunsanger holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Business Administration from Alma College, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Michigan State University.
Rob Johnson has worked at the Credit Union since 2012. He formerly served as Senior Compliance Auditor, before being promoted to Internal Audit Manager in 2014. Johnson has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Accounting and Management from Northwood University, and is also a CPA. As Chief Internal Auditor, he is responsible for overseeing the testing of internal controls.
April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), commented, “As the Credit Union grows, it is important to evaluate the effectiveness of our processes and procedures. The new Risk Management Department, combined with Internal Audit Department, will help to ensure the safety and security of our members’ information, as well as of our overall organization. Jim and Rob have a proven record of leadership, and they bring a great level of experience to their new roles.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU professors, MSUFCU has 17 branches, nearly 230,000 members, more than $3.3 billion in assets, and over 730 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board.
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MSUFCU Opens Clarkston and Ortonville Branches
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. — On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) celebrated the grand opening of its Clarkston and Ortonville branches. The MSUFCU Board of Directors, alongside employees, welcomed community members to a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception.
The grand openings mark continuous growth for the Credit Union. The new branches greatly increase member access to the Credit Union, and help to further develop relationships with community members in Oakland County. The branches were acquired in March 2016, as part of a merger with Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union (CBCCU). The Clarkston Branch is located at 8055 Ortonville Road, while the Ortonville Branch is located at 4 South Street.
In celebration of the grand opening, the Credit Union is offering specials on auto loans, credit cards, checking accounts, and Certificates until December 31, 2016. Visit www.msufcu.org for complete details regarding these specials.
“The branches in Clarkston and Ortonville allow us to further fulfill the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people,’” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “We support the communities where our branches are located through charitable giving and by offering a variety of products and services that help community members achieve financial success, their goals, and ultimately, their dreams.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU professors, MSUFCU has 17 branches, nearly 230,000 members, more than $3.3 billion in assets, and over 730 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board.
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MSUFCU Recognized with Celebration of Regional Growth Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce with the Celebration of Regional Growth Award (CORG). MSUFCU was honored with the award at the Lansing Economic Club luncheon on Thursday, November 17, 2016.
CORG recognizes organizations that have made a significant economic investment in the Greater Lansing region. MSUFCU was recognized for its expansion efforts in 2016, which include the construction of a second building on its headquarters campus and the opening of the Financial Innovation and Education Center (FIEC) in downtown East Lansing. With these investments, the Credit Union aims to create jobs and opportunities that will allow the region to thrive.
“This recognition is a testimony to the dedication of our board of directors and employees who support this vibrant and growing community. We are humbled by this recognition and would not have this opportunity without our members. When individuals join our Credit Union and use our services as our founding members intended, it allows us to grow and make a significantly larger impact in the communities we serve,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 17 branches, nearly 230,000 members, more than $3.3 billion in assets, and over 730 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as one of Fortune’s50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads, as well as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category on the Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces list. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. Additionally, MSUFCU was recognized as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board in 2016. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, winning the 2014 National Association of Federal Credit Unions National Credit Union of the Year award.
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MSUFCU Celebrates 79 Years of Superior Service
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to celebrate 79 years of serving the Greater Lansing and Oakland County communities as of November 15, 2016.
From its modest beginnings operating out of a desk drawer in 1937, to becoming a 700-plus employee organization that serves over 228,000 members, the Credit Union has seen many positive changes. Since its inception, the Credit Union has opened 17 branches in Greater Lansing and Oakland County, undergone two mergers — with Eaton County Educational Credit Union and Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union, opened the Financial Innovation and Education Center (FIEC), supported countless local charities, enhanced and increased the number of products and services offered to members, and will soon complete the second building on its headquarters campus. One thing that has remained the same; however, is the focus on its greatest asset: its members.
To commemorate its 79th anniversary and to thank loyal members and the community, Credit Union employees set out in the Greater Lansing and Oakland County areas as part of its Pay it Forward initiative. Employees visited local establishments and performed random acts of kindness, such as donating supplies to a local homeless shelter, giving out free movie tickets, purchasing food and beverages for restaurant and coffee shop patrons, and delivering snacks to area firefighters. Some organizations and businesses benefiting from Pay it Forward this year include: the Eat at State food truck on MSU’s campus, Allen Street Farmer’s Market in Lansing, Honcho in Clarkston, and Homeless Angels in Lansing.
“We are proud to say that 79 years later, we are still living the mission of the Credit Union — assisting our members and helping them achieve their goals and dreams,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President/CEO. “Our founding board members would be proud to see how we have grown, yet that we have remained focused on our core values.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 228,000 members, more than $3.3 billion in assets, and over 730 employees. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, winning the 2014 National Association of Federal Credit Union’s National Credit Union of the Year award. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as one of Fortune’s50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads, as well as the top large employer on the Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces list. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award.
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MSUFCU Named #1 on 2016 Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces List
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce that it has been named the number one employer in the large employer category on the 2016 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press. MSUFCU was honored at the 2016 Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces ceremony on Wednesday, November 15, 2016.
MSUFCU has been named on Top Workplaces lists for the past five years, and was ranked number one in the large employer category based on employee feedback regarding its positive work environment and professional growth and development opportunities. MSUFCU President/CEO, April Clobes, served as the keynote speaker at this year’s ceremony and was honored with the Top Workplaces Leadership Award.
Clobes commented, “We are dedicated to providing a positive work environment that allows each employee to achieve their goals and dreams. Being recognized as a Top Workplace is a true honor, as it recognizes how our employees feel about the efforts we take each day to make the Credit Union a place where they are happy and proud to work — a place where they are able to fully live the mission of the Credit Union.”
The Top Workplaces program recognizes leading organizations with best practices that show the highest commitment to their employees and work environment. To be considered, organizations must participate in an employee survey measuring experiences and feelings toward working there and complete a comprehensive report describing the organization’s demographics, culture, and programs. Additionally, the Top Workplaces program recognizes top CEOs and their performance through the eyes of their employees. To be selected, the Detroit Free Press reviews employeecomments regarding executive communication, vision, and leadership qualities.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 228,000 members, more than $3.3 billion in assets, and over 730 employees. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, winning the 2014 National Association of Federal Credit Union’s National Credit Union of the Year award. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as one of Fortune’s50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award.
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MSU Federal Credit Union Announces New Assistant Vice Presidents
EAST LANSING, MI — April Clobes, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), is pleased to announce the recent promotions of Allison Horn and Colleen Pitmon to Assistant Vice Presidents (AVPs) of Branches.
Allison Horn has been with MSUFCU since December 2010 and has three years of branch management experience. Most recently, Horn was a Branch Manager at MSUFCU’s Central Park branch. As an AVP of Branches, she will oversee the strategic direction of the Credit Union’s Headquarters, Marsh, Charlotte, and Mason branches. She received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Organizational Communication from Michigan State University.
Colleen Pitmon has worked at MSUFCU since August 2009 and was previously a Branch Manager at MSUFCU’s South Lansing branch. Pitmon has three years of branch management experience and will oversee the strategic direction of the Credit Union’s Farm Lane, Central Park, South Lansing, and Union branches in her new role. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Hospitality Business from Michigan State University.
Clobes commented, “Allison and Colleen bring a wealth of knowledge to their new roles, and their previous branch experience will greatly contribute to fulfilling our mission of providing superior service to our members and employees.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 220,000 members, more than $3.25 billion in assets, and over 700 employees. In 2015, MSUFCU was named as one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest in Wellness by the National Association for Business Resources, and was listed as the fifth top employer in the large-employer category in the 2015 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press. In 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award.
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MSUFCU's Clobes Receives Detroit Free Press Leadership Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce the selection of April Clobes, its President/CEO, as the recipient of the 2016 Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces Leadership Award.
The Top Workplaces program recognizes leading organizations with best practices that show the highest commitment to their employees and work environment. To be considered, organizations must participate in an employee survey measuring experiences and feelings toward working there and complete a comprehensive report describing the organization’s demographics, culture, and programs. Additionally, the Top Workplaces program recognizes top CEOs and their performance through the eyes of their employees. To be selected, the Detroit Free Press reviews employee comments regarding executive communication, vision, and leadership qualities.
“April is a passionate leader who truly lives the mission of the Credit Union by helping members and employees achieve their goals and dreams,” said Bill Beekman, MSUFCU’s Chairman of the Board. “The fact that employees recognize her commitment to creating a positive environment in the workplace and the community speaks volumes about her exceptional leadership.”
Clobes commented, “I am honored to be recognized by our employees. This award is a reflection of the entire organization’s commitment to our culture of creating a positive work environment with a focus on serving our members.”
MSUFCU has been named on Top Workplaces lists for the past five years, and was ranked number one in the large-employer category in 2014. The official rankings for the 2016 winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 15, at the Top Workplaces Awards ceremony at the Detroit Marriott in Troy, where Clobes will serve as the keynote speaker.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 220,000 members, more than $3.25 billion in assets, and over 700 employees. In 2015, MSUFCU was named as one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest in Wellness by the National Association for Business Resources, and was listed as the fifth top employer in the large-employer category in the 2015 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press. In 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award.
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MSUFCU Receives Gold Award Recognition in Fit-Friendly Worksites Program
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce that it recently received 2016 Gold Award Recognition through the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksites recognition program. The Credit Union received this recognition by offering employees physical activity options at work, increasing healthy eating options, and promoting a positive wellness culture.
Employee participation and involvement in different activities such the annual health fair, flu shot clinic, and wellness challenges helped the Credit Union achieve and maintain its Fit-Friendly Worksite status. Other factors include having a walking path and fitness facility available, providing healthy food options, and offering worksite health risk assessments. More information on the Fit-Friendly Worksites program can be found at www.heart.org.
“Part of the Credit Union’s mission is to help members and employees achieve their goals and dreams,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and CEO. “By offering an expansive employee wellness program, we are providing opportunities and resources that allow employees to better themselves both physically and mentally.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 220,000 members, more than $3.25 billion in assets, and over 700 employees. In 2015, MSUFCU was named as one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest in Wellness by the National Association for Business Resources, and was listed as the fifth top employer in the large-employer category in the 2015 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press. In 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award.
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MSUFCU Recognized as Top Five in the Nation for Financial Education
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce that it was recognized as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB). MSUFCU was ranked in the $1 billion and above in total assets category.
This ranking was generated by the NYIB and included in its annual report. Credit unions were ranked based upon the number of financial education presentations given to students from kindergarten to college, from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. The Credit Union gave 228 presentations during this time. MSUFCU was also ranked third in the nation based on how many students were reached through the presentations, with 8,510 attendees throughout the year. Michigan was ranked as the top state for the total number of presentations given throughout the year, at 2,284.
“This recognition affirms an essential part of our mission, to provide financial education to members of all ages,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and CEO. “Our financial education presence in the community increases each year, and with the growth, we continue to find new and innovative ways to provide children and young adults with the knowledge and resources needed to be financially successful throughout their lives.”
The National Youth Involvement Board was developed in 1967 by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and the CUNA Mutual Group to build a grassroots network of credit union advocates concerned about perception and acceptance of credit unions among younger generations. NYIB’s mission is to create financially-savvy individuals and loyal credit union members.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 220,000 members, more than $3.25 billion in assets, and over 700 employees. In 2015, MSUFCU was named as one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest in Wellness by the National Association for Business Resources, and was listed as the fifth top employer in the large-employer category in the 2015 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press. In 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award.
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MSUFCU Employees Raise Nearly $80,000 for Small Talk Children's Assessment Center
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSUFCU is proud to announce that after a six-month fundraising campaign, Credit Union employees donated $79,372 to Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center (Small Talk), benefiting local children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse.
In addition to raising funds from January to June, employees raised their hands against child abuse by supporting Small Talk’s renovation efforts at its new facility. Credit Union employees created artwork, helped design the organization’s group therapy room, and attended the facility’s grand opening in April.
Small Talk is a place where children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse are interviewed and offered therapy at no cost. The mission of Small Talk is to provide a comfortable, child-friendly atmosphere where children receive coordinated services during the child abuse investigative process. Small Talk, accredited with the National Children’s Alliance, is leading the community in addressing child abuse and empowering children to have the courage to heal.
“When I think of this cause and the contributions Credit Union employees have made, I think of a renewed sense of hope and resiliency in all of us and the children we serve,” said Annie Harrison, Board President of Small Talk. “I think of the children who have benefited from our services and who feel safe and comfortable in our new group therapy room. When we began Small Talk, we hoped to help one child. Together with the help from MSUFCU, we can now help an entire community.”
“The Small Talk program resonates with not only myself, but with many of our team members here at the Credit Union because the work that they do for our community connects to our Credit Union’s goals and mission,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “When children have support and access to the types of services needed to heal and feel empowered to move forward, it strengthens our entire community.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 220,000 members, more than $3.25 billion in assets, and over 700 employees. In 2015, MSUFCU was named as one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest in Wellness by the National Association for Business Resources, and was listed as the fifth top employer in the large-employer category in the 2015 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press. In 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award.
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MSUFCU Named on Fortune's 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads List
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is proud to announce that it has been named on Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads list. MSUFCU was ranked number 46 based on employee feedback and new job growth.
The 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads list was determined through a survey conducted by the Great Place to Work recognition program, which selected companies with a high volume of job growth as well as impressive recruiting and hiring numbers for new grads. The workplaces selected also excelled in providing great employee experiences in areas important to recent graduates. Information was collected from approximately 600 companies, where employees rated their organization in areas including development opportunities, purpose and meaning behind their work, whether promotions are fair, and more.
“Recent graduates are an integral part of the workforce at the Credit Union,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “By offering competitive benefits, engaging employee programs, and a positive work environment, we are able to attract and retain top talent and provide them with the opportunities needed to advance their professional careers.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 220,000 members, more than $3.25 billion in assets, and over 700 employees. In 2015, MSUFCU was named as one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest in Wellness by the National Association for Business Resources, and was listed as the fifth top employer in the large-employer category in the 2015 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press. In 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award.
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MSUFCU Receives Two CUNA Diamond Awards
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce that it was recently recognized by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing & Business Development Council for two of its direct mail campaigns. The Credit Union received a Category’s Best Diamond Award for its ‘Credit Myths Mailer’ and a Diamond Award for its ‘Gen Y Auto Loan Mailer.‘
The CUNA Diamond Awards recognize creative excellence and outstanding results in credit union marketing. Marketing campaigns are judged on strategy, creativity, design and production, copy and communication, and results.
“We’re honored to receive these awards, as they recognize our efforts in reaching out to our members in creative and memorable ways,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “Through effective communication, we can better help our members achieve their financial goals and dreams.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 220,000 members, more than $3.25 billion in assets, and over 700 employees. In 2015, MSUFCU was named as one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest in Wellness by the National Association for Business Resources, and was listed as the fifth top employer in the large-employer category in the 2015 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press. In 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award.
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MSUFCU Launches Saving Draggy App
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce the recent release of, Saving Draggy, a financial literacy mobile app game for children ages 5-8. By engaging in a quest to save a baby dragon, children increase their cognition and understanding of basic financial concepts.
Players earn money for their piggy bank by playing games that increase understanding of financial concepts such as saving wisely and responsibly spending money. The app was designed by students from the Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab at Michigan State University, part of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Saving Draggy, along with other Credit Union children’s apps, can be found on Google Play for Android devices and on the App Store for iOS devices. The app is free to play — with no in-app purchases.
“We’re excited about the release of this new app, as it shows our commitment to educating our young members in unique and innovative ways,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “Saving Draggy, gives us an opportunity to teach our young members about financial responsibility in an engaging manner, which helps create a foundation for future habits.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 220,000 members, more than $3.25 billion in assets, and over 700 employees. In 2015, MSUFCU was named as one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest in Wellness by the National Association for Business Resources, and was listed as the fifth top employer in the large-employer category in the 2015 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press. In 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award.
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MSUFCU Selected as Best and Brightest Employer in West Michigan
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA). The Credit Union received MBPA’s Elite Overall – Best of the Best award.
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. Organizations were assessed based on survey feedback conducted by an independent research firm. Assessments were based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, and retention. For more information on the Best and Brightest program, please visit www.101bestandbrightest.com.
“We are proud to provide a forum for these select companies to be recognized and honored. It takes dedication and a strong commitment to one’s employees to be named an Elite Winner. This year’s recipients keep innovative human resource initiatives at the forefront and make it a priority to consider their workforce as an essential aspect in their company success,” said Jennifer Kluge, president of the MBPA, which presents the Best and Brightest program.
“We’re honored to receive this award for the second year in a row,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “As an organization, we are dedicated to maintaining a positive work environment and providing our employees with the resources needed to be successful in their personal and professional lives. By investing in our employees, we are investing in our future as an organization, the futures of our members, and the future of our community.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 15 branches, nearly 220,000 members, more than $3.2 billion in assets, and over 650 employees. In 2015, MSUFCU was named as one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest in Wellness by the National Association for Business Resources, and was listed as the fifth top employer in the large-employer category in the 2015 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press.
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MSUFCU Financial Innovation and Education Center Opens
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce that the Financial Innovation and Education Center’s (FIEC) first class of interns will begin on May 16, 2016. The FIEC is located at 309 E. Grand River in East Lansing and will provide professional experience to college students in the Greater Lansing area.
At 2,910 square feet, the FIEC provides workspaces for 22 interns and 12 full-time employees in the Credit Union’s Member Relations and Financial Education departments. Its close proximity to MSU’s campus allows for convenient access to those who live on campus or commute to East Lansing.
The FIEC will also allow MSUFCU to expand its financial education presence on campus, providing space for employees managing its Financial 4.0 website and app for college-age students and the Financial Peer Education Program. Financial 4.0 houses blogs on financial topics, financial education videos, free financial resources, and contests, providing students with the opportunity to improve their financial literacy. The Financial Peer Education Program is a result of MSUFCU’s partnership with Visa, which made a $250,000 donation to MSU to develop a program designed to improve financial literacy among college students through interactive online and in-person resources.
“In opening the FIEC, we are able to offer invaluable learning experiences to our student-interns, preparing them to become future leaders,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President and Chief Executive Officer. “The FIEC is designed to prepare students for full-time positions after college, possibly with the Credit Union. Retaining top talent at MSUFCU and within the Greater Lansing area helps to create a vibrant community.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 15 branches, nearly 220,000 members, more than $3.2 billion in assets, and over 650 employees. In 2015, MSUFCU was named as one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest in Wellness by the National Association for Business Resources, and was listed as the fifth top employer in the large-employer category in the 2015 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press. In 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award.
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MSUFCU Announces Merger with Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The MSUFCU Board of Directors and management are pleased to announce that MSUFCU was recently awarded an opportunity for expansion in the metro-Detroit area through a merger with Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union (CBCCU). CBCCU, headquartered in Clarkston, Michigan, will be dual-branded as MSUFCU and Oakland University Credit Union (OU Credit Union), a trade name of MSUFCU. MSUFCU currently has 34,000 members who live in the counties served by CBCCU. The merger will allow MSUFCU to grow and expand its services to individuals in these counties and will provide CBCCU members with additional products and services and increased account access. Once all systems are fully converted, MSUFCU members will have access to two new branch locations in Oakland County — one in Clarkston and the other in Ortonville, Michigan — as well as to three additional ATMs. CBCCU members will benefit from extended hours and additional services including eDeposit, live chat, and mobile banking. “We are excited for the opportunity to serve the CBCCU members and fulfill the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people,’” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This merger allows us to help a community-focused credit union and its members by providing our enhanced portfolio of financial products and services, thousands of ATMs through the CO-OP ATM network, and expanded technological offerings. Additionally, the merger complements our long-term growth strategy to better serve our existing 34,000 members and over 115,000 MSU and OU alumni in the metro-Detroit area.” Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union currently serves those who live, work, worship, attend school, or have a business in Oakland, Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, or Macomb counties. CBCCU has approximately 8,500 members and an asset size of $41 million. MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 15 branches, nearly 210,000 members, more than $3 billion in assets, and over 650 employees. In 2015, MSUFCU was named as one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest in Wellness by the National Association for Business Resources, and was listed as the fifth top employer in the large-employer category in the 2015 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press.
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MSUFCU Selected as Best and Brightest Employer
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and as one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest in Wellness by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR).
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work Forcompetition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in operations and employee enrichment that lead to increased productivity and improved financial performance. This national program celebrates companies that are making business better, creating richer lives, and building a stronger community as a whole.MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for: Best of the Best Overall prior to advancing to and winning at the national level.
The Best and Brightest in Wellnessis an innovative initiative that recognizes and celebrates organizations that provide quality and excellence in health and wellness. This premier program celebrates companies that are helping their businesses and employees thrive and making the community a healthier place to live. For more information on the Best and Brightest program, please visit www.101bestandbrightest.com.
“Maintaining a positive work environment, which allows employees to flourish personally and professionally, is of the utmost importance to us,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “These awards illustrate our commitment to our employees and our wellness initiatives, both of which contribute to the Credit Union’s overall culture and success, and help make MSUFCU an employer that people are proud to work for.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 15 branches, over 208,000 members, more than $3 billion in assets, and over 650 employees. In 2015, MSUFCU was listed as one of the top five employers in the large-employer category in the 2015 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press.
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MSUFCU Selects Small Talk as 2016 Charity Partner
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSUFCU is pleased to announce that its employees have selected Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center (Small Talk) as their 2016 charity partner. As the charity partner, Small Talk will benefit from MSUFCU employee fundraising and volunteer involvement.
Small Talk is a place where children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse are interviewed and offered therapy at no cost. The mission of Small Talk is to provide a comfortable, child-friendly atmosphere where children receive coordinated services during the child abuse investigative process. Small Talk, accredited with the National Children’s Alliance, is leading the community in addressing child abuse and empowering children to have the courage to heal.
“Small Talk is extremely thankful for the opportunity to partner with the employees of MSUFCU in the fight against child abuse in our community. We stand together in support of these brave children as they speak the truth, receive justice, and begin to heal,” said Annie Harrison, Board President of Small Talk.
“We are inspired by Small Talk’s mission and success, and we are proud to work alongside their organization this year in helping children’s voices be heard,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Small Talk is one of my heroes because the organization works every day to bring positive outcomes for children during their most difficult time.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 15 branches, over 208,000 members, more than $3 billion in assets, and over 650 employees. In 2015, MSUFCU was named as one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest in Wellness by the National Association for Business Resources, and was listed as the fifth top employer in the large-employer category in the 2015 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press.
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MSUFCU Reaches Milestone: $3 Billion in Assets
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSUFCU is excited to announce that it has reached $3 billion in assets as of year-end 2015. MSUFCU reached $2 billion in assets in 2011. This milestone comes with significant loan, member, and facility growth throughout the last several years.
In 2015, the Credit Union reached $2 billion in loans and 208,000 members. Additionally, it celebrated the ground breaking of its second building on the headquarters campus and the opening of its 15th branch. Last year, the Credit Union also announced its plans to open an intern center, the Financial Innovation and Education Center, in East Lansing near MSU’s campus. The opening is planned for April 2016.
“Thanks to the incredible efforts of our employees, the Credit Union saw tremendous growth and innovation in 2015,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to an outstanding 2016 as we grow beyond $3 billion in assets and will soon reach 700 employees. We have exciting projects planned to fulfill our mission of helping our members be financially successful and achieve their goals and dreams.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 15 branches, over 208,000 members, more than $3 billion in assets, and over 650 employees. In 2015, MSUFCU was named as one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest in Wellness by the National Association for Business Resources, and was listed as the fifth top employer in the large-employer category in the 2015 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press.
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MSUFCU Pays it Forward to Greater Lansing Community
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSUFCU is pleased to share the ways in which the Credit Union was able to make a difference in the Greater Lansing community during its 2015 Pay it Forward week.
From November 16-22 employees took to the community to pay it forward, in celebration of the Credit Union’s 78th anniversary. From handing out gift cards at local restaurants, to giving away bus passes at the Lansing CATA station, MSUFCU employees spent each day performing random acts of kindness.
Organizations benefiting from this year’s Pay it Forward initiative included: Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center, receiving materials to build a new fence; Ingham County Animal Shelter, receiving food, bedding, and other pet supplies; Capital Area Literacy Coalition, receiving books and school supplies; Eastern High School, receiving a donation to their band program; and the Lansing Fire Department, receiving a steak dinner, snacks, and various games.
“Pay it Forward is not only a celebration of the Credit Union’s anniversary, but it is also a special opportunity for our employees to give back to the community outside of financial education,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It’s wonderful to see how an act of kindness, no matter how big or small, can make a difference in someone’s day, and we love that we can be a part of that.”
MSUFCU’s Pay it Forward initiative began in 2012 in celebration of MSUFCU’s 75th anniversary. Employees went out into the community and gave back to local organizations and community members. This initiative will take place each year moving forward to honor the Credit Union’s anniversary and to continue having a positive impact on the community.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 15 branches, over 205,000 members, more than $2.9 billion in assets, and over 640 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and the #1 employer in the large-employer category in the 2014 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press.
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MSUFCU Dinosaur Dash Celebrates 30 Years
EAST LANSING, MI — On October 4, 2015, MSU Federal Credit Union partnered with the MSU Museum in sponsoring the 30th annual Dinosaur Dash 5K run and walk. The event brought in more than 1,300 participants across its divisions, which included a kids’ mile and a “diaper dash” for young children.
In addition to the sponsorship, MSUFCU employees volunteered to help facilitate the event and participate in the race itself. The Dinosaur Dash supports the Credit Union’s wellness efforts in helping employees achieve and maintain good physical and mental health.
“We look forward to the Dinosaur Dash each year because it allows us to spend time on MSU’s campus and build relationships with our members who live both within and outside of the Greater Lansing area,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This was our 28th year as a sponsor, and it’s always wonderful to see so many people join us in support of the MSU Museum and its many educational programs.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 15 branches, over 205,000 members, more than $2.9 billion in assets, and over 640 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and the #1 employer in the large-employer category in the 2014 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press.
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MSUFCU Selected as Best Credit Union to Work For
MSUFCU Selected as Best Credit Union to Work For
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that it has been named as one of the top credit unions on the Credit Union Journal’s 2015 Best Credit Unions to Work For list in the “Over $1 Billion in Assets” category. Credit Union Journal has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees.
This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best credit unions. Winners were determined by evaluating each participating credit union’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. Employee surveys were also used to determine winners, assessing the experiences and attitudes of individual employees with respect to their workplace.
“Employee wellness, satisfaction, and personal growth are incredibly important to us at the Credit Union,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Because of this, we strive to create programs and practices that will give employees a reason to love coming to work every day.”
A full list of winners can be found in the Credit Union Journal and on CUJournal.com. For more information on the Best Credit Unions to Work for program, visit BestCreditUnionsToWorkFor.com.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 15 branches, over 205,000 members, more than $2.9 billion in assets, and over 640 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and the #1 employer in the large-employer category in the 2014 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press.
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MSUFCU Hosts Blue Mondays Featuring Brian Lynch
EAST LANSING, MI — On Monday, October 5, 2015, MSU Federal Credit Union kicked off its third year of Blue Mondays at MSUFCU Headquarters. Over 200 MSUFCU members and those from the Greater Lansing community enjoyed an evening of music, featuring trumpeter Brian Lynch.
Blue Mondaysis a jazz concert series made possible by MSUFCU and the MSU College of Music as part of theMSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artist in Residence Program.During his residency, Lynch performed for the public and community as part of this partnership, which invests in the college’s curriculum and serves as a means to enhance middle and high school music programs across the state.
“We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to welcome our members, music students, and the community to our headquarters for Blue Mondays,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This partnership with the MSU College of Music has opened doors for many aspiring musicians, and we are proud to be a part of that.”
The next Blue Mondays concert will be held on Monday, November 30, at 6:00 p.m. featuring jazz drummer, Jimmy Cobb. More information on upcoming concerts and artists in residence can be found at www.music.msu.edu.
Brian Lynch is a GRAMMY Award-winning trumpeter and an honored graduate of two of the world’s most distinguished jazz academies: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Horace Silver Quintet. As a bandleader and recording artist, he has released over 20 critically-acclaimed CDs featuring his unique composition of music and has toured the world with various ensembles. During his career, Lynch has been recognized at the 2005 and 2007 GRAMMY Awards, placed at the top of the Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls, and received grants for his excellent work.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 15 branches, over 205,000 members, more than $2.9 billion in assets, and over 640 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and the #1 employer in the large-employer category in the 2014 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press.
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MSUFCU Announces New Vice President of Sales and Financial Education
EAST LANSING, MI — April Clobes, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), is pleased to announce the recent addition of Whitney M. Anderson-Harrell to its executive team as the Vice President of Sales and Financial Education. Anderson-Harrell will oversee the Credit Union’s Member Relations and Financial Education departments, which will include the new Financial Innovation and Education Center.
Anderson-Harrell previously spent 13 years working for Kraft Foods, and brings a wide variety of skills to MSUFCU, including category business leadership and regional sales experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration: Marketing from Michigan State University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Wake Forest University, and has had foreign business studies in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Mexico. Whitney serves on the Community In Schools – Michigan board, on the Greater Lansing Food Bank committee, and is a member of the Network of Executive Women (NEW).
Clobes commented, “Whitney is an excellent addition to our executive team, and her experience will greatly benefit the Credit Union. She will provide exceptional leadership in our growing member relations and financial education divisions.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 15 branches, over 205,000 members, more than $2.9 billion in assets, and over 640 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and the #1 employer in the large-employer category in the 2014 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press.
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MSUFCU Volunteers Participate in Walk to End Alzheimer's
EAST LANSING, MI — On Sunday, September 13, 2015, MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) was proud to join the Greater Lansing community at the Lansing State Capitol in supporting the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Credit Union volunteers participated by walking at the event, helping out with the kids’ table, and donating to the cause. Team MSUFCU raised $680, contributing to the walk’s total of over $164,000.
Funds raised from the event will go toward the Alzheimer’s Association, whose mission is “to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.”
April Clobes, MSUFCU President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We’re proud to have employees who are passionate about making a difference by supporting a cause that impacts many people. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to stand alongside the families and individuals affected by Alzheimer’s in hopes of one day finding a cure.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 15 branches, over 205,000 members, more than $2.9 billion in assets, and over 640 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU), and the #1 employer in the large-employer category in the 2014 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press.
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MSUFCU Receives National Recognition
EAST LANSING, MI — April Clobes, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), is pleased to announce that the Credit Union has been named as one of the 2015 winners of The Principal®10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security.
Judges selected MSUFCU because of its commitment to employee financial security through outstanding employee benefits. The Credit Union will also be featured in the October issue of Inc. Magazine for this achievement.
“Companies like MSUFCU are role models and provide inspiration of other growing businesses that want to become an employer of choice,” said Luke Vandermillen, vice president at the Principal Financial Group®. “These companies stand out not only for their commitment to their employees but also for their innovation in creating a workplace culture that fosters total employee financial security.”
Clobes commented, “We’re proud to receive this award, as it validates the measures we have taken to provide our employees with the best resources possible to achieve financial security, their goals, and ultimately, their dreams.”
The Principal® sponsors the national program, which is now in its 14th year. It honors growing companies (five-1,000 employees) for their commitment to their employees’ financial security. Along with the award recognition, The Principal® awards a donation to charity selected by each winning company. MSUFCU chose the Lansing Symphony Orchestra to receive the $2,500 donation. Learn more about The Principal® 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security at www.principal.com/10best.
The Principal Financial Group(The Principal®)[1] is a global investment management leader offering retirement services, insurance solutions and asset management. The Principal® offers businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement, asset management and insurance through its diverse family of financial services companies. Founded in 1879 and a member of the FORTUNE 500®, the Principal Financial Group has $539.9 billion in assets under management[1] and serves some 20.1 million customers worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Principal Financial Group, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PFG. For more information, visit www.principal.com.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 15 branches, over 205,000 members, more than $2.9 billion in assets, and over 640 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and the #1 employer in the large-employer category in the 2014 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press.
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MSUFCU Supports Local Children in Sparrow Toy Drive
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) was pleased to partner with Sparrow Hospital’s Children’s Center and support children in the community by taking in donations of over 280 toys through a toy drive in its Greater Lansing branches.
The items donated benefited Sparrow’s 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.
“We are so pleased and grateful to MSUFCU and their members, who are helping to make this summer sunny and bright for our pediatric patients. With these gifts, MSUFCU is helping to celebrate and inspire miracles. Our relationship with MSUFCU epitomizes the community approach to caring for children,” said Kelly Hebert, Child Life Specialist with Sparrow Health System.
April Clobes, MSUFCU President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Opportunities like these allow our members and employees to show their dedication to our community, particularly the youth. I’m proud to see the support that was shown to help make a difference in the lives of many children and families.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 15 branches, over 202,000 members, more than $2.9 billion in assets, and over 640 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU), and the #1 employer in the large-employer category in the 2014 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press.
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MSUFCU to Open Intern Center in East Lansing
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce its plans to expand its intern program by opening an intern center, which will provide professional experience to high school and college students in the Greater Lansing area. The MSUFCU Financial Innovation and Education Center (FIEC) will be located at 309 E. Grand River in East Lansing and is anticipated to open in spring 2016.
In opening the Center, the Credit Union plans to provide approximately 20 students with internship opportunities in its Member Relations and Financial Education departments. Its close proximity to MSU’s campus will provide easy access to those who live on campus or commute to East Lansing. The Credit Union will begin accepting applications for student interns in September 2015.
The Center will also allow MSUFCU to expand its financial education presence on campus, providing space for employees managing its Financial 4.0 website for college-age students and the newly developed Financial Peer Education Program. The Financial Peer Education Program is a result of MSUFCU’s partnership with Visa in making a $250,000 donation to MSU to develop a program designed to improve financial literacy among college studentsthrough interactive online and in-person resources.
“We’re very excited to begin the groundwork on the Center, as it will allow us to provide opportunities to many young professionals,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our goal is to help each individual develop personally and professionally and be able to provide a full-time position after graduation, further supporting the Credit Union’s growth.”
“With this center and the intern program, we hope to see students gain the skills and experience needed to succeed in their careers,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU’s Vice President of Sales and Financial Education. “For many, it may be their first professional work experience, and we plan to create a positive environment that will allow them to learn and grow in their time here.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU has 15 branches, over 202,000 members, more than $2.9 billion in assets, and over 648 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU), and the #1 employer in the large-employer category in the 2014 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press.
MSUFCU Employees Raise Over $69,000 for MYOI
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce that after a six-month fundraising initiative, Credit Union employees raised $69,415 for the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative (MYOI). This is the largest amount ever raised by the Credit Union’s charity committee, surpassing last year’s total of $44,000 raised in support of Haven House.
Throughout the charity campaign, MSUFCU employees hosted various internal fundraisers as well as spent time with the MYOI youth. The Credit Union hosted cooking classes, an ice skating day, and a professional clothing drive, which provided many MYOI youth with professional attire to be used for job interviews and in business settings.
“It’s amazing that we’ve grown to number of employees that allow for us to collectively increase the impact we have upon our community charity partners,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “I’m very proud of what the Credit Union employees have achieved with this donation and what MYOI will have the opportunity to achieve as a result of it.”
MYOI is a program available to Ingham County foster youth that provides mentoring and life skills training. The goal of MYOI is to ensure that young people in foster care have successful outcomes in housing, education, employment, community engagement, and health.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 15 branches, over 200,000 members, more than $2.9 billion in assets, and over 648 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU), and the #1 employer in the large-employer category in the 2014 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press.
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MSUFCU Partners with Sparrow Children's Center for Annual Toy Drive
East Lansing, MI – MSU Federal Credit Union is proud to partner with the Sparrow Children’s Center to support children in the local community through a toy drive in its Greater Lansing area branches now through Friday, July 31, 2015. A detailed list of the items requested will be available at each of our Greater Lansing area branches where community members can drop off toys.
The donated items will go directly to the Children’s Center Playroom at Sparrow Hospital, a place for young patients and their families to experience a home away from home when receiving care. Nurses and child life specialists use the Children’s Center Playroom to help children recover from sickness or injury through play, education, and emotional support.
April Clobes, MSUFCU President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “ We are very pleased to partner with the Sparrow Children’s Center once again this year in hopes of making a difference in the lives of the families and children receiving care at Sparrow.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has fifteen branches, over 200,000 members, more than $2.9 billion in assets, and over 640 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU Celebrates 200,000 Members
EAST LANSING, MI — April Clobes, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that MSUFCU has recently reached the 200,000 members milestone.
To celebrate this accomplishment, the Credit Union offered a $500 cash prize and a gift pack to the 200,000th member as a “thank you” for joining. Two randomly selected members, who participated in various activities, were also chosen to win a $2,500 Visa Gift Card and a $5,000 travel package. Members were also invited to join in on the celebration by enjoying cookies at area branches.
The 200,000th member, Brian M. from Williamston, said, “I joined MSUFCU so that I could easily transfer money to my daughter at MSU. I like the ability to access my funds without fees at thousands of credit unions nationwide as well as interact with the friendly staff at the Central Park branch. Although I never thought I would become the 200,000th member of MSUFCU, I am thrilled to be part of such a large and successful credit union.”
To further celebrate this accomplishment, the Credit Union will offer a “share your story” promotion, running from July 7-31, 2015. Members will have the opportunity to share their stories about their experiences with MSUFCU via social media, where 10 submissions will be chosen and winners will receive various prizes.
April Clobes, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSUFCU, commented, “It’s amazing to see how far the Credit Union has come since its beginnings, operating out of a desk drawer at MSU in 1937. We wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for our loyal members and we look forward to providing superior service to all 200,000 and counting for many years to come.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 15 branches, over 200,000 members, more than $2.9 billion in assets, and over 648 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and as the #1 employer on the Detroit Free Press 2014 Top Workplaces list.
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MSUFCU Announces 2015-2016 Board of Directors Executive Committee
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Board of Directors Executive Committee. Board executives include: William Beekman, Chairman; Angela Brown, Vice Chair; Gregory Deppong, Treasurer; and Ernest Betts, Secretary.
William Beekman is the Vice President and Secretary of Michigan State University’s (MSU) Board of Trustees. Mr. Beekman has served on the MSUFCU Board of Directors since June 2013. Prior to serving on the Board, he served on the MSUFCU Supervisory Committee. Mr. Beekman has also served as the assistant dean for finance and planning in the MSU College of Human Medicine and has taught in the MSU College of Law and the MSU College of Human Medicine.
Angela Brown, retired from MSU in 2013, was previously the Director of Auxiliary Resources. She has served on the MSUFCU Board of Directors since April 2007. Prior to joining the Board, she was a member of MSUFCU ‘s Supervisory Committee. Ms. Brown is the President of the MSU Retirees Association and a member of the East Lansing Zonta Club.
Gregory Deppong, CPA, is the Controller at MSU. He has over 22 years of accounting and financial management experience in public accounting and higher education. He has served on the Board since 2008. Prior to his time on the Board, he served as the chairman for the Supervisory Committee, and currently serves as the Board liaison to the Supervisory Committee. Mr. Deppong also serves as Treasurer of the Okemos Baseball Club and is actively involved in coaching community youth sports.
Ernest Betts, PhD, currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Multicultural Business Programs in MSU’s Eli Broad College of Business and Graduate School of Management, as well as a faculty member at Monterrey Tech in Monterrey, Mexico. A Credit Union member for over 35 years, Betts was previously a member of MSUFCU’s Supervisory Committee. Dr. Betts has conducted professional business seminars for companies such as Nestle USA, Proctor and Gamble, Eli Lilly, and Ford Motor. He has published several distinguished publications and is a member of the American Association of Counseling and Development and the National Association of Counselors/Deans/Administrators.
April Clobes, President and CEO of MSUFCU, commented, “We’re pleased that these individuals serve the Credit Union by sharing their time and expertise to ensure that we provide the programs, products, and services necessary to meet the needs of our growing membership.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 15 branches, over 200,000 members, more than $2.8 billion in assets, and over 648 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and as the #1 employer on the Detroit Free Press 2014 Top Workplaces list.
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MSUFCU Breaks Ground in Headquarters Expansion
EAST LANSING, MI — April Clobes, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, the MSUFCU Board of Directors, and MSUFCU management are pleased to announce that the Credit Union has broken ground for the second building on its headquarters campus.
An official groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 9, 2015 to celebrate the expansion. Speakers at the ceremony were: Deidre Davis, MSUFCU Vice President of Marketing and Sales; Bill Beekman, MSUFCU Board of Directors Chairman; Nathan Triplett, East Lansing Mayor; Greg McKenzie, Daniels and Zermack AIA; Glen Granger, Granger Construction Company President; Sam Singh, State Representative; and Clobes.
“The building is designed to create a positive working environment for our employees that help our members each and every day,” said Clobes. “This building not only represents the Credit Union’s future but it is also representative of the Credit Union’s continuing commitment to our members and the community.”
The expansion comes as part of the Credit Union’s long-term growth strategy to meet the demands of its growing membership base. MSUFCU membership has increased significantly over the years, with an average of 5% growth each year. Increasing membership has led to increases in employees, adding many jobs to the local economy. It is projected that MSUFCU staff will outgrow the current headquarters by 2017-2018. Upon completion, the building will be 186,350 square feet, three stories high with a basement, and will house 564 employees over the next 10-12 years.
The additional building will allow the Credit Union to continue to foster relationships with current members and the community, expand its suite of innovative products and services, and grow its many internal divisions. MSUFCU currently houses its own IT, mortgage, audit, training, call center, e-services, and many other departments that provide back-office support to its branches and the Credit Union as a whole.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 15 branches, over 200,000 members, more than $2.8 billion in assets, and over 648 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU Partners with Visa in MSU Donation
EAST LANSING, MI — April Clobes, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), is pleased to announce that MSUFCU, in partnership with Visa Inc., will provide Michigan State University $250,000 in funding for the next eight years to underwrite the Financial Peer Education Program, which will be available to MSU students beginning in Fall 2015.
MSUFCU will develop the financial education curriculum, which will include budgeting in college and after, understanding credit, and identity theft. In addition, peer educators will provide one-on-one sessions to assist students in establishing their budgets.
“For most of our students, coming to college is an induction into adult independence and its responsibilities,” said MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt. “The opportunity afforded through this generous gift from Visa and MSUFCU will help students gain skills and understanding that will be invaluable to them, whether they are just beginning their college experience or getting ready to graduate and begin their professional careers.”
In addition to this new financial education program, MSUFCU also offers Financial 4.0, a financial website geared toward college-age students. The site houses blogs on financial topics, financial education videos, free financial resources, and contests, providing students with the opportunity to improve their financial literacy.
Clobes commented, “We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to enhance our partnership with MSU by creating a bigger financial education presence campus. We are pleased to provide students with the financial knowledge and resources that will help them achieve their goals and dreams — during college and beyond.”
For 20 years, Visa has been a private sector leader in developing innovative, free programs that help people effectively learn the fundamentals of personal finance, including budgeting, saving, responsible spending and the wise use of credit. Visa’s flagship financial literacy initiative, Practical Money Skills for Life, is a free program to help parents, teachers, students, and consumers of all ages learn the essentials of personal financial management.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 14 branches, over 197,000 members, more than $2.8 billion in assets, and over 642 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and as the #1 employer on the Detroit Free Press 2014 Top Workplaces list.
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MSUFCU Hosts Blue Mondays Featuring Peter Bernstein
EAST LANSING, MI — On Monday, March 2, 2015, MSU Federal Credit Union held its sixth Blue Mondays concert at MSUFCU Headquarters. MSUFCU members and the community enjoyed an evening of music, featuring jazz guitarist, Peter Bernstein.
Blue Mondaysis a jazz concert series made possible by MSUFCU and the MSU College of Music as part of theMSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artist in Residence Program.During his residency, Bernstein performed for the public and community as part of this partnership, which invests in the college’s curriculum and serves as a means to enhance middle and high school music programs across the state.
“Blue Mondays continues to gain momentum with each concert,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re proud to be involved with a program that brings the fine arts to our community and provides inspiration for up-and-coming musicians.”
Blue Mondays will resume in the 2015-2016 academic year, with artists and concert dates to be determined. More information on upcoming concerts can be found at www.music.msu.edu.
Peter Bernstein has participated in more than 80 recordings and numerous performances with musicians from all generations. As a leader, he has released nine (9) albums and a DVD. While attending the New School he met legendary guitarist Jim Hall, who noted that Bernstein “...is the most impressive guitarist I’ve heard.” Peter was a regular member of Lou Donaldson’s group throughout the 1990s. “Some people just have it,” Donaldson said. “…most of the time you have to teach someone what to do, but Peter knows it all.” Bernstein’s recent release, Solo Guitar – Live at Smalls, is an intimate recording that seems as if you’re sitting in the front row at Smalls jazz club in New York City.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 14 branches, over 196,000 members, more than $2.8 billion in assets, and over 640 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and as the #1 employer on the Detroit Free Press 2014 Top Workplaces list.
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MSUFCU's Patrick McPharlin Receives 2014 Community Service Award
EAST LANSING, MI —MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce that Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), was selected as a recipient of the Lansing Regional Chamber’s 2014 Community Service Award.
Serving MSUFCU for 41 years, McPharlin’s leadership has led to many corporate community service initiatives over the years, including donations to 485 organizations in 2014. During his tenure, the Credit Union developed the MSUFCU Internship Opportunity award, which is a scholarship for students who take on unpaid internships, the Lansing SAVE program, which provides financial education and savings accounts for Lansing-area kindergarteners, and various other programs to benefit those who live and work in the Greater Lansing community. McPharlin has received many accolades throughout his career, including induction into the Michigan Credit Union League Hall of Fame, and as CEO of the year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
McPharlin was also selected for this award due to his personal involvement with the Greater Lansing community. He has served on boards and committees, including the Board of Directors of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, March of Dimes, and the MSU Alumni Association.
“I believe that all organizations that do business in a community have a moral and ethical responsibility to contribute to the communities they serve,” McPharlin commented. “Investing in the community pays off for the community, and I believe it pays off for the people who donate and invest their own personal time.”
After 41 years of service, McPharlin will be retiring from MSUFCU on March 17, 2015.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 14 branches, over 197,000 members, more than $2.8 billion in assets, and over 640 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and as the #1 employer on the Detroit Free Press 2014 Top Workplaces list.
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MSUFCU Employees Raise Nearly $75,000 for Capital Area United Way
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce after a six-month fundraising initiative in 2014, Credit Union employees raised $74,989 for the Capital Area United Way (CAUW). The funding will go toward helping people in need receive vital, basic services, increase participation in quality early childhood learning, increase academic success through student engagement and learning, and increase the number of low-income families and individuals moving toward financial stability.
In additional to internal fundraising efforts, employees also contributed to CAUW by volunteering for the organizations they support, including: Mid-Michigan Cat Rescue (MMCR), Eaton County Adult Handicap Program, and The Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative (MYOI).
“As an organization, it never ceases to amaze me how much of an impact we can have on the community,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “Not only were our employees dedicated to supporting the United Way over the past six months, but they remain dedicated to the community every day, year-round.”
The purpose of the Capital Area United Way is to provide local employers, employees, and other donors a cost-effective system to address community health and human service needs through charitable gifts of time, money, and goods.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 14 branches, over 196,000 members, more than $2.8 billion in assets, and over 640 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and as the #1 employer on the Detroit Free Press 2014 Top Workplaces list.
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MSUFCU Announces New Business Services Managers
EAST LANSING, MI — Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotions of Renee L. Bush to Business Services Manager and Franklin Porter Jr. to Business Services Assistant Manager.
Bush has been with MSUFCU since December 2013. She spent 10 years as a Customer Service Manager at TechSmith and was a Customer Service Manager at Ferrellgas prior to entering MSUFCU’s Management Development program and being hired as the Business Services Manager. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management & Marketing from Northwood University.
Porter began at the Credit Union in March 2014 and was also a member of MSUFCU’s Management Development Program. He received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Saint Leo University. Porter is involved in the South Lansing Business Association, and is an assistant coach for East Lansing High School‘s Boys Varsity Basketball team.
McPharlin commented, “We are confident that Renee and Frank’s leadership will help to grow the Credit Union’s Business Services department and have a positive impact on their team and the community.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 14 branches, over 194,000 members, more than $2.7 billion in assets, and over 625 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and as the #1 employer on the Detroit Free Press 2014 Top Workplaces list.
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MSUFCU Pays it Forward to the Community in 2014
EAST LANSING, MI — Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to share the ways in which Credit Union was able to make a difference in the Greater Lansing community during its 2014 Pay it Forward initiative.
In November 2014, MSUFCU employees celebrated the Credit Union’s 77th anniversary by paying it forward with $7,700 and by performing random acts of kindness in the local community. From paying for customers’ coffee at local coffee shops, to passing out food vouchers at the local farmer’s market, employees surprised members of the community in a number of different ways. Area schools also benefited from this initiative. Everett High School received a $1,000 donation to its music program, and Schavey Road Elementary School received a special gift of two ukuleles for children to enjoy in the school’s music class.
Additional organizations that benefited from Pay if Forward included: the Ronald McDonald House and Sparrow Hospital Children’s Center, with handmade cards for patients; Ingham County Animal Shelter, with food, blankets, and cleaning supplies for the shelter; MSU Student Cancer Support Network Group, with gift cards and food vouchers for a night out; and MSU Student Parents on a Mission, with educational toys and books for the Children’s Nook in the MSU Main Library.
MSUFCU’s Pay it Forward initiative began in 2012 in celebration of MSUFCU’s 75th anniversary. Employees went out into the community and gave back $7,500 to local organizations and community members. This initiative will take place each year moving forward to honor the Credit Union’s anniversary and to continue having a positive impact on the community.
McPharlin commented, “It’s wonderful to see the passion and enthusiasm shown by our employees as they work to make a difference in the lives of others. The Pay it Forward initiative allows us to give back to the community in big and small ways, and we hope it will inspire others to do the same.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 14 branches, over 195,000 members, more than $2.8 billion in assets, and over 625 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and as the #1 employer on the Detroit Free Press 2014 Top Workplaces list.
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MSUFCU Announces New Managers
EAST LANSING, MI — Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotions of Kyle Wright to Adjustments Manager and Russ Waligorski to Consumer Loans Operations Assistant Manager.
Wright has been with MSUFCU since January 2012 and was previously the Consumer Loan Operations Assistant Manager before being promoted to the Adjustments Manager. He received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University. He is also a veteran of Operation New Dawn, serving seven years in the Michigan Army National Guard.
Waligorski began at the Credit Union in June 2010 and was a Loan Services Specialist before being promoted to the Consumer Loans Operations Assistant Manager. He received a BA in History from Michigan State University.
McPharlin commented, “We look forward to seeing Mr. Wright and Mr. Waligorski achieve great success as leaders in their new roles.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 14 branches, over 194,000 members, more than $2.7 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and as the #1 employer on the Detroit Free Press 2014 Top Workplaces list.
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MSUFCU Partners with Telamon Farmworker IDA Program
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce its partnership with the Telamon Farmworker Individual Development Account (IDA) Program and the MSU College Assistance Migrant Program (MSU CAMP) to assist migrant students with financial hardships as they complete a post-secondary education.
The Telamon Farmworker IDA Program is designed to help low-income individuals create and maintain a savings account that will help participants develop money management skills and help decrease debts related to a post-secondary education. MSUFCU works closely with Telamon and MSU CAMP in providing a total of 25 eligible students the opportunity to participate in this match savings program. Savings accounts will be established for eligible students and when they meet the $500 savings goal, they can utilize $4,000 in federal and non-federal match funds. MSUFCU will assist students by opening and maintaining their savings accounts, conducting financial literacy training, and providing $2,000 in non-federal match funds per student. The savings earned throughout the year-long program is then used for post-secondary education and related educational expenses.
“By being involved with this program, we hope to make a big difference in the lives of participants,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This savings program embodies our mission, as it allows us to help participants achieve financial security, their goals, and their dreams by providing them with the financial training needed to do so.”
“Personally I can’t think of a better way of living Telamon’s mission statement than by the establishment of the Telamon Farmworker IDA Program,” said Don Kuchnicki, Telamon’s Director of Employment and Training Programs for the State of Michigan. “Telamon’s mission statement reads that we are committed advocates for people in need. Our mission is to promote the development of human potential by providing resources and opportunities in the communities we serve.”
Telamon Corporation is a nonprofit organization that brings human services to people and communities in twelve states, to improve the lives of those in need. Telamon provides literacy and early childhood education, childcare, job training, emergency services, temporary housing opportunities, mortgage assistance, and much more. For more information on the organization, please visit www.telamon.org.
“We at MSU Migrant Student Services have always been concerned with the financial burden and challenges to our Migrant-Seasonal Farmworkers students and their families when furthering their formal education,” said Luis Garcia, MSU’s Migrant Student Services Director. “The components of this program’s design not only help reduce some of that burden but provide financial management training that will last a lifetime, far beyond the MSU experience.”
MSU CAMP is an educational program that offers individuals with migrant or seasonal farm work backgrounds, a unique opportunity to begin an undergraduate program at MSU. Initiated in 2000, this program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is designed to serve incoming migrant and seasonal farm worker students at MSU. For more information on MSU CAMP, please visit mss.msu.edu/camp.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 14 branches, over 191,000 members, more than $2.7 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
This project has been funded, either wholly or in part, with federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Assets for Independence program. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Health and Human Services or imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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MSUFCU Announces New Branch Managers
EAST LANSING, MI — Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotion of Ashleigh Miller to Meridian Crossing Branch Manager and Leah LaFave to Farm Lane Branch Manager.
Miller has been with MSUFCU since May 2007 and was previously a Call Center Manager prior to being promoted to the Meridian Crossing Branch Manager. She received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in in Communication with specializations in Psychology, Behavioral Sciences, and Family and Child Ecology from Michigan State University.
LaFave began at the Credit Union in April 2014 and was a Store Director at JCrew before joining MSUFCU’s Management Development Program, then becoming the Farm Lane Branch Manager. Additionally, she previously served in the Army National Guard. LaFave is currently pursuing a BA in business.
McPharlin commented, “Ms. Miller and Ms. LaFave will provide great leadership that will allow these branches to thrive and continue to provide superior service to members.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 14 branches, over 191,000 members, more than $2.7 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU Selected as Best Credit Union to Work For
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union is excited to announce that it has been named as the top credit union on the Credit Union Journal’s 2014 Best Credit Unions to Work For list in the “Over $1 Billion in Assets” category. Credit Union Journal has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees.
This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best credit unions. Winners were determined by evaluating each participating credit union’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. Employee surveys were also used to determine winners, assessing the experiences and attitudes of individual employees with respect to their workplace.
“Helping members and employees achieve their goals and dreams is a key part of our mission,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Because of this, we work to create a culture that allows employees to grow, develop, and achieve these goals and dreams in and out of work. It gives us great pleasure to be recognized for fostering this type of positive work environment.”
A full list of winners can be found in the October 20 issue of Credit Union Journal and on CUJournal.com. For more information on the Best Credit Unions to Work for program, visit BestCreditUnionsToWorkFor.com.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 14 branches, over 191,000 members, more than $2.7 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
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MSUFCU startUP Loan Helps Poochie Bowl Become a Reality
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce its support of Legacy Ideas, LLC., which has helped spur growth for their innovative new product, the Poochie Bowl, and helped them open their newly-opened store, We Love Kids n Dogs.
MSUFCU provided Legacy Ideas with a startUP Loan, which helped lead to the development of the Poochie Bowl. The Poochie Bowl was created by Joe Rabideau, who wanted to design a water bowl for long-eared dogs. Its unique design is meant to keep dogs’ ears dry and help cut down on health issues that can occur as a result of consistently wet ears. In addition to the startUP Loan, the company also received support from MSUFCU through an RV loan, which helped them to market the Lansing-manufactured Poochie Bowl around the country.
The MSUFCU startUP loan provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to take their business ideas to the next level by fostering growth and creating new ventures in the Greater Lansing area. The startUP loan is available to all MSUFCU members who have established new businesses in the past two years in the tri-county area: Ingham, Clinton, and Eaton County. For more information on the startUp loan, visit www.msufcu.org/business/business_loans.
“Having the Poochie Bowl locally funded through MSUFCU allowed it to be imagined, developed, and built here in Lansing,” said Chris Allen, Poochie Bowl’s Vice President. “MSUFCU truly wanted to see us succeed; we feel like we have the whole team on our side.”
“We’re proud to support a company so rooted in the Lansing community.” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It’s great to see our members succeed in their endeavors, and we’re pleased to play a part in helping them achieve their goals and dreams.”
We Love Kids n Dogs is now open for business in the Meridian Mall in Okemos. To learn more about the Poochie Bowl or to purchase one, please visit www.poochiebowl.com.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has fourteen branches, over 191,000 members, more than $2.7 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
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MSUFCU Partners with Sparrow Children's Center for Annual Toy Drive
EAST LANSING, MI—MSU Federal Credit Union is proud to partner with the Sparrow Children’s Center to support children in the local community through a toy drive in its greater Lansing area branches now through Friday, October 31, 2014. The donated items will go directly to the Children’s Center Playroom at Sparrow Hospital, a resource for young patients and their families to experience a home away from home when coming to Sparrow to receive care. Nurses and child life specialists use the Children’s Center Playroom to help children recover from sickness or injury through play, education, and emotional support.
A detailed list of the items requested will be available at each of our greater Lansing area branches where community members can drop off toys.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are honored to partner with the Sparrow Children’s Center once again this year with the hope of making a difference in the lives of children receiving care at Sparrow.”
By giving to the Sparrow Foundation, the community can make an impact on the health and lives of many.Support of the Sparrow Foundation ensures that you and those you love have access to the very best facilities, technology, resources, and highly-skilled professionals right here in mid-Michigan.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has fourteen branches, over 191,000 members, more than $2.7 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU Hosts Blue Mondays Concert
EAST LANSING, MI— On Monday, October 6, 2014, MSU Federal Credit Union held its fourth Blue Mondays concert at MSUFCU Headquarters. MSUFCU members and the community enjoyed an evening of jazz, featuring bassist and composer, Christian McBride. McBride has contributed to the jazz world for the past 20 years, performing with musicians such as Milt Jackson, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Pat Metheny. He has also played with/arranged for Isaac Hayes, Chaka Kahn, Lalah Hathaway, Sting, and James Brown.
The Blue Mondays series began in 2013 and is part of the MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence program, which invests in the MSU College of Music’s curriculum and the community. This partnership also serves as means to enhance high school and middle school music programs across the state.
“It was wonderful to see so many people come out to enjoy the show,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Blue Mondays is a great way to share the fine arts with our community, and we look forward to welcoming many talented artists in the future.”
The next Blue Mondays concert will be held on Monday, December 1, 2014 and will feature jazz trombonist, Robin Eubanks. More information on the concert will be made available closer to the event.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has fourteen branches, over 191,000 members, more than $2.7 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
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MSUFCU Announces New E-Services Manager
EAST LANSING, MI — Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotion of Maria P. Turowski to E-Services Manager.
Turowski has been with MSUFCU since August 2012 and was previously an E-Services Specialist before being promoted to E-Services Manager. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Spanish Language minor from Michigan State University.
McPharlin commented, “We have great confidence that Ms. Turowski will provide quality leadership to the E-Services department and we look forward to her success in this new role.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 191,000 members, more than $2.7 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU Announces New Call Center Managers
EAST LANSING, MI — Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotion of Anthony Brown and Andy Clark to Call Center Managers.
Brown has been with MSUFCU since February 2013 and was previously an Assistant Branch Manager at the Mason Branch before being promoted to Call Center Manager. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Organizational Administration and is a volunteer for Junior Achievement of Mid-Michigan.
Clark has worked for MSUFCU since March 2013, previously serving as a Loan Adjuster before being promoted to Call Center Manager. He received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Fitness Management with a minor in Health from Olivet College.
McPharlin commented, “We look forward to seeing the great things that Mr. Brown and Mr. Clark will bring to our call center. The hard work shown in their previous roles will bring success to their new positions.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 191,000 members, more than $2.7 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU Named #1 on 2014 Top Workplaces List
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that it has been named the #1 employer in the large-employer category in the 2014 Top Workplaces list by the Detroit Free Press. MSUFCU will be honored at the 2014 Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces breakfast on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at Shriners Silver Garden Event Center in Southfield, MI.
MSUFCU was selected through employee surveys, measuring qualities such as company leadership, communication, career opportunities, working environment, managerial skills, pay, and benefits. The Detroit Free Press has selected Top Workplaces winners since 2006. Since MSUFCU began competing in 2011, it has been recognized on the Top Workplaces list in 2011, 2012, and 2013. However, this is the first time that MSUFCU has been listed as number one.
“We’re thrilled to be named as the top workplace in Michigan,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “Employee satisfaction is integral to the success of the Credit Union, as it allows us to provide superior service to our members. This award shows that we are truly dedicated to our employees and our culture of inclusion and diversity in the workplace.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 191,000 members, more than $2.7 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Federal Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU Announces New Assistant Branch Manager
EAST LANSING, MI — Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotion of Amy Wright to Assistant Branch Manager at the newly opened Mason Branch.
Wright has been with MSUFCU since November 2011 and was previously a Branch Trainer before being promoted to Assistant Branch Manager. She received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Family Community Services with a Specialization in Adult Development from Michigan State University. Amy is currently pursuing a Master in Business Administration (MBA) with a Specialization in Finance from the Center of Graduate Studies at Baker College.
McPharlin commented, “Ms. Wright will be a wonderful addition to our new Mason Branch, as she has proven to be an effective leader and asset to the Credit Union through her previous positions.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 191,000 members, more than $2.7 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU to Host Blue Mondays Concert, Featuring Bassist Christian McBride
EAST LANSING, MI— MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce its next Blue Mondays concert at MSUFCU’s Headquarters on October 6, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. The event will feature bassist and composer, Christian McBride, who has contributed to the jazz world for the past 20 years, performing with musicians such as Milt Jackson, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Pat Metheny. He has also played with/arranged for Isaac Hayes, Chaka Kahn, Lalah Hathaway, Sting, and James Brown.
The Blue Mondays series is part of the MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence Endowment, which invests in the MSU College of Music’s curriculum and the community. This partnership also serves as means to enhance high school and middle school music programs across the state. Members can RSVP to Blue Mondays by visiting www.msufcu.org/events. Spaces for this event are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
“After a successful first year of our Blue Mondays concerts, we’re looking forward to kicking off another season,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Blue Mondays provides us with a wonderful opportunity to work with the MSU College of Music and welcome our members to experience the fine arts with us.”
McBride will also perform on October 10, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. with the Jazz Orchestra I at the Fairchild Theater in MSU’s Auditorium. This concert is open to the public, and tickets may be purchased at www.music.msu.edu.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 185,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
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MSUFCU Partners with the Hatch
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to show its support of and partnership with “The Hatch,” which celebrated its grand opening on Monday, September 15, 2014. The Hatch is MSU’s student co-working space and is designed to host, accelerate, cultivate, and enable student entrepreneurs to grow their ideas through a creative, co-working environment. The Hatch is located at 325 E. Grand River, Suite 315 in East Lansing.
MSUFCU provided the Hatch with a three-year gift to help expand the facility, going from 1,135 square feet to 2,549 square feet. Through this partnership, MSUFCU also helped design the space to create an inspirational workplace for young entrepreneurs and provide them with financial education resources. MSUFCU also aims to assist Hatch members and MSU students in reaching their professional goals by offering a wide range of products and services, including the MSUFCU startUP loan.
The MSUFCU startUP loan provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to take their business ideas to the next level by fostering growth and creating new ventures in the Greater Lansing area. The startUP loan is available to all MSUFCU members who have established new businesses in the past two years in the tri-county area: Ingham, Clinton, and Eaton County. For more information on the startUp loan, visit www.msufcu.org/business/business_loans.
“The Hatch provides a wonderful resource for MSU students to start their careers as entrepreneurs” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “We hope to help them achieve their goals and dreams by providing them with the tools they need to get their businesses started.”
The mission of the Hatch Program is to generate and advance the culture of entrepreneurship in the community and to expand the knowledge-based economy in the market, focusing on student entrepreneurs. By sharing a common workspace, members are able to work on their own business ventures while collaborating with other students, fellows, and mentors-in-residence, to create diverse teams and increase successful outcomes. For more information, visit www.ideahatch.org.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 191,000 members, more than $2.7 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Federal Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU Celebrates Mason Branch Grand Opening
EAST LANSING, MI — To celebrate the opening of its new Mason Branch, MSU Federal Credit Union will host an open house on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Members and everyone in the community are invited to attend this event to check out the new branch and enjoy lunch and a free gift. The branch is located at 1133 S. Cedar Street in Mason.
MSUFCU will also have special offers available to members at all branch locations throughout the months of September and October. Offers include: $25 or 5,000 points toward a Visa Credit Card when members open a new card and spend $250 within the first 90 days, $100 cash back on auto loans, 0.25% certificate bonuses, and a free travel blanket upon opening a new checking account with direct deposit. Complete details about these special offers are available at www.msufcu.org.
“The Mason Branch provides us with a great opportunity to build our relationship with new and existing members in the Mason area,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “We look forward to welcoming them to the new branch.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 185,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Federal Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU Increases Loan Growth by 16.64%
EAST LANSING, MI—MSU Federal Credit Union strives to meet its members’ needs by providing low-cost, low monthly payment loans. Whether individuals are looking to buy their first cars or purchase their dream homes, the Credit Union is there to help make members’ dreams a reality. MSUFCU currently offers many different loans and has a consumer loan portfolio of $1.6 billion as of July 31, 2014, which is a 16.64% increase from July 31, 2013. The largest growth in loans was through consumer term loans and lines-of-credit loans with a 24.03% increase. MSUFCU’s first mortgage real estate loans were the second largest in loan growth, with a 17.02% increase over the previous year.
“It’s our mission at MSUFCU to assist members in achieving their goals and dreams. By understanding that our members have different financial needs, we work with them on an individual basis and try to find them the best resources and solutions. In 2013, we were able to save members more than $7.7 million in interest through the consolidation of higher-debt loans at other financial institutions; we look forward to continue saving members money in 2014,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
MSUFCU offers a variety of loans for members such as mortgage and home equity loans, lines-of-credit, Visa credit cards, fixed-term loans, vehicle loans, and financing options for business account holders.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 184,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Federal Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU Offers App to Help Students Achieve Financial Success
EAST LANSING, MI — To help college students get on the path to financial wellness, MSU Federal Credit Union offers money.edu, a free mobile app designed to offer financial tips and promote good money management skills.
Students can use money.edu to set up budgets, learn financial terminology and facts, submit questions to an expert, and more. Not only does money.edu allow students to track their finances, but it allows them to do it on the go. Money.edu is available in the Apple iTunes App Store and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, operating on iOS 5.0 or later.
In addition to the app, MSUFCU also offers a money.edu video series on YouTube, which covers a variety of topics tailored to students including: budgeting, student-targeted scams, travel tips, savings tips, and more.
“We are proud to provide a variety of resources that will help our members achieve financial security,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “Money.edu is a great opportunity for us to reach out to college students and give them the resources to effectively manage their finances.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 185,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Federal Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU Opens New Mason Branch
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that its new Mason Branch is now open as of Tuesday, September 2, 2014. The branch is located at 1133 S. Cedar Street in Mason.
The Mason Branch is a full-service location with drive-up tellers and 24-hour ATMs. It also offers a range of services, including mortgages. The branch is 6,500 square feet and is staffed by 12 MSUFCU employees.
To celebrate the grand opening of the branch, MSUFCU will have special offers available to members at all branch locations throughout the months of September and October. Offers include: $25 or 5,000 points toward a Visa Credit Card when members open a new card and spend $250 within the first 90 days, $100 cash back on auto loans, 0.25% certificate bonuses, and a free travel blanket upon opening a new checking account with direct deposit. Complete details about these special offers are available at www.msufcu.org.
“We are excited to open the new Mason Branch, and we look forward to serving the thousands of members in Mason and the surrounding area” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 185,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Federal Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU Welcomes New and Returning Students to Campus
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union is excited to welcome new and returning students to campus for the upcoming school year. Credit Union employees will be visiting various campus locations as part of Michigan State University’s (MSU) Fall 2014 Student Welcome to offer financial tips, provide students with information on our products and services, and to help students open new accounts.
MSUFCU employees will be available to answer financial questions at our East Lansing, MSU Union, and Farm Lane branches as well as at various student events and in the dorms throughout the week. Students are welcome to stop by to learn how to become members and to find out how the Credit Union can help them reach financial success.
We will be hosting financial education seminars on MSU’s campus, presenting topics on budgeting, identity theft, and establishing positive credit. These Financial U seminars will be held at the MSU Union on September 9-11, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Please visit www.msfufcu.org/community/events to register and for a full list of financial education seminars.
MSUFCU also offers a free financial app designed for college students in the Apple iTunes App Store, money.edu. Users can use money.edu to set up budgets, learn financial terminology and facts, submit questions to an expert, and more.
“Our partnership with MSU provides a great opportunity for us to head to campus to meet the incoming students,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “Our goal is to help provide the financial tools that will allow them to achieve success during and after college.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 185,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Federal Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU Employees Raise More Than $44,000 for Haven House
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that after a six-month fundraising initiative, Credit Union employees raised more than $44,000 for Haven House, one of this year’s charity partners. To date, this is the largest amount ever raised by the Credit Union’s charity committee. Haven House plans to use the donated funds to upgrade the shelter and relocate the children’s playroom.
In addition to donating money to Haven House, employees also donated their time by volunteering at the shelter throughout the year. Credit Union employees helped out by preparing meals for residents, cleaning and organizing the shelter, gardening, and much more.
“It has been a wonderful experience working with Haven House over the past six months,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “Our employees went above and beyond to make this initiative a success, and I look forward to seeing the impact we can have on the community for many years to come.”
Haven House is a shelter located in East Lansing that provides emergency housing and support for homeless families and helps prepare them for permanent housing by developing and promoting self-sufficiency, stability, and financial responsibility.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 185,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Federal Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU Joins the Fight to Cure Type 1 Diabetes in JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes
EAST LANSING, MI — On Saturday, August 2, 2014, MSUFCU employees, family, and friends joined together in the fight to cure type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes. Team MSUFCU raised more than $5,000 in support of the cause and boasted nearly 75 individuals who participated in the walk. MSUFCU also served as a corporate sponsor for the event.
Because of MSUFCU’s commitment to the community, employees worked together throughout the summer to support this cause. Employees proved that a little bit can go a long way by raising more than $5,000 through various fundraising activities. Additionally, MSUFCU’s Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer (COO), April Clobes served as the event’s Corporate Chair, alongside Honorary Chair and MSU Head Football Coach, Mark Dantonio.
Clobes commented, “I’m proud to say that we were able to take part in this effort by supporting those with type 1 diabetes as well as their families and the researchers working to find a cure. The Credit Union would not be where it is today if it wasn’t for the dedicated employees who show their commitment to the community by supporting causes like JDRF and the Walk to Cure Diabetes.”
JDRF is the leading global organization funding T1D research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 185,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Federal Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU Appoints Blanck, Villaruel, and Zayko to Supervisory Committee
EAST LANSING, MI— Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Blanck, Kristine Zayko, and Francisco Villarruel to MSUFCU’s Supervisory Committee.
Blanck has been with Michigan State University (MSU) since 1997, currently serving as the Budget and Personnel Officer for the Office of the Provost. Blanck received an Associate of Arts (AA) in Liberal Arts from Oakland Community College and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Michigan State University.
Villarruel has served MSU since 1988 in a variety of positions. He currently serves as a Professor of Human Development and as the University Outreach and Engagement Senior Fellow. Villarruel received a BA in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science (MS) in Assisted Computer Learning and Language from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in Child and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Zayko has been with the MSU Office of the General Counsel since 1998, currently serving as the Deputy General Counsel. She received a BA in English from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Michigan.
McPharlin commented, “These individuals bring a variety of skills and expertise to the Supervisory Committee, and we look forward to their contributions to the Credit Union.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 185,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Federal Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU Announces New Network Systems Assistant Manager and IT Operations Assistant Manager
EAST LANSING, MI — Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the hiring of Meredith Crowl to Network Systems Assistant Manager, and the promotion of Jason Cunningham to IT Operations Assistant Manager.
Meredith Crowl has been with MSUFCU since April 2014, and was previously a Partner Care Center Supervisor at Center for Business Innovation before being hired as the Network Systems Assistant Manager. She received a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Computer Science from Olivet Nazarene University.
Jason Cunningham has worked for MSUFCU since November 2011, previously serving as a Senior Business Systems Analyst. Prior to his position at MSUFCU, he served as a Mechanical Technician for L-3 Communications Applied Technologies. Cunningham received a Bachelor of Science (BS) from Ferris State University and an Associate of Science (AS) from San Diego Mesa College.
McPharlin commented, “Ms. Crowl and Mr. Cunningham possess unique skill sets and have shown great ability to become effective leaders on the Information Technology team. These individuals will play an integral role in assisting employees and helping meet the needs of our members.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 184,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU startUP Loan Helps Food Court Wars Winner Open Doors in Lansing
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that local entrepreneurs, Mark and Krysta McGee, of Mark’s Gourmet Dogs and recipient of MSFUCU’s startUP loan, were selected as winners on the Food Network series “Food Court Wars.”
The pair competed on the show to win a food court space for a year at the Lansing Mall, beating out Grand Grillin for the top prize. Working with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Lansing Community College, they created a business plan and were able to determine the next steps toward growing their business. With the help of MSUFCU and the startUP loan, the McGee’s had the chance to make their dreams a reality.
“MSU Federal Credit Union’s startUP loan was exactly what we needed to get the doors open,” said Mark McGee.
The MSUFCU startUP loan provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to take their business ideas to the next level by fostering growth and creating new ventures in the Greater Lansing area. The startUP loan is available to all MSUFCU members who have established new businesses in the past two years in the tri-county area: Ingham, Clinton, and Eaton County. For more information on the startUp loan, visit www.msufcu.org/business/business_loans.
“We’re thrilled to see our members achieve their goals and dreams by getting their businesses off the ground,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “By offering our startUP loan to Mark’s Gourmet Dogs, we helped enable them to grow their business. We hope to provide the same opportunities for other business ventures in the Greater Lansing area.”
Mark’s Gourmet Dogs is located in the Lansing Mall Food Court at W. Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, MI. They are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. To view their menu, visit their Facebook page.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 184,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. MSUFCU was named 2014 Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
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MSUFCU Appoints Michael Hudson to Board of Directors
EAST LANSING, MI— Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Hudson to the MSUFCU Board of Directors.
Hudson has worked with Michigan State University (MSU) since January of 1992, where he has held a variety of positions including serving as an Adjunct Faculty member for the College of Education. He currently serves as the Director of the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD), where he has played a prominent role in advancing MSU’s leadership in assistive technology and maximizing opportunity for persons with disabilities. His intensive focus on ability, skill development, and organizational efficiency aids in his creativity and commitment to higher education and community partnerships despite his own blindness.
Serving on MSUFCU’s Supervisory Committee since May 2011, and as its Chairman since July 2013, Hudson’s first contributions included helping the Credit Union become one of the first in the nation to implement accessible ATM machines that offered voice output for persons with visual impairment and print-related disabilities. Hudson holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Administration of Student Personnel Services from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Psychology with a minor in Substance Abuse Counseling and Crisis Intervention from Lake Superior State University.
McPharlin commented, “Mr. Hudson has shown great dedication to a number of different boards and committees over the years, and we are honored to have had the privilege to utilize his talents within the Credit Union. His leadership on the Supervisory Committee will be a great asset as he joins the Board.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 184,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
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MSUFCU Appoints Janet Lillie to Board of Directors
EAST LANSING, MI— Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the appointment of Janet Lillie to the MSUFCU Board of Directors.
Dr. Lillie has been with Michigan State University (MSU) since 1997 and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. In addition to her administrative and teaching contributions, she currently serves on a number of local committees, including the committee for the One Book, One Community reading program, which brings together MSU students, university partners, and community members. Dr. Lillie received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in German and a BA in Communication from Miami University, Ohio, and both her Master of Arts (MA) and Ph.D. in Communication from Michigan State University.
Serving on the MSUFCU’s Supervisory Committee since July 2013, Lillie has made many positive contributions to the Credit Union. Her strong communication and project management skills have been an asset to the Committee, helping guide the Credit Union into the future.
McPharlin commented, “Dr. Lillie has shown great commitment to MSU, the Credit Union, and the East Lansing community. We are pleased to welcome her to the Board. Her unique skill set and qualifications will be excellent additions to the Board, and we look forward to her contributions to come.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 184,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
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MSUFCU Announces New E-Commerce Manager and Internal Audit Manager
EAST LANSING, MI — Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotions of Benjamin Maxim to E-Commerce Manager and Rob Johnson to Internal Audit Manager.
Benjamin Maxim has been with MSUFCU since July 2007, where he previously served as a Senior Web Developer before taking on his new role as the E-Commerce Manager. Maxim received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media from Michigan State University.
Rob Johnson has worked at MSUFCU since August 2012, formerly working as a Senior Compliance Auditor before being promoted to Internal Audit Manager. Johnson has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting and Management from Northwood University and is also a Certified Public Accountant.
McPharlin commented, “These individuals have proven themselves as leaders in their departments and as valuable assets to the Credit Union. We wish Mr. Maxim and Mr. Johnson success in their new roles as they continue to carry out the Credit Union’s mission to help members and employees achieve their goals and dreams.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 184,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
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MSUFCU Announces New Facilities Operations Assistant Manager and Consumer Loans Operations Assistant Manager
EAST LANSING, MI — Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotions of Brian Grapentien to Facilities Operations Assistant Manager at MSUFCU’s Headquarters and Kyle Wright to Consumer Loans Operations Assistant Manager.
Brian Grapentien has worked at MSUFCU since September 2013, and was previously a Facilities Maintenance Specialist before being promoted to Facilities Operations Assistant Manager. He has a Facility Management Certificate (CT) from Ferris State University. Grapentien also serves as a chairperson for the City of Portland Planning Commission and is on the board for the Portland Community Arts Council (PCAC).
Kyle Wright has been with MSUFCU since January 2012, formerly serving as a Financial Services Representative before being promoted to Consumer Loans Operations Assistant Manager in our Management Development Program. Wright received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University. He is also a veteran of Operation New Dawn, serving seven years in the Michigan Army National Guard.
McPharlin commented, “These individuals have shown leadership and have developed the skills to prepare them for a management role. Mr. Grapentien and Mr. Wright will be excellent assets to our management team.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 184,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
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MSUFCU Named 2014 Federal Credit Union of the Year
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that it was named 2014 Federal Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) among credit unions with more than $250 million in assets. MSUFCU and other winners in NAFCU’s 2014 Annual Awards Competition will be honored in conjunction with NAFCU’s 47th Annual Conference and Solutions Expo in Las Vegas, July 22-26.
In the past year, MSUFCU has reached many milestones. From reaching $2.5 billion in assets, to saving members more than $7.7 million in interest, the year has been full of successes. MSUFCU also expanded a longtime partnership with Oakland University to establish Oakland University Credit Union, a registered trade name of MSUFCU, and merged with Eaton County Educational Credit Union (ECECU), gaining the MSUFCU Charlotte Branch this year.
On top of providing superior service to members throughout the year, MSUFCU employees also worked to make a difference in the community through financial education, charitable giving, and volunteering. MSUFCU hosted financial education seminars for more than 3,000 individuals, including members, students, and local youth, promoting financial wellness in the community. In the past year, Credit Union employees also supported local charities, including the Help A Willing Kid Foundation (H.A.W.K.), Capital Area United Way, and Relay for Life. Employees raised more than $110,000 in total through raffles, cookie sales, supply drives, and payroll deductions. In addition to fundraising activities, Credit Union employees also donated countless hours of their time, volunteering in a number of different ways throughout the year.
“In my 41 years with the Credit Union, the past year has been one of the best,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We have seen great changes and great accomplishments that led us to receiving this award, all of which would not have been possible without the support and loyalty of our employees and members.”
"This tremendous honor for MSUFCU comes as the MSUFCU board announces Pat McPharlin'sretirement and the transfer of leadership to April Clobes. This well-deserved recognition for the credit union is a fitting tribute to Pat, April and the whole MSUFCU team,” Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates CEO David Adams said.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 184,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
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MSUFCU Celebrates Meridian Crossing Branch Ground Breaking
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union celebrated the ground breaking of its future MSUFCU Meridian Crossing branch, located at 2300 Jolly Road in Okemos, near the corner of Jolly and Okemos roads. On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, representatives from MSUFCU and Meridian Township were in attendance to make formal remarks regarding the new branch, which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015.
The Meridian Crossing Branch will be a full service location with drive-up tellers and 24-hour ATMs. It will also offer a range of services, including mortgages. Upon completion, the branch will also create 15 jobs, employing members of the local community.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are excited to begin the construction of the new Meridian Crossing branch, as its completion will allow us to continue to provide superior service to our members in the Meridian Township area.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 184,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
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MSUFCU Announces New Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Remote Services
EAST LANSING, MI — Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotions of Samantha Amburgey to Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Dennis Dorogi to Vice President of Remote Services.
Samantha Amburgey has been with MSUFCU since July 2004, where she previously served as Senior Vice President of Remote Services before being promoted to MSUFCU’s Chief Information Officer. Amburgey has held a variety of positions with the Credit Union, previously serving as an eServices Manager, before becoming the Vice President of eCommerce and eServices, where she was responsible for overseeing these departments. As CIO, Amburgey’s role will expand even further, as she will take the lead in moving MSUFCU forward with the advancing technology of the times. She received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Sociology from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Dennis Dorogi has worked at MSUFCU since September 2008, formerly working as the Assistant Vice President of Remote Services before being promoted to the Vice President of Remote Services. Dorogi has served in a number of different positions within the Credit Union, previously working in eServices, the call center, and branches. In his new role, he will oversee MSUFCU’s eServices and Call Center departments. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Economics from Eastern Michigan University.
“Ms. Amburgey and Mr. Dorogi will use their extensive experience in their departments and their great abilities to manage these departments, to lead the technology of the future of the Credit Union and provide superior service to members,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 183,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
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MSUFCU Announces Retirement of President/CEO, Patrick McPharlin
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), announces his retirement from the Credit Union after 41 years of dedicated service and leadership. The board of directors have worked with Mr. McPharlin on a multi-year succession plan resulting in the selection of April Clobes, MSUFCU’s Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, as his successor beginning in March 2015.Mr. McPharlin joined the Credit Union in 1973 and has served as President/CEO for the past 14 years. During his leadership, MSUFCU has grown from $546 million to over $2.6 billion in assets, and from close to 97,000 members to over 183,000 members nationwide. The Credit Union has also been recognized as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business and Professional Association, and recently named the 2014 Federal Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). As a well respected leader within the community and industry, Mr. McPharlin serves on many boards and committees for various organizations in the Greater Lansing area and was honored as NAFCU’s CEO of the Year in 2010.“Through his dedication to serving the members and our community, Pat has led the Credit Union to a stellar record of growth and success,” commented Dr. John R. Brick, MSUFCU’s Chairman of the Board. “We appreciate his leadership and development of an outstanding culture of service focused on making a difference in people’s lives. This is evidenced by the many regional and national awards the Credit Union has received.”April Clobes has been with the Credit Union for 18 years and has led many areas within the Credit Union through various executive positions. Her vision and commitment to the Credit Union has allowed her to excel within the organization and achieve her current position of Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. She is actively involved with many organizations focused on Michigan State University and the Greater Lansing community, and has been recognized as a leader within the credit union industry, being named a Top Woman to Watch in 2013 by the Credit Union Times—awarded to women who are reshaping the credit union industry throughout the country. “April is an exemplary leader with a great passion for helping our members, employees, and community to be financially successful and achieve their goals and dreams. She has been integrally involved in virtually all aspects of Credit Union operations and has the full support of the board of directors,” stated Brick. “We are confident she will take the Credit Union to the next level.” MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 183,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
MSUFCU Media Advisory - ePIFanyNow™ Party
For Immediate Release May 1, 2014
MSUFCU to host ePIFanyNow™ party
What: ePIFanyNow™ party
When: May 4, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: MSUFCU Headquarters
3777 West Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
Who: MSU Federal Credit Union
Details: ePIFanyNow™ originated in 2009, when its founder, Bob Hoffman, got cut off by a driver. He decided to turn his experience into something positive by helping others. The mission of ePIFanyNow™ is to “create a revolution of positive, transformational experiences through exponential acts of kindness.” The program, which has no religious or political affiliation, serves as a means to inspire people to spread kindness in their day-to-day lives.
This year, MSUFCU will host an ePIFanyNow™ party at its headquarters. The community is invited to join by spreading kindness in their own unique ways. There will be some ideas provided, however, individuals are encouraged to come up with acts of kindness of their own, both big and small. After, teams will be invited back to enjoy complimentary refreshments and will have the unique opportunity to share their stories with others.
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MSUFCU Big Bang-quet Community Charity Challenge a Success, Local Charities Win Big
EAST LANSING, MI — On March 25, 2014, MSU Federal Credit Union joined the University Club of MSU and the Capital Region Community Foundation in support of local organizations by sponsoring the Big Bang-quet Community Charity Challenge. Community members spent the evening at the University Club to place their final votes, meet local charities, and celebrate the conclusion of the challenge by honoring its winners.
The goal of the Big Bang-quet was to bring awareness to local organizations and charities and give community members an opportunity to show their support by voting for their favorite cause. The event raised more than $80,000 for 24 local charities. The big winners of the evening are as follows
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Grand Prize: The Lansing Symphony Orchestra
The Lansing Symphony Orchestra has served the community through music and music education since 1929. The organization provides opportunities for area youth to develop their skills firsthand through music education programming.
Second Place: Lansing Promise
Lansing Promise is a scholarship program designed to transform the lives of students, families, and the Lansing community. The Promise is an award offered to graduates of public and private schools within the Lansing School District boundaries that provides the financial assistance necessary to obtain a two-year degree or its equivalent at an eligible school.
Most Voters: Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center
Origami is a nonprofit organization offering a continuum of care for adults who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. The organization is partnered with Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and Peckham, Inc.
“At MSUFCU, we feel it is our responsibility to remain connected with the community and the organizations devoted to making it a better place” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are honored to support these groups in achieving their goals, and in working together, we strive to make a big impact.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 183,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 550 employees.
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MSUFCU to Collect Items for 7th Annual Movers for Moms Donation Drive
EAST LANSING, MI — MSUFCU is pleased to announce its partnership with Two Men And A Truck of Lansing for the Movers for Moms campaign from April 14 to May 2, 2014.
Movers for Moms is a donation drive devoted to recognizing moms living in women and family shelters by providing them with personal care and comfort items. To support this cause, community members can make donations at any MSUFCU Greater Lansing area branch. Items such as soaps, hair care products, pillows, blankets, slippers, baby food, diapers, and other essential items will be accepted. Two Men And A Truck will pick up and deliver the collected items to partnering women’s shelters on or before Mother’s Day.
“We are pleased to work with Two Men And A Truck on this initiative, as we share a similar mission of providing superior service to our members while serving the community. With Movers for Moms we have the ability to improve the lives of others,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to working with them to ensure that local mothers will feel special this Mother’s Day.”
Two Men And A Truck has women in key leadership roles across the company, and some of their most successful franchisees are women, so the idea for Movers for Moms came naturally. Last spring, Movers for Moms collected more than 210,000 items for women living in shelters across the nation on Mother’s Day. Join us in helping Two Men And A Truck locations reach their goal of collecting 300,000 items.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 183,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
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MSUFCU to Pass it Forward by Hosting ePIFanyNow™ Party
EAST LANSING, MI — MSUFCU is pleased to invite the community to an ePIFanyNow™ party on May 4, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The “PIF” in ePIFanyNow™ stands for “pass it forward” and for the second year, participants are invited to join us in passing it forward by performing random acts of kindness in the local community.ePIFanyNow™ originated in 2009, when its founder, Bob Hoffman, got cut off by a driver. He decided to turn his experience into something positive by helping others. ePIFanyNow™’s mission is to “create a revolution of positive, transformational experiences through exponential acts of kindness.” The program, which has no religious or political affiliation, serves as a means to inspire people to spread kindness in their day-to-day lives.MSUFCU hosted its first ePIFanyNow™ party in 2013. Credit Union employees and community members went out in teams and spent a day giving out gift cards, paying for other people’s groceries, raking yards, painting homes, and much more.This year, MSUFCU plans to continue on with this spirit of giving by hosting another ePIFanyNow™ party. The community is invited to join by spreading kindness in their own unique ways. There will be some ideas provided, however, individuals are encouraged to come up with acts of kindness of their own, both big and small. After, teams will be invited back to enjoy complimentary refreshments and will have the unique opportunity to share their stories with others.”Giving back to the community is a top priority at MSUFCU, and ePIFanyNow™ is a great way for the Credit Union to spread kindness on a large scale,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It is truly inspiring to see our employees and members come together to make a difference in the lives of others in our community.”MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 183,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
MSUFCU to Host Nuestros Cuentos Student Art Exhibit
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce its partnership with Mt. Hope Elementary School, Pattengill Academy, MSU’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), and MSU’s Residence College in Arts and Humanities (RCAH) in hosting the Nuestros Cuentos Children’s Storytelling project on April 30, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at MSUFCU Headquarters, located at 3777 West Road in East Lansing. Members of the community and local media are welcome to attend this event. Nuestros Cuentos, or “our stories,” is a collaborative project that documents the stories of Latino, public school children in the form of student autobiographies and artwork. This collaboration with Latino students from Mt. Hope and Pattengill Elementary schools, former migrant workers, and RCAH students will focus on Lansing and Michigan Latino history and the power of telling community and individual stories. This project turns these stories into an interactive display for the community to experience. Attendees will also have the opportunity to see an unveiling of the children’s books, view the accompanying artwork and view a short film documenting the Nuestros Cuentos project. “MSUFCU is pleased to support the Nuestros Cuentos project and invest in a program that allows us to celebrate Latino students and their stories,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to display each of the student’s artwork to visitors at MSUFCU’s Headquarters and continue our support of arts in the local community.”Light refreshments will be served at the reception, and projects will be displayed at MSUFCU Headquarters through the end of May. MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 183,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
MSUFCU Understanding Your Credit Report Score and Understanding Social Security Benefit Seminars
EAST LANSING, MI — Join us as we partner with the Women’s Resource Center in hosting an Understanding Your Credit Report and Score Seminar. Attendees will learn the importance of a good credit score and what factors may impact it. This seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 12:00 p.m.to 1:00 p.m. at MSUFCU’s Farm Lane Branch, located at 4825 E. Mt. Hope Road in East Lansing.
Then, join us for an Understanding Social Security Benefits Seminar, where participants will have the opportunity to ask the experts any questions they have about Social Security. Plan to attend this seminar on Thursday, April 24, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at MSUFCU’s Farm Lane Branch, located at 4825 E. Mt. Hope Road in East Lansing.
There is no charge to attend these seminars, and they are open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided for seminar attendees. Seating is limited and an RSVP is requested. For reservations, please call MSUFCU’s Internal and Corporate Communications department today at 517-664-7725, or register online at www.msufcu.org/seminars.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 183,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
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MSUFCU Celebrates National Credit Union Youth Week
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to invite members and the community to Catch the Save Wave as part of its Kids’ Day celebration on April 26, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at MSUFCU Headquarters. Kids’ Day serves as the conclusion of National Credit Union Youth Week, running from April 21-26, 2014. Members of the media are also welcome to attend this event.Kids’ Day will feature a number of activities for participants and their families, including: a visit from some of Potter Park Zoo’s animals, fingerprinting by the East Lansing Police Department, an exhibit from Impression 5 Science Center, crafts, games, prizes, and much more. A free lunch will be provided. Throughout the week, MSUFCU will also be giving out a free pair of sunglasses to every youth member that visits any branch location.”The financial education and tools that the Credit Union provides is invaluable to members of all ages,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Kids’ Day allows us to provide a fun way to reach our younger members to teach them the benefits of money management and savings and to help them achieve their goals, dreams, and financial wellness from an early age.”National Credit Union Youth Week serves as a time to teach children financial responsibility through participating in fun seminars, contests, promotions, and other financial education methods. To register for Kids’ Day, please visit www.msufcu.org/specials/youthcontestsandevents.MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 183,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. # # #
MSUFCU Announces New Branch Management of Mason Branch
EAST LANSING, MI — Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotions of Allison Horn to Branch Manager, and Anthony Brown to Assistant Branch Manager at MSUFCU’s new Mason Branch (to open in October 2014). The new branch will allow these individuals and their staff to provide superior service to MSUFCU members in the Mason area.Allison Horn has been with MSUFCU since December of 2010, and was previously a Call Center Manager before being promoted to the Mason Branch Manager. She received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Organizational Communication from Michigan State University.Anthony Brown has worked for MSUFCU since February 2013, previously serving as an E-Services Specialist. Prior to his position at MSUFCU, he served as the Director of Sales at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in East Lansing. Brown is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Organization Administration and is a volunteer for Junior Achievement ofMid-Michigan.McPharlin commented, “By taking advantage of development opportunities at the Credit Union, these individuals have learned the necessary skills to excel at a management level. Ms. Horn and Mr. Brown will use their experience and leadership to continue our mission of providing superior service to our new and existing members in the area when the Mason Branch opens in October.”MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 183,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees. # # #
MSUFCU Selected as Winner of Governor's Fitness Award
EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce to have been chosen as the winner of the 2014 Governor’s Council Outstanding Healthy Workplace Award for the large employer category. On Thursday, April 24, 2014, MSUFCU will be honored during the Governor’s Fitness Award Gala Celebration at Ford Field.
The Governor’s Council Outstanding Healthy Workplace Award recognizes workplaces that are excelling at the highest level in providing health and fitness opportunities for employees, and are fully integrated into the organization’s mission, vision, and goals moving forward. From providing fitness facilities on-site, to offering physical activities and wellness opportunities to its employees and the community at large through the sponsorship of local walks and races, MSUFCU strives for excellence when it comes to wellness promotion programs.
The CU Healthy program is MSUFCU’s internal health promotion program which helps employees get on the path to wellness. The goal of the program is to encourage employees to build regular physical activity and healthy habits into their daily routine through earning points for various activities and internal challenges. With this program, the Credit Union encourages a culture of health and wellness by providing resources, choices, and programs while motivating employees to secure ownership over the health, success, and balance in their lives. By providing these resources to employees, MSUFCU hopes to create a healthy and engaged workforce.
”This award serves as a way to recognize our dedication to our mission to assist members and employees to achieve their goals and ultimately, their dreams,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Creating a healthy workplace and promoting employee wellness is just one way that we fulfill this mission and further strive to bring good health and happiness to each of our employees.”
The Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports work to bring about behavior change through programming, special projects and events that encourage citizens to build physical activity and sound nutrition into their daily lives. By empowering, facilitating, and celebrating healthy choices, the Foundation works to foster prosperity for all. For more information on the Governor’s Fitness Awards and for a complete list of winners and nominees, visit www.michiganfitness.org/gfa.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 183,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
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MSUFCU Announces New Vice President of Marketing and Sales
EAST LANSING, MI— Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce Deidre J. Davis as MSUFCU’s Vice President of Marketing and Sales.
Davis was previously the Chief Marketing Officer at Notre Dame Federal Credit Union before joining MSUFCU. Experienced in the creation and management of products designed to enhance member service, she brings more than 10 years of marketing and member experience to MSUFCU. In her new position, Davis will oversee MSUFCU’s marketing and member relations departments. Through her marketing management, she will build member engagement and loyalty through the promotion of products and services. Davis received both a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Marketing and Advertising with a minor in economics, and a Masters of Business in Administration (MBA) from Indiana University, South Bend.
“Davis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Credit Union, in addition to her shared passion for our mission to help members achieve financial security, their goals, and ultimately their dreams,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “I look forward to her contributions to our leadership team, which supports MSUFCU in our commitment to providing superior service to our growing membership.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 183,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
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MSUFCU Announces Partnership for Community Household Items Drive
EAST LANSING, MI— MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to partner with St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) of Lansing to host the Spring into Giving household items drive. To help local families, all Greater Lansing area MSUFCU branches will be collecting new or gently used household items including lamps, alarm clocks, plates, silverware, towels, bed sheets, pillows, brooms, mops, and other items through Friday, April 11, 2014.“At MSUFCU, it’s our mission to provide superior service while assisting members and the community to achieve financial security, their goals, and ultimately, their dreams. The opportunity to partner with St. Vincent Catholic Charities will allow us to provide families in our community with the resources and services needed to help them achieve their dreams,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Together, we can make a true impact on local families.”STVCC believes that investing in our community is an essential part of empowering children and families, and is dedicated to helping those in need through its human services, counseling, and housing stability services. The Spring into Giving drive is already underway in our branches, and members and the community are encouraged to give back through donations. Bring new or gently used household items to any MSU Federal Credit Union branch today.“Your support of our Spring into Giving drive is helping St. Vincent Catholic Charities provide those we relocate and resettle with the essential household items they need to begin rebuilding their lives in our community,” said Andrea Seyka, St. Vincent Catholic Charities, CEO.St. Vincent Catholic Charities is a nonprofit organization that provides services to thousands of local children, families, and adults living in crisis. Services include foster care, adoption, children’s home, immigration law clinic, housing services to the homeless, refugee resettlement, counseling and more. Please note that St. Vincent Catholic Charities is not the same organization as St. Vincent DePaul. For more information about St. Vincent Catholic Charities contact Tamra Johnson, STVCC Community Relations & Marketing Director at (517) 323-4734 ext. 1202.MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 181,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 550 employees. # # #
MSUFCU Media Advisory - Michigan Entrepreneurs to Compete in Greenlight Business Model Competition
What: Greenlight Business Model Competition
When: March 26, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: East LansingHannah Community Center
819 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
Who: MSU Federal Credit Union, Spartan Innovations
Details: Twenty-five teams of entrepreneurs will compete in the second-annual Greenlight Business Model Competition on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Created by Spartan Innovations and MSUFCU, in collaboration with LEAP, Prima Civitas, Michigan State University, and the Michigan State University Innovation Center, this event serves as an opportunity for entrepreneurs and students from all over Michigan to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges. Winners have the opportunity to win up to $50,000 in prizes, with a grand prize of $25,000. In addition to winning prizes, these entrepreneurs will get the chance to network with angel and capital investors from throughout the state, providing opportunity to get their startup ventures off the ground.
The schedule of events is as follows:
3:00 p.m. Registration and Networking
4:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Finalist Pitch
6:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Networking and Judging
8:30 p.m. Winners Announced
MSUFCU Supports Local Organizations Through the Big Bang-quet Community Charity Challenge
For Immediate Release March 21, 2014
MSUFCU Supports Local Organizations Through the Big Bang-quet Community Charity Challenge
What: The Big Bang-quet Community Charity Challenge
When: March 25, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: University Club of MSU
3435 Forest Road
Lansing, MI 48910
Who: MSU Federal Credit Union, the University Club of MSU, and the Capital Region Community Foundation
Details: Twenty-five local charities are gearing up to compete in the University Club of MSU’s Big Bang-quet Community Charity Challenge, sponsored by Michigan State University Federal Credit Union and the Capital Region Community Foundation. All 24 organizations are posted on the University Club’s website, and the public is invited to “vote” for their favorite charities. A “vote” is a $5 tax-deductible donation to the Capital Region Community Foundation. Online voting will close on Monday, March 24. On Tuesday, March 25, at 5:30 p.m., the public is invited to a reception at the University Club, to place final votes and then witness the final outcome. Every organization will receive a check for 90% of the funds raised through voting. In addition, the two organizations that raise the most votes will receive a $10,000 or $5,000 credit toward a fundraising event at the University Club. In addition, the organization with the most individual donors will win a $5,000 credit toward a fundraising event at the University Club! So…everyone is a winner, and one organization is a BIG winner!
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MSUFCU Hosts Third Blue Mondays Concert, Featuring Drummer Jeff Hamilton
EAST LANSING, MI — On Monday, April 7, MSU Federal Credit Union hosted its third Blue Mondays concert, featuring world-renowned drummer, Jeff Hamilton. Attendees spent the evening enjoying the musical styling of Hamilton in addition to performances by professors and assistant professors within MSU’s Jazz Studies Program. Hamilton is known for his co-leadership of Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and his work with artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, the Count Basie Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Barbra Streisand, George Shearing, and many others.
The Blue Mondays series is part of the MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence Endowment, which invests in thecommunity by bringing world-renowned jazz artists to Michigan to provide exciting musical and cultural experiences. This partnership also serves as a means to support and enrich local music education programs. During his residency, Hamilton will teach MSU jazz students, present master classes, and perform for the public. Additionally, he will work with local high school and middle school jazz students across Michigan, focusing especially on diverse communities, and inspire these students to pursue their goals and grow as musicians.
“The Blue Mondays concert series provides a unique way for MSUFCU to foster the growth of arts and culture within our community,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Not only does it allow our members to experience the fine arts, but through the MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence Endowment, it also gives young musicians and local youth the chance to learn about music and the encouragement to pursue their dreams.”
Hamilton will also be performing on April 12, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. for the Jazz Spectacular Wrap-Up Concert at the MSU Auditorium. The concert is open to the public, and tickets may be purchased at www.music.msu.edu.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 183,000 members, more than $2.6 billion in assets, and over 600 employees.
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MSUFCU Partners with MYOI to host Community Awareness and Prevention Event
For Immediate Release March 18, 2014
MSUFCU partners with MYOI to host Community Awareness and Prevention Event
What: MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to partner with the Ingham County Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative (MYOI) in hosting a Community Awareness and Prevention Event on Friday, March 21, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. Admission is a donation of a new standard-sized pillow, pillow case, or $10 at the door.
Who: John Borgstedt, a motivational speaker on topics of abuse and neglect will be featured as the keynote speaker, addressing the topics of abuse and neglect, as the event coincides with National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Where: Eagle Eye Banquet Center, 15500 Chandler Road, Bath, MI 48808
When: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014.
Details: MYOI is a program that works to ensure that young people in foster care have successful outcomes in housing, education, employment, community engagement, and health. The program offers an Individual Development Account (IDA), where participants are required to save money for these outcomes every month. The organization matches funds, dollar-to-dollar, up to $1,000 per year for a youth to purchase an asset, such as renting their first apartment, buying a car, funding education, and more.
MSUFCU has partnered with MYOI by providing these IDAs to youths and offering financial literacy trainings to help those in the foster care system build their financial competencies. In sponsoring the Community Awareness and Prevention Event, MSUFCU aims to encourage the community to get involved with the program and aid in the efforts to enable MYOI's youth to achieve their financial goals.
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MSUFCU to Host Peckham's Art from the Heart Exhibit
EAST LANSING, MI— MSU Federal Credit Union will partner with the Peckham Community Partnership Foundation to host the 2014 Art from the Heart exhibit. The Art from the Heart program provides professional, individualized instruction in the visual arts to people with significant disabilities and other barriers to employment. Members, the community, and media representatives are welcome to visit and view the exhibit beginning Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The artwork will be on display at MSUFCU's headquarters, located at 3777 West Road in East Lansing through Thursday, April 10, 2014. The Art from the Heart exhibit will feature contemporary and traditional art created by Peckham's team members, who are individuals that face physical, cognitive, behavioral and social-economic challenges. The featured artists will have the opportunity to display their pieces as an exhibition of the new skills and abilities learned during their visual arts instruction through the program. Members and the community are welcome to visit MSUFCU's headquarters during normal business hours to view the exhibit, and art works may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.
“MSUFCU is proud to sponsor the Art from the Heart exhibit this year and invest in a program that has a positive impact on the community by allowing access to enriching experiences through arts education, and services," said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. "This partnership allows us to provide a space for participants to share their artwork, and we are pleased to share in the celebration year after year." Art from the Heart is funded by the Peckham Community Partnership Foundation. The Foundation is committed to services that help Peckham fulfill its mission, and supporting the initiatives and programs that can make a difference in the lives of those striving for independence. Peckham is a nonprofit community vocational rehabilitation organization that provides job training and placement for persons with disabilities or other barriers to employment. MSUFCU helps support Peckham's programs via financial education and its involvements in events such as Art from the Heart. MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 181,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 550 employees.
MSUFCU Announces New Branch Manager and Assistant Branch Manager
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotions of Scott Ring to Branch Manager at MSUFCU’s Sparrow Branch and Betty Jo Whipp to Assistant Manager at MSUFCU’s South Lansing Branch.
Scott Ring has worked for MSUFCU since January of 2009, and previously served as the Assistant Manager at the South Lansing Branch located on Jolly Road before being promoted to the Manager at the MSUFCU branch located in the Sparrow professional building. Ring holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Telecommunication, and Media Studies from Western Michigan University.
Betty Jo Whipp has been with MSUFCU since November of 2010, and was previously a Traveling Financial Services Representative. Whipp joined MSUFCU’s Management Development Program before being promoted to Assistant Branch Manager at MSUFCU’s South Lansing Branch. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from Michigan State University.
McPharlin commented, “These two promotions are of Credit Union employees who have taken advantage of growth opportunities by developing the levels of skill, experience, and leadership necessary to work in their new positions. They will work closely in their new position with the branch team to continue our mission of providing superior service to our members.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 181,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 550 employees.
MSUFCU Estate Planning and Budgeting 101 Seminars
EAST LANSING, MI—Join Melissa Allen, Attorney, as she explains the myths and realities of estate planning in an Estate Planning Seminar. Plan to attend this seminar Wednesday, March 12, 2014, from12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at MSU Federal Credit Union’s Headquarters located at 3777 West Road in East Lansing.Then, join GreenPath for a Budgeting 101 seminar, co-sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center. Here you will learn budgeting basics and how to reach your desired financial goals without creating new debt. Plan to attend on Thursday, March 13, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at MSU Federal Credit Union’s Headquarters located at 3777 West Road in East Lansing.There is no charge to attend these seminars, and they are open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided for seminar attendees. Seating is limited and an RSVP is requested. For reservations, please call MSUFCU’s Internal and Corporate Communications department today at 517-664-7725, or register online at www.msufcu.org/seminars.MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 181,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 550 employees.
MSUFCU Hosts Grand Opening of Charlotte Branch
EAST LANSING, MI—Michigan State University Federal Credit Union was pleased to host a grand opening celebration at its Charlotte Branch on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. The Charlotte Branch is a result of a merger that was completed with Eaton County Educational Credit Union in April 2013. After the merger, the branch underwent a remodel to match the MSUFCU style and brand.
At the grand opening to recognize the branch, formal remarks were made from MSUFCU’s Executive Vice President and COO, April Clobes; MSUFCU’s Board of Directors Chairman, Jack Brick; State Representative, Theresa Abed; Mayor, Carrie Burch; Vice President of Daniels and Zermack Architects, Greg McKenzie; and MSUFCU’s President and CEO, Patrick McPharlin.
McPharlin, commented, “MSU Federal Credit Union is excited for the new opportunity to join the Charlotte community, and we’ve already received a positive welcome from residents. This branch allows us to provide superior service and a convenient location for MSUFCU and former ECECU members in the Charlotte area.”
All of the employees from the ECECU branch, along with some new employees, are still at the newly remodeled branch. The Charlotte Branch is a full-service office offering all services previously available including drive-up and walk-up ATMs, drive-up tellers, mortgage loan services, and a night depository. You can visit the branch Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please visit www.msufcu.org for more information.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 181,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 550 employees.
MSUFCU Invites Members and the Community to The MSUFCU Artist Studio Series Exhibition
EAST LANSING, MI— MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to invite the community to Arcadian Clusters, an exhibition featuring artist, Shinique Smith, on Friday, February 7, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. This open to the public event, includes a special meet and greet with Smith as part of the MSUFCU Artist Studio Series at Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. Smith’s exhibit will run through June 1, 2014, and she is the second artist to be featured as part of the MSUFCU Artisdio Series, making it possible for working artists to visit, educate, and interact with our community.“Supporting visiting artists and fine arts education is one way MSUFCU fulfills our core value of giving back to the community,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “At MSUFCU, we are excited to do our part in ensuring that mid-Michigan is a place full of vibrant arts and culture where people are proud to live, work, and visit.” Currently living and working in New York, Smith’s work is inspired by the vast vocabulary of things we consume and discard. Arcadian Clusters, the exhibit presented by Smith, is a solo exhibition of contemporary painting, drawing, and installation art occupying space with written words in a range of emotional colors. While in residence, Smith will also collaborate with youth from Lansing’s REACH Studio Art Center to create a site-specific installation in the museum’s education wing.MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 181,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 550 employees. The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, a new Zaha Hadid-designed contemporary art museum at Michigan State University, is dedicated to exploring global contemporary culture and ideas through art. Opened on November 10, 2012, the dynamic 46,000-square-foot museum serves as both a teaching institution and a cultural hub for East Lansing and the region. In keeping with MSU’s commitment to applying knowledge to benefit society and further the global common good, the Broad MSU’s program of original and traveling exhibitions, initiatives with living artists, performances, and educational offerings for students, faculty, and the community make the museum a center for questioning and understanding the modern world. With a collection containing 7,500 objects from the Greek and Roman periods through the Renaissance and on to the Modern, the Broad MSU is uniquely able to contextualize the wide range of contemporary art practices within a firm historical context. The museum is named in honor of Eli and Edythe Broad, longtime supporters of the university who provided the lead gift of $28 million. For more information, visit broadmuseum.msu.edu, or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/broadmuseum.
MSUFCU Displays Artwork Created by Children of MSU's Child Development Lab
EAST LANSING, MI— MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to host an opening reception for MSU’s Child Development Lab (CDL) artwork exhibit on Sunday, January 26, 2014, at MSUFCU’s headquarters from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Through our partnership with Michigan State University and The Broad Art Museum, members and the community are invited to attend this event showcasing children’s artwork creatively inspired by renowned Detroit artist, Beverly Fishman, whose work was recently on display at The Broad Art Museum.
“Supporting local students and community-based arts education is one way MSUFCU is able to stay true to our commitment to giving back to the community.” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “At MSUFCU, we are committed to making a positive impact on as many people’s lives as possible and through this exhibit we are able to give back to the arts and arts education while contributing to the success of children in our local community.” MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 180,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 530 employees. The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, a new Zaha Hadid-designed contemporary art museum at Michigan State University, is dedicated to exploring global contemporary culture and ideas through art. Opened on November 10, 2012, the dynamic 46,000-square-foot museum serves as both a teaching institution and a cultural hub for East Lansing and the region. In keeping with MSU’s commitment to applying knowledge to benefit society and further the global common good, the Broad MSU’s program of original and traveling exhibitions, initiatives with living artists, performances, and educational offerings for students, faculty, and the community make the museum a center for questioning and understanding the modern world. With a collection containing 7,500 objects from the Greek and Roman periods through the Renaissance and on to the Modern, the Broad MSU is uniquely able to contextualize the wide range of contemporary art practices within a firm historical context. The museum is named in honor of Eli and Edythe Broad, longtime supporters of the university who provided the lead gift of $28 million. For more information, visit broadmuseum.msu.edu, or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/broadmuseum
OUCU Celebrates Grand Opening of Oakland Center Branch
AUBURN HILLS, MI— Oakland University Credit Union hosted a grand opening celebration at its Oakland Center Branch on Oakland University’s campus on Monday, January 13, 2014. Formal remarks were made from OUCU’s Board of Directors Vice Chairperson, Angela Brown, OU’s Vice President of Development, Alumni and Community Engagement, Eric Barritt, Vice President of Daniels and Zermack Architects, Greg McKenzie, and OUCU’s President and CEO, Patrick McPharlin.McPharlin, commented, “The Credit Union is proud to continue its more than 50-year partnership with Oakland University by serving OU students, faculty and the community on campus.”The Oakland Center Branch is a full-service branch for all OU students, faculty, and visitors, and offers all services available at the Credit Union’s other locations as well as loan services and a walk-up ATM. The branch is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please visit www.oucreditunion.org if you have any questions.Oakland University Credit Union is a trade-name of the MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, which 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. OUCU began their partnership with Oakland University in the late 1950s after Alfred and Matilda Wilson donated $2 million and their 1,500-acre estate to Michigan State University to start a new college in Oakland County. The Credit Union was the financial institution that provided financial services to the university employees during that time and continued to serve the OU community after Oakland University became its own entity. Now, MSUFCU and OUCU together have thirteen branches, over 180,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 530 employees.
MSUFCU Promotes Youth Financial Education Through New Saving Magic App
EAST LANSING, MI—MSU Federal Credit Union recently teamed up with Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences Department to create a new financial education app called Saving Magic. Saving Magic is an interactive game where coins fall from the sky and participants can choose whether they want to use their money right away for small rewards, or save their coins for larger goals, such as special skills.
This game is geared toward students between the ages of 5 and 12 and helps to teach kids the difference between saving and spending, which is similar to how MSUFCU rewards their youth account members in this age group. MSUFCU youth members between ages 5 and 12 have Dollar Dog accounts and are rewarded with Dollar Dog coins each time they deposit $10 into their accounts. Youth account members can then purchase items from the Dollar Dog store, available at every MSUFCU branch.
“At MSUFCU, it’s our mission to provide superior service while assisting members and employees to achieve financial security, their goals, and ultimately, their dreams; and that starts with our youth members. It’s important to start kids off on the right financial path so they learn to begin making positive spending and savings habits early,” commented, Samantha Amburgey, Senior Vice President of Remote Services. “Saving Magic is an engaging way for students to learn financial skills while having fun at the same time.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 180,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 530 employees.
MSUFCU Offers Annual Bowl Loan to Members
MSUFCU assists members that are looking to go to the Spartan’s upcoming Rose Bowl game with a low-rate MSUFCU Bowl Loan.EAST LANSING, MI — MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to offer its annual Bowl Loan to Spartan fans who are looking to travel to the Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, California on January 1, 2014. This loan is great for members and their families looking for a low-rate loan, as it costs less than typical credit card loans. Rates start as low as 6.9% APR for up to 18 months and there are no prepayment penalties or fees.“MSUFCU has offered the Bowl Loan to members for many years now to provide an affordable option to help cover the costs associated with traveling to bowl games, and we’re excited to help our fellow Spartan fans looking to go to the upcoming Rose Bowl game,” said Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union. “When evaluating these Bowl Loan requests, like any loan requests we receive, we always ensure our members have the ability to repay the loans and stay financially responsible; that’s always a top priority.”Members can apply for their MSUFCU Bowl Loans online via ComputerLine, the Credit Union’s online banking system, over the phone by contacting 517-333-2222 or 800-678-6967, or by visiting any MSUFCU branch location.MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 180,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 530 employees.
MSUFCU Reaches More Than 3,000 Individuals with Financial Education
EAST LANSING, MI—It’s a top priority at MSU Federal Credit Union to provide financial education services to help members achieve their future goals. MSUFCU offers a variety of free resources to members and non-members of all ages throughout the year.
One of the ways for the local community to get involved and learn more about finances is through the financial education seminar series. Seminars are offered at MSUFCU’s Farm Lane Branch and Headquarters locations on a regular basis, and so far in 2013, MSUFCU has offered 49 seminars and more than 610 people have taken advantage of these free tools. Along with the popular budgeting and credit seminars at the Credit Union, other popular seminars this year have been “Alzheimer’s: The Basics,” “Income Tax Prep,” and “Working for Yourself,” which help provide attendees with different topics on hidden expenses they may encounter in various aspects of life.
“In addition to MSUFCU’s popular seminar series, we have an Education Outreach Specialist that travels around the Greater Lansing and Auburn Hills areas to share financial information with residents and students. Our goal through this program is to ensure we provide individuals the right tools to help them reach their financial dreams,” said Sarah Bohan, Vice President of Corporate Relations.
Some of the organizations and schools MSUFCU has partnered with this year include Michigan State University, Oakland University, Boys and Girls Club of Lansing, local elementary schools, Capital Area Michigan Works, and Demmar, among others. MSUFCU’s Education Outreach Specialist has completed 129 presentations to more than 2,640 people on topics such as “Understanding Credit and Identity Theft,” “Budgeting 101,” and Needs vs. Wants.”
If you’re interested in attending a seminar, please visit: www.msufcu.org/events.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 180,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 530 employees.
MSUFCU Receives Recognition for Health and Wellness Initiatives
EAST LANSING, MI—MSU Federal Credit Union was recently named one of Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest In Wellness by Wellco, Corp! Magazine, the Michigan Business and Professional Association, and the Michigan Food and Beverage Association, and one of six Michigan companies selected to the 2013 Michigan’s Healthiest Employers honor roll program by Crain’s Business and MiBiz. Both awards recognize MSUFCU’s commitment to promoting excellence in the workplace through healthy initiatives. MSUFCU is committed to providing a healthy work environment by encouraging healthy eating and friendly exercise challenges, providing nutritious options in the employee café, sponsoring community races, and partnering with Sparrow Hospital to offer a wellness forum for employees to track their health progress. Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our core value of building a positive environment supports and encourages a culture of health and wellness for our employees and the community. We do this by offering employees resources to achieve both their professional and personal goals.” MSUFCU, as well as the other winners in the Best and Brightest program, were evaluated in a number of key areas including: policies, environment, leadership, awareness and intervention, incentives and integration, measurement, and health care cost.According to the Michigan Business and Professional Association, “The Best and Brightest In Wellness is an innovative initiative that recognizes and celebrates quality and excellence in worksite health promotion. The program highlights companies that promote a culture of wellness, and those that plan, implement, and evaluate efforts in employee wellness promotion.”The Healthiest Employer Awards program recognizes organizations that are committed to creating a healthy workplace and healthy employees in six key wellness areas including: culture and leadership commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, communication and marketing, programming, and interventions and reporting and analysis.MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 180,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 530 employees.
MSUFCU Promotes Two Management Development Associates to Assistant Managers
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotions of Justin Drwencke to Assistant Manager at MSUFCU’s Union Branch and Jenny Smith to Assistant Manager at MSUFCU’s East Lansing Branch.
Justin Drwencke has worked for MSUFCU since August 2012. After completing MSUFCU’s Management Development program, he was promoted to Assistant Manager of MSUFCU’s Downtown Lansing Branch before becoming the Assistant Manager of MSUFCU’s Union Branch. Drwencke holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities, with concentrations in mathematics, gender studies, and professional writing from Michigan State University.
Jenny Smith has been with MSUFCU since July of 2006, and was previously a mortgage loan officer before being accepted into MSUFCU’s Management Development Program. Smith holds a Masters of Arts (MA) in Organizational Leadership from Siena Heights University. She has also served on the board for the Haitian Association of Mid-Michigan, and is currently a member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Lansing and Women’s Council of Realtors.
McPharlin commented, “Through the Credit Union’s Management Development Program, Drwencke and Smith were able to enhance their understanding of management tools and strategies to become effective leaders in our branches. They will work closely in their new position with the branch team to continue our mission of providing excellent service to our members.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 180,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 530 employees.
MSUFCU Recognized as One of the Top Workplaces in Michigan
EAST LANSING, MI—MSU Federal Credit Union was recently named, for the third consecutive year, one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press. MSUFCU placed sixth in the Detroit Free Press’ large-size category, which includes companies over 500 employees. The Top Workplaces in Michigan competition is based solely on confidential employee surveys and honors employers who show characteristics of flexibility, innovation, leadership, and employee perks.
“It’s our goal at MSU Federal Credit Union to provide a positive workplace that encourages and helps employees achieve professional and personal success. We do this by offering a variety of programs throughout the year such as Leadership and Management Development Programs, discounts on health and wellness resources, and many more. MSUFCU is very honored to be recognized by the Detroit Free Press as one of the Top Workplaces in Michigan this year,” commented, Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
For a full list of the 2013 Top Workplaces in Michigan (large-size category), please visit http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013131117006.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 180,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 530 employees.
MSUFCU Announces New East Lansing Branch Manager
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotion of Colleen Pitmon to Manager of MSUFCU’s East Lansing Branch, after her recent completion of MSUFCU’s extensive Management Development Program.McPharlin commented, “By taking advantage of growth opportunities within the Credit Union through our Management Development Program, Mrs. Pitmon has developed the skills necessary to succeed on a management level and has already become a valuable asset to the East Lansing Branch.” Colleen Pitmon has worked at MSUFCU since August 2009, and was previously a Manager in MSUFCU’s eServices Department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Hospitality Business from Michigan State University.MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 180,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 530 employees.
MSUFCU Promotes Five Management Development Program Associates to Managers
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotions of Stephanie Fredline, Allison Horn, and Ashleigh Miller to MSUFCU Call Center Managers, and also Danielle Deneau and Samantha Goris to MSUFCU eServices Managers. All five individuals have completed MSUFCU’s extensive Management Development Program.Danielle Deneau has been with MSUFCU since March of 2011, and was previously a Financial Services Specialist before being promoted to an MSUFCU eServices Manager. She received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Communications from Michigan State University. Deneau is also an active volunteer for Junior Achievement of Mid-Michigan.Stephanie Fredline has worked at MSUFCU since February 2012, and was previously a Call Center Specialist before being promoted to an MSUFCU Call Center Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University.Samantha Goris has worked at MSUFCU since July 2011, and was previously a Call Center Specialist before being promoted to an MSUFCU eServices Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Management from Northwood University.Allison Horn has been with MSUFCU since December of 2010, and was previously an Assistant Manager at MSUFCU’s East Lansing Branch before being promoted to an MSUFCU Call Center Manager. She received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Organizational Communication from Michigan State University.Ashleigh Miller has worked at MSUFCU since May 2007, and was previously an eServices Senior Loan Officer before being promoted to an MSUFCU Call Center Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Communications with specializations in Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, and Family and Child Ecology from Michigan State University. Miller is also a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor.MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 180,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 530 employees.
MSUFCU Announces New Mortgage Manager
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is proud to announce the promotion of Denya Shimnoski to MSUFCU’s Mortgage Manager.McPharlin commented, “Ms. Shimnoski has a great understanding of our organization and her experience at MSU Federal Credit Union will allow her to continue to act as a leader in her new role.”Denya Shimnoski has worked at MSUFCU since April 2011, and was previously the Manager of MSUFCU’s Sparrow Branch. She received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Marketing from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Northwood University. In her spare time, she serves as a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Michigan Capital Region.MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 180,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 530 employees.
MSUFCU Continues to Help Members Through Financial Setbacks of Government Shutdown
As the government shutdown continues to affect government-paid employees across the country, MSU Federal Credit Union works to provide financial solutions for their members that may be experiencing financial hardships. MSUFCU’s focus is to help each individual that has been affected and may be going without pay by offering their assistance and temporary relief through loan extensions, payment arrangements, and short-term loans, amongst other options.
Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, commented, “It’s our goal to help keep our members financially secure during this tough time by providing financial assistance for any MSU Federal Credit Union member affected by the government shutdown.”
If MSUFCU members have questions, please contact the Credit Union at 517-333-2424 or 800-678-4968, visit www.msufcu.org, or any MSUFCU branch.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 180,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 530 employees.
MSUFCU Releases New Community Website
At MSU Federal Credit Union, it is a top priority to support and partner with organizations and programs that benefit their members and local community. That is why MSUFCU created a new website, The MSUFCU Community, to feature and show their continued support within the community.
Through this new avenue of communication, members will learn more about MSUFCU’s history, how they got started, and exclusive member events offered through partnerships. Visitors to the site will also have access to a community involvement section, which includes stories, videos, and photos that help share the Credit Union’s involvement with Capital Area United Way, Ele’s Place, Race for the Place 5K, Michigan State University’s Wharton Center, Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum, The MSU College of Music, and more.
Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, commented, “Giving back to our community is part of our core values and we are excited to share the stories of our philanthropic initiatives through our community-focused website. Whether you’re looking to read about how we’re giving back to the community, or you’re interested in finding MSUFCU-sponsored events to attend in the community, our community website is a great resource for members and non-members.”
To learn more about the MSUFCU’s new community website, please visit www.msufcu.org/community.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 180,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 530 employees.
MSUFCU Creates New Senior Vice President of Branches and Senior Vice President of Remote Services Positions
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotions of Lea Ammerman to MSUFCU’s Senior Vice President of Branches and Samantha Amburgey to MSUFCU’s Senior Vice President of Remote Services. These newly created positions will allow for the continued focus on member service as the Credit Union grows.Lea Ammerman, has worked for MSUFCU since August 2002, and previously held the position of Vice President of Branches before being promoted to Senior Vice President of Branches. Bringing 25 years of financial services experience to her role, she will continue to oversee the Credit Union’s branch operations which will grow to 15 branches by year-end 2014. Ammerman holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Business Administration from Northwood University, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Michigan State University. She serves on the MSU’s Weekend MBA (WMBA) Alumni Association Board of Directors, and also on the Advisory Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Mid-Michigan. Samantha Amburgey, has been with MSUFCU since July of 2004, and was previously the Vice President of eCommerce and eServices before being promoted to Senior Vice President of Remote Services. In her new role, she will be responsible for overseeing MSUFCU’s eServices, eCommerce, and Call Center departments. Amburgey holds a Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree in Sociology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. McPharlin commented, “At MSUFCU, it’s our mission to provide superior service while assisting members and employees to achieve financial security, their goals, and ultimately, their dreams. The promotions of Ms. Ammerman and Ms. Amburgey will help us to continue our mission to provide excellent service to our growing membership, and further support the evolving needs of our employees and members through our services.” MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has thirteen branches, over 180,000 members, more than $2.5 billion in assets, and over 530 employees.
MSUFCU Appoints Michael Hudson to Serve as Chair of Supervisory Committee
EAST LANSING, MI— Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Hudson to serve as Chairman of MSUFCU’s Supervisory Committee.
Hudson has been with Michigan State University (MSU) since January of 1992, where he has held a variety of positions including serving as an Adjunct Faculty member for the College of Education. He currently serves as the Director of the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD), where he has played a prominent role in advancing MSU’s leadership in assistive technology, and maximizing opportunity for persons with disabilities. His intensive focus on ability, skill development, and organizational efficiency aids in his creativity and commitment to higher education and community partnerships despite his own blindness.
Serving on MSUFCU’s Supervisory Committee since May of 2011, Hudson’s first contributions included helping the Credit Union become one of the first in the nation to implement accessible ATM machines that offered voice output for persons with visual impairment and print-related disabilities. Hudson holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Administration of Student Personnel Services from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Psychology with a minor in Substance Abuse Counseling and Crisis Intervention from Lake Superior State University.
McPharlin commented, “Mr. Hudson has displayed a great commitment to MSU through his years of service and innovative contributions to the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. I appreciate his willingness to serve as Chairman of our Supervisory Committee and look forward to his continued contributions to the Credit Union.” Hudson will be replacing Bill Beekman who was recently appointed to MSUFCU’s Board of Directors. The MSUFCU Supervisory Committee oversees and makes recommendations to support and maintain the Credit Union’s compliance with Federal regulations.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
MSUFCU Announces $1,000,000 Gift to Michigan State University's Wharton Center for Performing Arts
EAST LANSING, MI— MSUFCU has announced a $1,000,000 donation to Michigan State University’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts for the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Endowment. This gift will bring world-renowned performers and highly-acclaimed Broadway shows to MSU’s campus to provide MSU students and faculty and the Greater Lansing community with exciting cultural and entertainment experiences. Engagement opportunities such as special talks, educational opportunities, and community events will also be made available as part of the endowment.
MSUFCU has been the title sponsor of the popular MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center series for close to ten years, and this new endowment reaffirms the Credit Union’s commitment to this program. The MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center series has drawn theatergoers from throughout the state of Michigan to MSU’s campus to enjoy the very best of touring Broadway shows while also hosting interactive events and workshops for the community and contributing toward the classroom curriculum at MSU and other local schools.
April Clobes, MSUFCU’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, stated, “Giving back to our community is one of MSUFCU’s core values and part of the ‘people helping people’ philosophy on which credit unions were founded. At MSUFCU, we are committed to making a positive impact on as many people’s lives as possible and investing in our community to help create a place where people are proud to live, work, and visit. We are thrilled to announce MSUFCU’s continued commitment to the Wharton Center with the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Endowment and are proud to support programs that help ensure Mid-Michigan is a place full of vibrant arts and entertainment.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 170,000 members, more than $2.3 billion in assets, and over 500 employees.
MSUFCU Announces the Promotion of Two Managers
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is proud to announce the promotion of Sarah Bohan to MSUFCU’s Internal and Corporate Communications Manager and Julie Rosenthal to MSUFCU’s Learning and Talent Development Manager.
McPharlin commented, “MSUFCU’s mission starts from the inside out, building the dreams of staff through challenging and rewarding opportunities. Our staff is encouraged to take advantage of growth opportunities by developing the skills necessary to work on a management level. These two promotions are of Credit Union employees who have taken on this challenge and will bring high levels of experience and leadership to their new management positions.”
Sarah Bohan has worked at MSUFCU since November 2004, and has held a variety of staff and management positions. Bohan was previously an eServices Loan Officer before being promoted as MSUFCU’s Internal Corporate and Communications Manager. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with an emphasis in photography from Michigan State University.
Julie Rosenthal has been with MSUFCU since October of 2003, and has held a variety of staff and management positions. She most recently held the position of Senior Learning and Talent Development Specialist before being promoted as the Learning and Talent Development Manager. Rosenthal holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from Walsh College of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Central Michigan University. She is a part of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 170,000 members, more than $2.3 billion in assets, and over 500 employees.
MSUFCU Sponsors the Annual Race for the Place 5K, Benefiting MSU Safe Place
EAST LANSING, MI—MSU Federal Credit Union invites its members and the Mid-Michigan community to participate in the annual Race for the Place 5K on Sunday, April 14, 2013, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The race is the largest annual fundraiser for Michigan State University’s on-campus domestic violence shelter and advocacy services provider, MSU Safe Place, and allows the program to continue to provide vital services to the MSU and Greater Lansing communities. MSUFCU has proudly sponsored the Race for the Place for more than fifteen years.
The Race for the Place 5K is the kickoff race for the 2013 Playmakers Greater Lansing Race Series, with a course that begins and ends at Jenison Field House on MSU’s campus. Participants can enjoy a 5K run, walk, or wheel, and the event also includes a 1-mile fun run and 100-yard dash for children. Last year, nearly six hundred adults and one hundred and fifteen children participated in the Race for the Place events, raising more than $20,000 for MSU Safe Place.
Race registration is available online, via mail, and at Jenison Field House on race day. For more details, visit www.msufcu.org/safeplace.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 170,000 members, more than $2.3 billion in assets, and over 500 employees.
MSU Safe Place is a program that addresses relationship violence and stalking, serving Michigan State University students, faculty, staff, their spouses/partners, and non-affiliated members in the Greater Lansing area. MSU Safe Place provides free and confidential support services including advocacy, emergency shelter, counseling, support groups, safety planning, information, and referrals to survivors of violence and their minor children. The organization also works to increase awareness about relationship violence and stalking through community education and outreach efforts.
MSUFCU Awards Professional Makeovers to Two New Graduates
MSUFCU awarded Nathaniel Pasmanter and Alexandra Tricozzi, two spring 2013 Michigan State University (MSU) graduates, with $3,200 professional makeovers in its ninth annual Graduate Makeover Contest. A record number of 155 contest entrants submitted personal essays about why MSUFCU should select them to win professional makeovers, along with their photographs and lists of accomplishments and community involvement activities.
As winners, Pasmanter and Tricozzi received new business attire courtesy of Kositchek’s and Eastwood Towne Center, respectively. Both winners were gifted Spartan jewelry from Wheat Jewelers and salon and spa services from Douglas J Aveda Institute and Douglas J Salon East Lansing. In addition, the Student Book Store provided each winner with a class ring, graduation announcements, diploma frame, cap and gown, and a $100 gift card. MSUFCU also gave each winner a $500 prize.
Pasmanter, an MSU Honors College student earning his bachelor’s degree in mathematics, will apply to medical school this summer to pursue his dream of becoming a primary care physician. His accomplishments as an undergraduate student include serving as a volunteer facilitator at Ele’s Place, acting as a representative to the Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) student government, and maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.
Tricozzi, an MSU Honors College student earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing, has achieved a 4.0 grade point average all four years of college. She currently works in the pediatric oncology field and plans to become a nurse practitioner specializing in obstetrics or oncology. Her accomplishments as an undergraduate student include her service as the Vice President of Membership and Public Relations for the March of Dimes and completion of over 130 hours of community service tutoring blind students.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 170,000 members, more than $2.3 billion in assets, and over 500 employees.
MSUFCU Named One of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For
EAST LANSING, MI—MSU Federal Credit Union was recently recognized as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA). The companies chosen for this honor practice innovative strategies and represent best practices in human resources throughout West Michigan.
“Companies that recognize that their employees are the key to their success, achieve staying power. Our 2013 winners style their business standards to ensure employee satisfaction and they set standards for every business to aspire toward,” said Jennifer Kluge, MBPA President. “We are very impressed by the commitment that they have demonstrated to their employees.”
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “At MSUFCU, our mission starts from the inside out, and that is to provide superior service while assisting members and employees to achieve financial security, their goals, and ultimately, their dreams. By providing our staff with many challenging and rewarding opportunities for growth, we lay a solid foundation for success that helps to best serve our growing membership. We are very proud to be recognized as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the MBPA.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has eleven branches, over 170,000 members, more than $2.3 billion in assets, and over 490 employees. The Michigan Business and Professional Association boasts a statewide sphere of influence that no other organization of its kind can claim, leveraging a depth of programs and community initiatives that positively impact more than 150,000 businesses. Visit them online at www.michbusiness.org.
MSUFCU Announces $1,000,000 Gift to Michigan State University's Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
EAST LANSING, MI— MSUFCU has announced a $1,000,000 donation to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University for the MSU Federal Credit Union Artist Studio Series Endowment. This gift will bring renowned artists to MSU’s campus to provide engagement opportunities for MSU students and faculty, school children throughout Mid-Michigan, and the general public.
With this new residency program, nationally and internationally known artists will lead art-making activities, lectures, and community events. Visiting artists will travel to schools in the Greater Lansing area to help support local arts programs, and MSU students and faculty will spend time with these artists, learning from the best in the industry. The endowment will also provide the local community with access to lectures and exhibits offered by the visiting artists-in-residence.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Giving back to our community is one of MSUFCU’s core values and part of the ‘people helping people’ philosophy on which credit unions were founded. At MSUFCU, we are committed to making a positive impact on as many people’s lives as possible and investing in our community to help create a place where people are proud to live, work, and visit. We are thrilled to announce the MSU Federal Credit Union Artist Studio Series Endowment and are proud to support programs that help ensure Mid-Michigan is a place full of vibrant arts and entertainment.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has eleven branches, over 170,000 members, more than $2.3 billion in assets, and over 490 employees.
MSUFCU Presents $25,000 to Greenlight Business Model Competition Winner
EAST LANSING, MI—The 2013 Greenlight Business Model Competition, created by Spartan Innovation and MSUFCU, was an opportunity for entrepreneurs from all over Michigan to come together to pitch their business ideas. There were over $50,000 in available prizes, with the chance for participants to win the grand prize of $25,000, sponsored by MSUFCU.
During the first round of the competition, participants were asked to complete an application and business plan. Then, twenty-five (25) finalists pitched their business ideas in front of a panel of seven (7) judges. Prizes were awarded based on best pitch, fastest growth potential, best idea for Michigan, most creative, and most needed in the marketplace. Three endowments were designated for undergraduate students.
The grand prize of $25,000 went to Kymeria Advanced Materials, created by Cameron Smith, Vincent Alessi, Dave Hatfield, and Reed Shick. Kymeria Advanced Materials is currently developing new chemistry for ceramics, which brings the benefits of existing advanced ceramics to new parts and markets.
“MSUFCU was proud to sponsor the Greenlight Competition this year and invest in a program that will bring new businesses to Michigan to help improve our economic conditions statewide,” said panel judge, April Clobes, MSUFCU’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
For additional information about the Greenlight Business Model Competition, please visit www.greenlightmichigan.com
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has eleven branches, over 170,000 members, more than $2.3 billion in assets, and over 490 employees.
MSUFCU Names New Marketing Vice President
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, has announced the hiring of Christina Minnis as the Vice President of Marketing.
McPharlin stated, “Ms. Minnis brings a high level of skill and expertise into her new position. Her hiring will help MSUFCU to provide products and services supporting our members’ changing needs while continuing to provide the excellent service our members deserve.”
Christina Minnis has worked at MSUFCU since November 2012, and was previously the Executive Director of Marketing for Douglas J Companies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from Northwood University.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has eleven branches, over 170,000 members, more than $2.3 billion in assets, and over 490 employees.
MSUFCU Member Receives Complete Floor-to-Ceiling Room Makeover
EAST LANSING, MI—MSUFCU’s Ideal Room Makeover Contest offered MSUFCU members the opportunity to enter to win a complete room makeover, plus $1,000 toward the winner’s MSUFCU Visa Credit Card. Contest entrants submitted applications with personal statements about why MSUFCU should select them to win a room makeover along with a photograph of the room that could most use renovation.
Elizabeth DaFoe of DeWitt, MI, was selected from eighty entrants as the grand prize winner. DaFoe received new furniture, flooring, window treatments, and lighting courtesy of Christensen’s Furniture and O’Leary Interiors. Kelly Patterson of Brookline, MA, was selected as the out-of-state contest winner and received $1,000 toward her MSUFCU Visa Credit Card.
Four entrants who were not selected as winners in the first phase of the Ideal Room Makeover Contest received a second opportunity to win. Three entrants were featured on MSUFCU’s website, and members were able to vote for the runner-up winners. These winners all received money toward their MSUFCU Visa Credit Cards: Marie Rea won $750, Jenelle Schneider won $500, and Dereck Wellspeigel won $250. An additional “second-chance” winner, Jessica McNally, was randomly selected from all entrants to win $1,000 toward her MSUFCU Visa Credit Card.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “MSUFCU’s Ideal Room Makeover Contest received a terrific response from our members and our community. We are happy to provide this opportunity to enhance some of our members’ homes and create better living spaces for their families. This contest is just one example of how MSUFCU helps our members to achieve their goals and dreams.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has eleven branches, over 169,000 members, more than $2.3 billion in assets, and over 490 employees.
MSUFCU Launches Balance Shield for Checking Accounts
EAST LANSING, MI—MSUFCU introduces Balance Shield, a new checking account feature that allows members to overdraft their accounts up to $5.00 without being assessed fees regardless of the reasons an account is overdrawn or the number of transactions it takes an account to become overdrawn. The new feature applies to all personal checking accounts with Courtesy Pay and associated debit cards with Courtesy Pay for Debit protection at MSUFCU.
April Clobes, MSUFCU’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, states, “At MSUFCU, it is always our goal to provide exceptional products and services for all our members. We evaluate our services on a regular basis to ensure we offer fair and reasonable policies that work in our members’ best interests.”
Clobes continues, “Whether it’s an emergency or simply a case of forgetfulness, we understand that overdrafts can happen. We offer a variety of free services to help our members avoid overdrawn accounts, and Balance Shield provides an additional way for our members to incur small overdrafts without being assessed fees.”
In addition to its overdraft protection services and new Balance Shield feature, MSUFCU also aims to help members avoid fees with its check clearing policies. When clearing multiple checks that post to an MSUFCU account on the same day, MSUFCU clears the checks in order of lowest dollar amount to highest dollar amount. This practice helps members clear more checks and reduces fees if funds are not available in an account to cover every check.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has eleven branches, over 170,000 members, more than $2.3 billion in assets, and over 490 employees.
MSUFCU Names Two New Assistant Branch Managers
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, has announced the promotion of two MSUFCU management development employees: Brandon Bussa as Assistant Manager at MSUFCU’s Marsh Branch in Haslett and Michael Gross as Assistant Manager at MSUFCU’s South Lansing Branch.
McPharlin commented, “MSUFCU’s mission starts from the inside out, building the dreams of staff through challenging and rewarding opportunities. Our staff is encouraged to take advantage of growth opportunities by developing the skills necessary to work on a management level through MSUFCU’s management development program. These two promotions are of Credit Union employees who have taken on this challenge in our management development program, and they will bring high levels of experience and leadership in their new positions as assistant branch managers.”
Brandon Bussa has worked at MSUFCU since September 2010, and was previously a Loan Services Specialist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University and an MBA from the University of Michigan - Flint.
Michael Gross has been with MSUFCU since January of 2011, most recently holding the position of Call Center Specialist II. He received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a concentration in Professional Sales from Central Michigan University.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has eleven branches, over 169,000 members, more than $2.3 billion in assets, and over 490 employees.
MSUFCU Announces Merger with Eaton County Educational Credit Union (ECECU)
EAST LANSING, MI— The Boards of Directors of Michigan State University Federal Credit Union and Eaton County Educational Credit Union announce the merger of their respective financial institutions, effective April 1, 2013. The two credit unions informed members in late 2012 of a proposed merger of ECECU into MSUFCU and received all necessary regulatory approval to proceed with the merger in January 2013. ECECU members voted overwhelmingly to approve this merger in February 2013 with more than 95% of the voting members casting ballots in favor of the merger.
The two credit unions’ operations will combine on the official merger date of April 1, 2013, after which ECECU will become a part of MSUFCU. ECECU’s staff will continue on as MSUFCU employees following the merger, and additional staff has been hired to support expanded hours and services at the current ECECU branch in Charlotte, MI.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer, states, “MSUFCU and ECECU have a shared commitment to helping members achieve financial success, and we are excited for the new opportunities this merger provides for members of both credit unions. ECECU members will gain expanded account access and a broader range of products and services along with greater financial strength and stability for their accounts, and the 11,000 MSUFCU members already residing in Eaton County will receive the added convenience of an established branch in Charlotte.”
More information about the proposed merger of MSUFCU and ECECU may be found at www.msufcu.org/ececu.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has eleven branches, over 169,000 members, more than $2.3 billion in assets, and over 490 employees.
Eaton County Educational Credit Union, located in Charlotte, MI, serves employees and pensioners of educational institutions located in Eaton County and employees of a number of companies and organizations. ECECU has more than 4,000 members, over $30 million in assets, and nine employees.
MSUFCU Opens New Branch in Sparrow Professional Building, Creates Six Jobs
EAST LANSING, MI—MSU Federal Credit Union’s new Sparrow Branch, located within the Sparrow Professional Building in Lansing, opened for business on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. The branch offers a full suite of financial services including ATM access, teller services, loans, mortgages, and checking and savings accounts.
In September 2012, MSUFCU and six other financial institutions submitted proposals at the request of Sparrow Health System to be considered as the financial services provider within the Sparrow Professional Building. A committee of Sparrow’s management, union representatives, and Caregiver representatives selected MSUFCU and offered the credit union the opportunity to open a branch at the Sparrow Professional Building.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “MSUFCU was honored to be selected as the financial services provider at the Sparrow Professional Building because of our longstanding financial education and community programs and our proven commitment to providing exceptional member service and high-quality products.”
McPharlin continued, “With more than 7,400 Caregivers (employees), Sparrow is a significant partner MSUFCU serves. We are thrilled to provide the added convenience of this new branch, and we look forward to working with Sparrow to strengthen our partnership and provide resources to help our local community achieve financial success and security.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has eleven branches, over 169,000 members, more than $2.3 billion in assets, and over 490 employees
MSUFCU Announces $1,000,000 Gift to Michigan State University's College of Music
EAST LANSING, MI— MSUFCU has announced a $1,000,000 donation to the MSU College of Music for the MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Studies Guest Artist Residency Endowment. This gift will bring world-renowned jazz artists to Michigan to provide students and the Greater Lansing, Detroit, and Traverse City communities with exciting musical and cultural experiences.
With this new residency program, national and international artists will visit schools throughout Michigan, focusing on diverse communities and urban areas. Students in these schools will enjoy hands-on music education, and teachers will receive assistance enriching their music curriculum. MSU students in the Jazz Studies program will spend time with these artists as well, learning from the best in the industry. The endowment will also provide the local community with access to musical performances offered by visiting artists-in-residence.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Contributing to our local community is one way MSUFCU fulfills our mission statement and the ‘people helping people’ philosophy on which credit unions were founded. We are proud to announce the MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Studies Guest Artist Residency Endowment and to support programs that help ensure Mid-Michigan is a place full of vibrant arts and entertainment.”
McPharlin continued, “At MSUFCU, we strive to help create a community where people want to live, work, and visit, and where businesses can thrive. Integrating arts and culture along with economic development helps to create an enriched community, and I am excited to see the lasting impact of the MSU College of Music’s new residency program.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has eleven branches, over 169,000 members, more than $2.3 billion in assets, and over 490 employees.
MSUFCU Creates Chief Financial Officer and Chief Lending Officer Positions
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotions of Sara Dolan, CPA, to MSUFCU’s Chief Financial Officer and Ronda McCoy, CPA, to MSUFCU’s Chief Lending Officer.
McPharlin commented, “These two management changes were made due to the size and scope of our credit union, and we believe these organizational changes will help us to best serve our members as we continue to grow.”
Sara Dolan, CPA, has worked at MSUFCU since April 2005, and was previously MSUFCU‘s Vice President of Finance and Adjustments before being promoted to Chief Financial Officer (CFO). As CFO, Dolan’s role will expand to include more analysis of our strategic initiatives, and she will continue to oversee the MSUFCU Finance and Adjustments departments. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Accounting from Michigan State University and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Western Michigan University. Dolan is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the State of Michigan, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Capital Area Chapter of Credit Unions and the Finance Committee of the Capital Area United Way.
Ronda McCoy, CPA, has been with MSUFCU since April of 2004, and was previously MSUFCU’s Vice President of Lending before being promoted to Chief Lending Officer. Through increased growth in our business services and indirect lending, McCoy will take on additional responsibilities to better align and represent her roles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Accounting from Michigan State University and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Western Michigan University. McCoy is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the State of Michigan and a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), CUES Lending Council, and Experian Advisory Council for Credit Unions. She is also on the board of directors for the Center for Financial Health and Capital Area United Way, and serves on the Finance Committee for Capital Area United Way.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 176,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 520 employees.
MSUFCU Announces New Marsh Branch Manager
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotion of Blake Johnson to Manager of MSUFCU’s Marsh Branch.
McPharlin commented, “Mr. Johnson’s well-rounded understanding of the organization will allow him to continue to act as a leader to employees in his new position, as well as serve our members in a new capacity.”
Blake Johnson has been with MSUFCU since March of 2010, and was previously an MSUFCU’s eServices Manager. He received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Political Science from Michigan State University. Johnson serves as a board member for the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
OUCU Opens New Branch on Oakland University's Campus
AUBURN HILLS, MI-Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), is proud to announce that Oakland University Credit Union (OUCU) is now ready to serve the Oakland University (OU) faculty, students, and community with the opening of their new branch. The new OUCU branch is located in the Oakland Center on OU’s campus.
McPharlin, commented, “We are excited to strengthen our partnership with the University and once again be the official financial institution on campus. This new branch will help us to provide our growing membership of the Oakland University community the same superior service they are accustomed to, and allow us to serve new members at a more convenient location.”
The Oakland Center Branch officially opened its doors during the OU student move-in Saturday, August 31, 2013, to serve the students. This new branch is a full-service branch for all OU students, faculty, and visitors, and offers all services available at the Credit Union’s other locations as well as a walk-up ATM and loan services. The branch is now open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please visit www.oucreditunion.org if you have any questions.
Oakland University Credit Union is a trade-name of the MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, which 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. OUCU began their partnership with Oakland University in the late 1950s after Alfred and Matilda Wilson donated $2 million and their 1,500-acre estate to Michigan State University to start a new college in Oakland County. The Credit Union was the financial institution that provided financial services to the university employees during that time and continued to serve the OU community after Oakland University became its own entity. Now, MSUFCU and OUCU together have thirteen branches, over 176,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 520 employees.
MSUFCU Announces New Assistant Vice President of Business Lending
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the hiring of Thomas E. Bell as the Assistant Vice President of Business Lending.
McPharlin commented, “Mr. Bell brings 20 years of business lending experience to his new role at the Credit Union. His skill and knowledge will help MSUFCU continue to provide superior service to our growing business members.”
Thomas E. Bell has been with MSUFCU since June of 2013. Before being hired at the Credit Union, Bell was a First Vice President of Commercial Lending for Citizens Bank. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from the University of North Texas and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Eli Broad School of Management at Michigan State University. He also is a graduate of Leadership Livingston, volunteers at the Humane Society, and is a volunteer youth baseball and basketball coach.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
MSUFCU Employees Help Raise More Than $50,000 for Charity
EAST LANSING, MI—MSU Federal Credit Union and its employees were excited to support and partner with four charities during the first six months of 2013: Help A Willing Kid (H.A.W.K.) Foundation, Relay For Life, Coaches vs. Cancer, and Dapper Dads Challenge. From January through June of 2013, MSUFCU employees came together and raised $33,938 for H.A.W.K. through a variety of fundraising activities such as dress down days, raffles, and more. The Help A Willing Kid Foundation’s mission is to uncover the potential within each child and provide children with the tools to nurture their talents by offering a variety of programs for kids in the greater Lansing area. Part of the funds have already been put to use at the foundation to purchase a new washer and dryer, television facility for learning and counseling, remodeled tutor room, and new drainage system.
In addition to H.A.W.K., the Credit Union also raised funds for three additional charities during this time. MSUFCU participated as a team at the Relay For Life of East Lansing event for the third consecutive year in June. Through staff fundraisers, individual donations, and funds raised at the event, Team MSUFCU raised $12,036 in support of cancer research. Also, to help raise funds in the fight against cancer, the Credit Union participated in the Coaches for Cancer Suits and Sneakers Challenge as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer program. Through employee dress down days, $2,745 was raised for this challenge. MSUFCU employees continued to show their charitable support as they participated in fundraising activities at work for the Dapper Dads Challenge, which is an annual event that raises money for the Sparrow Foundation’s Women Working Wonders (W3) Committee. Staff helped to raise close to $4,000 for this charity challenge, and MSUFCU funds added with personal donations helped the Credit Union’s President and Chief Executive Officer take fourth place in the challenge this year.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Operating Officer, commented, “I am extremely impressed by the total amount of funds raised by staff as well as their generosity and continued focus on giving back to the community. The more than $50,000 raised has gone toward four very deserving charities.” MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
MSUFCU Announces Two New Assistant Branch Managers
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotions of Allison Archocosky to Assistant Manager at MSUFCU’s East Lansing Branch and Brionna D. Blackwell to Assistant Manager at MSUFCU’s Oakland Branch. Both individuals are currently completing MSUFCU’s extensive Management Development Program.
McPharlin commented, “These two promotions are of Management Development Associates who have taken advantage of growth opportunities within the Credit Union and have developed the skills necessary to succeed on a management level.”
Allison Archocosky has worked at MSUFCU since December 2010, and was previously an eServices Loan Officer before entering the Credit Union’s Management Development Program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Organizational Communication from Michigan State University.
Brionna D. Blackwell has been with MSUFCU since January of 2011, and was previously a Department Trainer before entering the Credit Union’s Management Development Program. She received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Marketing from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Public Relations from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. Blackwell serves on the board of directors and chairs the Community Service Outreach Committee for the Uplift 72 Foundation. MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
MSUFCU Celebrates Mason Branch Ground Breaking
EAST LANSING, MI—MSU Federal Credit Union celebrated the ground breaking of their future MSUFCU Mason Branch, located between Cedar Street and Jefferson Street in Mason near the Kipp Road exit on US-127; close to the Mason Meijer, on Monday, July 8, 2013. Representatives from both MSUFCU and the City of Mason attended to make formal remarks regarding the new branch, which is expected to be completed in June of 2014.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We have received very positive feedback from the city of Mason, and we are thrilled to begin construction at our new MSUFCU Mason Branch location.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
MSUFCU Plants 55 Trees, Donates $2,000 to Michigan Arbor Day Alliance
EAST LANSING, MI—MSU Federal Credit Union recently worked in partnership with Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) and the City of East Lansing to plant 55 trees in Harrison Meadows Park, located in East Lansing, Michigan. MSUFCU donated $2,000 to MADA for this project, and MSUFCU employees volunteered their time to plant trees. Over the past several years, MSUFCU and MADA have planted 535 trees in East Lansing, primarily replacing trees lost due to the effects of emerald ash borer beetles.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “At MSUFCU, we take pride in giving back to our local community and were happy to contribute toward the planting of new trees in Mid-Michigan. Our continued partnership with MADA is one way MSUFCU strives to be an environmentally responsible organization.”
MSUFCU’s other environmentally-focused initiatives include Go Green Challenge promotions to encourage members to switch from paper to electronic statements, its achievement of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification with the construction of its headquarters, and an ongoing emphasis on paper and waste reduction and recycling.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance promotes and facilitates Arbor Day through a progressive network for the stewardship of forestry and natural resources in Michigan’s communities. Since 1993, MADA has provided educational programs and services to communities throughout Michigan.
MSUFCU Experiences Loan Growth of 10.23% Over Previous Year
EAST LANSING, MI—As part of its mission to assist members in achieving their financial goals, and ultimately, their dreams, MSU Federal Credit Union continues to provide a variety of loans to its members and holds a consumer loan portfolio of $1.41 billion as of May 31, 2013, a 10.23% increase over MSUFCU’s consumer loan portfolio a year prior on May 31, 2012. The largest growth in consumer loans took place in MSUFCU term loans and lines of credit, which includes vehicle loans, with a 13.78% increase over the previous year. Mortgage loans also experienced a substantial increase, with 13.07% growth over the previous year.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “At MSUFCU, we are proud to provide low-cost loans to help our members achieve their dreams. Be it a first home, a study abroad experience, or the consolidation of high-rate debt from another financial institution, our members’ trust in MSUFCU to provide them with resources to achieve their dreams continues to grow. MSUFCU strives to offer our members a friendly and efficient experience and provides a variety of low-cost loans to ensure we meet our members’ needs.”
MSUFCU’s consumer loan offerings include mortgage and home equity loans, vehicle loans (including boats, motorcycles, RVs, and motorsport vehicles), and a variety of fixed-term loans, lines of credit, and Visa credit cards. MSUFCU also offers loans, lines of credit, and a Visa credit card option for its business accountholders.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
MSUFCU Announces Two New Assistant Vice Presidents of Branch Operations
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is proud to announce the promotions of DeAnne M. Ramos and Kelly Showerman to the newly-created positions of Assistant Vice Presidents of Branch Operations.
McPharlin commented, “The promotions of Ms. Ramos and Ms. Showerman as MSUFCU’s new Assistant Vice Presidents of Branch Operations will help the Credit Union provide MSUFCU members with superior products and services at our twelve branches, while continuing to provide the excellent service our members deserve.”
DeAnne M. Ramos has been with MSUFCU since February of 1997, most recently holding the position of Manager at MSUFCU’s Meridian Branch. She received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Accounting from Michigan State University and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Northwood University.
Kelly Showerman has worked at MSUFCU since March 2007, and completed MSUFCU’s Management Development Program before holding her most recent position as Manager at MSUFCU’s Farm Lane Branch. She received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from Michigan State University.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
MSUFCU Announces Long-term Financial Services Partnership with Oakland University
EAST LANSING, MI—MSU Federal Credit Union has had a longstanding relationship with the Oakland University (OU) community since the late 1950s, when OU, then part of Michigan State University, was created and employees were first eligible for membership at MSUFCU. This enhanced relationship will allow the Credit Union to strengthen its more than 50 year partnership and commitment within the community.
Through the partnership with OU, MSUFCU will establish an Oakland University Credit Union (OUCU) trade name identity for the financial services at OU. MSUFCU’s commitment to OU is valued at nearly $5 million over 10 years and will help support a $25,000 endowed student scholarship, $25,000 Dean’s Choice Grant Program, variety of signature sponsorships, in-kind marketing, ATM locations on campus, operating branch in the Oakland Center, financial education, and more. In addition to the new branch in the Oakland Center, the OU Branch of MSUFCU at 3265 Five Points Drive will remain open and will also be identified as OUCU.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “At MSUFCU, it’s our mission to provide superior service while assisting members and employees to achieve financial security, their goals, and ultimately, their dreams. This new opportunity will allow us to continue our mission at Oakland University Credit Union, and provide the OU students, faculty, and community with the right tools and resources to help them achieve those financial goals.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
Oakland University is a doctoral, research-intensive university located in Oakland County, Michigan. The university has 139 bachelor’s degree programs and 127 graduate degree and certificate programs. Dedicated to delivering a distinctive undergraduate experience that is complemented by the strength of its graduate offerings and research accomplishments, Oakland University is organized into the College of Arts and Sciences, the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and the Schools of Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences, Nursing and The Honors College. Visit Oakland University on the Web at oakland.edu.
MSUFCU Branch Office Coming to Mason
EAST LANSING, MI—MSU Federal Credit Union announces the ground breaking of their future MSUFCU Mason Branch, located between Cedar Street and Jefferson Street in Mason near the Kipp Road exit on US-127; close to the Mason Meijer. The ground breaking will be held on Monday, July 8, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with formal remarks from representatives from MSUFCU and the City of Mason.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are excited to be breaking ground on our future branch in Mason. The new MSUFCU Mason Branch will provide our growing membership in the area the same superior service to which they are accustomed to, now at a more convenient location.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
MSUFCU Announces Two New Branch Managers
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is proud to announce the promotions of Amy N. Coe to Manager at MSUFCU’s Meridian Branch and Casie Medina to Manager at MSUFCU’s Farm Lane Branch.
McPharlin commented, “MSUFCU’s mission starts from the inside out, building the dreams of staff through challenging and rewarding opportunities. These two promotions are of Credit Union employees who have taken advantage of growth opportunities by developing the levels of skill, experience, and leadership necessary to work in their new positions.”
Amy N. Coe has been with MSUFCU since August of 1997, and was previously a Call Center Manager. She holds an Associate in Business (AB) degree in Leadership and Management from Lansing Community College. She also serves on the Webberville Community Schools Board of Education.
Casie Medina has worked at MSUFCU since May 2003, and was previously a Call Center Manager. She received an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Commercial Photography from Lansing Community College and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from Northwood University.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
MSUFCU Announces Two New Branch Managers
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is proud to announce the promotions of Kelli Flynn-Schut to Manager at MSUFCU’s East Lansing Branch and Denya Shimnoski to Manager at MSUFCU’s Sparrow Branch.
McPharlin commented, “Both individuals have taken advantage of opportunities at the Credit Union and developed the skills necessary to succeed on a management level. Ms. Flynn-Schut and Ms. Shimnoski will bring advanced levels of experience and leadership to their new positions.”
Kelli Flynn-Schut has worked at MSUFCU since July 2012. Before being hired directly into the Credit Union’s Management Development Program, she was a Manager at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc. She received a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Management and Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University.
Denya Shimnoski has been with MSUFCU since April of 2011, and was previously a Mortgage Officer and Regional Account Executive at Northpointe Bank before coming to MSUFCU. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Marketing from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Northwood University. She also serves as a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Michigan Capital Region.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
MSUFCU Awards $50,000 in Support of Michigan State University Student Interships
EAST LANSING, MI—MSUFCU announces its continued support of Michigan State University (MSU) programs and students with its $50,000 donation to the MSUFCU Internship Opportunity Award Program, administered through the MSU Career Services Network. This program provides MSU students participating in unpaid internships during the summer of 2013 with monetary awards of up to $1,000.
The MSUFCU Internship Opportunity Award Program was established by MSUFCU and the MSU Career Services Network in early 2012. All MSU undergraduate students in good standing who are accepted to or actively pursuing high-quality, unpaid, career-related internships in the fields of non-profit organizations, government, media, the arts, or public relations and advertising are eligible to apply for this award program.
MSUFCU is proud to announce the following 2013 award recipients: Claire Babala, Elizabeth Ballentine, Alex Barhorst, Anagha Bharadwaj, Alexandra Burnett, Briana Coleman, Mariah Collins, Mary Cox, Nate Garrett, Casmera Gendernalik, Dylan Luna, Matt Maillard, Cy’ Reshia McKether, Michael Melvin, Miranda Miller, Krista Oldham, Conor Ott, Alexander Parsell, Angelique Rush, Sandy Sanchez, Bre’Anna Simpson, Samantha Stockwell, Christina Strong, Meredith Willey and Faryn Yovich.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer, states, “We are happy to support MSU students who wish to take advantage of the high-quality internships available to them through the MSUFCU Internship Opportunity Award Program. These awards allow more students to participate in internships to expand their education in real-world environments, prepare for their future careers, and ultimately achieve their dreams.”
For more details, visit http://careernetwork.msu.edu/msufcu-internship-opportunity-award-program http://careernetwork.msu.edu/msufcu-internship-opportunity-award-program.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
MSUFCU Announces Two New Assistant Branch Managers
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is proud to announce the promotions of Christopher Inman to Assistant Manager at MSUFCU’s Downtown Lansing Branch and David Thomas to Assistant Manager at MSUFCU’s Farm Lane Branch. Both individuals have successfully completed MSUFCU’s comprehensive Management Development Program.
McPharlin commented, “These two promotions are of Credit Union employees who have taken on the challenge of going through MSUFCU’s extensive Management Development Program. Both individuals have taken advantage of growth opportunities within the Credit Union and have developed the skills necessary to succeed on a management level.”
Christopher Inman has worked at MSUFCU since July 2012. Before being hired directly into the Credit Union’s Management Development Program, he was an Operations Manager at Best Buy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in English from Michigan State University.
David Thomas has been with MSUFCU since July of 2012. Thomas has worked in a variety of entrepreneurial positions including Evergreen Car Wash & Detail before entering MSUFCU’s Management Development Program. He received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Advertising from Michigan State University. He also serves as a board member for the Aitch Foundation and Learn Live Lead Entrepreneurial Academy (L3).
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
MSUFCU Supports Local Children, Donates 350 Toys and $20,000 to Sparrow
EAST LANSING, MI—MSU Federal Credit Union was proud to partner with the Sparrow Children’s Center and support children in the local community through a toy drive in its Greater Lansing area branches. More than 350 toys and items were donated to the Children’s Center playroom at Sparrow Hospital, a resource for young patients and their families to experience a home away from home when going to Sparrow to receive care. The Children’s Center playroom is used to help children recover from sickness or injury through play, education, and emotional support.
MSUFCU also presented $20,000 to the Sparrow Children’s Center as the key sponsor of the 25th annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Telethon (CMNH). The Telethon aired on television from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, May 31 and 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, and fourteen MSUFCU employees volunteered their time to assist in taking calls. Nearly $1 million was raised through the CMNH partnership, culminating with the weekend Telethon. All donations will help Sparrow to care for local children in the mid-Michigan area by strengthening programs and facilities that offer young patients the best possible care, regardless of families’ abilities to pay for the services.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Giving back to the community is a core value at MSU Federal Credit Union. We were honored to partner with the Sparrow Children’s Center, Children’s Miracle Network, and our members this year by donating toys and items that will enhance the playroom facilities and help make a difference in the lives of children receiving care at Sparrow.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
MSUFCU Supports Sparrow Foundation at Dapper Dads Charity Challenge
EAST LANSING, MI— MSU Federal Credit Union’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Patrick McPharlin, joined local leaders to walk the runway during a fashion show event on Thursday, June 6, concluding the fourth annual Dapper Dads Challenge for charity.
The Dapper Dads Challenge is an annual event that raises money for the Sparrow Foundation’s Women Working Wonders (W3) Committee, which provides resources and support for women’s health initiatives within our local community. MSUFCU employees showed their support through various internal fundraising activities such as prize raffles, a cookout, and even a fashion show of their own, and came together to raise close to $4,000 for the charity challenge. MSUFCU funds along with personal donations helped McPharlin take fourth place in the Challenge this year, raising a total of $6,415. Together, the Dapper Dads Challenge participants raised more than $119,000 to benefit the Sparrow Foundation’s W3 Committee.
“At MSUFCU, we are committed to making a positive impact on the community and we are proud to support health resources and wellness opportunities in the Mid-Michigan area. Our staff was very excited to help raise funds for this special event,” said McPharlin.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
MSUFCU Staff Raises $12,036 for Relay for Life Event
EAST LANSING, MI—MSU Federal Credit Union participated as a team in the Relay For Life of East Lansing event for a third consecutive year on June 7 and June 8, 2013. Last year, the Credit Union raised an impressive $5,000. This year, MSUFCU staff set out to double its goal from the previous year and raise $10,000. To help reach their goal, staff fundraised money through a can drive, popcorn sale, raffles, and an array of other activities.
Together, through staff fundraisers, individual donations, and funds raised at the event, Team MSUFCU surpassed their goal and raised $12,036 in support of cancer research, contributing to the total amount of over $46,000 raised for the Relay For Life of East Lansing event.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Operating Officer, commented, “We had more than 75 volunteers who supported Team MSUFCU by walking around the track or volunteering at our tent throughout the 24-hours. It was very inspiring to see our staff come together for this great cause and support a local community event.”
Relay For Life is a signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society with more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries in participation. Each year, these events raise more than $400 million for cancer research and the donations go toward the investment of groundbreaking research in every type of cancer, and also providing free information and services to cancer patients and their caregivers.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
MSUFCU Named One of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For
EAST LANSING, MI—MSU Federal Credit Union was recently recognized as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA). The companies chosen for this honor practice innovative strategies and represent best practices in human resources throughout West Michigan.
“Companies that recognize that their employees are the key to their success, achieve staying power. Our 2013 winners style their business standards to ensure employee satisfaction and they set standards for every business to aspire toward,” said Jennifer Kluge, MBPA President. “We are very impressed by the commitment that they have demonstrated to their employees.”
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “At MSUFCU, our mission starts from the inside out, and that is to provide superior service while assisting members and employees to achieve financial security, their goals, and ultimately, their dreams. By providing our staff with many challenging and rewarding opportunities for growth, we lay a solid foundation for success that helps to best serve our growing membership. We are very proud to be recognized as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the MBPA.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has eleven branches, over 170,000 members, more than $2.3 billion in assets, and over 490 employees. The Michigan Business and Professional Association boasts a statewide sphere of influence that no other organization of its kind can claim, leveraging a depth of programs and community initiatives that positively impact more than 150,000 businesses. Visit them online at www.michbusiness.org.
MSUFCU Announces Three New Call Center Managers
EAST LANSING, MI—Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is proud to announce the promotions of Brad Gakenheimer, Te’sah M. Hemphill, and Sarah Vandenboss to MSUFCU Call Center Managers. All three individuals have successfully completed MSUFCU’s extensive Management Development Program.
McPharlin commented, “As our membership grows, the call volume in MSUFCU’s Call Center continues to experience consistent growth as well. The promotions of these three managers allows the Credit Union to continue to serve our members’ needs in a timely manner while providing superior service over the phone.”
Brad Gakenheimer has worked at MSUFCU since March 2011, and was previously an eServices Specialist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a specialization in sales communication from Michigan State University.
Te’sah M. Hemphill has been with MSUFCU since July of 2012 after being hired directly into the Credit Union’s Management Development Program. She received a bachelor’s degree in science and business administration from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in science administration from Central Michigan University. Sarah Vandenboss has worked at MSUFCU since April 2011, and was previously an Assistant Manager at MSUFCU’s Marsh Branch. She is currently studying business management at Lansing Community College.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
MSUFCU Appoints Bill Beekman to Board of Directors
EAST LANSING, MI— Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Beekman to the MSUFCU Board of Directors.
Beekman, of East Lansing, currently serves Michigan State University (MSU) as the Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees. He has served on the MSUFCU Supervisory Committee since 2008, in addition to previously serving as the executive director of the MSU Alumni Association, and the senior consultant to the office of the provost and office of the vice president for finance and operations at MSU. Beekman holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in justice, morality and constitutional democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University, a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Wayne State University Law School and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
McPharlin, comments, “Mr. Beekman has displayed a great commitment to MSU through alumni relations, University operations, and innovative contributions to strategic planning. I appreciate his willingness to serve and look forward to his positive contributions in the years ahead.”
Beekman will complete the term left vacant by departing board member, James Lloyd. The MSUFCU Board of Directors are elected by the members and govern the Credit Union mission, support the strategic planning and provide financial oversight.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
MSUFCU Announces New Vice President of Corporate Relations
EAST LANSING, MI— Patrick McPharlin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSU Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the promotion of Sarah Bohan to MSUFCU’s newly created position of Vice President of Corporate Relations.
Bohan, has been with MSUFCU since November of 2004, and has held a variety of staff and management positions. Most recently she served as the Internal and Corporate Communications Manager where she helped to establish new employee and corporate communication functions for the Credit Union. As an experienced communications manager, Bohan will continue to oversee internal communications while being responsible for MSUFCU’s media relations, and campus and community involvement including working with MSUFCU partners and coordinating member benefits as a result from donations. A graduate of Michigan State University (MSU), Bohan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with an emphasis in photography.
McPharlin commented, “As our involvement with the community, MSU, and now Oakland University has grown,Ms. Bohan will bring a high level of strategic communications experience and leadership to our efforts in her new role. I look forward to the contributions she will make as we expand our community involvement and strengthen philanthropic initiatives, which provides more ways to help our members achieve financial success.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has twelve branches, over 175,000 members, more than $2.4 billion in assets, and over 515 employees.
MSUFCU Announces 75th Anniversary Contest Winners
EAST LANSING, MI—Throughout 2012, MSU Federal Credit Union offered a variety of special promotions, events, and giveaways to celebrate its 75th anniversary. MSUFCU recently announced the winners of its two 75th anniversary grand prizes: Polina Naumova, who won a $7,500 Classic Travel vacation package, and Michael Huschke, who won a $7,500 gift card to Wheat Jewelers.
Naumova, a freshman at Michigan State University, and Huschke, of Midland, MI, were announced as contest winners at MSUFCU’s 75th anniversary member event. This celebration, hosted for MSUFCU members at the Credit Union’s headquarters, featured food, games, appearances by MSU’s mascot Sparty and the MSU marching band, and guest speakers including MSU President, Lou Anna K. Simon.
MSUFCU members were able to enter to win the $7,500 Classic Travel vacation package on MSUFCU’s website and at any of its branch locations. Members entered to win the $7,500 Wheat Jewelers gift card by watching short videos online about MSUFCU’s history and then taking quizzes related to the videos. A new video and quiz were available each quarter of 2012, and members could enter once during each quarter by receiving 100% on the featured quiz.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a few MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has over 169,000 members, more than $2.3 billion in assets, and over 475 employees.
MSUFCU Named Among Top Workplaces in Michigan for Second Consecutive Year
EAST LANSING, MI—For the second consecutive year, MSU Federal Credit Union was named one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press. MSUFCU placed 11th in the mid-size category, which included companies with 150–499 employees. The awards recognize outstanding businesses based on employee surveys, with companies measured on qualities such as leadership, career opportunities, and compensation and benefits.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “MSUFCU’s mission is to provide superior service while assisting members and employees to achieve financial security, their goals, and ultimately, their dreams. By providing a workplace that encourages personal and professional growth, our employees are able to achieve success and best serve our growing membership. It is truly an honor to be recognized again by the Detroit Free Press as one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Michigan.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, serves Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni association members and their families worldwide and offers a full range of personal- and business-related financial services. Founded in 1937 by a handful of MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 169,000 members, over $2.3 billion in assets, and more than 475 employees. MSUFCU was named the Michigan Credit Union League Credit Union of the Year in 2010.
2012 Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces in Michigan: www.freep.com/article/20121118/BUSINESS06/121115019
MSUFCU and Eaton County Educational Credit Union Announce Proposed Merger
EAST LANSING, MI—After an extended period of discussion and due diligence, a merger of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and Eaton County Educational Credit Union (ECECU) has been approved by the credit unions’ respective boards of directors. The proposed merger is contingent upon the approval of regulatory agencies and a majority of ECECU’s members.
MSUFCU’s President/Chief Executive Officer Patrick McPharlin stated, “MSUFCU and ECECU have a shared commitment to helping members achieve financial success, and I am excited for the new opportunities this proposed merger provides for members of both credit unions. ECECU members will gain expanded account access and services along with greater financial strength and stability for their accounts, and the 11,000 MSUFCU members already residing in Eaton County will receive the added convenience of an established branch in Charlotte.”
Ken Huber, ECECU’s Treasurer/Manager added, “Due to the current economic climate and recent financial legislation, many smaller credit unions are finding it impossible to earn income and grow financially. In order to best serve our members, ECECU’s board of directors recognized that we needed to partner with another credit union. We specifically approached MSUFCU as they are very sound and secure and will provide our members with exceptional service plus a wide variety of additional services and conveniences.”
More information about the proposed merger of MSUFCU and ECECU may be found at www.msufcu.org/ececu.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based 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 in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by a handful of MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 169,000 members, over $2.3 billion in assets, and more than 475 employees. Eaton County Educational Credit Union, located in Charlotte, MI, serves employees and pensioners of educational institutions located in Eaton County and employees of a number of companies and organizations. ECECU has more than 5,000 members, over $30 million in assets, and nine employees.
MSUFCU awards $25,000 to local entrepreneurs as part of its startUP Challenge
EAST LANSING, MI— Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has announced the winning entrepreneurs for the MSUFCU startUP Challenge: Phil Threadgould and Andy Bentz, the founders of CrowdLanding, an information site and aggregating web application for the equity crowdfunding industry.
The startUP Challenge provided the opportunity for entrepreneurs to start their businesses in the tri-county area: Ingham, Clinton, and Eaton Counties. As the winners of the startUP challenge, Threadgould and Bentz were awarded $25,000 to jump-start CrowdLanding.
Threadgould and Bentz were selected as the startUP Challenge winners from thirty-five local entrepreneurs. Entrants submitting applications, business plans, and video pitches, with five finalists presenting their business ideas to the startUP Challenge selection committee comprised of Greater Lansing business professionals.
Threadgould stated, “We are ecstatic to have won the MSUFCU startUP Challenge. The $25,000 prize provides CrowdLanding with the opportunity to further develop our website and strengthen our business much more quickly than anticipated.”
In addition to the startUP Challenge, MSUFCU also recently introduced the startUP Loan Fund. Entrepreneurs in the tri-county area may now apply for loans up to $15,000 to aid in the development of their businesses. MSUFCU’s new loan fund has $250,000 to lend to local entrepreneurs.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and CEO, commented, “At MSUFCU, we are proud to provide resources to support small businesses and our local community. We hope the startUP Challenge and MSUFCU’s new startUP Loan Fund will attract more businesses to the area to help grow the local economy.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, serves Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni association members and their families worldwide and offers a full range of personal and business related financial services. Founded in 1937 by a handful of MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 169,000 members, over $2.3 billion in assets, and more than 475 employees. MSUFCU was named the Michigan Credit Union League Credit Union of the Year in 2010.
MSUFCU to Open Branch in the Sparrow Professional Building
EAST LANSING, MI—MSU Federal Credit Union will soon add its tenth Mid-Michigan location with a full-service branch within the Sparrow Professional Building in Lansing, anticipated to open in early 2013.
Along with six other financial institutions, MSUFCU recently submitted a proposal at the request of Sparrow Health System to be considered as the financial services provider within the Sparrow Professional Building. A committee of Sparrow’s management, union representatives, and Caregiver representatives then selected MSUFCU and offered the credit union the opportunity to open a branch at the Sparrow Professional Building.
MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick McPharlin stated, “MSUFCU was honored to be selected as the financial services provider at the Sparrow Professional Building because of our longstanding financial education and community programs and our proven commitment to providing exceptional member service and high-quality products.”
McPharlin continued, “MSUFCU already offers accounts and services to Sparrow Caregivers, and we are thrilled to be able to provide the added convenience of this new branch. We look forward to working with Sparrow to strengthen our partnership and provide resources to help our local community attain its goals and dreams.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, serves Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni association members and their families worldwide and offers a full range of personal- and business-related financial services. Founded in 1937 by a handful of MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 169,000 members, over $2.3 billion in assets, and more than 475 employees. MSUFCU was named the Michigan Credit Union League Credit Union of the Year in 2010.
MSUFCU Enhances Its Platinum Plus Visa Rewards Program
EAST LANSING, MI—MSUFCU recently upgraded its Platinum Plus Visa Credit Card, doubling the amount of rewards members receive for Platinum Plus Visa purchases to 1.00% back with additional opportunities to earn greater rewards by shopping at select local retailers. Additionally, the Platinum Plus Visa now offers expanded options for reward redemption. MSUFCU members may apply their rewards toward travel, merchandise, gift cards, cash back, or donations to a variety of local and Michigan State University-based charitable organizations.
April Clobes, MSUFCU’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, stated, “At MSUFCU, it is always our goal to provide exceptional products and services for all our members. We are proud to offer a variety of Visa credit cards suited to any number of needs from our low-rate Platinum Visa to our Michigan State University Spartan Visa which helps support programs at MSU. The recent enhancements to MSUFCU’s Platinum Plus Visa Credit Card are another way for MSUFCU to best serve our membership.”
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, serves Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni association members and their families worldwide and offers a full range of personal and business related financial services. Founded in 1937 by a handful of MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 169,000 members, over $2.3 billion in assets, and more than 475 employees. MSUFCU was named the Michigan Credit Union League Credit Union of the Year in 2010.
MSUFCU 75th Anniversary Celebration
EAST LANSING, MI— In celebration of MSU Federal Credit Union’s 75th Anniversary, there are special promotions going on all year for members.
Members who finance or refinance an auto loan with MSUFCU between October 1, 2012, and November 30, 2012, are entered to win a $75 gas gift card and the grand prize of $575. Seventy-five (75) members will be randomly selected to win the gas gift cards, and one (1) member will be randomly selected to win the grand prize of $575.
Also, until Friday, November 9, 2012, MSUFCU will be highlighting information about the Credit Union from the 1990s and 2000s. MSUFCU members can enter the 75th anniversary online video quiz for their chance to win an MSUFCU prize pack, which includes MSUFCU gifts and a $200 gift card to Wheat Jewelers. Members who receive 100% on the quiz are also entered into the grand prize drawing of a $7,500 gift card to Wheat Jewelers. The grand prize winner will be randomly selected and announced at MSUFCU’s 75th anniversary party on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at MSUFCU’s Headquarters in East Lansing.
MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest University-based credit union, serves Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni association members and their families worldwide. Founded in 1937 by a handful of MSU professors and employees, MSUFCU now has 169,000 members, $2.3 billion in assets