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SIU Credit Union Knocks Out Hunger

Branches raise over $5,200 for 4C’s in Harrisburg, IL

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Photo: Stacy Callahan, VP of Lending; Sam Young, Branch Manager;
Leah Weil, Marketing Assistant; and Erica Pankey, VP of Operations

Carbondale, IL- August 28, 2015 SIU Credit Union, in conjunction with Silkworm, Idea Creative Marketing, and the Southern Illinois Miners, raised over $5,200 in monetary and non-perishable food donations for Christian Community Compassion Center (4C’s) of Saline County. 4C’s, a community food pantry located in Harrisburg, serves over 1,200 individuals each month from Saline County and the surrounding area.

“We are very committed to the communities we serve”, stated Karli Feldhake, Marketing Director for SIU Credit Union. “Besides the financial contribution achieved by the campaign, Knock Out Hunger also generated awareness of the increasing need our communities face feeding the hungry.”

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Knock Hunger Out of the Park

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Carbondale, IL – August 19, 2015  SIU Credit Union is proud to announce our August 26th, 2015 Southern Illinois Miners Knock Hunger out of the Park Game Night beginning at 7:05 P.M. Donations and a $500 Monetary contribution will be made to Christian Community Compassion Center (4-C’s) located in Harrisburg, Illinois. Non-Perishable food items will be collected at the gate at Rent One Park beginning at 6: 00 P.M. The first 250 fans to donate 10 non-perishable items at the gate will receive a free custom SIU Credit Union Game Night T-Shirt!

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 Donations at Giant City
Road branch in Carbondale

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Join Our Heart Walk Team!

Make An Impact. Save Lives.

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At SIU Credit Union, we’re making a difference by participating in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. We need your help to make the team a success. Are you ready to build healthier lives by joining our team?

It only takes three easy steps!

  1. Click on this link to visit our web page.
  2. Click the red “Join a Team” button.
  3. Click “Join Team” link next to your favorite team and follow the prompts to register.

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SIU Credit Union’s Kim Babington attends National Youth Involvement Board Conference

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Photo: Kim Babington, Vice President of Business Development

Carbondale, IL- August 4, 2015 Kim Babington, Vice President of Business Development at SIU Credit Union, recently attended the National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) 2015 Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas as the Illinois delegate. NYIB is a one-stop-shop to learn about youth savings programs, discover financial education resources, showcase individual accomplishments, and collaborate with peers.

NYIB also recognized the top ten individuals who reached the highest number of students and the number of presentations given about financial education topics including money management and saving for the future. Babington ranked #8 on the national list, reaching 4,787 students with 43 presentations during the period of July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

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Students: Easy Ways to Cut Costs

SIU, JALC, RLC, SIC, SCC…Welcome back to school! While college expenses may seem limitless, students can learn to manage them by avoiding these common money drains.

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College students are gaining confidence in personal finance management but unfortunately also have become less competent. A survey conducted by High One and Everfi recently found that in 2014, college students were more likely to use more than one credit card than they did in 2012, according to USA Today.

Considering that nearly two-thirds of undergrads take out student loans, and college seniors are graduating with an average loan balance close to $24,000, if students aren’t careful about spending, the first financial steps they take after college might send them in the wrong direction.

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SIU Credit Union’s Mike Lantrip attends CUNA Management School

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Photo: Mike Lantrip, Vice President of Finance

Carbondale, IL- August 3, 2015 Mike Lantrip, Vice President of Finance at SIU Credit Union, recently completed Year 2 of Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Management School in Madison, Wisconsin. The CUNA Management School program builds dynamic leaders with a rigorous blend of university classes and experiential learning activities. CUNA Management School has a well-earned reputation as an outstanding three-year executive education program that has prepared over 5,000 students.

As part of Year 2, CUNA Management School students participate in the 2-week long Stanford Bank Simulation. Lantrip’s team finished first out of 15 other teams. This simulation allows credit union professionals the chance to participate in sophisticated scenarios and make executive decisions based on a wide number of variables. Through a process of trial and error, students gain understanding of the factors that go into making wise financial decisions before they are forced to make the tough decisions in real life.

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