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SIU Credit Union to host Community Blood Drives

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.

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Carbondale, IL – July 16, 2015 SIU Credit Union, with the assistance of the American Red Cross, will host two community blood drives this August.

  • August 5 from 10 AM to 2 PM at SIU Credit Union –2809 Outer Drive in Marion (behind O’Charley’s)
  • August 6 from 10 AM to 2 PM at SIU Credit Union –395 N. Giant City Road in Carbondale (next to Kroger)

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SIU Credit Union Sponsors Ducky Derby Dash

Ready to Make a Splash for Special Olympics

Carbondale, IL- July 9, 2015 SIU Credit Union is getting a little quacky this summer as they sponsor the Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash to support the Special Olympics Illinois.  SIU CU Vice President of Business Development presented a donation check to Ducky Derby Dash Ambassador, John Henley.

Pictured, L to R, back row: Brian Maurizio, SIU CU Vice President of IT; Tracy Frischkorn Ingersoll, SIU CU Vice President of Human Resources; and Paul Melzer, Special Olympics Area Director. Front row: John Henley, Special Olympics Global Messenger; Kim Babington, SIU CU Vice President of Business Development; and Eric Baumann, Special Olympics Global Messenger.

Pictured, L to R, back row: Brian Maurizio, SIU CU Vice President of IT; Tracy Frischkorn Ingersoll, SIU CU Vice President of Human Resources; and Paul Melzer, Special Olympics Area Director. Front row: John Henley, Special Olympics Global Messenger; Kim Babington, SIU CU Vice President of Business Development; and Eric Baumann, Special Olympics Global Messenger.

The Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash at the Du Quoin State Fair is a signature fundraising event for Special Olympics Illinois. On September 6, 2015 thousands of spectators will watch 5,000+ Ducks splash into the lake behind the Exhibition Hall on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds and race towards the finish line. Race Day kicks off at 11am behind the Expo Hall with entertainment for the entire family – live music, face painting, games, and an appearance by Splash, the Duck Mascot.  To sponsor a duck or find more information visit www.duckrace.com/duquoin.

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Life is Why We Walk

SIU Credit Union is proud to once again be participating in the Southern Illinois Heart Walk as a fundraising team and sponsor this coming October 3rd at John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL. The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s signature fundraising event for this region.

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What’s your why?

We invite you to join us in the fun supporting this great cause. Why? Because “Life is Why”. With cardiovascular disease being our No. 1 cause of death, claiming the lives of over 1 in 3 individuals we want to make a difference in the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives free from cardiovascular disease and stroke. And enable our members, employees and community to enjoy more of life’s precious moments with our family and friends.

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What Will EMV (Chip) Credit and Debit Cards Mean for You?

The U.S. is poised to upgrade its debit and credit card (payment card) security systems in an effort to fight skyrocketing fraud costs. And while federal regulations already protect you, as a consumer, from liability for most fraudulent transactions a crook could make using your account, when payment industry participants are hit by fraud, everyone’s costs increase.

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That’s why the U.S. industry plans to implement EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) cards, which contain computer chips that authorize or validate payment-card transactions. We’re the last developed country in the world to do so. Here’s how the change will affect you:

  • You’ll receive an EMV card with information about how it’s different, its enhanced security, and how to use it. This may happen when your current card expires or you might get a special reissue from SIU  Credit Union or other financial institution. Card issuers have discretion about whether they’ll require you to use a signature when making payments or to use a PIN (personal identification number).
  • The transaction process will be slightly different.  You’ll insert your EMV card in a POS (point-of-sale) terminal, wait for it to be authorized, and remove it. You’ll either sign a sales draft or key in your PIN to complete the transaction.
  • Other countries likely will stop accepting mag stripe cards after a certain date. You’ll need an EMV card when traveling abroad and international travelers in the U.S. will have the additional protection against counterfeit that EMV cards afford.
  • It’s possible that some merchants and card issuers may choose not to convert and will continue to use mag stripe technology for a time. Your card still will work at the point of sale and consumers will continue to be protected from fraud liability.

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SIU Credit Union to Host Free Credit Seminar

Carbondale, IL – May 13, 2015  SIU Credit Union will host a FREE credit seminar, “Power Over Debt: Break the Debt Cycle”, in Carbondale on Wednesday, June 17 from 6 to 8 pm.  Learn if debt is dragging you down and how to take control of debt before it takes over your life.

Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt

Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt

Do you know how much you owe? Have you figured your own “safe” credit limit? Do you know what percentage of your total credit limit is safe to charge? Do you know the warning signs that you may have too much debt?

SIU Credit Union wants you to take control and take positive steps to manage your debt. At the seminar, you’ll learn about the different kinds of debt, benefits and costs of credit, warning signs you have too much debt, what’s in—and how to get—your credit reports and credit score, how to tackle your debt, how to rebuild good credit, and—most importantly—how to stay out of debt. Speakers include Tiffane Pelzer, SIU Credit Union Loan Manager and Michelle Rice from TransUnion Credit Monitoring.

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SIU Credit Union Awards 2015 Scholarship Winners

Carbondale, IL – May 11, 2015  SIU Credit Union is proud to announce the awarding of scholarships to deserving students pursuing higher education degrees.  The scholarship presentations were made at the Giant City Road branch in Carbondale to five students, each received a $1,000 scholarship for the 2015-16 school year.  The 2015 scholarship winners along with their institutions and fields of study are noted below.

Camille Hammers

Camille Hammers

Camille Hammers of Murphysboro is a 2015 homeschool graduate.  She will be attending John A. Logan College where she plans to study Biological Sciences before transferring to Southern Illinois University.

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