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CU System briefs (04/15/2009)
* ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (4/16/09)--The New Mexico Credit Union Education Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $48,600 to 81 students in the state for the 2009-2010 school year. Each student received $600. More than 400 students applied for scholarship, and 41 recipients were re-applicants. Applicants must be residents of the state and meet requirements such as a grade point average and full-time enrollment. The foundation is a scholarship program formed through special legislation that allows credit unions to use abandoned funds for educational or charitable purposes. Since it was established in 1992, the foundation has presented 870 scholarships totaling $430,600 to students attending accredited vocational or technical school, college or university in New Mexico … * PLANO, Texas (4/16/09)--Southwest Corporate FCU has named Jerry Delezen as senior vice president of information technology (IT) and Brad Ganey has senior vice president of payment services, announced John Cassidy, president/CEO. Jody Beck, the former senior vice president of operations, has retired after 32 years with the corporate. Her responsibilities included oversight of both the IT and Payments Services departments. Delezen, with more than 30 years' experience in IT and management, will direct IT department and be responsible for developing, integrating, operating and supporting the corporate's automated systems, databases, and voice and data communications. Ganey will oversee item processing, electronic payments and correspondent services. He is also responsible for support services, remote deposit services, funds transfer operations and ACH, and card services. He has more than 23 years' experience in the financial services industry … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (4/16/09)--Jeannette Rubber FCU has merged with Elliott FCU, effective April 1. Both credit unions are in Jeannette, Pa. According to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, the Jeannette Rubber branch was renovated and services expanded. Members of the combined credit union now have three branches for their financial needs (Life is a Highway April 15) … * NEENAH, Wis. (4/16/09)--Evergreen CU is living up to its name, by celebrating Earth Day April 22. The $23.9 million asset credit union is promoting and using environmentally friendly products, such as the scooters from Metro Motorcylces on display in its lobby for its "Wheel Make It Happen" vehicle campaign. Four employees at the credit union have purchased scooters. LaVerne Beyer, aka Mrs. GreenJeans, encouraged youth members in The Seedling Club to turn in an Earth Day coloring picture to claim one of the potted Evergreen Trees pictured. Earth-friendly information and prizes will be part of the Earth Day celebration Wednesday. (Photo provided by Evergreen CU) … * OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (4/16/09)--Wanda Prater, who became the first manager of the Department of Public Safety FCU in Oklahoma City in 1958, died at her home April 11. She was 79. Prater worked at the credit union for 35 years. Funeral services were Wednesday (The Oklahoman April 14) …


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