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CU System briefs (06/15/2009)
* BOSTON (6/16/09)--During his recent visit with two Boston area credit unions, National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Vice Chairman Rodney E. Hood learned about Harvard University Employees CU's (HUECU) new Custom Loan Program for Harvard University Graduate Students. The plan provides financial assistance to students at Harvard's 13 graduate schools and is available to domestic and international students. It couples competitive loan terms with flexible repayment options. He also discussed credit union issues with Susan Elliott, president of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, and Eric Rosengren, president/CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Hood also met with Winthrop FCU and CEO Joe Clark to discuss the importance of serving low-income individuals in underserved areas. From left are Gene Fokley, HUECU president/CEO; George White, HUECU board chairman; Hood; and Dan Egan, president, Massachusetts Credit Union League. (Photo provided by the National Credit Union Administration) … * CONCORD, Calif. (6/16/09)--A global positioning system (GPS) device dropped into one of the bags of money helped nab two men suspected of robbing DC FCU, Concord, Calif., Friday. A man wearing a blue bandanna and carrying a duffle bag entered the credit union, collected an undetermined amount, and got into a getaway car. The suspects were detained in Pittsburg, Calif. (Mayor of Concord.com via SFist.com June 12) … * BEAVERTON, Ore. (6/16/09)--The Credit Union Association of Oregon (CUAO) has hired Jennifer Wagner as its new director of credit union advocacy. Wagner will oversee CUAO's grassroots advocacy efforts including the CU Advocate program, Credit Union Legislative Action Committee fundraising and other legislative outreach initiatives. Previously Wagner worked as a field representative and legislative assistant for several Oregon congressional members and state representatives including U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-5) and Darlene Hooley. She also was campaign manager for state Rep. Greg Macpherson. Wagner succeeds Kasey Rockwell, who is now CUAO's director of credit union development … * RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (6/16/09)--The California and Nevada Youth Involvement Network (CNYIN), in partnership with the Richard Myles Johnson (RMJ) Foundation, awarded its second annual School of the Year Award to Liberty High School in Napa, Calif. It was nominated by Marlene Myers, financial education officer with Travis CU, Vacaville, Calif. Liberty High School, a court community school for students suspended or expelled from a comprehensive campus, received $1,000 as the winning recipient. The award is sponsored by CNYIN, the RMJ Foundation, and contributions from American First CU, Brea, Calif., and Greater Nevada CU, Carson City, Nev. From left are Liberty High School teacher MariJo Dickerson; Travis CU's Myers; and Napa County Superintendent of Schools Barbara Nemko, Ph.D. (Photo provided by the California Credit Union League) …


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