ONTARIO, Calif. (8/2/10)--Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) President and Dean James D. Likens was honored for leading the school for the past 35 years at the 2010 WCMS graduation ceremony July 22 at Pomona College, Claremont, Calif.
At this year's Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) graduation ceremonies are, from left: President/Dean Jim Likens, who received a special award for leading the school for 35 years; commencement speaker Sylvia Lyon, president/CEO of the Credit Union Association of New Mexico and a 1997 WCMS graduate; Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, WCMS Board vice chairman and Travis CU CEO; and WCMS Associate Dean Michael D. Steinberger. (Photo provided by the California Credit Union League)
WCMS Board Vice Chairman and Travis CU CEO Patsy Van Ouwerkerk presented Dr. Likens with the special award, which commemorated his influence on thousands of students attending the school through the years. Seven students graduated with “High Honors” and were inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame, while an additional eight students graduated with “Honors” during the school’s 49th session, held July 11-23 at Pomona College. Of the 275 students attending this year, 87 were first-year students, 70 were second-year students, and 118 were third-year students. Students earning “High Honors” were:
* Chad M.Bollinger, Colorado CU, Littleton,Colo.; * Kristopher L. Distefano, America First CU, Ogden, Utah; * David Flood, Spokane (Wash.) Teachers CU; * Alan Jackson, Rogue FCU, Medford, Ore; * Janet Sanchez, Community CU of Southern Humboldt County, Garberville,Calif.; * Steven Craig Schmidle, Elevations CU, Boulder, Colo.; and * Kristin M. Zeller, Coast Central CU, Eureka, Calif.
“Honors” students this year were:
* Julie H. Arenz, iQ CU, Vancouver, Wash.; * James R. Belford, TwinStar CU, Lacey, Wash.; * Shelly Berryman, SchoolsFirst FCU, Santa Ana, Calif.; * Darin Daggett. Kinecta FCU, Manhattan Beach, Calif.; * Lauren Risinger Davison, Coors CU, Golden, Colo.; * Craig A. Durkey, Redwood CU, Santa Rosa, Calif.; * Kristina M. Hooper, Cal State L.A. FCU, Los Angeles; and * Gregory Shaver, Otero FCU, Alamogordo, N.M.
Receiving the Charles M. Clark Memorial Award was Theta class President Robert York of California Bear CU, Los Angeles. The award is given to the senior student nominated by his or her class who best represents high moral character, leadership, credit union dedication, and academic achievement. RaAnn Wood, deputy commissioner of credit unions for the California Department of Financial Institutions, was named as the 20th recipient of the James D. Likens Alumni Recognition Award, founded by the Alumni Association of Western CMS. The award is given to a graduate who has made significant achievements in the credit union field since graduation. Sylvia Lyon--president/CEO of the Credit Union Association of New Mexico and a 1997 WCMS graduate--delivered the commencement address. The third-year graduating class presented $50,000 to the school to help keep tuition costs down and to underwrite scholarships for future WCMS students. The funds resulted from the Theta Class working together and hosting fundraisers during its three years at WCMS. Students of all three classes raised an additional $12,000 at the 2010 auction. The speaker at the 2010 Richard Myles Johnson Colloquium in Credit Union Philosophy was Mary Cunningham, WCMS board chairman and CEO of USA FCU, San Diego. This year’s session included students from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.