MADISON, Wis. (8/7/08)--This year’s 72 graduates of CUNA Management School in Madison, Wis., presented $27,000 toward scholarships during their July 24 graduation ceremony. Twenty students graduated with honors and five graduated with high honors. One student, Connie Lodde, Independent FCU, Anderson, Ind., graduated with highest honors. The scholarship money presented by the class was raised during the three-year professional development program through fundraising events held each summer in the school’s two-week session, and through individual donations from credit unions and the graduates themselves. The fundraisers included merchandise sales, silent auctions, game nights, raffles, golf outings, and more. The scholarship fund comprises donations from the graduating class, U.S. Central, CUNA Mutual Group, and the Credit Union National Association, and is earmarked to help smaller credit unions and individuals without available financial resources to become future CUNA Management School attendees. CUNA Management School in Madison is the longest-running continuing education program in the credit union movement. It consists of a two-week session each summer for three years. About 4,500 men and women have graduated from the program since its inception in 1954. Graduating with high honors were:
* Michael Augustine, United Consumers CU, Independence, Mo.; * Dave Cottone, Ohio HealthCare FCU, Dublin, Ohio; * Kurtis Neeper, Superior FCU, Lima, Ohio; * Anneliese Steen, New Mexico Educators FCU, Albuquerque, N.M.; and * Patrick Wohlfrom, Sharefax CU Inc., Batavia, Ohio.
Graduating with honors were:
* Susan Chadwick, America First FCU, Ogden, Utah; * Scott Chretien, York County FCU, Sanford, Maine; * Diana Davidson, Rock Valley FCU, Loves Park, Ill.; * Carla Day, Hawthorne CU, Naperville, Ill.; * Ronald Eide, Enterprise CU, Elm Grove, Wis.; * Laura Hassan, Market USA FCU, Laurel, Md.; * Lisa Holtman, Jackson Co Co-Op CU, Seymour, Ind.; * Eric Judy, Sangamon Schools CU, Springfield, Ill.; * Pamela Katin-Vetter, Railway CU, Mandan, N.D.; * Kenneth Kiefer, Abbott Laboratories Employees CU, Gurnee, Ill.; * Laurie Ann Moody, Belvoir FCU, Woodbridge, Va.; * Carrie O'Halloran, HarborOne CU, Brockton, Mass.; * Bruce Main, Alliant CU, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; * Michael Pierino, OPCS FCU, Orchard Park, N.Y.; * Laura Roberts, Chivaho FCU, Chillicothe, Ohio; * Shari Seney, UFirst FCU, Plattsburgh, N.Y.; * Janet Shaffer, Afena FCU, Marion, Ind.; * Kenneth Smith, TruGrocer FCU, Boise, Ind.; * Kara VanWert, Veridian CU, Waterloo, Iowa; * Cassandra Velasquez, Monroe Area FCU, Monroe, Mich.; * Joshua Vissering, Superior Iron Range Community FCU, Negaunee, Mich.; and * Richard Wall, Carolina Foothills FCU, Greenville, S.C.
For a complete list of graduates, use the link.