Giving is in the DNA of those at the SIU Credit Union, and local charities have regularly been the beneficiaries of their benevolence. This year, the SIU Credit Union kicked off the Day of Giving with two gifts. The first donation of $20,000 will benefit SIU’s New Student Services and the second donation of $10,000 will go to Touch of Nature’s programs.
The SIU Credit Union was represented by Mike Lantrip, CEO, Mark Dynis, Marketing Director and Kim Babington, Vice President of Community Outreach.
Chancellor John M. Dunn received the donations from the group and said that the SIU Credit Union has been a good partner to SIU for many years.
“These gifts are generous and they represent a number of gifts they’ve given across the years for many endeavors,” he said.
Lori Stettler, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs says the support of the SIU Credit Union is priceless.
“The investment they made reaches far beyond New Student Programs and the University. The work done by the team in New Student Programs impacts not only our students, but our community through the economic impact families make in our city and our region. We are grateful for their donation, their commitment and the time they invest in us each semester. The funds will support the annual Saluki Start Up and Weeks of Welcome programs, which help new students as they begin their Saluki journey,” she said.
“We are so proud to be a part of the SIU Day of Giving,” said Babington.
“This is such an important day and we want students to know they have a financial institution they can depend on,” she said.
Babington said that three years ago she did not know much about SIU’s Touch of Nature, but a colleague took her out to their facilities and introduced her to the many programs Touch of Nature offers. She knew then that SIU Credit Union had to play a part in their efforts.
J.D. Tanner, Touch of Nature’s Director, appreciates the ongoing support from SIU Credit Union.
“It’s important to have a community organization like SIU Credit Union to recognize what we do with students and the community,” he said.