MSUFCU Partners with Telamon Farmworker IDA Program MSU CAMP students benefit from financial education and assistance MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce its partnership with the Telamon Farmworker Individual Development Account (IDA) Program and the MSU College Assistance Migrant Program (MSU CAMP) to assist migrant students with financial hardships as they complete a post-secondary education. The Telamon Farmworker IDA Program is designed to help low-income individuals create and maintain a savings account that will help participants develop money management skills and help decrease debts related to a post-secondary education. MSUFCU works closely with Telamon and MSU CAMP in providing a total of 25 eligible students the opportunity to participate in this match savings program. Savings accounts will be established for eligible students and when they meet the $500 savings goal, they can utilize $4,000 in federal and non-federal match funds. MSUFCU will assist students by opening and maintaining their savings accounts, conducting financial literacy training, and providing $2,000 in non-federal match funds per student. The savings earned throughout the year-long program is then used for post-secondary education and related educational expenses. “By being involved with this program, we hope to make a big difference in the lives of participants,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This savings program embodies our mission, as it allows us to help participants achieve financial security, their goals, and their dreams by providing them with the financial training needed to do so.” Fly Lansing Concierge Travel Center agent wins international competition sponsored by National Geographic Expeditions Proposed itinerary for dream Costa Rica trip earns Tamara Olton the grand prize The eight months she spent living and working in Costa Rica are continuing to pay dividends for Tamara Olton, as her firsthand knowledge about the country allowed her to create the winning entry in the National Geographic Expeditions — Virtuoso Challenge. Olton, a Traveline travel agent in the Fly Lansing Concierge Travel Center at Capital Region International Airport, crafted an original dream itinerary for a National Geographic Private Expedition. Her entry now joins the upcoming lineup of National Geographic Private Expeditions, a new line of tours that will be offered in 2015 through National Geographic Expeditions and Virtuoso. She also won passage for two on any National Graphic Expedition in 2015, a value of up to $37,000, depending on the trip she chooses. The contest was open to members of the worldwide Virtuoso network of travel agents, who were asked to create their own dream itinerary incorporating their travel expertise as well as special experiences that align with National Geographic’s core brand and mission. In creating the 11-day itinerary, Olton said she drew on her experience working as a travel agent in Costa Rica from July 2013 to February 2014, when she joined the Fly Lansing Concierge Travel Center staff. Her trip highlights include staying in a remote eco-lodge that it is accessible only by whitewater rafting; witnessing the striking blue waters of the Rio Celeste, hiking in Corcovado National Park, and discovering some of the most stunning species on the planet. Provost & Executive Vice President for MSU Academic Affairs Honored with ATHENA Award Dr. June Pierce Youatt, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Michigan State University (MSU), has been selected by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce as the 2014 ATHENA Award recipient. Youatt was honored at the annual ATHENA Award luncheon in December at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. Youatt, as the current provost and executive vice president at MSU, helps to ensure the quality of faculty by administering and monitoring procedures and criteria for faculty appointments and promotions, working conditions and tenure. She also manages the quality of student learning by overseeing the curriculum while encouraging and coordinating initiatives in undergraduate education. Additionally, Youatt organizes recruiting and admissions for undergraduate and graduate programs and is responsible for supervising academic and budgetary planning and priorities. Youatt has spent her entire career at MSU, where she is also a professor of Human Development and Family Studies. WLAM Honors Judges Janice Cunningham and Jennifer Gallardo Every year the Mid-Michigan Chapter of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) recognizes a lawyer believed to advance the interest of women of the legal profession, promote improvements in the administration of justice, and promote equality and social justice for all people. The 2014 award winner was Judge Janice K. Cunningham. Judge Cunningham was elected as the first female Circuit Court Judge in Eaton County. Prior to her election, Judge Cunningham had an esteemed career in private practice for over 25 years and had won various awards throughout the years based on her stellar performance as an attorney. The Carolyn Stell Scholarship Award (named after the first female judge of Ingham County Circuit Court) was also presented to Jennifer Gallardo. Gallardo received a $1,000 scholarship to use towards her studies. She is currently a law student at Thomas Cooley Law School. The WLAM is proud to provide development, support, and networking opportunities for lawyers and law students living or working in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, and Jackson Counties. Join online now at womenlawyers.org.