CLAREMONT, Calif. (8/6/09)--Four students graduated with “High Honors” and were inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame, while nine others graduated with “Honors” at the 48th session of Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) held July 12-23 at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. Of 330 students attending this year, 78 were first-year students, 125 were second year and 127 were third year. During a three-year period, students have five opportunities to earn academic honors. Honors and High Honors are awarded to the highest achievers on both examinations taken at the end of each school year and the analysis of each of their two projects. To be inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame, students must receive honors in five out of five categories. Students earning High Honors were:
* Michael Gay, California; * Michael George, California; * Ryan Olsen, Washington; and * Karen Zerger, Oregon.
This year’s Honor students were:
* Jana Ayres, Washington; * Richard Dugan, California; * Jennifer Evans Thompson, Washington; * Krista Ferndelli, Colorado; * Brandy Fielding, California; * Maile Gushiken, Hawaii; * Jennifer Kato, California; * Steve Pratt, Utah; and * Daryl Rother, Washington.
This year’s Charles M. Clark Memorial Award went to Wayne K. Jorgensen of America First CU, Riverdale, Utah. Each year, the senior class nominates one student who best represents high moral character, leadership, credit union dedication and academic achievement to receive this award.
Brett Martinez, president/CEO of Redwood CU in Santa Rosa, Calif., received the James D. Likens Alumni Recognition Award at the 48th session of Western CUNA Management School, July 12-23 in Claremont, Calif. (Photo provided by the California Credit Union League)
The third-year graduating class donated $56,200 to WCMS, in addition to $12,175 raised from this year’s silent and live auctions. Brett Martinez, CEO of Redwood CU in Santa Rosa, Calif., and current California Credit Union League chairman, was named the 19th recipient of the James D. Likens Alumni Recognition Award, founded by the Alumni Association of Western CUNA Management School. Martinez was recognized for his credit union career and commitment to the Children’s Miracle Network’s CU for Kids program. Troy Stang, president/CEO of the Credit Union Association of Oregon, delivered the commencement address at the July 23 graduation ceremony. “Our management skills are being tested,” he said. “We all have an important lesson to learn, and that is to respect ourselves. We have to also remember, it’s not our abilities, but our choices in life that matter.” This year’s students were from 17 states.