Canvas CU-CSU Pueblo partnership press conference From left to right at a Canvas CU-CSU Pueblo partnership press conference in Pueblo, Colo., on May 6: Timothy Mottet, president, CSU Pueblo; Dr. Paul Plinske, vice president for athletics and strategic partnerships, CSU Pueblo; Mikayla Lerch, student president, Associated Students’ Government, CSU Pueblo; Todd Marksberry, president/CEO, Canvas CU and Dr. Donna Souder Hodge, vice president of operations and advancement, CSU Pueblo. (Photo credit: CSU Pueblo)

The $3.8 billion Canvas Credit Union in Lone Tree, Colo., has become the official credit union of Colorado State University Pueblo in Pueblo, Colo., reflecting an effort to strengthen its commitment to the CSU system and deepen its relationship with members in Southern Colorado.

The five-year sponsorship, which is set to begin in July, will include the operation of a new branch in the university’s Occhiato Student Center; exclusive benefits for university students, alumni, faculty and staff; the launch of student account services designed to focus on the unique needs of college students and young adults; and a CSU Pueblo Journey scholarship program totaling $500,000 over the five-year agreement, according to Canvas. Other potential components of the partnership could include an alumni credit card, financial literacy programing, plus potential partnerships with CSU-Housing to provide financial assistance for homebuyers and special offers for CSU affordable housing.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.

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