Includes First-Ever Naming Rights to University Credit Union Pavilion
MORAGA, Calif. — Saint Mary’s College of California President James A. Donahue announced today a historic relationship between University Credit Union and Saint Mary’s College.
During a press conference on campus, Donahue and Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Matoso introduced University Credit Union as the first comprehensive partner for Saint Mary’s College that will be integrated within both athletics and the campus.
Notably, University Credit Union and Saint Mary’s College aim to provide students, alumni, faculty and staff with comprehensive financial services, a dean’s choice grant program, sponsored student research opportunities and case study partnerships. As part of class curriculum, the student body also will have the opportunity to manage a small allocation of University Credit Union’s investment portfolio. Throughout campus, University Credit Union will provide multiple ATM locations, a future branch on campus and additional funding to the existing food pantry as well. An affinity alumni debit/credit card program will exist with benefits and incentives.
“University Credit Union and Saint Mary’s College have aligned values when it comes to making a difference in the lives of students and inspiring innovation,” Donahue said. “This partnership marks a tremendous step forward for the College and will benefit the entire campus community.”
Complementing the campus aspect, the University Credit Union agreement includes naming and sponsorship opportunities with Saint Mary’s Athletic Department, including the rebranded University Credit Union Pavilion, home to Saint Mary’s men’s basketball, women’s basketball and women’s volleyball. Additionally, University Credit Union signage will be visible throughout Saint Mary’s Athletics’ venues and on the floor inside University Credit Union Pavilion.
“We are grateful for University Credit Union to support the College with this expanded relationship with benefits to Athletics and the broader campus community,” Matoso said. “Our two organizations are a perfect fit. We each have strong core values and want to provide the best support for our students.”
This elevated relationship with University Credit Union was curated by Campus+, a dedicated team inside Learfield IMG College, the Gaels’ multimedia rightsholder. Campus+ pursues innovative, best-in-class university partnerships that align with both the athletics and university mission.
“University Credit Union is honored to partner with Saint Mary’s College. This partnership will provide financial services and education to give the Saint Mary’s College community a financial edge on campus and beyond,” said University Credit Union President David Tuyo. “University Credit Union looks forward to serving and being an integral part of the Saint Mary’s community.”
The partnership comes at a time when both organizations are experiencing high-profile success across the board. Saint Mary’s Athletics continues to be ranked among the nation’s best in men’s basketball and men’s soccer, each in the Top-30 nationally. While, Saint Mary’s College was recently ranked as one of the Top-5 Regional Universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, one of its highest rankings in school history.
University Credit Union is coming off a year in which they became the Official Financial Services Partner of the West Coast Conference and the sponsor of the WCC Basketball Championships. UCU has tied itself to the West Coast Conference and its member institutions, as their mission and values fall in line with other conference schools, along with Saint Mary’s College.
About Saint Mary’s College
The Saint Mary’s College of California experience inspires learning that lasts a lifetime. For more than 150 years, the College has provided students with a rigorous education that engages their intellect and spirit, and awakens a desire to transform society. Guided by the Christian Brothers, the Catholic Church’s oldest order dedicated exclusively to teaching, the College enrolls nearly 4,000 students in undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and business programs. For more information visit Saint Mary’s College at stmarys-ca.edu and just 23 miles east of San Francisco.
About University Credit Union
University Credit Union, a federally-insured financial cooperative, was founded in 1951 on UCLA’s campus by faculty and staff. Serving more than 40,000 members, UCU has become a leading credit union in the United States. UCU is guided by a board of directors, comprised only of faculty, staff and alumni of the university community. UCUs core purpose to give members a financial edge in life, along with the Credit Union’s promise to advocate, educate and innovate, help position UCU as a financial partner to the university community. To learn more about UCU visit www.UCU.org or call (800) UCU-4510.
About Learfield/IMG College
Learfield IMG College unlocks the value of college sports for brands and fans through an omnichannel platform. The company’s extensive content and commerce solutions create ultimate opportunities for fan engagement. The Learfield IMG College suite of services includes licensing and multimedia sponsorship management; publishing, audio, digital and social media; ticket sales and professional concessions expertise; branding; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue technology systems. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, the company has long had the privilege of being an advocate for intercollegiate athletics and the student-athlete experience. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.