Twenty-Two Complete LSU/Campus Federal Workplace Financial Literacy Program
BATON ROUGE – On Thursday, May 1, LSU’s graduation season kicked off with 22 Facility Services employees completing the LSU/Campus Federal Workplace Financial Literacy Program. The 22 graduates, along with their family and friends, participated in an awards ceremony in the LSU Energy, Coast & Environment Building, where LSU President & Chancellor F. King Alexander provided remarks and presented them with their certificates.
“We appreciate your willingness to take this one and your willingness to pursue life-long learning,” Alexander said. “I applaud you and urge you to share this knowledge with someone.”
Joining Alexander in providing remarks were Roxanne Berthelot, business development with Campus Federal; Dawn Harris, Campus Federal CEO/president; Fred Fellner, assistant director of landscape services; Kenneth Miles, interim vice provost for equity, diversity & community outreach; graduates Roxanne Spooner and Ophelia McKnight; Ron Moreu, Campus Federal chief development officer; and Blaine Grimes, Campus Federal financial education instructor.
“I want to applaud you all for taking that first step and encourage you to go further,” Harris said.
Campus Federal started the program in 2005 to address negative marks such as charge-offs, bankruptcy and to serve as a testimony of the 80 year commitment to LSU. In developing the program, Campus Federal shared with LSU and facility services human resources representatives how financial education improves employee retention, in particular underserved employees. The program covers topics such as savings, credit and budgeting, and is centered around homeownership. Since its inception, approximately 250 LSU landscape and building Service employees have completed the 18 week semester-long program.
“The support from the top down has been tremendous and is the reason for the success of the program,” said Grimes. “Every chancellor has participated in the closing ceremony since the very first graduation in 2005. The lesson we hope participants take away is that it is not about having more, it’s about doing better with what you have.”
The 2014 Workplace Financial Literacy Program Graduating Class Michael Burns, Mary Cage, Kamby Carrell, Adam Davis, Jeffery Delatte, Erica Early, Tawanna Harris, Lesile Hebert, Edward Helm, Bryce Ingram, Sylvia London, Ophelia McKnight, Rory Primes, Rynette Spooner, Avis Red, Lashaun Walker, Kenetra Wells, James Wilkerson, Darnell Williams, Justin Williams, Latasha Williams and Reggie Willis.