Saint Mary’s College, University Credit Union Announce Partnership

University Credit Union is the first comprehensive partner for SMC to be integrated within both Athletics and the campus.
Saint Mary’s President James Donahue with UCU President David Tuyo.

By Michael McAlpin / Photography by Haley Nelson

During a press conference on campus last December, Saint Mary’s President James Donahue and Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Matoso introduced University Credit Union (UCU) as the first comprehensive partner for Saint Mary’s College to be integrated within both athletics and the campus.

“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,” said Donahue. “This partnership marks a tremendous step forward for the College and will benefit the entire campus community.”

The partnership includes support of current and new academic initiatives, including funding multiple scholarships, sponsored student research opportunities, internships, and experiential and service learning opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. SMC’s student body also will have the opportunity to manage a small allocation of University Credit Union’s investment portfolio as part of a class curriculum. 

“To our knowledge, this is a first for a campus partnership, allowing students to manage a portion of an outside entity’s portfolio,” said UCU President David Tuyo. He added, “The investment management opportunity is really unique and will provide Saint Mary’s students with real-world experience in financial services strategies.” 

The partnership includes additional funding for the Gael Food Pantry, several campus ATMs, and a UCU branch for SMC. Also in the works are an affinity alumni debit/credit card and more financial services benefits for College employees. 

The partnership provides for naming and sponsorship opportunities with Saint Mary’s Athletics Department, including the rebranded University Credit Union Pavilion, home to Saint Mary’s men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball.