coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 31, 2020
Given the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and national response to the outbreak, it is with heavy heart that we must report, in consultation with our Board of Trustees and Pomona College, we have decided to postpone the 2020 summer session of Western CUNA Management School until July 2021.  Our students’ health and safety, as well as supporting their focus on aiding their members, were the primary guiding factors in reaching this decision.

Communities, and their credit unions, need head and heart leadership now more than ever.  For over sixty years, WCMS has educated credit union trailblazers to help prepare them for the challenges of leadership.  WCMS alumni and students have always served a key role in guiding their credit unions and the national credit union movement in times of crisis.  We look forward to welcoming our students back to campus next summer, July 11-23, 2021.

March 25, 2020
Sigma and Tau students,

Our heart goes out to all of you affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and we hope for your safety.  We know this crisis has affected many of you and your families personally, and your obligations to your members have expanded in unexpected ways in these unprecedented days.

Western CUNA Management School is privileged to be entrusted by credit unions with their future leaders.  We know many of you are leading your credit union’s (or CUSO’s) efforts to support your members during this difficult time.  In recognition of this extraordinary challenge, and our students’ special obligation to lead in this difficult time, we have made the decision to move the due date for Project 1 and 2 to July 1, 2020. 

All students meeting the July 1 deadline will be eligible for consideration for Honors and High Honors.  We know many of you started early and may want to submit your Project in the month ahead, so we will open the portal to accept Projects along our usual timeline on April 1.  Like you, our WCMS Readers are similarly leading their credit unions’ response to this emergency, so with the extension for submitting Projects we will need to similarly delay return of Projects until Fall to allow them time to give you detailed feedback.

Please continue to support each other, your families, colleagues and members that have supported you and your education at WCMS.  Your work in this crisis is an example of the head and heart difference that credit unions make in the lives of our members, thank you.  We are constantly humbled and awed by the stories we hear of the work of members of the WCMS community. We look forward to hearing your story of leadership and service when we see you, and we hope our decision to move the due date of the Projects helps support your work.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us,

Diana Dykstra
Western CUNA Management School

Dr. Michael D. Steinberger
Western CUNA Management School

March 11, 2020
Western CUNA Management School continues to monitor developments from government and international health agencies regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The health and well-being of our students is our top priority.

At this time, we are not cancelling or postponing the July session of WCMS. Should developments cause a change of plans, we will notify our students and their credit unions immediately. Deadlines for Projects will continue unchanged.

Working with Pomona College, WCMS is taking a range of steps to prepare for our session this summer, including: scenario planning should a student fall ill while at WCMS, reinforcing health precautions and increasing the frequency of cleaning of areas such as residence halls and classrooms, and exploring additional contingencies should they become necessary.

WCMS will take steps based on the current recommendations from authorities including the Centers for Disease Control and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Students, alumni and their families also can contribute to fighting the impact of the virus by practicing recommended health precautions (or here). We also recognize and thank the many members of the WCMS community serving those working on the front lines in the medical and public health fields.

We encourage all our students to monitor developments in their local areas and employ best practices to limit exposure or transmission of the virus.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

Dr. Michael D. Steinberger
Western CUNA Management School