PCHS Students Job Shadow at Murphy-Wall State Bank
Friday, March 15, 2013 – Pinckneyville IL
Seven PCHS students from Mrs. Heather Genesio's Accounting classes visited Murphy- Wall State Bank in Pinckneyville for the bank's 11th year of hosting a Job Shadowing Day.
This program gives the students, many of whom did not realize there was more to banking beyond the teller line, new account's desk and the lender's office, a chance to see the daily activities of a bank including a look at behind the scenes responsibilities of the employees. The day is filled with an abundance of information on banking and the different departments it takes to make the bank operate. In addition to the history of the bank and the bank's mission, the students (Shadows) were briefed on legislative, regulatory and operating practices of a financial institution. Shadows learn about the audit, security, compliance, marketing, data processing, networking, lending, customer service, administrative and executive departments of the bank and other hidden logistics that go into successfully operating a community bank.
Murphy-Wall has organized a local version of the National Job Shadow event since 2002 and thanks Mrs. Genesio and the PCHS administration for allowing the students to get a closer look at what happens beyond the lobby of a bank perhaps preparing a new generation to be the community bankers of the future. Marty Davis, President and CEO, indicates that "Bank Management understands the need to provide students with hands on knowledge of how skills learned in the classroom can be applied and knows the value of demonstrating that there are a vast range of careers available right in the students' own backyard." Job Shadowing provides valuable information on career options and will also allow them to integrate their experience at the bank into their personal life. Hard work and honesty is emphasized to the Shadows as an integral part of the career process. The day not only allows the Shadows to see an operating business environment real-time, it also acts as a platform for getting student's career questions answered by Murphy-Wall officers and employee mentors participating the event.
Ashley Przygoda stated, "What I enjoyed most about Job Shadowing at Murphy-Wall, was seeing how close and friendly a small town bank functioned. Everyone was extremely friendly and really helped me to realize how great it is to do what you love for a living."
Tamara Alvis remarked, "The most interesting part about Job Shadowing was seeing how all the jobs were connected. People would never think there was so much work behind a checking deposit."
2012-2013 Murphy-Wall State Bank PCHS Student of the Month
Murphy-Wall State Bank has been honoring outstanding PCHS Students through the Student of Month/Year program since 1995. Pinckneyville Community High School Seniors apply by submitting an application essay that includes listing their high school activities and the importance of being involved, their community service activities and why they should be selected as Student of the Month.
Applications are reviewed and ranked with the top nine selected for Students of the Month. Each Student of the Month receives $50 dollars and is eligible for the Student of the Year Award. The Student of the Year is chosen after an interviewing process with various officers of the bank with individual points scored in pre-determined categories. The Student of the Year recipient receives $500 towards their college tuition.
Sept-Haley Simpson with Murphy-Wall State Bank AVP Amy Cleland, Oct-Morgan Wild with Murphy-Wall State Bank EVP Susan Davis, Nov-Tyler Wildermuth with Murphy-Wall State Bank VP Kathy Marlow
Dec-Shertsy Stanton with Murphy-Wall State Bank VP Claudia Choate, Jan-Ashley Przygoda with Murphy-Wall State Bank EVP Robert Marlow, Feb-Raven Lawhorn with Murphy-Wall State Bank AVP Brian Chandler
Mar-Will Timpner with Murphy-Wall State Bank AVP Sarah Folden, Apr-Emily Schmidt with Murphy-Wall State Bank VP Deborah Davis, May-Shelbie Thompson with Murphy-Wall State Bank VP Barry Kellerman
Murphy-Wall State Bank PCHS Panther Spirit Challenge
November 2012-February 2013 – Pinckneyville IL
For twelve season's Murphy-Wall State Bank has sponsored the "Panther Spirit
Challenge" during home varsity boy's basketball game. The challenge gives all PCHS
organizations and clubs a chance to win $100 for their treasury. Each organization/club
designs and creates a "Spirit Poster" for each home Panther game. Posters are displayed
for judging in Thomas Gym with the winning organization selecting a representative to
shoot during the games event.
The challenge is at half-time of the varsity game and includes:
- The participant receives 45 seconds on the clock, to make consecutive shots consisting of, a lay-up ($10), free throw ($35), three-pointer ($50) and halfcourt shot
- Any organization that makes the half-court shot qualifies for the bonus shoot during the last home game. They will have one chance to make a half-court shot to earn $500 for their organization.
This season, two representatives made their half-court shots, to advance to the "Bonus
Shoot". The two qualifiers were: Heather McDaniel for the Senior Class and Layton
McNew for the Cross Country Team.
2012-2013 seasons winnings: $620.00
2012 Pinckneyville Mardi Gras parade
Murphy-Wall's team participated in the 2012 Pinckneyville Mardi Gras parade with this 1st Place winning float, complete with "Steppers" and entourage depicting a "Family Vacation" to New York. The bank's entry took first place in Business, Overall Float Entry Winner and also the Viewer's Choice which is given to the best entry of the entire parade. We thank our staff and their families and friends who helped on this year's awesome project! View a video of our float.
Pinckneyville Community High School Laptop Sleeves
PCHS Students and Educators take advantage of Macbook technology. One use for the device is the convenience of having electronic textbook capabilities. Murphy-Wall State Bank donated laptop sleeves for the protection of the school's devices.
Customer Appreciation Days
Friday, September 7th was Customer Appreciation Day at the Murphysboro Facility. Murphy-Wall State Bank employees greeting customers and served them refreshments of hot dogs, chips, cookies and beverages. The Murphysboro treated over 40 customers to lunch this year. This is just one way the Murphy-Wall says thank you for your business.
Customer Appreciation Day at the Pinckneyville Facility was held on Friday, September 21st. Murphy-Wall State Bank employees served close to 500 people on this gorgeous fall day. On this day, the employees serve the customers in a different capacity, lunch! They manage the grill, the food line and each one in attendance receives a small gift in appreciation of their business.
Family Night in the Park
Pinckneyville's Family Night in the Park was held Friday, July 27th at the Pinckneyville Fairgrounds. This event is totally free to the public and includes many activities, food,
music, and emergency team demonstrations. Murphy-Wall State Bank sponsors the climbing wall for this event.
Over the summer of 2012, Murphy-Wall State Bank employees, directors and family participated in several area golf scrambles. The fundraising efforts support such causes as Pinckneyville and Murphysboro Chamber events, Pinckneyville Community High School Golf teams and the Pinckneyville Optimist Clubs philanthropic activities.
55 Golfers Compete in Billie Ray Craig Memorial Jr Golf Classic
The Billie Ray Craig Memorial Junior Golf Classic, sponsored by Murphy-Wall State Bank and Trust Company, was held Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at the Red Hawk Golf Club, Pinckneyville, IL and hosted 55 junior golfers from Southern Illinois and Southeast MO. The tournament, which is a Point Event for the Southern Illinois Golf Association Junior Golf Tour, is named after the late Billie Ray Craig of Pinckneyville, an avid golfer and member of the Southern Illinois Golf Hall of Fame. His wife, Marlene Craig, daughter Claudia Choate (Murphy-Wall State Bank VP/Marketing Director), Grandson Craig Choate and family friend Charlotte Carter helped with the tournament in his memory.
Photos left to right/top to bottom:
4-5 yr old boys: Murphy-Wall State Bank EVP Joe Crawford and 1st place-Konnor Kueper
6-7 yr old boys: Murphy-Wall State Bank EVP Joe Crawford, 2nd-Jonah Winter, 1st-Ajay Quick, Murphy-Wall State Bank Chairman of the Board Bill Crawford
8-9 yr old boys: 1st (putt off)-Nile Adcock, MWSB VP Claudia Choate, 2nd-Michael Scherrer
10-11 yr old boys: 1st-Austyn Downen, Craig Choate-Grandson of late Billie Ray Craig, 2nd-Kyle VanAbbema
14-15 yr old boys: MWSB VP Claudia Choate, 1st (putt off)-Nathaniel Caudle, 2nd-Michael Rials
12-13 yr old girls: 1st-Sarah Breslin, MWSB VP Claudia Choate, 2nd-Megan Breslin
12-13 yr old boys: 2nd-Jace Swartzlander, 1st-Tyler Wall, Craig Choate-Grandson of late Billie Ray Craig
14-15 yr old girls: 1st-Kendra Kessler, MWSB VP Claudia Choate, 2nd-Marisa Ferguson
16-18 yr old girls: 1st-Kara Schnueker, 2nd-Alexis Lintker, MWSB VP Claudia Choate
16-18 yr old boys: 2nd-Kirk Hoggatt, 1st-Austin Grote, MWSB VP Claudia Choate
Pinckneyville Area Students Participate in Financial Literacy Month
Young people know more about texting, facebook & twitter than they do about budgeting and balancing a checkbook. So while schools prepare students for real world success, Murphy-Wall State Bank is focusing on helping young people develop skills for financial success.
The Month of April was Financial Literacy Month. During the month Murphy-Wall State Bank employees visited area grade school classes with financial lessons. The Teach Children to Save program uses lessons that bring together real life and classroom learning, incorporating hands-on scenarios and children's experiences to help them understand the basic principles of using money wisely. Lessons explore savings, budgeting, prioritizing and more. During the month of April, MWSB employees presented over 20 financial lessons that reached over 385 students. Murphy-Wall strongly believes that an early understanding of personal finance basics can help children develop positive money habits that will stick with them through adulthood.
TCTS is a national campaign of volunteer bankers who since 1997 have helped young people develop lifelong savings habits. Mrs. Tanner's 4th grade class from Community Consolidated #204 visited MWSB on April 23rd and on National Teach Children to Save Day, April 24th, 4th Grade classes from District #50 (Mrs. Rheinecker's, Mrs. Tegethoft's and Mrs. VanPelt's) along with Mrs. Klingenberg's 4th Grade Class from St Bruno Catholic Class were hosted by MWSB. Students were given a tour of the bank, watched a video on the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and Federal Reserve. They were given a Dollar bill to identify some of the characteristics of the $1 bills and discussed topics such as; budgets, expenses, income, interest and savings goals.
MWSB offers the following tips for money-savvy parents raising money-smart kids:
Set the example of a responsible money manager by paying bills on time, being a conscientious spender and an active saver. Children tend to emulate their parents' personal finance habits.
Talk openly about money with your kids. Communicate your values and experiences with money. Encourage them to ask you questions, and be prepared to answer them-even the tough ones.
Explain the difference between needs and wants, the value of saving and budgeting and the consequences of not doing so.
Open a savings account at your local bank for your children and take them with you to make deposits, so they can learn how to be hands-on in their money management.
Give your kids positive feedback. As they get older, give them responsibility over how they spend their money.
Murphy-Wall Introduces High School Students to Innovative Web-Based Financial Program
Murphy-Wall State Bank and Trust Company introduced a new initiative to bring financial literacy education to students at Pinckneyville Community High School and Murphysboro High School* by providing them with access to the EverFi Financial Literacy Platform. During the second semester, Mrs. Lietz's Resource Management Class at PCHS and Mr. Berry's Intro to Business at MHS were the pilot classes for this web-based program that uses the latest in new media technologies to bring financial concepts to life for today's digital generation. The 10-unit course aims at teaching, assessing and certifying students in a variety of financial topics. Through the EverFi platform, students will become more informed and financially responsible citizens. Murphy-Wall State Bank has partnered with EverFi, Inc. to bring the interactive financial management program to PCHS and MHS students at no cost to the school.
Murphy-Wall State Bank has a long standing commitment to Financial Literacy with the area grade schools and feels EverFi will be a continuation of that effort. With the EverFi program Murphy-Wall feels it is a great tool for financial literacy and will teach life skills for a complex financial world. The lessons will teach students money management for their future and make them better citizens, and doing it in a way that is fun and "techy", which is what they are used too. This is a way Murphy-Wall State Bank can show our commitment to the students of PCHS and MHS and the communities of Pinckneyville and Murphysboro.
*Murphysboro High School program is sponsored by Murphy-Wall State Bank And Trust and First Bank And Trust Murphysboro
Full Murphy-Wall Mardi Gras Float Link
This year's float depicts the Gold Rush mining days and a Wild West town complete with Gamblers & Saloon Girls. Our backdrop includes an exaggeration of The Exchange Bank of Murphy-Wall and Company building which had been located on the north side of the Pinckneyville Square in the late 1800's. Our guests of honor included our current Murphy-Wall State Bank and Trust Company's Chairman, W. K. "Bill" Crawford Jr. and his son, EVP Joe Crawford, both descendants of one of the original founders of the bank, W. K. Murphy.
Also don't miss seeing our Exploding Cave, Dynamite and Golden Ladies, the Gold Nugget children, Prospectors, and of course, the Wild West Steppers!
This year's float, costumes, and stepper routines took over 700 man hours to construct, choreograph and practice. Murphy-Wall is very appreciative of the dedication and contributions of the bank's staff and their families!
Alumni Night 2010
Once a Panther, Always a Panther!
We had a GREAT Time! Thank you PCHS Alumni for making the evening a fun-filled success!!