5 Generations at CU Boulder, 32 Years at Elevations: Meet the Miles Family

At Elevations Credit Union, we have kept close ties with the University of Colorado Boulder since being founded on the steps of Macky Auditorium in 1953 as the U of C Federal Credit Union. Elevations’ roots at CU Boulder run deep, but our relationship with CU Boulder is not nearly as longstanding as the Miles family.

Elevations member Elise Miles, who is set to graduate in May 2019, is the 5th generation in her family to graduate from CU. Elise and her older brother (who graduated from CU Boulder in 2015) are the first 5th generation graduates in the University’s history.

“Being a member of the CU community makes me feel not only connected to my fellow Buffs, but also connected to my family. In a way, the CU community becomes extended family.” – Elise Miles 

Elise with her grandfather and uncle, three generations of Buffs,
at Folsom Stadium for a football game.

The Miles family’s connection to CU dates back to Elise’s great great great aunt, Lucinda M. Garbarino, who graduated from CU in 1901. Lucinda went on to teach at CU for over 30 years, and she was the second woman to teach there after Mary Rippon. Elise’s great grandfather, Martin B. Miles, graduated from the CU Medical School in 1931. Her grandfather, Martin J. Miles, received his bachelor’s degree and then his master’s degree in 1967. Elise’s uncle, Martin W. Miles, received his Ph.D. from CU in 1992.

Left to right: Lucinda Garbarino 1901, Martin B. Miles 1931, and Martin J. Miles 1967.

Not only do the Miles family ties to CU go generations deep but so do their ties to Elevations Credit Union. The Miles family has been Elevations members for over 32 years. Elise herself has been a member since 2006.

“I like being a member at Elevations because they have great customer service, I trust them, and they treasure their members.” – Elise Miles 

Elise at the University Memorial Center (UMC) Elevations Credit Union Branch

Elise will graduate with her Bachelor of Arts degree in ecology and evolutionary biology (EBIO). After graduation, Elise will work at Easterseals Rocky Mountain Village in Empire, Colorado. She plans to work for a few years and then pursue a doctorate degree in occupational therapy.

Elevations is proud to serve our incredible members like Elise and her family, and to support the University of Colorado Boulder students and faculty. If you are an Elevations member who would like to share your story with our community, please send us an email at social@elevationscu.com.

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