Tuesday, November 16, 2010
East Campus Union
11:30 am - A luncheon, subsidized for all paid members was served to approximately 64 members with 10 brown-baggers attending.
12:00 noon - Program: President Herb Howe welcomed members and guests to the meeting. Dan Wheeler, Program Chair, introduced, Ron Hull, Senior Advisor to Nebraska Educational Television who presented 50 Years of NE History from the Archives of NET: Mari Sandoz, John Neihart, Terry Carpenter. An engaging view from NET videotapes with first hand commentary from Ron Hull was a greatly appreciated program.
12: 45 pm - Business Meeting - Herb Howe, President, convened the business meeting.
Minutes - Delivee Wright, Secretary, reminded members that all Meeting and Board Minutes are available online at the Emeriti site. Minutes of the October 21, 2010 meeting were distributed to each table. They were approved as posted.
Treasurers Report - Agnes Adams, Treasurer, advised the report could be found on the web site.emeriti.unl.edu .
The Nominations Committee had reported the nominees for elected position at the October meeting as follows:
Jack Goebel, President-elect and Program Chair
Bob Kuzelka, Board of Directors Member
No additional nominations being made, Lowell Moser moved, and Stan Vasa seconded, that nominations be approved by acclamation.
The Board will hold a retreat December 7, 2010, at the Wick Center. Please let any Board Member know about topics you would like them to consider.
A Survey has been distributed soliciting input from the members. Please complete these and email them to Herb Howe at < firstname.lastname@example.org>
The celebration of New Emeriti will be postponed this year as we only had three new members attend last January. The current Buy-Out policy is expected to mean a large number of new Emeriti so we will combine the two groups of retirees in one event.
Benefits: Jack Goebel reported things were holding steady.
Membership: No Report.
Member Relations: Tice Miller, Chair, reported that progress had been made on the Oral History Project, and future implementation processes will be discussed at the Retreat. (NEC): Kay Rockwell reported the next meeting is 9:30 am, December 16, 2010, at the Crescent Moon in the Haymarket.
Faculty Senate: Jim McShane, Senate Representative, reported that the Senate is working on issues related to: establishing vision and voice of the Faculty in campus decisions, joining the Academic Planning Committee to enhance planning, faculty anxiety related to projected ten percent budget cuts and the changes in ways of conducting classes and using instructional technology. The conflict of interest committee has lapsed. The NU Board of Regents have a paper out on it, and by the end of Spring Semester a report should be out with changes in professional conduct.
Web Site: Jim Kendrick reported the web site continues to be actively used. He requested that anyone interested in web maintenance should contact him.
Wisherd Fund: Bob Diffendal, Chair, reported that applications were received November 15, 2010, and would be acted upon shortly.
Transferring the Gavel: Since this was the last meeting with the current officers, Herb Howe, outgoing President, presented the presidents gavel to Dan Wheeler. Dan expressed the Emeriti Associations great appreciation for the effective and efficient leadership that Herb provided in the past year. Herb asked the Board Members to stand and thanked them for their service.
Next Emeriti Meeting is 11:30 am, Thursday, January 18, 2011, East Campus Union. The programs for spring semester are to be determined.
Meeting adjourned at 1:00 pm.
Delivee Wright, Secretary
April 22, 2010, East Campus Union
11:30 am – A buffet luncheon, subsidized for all paid members, was served to approximately 57 members with ten brown baggers attending.
12:00 noon – President Herb Howe welcomed members and guests and introduced Dan Wheeler, Program Chair/Vice-President. Dan introduced the presenter, Kim Todd, of NETV’s Backyard Farmer and Prof. of Agronomy and Horticulture presented on the topic of “Spring has Sprung.” She provided visual guidance for landscaping, do’s and don’t for making an aesthetically pleasing yard, and the propagation of trees, and yard plants. Her informative and entertaining presentation can be found on the Emeriti web page <emeriti.unl.edu>.
Following the program, Herb Howe, President, convened the Business meeting.
Memory Moment in recognition of former Chancellor Clifford Hardin;Professor David Hamnett, Speech Pathology; Professor Philip Henderson, Agricultural Economics; Professor Richard Mills, Agronomy and Horticulture; and Professor Jim Nichols, Agronomy and Horticulture.
The Minutes of the March 16, 2010, meeting were approved as posted on the Emeriti website <Emeriti.unl.edu>.
Agnes Adams, Treasurer, reported the current financial status of the Association: Current balance of $1073.00 in checking, 28,389.87 in the Wisherd Fund spendable balance, and $777.00 in UNL Cost center. (Details can be found on the web site <Emeriti.unl.edu>. Herb Howe reminded emeriti that Life Memberships will increase to $200 effective January 1, 2011, so anyone wishing to become a Life Member at the $100 rate should do so before that date.
1. Emeriti in Action Project:
“Emeriti in Action” Project brochures were on each table. The display is in cooperation with the UNL Libraries and can be viewed now in Love Library North until June 30, 2010. An official “Opening of the Emeriti in Action Exhibit” will be held May 6, 2010, 4:00 pm, with wine and cheese, a short program, and viewing of exhibits. Please come and bring your friends. Please make reservations at email@example.com.
2. Oral History Project:
Tice Miller, reported plans for the Oral History Project which will involve recorded interviews of Emeriti about their careers at UNL. Lowell Moser has moved this project along and Jim Kendrick is video-recording them. Four were completed today with the expectation that ten will be completed by the end of the academic year and six more this summer.
3. Name Tags:
Name tags were made available for each participant and will be collected after the meeting to be reused in the future. It is hoped this will facilitate getting acquainted more easily.
4. Definition of Emeriti
Herb Howe reported that the Board of Regents changed the definition of Emeriti. The Emeriti Association Board discussed this changed and recommended a change in the Association Bylaws as follows:
Current wording: Membership shall consist of dues paying emeriti of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and dues paying collegial members.
Proposed wording: Membership shall consist of dues paying retired academic-administrative personnel (Regents Bylaws 3.1.1.) who have been granted emeritus/a status and dues paying collegial members.
Comments and/or concerns should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or expressed to any Board Member.
1. Benefits: Jack Goebel, Chair. No report.
2. Membership: Mel Thornton, Chair, reported in absentia 212 annual members; 149 life members; 35 new members; and 135 surviving spouse members.
3. Member Relations: Tice Miller, Chair, and Kay Rockwell, New Emeriti Chair, announced the next New Emeriti Coffee will be 9:15 am, Friday, April 23, at Mojava Coffee House at 48th and St. Paul Streets. In celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday, they will tour library storage.
3. Faculty Senate: Jim McShane, Emeriti Representative, reported that the Senate passed a Faculty Misconduct Processes, including an appeals process to the Academic Rights and Responsibility’s Committee for peer review. Details are on Senate web site.
4. Web: Jim Kendrick, Chair, reported that old video recordings of speakers are now available with new technology resulting in better quality.
5. Wisherd Fund – Bob Diffendahl, Chair, reported all four grantees have received checks.
Forms are now being revised for the fall 2010 call for applications that will go to all UNL Emeriti, informing them of the future restriction of eligibility to paid members of the Emeriti Association and surviving spouses.
Dan Wheeler, Vice-President and Program Chair, reminded Emeriti to attend the NU President’s Luncheon for Retirees, 11:30 am, Thursday, May 20, 2010 at the Embassy Suites.
Meeting adjourned at 12:55 p.m.
Delivee Wright, Secretary
March 16, 2010,
East Campus Union
11:30 am – A buffet luncheon, subsidized for all paid members, was served to approximately 48 members and 11 brown-baggers attended for a total of 59 participants.
12:00 noon – President Herb Howe welcomed members and guests and introduced Dan Wheeler, Program Chair/Vice-President. Dan introduced the presenter, Gayle Gengenback, Administrator of Tabitha Hospice who spoke on the topic of Hospice Care: What It Is and What It Isn’t.” She explained the purposes, organization and goals of Hospice, as well as its relationship to Medicare, and other pay options. She also explained some criteria for selecting hospice programs, and how volunteers could work in this area.
Details of her presentation can be found in the handout, “Hospice Myths and Facts.” She was presented an Emeriti coffee mug in appreciation for her presentation.
Business Meeting was convened following the program by, Herb Howe, President.
Memory Moment in recognition of Prof. Robert Guenter, Architecture, was held.
Minutes of the February 18, 2010, meeting were approved as posted.
Treasurer’s Report. Agnes Adams reported the current financial status of the Association: Current balance of $4442.48 in checking; $31,123.87 in the Wisherd Fund spend-able balance and $1946.07 in expenses. (Details can be found on the web site <Emeriti.unl.edu>.) Life Memberships will go up to $200 effective January 1, 2011, so anyone wishing to become a Life Member at the $100 rate should do so before that date.
1. Emeriti in Action Project. Bob Fuller reviewed the “Emeriti in Action” Project in cooperation with the UNL Libraries. Thirty-seven exhibits have been collected and on March 19th. Lowell Moser and he will meet with library staff to plan the exhibit. The diversity of activities is impressive. It can be viewed in Love Library North between April 10 and June 30, 2010. An official “Opening of the Emeriti in Action Exhibit” will be held May 6, 2010, 4:00 pm. with wine and cheese, a short program, and viewing of exhibits. Please come and bring your friends.
2. Oral History Project. Tice Miller, reported plans involving recorded interviews of Emeriti about their careers at UNL. This will begin in mid-April.
Herb Howe, President, and Dan Wheeler, Vice-President, will attend the Association of Retiree Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE), in Middletown, CN, this year. They will present two poster sessions on Wisherd recognition activities and the Emeriti relationship to Oshner Lifelong Learning Institute (50 Emeriti have taught in OLLI). They also will serve on a panel discussing activities of the Association such as Lunches, Emeriti in Action, etc.
1. Benefits: No report.
2. Membership: Dues rates will increase as of January 1, 2011.
3. Member Relations: Tice Miller announced the next New Emeriti Coffee will be 9:30 am, Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at d’Beans Coffee House at 11th and G Streets. Please come to this informal social gathering.
3. Faculty Senate: Jim McShane reported concerns of the Senate have been on curriculum issues related to an NU Televised Instruction (Central Administration); Faculty Misconduct Processes, and a policy on Conflict of Interests. Details are on Senate web site.
4. Web – No report.
5. Wisherd Fund – Bob Diffendal reported all four grant proposals were funded (3 research and 1 health) for a total of $3880.00 and are now awaiting issuance of checks.
The definition of “Emeriti” has been rewritten at Systems Office for the Board of Regents.
The meeting adjourned at 1:30 pm.
Delivee Wright, Secretary
February 18, 2010
East Campus Union, UNL
11:30 am - a buffet luncheon, subsidized for all paid members, was served to 72 people.
12:10 pm - President Herb Howe welcomed members and guests and introduced Dan Wheeler, Program Chair/Vice-President. Dan introduced the presenters, Emeritus Prof. Jerry Petr, Economics, and his wife, Mary Ann Petr, a retired teacher from McPhee School.
Their presentation, “New Places, New People, New Perspectives: Travel with Exploritas (formerly Elderhostel)” introduced the benefits of this educational travel opportunity; like “OLLI in a suitcase” that meets needs and interests of Emeriti. Four points were emphasized including: The varied and wide menu of program topics, the affordability of programs, socially engaging programs, and thought-provoking travel while learning. Since 1975, they have expanded to 8000 programs. Jerry and Mary Ann described their experiences in several different trips. Costs averaged $125 to $250/day. Now is the time to register for summer programs <Exploritas.org>. A large number of Emeriti present testified to the quality of the programs provided.
Dan Wheeler announced the next program will be “Hospice Care: What It Is and What It Isn’t” by Gayle Gengenback, Administrator of Tabitha Hospice, on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at the East Campus Union.
Following the program, Herb Howe convened the Business meeting.
A memory moment in recognition of Prof. Gordon Culver, Business Teacher Education and former Emeriti Association President was held.
The Minutes of the January 16, 2010, Member Meeting were approved as posted,
Walter Mientka, outgoing treasurer, introduced Agnes Adams, the new treasurer. He reported the current financial status of the Association: current balance of $6278.55 and a Wisherd Fund spendable balance of $30,550.87. (Details can be found on the web site <Emeriti.unl.edu>). Herb Howe announced that management of the funds will move from a checking account to a UNL internal account.
1. Bob Fuller reviewed the “Emeriti in Action” Project in cooperation with the UNL Libraries. He encouraged broad participation of members. An exhibit displaying activities of Emeriti will open April 20, 2010, and will run Until June 30, 2010. A wine/cheese reception for Emeriti and their unit administrators is scheduled for Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 4:00 pm. Members are urged to submit descriptions, artifacts, photos, etc. by March l, 2010, to showcase the breadth of activities of Emeriti members since retirement. Materials should be taken to Wick Alumni Center Emeriti Office, and logged in. Library staff will arrange the displays in the two new display cases purchased by the Emeriti Association. Items collected will be returned in July. To participate, or nominate others, contact email@example.com.
2. Tice Miller described the “Oral Histories” Project with interviews of Emeriti this spring. These will be video documentation of individual experiences in the context of professional lives at UNL, and will be archived at Love Library. Suggestions for interviews should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews will be scheduled in the next two to three weeks.
1. Herb Howe indicated that our spendable income has decreased in the past five years because of various activities and presented a plan for increasing dues for 2010-2011 as follows: $10/yr; $25/3 yrs.; $200/life membership.
2. He also raised the issue of eligibility for Wisherd Funds that have been awarded for medical need or research projects. The Association has been spending $500/yr. to mail to all Emeriti, regardless of membership status. The Foundation’s General Counsel was consulted and he said it was up to the organization to identify those eligible. Your views on this issue can be expressed by contacting any Board Member.
1. Benefits – No report
2. Membership – Mel Thornton reported current numbers as:
799 potential members in database
213 annual members paid
1 collegial member paid
149 life members paid
135 spouses of deceased members paid
32 new, complimentary memberships (1 Year)
3. Membership Relations – Tice Miller
The next New Emeriti Coffee will be February 23, 2010, 9:30 am at D’beans, 11th & F Street. Coffee is complimentary and all emeriti and spouses in the past 2-3 years are invited for an informal social gathering.
4. Senate – No Report
5. Web – No Report
6. Wisherd – No Report.
The meeting adjourned at 1:15 pm., but many continued to visit.
Delivee Wright, Secretary
NEW MEMBER MEETING
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Champions’ Club, UNL
11:00 am A wine and cheese reception was held honoring the new Emeriti members for this year. It was immediately followed by a buffet luncheon that was subsidized for all members (free for new Emeriti).
12:10 pm President Herb Howe welcomed members and new Emeriti. He then introduced the speaker, John McHenry, Esq., Lincoln Attorney, who presented “Legal Documents for Mature Folks: It’s Not Just a Will.” He presented very relevant information on documents needed including: Durable Powers of Attorney, Guardianships and Conservatorships, Rationale for Estate Plans, Federal Tax Issues and Reasons for a Trust. A detailed handout was provided to support the topics using examples and forms.
Following the program, Herb Howe welcomed and introduced two new Emeriti members, Prof. Leverne Barrett, Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications; and Prof. Rick Waldren, Agronomy.
Memory moments were held for the following:
Prof. Shirley Kreutz-Bennett, Home Economics Education; Prof. James Fejfar, Curriculum and Instruction; Prof. Robert W. Harris, Chemistry; Prof. Robert W. Kleis, Biosystems Engineering; and Prof. Dale Marsh Mesner, Mathematics.
Kay Rockwell introduced the New Emeriti Coffees to create new social connections among Emeriti who have retired in the past three years. They usually meet at 9:30 am on a Tuesday or Thursday at a local coffee house as guest of the Emeriti Association. They have also taken tours of various sites such as the Audubon Center and remodeled Hardin Hall. They plan to see a movie of the month as a basis for starting discussion. Next meeting is 9:30 am, January 23rd, at D’beans Coffee House at 11th and G Streets (Kline’s Corner). Communication about gatherings is by email. Contact Kay at email@example.com
Bob Fuller reviewed the “Emeriti in Action” Project which is in cooperation with the UNL Libraries. He encouraged broad participation of members. An exhibit displaying activities of Emeriti will have a “Gala Opening” at 3:30 pm, Tuesday, April 20, 2010, and will run until June 30, 2010. Two new display cases were purchased for this purpose by the Emeriti Association. Items collected will be gathered at the Wisherd Emeriti Office in the Wick Alumni Center. A handout detailing the project and inviting participation of members was at each place. To participate, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herb Howe described the Emeriti Association partnership with the Oshner Lifelong Learning Institute, which is UNL based. It provides opportunities for emeriti to participate by taking classes or to teach in classes in avocations or other interests.
Call 472-6265 for more information or visit the OLLI site on the UNL web site.
Walt Mientka expressed appreciation for this meetings’ program.
The meeting adjourned about 1:15 pm, but many continued to visit.
Submitted by Delivee Wright, Secretary