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Report to The Council of the University of California Emeriti Associations

On behalf of the University of California, Berkeley Emeriti Association, I am pleased to submit the following report of activities since the beginning of the Fall semester 2011.


Mentoring Program

UCBEA is initiating a mentorship program directed at two campus constituencies: undergraduate students who are first in their families to attend college; and assistant/associate professors new to the campus. The rationale for the program is to facilitate the academic and personal adjustment of newcomers to Berkeley who desire and would benefit from the wisdom and experience that is in ample supply among emeriti faculty. The UCBEA Mentorship Committee is developing mechanisms to help pair interested students or junior faculty with emeriti faculty so that there is an appropriate match between mentor and mentee. This semester we are in the process of identifying both emeriti mentors and students and junior faculty who wish to participate in the program. If all goes well, we plan to be up and running spring semester 2012. Professors emerita/emeritus have played lead roles in developing this.


Luncheon Speaker Series

Each year UCBEA holds five Saturday luncheons for emeriti and their guests. The luncheon consists of an informal social hour, served lunch and a faculty speaker, frequently drawn from the Berkeley faculty. The September speaker was Professor Emeritus Charles H. Townes, Nobel Laureate in Physics and inventor of the laser, who received the Emeritus lifetime achievement award. Future speakers are:


December 3, 2011 – Professor Charles Henry, African American Studies, “Barack Obama: Hope and Reality”

January 21, 2012 – Professor Kenneth Goldberg, IEOR and New Media Center

March 17, 2012 – The Honorable Goodwin Liu, Justice, California Supreme Court, and Professor, Berkeley Law School

May 5, 2012 – Pamela S. Fass, Department of History


Colleagues from other campuses are invited to attend the luncheons. For reservations, please contact the Faculty Club at 510-540-5678, ext. 224.


Luncheon Table

Beginning with spring semester 2012, UCBEA will be initiating a twice-monthly Emeriti Luncheon Table at the Faculty Club. A table will be set-aside at noon exclusively for emeriti faculty to gather for congenial collegiate conversation and repast. Details regarding specific days and dates are being arranged with the Faculty Club.



The current membership of UCBEA is about 300 out of a little over 1,000 emeriti faculty. A priority for the 2011-2012 year is to enlarge the UCBEA membership with special emphasis on recruiting newer emeriti and encouraging lapsed members to rejoin. Effective with the 2012-2013 academic year, annual membership dues will increase from $15.00 to $25.00 to offset the rising costs of conducting our activities.


Emeriti Times

The Emeriti Times is now being distributed primarily online with a special “opt out” option for members who still wish to receive a paper copy. Cost reduction and producing a more attractive publication are the motivating factors for the change.


Older Adult Housing

Members of the UCBEA Executive Committee are actively involved through the UC Retirement Center Policy Board and others in discussions with campus facilities management and private developers concerning the development of an older adult housing project in Albany, which will be attractive to emeriti faculty. Discussions are at a seminal stage. UCBEA will provide updates in future issues of the Emeriti Times and online.


In summary, this fall semester has been a busy time for UCBEA and spring 2012 promises to be even more so as the mentorship program gets off the ground.


Respectfully Submitted,

Edwin Epstein

President, UC Berkeley Emeriti Association