Retirement Center


Nov. 4-5, 2013


The UC Berkeley Retirement Center continues its commitment of service for retirees from UC Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Office of the President to stay connected, stay informed, stay well and stay in touch with their Cal family. Since the last CUCRA-CUCEA meeting, the Center has been very busy with activities and programs to support a more retirement friendly experience for the retirees and the university. The following is a summary of activity.


May 2013 – Older Americans Month Series: Your Life, Your Future: Later Life Planning

May has been celebrated as Older Americans Month in the US since 1963, recognizing the contributions and achievements of older Americans. For Older Americans Month 2013. The Retirement Center offered a free series on Later Life Planning over four consecutive Thursday afternoons. The series addressed the concerns of retirees to plan for themselves and others wisely and well. Experts from the fields of aging, legal and estate planning, living arrangements and caregiving offered advice, instruction, information and resources. A reader relative to workshop topics was provided to all attendees. The series was well received and subscribed.


Pre-Retirement Planning Program (PRP)

Registrations for the PRP continue to increase. This fallÕs program has had the largest registration ever. Over 200 active staff, faculty and Lab employees are participating in the program. Over six sessions covering 10 topics, the participants are provided expert commentary, discussion and resources to assist in their preparation for their post full time employment life. A comprehensive reader organized by topic is provided to all participants.


Learning in Retirement  (LIR)

The LIR Committee develops and offers free educational series every fall and spring semester. This fall they offered the following series:

Current Research on Redwoods

September 17, 2013, Keith Gilless, Dean of the College of Natural Resources. Gilless outlined recent research findings on redwoods, how they are managed, and what the future holds for this iconic symbol of California. Keith Gilless is Dean of the College of Natural Resources; a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; and Chair of the California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection.


Bringing Science Solutions to the World: Berkeley Lab Research for a Sustainable Future

Energy, climate and sustainability are inextricably linked. Berkeley LabÕs comprehensive climate and energy research portfolio seeks to bring science and technology development to these issues. The four part series addressed the following topics:

Tuesday, October 8: Building a Sustainable Future, Paul Alivisatos, Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory -- Director Alivisatos highlighted Berkeley LabÕs diverse portfolio of basic and applied research aimed at improving our understanding of climate change and discovering and developing the technologies needed to create a carbon-neutral energy system.

Tuesday, October 15: Fuels from Plants and Sunlight: Blake Simmons, Vice President for Deconstruction, Joint Bioenergy Institute (JBEI), Frances Houle, Department Head, Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) – They discussed two major programs focusing on developing sustainable, scalable, and affordable liquid transportation fuels from renewable sources.

Tuesday, October 22: Energy Efficiency in the Next Generation of Smart Buildings: Mary Ann Piette, Department Head, Building Technology and Urban Systems and 15 Years of Transformation: Progress on Energy Efficiency in China, Nan Zhou, Deputy Leader, China Energy Group -- Energy efficiency in buildings represents a major opportunity for greenhouse gas reduction, both within the US and internationally. Berkeley Lab is researching new technologies to reduce energy demand in buildings. Berkeley LabÕs China Energy Group has made an impact in almost all energy sectors in China.

Tuesday, October 29: Transformative Technologies to Combat Global Poverty: Ashok Gadgil, Director, Environmental Energy Technologies Division & Shashi Buluswar, Executive Director, LBNL Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies (LIGTT) -- LIGTT was created in 2012 with a mandate to leverage LBNLÕs scientific and engineering capabilities to address problems faced by the global poor in developing countries. LIGTT has developed the worldÕs first portable, solar-powered vaccine refrigerator, and an ultra-low-cost infant warmer to help premature and low-birth-weight babies maintain temperature stability.


Retiree Housing

The university, the Retirement Center and Belmont Village have continued work on the development of an older adult housing project. The facility will be located in Albany, CA on university property next to graduate student housing. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the university and Belmont has been developed addressing retiree priority admissions and the working relationship at the proposed facility on issues of research, education and service. The MoU is under campus legal review and will be an attachment to the ground lease with Belmont. It is currently anticipated that construction will begin in summer 2014 with a projected opening date of fall 2015.


May 2014 Retiree Conference

The Retirement CenterÕs biennial retiree conference has been set for May 15. Jennifer Granholm, UC Berkeley Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Public Policy and MichiganÕs 47th governor from 2003 to 2011, will be the keynoter. The daylong conference will feature a variety of workshop sessions on topics of interest to retirees and an exhibitor area for programs and services of value to retirees.

Chancellor Reception for New Retirees

New UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks hosted our new retirees on Oct. 24 at the ChancellorÕs  House. The Chancellor expressed his appreciation for their service, their continuing contribution and connection to the campus family and his interest in exploring with them how best to tap the interests and talents of retirees for the benefit of the university.


Caregiver Support

The Center offers a retiree caregiver support group. The group addresses the unique needs of spouses and partners in addressing the caregiving needs of their loved ones. The group meets for two hours every month in the Center office conference room.


Annual Summer Picnic

The Center again hosted a summer picnic for retirees. In spite of unusually heavy rain and wind, 70  hearty volunteers showed up and enjoyed great food and wonderful company under protective tents. The picnic is held in BerkeleyÕs Tilden Park.


Retiree Golf Outing

The Center inaugurated a golf outing this past summer at the Berkeley Tilden Park golf course.  Duffers joined in a fun day with usual golf related prizes and trophies for the winning team. Tilden Park golf course has again been selected for next summerÕs outing. Belmont Village helped sponsor the outing.


Fidelity Investments

The Center facilitates private one-on-one sessions with Fidelity reps for retirees in the Center conference room. These sessions have proved to be very popular as available appointments are booked.


Patrick Cullinane, Director