UC Davis Retiree Center Report

CUCRA / CUCEA Meeting spring 2014

 

The UC Davis Retiree Center continues to serve 8,000+ from the Davis campus by communicating with retirees via email updates print newsletter and, providing administrative support to the UC Davis Emeriti Association (UCDEA) and UC Davis RetireesŐ Association (UCDRA), planning programs and day trips for retirees, connecting retirees with volunteer opportunities and assisting with pre-retirement planning programs.

Transitioning to Retirement classes—winter quarter is dominated by this five-week series of classes offered to employees within five years of retirement. Topics include an introduction to the UC Retirement Plan (taught by the RASCŐs Michael Waldman), retiree health benefits (taught by the Health Care Facilitator), Social Security (taught by a representative from Social Security), wellness in retirement (taught by a professor in exercise physiology), work/life transitions (taught by the Academic and Staff Assistance Program) and planning for the next chapter (taught by a trainer affiliated with Staff Development and Professional Services). Approximately 100 staff and 40 faculty (plus some spouses/partners) attended the sessions. The participants rated the class as very valuable and gave very positive overall feedback.

Fidelity individual consultations—FidelityŐs individual consultations for retirees and active employees continue to be very popular. The Retiree Center schedules appointments for retirees; employees schedule appointments online on the Fidelity website.

Quarterly campus tours—the CenterŐs quarterly tours of different campus venues, open only to UCDEA and UCDRA members, continue to be very well-received. In early April, 25 retirees toured the UC Davis ChildrenŐs hospital. Several retirees have joined one or the other association in order to participate in the tours.

Day trips—day trips continue to be another popular Center offering. This fall, 55 retirees went on a day trip to see ŇThe Book of MormonÓ and have brunch at the Presidio Golf Course. In the winter 50 retirees toured the Oakland Museum and Takara Sake Museum before having dinner at SpengerŐs Fish Grotto.

Retiree volunteer opportunities—the Center continued to recruit retiree volunteers to assist with several campus initiatives.

Communications—the Center continues to send weekly email updates to the 2,300+ retirees for whom we have email addresses. We also send newsletters three times per year to the entire population of 8,000+ retirees.

Sponsorship—the Center negotiated a sponsorship agreement with a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) which will donate catering services for the New Retirees Reception in June.

Database merge—the Center merged its retiree database into the larger database for Development and Alumni Relations. This will give us greater functionality for our database and will eventually allow us to finally accept credit cards for association membership and event registration.