UCBEA Report to CUCEA April 2011
The primary activity of the UCBEA is our series of luncheon meetings. We gather at the faculty club five times year for social hour, lunch and a speaker.
Š Last fall, our first speaker was Andre Janos, Emeritus Professor of Political Science. At that meeting, he was honored as the Distinguished Emeritus of the Year, after which he spoke on “World Revolution and Political Islam.
Š The next speaker was Professor Linda Rugg of the Scandinavian department. Her topic was "Murder on Ice: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and other Scandinavian Crime Fiction."
Š In February, we heard from Professor Emeritus John Ohala of the department Linguistics and director of the Phonology Lab. His topic was “Sound Change in the Laboratory” and included a demonstration of computer graphic analysis of the acoustical patterns of speech.
Š In March, the speaker was Emeritus Professor Robert Sawyer, of the department of Mechanical Engineering, who gave a most informative talk about “The Politics of Air Pollution in California”. It was based on his personal experience as a member of the California Air Resources Board, under governors Brown (the first time) and Schwarzenegger.
Š The final speaker of the year will be Professor Amy Block Joy, of the College of Environmental and Agricultural Sciences at U.C. Davis. She will speak about her experiences that followed from her discovering and reporting a case of embezzlement of funds at Davis, as documented in her book “Whistleblower”.
Our other major activity is to represent the interests of the Emeriti to the campus administration. The primary concern this year has been the possible effect of the reduction in state funding of the University on emeriti benefits. The most significant work on this issue has been done by Emeritus Professor Calvin Moore as chairman of the academic senate committee on University Emeriti Relations.
We are considering starting a mentorship program to benefit students and junior faculty. At the moment, we are awaiting the results of a questionnaire of our membership to discover if there is enough interest to justify proceeding.
We now have a professional editor of our newsletter – the EmeritiTimes, which is published a couple of weeks before the luncheon meetings. The printing and mailing is done by the Berkeley Retirement Center. The Center also manages our email lists, tracks membership and dues, and generally provides administrative support.
We now have 330 paid up members. Dues are $35 for first year then $15 per academic year thereafter. These dues are for the emeriti association only. In June, we send a reminder (by email to those who have it) that dues are due for the coming year. We also send email reminders several times during the year to those who are not currently paid up. Our newsletter is mailed 5 times a year, and each mailing label contains the year for which that member is currently paid. We are not considering a dues increase at the moment.
Additional organizational matters: We are now a non-profit corporation, and the IRS has approved our tax-exempt status. Our executive board has 15 members; we meet a week before each luncheon. A piece of unfinished business before us is question of liability insurance for the officers of the corporation.
Roger Glassey, President