UC Davis Emeriti Association Report
CUCUEA Meeting, May 1, 2014
UC Santa Barbara
The UC Davis Emeriti Association continues to maintain its membership at 450( +/-) with the vast majority of them being lifetime members. With the support of the campus leadership and the devoted, reliable help of two staff members in the UC Davis Retiree Center, our organization is in good health.
Meetings and Monthly Lunches
The Emeriti Association and the Retiree Association regularly hold their monthly executive committee meetings on the same day of the month and they jointly sponsor a monthly “Brainfood Talk” at noon on that day. These informal brownbag lunches are quite well attended (generally 40-50 people) with occasional surges in interest depending on the speaker and topic.
Distinguished Emeritus Award
The 2014 Distinguished Emeritus Award was given to Thomas Cahill, Professor Emeritus of Physics. Since his retirement in 1994, he has continued to do research, primarily focused assessments of air pollution, specifically on atmospheric aerosol pollutants and their effect on public health. The work of Cahill and his research team has gained wide public attention.
Each year in January, the Chancellor and the Provost host an Emeriti Luncheon on campus. They intend this event as a means of showing their respect as well as appreciation for the earlier contributions of the emeriti. It seems appropriate to note here also that we use this event to remind the Chancellor and the Provost of the number of ways we are continuing to add value to the University of California. This luncheon is very well attended and much appreciated by the UCDEA.
Also, last Fall, after being unable to generate enough subscribers to hold a jointly sponsored dinner, the UCDEA and the UCDRA hosted a free-of-charge outdoor barbecue which featured grilled burgers, complementary wine and beer as well as a bluegrass band. The event was well attended and it received a great deal of positive feedback. We expect to arrange for a similar social gathering this fall.
A large number of the School of Medicine faculty live and work in Sacramento and, beyond a shared letterhead, there is very little to connect them to the Davis campus or their Davis faculty colleagues. We have established an ad hoc committee composed of members from both campuses to explore some ways to develop stronger connections with our Sacramento emeriti colleagues.