UC Davis Emeriti Association (UCDEA)
Report of activities (November2011 – April 2012)
The UCDEA and the UCDRA closely collaborates with the UC Davis Retiree Center, contributing to the success of the Center programs through a variety of means, including sponsoring funds, goods and services for social programs; providing volunteers to serve on event planning and implementation committees; and encouraging their members to attend the events. UCDEA members also serve on several campus committees involved in administrating policy and initiating action items.
The UCDEA/UCDRA joint program committee arranged the programs for monthly noon talks and worked with the Retiree Center to make arrangements for the quarterly general meetings. Committee members made speaker arrangements and provided coffee, tea, and cookies at the noon talks. Speakers from within and outside the University community have been featured including Dan Walters, a columnist for the Sacramento Bee, who will discuss the nature of California State politics and former State Supreme Justice, Cruz Reynoso, who will discuss the findings of the Task Force that investigated the “pepper spray” incident at UC Davis in November 2011.
While the Retiree Center provides the planning nucleus for most retiree social events and day trips, the UCDEA contributes to their success. We will collaborate with the UCD Alumni Association this year for events including the football tailgate party and wine tasting. We continue to co-sponsor the Steak Bake and New Retirees Reception and to assist with the wellness challenge and day trips to regional attractions and events.
The UCDEA Video Records Project produces video histories of the campus by interviewing emeriti/ae and campus administrators and producing DVDs of the interviews. A major focus is to continue upgrading technical equipment funded by contributions from the UCDEA. Retiree Center staff provided technical and administrative support to the project, including attending meetings, ordering equipment and software, and assisting with software training. Currently over 350 videos have been completed greatly enhancing the recorded history of our campus. The DVDs are shown weekly on local public access television station and have received very favorable reviews.
Campus Connections Newsletter: the UCDEA and UCDRA joint publication, Campus Connections, has been highly successful, providing information and timely announcements for both associations. The joint newsletter has been well-received, and the co-editors and Center staff continue to fine-tune the production process.
UCDEA Brochure: the UCDEA worked with the Retiree Center staff to create a brochure for the association. This brochure will be sent to new emeriti/ae and will available at the Center and at association events.
Executive Committee meetings were held monthly during the academic year. The responsibilities of standing committees have been established and published. We have also established an Orientation Committee charged with orienting new UCDEA officers concerning their responsibilities. The possibility of establishing an Emeriti/ae College on the Davis campus is under discussion with a report due late spring. The Executive Committee has been in active discussions with the Administration concerning the budgetary crisis facing University of California. We have offered and the Chancellor has accepted our assistance in addressing these issues. We suggested that with the emeriti/ae experience and institutional history we could assist in planning the future direction of the campus. Chancellor Katehi agreed and appointed two members of the UCDEA and one member of the UCDRA to the 2020 Task force charged with planning the resources necessary to assimilate 5500 students by 2020. The three areas include academic resources, enrollment and facilities and planning. We are pleased to be able to assist the campus in this critical planning exercise. We have also recommended an emeritus to be appointed to the Accessibility and Affordability Study Group. The Chancellor also invited the President of the Executive Committee to be a member of an advocacy group visiting the State Legislature on behalf of UC Davis this spring.
The UCDEA membership chair worked with Center staff to coordinate new membership and annual renewal drives, and to update and maintain accurate membership rosters. The membership count as of 3/11/2012 was 430.
The UCDEA remains actively involved in the UC-wide umbrella organizations, the Council of University of California Emeriti Associations (CUCEA). UCDEA members attended the state-wide meetings and through involvement in these groups, the Association has influenced system-wide changes and has advocated on state-wide on behalf of all retirees.