Report of  the UCLA Emeriti Association

 

November 2012 to April 2013

 

Recruitment

We at UCLA continue to focus on recruitment of new memebrs. Most emeriti from the Class of 2012 have joined, and our regular membership stands as of April 1 at 553.

Programs

President John Edmnd and President-Elect Steve Cedarbaum plan to undertake new outreach initiatives, including an expansion of the undergraduate mentoring program to the assistant and possibly associate levels. (Shall we call these efforts "Emericorps?") The undergraduate emeriti mentoring program is currently ending its first year and will continue, we hope, in the fall.

 

Our winter events included three After Dinner Programs: November 14: A dramatic and musical presentation on addiction and recovery by the organization “Beit T’Shuvah” (House of Return). February 13: “The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program” presented by Gary Small, Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry and Director of the UCLA Longevity Center, and Patti Davis, Director of the “Beyond Alzheimer’s” support group for caregivers at UCLA. Ms Davis experienced the great personal demands of being a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s when her father (Ronald Reagan) experienced progression of the disorder after leaving his presidency. Projected for May 15: Presentation will be provided by members of the UCLA Philharmonia under Neal Stulberg.

 

Six After Lunch Programs during the year: October 11 held jointly with UCLARA: “Vampires on Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula” presented by author and attorney Leslie Klinger. December 6: “U.S. Health Policy: Prospects after the Recent Election” presented by by Professors Tom Rice, and Gerald Kominski from the Fielding School of Public Health, and Allison Hoffman from UCLA Law School.  January10: “An Indispensable Truth: how Fusion Power can Save the Planet” presented by Francis Chen, Electrical Engineering. March 7, 2013: “Where UCLA stands today, and where we’re going” presented by Chancellor Gene Block. April 11, 2013: “Update of the California and U.S. economic forecast” presented by Dan Mitchell and others from the Anderson School of Management and School of Public Affairs. Projected for June 6 held jointly with UCLARA: “Experience with Legal Issues and Indian Affairs” presented by Vice Chancellor Carol Goldberg based on her extensive experience on this subject.

 

Awards

 

Carole Pateman received the 2012 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science for “in a thought-provoking way challenging established ideas about participation, sex, and equality.”  As one of the world’s most prestigious prizes in the social sciences, the Johan Skytte Prize has become the “Nobel Prize of political science.”

 

Lloyd S. Shapley of the Department of Mathematics and Economics along with Alvin Roth from Harvard and Stanford University received the 2012 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences “for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design” (theoretical contributions to research on market design and matching) work that Professor Shapley called a “nice, easy thing to prove.”

 

Executive Board

 

A “Meet the Board Lunch” was held in the Faculty Center.  It was designed to allow the new committee members who have been recruited to serve on the thirteen standing committees to meet the Board members.

 

Archives

 

The Archives of the UCLA Emeriti Association are housed in ten vertical file drawers in the Emeriti/Retirees Relations Center. UCLA Archivist Charlotte Brown suggested depositing in the University Archives all records except for the last five years where they would be safe and easily accessible. It was decided to retain files beginning with 2006 as well as the Awards Committee records which are used once a year and one copy of the Newsletter. The biographical files remain until an individual’s file is needed for the creation of an In Memoriam by a member of the deceased faculty member’s department. As a result of depositing a large portion of our Association’s materials in the University Archives, the CUCEA Archives will gain much needed space.

 

 

Membership

 

Our Emeriti Association has 835 members. There are three classes of members: Regular, Associate, and Honorary.

 

Regular members number 556 and are (1) members of the Academic Senate; (2) members of the Librarians Association of the University of California; (3) those with emeritus status conferred individually by the University; and (4) any person retired from another campus of the University or from another University who meets UCLA criteria for Regular membership is eligible to become a member of the UCLA Emeriti Association, subject to approval by the Membership Committee and the Executive Board.

 

Associate members number 157 and are (1) spouses of Regular members, (2) widows or widowers of those eligible for Regular membership, (3) widows or widowers of those who died in service while eligible to retire and become Regular members, and (4) divorced Spouses of those eligible for Regular membership who indicate to the Membership Committee their wish to join the Association.

 

Honorary members number 122 and are those who have been eligible for Regular or Associate

membership in the Association and who have attained age 85. Honorary members are exempt from   

dues. When a married member becomes an Honorary member, his or her spouse automatically

becomes an Honorary member without regard to the spouse’s age. If an Honorary member dies, his or

her spouse continues as an Honorary member.

 

An Ad Hoc Committee on Recruitment for new members was recently created.

 

The following are excerpts from a letter dated November 2, 2000 written by UCLA Emeriti Association Archivist Norah Jones to Julian Feldman at UC Irvine on the status of retired librarians.

 

“At the University of California the Librarian series was classified as “Academic” in 1960 and responsibility for handling its personnel actions was moved at that time under the jurisdiction of the Academic Personnel Office on each campus. This meant that a system of peer review needed to be instituted, and over the course of the following decade the professionally trained appointees to the series developed an association, independent of the administration of the University Libraries and recognized in 1975 by the University as parallel for Librarians to the Academic Senate, which not only organizes peer review but concerns itself with a whole gamut of policy issues on which it consults and advises the Library administrators both locally and statewide. Following the pattern of the Academic Senate for professors, this association, called the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC), has a division on each campus which sends representatives to the statewide body. All appointees to the Librarian series automatically have membership in LAUC.

 

“The UCLA Emeriti Association was formed in 1967, and for its first 17 years there was no thought of including Librarians in its membership. However, in 1984, shortly after his retirement, University Librarian Emeritus Robert Vosper (the University Librarian on each campus is designated as a member of the Academic Senate, and so on retirement automatically becomes “emeritus”) was elected  president of the UCLA division. Robert Vosper had always cultivated strong collegial ties with the UCLA faculty and had encouraged his professional staff to do the same. It was accordingly through his influence that a revision of the Emeriti Association’s Bylaws in 1984 [i.e. 1985] specifically spelled out the eligibility of retired members of the Librarian series to become members of the UCLA Emeriti Association …”

 

Ralph W. Johnson

Archivist, UCLA Emeriti Association

April 22, 2013