UCREA FALL, 2010, CAMPUS REPORT TO CUCEA
Since CUCEA met the end of April, the chancellor of the Riverside campus combined his usual sponsorship of an autumn luncheon honoring the outstanding UCREA emeritus of the year with his traditional spring reception for those about to become emeritus. On May 11 at a joint reception with more attendees we honored Henry Snyder, a worldwide seeker of early printed material. Upon retiring as a historian, Henry became director of the UC Riverside Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research, from which he ostensibly retired at the end of 2009 after several decades of service and expanding it’s coverage to Latin America. In truth he continues his work at an extraordinary pace. Recognition includes an award of a National Humanities Medal and being named a member of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. For further information I refer you to Who’s Who in America, but would add proudly that he is UC trained, having earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at Berkeley.
UCREA joined with UCRRA to mount a joint lunch on the traditional date of the Friday after Commencement, when campus parking is easier. Let me add that the two organizations publish a quarterly, Towertalk, together. At the lunch, we heard what UCR physicist Professor Ward Beyermann did to earn a distinguished innovative teaching award. Our conclusion was that he certainly earned it. The event was one of the four UCRRA lunches a year, falling at the start and end of each quarter. UCREA schedules its meetings, also lunches, in the middle of each quarter to avoid conflict and diminished response. We had planned a welcoming lunch for new emeriti the first week of November. Since no new emeriti, and a mere half dozen EA members sent in a positive R.S.V.P., the lunch may well be cancelled. Some of the same emeriti may have attended another lunch hosted by Dean Thomas Baldwin of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and his wife, a biochemist on the faculty. On a more positive side, one UCREA member wants us to establish a student mentoring program. Since we have no center, colleges or departments would have to supply space. The dean mentioned above and the dean of our College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and I expect other deans would be happy to collaborate.
We coordinated our dues structure to agree with that of UCRRA to avoid confusion, since many RA members are also emeriti. Annual dues are now $15.00, which fee includes couples and survivors. We also reinstituted lifetime membership at $150.00 in response to polite protests from former “lifers.” In an effort to expand membership, new emeriti are enrolled gratis their first year. Total emeriti at Riverside now approach 300; EA members number less than half that figure. The heads of UCREA and UCRRA received a communiqué from the head of the retirees at the University of Houston, inquiring why we maintain separate EAs rather than one. I offer that as a possible topic of discussion for CUCEA, plus that of membership.
Some of you may recall my efforts to retire as president of UCREA. My colleague Lew Cohen and I have drawn up a list of potential successors. It is a pleasure to report that Lew’s first suggestion, Presidential Chair in Biochemistry Emeritus Anthony Norman, has agreed to succeed me. His wife, biochemist emerita Helen Henry, my well be known to a number of you.