UC Santa Barbara Emeriti Association Report
Emeriti Association President Morgan continued his practice of issuing periodic e-mail communications, apprizing members of developments relating to post-employment and health benefits. These reports were distributed to all UCSB emeriti, as well as to retirees.
In conjunction with the Retirees’ Association, a quarterly newsletter continues to be published and distributed.
UCSB Emeriti & Retiree Associations 2012 Spring Get-Together
The annual UCSB Emeriti & Retiree Associations Spring Get-Together was held on Friday, March 16th from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm at The Faculty Club. As in the past, this event begins with a social hour enhanced by wine and refreshments, followed by a talk. There were 62 attendees.
UCSB Professor Christopher Newfield, author of Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard University Press, 2008), gave a presentation entitled “After the Devolution: New Visions for UC.” Professor Newfeld was joined at the podium by UCSB Academic Senate chair, Henning Bohn, an economist whose work Professor Newfeld cited in the talk. The fate of American public higher education, particularly at UC, was obviously a topic of considerable interest, and lively discussion ensued.
Following the Spring Get-Together, emeriti were contacted via e-mail, to assess their opinion of the Emeriti Association programming.
UCSB Undergraduate Research Colloquium
The UCSB Emeriti Association is planning once again to offer cash prizes for the best posters in the annual UCSB Undergraduate Research Colloquium, sponsored by the UCSB Office of Undergraduate Education. It is an opportunity for UCSB undergraduates to present their research and creative activity to the campus community. It also serves to acknowledge the UCSB faculty’s contributions to the development of undergraduate research and creativity.
The UCSB Emeriti Association currently has 93 members, plus an additional 27 members over the age of 85. The latter group does not pay dues. The dues-paying membership has declined compared to previous years. We are currently evaluating efforts to recruit more members.