UC Santa Barbara Emeriti Association Report
Along with the RetireesŐ Association, a quarterly newsletter continues to be published and distributed. Recent issues have been expanded to keep emeriti better informed. http://www.hr.ucsb.edu/retirees/newsletters
Retirement Readiness Workshops
As announced in the last UCSB Campus Report, our Emeriti and Retirees Associations have begun participating in a series of Retirement Readiness Workshops, sponsored by the UCSB Human Resources Department. Association members attended four such workshops in Spring 2015, providing us an opportunity to explain and promote our Associations, and to provide personal perspective on the retirement process. This addition to the Workshop agenda has been well received by the prospective retirees and by HR personnel.
UCSB Undergraduate Research Colloquium Awards
The UCSB Emeriti Association held its annual competition to recognize outstanding scholarship by UCSB undergraduates. Judging took place at the May 20, 2014 UCSB Undergraduate Research Colloquium for the best entries in three major discipline areas: Humanities & Fine Arts; Physical Science, Mathematics, and Engineering; and, Social Sciences and Psychology.
The Undergraduate Research Colloquium is a campus-wide event that entails a day-long poster session held at the UCSB University Center. This year there were over 200 posters on display. These highlighted the research and creative activity of undergraduates, who were mentored by over 100 UCSB faculty. Fourteen UCSB emeriti and six active faculty members served as judges. The judges received written project descriptions in advance of the event, then spent several hours studying the posters and talking with the undergraduate researchers. They then met with their fellow judges to discuss the entries and to decide on the distribution of the awards.
Over $2,000 was awarded based on the quality of the research presented, and on the skill and clarity of the presenter's discussion. Many thanks to the UCSB Emeriti membership for their contributions. This allows the Emeriti Association to continue to present monetary awards at the annual competition.
ChancellorŐs Reception for Recent Retirees
The first ChancellorŐs Reception for Recent Retirees was held on May 28, 2015 at the Mosher Alumni house on the UCSB campus. Approximately 75 attended this festive event. This was an initiative of the UCSB Emeriti and Retirees Associations, in collaboration with the Department of Human Resources and the ChancellorŐs Office. In his remarks, Chancellor Yang stated that this will become an annual event.
2014-15 membership to date is 153.