UC San Diego Emeriti Association Report

Spring 2011

Highlights of Activities


1.     Membership in the UC San Diego Emeriti Association continues to grow and now includes 495 active members.  A special reception for potential new members in March before our monthly program, along with other outreach activities, has contributed to our steady growth in membership.


2.     Emeriti Association dues for annual and life memberships remain at $30 and $300, respectively.  Emeriti Association dues have remained at this level for several years, and there has been no recent consideration of an increase in dues.  There are 252 life members, but a good number of those joined when the dues were $200 or $ 150.  Annual members are billed in June, reminders are sent in July and August, and phone calls are made to those who have not renewed by the end of August.  Last year we had 11 members who did not renew.  Emeriti Association dues do not cover membership in the Retirement Association. 


3.     The Emeriti Association continues its close partnership with the 1,300-member UC San Diego Retirement Association.  This relationship is supported by the excellent coordination efforts of Suzan Cioffi, Director of the UC San Diego Retirement Resource Center, and by the physical resources of the Center, a well-equipped facility located in the heart of the campus.  As a result, emeriti are able to participate in the Retirement AssociationÕs many interest groups.


4.     The Emeriti and Retirement Associations are continuing to explore the possibility of developing a senior housing project for retired UCSD employees.  The idea for this possible project was stimulated by our learning of the opening of UCLAÕs Belmont Village assisted-living facility.  While work of the committee is continuing, the UCSD RRC has contacted senior residential facilities in the vicinity of UCSD, and offered them the opportunity to offer special open house events for UCSD retired staff and faculty.  Two facilities have organized events so far, and others will be scheduled.


5.     The Emeriti AssociationÕs mentoring program is continuing to develop and mature.  This year we had 29 new mentees, up from 26 in 2009-10.  Our partnership with the ChancellorÕs Scholars and the Express to Success programs for first generation college students has enriched the experience for all of our mentees.  Donations to the Emeriti AssociationÕs scholarship fund, together with matching money from the Chancellor enabled us to provide two $5,000 scholarships to incoming freshmen this year.


6.     The Emeriti AssociationÕs website continues to be a valuable resource for our members.  It can be found at http://emeriti.ucsd.edu.  Our quarterly newsletter, superbly edited by Sandy Lakoff, can be found on our website by clicking on ÒChronicles" at the top.


Submitted by Dick Attiyeh, President, UC San Diego Emeriti Association