UC San Diego Emeriti Association Report
1. Membership in the UC San Diego Emeriti Association remains at 535 active members. Each year, the Emeriti Association hosts a special reception for potential members in March before our monthly program, along with other outreach activities. This has usually led to a good number of prospective retirees joining the Association at the end of the academic year. Dues for annual and life memberships remain at $30 and $300, respectively.
2. The Emeriti Association is starting a pilot project that will offer support by colleagues to those in need. As we emeriti age, some of us unfortunately become isolated due to the loss of a partner or a debilitating accident or illness. Some examples of the type of support that may be provided are: calls, visits, phone/computer assistance, rides, advice, etc. Members are invited to contact the support group that is being created if they know of any Emeriti Association member who might appreciate some type of support from a colleague. The members of the emeriti support group will then determine whether support is desired and, if so, find someone willing to provide support.
3. The Emeriti AssociationÕs mentoring program is continuing to develop and mature. Along with the Center for Student Involvement (CSI), the Emeriti Mentor Program co-sponsors the ChancellorÕs Scholars Program to provide first generation college students communication and leadership training, as well as mentoring. The program doubled this year with the addition of the ChancellorÕs Associates Scholars, top freshmen students from three local high schools. We now have 70 first and second year mentees who are mentored by 45 emeriti. Participation in this program has enriched the experience for all of our mentees, as well as our mentors. This year so far, in addition to their mentoring activities, emeriti have donated $12,000 to the ChancellorÕs Scholarship fund.
4. The Emeriti Association continues its close partnership with the 1,700-member UCSD Retirement Association. This relationship is supported by the excellent coordination efforts of Suzan Cioffi, Director of the UCSD 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. Emeriti Association members have become active participants in RA activities such as the regular financial education seminars; a monthly international film presentation and discussions, led by UC San Diego faculty members; the Investments Interest Group; and a Retiree Investment Club.
5. During the academic year, the Emeriti Association continues to offer its monthly seminar open to all members. Speakers are faculty members from the full range of academic disciplines. Light refreshments are served and, in addition to providing a rewarding intellectual experience, the seminars offer emeriti an opportunity to socialize with one another on a regular basis.
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, CUCEA Representative, UCSD Emeriti Association