UC San Diego Emeriti Association Report

October 2012


1.     Membership in the UC San Diego Emeriti Association has remained steady at 501 active members.  Each year, the Emeriti Association hosts a special reception for potential members in February/March before our monthly program, along with other outreach activities.  This has contributed to new membership additions.  Dues for annual and life memberships remain at $30 and $300, respectively.


2.     The Emeriti Association continues its close partnership with the 1,500-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 weekly Tai Chi classes; the monthly international film presentation and discussions, led by UC San Diego faculty members; the Investments Interest Group; and the newly-formed Retiree Investment Club.


3.     The Emeriti AssociationÕs mentoring program is continuing to develop and mature.  This fall we have 35 new mentees, up from 29 last fall, who are mentored by some 34 mentors. The program was highlighted in an article published in Chronicles of Higher Education this past summer. (The link to the article is http://chronicle.com/article/At-UC-San-Diego/127944/ .)  The ChancellorÕs Scholars Program (CSP) is a partnership between the UCSD Emeriti Association and the Center for Communication and Student Involvement (CSI), in which first generation college students are given communication and leadership training, as well as mentoring.  Participation in this program has enriched the experience for all of our mentees, as well as our mentors. In 2010-11, we raised $5,500, and so far this year, weÕve raised an additional $5,000 for the Emeriti AssociationÕs scholarship fund, which supports ChancellorÕs Scholars.


4.     Dickson Award:  As reported in the latest CUCEA Newsletter, the UCSD Emeriti Association made Dickson Awards to the following emeriti:


Marjorie Caserio – Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, for exemplary service to the UCSD Emeriti Association and to CUCEA since retiring in 1997, including recall duties in 2008 as UCSD Senior Vice Chancellor–Academic Affairs.  She helped found and oversee the American Chemical SocietyÕs first Office of Graduate Education.


M. Lee Rudee – Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering, for valuable service to UC and the San Diego community since retirement in 1995.  His service includes 5 years as coordinator of the UCSD Graduate Program in Materials Science, Interim Dean of Engineering at UC Riverside, and memberships on Boards of four community organizations.


5.      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, UC San Diego Emeriti Association