UC San Diego Emeriti Association Report

April 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 1,410-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 on the RA front lawn; 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.

 

  1. The Emeriti AssociationÕs mentoring program is continuing to develop and mature.  This fall we have 35 new mentees, up from 29 last fall. 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/ .) 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.  In 2010-11 we raised $5,500, and so far this year, weÕve raised an additional $5,000 for the Emeriti AssociationÕs scholarship fund.

 

4.     Dickson Award:  In June 2011, the UC San Diego Emeriti Association awarded the Dickson Award to Dr. Jerry Schneider. The following is excerpted from the Fall 2011 issue of the CUCEA newsletter:

 

ŌDr. Jerry Schneider, UCSD Research Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics, is an internationally recognized researcher and clinician in pediatric Cystinosis, a metabolic condition that if untreated results in death. SchneiderÕs long and productive career has resulted in effective therapy for Cystinosis patients. He formally retired in 2004 but continues to be a leader and advocate for Cystinosis research by recruiting, training and mentoring other researchers in the quest for a cure. He has twice chaired the International Cystinosis Research Symposium, and continues to publish and consult in the diagnosis and management of Cystinosis.Ķ

 

5.     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 ŌChronicles" at the top.

Submitted by: Dick Attiyeh, Past President and CUCEA Representative, UC San Diego Emeriti Association