UC San Diego Emeriti Association Report

October 30, 2008


The UCSD Emeriti Association is  active both as a stand-alone organization and in close partnership with the 900-member UCSD Retirement Association, a relationship supported by the excellent coordination efforts of Suzan Cioffi, Director of the UCSD Retirement Resource Center, and by the physical resources of the Center itself, a well-equipped facility located in the heart of the campus.


Emeriti membership is about to reach 400.  The Association has realized excellent results in the past year in its contributions to the ChancellorŐs Scholarship Fund and in expansion of the Emeriti Mentoring Program for undergraduates.  Emeriti/Retirement Association interest  groups in investments, film, and Spanish language skills meet monthly, while the monthly Emeriti program meetings held October through June feature stimulating speakers from the ranks of UCSD faculty across all disciplines.  The annual June Luncheon/Business Emeriti program features a campus speaker of special stature; our 2008 speaker was Susan Shirk, Professor in the Department of Political Science and Deputy Secretary of State for the Far East during the Clinton Administration.  In our November meeting, another professor of political science will give us a presentation on the analysis of voting patterns in the election just ahead, and in December we will join Retirement Association members in celebrating the holidays with a joint party featuring entertainment from two young San Diego brothers who delight audiences with their performances and improvisation on twin pianos. 


The Emeriti Association presented Dickson Awards this year to Sanford Lakoff, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science, and Kurt Benirschke,  Professor Emeritus in the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  Sandy Lakoff continues his service as editor of Chronicles, the newsletter of the Emeriti Association.


In summary, the UCSD campus administration is strongly supportive of the campusŐ Emeriti and Retirement Associations, and their members maintain active, vital links with the campus.


Jacqueline Hanson, Vice-President, UCSD Emeriti Association