UC Davis Emeriti Association Report

April 2008

Construction of New Home for Retiree Center has Started

A new facility for the Retiree Center is under construction, with completion expected within a year. The new space will provide offices for staff and accommodations for meetings. It will be the home of both the Emeriti Association and the Retirees' Association.

Centennial Celebration Planning and Activities

The Davis Centennial continues to occupy a considerable effort on the campus, and the Emeriti Association, led by Alex McCalla, our current Vice President, is playing an increasing role in this effort.

One project that was announced in last year's report and is now well under way is an effort supported by this year's Edward A. Dickson Award, made to Verne Mendel and the Video Records Committee. They will be devoting time and hiring part time assistance to develop short video histories of the different departments and divisions on campus, using clips edited from the more than 300 interviews recorded to date by that Committee.

There are several other projects under development by UCDEA and others. The main kickoff for the Centennial year will be Fall 2008.

New Distinguished Emeritus Award Implemented

The UCDEA Awards Committee established a UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus Award in 2007, allowing us to recognize emeriti in any campus department with outstanding achievements since their retirement. The first award, presented at the annual dinner provided by the Chancellor for Emeriti in January, 2008, was to Professor Emeritus Wayne Thiebaud, an emeritus faculty member of the Art Department whose continuing achievements in both teaching and creation of original works have been exemplary throughout his retirement years. We continue to solicit nominations for the Panunzio and Dickson awards, giving us three separate opportunities to recognize distinguished emeriti from this campus.

Social Events

Thanks to Doreen Strnad, Coordinator for the Retiree Center, UCDEA-sponsored activities have increased in number and attendance during this year. The success of the Steak Bake was well received by about 100 attendees, and a similar event is planned for June 7, 2008, with expectations of an increase in attendance. Special seating for one football and one basketball game this year drew appreciative crowds. A Wine Tasting event early in 2008 was very well attended, and will probably become an annual event. Picnic Day open house and participation in the Parade will have taken place by the time of the CUCEA meeting, and other events, including those associated with the Centennial, are under development at this time.


Current UCDEA members include 167 Lifetime Members, 133 Annual Members, and 58 Associate Members, a small increase from previous years reflecting the greater visibility of the association.


UCDEA publishes a newsletter three times a year, which is available on the website http://emeritiassociation.ucdavis.edu and distributed to dues-paying and lifetime members. It includes descriptions of upcoming events, opportunities for service by emeriti, updates on association activities and other newsworthy information. Nora McGuinness is doing an outstanding job as editor of the Emeritimes since the Winter, 2008 issue.

Monthly Luncheons

The UCDEA continues to hold monthly luncheons for both Emeriti and Retirees, with speakers scheduled this year by Bill Rains. These sessions are very well attended by both emeriti and retirees, with an excellent selection of speakers.

Database Development

We continue to improve the status of the databases for the Emeriti Association, with a great deal of help from Marjorie Ahl, Program Assistant in the Retiree Center, who also is doing a fine job of maintaining our website. Some of the things learned during the year are of general interest to other Emeriti Associations. We will discuss those briefly during our presentation and perhaps at other times in the agenda.

Dick Walters, President, UCDEA

530 752-3241