UC Riverside Emeriti Association Report

APRIL 2008

The association honored Michael Murphy, emeritus professor of earth sciences, at the chancellor's annual get together. Once a breakfast, now a lunch, to which all emeriti are invited, at which UCREA gives its outstanding emeritus award to one of its own, the event took place October 31st. Past awardees make the choice. Professor Murphy works on small fossils, and his speech acknowledging the award included a defense of the theory of evolution. He was active on the Davis campus after retiring from UCR, to which he has now returned, giving much appreciated guidance to students in his field, according to the earth sciences chair. Attendance at the event seems to be shrinking, however.

The winter meeting on February 13, another lunch, to which UCRRA members also receive invitations, featured librarian Peter Bliss, whose Power Point presentation, "Mutual Fund Investing: Pain or Pleasure," concerned investing in Fidelity or Vanguard funds. With approximately fifty in attendance, it was the best attended ever of our winter gatherings, exceeding last year's well received talk by the psychology department chair. A year or two hence we may invite one or the other or both back again. Finding campus experts in fields with broad appeal is a continuing challenge.

As this is being written, we are compiling the results of the biennial UCR "Biobib" survey. Perhaps respondents are becoming jaded, for the numbers of those completing the survey are declining. One who did this year sent the information by e-mail, setting a precedent worthy of future consideration. Other current activity has been and is focused on the joint CUCEA/CUCRA meeting to which this report will be submitted, and it is appropriate to acknowledge the preparatory aid of Assistant Vice Chancellor Kyle Hoffman, and his staff, in whose new Alumni & Visitors Center the meeting will be held.

The campus Task Force on Reintegrating Retired Faculty and Senior Staff, organized by our Executive Vice Chancellor and chaired by our Vice Provost, Academic Personnel includes several emeriti including Dericksen Brinkerhoff, several retired staff including former UCRRA president Sal Martino, the past chair of the Academic Senate Committee on Welfare, and others. It developed the procedure for the Dickson Award, whose nominee(s), eligible for a maximum amount of $10,000, are proposed by the Welfare Committee and forwarded to the EVC for nomination. Its present concern consists of parking privileges for all retired, and moving forward on a campus retirement center.

The skeletal UCREA officers, a president and CUCEA delegate, intend to match the standard number of EA officers on other campuses. Blanket appeals fail; the next step could be individual requests.

Respectfully submitted,

Dericksen Brinkerhoff

President, UCREA