UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO RETIRED FACULTY ASSOCIATION

 

MINUTES OF APRIL 24, 2002 MEETING

 

The Annual Spring Meeting of the Retired Faculty Association was held on Wednesday, April 24, 2002 in the University Memorial Center at UCB.

 

President Mary Bonneville called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. and welcomed all members and guests.

 

The minutes of the Annual Fall meeting of the RFA on October 17, 2001 were approved as presented.  (Thanks were expressed to Katherine Harris for the taking and preparation of these minutes.)

 

Recognition of Deceased Members

Mary Bonneville read the names of faculty members and administrators and spouses who had died since the October 17, 2001 meeting.  Those memorialized were listed in the packet previously mailed to members.  (President Bonneville expressed embarrassment at the error but announced the good news that Oscar J. Miller, Law School, UCB had not died.)  A moment of silence was observed in honor of these deceased persons.

 

President's Report

RFA President Mary Bonneville reported as follows:  (1) A number of items concerning RFA activities and  plans are mentioned in the Spring, 2002 Newsletter.  Lots of changes have occurred, as in our venue and program for the present meeting,  (2) The Open House in January at the new RFA office in the Garden Level of the University President's Office Building was very successful.  (3) About sixty people attended Bob Fink's ``Tea-time'' talk on April 3 at the Academy.  Thanks to Bob and Chuck Howe for starting this program.  This is an effort to draw retired faculty from the four campuses together.  Donna Bogard is organizing a Denver Campus pre-holiday event on Friday, November 8,  (4) As previously announced, Bill Tetlow is the new webmaster for the RFA website and will be working through Don Diebert to get current information about retiring faculty as well as accurate information on deaths of retired faculty or their spouses, (5) Thanks were expressed to (a) Joan McConkey, retiring as RFA representative to the Faculty Council Personnel Committee, (b) Rita Weiss, retiring as a RFA representative to the BFA and who has agreed to serve as the RFA necrologist, and (c) Rebekka Struik who agreed to serve as an Alternate RFA representative to the Faculty Council Personnel Committee during the past two years.

 

Vice-President's Report

RFA Vice-President Carl Kisslinger presented an informative report on the present status of the RFA Graduate Student Award Program and possible future plans for funding the program as well as a time schedule for deciding on such plans.  His report also solicited names of potential nominees for the offices of Vice-President/President Elect and Secretary of the RFA to be filled by election in October, 2002.

 

Treasurer's Report

The report by Treasurer Pat Magette, as contained on page 8 of the packet for this meeting, was accepted as presented.

 

Membership Report

Stewart Strickler, Assistant Secretary for Membership, reported that the RFA at present has about 350 dues paying members and spouses, 50 surviving spousal members, and 100 complimentary members.  About 100 previous members have not paid current dues.

 

Report from Committees and Representatives

President Bonneville referred members to the written reports, contained in the packet for this meeting, by Larry Morse for the Faculty Council on pages 8 and 9, by Joan McConkey for the Faculty Council Personnel Committee on pages 9 and 10, and by Rita Weiss for the Boulder Faculty Assembly on page 10.

 

 Other Reports

(1) Ombudsperson..  Bob Fink reported that he'd had 39 contact since the last RFA meeting in October, 2001.  About three quarters concerned benefits issues, so many were referred to Robbie Martinez in the Benefits Office.  A letter is being sent to all Medicare supplement enrollees from Great West with correct information concerning coverage and prescription drug programs.  The BFA and Faculty Council Committees on Women are working on the issue of catch-up in benefits for retired faculty women.  He has received requests from surviving spouses for free CU internet access (Retired faculty and staff members are already eligible.)

(2) UBAB.  RFA member Stuart Schneck, a member of UBAB, briefly reported on its history of and present composition.  There is now a permanent position for an RFA representative.  It is now possible to arrange for automatic fund transfer to pay Medicare Supplement premiums.  There are now two 90-day Atrium prescription drug plans.  Although medical costs in Boulder and Colorado Springs areabout 20\% higher than in Denver, active faculty pay the same premiums in all three locations.  (Medicare pays different rates for the same service in different areas.)  UBAB discussed the rate issue and its last decision was to keep uniform rates for all three areas.  A continuing and perplexing question is how to head-off rapid increases in premiums.  Court Peterson asked the related question, "Now that Kaiser is charging monthly premiums ($22.75) to its Senior Advantage Members who are CU retirees, has UBAB considered recommending raising the University contributions to AMP members to keep pace with increased subsidies of the University Medicare Supplement premiums?”  Schneck said he would raise this issue in upcoming UBAB meetings.

 

Nominations and Elections

Vice President Carl Kisslinger presented the following nominations for RFA representatives to

Faculty Council Personnel Committee:  Franz Roehmann (Music, UCD)

Boulder Faculty Assembly:  Robert Flexer (Education, UCB)

There were no further nominations from the floor and these persons were elected by acclamation.

 

Appointments and Volunteers

President Bonneville referred the RFA members to the list of appointments and volunteers given on page 3 of the packet distributed for this meeting.

 

New Business

President Bonneville referred the RFA members to the Notice of Motion, contained on page 10 of the packet for this meeting, from the RFA Executive Committee, to allow the 2003 edition of the Association's Directory to be published on the RFA Website with appropriate restriction on access, an “opt out'' provision, and provision for members who wish to receive a ``hard copy'' of the Directory.  After a brief discussion, the motion passed on a voice vote.

 

The next meeting of the RFA is tentatively scheduled for October 16, 2002.

 

This business meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:00 a.m.

 

Research Reports by RFA Graduate Student Award Recipients

After a brief break, RFA members were treated to short reports on the research by two of the three awardees for 2000:

Jennifer Gillette, Developmental Biology Program, UCHSC, Dr. Sheila Preiss, Mentor.

David Grosshans, School of Pharmacology, UCHSC, Dr. Michael Browning, Mentor.

Following these presentations there was a short  “Social Hour'' preceding the buffet luncheon served in the UMC, Room 235.  At the luncheon, RFA members and guests were treated to a fascinating talk by Dr. Jonathan Van Blerkom, Adjunct Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, UCB.  His talk was entitled:  "The Development and Current Application of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) in the Treatment of Human Infertility: Problems and Perspectives Arising from IVF and its Derivatives, Oocyte Cryopreservation, Germ line Modification, Cloning and Stem Cells.”

 

Respectfully submitted, John H. (Jack) Hodges, Secretary

Vice-President's Report to Retired Faculty Association, April 24, 2002

 

This report is devoted to the status of the RFA Graduate Student Award Fund.  As has been reported previously, the Association entered into a Gift Agreement with the CU Foundation, by which the Fund was created.  We transferred \$1600 to the Foundation to fund the first awards, for the current year, and pledged a like amount for 2003, to be transferred this July.  We indicated the intention approved by the members to fund the award for a second cycle, 2004 and 2005, but only after we had an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of the program based on the experience of the first two years, and subject to the continued availability of funds.  We also included the intent that RFA members would be encouraged to make free-will contributions for support of this fund.

 

As of now, a total of \$1,953 has been contributed by 15 generous members, an average of \$130 each.  This amount itself is adequate to provide for a third year of support without committing further treasury funds, if we choose to go that way.  The advantage to the contributing members of giving through the Foundation is that they can claim the amount as a charitable contribution when they prepare their income tax returns.  This could not be done easily if the money were sent to the RFA treasury for payment to the Foundation.

 

Your Executive Committee has been exploring ways by which we might insure that this award could be continued in perpetuity.  One way would be to anticipate that adequate annual free-well contributions will continue or, we hope, increase.  At the present rate of our support, this would call for an average of about $4.00 from each member each year.

 

An alternative that has been suggested to us by the Foundation officers responsible for Graduate School support is that we collect enough money to fund an endowment to support the Awards.  The minimum amount for an endowment is $25,000.  For 400 contributing members, this would be a one-time gift, perhaps spread over a few years, of about $65.00 each, just one-half of the average so far.

Realistically, we cannot expect all members to contribute, but we can expect some to do more.  It is not necessary that we collect this money in one year.  One approach, then, is for the Association to continue to support the fund from its own resources for a second cycle, assuming the treasury can carry the commitment, and bank all member contributions during the next three years for application to an endowment.

 

The Executive Committee is far from a consensus on the approach we should take, but we do agree that the success so far, as we can judge shortly when we hear from two of the current awardees, merits an effort to keep this going.  In addition, we know that by this modest gift we have enhanced the good will toward our organization on the part of the University administration.  We are not here today to sell any approach or reach a decision, but only to inform you of our thinking.  The schedule for reaching a decision is as follows.  During the summer the Executive Committee will continue to explore and

discuss these issues.  At our October meeting, Mr. Lee Quinby of the Foundation, whose responsibilities include the promotion of Graduate School fellowships, will joint us to provide  authoritative information and answers to your questions.  At our meeting in the spring, 2003, we must, to complete our previous action, vote on whether to continue a second cycle of support.  By that time, we should have enough information and had enough time for careful consideration to also decide a course of action for future support.

 

One last comment on a different subject.  One of my jobs as vice-president is to head the Committee on Nominations.  In October we shall elect a Vice-President/President-elect and a Secretary, two major officers.  If you have either the urge to run for one of these posts or wish to suggest potential nominees, please let this be known to me or to any member of the Executive Committee.  Their names, phone numbers, and email addresses are in the Membership Directory.

 

Respectfully submitted, Carl Kisslinger, Vice-President