UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO RETIRED FACULTY ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF APRIL 16, 2003 MEETING

 

The annual Spring meeting of the University of Colorado Retired Faculty Association was held on Wednesday, April 16 in room 4 of the Coors Events/Conference Center, UCB.

 

President Carl Kisslinger called the meeting to order at 10 AM and welcomed all members and guests in attendance.  He explained that the meeting was being held in the Coors Events/Conference Center as an experiment, because the room we had at the UMC previously was unsatisfactory, and he thanked Karl Eggert and Samuel Patterson for their help in the arrangements.

 

President Kisslinger read the names of  our recently deceased colleagues.  In addition to the names listed in the packet previously mailed to members for this meeting, he added the name of Quigg Newton, who served as President of the University from Dec. 1956 to June 1963, and died on April 4 this year. A moment of silence was observed in their memory. President Kisslinger asked that anyone who learns of the death of  former colleagues,  please let one of the officers know;  this is especially helpful in the case of  those residing in far away places. 

 

The minutes of the Annual Fall Meeting of the RFA on October 16, 2002 were approved after minor corrections of misprints.

 

President Kisslinger read the membership report, prepared by Stewart Strickler:

 

            Members current for 2003                                339

            Members not paid since 2002                           156

            Members not paid since 2001                             53

                        Total                                                    548

 

            Membership by campus

 

                        Boulder                                                69%

                        Health Sciences                                    16%

                        Denver                                                   9%

                        Colorado Springs                                   4%

                        Other                                                      1%

 

Treasurer Rudy Schattke discussed the financial report included in the packet  and gave some more recent figures.  As of April 14, the income - expenses for the period since October 1 is in fact $2010 (before paying for the luncheon), and the total net worth is $8600.

Prof. Kisslinger noted that our funds deposited with the Foundation for the graduate scholarships now amount to  $2755 and there were 3 donors since September  2003.  This is remarkable since we haven’t been soliciting funds.  We do have to pay $225 for the two rooms  we are using at the Coors Conference/Events Center. And there is an extra cost of $382  for the food servers and the table setups.  We are continuing to explore the possibilities for meeting space, such as the Glenn Miller Ballroom or even going off campus someplace, such as the Spice of Life.

 

Jim Topping, Vice President for Budget and Finance, assisted by the budget director Rob Kohrman, gave a report on the University budget situation.  The state budget situation has been very difficult the past two years.  There has been a shortfall of almost a billion dollars each year out of a budget of 13 to 14 billion dollars.  The Tabor amendment and amendment 23 have reduced flexibility.  In 1990 the state appropriation  was about 25% of the university’s budget but now it is down to about 9.9%.  Biggest growth has been in federal grants and contracts area.  27%  comes from student tuition.  We are talking of a 10% increase in tuition.    Student enrollment has grown at all campuses and the overall total is now 50, 287 (up 5.5%). There have been staff cuts and some programs have been cut.  40% of  budget is affected by Tabor.  Four directions being discussed at the legislative level this year:  1. Enterprise status, 2. a voucher program (State Educational opportunity stipend),  3. COPS  (Certificates of  participation) to fund educational facilities (schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and pharmacy) at Fitzsimmons,  and  4. the Quality for Colorado tuition enhancement program.

 

RFA member, Stuart Schneck, reported on UBAB (University Benefits Advisory Board). Last year they deferred going out for request for proposal (RFP) but last Friday a request for proposal to insurance vendors went out and by June 9 a decision will be made. They are hopeful but not overly optimistic that things may change a little for the better.  They have also been concerned that the university does not contribute the level of benefit that industry does (about 80%).  CU gives single retirees 61% and retirees plus spouse 44%.  For active faculty it is less.  UBAB thought it would be a good idea to look at salary plus benefits as a unit and  increase the amount going to benefits at the expense of salary.  Steve McNally, from the benefits office then reported on a survey done by  UBAB (who will first learn the results on Friday) concerning whether a portion of a possible raise should be applied to health benefits:  60% said no.  In the case of no raise, 77% were opposed to applying some salary to health benefits

 

Ombudsperson Bob Fink gave a report.  Since last April he had 15 contacts.  e-mail accounts will now be established for surviving spouses who wish to apply.   They are working on the question of RTD passes for retired faculty.  Concerning the problem that some retired faculty were mistakenly solicited by the Retired Staff Association  for  $5 in dues; the RSA has  agreed to refund the money for those who paid.  Those people should please contact Bob Fink, who will handle the refunds.  He is also working with the Retired Staff  Association to prevent this mistake from happening again.

 

President Kisslinger commented that we had not allowed enough lead time to send out the second mailings, which arrived rather late and we will plan to mail them earlier next time.  He also pointed out the reports in the packet from the BFA representatives (Natalie Hedberg and Kurt Gerstle), the UCHSC  RFA liaison (Johann Stoyva) and the Personnel Committee representative (Franz Roehmann).  Prof. Roehmann gave further clarification on his report.

 

Vice President Chuck Howe led discussion on two motions from the Executive Board concerning the Graduate Student Awards.  These had been included in the meeting packet.  The first motion was as follows:

 

1. A motion from the Executive Board to continue the Retired Faculty Association Graduate Student awards for one more two-year cycle.

In view of the success of the first cycle of activity, 2001-2003, of the Retired Faculty Association Graduate Student Awards in supporting excellent graduate students on the four campuses of the University and the generous support of the membership through voluntary contributions to the fund;

It is moved that the Association continue the program of awards to the graduate programs of the four campuses for one more cycle, 2003-2005, on the same basis as originally approved by the membership and presented in detail in the Gift Agreement between the Association and the University of Colorado Foundation. For 2003-2004, the committed funds will be taken entirely from the money now in the RFA Foundation account as a result of voluntary contributions of the members. $1,000 will be granted to the Health Sciences Center and $500 to the University of Colorado at Denver, and up to an additional $100 will be paid to the Foundation to cover their administrative charge. For 2004-2005, $1,000 will be granted to the University of Colorado at Boulder and $500 to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, plus the administrative charge. The money remaining in the RFA account, supplemented by possible additional voluntary contributions and further as necessary from the Association treasury, will be used to fund the second year program.

 

After a short discussion, the motion was passed.

 

The second motion concerned the setting up of an endowment for the Graduate Student Awards program.  Prof. Court Peterson introduced an amendment  allowing the Executive Board to proceed more quickly with implementation of the program.  The amendment passed.  The amended motion then was approved as follows:  the underlined words comprise the amendment.

 

2. A motion from the Executive Board to authorize the Board to initiate discussions with the University of Colorado Foundation on planning and fund raising for an endowed Retired Faculty Association Graduate Student Awards program and that the Board be authorized to proceed with implementation of the solicitation program if the Board is satisfied with the plan worked out with the Foundation.

In view of the success of the Retired Faculty Association Graduate Student Awards program for 2001-2003 in supporting excellence in graduate studies on the four campuses, and the generosity of the membership in supporting this program through voluntary contributions,

And in view of the desirability of establishing this program as a permanent activity that will not require a continuous commitment of Association funds;

It is moved that the Executive Board of the Association be authorized to engage in discussions with the University of Colorado Foundation concerning planning  and implementing a campaign to raise funds to create a permanent endowment, the proceeds from which will be used to continue the Graduate Student Awards. A campaign would run concurrently with the second cycle of funding of the Awards program, 2003-2005, and would be terminated if the amount raised by December 31, 2005 was not enough to provide reasonable assurance of the success of the campaign within one more year. In order to support a program at the level of 2001-2003, without allowance for inflation and at current expected rates of return on secure investments, it is anticipated that an amount of $40,000 will be the minimum needed to fund this endowment. In the event that a campaign is only partially successful, so that the campaign is terminated and an endowed award cannot be created, the membership will decided how to use the funds that are acquired, including the possibility of continuing a program on the present basis of annual funding until the funds are expended.

 

 

The group then heard from this year’s graduate student awardees:

 

Kayci Emri, from Colorado Springs, was not able to attend but sent a letter concerning her activities, which was read by President Kisslinger.  She will be graduating with a Masters degree in Counseling and Human Services this May.  Her mentor is Donna Kelsch.   Ms. Emri is already working as a guidance counselor at Rampart High in Colorado Springs, and has been involved in a number of projects at UCCS including compiling a resource manual of mental health services, and developing a program assisting UCCS students who are on academic probation.

 

Manoela Borges was introduced by her faculty advisor, Anthony Bebbington.  Ms. Borges was born in Brazil but was raised in the USA.  She is about to begin field work in Brazil for her Ph.D. in Geography. Her interesting talk described her research plans,  noting that there are 570 favelas in Rio comprising 26.6% of Rio’s population.  The talk was entitled  Urban Housing Movements: Struggle for citizenship in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.   .

 

Further activities:  Members are encouraged to visit the RFA website to keep informed on activities.  Johann Stoyva invited RFA members to attend a lecture on End of Life Issues at the Health Sciences Center on May 13, 2003 at 2:15 PM.   Donna Bogard announced a concert  entitled A Tribute to Broadway given by the CU Alumni Choir on May 4, 2003 , 3:30 at the King Center.    Natalie Hedberg reminded people of the Tea-Time-Talks program which has been very successful.   For information on these and other events members are referred to the RFA website, www.colorado.edu/RetiredFaculty.

 

The meeting adjourned at 11:50 AM.  It was followed by a short “punch and conversation” break preceding the buffet luncheon. The latter took place in room  3.  The luncheon program was given by Andrew May of the UCB College of Music and was entitled “Electronic Music:  the Cutting Edge of Contemporary Composition”.

 

Respectfully submitted,  Richard Roth, Secretary