MINUTES OF OCTOBER 18, 2006 MEETING
The annual Fall meeting of the
President Charles Howe called the meeting to order at and welcomed all members and
guest in attendance. He introduced Hank Brown, the president of the
university, who addressed the group.
President Brown said that there has always been some uncertainty
concerning the division of responsibility between the campuses and the
president’s office (the central system level). So right now they are looking at
how each aspect has been handled and recommending how it should be handled in
the future. It has been a difficult
year for funding and C.U. has not been receiving its appropriate share of
funding. President Brown
recommended voting against amendment 41, which limits gifts to legislators,
because it is not well written and may restrict all state employees (including
custodians) and their families from receiving gifts and scholarships (even a Nobel
Prize). [This was disputed by some in the audience who noted that the Daily
Camera was supporting the amendment.].
President Brown discussed the move of the President’s office to
President Brown departed and the meeting returned to the agenda. Prof. Howe read the names of our
recently deceased colleagues and a moment of silence was observed. The following name was added to those
listed in the agenda materials: Gilbert White of Geography and the Institute for
Behavioral Sciences, UCB. The
minutes of the
Vice-President Johann Stoyva gave the report from the nominating committee. They presented four nominations:
Vice President: Jim Wolf
Secretary: Richard Roth
Treasurer: Gloria Main
Ombudsperson: Robert Fink
There were no further nominations and the four were each elected for two-year terms
(commencing January, 2007). Prof. Kisslinger pointed out that for the first time we will have a president and vice president both not from the Boulder Campus (Johann Stoyva is from HSC and Jim Wolf is from UCD). This goes along with our effort to make this truly and all-campus organization.
President Howe listed the seven appointed offices: Stewart Strickler (Membership Secretary) , Jack Kelso (Associate Ombudsperson), Oliver Ellsworth (representative to Faculty Council ), Franz Roehmann (representative to Faculty Council Personnel Committee and liaison to the UCD), John (“Jinx”) Cooper (representative to Boulder Faculty Assembly), A. David Hill (representative to the Boulder Faculty Assembly) and Neil Ashby (Webmaster).
Stuart Schneck, CURFA
member who serves on UBAB (University Benefits Advisory Board) addressed the
group. He noted that those on the
CU Medicare Plan are no doubt pleased about the premium reduction but should not
expect another such windfall next year.
There will be new cards giving the new ID numbers (replacing Social
Security numbers). Be sure to pass
on these new numbers to all pharmacies as well as your doctors, etc. Beginning in 2007 it is expected that
Medicare B premiums will go up and the amount will vary according to
income. The annual deductible will
be increasing too. As for Medicare
D, the next open enrollment will be Nov. 15 to Dec. 31 and will no doubt be
confusing as the number of national plans has gone from 9 to 15 and there will
Past President Carl Kisslinger reported on the Retirement Guide. It’s now ready and being distributed to all parts of the university. It’s available on CURFA’s website and also on the Human Resources website. We wish to thank the team of five who prepared it: Bob Fink, Richard Blade, Franz Roehmann, and Stuart Schneck from the four campuses and Carl Kisslinger. Invaluable support was provided by Anne Costain, associate vice-president for human resources. He noted that the last section tells of the advantages of becoming a member of the RFA. The Newsletter gives more information.
We next heard from Marcia Dawe, from the C.U. Foundation, who spoke about a new special
opportunity concerning IRA plans. If you are over 70 ½, you may make
a gift from your IRA directly to the CU Foundation or other charities without
having to pay taxes. This must be done before
We next heard the Treasurer’s Report. Retiring Treasurer Rudy Schattke noted that there
was a financial report in the agenda materials, but a more up-to-date version prepared by Gloria Main (our newly elected Treasurer) was being distributed to the group. A motion to accept the treasurer’s report was made, seconded and approved by the group.
Sandra Moriarty, who is now Chair of the Graduate Student Awards
program, introduced the two winners from the
The meeting adjourned at and was followed by a “punch and conversation” break outside room 235. The buffet luncheon began at . This was followed by a talk by Professor Bruce Jakosky, from LASP and Geological Sciences on the topic “ Is There Extraterrestrial Life?”.
Respectfully Submitted: Richard Roth, Secretary.