MINUTES OF APRIL 30, 2008 MEETING
The annual Spring meeting of the
President Johann Stoyva called the meeting to order at and welcomed all members and guests in attendance. He then read the names of our recently deceased colleagues and spouses and a moment of silence was observed. In addition to those on the list included in the agenda materials, the following names were added:
H. O. Brough , Education and Administration, UCD, husband of Penni Walsh-Brough
Gerald B. Merenstein, Pediatrics UCHSC, husband of Barretta Merenstein
William Rense, Physics, UCB, husband of Wanda Rense
Janet Velasquez, Nursing UCHSC
Lynn Whitten, Music, UCB widower of Evelyn Whitten
The minutes of the
Treasurer Gloria Main gave her report. A copy was distributed to those present. . The main news is that we’re in good shape. The total income for 2007-2008 was $12,860 and total expenses were $6,231. If there are questions, Gloria may be contacted at Gloria.Main@Colorado.edu. Pres. Stoyva said we should be grateful to Chuck Howe and Gloria Main for keeping after the president’s office to give the subvention.($5000 for the year 2007-2008).
Membership Secretary Stew Strickler reported on membership. There are about 600 names on our list of which roughly 400 are up-to-date on their dues.
Next, Ombudsperson Bob Fink gave his report. He’s had a number of contacts since the
last meeting. One concerned activating an e-mail account; one concerned the
appropriate pay for retirees who work part-time after retiring; and one
concerned eligibility for the
Tom Duncan reported on the Graduate student awards program. (He substituted for his wife Sandra Moriarty, who was unable to attend). The total amount of funds is now $48,606 which is $9,190 over the balance a year ago. This is an increase of 22%. We’ve almost reached our goal of $50,000, and Prof. Duncan urged people to pledge to help bridge that gap. For information concerning our two current recipients, see below.
Vice-President Jim Wolf reported on Tea Time talks. In March we had a very successful Tea
Time Talk on politics and media presented by Prof. Elizabeth Skewes from the
Oliver Ellsworth reported on the Faculty Council. Both the January and February meetings were attended by Bruce Benson. Prof. Ellsworth reported to the Faculty Council on our CURFA, noting that we are in a good financial status and telling them about the revision of the retirement guide, which is also on the web. At the April meeting there was much discussion about the relationship of the campuses and whether there should be a unified transcript for the whole university. Concerning a new Administrative Policy statement on the libraries, Prof. Ellsworth reminded them that retired faculty have library privileges too, which needed to be mentioned.
There were some brief presentations by our liaisons. First Bill Marine reported from the
The next topic on the agenda was the new health insurance program. Stuart Schneck was the first to speak. He reported that UBAB (University Benefits Advisory Board) looked closely at 8 submitted proposals, and by far the best was Anthem’s proposal (Blue Cross- Blue Shield). For those who are currently on Great West’s Medicare Supplement plan, there is no change in the details of that plan. However the name has changed; it’s now the Medicare Primary Plan. As a courtesy, for retired faculty only, all the material will be sent by mail. One can register by mail or by computer. To register requires your employee ID number; you can find it on the billing you get each month for your insurance. Prof. Kisslinger pointed out that it’s also on your Great West card (omit the 3 digits “888”). Where the registration asks to choose between “ORP” and “PERA”, pick “ORP”.
Mark Stanker, Assistant Vice President for Payroll and Benefits
services, addressed the group. The
information packet was mailed out the previous Friday. He explained that the university needed
to change the medical plans because last year Pacific Care changed the network
of providers (most of our group is Medicare eligible and not directly affected
by Pacific Care). To ask Anthem questions, there is a hotline phone:
877-833-5728; or check out the new website set up specifically for
Gina Trujillo, Director of Benefits Administration, addressed the group. Anthem and Medicare will coordinate, so we don’t need to do two filings. To facilitate this we will be sent a postcard in July which will ask us to give Anthem information about our Medicare registration. There was an extensive question and answer session.
The final item on the agenda was presentations by the 2007-08 graduate awards winners. Ashley Williams Ph.D candidate at UCCS (Colorado Springs Campus) in Geropsychology didn’t attend in person, but had prepared a power point presentation with embedded voice which Richard Blade (our UCCS representative) presented; i.e., the voice we heard was that of Ashley. The title was “Factors that Affect Decision-Making Processes in Aging Families of Developmentally Disabled Individuals”. Her advisor was Sara Qualls from the Psychology Department.
The other award recipient
was Katie Driscoll, Ph.D. Candidate on the
sick for 24 hours. That's why she didn't make the meeting.]
Her advisor, Jeff Mitton gave a
extemporaneous description of her work, entitled “A Population Genetic Analysis
of Bighorn Sheep in
The meeting adjourned around . This was followed by a social hour with punch
and a buffet luncheon at . The luncheon talk was given by Mark Foster of the UCD History
Dept. He spoke on “Earthquake in
Respectively Submitted: Richard Roth, General Secretary