Association of Retired Faculty



Brown Bag Luncheon Series-- This series of informal noon hour luncheons and speakers is planned for the second or third Tuesday or  Wednesday of the month during the academic year.

 Recent Items of Interest 

The Chronicle of Higher Education  published three comment pieces in November, 2014 about how and when university faculty should best retire.  "The Forever Professors" implies that senior faculty should retire earlier rather than later; "Ageism in Academe" responds that senior professors are more productive in their later years and should continue in their appointments; "Dignity in Retirement is Not Too Much to Ask"  suggests that there are retirement arrangements that benefit both the retiring faculty and their university, mostly by the availability of opportunities for retired faculty to continue to work.

 "The Impending Retirement Crisis" -- A journal article in the Spring 2014 issue of "Montana Professor" by Jerome Coffey, Emeritus Professor, MSU-Bozeman, discusses many facets of the problems Montana universities face in dealing with recent changes in retirement issues.

Changes in the GABA Benefit for TRS Retirees, Current Status, July 1, 2015.  On June 30, 2015, District Court Judge Mike Menahan ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in Byrne v. State of Montana. The court found that the Guaranteed Annual Benefit Adjustment (GABA) is part of TRS benefits and is subject to protection under the 'contracts clause' of the Montana Constitution. This means that GABA will be maintained at the current 1.5% instead of the 0.5 % passed by the 2013 legislature. The TRS web site includes a page with  more information on the lawsuit and its implications.

ARF Newsletter. The most recent edition of the ARF NEWSLETTER is available online. An archive of newsletters is available in the "Links" section of the web site.

2014-2015 Association of Retired Faculty Dues. For those of you who have not yet paid your ARF dues for fiscal year 2015, your treasurer will be happy to receive them.  They are $15 for regular membership; $25 for a sustaining membership; $50 for a contributing membership; $100 to become a benefactor; and $200 for a lifetime membership.  Mail your checks to the ARF treasurer, Don Mathre, 731 South 12th Ave, Bozeman, MT  59715. Make checks payable to the MSU Association of Retired Faculty.


The purpose of the Association of Retired Faculty of Montana State University - Bozeman is to foster the benefit, interests and well being of retired faculty and spouses through social, educational, and promotional activities, as well as to encourage continuing retiree contact and involvement with the University. In so doing, helping to enrich the personal and professional lives of persons in the University and the greater community.

Officers of the Association of Retired Faculty assume the roles of communicator, advocate, liaison and ombudsman regarding retirement policies and practices in cooperation with other divisions of the University.

Membership is open to retired MSU faculty and spouses, as well as retired faculty from other universities who have a relationship with MSU.

The Association of Retired Faculty at Montana State University was founded in 2004 by a group of retired faculty who wished to retain ties to the University and continue to contribute to University programs in a variety of ways. The constitution of the Association was approved by the membership in October of 2004.

Goals include improving retirement benefits, and promotion of numerous avenues for retirees to remain socially active, productive and up to date on health and economic issues.

The Association of Retired Faculty helps provide all faculty with important news about retirement income, and health insurance.

Minds are stimulated by offering a variety of informative talks by experts on the many and varied aspects of our community, the state, and the nation.

Opportunities are provided to meet with others for local activities and by hosting an annual dinner.

Article by Robert Swenson Detailing Rationale for the Founding of MSU ARF --from Montana Professor, 2005