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MSU Retiree Association Mission Statement

The MSU Retiree Association (MSURA) informs, connects and advocates for all retirees. All university retirees are included in MSURA when they retire from MSU. MSURA is a non-dues paying organization serving all retired faculty, professional and classified staff and their spouses. All retirees and pre-retirees are welcome and encouraged to participate.

MSURA encourages continued engagement with the University and colleagues by providing opportunities for retirees to gather together through diverse social, cultural, educational and intellectual programs. MSURA also seeks to provide pertinent information for retirees on privileges, finances, benefits, health insurance and pre-retirement planning.

Yes! I want to stay engaged and informed through the MSU Retiree Association

To join the MSU Retiree Association, complete this form Download PDF SIgn Up Form  with your contact information (name, mailing address, email, telephone number, department/program with type of contract you held) by mail or email to Dawn Silva at 1501 So. 11th, Bozeman, MT 59715 or

Upcoming Events & Announcements

Upcoming Events 

Register for all events on the MSU Alumni Foundation Calendar of Events website. All events are at the MSU Alumni Foundation Building Great Room, 2nd floor, 1501 So. 11th Avenue, Bozeman, unless noted elsewhere.

December 5, 2019 - 4:00-6-00 - Holiday Social in the Great Room - Pictures of all the fun we had:  Social Advisory Council Social Group 1President Bill TietzSocial Group 2Social Group 2Appetizer TableSocial Group 3Advisory Council 2Social Group 4Social Group 5Social Group 5Social Group 6


January 14, 2020 - 10:00-11:00 AM - Kerry Hanson, Vice President Alumni Engagement, MSU Alumni Foundation "A fun morning with stories about MSU’s history and traditions." (includes coffee and goodies - come early and stay after) 

February 12, 2020, 12:00-1:30 - Dr. Kristin Intemann, Professor in Department of History & Philosophy "Calling the B.S.: from fake news to vaccines; how do we know what to believe" (includes socializing after presentation)

March 10, 2020, 12:00-1:30 - Dr. Walter Fleming, Professor in Department of Native American Studies "Pow Wow 101 - the real maning of what the drum groups are chanting and drumming"  (includes socializing after presentation)

March 26-28, 2020 - National Conference on Undergraduate Research (see below for more information and how Retirees can be involved.

April TBD - MSU Retiree Health Benefit Options

April 30, 2020, 5-8 pm - Annual MSU Retiree Dinner featuring Dr. Bill Wyckoff, Professor in Department of Earth Sciences "Riding Shotgun with Norman Wallace; Rephotographing the Arizona Landscape" - MSU Foundation Great Room

(Go to Past Programs page for previous year's program descriptions)

National Conference on Undergraduate Research - needs Retirees to assist putting this on at MSU

During an MSU Retiree Advisory Council meeting this fall, Julie Heard from the MSU Provost Office requested retiree volunteers to help with several aspects of the large National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in March 2020.

Click here for general information about the conference.

Montana State University will welcome more that 4,000 students from around the world March 26-28, 2020. There are opportunities specifically for retired faculty and opportunities for retired staff. See the details below directly from Colin A. Shaw, Undergraduate Scholars Program & NCUR 2020 Conference.

Other opportunities (mostly during conference—all former faculty and staff eligible):

We would also love to have retired faculty and staff volunteer during the conference. Opportunities include session moderators (faculty), registration, wayfinding, set-up/tear-down and many other jobs. A complete list will be available on January, 13. In the meantime, interested people can sign up for our volunteer email list. We’ll send reminders out when the full volunteer position list is published.

If you are interested in these opportunities sign up online. 

The MSU Retiree Advisory Council informs, connects and advocates for all retirees. When we are informed about volunteer opportunities, we will send an email to invite you to participate.

Thanks, Dawn Silva
Director of the Annual Fund, Annual & University Appeals
Montana State University Alumni Foundation
MSU Retiree Association Administrative Assistant
406-994-4882, and



The MSURA is operated by a volunteer Advisory Council and decisions are made by consensus. The Advisory Council consists of retiree volunteers who meet monthly. There are 4 committees: Program, Communications, Finance, Health Benefits and any retiree can serve on a committee and/or Advisory Council. The Advisory Council welcomes the participation of retired faculty, professional and classified staff. Organization administrative support is provided by the MSU Alumni Foundation, whose staff also facilitates MSURA's outreach activities. Budget support comes from the MSU Provost, the MSU Alumni Foundation and the Retiree Fund held at the Alumni Foundation.

Advisory Council Members

Joann Amend, Retired Classified Faculty Council
Ken Bowers, Retired Emeritus Faculty Dept of Mathematical Sciences
Jerry Coffey, Retired Emeritus Faculty Dept of English
Kathy Hansen Crawford, Retired Emeritus Faculty Dept of Earth Sciences
Jack Jelinski, Retired Emeritus Faculty Spanish Dept of Modern Languages; Faculty Council Rep
Bob Lashaway, Retired Professional University Services; Alumni Engagement Advisory Board Rep
Hashem Nehrir, Retired Emeritus Faculty, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kim Rehm, Retired Professional Extended University, ADVANCE 
Pat Simmons, Retired Professional Information Technology Center
Linda Wyckoff, Retired Professional Museum of the Rockies, College of Engineering, MSU Libraries
MSU Human Resources Liaison-Jeannette GreyGilbert, Chief Human Resources Officer
MSU Alumni Foundation Liaison-Kerry Hanson, VP Alumni & Engagement and Dawn Silva, Director Annual Fund
MSU Provost Office Liaison-Julie Heard, Assistant to the Provost

MSU Retiree Advisory Council with President Cruzado at Annual Dinner May 2019
 Advisory Council members with President Cruzado at Annual Dinner May, 2019
Left to Right: Kathy, Dawn, Jerry, Ken, Joann, Hashem, Jack, Waded, Bob, Linda, Kerry, Pat

MSU Retiree Association Donations

To assist in the basic expenses of our events, the Association is now seeking donations to continue to provide quality information and programming to retirees. To donate go to MSU Alumni Foundation's donate page for the MSU Retiree Association.

For more information on the organization, please contact Dawn Silva, our administrative support person at 

Advisory Council Members win awards

  Jerry Coffey Distinguished Faculty Award CLS    Jerry Coffey with son-daughter CLS Awards    Alumni Engagement Award Winners 2019
Jerry Coffey Distinguished Faculty Award College Letters-Sciences & with son, daughter 2019
Pat Simmons 5th from left Retiree of the Year with Alumni Engagement Award winners 2019

This year, receiving the Blue & Gold Award, the highest award recognition from MSU, honors individuals who have rendered great lifetime service or who have brought national or international distinction to MSU achieving prominence in profession, family, country, world, university, philanthropy or humanity. 

  • Corky Brittan - Ret. History & Philosophy Professor
  • Jack Stonnell – Ret. Film & Photography Professor
  • Jack Hyyppa – Ret. Film & Photography Professor
  • David Cameron – Ret. Biology Professor

Receiving Distinguished Faculty, recognizing a faculty member for having distinguished herself or himself by meritorious service to his or her college in areas of teaching, research, leadership, achievement, mentoring, and outreach.

  • Gary Brester, Ag – Ret. Economics Professor
  • Jerry Coffey, Letters and Science – Ret. English/Linguistics Professor
  • Ralph Zimmer, Engineering – Ret. Civil Engineering Professor

Receiving Honorary Alumni Award recognizin a non-alumnus(a) whose extraordinary service has advanced the university and made significant and lasting contributions to the campus. The honoree’s professional, personal, civic and philanthropic pursuits must reflect the high standards and values associated with Montana State University.

  • Kay Chafey (from Honors) – Ret. Nursing Professor
  • Richard Helzer (from Arts & Architecture) – Ret. Professor of Art
  • Jack Riesselman (from Ag) – Ret. Professor of Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology

Receiving the Alumni Achievement Award, the criteria for which include recognizing an MSU graduate who has (1) distinguished professional achievement; (2) an outstanding record of service to the community; and/or (3) exemplary service to Montana State University.

  • Jim Sargent (from Ag) – Ret. Extension Faculty

And of course, receiving the MSU Retiree Volunteer of the Year is Pat Simmons.  This award is presented by the MSU Alumni Foundation and recognizes the selfless work of volunteers and leaders of volunteer boards and councils. 

MSU Parking for Retirees

The parking system on campus will be changing on September 1, 2019, but be assured that the lifetime free parking privilege will continue as before. The system will change however: hangtags will no longer be used and will be replaced by a car license recognition system. Here is what you need to know and do:

-You must let Parking Services know of your license plate number(s). Up to two cars can be registered per retiree but only one of those cars can be parked on campus at any given time. Call 994-1723 or visit Parking Services in the Huffman Building (7th and Kagy) to register your vehicles. Try to do this by 9/1/19. However, old deadlines will still be honored for the time being. Your new permit will be valid until September 2023.

-You may park in any of the Bobcat lots (a map is attached). The Bobcat lots are roughly equivalent to the old SB lots. You may no longer park “down” however in the old E and F lots. The permit is valid only for the Bobcat Lots.

For more information call 994-1723 or go to the Parking Services website at