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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.


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. 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

Ken Bowers; Jerry Coffey; Kathy Crawford; Al Cunningham; Norm Eggert; Jack Jelinski; Bob Lashaway; Pierce Mullen; Kim Rehm; Pat Simmons; Linda Wyckoff; MSU Human Resources Liaison-Sara King; MSU Alumni Foundation Liaison-Kerry Hanson and Dawn Silva; MSU Provost Office Liaison-Julia Heard

With the switch from a dues paying membership, the Association is now seeking donations to continue to provide quality information and programming to retirees. To donate click here.

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

Upcoming Events - Register for all events by clicking here and then click on the event and go to the Register button.


Friday & Saturday, February 16-17, 2018. MSU Bobcat Birthday Bash for 125th MSU Birthday. Click here for the schedule.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, Noon-1 pm, MSU Alumni Foundation Great Room.  Brown Bag Seminar Series.  Presentation by Mark Fiege, Wallace Stegner Chair in Western American Studies.Professor Fiege will discuss the role the “environment” has played in determining the outcome of key moments in American history.  He will discuss how the forces of nature contributed to the horrific episode of the Salem Witch trials and how the North’s superior command of natural resources led to its victory over the South which was weakened by the virtual collapse of its environmental resources during the period of the Civil War.To Register, go here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Noon-1 pm, MSU Alumni Foundation Great Room. Brown Bag Seminar Series. Presentation on Estate Planning by Kristin Bailey, Kristin L. Bailey Law Practice. Kristin will share important concepts and methods to help individuals and families achieve peace of mind and avoid unnecessary future conflict. She will discuss wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance medical directives. To Register go here.

Tuesday, April  (TBA) , 2018. Brown Bag Seminar Series. Presentation on Choices/Retiree Benefits.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018. 5-8 pm, MSU Alumni Foundation Great Room. Annual Dinner. Presentation by Dr. Robert Rydell, MSU Professor of History & Philosophy, Director of the American Studies Program, Co-Director of the Center for Western Lands and Peoples.

Bob Rydell joined The faculty of our department of history and philosophy in 1980. He had just finished his PhD at the University of UCLA, (UC Berkeley undergrad) and had just published his book on the Chicago world's fair 1893. This launched him upon a distinguished career as an authority, advisor, and much sought after commentator on world's fairs. He has work closely with the Smithsonian institution on several projects related to the technology of fairs, was the recipient of two national science foundation grants, totaling $1 million, to enable high school teachers in the state work with faculty and improve both instructional and research opportunities in secondary education. Bob, Jeff Safford, and I produced the centennial history of MSU. Bob has just completed the 125th history and that work will be rolled out next month when we celebrate that mile marker in our history. Alumni have been invited to a preview later this month and Bob probably will give folks some idea of the major changes we have seen here in more recent years.
Bob is married and he and Kiki have two children. He's very active outdoors person and he has been active promoting MSU and its  educational opportunities throughout the state for many years.

Webinar Series on "Solid Finances" is available twice or more monthly.  The series started on September 27 and runs through March.  Past webcasts are available on the internet. The series is free and is organized and sponsored by the Extension Service.  For more information and to register go to the "Solid Finances" website. 

Recent Events

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, Noon-1 pm, MSU Alumni Foundation Great Room.  Brown Bag Seminar Series.  Presentation on the Ivan Doig Archives by Jan Zauha, Outreach Librarian, MSU Library

November 7, 2017.  Brown Bag Seminar Series.   Kevin Asselin, Executive Artistic Director, gave a presentation on "Inside Montana Shakespeare in the Parks".

October 26, 2017.  Workshop on changes to non-MUS medical insurance options available to retirees, offered by The MSU Retiree Association. Doug Young, representative on the MUS InterUnits Benefits Committee, and Peggy Tombre, S.H.I.P. Counselor and Medicare Navigator,  explained recent changes to Medicare Advantage insurance available in Gallatin county and available options.

October 17, 2017.  Brown Bag Seminar Series.  Terry Leist, MSU Vice President for Administration and Finance discussed the business of running the institution and the services his office supports.

September 19, 2017.  Brown Bag Seminar Series.   Molly Arrandale , MSU Library Program Manager, provided a talk on the "Acoustic Atlas",  acoustic , a curated collection in the MSU library of over 2500 recordings of species and environments from throughout the Western United States.

Items of Interest

Changes in the MUS Retirement Plan will be occuring in  January, 2018.  For further information visit  "Important Changes to MSU Retirement Plans" provided by MSU Human Resources or see the MUS Retirement Plan Web Page.

"Retired Faculty Giving on the Rise at MSU" , a fall 2015 news release from the MSU Foundation spotlights donations from retired MSU Faculty.

"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.