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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; 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

June Newsletter - Click Here

Yes! I want to stay engaged and informed through the MSU Retiree Association
Click to see Form for Retirees to Join 

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

Tuesday or Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Summer Tour of Butte. Go here to register

Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Jim Dolan Studio Tour. Details Later

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 12:00-2:00.American Computer Museum Tour.Details Later

Friday, November 16, 1:30-3:00.MSU Library Archives Tour & Yellowstone Coalition Papers Presentation. Details Later

Thursday, December 6, 4:00-6:00.Holiday Social. Details Later

Recent Events

Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Brown Bag Seminar Series. Panel on Retiree Health Insurance Options with Doug Young, MSU Retiree Association and Inter-Units Benefits Committee member.

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.

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.

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.

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

Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE) January, 2018 Newsletter, Click here

Montana State University is looking for volunteers for a study on memory and aging - must be 65 years or older - call Summer Whillock, 605-545-1563

Changes in the MUS Retirement Plan occurred 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.

"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.