banner MSU RA

Montana State University, in partnership with the MSU Alumni Foundation and the Provost's Office, have reestablished a group for Montana State University retirees. The prior Association, known as ARF – Association of Retired Faculty, was founded in 2004 by a group of retired faculty who wished to retain ties to the University.  The new MSU Retiree Association is open to all retired faculty, professional and classified staff and is a non-dues paying organization.  Every MSU retiree and spouse is a member!

The transition into retirement poses many challenges. Retirees from the University have often spent decades with the institution, and leaving can quickly distance them from the community they called home for so many years. The financial considerations that retirement brings also leaves many retirees with questions about their benefits and financial planning. 

The MSU Retiree Association seeks to provide MSU retirees the opportunity to engage and reconnect on campus through volunteer opportunities, as well as resources to provide guidance on benefits, finances, health and a range of other topics.  In addition, the MSU Retiree Association will host several events throughout the year, including lunch and learn seminars, workshops on a variety of subjects such as new enrollment rules for 2017, pre-retirement planning panels and socials to connect with other retirees.  Please see the list of events below.

The Association is currently looking for retirees to serve on the Advisory Council where you can choose to help with planning events, working on communication pieces and having a voice in your MSU Retiree Association. 

Current Advisory Board Members: Ken Bowers; Jerry Coffey; Al Cunningham; Norm Eggert; Jack Jelinski; Bob Lashaway; Pierce Mullen; Pat Simmons. 

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

For more information on either volunteering or giving, contact Dawn Silva at or by phone at: 994-4882. 



Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 23, 2018.  Brown Bag Seminar Series.  Presentation on the Ivan Doig Archives by Jan Zauha of the MSU Library.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  Brown Bag Seminar Series.  Presentation by Mark Fiege, Wallace Stegner Chair in Western American Studies.

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

December 6, 2017.  Holiday Social preceding the 3rd Annual Lighting of Montana Hall.   Light appetizers and refreshments were served. 

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.