The BowWow Times
Official Newsletter of ARF
(Association of Retired Faculty-MSU Bozeman)
Vol. 1, Number
2, April 6, 2009
This is the second edition
of the Newsletter that we hope to send out periodically to those interested
in the activities of the Association of Retired Faculty of MSU
SPRING LUNCHEONS: We
are continuing to have our monthly luncheons with the next one scheduled
for Wednesday, April 15 at 12:30 pm in room 235 of the SUB. We
delayed the starting time to allow better access to parking on campus.
Bring your own brown bag lunch, or go through the cafeteria line and
bring you lunch to our meeting room. We will have as our guest,
Steve Hample, who will discuss “protecting your assets in a depressed
Come and enjoy lunch while
visiting with fellow retirees.
MSU BENEFITS MEETINGS FOR RETIREES:
On April 22 at 8:30 am at the Wingate Inn, Paul Bogumill, administrator
of the Montana University System Benefits program, will give an informational
talk on the benefits program as related to retirees. You will
be especially interested in learning about the new health insurance
program called MAPP which is a Medicare Advantage program that will
be available to MSU-Bozeman retirees for the first time beginning July
1. This is a program that will reduce your premiums significantly.
For instance, for a couple the savings will be about $800 per year.
This is an optional program, but you should educate yourself on it.
Following Paul’s meeting, there will be additional meetings sponsored
by New West (who will administer the MAPP program), also at the Wingate
Inn at 10:30 am. New West will also repeat their presentation
on April 24 at 10:00 am at the Wingate, and on April 28 at either 10:00
or 2:00 PM. You should have already received information on these
meetings, but this is just a reminder to put them on your calendar.
ANNUAL BANQUET: The annual
retirees banquet will be held Tuesday, May 19 beginning at 6 pm in the
MSU Foundation Bldg on South 11th Ave. You should have received
a preliminary announcement of the banquet, but if you did not, please
let Rose Hanson at the MSU Alumni Association know of your interest
in attending. Her phone number is 994-2509. This is always
a fun time with a great turnout of retirees and spouses and friends.
CAPSTONE LECTURE: We
are sponsoring the first Capstone Lecture for retirees . Gordon “Corky”
Brittan from History and Philosophy will give this first lecture on
“the relations between the sciences and the humanities as filtered
through C. P. Snow’s famous book, The Two Cultures”. We are hoping
that this will kick off other capstone lectures that each retiring faculty
member will be invited to give. This lecture will be given early
this coming fall semester, so stay tuned for the exact date, time, and
RETIREMENT FORM: A new
procedure has recently been adopted by MSU for active faculty anticipating
retirement. They are now requested to go to our web site and fill
out a “retirement information form”. This form is to be filled
out electronically with six questions to be answered as follows: (1)
Do you want information about retiring and the retirement process? (2)
Do you want to participate in an exit interview? (3) Are you interested
in presenting a capstone lecture? (4) Are you interested in being nominated
for an Emeritus title? (5) Are you interested in either joining ARF
or participating in events? (6) List the ways you plan to remain associated
with MSU. Through this process, ARF hopes to make the retirement
process much more friendly and useful to the potential retiree.
ARF Officers: We are
currently operating as a “committee of the whole” with no specific
president. This executive committee consists of approximately
12 individuals who are interested in seeing that ARF continues as an
active and viable organization on campus. If you would have an
interest in joining this group to help plan our direction and programs,
please let Don Mathre know of your interest and we’d be happy to include
you in our meetings. We try to meet monthly during the academic
year, but take the summer off.
WEB SITE: Dwight Phillips
has worked hard to get our web site up and running. To get to
it, go to www.montana.edu/retired.
Don Mathre, BowWow Editor, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org