Association of Retired Faculty
Association of Retired Faculty
UPCOMING EVENTS, RECENT POSTINGS
Brown Bag Luncheon Series-- This series of informal noon hour luncheons and speakers is planned for the second or third Wednesday of each month during the academic year. Currently scheduled presentations include:
Wednesday, March 19 at noon in Room 108 of the Plant Bioscience Building. Marty Hamilton, Emeritus Professor, will give a presentation "Flaws in the Current Practice of Science and Suggested Remedies" that will address issues in scientific publication, self-evaluation by scientific groups, and suggested changes to make scientific research more informative, useful, and efficient.
Wednesday, April 16 at noon in Room 108 of the Plant Bioscience Building. Ken Hapner, Emeritus Professor, and others will give an update on the health insurance situation for MUS retirees and upcoming changes for the 2014-2015 plan year. Issues to be considered include: 1) The termination of the Traditional Plan and the need to switch to a Managed Care Plan or the Medicare Advantage Plan. 2) Premium increases. 3) Potential benefit changes in managed care and medicare advantage plans. This presentation should be of particular interest to retirees on the traditional health insurance plan.
Emeritus Colleges Featured -- An October, 2013 article in the publication "Inside Higher Ed" discussed the emerging role of emeritus colleges on university campuses and the expectations of today's retiring faculty.
Changes in the GABA Benefit for TRS Retirees, Current Status. The Guaranteed Annual Benefit Adjustment (GABA) temporarily remains at 1.5%. A preliminary injunction was granted to MEA-MFT and six other plaintiffs that prevented a reduction (from 1.5% to 0.5%) in the GABA on January 1, 2014. The TRS web site has additional information on the lawsuit to maintain the Guaranteed Annual Benefit Adjustment at the rate in place before the 2013 legislature passed a bill that reduced that benefit.
ARF Newsletter. The most recent edition of the ARF NEWSLETTER (September, 2013) is available online. An archive of newsletters is available in the "Links" section of the web site.
2013-2014 Association of Retired Faculty Dues.
For those of you who have not yet paid your ARF dues for fiscal year 2014, your treasurer will be happy to receive them. They are $15 for regular membership; $25 for a sustaining membership; $50 for a contributing membership; $100 to become a benefactor; and $200 for a lifetime membership. Mail your checks to the ARF treasurer, Don Mathre, 731 South 12th Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715. Make checks payable to the MSU Association of Retired Faculty.
The purpose of the Association of Retired Faculty of Montana State University - Bozeman is to foster the
benefit, interests and well being of retired faculty and spouses through social, educational, and promotional
activities, as well as to encourage continuing retiree contact and involvement with the University. In so
doing, helping to enrich the personal and professional lives of persons in the University and the greater community.
Officers of the Association of Retired Faculty assume the roles of communicator, advocate, liaison and ombudsman regarding
retirement policies and practices in cooperation with other divisions of the University.
Membership is open to retired MSU faculty and spouses, as well as retired faculty from other universities who have a
relationship with MSU.
The Association of Retired Faculty at Montana State University was founded in 2004 by a group of retired faculty
who wished to retain ties to the University and continue to contribute to University programs in a variety of ways. The constitution of the Association was approved by the membership in October of 2004.
Goals include improving retirement benefits, and promotion of numerous avenues for retirees to remain socially
active, productive and up to date on health and economic issues.
The Association of Retired Faculty helps provide all faculty with important news about retirement income, and
Minds are stimulated by offering a variety of informative talks by experts on the many and varied aspects of our
community, the state, and the nation.
Opportunities are provided to meet with others for local activities and by hosting an annual dinner.
Article by Robert Swenson Detailing Rationale for the Founding of MSU ARF
--from Montana Professor, 2005