Association of Retired Faculty

 

UPCOMING EVENTS, RECENT POSTINGS

 Estate Planning Workshop, September 2, 2015.  The MSU Alumni foundation is providing a free estate planning workshop presented by Dr. Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension and Lynda L. Sands, an expert on philanthropic planning.  Information about setting up wills and trusts, transferring assets, and supporting institutions and charities will be provided. The workshop is Wednesday, September 2 at the MSU Alumni Foundation Building, starting at 8:15 am and continuing to 12 noon.  Lunch is provided.  RSVP by calling 855-850-2586.

Brown Bag Luncheon Series-- This series of informal noon hour luncheons and speakers is planned for the second or third Tuesday or  Wednesday of the month during the academic year.

Lawsuit on the Guaranteed Annual Benefit Adjustment (GABA) for TRS Retirees Settled on August 21, 2015.  This means that eligible Tier One members of TRS (hired prior to July 1, 2013) will continue to receive a 1.50% GABA on January 1 of each year. Eligible Tier Two members of TRS (hired on or after July 1, 2013) will receive a variable GABA ranging from a minimum of 0.50% to a maximum of 1.50% on January 1 of each year depending on the funded status of the plan. The TRS web site includes a page with  more information on the lawsuit and its implications.

ARF Newsletter. The most recent edition of the ARF NEWSLETTER is available online. An archive of newsletters is available in the "Links" section of the web site.

2014-2015 Association of Retired Faculty Dues. For those of you who have not yet paid your ARF dues for fiscal year 2015, 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.

 Recent Items of Interest 

 The Chronicle of Higher Education  published three comment pieces in November, 2014 about how and when university faculty should best retire.  "The Forever Professors" implies that senior faculty should retire earlier rather than later; "Ageism in Academe" responds that senior professors are more productive in their later years and should continue in their appointments; "Dignity in Retirement is Not Too Much to Ask"  suggests that there are retirement arrangements that benefit both the retiring faculty and their university, mostly by the availability of opportunities for retired faculty to continue to work. 

 "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 uniersities face in dealing with recent changes in retirement issues.

 


ASSOCIATION OVERVIEW

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 health insurance.

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