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Program Listing -- Spring, 2014
Wednesday, April 23 at noon in Room 108 of the Plant Bioscience Building. Ken Hapner, Emeritus Professor, and Laura Underkofler from Human Resources will give an update on the health insurance situation for MUS retirees and upcoming changes for the 2014-2015 plan year. This is a follow-up meeting to cover any questions after the Choices presentations by the Montana University System on April 16 and 17. 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. 4) Discussion of enrollment procedures. This presentation should be of particular interest to retirees who have been on the traditional health insurance plan.
March 19, 2014. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. Marty Hamilton, Emeritus Professor, gave a presentation "Flaws in the Current Practice of Science and Suggested Remedies" that addressed issues in scientific publication, self-evaluation by scientific groups, and suggested changes to make scientific research more informative, useful, and efficient.
February 26, 2014. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. Terry Leist, MSU’s Vice-President for Finance spoke on "MSU Finances: Challenges and Hopes".
Program Listing -- Fall, 2013
November 20, 2013. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. Dr. Gerald Wheeler, former faculty member in Physics and currently on the science advisory boards of national organizations evaluating science and math education, spoke on “Testing our Kids: An International Comparison of USA Student Performance in Science and Mathematics on a State by State Basis".
October 23, 2013. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. Megan Berg, JD, lawyer at the MSU Alumni Foundation, spoke on "Estate Planning and Charitable Giving: Creating Your Legacy in the Most Tax Efficient Ways"
September 23, 2013. MSU Alumni Foundation Annual Retired Faculty and Staff Dinner. President Waded Cruzado provided a welcome message and Engineers Without Borders mentor Dr. Doug Young, Emeritus Professor of Economics, discussed "Adventures in Retirement--from Montana to Kenya."
Program Listing -- Spring, 2013
April 17, 2013. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. David Quammen, local author, spoke on emerging zoonotic diseases and his new book, "Spillover".
April 3, 2013. Luncheon Series. Connie Welsh, Director of Benefits for the Montana University System, discussed upcoming changes for 2013-2014 in the benefits program for retirees.
March 20, 2013. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. Dr. David Arnon, a local physician, spoke about the health care situation in American and where we are or are not headed.
February 20, 2013. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. Dr. David Klumpar, Research Professor of Physics with the MSU Space Science and Engineering Laboratory, spoke on "Made in Montana by Montana Students: MSU's Earth Orbiting Satellites".
January 16, 2013. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. The speaker was MSU's most recent Rhodes scholar, Joe Thiel, who talked about how one becomes a Rhodes scholar.
Program Listing -- Fall, 2012
Nov. 14, 2012 - Brown Bag Luncheon Series. Dr. John Peters, MSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, "Astrobiology at MSU: from Yellowstone Park's thermal microorganisms to the future of space travel"
October 10, 2012. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. The speaker was Brad Balkin from the Denver office of TIAA-CREF who discussed retirement issues and financing retirement.
September 26, 2012. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. A panel discussion was held which discussed the rights and privileges of MSU retirees as well as the potential for developing phased retirement plans for MSU.
Program Listing -- Spring, 2012
June 20, 2012. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. Dennis Defa, Chief of Human Resources at MSU discussed the role of his office regarding retirees and potential retirees.
May 21, 2012, Annual Retired Faculty and Staff Dinner. President Waded Cruzado provided the welcome message and Ted Williams gave a talk on "Historic American Flags." Sponsored by the MSU Alumni Association.
April 18, 2012, Brown Bag Luncheon Series. Tom Wessel, Emeritus Professor of History, spoke on the subject of "What Historical Consulting Can Do For You". Dr. Wessel was a consultant to the U.S. Dept of Justice on the settling of the recent Indian claims suit.
April 2 2012. Capstone Lecture Series. Denbigh Starkey, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, presented a lecture entitled "The Life and Intelligence of Alan Turing". The lecture honored the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing, the intellectual leader of the Ultra project at Bletchley Park in World War II which broke the German Enigma code and developed the first general purpose electronic computer. ARF co-sponsored the lecture with the Computer Science Department.
March 7, 2012. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. John Holte, FCG, Senior Consultant, Individual Client Services for TIAA-CREF spoke on "Money Matters in Retirement", discussing strategies for the best utilization of different sources of retirement income.
February 16, 2012. Capstone Lecture Series. Cathy Conover, retired VP of Communications and Public Affairs, presented "Hands-on, Active Learning: Six
sessions lobbying in the Montana Legislature." Cathy was the chief spokesperson for MSU during many legislative sessions and her lecture provided insights from her unique perspective on how the legislature works and how the university system presents itself to the legislature.
February 15, 2012. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. New West Health Services representatives presented an update on the company and how recent changes in the company relate to New West's health insurance plans for retired faculty, including the Medicare Advantage Plan.
January 18, 2012. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. Dr. Michelle Meade, Psychology Dept, discussed "The Ageing Brain." emphasizing research that shows that regular mental, physical, and social activities can help maintain a retiree's brain function.
Program Listing -- Fall, 2011
December 7, 2011. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. David Senn, Director, and Will Harmon, Communications Manager, Montana Teachers Retirement System provided an overview of TRS long-term funding.
October 19, 2011. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. The guest speaker was Richard Sabo, MD, retired surgeon and amateur astronomer. He spoke on "Evolution of an Amateur Astronomer", describing how his personal interests in astronomy evolved and reviewing his current work with variable stars.
September 21, 2011. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. The guest speaker was Paul Wylie, retired patent/intellectual property attorney and MSU alumnus. He spoke about his interests in Montana history, most particularly his biography of General Thomas Meagher, first territorial governor of Montana.
Program Listing -- Spring, 2011
May 25, 2011. Retired Faculty Dinner at the MSU Foundation and Alumni Center. Sponsored by the MSU Alumni Association.
May 3, 2011. Help Session on 2011-2012 health insurance options available to retirees through the Montana University System CHOICES program.
Ken Hapner, member of the InterUnits Benefits Committee, and other knowledgeable ARF members, along with several individuals from MSU Human Resources were available to answer questions about the choices of available insurance plans.
April 27, 2011. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. Katrina Monforton, Director of Hospice of Southwest Montana spoke on "Hospice: What you need to know."
April 6, 2011. Capstone Concert as part of the Capstone Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by the Department of Music. Alan Leech, retiring professor of music at MSU gave a bassoon and saxophone concert, accompanied by Karen Leech, also retiring from the MSU music faculty.
March 23, 2011. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. The speaker was Connie Welsh, Director of the Interunits Benefits Committee of the Montana University System who discussed changes in the MUS benefits program (health insurance) for retirees.
February 16, 2011. Ken Hapner, retiree representative on the Inter Units Benefits Committee of the MUS, presented updates on the potential changes in health insurance plans for retirees for next year.
January 18, 2011. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. John Nordwick, the CEO of Bozeman Deaconess Hospital spoke on "National and Local Health Care Issues Related to the Elderly".
Program Listing -- Fall, 2010
December 15, 2010, Brown Bag Luncheon Series. The speaker was Ken Hapner, retiree representative on the MUS Inter Units Benefits Committee (IUBC), who discussed potential changes to the MUS health insurance program for retirees.
November 19, 2010, Brown Bag Luncheon Series. There were three guests present to discuss "Death With Dignity versus Physician Assisted Suicide". The speakers were: Rachel Rockafellow, BSN, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, local columnist and host of the local NPR program "Health Matters" ; Kathryn Borgenicht, MD, Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Medicine, Bozeman Deaconess Hospital; Kathy Jutila, MD, Wheatland Memorial Healthcare.
October 21, 2010. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. The guest speaker was local legislator J.P. Pomnichowski who discussed legislative issues that may affect higher education and the Teachers' Retirement System.
September 15, 2010. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. The speaker was Paul Gammon, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, discussing "The American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, and MSU's Climate Action Plan (Wiki)". More information about the ACUPCC and MSU's commitment may be found at http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/.
Program Listing -- Spring, 2010
May 19, 2010. Retired Faculty Dinner at the MSU Foundation and Alumni Center. Sponsored by the MSU Alumni Association.
April 28, 2010. No host luncheon in the Strand Union Building. Dr. Tom McCoy, Vice President for Research, Creativity, and Technology Transfer, provided an update on how retirees can be involved in research programs, as well as discussing current items of interest involving his office.
April 15, 2010. Dr. Pierce Mullen, Professor Emeritus of History presented his Capstone Lecture in the Byker Auditorium of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building The title of the lecture was "How I Came to Teach, But Stayed to Learn". According to Dr. Mullen, "This lecture is aimed at reviewing changes in my chosen discipline and in me. Colleagues and students taught me far more than I could ever teach them and this is that story".
March 11, 2010. No host luncheon in the Strand Union Building. Lunch was followed by the annual business meeting to elect officers and to discuss programs for the coming year.
February 24, 2010. Dr. Gary Strobel presented his Capstone Lecture in the Plant Bioscience Building. The lecture was titled "The excitement and fascination of biodiscovery". Dr. Strobel is well known internationally and on campus for his many discoveries of fascinating fungi associated with plants from all over the world.
January 20, 2010. No host luncheon, Strand Union Building. Ken Hapner, ARF member and the retiree representative to the Inter Units Benefit Committee (IUBC), the University-wide benefits committee, was the speaker. He discussed the new MAPPS program (Medicare Advantage Program) that was recently instituted. He also discussed the new UrX program, the pharmacy program that was scheduled to begin on July 1, 2010.
Program Listing -- Fall, 2009
December 16, 2009. No host luncheon in the Strand Union Building. Dr. Christiana Stoddard, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics, gave a talk on "Key Issues in Health Care Reform".
November 17, 2009. No host luncheon in the Strand Union Building. Norm Eggert, Retired Professor of Mathematics, spoke about "Volunteer Opportunities in the Community".
October 21, 2009. No-host luncheon at the Strand Union Building. Anne Anderson, TIAA-CREF representative for Montana, spoke on "Withdrawing funds from investment vehicles during retirement. When and how much should you withdraw, including funds in 403bs, Roth and conventional IRAs". Comments on TRS accounts were also included.
October 7, 2009. Dr. Corky Brittan gave the first capstone lecture by a retiring faculty member. It was held at 4 pm in the Museum of the Rockies Taylor Auditorium with a reception following in the Museum's classroom. His talk was titled "Craven Images" or the relationship between the sciences and the humanities. For more information see the program announcement in "MSU Today".
Sept 23, 2009. No-host luncheon at the Strand Union Building. Ken Hapner provided an update on the new pharmacy program that will take effect for all of those on the university health insurance program.
Program Listing -- Spring, 2009
May 19, 2009. Retired Faculty Dinner at the MSU Foundation and Alumni Center.
April 15, 2009. No-host luncheon at the Strand Union Building. Discussion topic: "Protecting your Assets in a Depressed Economy" by Stephen Hample, Certified Financial Planner.
March 18, 2009. No-host luncheon at the Strand Union Building. Don Mathre provided an update on potential changes in the medical benefit programs for MSU retirees.
February 18, 2009. No-host luncheon at the Valley View Golf Club. Bob Lehrkind, a financial representative at D.A. Davidson, discussed financial planning for retirees in the current economic setting.
January 21, 2009. No-host luncheon at the Valley View Golf Club. The table topic for discussion was "How are you handling the current economic situation as a retiree?