Past Program Listing
Past Program Listing Below - See MSU Retiree Association and its list of Upcoming Events
January 14, 2020 - 10:00-11:00 AM - Kerry Hanson, Vice President Alumni Engagement, MSU Alumni Foundation "A fun morning with stories about MSU’s history and traditions." (includes coffee and goodies - come early and stay after)
February 12, 2020, 12:00-1:30 - Dr. Kristin Intemann, Professor in Department of History
& Philosophy "Calling the B.S.: from fake news to vaccines; how do we know what to
believe" (includes socializing after presentation)
March 10, 2020, 12:00-1:30 - Dr. Walter Fleming, Professor in Department of Native American Studies "Pow Wow 101 - Heart Beats and Drum Beats" (includes socializing after presentation)
December 5, 2019 - 4:00-6-00 - Holiday Social in the Great Room - Pictures of all the fun we had:
November 5, Dr. Bridget Kevane, Professor & LaTrelle Scherffius, Instructor in Department of Modern Languages & Literature along with the several students who went to the Souther Border. "Finding the Truth About the Southern Border"
October 9, Dr. Karl Birkeland, MSU Adjunct Assistant Professor Geography and Avalance Scientist with the US Forest Service and National Avalanche Center - "Danger: Avalanches!!"
September 11, Dr. Bruce Maxwell, MSU Professor of Applied Plant Ecology/Agroecology in Department of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences - "Weeds, Whites, Wines and Climate Change"
Tuesday through Thursday, June 4-6, Small Town Ventures in Central Montana, co-sponsored by MSU Wonderlust
Monday through Wednesday, July 8-10, Remote Southwest Montana: Centennial Valley and Red Rocks Lakes National Wildlife Refuge co-sponsored by MSU Wonderlust
Tuesday, May 7, Annual Retiree Dinner with President Waded Cruzado as featured speaker
Monday, April 15, Retiree Health Insurance with Dr. Doug Young, Dr. Ken Hapner, and other insurance representatives.
Thursday, March 14, From Horseback to Spaceflight with MSU Research Professor, Physics Department Emeritus Dr. Loren Acton.
Tuesday, February 12, 3:00-5:00. Terroir and the Geology of Wine with MSU Professor Dr. Dave Lageson, Earth Sciences Department, including Wine Tasting.
Wednesday, January 16. Memory & Aging with MSU Professor Dr. Michelle Meade, Psychology Department.
Advisory Council Members win awards
Jerry Coffey Distinguished Faculty Award College Letters-Sciences & with son, daughter
Pat Simmons 5th from left Retiree of the Year with Alumni Engagement Award winners 2019
This year, receiving the Blue & Gold Award, the highest award recognition from MSU, honors individuals who have rendered great lifetime service or who have brought national or international distinction to MSU achieving prominence in profession, family, country, world, university, philanthropy or humanity.
- Corky Brittan - Ret. History & Philosophy Professor
- Jack Stonnell – Ret. Film & Photography Professor
- Jack Hyyppa – Ret. Film & Photography Professor
- David Cameron – Ret. Biology Professor
Receiving Distinguished Faculty, recognizing a faculty member for having distinguished herself or himself by meritorious service to his or her college in areas of teaching, research, leadership, achievement, mentoring, and outreach.
- Gary Brester, Ag – Ret. Economics Professor
- Jerry Coffey, Letters and Science – Ret. English/Linguistics Professor
- Ralph Zimmer, Engineering – Ret. Civil Engineering Professor
Receiving Honorary Alumni Award recognizin a non-alumnus(a) whose extraordinary service has advanced the university and made significant and lasting contributions to the campus. The honoree’s professional, personal, civic and philanthropic pursuits must reflect the high standards and values associated with Montana State University.
- Kay Chafey (from Honors) – Ret. Nursing Professor
- Richard Helzer (from Arts & Architecture) – Ret. Professor of Art
- Jack Riesselman (from Ag) – Ret. Professor of Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology
Receiving the Alumni Achievement Award, the criteria for which include recognizing an MSU graduate who has (1) distinguished professional achievement; (2) an outstanding record of service to the community; and/or (3) exemplary service to Montana State University.
- Jim Sargent (from Ag) – Ret. Extension Faculty
And receiving the MSU Retiree Volunteer of the Year is Pat Simmons. This award is presented by the MSU Alumni Foundation and recognizes the selfless work of volunteers and leaders of volunteer boards and councils.
Thursday, December 6, 2018. MSU Retiree Association Holiday Social.
November 16, 2018. MSU Library Archives Tour & Greater Yellowstone Coalition Papers Presentation. Wonderlust collaboration.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018. American Computer & Robotics Museum Tour.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Jim Dolan Studio Tour.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Summer Tour of Butte.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Annual Dinner. Presentation by Dr. Robert Rydell, MSU Professor of History & Philosophy, Director of the American Studies Program, Co-Director of the Center for Western Lands and Peoples.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Brown Bag Seminar Series. Panel on Retiree Health Insurance Options with Doug Young, MSU Retiree Association and Inter-Units Benefits Committee member.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Brown Bag Seminar Series. Presentation on Estate Planning by Kristin Bailey, Kristin L. Bailey Law Practice. Kristin will share important concepts and methods to help individuals and families achieve peace of mind and avoid unnecessary future conflict. She will discuss wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance medical directives.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Brown Bag Seminar Series. Presentation by Mark Fiege, Wallace Stegner Chair in Western American Studies.Professor Fiege will discuss the role the “environment” has played in determining the outcome of key moments in American history.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Brown Bag Seminar Series. Presentation on the Ivan Doig Archives by Jan Zauha, Outreach Librarian, MSU Library.
Program Listing-Fall, 2017
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 of Shakespeare in the Parks 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", a curated collection in the MSU library of over 2500 recordings of species and environments from throughout the Western United States.
Program Listing-Spring, 2017
May 16, 2017. MSU Retiree Association Annual Dinner. The keynote presentation was by Dr. Geoff Gamble, MSU President Emeritus.
April 18, 2017. Lunch and Learn Presentation. HEALTH INSURANCE -- Doug Young, a 2010 retiree and a member of the MSU Retiree Association facilitated a discussion with a Medicare navigator and an ACA Marketplace specialist on the various health insurance options available to retirees.
March 23, 2017. The MSU Retiree Association and the MSU Alumni Foundation hosted a Lunch and Learn Presentation. Leon Costello, the MSU Director of Athletics, discussed Bobcat Athletics, including student-athlete highlights and a vision for the future.
January 11, 2017. New Year Social, held at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, to celebrate the new year and learn about upcoming events in 2017.
Program Listing-Fall, 2016
November 15, 2016. The MSU Retiree Association and the MSU Alumni Foundation hosted
a Lunch and Learn presentation entitled: MUS Health Care Re-enrollment--A Retiree's Perspective. This presentation covered the complexities and various offerings of Medicare coverage
available in the public marketplace. The speaker was Peggy Tombre from the State
Health Insurance Program (SHIP) and there was a panel that included three retired
professors who have served on the MUS Interunits Benefits Committee. The program
was dedicated to helping retirees with the public Medicare marketplace, neither MUS
programs nor MUS Choices wiere discussed.
October 18,2016. The MSU Retiree Association and the MSU Alumni Foundation hosted a Lunch and Learn presentation by Bob Lashaway, retired Vice President of University Services, on "Major Changes to the Physical Environment of MSU Over the Past 25 Years"
September 27, 2016. The MSU Retiree Association and the MSU Alumni Foundation presented Lunch and Learn: "Right Brain/Left Brain Language". Dr. John Miller and Dr. Jerry Coffey presented this seminar on the basic physiological structure of the brain and how to maintain brain health as one ages .
Program Listing-Spring, 2016
May 11, 2015. Annual Retired Faculty and Staff Dinner, sponsored by the MSU Alumni Foundation. The keynote presentation was by MSU professor Seth Walk on "The Human Microbiome; Recent Discoveries".
May 10, 2015. "Informational Session on Health Insurance Alternatives for MSU Retirees" Topics and guests included: Changes in the Montana University System Choices and MAP Insurance Plans for 2016-2017, Doug Young, Professor Emeritus of Economics and member of the MUS Inter Units Benefits Committee; Medicare Insurance Choices, John Hoffland and Peggy Tombre from the Rocky Mountain Development Council; Enrollments in Marketplace Insurance and Montana Medicaid, Beth Renick, Certified Application Counselor for Community Health Partners.
April 6, 2016. Don Mathre, Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology and active member of the Gallatin Gardeners Club, gave a presentation on "Gardening in the Gallatin Valley, what things you need to do, and varieties you need to plant to be successful".
April 1, 2015. Retirees were invited to a talk at the American Computer and Robotics Museum. George Keremedjiev, Director of the museum gave a talk on, and a tour of, their upcoming exhibit, Hacking Hitler’s Code.
Program Listing-Fall, 2015
December 1, 2015. Meeting to Discuss Mid-year Reduction in Health Insurance Benefits and an Increase in Premiums. Speakers included: Connie Welch, Director of the MUS Benefits Office; Doug Young, retiree representative on the InterUnits Benefit Committee; Ken Hapner, past member of the IUBC ; Dianne Dolan, local SHIP counselor; and Lisa Buss of the MSU Benefits Office.
Program Listing-Spring, 2015
May 18, 2015. Annual Retired Faculty and Staff Dinner, sponsored by the MSU Alumni Association. The keynote presentation was provided by Dede Taylor, retired MSU Professor and art historian. Her talk was entitled "Woman in Gold: Gustav Klimt's painting in the context of fin de siecle Vienna".
April 21, 2015. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. This meeting was a follow-up to the Montana University System presentations the previous week and focused on health insurance options available outside of the university system. The program was presented by Ken Hapner, an ARF member who has experience with health insurance choices, and Diane Dolan, Agency on Aging Information and Assistance / SHIP who provides information and assistance to the general public on health insurance and medicare.
March 17, 2015. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. The program was provided by Jared Hauskins,Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments and Jeff King, retired Financial Planner, on "Taking your Money Out: Tax Efficient Withdrawal Strategies, Making your Retirement Funds Last a Lifetime and Leaving a Legacy.”
January 20, 2015. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. Dr. Martin Tientze, Director of the MSU WWAMI Medical Education Program presented a talk "Update on the MSU WWAMI Medical Education Program: Changes and Directions”.
Program Listing-Fall, 2014
November 18, 2014. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. Renee Reijo Pera, MSU Vice President for Research, provided a presentation on “Research at MSU: Applications in health, energy, agriculture, and beyond”.
September 25, 2014. Recent Retiree Reception. Retirees who had left MSU service in the last two years were honored by the Association of Retired Faculty. Entertainment was provided by Distinguished University Professor Greg Keeler, a recent retiree.
Program Listing-Spring, 2014
May 28, 2014. Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Discussion included a proposal for an Emeritus College and a preview of the annual report.
May 19, 2014. MSU Alumni Association Annual Retired Faculty and Staff Dinner. The keynote address was provided by Eric Funk, Professor of Music.
April 23, 2014. Brown Bag Luncheon Series. Ken Hapner, Emeritus Professor, and Laura Underkoflerfrom MSU Human Resources provided an update on the health insurance situation for MUS retirees including upcoming changes for the 2014-2015 plan year and enrollment procedures.
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 MSUdiscussed 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)".
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.
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?