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MSU Retiree Association Mission Statement

The MSU Retiree Association (MSURA) informs, connects and advocates for all retirees. All university retirees are included in MSURA when they retire from MSU. MSURA is a non-dues paying organization serving all retired faculty, professional and classified staff and their spouses. All retirees and pre-retirees are welcome and encouraged to participate.

MSURA encourages continued engagement with the University and colleagues by providing opportunities for retirees to gather together through diverse social, cultural, educational and intellectual programs. MSURA also seeks to provide pertinent information for retirees on privileges, finances, benefits, health insurance and pre-retirement planning.

Yes! I want to stay engaged and informed through the MSU Retiree Association

To join the MSU Retiree Association, complete this form Download PDF SIgn Up Form  with your contact information (name, mailing address, email, telephone number, department/program with type of contract you held) by mail or email to Dawn Silva at 1501 So. 11th, Bozeman, MT 59715 or

Upcoming Events & Announcements

Upcoming Events 

Register for all events on the MSU Alumni Foundation Calendar of Events website. All events are at the MSU Alumni Foundation Building Great Room, 2nd floor, 1501 So. 11th Avenue, Bozeman, unless noted elsewhere.

April 2020 - MSU Retiree Health Benefit Options - Doug Young, MSU Retiree Association member, has provided a written overview of retiree health insurance options/alternatives including Medicare Advantage, supplemental plans for retirees age 65+, and plans for those Retirees under 65. It includes instructions on where to gain more information. With the MSU CHOICES re-enrollment fast approaching, this is a very important session to gain additional knowledge on your options. To read the presentation follow this link. To learn current information about Choices follow this link at the Medical Benefits webpage on this website.

April 30, 2020, 5-8 pm - Annual MSU Retiree Dinner featuring Dr. Bill Wyckoff, Professor in Department of Earth Sciences "Riding Shotgun with Norman Wallace; Rephotographing the Arizona Landscape" - MSU Foundation Great Room. Postponed until a later date.

May 9, 2020 William Tietz, former MSU President 1977-1990 - will be awarded his Honorary Doctorate at MSU Commencement Ceremonies in the Fall due to cancellation of Spring in-person ceremonies. The Board of Regents approved this degree on March 6 in Dillon. Click here to read announcement. The MSU Retiree Association Advisory Council submitted the nomination for this honor. MSU Retiree Association is very sad about Bill Tietz' passing on June 11, 2020. Click here to see MSU's tribute to him.

July 7, 2020 Professor Jack Jelinski named Retiree Volunteer of the Year announced by the MSU Alumni Foundation as a part of their 2019-20 Engagement Awards. "Montana State University, in partnership with the MSU Alumni Foundation and the Provost Office, supports and engages retired faculty, professional and classified staff through the MSU Retiree Association. At the heart of this organization is an advisory council composed of retired employees who volunteer their time to reconnect their colleagues to the MSU community.

While there have been several very active members of the advisory council, one member has gone above and beyond. We are pleased to award Dr. Jack Jelinski the MSU Retiree Volunteer of the Year.

Jack is unflinchingly dedicated to MSU's on-going success. He stays engaged with MSU's academic mission and provides valuable insight. Jack is always willing to contribute and does so with enthusiasm and delight. Dr. Jack Jelinski is an invaluable advisory council member of the MSU Retiree Association, and we thank him for being an untiring advocate for MSU retirees."

(Go to Past Programs page for previous year's program descriptions, pictures, award winners)


The MSURA is operated by a volunteer Advisory Council and decisions are made by consensus. The Advisory Council consists of retiree volunteers who meet monthly. There are 4 committees: Program, Communications, Finance, Health Benefits and any retiree can serve on a committee and/or Advisory Council. The Advisory Council welcomes the participation of retired faculty, professional and classified staff. Organization administrative support is provided by the MSU Alumni Foundation, whose staff also facilitates MSURA's outreach activities. Budget support comes from the MSU Provost, the MSU Alumni Foundation and the Retiree Fund held at the Alumni Foundation.

Advisory Council Members

Joann Amend, Retired Classified Faculty Council
Ken Bowers, Retired Emeritus Faculty Dept of Mathematical Sciences
Jerry Coffey, Retired Emeritus Faculty Dept of English
Kathy Hansen Crawford, Retired Emeritus Faculty Dept of Earth Sciences
Jack Jelinski, Retired Emeritus Faculty Spanish Dept of Modern Languages; Faculty Council Rep
Bob Lashaway, Retired Professional University Services; Alumni Engagement Advisory Board Rep
Hashem Nehrir, Retired Emeritus Faculty, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kim Rehm, Retired Professional Extended University, ADVANCE 
Pat Simmons, Retired Professional Information Technology Center
Linda Wyckoff, Retired Professional Museum of the Rockies, College of Engineering, MSU Libraries

Liaison Representatives:

MSU Human Resources Liaison-Jeannette GreyGilbert, Chief Human Resources Officer
MSU Alumni Foundation Liaison-Kerry Hanson, VP Alumni & Engagement and Naomi Schadt, Program Assistant for Alumni Engagement
MSU Provost Office Liaison-Julie Heard, Assistant to the Provost

MSU Retiree Advisory Council with President Cruzado at Annual Dinner May 2019
 Advisory Council members with President Cruzado at Annual Dinner May, 2019
Left to Right: Kathy, Dawn, Jerry, Ken, Joann, Hashem, Jack, Waded, Bob, Linda, Kerry, Pat

Advisory Council Holiday Social 2019
Advisory Council members at Holiday Social, December, 2019
Left to Right: Pat, Jerry, Hashem, Linda, Bob, Kim, Kathy, Dawn, Jack, Joann

MSU Retiree Association Donations

To assist in the basic expenses of our events, the Association is now seeking donations to continue to provide quality information and programming to retirees. To donate go to MSU Alumni Foundation's donate page for the MSU Retiree Association.

For more information on the organization, please contact Naomi Schadt, our administrative support person at