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(UIRA TRAVEL PHOTO CONTEST--click here for complete details)

Visit here OFTEN for a summary of News & Announcments specific to UI Retirees. Read the Gray Hawk Newsletter for full articles and more news. Select any title below for details or click Top of List to scroll through the articles.

UIRA Will Be Observing its 20th Anniversary (Nov, 2014)
Second Annual Travel Photo Contest Invites Entries (Nov, 2014)
UIRA Board to Establish Awards Program (Nov, 2014)
Survey of UIRA Members On Their Contributions to the UI as Volunteers (Oct, 2014)
A Message From Our New President (Sept, 2014)
Beverly Robalino Replaces Departing Roy Justis as President Elect (Sept, 2014)
Travel Photo Contest Enters Second Year (Sept, 2014)
UIRA Represented at Big Ten Retirees & AROHE (Sept, 2014)
Gray Hawk Editor, Webmaster and Archivist Wanted for UIRA (May, 2014)
Gray Hawk Plans to Drop Paper Version (March, 2014)
New UIRA Officers Nominated (March, 2014)
UI's Iowa Now Offers News/Info at No Charge (March, 2014)
Elder Services Offers Help (March, 2014)
Hospital Greeters Needed (Feb Gray Hawk, 2014)
Sign Up For New Study on Cognitive Disease (Feb Gary Hawk, 2014)
UI Library Thrives With Renovation (Feb Gray Hawk, 2014)
New Report Compiles Data On Iowa Health (Feb Gray Hawk, 2014)
U of Iowa is a Member of AROHE (Jan, 2014)
Saunders Announces Health Insurance Benefits for 2014 (Oct, 2013)
UIRA's Inaugural 2013-14 Travel Photo Contest (June, 2013)
Event Photos Now Available Online (April, 2013)
Recent Website Changes (Feb, 2013)
2013 Charitable IRA Rolller (Feb, 2013)
Volunteer to Preserve History (Jan, 2013)
Register for Preventive Intervention Center Research (Nov, 2012)
Volunteer at the Shelter House Deli (Sept, 2012)
Change in Long Term Care Insurance Provider (June, 2012)
Group Exercise Classes Available at CRWC (June, 2012)
Use Perks for Retirees (April, 2012)
Star Registry (March, 2012)
Associate Membership (March, 2012)
Let Us Know If You Move, or Change Email or Phone No. (November, 2011)

UIRA Will Be Observing Its 20th Anniversary (Nov, 2014)

UIRA WILL BE OBSERVING the twentieth anniversary of its founding during the coming year. The association came into being October 19, 1995, with the adoption of bylaws which stated as its purpose “to facilitate support of the University of Iowa by retired faculty and staff members and to promote the interests and welfare of those retirees.” UIRA’s first president was Arthur Canter, a retired clinical psychiatrist and professor emeritus of psychiatry. Canter, 93, and wife Miriam have lived in Iowa City for more than 50 years. Both were students at UI, where he completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and was invited to join the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine.

Second Annual Travel Photo Contest Invites Entries: (Nov, 2014)

Second Annual Travel Photo Contest Invites Entries;
Rules Similar to Last Year with December 31 Deadline

The deadline for submitting entries in UIRA’s second annual Travel Photo Contest is December 31, 2014.

Rules are much the same as the past year. Photos must be submitted in digital format and will be judged on originality, creativity and photo quality. There is no entry fee. Current UIRA members are eligible to participate. Entrants may submit no more than three photos in one or more of the three categories. The three categories are photos taken (1) in the state of Iowa; (2) in the USA outside Iowa; and (3) outside the USA.

Send contest photos to: uira.photo.contest@gmail.com

Photos taken over the past two years can be entered. When submitting photos, an entrant must include (1) his/her name, (2) email address, (3) number of photos submitted, (4) category in which each photo is to be judged and (5) brief captions for each photo (or group of photos).

Complete contest details are posted at: www.uiowa.edu/~uira/pdf/travel-photo-contest.pdf.

Winners of the contest will receive cash awards. This year’s contest is being sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company. Last year’s winning photos can be found at: uira.shutterfly.com/pictures/396#396.

UIRA Board Approves Establishing an Awards Program (Nov, 2014)

UIRA Board Approves Establishing an Awards Program
For Outstanding Contributions to Community, University

The UIRA Board voted unanimously at its monthly meeting October 14 to establish an awards program that annually will recognize two UIRA members for outstanding voluntary service—one for contributions to the community and another for contributions to the University. The program has three purposes: (1) to recognize UIRA members for their service; (2) to draw attention to contributions that retirees make; and (3) to encourage retirees to offer their talents and skills in ways that benefit the community and University.

Details of the awards are still being worked out by the Board, though an outline of the program is emerging. To be eligible, nominees must be retired for at least two years. Any UIRA member may nominate a UIRA member, including him/herself. Award recipients will be announced at the annual spring business meeting. The Board will appoint a five-person selection committee comprised of two staff, two faculty members and the UIRA president. Deadline for submitting nominations to the UIRA president has been set for January 31, 2015.

Watch The Gray Hawk and email for further details.

Survey of UIRA Members on Their Contributions to the UI as Volunteers (Oct, 2014)

The UIRA recently conducted a survey that asked what, if anything, members have done in the past, or are doing, for the UI as retirees. The results showed an astonishing variety of volunteer activities, which vitally assist the UI in its missions. Our findings have been transmitted to all administrators in the University, to remind them of our continuing value and to encourage administrators to seek us out.

Please click here to view (a) the letter sent to administrators, that includes an invitation to advertise volunteer openings with us, and click here to view (b) a table of survey results listing our volunteer activities.

A Message From Our President (Sept, 2014)

A Remarkable Tribe Called Retirees—and How to Join

It’s late August, and I’ve just returned from five days of remarkable meetings attended by remarkable people from all over the country. They’re part of an emerging tribe I joined a few years ago. We’re called retirees. That means it’s time for life’s encore.

Welcome to the expanding world of retirees in higher education.

First there was the annual Big Ten Retirees Associations Conference. There were a few musings about Big Ten football, but the focus was on the serious business of retiring and retirees’ relationships to their institutions. That was a warm-up to the larger 7th Biennial Conference of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE), also held on the University of Minnesota campus. AROHE’s theme was building connections.

Relationships and building connections—those thoughts are still bouncing around in my mind as I contemplate the year ahead for our Retirees Association. Our organization has come a long way since it was founded two decades ago by our perceptive predecessors. Based on my observations in Minnesota, we still have a long way to go in building relationships with the university and contributing to our own well-being as well as that of our community.

We hope you take this opportunity to become acquainted with UIRA as a first-time member or, if you’re already a member, to renew your membership (see form accompanying this newsletter). It will be a good way to build new relationships and connections—and, as I’ve discovered, to be around remarkable people.
--Ken Starck, UIRA President

Beverly Robalino Replaces Departing Roy Justis as President-Elect (Sept, 2014)

Beverly Robalino will step in as UIRA’s President-Elect with the resignation July 4 of Roy Justis who notified UIRA officials that he and his wife, Rita, are moving from Iowa City to Cedar Falls. The UIRA Board approved a recommendation from President Ken Starck to appoint Robalino to the position. This was in accord with UIRA Bylaws for filling unexpired terms (see Section 3, Vacancies). Robalino had been on the short list of candidates compiled by the Nominations Committee. See the Biographies web page for more about Beverly Robalino.

Travel Photo Contest Enters Second Year (Sept, 2014)

UIRA’s Travel Photo Contest, inaugurated last year and attracting more than 50 entries, will continue for the second year. Most of the rules remain unchanged.

There will be three categories: photos taken (1) in the state of Iowa; (2) in the USA outside Iowa and (3) outside the USA. Prizes will be awarded in each category. Entrants may submit no more than three photos in one or more of the three categories. There is no entry fee. Current UIRA members are eligible to participate. The deadline to submit entries is December 31. Photos must be submitted in digital format and will be judged on originality, creativity and photo quality. Photos taken over the past two years can be entered. Complete contest details.

To see winning photos in the 2013 contest, go to the UIRA website at this link:
uira.shutterfly.com/pictures/396#396.

UIRA Represented at Big Ten, AROHE Meetings (Sept, 2014)

UIRA President Ken Starck attended the annual Big Ten Retirees Associations Conference August 8-10 followed by the biennial conference of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE) August 10-12 at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

A photo report of the two conferences with quite a bit of detail in the captions can be found at the UIRA’s website at: uira.shutterfly.com/pictures/433.

The University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA) served as host to the meetings. Purpose of both conferences is to share ideas and address retiree-related issues, from preparation for retirement to retirees as a community/university resource, from health to institutional support.

Registered for the Big Ten Conference were a total of 54 persons: 49 representatives from all Big Ten universities (that includes 27 from host UMRA) except for new Big Ten members Rutgers and Maryland and 5 special guests.

Registered for the AROHE Conference were about 110 persons from more than 30 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Also attending the AROHE meetings was Ken Kuntz, president of the UI’s Emeritus Faculty Council and past president of UIRA (2011-12).

The next Big Ten meeting will take place August 14-16, 2015, at Michigan State University, East Lansing. The 2016 AROHE Conference will take place at the University of Washington, Seattle.

A popular event at the Big Ten Conference is a session on “best practices.” Takeaway tips included: creating a website for interest groups; offering lifetime memberships (at Ohio State the cost is $250); establishing awards for service that can go to individuals or institutional units; sponsoring a reception for new retirees; organizing a group book reading and discussion; and instituting a travel photo contest (the latter suggestion from the UIRA).

Gray Hawk Editor, Webmaster and Archvist Wanted for UIRA (May, 2014)

Opportunities abound to contribute to UIRA and the welfare of its members. Here are three expected openings: Gray Hawk Editor, Webmaster and Archivist. If you have the interest and the expertise—the former taking precedence over the latter—please inform Ken Starck (Kenneth-Starck@uiowa.edu) or one of the UIRA Board members. Compensation is comparable to other purely voluntary positions, which means that satisfaction and goodwill can be rewarding parts of one’s retirement package.)

Gray Hawk Plans to Drop Paper Version (March, 2014)

Beginning with the September 2014 edition, The Gray Hawk will be delivered to UIRA members only electronically. The UIRA Board at its meeting February 11 voted to discontinue publication and distribution of the paper version of the newsletter. The consensus of the Board was that the electronic-only version will not only be more economical but also result in speedier delivery. The annual cost of The Gray Hawk is about $1,800, including paper, addressing and postage. An additional major benefit to electronic production and distribution is flexibility in size (more pages) and content (photographs, color, special effects, etc.). Please send any comments to Dick Johns, using e-mail (rjohns@q.com), postal service (2731 Oakmont Ct., Coralville, IA 52241, or phone 319 354-1904)

New UIRA Officers Nominated (March, 2014)

The following are those who have been selected by the Nominating Committee. The Committee was chaired by Charlie Anderson.

The list will be presented at the Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon on April 24.

A reminder that other nominees for each position may be introduced by any attendee at the meeting. They will then be added to the slate.

Nominees:

1. President-Elect Roy Justis
2. Secretary Alice Atkinson
3. Board Member-at-Large Pamela Willard
4. Board Member-at-Large Richard Borchard

UI's Iowa Now Offers News/Info At No Charge (March, 2014)

Here’s a no-cost way to keep up with UI events: Subscribe to Iowa Now
at email.now.uiowa.edu/

Produced and distributed electronically each weekday by University Communication and Marketing, the website carries news and announcements under the headings of Arts, Athletics, Campus, Community, Health and Research. Each day’s announcements offer a summary of the Top News. There is no cost to subscribe or unsubscribe.

Elder Services Offers Help (March, 2014)

Elder Services Inc. may be the organization you need to provide assistance or a volunteer opportunity – or that a friend needs. Founded in 1980, “Elder Services, Inc. (ESI) provides programs, services, and resources to assist persons age 60 and over in Johnson County and east central Iowa to stay active, independent, and safe in their homes.”

Elder Services Inc. provides a wide range of services and assistance, including geriatric assessment, coordination of volunteer services, RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), Meals on Wheels, Nutrition services (including Meals on Wheels and the Elderberry Café), Elder Answers, Medicare Senior Health Insurance Initiatives, bill paying management, medical transportation, home assistance, and care coordination.

Please phone Elder Services Inc. at 319-338-0515 or see their webpage
www.elderservicesinc.com for a more complete description and contact information.

U of Iowa is a Member of AROHE (Jan, 2014)

The University of Iowa is a member of an international organization of retirees in higher education. Its acronym is AROHE—Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education. The UI Provost’s office provides payment of dues. Check out AROHE at www.arohe.org

Saunders Announces Health Insurance benefits for 2014 (Oct, 2013)

According to a statement from Richard Saunders, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, there is no change in the rates or the plan design for UI Choice for 2014. There is also no change in the rates for Dental II for 2014. The limit for care provided under Parts B & C will increase from $1500 to $2000 for 2014.

Retirees without Medicare will be eligible for the new plans coming out under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They should look for information concerning the new Exchange Marketplace, where these plans will be offered. In some cases they may be eligible for a government subsidy to help offset the premium cost. Compare carefully before making your decision, since if a person leaves the University of Iowa's health and/or dental plans, they can never return.

Retirees with Medicare will not be able to participate in the Exchange Marketplace, since these new plans do not coordinate with Medicare. The retiree with Medicare will not be eligible for any subsidies from the government towards the cost of the health plans.

UIRA's Inaugural 2013-14 Travel Photo Contest (June, 2013)

Camera enthusiasts, enter your prize (or best?) images in the UIRA's inaugural 2013-14 Travel Photo Contest.

A few details: Eligibility? Current UIRA members, excluding UIRA officers. Entry fee? None.

Entry categories? Three photos taken:

  • (1) in the state of Iowa;
  • (2) in the USA but outside Iowa; and
  • (3) outside the USA.

Prizes? Yes, plus top photos to be displayed on the UIRA website.

Submission? Digital format.

Judging criteria? Originality, Creativity, Photo Quality.

Entry period? Each year—Jan. 1 to Dec. 31

Click here for complete details.

Event Photos Now Available Online (April, 2013)

Check UIRA's website. Go to www.uiowa.edu/~uira/ and click on “Photo Gallery” in the far left column.

That will take you to a series of albums at a site called Shutterfly. Shutterfly serves as the host site for the UIRA albums. The main heading is UI Retirees Association. Click on the album/event you'd like to view. Or you can go from “Home” to ”Pictures & Videos” and see the albums one after another. (By the way, there are no videos on the UIRA site.)

Here's a list of the album/events currently at the site:

  • Learning about water—especially when there's too much (3-6-13)
  • Retirees tackle UI football facilities 101 (2-28-13)
  • Retirees learn about "Alien Worlds" at meeting Jan. 17, 2013
  • “Innovations for the Next Decade:” AROHE's 10th Anniversary Conference (a report on the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education)
  • Participating in the 10th annual meeting of the Big Ten Retirees Association
  • Touring Historic Johnson County Courthouse Sept. 27, 2012
  • Meeting Nov. 15, 2012, to Discuss UI Health Care Benefits
    - Ken Starck, Director.

Recent Website Changes (Feb, 2013)

A few months ago at a UIRA Board meeting, someone commented—and I paraphrase: “We've got to become more active.” He was referring to our UIRA organization and members....That led to development of a brochure encapsulating the UIRA story. Once the brochure was designed and copies reproduced, someone suggested putting it on the UIRA website. You'll find it at UIRA's Homepage (www.uiowa.edu/~uira ). Click on “UIRA: A Quick Take—Printable Brochure.”...How about a Photo Gallery? ... Click here to read complete article.

2013 Charitable IRA Rollover (Feb, 2013)

Congress recently extended legislation that allows seniors who are 70 ½ or older to make tax-free gifts directly from their IRAs to qualified charities through the end of 2013. This “charitable IRA rollover” provision was part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. It permits distributions of up to $100,000 from an IRA to a qualified charity in 2013. The IRA owner does not report the distribution as taxable income, nor does the owner claim a tax deduction for the gift. The effect will be a “tax wash”. The distribution to charity will count towards the owner’s annual required minimum distribution. Click here for more information about this legislation including who to contact.

Volunteer to Preserve History (Jan, 2013)

DIY History: Your chance to help preserve Iowa history:
About the project: UI Libraries’ digital collection includes hundreds of thousands of items—far more than library staff could ever catalog alone. We need your help in converting these documents into a format people can use. Click here for complete article.

Register for Preventive Intervention Center Research (Nov, 2012)

The University of Iowa College of Public Health, Preventive Intervention Center (PIC) researchers are currently inviting participants aged 18 and older to enroll in the Preventive Intervention Center Volunteer Research Registry. The purpose of the Registry is to collect basic information on specific areas of research interest which we may use to contact potential participants for future clinical studies.

For more information and to enroll, please go directly to the online Preventive Intervention Center website: www.picstudies.com If you wish to enroll offline, please contact a PIC research staff member at toll free: 1-800-887-6917 or local: 384-5048
or e-mail: cph-picstudies@uiowa.edu

Volunteer at the Shelter House Deli (Sept 2012)

Culinary Starts, a Shelter House culinary training and catering program, operates a deli in the University Services Building (USB) Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. They need a daily volunteer for each 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. shift to provide support during the lunch period. If you are interested, please e-mail Caitlin at volunteer@shelterhouseiowa.org or call her at 338-5416 ext. 241.

Change in Long Term Care Insurance Provider (June 2012)

The University Benefits office has announced that Genworth Financial Long Term Care Insurance is replacing John Hancock Insurance as the University's Long Term Care provider. The initial Genworth enrollment date will be announced when the final contract is signed (anticipated by June 30). To enroll with Genworth, those 65 or older will have to answer medical questions.

This change resulted from John Hancock’s notification that it would no longer accept new applications from our faculty and staff effective January 1, 2012. If you are currently enrolled in John Hancock you may stay with John Hancock, though that insurer’s rates will be going up an average of 28%, effective November 1, 2012. If you choose to leave John Hancock, you will still retain accrued long term care benefits. You may contact John Hancock for information on your current coverage.

Group Exercise Classes Available at CRWC (June 2012)

A membership in the University of Iowa Recreational Services is available to us as retirees, and group exercise classes at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center are also included in your membership. A membership provides access to all recreation facilities on campus, including the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center (CRWC), Field House, Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex (HTRC), Fitness East and the Recreation Building. Once inside, most activities, including swimming, fitness, rock climbing, racquetball, basketball, volleyball, and Group Exercise classes are included with the membership. Beyond access to all recreation facilities on campus, members also receive discounts on program registration (including Lesson Programs, Rowing, Tennis Programs, Aquatics and Adventure Trips), and reduced tennis court fees.

Also, a qualified UI Faculty/Staff member or UI Retiree may sponsor one adult at the same rate as the sponsoring member. The adult must reside in the same household as the sponsoring member. A yearly Membership is $310; 4 months membership is $155; monthly membership is $47 and daily drop-in fee is $7.

For more information and other perks available to UI Retirees visit Perks and Discounts for Retirees on the navigation panel on the left.

Use Perks for Retirees (April 2012)

Did you know that your HawkID remains active after you become a UI retiree? Even if you do not use the University email system, you may continue to use your
firstname-lastname@uiowa.edu e-mail address. In addition, you are eligible for discounts on computer purchases through the ITS Computer Purchase Program and for discounts on Microsoft software covered under the Home Use Program of the campus agreement; and you have access to the ITC computer labs on campus and the UI Wireless network using your HawkID and password. For more detailed information, select Perks & Discounts for Retirees and scroll down to “ITS Services for University of Iowa Retirees”.

STAR Registry (March 2011)

The STAR Registry is a database of Iowans over age 50 who are interested in volunteering for University of Iowa research studies (compensation is generally provided). Older adults are typically under-represented in scientific research, making study results less helpful to the older population. Read more and sign up at
www.centeronaging.uiowa.edu/star.shtml .

Associate Membership (March 2011)

Associate Membership (non-voting, non-office holding) is open to those who have present or previous ties to the University. Individuals may become members upon submission of the Membership Form and payment of dues of $10.

Let Us Know If You Move, or Change E-mail or Phone No. (Nov 2011)

Have you moved, or do you have a new e-mail address or phone number? The UIRA needs your help in keeping your postal and e-mail addresses and phone number current so we can keep you informed of program announcements and other relevant information. If you have moved or changed e-mail addresses or phone numbers, please notify the UIRA Membership Chair, Ruth Dawson, by regular mail at 2601 Hickory Trail, Iowa City, IA 52245 or by e-mail at rdawson@inav.net.

 

 


 

 
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