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June 3, 2021: UMEEA Annual Meeting Summary

UMEEA Chair, Frank Alt, convened the annual meeting at 1:00 PM on June 3, 2021. He began his report by recounting the vision and mission of the UMEEA by listing five salient objectives:  (1) to stay connected with the University and other UMEEA members; (2) to draw upon member’s experience and knowledge to support the teaching, research and outreach mission of the University; (3) to act as a focal point for social interaction, intellectual exchange, and the cultural enrichment of its members; (4) to offer a range of programs on topics of interest to the community; (5) to provide information of concern to emeritus/emerita faculty members.

Currently, there are over 880 emeritus/emerita faculty members in the UMD community and 141 members of UMEEA. Frank invited all emeritus/a faculty to join UMEEA by going to: https//go.umd.edu/UMEEAmembership.  Dues are not required but donations to the association are much appreciated.  To give go to: https//go.umd.edu/give2UMEEA.  Frank reported that UMEEA has slightly over $2300.00 in its coffers.

UMEEA presented six programs over the past year, including today’s presentation on Managing the Quality of Aging – Decisions Around Housing, Health and Family Location. The Steering Committee also arranged for a conversation with President Pines in September of 2020 to discuss opportunities for emeriti faculty members to contribute to campus activities.  [For a full description of each of the 2020/21 events go to the UMEEA Events web page: https://umeea.org/events/]

There are eight elected members serving on the UMEEA Steering Committee (SC).  The continuing members for 2021/2022 are: Elaine Anderson, Maurine Beasley, Robert Dorfman, Gerald Miller, and David Segal.  Three members completing their terms this spring will be leaving the SC: Frank Alt, Arthur Popper, and Carlen Ruschoff.  Ex Officio members are Peter Wolfe, the University Senate Senator (re-elected to a second one-year term by the UMD Emeritus and Emerita faculty members this spring), and Laura Rosenthal, Executive Director, Office of Faculty Affairs. Michele Frazier serves as the association’s Administrator. Frank extended his utmost gratitude to Ellin Scholnick, former SC member, for serving as Program Committee Chair.

Action items:

Call for Steering Committee candidates! Frank called for interested individuals to run for the three vacant seats on the Steering Committee.  Successful candidates are expected to attend monthly meetings (most virtual, in person when possible) and participate in UMEEA activities.  Those interested in running for office may self-nominate or you may nominate others. To be included on the next ballot, nominations must be submitted by June 21, 2021: https//go.umd.edu/UMEEASCnominations.

Feedback needed:  Help us help Campus! A topic that has been raised at previous meetings and discussed is how emeriti faculty members can contribute to the University.  The SC has discussed collecting information on skills and interests from our community, but the question is, how would we make this information available to chairs, deans, administrators, and faculty?   To research the question, Art Popper, David Segal and Elaine Anderson were tasked to investigate the feasibility of creating a database that could be searched to quickly match emeriti faculty members with campus needs.  The SC would like to hear from retired faculty members as to whether they would participate in this endeavor and thoughts on the workability of such a project.  Please send your comments to Frank Alt, falt@umd.edu by noon on June 21, 2021.  We thank you for your input!

The SC members expressed their deepest appreciation to Frank Alt for leading the SC through such a difficult year.

June 2021: Managing the Quality of Aging – Decisions Around Housing, Health and Family Location

Many of the decisions about the quality of aging are within your control: where to live, type of medical care, how to manage your money and proximity to your family. The challenge is the many unknowns and changes. The positive aging field addresses these issues using a decision framework and methods to identify your unique interests followed by methods to learn more and make decisions. Jim Sanders, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Smith School of Business, provided an informative session on an approach to managing the quality of aging with a focus on where and how we live. The slide deck is available from Jim Sanders. Contact him at: jsanders@rhsmith.umd.edu

February 2021: Lakeland Community Heritage Project

UMEEA sponsored a presentation on the Lakeland Community Heritage Project.  As stated on the Project’s website, the “Lakeland Community Heritage Project’s mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the heritage and history of those African Americans who created, lived in, and/or had association with the Lakeland community of Prince George’s County, Maryland from the late 19th century to the present.”  The panel was moderated by Mary Corbin Sies,Associate Professor of American Studies, UMD, Lakeland Community Heritage Project Board Member. The panelists included: Violetta Sharps-Jones, Lakelander, LCHP Founder, local historian and genealogist of African Americans in Prince George’s County; Courtnie Thurston, Lakelander, LCHP Board Member, M.A. Student in African American Studies, Morgan State University; and Maxine Gross, Lakelander, LCHP Founder and President, Local historian.

November 2020: Beyond Numbers and Firsts: Toward a History of Black Women at UMD

Elsa Barkley Brown, Associate Professor of History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, presented her ongoing research into the history of Black women at the University of Maryland. The event covered archival research as well as student-conducted oral histories, and pointed toward a fuller history of the University by moving beyond recognizing firsts to consider Black women’s daily lives on campus.

September 30, 2020: Preparing for an Intellectually Active Retirement

Remaining intellectually active during retirement takes planning ahead of time. To assist faculty in planning an intellectually satisfying retirement, this panel offered perspectives, ideas, experiences, and suggestions of recently retired faculty and administrators. Topics addressed included: tips for negotiating this major life transition, ways in which to remain engaged with the university, and resources from the University and its academic units that can help to sustain research and intellectual engagement.

September 2020:      A Conversation with President Pines

President Darryl Pines shared his initiatives for the campus community and how emeritus/emerita faculty members can get involved. The event also provided information on the Association’s initiatives and upcoming events. 

March 2020: Maintaining and Improving the Quality of Life After Retirement

This presentation addressed preparing for challenges retirees face relating to the aging process, such as: physical issues, difficulty learning new technologies, legal issues, cognitive changes, etc. The presenters discussed how to best prepare for these challenges and how to find and access the resources to help us figure out how to deal with these issues when they occur.  The slides from this presentation can be viewed HERE.

December 2019: Greater College Park Initiative

Ken Ulman, Chief Strategy Officer for Economic Development and President of the Terrapin Development Company for the UMCP Foundation described the Greater College Park Initiative, which is designed to create a vibrant community with amenities for all ages in and around the Campus.

February 2019:        Insights into the Dynamics of Aging

Researchers at UMD are actively engaged in providing new and exciting insights into the aging process and how people can deal with its effects on hearing, speech, memory and brain function through exercise and health informatics through human-computer interaction.

Panelists: Samira Anderson, Associate Professor, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Amanda Lazar, Assistant Professor, College of Information Studies, and J. Carson Smith, Associate Professor, Kinesiology

 

September 2018:    Preparing for an Intellectually Active Retirement

Remaining intellectually active during retirement takes planning ahead of time. To assist faculty in planning an intellectually satisfying retirement, this panel offered perspectives, ideas, experiences, and suggestions of recently retired faculty and administrators. Topics addressed included: tips for negotiating this major life transition, ways in which to remain engaged with the university, and resources from the University and its academic units that can help to sustain research and intellectual engagement.

Panelists: Frank B. Alt – Associate Professor Emeritus, Robert H. Smith School of Business, Donna Hamilton – Professor Emerita, English, former Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies, William Hodos – Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Psychology, and Arthur N. Popper – Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology; former Associate Dean, the Graduate School; former chair, University Senate

August 2018:         Changes to Your Retiree Prescription Drug Coverage: A Workshop for Retired Faculty

UMEEA provided an overview of the changes, their implications, possible options and a chance to ask questions.

 

May 2018:       Re-Creating Our Lives and Work: Stories From Retirement

Three emeritus/emerita faculty members whose retirements have been full of creative and productive labor and learning share their experience.

Panelists: Evelyn Torton Beck, Women’s Studies, J. Robert Dorfman, Physics, and Charles E. Sternheim, Psychology

February 6, 2018:              The Post    

A lively panel and audience discussion on the film “The Post,” the history it represents and its relevance to the current moment.
Panelists: Maurine Beasley – Professor Emerita, Journalism, James B. Gilbert – Professor Emeritus, History, and Carl Sessions Stepp – Professor, Journalism

December 2017:           Intergenerational Communication and the Aging Workforce, A Research  Program 

Featured speaker Lindsey B. Anderson presented her work on “Intergenerational Communication and the Aging Workforce: A Research Program.”  Dr. Anderson presented an overview of her research program on age and organizations. Topics addressed included: Retirement, Bridge employment, and Intergenerational interactions in the workplace from a communicative perspective.

September 2017:       Town Hall –Follow-up

This gathering followed up on the successful Emeritus/Emerita Town Hall of spring 2017.  It provided an opportunity for participants to: 

  • Review the results of the Faculty Emeritus/Emerita survey;
  • Take a look at our new bylaws, now under review in the Provost’s Office;
  • Learn about your Steering Committee’s plans for the fall of 2017; 
  • Participate in planning for the spring of 2018 and the future; and
  • Socialize with your colleagues over refreshments.

May 2017: Town Hall – Inaugural Event  

The Advisory Council of Emeriti (ACE) and the Office for Faculty Affairs hosted a Town Hall meeting for current emeritus/a faculty members and prospective faculty retirees. The purpose of this meeting was to generate ideas for post-retirement involvement on campus.