UCI Retirees Association - October 2021

Submitted by Bernadette Strobel-Lopez, UCI CUCRA Representative

Activities & Programs: The UCIRA continues to work closely with our UCI Center for Emeriti & Retirees (CER) on all programming and activities.

The Fall 2021 Annual Reception honoring all UCI Emeriti and Retirees with Chancellor Gillman as keynote speaker will be held online October 20th. Close to 300 have registered.

Online Zoom and Webinar sessions and in-person walks, hikes and bike rides highlighted in the Spring report have continued (Medicare Basics, Fidelity Workshops, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute Lectures, Office of Information Technology Learning Sessions).

The online cooking classes have been quite entertaining.

Link to all online program recordings: https://retirees.uci.edu/events-and-activities/zoomindex.php

New programs and partnerships introduced by UCI Board Members included:

Volunteer/Giving Back/Scholarships: Our UCIRA Legacy Scholarships continue to assist new freshmen and transfer students and were highlighted to the community during UCI Giving Day. The UCIRA also contributes annually to the Mike Puritz UCI Staff Assembly Scholarship benefiting current staff.

Our UCI Retirees & Friends Team raised ~$6,500 for cancer research at the UCI Anti Cancer Challenge Walk/Run/Cycle held virtually in August.

Association Membership and Benefits: UCIRA Association Members continue to be eligible for complimentary parking on campus.

CUCRA Survey: An overview of the CUCRA survey results was shared with retirees via our monthly "Connections Newsletter". Key campus administrators were provided with a summary and highlights and/or the hard-cover report via email and at an in-person meeting. An article featuring the survey and our Center for Emeriti and Retirees was recently included in the UCI News, which goes out to all campus and medical center employees and is found here: https://news.uci.edu/2021/10/12/after-years-of-service-to-uci-retirees-and-emeriti-continue-to-give- back/

Plans for next two years: We are exploring the possibility of creating a UCI Travel Group. A new section in our monthly newsletter highlights the activities of CUCRA. We have accepted that while we will move into in-person activities, we are in a “new norm. We plan to continue providing online opportunities for retirees.

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