Big 10 Retirees Association
9th Annual Conference
August 20-22, 2000
Indiana University

Registration for the out-of -town attendees was held in the Indiana Memorial Union on Sunday afternoon. All guests were housed in the IMU. Thirty-two members were in attendance. This was the largest number of members to attend a Big 10 Retirees Association annual conference.

Those attending :

Illinois - William and Margarite Stallman, Hugh Satterlee, Robert Mosborg
Iowa - Jim Clifton, Sam Becker, Gordon Strayer
Michigan - Patricia and Donald Butler
Michigan State - Fred and Jean Graham, Velmer and Lillian Oakley, Rosemary and Tom Pavlik, Mary Zehner
Minnesota - Richard and Connie Oriani
Ohio State - Lou and Jewel DiOrio, Dick and Lee Hill, Jeanette Sexton
Penn State - Carter and Ruby Ackerman, Ernie Bergman
Purdue - Howard Diesslin, Donald Gustafson, Betty Nelson
Wisconsin - Alma Baron, Ed Corcoran, Joe Corry, Art Hove
Host - Indiana - Doris Brineman, Bob and Joan Burton, Dick and Peggy Cooper, Pegge Ewers, Gene and Betty Faris, Dale and Gaynell Hall, Bill and Kate Kroll, Bruce and Joannie McQuigg, Keith and Marion Michael, John and Kay Moldstad, Cathy Siffin, Fred and Pat Smith

Sunday, August 20

The activities began with a reception and dinner Sunday evening in the Federal Room of the Indiana Memorial Union. After a welcome from Bill Kroll, Past President of the IU Annuitants Association, the group heard a talk from Kenneth R.R. Gros Louis, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chancellor of the University. His topic, "The Meaning of Today through Yesterday", was related to the valuable treasures and gifts housed in the Federal Room. Most of the furniture, paintings, and other antiques were acquired by Herman B Wells, longtime president of the university. President Wells used the Federal Room to entertain visiting dignitaries.

Monday, August 21

The first session was held in the Georgian Room. Following a continental breakfast, the session leader, Bruce McQuigg, introduced Gene Faris, President of the IU Annuitants Association, who welcomed the attendees to the campus.

The program for the morning was devoted to presentations from each university describing the developments and activities of their retiree organizations during the year. Each participant was allotted 15 minutes. Pat Smith did a great job of keeping them on time.

Jim Clifton - IOWA - spoke of two organizations there. The Iowa Retirees Association, made up of retired faculty and staff, meets once a month. The Emeritus Faculty Association consists of 18 members and meets once a year. A survey was sent out to 490 retirees and had a 48% response. The results were: 75 % were satisfied with their retirement, with 20 % still doing some teaching, 12 % were women and 75% still lived in Iowa City. 40% were still engaged in some form of research.

Richard Oriani - MINNESOTA - reported that they have about 100 people attend their monthly meetings. They also hold pre-retirement seminars. He spoke of the inequality of medical reimbursement over the U.S. and wants us to join a Senior Federation to help present this to the U.S. Congress with the hope that the inequalities will be resolved. With the cost of prescription drugs going up at such a rapid rate, the pre-1963 retirees need some financial help. There is a history project going on for oral archives. The university administration supports the retiree organization with a grant of $8,000 per year. The group wants to start an elder learning institute.

Howard Diesslin - PURDUE - said that every retiree of the university automatically becomes a member of their organization. There are no dues and the retirees get free parking. President Steven Beering is retiring this year and the retiree organization is dedicating a garden to Mrs. Beering. Also, negotiations are in the works for a catastrophic insurance policy. Don Gustafson presented a report on the USC plan of "Steps To Retirement", a five-year, step-by-step guide to assist in the transition into retirement. These notes were from the 7th International Conference on Higher Education held in San Diego.

Fred Graham - MICHIGAN STATE - is president of the MSU Retirees Association. He stated that they had a membership of about 2000 of the 3000+ retirees from MSU's faculty and staff. To keep in touch with their members, they mail 3 issues of THE SPARTAN SENIOR CITIZEN to all members around the country, and 8 or 9 issues to local members only. In order to encourage enlistment they send the fall "international" issue to all retirees together with a membership form. Dues are $15. The retirees organization monitors closely the medical benefits from the university. MSU pays supplementary Medicare insurance for retirees. Fred went on to state volunteering at MSU has been an enduring vision of our founders 30 years ago. We need to encourage better participation by our members. We work to raise the pensions of older retirees who are not on TIAA-CREF. Monthly meetings are attended by about 40 ­ 105 members from September to May. The university support includes a room, telephone, meeting space, free duplication and occasional support for joint projects. Retirees receive free email, internet access, free parking, free library privileges and free attendance at most athletic events, excepting the revenue-producing sports.

Hugh Satterlee - ILLINOIS - spoke for Illinois stating that their group was 30 years old, but they were part of the State University system of 12 universities, which has 1605 members. Dues are $20 per year with $15 going to the state and $5 held locally. They meet twice a year as a whole. The fall newsletter goes just to members and the spring newsletter going to all retirees of the state. They have an excellent medical program and long term care program for members only. The parking problem is so bad they just don't go to campus.

Lou DiOrio, Dick Hill, and Jeanette Sexton - OHIO STATE - reported that membership dues are $8.00 per year. The university provides an office and the benefits are provided by the State Public Employees Retirement Fund. The benefits are health insurance and tax seminars. The executive board of seven members meets monthly and the whole group meets three times a year. There are 1800+ members and membership is open to every state employee who has retired.

Pat Butler - MICHIGAN - stated that Michigan has 1000 members and the dues are $7.50 yearly. They have monthly meetings. A special donated fund pays for the social meetings. Faculty receive free access to the internet but the staff has to pay for the privilege. They receive health care at no cost. Their problem is getting liability insurance for the group and officers.

Ed Corcoran - WISCONSIN - reported that their organization, Wisconsin Retirees Association is only two years old and just getting their feet wet. Their dues are $20.00 and they have a membership of 800 individuals. Every one, faculty or staff, is eligible and they have a retirement issues committee. Wisconsin will be the host university for the 10th annual Big Ten Retirees Association meeting.

Carter Ackerman - PENN STATE - said that Penn State has had a retirees association since 1947. They have 750 members out of a potential of 5500 retirees.

Gene Faris - INDIANA - tallked about the generous retirement program instituted in the 1970's. It is called the 18-20 plan and allowed anyone on TIAA-CREF to retire at age 65 and receive compensation from the university until ago 70, when TIAA-CREF annuities then began. The university continued to contribute to the individual's retirement program for that 5-year period. He also noted that all annuitants continued to enjoy the benefits of email and internet connections. Bill Kroll described a highly successful program where a number of retired faculty members and administrators were recruited to serve as student advocates. The members volunteer their time and spend a half-day per week in the office assisting students with both academic and non-academic problems as they relate to their class work and other activities.

Following the show and tell segment of the program the group was transported to the Meadowood Retirement Community for lunch. Meadowood was originally started under the auspices of the university but has since become privately owned. Following a delicious luncheon, Mark Kraner, Marketing Director for Meadowood, our host and speaker told "How Meadowood Works and How It Relates to the University." Following his presentation, tours of the facility were provide to the group.

After the tours, Dr. Sue Ekland, Professor of Education and newly appointed Associate Dean of Faculties, gave a presentation of her study on "Emeriti Centers: What's Going On With Retirees at U.S. Colleges and Universities?" She elaborated on the meetings of the International Conference in Higher Education that was held in San Diego, whose main purpose is to protect, preserve, and advance the benefits and rights of retired faculty. Retirees want to be of use and they still have a lot to contribute. Money does not give complete satisfaction.

The group was then escorted on tours of the Fine Arts Plaza, consisting of the Lilly Rare Books Library, the Fine Arts Museum and the Indiana University Auditorium which has just completed renovation.

A reception and dinner in the evening took place in the lobby of the Musical Arts Center. The lobby was completed and decorated with funds donated by Hoagy Carmichael who attended Indiana University and graduated from the Law School. Myles Brand, President of the University, brought greetings to the conference participants. The program following dinner consisted of the songs of Hoagy Carmichael, a Bloomington native. Professor emeritus Gary Wittlich played and Cathy Spiaggia sang many of the favorites of this nationally known composer and movie star.

Tuesday, August 22nd

Following a continental breakfast in the Georgian Room of the Indiana Memorial Union, Fred Smith, leader of the session, introduced Diane Thayer, Active Older Adults and Yoga Director of the YMCA. The topic of her presentation was "A Personal Prescription for Wellness." She stated that you must take personal responsibility for your own well-being. Make informed choices and reduce the risk factors in your life, think positive. Make exercise a part of your life for your body, mind and soul. She broke up her talk with entertaining cartoons relevant to the subject. A lively discussion followed her presentation.

Bill Kroll conducted the final session, the wrap up. Don Gustafson completed his report on his attendance at the International Conference in San Diego.
Alma Baron, from Wisconsin, gave the conference an evaluation of the Millennium Project 2000 meeting. The Millennium committee is comprised of people from many disciplines - minds whose creativity must not be lost. Its primary function is to look at and offer solutions for easing economic impact of a burgeoning elderly population, to foster reciprocity between generations so that negative stereotypes can be dispelled by better interaction between our youth and our elders. The committee is asking all states to ask legislatures to change legislation - providing equal payments for medical benefits to all states.

Following adjournment many of the attendees, particularly those who were driving north, were invited for lunch at the Oliver Winery which is located on State Highway 37. Bill Oliver, professor emeritus of the Indiana University School of Law, started making wine in his home for his own use, but he soon discovered that it might be possible to operate a winery and tasting room as a business. Professor Oliver told the story of the winery's beginnings and then introduced his son, Bill, Jr., who now owns and operates the winery and conducted a tour of the fascinating facility. Needless to say, a few bottles found their way into adjoining states via the trunk of the attendee's cars.

Submitted by William Kroll

The above is only a summary of the activities of the conference. Listed below are the names and email addresses of individuals from the various institutions who might be contacted, should more information be desired.

Bill Stallman - Illinois -
Jim Clifton - Iowa -
Pat Butler - Michigan -
Fred Graham - Michigan State -
Richard Oriani - Minnesota -
Lou DiOrio - Ohio State -
Carter Ackerman - Penn State -
Don Gustafson - Purdue -
Art Hove - Wisconsin -
Gene Faris - Indiana -
Susan Eklund - Indiana University -
Mark Kraner - Meadowood -
Diane Thayer - YMCA -
Oliver Winery -