According to its mission statement, the association seeks to "provide retirees with the opportunity to serve the community and larger society; serve the University; serve the retired faculty; and promote collegiality among retired professors for personal enrichment and active service."
The association's president, Assoc. Prof. John Lewis (CSOM), said the group's immediate goals will be "strengthening communication with retired faculty and developing a series of stimulating programs relevant to members' needs and interests that will draw on a pool of exceptional academic resources in the University."
More than 40 retired faculty members joined Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties John J. Neuhauser for an exploratory conference last spring, and the group was formally launched with an organizational meeting on Oct. 20.
During the October meeting, the group elected its inaugural officers: Lewis, president; Prof. Vera Lee (Romance Languages), vice-president; Assoc. Prof. Joyce Dwyer (CSON), secretary; and Assoc. Prof. John Van Tassel (CSOM), treasurer. The four officers will sit on a planning committee that also includes associate professors Joseph Orlando (Biology) and Jean Mooney (LSOE) and Alumni Association chaplain Rev. William McInnis, SJ.
Lewis said the group has mailed a questionnaire to retired faculty seeking their views on member needs and interests. Committee members have also contacted other universities to explore activities of similar campus organizations.
The group has been allocated a suite in the 21 Campanella Way office building that will include a lounge and fully equipped office space for use by the retirees, Lewis said.
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