Retired Faculty Association newsletter

Each month the Retired Faculty Association newsletter is sent to the retired faculty and staff of the universisty via email. A text-only verson of the newsletters are included here for your convenience and reference.

  • April 2019

    Recap of past events

    There was a Retired Faculty Association Board meeting on March 28th. One of the main agenda items was nominations for various offices in the association. Look for an announcement of the new slate of officers in the upcoming months.

    Upcoming RFA events

    Join the group for the "What's Shaking in Nevada." A presentation by Dr. Graham Kent, Director of the Seismology lab.

    Volunteer opportunities

    The 2019 Reno Jazz Festival is coming upon us and we are looking for volunteers. For each half-day you work you are eligible to receive a free ticket to the evening concert on the day you volunteer. On Thursday, the evening concert will feature Walter Smith III with The Collective. The Friday evening concert will feature Melissa Aldana Quartet with an opening act by the University Jazz Ensemble called the "Free Radicals". On Saturday, the evening concert will be the Reno Jazz Festival Showcase and Awards Ceremony. If you are able to work a full day we will also provide you with a free festival t-shirt and a box lunch. The festival hours run from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 25th and 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 26th and 27th. One volunteer shift generally averages five hours. Some of the volunteer duties include: ushers, door monitors, stage monitors, and announcers/timers. For more information or to become a festival volunteer, please email rjfvolunteer@unr.edu or call Joel Stevens at 503-931-7091. We hope you can volunteer... and thank you for your support!

    Upcoming University events

    Arts events

    Please visit the School of the Arts for a complete listing of events.

    To Have and To Hold: Nevada's Art Collection
    March 19 - July 31
    Tues - Wed Noon to 4:00 pm
    Thurs - Fri Noon to 8:00 pm
    Saturday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

    11th Harp Plus
    April 6
    7:00 PM
    Church Fine Arts
    $10

    Nevada Chamber Opera
    April 12-14
    7:30 PM
    Church Fine Arts

    20th Century Kaleidoscope: Stephanie St. ‘Ambrogio, violin and viola With James Winn, piano
    April 16
    7:30 PM
    University Arts Building

    Free Radicals & Lab Band II
    April 18
    7:30 PM
    Church Fine Arts

    Nightingale String Quartet
    April 19
    5:00 PM
    University Arts Building

    University Symphonic Chorus and Chamber Singers
    April 23
    7:00 PM
    University Arts Building

    Early Music Ensemble & University Chamber Singers
    April 30
    7:30 PM
    University Arts Building

    University Percussion Ensemble
    April 30
    7:30 PM
    Church Fine Arts

    University Symphony Orchestra
    May 1
    7:30 PM
    Church Fine Arts

    Apex Concert Series: Into the Light
    May 2
    7:30 PM
    Church Fine Arts

    Apex Concert Series: The Mighty Eight
    May 3
    7:30 PM
    Church Fine Arts

    Apex Concert Series: Glorious Guitar
    March 14
    7:30 PM
    Church Fine Arts

    Science Events

    Food Security in developed and underdeveloped countries
    Dr. Bob Ziegler
    April 25
    7:00 PM
    Davidson Math and Science Center Room 110

    Arboretum talks

    Check the Arboretum for more news and events.

    Where are they? What have they been doing?

    Frank Hartigan - History

    Travels in Columbia

    Colombia was definitely not on our bucket list, so why did we go? Over ten years ago we made a promise to a nephew who had just joined the Foreign Service: Judy and I would visit him and his family wherever he was posted. The promise led us to such places as elegant Milan and the tiny new and developing nation of Timor Leste. Although we had heard of Colombia's bad reputation as a center of the drug trade and as a dangerous place, our relatives assured us that it was now a place that had rejected the drug culture, a country of friendly people who would welcome us.

    Our reading confirmed that Colombia had made a dramatic change from the drug past to a bright future based on prosperity, education, and civic pride. At the beginning of February, we found ourselves on a plane bound for Bogota, Colombia capitol city of eight million people located in a large Andean valley at 8700 feet. We enjoyed visiting our family and exploring their Bogota, walking in the numerous parks above their apartment and taking five mornings of Spanish lessons. At the end of ten days with our family we joined our pre-arranged Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) tour in Bogota's colonial Old Town and focused on the great sights of the city.

    Most of the kudos for Colombia's change go to its second largest city and the former drug capital, Medellin. And it was to Medellin that we flew to continue our OAT exploration of Columbia. After our arrival at the airport we visited a national park high in the Andes and then, much to our surprise, we boarded a gondola ski lift in this snowless, tropical land for the final segment of our journey to Medellin. We whizzed through a lovely Andean forest until suddenly the land seemed to fall away beneath us.

    Now we descended into another deep valley and there below us was Medellin. We had arrived via the Medellin Metro: not a subway, but a public transport system that reached high into the steepest parts of town where the poorest people live thus providing them with cheap access to the town center where most of the jobs are. Rapid transit trains on the valley floor completed the system. The Metro was the largest of the many projects designed to promote civic pride and democratic values.

    We all noticed how successful this was and appreciated that the Metro was very clean, efficient, and full of locals courteous to "older" foreigners. We enjoyed seeing the art work of Medellin native Fernando Botero, a sculptor and painter featured a few years ago at the Nevada Museum of Art. Colombia's transformation was very evident in our visit to a poor and formerly violent neighborhood where the people emphasize community by growing their own food, running a recycling project, and decorating the hillside with art from recycled objects.

    The next stop was the Coffee Triangle. Here we visited a coffee plantation and learned about the entire coffee process from planting and harvesting the beans to the final product and, yes, even to latte art. The last stop on our OAT tour was Cartagena, the port city on the Caribbean. Its strong Spanish heritage, active night life, harbor busy with Caribbean cruise ships, and warm, humid weather distinguished it from the Andean Colombia we had come to know.

    Cartagena is the home of the Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez. We enjoyed following in the footsteps of his novels' characters as well as scampering about on the Spanish walls built to protect the city against English pirates and the vast fort that proved the city's greatest protector. After three weeks of enlightening travel, Judy and I bid fond farewells to our OAT companions and flew home via a three day visit in Florida with my sister. Colombia hadn't been on our bucket list, but we were very glad our long-ago promise to our nephew led us there.

  • May 2019

    Recap of past events

    The Retired Faculty Associated hosted a program featuring Dr. Graham Kent, Directory of the UNR Seismology Lab on April 10th. In addition to learning about how the lab monitors earthquake activity, the group learned about the role of the Seismology Lab in monitoring for fires, not only in Nevada, but California and Oregon as well. 

    Upcoming RFA events

    There will be a meeting of the Retired Faculty Association on May 30th at 3:00 at the Osher Center/Olli on Moana. All retired faculty, RFA members and non-members are welcome to attend. The agenda will include approval of the slate of new officers as well as soliciting input from members on desired future activities.

    Volunteer opportunities

    There were no volunteer opportunities requested for May.

    Upcoming University events

    Arts events

    Please visit the School of the Arts for a complete listing of events.

    Mahedi Anjuman Artist Lecture and Exhibition Reception
    April 29-May 9, Monday through Thursday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    May 2 - free public lecture at 5:00 p.m. followed by reception exhibition from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    University Symphony Orchestra
    May 1
    7:30 PM
    Church Fine Arts

    Apex Concert Series: Into the Light
    May 2
    7:30 PM
    Church Fine Arts

    Spring Dance Concert
    May 2 - May 4
    8:00 PM
    Church Fine Arts
    $12 for Seniors

    Apex Concert Series: The Mighty Eight
    May 3
    7:30 PM
    Church Fine Arts

    Composers' Concert
    May 5
    7:30 PM
    Church Fine Arts

    Other University events

    Honor the Best
    May 14
    3:00 PM
    Milt Glick Ballroom, 4th Floor, Joe Crowley Student Union

    Arboretum Talks

    Check the Arboretum for more news and events

    Where are they? What have they been doing?

    Bruce Shively - Planning, Budget and Analysis

    I retired from the University July 31, 2017 and the very next day, my cousin Doug and I started off on a 30 day, 9,000 mile road trip which would take us through 18 states. Doug, a CPA in our home town of Bozeman, Montana, retired a year before me so when I suggested a celebratory road trip, he was all in. We grew up playing baseball in his back yard during baseball's halcyon years - the 1950's and 60's - so since neither of us had been, we decided we needed to see the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. We made a crucial decision to stay off the interstates as much as possible and to not drive more than 300 miles in any one day. This decision led us to places like Hulett, Wyoming, Woonsocket, South Dakota, Land O'Lakes, Minnesota (highly recommend the Friday Fish Fry at the Pine Cone Café), Marquette, Michigan, Erie, PA and ultimately to Cooperstown.

    We spent 3 days at the Hall of Fame, and for baseball geeks like Doug and myself, this was something close to hallowed ground. The exhibits were amazing - everywhere pieces of baseball history - but what made it all the more remarkable was the fact that you could strike up conversations with folks you had never met because you all shared memories of a particular moment, a player or a game. My personal favorite was seeing the glove used by Willie Mays when he made the over-the-shoulder catch off of Vic Wertz in the 1954 World Series. The town of Cooperstown itself is lovely, idyllic actually. Situated on the shores of Lake Otsego, Cooperstown has many well-maintained homes and buildings dating back to the late 1700's and early 1800's. Highlights of the return trip included the Gettysburg Battlefield, the Amish settlements of southern Pennsylvania, the Muhammad Ali Museum in Louisville, the Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri, and the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City. It was a trip I know Doug and I will remember for the remainder of our lives.

    One of the things I am passionate about is the need to give back to the community. For most of the past two years I have been volunteering as a reading tutor at Veterans Memorial Elementary School (4th grade) and at Jesse Beck Elementary (kindergarten). I volunteer 5 days a week at Veterans and 3 days a week at Jessie Beck. I really had no idea how much I would enjoy being in the classroom and helping these boys and girls improve, or in the case of the kindergartners, acquire, their reading skills. I thought when they assigned me to a kindergarten class I was going to get to do some finger painting and maybe take a few naps. Not so at all. We are learning our letters and phonics, and then jumping right into reading and writing. It is a huge responsibility being on the front end of the development of such critical skills. While I haven't done any finger painting yet, I must say I have done my fair share of shoe tying - double knots are definitely the way to go at Jesse Beck.

    The 4th graders at Veterans are really fun. The students are engaged and want to learn. Veterans is a school where, for many of the students, English is their second language. I spend an hour and half working with all of the students in Mrs. Wacker's 4th grade class and I must say, the time invested is especially rewarding. The reading levels vary considerably across the class, but everyone is making progress. Volunteering is an opportunity for me to help my new friends improve their reading skills and to emphasize the value of pursuing education to levels they may not have thought were accessible. We have taken field trips to campus to visit the Seismology Lab and the university's Natural History Museum. These trips not only supplement what they are learning in class but also serve as a means of exposing them to the tremendous university we have here in our community. My fervent hope is that in eight years or so, I will see these great kids graduated from high school and enrolled as freshman at the University of Nevada, Reno.

  • June 2019

    Welcome the RFA Officers for the coming year:

    • Marsha Read (read@unr.edu), President
    • Frank Hartigan (hartigan@unr.edu), President-elect
    • Sandy Rogers (sandra.rogers.gb@gmail.com), Secretary
    • Carol Ort (ort@unr.edu), Treasurer
    • Roger Lewis (ral@unr.edu ), Membership Committee
    • Pierre Mousset- Jones (mousset@unr.edu), Volunteer Committee
    • Carol Parkhurst (parkhurst@unr.edu), Communications Committee
    • Richelle O'Driscoll (richelle@unr.edu), Past President

    Board of Directors

    New Members or Continuing Members for a new term (until 2022)

    • Phil Boardman
    • Dave Seibert
    • Dave Hansen
    • Jon Price
    • Pat Miltenberger
    • Warren Lerude
    • Roger Lewis
    • Frank Hartigan
    • Pierre Mousset-Jones

    New ex officio members: Jill Heaton and Linda Buhlig • Continuing Members: Neal Ferguson (2021), Roberta Ferguson (2021), Richelle O'Driscoll (2020), Marsha Read (2020), Carol Parkhurst (2020), Sandy Rogers (2020), Carol Ort (2020).

    Recap of past events

    The annual meeting of the Retired Faculty Association was held May 30th. Dr. Peter Reed, Director of the Stanford Center for Aging addressed the group with a presentation on "Understanding and Promoting Wellbeing in Retirement." The presentation was followed by an informal social gathering.

    Upcoming RFA events

    Reserve the date. August 13, 2019 for the University Foundation Reception for Retired Faculty. It will be held in the Honor Court from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. This year there were over 40 new faculty retirees that will be recognized at the event. It is also an opportunity to greet past retirees as well.

    Volunteer opportunities

    There were no volunteer opportunities requested for June.

    Upcoming University events

    We are entering that time of year when the University has a hiatus of sorts from regularly scheduled events, but the following are some of the highlights about "University Happenings:"

    • 3,201 degrees were awarded this year (551 graduate; 63 Med School and 2587 undergraduate).
    • The Department of Psychology will officially move from the College of Liberal Arts to the College of Science on July 1.
    • Dr. Donald Easton-Brooks will be the new Dean of Education joining UNR from South Dakota State University.
    • Dr. Eloisa Gordon-Mora assumes the position of the University Diversity and Inclusion Officer on June 15.
    • Dr. Matthew Means is the new Honors Program Director. He will be leaving Fort Hayes State University where he initiated their Honors Program.
    • Dr. Clark Whitehorn is the new Director of the University Press.
      New chair positions include Dr. Jimmie Manning (Communication Studies); K.D. Joshi (Information Systems); Joseph Squier (Art); and Carolyn Warner (Political Science).

    Where are they? What have they been doing?

    The following faculty were recognized as Emeriti at this year's Honor the Best event. We wish them the best as they launch the next phase of their lives and look forward to hearing about their new adventures and undertakings.

    Emeriti Faculty: Rod Aeschlimann; Greg Arehart; Kathleen Boardman; Stacy Burton; Dale Carrison; Audrey Casey; Joseph Cline; Patrick "Tod" Colegrove; DAyue Darrel Duan; Amanda Evans; Jacque Ewing-Taylor; Adam Garcia; William Gerthoffer; Stuart Golder; Catherine Goring; Darren Griswold; Christopher Henry; Martha Hildreth; Janita Jobe; Kathleen Keef; Evan Klass; Peggy Lakey; Kenneth Lucey; Bruce Mack; Cynthia Marczynski; Gerald Marczynski; Glenn Miller; Denise Montcalm; Ronald Pardini; Pamela Jo Powell; Robert (Jerry) Qualls; Alan Ramelli; Jennifer Ring; Nelson Rojas; Dan Ruby; Janet Sanderson; James Sedinger; Mark Simkin; Ed Smith; Terence Smith; Debra Stiver; Gregory Stone; C. Richard Tracy; Deborah Verstegen; Shernaaz Webster; Leah Wilds; and Joseba Zulaika.

    Congratulations one and all.