Welcome from the President of the Association of the University of Akron Retirees
As The Association of The University of Akron Retirees (AUAR) enters its 22nd year, we have so many things of which to be proud. First and foremost we are grateful for our members, who support AUAR in so many ways by
- serving on the board and on committees,
- being presenters at our luncheons,
- participating in our many events,
- sharing ideas for future speakers and activities,
- helping students via donating to our endowed scholarship, volunteering to be subjects in student research projects, and serving as mentors to undergraduates,
- paying membership dues, which many continue to do even though they have moved away or can no longer attend our functions.
We appreciate that our Association is recognized and supported by the University. The help we receive from Human Resources and the Alumni Office is invaluable. Dining Services (Aramark) and Audio-Visual Services help us to make our monthly luncheon/speaker series flow smoothly. Printing Services helps us produce a very professional newsletter.
We actively represent U of A retirees in Columbus at the Ohio Council of Higher Education Retirees (OCHER) meetings. Keeping abreast of state issues and advocating for retirees is a major purpose of AUAR.
We are especially proud that our endowed scholarship continues to grow. Thanks to the generous support of our members, it is now valued at over $112,000. Since establishing the scholarship in 2008, in celebration of AUAR’s 10th anniversary, we have awarded one or two scholarships each year. For the 2020-21 academic year, our Scholarship Committee has selected three recipients. Currently, our goal is to reach an endowment of $150,000 by our 25th anniversary year 2023.
In normal times (non-COVID-19), we enjoy a wide array of social activities. Our annual schedule of events includes monthly luncheons with informative speakers, along with a Soup & Chili Supper in November, a brunch and play in February, an all-day bus trip in April, and a Lobster & Suds picnic in May. Most of our events are attended by 50-70 retirees, and guests are always welcome. However, at this time of COVID-19 uncertainty, we have taken the advice of the Public Health Department and the University of Akron in planning our social activities where we would normally gather in groups. As a result, the Fall 2020 activities will consist of using online presentations that would normally be part of our regular monthly luncheons. Information and instructions for joining these presentations will be sent to you. Programming decisions for Spring 2021 will be made available to all members in December.
The AUAR active membership role numbers more than 450 and includes retirees from all facets of the University, i.e., faculty, staff, and administrators. If you are a past or recent retiree and have not yet joined us, please consider giving AUAR a try. The 2020-21 year dues amount to only $12. During the first year of retirement, dues are waived. A membership form is available on this website. Do join us today. We will be happy to see you at our events and you will find AUAR activities to be enjoyable, informative, and fulfilling!
Dan Sheffer, President 2019-21