Retirees' News: June 1997

The University of Manitoba Retirees' News
Volume One, Issue One
June 1997

President's Reception at Brodie Centre

About 125 people attended the President's Reception on February 1st at the Brodie Centre. Many were able to meet old friends and get caught up to date. It also provided the opportunity to meet Dr. Szathmáry for the first time and to spend a few minutes talking with her. We learned that you would like to hold such an event on an annual or semi-annual basis. And we are planning to do just that.


Next President's Reception - Saturday, September 27 - Faculty of Agriculture

We thought it would be a good idea to hold our next President's Reception as part of the University's Homecoming celebration. In addition to meeting Dr. Szathmáry and other retirees, this will provide an opportunity to meet with alumni visiting the campus that weekend. Thanks to Dean Jim Elliott, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, we will be able to tour the new Faculty of Agriculture building, opened in November 1996.

The reception will be held in the Atrium of the new Agriculture building, from 2:00 until 3:30 pm. Parking will be available in the lot behind the building, which is situated at 66 Dafoe Road. Refreshments will be served. You can register by calling the Alumni Association at (204) 474-9946, or toll-free in Canada at 1-800-668-4908, or by sending in the registration form in the Homecoming brochure. Note: the Alumni Association has agreed to waive the $5 registration fee indicated in the brochure.  You are encouraged to attend the other events during Homecoming - please see the brochure for more information.


Greetings from the Retirees' Committee

One of the things we learned from your responses to the questionnaire was a desire for a regular newsletter for retirees from the University. So, we are very pleased to send you our first newsletter. We hope that you will find the information useful.

More than 200 responses to the survey were received and we've provided some of the results in this newsletter. We were very pleased with the response and will be using the results in planning future activities.

Two contacts have been established for inquiries:
Julie Mikuska, Assistant to the Executive Director, University Relations Division,
John Mundie, Dean Emeritus
Their phone numbers are included on page 4. For written inquiries, please write to Julie.


You were wanting to know.

Many of you asked for information regarding various activities or services on campus.


Centre on Aging

This Centre was established in 1982. Its mandate is to serve as a focal point for the conduct of research on aging. Of particular interest "is the exploration of factors that contribute to health and quality of live and that enhance independence in later life." It publishes a newsletter three times a year and holds conferences to which the public are invited. To have your name added to its mailing list, write to:

Centre on Aging
338 Isbister Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

or telephone: (204) 474-8754


Medication Information Line for the Elderly

The Faculty of Pharmacy offers a medication information service for persons who want to know more about the medications they are taking: their use, interactions, side effects, how to store them, and what they need to avoid while on the medications. This service covers both prescription and non-prescription medications and there is no charge. A pharmacist is available from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday, to answer your questions.

In Winnipeg, call 261-3111 or 474-6493. Outside Winnipeg, but within the province, call 1-800-432-1960, extension 6493.


Horticulture Inquiries

The Department of Plant Science in the Faculty of Agriculture operates an inquiry service during the months of May to September. If you have any questions regarding your plants, trees, shrubs, etc. call during regular office hours Monday to Friday.   The phone number is (204) 474-8489.


Physical Education Facilities

Many retirees are interested in using the University's physical education facilities, either the Frank Kennedy Center or the Brodie Centre. For those who do, we have good news. By applying through Staff Benefits, you and your spouse can use the facilities at either centre free of charge. (Prior to now, the charge would have been $281 for 12 months.) There is a monthly charge for locker and towel services, which amount to $2.65 for a half size locker and $3.00 for towels.   To find out more about this service, phone Staff Benefits at (204) 474-8084.

Recreation Services does provide special fitness programs for those 55 and over during the regular term. These are: Walking Program, Senior Weight Training and Senior Aquafit. For more information, phone (204) 474-8234 weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. (Note: there may be a charge for these programs.)


Use of the Library

Just as when you were at the University, you can have access to the Library. If you have maintained some relationship with the University since retiring and still have your University of Manitoba Staff Card, you can use it. If you have no relationship other than being a retiree, talk with any librarian and arrangements will be made for you to have an external borrower's card, which entitles you to use the Library at no cost.


You wanted to help.

Many retirees expressed an interest in volunteering, either for specific occasions or on a regular basis. While we are not yet able to provide specific information about all of the things you would like to do, the following will get things started.

For those who want to assist with the academic programs, contact the dean of the faculty or the head of the department for which you want to volunteer.

The Speakers Bureau in Public Affairs receives numerous requests from organizations for someone from the University to address their group. Often regular staff is unable to fulfill these engagements because of other commitments. If you are interested in assisting the Bureau to respond to these requests, please call Carol Ann Odwazny at (204) 474-6336.

We are compiling a list of activities which volunteers can undertake. If you would like your name added to the list of volunteers, please call Julie or John and tells us what you would like to do.


You would like to be involved in various activities.

A number of retirees are interested in attending university events, which are open to the public. If you are on the mailing list for The Bulletin, you will learn what is coming up. If you did not ask to be put on the mailing list for The Bulletin, now is your chance to do so by phoning or writing to Julie.

In addition, many indicated they would like to share their experiences with those who have a similar interest in a variety of hobbies, such as traveling, playing bridge, curling, golfing, hiking, gardening, photography, literature, theatre and music. We will be compiling lists according to hobbies. Once this has been done, we will be looking for people willing to organize an interest group. If you are such a person, please call Julie or John.

Many retirees have an interest in learning more about computers, particularly the Internet and how to access it. We will be looking at setting up some instruction for those so interested. If you have expertise in this field and would like to provide instruction, please phone Julie or John and give us some details.


Can you help?

A number of retirees who live in B.C., particularly in the Vancouver and Victoria, showed an interest in establishing a "branch". If you would like to get things organized there, please contact Julie.

We would like two or three people who would be interested in editing the newsletter. If you can help, please talk with Julie. We will also need people to help with mailing.

We would like to have a "home page" on the University's Web Site. This will enable retirees to get the "news" using their computer. If you have experience in creating web pages, please let Julie or John know.


Just the beginning.

This is just the beginning of what we want to be a worthwhile communication for retirees. To achieve this, we would like your input as to what you would like to see in a newsletter. So send us your suggestions to:

Julie Mikuska, Assistant to Executive Director, University Relations Division, 208 Administration Building, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2. Phone: (204) 474-8198, fax: (204) 275-1160, e-mail:,

John Mundie, phone: (204) 256-8245.

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