Retirees' News: September 2000

The University of Manitoba Retirees' News
Volume Four, Issue Two
September 2000

It’s time to renew acquaintances at the President’s Reception

With summer come and gone, the leaves turning colour and cooler evenings, it is time to renew old acquaintances and make new ones. One way to do this is to come to the President’s Reception for Retirees on Saturday, October 28th. The Reception will be held at the Drake Centre for Management Studies. The Centre is located at 181 Freedman Crescent on the Fort Garry Campus. The closest parking lot is Parking Lot F, right beside the Powerhouse. Also you can park in Parking Lot B and if the weather is inclement, walk through the tunnel connecting Tier to the Drake Centre.

It all begins at 2:00 p.m. in the main floor lounge, where you can print your name tag and sign our guest book. Then we will move to Lecture Room 107 for a presentation by our speaker, Dr. Malcolm Smith, Associate Dean with the I. H. Asper School of Business (Faculty of Management). Malcolm has done extensive studies in the area of marketing to older persons with the focus on removing the stereotypes the media portrays of this age category. Following his presentation, Dr. Joanne Kesselman, Vice-President (Research) will bring us up-to-date as to what is happening at the University. There also will be time for open discussion about activities for retirees.

Upon completion of the formal part of the afternoon, we will return to the lounge for refreshments and a chance to talk with fellow retirees. The reception will end at 4:00 p.m.

Please let us know that you are coming by October 20th so we can know how many to cater for. Call 474-8359 or e-mail Kathy_Vitt@umanitoba.ca.


Visit our Web Site.

If you haven’t discovered it, there is a Web site for retirees. To locate it, go to the University of Manitoba Home page at http://www.umanitoba.ca/ . From there, click on Faculty and Staff and this will bring you to a list which includes “Retirees”. A click of the mouse and you are at our site. The first thing you will see is the home page designed by Ian Rollo. Scrolling down you can read the most recent edition of Retirees’ News followed by a summary of benefits for retirees. Ian has included links to other sites which are of interest to retirees. In addition to what is on the site, we are working with the Alumni Association on setting up ways you can keep in contact with other retirees who are on the Internet.


Extending benefits for retirees.

We have received several enquiries from retirees about providing out-of-country travel insurance and extending supplementary health benefits beyond age 75. We are investigating both matters. The extension of supplementary health benefits is before the Staff Benefits Committee of the University for its consideration. As for out-of-country travel insurance, we are looking at the possibility of joining an existing program in order to minimize the cost of coverage. However, there is no certainty this will take place and we may need to look for other alternatives.

We are in the final stages of completing a questionnaire for retirees regarding benefits and other matters important to you as a result of your being retired. The information we gather will help us plan what changes, if any, should be made to current benefits and other programs. The questionnaire will be sent to you through the Staff Benefits office.


If it is October it is United Way.

Each October is the beginning of the United Way appeal. Once again retirees will be part of the University campaign. Norm Long is representing us on the overall campaign committee. You should have received a letter from him inviting you to participate in this most vital program for members in our community. If you did not get a letter and pledge card, contact Norm at 257-2339.


Have you obtained your retiree photo identification card?

Many of those who have retired have obtained a photo identification card for themselves and their spouses but not everyone. If you haven’t taken advantage of this opportunity, you are urged to do so. The card also is available to a survivor of a retiree. To obtain a card, go to the ID Centre in Room 400, University Centre, Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The people there will do the rest. It is a good idea for spouses to go together when they get their card as this will speed up the process. If you are driving to the campus, the new parkade right behind the Faculty of Nursing makes it very easy to get to University Centre.

If you are wondering about the benefits of having this card, there are several. First, it will let you use the facilities of the Frank Kennedy Building and the Brodie Centre at no cost. Second, it will provide you with access to the services of the University Libraries, at no cost. Third, you will be able to obtain a computer account at the University which gives you free access to the University e-mail system and the Internet from your home for 30 hours per month. Fourth, there are a number of businesses which provide discounts to holders because they are associated with the University.


Waiving of audit fee for retirees

We were hoping the University would be willing to waive the audit fee for retirees between the ages of 55 to 65 wanting to audit university credit courses. Unfortunately, the committee reviewing tuition fees did not support this expectation. However, retirees in this age category can enrol in courses for credit and will have their tuition fee refunded upon successful completion of the course.

For retirees who are 65 and over both the application and course fees are waived upon meeting eligibility requirements and being admitted to an academic unit. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 474-8808.


Have you seen the new look of the University Club?

Throughout the summer the University Club underwent extensive renovations, resulting in a completely new look suited for the new millennium. The space has been opened up with the relocation of the bar and the new food servery lines. To satisfy your palate, there is a new luncheon menu and a revised wine list. New artwork is on display from Gallery 1.1.1. So the next time you are on the Fort Garry Campus, drop in for a really pleasant surprise.

The popular Friday afternoon events continue to take place at the Club. It is a wonderful way to start the weekend. Also, if you are holding a party, having a reception or marking a special event, think of the University Club. It provides catering services, either on site or at your residence. The prices are very competitive and the food is outstanding.

If you were a member before you retired, you may be eligible for an honorary membership. For more information, contact Franca Vlahos, Executive Director, at 474-6838 or at fvlahos@ms.umanitoba.ca.


Where are you?

Each time we mail out the Retirees’ News, several are returned indicating the recipient has moved. While we can track retirees who receive their pension from the University of Manitoba Pension Plan, it is not possible to do so for those who are not part of the Plan. So when you do move, please let us know so that we can make sure you continue to receive the Bulletin and the Retirees’ News.


Is there anyone thinking about the interests of retirees?

The answer is, “Yes”. A group, consisting of: Bernice Furlong, Helen Glass, Bob Hudson, Norm Long, Nora Losey, John Markham, Vera Moroz, John Mundie, John Steele, Steve Stothers and Edith Williams, meets twice a year to talk about matters of interest to retirees. As we were employed in a variety of areas within the University, we do not represent any particular employee segment. Kathy Vitt, Business Officer with Human Resources, is the University’s representative on this committee.

In addition, there is a sub-group which has a particular interest in looking at the benefits available to retirees. This group is headed by Nora Losey. Those working with Nora are Janet Baldwin, Bernice Furlong, Paul Lindsay, John Markham, John Mundie and Ian Rollo.

We are most interested in receiving your ideas about things that should be considered. You can pass them on to Kathy Vitt or John Mundie. Kathy can be reached at (204) 474-8359, fax (204) 474-7505 or Kathy_Vitt@umanitoba.ca. John can be reached at (204) 256-8245 or mundie@Ms.UManitoba.CA.

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