Welcome to the UNL Emeriti and Retirees Association

Julie Johnson portrait

A special welcome to all our new members who are officially retired from UNL. Whether you are a former faculty member, administrator, support staff, or one of the many former employees of UNL, we welcome you and we hope you find a welcoming atmosphere in our association’s activities.

Fall is always an exciting time. To me, it means new beginnings. New students are coming to campus; children and grandchildren are starting school and our lives just seem to “gear up” for whatever the future holds for the remainder of this year and next. Even though I have been busy as your President since January, I am eager to begin our fall activities and continue our work. I am excited about our new members, the fresh opportunities we are exploring, and new activities we will be experiencing before the end of the year.

The NU Foundation Luncheon, held at the Cornhusker Marriott on Thursday, September 28, will open our fall programming. Representatives from upper administration, the Alumni Association, and the Foundation will welcome you and speak briefly about new initiatives for this coming year.

On October 17 Mike Boehm, Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Nebraska Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will speak at our monthly luncheon in the East Campus Union. Dr. John Woollam, George Holmes Distinguished University Professor, will speak at our November 16 meeting on why would a professor start a business? Both presentations will offer the intellectual stimulation our luncheons are known for.

Our social calendar for the fall offers an interesting tour and fun social events. A Love Library tour combined with hearing the Chiara String Quartet will be on October 11. This will be followed by a Halloween Party on October 30, a coffee on November 20, and a holiday party on December 14. Stay tuned for all the details about these events. Also remember the International Affairs Discussion Group and their meetings.

Past President, Jim Greisen, President-Elect Rita Kean and I have visited with Chancellor Green twice this past year and also with President Bounds and Provost Fritz. All of the meetings were extremely positive. Suggestions and support were offered and each administrator was very pleased with our work. Moving to a more inclusive organization was seen as an important step in our evolution.

Your Board has developed a new brochure this year with the help of students from Jacht (a Journalism and Mass Communications sponsored group). We are proud to have the new brochure available to give all recent retirees and other interested individuals or groups.

Again, welcome back from summer activities. I know we’ll have a great fall! See you soon.

Julie Johnson, President
jjohnson1@unl.edu