The purpose of the Association is to enhance the retiree associations at member schools through the sharing and exchange of information relevant to retirees. The principal vehicle for this is a yearly conference rotated among the member institutions. The theme of this year's conference held at Michigan State University focused on the economic, intellectual, health and financial conditions affecting retirees. MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon shared her views on issues affecting universities and responded to thoughtful questions from the audience. Speakers covered the four focus areas and guests were treated to a bus tour of the MSU campus, which is reported to be the largest physical campus in the country. In addition to concerns relevant to retirees, the annual conference provides an opportunity for the host institution to showcase its programs and facilities. Membership is open to retiree associations of all Big Ten universities currently numbering fourteen. Each member association is entitled to two representatives on the governing board that convenes once a year at the annual conference.