March 2016 Board Minutes

March 2016 Board Minutes

Members Present: Nancy Aden, John Comer, Duane Eversoll, Jack Goebel, Jim Griesen, Julie Johnson, Doug Jose, Rita Kean, Jeff Keown, Kay Rockwell, Al Seagren

Jim Griesen, President, called the meeting to order at 1:00 pm.

  1. Alumni Association Update – Andrea Cranfield.
    Andrea introduced Jordan Gonzales, Assistant Director of Student Programs. Jordan explained the Alumni Association is expanding its role at UNL Commencement. He invited Emeriti faculty to collaborate with the Young Alumni Group to serve as a welcoming committee for graduates and their families at commencement. The welcoming group would greet graduates and their families as they enter the Pinnacle Bank Arena, help seat them and answer any questions the graduates/families may have about the ceremony. Jordon stated there would be a training session before the start of both the graduate (1:00 PM Friday, May 6) and undergraduate (7:30 AM, Saturday, May 7) commencement ceremonies. Volunteers will receive a premier parking pass that will allow access to the parking garage. At least 20 Emeriti faculty are needed for both graduate and undergraduate spring commencements. Jordan Gonzales <> needs to be notified of participating emeriti faculty by April 20. It was agreed that an announcement of the opportunity be made at the March 22 luncheon and an email announcing the opportunity will be sent to the Emeriti Association members.

  2. Memory Moments:

    Beryle Irene Adams – wife of Charles H. Adams – Animal Science
    Walter Thaine Bagley- Forestry
    Mary Ellen Ahler Chambers Bodman- Interior Design
    Fred Holbert – Criminal Justice
    Robert M. (Bob) Koch – Animal Science
    Barbara A. Kuhn- Modern Languages
    Marley Tobian- Dental Hygiene

  3. Treasurer’s Report – Jack Goebel.


    Wisherd Funds (Spendable Funds) $16,711.00
    Emeriti 9,973.00
    Big 10 Conference 2,620.00
    Wells Fargo 9,474.00
  4. Emeriti Luncheon Programs - Julie Johnson.

    • March 22, 2016. Julie reported that as of March 15, 60 persons indicated they would attend the luncheon. The speaker for the luncheon is Dr. Nick Brozovic, Director of Policy for the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska.
    • Julie distributed a handout listing the spring 2016 and fall 2016 luncheon dates and ideas for potential topics/speakers for 2017 (see Attachment A). Discussion followed. Board Members agreed to contact the following persons to arrange for future luncheon speakers for fall 2016 and spring 2017:

      Fall 2016
      November 17.
      Dona Gene Barton, Department of Political Science <> “After the Election” (Julie Johnson will make contact.

      Spring 2017
      Chuck Schroder, Executive Director Rural Futures Institute (Jim Griesen will make contact).
      Susan Weller, Director, Morrill Hall Museum (Doug Zatechka will make contact).
      Jane Potter, Professor Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, UNMC (Jim Griesen will make contact).

      Julie asked for additional ideas for speakers
      >Duane Eversoll recommended Jim Goeke, Geologist formerly in North Platte, and now living in Lincoln

    • John Comer suggested luncheon dates be established for the 2017 year. The following were agreed upon by the Board:
      Tuesday, January 17, 2017
      Thursday, February 16, 2017
      Tuesday, March 21, 2017
      Thursday, April 20, 2017
      Tuesday, October 17, 2017
      Thursday, November 16, 2017

      The annual Emeriti Board Retreat is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

  5. Emeriti Fall Foundation Luncheon- Julie Johnson. Julie asked for suggestions for speaker for the September luncheon held at the Chancellor’s Club. She will check on the date and facility.

  6. Membership Expansion Committee Report & Discussion- Jim Griesen.

    Jim reported that he and Committee members met with Bruce Currin who suggested the membership be expanded to all UNL retirees. This is the model for most of the Big 10 schools. Currin stated that Human Resources will cooperate and provide a list to the retirement group each spring listing those persons eligible for retirement. The Alumni Association was also supportive.

    Jim and Committee members were to meet with Currin and Alumni Director Shelley Zaborowski immediately following the current meeting. The Board agreed it best to move forward in terms of exploring a plan to include all retirees within one organization, keeping a separate Emeriti Association for limited social events, but moving all programming to the broader organization.

  7. Committee Reports

    Benefits. Doug Zatechka reported that the official benefits list on the website has been updated and than John Comer for his assistance.

    Coffee House. Nancy Aden announced the next Coffee House will be in May at Crescent Moon. Rita Weeks will serve as the next Coffee House Coordinator.

    Emeriti Oral History. Doug Jose indicated Ron Goble has agreed to assist him. They would like to feature the former Housing Director, Doug Zatechka, who served in the role for 34 years.

    Faculty Senate. Jeff Keown reported that Chancellor Perlman received the 2016 Howard-Pound Award from the Faculty Senate.

    Member Relations. Kay Rockwell (see Attachment B) reminded the Board of the April 7 Coffee (9:30 AM, place tbd) followed by a tour of the Biomedical & Obesity Research Core (BORC) Facility, Ruth Leverton Hall at 10:30 AM.

    It was suggested that the Emeriti Executive Committee meet following the tour at the ECU for its April meeting.

    Newsletters. Julie Johnson noted the deadline for submissions of articles to the 2016 Fall newsletter should be sent to her no later than August 1.

    Big Ten Conference. Julie Johnson passed around a sample of the portfolio/pen that Cooperative Extension will donate (n=50) to the Big 10 Conference attendees in August 2016.

    Website. John Comer indicated that the website is up to date.

    The meeting was adjourned at 2:20 PM. The next Board meeting is Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Alumni Association.

Submitted By: Rita Kean, Secretary