January Program -- Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2 p.m., Peterson Room, IU Foundation. -- David A. Brenneman, the new director of the Eskenazi Museum of Art, will describe the changes coming to IU's art museum. The museum will close from May 2017 until Spring 2020 for a $20 million renovation.
United Way Update -- "I have every confidence that we'll make the goal and possibly even exceed it," Doris Burton told retirees at the Dec. 14 holiday luncheon. Harriet Pfister announced that the IURA was 85.5 percent of its way toward its lofty United Way goal of $170,000. Of the 175 retiree donors who have pledged $145,382 to date, 67 are Vanguards, contributing $1,000 or more. Wain Martin, the third member of IURA's United Way leadership team, conferred the distinction "generous and illustrious" on those assembled.
Those who have not made a commitment yet should specify IU Retirees Association as the giving unit. Historically the amount pledged by IU retirees has made up 10 percent of the total raised by United Way.
Holiday Luncheon -- IURA members and guests joined together in the Peterson Room at the IU Foundation for the Holiday Luncheon and a program featuring the Singing Hoosiers.
Cybersecurity Offense and Defense -- "I may be attacked a thousand times and repel 999 attempts, but if I lose one, I've lost," Dennis Cromwell told retirees gathered at the November meeting. Associate vice president for client services and support at IU, Dennis offered retirees tips on online security.
UITS has created a quick reference guide, "Five ways to be more cybersecure." It is available at www.indiana.edu/~iura/5 ways.pdf".
Speech and Hearing Benefits -- According to Bruce Jaffee, chair of the IURA Benefits Committee, the standard $80 fee for hearing evaluation exams at IU's Speech and Hearing Clinic is completely waived for those with IU retiree status. See March newsletter for additional details.
Retiree Benefits: News from HR-- IU's Human Resources has appointed Karen Hill as its new liaison to the IURA. Retirees may address specific questions about benefits to Karen at email@example.com, 812-856-4459.
Committees for 2016-17 -- Program: Doug Porter (chair), Bill cGregor, Suzanne Phillips, Carol Stokes. (Resource members) Joan Curts, Johnn Hobson, Dick and Maribeth McKaig) Hospitality: Martha Wailes (chair), Mary Ellen Anderson, Suzanne Phillips, Carol Stokes. (Resource: Harriet Pfister). Newswatch: Judy Schroeder; Database Manager: Doris Wittenburg; Webmaster: Suzann Owen; Historian: Bob Dodd; and Retiree Benefits: Bruce Jaffee.
Membership Dues -- The membership form is available on line. IURA welcomes to membership a large number of University employees who recently accepted the IU early retirement package.
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