April Program -- Wednesday, April 12, 2 p.m., Peterson Room, IU Foundation. -- Rob Stone, M.D., will speak about palliative care when retirees gather in April. Dr. Stone is the associate director of IU Health Bloomington Hospice and medical director of the palliative care program. The meeting will also function as the annual meeting of the IU Retirees Association. See March newsletter for more information.
Nominations for Board Members -- At the Annual Meeting, the nominating committee will present three candidates for three-year terms on the IURA board. The candidates are Joe Miller, Suzanne Phillips, and Carol Stokes. Suzanne and Carol's terms on the board expire this year and they are up for re-election. Martha Wailes, whose term expires this year, has chosen not to seek re-election.See March newsletter for more information.
United Way Update -- IU retirees have exceeded the 2017 United Way goal of $170,000 by giving or pledging $174,367. That came from 203 with 79 participating as Vanguards.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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