Meeting Minutes

2020

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:00, May 4, 2020, via Zoom

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 am by Wanat who thanked Boe for hosting the meeting.

[In compliance with University of Iowa’s closure of buildings due to the coronavirus pandemic, the council met using Zoom technology. University policy may be found at https://coronavirus.uiowa.edu. On March 23, the policy stated: “Buildings are closed to the public….  Those entering buildings should do so only to complete a specific activity or task, such as record a lecture or pick up a book, and then leave.”]

Attendance: Berman, Boe, Cobb, Fleckenstein, Gilbert, Hines, Johnson, Menninger, Mitros, Shirazi, Stoner Valde, Vlastos, Wanat.

Absent: Donham.

Approval of March Minutes: Berman

Report on EFC committee assignments:

Elections: Gilbert (Chair), Mitros, Vlastos, Boe (consultant): Gilbert reported that the ballot was ready to go and that Boe will send it out with a two-week window for responding. Various details were worked out.  Thanks given.

Program: Stoner (Chair), Johnson, Wanat, Berman, Fleckenstein: discussion of rescheduling Pharmacy visit

Lecture Series: Gilbert (Chair), Gussin (Consultant): four lectures are scheduled for fall.

Communications/Website: Boe (Chair), Fleckenstein; there will be some upgrading after elections.

Reports from Liaisons with University committees/organizations:

Campus planning: Hines, Donham: none

FRIC: Shirazi, Valde: Valde's report is attached.

UIRA: Vlastos, Cobb: Greyhawk newsletter was cited, as was site for photo winners.

Research Council: Berman: none

Library: Gilbert, Johnson: none

Faculty Senate/Council: Mitros: Mitros's report is attached.

Hancher: Valde: none

Recreation Services: Donham: none

Senior College: Boe, Donham, Johnson, Mitros, Wanat: cancelled classes will be reoffered for spring; instructors were paid $500; refunds were being made.

Parking and Transportation: Stoner, Boe: Stoner report is attached.

Old Business:

Status of election process and length of terms was taken up above.

Letter of Support to President and Provost has been sent. Thanks to Menninger on this effort.

New Business:

Questions for Provost’s office regarding emeritus reviews and the weight they give our advice. Need to have information on different appointment practices in different colleges and their evolution.

Our regret that we did not have an annual luncheon and  Provost's lecture and look forward to hearing from her in the future

Transition to next year: Fleckenstein will take up role as secretary.  Gilbert asked for information on preferences for committee assignments.

Thank you to Boe, Donham, Johnson, Menninger, Stoner

Very large thank you to Wanat with much applause, emojis and other noise-making.

Next Meeting:   September 8, 2020

Respectfully submitted: Constance Berman

Valde report on FRIC meeting May 2, 2020

Summary

1.Two meetings will be scheduled in September to set new rates.

2.UIHC Specialty Pharmacy gave a presentation. Stated that surveys regarding satisfaction with services were positive. Discussed trends that more specialty drugs will be coming and that they will continue to be more expensive. They will provide an annual report to FRIC.

3. Covid-19 response. New employees will now have online orientation. All plans will cover Telehealth calls with no co-pay during this crisis. Covid-19 testing will be free and so will the vaccine if and when available, and no co-pay for treatment.

Retirement plans: If you or family have Covid-19 and need to take some distribution from Retirement plan or have other issues contact TIAA directly. No employees to date have been furloughed due to Covil-19.

4. As of January 1, 2020 and until December 31, 2020 over the counter drugs and menstrual products are reimbursable without a Dr. prescription. An announcement will be coming.

5. A review of Active Employee death benefits was given.

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Stoner' report on Parking and Transportation:

            "Due to the major impacts the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on the community, and specifically the University Parking and Transportation Department, we have decided to cancel our Parking and Transportation Charter Committee Meeting scheduled for Friday, April 10th.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope everyone is finding ways to stay safe and well during this uncertain time." 

            "Here is an update from Erin about what their office has been doing the past few weeks:

 

Modified parking assignments for UIHC faculty / staff during this time

Modified CAMBUS routes in response to campus and UIHC needs, with a focus on maintaining social distances on all routes

Removed cash handling from all parking facilities and relying on pay stations

Construction projects continue for the time being

Vanpool continues

I-380 continues and has added peak hours buses to promote social distancing

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Mitros' report on Faculty Senate Meeting 28 April 2020

Note: Zoom meeting; audio was garbled at times, which interfered with my ability to take notes. There were three major presentations:

1. Next iteration of Campus Climate Survey for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Bria Marcelo): The next survey will be this Fall (September 21 –October 2). The usual timing for the survey (Spring) will return in 2021. Twenty items from the previous survey are kept, with new items added (e.g., dealing with possible bias in hospital treatment)

2. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion “Teaser” presentation: Topic –Practicing Pronouns. The presenter, Steven Edwards, spent a fairly long time detailing the reasons why this is important, and giving examples of such pronouns (e.g., Ze, Hir, Hire and they, them, their). He pointed out that use of these pronouns trumps rules of grammar. In large groups, default is to use student names; in one on one, ask student for preference. He said that a handout would be e-mailed to us; it has not yet been received.

3. New Approach to Evaluating Faculty Teaching: Annette Beck and Ken Brown –there is a task force to revise ACE (Assessing the Classroom Environment). The plan is to increase the voice of the students with a caveat as to the necessity of guarding against possible bias in the student's evaluation of TA’s and women who are instructing them.

Note: The winners of the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence and for the Michael J. Brody Awards were announced. There were multiple recipients for each award, but poor audio did not allow me to write down an accurate list.

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

 

9:30-11:30, April 6, 2020, Meeting on Zoom

 

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 am by Wanat who thanked Boe for hosting the meeting.

[In compliance with University of Iowa’s closure of buildings due to the coronavirus pandemic, the council met using Zoom technology. University policy may be found at https://coronavirus.uiowa.edu. On March 23, the policy stated: “Buildings are closed to the public….  Those entering buildings should do so only to complete a specific activity or task, such as record a lecture or pick up a book, and then leave.”]

 

Attendance: Berman, Boe, Cobb, Donham, Hines, Fleckenstein, Gilbert, Johnson, Menninger, Mitros, Shirazi, Valde, Vlastos, Wanat.

 

Absent: Stoner.

 

Remembrances:

 

Gilbert Banker, Pharmacy, 2/16/2020

Laura Hart, Nursing, 4/1/2020

 

New Emeritus Faculty:

 

            Stephen Arndt, 7/1/2020, Medicine/Psychiatry

            Wallace Alward, 7/1/2020, Medicine/ Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

            James Amos, 7/1/2020, Medicine/Psychiatry

            Alan Christensen, 7/1/2020, CLAS/Psychological Brain Sciences

            Russell Ciochon, 7/1/2020, CLAS/Anthropology

            Sukumar Ghosh, 7/1/2020, CLAS/Computer Science

            Jan Gratama, 5/15/2020, CLAS/Art and Art History

            Lynne Himmelreich, 3/31/2020, Medicine/Obstetrics/Gynecology

            Surjit Khurana, 2/14/2020, CLAS/Mathematics

            Walter Lawrence, 7/1/2020, Medicine/Surgery

            Linda McCarter, 6/1/2020, Medicine/Microbiology & Immunology

            Patricia Meredith, 12/31/2019, Dentistry/Operative Dentistry

            Jerald Moon, 6/30/2020, CLAS/Communication Sciences & Disorders

            Farlye Nothwehr, 11/2/2020, Public Health/Community Behavioral Health

            Jane Paulsen, 2/29/2020, Medicine/Psychiatry

            Larry Robertson, 3/31/2020 Public Health/Occupational & Environmental Health

            Thomas Schmidt, 7/2/2020, Medicine/Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

            Erwin Shibata, 2/5/2020, Medicine/Internal Medicine

            Frederick Smith, 6/20/2020, CLAS/Religious Studies

            Victoria Steelman, 6/20/2020, Nursing

            John-Mark Stensvaag, 5/15/2020, Law

            Scott Temple, 7/1/2020, Medicine/Psychiatry

            Jon Winet, 6/30/2020, CLAS/Art and Art History

           

March minutes were approved.

 

Report on EFC committee assignments:

 

Elections: Gilbert (Chair), Mitros, Vlastos, Boe (consultant)

Gilbert reported and led discussion on status of candidate selection and timeline for ballots.

Program: Stoner (Chair), Johnson, Wanat, Berman, Fleckenstein

Fleckenstein assured the council that a future meeting and tour of the College of Pharmacy can be arranged in the 2020-2021 academic year when pandemic restrictions are lifted.

Lecture Series: Gilbert (Chair), Gussin (Consultant)

Gilbert reported that two lectures have been postponed for spring semester in compliance with pandemic restrictions. Two lectures remain on the schedule for fall semester.

Communications/Website: Boe (Chair), Fleckenstein

Boe and Fleckenstein presented the newly formatted website. Fleckenstein is assuming duties of chair when Boe’s term on EFC ends.

 

Reports from Liaisons with University committees/organizations:

 

[Most committees have not met, in compliance with University and State of Iowa Covid-19  policies limiting gatherings to 10 people.]

 

Campus planning: Hines, Donham

 

FRIC: Shirazi, Valde

Johnson reported on March 6 meeting. The rollout of UI Select , a low cost program for healthy participants, had limited participation, primarily by young beneficiaries.

 

UIRA: Vlastos, Cobb

UIRA events for spring and summer have been cancelled. Election of officers and fall activities were discussed using the Gray Hawk newsletter as a source of information.

 

Library: Gilbert, Johnson

 

Research Council: Bermann

 

Faculty Senate/Council: Mitros

 

Hancher: Valde

 

Recreation Services: Donham 

Donham gave an overview of this Presidential Committee (see Appendix A).

 

 

Senior College: Boe, Donham, Johnson, Mitros, Wanat

 Boe explained that two courses for spring were cancelled. Future offering of cancelled courses is not known. Fall course schedule is complete.

 

Parking and Transportation: Stoner, Boe

 

Old Business:

Status of election process and length of terms: see Elections committee report.

 

New Business:

Letter of Support to President and Provost: Council approved letter (drafted by Menninger) commending University support of students, faculty, and staff during period of on-line learning and working from home while campus is closed (See Appendix B.)

Emeritus Status Review: Provost request for review of emeritus case was approved. Council will make plans for formal discussion with Associate Provost regarding guidelines to review exceptional emeritus cases.

Transition to next year: Gilbert mentioned searching for secretary.

 

Next Meeting: May 4, 2020 (via Zoom if campus remains closed) 

 

 

Appendix A:

Recreational Services Charter Committee Meeting

Friday, March 6, 2020

11:30am – 12:30pm

 

In attendance:

Charter Committee Members – Isabella Blackman, Kelley Donham, Paul Hanley, Melinda Licht, Gary Pierce, Mallory Stolt, Kelsie Tingle

Recreational Services Staff – Brian Baxter, David Conrads, Michelle Harder, Zane Hugo, Vicki Jaeger, CJ Jason, Mark Johnson, Pat Kutcher, Shea McMurray, Matt Schaefer, Shelley Squier, Erin Sullivan, Chuck Thomas, JT Timmons, Shannon Tumelty, Mallory Valentine, Mike Valentine, Mili Veselinovic

Welcome and Introductions: Kelsie Tingle and Michelle Harder, Senior Associate Director, Recreational Services

AGENDA AND DISCUSSION ITEMS:

Tennis Program Presentation: Mili Veselinovic, Assistant Tennis ProfessionalTennis Team:

4 Senior/Full Time Staff: Michele Conlon, Fred Pedersen, Calvin Song, Mili Veselinovic

29 Part Time Instructors

26 Front Desk Employees

Tennis Facts:8 indoor courts

6 of our 8 indoor courts are smart courts, which allow video recording

12 outdoor courts

6 tournaments (including smashers)

1 professional tournament

Partnership with Sports and Rec Management to operate the event

Iowa Tennis Association tournament

Over 5000 kids in camps and clinics last summer

85 adult league players each week

25 USTA Adult League meets

20-25 UI Varsity meets

2,000 tennis balls

Tennis Programs:Junior Programs

4 Hawkeye Tennis Academy levels

Group classes

Adult Programs

Cardio tennis

Beginner and Intermediate group instruction

Private Lessons

100+ weekly lessons

Club and Leagues

UI Tennis Club

Diversity and Inclusion:

International Tennis League (ITC)

18 USTA Women’s Tennis Teams

Men’s League

Junior Tennis League

Senior Tennis League 75+

Tennis Programs for youth with special needs

Wheelchair tennis

Outreach and Recruitment:

Junior Tennis: 200 athletes around Iowa

Girls State High School Tournament

High School practices

High School district meets

Youth at Risk summer program

Downtown Block Party

School visits

Challenges:

More indoor court space needed

Pickleball space

Air-conditioning

Question – Do you oversee any other courts on campus?

Mili Veselinovic – No we don’t.

Discussion on COVID-19: JT Timmons, Director, Recreational Services

Coronavirus.uiowa.edu – University is directing all questions to the website

What have we done?

Upcoming travel: LLS courses – spring break

There is no travel ban within US. Recreational Services does not have any bans/restrictions. We will have a liberal cancellation/refund policy.

Sports Clubs Travel

Staff Travel

 National conference- spent time on the phone with NIRSA HQ. Conference is still in plans. They now have a website up with information about travel.

Facilities – digital signage through DSL. Posters, table tents, etc.

Revolution Antibacterial Wipes – demonstrated effective against COVID-19

Discussion with staff- brainstorming session to try to think everything through.

We are taking as many precautions as we can and trying to be proactive and gauge what other campuses are doing. Illinois has been given the okay to reduce hours or shut down if needed. We’ll be having those discussions too.

Question – Can we have more tissues located in the Rec?

Shea McMurray – We’ll walk through our facilities to find locations to add tissues.

Question – Gym wipes are used for hard, non-porous equipment, does it work for mats, seats, etc.?

Brian Baxter – Yes, for their classification, all those items are counted as hard and non-porous.

Question – Could you add more signs around the mats, so people are reminded to clean mats?

JT Timmons – We already have signs out but will work with the staff to remind people to clean the mats.

Question – What about student IDs? Do you have anything to wipe off the student IDs?

JT Timmons – We will encourage the use of our mobile app. We do have hand sanitizer located at all our desk locations.

Question – Sometimes when I workout I notice that the wipe stations are out. Can you be more vigilant about changing wipes?

JT Timmons – Yes we can. Could you also please notify the front desk if wipes are empty.

Men’s Anti-Violence Council (MAC): JT Timmons, Director, Recreational Services

We’ve heard some of our users being uncomfortable in the buildings

People have felt like they have been watched

Design of Field House vs. CRWC - Not an open concept at FH. Open sight lines at CRWC.

We’re going to do a program in April to address some of this.

Weeklong opportunity to educate on what’s appropriate and acceptable.

They will share some of the educational goals of their group. This fits in with our ideas of changing the culture.

We need to consider this when going through the design process.

Question – Mallory, can you talk about the survey regarding inclusivity.

Mallory Valentine – We’ve had 1500 responses. The results show that the 1st floor of the CRWC does come across as intimidating and can make people uncomfortable.

Update on P & S Searches: Michelle Harder, Senior Associate Director, Recreational Services

Assistant Director, Fitness & Wellness – Drew Ferderer

Assistant Director, Iowa Raptor Project – Ryan Anthony

Assistant Director, Sport Programs – Offer has been made, waiting for response

Assistant Director, Facility Operations – Currently conducting on-campus interviews

Assistant Director, Aquatics – Position has been posted and will close March 13

New Business:

Over 500 students attended Rec After Dark

Rowing Comp and Swim Meets in February

Pow Wow at Field House in April

Discussion with staff on upcoming election – supporting people- patrons, staff, and ourselves

Closing Remarks: Michelle Harder, Senior Associate Director, Recreational Services

Will try to set next meeting for April

 

Appendix B: Letter to President Harreld and Provost Fuentes (sent April 7, 2020)

 

Dear President Harreld and Provost Fuentes:

The Emeritus Faculty Council, on behalf of the University of Iowa Association of Emeritus Faculty, commends the support that the University of Iowa is giving our students, faculty, and staff in these troubling times. Especially, we applaud the flexibility shown in regard to instruction and grading of students, to extension of probationary and tenure clocks of faculty, and to continuation of payments to faculty, staff, and student hourly employees.

Tough times test everyone’s flexibility and generosity. Emeritus faculty are pleased and proud

that our University demonstrates both.

 

 

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes
9:30-11:30
March 2, 2020, 2520B, UCC

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 am by Wanat.

Attendance: Berman, Boe, Cobb, Donham, Fleckenstein, Gilbert, Johnson, Menninger, Stoner, Wanat, Vlastos

Absent: Hines, Mitros, Shirazi, Valde

Approval of February Minutes: Berman

Motion to turn to New Business first was made and unanimously approved:

New Business:Request for Emeritus Status Review by Provost's Office was discussed and approved. This was followed by discussion of issue more widely.

  • Elections: Mitros, Vlastos and Deadlines for EFC elections
  • Program: Stoner (Chair), Johnson, Wanat, Berman, Fleckenstein
  • Lecture Series: Gilbert (Chair), Gussin (Consultant); March 10 talk by Zebrow
  • Communications/Website: Boe (Chair), Fleckenstein (website will be run by Fleckenstein

Reports from Liaisons with University committees/organizations:

  • Campus planning: Hines, Donham
  • FRIC: Shirazi, Valde
  • UIRA: Vlastos, Cobb; UIRA luncheon will be on April 15
  • Research Council: Berman
  • Library: Gilbert, Johnson, Boe commended special collections. Gilbert report is attached.
  • Faculty Senate/Council: Mitros report is attached.
  • ancher: Valde
  • Recreation Services: Donham
  • Senior College: Boe, Donham, Johnson, Mitros, Wanat/li>
  • Parking and Transportation: Stoner, Boe

Speaker:

  • Joe Bilotta, Director, Campus Master Planning,described Campus Planning as taking information from President, Provost, Student Live, Athletics, and UIHC and bringing them into a common, coordinated plan. He gave us the example of plans for an Iowa River Corridor: Access to that discussion of the plan will be linked on our website
 

"Campus Planning Emeritus.pdf" on Dropbox.

Next Meeting: April 6, 2020 at new Pharmacy building:Instructions have been forwarded to the committee.

Final Meeting of Council:  May 4, 2020

Annual meeting of Emeritus Faculty: Monday May 18, 2010:  10 am to 1 pm.

Appendix A: Mitros's Summary of Faculty Senate Meeting (11 Feb 20)

The meeting started with a moment of silence in memory of Jeff Cox (past Senate president) who had recently died.

The next item was a discussion of the Path Forward Student Success Group by Cornelia Lang, Co-chair of the group. The main purpose of the group is to implement the strategic plan provided by the Provost’s office. The current main thrust is to look at those classes with a large class size, because in such classes there is a high rate of poor student grades (D, F, or W). These range from 10% to 40% of students in these courses, and are closely related to poor retention and graduation rates. Most such classes of this size are in CLAS, and so that has been the center of attention. The students at risk are often minorities and first generation college students. Results are being compared with peer Universities.

The next report was from the HR Retirement Fund Investment Review Update and Catastrophic Review Committee (Jon Garfinkel and Joni Troester).  Catastrophic leave has now been expanded to include 9-month appointees, but some problems remain to be solved (how to generate days since these individuals don’t accumulate vacation time; issues of anonymity).

The next discussion concerned the Blue Light phones and the RAVE app. There are 23 such phones across campus, and they cost $25,00 per year to maintain. Often 2 or 3 are out of service. They were best technology when first installed in the 90s, but concerns have been raised (a person being threatened should not stay at the phone; there are not enough phones to cover the whole campus). A new app (RAVE) was described, and is available to students, faculty, and staff (who have a uiowa e-mail address). Since most individuals have cell phones this allows for easy access to Security anywhere on campus (and allows Security to locate the individual using GPS). Many students have not yet downloaded the app and linked with Security. There is no plan to remove the Blue Light phones currently.

There was a short presentation by a student of a plan to encourage students and their mentors to meet together for meals.

The final presentation was by Brianna Marcelo, the Director of Diversity Resources. She gave a short presentation of how to train faculty to deal with uncomfortable situations. This involved Senators pairing up and going through a role-playing exercise.

Appendix B: Gilbert on Library Committee Meeting, February 6, 2020.

Report on Strategic Planning

Essentially, the Library staff had already started on their own Diversity, Engagement, Inclusivity plan, and then folded that work into the required University Strategic Plan.  Sara Scheib reported on the process that began in September 2019, with weekly meetings, two different listening posts (Main Library and Hardin Library), and a student survey.  The draft strategic plan has been submitted to the Provost’s office, will get feedback, and will then be shared with the library staff for another round of discussions and listening posts.   The final version should be done in early May.

Library recognition of CLAS promotion and tenure.

For some time, the Library has recognized CLAS faculty on promotion and tenure by giving the faculty member a chance to recommend a book for the library which is then added to the collection and which contains a special bookplate.   John Culshaw raised several problems, namely that this process is limited to one college and the question of costs (a faculty member can ask for a book that costs up to $400, and then there are costs associated with cataloging).   After some discussion, the committee agreed that perhaps this recognition should be extended to all colleges, but in a less expensive form.   Culshaw will consult with Acquisitions and Cataloging to see whether something like a digital bookplate, recognizing the achievement, but not actually buying more books, might be possible.

The committee then moved to the Exhibition Gallery to see the latest exhibition, “The Pull of Horses.”

Submitted by Miriam Gilbert

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes
9:30 - 11:00 AM, 
February 3, 2020, 2530B UCC.

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 AM by Wanat.

Attendance: Berman, Boe, Cobb, Donham, Fleckenstein, Gilbert, Johnson, Menninger, Stoner, Wanat , Vlastos

Absent: Hines, Mitros, Shirazi, Valde

Remembrances: Chong Lim Kim, CLAS, 6/25/2019; Jonathan Cryer, CLAS, 12/11/2019; Gerhard Loewenberg, CLAS, 12/28/2019

New Emeritus Faculty:

Timothy Brennan, Medicine, 6/1/2109
Susan Birrell, CLAS, 12/20/2019
Jill Cawiezell, Nursing, 1/1/2020
Robert Cook, CLAS, 1/1/2020
William Eichinger, Engineering, 12/20/2019
Lawrence Fritts, CLAS, 7/1/2019
Lauren Rabinovitz, CLAS, 12/31/2019
Alvin Snider, CLAS, 6/30/2019
Jinhu Xiong, Engineering, 6/30/2019
Bernd Fritzsch, CLAS, Biology, 1/1/2020
Michel Laronde, CLAS, French & Italian, 1/1/2020
Nicole Peterson, Nursing, 1/1/2020
Erwin Shibata, Medicine, 2/4/2020
Leslie Schrier, Education, 12/21/2019

December Minutes approved.

Speaker: Erin Shane, Associate Director, Parking and Transportation.
          She presented from power-point in Appendix A.  We were impressed by her excellent work in running this division.

Report on EFC committee assignments:

· Elections: Mitros, Vlastos

· Program: Stoner (Chair), Johnson, Wanat, Berman, Fleckenstein

· Lecture Series: Gilbert (Chair), Gussin (Consultant)

· Communications/Website: Boe (Chair), Fleckenstein

Reports from Liaisons with University committees/organizations:

· Campus planning: Hines, Donham

· FRIC: Shirazi, Valde

· UIRA: Vlastos, Cobb. Cobb reported that UIRA seeks officers for President Elect, Secretary and Treasurer.   

· Research Council: Berman. Berman reported considerable discussion at Research Council December meeting on changes in Operations manual regarding research and at January meeting on Strategic Planning.

· Library: Gilbert, Johnson:  Gilbert's report is attached as Appendix B.

· Faculty Senate/Council: Mitros

· Hancher: Valde

· Recreation Services: Donham.  Donham's report is attached as Appendix C.

· Senior College: Boe, Donham, Johnson, Mitros, Wanat

· Parking and Transportation: Stoner, Boe

New Business:

We were informed of the upcoming retirement of Evalyn Van Allen-Shalash (our administrative assistant in the Provost's office).

We were informed of publication of a book on Dr. Ignatio Ponseti, by Thomas M. Cook entitled Clubfoot; The Quest for a Better Life for Millions of Children. We congratulate Dr. Cook.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 am.

Next Meeting: March 2, 2020

Respectfully submitted,

 

Constance Berman, Secretary

 

 

Appendix A:  Outline of Report on Parking and Transportation by Erin Shane, Associate Director of Parking and Transportation  (from her power-point slide.

Current Projects:

Lot 2 changes will result in considerably fewer places.

Parking Master Plan: includes consideration of E-vehicles and charging places.

Transit Study in coordination with city administration:

          •https://transportation.uiowa.edu/transit-study-2019-2020

UIHC Free Patient Parking at UIHC has been instituted and seems to be doing well:

          •https://transportation.uiowa.edu/news-patients-and patient-visitors-parking-ui-hospitals clinics

          •https://transportation.uiowa.edu/university-hospitals-and-clinics-parking

 

Questions from the Council focused on Emeritus Faulty Parking, problems about Library and Museum Parking.

 

Appendix B. Report on Library Committee Meeting, December 6, 2019

The meeting focused primarily on two issues.

 

Questions raised by Shelby Strommer,  co-chair of the Library’s  planning group,

for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA), in accordance with the University’s strategic planning process.   Ms. Strommer asked the committee to function, in effect, as a focus group, dealing with the following issues:

 

 Strengths:  What are the current strengths of the library, the campus, and community that could help advance the institution’s agenda in DEIA?  (Where are there opportunities to build out existing strengths?)

Challenges:   What are the major threats to success in the libraries in advancing DEIA?   (Again these could be internal to the library, at a campus-level, or community-wide).   Where are there opportunities to change those threats into opportunities?

Opportunities:   Where is there the most need and the best opportunities for the libraries to advance campus-level DEIA efforts?   On what specific actions/programs should the library focus in the next 3-5 years?   How will the libraries know they are succeeding?

 

Clearly these are large questions, and the answers ranged from very specific to quite general.   Strengths cited included the library’s outreach programs, the responsiveness to particular issues, the diverse collections, and the next exhibit space.   Challenges almost always took the conversation back to funding!  

 

Paul Soderdahl, Associate University Librarian, presented a Powerpoint on Esploro, a computer program (from Ex Libris) which aims “to create a comprehensive catalog of all publications emanating from The University of Iowa.”   This work is particularly relevant to faculty preparation of the annual Academic Performance Report (APR), a task that many faculty members find difficult.  The idea is to use the technology already available to create a database that will pull together information more clearly and allow faculty to more easily input information (and to then get that information for the APR).  The project is underway and Paul Soderdahl indicated that he hopes it will be released in 2020; faculty researchers will be able to self-deposit information, opt-in to enable a public-facing profile, and to opt-in for two-way ORCID integration. The ORCID initiative focuses on solving the name ambiguity problem by creating persistent unique identifiers and linking mechanisms between different ID schemes and research objects; the acronym means Open Researcher and Contributor ID.

 

There was brief mention of the ongoing negotiations with Elsevier Publishing (or the Elsevier dance) as the library gets proposals, makes a counter-proposal, and, in general, is trying to get the best deal possible for the journal subscriptions.


Submitted by Miriam Gilbert

 

Appendix C. Report on Recreational Services Committee- January 31, 2020

 

The Recreational Services Committee (REC) is one of several “Presidential Charter Committees” listed in the operations manual.  REC provides for mutual governance, communication, and advice to the UI president and staff.

 

Staff reported on activities, which included participants in various programs – e.g.

Group Fitness 8,100

Various classes 4,300

Recreational Services includes the following facilities:

CRWC

Field House

McBride outdoor facility and the Raptor Center

Outdoor equipment rental center

All workout facilities in the various dorms

U.I. Rec Services has most active use following only Ohio State in the Big Ten Conference

Two apps were presented to connect to recreational services:

 https://recserv.uiowa.edu/member-services/plyo-app,

 https://recserv.uiowa.edu/RecServApp

Fees

Student fees = circa $300 per year

U.I. affiliates = circa $400 per year

Fees run, maintain, and pay interest on bonds for the buildings

 

Submitted by Kelley Donham

 

2019

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 - 11:00 AM, December 2, 2019, 2530B UCC.

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM by Wanat.

Attendance: Berman, Boe, Cobb, Donham, Fleckenstein, Gilbert, Johnson, Menninger, Mitros, Shirazi, Wanat

Absent: Hines, Stoner, Valde, Vlastos

There were no notices of remembrances or of new Emeritus Faculty.

Revised minutes for October and November 2019 were approved.

Reports of EFC committees:

Discussion of Elections with Mitros.

Emeritus Faculty Lecture Series: Gilbert

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Philip Lutgendorf

Thursday, February 6, 2020  Nick Colangelo

Tuesday, March 10,  2020 Tricia Zebrowski

Possible lecturers for April and May, 2020 are being contacted.

Reports from Liaisons with University Committees:

Campus planning by Donham,

FRIC by Shirazi,

UIRA by Cobb,

Recreation Services by Donham,

Parking by Boe. 

Senior College: considerable discussion of the most recent accomplishments of Senior College by all.

There was no Old Business.

New Business was a discussion of the changing nature of university leadership and organization as seen by representatives from different colleges.

Next meeting is February 3, 2019

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Constance Berman, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:00 AM, November 4, 2019, 2520B, UCC

Attendance: Berman, Boe, Cobb, Donham, Johnson, Menninger, Mitros Stoner, Valde, Vlastos, Wanat.

Absence: Cobb, Donham, Gilbert, Hines, Shirazi

Election of Council Members: There are two CLAS vacancies at present. Menninger agreed to help on this.

Remembrances of recently deceased emeriti/ae were made: William Lawton, Medicine, 9/18/19; John Nothnagle, CLAS 10/07/19

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Wanat, who welcomed John Menninger to an additional year on the council.  She brought up the discussion of academic appointments from the previous meeting and asked Menninger to act as our Parliamentarian. There was discussion of the meaning of "adjunct" and the history of changing designations in various colleges.  Johnson offered to trace its various meanings across colleges and his offer was accepted. 

Visitors arrived at 10 am: Rebecca Olson, Director of Benefits and Dana Stafford, Assistant Director of Benefits, University of Iowa, Human Resources presented information on changes in benefits' plans for emeritus faculty for 2020. EFC members raised the question of how this information changed with enrollment in Medicare A and B, and were encouraged to send any additional questions to Dana Stafford: 319-335-5711; Dana-Stafford@uiowa.edu.

October 7 minutes were discussed.

No Reports by EFC Committees were made, but that from the library committee sent by Gilbert to Berman is appended.

Next Meeting: December 2, 2019.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Constance Berman, Secretary

 

 

Attachment:  Library Committee meeting:   October 17, 2019, submitted by Gilbert:

John Culshaw, the University Librarian, opened the meeting by saying “There’s so much going on,” and most of the meeting was devoted to his report on new and ongoing projects.

  1. The construction of the new Art Museum has created a lot of implications for the Main Library, primarily in terms of using Parking Lot 3.   That work will continue for 2 years, with particular disruption expected in the summer of 2020, when the work will extend to Madison Street as the old Communications building is taken down.
  2. The Library is working together with the Art Museum and the Pentacrest Museum—fuller report next meeting (December 2019).
  3. The Library will unveil the new portraits of past University presidents on Thursday, October 17th in two separate ceremonies (at the Library and at Hancher).  The portraits will be on display, 5th floor, from Tuesday, October 22nd.   The library has developed course packs of materials related to these portraits, including assignments involving searches for background information.
  4. Strategic Planning will begin in late October and extend for the rest of the calendar year.   Budget season is almost here, with the Budget Review Board meeting on November 1st.   The question was asked:  how will the Library be affected by the new CLAS budget model?   John Culshaw responded that the Library doesn’t generate revenue, and that the University Libraries and the Law Library get about $39 million from General Education funds.   So he’s waiting to see what happens.
  5. The Library has received a grant from the National Library of Medicine over 5 years, which allows the Library to share health information over a 10-state region.
  6. Scanning books by Google.  This project began with Google scanning books in the collections at the University of Michigan and the University of California.   The libraries get a digital version, placed in the Hathi Trust (the name means “elephant”).   Iowa was the last of the Big 10 schools to be involved; already some 70,000 items have been scanned but there are about 150,000 more.   The library has hired a temporary employee to help.

Questions after this report included one about what kind of library parking will be available once the Art Museum construction is finished.   Evidently the lower level parking underneath the Art Museum will have fewer than 50 spaces.   At the moment, the Library has purchased some spaces in Lot 3 so that visitors to particular collections can find a space.

The Sackner Archive, with 75,000 items focusing on concrete and visual poetry, has been donated to the Library, largely because of the already existing International Dada Archive.   A major exhibit will open in April, 2020.  The committee members visited Special Collections to see some of the items in the collection.

 

Submitted by Miriam Gilbert

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:00 AM, October 7, 2019, 2520B, UCC

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Wanat, who welcomed our visitor Professor Steve Goddard, new Dean of CLAS.  Berman introduced him and we went around the table with names.

Attendance: Berman, Boe, Cobb, Donham, Gilbert, Johnson, Menninger (as visitor), Shirazi, Stoner, Valde, Vlastos, Wanat.

Absence: Fleckenstein, Hines, Mitros

Dean's Visit: The first order of business was to hear from Dean Steve Goddard, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who spoke of his program for "Excellence, Impact, and Solving Structural Change." He stressed departmental autonomy and accountability, departments taking students into account and the search for inclusivity or diversity excellence. Dean Goddard expressed a need for more tenure-track positions.  He left at 10:15. The council then turned to other business.

Remembrances of recently deceased emeriti/ae were made: Veronica Brighton, April 29, nursing; Robert Baron, Aug. 15 CLAS; Stephen Foster; Mildred Freel, August 7, Nursing.

Minutes for September 3 EFC meeting were approved.

Election of Council Members: there are two CLAS vacancies. Menninger agreed to help on this.

Reports by EFC Committees:

FRIC Valde

UIRA Cobb

New Business: Two cases were forwarded to EFC by the Provost's office regarding granting emeritus status. Both cases were discussed. A motion and a second were made, the question called and the Council approved recommending to the provost granting emeritus status in the two cases.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Constance Berman, Secretary

 

Attachment: (EFC had discussed this issue earlier.)

 

 

Emeritus, Emerita and Emeriti

The Emeritus Faculty Council (EFC) members from the various UI colleges are frequently asked about the emerita designation by newly retired faculty. The UI operations (OPS) manual allows the use of emerita instead of the default emeritus as a university classification, but the university must be notified. The OPS manual does not specify a preferred method of notifying the university of the request for change of classification.
https://opsmanual.uiowa.edu/human-resources/retirement/emeritus-status-retirees

11.7 Emeritus Status for Retirees (e.)

At present the UI catalog lists no faculty member that has the emerita designation.
http://catalog.registrar.uiowa.edu/faculty/

The EFC encourages the Colleges and Departments of the university to list all their emeritus/emerita faculty on the appropriate collegiate and departmental web pages. The listings can be as simple as name, title, and email address. However, listing of a faculty member as emerita on a departmental web page has no effect on their listing in the catalog or UI directory which will retain the emeritus designation regardless of gender.

The proper use of the emeritus/emerita titles are well established in the UI editorial style guide. This document guides the proper use of these titles in all communications including web pages. The term emeriti is used to address emeritus and emerita faculty together as a group.
https://brand.uiowa.edu/sites/brand.uiowa.edu/files/ui_editorial_style_guide-9-12-2018.pdfFaculty: emeritus/emerita page 29 of 39:  If your department does not list its emeriti faculty on its web page, or does not use emerita along with emeritus, the EFC would be happy to help you negotiate these changes. 
https://uiowa.edu/emeritusfaculty/

 

Submitted by George Johnson Oct-Nov 2019

 

 

 

 

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:00 AM, September 3, 2019, 2520C, UCC

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Carolyn Wanat, who welcomed our new member, Larry Fleckenstein from Pharmacy; each of us introduced ourselves to him.

Attendance: Berman, Boe, Donham, Fleckenstein, Gilbert, Johnson, Menninger (as visitor), Mitros, Stoner, Valde, Vlastos, Wanat.

Absence: Cobb, Hines, Shirazi.

Remembrances of recently deceased emeriti/ae were made and the list updated:

Richard Caplan, August 20, Medicine
Judy Collins, July 30, Nursing
William A. Matthes, May 18, Education
Howard Rogovin, July 8, CLAS
Luis Urdaneta, July 21, Medicine
Robert E. Yager, August 6, Education
Marilyn Zweng, August 13, Education

A list of New Emeritus Faculty was corrected: 

Meredith Alexander, CLAS
Lioness Ayres, Nursing
Max Baker, Medicine
Maria Jose Barbosa, CLAS
Gary Lynn Baumbach, Medicine
Douglas Baynton, CLAS
Howard Butcher, Nursing
Barbara Eckstein, English
David Hingstman, CLAS
David Kearns, Medicine
Raymond Kuthy, Dentistry
Richard Valentine, Engineering
Mickey Wells, Pharmacy

Discussion ensued with regard to how difficult it is to keep catalogues and websites up to date.

Minutes for May 6 EFC meeting, Berman, were approved.

Minutes for May 20 AEF meeting, Gilbert, were approved as corrected.

Election of EFC Vice President and Secretary:  Gilbert as vice president and Berman as secretary were approved.

Election of Council Members: there are two CLAS vacancies at present. Gilbert is currently approaching a short list of possible members; there was some discussion of the possibility that in the case of need, it might be possible to extend Menninger's term.

Reports by EFC Committees:

  Senior College: Donham gave a report on the recent successes of Senior College.  It has moved to all on-line operation for a considerable cost-savings. All classes are full for fall semester.  There was some discussion of how to prevent no-shows and/or to limit numbers of courses in a semester in which any one person could enroll.

Emeritus faculty lectures: Gilbert reported as follows

(all in the 101 Biology Building East at 4 pm).

Tuesday, September 10:   Jeff Murray.  

"Genomic Approaches to Improving Maternal/Child Health in Africa and South Asia:  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Approach to Science and Social Justice"

Thursday, October 17:   Lorraine Dorfman. 

"What Happens When We Retire? Professors in Retirement"

Tuesday, November 12:   Steven Burton

“Governing in Good Faith.”

Tuesday, December 10:  Philip Lutgendorf. 

“Chai Why? The Making of the Indian ‘National Drink’” 

And in the spring (dates to be confirmed)

February:  Nick Colangelo;  March:  Tricia Zebrowski

Emeritus Faculty Council Committee Assignments 2019/20 were discussed; currently the list is as follows:

Elections: Mitros, Vlastos

Program: Stoner (Chair), Johnson, Wanat, Berman, Fleckenstein

Lecture Series: Gilbert (Chair), Gussin (Consultant)

Communications/Website Boe (Chair), Cobb, Fleckenstein

EFC Liaisons with University committees/organizations:

Campus planning: Hines

FRIC: Shirazi, Valde

UIRA: Cobb, Vlastos

Research Council: Berman

Library: Gilbert, Johnson

Faculty Senate/Council: Mitros

Hancher: Valde

Recreation Services: Donham

Senior College: Boe, Donham, Johnson, Mitros, Wanat

Parking and Transportation: Stoner, Boe

Old Business:

There was some discussion of emerita/us designations and revised policy on emeritus status for retirees as found in operations manual update of April 2, 2019.  Johnson will provide Boe with a version for our website.

New Business:

Report on August 26, 2019, meeting with Provost:

Carolyn Wanat, incoming President, Miriam Gilbert, incoming vice President, and Connie Berman, incoming secretary of the Emeritus Faculty Committee met with the new Provost Montserrat Fuentes on August 26, 2019, from 2-3 pm.  Kevin Kregel was also present. The Provost asked each of us to tell her something about ourselves and then to describe the Emeritus Faculty Council and Association.  We described our monthly meetings and the topics we discussed with visitors we had invited: Health Care and Benefits, Emails, Parking, Emeritus/Emerita issues, the new Art museum, etc.  We also discussed the University Committees that we regularly attend: for instance, the Library.  We explained our relationship with the Senior College, with UIRA, and our series of emeritus faculty lectures.

We discussed ways in which we could be mentors on campus, and possibilities of outreach to the State, stressing that we are free agents; that is, a group no longer worried about promotion and tenure or salary increases. We thanked her for the support from the Provost's Office for our activities, discussed ways to keep them more in the loop -- for instance on announcements for lectures.

We asked the Provost to tell us a little about herself and her ambitions for making the faculty and student body more diverse.   It was a pleasant and productive meeting.
 

​​​​​​​There was discussion of possible speakers for the year.

We adjourned at 11:00 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Constance Berman, Secretary

Association of Emeritus Faculty (AEF) Minutes

May 20, 2019, Room 2520D UCC

The meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by John Menninger, the President of the Emeritus Faculty Council.  

A moment of silence was taken in honor of our recently departed colleagues who were listed on the back of the program.  William (Bill) Matthes, Associate Dean of the College of Education, who passed away on May 18, 2019, was remembered.

Council members were introduced to the AEF membership.

President Menninger reported on some of the activities of the Emeritus Faculty Council in the 2018-2019 session, focusing on issues that the Council had discussed:

          Concerns about parking at Iowa River Landing and the Main Library; the latter space has become particularly crowded since more spots have been opened up for students.   Gated lots are now fully automated and emeritus faculty must use an entrance card to get in and out.

          Health benefits.  Merit employees have been folded into UI plans, which has led to the availability of less expensive plans (with fewer benefits).  UI Choice is considered a “Cadillac plan,” and is now approaching the penalty limit, although it’s possible that Congress might raise that limit.   New Wellmark ID cards have been issued.   The ceiling on the University’s contribution to benefits for emeritus faculty will remain.

          The “emerita” designation does not appear, in the University catalogue and/or directory, but may be department-specific; that is, it’s up to the department to make such a designation.

          The library budget is not increasing, while journal subscription costs are up 5-7% per year.   The library took steps to cut those costs by eliminating titles, although approximately one-quarter of the printed titles cut will still be available through digital subscriptions.   The library has 180 student employees and is providing special recognition to those graduating.

          Emeritus status.   The EFC considered three requests for emeritus status which represented departures from the general policy (10 years continuous service at the University).   Two exceptions were recommended, one was not.

          Public Private Partnership (P3).   The University is discussing the possibility of getting an outside contractor to operate and manage selected University facilities; such an arrangement is now underway at Ohio State.  The contractor gives an up-front payment in return for an extended agreement.

          Diversity.  The new description now reads:   Diversity, Equality, Inclusion.

          Demographic Issue.   With the birth rate now lower than the replacement rate, there will be fewer high school students applying to the University, and thus there is a risk of lower numbers of students, and perhaps less prepared students.

Questions asked after the presentation of the issues focused primarily on health care.   One question asked why retirees were in a separate pool and the answer is that it’s a federal requirement. Another question was about the relatively high cost of UI Choice, which is due to the plan offering better benefits.   Given those benefits, people with more health problems tend to stay with UI Choice.   Another question concerned coverage during international travel, with one faculty member asking about the coverage before traveling and being told that there wasn’t such coverage.   That information is inaccurate, since Wellmark does cover international travel, even though Medicare does not.   Of the two Heath Alliance plans, one covers foreign travel, one doesn’t.   Professor Warren Boe, who needed the coverage after an illness in Tasmania, advised that the process of making the claim will take time, but it does work.

Election of new Emeritus Faculty Council members will take place via email notification and forms.

EFC Website:  Professor Warren Boe presented the website, and showed the variety of information and news items available on it.   The link is https://uiowa.edu/emeritusfaculty/

Emeritus Faculty Lectures:   This series, originally created by Professor Gary Gussin, and enjoying the use of the Kollros Auditorium in the Biology Building, continues.  Professor Menninger presented the list of 2018-19 lectures; Professor Miriam Gilbert will chair the committee for 2019-20.   One suggestion from the floor was that announcements include more information about the subject of the talk, and certainly that information could be included in the email publicity.

Senior College.   Professor H. Dee Hoover, Chair of the Senior College Committee, thanked his hard-working committee; the committee also includes members from the UIRA.   In 2017-18, about 1300 people enrolled in the two semesters of courses; in 2018-19, over 1800 people enrolled in 20 courses, and about three-quarters of that number were unique individuals.   This year, the Senior College publicity, brochure, and registration went online, with major help from the Center for University Advancement.   On August 1, 2019, an email will be sent to everyone who is on the Senior College list, with information and the schedule; two weeks later, the website will open up for registration.  

General questions:   One faculty member asked what kind of help/support is available from ITS for emeritus faculty?   Professor Boe mentioned that emeritus faculty still have a University email address and can use Office 365.   But if there is a problem with a specific computer, the faculty member needs to bring that machine in to the ITS Office in Old Capitol.  

After a brief break, Professor Menninger introduced the guest speaker, Dr. Lauren Lessing,  Director of the Stanley Museum of Art.   She joined the University of Iowa community in July, 2018, and is a specialist in American Art.  

Dr. Lessing’s presentation, “A Vision of the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art,” described the recent work of the staff to define the Museum’s role as it enters its sixth decade; she also described and showed pictures (from the architects) of the new Art Museum that is due to open next to Gibson Park in 2022.   She outlined a variety of possibilities for the new museum, not just in terms of making the more than 16,000 objects more available and visible, but performance opportunities in the atrium, a partnership with the Writers’ Workshop, and, of course, overseeing the return of Jackson Pollock’s Mural, as well as a plan to bring Pollock’s Pasiphaë here from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY).    She also reported on the fund-raising campaign; $20 million has been raised, which leaves $5 million of the University’s share still to go.   Ground-breaking has been scheduled for June 7, 2019.  

In response to questions, Dr. Lessing indicated that while raising money for the new Art Museum had to be her first priority, she was also seeking endowments, setting up internships, applying to the Mellon Foundation for funding for more staff.   The Art Museum still has the smallest budget and staff among the Big 10 art museums.

The meeting ended with thanks to Professor John Menninger for his year of chairing the Emeritus Faculty and the Council.   After adjournment, the members enjoyed a buffet lunch, provided by the Office of the Provost.

Submitted by Miriam Gilbert

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

May 6, 2019

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President John Menninger.

Attendance: Berman, Boe, Cobb, Donham, Flanagan, Hines, Johnson, Menninger, Mitros, Valde, Vlastos, Wanat.

Absence: Gilbert (excused), Kuntz, Shirazi, Stoner.

The amended agenda for the meeting was approved.

The minutes for the meeting of April 1, 2019, were approved.

Professor Menninger announced a death: Deceased: Veronica "Ronnie" Brighton, College of Nursing, April 29, 2019.

Old Business:

Reports and Issues:

Hancher: Professors Valde and Berman reported that the Hancher committee meeting had been cancelled because too few could attend.

Library:   Library Committee meeting, April 18, 2019, report from Professor Gilbert; read by Professor Berman:

John Culshaw gave an update on the cancellation process.  The library staff, after consultation with faculty, has identified $685,000 worth of items to be cancelled; that includes 823 titles.   The biggest group involves 451 print journals, although Culshaw pointed out that 209 of those journals are, and will be, available electronically; the library will no longer pay for both.   Since Culshaw doesn’t expect that the library budget will be increased, this process may take place again.  The budget review board is due to meet on May 1, 2019.

Culshaw also reported on the library’s commitment to student employment; the library employs 180 students, both undergraduate and graduate, spending approximately $700,000 a year on these students; Culshaw said that the library depends on them to operate.   Since 2016, the library has developed a scholarship program, funded through philanthropic grants, and has offered 28 scholarships, all for undergraduates.   Gifts to the scholarship fund have come from library staff, and from families of former staff members; one such gift, of $10,000 for 10 years, honors Dale Bentz, who served as University Librarian, 1952-1986.   Two graduate scholarships have been funded from the UI Foundation funds.

The library has also decided to start a new tradition whereby undergraduates who have been library employees will receive a cord to wear at graduation, marking their service.  

The library is also recruiting for its Resident Librarian program, which focuses on under-represented minorities, and hires early-career individuals who have completed a Master’s in Library Science for a three-year term appointment.  This is essentially comparable to a post-doctoral position, and provides focused training for new librarians.

Faculty Senate: report on April 23, 2019 meeting, presented by Professor Mitros:

                 Items discussed included:

                 Diversity: The discussion, led by Diane Finnerty (Assistant Provost for Faculty) and Melissa Shivers (Vice President for Student Life) was the major item and took a substantial portion of the meeting. A key element of the discussion was determining the role of Faculty in advancing diversity. It was stated that there has been a paradigm shift from “Diversity” to “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”. The stated goals are: 

  1. Create and sustain an inclusive and equitable campus environment.
  2. Recruit, retain, and advance a diverse campus community of faculty, staff, and students.
  3. Integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into the university’s core academic mission of teaching, research, and service.
  4. Enhance campus-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion accountability, effectiveness, and collaboration. 

The Senate was directed to more detailed information at DIVERSITY.UIOWA.EDU/ACTION-

PLAN.

                 Demographic and Admission Trends: The discussion, led by Brent Gage (Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management) presented some alarming information regarding the trend towards a striking decrease in high school graduates, a trend noted to have started in 2008. Part of this is based on a decrease in “fertility rate” in the US, now 1.61 births per woman (2.01 per woman needed to maintain the population). The concern is that this could lead to significant decreases in the numbers of applicants with a consequent decrease in selectivity of students.

                 Committee on Academic Values Free Speech Document:  Voted on, passed unanimously (there had been prior discussion).

New Business: 

EFC Elections: Mitros and Vlastos, committee members, reported on attempts to get candidates.

Request for emeritus status:  Menninger had forwarded to us information on a request for making an exception to the "years in service" rule in granting emeritus status.  The candidate's strong record of exceptional service led to the Committee agreeing unanimously to granting such status in this case.

Thanks:

A vote of thanks was extended to Professor Menninger for his service.

Report/Discussion:               

Status/future of Emeritus Faculty Health Benefits presented by Richard Saunders

 Principal Discussion turned on several points:           

1: FRIC survey of all employees (not retirees?) revealed three things:

                 --Most were happy with current health coverage.
                 --Most often mentioned as favored benefit was free generic drugs.
                 --The most complaints appeared to come from "Merit" staff who had been added to our system after they lost the union right to bargain for anything except                            wages.  They wanted more choice and appear to have favored lower premiums and something more resembling a "catastrophic" coverage.

2: FRIC committee has lost its ability to be involved in decisions about health insurance. The decision about new choices, which has to be made by August 1 to prepare for a new enrollment season, will be made by a committee of ten financial officers of the university and two benefits representatives.

3: Without local access to UIHC it is increasingly difficult for retirees who have moved away to remain on the retiree health insurance programs.  Moreover, several very high individual claims in any one year have been putting added stress on the self-funding arrangement of our coverage.

4: The very depressing forecast is that this will only become more difficult. according to Saunders, barring the institution of a national health service, the sick and the well will increasingly be at odds about participation in and the shape of such group programs.

The committee thanked Richard Saunders. 

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 am.

The next meeting will be the General Meeting and Lunch on May 20, 2019,

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

April 1, 2019

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President John Menninger.

Attendance: Berman, Boe, Cobb, Donham, Flanagan, Gilbert, Hines, Johnson, Menninger, Mitros, Valde, Vlastos, Wanat.

Absence:   Kuntz, Shirazi, Stoner (excused).

The amended agenda for the meeting was approved.

The minutes for the meeting of March 4, 2019, were approved. Professor Berman volunteered to serve as secretary for the meeting of May 6, 2019.

Reports and Issues:

UIRA: Professor Wanat reported that the annual meeting of the UIRA would take place on Friday.

Library Committee: Professor Gilbert reported on the March 12, 2019 meeting.

Sara Scheib, head of the library’s new unit, Scholarly Impact (www.lib.uiowa.edu/scholarly-impact) described the unit as complementary to the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio; while the new unit aims to support all disciplines, it is particularly appropriate for research and publishing in the basic sciences and social sciences. The unit tries to increase public access to knowledge, to be available to researchers at all career stages, and to respond to the needs of researchers.

John Culshaw, University Librarian, gave a short version of the presentation he made to the Central Services Advisory Group (Office of the Provost) on Jan. 28, 2019, outlining the University Libraries’ services in terms of resources (both print and digital), facilities, and staff; the presentation was part of the budget request for next year. Culshaw pointed out that the libraries have fewer staff than any of the Regents’ peer institutions. One of the major cost increases comes from subscriptions to journals, which tend to have a 5% to 7% increase. He also spoke about issues with facilities, including the large deferred maintenance costs of approximately $30 million dollars. The strategy he is now pursuing involves breaking the request into smaller projects, such as completing the renovation of the first floor for additional study spaces, and creating environmentally controlled conditions for the Special Collections area .

Linda Walton reported on the progress with the journals cancellation project. The list of proposed cancellations has been published, feedback is coming in, and decisions will be made in May, once the budget is announced on May 1st.

In the discussion, members asked what led to the formation of this new unit, to what extent it overlapped with other units, and what were the budgetary implications.

Professor Gilbert said that she would check on those issues. In a follow-up conversation with John Culshaw, she found that the impetus for this unit came from the Library, as a proactive move, that it was not really overlapping but essentially parallel to the Digital Studio, and that Sara Scheib, the head of the new unit, was already on staff, but now shifted to a new role. One person is being hired, a data analyst, who will be working with this unit and with others.

Hancher: Professor Valde reported on the deliberations of the Hancher Advisory Committee, especially the question of how to create more student involvement. The UISG representative felt that the brochure needed to aim more directly at students, and that working with student leaders was important, as well as trying to get the dormitories involved. Special events for the next season aimed particularly at students include a free outdoor concert on September 6th, and special tickets available for a major musical in October.

Follow-up on “best practices” issues:   Professor Johnson mentioned the College of Law’s directory which has separate listings for retired faculty, including title and email address.   Professor Boe mentioned the College of Business lunch with the Dean.

Professor Donham had spoken with the new Dean of the College of Public Health, who is interested in preparing a “best practices” statement and who will host a luncheon on April 29th for all emeriti. The Dean of Nursing has also been contacted.

New Business: The Council revisited a request by the Provost to confer emeritus status. After an extended discussion, the Council voted that this request did not justify emeritus status, considering the criteria in the Operations Manual.

EFC Elections: Three members of the Council have terms expiring and are not eligible for re-election (Flanagan, Kuntz, Menninger); three more members are at the end of their first term and are eligible for re-election (Berman, Mitros, Wanat). Professors Mitros and Vlastos will put together the election ballot, including a brief biography of each faculty member.

The next meeting of the EFC will take place on Monday, May 6, 2019, 9:30-11:00 a.m. The guest will be Richard Saunders.

The annual meeting of the entire Emeritus Faculty has been scheduled for Monday, May 20, 2019.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:22 a.m.
Submitted by Miriam Gilbert

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

March 4, 2019

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President John Menninger.

Attendance: Berman, Boe, Cobb, Donham, Flanagan, Gilbert, Johnson, Menninger, Mitros, Valde, Wanat.

Absence: Kuntz, Shirazi Excused: Hines, Stoner, Vlastos

The amended agenda for the meeting was approved.

The minutes for the meeting of February 4, 2019, were approved.

Reports and Issues:

Paid-up life insurance.

Professor Johnson, who had previously checked on this question and reported via email, confirmed that faculty who retired on or before 6/30/13, and who had a small paid-up life insurance policy could contact the University Benefits Office,120 University Services Building, Iowa City, IA 52242-1911. Their phone number is 319.335.2776. To change a beneficiary, one must submit a University of Iowa Beneficiary Designation form available at https://hr.uiowa.edu/benefits/group-life-insurance . Please write *Paid-Up Life Insurance* at the top of the form to ensure correct processing

Faculty Senate Meeting, February 12, 2019: Report from Professor Frank Mitros.

The main item on the agenda was a discussion of the P3 proposal (University of Iowa Public Private Partnership) led by Terry Johnson, the University Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. It was described as a work in progress to develop a service agreement with a private firm to manage University facilities. This would involve a long term (50 year) agreement with an upfront payment from the private concern. This payment would go to an endowment which would support research and academic programs. The new firm would retain 80% of current employees; the remaining 20% would be kept on in other positions within the University. Any agreement would insist on continuing current sustainability efforts. It was hoped that bids would be received by the end of this year, and that resources would be first allocated in FY 2021. It was estimated that as much as 500 million dollars would come in as the upfront payment. There is a website giving further information (https://pathforward.uiowa.edu/utility-system-public-private-partnership-p3). The Ohio State University is participating in a similar program and visits are being made to that institution to examine its effectiveness.

A vigorous discussion ensued with the striking majority of those speaking expressing discomfort with the proposed idea. Difficulties that ensued with such partnerships were alluded to (Indiana Toll Road; some parking areas in Chicago). Many were concerned about the loss of control of the facilities, fearing strict measures interfering with University functions (e.g., lack of availability of electricity in some areas at off hours). A reporter from the Cedar Rapids Gazette was present and a short article appeared in the press the following day. A special session of the Faculty Senate (with President Harreld in attendance) is scheduled for Tuesday, February 26th, at 4:00 PM in the Senate Chamber, Old Capitol.

The second major item on the agenda was a visit from the Athletic Director, Gary Barta. This was a scheduled yearly visit. Mr. Barta described how the Athletics Department has lived up to the slogan “Win, Graduate, Do It in the Right Way”. He emphasized that the 90% graduation rate for athletes surpasses that of non-athlete undergraduates and of athletes at peer institutions. He emphasized that the Athletic Department is self- supporting, with revenue from ticket sales, and contracts with Learfield and the Big Ten Network being the main sources. The budget includes 13 million in scholarship money going to athletes, as well as a yearly contribution to the University General Fund (directed towards efforts in diversity and dealing with alcohol related problems).

Discussion of Professor Mitros’s report dealt with the following questions about the P3 plan: is the new plan a fait accompli? What kind of oversight is involved? How much transparency is there? To what extent is the upfront payment worth the possible loss of benefits and good jobs?

 

FRIC meeting: report from Professor Jill Valde.

The meeting’s main speaker was Jennifer Vermeer, who spoke about the proposal on network design, looking at ways to improve access. There are plans to add 28 more primary care providers at Level 1 (make more providers available within 30 miles) and to have more secondary-level specialists available within 45 miles. The plan also hopes to have referrals to secondary care seen within 10 days.

UIRA Board meeting, report by Professor Carolyn Wanat.

Melissa Shivers, Vice President for Student Life, spoke. Richard Saunders also reported to UIRA about the upcoming changes in Health Benefits, primarily stemming from the inclusion of more staff into the health care choices. A second UI Choice plan may be created.New Business

The council discussed two requests for emeritus faculty status. In both cases, there was a question about how long the individual had been at the University of Iowa (less than 10 years, which is the usual length of service expected before emeritus status is granted). In the first case the council voted unanimously to recommend emeritus status.

 

In the second case, given some mis-communication, the council decided to wait until there was further information about what the Provost’s Office had already done before proceeding.

The next meeting will take place on Monday, April 1, 2019. The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.
Submitted by Miriam Gilbert

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

February 4, 2019

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President John Menninger.

Attendance: Berman, Boe, Cobb, Donham, Flanagan, Hines, Johnson, Menninger, Mitrose, Stoner, Wanat.

Absence: Gilbert (excused), Kuntz, Shirazi, Valde (excused), Vlastos (excused). The agenda for the meeting was approved as amended.

Minutes for December 3, 2018, were approved. The deaths of emeritus faculty were reported:

       Name                     College                                   Department               Date of Death                                                                                                                
Stephen Foster           Liberal Arts & Sciences          Art & Art History           11/26/18
Clemens A. Full         Dentistry                                 Pediatric Dentistry          12/08/18
Henry Horwitz           Liberal Arts & Sciences          History                            01/19/19
Jerry Kuhn                 Education                                Teaching & Learning      12/02/18
Thomas Lewis           Liberal Arts & Sciences          Spanish & Portuguese     12/06/18
Oliver Steele              Liberal Arts & Sciences          English                            12/05/18
Richard Stevenson     Business                                  Finance                            11/16/18
Keith Thayer              Dentistry                                  Prosthodontics                12/18/18

Clemens A. Full        Dentistry,                                Pediatric 
Dentistry                    12/08/18 Henry Horwitz          Liberal Arts & Sciences          
History                                      01/19/19 Jerry Kuhn                Education           
                     Teaching and Learning             12/02/18 Thomas Lewis           Liberal Arts 
& Sciences         Spanish & Portuguese               12/06/18 Oliver Steele             Liberal 
Arts and Sciences       English                                      12/05/18

Richard Stevenson   Business                                  Finance                               
       11/16/18

Keith Thayer

Dentistry                                 Prosthodontics                           12/18/18

Reports and Issues:

There was discussion about who lets us know about retirements and deaths.  Apparently it is the 
provost's office, but it is not clear where they get that information.

The related issue of burial insurance came up. Is it still available and can the designated 
beneficiary be changed?  Hines reported later that he had called Mary at the HR Benefits Office. 
She reported that the Death/Burial Benefit was dropped as an option for retirees in 2013. There is 
still the option to convert the group life insurance coverage at the time of retirement, but it is 
rarely utilized because it is not financially attractive. (Information about the insurance 
conversion option is available on the HR Benefits Website under Life Insurance.)

This led to health insurance, perceived need among merit staff for a lower cost option and to why 
we are split off from the regular faculty and why we are such a small pool -- about 650 policy- 
holders. It was determined that we should invite Richard Saunders for a future meeting. Wanat 
commented on our need for better explanations of health benefits. Johnson  provided a link to the 
FRIC minutes for the meeting he attended.                   
https://uiowa.edu/fric/fric-meeting-minutes-january-11-2019

Boe provided an animated description of what happens with payments when you get pneumonia in 
Tasmania. We all agreed that Boe should write a blog on this.

Stoner gave a detailed report on parking including recent changes in personnel, lack of access to 
24/7 gated lots for emeritus faculty with passes (particularly those with research labs in adjacent 
buildings) when those lots are "full;" capital projects including storm water remediation; the need 
to increase ADA spaces, the failed "shared-bicycle" program in IC, and the threat of lobbyists to 
state government promoting scooters on roads and sidewalks without liability.  (Danger to students, 
staff and emeritae/i was not a concern of legislators and university lobbyists seem to have opted 
out on this.)

Donham reported a successful meeting with the new Dean of Public Health, but also raised

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Johnson reported that his requesting that "local" IT staff adopt the Office of Strategic Communications style guidelines regarding Emerita faculty was an effective strategy.  Also that there were both bugs and bugzillas.

Diverse responses to our requests for IT help on computers were reported.

We plan to have Joe Coulter's excellent analysis from his recent emeritus faculty lecture posted on our website.

Reminders were made for the rest of the spring Emeritus/a Faculty lectures: February 12, David Hamilton;

March 14, Richard de Puma; April 9, Lorraine Dorfman.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:40 am. Respectfully submitted,

Berman for secretary Gilbert

2018

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

December 3, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President John Menninger.

Attendance:  Berman, Boe, Cobb, Flanagan, Gilbert, Hines, Johnson, Menninger, Mitros, Stoner, Valde, Vlastos.

Absence:   Donham, Kuntz, Shirazi, Wanat.

The agenda for the meeting was approved.

The death of an emeritus faculty was reported:

Professor Richard Stevenson, Finance, Tippie College of Business.   11/6/18.

Minutes for November 5, 2018, were approved.

Reports and Issues:

Meeting with Benefits Review Focus Group on November 7, 2018.

Members of EFC met with Joni Troester and Rebecca Olson (from HR), and heard that the Benefits review came about because the University is responding to changes that have been made in state regulations and collective bargaining rules.  So far, this review represents an attempt to get ahead of possible new rules.  Professor Valde said that she was impressed that people are listening to feedback about accessibility, but wondered if HR needs to do more itself, not just send people to volunteers (SHIP).

Emeritus/Emerita Faculty designation

Professor Berman has emailed Kevin Kregel in the Provost’s Office, and understands that there is discussion taking place about how to resolve possible ambiguities.  The report from Professor Mitros (following) indicates that Faculty Council is looking at this issue as well, although their concern seems to be primarily about who is eligible for Emeritus/Emerita Faculty status, rather than the form of the designation.

Faculty Council Meeting, November 13, 2018 (from Professor Mitros):

Discussions included:

Faculty Track  - led by Diane Finnerty (Assistant Provost for Faculty),  briefly discussed a Board of Regents Report (available on-line in the Office of the Provost) dealing with titles and numbers of regular and fixed term faculty discussing trends in numbers in these categories.

Emeritus Status Policy Revision  - led by Diane Finnerty (Assistant Provost for Faculty)

Most recent changes last Spring added eligibility to those on the Instructional Track. Current proposed revisions dealt with adding and defining the term “honorable” in line 38 of current document Emeritus Status for Retirees. The line gives eligibility to “regular faculty who retire or terminate their service to the University under honorable circumstances”. Honorable was used permissively, that is,  to be equivalent to not terminated for cause. Lines 62 and 63 dealt with the use of the term “Emerita”, which will be accorded by the University at the request of individuals who would otherwise have been classified as Emeritus. Line 68 was added in which it is stated “Revocation: The University may revoke emeritus status, however conferred, at any time for good cause.”  Line 70 was slightly modified, noting that “Conferral and revocation of emeritus status” is not subject to review under any of the University’s grievance procedures.

The changes were voted on and accepted unanimously.

Advance notice was given about proposed changes in the University of Iowa Intellectual Property Policy. These dealt largely with use of terms such as disciplines, units, and departments, but largely with giving formulae for distribution of funds from patents and copyrights.

A brief discussion concerning Library budgets and consequent need to relinquish some journals took place. It was noted that Mr. Culshaw would be at the Faculty Senate meeting on December 4th to discuss the matter.

The meeting ended in an Executive Session dealing with President Russ Ganim’s report on an update of the Shared Governance Task Force, Government Relations, and the BTAA Shared Governance Conference.

In the discussion that followed the report, Professor Mitros gave the following numbers of faculty as defined and counted by the report to the regents:

          Tenure-track: 1516
          Clinical:  847
          Research:  40
          Instructional:  218
          Adjunct:  651

Members questioned the difference between the Clinical and Instructional tracks, but a clear definition wasn’t offered by the report.   The main issue seems to be that the first four categories are “regular faculty” while adjuncts are not “regular faculty.”

The possibility of inviting Kevin Kregel to speak to the EFC was raised.

Library

Professor Gilbert reported on the meeting of the University Libraries committee held on Monday, November 12, 2018.   Cathy Cranston gave an overview of the library’s efforts at undergraduate engagement.   A program known as SEAM (Students Engage at Main) works to help undergraduates become better researchers; graduate assistants and librarians work individually with undergraduates, and also collaborate with faculty to create ways for class work to include library time.   The Trio program, involving 350 at-risk students, has students take classes together and extends over 8 semesters.   SEAM also works with Honors students.   The program began in 2015, with one librarian, and there are now three librarians associated with it.  Cathy Cranston is interested in getting more courses to make use of the SEAM resources, especially large classes.

Other outreach activities include the Open Educational Resources project where faculty create resources that then become available at no cost; John Culshaw, University Librarian, is applying for funds from the Provost’s Office ($75,000) that would reward faculty for creating these resources. 

The journals cancellation proposal has been publicized; a meeting with Faculty Council on December 4th is upcoming.   Lists are being compiled, and strategies for providing open access are being considered.  

Hancher Advisory Committee

Professor Valde reported on the meeting, November 14, 2018, of the Hancher Advisory Committee; one main focus of the discussion was Hancher’s efforts to engage the student population.  She and Professor Berman raised a question about the confidentiality agreement they were asked to sign, and particularly what was covered in that agreement; further clarification from Chuck Swanson (Director, Hancher Auditorium) would be useful.

Guest speaker:   Jessica Wade, Assistant Director, University Benefits.

Jessica Wade reviewed the current procedures for benefits, indicating that, at the moment, there aren’t many changes; she pointed out that if faculty wish to keep the benefits that they now have chosen without any changes, no action is needed.

She then worked through a summary of the University of Iowa Retiree Health Plans, noting the salient differences between three different plans:  Health Alliance (HMO plus Rx), Health Alliance (PPO Plus Rx) and Wellmark BC/BS (UI Choice).   She also reminded members that a new Wellmark ID card would be sent out by the end of December.  She also commented on levels of coverage for prescriptions and on the Dental II plan.   Details for all the plans are available online at the following links or phone numbers.

UIChoice:   www.wellmark.com, 1-800-643-9724; through University Benefits, https://hr.uiowa.edu/benefits, 319-335-2676; or from UI Health Plans Office, 319-356-8442.

Health Alliance:  healthalliance.org/IA-Retirees, or through Health Alliance Medicare Services, 1-877-917-8550, TTY 711.

The next meeting of the EFC will be Monday, February 4, 2019, 9:30-11:00 a.m., 2520B UCC.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:05 a.m.

Submitted by Miriam Gilbert

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

November 5, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President John Menninger.

Attendance:  Berman, Cobb, Donham, Flanagan, Gilbert, Johnson, Kuntz, Menninger, Mitros, Stoner, Vlastos, Wanat.

Absence:   Boe, Hines, Kuntz, Shirazi, Valde.

The agenda for the meeting was approved.

The deaths of emeritus faculty were reported:

  • Professor Subramanian Venkiteswaran, College of Engineering, 09/23/2018
  • Professor Rafiq Waziri, College of Medicine, 10/01/2018
  • Professor David Arkush, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 10/15/2018

Minutes for October 1,  2018, were approved.

Reports and Issues:

Parking

Professor Stoner reported that by January 1, 2019, all gated lots will be automated 24 hours a day.   Changes are also planned for the hospital lots (tickets needed to exit).  The University and the city are talking about setting up a bike share system.

Library

Professor Gilbert reported on the meeting of the University Libraries committee held on October 11, 2018.  The chief item for discussion concerned the move to cancel journal subscriptions.   As University LibrarianJohn Culshaw said, the libraries have had no budget increases, but publishers are upping subscriptions by 5-7% yearly.   So he’s trying to identify $600,000 worth of cuts, even though he will still apply for a budget increase.   He pointed out that this problem is occurring all over the place, and about ten years ago, the libraries cut approximately $50,000, but now the problems are much larger.   

At the moment, the budget for the libraries is $19 million; the Law Library gets $4 million, and that spending doesn’t go through the University Librarian; the remaining $15 million comes to the rest of the libraries on campus.   The most expensive journals are in the sciences, and the tentative plan is to cut 10% from the sciences, 5% from the humanities, and 7% from the social sciences, although those percentages might change.

A letter will be sent out that asks faculty to review current journal subscriptions in terms of:  low use, lack of strategic importance to your research area; availability through other channels.  The timeline involves getting faculty input before the winter break, sending a list of proposed cuts out after break, checking with Acquisitions (all sorts of issues with bundling, etc), and planning to get the final list out in March, with cancellations being finalized in April, 2019.   So this move is essentially planning for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019.

Discussion included the question of online costs vs. paper subscription, but merely having online subscriptions doesn’t necessarily save money.

Senior College

Professor Donham reported that Senior College had enrolled about 1000 students in fall courses; almost every course was over-booked.   Senior College is switching from a brochure to online announcements, and booking will begin on January 7, 2019.   Donham also outlined the connection between the Center for Advancement (which sends out email about Senior College and handles the registration and finances); a memo of understanding exists between Senior College and the Center, so that Senior College functions independently, but pays the Center $8000 a year for its support.  

In the discussion that followed, questions were raised about how the overbooking problem might be solved.   The fee for a four-week course has been $30.00 since 2002, but there is a general unwillingness to raise that fee.  Professor Berman asked if there was a way to limit multiple registrations.   There are some people who book for two courses a semester, but usually not more than that.   And courses are overbooked by 10%, to allow for the fact that people don’t always show up.  

UIRA

Professor Wanat reported on UIRA’s meeting that involved a tour of the Kirkwood equestrian center, with a presentation about animals’ interactions  with PTSD patients.  At another meeting, Rod Lehnertz (VP, Finance and University Services) gave a presentation about the growth and development of university facilities, and also talked about effects of the 2008 flood.   UIRA also will sponsor a Heath Benefits talk on November 8, 2018, from 2-4 p.m.; an Emeritus Faculty lecture begins at 4 p.m., so in the future, we should work to avoid possible conflicts.

Emeritus Faculty Lectures

Professor Kathleen Kamerick (CLAS, Department of History) will lecture on “Magic and Adultery in Medieval England” on December 6, 2018.  

Professor Joe Coulter (College of Public Health) will give a lecture on January 24, 2019.

Professor Menninger again asked for suggestions for future lecturers.

Emeritus Faculty—relationship with colleges

Professor Donham reported on the talk that he and Professor Johnson had with the new Dean in Public Health; he said it was a very thoughtful conversation, and the Dean appreciated having these issues brought to her attention. 

New Business

Professor Berman reported that it was difficult to get information on the question of who determines the use of “emerita” for faculty who might wish to be listed by that title.   She had tried contacting Payroll, Benefits, the Provost’s Office, and the Dean of CLAS, but wasn’t getting any responses to her calls.   The suggestion was made to try a direct call to Kevin Kregel in the Provost’s Office, since he has the responsibility (generally) for faculty issues.

The next meeting of the EFC will be Monday, December 3,  2018, 9:30-11:00.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:42 a.m.

Submitted by Miriam Gilbert, EFC Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

October 1, 2018

The meeting was called to order by President John Menninger.

Attendance:  Boe, Gilbert, Johnson, Kuntz, Menninger, Mitros, Shirazi, Stoner, Vlastos, Wanat.

Absence:   Berman, Cobb, Donham, Flanagan, Hines, Valde.

The agenda for the meeting was approved.

The death of Donald Madsen, Mechanical Engineering, on September 20, 2018, was recognized.  

Minutes for September 4, 2018, were approved as amended (adding Warren Boe’s name to the Senior College committee).

Professor Carolyn Wanat was nominated as Vice President of the EFC and was unanimously elected.

Reports and Issues:

Faculty Council and Faculty Senate:

Faculty Senate Meeting, September 2018

Items of discussion included:

­Jobs at Uiowa, report on sexual misconduct, report from the Provost’s Search committee.

UIRA

Professor Wanat reported on UIRA; the summer picnic took place, with attendance slightly down.   Emil Rinderspacher is the President-Elect.

The question of the relationship between the Emeritus Faculty Association and AROHE (Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education) arose.   Professor Menninger will talk to Sue Otto from UIRA.

Parking

Professor Stoner reported that he had raised the question about the Main Library lot showing FULL signs; evidently more student permits have been issued, and so there is less space for Emeritus faculty.  

Parking meter revenue is up.   And there is now increased use of LED lighting in lots, lighting that should pay for itself in two years.  

Questions raised in EFC suggested that we might want to invite someone from Parking to address the group.

Benefits

Report from Professor Boe about Travel Insurance

The complex issues related to traveling abroad and getting travel insurance through the University were discussed by Professor Boe, and will be posted on the Emeritus Faculty website.

Health Benefit Survey:   from Professor Menninger

In a follow-up to the issues raised about how the University is looking at benefits, Professors Menninger, Johnson and Shirazi met with Joni Troester and Rebecca Olson, of the Benefits Review committee.    It seems that this committee plans to meet with focus groups, and Professor Menninger suggested that retirees might well be one of those groups.  When one includes merit staff, the retiree group might be as large as 2500.   The survey sent out by the committee did not go to emeritus faculty or retirees.  

In the discussion, questions were raised about whether EFC should sponsor another survey, and whether it would be useful to talk with Richard Saunders (former assistant VP for Human Resources, now active with UIRA).  [Note: Professor Menninger is continuing to check with Troester and Olson; a meeting on November 7, 2018, with members of the EFC has been set up.]  Further liaison with UIRA seems a useful and likely strategy. 

New Business

Professor Berman is going to look at the way in which the University lists female professors who wish to be called “emerita” and will report back to the EFC.

Professor Johnson suggested that an Emeritus Faculty blog might be worth exploring.

The next meeting of the EFC will be Monday, November 5, 2018, 9:30-11:00.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 a.m.

Submitted by Miriam Gilbert

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

September 4, 2018

The meeting was called to order by President John Menninger.

Attendance: Berman, Boe, Donham, Flanagan, Gilbert, Johnson, Kuntz, Menninger, Mitros, Stoner, Vlastos, Wanat.

Absence:   Cobb, Hines, Shirazi, Valde.

Menninger announced that Miriam Gilbert had volunteered to serve as Secretary.   She was accordingly elected to that position.

Minutes for the meeting of May 7, 2018, and for the AEF meeting of May 21, 2018 (as amended) were approved.

Menninger recognized emeritus faculty who died in the past months:   Diane Horton, Biology, died 24 June; Calvin Siebert, Economics, died 4 July; Satish Khera, Family Dentistry, died 12 July; Laird Addis, Philosophy, died 31 July; Earl Eyman, Electrical-Computer Engineering, died 29 August.

Menninger said that the election of a Vice-President of the EFC would be delayed until the October meeting.

Reports and Issues:

Emeritus Faculty Lecture Series

The Emeritus Faculty Lecture Series for Fall 2018 was announced:

"Totalitarian Parades: Mass Amusements in Rome, Berlin, and Moscow"

Professor John Beldon Scott, Art and Art History 
4 pm, Thursday, September 13, 2018
101 Biology Building East

"The Hollywood Musical's Social Projects"

Professor Rick Altman, Cinema and Comparative Literature
4 pm, Tuesday, October 9, 2018
101 Biology Building East

"My Classroom is the Rockies"

Professor John Dunkhase, Teaching and Learning
4 pm, , November 8, 2018
101 Biology Building East

TBA

Professor Kathleen Kamerick, History
4 pm, December ??, 2018
101 Biology Building East

Professor Wanat raised the question of how these lectures are publicized, and suggested that we investigate ways of reaching the larger community, not just emeritus faculty or even faculty and staff associated with the university.   UIRA does have a newsletter (The Gray Hawk); Senior College has a website that is available to people in the community.   Professor Menninger will talk with Gary Gussin, and also see if the Provost’s Office might be helpful.   Other possibilities could include publicity through the Iowa City Public Library and the Senior Center.   Any further suggestions should be emailed to Professors Menninger and Gilbert.

Faculty Council and Faculty Senate: (submitted by Professor Mitros via email to the secretary)

Faculty Council Meeting  -   28 Aug 2018

Items of discussion included:

Update on Fixed-Term Faculty issues – these individuals who are “part time” or non-tenure track reside largely in CLAS. Currently discussions there are directed towards the possibility of extending benefits to dependents and providing retirement benefits. These would go into effect in September of 2018. Discussion as to whether these individuals should be on an instructional track ensued.

Charter Committee Review – the mandated periodic review of such committees will begin this year, doing several at a time. Consideration will be given to the possibility of consolidating or eliminating some of these committees.

Retreat Follow-up – The Faculty Council/Administrative retreat on August 14th concentrated on faculty--undergraduate collaborations in research. Ways to increase the current 30% involvement by undergraduates in these endeavors were discussed, as well as finding ways to credit students and faculty so involved. One suggestion was to have a poster session by some of these student/mentor teams at a Regents meeting.

Presidential Best Practices Document – This deals with the removal of AAUP sanctions and will be placed on the Faculty Senate website.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Shared Governance Meeting – The University of Iowa will host this meeting this year (October 25 – 27). One item of discussion will be distance education. It was noted that Purdue has taken on a major role in this area having recently purchased Kaplan, a leader in the area.

The meeting closed with an Executive Session.

UIRA

Professor Wanat reported on UIRA; the summer picnic took place, with attendance slightly down.   Emil Rinderspacher is the President-Elect.

The question of the relationship between the Emeritus Faculty Association and AROHE (Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education) arose.   Professor Menninger will talk to Sue Otto from UIRA.

Parking

Professor Stoner attended the most recent Parking Committee meeting; a major issue seems to be the parking at Iowa River Landing, where there is a lack of space.   Moped parking is also a concern.   Professor Gilbert raised the question of Emeritus Faculty with “full” parking privileges not being able to access particular lots (such as the Main Library lot) at times.

FRIC

Professor Menninger reported on a conversation with Professor Sheldon Kurtz about a small committee formed by President Harreld to investigate health benefits; the conversation raised the question of whether there was an overlap or coordination with FRIC.   Professor Menninger said that he would follow up on those concerns.

Senior College 

Senior College had a very large enrollment in the Spring session (2018) and this fall; almost 900 people are enrolled.   The Fall list includes 11 courses, some with waiting lists.  There are questions about whether everyone who wants to get in will be able to do so.

Old Business:  Departmental Support and Involvement of Emeritus Faculty

Report from Professor Gilbert:

On Friday, August 31, John Menninger and Miriam Gilbert met with Dian Gottlob (Assistant Dean, CLAS) and Christine Getz (Associate Dean for Graduate Education, CLAS); this meeting was a follow-up to a meeting in May with then-Dean Chaden Djalali, where we had asked, in general, “how can emeritus faculty help the College?”   From that initial meeting, several general suggestions emerged. Dean Djalali spoke about winning prestigious awards and it seems that the Provost’s Office has tasked the College with seeing how that might be accomplished.   Another possible area was that of “outreach and engagement.”   This meeting was particularly focused on the question of prestigious awards, what the College was doing, and how emeritus faculty might be helpful.

Over the summer, Gottlob and Getz have taken some initial steps.   They spoke with former CLAS Dean, Linda Maxson, who was fairly active in terms of nominating people for appropriate awards in the sciences, and whose file of letters is available.   Moreover they decided to try to increase the possibility of nominating faculty as Fellows in the American Association for the Advancement of Science by getting more faculty to be members; anyone nominated has to have been a member for three years.   CLAS identified 20 junior faculty members and paid for their memberships; and the conversations with relevant DEOs (to help identify these faculty) also led to senior faculty renewing their memberships.   So this small step really represents a kind of long-term planning.   Professor Menninger suggested that CLAS might also want to encourage members to become officers.  

There was also discussion of other awards (Gerda Henkel Prize in Art History, nominations for the National Academy of Science, and for the National Medal of Science) and how CLAS might encourage and support such nominations.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences offers another area where CLAS might do more; at present, only five members of the faculty (includes both current and emeritus) are Fellows of the Academy.   They are Jim Leach, Don Gurnett, Garrett Stewart, Linda Kerber, and Marilynne Robinson.  Professor Gilbert plans to talk with Garrett Stewart about possible nominations.

Gottlob also presented information about two other awards, the Beckman Young Investigator Award (young really means young—in the first three years of a tenure-track appointment or independent research appointment), and the Stockholm Water Prize.   In both cases, she has identified possible candidates.

But clearly there is more that could be done and the larger (but unanswered) question might be:  how specifically, and at what stages (identifying candidates, vetting CVs, finding nominators, mentoring candidates) might emeritus faculty be helpful.

Professor Menninger also brought up the question of outreach and engagement; Associate Dean Gigi Durham is in charge of that area for CLAS and we hope to meet with her soon.

Discussion

Professor Berman, who was at the initial meeting with then-CLAS-Dean Djalali, pointed out that the Dean’s interest seemed to be more in terms of what emeritus faculty could do for the College rather than vice-versa, and wondered if the “best practices” suggestions were getting sidelined.

Professor Dunham said that the new Dean in Public Health was willing to have a conversation.

Professor Wanat raised the larger question of where and how the “prestigious awards” count, and asked particularly about how they figure into the annual rankings from U.S. News and World Report.  [An email from Dian Gottlob said that she would check on the connection to U.S. News and World Report.   The link to the list of “prestigious awards” is: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/Resdoc/PGA_044718]

New Business:

Professor Johnson raised the issue of whether the University uses “Emerita” as an official listing, and Professor Berman is going to follow up on that question.

Committee Assignments for 2018-19 are:

EFC Committee Assignments

  • Programs (EFC and Annual Meeting) - Stoner (Chair), Wanat, Johnson
  • Emeritus Faculty Lectures - Menninger (Chair), Gilbert and Kuntz.  Gussin (Consultant)
  • Elections -Mitros (Chair)
  • Communications/Website -  Boe (Chair), Flanagan, Cobb, Johnson

EFC Liaisons with University committees/organizations

  • Campus Planning –  Hines
  • FRIC – Shirazi, Valde
  • UIRA – Wanat
  • Research Council – Stoner
  • Library – Kuntz, Gilbert
  • Faculty Senate/Council – Mitros, (Gilbert and Shirazi to help when necessary)
  • Hancher – Kuntz, Valde
  • Rec Services – Flanagan, Donham
  • Senior College – Johnson, Donham, Mitros, Wanat
  • Parking and Transportation – Stoner, Flanagan

Finding a venue for the General Meeting that would accommodate hearing loops, after a query was raised at the General Meeting in May.

The next meeting of the EFC will be Monday, October 1, 2018, 9:30-11:00.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:56 a.m.

Submitted by Miriam Gilbert

 

 

Association of Emeritus Faculty (AEF) Minutes

May 21, 2018, Room 2520D UCC

Emeritus Faculty Council (EFC)Members:

Attendance: Berman, Boe, Cobb, Donham, Flanagan,  Hines, Levin, Mitros, Johnson, Menninger, Shirazi,  Wanat, Valde [Correction:  Berman and Gilbert were in attendance]

Absent:  Kuntz,Stoner [Correction:  Berman and Gilbert originally marked as Absent]

The meeting was called to order at 10:00a.m. by George Johnson, the President of the Emeritus Faculty Council. A quick count by F. Mitros indicated about 80 members of the Emeritus Faculty in attendance.

A moment was taken in honor of our recently departed colleagues who were listed on the back of the program. We also honored Janice Denehy, College of Nursing, who was not listed.

Council members were introduced to the AEF membership.

President Johnson reported on some of the activities of the Emeritus Faculty Council in the 2017-2018 session.

Invited Speakers (2017-2018)

  • Susan J. Curry -Interim Executive Vice President and Provost (Phase II UI 2020 ) 
  • Erin Shane - Associate Director   Parking and Transportation
  • Virginia Drake - Senior IT Support Consultant
  • Tom W. Rice-  Office of the Provost (Phase II UI 2020)
  • Jessica J Wade – Assistant Director of Benefits
  • Professor Jon Garfinkel -  Tippie School of Business (FRIC Investment Review Committee TIAA)Alec B. Scranton – University of Iowa Foundation Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Dean

A project for the EFC this session was to improve interaction of the emeritus faculty with their departments. A document of recommendations( See addendum 1) was prepared that the collegiate representatives of the EFC could share with their college Deans or their representatives. Subsequently, these recommendations would then be shared with departmental executive officers (DEOs) by the collegiate leadership. The important points to be discussed with the DEOs are listed below:

Emeritus Faculty are Faculty – EFC Project 2017-2018

1. Emeritus Faculty Presence on Departmental Web Pages

2. Emeritus Faculty Presence on Appropriate Email Lists

3. Yearly Departmental Luncheon for Emeritus Faculty

4. Office Space with Desktop Computers for Emeritus Faculty when possible

Warren Boe (EFC Communications Committee) reported on the EFC website (https://uiowa.edu/emeritusfaculty/). Information on the website includes all the documents of the EFC, a listing of Emeritus Faculty by department, and the elected members of the EFC that represent each college. There are links to emeritus benefits such as parking, health care and information technology.

Warren also informed the AEF that Irwin Levin had finished his last term in the EFC.(Thanks Irwin for your service!) Irwin was a representative from Liberal Arts and Sciences. There were no nominations for the vacant position from the floor.

An election by email will be held in the near future.

John Menninger reviewed the Emeritus Faculty lectures. These lectures begun by Gary Gussin and continued by John with Gary’s help have been very successful. They are listed below:

Emeritus Faculty Lectures: 2017-18

Gary Gussin (09/14/17) -"Ways to turn genes on and off: Interactions of proteins with DNA and each other"
Eric Forsythe (10/03/17)- “Directing Comedy in Unfunny Times”
Ed Kottick (11/07/17) -"Flowers, Floozies, Fripperies, and Finishes: A Fleet Frolic through Harpsichord Decoration." 
William Albrecht (12/07/17) - "Confessions of an Erstwhile Regulator"
Evan Fales (01/25/18) - “What on earth is the Bible talking about?”
Thomas Cook (02/20/18) – “The Ponseti Method for Correcting Clubfoot Deformity: Iowa’s Gift to the World”
Ron Ettinger (04/10/18) - “ How do the medications you take affect your oral health and what can you do about it?”

John Westefeld (05/03/18) - “Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention"

H. Dee Hoover, Chair of the Senior College, gave a report on the spring 2018 session. The 11 courses were highly rated with long waiting lists. He discussed the reorganization of the Alumni Association and the Foundation to form the Center for Advancement and its effect on the Senior College.

Comments or Questions from the Membership

Emeritus Professor Ken Hubel commented from the floor that many AEF members were hard of hearing and that made it difficult for them to follow the meeting. He suggested we find a venue next year that had a “hearing loop system” that directly communicated with modern hearing aids. Another member suggested that we have retired emeritus faculty in audiology that could further consult with the EFC. We hope to accomplish  a review of hearing loop systems at the University that we might utilize  in the 2018-2019 EFC session before the next annual meeting.

EFC member Bill Hines introduced our speaker, Professor James A. Leach, whose speech was entitled “What is Precedented and Unprecedented In American Foreign Policy.” Professor Leach presented many fascinating historical vignettes. He ended his talk with 10 important points for political reform in the U.S. (See attached addendum 2.)

Before retiring for an excellent buffet lunch, President Johnson thanked Brenda Bradley and Kathy (Kathryn) Currant from the Office of the Provost for arranging the annual meeting and luncheon. We thank Brenda for helping the EFC have a productive year.

During lunch emeritus faculty could meet with Erin Shane (Associate Director   Parking and Transportation) or Virginia Drake (Senior IT Support Consultant) to ask questions about policy and emeritus benefits.

 

Addendum 1
Departmental Support and Involvement of Emeritus Faculty
Recommendations for Improvement

What does the Emeritus Faculty do in retirement?

The University is a community of scholars. The emeritus faculty does not cease to function in that community when they retire. The faculty continues to teach, do research, and perform other scholarly and service activities in their respective departments. They lecture, tutor, mentor, facilitate small groups, provide clinical care in a teaching environment, and serve on departmental and university committees. They come to departmental colloquia, ask questions, and remind others what can be learned from a lifelong perspective.

What is the Emeritus Faculty Council?

The University of Iowa Emeritus Faculty Council has faculty representation from all the Colleges of the University. We recognize that some departments foster excellent relations with their retired faculty while others do not. We would desire a minimum consistent approach to departmental support and involvement of emeritus faculty from all colleges of the University of Iowa. We are also acutely aware that not all university departments have equal access to scarce resources. Our recommendations to the departments focus on high impact best practices that are easy and cheap to implement.

Recommendations to improve Emeritus Faculty departmental support and involvement

1) The Emeritus Faculty is not dead yet! List Emeritus Faculty on departmental web pages with their email addresses. Many departments do not maintain web pages for retired faculty as a cost saving measure but it should be strongly considered for faculty still doing research. A few departments also have an in memoriam listing.

2) Keep Emeritus Faculty on email lists that notify them of important departmental events that they can attend. These include colloquia, candidate faculty talks, research days, conferences, and retirement celebrations of retiring faculty and departmental staff.

3) A yearly luncheon meeting with the Emeritus Faculty and the departmental executive officer or dean to discuss current activities and challenges is greatly appreciated by the retired faculty. The luncheon allows social interaction between old friends and consultation with the DEO about the department.

4) Office space with desktop computers is provided by many departments to their retired faculty. This benefit is resource limited in smaller departments which may still provide a room for faculty to share. Office space can be important to those still teaching or doing research.

 

Addendum 2
Righting the Ship of State
or
A Blueprint for Political Reform
Jim Leach[1]

A more perfect union requires renewed attention to the social contract our founders established.  To right the ship of state, citizens and their representatives must adopt shared philosophical guideposts:

  1. The American Constitution is a governance blueprint designed to protect and preserve inalienable rights of a free people. 
  2. The oath that public officials take is not a party unity pledge.  It is a moral and legal commitment to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. 
  3. Process is our most distinctive product.  How politics is practiced is often as important as the policies that unfold.
  4. No individual, no political party, no country has a monopoly on thoughtfulness. 
  5. If all men and women are created equal, it follows that the views of all citizens deserve to be respectfully listened to and considered in the making of public policy.
  6. Trust matters.  Our separation of powers model is premised on the assumption that public expression must be truthful and public judgments free of conflicts of interest.  Integrity is the only glue that can bind citizens of diverse backgrounds and contrasting views together in mutual respect.
  7. The national interest must always trump local, state, or interest group concerns.
  8. Congress, state legislatures, and the courts are obligated to reconsider recent campaign finance practices and judicial rulings.  Mega financial interventions, foreign or domestic, have no legitimate role in American elections.  Corporatism is not democracy.            
  9. Polarization is antithesis to the American way. Politicians should respect their opponents.  They are rivals not enemies. Indeed, elected officials of differing parties and views should consider themselves teammates in advancing the public interest.  Dysfunctionality is never a credible option.    
  10. A hate-free nation must be our common goal.  We are all connected and rely on each other.  As Lincoln, citing Scripture, warned a century and half ago, a house divided against itself cannot stand.  The same applies to our common home – mother earth. 

In a farewell address delivered over half a century ago, President Eisenhower spoke of the dangers of a “military-industrial complex.”  Today a vastly greater concern is the rise of a “political-ideological complex.”  Ideologues use politicians as pawns while politicians use ideologues, especially those with deep pockets, as enablers of personal ambition.  This reinforcing set of mutual interests has little to do with the common good and much to do with the breakdown of civility in public life.

All it takes for mankind to become an endangered species is for public leadership to be ceded to charlatans at home and demagogues abroad.

Einstein understood it best.  Splitting the atom, he warned, has changed everything except our way of thinking.

To think anew and reform our political system is a manageable task because the basics of our society are so strong.  After all, we have in America today extraordinary leadership in almost every walk of life, the principal exception being aspects of politics.  All we have to do is refurbish the candidate mix, revitalize the political ethic, and put our faith in a new generation of leaders.

For many Americans, party affiliation is either in flux or becoming less relevant than ever before.  Citizens expect public officials to work with them to renew and uplift the City on a Hill that the Pilgrims envisioned with such conviction.  It is the decency and integrity which characterized our forebears and defines so many of our neighbors that provides the steam to flush the bitterness out of politics and end the self-centered, conflict-ridden gamesmanship that has taken such unfortunate root in national politics.

                                                          ***********

[1] Leach served as a Republican Member of Congress from 1977 to 2007. Subsequently, he taught at Princeton and Harvard before becoming the 9th Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He is currently University of Iowa Chair of Public Affairs and Visiting Professor of Law.

 

EMERITUS FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES

May 7, 2018

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes-- May 7, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President George Johnson.

Attendance: Berman, Boe, Cobb, Donham, Flanagan, Gilbert, Hines, Levin, Mitros, Johnson, Menninger, Shirazi, Stoner, Wanat,

Absence: Kuntz, Valde

Minutes for April 2, 2013 meeting were approved.

Committee Reports:

Elections: CLAS nominee Stephen Vlastos (History) has agreed to be on the ballot. He is presently in phased retirement but will be retired by July 1, 2018. The search for another person to be on the ballot will continue.

EFC Lecture Series: Menninger reported on the following lectures scheduled for Fall 2018:

  • September: John Scott – monumental parades
  • October: Open
  • November: John Dunkhase (Science Education) – no title yet
  • December: Katherine Kamerick – no title yet

Other possible speakers:

  • John Merchant –expert on large hog operations
  • Bill Hines – writing an article on large hog operations

Recreational Services Committee – Doug Flanagan has been attending the Rec. Services meetings for the past 3 years. Capital and maintenance projects have been deferred until September 2018 because of UI budgetary restrictions. Hopefully, these projects will proceed after this date.

Best Practices Policies for Emeritus Faculty –there is still a need to schedule some meetings and DEOs. Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Public Health deans still need to be contacted. Those who have already had meetings are Business, Law, Medicine, Education and Engineering.

A letter has been sent to new emeritus faculty to inform them of services available to them including the availability of the 3rd library faculty study room.

Annual Emeritus Faculty Meeting – Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10 am – 1 pm

The tentative agenda and program were discussed. Warren Boe will report on the EFC web site. George Johnson will present the best practices for emeritus faculty initiative. John Menninger will report on the EFC lecture series. H.D. Hoover will give a Senior College report.

Our speaker will be Jim Leach the former acting head of the Art Museum.

Representatives from Parking & Transportation and University IT will be present from noon to 1 pm during the luncheon to answer questions.

EFC President for 2018-19 – John Menninger will assume this role for the next academic year.

Outgoing EFC President – a unanimous vote of thanks was offered to George Johnson for leading the EFC for the past year

Meeting adjourned at 11:00am.

Next EFC Meeting is Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 9:30-11:00am

Submitted by, Douglas Flanagan

 

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

April 2, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President George Johnson.

Attendance: Berman, Boe, Cobb, Donham, Flanagan, Hines, Levin, Mitros Johnson, Kuntz, Menninger, Shirazi Stoner,

Absence: Gilbert, Wanat, Valde

Remembrance: Kwan Rim from Engineering

Minutes for March 5, 2013 meeting: Boe motioned to approve; Mitros seconded. Minutes were approved.

Committee Reports:

Elections: CLAS needs a replacement for Levin. Stephen Vlastos (history) has agreed to be on the ballot. Mitros and Levin will find another person to be on the ballot.

EFC Lecture Series: Menninger reported that he has contacted several people to give lectures next fall. The council agreed that tenure is no longer a requirement for lecturers. Lecturers may give more than one lecture.

Emeritus Faculty Departmental/College Relations: Johnson has been pursuing a best practices policy for the treatment of emeritus faculty in their departments or colleges. He will send out an email to EFC members and you should respond to him with your schedule to visit your respective dean or department DEO. Johnson is willing to accompany you to this meeting if you desire. EFC members from several colleges indicated they were pleased with their treatment by their academic unit. They were urged to provide a letter of thanks to their administrative leader with a summary of what the unit does for emeriti.

Bylaws for AEF: Brenda Bradley reported that she had talked with Associate Provost Kevin Kregel and he said that the EFC bylaws are not part of the UI policies and procedures so they do not need to go through a process of approval. The EFC is the only approval you need.

Senior College: Donham said that they are looking for a replacement for Val Lembke on the board and invited nominations.

Faculty Senate: Mitros reported on a recent meeting. The following items were discussed:

  • AAUP Sanction Removal Committee Report – A report will be sent to the National office which will consider it at the June meeting.
  • Path Forward – Acting Provost Curry reported on the progress of this committee which is charged with facilitating the UI strategic plan. See the website at https://pathforward.uiowa.edu/
  • Volunteer Time Release Policy – A non-mandatory resolution that allows a supervisor to allow an individual whose volunteer time on university related actives to be compensated with release time. Primarily for staff members.

Today’s Speaker:  Associate Director Erin Shane, UI Parking and Transportation

She talked about the two parking tags, EM and EM-NW and explained the difference. You must obtain an RFD entry card for either permit and use it to enter and depart from the ramp you are using. Failure to use it when leaving, even if the gate is open, will result in a fine, which is currently $20. Do not take a ticket when entering the lot You cannot enter your tag number on the parking card and receive free parking anymore.

The EM can be used on surface lots as well as cashiered lots. It cannot be used in gated non-cashiered lots. You will receive an IRS Miscellaneous income form in the amount of $744 at the end of each year you have the tag.

The EM-NW tag allows parking in the cashiered lots and has a value of $204 per year plus the cost of any use of cashiered lots from 8:30-4:30 on weekdays. You can check your cost of weekday 8-4 parking in the Employee self-service in the Personal section under the My Parking item.  https://myparking.parking.uiowa.edu. You will not receive an IRS Miscellaneous income form unless the total amount used exceeds $600. At current rates, you could use approximately 330 hours per year of weekday usage before reaching the IRS threshold for reporting. Fifteen people with EM-NW cards went over $600 in usage in 2017.

Summary of permit usage for 2017:

Description

EM Permits

EM-NW Permits

Total Permits

Number of Permits

376

178

554

Total Transactions

4,485

2,356

6,841

Total Hours Received

18,726

6.158

24,884

Total Business Hours

14,949

4,326

19,275

Average Hours/Permit

49.8

34.5

44.9

Average Bus.Hrs/Permit

39.8

24.3

34.8

The most popular lots for EM permits are Newton Road Ramp, NRP, Library Lot /3, Hospital Ramp 4, HR4, Rec Ctr /11, Hospital Ramp 1, HR1, and North Campus Ramp, NCR. While the most popular lots for EM-NW are Rec-CRT /11, Hospital Ramp 4, HR4, Lib Lot /3, Newton Road Ramp, NRP, Field House, FH, Dental /33.

She then talked about the future of parking with some of the issues being the location of future ramps, location of electric car charging stations, and possible changes from the current system to one which reads license plates.

Meeting adjourned at 11:00am.

Next EFC Meeting is Monday, May 7, 2018 9:30-11:00am

Submitted by Warren Boe

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

March 5, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President George Johnson.

Attendance: Berman, Donham, Flanagan, Gilbert, Johnson, Kuntz, Menninger, Stoner, Valde, Wanat

Absence: Boe, Cobb, Hines, Lewin, Mitros, Polumbaum, Shirazi

Remembrance: Tom Walz, 2/10/18, Social Work

Minutes for February 5, 2013 meeting: Menninger motioned to approve; Valde seconded. Minutes were approved.

Committee Reports:

  • Membership:  CLAS needs a replacement for Irwin. Doug Madsen (political science) and Stephen Vlastos (history) were suggested. Mitros and Irwin will contact them.
     
  • EFC Lecture Series: Menninger announced the remaining lectures for spring:
    • March 8: Ekhard Ziegler “Infant Nutrition Research at Iowa”
    • April 10: Ron Ettinger “How Do the Medications You Take Affect Your Oral Health and What Can You Do About It?”
    • May 3: John Westfeld “Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention”
       
    • All lectures will be at 4:00 pm in 101 BBE.

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

5 February 2018

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Johnson

Attendance: Berman, Boe, Donham, Flanagan, Gilbert, Hines, Johnson, Kuntz, Menninger, Mitros, Stoner, Valde, Wanat

Absent: Cobb, Lewin, Shirazi

Minutes: Now to be taken in rotation by Committee members. President Johnson thanked Professor Kuntz for his prior service in this regard.

Replacement: Connie Berman was welcomed as a new member from CLAS (Emerita History) to replace Judy Polumbaum. It was noted that a CLAS representative to replace Irwin Levin would be needed since his term will be ending soon.

Appointment: Carolyn Wanat was nominated to be considered by the Senior College to join their Committee.

Emeritus Faculty Lectures: Dr. Menninger continues his work in this area. Dr. Thomas Cook will deliver the next lecture on Tuesday 20 February at 4:00 p.m. in 101 Biology Building East.  It will deal with the Ponsetti method for treating patients with club foot deformity. Times and topics of upcoming lectures are available on the EFC website. Dr. Menninger asked for suggestions for future lecturers/topics.

University Committee Reports: 

  • FRIC:  Jill Valde, our new representative, was given some insight into her role. Consideration was given to inviting a member of FRIC to attend an EFC meeting.
  • Library: Emeriti were reminded that an Emeritus room  exists on the 3rd floor of the Main Library. Members are encouraged to visit and use the room.
  • UIRA: Carolyn Wanat mentioned some recent activities and encouraged more involvement by any interested Emeriti.

New Business:

Warren Boe discussed the problems involved in maintaining an accurate list of Emeriti. Problems occur when members move out of state, change their e-mail address, or die. Dr. Boe suggested formation of a ListServ. A discussion of who in administration could best provide the appropriate information and help maintain an accurate list ensued.

Announcement: Dr. Johnson announced that our guest at our next annual emeritus faculty meeting on May 21 would be Jim Leach.

Today’s Speaker: Our speaker today was Tom W. Rice , Academic Director, Mary and John Pappajohn Education Center, The University of Iowa, Office of the Provost and the Division of Continuing Education. He discussed with us the Phase II UI 2020 Committee progress and coming report. As a continuation of this process, Tom talked about a “big ideas” program that would involve faculty in thinking broadly about the future of the University. This idea and its possible implementation were very well received by members of the EFC.“

Next Meeting: March 5, 2018

The meeting and presentation were adjourned at 11:15 a.m.

Minutes by Frank Mitros

2017

Emeritus Faculty Council Meeting

September 5, 2017

Members present:  Warren Boe, Deborah Cobb, Kelley Donham, Douglas Flanagan, Miriam Gilbert, George Johnson, J. Kenneth Kuntz, Irwin Levin, Frank Mitros, Judy Polumbaum, Siroos Shirazi, James Stoner, Jill Valde, and Carolyn Wanat. 

President George Johnson called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. 

 Members absent: Norman W. Hines, John Menninger

 A moment of silence transpired as we remembered two recently deceased faculty—Julius Schmidt (Art and Art History) and artist Hans Breder. 

The minutes of the preceding meeting (having already been circulated) were approved.  

John Menninger was nominated and elected as EFC Vice President by acclamation.

Today’s featured speaker was Susan J. Curry, interim executive vice-president and provost. When she arrived at the University of Iowa in 2008, she came with an appointment to be the dean of the College of Public Health.  

Her talk was focused on improving the organization of various units at the University. She spoke of Phases I and II.  Phase I is concerned with the following:  Is the university organized in the best way possible to handle various issues? The deans are gathering information about current academic structure. They are asking, “What principles and themes relate to this matter? Additionally, they are asking, “Are we a place that attracts and supports outstanding faculty? 

In early October Phase II will emerge. A steering committee will review the Phase I report. That report will also go on line so that faculty, staff, and interested students can respond.

After a Q-and-A session, Provost Curry left the room.  Since it was nearly time to adjourn, the following EFC goals could not be addressed at this meeting but will be addressed throughout the year. 

  1.     (1)  What works best in terms of developing salutary practices relating to the treatment of emeritus faculty?   
  2.     (2)  Benefits for emeritus faculty (e.g., health care insurance, informational technology, and parking) need to be diligently monitored.   
  3.     (3)  Shall we continue to provide useful information for emeritus faculty via our web site and direct communication? 
  4.     (4)  Emeritus faculty lectures need to be maintained. The standing committee for Emeritus Faculty Lectures is Menninger (Chair), Polumbaum , Kuntz and Gussin  (Consultant)

 Speaking with remarkable succinctness, Warren Boe called attention to the EFC web page.   

The meeting was adjourned at 11:10 a.m.     

Our next meeting is scheduled on October 2, at which time engineering Dean Alec Scranton will be our speaker. 

Respectfully submitted, 

  J. Kenneth Kuntz (EFC secretary) 

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

June 5, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Johnson

Attendance: Clinton, Donham, Flanagan, Gussin, Johnson, Kuntz, Levin, Menninger, Mitros, Sharp, Shirazi, Stoner, Valde, Wanat and Weingeist

Minutes of the 5/1/17 EFC meeting and the 5/15/17 AEF were approved. (Wanat 1st /Clinton 2nd).

Remembrances:  Jean Reese, Nursing; Forest Holley, Engineering; Donald Burton, Chemistry; and Richard Simon, Psychology.

Elections were held by email ballot.  New members elected to the Council are Cobb, Gilbert, Hines, Shirazi and Valde.

Election of Vice President will be deferred to the September meeting when all of the newly-elected members will be present.  Kuntz volunteered to be the Council Secretary.

EFC Committee Assignments

  • Programs (EFC and Annual Meeting) - Stoner (Chair), Wanat, need one more person
  • Emeritus Faculty Lectures - Menninger (Chair), Polumbaum and Kuntz.  Gussin will be an AEF “consultant” to the committee (nominated by Johnson, 2nd by Shirazi).
  • Elections -Mitros (Chair), Levin
  • Communications/Website -  Johnson, Boe, need one more person

EFC Liaisons with University committees/organizations

  • Campus Planning – Levin, Hines
  • FRIC – Shirazi, Valde
  • UIRA – Wanat
  • Research Council – Stoner
  • Library – Kuntz, Gilbert
  • Faculty Senate/Council – Mitros, possibly one more person
  • Hancher – Kuntz, Valde
  • Rec Services – Flanagan, Donham
  • Senior College – Johnson, Donham, Mitros
  • Parking and Transportation – Stoner, Flanagan

Additional appointments may be made once all Council members are in attendance.

Reports

Emeritus Faculty Lectures (Menninger)

            September 14 – Eric Forsythe

            October 3 – Ed Kottick

            November 14  – Gary Gussin

Discussion:  Possibly use space in the Voxman Music Building for music-related lectures.  There is a University office that is responsible for assigning rooms.

Clinton suggested having at least one speaker (or more) from outside the Emeritus faculty community.  For example, the Iowa City Mayor was very interesting and instructive when he spoke to the EFC.  It was noted by Boe in an email correction,  that IC Mayor,  Jim Throgmorton, is an emeritus faculty member.

Menninger stated that enlarging the pool of available lecturers is certainly a goal.  He also mentioned that he may need people to make introductions if he is out of town.

EFC Speakers

September 5th (note:  Tuesday following Labor Day) – Acting Provost, Sue Curry

October 2nd – College of Engineering Dean

Other suggestions – Chairs of Research, FRIC and Faculty Senate

Old Business – none

New Business

Goals for 2016-17 year discussion

  • Pursue voting status on Research Council, FRIC (discussion about Live Well and retirees – the University is short-sighted to not include retirees) and Faculty Senate
  • Best Practices for roles of Emeritus Faculty – consistency across colleges in such areas as grants, mentoring graduate students/research.  Tippe College of Business is a good example of best practices.

The September meeting will be on September 5th.  Acting Provost Sue Curry will be invited to speak.

The meeting adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Association of Emeritus Faculty Minutes

May 15, 2017, Room 2520D UCC

The meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by President Warren Boe. 

President Boe acknowledged support from the Provost’s Office and especially that of Brenda Bradley.  55 emeriti faculty attended the meeting.

A memorial moment honored those members who passed during the year (memory list provided in the program). 

Boe introduced the Emeritus Faculty Council members (list provided in the program):  Clinton, Donham, Flanagan, Gussin, Johnson, Kuntz, Levin, Menninger, Mitros, Polumbaum, Shantz, Sharp, Stoner, Wanat and Weingeist.  Ms. Sharp was thanked for serving as the Association/Council secretary for three years.

Emeritus Faculty Council 2016-17

Boe reported on activities of the EFC during the past year. In addition to meeting with the President and Provost, the following speakers spoke to the EFC:

David Ricketts, Director of Parking and Transportation

Discussed new parking policies for Emeritus Faculty

Jessica Wade, Assistant Director of Benefits

Discussed health insurance benefits for emeritus faculty

James Throgmorton, Iowa City Mayor

Discussed potential cooperation with Immigration officials

Dean Sarah Gardial, Tippie College of Business

Discusssed new university budgeting procedures and Committee on University Re-organization

Parking Survey – Annual Meeting 2016

Explanation %Bad %OK
Tag for cashiered lot (possible tax) 27% 73%
Pay $150-12 month tag 39% 61%
9 month tag (no tax) 47% 53%
Traditional Emeritus tag (tax on $744) 53% 47%
Evening/weekend tag (possible tax) 91% 9%
Hancher tag (no tax) 93% 7%

 The 2016-17 Emeritus Lectures – Coordinated by Gary Gussin

Emeritus Faculty Lectures – Coordinated by Professor Gary Gussin

Fall Semester

David Soll, Biology – How do Tumors Form and How do you Stop Them?
Michael Lewis-Beck, Political Science – The Political Economy Model: 2016 U.S. Election
Arthur Bonfield, Law – The Why, How, and What of 60 Years of Rare Book Collecting
Miriam Gilbert, English – Shakespeare and “the likeness of a Jew”: Shylock, Fagin, Disraeli
Laird Addis, Philosophy – Nietzsche and Nazism

Spring Semester

Constance Berman, History – Murder & Mayhem in 12-13th Century France
Carol Scott-Connor, Surgery – Mission to Mars: Healthcare Issues Surrounding Interplanetary Space Travel
John Raeburn, English – The Politics of 1930s Documentary Photography
Paul Muhly, Math – Mathematics as Art
Paul Greenough, History – Indian Crows in Urban Decline: Writing the Environmental History of a Companionate Species

Bylaws Revision

Boe commended Sharp, Clinton and Levin for their work on revising the Bylaws.  He also reported that he met with Provost Butler regarding the transmittal of the amendments and voting.  The 2002 version said that this must be done by paper ballot.  Provost Butler authorized “using the best method available” (i.e. email at this time). 

Highlights of changes:  The amended Bylaws are now written for the Association of Emeritus Faculty (rather than the EFC) with the Emeritus Faculty Council as the governing body. A statement regarding the relationship of the AEF and the Senior College is appended to the Bylaws.  The method for voting on amendments was changed to “best method available.”

Following approval by the EFC, an electronic vote was conducted:  81 voted to accept; 0 voted against.  The amended Bylaws were signed by President Boe and Secretary Sharp on May 15, 2017.

Senior College – H. Dee Hoover

The Senior College is sponsored by the AEF & the URIA with support from the Provost’s office and the Alumni Association.   There were 1,200 attendees in 20 programs covering a broad range of topics. 
Course topics for the Fall, 2017 will include:

Music (Tim Hankewich)
Diseases we share with animals
Wonder Woman
Biotics
Art, Science, History of Mapmaking (next spring, Adam Skibbe and Gerry Rushton GIS)
International Writers
Art and the National Parks
Political Cartoons and Art as instruments of change
Art and Evolution of Interviewing (Ben Kieffer)
Hemingway’s Great War

Brochures will be mailed and also be placed on the Alumni Association Web Site end of July.
The Senior College is always looking for course ideas and individuals to teach them.

Elections - Ballot for 2017-18 EFC members

Boe presented the individuals who have agreed to become council members.  Ballots will be sent to respective College members for a vote. 

CLAS – 1 opening Miriam Gilbert running for 1st Term
Medicine – 2 openings George Johnson running for a 2nd term and Siroos Shiraz running for a 1st term
Engineering – 1 opening – James Stoner running for a 2nd term
Dentistry – 1 opening - Jed Hand and Deborah Cobb both running for a 1st term
Law – 1 opening –William Hines running for a 1st term.
Public Health – 1 opening – Kelley Donham running for a 2nd term
Nursing – 1 opening – Jill Gaffney Valde running for a 1st term
Business – 1 opening – Warren Boe running for a 2nd term

There was one nomination from the floor:  Miriam Gilbert for CLAS.

Boe gave a brief overview of what council members do:  serve as liaisons to various University committees, UI leadership and organizations; serve on EFC committees (such as elections, programs) and serve as officers of the EFC/AEF.

Member comments & questions

Question:  What does the EFC see as upcoming issues?

Answer (Boe):  the University’s possible reorganization; legislative issues (tenure; reduced funding to the University) and the cost of health care for retirees.

The meeting adjourned at 10:43 a.m.

Minutes and notes by Jamie Sharp

Highlights of UI President Bruce Harreld’s presentation:  Positioning the University of Iowa for Future Success

Economic development and future planning is critical for the State of Iowa.  Fiscal support to higher education is in decline – 12.46% in 1992 to less than 6% in 2016 (as a % of tax base to education).  In 2029, the projection is 0%.

There are misconceptions, e.g. that the universities have resources and that they’re wasteful.  To some extent, the Legislature doesn’t care.

The Cato Institute looked at State appropriations to education and tuition per student:

39 states were greater than 0
11 states were less than 0
Iowa is 5th from the bottom
No one brings together the State(s) and the institution(s)

Mr. Harreld estimates that the UI will eliminate 11%/year in the operating budget through efficiencies (because we aren’t being funded in that amount).  He feels that the UI is “right-sized” at 34,000 students. 

Using CLAS as an example, a majority of faculty salaries are below the norm when compared to peers of 14 institutions.  The UI is trying to raise salaries.

AAU Metrics of resource allocation to Federal research and development, National Academy members, honors and awards, citations, USDA State and industry, doctorates and post docs are decreasing.  We must plan to mentor the next generation of students and scholars.

The UI is seeking an agreement with the Regents such that if our tuition goes up to the average of other institutions, we would get $91.4M/year more than we have now.  However, the State will continue to de-appropriate and the fear is that the State will take away funds.  If the tuition goes up $10M, will the State take away $12M?  The UI is proposing a tuition increase of 2% next year then 5-6% in the coming years.  Some portion will go to financial aid – to be based on merit or need.

President Harreld took questions and comments from the members:

The UI should increase out-of-state tuition.
Q:  What is the competition to UI funding?

K-12 education
Penal system
Medicaid
Water conservation issues

In-state Illinois and out-of-state Iowa tuition are becoming more equal. 
UI tuition now is not the same as ISU and UNI.  There are differential tuitions.
Q:  Comment on entering student quality

We use ACT scores – have admitted students with minimum of 245 but a high percentage of those students do not graduate.  The UI is in the bottom third of our peer group.  Propose dropping the index to 235-255. It seems counter-intuitive but in considering other variable such as letters and essays, the success rate may be better.

Q:  Comment on the drinking culture at the UI – what are we doing?

Living-learning centers, multiple orientations, working with Downtown Communities, student security and collaboration between the UI and IC police chiefs.
We have dropped in the rankings of “drinking culture.”

New Strategic Plan

Excellence in everything we do
Student success:  leaders/followers; living-learning communities; counseling/mentoring are priorities
Size will never be a priority
21st Century interdisciplinary research
Writing – that students be able to write well in their respective professions; screen writing
Economic development with the State

UI written into the State Constitution (ISU & UNI are not) and thus we are limited in business opportunities

Academic structure

Are classes too big? Targeted funding?  Medical complex/respective colleges
Alumni Association & Foundation – lack of coordination.  Made a decision to combine them under Lynette Marshall’s leadership.

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

May 1, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Boe

Attendance: Boe, Donham, Flanagan, Johnson, Levin, Menninger, Mitros, Polumbaum, Schantz, Sharp, Stoner, Wanat and Weingeist

The Minutes of the 4/3/17 Meeting were approved. (Donham 1st/Polumbaum 2nd).

Announcements – Boe

AEF Annual Meeting – 41 have responded that they will attend.  Boe will send a reminder notice.
Bylaws vote – 71 approve; 0 no votes

Reports

Campus Planning – Levin

There were two "Action Items", each of which was approved unanimously. The first was simple. They approved installation around the Boyd Law Building of signage to honor the donor, Ted Seldin.  The second was more complex and was discussed at some length. It dealt with the issue of student suicide. There had been 4 recent suicides from jumping off the tops of the parking ramps on Melrose Ave. and Newton Rd., each of which is near the Psychiatric hospital. To reduce the likelihood of this happening in the future a proposal was made to construct barriers at the tops of these ramps. They provided drawings of the proposed additions which were designed to fit in with the existing architecture and avoid a prison-like appearance. The approved project would cost about a million dollars. 

FRIC 4/7/2017 (submitted electronically by Clinton)

Affordable Care Act (Olson) Everything is up in the air. Although leaders in the House failed to repeal, Tom Price is intent on dismantling. It is wait and see on the ACA. Wellmark and Aetna are withdrawing from Iowa; Medica is the only insurer left and it is a small provider. The Cadillac tax may activate in 2020 which will affect UI plans.

TIAA Fund line-up (Olson) UI removed one TIAA 100 fund and replaced with Vanguard which has smaller fees; CREF money market account changed Plan Design for CY2018

Office visits: Co-Pay/Co-Insurance - Looking at changes in co-pay for all levels; under consideration are Increase for Level one $5-10; Level 2 $20-25; Level 3 $ 40-50 Wellmark average is $20-25 for co-pay; in network range is 0-50%; most common is 20% Impact on UI plan 1.5% decrease in dollars spent on plan; the goal is to align with Wellmark “book”

Emergency Pay/Co-Insurance Approved $100 co-pay for ER visits; range in Wellmark book is $25-500 with $100 most common Top reasons for ER visits: unspecified chest pain 250 visits/year Abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting 300 visits/year Headache, fever, dizziness ~ 100/year Lacerations ~ 80/year

Health Insurance Metrics: UI CHOICE (Troester)

Reviewed quarterly; handout provided to committee members who expressed appreciation for the information; data is only for employees and contract holders; does not include retirees.

Elections – Weingeist/Boe/Mitros

Nominations are needed from Nursing, Law and Medicine and CLAS.  Dentistry has two nominees.  Schantz (Law) said that he would run again; however, he isn’t opposed to having other nominee(s). 

Boe and Weingeist will determine which bios are in hand and request those that are not yet in.  Election ballots will be sent by May 5th. 

Emeritus Faculty Lecture Series (Polumbaum for Gussin)

Professor Paul Greenough (History) Indian Crows in Urban Decline:Writing the Environmental History of a Companionate Species 101 Biology Building East, 4-5 pm, Thursday, May 4

New Business

The EFC “transition” meeting will probably be held on Monday, June 12th.

The September meeting will be on the 2nd Monday – the 11th.  Acting Provost Sue Curry will be invited to speak.

The meeting adjourned at 10:10 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Guest Speaker: 

Dean Sarah Gardial, Tippie College of Business

University Reorganization Committee and University Budgeting

Dean Gardial’s presentation covered 3 topics:
State Funding
UI’s new budgeting model
UI’s restructuring committee

State Funding

  • Education is being disadvantaged – a “claw back” (reversion) of $11.5M
  • There will be a downward trend in funding going forward.  We have to prepare for zero funding from the State in the future.
  • President Harreld will try to convince the Regents to separate the UI from UNI & ISU so that we can set our own tuition.  A tuition hike might get us to the “midpoint of our peers” (so that we’re not at the bottom). 

Comments:

People think that we should just use the ~$1.9B from the Foundation.  Actually, this money is not available.  It is legally contracted with the givers for specific purposes, e.g. scholarships.

Dr. Gardial states that devaluing education is very short-sighted.  For every $1 spent on education, $7 is returned in benefits to the State.

Budgeting

  • President Harreld is leading a new budgeting view:  self-funding units (athletics, UIHC, parking, dining) will be reviewed for disclosure of where all the money goes.  Should some of their excesses be used to support other units with lesser resources?
  • Moving from a historical funding model which stays equal year to year plus a little more with no accounting for changes that would benefit from more funding.  This is not strategic and doesn’t “follow the student.”
  • Moving toward a Responsibility Centered Management model (RCM)
  • A modified RCM would “tax” tuition – give back tuition but there would be a tax – possibly 40%.  This would create an incentive to get more students
  • Shared services would not be taxed
  • There would be net producers (e.g. CLAS) and net receivers (e.g. Dentistry)
  • Tuition allocation – percentages would go to the student’s primary department and to other departments in which the student may take courses/may major in.

2020 Restructuring Committee: The committee is investigative only, talking to a wide-range of constituents, nothing is pre-conceived.

  • Logical addition to strategic planning and budgeting
  • It’s not about saving money but being more efficient with resources available
  • What is included:
    • All colleges
    • Eventually all campus-level shared services
  • Committee members:  Deans of Business, Engineering, Education and the Graduate School
  • Inclusive input from deans, faculty and students.  Staff not included at this time.
  • Timeline
    • Spring/Summer 2017 – info gathering
    • Fall 2017 – Campus discussions of alternatives
    • Spring ’18 – report to the Provost

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

April 3, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 9:34 a.m. by President Boe

Attendance: Boe, Clinton, Donham, Gussin, Flanagan, Johnson,  Levin, Menninger, Mitros,  Sharp and Stoner

Remembrances:  Alice Louise Davison Linguistics 3/3/17; Velva Osborne, Librarian, 3/18/17; Carl Eugene Betts, Pediatrics, 3/25/17

The Minutes of the 3/6/17 Meeting were approved (Clinton 1st/Gussin 2nd).

Announcements:

Emeritus Faculty Lectures:

  • Professor Paul Muhly, “Mathematics as a Creative Art,” 4 p.m., Thursday, 4/6/ at 101 Biology Building East
  • Professor Paul Greenough, from History, will speak at 4p.m. on 5/4 at 101 Biology Building East.  Title TBD; the presentation will focus on the survival of crows in India
  • As Professor Gussin will be retiring from the EFC, a new coordinator will be selected.  Maintaining a good liaison with Biology is desired so that we can continue to use space there for lectures.
  • Dean Sarah Gardial will speak at our May 1st meeting about the University Organization committee and the university efficiency changes that have occurred.

UI President Bruce Harreld will speak at the annual AEF meeting on 5/15.  Title TBD

Committee Reports:

Faculty Senate 03/21/17 (Menninger): The usual housekeeping occurred, but in considering approval of the minutes of a special meeting of the Faculty Senate (24 February 2017) an objection was raised that all the local legislators attending at the invitation of the Senate officers were affiliated with the Democrat Party.  A motion to revise the minutes was proposed that had the intent of separating university and senate activities from partisan politics.  During debate it was pointed out that invitations were issued to all local legislators and that one of them is affiliated with the Republican Party.  The final form of the minutes will somehow reflect this reality, thus (one hopes) immunizing the Senate from accusations of playing political favorites.  The bulk of that meeting was in executive session, thus none of the proceedings is reported.

There followed five items of New Business:

1) President's Report (Tom Vaughn, skipping items covered by the report on the Faculty Council meeting): The recision of the current University budget remains at roughly nine million dollars; Dean Curry (College of Public Health) will become Interim Provost 1 April 2017; a bill introduced by Iowa Representative Chapman that would prohibit the prohibition of guns on Regents' campuses was referred to the Judiciary Committee, where it remains.

2) AAUP Sanctions Update (essentially the same as reported for the Faculty Council meeting)

3) Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity (BUILD) (Audrey Scranton, Ph.D. candidate, Communication Studies): The University's non-discrimination statement includes "gender identity" as one of the protected classes.  A poll of undergraduates was taken to get a picture of self-identified gender identities; results showed, among others, cis-gender 1796; agender 71.  The bulk of respondents ticked the box for male or female, but it is important to note that more than one box could be ticked.  ["Cis-gender" means gender identity aligns with social norms regarding birth sex.] [from the uiowa.edu/ui-trans-resources/identity-terminology web site: Agender is an identity under the nonbinary and transgender umbrella terms. It can be seen either as a non-binary gender identity or as a statement of not having a gender identity. May also include being genderless, lacking gender and/or being gender neutral.]  There followed, at the instigation of Ms. Scranton, a free-for-all discussion among senators on the issue of what would/should faculty do if there is a complex-gendered student in a class.  As a result of these discussions, senators noted "challenges" of "mis-gendering" a student -- i.e., using an ill-advised personal pronoun -- and having a student "outed" during class.  (In the subsequent debate the alternative of using only surnames to indicate a student was not brought up.)  One senator lamented the lack of data on life trajectories of trans-gender students; more research is needed.  Generally, it appeared to be agreed that senators want the university to be inclusive and supportive of students with gender identity challenges.

4) Dean Keller (Graduate College) led a discussion of a new Teaching Assistant Training Program, affiliated with the University's Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), which is affiliated with a national CIRTL group that has professional development opportunities, including on-line learning communities.  There is currently a task force gathering data on various extant TA training in departments and other instructional units; coordination will be sought.  It is likely that in-person workshops will be used for local training, as opposed to on-line methods (the former are more likely to elicit discussion).  In response to a question from the floor, it was stated that resources could be made available to graduate students who teach in the professional schools.uiowa.edu/ui-trans-resources/identity-terminology

5) Dean Keller also discussed the Academic Organization Study (omitting Faculty Council disclosures): Senators sought a meeting of the deans task force with the Senate (including at least two deans).  The question was raised whether we needed to continue with a study initiated by the departing provost; a great deal of time will be required for a serious study.  It was answered by the claim that some reasonable recommendations have already been identified.  A senator averred that the university staff felt left out of these discussions and will need encouragement to participate.  Keller noted that shared governance groups will all be consulted.  A senate officer opined that faculty, not deans, should be the leaders in this effort and asked whether it was reasonable to assume structural solutions existed for cultural problems (being the best units can be).  Apparently, time will tell.

In the email that accompanies Menninger’s written report (submitted prior to the meeting) he indicated that this would be the last year that he volunteers to be the Faculty Council/Senate reporter. 

Research Council (Gussin): The University has volunteers in various research labs who are under the age of 18 and who are not University students.  The Department of Risk Management is drafting a policy(s) for mentor(s), student(s), parent(s) to sign.  Such policy(s) will specify risks relevant to the area of work.     

Old Business                                    

Elections Update(Boe): The letter/form requesting nominations has been sent to all AEF members.  We have two candidates from Dentistry.  We still need nominations from Nursing (1), Liberal Arts (2) and probably Law (1).  There are 4 current members willing to serve a second term.

Weingeist is stepping down as chair of the elections committee.  Mitros, with assistance from Boe, will oversee the elections process. 

AEF Bylaws (Sharp)

  • An updated draft of the proposed bylaws changes was discussed.    Additional edits were suggested. 
  • Motion:  that the proposed revised AEF Bylaws be brought before the membership, by email ballot, for a vote to approve.  (Gussin 1st/Mitros 2nd)  Motion passed.
  • Sharp will forward the revised draft to Boe who will forward a copy to the Provost and the AEF membership with a cover letter and ballot.  It was suggested that voting end by May 1st.   The amended Bylaws can be placed on the website as information only.

UI Life Insurance Policy (Johnson) Insurance for “legacy faculty” doesn’t exist anymore.

The meeting adjourned at 10:55 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

March 6, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Boe

Attendance: Boe, Donham, Gussin, Johnson, Kuntz, Menninger, Mitros, Polumbaum, Sharp, Stoner, Wanat and Weingeist

New Retirees:  Professor Jeanne Saunders, CLAS; Professor Edward Saunders, CLAS

The Minutes of the 2/6/17 Meeting were approved (Mitros 1st/Donham 2nd).

Committee Reports:

FRIC Report (Mitros)

Report on FRIC meeting 2/3/17: There were two main items of discussion, namely an Affordable Care Act update and the UI Health Care Accountable Care Organization. The discussion on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was led by Ms. Olson from the Benefits Office. She pointed out that since we are self-insured there would likely be no major direct effect, at least in the immediate future. The discussion on the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) was vigorous. There already exists an ACO within UIHC, but it is understaffed. There is a proposed joint venture with Wellmark which could possibly result in financial gain for the University. This would cause a need for expansion of the current infrastructure. 

Announcements (Boe)

President Harreld will speak at the AEF Annual Meeting on May 15th.  The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.
Sarah Gardial, member of the UI Organization Committee will speak to the EFC at the May 1st meeting
Sue Curry, Acting Provost will be invited to speak at a Fall EFC meeting.  Donham will extend the invitation.
Parking and Transportation (Stoner)

Emeritus Faculty Lecture (Gussin)

Professor John Rayburn is scheduled to speak on Thursday.  This coincides with The Lincoln Forum, in which former UI President Mary Sue Coleman and former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach will speak.   It was agreed that we will go ahead with our program due to difficulties in rescheduling.  The UI needs a master calendar of events so that conflicts in scheduling can be avoided.

Election Committee (Weingeist/Boe)

Members not eligible for re-election:  Gussin (CLAS) and Weingeist (Medicine)

Members eligible for re-election:  Boe; Schantz; Sharp; Johnson; Stoner; Donham;

Clinton is fulfilling the Nursing College term and will not stand for re-election.  Sharp (Dentistry) will not stand for re-election. Current Council members should encourage colleagues to run for a position on the Council.

Boe will send out a letter soliciting nominations from CLAS, Medicine, Nursing and Dentistry.  Nomination deadline will be April 15th.   Ballots will be sent thereafter.

AEF Bylaws (Sharp)

A draft of the proposed bylaws changes was discussed.    In Article III Membership, the statement regarding the 1998 Bylaws of the Faculty Senate will be deleted as the previous sentence will now define membership.  Article IV Meetings of Members will include “of those present” where appropriate and in Section 3. Quorum, the number 50 will be used instead of a percentage.   It was decided that the EFC’s statement regarding the Senior College should be part of the Bylaws under Article V Powers and Duties of the Council.  Article VII Amendments will say that any amendments will be sent to the membership by the best method available for approval.

Further discussion centered on how to send out the proposed Bylaws change to the membership.  The 1982 Bylaws says “…by paper ballot…”   As this is no longer feasible, Boe will check with the Provost to get permission to send by email.

Motion:  “Submit Bylaws to AEF membership by best method available” was approved (Weingeist 1st/Mitros 2nd).

Sharp will provide an edited copy of the Bylaws prior to the April EFC meeting.  At the April meeting, a vote will be taken to send the revised Bylaws to the membership for approval.

Old Business

UI Life Insurance Policy – emeritus faculty aren’t able to see information about beneficiaries online (also unable to see 1099 online).  Johnson will investigate.

Subsequent to the meeting, Johnson provided the following information:

For those who have a paid-up life insurance policy which is apparently worth $4,000, you can change the Beneficiary with the form available at the bottom of the page pointed to by the link below.

Warren is correct. You cannot see your current beneficiary in Employee Self Service. Only the current employees can do that.

At the top of the Beneficiary Designation Form please write *Paid-Up Life Insurance*. This will ensure correct processing. I just made out a new form with ICPL Friends Foundation as the beneficiary. I will let everyone know if it worked next meeting.

https://hr.uiowa.edu/benefits/group-life-insurance

The meeting adjourned at 10:45 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

February 6, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Boe

Attendance: Boe, Stoner, Mitros, Polumbaum, Menninger, Johnson, Sharp, Clinton, Flanigan, Kuntz, Donham and Wanat

Remembrances:  Paul Seebohn, Medicine, 1/8/17; Dan Branson, Civil Engineering, 1/9/17; William Grigsby, Dentistry, 1/1/17; Paul Collins, Dentistry, 1/25/17

The Minutes of the 12/5/16 Meeting were approved (Menninger 1st/Clinton 2nd).

Committee Reports:

Faculty Senate, 12/05/16 (Submitted by Menninger & distributed with the agenda)

The usual housekeeping occurred.  There followed five items of New Business:

1) President's Report (Tom Vaughn)

The Senate-appointed committee to reverse the AAUP sanctions has met several times and they have also consulted with the UNI Presidential Search Committee chair, who was positive about their search process [subsequently, the regents announced the appointment of Mark Nook, chancellor at Montana State University and an astronomer/astrophysicist].  This committee will make recommendations to the Senate at February's meeting.  From the floor the view was expressed that not having yet consulted the local AAUP was wrong-headed as only the national AAUP meeting had the authority to reverse the sanctions.  The procedures of the committee were defended by Senate past-president Bohannon who noted that it has interviewed regent search committee members as well as university President Harreld.  Another senator observed that the higher the administrative level, the more information exists; the gap in information between central and UIHC administrators and the faculty was not in the best interests of the university.  The results of the committee's work should be published monthly.

Eight initiatives from the strategic planning exercise have been forwarded to the appropriate operations and planning committees for further consideration and action (and will be posted on the senate's web site, eventually; one can now only read short and long versions of suggested initiatives).

A statement on “Campus climate” – i.e., inclusiveness – will be brought to the Senate for consideration.  President Harreld and 482 others have already signed a statement in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA and President Harreld has issued his own statement supporting inclusiveness.

2) Vice President for Research and Economic Development Dan Reed presented a history and basis for revising the university's policy on intellectual property, triggered by the Stanford v. Roche Supreme Court ruling (“agree to assign” vs “agree and hereby assign” title; the latter language won out and Stanford's former language lost).  Currently, the Bayh-Dole act is interpreted as the title to an invention being invested primarily in the inventor.  Although many universities have revised their policies to reflect this case law, we have not and we should think about it.  Also under consideration is the fraction of earnings assigned to the inventor as opposed to the university and its departments, colleges, etc.  In this connection it was noted that 84% of US university tech-transfer offices lose money.

3) The annual report of the Ombudsperson Office was presented by Susan Johnson and Cynthia Joyce (ombudspersons).  The frequency and distribution among faculty, staff and students visiting the office were typical of the past few years.  Evaluative relationships (where there is power asymmetry between the complainant and a supervisor) were again the major reason for concern (44% of total).  Providing timely and high-quality services also dominated undergraduate concerns (25% vs 29% evaluative relationships).  Mentioned specifically were “hidden effects of mental health conditions”: a tendency to blame individuals with documented conditions and accepted accommodations for lack of decision-making and follow-through.

4) Jean Florman, director of the Center for Teaching, gave an update on the center's activities.  They feel understaffed and will be recruiting in the spring.

5) Linda Snetselaar, associate provost for outreach and engagement, gave an update on that office's activities.  A “logic model” flowchart was displayed but was so crowded with small type that it was uninterpretable.  Apparently the office feels it has made significant contributions.

Faculty Council 01/24/17 (submitted by Menninger)- Housekeeping and an Executive Session devoted to discussion with Keith Saunders, Governmental Relations, on the "Tenure Bill" were missed as your devoted reporter was excused to an anteroom.

Under New Business:

Profesor Bohannon, past-president of the Faculty Senate, has taken a positon in the Provost's Office so her role in the Council is being filled by Professor Dove (a Senate past-president).

Deans and faculty received a letter from the Provost proposing "a study focused on 'The University of Iowa's 2020 Academic Organization Structure' with the goal of helping us to become a more forward-looking, nimble university that focuses our limited resources in support of academic excellence." Among the stated background issues are a desire for undergraduate and graduate degrees that are interdisciplinary, rather than existing in a single traditional academic department, and taking account of the shrinking state support to the General Education Fund (60% appropriations and 29% tuition/fees in 1996; 33% appropriations and 61% tuition/fees in 2016).  Suggested "reasonable organizational changes" are moving academic departments from one college to another; reducing/increasing faculty size in departments/colleges; consolidating and possibly eliminating departments and/or majors; creating new colleges, divisions or schools; consolidating/eliminating graduate degrees within existing departments; and centralizing academic student support services.  Deans Gardial, Curry, Scranton and Keller will lead the Ad-Hoc Committee on UI 2020 Academic Organizational Structure, charged with gathering and evaluating current and past pertinent data and recommending changes, by January 2018.

This led to a spirited discussion among which points were raised: concerning moving departments among colleges -- tried elsewhere with no cost savings resulting; lack of depth in conversations between Senate officers and the Provost; the full Senate needs to discuss university-wide re-organization, not just individual colleges.

Teresa Kulper (Director, Human Resource Services) presented the results of the "Working at Iowa Survey".  Faculty response was ~63% (~55% of those >age 71; 72% female, 62% male responders).  The entire survey may be distributed to all the faculty -- only collegiate results were distributed so far.  For CLAS, it was pointed out by a councilor, faculty agreeing with the statement "Recommend UI to friend seeking employment" shows a steady downward trend (88% 2012, 75% 2016); when broken out by amount of agreement, UI faculty showed only 57% strongly agree or agree with this statement, while 13% disagree or strongly disagree.  The low agreement and trend were not found for UI as a whole.  For the question "UI treats faculty and staff with respect", faculty showed 39% strongly agree or agree, 25% strongly disagree or disagree.  This latter question also showed decreasing agreement by faculty over time (76% in 2012, 62% in 2016).  One councilor suggested that councilors representing the various colleges send their results to the Council for further discussion of the Survey in its entireity.

The meeting concluded with a report from the Ad Hoc AAUP Sanction Removal Committee: it has met five times and reviewed the sanctions and the AAUP criteria.  They have skyped with the UNI presidential search committee co-chair Dan Howard (Regent Mulholland's attitude was praised) and the committee thinks the UNI search might be a good model for future U/IA presidential searches.  The local AAUP officers have been consulted and their collaboraton announced to the national AAUP office (with favorable response).  A draft report is planned for the end of this semester, a review the following fall (with editing as required), national AAUP representatives to visit spring 2018, and a hoped-for favorable recommendation to the AAUP national meeting in the summer 2018.  The Ad Hoc committee is now meeting every two weeks.

Discussion of two foregoing reports: 

1.  There are concerns about the University-wide reorganizing proposal.  Everything is “up for grabs.”  Will there be fewer colleges?  Fewer departments?

2.  In the Working at Iowa survey (taken every two years) the Liberal Arts faculty wouldn’t recommend the UI as a place to work.  Currently results are only distributed to respective units.  Should all results be distributed to all units?

FRIC Report, 2/3/17 (Clinton/Mitros)

There was a busy agenda. This could not be covered in full because of time limitations, and because of extensive discussion of two items on the agenda, namely item 3 (Affordable Care Act Update) and item 4 (UI Health Care Accountable Care Organization}.

The discussion on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was led by Ms. Olson from the Benefits Office. She pointed out that since we are self-insured there would likely be no major direct effect, at least in the immediate future. In fact, the effect of the ACA at large is not likely to be major for at least a year; partly because once changes are made the businesses/organizations will need time to incorporate them into their yearly planning and budgets. There may be indirect effects as patient populations may be more or less inclined to choose UIHC. It was noted that the current UI plan is already generous with regards to pre-existing conditions and allowing adult children to remain on parents insurance until age 26.

The discussion on the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) was led by Ms. Troester and was more vigorous. There already exists an ACO within UIHC, but it is understaffed. The new suggestion would be a joint venture with Wellmark. In order to avoid a conflict of interest, the University of Iowa and the Hospitals would be viewed as separate entities. If certain parameters were met (e.g., screening for a variety of diseases, measures of cardiac care success, etc.) this could result in financial gain (???). This gain would be shared with Wellmark and would be used to expand the existing infrastructure of the current ACO.

Discussion centered on the nature of the parameters and the risk of joining the agreement. Since the agreement is supposed to be in effect for 2017 and since FRIC was not called on to make the decision, but to provide support for the idea (or not) a carefully worded resolution providing such support for the concept was voted on and accepted.

A brief discussion of whether additional Affiliated Care Providers should be granted Level One status was begun.

Election Committee (Boe)

Members not eligible for re-election:  Gussin and Weingeist

Members eligible for re-election:  Boe; Schantz;  Sharp;  Johnson;  Stoner;  Donham;

Clinton is fulfilling the Nursing College term and will not stand for re-election.  Sharp (Dentistry) will not stand for re-election.

Parking

1099’s have been sent out. 

Speakers – Stoner

Suggestion:  a dean who is on the UI re-organizing committee.

AEF Bylaws – Sharp

A draft of the proposed bylaws changes, as well as the existing bylaws, will be sent prior to the March EFC meeting.  Members are requested to do a side-by-side comparison and come to the March meeting prepared to discuss the proposed changes.  Subsequently, the proposed draft will be sent to the AEF membership in advance of the May annual meeting.  A vote to approve the Bylaws will be held at the annual meeting.

New Business

1.  Senate File 41 – Abolish tenure at all Regents’ institutions – Menninger not in attendance when discussed at Faculty Council & Senate.

2.  UI Life Insurance Policy – emeritus faculty aren’t able to see information about beneficiaries online (also unable to see 1099 online).  The newly established two-step process makes accessing information more difficult.  Boe will contact someone from Benefits to inquire about this problem.

The meeting adjourned at 10:15 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Guest Speaker – Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton

Dr. Throgmorton, an emeritus professor of Region and Urban Planning, was elected to the Iowa City Council in 2011 and then again in 2015.  He became Mayor in January, 2016.  He reports that they council has “substantially greater diversity than in the 1990’s.”  Also,  the council has been working very well since mid-2016. 

The phrase “sanctuary city” is a politically vexed topic.  The City had considered it 5 years ago but felt that the time wasn’t right to approve it then.   More recently, the Council held a work session on January 3rd to revisit the topic.  Council members got a flood of emails (from non-Johnson Country residents) objecting to discussing the issue.  Robo calls and emails were funded from an “outside entity.”

On January 4, 2017 drafted a resolution “reaffirming public safety functions of law enforcement.”  “Sanctuary city” was purposely not used.  The job of law enforcement is to ensure public safety, not enforce Federal laws.

Throgmorton submitted an editorial piece to State and local newspapers countering assertions that Sanctuary City status would be detrimental.  For example:  murder rates will increase because dangerous criminals will be allowed to live here.  Fact:  murder rates have declined over the past few years and none of the murders in Johnson County have been at the hands of undocumented immigrants.

There has been tremendous improvement in outreach to African American, Hispanic, Sudanese and Congolese communities.  There is a need for engagement between groups and a need for follow-up.

2016

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

December 5, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Boe

Attendance: Boe, Stoner, Gussin, Mitros, Polumbaum, Menninger, Levin, Johnson, Sharp, Clinton, Flanigan, Kuntz, Donham and Wanat

Remembrances:  Frank Kohout, Dentistry, 11/22/16

The Minutes of the 11/07/16 Meeting were approved (Menninger 1st/Johnson 2nd).

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council meeting 11/15/16 (Previously submitted by Menninger)

  • After the usual formalities were concluded there occurred a discussion of the upcoming Faculty Senate elections and how non-tenure-track faculty would/could participate.  The issue is that CLAS has yet to adopt a policy concerning these faculty.  Senate officers stressed that the University policy in effect is that non-tenure-track faculty can vote and hold both senate membership and offices; colleges are free to adopt more restrictive local policies.  There are currently 280-290 lecturers eligible to vote.  There are 10 senate 'open positions' in CLAS (of 30 total), presumably due to lecturers being added to the list since the new policy came into effect.  The Liberal Arts Assembly is thought to be on the verge of approving such a policy but probably not until mid-second semester.
     
  • There was essentially one item of new business: Discussion and Prioritization of Top Ten Initiatives.  This took the form of exhaustively going through a list of 17 strategic planning initiative suggestions made in the Fall 2016 (plus two added during the meeting) with each councilor voting 1-5 for each initiative (one being the highest priority), plus a list of 69 suggestions from Spring 2016 (which were considered but not subjected to a vote).  Averages from the former were constructed from the votes of councilors present, plus those absent who had submitted votes to the secretary.  Two additional suggestions were made during the meeting, one of which gained the second highest score: "reduce in five years the student/tenure-track-faculty ratio in colleges teaching undergraduates to the Big 10 average" (wording approximate) [it was claimed that Iowa currently has the highest such ratio in the Big 10].  The highest average score was an initiative to introduce paid pregnancy/parental leave throughout the university. The lowest average score of the Fall 2016 list was an initiative to form a post-graduate seminar for visiting scholars of English/American literature.  Several of the 69 hold-over suggestions had been incorporated into the 17 more recent suggestions; some were moved up into that category before voting occurred.  A final list of 10 highest priorities was approved.
     
  • The agenda for the Faculty Senate meeting of 6 December, moved to the end of the Council's agenda, was amended to include a discussion of the final list of Top Ten Initiatives.

FRIC, 12/2/16 – Clinton

TENTATIVE AGENDA 12/2/2016 1130 AM

Introductions – Garfinkel and Davin

1. Approval of Nov.  2016 minutes – Garfinkel and Davin

Presentation: UIeCare Dr. Patrick Brophy - UIeCare is a direct care/virtual clinic staffed by physicians & NPs; Co-pay $5.00; there is no cost to UI employees or those on UI Choice. Strategy is to decrease ER & Quick Care visits. Can be accessed via smart-phone, laptop or tablet. To download app go to https://uiecare.com/#/home

Post-election ACA update:  Olson - Pre-existing conditions and coverage of dependents up to age 26 likely to continue; could see changes as early as 2018 more likely 2019.

Health Insurance Metrics: UI CHOICE – Troester -  data provided of quarterly statistics such as utilization, UI membership, which is growing, and cost. She will bring this to the Committee for consideration on a regular basis.  

2. Level One Providers: UI CHOICE – Troester - Carried over to February meeting

Plan Design 2018

A. Office visits: Co-Pay/Co-Insurance - These will be first order of business for February meeting. Co-pays have not been reviewed for a number of years. These topics will be reviewed and discussed Feb/March/April in order to make recommendations at the May meeting

B. ER visits: Co-Pay/Co-Insurance

Old Business No discussion.  New Business No discussion.  Next Meeting: Feb 3

Discussion:

Clinton reported that the December meeting discussion set the stage for meetings Feb-April regarding changes to the UI health care plan(s) and which metrics to use. 

UI eCare will communicate with the primary physician on the results of the “visit.” 

Suggest a link on the AEF web site and/or send an email to members with information. 

EFC Lecture Series (tentative spring schedule) - Gussin

Jan. 17    Constance Berman (History) 101 BBE, 4-5 pm Murder and Mayhem in Twelfth and Thirteenth-Century France.

Feb. 21   Carol Scott-Connor (Surgery) 101 BBE, 4-5 pm Mission to Mars: Healthcare Issues Surrounding Interplanetary Travel

Apr. 13   Paul Muhly (Mathematics) 101 BBE, 4-5 pm Mathematics as Art

May XX   Paul Greenough (History) 101 BBE, 4-5 pm

Old Business

 1.  Senior College

Consideration of the following statement which was developed by Boe, Johnson and B. Ferner (of the Sr. College):

EFC has a longstanding association with the Senior College and encourages EFC members to be involved with the Senior College. The EFC has had the practice of naming member(s) of the council as a liaison to the Senior College. However, the Senior College Committee feels that is counterproductive in that everyone on the committee is a working member with full responsibilities.

The Senior College Committee makes the appointments to their committee. When there is a vacancy, they will inform us and we will poll our members and suggest those who are interested in serving on the Senior College committee as working members. People who are invited to join the committee should expect a long-term relationship with the committee.  The Senior College Committee will consider prospective candidates from EFC along with any others the Committee has identified, considering representation across disciplines and between faculty and staff.

The EFC will be kept informed of the activities of the Senior College by biannual visits of the chair of the Senior College Committee to the EFC. The EFC will also, when possible, name an EFC member who is on the Senior College Committee as liaison to the EFC.

Discussion: 

The Sr. College Committee seems to do its work independently of any UI administrative entity.   Having biannual visits of the chair with the EFC, including a report of their budget, expenses and balance, is desired.  The SCC seems to work “in association with” the EFC/AEF.  Menninger has not been able to find a copy of the SCC Bylaws.   Johnson noted that the SCC makes an annual report to the Regents.

At question is whether EFC’s involvement on the Sr. College Committee should be liaison or full committee member(s).  Currently Johnson, Donham and Mitros are full committee members.

Motion by Sharp 2nd by Menninger:  the statement regarding the relationship between the SCC and the EFC be approved and entered into the minutes.  Motion passed.  It was also noted that the statement would be considered for inclusion in our Bylaws as they are revised and approved.  Meanwhile, we will continue to seek the SCC Bylaws as both should have the same statement included.

Donham mentioned that sometimes the SCC needs volunteer help with program oversight.  He will let the SCC know that they can put out the word to members of AEF and UIRA.

2. Texas State Letter – Menninger received a copy of a letter from his daughter who is a faculty member at TSU.  The letter was sent by their university president.  Menninger was considering sending the letter on to President Harreld but asked the EFC if they wanted to send the letter.  No decision to do so was reached.

Discussion: 

Gussin – the local ACLU reports that all but 2 universities are sanctuary universities.  UI is one of the two.  The UI policy is to not be involved with immigration issues – no round-up of undocumented individuals.  Immigration is a Federal issue, not a local one. 

Boe asked if the Faculty Senate has discussed becoming a sanctuary university.  As Menninger had departed the meeting, we have no answer to this question. 

Gussin – the AAUP should also make a statement.

Polumbaum – Could we have Iowa City Mayor, Jim Throgmorton and a foreign-born student speak to us about their positions and concerns with the issues of bias, carry guns, sanctuary?   Polumbaum, Boe and Menninger will work on a program for February’s meeting.

3.  Meeting with Provost – Johnson & Flanagan met with Provost Butler and Assoc. Provost Kreigel on November 16th.  Discussion included parking concerns (working from Boe’s letter) and the confusing announcement made to emeritus faculty 8 months into the year. The Provost praised the administrative tax expert for all the money he has saved the University. Johnson reminded Provost Butler of all the contributions that emeritus faculty make to the University using data from the EFC survey of two years ago.  Also discussed was the UI Health Care “carve-out.” Butler was not aware of this issue. 

Discussion:

Gussin pointed out that emeritus faculty are the only group with an increasing “carve-out” to their health coverage.

Gussin and Boe will work on an email regarding the newly-established parking regulations.  This email will be sent to all emeritus faculty.

Other/New Business

Johnson noted that the committee to select a new VP for Health is active and mentioned that Dr. Kathleen Buckwalter (an emeritus faculty) is on the committee. 

Boe will be meeting with Nancy Hauserman, President of UIRA.  UIRA will be conducting a survey of its members.  Boe shared our survey.  Both groups are concerned about computer services. 

The meeting adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

November 7, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by George Johnson for President Boe

Attendance: Gussin, Johnson, Mitros, Weingeist, Menninger, Stoner, Wanat, Flanagan, Kuntz and Donham

Remembrances:  Ingeborg Solbrig, German, 10/12/2016; Shih-Yen (Sam) Wu, Economics, 9/15/2016; Norman Williams, Biology, 10/24/2016; Richard Runge, German, 10/20/2016.

New AEF Members:  Ellen Cram, Nursing; Joel Gordon, Medicine; Richard Johnston, Medicine; Nancy Rosenthal, Medicine; David Wacker, Medicine

The Minutes of the 10/04/16 Meeting were approved.

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council meeting 10/04/16 (Previously submitted by Menninger)

After the usual formalities were concluded there were several items of new business:

1) Report by the Director of University Counseling Service: There has been a 12% increase in students seeking counseling this past year.  Same-day counseling, whether self-referred or walk-in with faculty, is being phased in. Group counseling sessions are increasing.  U/IA is the least staffed service in the Big 10 (1 staff per 2800 students); hiring of six additional counselors is planned.  A designated fee (or increase in the health services fee) for mental health services will soon be proposed to the regents [currently, tuition is used to finance the service].

2) Report by University Treasurer: President Harreld has introduced an explicit budget process, visible to all, based on four principles: student success, benchmarking (comparisons with comparable institutions), U/IA values (e.g., stressing highly visible successes like the Writer's Workshop), U/IA Future (continual improvement).  Besides a base budget, strategic initiatives are solicited and will be financed subject to available funds.  Last year 23 were funded (of 66 proposed) -- e.g., faculty cluster hiring, dual career hires, increased CLAS academic advisors, restored building maintenance and energy conservation budgets.  Tight and fast timing are part of the package.  Deans will (presumably receive and) submit proposals; if more than one, in priority order, in two categories: Operational (< 18 months to complete) and Strategic (> 18 months).  Similarly, two teams, composed partly of faculty, will evaluate and prioritize the submissions. {It wasn't clear to this reporter whether Departments will need to justify replacing positions due to retirement, etc., as part of the base budget or as a strategic initiative.}

3) Report by Senate Past President on Academic Freedom, Inclusion, Free Speech, etc.:  Meetings with students, undergraduate and graduate/professional, are underway.  The perception is that undergraduates have a limited understanding of academic freedom and free speech and their place in the university.  A "module" on this subject might be included in "Success at Iowa", presented to all incoming students.

4) Report on course evaluations results being open to students: This student-led proposal was justified as allowing students to make informed choices among possible courses.  The evaluations would resemble current ACE forms and remain anonymous.  There was much discussion about customs at other universities: who would have access, etc.  Disadvantages with student evaluations were pointed out.  The discussion will continue.

  5) Report on the AAUP Sanctions Committee (created recently by Faculty Senate to explore how to get the sanctions lifted):   A membership of five to seven is anticipated.  Membership nominations are solicited.

Faculty Senate- Gary Gussin reporting; Health care discussed by membership; membership undertook discussion re strategic planning 

FRIC – Patricia Clinton reporting; Presentation by UIHC personnel on ongoing efforts to improve access and capacity by unified Patient Scheduling Center (PAC). Discussion of which metrics to use for UI choice members; Clinical Risk Group Scores (CRGs) include low, moderate, chronic and ongoing more severe chronic to determine trends and strategies to reduce costs associated with risk. Data coming in December. Initial discussion of levels of co-pay/co-insurance/deductibles and Level One providers 

Presentation by Jessica Wade from UI Benefits

Questions on University health insurance:

1. Does the Health Alliance HMO provide any out of network payments? Yes for emergency/urgent conditions or when there is no available service

2. Are there any network facilities in Iowa City other than U of I facilities for either of the Health Alliance plans. No

3. Could you provide some sample payments for common health care items for Emeritus faculty such as Hip or knee replacement, cataract surgery, heart bypass or stent surgery, or similar items for each of the health care plans that are available to us.

  • Inpatient surgery HMO $280/day for days 1-7; PPO 10% billed
  • Outpatient surgery HMO $275; PPO 10%

4. The cost of UI choice insurance has increased but the carve-out has not. Therefore, we are faced with larger cost for next year. Is this likely to happen again in future years? Possibly

5. Do any of the plans provide payments for medical costs while traveling other than emergency room and quickcare? PPO has full coverage

6. How do we best compare the drug plans between UIchoice and the Alliance PPO? Differences is in drugs included in formulary

7. Does Alliance accept a letter from your doctor if you need to be on a special drug not listed by Alliance in their formulary? Maybe

8. How can we be sure that Health Alliance (or any other plan) might provide an obstacle to needed care?

9. Many Medicare advantage programs including Health Alliance have over-billed the government. Is UI benefits concerned about this problem? https://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/08/29/20148/medicare-advantage-audits-reveal-pervasive-overcharges

Old business: Meeting with Provost November 11

The purpose of the meeting with the Provost on November 11 (rescheduled to Nov. 16 by Provost's office) was to address issues raised in the letter to the Provost by Warren Boe. George Johnson and Doug Flanagan will attend the meeting in Warren's absence.

New Business: No discussion on Senior College statement 

The meeting was adjourned

Minutes by Patricia Clinton 

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

October 4, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Boe

Attendance: Boe, Clinton, Flanagan, Gussin, Johnson, Levin, Menninger , Mitros,  Polumbaum, Schantz,  Sharp, Stoner and Wanat,

Remembrances:  Joseph Szertics, CLAS, Spanish and Portuguese, 9-16-16; Jo Eland, Nursing, 9-27-16

The September 12, 2016 minutes were approved as corrected (Walter Foley in Remembrances; AEF not AES; Westefeld - spelling).

Reports

Faculty Senate, 09/20/16 – Menninger (previously submitted)

This was an unusual meeting, begun by a motion to revise the agenda to place "Report on AAUP Sanction (Lois Cox, Katherine Tachau, Mirian Wilson-Kimber, UI Chapter of AAUP)" as the first item of new business.  The motion was approved with one dissenting vote.

The usual housekeeping occurred.  There was then a vote not to hold the aforementioned discussion in Executive Session, as called for by the original agenda.  Among supporting statements was the observation that deliberations in secret had got us to where we are now and there was no need to do more of it.  The motion to open the discussion to all was passed by acclimation.

The subsequent conversation was wide-ranging and ended in a motion to form an ad hoc committee of the Senate to develop a policy that would lead to lifting of the AAUP sanction; it was passed with broad support.  Although one speaker suggested that this was the AAUP's job, not the faculty's, supporters of the motion made clear their intention that the committee members would be closely consulting local AAUP officials.

Following are some of the points raised (especially those given by voices reproduced sufficiently well by the suboptimal acoustics of the Senate Chamber that your reporter could understand them):

One senator observed that an "AAUP list of censured (sic) institutions" was found on job listings at a professional meeting.  An important distinction: U/IA was "sanctioned" for failure to uphold standards of faculty governance.  "Censure" is reserved for transgressions concerning academic freedom, tenure decisions and the like.  AAUP has separate lists.

Much was made of the manifest injustice of sanctions being levied against the university instead of the guilty regents; the national AAUP representative present (and others) noted that there is no extant policy to sanction governing boards (although one is presently under consideration).  In any case we cannot expect AAUP not to recognize problems when they are brought to its attention; it is unfair to blame AAUP for sticking to its principles.  In this connection it was pointed out that the search committee and interim university leadership were not completely innocent in what happened.

The co-chair of the UNI Presidential Search, a member of their faculty and former leader of their AAUP/United Faculty Union, was present and portrayed their process, so far, as much more respectful of faculty opinion than we experienced.  His posture is trust but verify.

As to what faculty can do to get sanctions lifted, the national AAUP representative suggested that a formal change in regents' policy concerning presidential searches would be helpful.  Encouraging the regents to address this issue could include informing students, their parents, alumni, members of the state legislature and the general public as to the damage done to the institution and its reputation by being formally sanctioned. [The negative public reaction to the recent firing of the president of the University of Virginia was widely credited for her reinstatement by their board of governors.]  Local AAUP officers said that of course they would assist in any way they could in this effort.

A point was made that the AAUP report on the presidential search did not identify what wrong-doing was done and by whom.  The claim by a senate officer that mistakes were made did not specify what mistakes and who made them.  Several senators leapt to the defense of the senate officers.

Remaining items from the original agenda have been postponed to future meetings.

Discussion:

Senate officers seem to want to downplay sanctions (not to be confused with censure). AAUP is chastising the wrong people.

The Senate Committee will investigate ways of getting out from under sanctions.

The presidential search at UNI wants to avoid the problems that occurred at the UI.

Robillard is stepping down from his two positions at UIHC/Med School.  Does Rastetter want to privatize UIHC?  There needs to be a strategic discussion about the future (to include who owns the hospital; should the medical dean also be VP for Health Sciences).

EFC Lecture Series – Gussin (Polumbaum and Kuntz)

Historically, speakers have been chosen from emeriti faculty who have pursued “rigorous scholarly activity.”  Clinton asked if a speaker could be chosen who is involved in “scholarly work” that was not their primary research area while an active faculty.  Or, perhaps,  submit an abstract(s).

Upcoming speaker(s): 

Arthur Bonfield – “…60 Years of Rare Book Collecting” 101BBE, 4-5 p.m., Oct. 27th.

EFC Speakers - Stoner

11/7 meeting – Jessica Wade from Benefits will meet w/ the Council.  She will be asked to comment on topics such as health insurance (Alliance, Advantage plans).  Please send any questions to Stoner so that he can forward them to Ms. Wade prior to the meeting.

Suggestions for other future speakers/topics:  Live Well; cost-cutting/centralizing – what is happening and what are the effects?

Parking – Gussin  (two letters herein are for historical and background purposes)

The letter to UI administrators: Associate Provost Kevin Kregel  (May 20, 2016), David Ricketts, Thomas Peifer, 

Dear Colleagues,

At the annual meeting of the Association of Emeritus Faculty on May 9, I explained possible changes in the Emeritus Faculty Parking Tag policy and distributed a survey asking for the opinions of those present with respect to various options that we have discussed previously (and a couple that weren’t explicitly considered).  Subsequently, the survey was sent by e-mail to all the emeritus faculty who did not attend the meeting.  I’m including a summary of my explanation and the combined responses of 190 faculty.  The way the survey was structured, faculty could check as many boxes as they wished, so the total number of “votes” in any column could be greater than 190.

A few faculty made additional comments that I’m also including.

It’s clear from the summary that implementation of options #1, 2, 3, and 6 would provide the greatest opportunity for faculty to make a reasonable choice, though a large number don’t regard any of the choices to be completely satisfactory.  Two possibilities that we have considered previously were not directly included in the survey:

1. We assume that those emeritus tag-holders currently employed by the University (and paid for their services) would be exempt from IRS reporting.  It would be useful to know what minimum number of hours employed and amount paid, would be sufficient to qualify for the exemption. 

2. The Emeritus Faculty Council urges you to develop and implement a plan whereby emeritus faculty who contribute significantly to the ongoing activities of the University could be considered volunteers, whose cost of parking (as reported on the IRS form 1099) would be reimbursable, and therefore make them exempt from the reporting provision.

Thank you for your consideration.  Many emeritus faculty continue to render extensive and important assistance to the University's missions.  This ongoing service is actually acknowledged (expected) in the University Operations Manual.   It’s important to make it as convenient as possible for them to make these contributions, especially for those who become physically less able to do so with advancing age.  And people will feel less imposed upon if it’s clear the University is searching for creative options to help ameliorate the problem.

        Sincerely yours, Gary Gussin, President. Emeritus Faculty Council 

Change in Emeritus Parking Tag Policy

Certain provisions of the Federal Tax Code require the University to report the “free” parking tag as income based on its imputed benefit.  At a current parking rate of $62/month, the imputed benefit would be $744 per year.  This would be reported to the University on a 1099-misc form.

The reporting requirement is triggered only if the imputed benefit exceeds $600.

If you are an emeritus faculty member who still is employed part time by the University, you would not be affected.  You could still receive an emeritus parking tag without being subject to federal tax.

During discussions with the University tax officer (Thomas Peifer) and the head of the parking office (Dave Ricketts), we have explored various possible ways of dealing with this requirement.  The EFC would like to suggest alternatives as well.  Here are several options (some have been discussed with Peifer and Ricketts, some are new ideas from the EFC):

1. Don’t worry about the change; you consider the parking privilege important enough that you are willing to pay tax on the additional $744 a year.

2. You would accept instead of the current system, a 9-month academic year tag; the total imputed benefit would be less than $600 a year, so there would not be a 1099-misc.

3. You would be willing to pay $150 for a 12-month tag.  The imputed benefit would be less than $600, so there would be no 1099-misc and the $150 might be less than the additional income tax you would pay for option #1.

4. You would apply for a Hancher parking lot tag, good only at that lot.  Again, this would avoid the University’s having to submit a 1099-misc form, but if the cost of the Hancher tag to current faculty and staff went up, it’s likely that the $600 limit would be exceeded.

5. You would accept instead of the current tag, a tag good for evening and week-end parking only.  Again, imputed benefit would be less than $600.

6. The University could provide you with a free magnetic key card good at University lots with cashiers.  The limit on your “free” use of the card would be $600.  Beyond $600, you could use the card, but would be charged for parking.

Please tear off the survey below, to indicate your preference. Assuming all of options 1-6 were available and you had to choose one of them, how would you feel about each option.

  This Option Satisfied with this My first choice 

  Sucks  Option if it were the  if it were available 

  Only one available          

Option 1 (  96)   ( 55)   (30)   Table combines: 

Option 2 (  85)   ( 73)   ( 23)   Responses from meeting = 59

Option 3 (  74)   ( 75)   ( 39)   Responses to e-mail survey = 131

Option 4 ( 168)   ( 11)   (   2) 

Option 5 ( 163)   ( 16)   (   1) 

Option 6 (   50)   ( 55)   ( 82) 

Please indicate here if you’re not concerned about the change because

 (   ) Having the parking tag isn’t very important for you. 2

Or (   ) You’re not bothered by the possible increase in your income taxes. 4

Written comments in response to survey:

This all very disappointing.....few benefits.....and now this after a lifetime to U of Iowa....unbelievable!

Thank you so much for navigating this for us.

I'm choosing the $150 option.  My second choice would be to accept $744 as income. the other options don't work for me, especially since I use a wide variety of lots [law school lot which has no cashier;  library lot which does...]

Gary,  some of us now live out of town, but visit the university and our colleagues at various times for collaboration and other reasons.  Would it be possible to be able to request short-term parking privileges when we know we will be there?

Gary,  Do you offer an Iowa City or Coralville bus pass option for emeritus faculty? I believe that the imputed value of $744 per year is inappropriate. My parking pass is very important to me despite the fact that I only use it about twice per month. That's about $30 per parking event. Without a pass, lack of parking would have a substantial impact on my activities. I don't believe that a pass for me should be valued at $744. It should be valued much less than that.  Probably many other users also park infrequently. I think there should be an option for less frequent users.

For me, it is important to be able to park close to work, because I work most days of the week in my office. I kept my key card and privileges in Lot 13 because the Dean affirmed that I was still working in my office. 

Professor S.  also kept his. It is just a little expense for the University, relative to the huge investment in time I put in, and the "imputed" benefits to the university in scholarly work, which I am happy to do.  I hope you can succeed in getting the policy to remain as is. Back to working on my lecture and paper for an international meeting.  

In your discussions regarding Emeritus Faculty parking and the new IRS regulations, it seems important that consideration be given to a solution that does not create obstacles for the continued important voluntary academic and other contributions that the Emeritus Faculty make to the overall mission of the University of Iowa. 

I am an emeritis faculty member who is very concerned about my "free" UI parking pass- 

I use the pass ONLY to park for an hour or so on weekdays while I exercise at the University's Recreation and Wellness Center. I see there is a suggestion that I pay tax appropriate for parking all day, every day. I presently pay $372 per year to the UI wellness center for use of the facility. However, I live near two commercial exercise facilities that provide free parking, and could easily switch to membership at one of them.

We try to be generous, within our means, with annual gifts to the Colleges of Engineering and Music through the U of I Foundation.  However there are many financial needs other than the University and University students in Iowa City.

All of these options “suck”.  Many retirees continue to support the University in many ways.  Is this an appropriate way to reward faculty for their continuing loyalty?  It makes little sense.

The loss of lot #2 next to Seashore Hall will be very significant.  It is a “ground level” lot close to many Pentacrest buildings.  It is not a casual thing to lose this lot.  Hopefully there will be advocacy to locate a lot to replace it.

Best—no change.  Check with IRS regarding what the ruling is.  (This person indicated that having the tag is very important and that he is bothered by the possible increase in his income taxes.

Reduce charge for parking for EM faculty.

What about asking parking to come up with a senior rate that comes to less than 600/year.

Please push for the reduced fee option for emeritus so that the imputed benefit falls below the magic number of $600.

I bike about 9 mo/yr.  Did this for 20 years as UI C of M faculty and paid full fees for ramp parking.  Not keen to pay now. It’s also important that those of us who are “paid employees” (eg, I serve on IRB and get a small stipend) be exempt.  

And, Gussin’s 9/19/16 email to emeritus faculty:

Dear colleagues,

Attached is a letter I sent to administration officials last May 20 summarizing the results of last May’s discussion of the parking tag/tax issue at the annual meeting of the Association of Emeritus Faculty.  In the letter, we offered several alternatives to the options that are currently being offered by the University.  We never received a response to our letter, although we have been told that the options we suggested were considered.  If you preferred one of the options we suggested which is not one of the two options we are being offered, the only way to get reconsideration would be for you to express your views to the Provost or President of the University. Of course if you are satisfied with the two options offered in the e-mail from David Ricketts (sent Sept. 3), then there’s no need for you to send a letter. Please note that the choice to change your parking tag to option 2, the Emeritus NW tag,  is due by Sept. 15th, 2016.

Some of you may fall into a special category and might wish to contact the Parking Office, or Thomas Peifer, to see if one of these  exceptions applies to you:

 First, If you are still a University employee, you may be able to keep the traditional parking tag (Option 1 in Dave Ricketts’s letter) without any tax consequences.

 Second, if you recently became an emeritus faculty member (ie., July 1), then you can keep the traditional tag without tax consequences, but will have to make a decision about whether to choose Option 1 or Option 2 at the beginning of January.

 If you know of an emeritus faculty member who did not receive the Sept. 3 e-mail, that person should contact the Parking Office immediately.

 The e-mail informing faculty of the nature of Options 1 and 2 and the reasons for them, can be found on the Parking Office’s Emeritus Parking Web Site. https://transportation.uiowa.edu/emeritus-parking-options

Discussion:

Gussin stated that the May 20th letter to Kregel, Piefer and Rickets was not acknowledged.  The UI’s position has not changed since last April and places blame for slowing things down at the EFC.  In the future, the EFC should work through the Provost’s office (which failed us on this matter).  Emeritus faculty were notified by email that parking regulations were changing and only had 12 days to respond/take action. 

Issues on the table for discussion with the Provost include:  Live Well; Benefits (giving AEF and new Emeritus Faculty timely information); Parking; an elected member on the Faculty Senate. 

Polumbaum noted that we have an existential dilemma at the UI.  We don’t have a culture of inclusiveness for emeritus faculty. 

Flanagan suggested a “grass-roots” campaign of having conversations with our respective deans about the value of the emeritus faculty, the parking issues, donations to the UI and our interest in future teaching/research.

EFC officers will meet with Provost Butler but first, a letter expressing concerns will be sent.  Boe will draft a letter, circulate it to the EFC, and then send the letter to Provost Butler.  Subsequently, Boe will request a meeting.

New Business

Boe requested that there be a review of the Bylaws. Sharp, Clinton and Levin will be on a sub-committee to do this. Sharp will attempt to get the existing document into Word and begin the review process.  Ultimately,  any changes will go before the AEF and then to the Provost for approval.

The meeting adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

September 12, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Boe

Attendance: Boe, Gussin, Johnson, Mitros, Weingeist, Menninger, Stoner, Wanat, Flanagan, Levin, and Schantz

Remembrances:

Rex Montgomery, 7/31/16, Medicine, Peter Nathan, 5/8/16, Public Health, Rita Franz, 9/7/16, Nursing, Sherwood Wolfson, Dentistry – Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 5/23/16, Harold Hammond – Dentistry – Oral Path, Radiology & Medicine 6/11/2016, Gene Spaziani, CLAS - CLAS – Biology, 6/30/16, Walter Foley, late August, CoE.

New AEF Members:

Robert Staley, Dentistry; Sally Mason, CLAS; John Westefeld, Education; George Boynton, CLAS; Nicholas Colangelo, Education, Gerald Denehy, Dentistry; Joann Eland, Nursing; Ellen Gordon, Medicine; Jed Hand, Dentistry; Tim Lowe, Business; Lawrence Karniski, Medicine; David Lubaroff, Medicine; Royann Mraz, Medicine; Marilynne Robinson, CLAS; Gerry Suhanek, Business; Micheal Todd, Medicine; John Whiston, Law; H. John Yack, Medicine; Arthur Bonfield, Law; Jill Gaffney-Valdle, Nursing; Frederick Dietz, CCOM.

The Minutes of the May 16 EFC Meeting and the May 9th AEF Annual Meeting (Distributed by email from Jamie Sharp on 5/29/16 and 9/6/2016 and redistributed last week.) were approved.

An election was held for the Vice President of the EFC. Nominees were Flanigan, Menninger, and Johnson. Johnson was elected.

Jamie Sharp has offered to continue as Secretary of the EFC. This offer was gratefully accepted by all present.

EFC Committee Assignments for 2016-2017 are as follows:

  • Program (EFC and AES meeting) - Clinton, Levin, Wanat, Stoner
  • Emeritus Faculty Lectures - Gussin, Polumbaum, Kuntz
  • Elections - Weingeist, Mitros, Donham, Schantz
  • Communications/Website -  Flanigan, Johnson, Boe
  • Campus Planning - Levin, Schantz
  • Faculty Senate/Council - Menninger
  • FRIC - Clinton
  • Hancher - Weingeist
  • UIRA Liaison - Sharp
  • Rec. Services - Donham
  • Research Council - Gussin
  • Senior College - Johnson, Mitros, Donham
  • University Library - Wanat, Kuntz
  • Parking and Transportation - Flanigan, Stoner

Gary Gussin discussed the current Emeritus Faculty Lectures. Speakers are still needed for March and April 2017. Michael Lewis-Beck will give the next lecture on 9/20/16 at 4:00p.m. in 101 BBE. Constance Berman will speak on January 17, not February 9 as previously scheduled.

The Association of the Emeritus Faculty meeting will be held on May 15, 2017 at 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m. in 2520D UCC. University President Harreld will speak.

Some emeritus faculty did not receive the parking memo from the University. Gary Gussin will send a reminder letter to the emeritus faculty with a URL to the memo and include a letter to the administration summarizing the parking survey taken at annual emeritus faculty meeting.

Mr David Ricketts, Director, Parking and Transportation was the invited guest at 10:00a.m. to our meeting. Mr Ricketts answered questions about the new emeritus parking policy from the EFC members. The discussion was extensive. The EFC expressed its appreciation to Director Ricketts for coming to the meeting and talking with us.

The meeting was adjourned

Minutes by George Johnson

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

May 16, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 9:33 a.m. by President Gussin

Attendance: Boe, Johnson, Mitros, Clinton, Lim, Polumbaum, Weingeist, Menninger, Dorfman, Stoner, Wanat, Jepsen, Sharp, Flanagan, Gussin and Kuntz

The May 2, 2016 minutes were approved as corrected (Kregel spelling). 

Retiring members Dorfman, Jepsen and Lim were thanked for their years of service.  New members Polumbaum, Wanat and Mitros were welcomed. 

The primary purpose of this special meeting was to discuss results from the EM parking tag survey and to decide on future directions. 

The survey that was distributed at the annual meeting and subsequently distributed to emeritus faculty who did not attend the annual meeting resulted in 175 responses. 

There was a wide-range of responses however, options 1,2,3, & 6 were collectively the most acceptable.

  • Option 1:  Willing to pay tax on $744/year
  • Option 2:  Accept a 9-month academic year EM tag with no tax implications as long as the imputed value is less than $600.
  • Option 3:  “fined about $2K for each of the 400 extant parking tags if the benefit is not reported to the IRS.”
  • Option 6:  Accept a tag w/ an RFID card usable at cashiered lots.  When $600 limit is reached, pay charges for added parking.  No tax implications.
  • Another possible option not included in the survey would be to reimburse emeritus faculty that volunteer in some way (lectures, committees, etc.) thus they would be paid employees and not subject to the “gift tag tax.”

The chief problem is that the University’s “tax guy” is potentially taking action because of a recent audit.  He is concerned that the University will be fined at ~$2K/400 EM tags.   The imputed value is $62/month or $744/year.

The UI’s parking rates are higher than those of ISU and UNI.  Thus, the situation at the UI.

Mark Schantz and/or Pat Clinton will try to reach Shelley Kurtz regarding employee benefits. 
The University’s leverage is the tax code.  The emeritus faculties’ leverage is potential future donations to the UI Foundation.

Clinton noted that she is uncomfortable saying that emeritus faculty won’t still work or donate money to the UI

Polumbaum suggested sending a letter stating how emeritus faculty are still contributing to the mission of the university.

Mitros mentioned the corollary benefit of financial worth of the emeritus faculty contributions.

We should take a fresh look at our last survey of emeritus faculty contributions to the UI.  Boe will send to the EFC; Polumbaum will review with her “journalistic eye.”

Decision(s): 

Gussin will draft a letter to be circulated to the Council

  • Mention of EF’s contributions to the University
  • Include the survey/results
  • Highlight the options that are acceptable to EF (1,2,3, & 6)

Letter to be transmitted to the Provost and Parking before fall.  Transmission may occur much sooner pending interim meeting(s) and/or information gathering and/or vacations.

The meeting adjourned at 10:45 a.m.                                                                                                             

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Subsequent to the 5/16 meeting, two year-end reports were submitted:

FRIC (Clinton) 5/6/16

1. UIHC specialty drugs – Brownlee & Mascardo

  • Purpose of presentation was informational only to discuss trends and potential impact; specialty meds were covered under pharmacy benefits as of 1/1/16. This will allow for closer tracking of costs
  • Specialty drugs are those used to treat complex, chronic or rare conditions; require special handling; very costly, can be greater than $750 per treatment; predicted by 2020 9 out of 10 medications will be specialty drugs 
  • Only certain pharmacies can dispense; requires more hands on service to clients, teaching and monitoring
  • Impact: Employers have increased cost; hospitals have increased costs and formulary decisions; patients have higher out of pocket costs and more self-care

2. Premium rate setting – This will be the first agenda item for the fall meeting. Council members reviewed documents but there was no discussion due to time. Costs are expected to increase; council assumes 5% increase but the actual increase was closer to 7.5%

3. Value Based Benefit Design – Guiding Principles - Subcommittee; Discussion only. Decisions based on employee perspective and factors not under committee’s control. Will guide fall’s discussion of premium rate setting

4. Old business – BoR approved transgender care; no implementation date as of yet

5. President Harreld was unable to meet with committee and will reschedule

UIRA (Dorfman) 5/10/16

The meeting consisted of a number of reports from Board members.  President Beverly Robalino announced a meeting on May 12 with UI Foundation to discuss promoting the new UIRA student scholarship.  She also asked members if they had received the second TRAIL (Tools and Resources for Active Independent Living) survey and said she would forward the link for members who had not received it. Options are full, sustaining and social memberships for TRAIL which is expected to begin next year.

Ken Starck reminded the group of the annual picnic at Terry Trueblood Park on June 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  People are to bring side dishes.

Upcoming tour:  Hancher Auditorium on June 24.

Association of Emeritus Faculty Minutes

May 9, 2016, Room 2520OD UCC

The meeting was called to order at 10:03 a.m. by President Gary Gussin. 

85 emeritus faculty registered to attend the meeting; 69 actually attended (18.8% no show).

A memorial moment honored those members who passed during the year (memory list provided in the program).  Gussin announced that Professor Peter Nathan died over the weekend of a sudden illness.

Gussin introduced the Emeritus Faculty Council members (list provided in the program):

Boe, Clinton, Donham, Dorfman, Flanagan, Jepsen, Johnson, Kuntz, Levin, Lim, Menninger, Shantz, Sharp, Stoner and Weingeist.

Gussin provided a handout which lists EFC committees and liaisons to University committees.  If anyone has questions or concerns, they should contact the appropriate representative.  All relevant minutes and committee reports are posted on the AEF website:  www.uiowa.edu/emeritusfaculty/ 

Gussin reminded attendees of the upcoming Emeritus Faculty Lecture:  May 19th - The Global Crisis Due to Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer: Why Is It Still Being Ignored?  Douglas LaBrecque, Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine

Election results:

Judy Polumbaum will represent Liberal Arts
Carolyn Wanat will represent Education
Frank Mitros will represent Medicine

Senior College – George Johnson

The Senior College began in the Spring of 2002 and has no paid staff.  The cost to take a course still runs around $30.  For the 2015-16 year, there were 1,241 registrants. 
Course topics for the Fall, 2016 will include:

  • Writers Workshop
  • Infectious diseases humans share with animals
  • A music topic -  Timothy Hankewich
  • German History in Iowa
  • Climate Change
  • Dance
  • Ragtime music
  • Cancer overview
  • WWI
  • Post-caucus campaign

Emeritus Faculty Council - Gussin reported on activities of the EFC; in particular advocating for IT services, Live Well benefits and voting status on University committees for the EFC representative.  Many meetings were held with various University officials including the President, the Provost and Associate Provost.  Explanations are offered as to why things are as they are but solutions were not offered.

Parking policy/Emeritus Hang Tags – Gussin provided some history and info about the tags:

  • About 400 emeritus parking tags have been issued
  • Historically has been a requirement to report the value of the parking “gift” as income when the imputed value exceeded $600, but the imputed value did not exceed that amount
  • When the EM tags were instituted, fees were lower than they are now
  • The imputed value of the parking pass is $744/year.
  • A 1099-Misc. would potentially be issued for the full imputed value as income, if the value of the benefit exceeds $600
  • The UI could potentially be fined for each issued tag in the range of $1-2K if the benefit is not reported to the IRS, but no report is necessary if the benefit is less than $600
  • Emeritus faculty are considered 0.01% FTE by the University

  Discussion covered the following topics:

  • The University’s preferred option is for EF’s to accept the status quo, which would require reporting of the value of the tags as income to the IRS
  • Will the University let us know what decisions are made on the proposed options?
  • Couldn’t there be a parking discount parking for EF’s? (probably not)
  • The importance of the parking tags allow EF’s to continue to serve the UI
  • Jepsen (rep to Parking) feels that Mr. Rickets isn’t the “bad guy.”  Displeasure should be directed toward the “tax guy.”
  • Can we convince parking to have a senior rate?
  • When will the new policy(s) be instituted?  Possibly in the fall.

Proposed solutions were provided on a handout. Gussin urged everyone to turn in the handout survey and to also write emails to department heads, Provost Barry Butler and President Harreld.

The meeting adjourned at 10:55 a.m.

Minutes and notes by Jamie Sharp

Highlights of Chuck Swanson’s presentation:  Our New Hancher Auditorium is for Everyone!

Highlights of last 8 years since the 2008 flood

Statewide collaborations

  • 2/2009 Hancher deemed damaged greater than 50% of value.  59 applications for architects narrowed down to 11 then to 4.
  • 2010 Pelli was named as architecture firm and Mortinson as the Construction firm
  • 2011/30 months the design process and collaboration
  • 6/2013 ground blessing and beginning of construction
  • Last beam signing

The new Hancher

  • Intimate theater, lobby is stunning, Terrazzo floors, wood, balance of form and function
  • Keys on June 1st after which testing, hiring, training, and “commissioning” the building
  • Concert grand Steinway piano has been purchased with 100% donated dollars
  • Commissioned art in the lobby

Upcoming events

  • 6/11 Alumni Awards ceremony; 6/25 donor event; 6/26 “Hard Hat” performance and a wedding in August
  • 9/9 Ribbon cutting; 9/9 and 9/11 open houses where everyone can see everything
  • 9/16 UI President Harreld will be installed

Performances

  • Opening event:  Steve Martin & Martin Short
  • Broadway shows will return to Hancher
  • There will be commissions and creative campus collaborations
  • Thursday nights at Hancher:  Stanley Café open 5-7:30;  4 times a year there will be a full meal provided by local restaurants 

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

May 2, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 9:32 a.m. by President Gussin

Attendance: Boe, Clinton, Dorfman, Flanagan, Gussin, Jepsen, Johnson, Kuntz, Lim, Menninger, Sharp, and Stoner

The April 4, 2016 minutes were approved as corrected. 

Life Milestones:  the EFC noted the passing of members Lowell Schoer and John Hoak

Reports

FRIC (Lim/Clinton) President Harreld will speak at the upcoming meeting.

Research Council (Gussin) no report

Emeritus Faculty Lectures (Gussin) May 19th - The Global Crisis Due to Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer: Why Is It Still Being Ignored?  Douglas LaBrecque, Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine

 Elections (Boe) Voting is on-going.  190 votes so far with two contested elections and two single-candidate elections.  Voting deadline is May 8th.  Results will be announced at the Annual Meeting on the 9th.

Program Committee (Menninger) May 9th Annual meeting – Chuck Swanson, Hancher

Parking and Transportation Committee (Jepsen –  report previously submitted)

  • April 26, 2016 - Of particular interest to EFC is that Dave Ricketts, Administrative Services Director, has no further information about the status of Emeritus Parking permits.
  • A visit from Pres. Harreld took up the majority of the meeting time.  The President asked for concerns and ideas.  He assured us that UI would not outsource the parking ramps as has Ohio State University.  He has experience on both sides of outsourcing and has learned that most contracts do not include all the service details.  An example is the graduate student housing project Aspire where rents have escalated. 
  • He urged the P & T Dept. to consider what he called “test wells,” small pilot projects to gather data before taking on large projects.  Committee members agreed that P & T does a lot of this, e.g., small scale projects to test an idea before wide scale adoption.  Also, P & T committee benefits from Urban and Regional Planning faculty and student expertise on the committee.  
  • Discussion:  Gussin provided a one-page handout with talking points for upcoming meetings he and Boe have with Associate Provost Kregel and UI Foundation President Lynette Marshall.  The focus of discussion at these meetings will be the emeritus parking hang-tag issue.

Annual Meeting

  • 80 people are registered so far and extra seating will be needed in the conference room.  Gussin asked that Council members arrive early to help set up extra seating. 
  • Sharp requested time to make a brief report on UIRA activities and provide membership applications.  This request was denied following a lengthy discussion about the distinction between the two groups.  All or some faculty go to Staff Benefits and/or go to programs about retiring where they would have learned about UIRA.  It was felt that people would be confused about the two groups if an announcement was made.
  • Gussin will highlight all of the UI committees that the Council members participate in and that reports from these committees are contained in the EFC minutes on the web site.

EFC Officer Transition

The next scheduled EFC meeting is 9/12 but pending results of discussions at the Annual meeting, a Council meeting may be scheduled in June.  Election for President Elect will take place at the next meeting.  Official transition to the new council will be July 1st.

The meeting adjourned at 10:40 a.m.                                                                                                             

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

April 4, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 10:17 a.m. by President Gussin (Guest speaker, Ms. Lynette Marshall, spoke prior to the meeting.  A report on her remarks follows the meeting minutes.)

Attendance: Clinton, Donham, Dorfman, Flanagan, Gussin, Jepsen, Johnson, Kuntz, Levin, Lim, Menninger, Sharp, and Stoner

The March 7, 2016 minutes were approved as corrected. 

Life Milestones:  the EFC noted the passing of members Margaret Keyes, Robert Baird, John Northrup, James Carter, William Murray and Albert Talbott

Reports

FRIC Report - 04/01/2016 (Lim - report previously submitted)

First item was on “Out of Area” Medical Coverage (for people whose primary residence is in Iowa):  Data showed that only 3% of enrollees hit the “out of pocket” level 1 and 2 coverage.

Dental Plan coverage: Currently, there is 3.9 % enrollee had more than 2 cleanings per year, 5.2% more x-rays and 2% more periodontal care. There were long discussions about how to justify the extra visits and procedures. 

Cadillac Tax:  The ACA (Affordable Care Act) imposes an annual 40% excise tax on plans with annual premiums exceeding $10,200 for individuals or $27,500 for a family (to be paid for by the insurer). Employer-sponsored health insurance is considered part of the employees' compensation package, but is not taxed as wages. This is thought to be essentially a government subsidy that encourages employers to offer, and employees to enroll in, more expensive plans that cover more of the cost of medical care, and then the employees use that subsidized medical care excessively because they are insulated from its full cost. This policy was originally scheduled for 2018, but is now postponed till 2020.

Guiding Principles for the Flex Benefit System (distributed during the meeting): From Employee Perspective: That it is equitable and fair, that it provides flexibility and choice regarding their health care needs, that it is competitive, relative to both Big 10 peers and large area employers, that it is family friendly and finally, that it encourages positive behavior and self-responsibility relative to their own health and well-being.

From Institutional Perspective: That it reflects health as an investment in productivity and excellence and not solely as cost, that it is value driven, that it supports UI as a healthcare provider and finally, that it targets health care expenditures below Big 10 median.

President Harreld will be attending the FRIC Meeting in May. The committee asked attendees to arrive early and they are figuring out how to inform and educate him on their mission and work.

Research Council (Gussin)

President Harreld Spoke and Answered Questions.  The budgetary process is underway.  Colleges/units are being asked to prioritize their financial needs/requests.

Emeritus Faculty Lectures (Gussin)- 

Tuesday, April 5 - Professor Emeritus Stephen Hendrix (Biology) Global Status of Pollinators: Why They Are Worth Saving And How We Can Help (101 Biology Bldg. East)

 Elections – (Gussin for Weingeist) Candidates are still being recruited. 

Program Committee - (Menninger) May 2nd regular meeting – no speaker

May 9th Annual meeting – Chuck Swanson, Hancher

Library Committee Meeting - March 7, 2016 (Dorfman - report previously submitted)

Sue Julich, head of library information technology, reported that InfoHawk for library catalogue will no longer be available when a new system and Smart Search go live on June 30.  This will replace the old system in place since 2000.  Communication about the new system will start in the next few weeks.

John Culshaw updated the committee on the budget picture for next year, which does not look good.  He anticipates a flat year for 2017, so there would be no inflationary increase.  He noted that 20% of the library budget goes to the law library; this was a long time decision that appears to have a political basis.

President Harreld will speak to the library committee at next month’s meeting.  Culshaw would like the committee to stress the importance of the libraries for faculty research and for students, and that there is a need for physical space as well as electronic access.  Culshaw also noted that the libraries are important for faculty retention.

The committee then toured the new One Button Studio in the Learning Commons; this is a venue for practicing presentations by seeing a video of yourself.  It was a pretty impressive place!

UIRA Board Meeting - March 8, 2016 (Dorfman - report previously submitted)

The new UIRA student scholarship was discussed.  After $5,000 has been donated to the fund, $5,000 will be added from the UIRA reserve fund.  Further discussion involved how best to promote the new scholarship; suggestions included an article in the Daily Iowan, pledge forms to be distributed at the annual meeting, and contacting department chairs as a way of honoring  their retiring faculty members.

The April UIRA meeting will be the annual luncheon and meeting, to be held at the Radisson Hotel in Coralville.  Winners for the travel photo contest (109 entries), President’s award, and community and university service awards will be made.  Recipients of the service awards have been selected.

UI retiree email migration: a meeting between UIRA officers and ITS  is scheduled for March 11.

Upcoming programs include a tour of the Hansen football performance facility (725 people have signed up for the tour), a speaker on the Iowa Land Trust at the Coralville Library, and a TIAA-CREF speaker in September.

Parking and Transportation Committee - March 29, 2016 (Jepsen - report previously submitted)

Of particular interest to EFC is the discussion of Emeritus Parking permits as possibly being reported to the IRS as earnings for tax purposes.  Dave Ricketts, Director of Parking and Transportation, introduced the topic last among the agenda items.  He reported that the Office of General Counsel and the Tax Office (under Controller) had initiated discussions with him about the possibility of a tax on Emeritus Parking Permits.  About 450-460 tags have been issued and the value of each is estimated at $62/month.   The University could be subject to IRS fines of $1,000/permit if not in compliance.

Mr. Ricketts invited EFC representatives Prof. Warren Boe and Prof. Gary Gussin to discuss the matter earlier this month.   Profs. Boe and Gussin offered proposals that are under consideration.  Several questions remain and are being investigated by the General Counsel and Tax Office.

An additional item about Emeritus Parking permits was the difficulty in informing widows and widowers of Emeritus Faculty that the permit was not property to be passed on as an inheritance.  The Committee agreed to give widows/widowers use of the permit for at least three months after the death of spouse. 

Campus Project Updates – (Jepsen - report previously submitted)

1. UI and City of Iowa City continue to discuss a bicycle rental plan but no progress to report.  

2. Construction project updates included the Hawkins Drive Reconstruction to start this spring, the Gateway project (raising of Dubuque Street and Park Road bridge) now in early phases, the Grand Avenue project now in late phases and the West Campus Energy Plant project has been cancelled.

3. Electric Vehicle Charging stations are being explored.  

4. Bus shelters will be constructed this summer on commuter lots without loss of parking spots.

Mr. Ricketts reported on meeting with Staff Council and the questions they raised.

Pres. Herrald will visit the P & T Committee meeting in April.

Faculty Senate – 3/8/16 (Menninger - report previously submitted)

After the usual formalities were concluded there were three items of new
business:

1) Instructional Faculty Policy.  The refined draft was presented for approval.  Expressions of gratitude for all the hard work by many parties were offered.  One councilor noted a difference between the
grievance procedures available to P&S Staff and the proposed policy -- the former limits initiation of challenges to review items to 10 business days after acknowledging receipt of notice of administrative
action; the proposed policy for instructional faculty allow 10 university days following the notice of the administrative action (acknowledgement of receipt not required).  The point was made that
instructional faculty may be appointed only on nine-month contracts and that notice sent in May or December, just before teaching holidays longer than 10 days, might not in fact be received promptly.  A lengthy discussion of rights and responsibilities ensued with little resolution.  It was noted that there is a body of law concerned with issues of notice and response and the Senate Officers will look into
appropriate language and refine the policy before it comes before the Faculty Senate for a vote.  With this proviso the policy was voted unanimously as recommended to the Senate.

2) Proposed Committee on Academic Values.  This would be a Senate Committee charged to explore the principles and history related to core academic values in higher education -- for example, academic freedom, free speech, tenure and shared governance (it was pointed out that "academic integrity" was missing from the list; the response was that the list is not exhaustive).  Proposed policies affecting such values would be counseled by this committee.  Further, members could provide timely input to Senate officers and others about campus events, and reaction to them, that might negatively affect core values (for example, the 2014 brouhaha about a purported Ku Klux Klan statue on the Pentacrest).  There seemed to be confusion between policy consideration duties, which take time and research, and fast consultation of committee members by Central Administrators in the event of a crisis involving the
values [apparently there is in place already a rapid-response system for such events].  Since the deadline has passed for appointing members by the Committee on Committees, the Senate President would appoint the initial committee membership.  Among recommended members were at least one Law faculty, an Education faculty specializing in higher education and an Ombudsperson.  The Council voted to recommend the formation of such a committee to the Faculty Senate.

Subsequent discussion of Strategic Planning and Communication was held in executive session, requiring departure of the EFC representative, John Menninger

Hancher Committee – Kuntz- Work is progressing on schedule and programs are lined up. 

Next meeting May 2, 2016

The meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Special Presentation – Ms. Lynette Marshall, The University of Iowa Foundation

The University’s Comprehensive Campaign, Iowa for Evermore, will conclude in 9 months. 

The campaign has been focused on creating a culture of philanthropy on campus. 
To date, $1.7B has been raised. 
The money goes to support student scholarships, faculty teaching and research efforts and enriching Iowa communities. 
550 new scholarships and 64 new faculty chairs/professorships have been established.
70% of emeritus faculty have contributed totaling $18M
Active faculty participation has increased from 13% in the past to 17% for this campaign
Student involvement has been fostered with various activities including a “pay-it-forward” event and “I am Phil” buttons

Philanthropy is more important than ever with the decline in State Support.

There are 266,000 living alumni. 

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

March 7, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Gussin 

Attendance: Clinton, Donham, Dorfman, Flanagan, Gussin, Jepsen, Johnson, Kuntz, Levin, Lim, Menninger, Sharp, and Weingeist

The February 1, 2016 minutes were approved as circulated

Life Milestones:  the EFC noted the passing of members Jim Jakobsen, Charles Read, Pete Knapp and John Montgomery

Reports

Meeting with UI President Harreld – Gussin

Topics of discussion included use of emeritus faculty in teaching in lieu of adjuncts; IT – Mr. Harreld suspects that licensing issues are probably difficult to change; EF continuing to serve the University – Mr. Harreld wants to see the results of last year’s survey (check w/ Boe/are the results on our website?)

Gussin will consider sending email to EF seeking interest in service to the UI.  Individuals could send CVs to Central Administration for review.

Special report – Retiree Health Care Choice Report - Lim (report submitted previously)

Patricia Clinton, George Johnson and I visited Jessica Wade at the University Benefits Office for a chat regarding “medical insurance for retired faculty members and their families” on 02/09/16 and the following summarizes the gist of our conversation.

* There are two major health insurance policies for Medicare-eligible faculty retirees: UI Choice and Health Alliance. The latter has two further options –Medicare Advantage PPO and Medicare Advantage HMO.  Premium for the three choices are respectively $576, $279 and $35 per month. The university contributes 50% to the UI Choice for faculty retirees, so the premium is actually $288/month in 2016.  We do not recommend the HMO option because its coverage is scarcely satisfactory, so we focused our comparison between UI Choice and Health Alliance PPO.

* The University of Iowa administers the UI Choice while the PPO is managed by private enterprise. In the PPO insurance, there is a difference of coverage depending on whether one uses “In-network” or “Out-of-Network” facilities; the latter tends to be more expensive. The Network designation is determined by Health Alliance. Medication coverage tends to be less generous. 

* PPO covers urgent and emergency care worldwide at the in-network level. Outside of that, the plan will not cover services outside of the country. While there is an out of network benefit, the provider has to accept Medicare for us to cover the claim. Since providers outside of the US don’t work with Medicare, services wouldn’t be covered (from Jessica Wade).

* UI Choice: If you are in a state other than Iowa and require medical care, you may call Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa at (800) 810-BLUE (2583) for assistance in locating the closest participating provider in that state.  You can also find providers in other states through the Wellmark website.   Out-of-Country – If it is necessary to receive covered services in a country other than the United States, it is advisable to contact Blue Cross and Blue Shield for assistance in locating the closest participating provider in that country (from Jessica Wade).

* The details of coverage and the formula used to calculate Out-of- Pocket payments are quite complex and difficult to comprehend. For non-faculty retirees whom the university does not pay 50% of the cost, the cost of the premium is an extra $297/month. Is it worth it?  It is a personal decision depending on financial issue and the desire to secure a peace of the mind. 

* Because the choice between the two programs is somewhat personal, we have asked Jessica Wade whether she would be willing to attend one of our meeting session and answered questions and she graciously agreed.  We need to consult John Menninger on an appropriate date. We also asked Ms. Wade to prepare a table comparing UI Choice and Health Alliance PPO with regard to out of state, out of the country coverage, deductible, co-insurance and out of pocket maximum in the in-patient and out-patient settings as well as medication coverage and others.

Additional discussion:  Including emeritus faculty in the Live Well program was considered but was decided against due to the cost.   Jessica Wade, Assistant Benefits Manager (335-2675), is willing to come to speak to our meeting – possibly in May.

Elections – Weingeist

Review of terms ending and eligibility for re-election:

1st Term ending/eligible for re-election

Flanagan/College of Pharmacy

Kuntz/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Menninger/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Jepson/College of Education – not running for 2nd term  –need candidate(s) to fill this position.

Completion of fill-in term and now eligible for 1st term election:

Lim (for Summers)/College of Medicine

Clinton (for Craft-Rosenberg)/College of Nursing

These council members should let Weingeist know if she is willing to run again.  Other candidates will also be encouraged to run.

2nd term ending and not eligible for re-election:

 Dorfman/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences –need candidate(s) to fill this position.

Weingeist reviewed the election schedule:

4/14 E-mail request for EFC wishing to serve on Council

4/21 noon – Bio sketch from nominees to Boe/Weingeist.  Bios should be between 100-150 words in length.

4/28 E-mail ballot & bio sketch to emeritus faculty who can vote for a particular candidate

5/5 noon – deadline for submitting electronic ballot

5/9 Annual meeting – announcement of elected Council members

Faculty Senate – Menninger (reports previously submitted)

Draft Report on Faculty Council meeting 3/8/16
After the usual formalities were concluded there were three items of new business:

1) Instructional Faculty Policy.  The refined draft was presented for approval.  Expressions of gratitude for all the hard work by many parties were offered.  One councilor noted a difference between the grievance procedures available to P&S Staff and the proposed policy -- the former limits initiation of challenges to review items to 10 business days after acknowledging receipt of notice of administrative action; the proposed policy for instructional faculty allow 10
university days following the notice of the administrative action (acknowledgement of receipt not required).  The point was made that instructional faculty may be appointed only on nine-month contracts and that notice sent in May or December, just before teaching holidays
longer than 10 days, might not in fact be received promptly.  A lengthy discussion of rights and responsibilities ensued with little resolution.  It was noted that there is a body of law concerned with issues of notice and response and the Senate Officers will look into appropriate language and refine the policy before it comes before the Faculty Senate for a vote.  With this proviso the policy was voted unanimously as recommended to the Senate.

2) Proposed Committee on Academic Values.  This would be a Senate Committee charged to explore the principles and history related to core academic values in higher education -- for example, academic freedom, free speech, tenure and shared governance (it was pointed out that
"academic integrity" was missing from the list; the response was that the list is not exhaustive).  Proposed policies affecting such values would be counseled by this committee.  Further, members could provide timely input to Senate officers and others about campus events, and reaction to them, that might negatively affect core values (for example,
the 2014 brouhaha about a purported Ku Klux Klan statue on the Pentacrest).  There seemed to be confusion between policy consideration duties, which take time and research, and fast consultation of committee members by Central Administrators in the event of a crisis involving the values [apparently there is in place already a rapid-response system for such events].  Since the deadline has passed for appointing members by the Committee on Committees, the Senate President would appoint the initial committee membership.  Among recommended members were at least one Law faculty, an Education faculty specializing in higher education and an Ombudsperson.  The Council voted to recommend the formation of such a committee to the Faculty Senate.

Subsequent discussion of Strategic Planning and Communication was held in executive session, requiring departure of the EFC representative, John Menninger

Campus Planning Committee – Levin (report submitted; not reported orally)

Emerald Ash Borer – recently discovered on the UI campus.  Landscape Services has a plan to address the infestation.
Bowen Science Building, Modernizing building systems – This project modernizes the heating, ventilation and AC systems at BSB requiring installation of Strobic Air style fan assemblies located external to the existing roof penthouses.  These will be located in six locations on the roof and screening of the fan assemblies will not be used.
West Campus Energy Plant, construct facility – a west campus energy plant will supplement utility services provided by the main campus power plant.  Original schematic designs were reviewed with the CPC in July, 2015 and have since been further vetted. 
Osprey Nesting Platform – Athletics requests permission to install Osprey nesting platforms on the west side of campus.  Two sites were considered in the 43-acre wetland area near the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex and next to the pond to the east of the Hawkeye Softball Complex.  Plans are to proceed with the Hawkeye Softball Complex site this year.  Consideration for the Hawkeye Campus will follow an updated master plan.

Hancher Committee – Kuntz

There will be no senior discounts.  The first show is scheduled for 9/20.

Special Presentation – Provost Barry Butler and Associate Provost Kevin Kregel

AP Kregel discussed the UI’s Proposed Instructional Policy (a design which is used country-wide): 

Lecturers are hired for fixed terms which can be renewed.  Lecturers can be promoted to Associate Professor of Practice/Instruction.
APPI – mid-level non-tenure track faculty; can be promoted to PP/I
Professor of Practice/Instruction – not a tenure-track position; can have longer contracts of 3-5 years
Individuals can be hired-in at any level.

Discussion:  Adjunct/lecturer faculty vs. research faculty; distinctions between research universities vs. community colleges.  Advantages of proposal include career opportunities not on tenure track; recognition; provides flexibility for university; doesn’t demean the university as it doesn’t change the profile of the institution; budgets must balance but not at the expense of hiring all lecturers.

Provost Butler discussed the UI’s Path Forward.  The Strategic Plan Development Group consisting of faculty, staff and students are developing the Institutional vision, overarching goals, initial strategies and metrics.  The overall plan should be fully implemented by 2021.  Student success is the primary goal. 

Next meeting April 4, 2016

The meeting & presentation adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

February 1, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Gussin 

Attendance: Boe, Clinton, Dorfman, Flanagan, Gussin, Jepsen, Johnson, Kuntz, Lim, Menninger, Sharp, and Stoner

The December 7, 2015 minutes were approved as circulated & corrected (Johnson 1st/Dorfman 2nd)

Reports

 Emeritus Faculty Lectures – Gussin

2/2 Bill Buss - Federalism, the Bill of Rights, and Marriage under the Australian and American Constitutions

3/3 Arthur Bonfield - The Freedom of Speech Guaranteed by the US Constitution

Research Council – Gussin

The UI needs a new drone policy.  Questions such as who pays for insurance on the use of drones must be answered.  The Research Council will work on this with input from relevant constituencies. 

Faculty Senate – Menninger (reports previously submitted)

12/8/15 meeting

After dispensing with the usual housekeeping matters the Senate turned to a single item of New Business:
Graduate Dean, John Keller, gave an update on the Ph.D. Review Project.  TF1.0, the Task Force on Graduate Education, followed the National Research Council review of 2008-09 and was the first ever comprehensive evaluation of all the graduate programs at the University.    That Task Force included 20 faculty and one student. Its report was submitted in February 2010 and is available on the Provost's web site.  Its recommendations included creation of new programs, closure of others (details not given at the Senate meeting) and changes in tuition and fellowship programs (e.g., phasing out the 'block grants'), among others.  An emphasis on shortening the time-to-degree, as well as reduced admission of new Ph.D. students led to equal numbers of new Ph.D. students and degrees granted in 2010-11.  Major improvements in times-to-degree were demonstrated by departments in the humanities and social sciences.  A problem persists in the fraction failing to complete the degree: some programs have rates of only 30% (names not mentioned).    An engineering faculty member asked about the counting of students who enter as Ph.D. aspirants but who switch to a master's program and get that degree; they are considered as not completing their degree.

The current Ph.D. Review Project (TF2) is concerned with fostering 'successful students and distinctive programs'.  Student success is evaluated partially on honorifics while still a student and career placement.  The criteria include the 'AAU vision for graduate education'.  A cursory search on the AAU web site didn't reveal much about that vision and Keller's remarks were not especially explicit.  I did approach him after we were both thrown out of the meeting to see whether the influence of graduate education on faculty research and the defining characteristic of Research I Universities -- that teaching faculty do research in their areas, thus providing undergraduates with a different and valuable experience, when compared with community colleges -- and he assured me that he makes that point at every opportunity.

The current review is underway via Disciplinary Subcommittees; they will report to an Oversight Committee next month; that committee will formulate broad recommendations which will be reviewed by the Graduate Council before being forwarded to the Provost (with, presumably, commentary by the Graduate College Dean).  There are four students currently serving on the Graduate Council.

The Senate then entered into executive session with our legislative delegation and your humble reporter left the room.

1/26/16 meeting

The Council met on 1/26/16 and after dispensing with the usual bookkeeping, went into an unannounced executive session for about an hour -- agenda item: "Instructional Faculty Policy Update", led by Senate President Bohannan.

When the meeting resumed the sole additional agenda item discussed was "President's Strategic Initiatives".  Various governance constituencies have been solicited by President Harreld for suggestions on such initiatives and five dozen have been received.  Each was summarized in a couple of lines (although the suggestions were about a page in length) in a table that was presented to Councilors.

  The various proposals were placed in the table into nine groups (paraphrased here):

1) Study AAU criteria and explore gaps between them and U/IA faculty; 2) Develop enhanced faculty recruitment packages; 3) Review metrics for promotion and post-tenure productivity (incent mentoring); 4) Evaluate indirect cost recovery model; 5) Increase opportunities for interdisciplinary problem solving in research and teaching (course on Big Ideas, systems thinking); 6) Improve student communication skills; 7) Strengthen recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty and students (including micro aggression training and micro-communities for various student categories); 8) Improve faculty benefits (e.g., parental leave, free tuition for family); 9) Expand external engagement (e.g., improving waste water treatment).  The Senate Officers want them to be assigned to one of four broad groups: 1) Service to Iowa; 2) Improve knowledge creation and dissemination; 3) Improve teaching and student development; 4) Improve campus culture and faculty well-being.  Cost and impact of implementing the various proposals forwarded to the president will need determined.

These suggestions for strategies will first be considered by planning groups: one for suggestions that could be implemented in less than 18 months; another for longer-term strategies (18 months - five years).

Discussion was wide ranging and largely inconclusive.  One Councilor raised the issue of the suggestions and groupings seeming to ignore the primacy of research and teaching, another noted that these strategic initiatives could be changing the university's "brand."  All agreed this was an important exercise, and possibly dangerous.

  Some of the suggestions, although not discussed, are of potential interest to emeriti -- e.g., #35: "...modify policies and   programs that provide more opportunities for aging faculty and staff to remain healthy and productive".


The agenda item "Board of Regents Strategic Planning" was not discussed, although apparently such planning is underway.

Discussion at EFC meeting:  brief discussion of initiatives that potentially are of interest to emeriti.  Gussin asked if we should try to meet with President Harreld (he is not available for our annual meeting in May).  Menninger cited the UI’s aging faculty and staff initiative(s) and President Harreld speaking to the UIRA as reasons to request a meeting.  Everyone was in agreement that, at least, Gussin, and Boe should request a meeting. 

UIRA Board Meeting - January 12, 2016 – Lorraine Dorfman

There were a number of committee reports as summarized below:

Plans for UIRA Scholarship:  A statement of gift intent to establish a non-endowed fund of $12,500 at the UI Foundation has been drafted.  There will be a vote on this statement by email.  The board would like the budget committee to determine how much of the UIRA reserve fund ($18,000) should be contributed to the scholarship fund.
President’s Award:  Ken Starck suggested a new award for outstanding contributions to UIRA.  This was adopted by the board on 1/12/16.  The award will be $100 in cash.
Photo Contest Update:  There have been eight contestants so far with 30+ images submitted.  More submissions are expected.
Membership:  There were two renewals last month and one new member.  This year may set a record with 520 paid memberships.
Future programs:  These include the Athletics Department and the Iowa Heritage group.

Election of Officers – Gussin

Review of terms ending and eligibility for re-election:

1st Term ending/eligible for re-election

Flanagan/College of Pharmacy

Jepson/College of Education

Kuntz/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Menninger/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Lim/College of Medicine

These council members should let Weingeist know if he/she is willing to run again.  Other candidates will also be encouraged to run.

2nd term ending and not eligible for re-election:

       Dorfman/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences –Please suggest candidate(s) to fill this position.

Interpretation of our Bylaws suggests that members, who have served previously, would be eligible to run if they were interested.

Program Committee - Menninger

President Harreld is not available to speak at our annual meeting.  Chuck Swanson was suggested as a speaker for the annual meeting.  There has not been a response from Lynette Marshall’s office about speaking at a Council meeting. 

Membership – Gussin

Gussin has “done a re-audit of the membership list (from Bradley/Millsap) and found about 25 emeritus faculty that we weren’t aware of.  Some were from a few years ago, but most were from the last 6 months.  There were also several deceased members that we weren’t aware of.  Current membership is approximately 806.”

Health Insurance – Gussin

Gussin reported that “his wife got a letter from the University describing, among other things, the Health Alliance Advantage Plan alternative to BC/BS carve-out (which is a supplement that is not the same as Advantage plan) for Medicare enrollees.  The letter claimed that the PPO Advantage plan was similar in benefits to the BC/BS carve-out, which we determined last year is not true for people who choose to get health care some place other than in IC, and/or choose a provider who is not part of the “Alliance.” 

Question:  Do we want to do anything to inform our members?  A sub-committee consisting of Johnson, Lim and Clinton was appointed to investigate with FRIC.

IT Services - Gussin

Gussin reported that “The issue of access to IT software downloads was raised again this time by UIRA members who are emeritus faculty.  For some who make requests for access usually are still active in scholarship or in other activities that serve the University.” 

As previously reported, licensing agreements for software does not include emeritus faculty.  Two inquiries to the Provost’s office have yielded no response.  The EFC wants to continue to pursue this and will seek a meeting with President Harreld to discuss this, among other issues.

Special Presentation:  The Obermann Center – Dr. Teresa Mangum

The Obermann Center is now located at 111 Church St.   It has admin offices, 6 fellows-in-residence offices and seminar space.  There is a monthly e-newsletter which we can subscribe to at:  www.obermann.uiowa.edu

The Center’s mission is to:

Advance disciplinary excellence
Inspire cross-disciplinary collaboration
Promote publically-engaged research
Network artists, scholars, researchers
Broadcast UI successes

The Center’s mission is accomplished through:

Obermann Humanities Symposium (this year: Germans in Iowa: Immigration Histories)
Fellows-in-Residence
Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy
Summer Research Seminar
Interdisciplinary Research Grants
Working Groups
HASTAC (The Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory’s Scholars Program
Co-Sponsorship programs
Special opportunities funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Dr. Mangum encourage emeritus faculty to learn about and become involved in activities at the Obermann Center.  She invited us to hold an upcoming EFC meeting there. 
 

Next meeting March 7, 2016

The meeting & presentation adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

2015

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

December 7, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Gussin 

Attendance:  Clinton, Donham, Dorfman, Flanagan, Gussin, Jepsen, Johnson, Kuntz, Levin, Lim, Menninger, Sharp, Stoner & Weingeist

The November 2, 2015 minutes were approved as circulated (Clinton 1st/Johnson 2nd)

Reports

 FRIC – Lim

Transgender care – Robillard will report/discuss with the Regents.  TIAA-CREF loans – 5-7 loans per person with a cap at 40% of portfolio value.  UI Choice/care for children younger than 26 – privacy issues may exist.  The young adult may still be insured by the parents plan but has the right to privately seek care without parental consent.  This possible scenario needs to be resolved.

UIRA Board Meeting Minutes, November 10, 2015 – Dorfman (submitted previously)

The meeting began with a number of short reports from various officers.  Highlights included 1) an opt-out option for new retiree membership, where UIRA would get a list of new retirees and then contact retirees to ask if they would like to join UIRA with the first year free, and 2) introduction of a new webmaster, Phil Klein, and discussion of the web page.  President Beverly Robalino reported that all UI retirees will continue to receive email service; details will follow after future meetings with administration and IT.  Most of the meeting was then devoted to the possible establishment of a UIRA student scholarship fund.  An endowed scholarship would require a donation of $50,000; a non-endowed scholarship would require a minimum of $12,500.  Several board members met with Duff Ridgeway of the UI Foundation, who noted that of the 106 groups the Foundation had worked with in the past five years, only three had been able to reach the $50,000 amount necessary to establish an endowed scholarship.  President Robalino distributed an anonymous survey to voting board members to poll their opinions about how to proceed on this matter.

Some future programs of UIRA include the political stock market and tours of the new Hancher and music buildings.

EFC Program Committee – Menninger, Gussin

Lecture Series – Bill Buss in February if his health permits; Arthur Bonfield in March.  Or, perhaps they will switch months.
Annual Meeting – perhaps the new UI President?
EFC programs – Lynette Marshall for some time in the spring.  Menninger will try to coordinate. 

Elections – Gussin

Dorfman is the only member whose 2nd term ends at the end of this academic year.  Eligible for a 2nd term are:  Kuntz, Menninger, Flanagan, Jepsen.  Lim is eligible for election to a first term.  It is desirable to have multiple candidates for each position.

Speaker Andrew Beckett, Assistant Dean, University College – The Problem of Student Retention

Highlights of remarks:

  • The University College oversees orientations and On-Iowa, Mapworks, at-risk students & alcohol harm reduction.
  • The UI has seen a rise in graduation rates from 82% to 87% from 2006-2015.
  • The 2014 Higher Learning Commission Quality Institute (HLCQI) focused on Pell Grant students and 1st gen students.
  • TIER suggested that increasing graduation rates would garner $17M in net revenue.  Conclusions from discussion suggest that there are many ways to view this finding.
  • Regents Admission Index (RAI) – a score of 245 is needed to be admitted to the Regent’s Universities.  Various stats are being determined for retention rates for groups, e.g. 1st gen, low-income, international, minority.
  • Ways in which EFC members may be willing to help:  teaching 1-hour credit seminars; dialogue with students re: placement; education re: myths; mentors/tutors.

Following Dr. Beckett’s presentation, he provided the following information:  I really enjoyed the time with the council—seems like a very engaged group.  I’ve mentioned your willingness to be involved in a couple of conversations with colleagues.  I think there may be some opportunities with several pre-semester programs that my staff plans to pilot this fall (one for open majors and another for first-generation students). 

 A lot of the first year initiatives have come from the student success team (SST).  If a few of your members are willing to participate in SST, I think it would be beneficial to both groups.  SST is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and open to all faculty and staff.  Quite honestly during my tenure I’ve found it to be more staff versus faculty driven.  We could certainly benefit from more faculty involvement.  I believe we’re getting a new website, but you can simply join the listserv at http://sst.provost.uiowa.edu/join-the-sst-2/   There are several hundred faculty and staff on the listserv—you can pick and choose which initiatives you’re involved with—most recently there has been a group working on better integrating international and domestic students and another group looking at ways to embed leadership opportunities in both the curricular and co-curricular experience.  As I mentioned at our meeting, many of our high impact practices (first year seminars, supplemental instruction, learning communities) were proposed from a SST committee.

Next meeting February 1, 2016

The meeting & presentation adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

November 2, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 9:37 a.m. by President Gussin 

Attendance:  Boe, Clinton, Donham, Dorfman, Flanagan, Gussin, Jepsen, Johnson, Kuntz, Levin, Lim, Menninger, Shantz, Sharp, Stoner & Weingeist

Minutes approval - Sharp

The October 12, 2015 minutes were approved as circulated (Boe 1st, Menninger 2nd). Sharp noted that committee reports sent after a meeting will be presented at the next meeting and included in those minutes.

Dr. Robert Summers’ passing was noted.  His service to the AEF was appreciated.

Others who have died recently include:  Weston, Anderson, Smith, Muehl, Knapp and Newman. 

Boe questioned whether Professor George Newman was granted emeritus status.  He will follow-up on this.  (Note:  post meeting, Boe received the following response from the Provost:  Our records show Professor Neumann was a tenured professor since 1984. He received emeritus status on 5/15/2015. The documentation/termination is in process to terminate his appointment due to his death on 10-26-2015.)

Committee Reports

1.Faculty Senate – Menninger. The Faculty Senate met on 27 October 2105. After dispensing with the usual housekeeping matters the Senate turned
to New Business:

  1. Jon Garfinkel, Faculty co-chair of the Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee (FRIC) reported on increases in the health benefit costs, after several years of static rates.  The University continues to hope and plan for contributions equal to 100% of single or two-employee coverage, 80% of family coverage.
  2. Gary Barta, Director of Athletics, presented his usual up-beat report on academic achievement by athletes and winning seasons.  Among the former's highlights: Academic All-American honors to two students on the women's and one on the men's basketball teams and one football player (only US program with honorees from both women's and men's teams) (third in numbers of honorees, after Northwestern and Penn State); student athletes' graduation rate (78%) is 12 points better than national peers, highest of Regents' institutions, better than U/IA non-athlete rates; record NCAA graduation success rate (89% average, seven teams with 100%, 18 teams better than national peers); 15% lower graduation rates among minority athletes, in line with national averages.  Athletics does not require students to use helmets off the field other than required by state law -- e.g., not while on motorcycles, etc.  Student athletes are given initial test (baseline) of cognitive and mental functioning when joining a team and, if head-injured (e.g., concussion), further testing (and prohibition from competition and even attending classes) until results meet the baseline values [nationally, women's soccer has higher rate of concussions than men's football].  An issue was raised by one (non-music school) senator concerning reducing conflicts between the Kinnick PA system and the band; Barta's response was that complaints of all kinds diminish when teams keep winning.  In response to a suggestion that athletics marketing include more honoring of faculty accomplishments (as, for example, the "kid captain"), Barta noted that there is a suite in the Kinnick press box that is made available on a rotating basis to various deans for their use.
  3. TIER academic cases, suggestions:
  • optimize classroom scheduling, especially department-controlled spaces and "off grid" classes -- those scheduled at non-standard times fornon-standard intervals;
  • improve classroom utilization: evaluation team concluded there is no need for additional space but they did not consider the appropriateness of extant space for evolving pedagogy; 
  • E-learning: increase enrollment rates by 10-15% annually via on-line versions of general education and summer courses [there appears to be no agreed explanation as to why MOOCs are not more effective].
  1. The Research Track Faculty policy recommendations, discussed in the Faculty Council report, were passed. The Senate then entered into executive session for "Sharing ideas for Advancing the University" and your humble reporter left the room.2. Library – Dorfman Library Committee Meeting, October 26, 2015

2. The meeting was devoted to updates since our last meeting in Spring 2015.  John Culshaw, University Librarian, and Carmelita Pickett, Associate University Librarian, discussed the following:

  • The Open Access Fund:  More items from the humanities have been added to broaden the STEM focus.  There is a total of $75,000 in the fund, which will pay publication costs of up to $3,000 for journal articles or book chapters and up to $5,000 for monographs.
  • The Google Book Fund:  Over 49,000 items have been sent to Google for scanning.  This is a little more than half the 80,000 current maximum.  All these books were published before 1923.
  • CIC Shared Print Repository: Publications from Elsevier, Springer, Wiley and other publishers will be shared online.  These are rarely used volumes; the paper journals are being withdrawn from shelves.
  • Heinz Rd. Annex Replacement Facility:  This storage facility is being relocated to Independence Rd. because the FEMA lease expires soon.  It will store many more items than the Heinz Rd. Annex and thus requires a large moving job.  The new warehouse will be shared with the University Bookstore, School of Music, and the Division of Performing Arts.
  • Main Library Gallery: This has been completely renovated and an event was held for Friends of the Library.  There will be a grand opening in Jan/Feb 2016.
  • Committee members were invited to a luncheon with Roger Schonfeld, Director of Ithaka S + R Libraries Scholarly Communication Program, who will be in Iowa City on Nov. 16 to share and discuss results of the faculty survey here at Iowa, how the results relate to the UI Libraries Strategic Plan, and how our faculty responses compare to those for the other Regents’ institutions and nationally.

3. Campus Planning Committee - Levin. October 16, 2015 (Meeting Minutes - pending approval)

  • Members Present: Jay Currie, Katie Gandhi, Michael Geneser, Paul Hanley, Barbara Mooney, Claire Sponsler, Emily Starr
  • Others Present: Joe Bilotta, Adam Cannon, Bret Gothe (UI Strategic Communications), Sadie Greiner, Don Guckert, Eric Holthaus, Kevin Kregel, James Phelps (OPN), Dave Ricketts, Jacob Varvel (IMU Marketing)
  • Call to Order: Barbara Mooney called the meeting to order.
  • Previous Minutes: Minutes of the September 4, 2015, CPC meeting were approved as distributed.

ACTION / DISCUSSION ITEM(S):

  • BigBelly Solar Containers at IMU
  • Eric Holthaus (UI Sustainability Coordinator) and Brett Gothe (IMU Marketing Director) presented a proposal for colorful display wrappings to be placed on three BigBelly trash/recycling containers that the IMU is piloting.  The containers would be placed at the east, south and west entrances to the IMU and would display information principally related to recycling and sustainability.
  • The committee reviewed examples used by UNI and ISU that illustrated a range of options.  The ensuing discussion included CPC’s role to address campus appearance versus the effectiveness of campus recycling efforts; the appeal the proposed graphics has on the current generation of students; the similarities of this proposal with the many other rejected/approved display requests from various campus departments; and the duration for the proposed displays.
  • The committee requested a toned down version be brought back for further consideration.
  • Daum Hall – Repair Soffits and Canopy
  • Adam Cannon (Facilities Management Project Manager) and James Phelps (Rohrbach Associates Architect) presented a proposal for altering the entrance canopy and sunshades for Daum Hall.  The current canopy is in disrepair and the project team is proposing maintaining the current saw-tooth design by wrapping the concrete structure in metal and hiding the drain piping behind the metal and widened front columns.   The sunshades structures on the sides of the building would be replaced with a “lighter” structural design that would respect the original architecture.
  • The committee supported of the design changes, but questioned the proposal to maintain the turquoise color on the canopy.  The committee recommended that the project team select a color that is more contemporary and consistent and compatible with the surrounding environment and return for final review.

 Parking and Transportation – Jepsen. October 29, 2015

Of particular interest to EFC is the reassurance I received directly from Dave Ricketts, Administrative Services Director, that Emeritus Parking permits would NOT change…he said it with a smile!

The meeting was taken up with two sets of reports, Campus Project Updates by Dave Ricketts and CAMBUS Service Updates (reported by administrator of CAMBUS, who's name I did catch.

Highlights from (a very thorough report of) Project updates:

  • Madison Street Residence Hall, scheduled to open fall, 2016 will significantly affect traffic flow and parking.
  • City of Iowa City and UI are continuing to conduct a downtown traffic study.  Proposal to make Jefferson and Market two-way streets is being negotiated.
  • Hospital Ramp 2 will open before Thanksgiving, later than planned.
  • Changes in Cashiering at all ramps and lots are nearly completed.
  • UI-City Zip Car fleet has expanded to 10; usage up slightly and UI “membership” has increased dramatically.
  • Bike Share (bike rental) is being planned; RFP to be issued by next fall.
  • Motorcycle/Moped parking has been expanded at Newton Road Ramp and Library Lots…both are full most days.
  • LED lighting being installed in ramps will save utility costs.

Highlight from CAMBUS updates:

Research Park service extension from one to two buses reducing interval between buses to 30 minutes (from 45).

5. Senior College – Donham & Johnson

Peggy Houston has retired as chair of the committee.

Spring semester programs include:  Jazz; Biology of Aging, 3-D Printing; Human Origins; Hygenic Lab; Genome Mapping; City of Literature; Shakespeare; Philosophy and Sustainability.

6. EFC Program Committee – Menninger

Dec. 7th meeting – Beckett will speak on admissions retention.

Teresa Mangum is a possible speaker on the Oberman Center.

Sharp will forward contact information for Lynette Marshall (spring semester speaker) to Menninger.

7. EFC Lecture Series - Gussin

11/12 @ 4p.m. Biology Bldg. East – The History of Reforms in Intercollegiate Football - William Hines, Professor Emeritus, College of Law

12/1 - Gerry Rushton, Public Health and Geography

Speaker suggestions for spring semester are requested.  Several potential speakers did not work out.  We may have to relax our rules to allow for EFC members to speak.  Members agreed that they will not be offended if not asked to speak.

Other Business

Meeting w/ Assoc. Provost Kregel – Gussin & Boe

IT – The UI is changing server location.  Faculty can make changes themselves.  Granting usage to EF is based on costs.  Perhaps EF would be willing to pay a small fee.

Voting privileges –
Faculty Senate – letter to president
FRIC – “good idea”
Research Council – “good idea”

Any changes to voting in these three committees would require a change in the Operations Manual. 

Live Well – currently no provision for EF;  no decisions
Carve-out Medicare Supplement – Associate Provost is not aware of this issue

Emeritus Status – Gussin

Discussion regarding a request for EF status – the request does not fulfill the requirements for EF status and will be sent back to the Provost’s office with a recommendation of “no approval.”

Gussin will compose and send the response.

AROHE – Gussin

Traditionally, the Provost has paid for 2 EFC members to attend the bi-annual AROHE meeting.  Several weeks ago, Gussin received an email from the Provost’s office containing the AROHE newsletter (https://email.uiowa.edu/owa/?ae=Item&a=Open&t=IPM.Note&id=RgAAAAC8VnOoHhbREZcIAAD4dS09BwAK99n8YuPQEZb0AAD4dS09AAAACARKAADdB4Q0WLSHQoNBRYr4SLHTAAARHhL%2bAAAA&pspid=_1446997817530_760219315)

Should we continue with an interest in this organization and should we continue to attend?  No action was taken on these questions.

Other Comments

Levin – making distinctions between “mentor” and “mentee” – as in life, it works both ways.  One cannot “mentor” an entire group of students.  Students have to want to be mentored by a faculty member.

Lim – reported that there will be another protest against the new UI President today at noon on the Pentacrest.

Next Meeting:  December 7, 2015.

The meeting adjourned at 10:37 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

October 12, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Gussin 

Attendance:  Gussin, Menninger, Johnson, Jepsen, Clinton, Kuntz, Boe, Flanagan, Shantz, Weingeist, Donham, Levin, Stoner & Sharp

Minutes approval - Sharp- The September 11, 2015 minutes were approved as circulated (Minninger 1st, Boe 2nd).

Committee Reports

1. FRIC – Clinton

        9/11/2015

Presentation by UI Health Systems for a diabetes pilot “Aim@Diabetes” which uses telehealth monitoring to connect enrollee to a care team. Real time glucose monitoring. Offered to UI Choice beneficiaries, no indication if this includes retired persons. Another of cost saving benefits projected; will review findings after one year to include other chronic illness management. FRIC committee voted to support
Health Care premium rates were discussed. There has been no increase for the past three years. Committee supported raise to address increasing expenses. No increase in dental rates recommended for 2016.
Transgender care continues to be discussed but has not yet been presented to regents. Will continue discussion at next meeting.

      10/2/2015

Health Care rates for 2016 rose approximately 10-12 % and the health care spending account limit also increased. Will provide increases when minutes are posted.
Transgender Care continues to be discussed and has not moved to regents but FRIC representatives did meet with Dr. Robillard. May be an issue of non-compliance with federal law about non-discrimination.
TIAA/CREF VSRP loans discussed. People enrolled may take up to 45% of available funds with a minimum withdrawal of $1,000. Limits on number of loans discussed. Committee voted to leave current policy alone.
Specialty drug benefit discussed. Currently this falls under medical benefits. However significant cost savings in out of pocket expenses if this moves under the pharmacy benefits. UI choice retirees do not need Medicare Part D. B. Sorofman clarified that we could better understand impact overall by moving under pharmacy benefit. Committee voted to support moving to pharmacy benefit.
Life insurance rates will not change in 2016. Issue of proof of insurability brought up. Currently this is not required. This becomes an issue if the maximum of $400,000 payout occurs frequently. At present this has not been a problem.  FRIC will monitor. 

2.Faculty Senate – Menninger

The Faculty Council quickly disposed of housekeeping issues and moved on to New Business:

1) IT-TIER update (Steve Fleagle, Chief Information Officer).  The goal of a single IT system for all Regents' institutions is almost achieved.  Most local staff will not be relocated.  Among rumors to be scotched: support not to be moved "offshore"; one size fits all versus special cases will preserve the latter.  Data centers and servers will be centralized, also help desk, device advice and generalized support, but discipline-specific consulting will continue to be local.  The implementation of this regime change will be college by college: Law is largely complete, CLAS is in progress (expected to last until the end of the year).  Among local support personnel there will be more generalists and fewer specialists but the latter will be freed up from general support duties.  There were several complaints about computers turning off in the middle of uses (e.g., all-night experiments, seminar presentations); can't this be prevented.  The problem is being addressed.

2) TIER recognition program (Christina Bohannan, Susan Vos): excellence will be recognized in Service, Innovation and Advancing the TIER initiative.  All faculty will be eligible (including clinical- and research-track with >=50% appointment).

3) Sexual misconduct survey (Carolyn Hartley) will be conducted soon (starting 10/26/15 for 45 days) and will poll voluntarily all university students.  The survey will be on-line, take ~30 minutes to complete, and can be interrupted if restarted on the same computer.  The anti-violance coalition subcommittee organizing the survey is hoping for a 30% response rate.  This survey (or ones like it) is being done at many unversities (some results already published) and may in the future be a federal requirement.  Data will be FERPA-protected (not so easily done with a sampling approach, although that might have advantages of greater participation and less selection of respondents).

4) Research-Track Policy Recommendations (Lois Cox): Recommendations included that the policy should explicitly describe the role of salary support, including a statement regarding the possibility (but not the guarantee) of bridging support in the event of termination of external funding, etc.  There were also provisons concerning written notice of termination due to end of funding: three months for terminations before the end of the appointment.  Termination or non-renewal for reasons other than end of funding requires written notice of three months for the initial appointment or six months for a second or subsequent appointment.  It was emphasized that all these eventualities should be spelled out in the letter offering a research-track appointment.  During discussion it was noted that the policy forbids use of general fund monies for supporting research track faculty.  At present only the College of Medicine has research-track faculty and their numbers total 20-30, well below the Operations Manual limit of 10% (or eight) of tenure-track faculty.

The Council then entered into executive session for "Sharing ideas for Advancing the University" and your humble reporter left the room.

3. Library – no report

4. Parking/Security – Jepsen (& Gussin)

The previously discussed parking complaint of a dentistry emeritus faculty was updated.  Sharp had spoken w/ a dentistry administrator who reported that the individual was rarely in the building and could as easily park in the visitors (cashiered lot).   Parking rules for EF seem to be clear and the request does not seem to fall within the guidelines.  No further action will be taken at this time.

5. Senior College – Donham & Johnson

There are 10 full programs this semester and there will be 10 in the spring semester.

6. EFC Program Committee – Menninger

There is still an interest in having Lynette Marshall as a speaker – possibly for our Nov. or Dec. meeting.  Sharp will contact Ms. Marshall.  Topics might include the role of EF in the University and giving (the Foundation would benefit from advocating for EF in the Univeristy); current status of givers withdrawing their support; general Foundation updates.

Other potential speakers:  Associate Provost Kevin Kregel; incoming President Harrell; Doug True; Lynette Marshall (Sharp will issue invitation).

7. EFC Lecture Series - Gussin

10/15 @ 4p.m. Biology Bldg. East – Diabetes Mellitus:  A Contemporary Look at an Ancient Disease - Daryl Granner, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry

11/12 @ 4p.m. Biology Bldg. East – The History of Reforms in Intercollegiate Football - William Hines, Professor Emeritus, College of Law

12/1  Jerry Rushton,  Public Health and Geography

8. UIRA

Debra Hughes of Staff Benefits will speak to UIRA about benefits for retirees on October 29th from 2-4 p.m. at Parkside Church.

Other Business

Pending meeting w/ Assoc. Provost Kregel – Gussin & Boe

Meeting topic suggestions:  IT/Lynda; Live Well Program; relevant UI committees/full participation (e.g. Faculty Senate, FRIC, Research Council); reminder of our survey results; use of adjuncts and grad students.

Email/Office 365 – Boe

The UI is changing from a self-run email service to a contracted service called Office 365.  It will provide for applications of Word, Excel and Power Point.  All information will be in Microsoft Cloud.  Training resources are available. The transition is in progress and emeritus faculty is included.

For further information:  www.its.ui.edu/office365

Role of EFC in President Search Acitivites – Gussin

There was no decision that EFC should take a position at this time.  Members, however, are free to write letters or editorials as they wish.   Clinton will submit a letter (possibly as a guest column) that talks to the issue of accreditation. 

Academic Service Opportunities Survey – Gussin

About 15 people completed the survey at the Annual meeting.  Should we send out to all EF?  Discussion:  would this survey duplicate anything that is already in the annual survey?  No decision was made.

Next Meeting:  November 2, 2015.

The meeting adjourned at 10:37 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

September 11, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 10:03 a.m. by President Gussin 

Attendance:  Gussin, Menninger, Johnson, Clinton, Kuntz, Boe, Flanagan, Shantz, Weingeist, Donham,  Dorfman & Sharp

Minutes approval - Sharp- The June 15, 2015 minutes were approved as circulated.

 EFC Meeting Dates (Mondays, 9:30-11:00 am, UCC 2520B) - Gussin

10/12            2/1                   5/2

11/2                 3/7                  

12/7                 4/4

AEF Annual Meeting:  5/9/2016, 10:00-1:00, UCC 2520D

Review of Committee Assignments - Gussin

EFC Committees

1. EFC Secretary: Jamie Sharp

2. Program Committee: Kelley Donham, John Menninger, Mark Schantz, Irwin Levin

3. Emeritus Faculty Lectures:  Gary Gussin, David Jepsen, Tom Weingeist

4. Elections: Tom Weingeist, Warren Boe, Vicky Lim

5. Communications/Web Site: Warren Boe, George Johnson, Doug Flanagan

  • 5A. Survey Leftovers:  Lorraine Dorfman, Irwin Levin

EFC representatives to other activities/committees

6. Campus Planning: Irwin Levin, Jim Stoner

7. Faculty Senate/Council: John Menninger, Mark Schantz

8. FRIC: Patricia Clinton, Vicky Lim

9. Hancher:  Patricia Clinton, Ken Kuntz

10. UIRA Liaison: Jamie Sharp, Lorraine Dorfman

11. Rec. Services: Jim Stoner, Doug Flanagan

12. Research Council: Gary Gussin

13. Senior College: George Johnson, Kelley Donham

14. Univ. Library: Ken Kuntz, Lorraine Dorfman

15. Parking and Transportation: David Jepsen 

BUSINESS

EFC Lecture Series – Gussin

8/26 @ 4p.m. 116 ABW (previously held) Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel - Professor Wallace Tomasini

9/15 @ 4p.m. Biology Bldg. East  – Why Cities Matter: Global and Comparative Perspectives on Class Politics and Democratic Reform in Urban Life, 1890-1925 -  Shelton Stromquist, Professor Emeritus, Department of History

10/15 @ 4p.m. Biology Bldg. East – Diabetes Mellitus:  A Contemporary Look at an Ancient Disease - Daryl Granner, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry

11/12 @ 4p.m. Biology Bldg. East – The History of Reforms in Intercollegiate Football - William Hines, Professor Emeritus, College of Law

Parking Problem - Gussin

An emeritus professor has been writing to EFC Past President Kuntz and now President Gussin about a perceived change in policy regarding his key card allowing access to Lot 40.  He previously paid $20 for a magnetic card and now it is not functional.   There has been no change in parking policies which allow emeritus faculty access to gated lots if they are actively teaching or doing research.   They can park in open lots and in cashiered lots.  Sharp was tasked with contacting Dentistry about the situation. She will report back to Gussin.

IT Access – Gussin

The reason that emeritus faculty aren’t extended IT services is that the University has to pay for each person.  Cost and policy are at the heart of the matter.  Gussin wants to pursue establishing emeritus faculty as “active faculty.” 

Library

No report.  Dorfman & Kuntz will ask if access to the faculty study room has been resolved.  Also, they will try to determine how many regular and emeritus faculty are using the room.

Live Well and Rec. Center - Gussin

Seniors can use the original Rec. Center (near the football practice complex) for $20/year. 

The Live Well program promotes good health practices in the work place to potentially lower health care costs.  It is not available to emeritus faculty.  As we are insured by the University, it would make sense that EF be included.

Program Committee – Gussin

We would like to have 2-3 speakers at our meetings during the ’15-16 year.   The Program Committee was tasked with seeking out speakers.  We would still be interested in someone from IT and possibly Lynette Marshall and the new UI President.

Review suggestions found in the 6/15/15 minutes for suggestions in planning the 2016 Annual Meeting.

Faculty Senate Report - Menninger

4:00 pm, Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 101 Biology Building East

The Faculty Senate had a special meeting 9/8/15 to discuss the presidential search and choice; standing room only.

The Faculty Senate President gave opening remarks in which the word "betrayal" occurred several times.  She averred that despite claims from the Board of Regents that faculty opinion on the presidential search was sought and valued she felt faculty, Senate (and students and staff) opinions were ignored; prolonged applause. 

The discussion was wide ranging, eventually becoming focused on a vote of no confidence in the Regents.  It was pointed out that while the regents' own strategic plan included goals such as "transparency", "shared governance", etc., their behavior was observed to be significantly different.  Several speakers (not all of whom were senators) emphasized the importance of making a narrative that addresses the concerns of Iowans generally -- i.e., not seeming merely a fit of
pique by faculty.  On the contrary side it was noted that such a motion was unlikely to have any effect on regent behavior, certainly not to withdraw the offer of the presidency, and might in fact backfire on the faculty.  These sentiments were not widely accepted and the motion carried by a substantial majority (consult official minutes for the numbers).  Notable by its absence was any audible suggestion that unionization of faculty might be a good idea, nor serious reference to 4.5 million pieces of silver.

A professional economist pointed out that this kind of motion was unlikely to have any practical effect and while he supported it he would go back to his college and spend his time doing what was in his job
description: teaching students, research in his field and service.  He noted that what was not in his job description was tutoring a university president on how to do the job: he accepted employment at the university under the assumption the administration already knew what it was doing.  He seemed disappointed.

Presidential Search/Selection Aftermath

Dr. Victoria Lim’s letter (letter follows) was discussed as well having a general discussion about the hiring of Mr. Harreld as UI’s next president.  The EFC does not feel that a statement would be of any benefit.  However, members should feel free to write letters to editors and opinion pieces.  Dr. Gussin distributed a personal letter and asked for feedback.  

Dr. Clinton spoke to accreditation standards specifically to assumed practices and conflicts of interest.  The UI will have its accreditation review in 2-3 years and it will be interesting to see if deficiencies arise.

Dr. Lim’s letter:

I am writing this note to find out if the EFC is planning to put out any statement protesting the choice of Mr. Harreld as the new president by the Board of Regents.

I could not believe the choice of Mr. Harreld when I saw his name on the Internet. I thought there might be some clerical error in that announcement, but it was not. The Board of Regents chose him despite knowing that the majority of the university community viewed him as unqualified for the job. It appears that the opinion of the faculty is of no concern to the regents.

The intention of the Regents to demote this university started last year when they siphoned support from us to the other two Regent’s universities. And now, they chose a president who would align in every way with their policy to change this university into a local vocational institution –accept local students and trained them to serve our community here. That is a perfectly legitimate goal but we already have many such facilities in Iowa. What the state needs is a center of higher learning, as exemplified by the University of Iowa, which includes different science disciplines as well as emphasis on the arts, humanities and social sciences. Education is not a business. Balance of budget is important, but should not be its singular focus. There is an old Chinese saying that it takes ten years to grow trees, but a hundred years to rear people. In a research university, one needs to take a really long-term view –not ten, but a hundred years.

The University of Iowa was established in 1847 and it took more than one and a half century of nurturing from the state and countless people to reach its current status of a major research university. It would be extremely illogical to suppress its future development just for the goal of achieving a desirable bottom line.

Contrary to what the regents referred to as “status quo”, the university has been evolving constantly, otherwise there would not be so much construction going on and there would not be so much foreign students. It is a campus that is vibrant and rich with a wide spectrum of talents. The faculty and the students would like to continue the tradition of learning, thinking and pursuing research.

The report stated that the decision to appoint Mr. Harreld was unanimous among the regents. I am surprised that given such an unusual candidate and the complexity of managing a university, there was not even one dissenting vote. I am also surprised that Mr. Harreld was even selected as one of the four finalists.

PS: I must clarify that this note is not a personal attack on Mr. Harreld, who is a highly accomplished business manager. It is the choice by the Board of Regents that has taken me aback.

Victoria Lim

UIRA Report 9/8 - Dorfman

A lot of the meeting was devoted to reports from members about items that had accumulated over the summer.  The following were some of the highlights:

  • Jean Hood reported that the UIRA archives are now located on the 3rd floor of University Library.  They contain minutes of the meetings, Gray Hawk newsletters, membership lists, etc.
  • President Beverly Robalino reported on the Big Ten Conference at Michigan State.  One interesting idea was establishing an endowed scholarship at UI, as has been happening at least one other institution.  The group discussed this and decided to pursue the possibility of a UIRA scholarship, possibly with an aging focus, and a subcommittee was formed.
  • There will be a new member reception on Sept 17 at the Coralville Public Library. 
  • Service award plaques will be mounted at the IMU near the Main Lounge.
  • Beverly Robalino would like to start a new focus group, the Gray Hawk Steppers, which would be a regular walking group at Coral Ridge Mall.
  • Ken Starck met with a TIAA-CREF representative about possible joint efforts with UIRA.
  • Membership:  there are currently 642 members, but over 100 have not renewed their membership for the coming year.

Other Business

Death/Remembrances

Jim Lindberg died recently. 

Q:  Should we do more than list deaths in the annual program and have a collective moment of silence?  

Discussion:  anything more than we do would probably require too much oversite.  Is our annual program booklet on the website? 

(Jamie will seek out an answer to this question.)

FRIC, Research Council and Faculty Senate (and probably other committees as well)

EFC reps do not have voting rights but can speak at meetings.  Should we seek official status as a University group?  Gussin will discuss with Provost.  It is important that the EF voice be heard especially on FRIC where we are stake-holders.

President’s Goals – Gussin

Establish the AFC as an official University group with voting status and emeritus faculty as active faculty.

Next Meeting:  October 12, 2015.

The meeting adjourned at 11:05 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

June 15, 2015

The meeting began informally with self-introductions at 9:35 a.m. 

Attendance:  Boe, Clinton, Donham, Dorfman, Flanagan, Gussin, Johnson, Kuntz, Levin, Menninger, Sharp, & Weingeist

Minutes approval –May, 2015

EFC - 5/4/15: approved as circulated.

AFC – 5/11/15:  approved as circulated

Election of Council Member(s) Discussion – Gussin & Weingeist

The election of someone to replace Summers was discussed.  Could we appoint someone without taking a vote?  A paper ballot is not necessary if a vote is taken - could it be done electronically .  Weingeist and Johnson will consider possible candidates to fill Summers’ term.

It was decided that a thorough review of the Bylaws is in order to better understand what our options are at this point.  Also, are there parts of the Bylaws that need updating?

Clinton and Sharp and possibly other(s) will review the Bylaws.

This is the link to the Bylaws:

 http://www.uiowa.edu/emeritusfaculty/association-emeritus-faculty-bylaws

Request from Provost – Kuntz

The Provost requested that the EFC confer emeritus status on Professor V. Subramanian.

A motion to do so passed.

Annual Meeting Debriefing – Sharp

Sharp made several suggestions for next year’s meeting:

Self-introductions at the beginning of the meeting
1 page/2 sided w/ President’s/EFC’s annual report on one side and previous year’s minutes on the other side
President’s presentation might include a brief history of the AFC/EFC,  what we do, etc. and relationship to the UIRA
Have a sign-in sheet
Put our web address on the front of the program

Other discussion included ways to get more attendees and having a speaker(s) that would be a big draw.

Election of EFC officers – Gussin

Gussin began the discussion of election of officers for the coming year.  He proposed two options: 

Have President Kuntz and VP Gussin continue for another year in their current roles or
Have VP Gussin move into the Presidency and elect a new VP

Kuntz and Gussin excused themselves to allow the Council members to discuss the options. 

Motion:  Sharp/Clinton to have Gussin move into the Presidency.  Passed.

Kuntz and Gussin returned to the meeting.  Discussion and nomination for VP ensued.  It was noted that the VP would need to have at least two years remaining in their term.

Motion:  Levin/?   to elect Boe as VP.  Passed. 

(Secretary’s note:  we did comply w/ the Bylaws.)

Discussion also included a more formalized role for the immediate past president.  Perhaps this individual would take responsibility for planning the annual meeting.

Gussin and Boe will plan a meeting w/ the Provost in the near future.

Committee Assignments

Committee assignments will be deferred to the September meeting.  Meanwhile, members should be thinking about what positions they will take on.  Here is the link to the current list of committees:

http://www.uiowa.edu/emeritusfaculty/leadership-officers-and-committees-efc

Faculty Survey - Boe

Boe presented preliminary results of the survey.   660 were sent out; there were 150 completions.  The results should be made available with responses posted anonymously.

Gussin and Boe will present this information to the Provost when they meet.

EFC Speakers

Possible speaker for an early fall meeting:  Lynette Marshall

Motion - Gussin/Johnson:  To express thanks and appreciation to Kuntz for two years of Council leadership.  Passed with applause.

Next Meeting:  September 14, 2015.

The meeting adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Association of Emeritus Faculty Minutes

May 11, 2015, Room 2520OD UCC

The meeting was called to order at 10:05 a.m. by President J. Kenneth Kuntz.  Kuntz welcomed everyone then introduced the Emeritus Faculty Council members in order of longevity of term:

Dorfman, Gussin, Weingeist, Levin, Flanagan, Jepsen, Menninger, Summers, Juntz, Boe, Craft-rosenberg, Donham, Johnson, Shantz, Sharp, Stoner.

Kuntz reported on the meetings of the EFC:  The Council met monthly beginning in August (in lieu of a meeting in September) through May.  The Council does not meet in January.  He reported on the Emeritus Faculty Lecture Series which was instituted by Professor Gussin:

September, Miriam Gilbert on Shakespeare in Performance:  Rehearsal Room, Stage and Screen
October, Linda Kerber on Why Diamonds Really are a Girl’s Best Friend 
November, H.D. Hoover on Selected Scientific Decisions
December, Michael Apicella on Mechanism of Adaptation of Bacteria
January, Don Gurnett on The Incredible Journey of Voyager 1 into Interstellar Space
February, Elizabeth Aubrey on Medieval Scribes and the Absurdity of Music Notation
March, Betty Maher on J.S. Bach's Psalm-Linked Flute Gavotte and his Quodlibet Spoof
April, Christine Grant on Equality or Sanity in Intercollegiate Athletics? Now is the Time to Choose!
May, Joseph Frankel on How to Build an Organism: Pattern Formation in Single-Celled Protozoa and its Relation to Animal Development

Kuntz commended Professor Gussin for his excellent series of programs.

Committee Reports

Senior College – Peggy Houston

The Senior College began in the Spring of 2002 and just completed its 27th session w/ this Spring’s programs.  The classes were deemed successful, with over 500 registrants. 
Course offerings for the Fall, 2015 session include:

Charles Dickens' Great Expectations: The Crime of Being Too Young - Teresa Mangum
Four Big Unsolved Problems in Astrophysics - Robert Mutel
May You Live in Interesting Times: The Age of Enlightenment (the music of 1650-1800) - Timothy Hankewich
Don Quixote - Ana M. Rodriguez-Rodriguez
Reflecting on Origins: Genesis 1-50 and Its Biblical Disclosures – J. Kenneth Kuntz

The Art of Opera - Katherine Eberle, Robert Ketterer and Roberta Montemorra Marvin

International Literature at the University of Iowa - Each week, two writers will read and discuss their works
Critical Thought as Applied to False Flags - Paul Meyer
Almost Everything You Wanted to Know About your Eyes in Health and Disease - Tom Weingeist

Emeritus Faculty (and active faculty) Study at the Main Library – J. Kenneth Kuntz

The Faculty study is now complete and available for use.  It is on the 3rd floor, north end of the Main Library.  A current Iowa One card is required and, for the present, users must activate their card at the Library’s administrative office.  Entry into the study will then be possible by swiping the card.  
If members still have an old UI ID card, the Iowa One card can be obtained in Jessup Hall.

Member Questions/Comments

Q:  What is the relationship between the EFC and the UIRA?

A:  Both groups will retain separate identities and members from both groups make up the Senior College Planning Committee.

There were no other general comments.

President Kuntz ask for a moment of silence in memory of members who died during the past year.

Self-introductions were made of all members present including their name, academic unit and the year they retired.

President Kuntz asked attendees to complete and turn in the form soliciting interest in Academic Service Opportunities

Highlights of Dr. Jean Robillard’s Presentation:  Plans for and Status of the Search for a New UI President

Dr. Robillard made a brief presentation then opened the floor for questions and discussion.  He noted that the Board of Regents (BoR) is running the search.  Parker Executive Search is the hired search firm who will seek out candidates and vet them (cv’s, salary issues, willingness to serve if called for on-campus interviews and selection as president).  The UI Search Committee (SC) consists of 21 people including 3 Regents (Rastetter, Dakovich, and Mulholland), 7 faculty, College of Business Dean, UI Foundation rep, alumni and public members and students. 

The SC began meeting in April.  It is hoped that candidates will be identified by July/August and then brought to campus for interviews in September.    3-4 names will be forwarded to the Regents who will make the ultimate choice.    Candidates will be vetted so that they would commit to take the job if offered.  Selection is expected to be made in September.

Dr. Robillard has met with deans, faculty, community leaders, union leaders and staff.  He wants broad input into the process.  Across the board, people want a president who is charismatic, is a good communicator, has a clear vision for the University and will promote the University positively.

There is a booklet and website where “all things presidential search” can be found.  Dr. Robillard encourages feedback at:  http://president.uiowa.edu/ui-president-search.

Question/Comments/Answers

Q:  Last time, there were differences between the search committee and the Regents…..

A:  With 3 Regents on this SC, there is an opportunity to discuss all aspects of the search in progress.


Q:  Last time there were many public comments about seeking a woman president.  Men may have been deterred from applying.

A:   Regardless of gender, we want a president that we can be proud of.


Q:  Previously, the University search committee had the primary involvement in searching for a president.  Now, the Regents are primary in the search.  History suggests that the searches didn’t turn out so badly so why are the Regents primary now?

A:  The BoR has always been responsible for the search and selection of the UI President with advising from the SC.  Historically, there have been times when no Regents have been on the SC and times when there have been Regents on the committee.  The BoR evaluates all Regents’ University’s Presidents twice a year.


Q:  What is the relationship between the search firm and the BoR?

A:  Parker Executive Search was hired by the BoR and answers to them.  They are helping to seek and vet candidates.  There is no conflict of interest as Parker has no other searches on-going. The SC does have influence and reviews all Parker details.


Q:  What about the size of the SC (21 members)?

A:  The SC is large to allow for different constituent representation. 


Q:  Last time, there were political issues that affected the search.  What about now?

A:  Yes, there were multiple issues last time including internal problems on the BoR.  This time is better.  Everyone really wants a good leader.


Q:  The length of a presidential tenure is ~5-7 years…..

A:  Sally Mason is the longest-serving president since Sandy Boyd.  The UI is well-positioned under Sally Mason.  The balance between seeking a great president who will leave in 2-3 years vs. a very good president who will stay for a longer period is a challenge. 


Q:  There is some impression that the UI is “just another “business.”  We need a president that can communicate the differences between business and a research university.

A:  The University is made up of small businesses, academic units, faculties who have academic freedom and creativity.  We are different from “big business.” We must become more independent because the State doesn’t have endless resources.  We must find ways to be independent.  The UI President must also be entrepreneurial. 

I (Dr. Robillard) think that the Regents understand this.


Q:  It has been said in the “press,” that the search will be broad….I hope that the search does include Corporate America…

A:  There are probably people in Corporate America that understand academia.


Q:  When the 3-4 finalists come on campus, will all details of hire (e.g. salary, terms, etc.) and pre-interviews be finalized?

A:  The Salary will be very competitive, candidates will have been vetted and all details will be finalized.  Campus visits will entail wider interviews w/ many individuals.


Q:  In the search, will the UI be able to differentiate itself from other universities?

A:  If we are hiring the best, producing the best research, etc. then we will differentiate ourselves.  We need to market ourselves e.g. the arts, medicine, etc.


Q:  How does the SC go about getting candidates?

A:  Nominations come from known candidates, people that the SC nominates, Parker Executive Search nominees, etc.


Q:  Concern about how candidates will react to the “elephant in the room” of reallocation…

A:  We cannot hide the news about reallocation and performance-based education from the candidates – they will know.  It is probable that performance-based education will not pass.  We don’t know all the repercussions.


Q: Will the large size of the SC present a problem in recruiting candidates?

A:  The SC recommends 3-4 candidates and with the size, there will probably be differing opinions.  However, everyone wants a good president.  “I don’t think we’ll have a mistrial.”


Q:  Do we want a president who will do a “good job” and be around for a while or a president who will do a “great job” and leave to an Ivy League school?

A:  We would rather have a great president.


Q:  Would it be prudent to have more than 3-4 candidates make campus visits?

A:  As with any search, candidates may bow out when they realize the competition and may bow out before coming to campus.


Q:  The National trend is that universities and colleges are so dependent on States’ funding.  We need to have a president that will have a good relationship with the legislature. 

A:  Yes, it is essential to the success of the University.

Dr. Robillard was thanked for his presentation and thanked the audience for their questions.

The meeting adjourned at 10:50 a.m.

Minutes and notes by Jamie Sharp

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

May 4, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Interim Chair Weingeist. 

Attendance:  Weingeist, Menninger, Johnson, Dorfman, Jepsen, Stoner, Levin, Summers, Sharp,  Craft-Rosenberg and Donham

Minutes approval –April 6, 2015

Motion to approve minutes:  Summers.  Minutes were approved.  

Elections - Weingeist

College of Nursing - Patricia Clinton will complete the remaining 2 year term for Martha Craft-Rosenberg with the option to run again for a second term of 3 years.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Irwin Levin 2nd term ​of 3 years

Emeritus Faculty Lecture Series – Weingeist for Gussin

How to Build an Organism: Pattern Formation in Single-Celled Protozoa and its Relation to Animal Development

Dr. Joseph Frankel, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology

May 15, 2015, 4:00 pm, 101 Biology Building East

Committee Reports

FRIC Meeting May 1, 2015 – Craft-Rosenberg

Early Retirement Program

Sue Buckley reported on the Early Retirement Program this past year. Three hundred and two faculty members out of 1400 members were eligible. Only 197 applied. Fifty percent of those who applied were approved (16 contracts are still out), while 46% of the applications were denied. Resulting savings were $28.9 million. Of this amount $ 16.6 million were from the General Education Funds. Discussion from committee members addressed the loss in university organizational history.

Leadership  Retirements

Both Richard Saunders and Sue Buckley are retiring this spring. The assistant of Richard Saunders, Debra Hughes, will be in charge when Richard retires June 12. Joan Troester will take the position now held by Sue Buckley June 30. Both Richard Saunders and Sue Buckley were thanked for their service.

Coverage for Transgender Healthcare Costs

A memo from FRIC has gone to the Office of the President, but no response has come, and it is unlikely a response will come during this period of transition. Richard Saunders provided some context for discussion.  He stated that Rockwell Collins initiated coverage and Welmark is covering. However, there has been no overwhelming support.

New Retirement Options

In the past temporary employees had to be covered by IPERS by Iowa Code. Then, when a transition to TIAA-CREF was requested, these people could not have any employment for a period of one month, which is a hardship. Now, the state is saying employees can have IPERS life -time choice along with the option of TIAA-CREF. Currently, the university has17,000 employees in TIAA-CREF and five to six thousand in IPERS. Cost to the University is about the same ($60,000 difference).

Insurance Coverage for Storage of Eggs and Sperm

Richard Saunders reviewed the last two years. Five hundred people used the infertility clinic, and at the most 20 cases per year might seek coverage at a cost of $13,000 per cycle. Storage costs are $1000 per year. Welmark covers only those individuals with medical reasons. Very few companies offer this coverage. So far, these companies have been tech companies, and they use this coverage for publicity. This year 3 individuals applied to Welmark and were rejected. After much discussion, the FRIC committee voted to drop discussion related to insurance coverage for storage of eggs and sperm.

The next meeting of FRIC will be September 11, 2015.

EFC Discussion related to FRIC

With Saunders’ upcoming retirement, it would be good to meet w/ his successor, Debra Hughes.  Summers and Donham will invite her to speak with us in October.  Menninger suggested talking w/ the UIRA program committee (Robalino/Hausserman) to coordinate. 

Johnson has previously written to FRIC asking about TIAA-CREF funds and why emeritus faculty can’t take advantage of all the funds that are available.  Craft-Rosenberg reported that this has never been discussed at a FRIC meeting.  Johnson has yet to receive an answer to his questions.

Faculty Survey

Drfman and Levin have finished a draft of the survey that will go to emeritus faculty.

Faculty Senate Meeting - April 28, 2015 – Menninger

The usual approvals of the April agenda, the March minutes, Senate and Council election results, Committee Recommendations and the 2013-2014 Motion Summary were accomplished without discussion. Ballots were circulated for VP and Secretary. Under New Business were two items of interest to emeritus faculty.

1. Ed Gillan, Chair of the Research Council introduced some proposed changes to its charter. One substantive change would be to abandon the current faculty membership requirement that there be at least two from physical sciences, two from biological sciences, two from social sciences and two from humanities; and two “at-large” members. The proposed system, unanimously recommended by the current Research Council, is

allow the Faculty Senate Committee on Committees to nominate 10 members of the faculty who have an interest, proficiency and involvement in research or creative activities. In addition there would be four staff members, appointed by the Staff Council; two student members, at least one of whom will be a graduate or professional student; the current single non-voting member appointed by the Emeritus Faculty Council; and the (non-voting) Director of the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates. The Council Chair would be appointed from among the faculty members by the Senate President. Faculty membership will be limited to no more than one from a single department and the goal is “members that represent a range of research disciplines, including but not limited to the arts, biological sciences, engineering, health sciences, humanities, physical sciences and social sciences, including faculty members from disciplines here research is not customarily funded by external entities.” The recommendations were approved without discussion.

2. Anne Stapleton, Lecturer in English, presented the Lecturers Committee Report, a comprehensive (two years and four months in the preparation) account of the status of Lecturers at the University, including the results of opinion surveys. The committee preparing the report are themselves (six plus chair Stapleton) lecturers in various departments, colleges, etc. The definition of a “Lecturer” is a bit murky but seems to be someone appointed for a fixed term, with possibility of renewal. There is wide variation among Lecturers in respect of workload, salaries, processes for hiring, promotion and reappointment, etc. This report makes the case for more uniformity in these areas. In addition it recommends representation for Lecturers on the Faculty Senate, involvement in College governance, department appointment of Lecturers, and committees that form policy affecting Lecturers. The report recommended clarifying Lecturer eligibility for professional development opportunities: funding, awards, etc. Finally, they recommend clarity in the Operations Manual as to the faculty status of Lecturers and access to Faculty Dispute Procedures. There was significant discussion of the report by Senators – for example, querying the status of Lecturers at other CIC institutions. It was observed that access to faculty grievance procedures might mitigate non-uniformities in salaries and workloads. This would also help dissipate the current anxiety/fear that refusing additional work and/or responsibilities might result in contract non-renewal. The report will now presumably be taken up by the Faculty Council and, via channels, be directed up the administration totem pole to the Regents and result in changes to the Operations Manual. Stay tuned. There followed an encomium to retiring Senate President Alexandra Thomas and a vote of thanks that was carried by acclamation. Regents awards for Faculty Excellence and the Michael J. Brody award were announced (I didn't get the names). President Thomas made some concluding remarks and the meeting was adjourned.

The first meeting of the 2015-2016 Faculty Senate began immediately with remarks by President Christina Bohannan, Law (VP of the 2014-2015 Senate) and followed by the election results: Vice President (Thomas Vaughn, Public Health) and Secretary (Peter Snyder, Medicine).

 EFC Discussion related to Faculty Senate

The status of the EFC representative will remain the same.

Highlights of Virginia Drake’s presentation

Virginia Drake, ITS Help Desk Team Lead, led her presentation in a Q & A format.


Q:  Can emeritus faculty get operating systems at a discount?

A:  At this time, only students get a discount (and that may end in the foreseeable future).


Q:  Are there discounts for computer purchases?

A:  Everyone can get a discount.  Discounts come through providers (e.g. Apple, Dell)


Q:  Anti-Virus protection …

A:  Anti-virus protection changed when the UI ended its contract with Symantec.  There are good programs listed on the ITS web site.  Windows 8 comes with a built-in anti-virus program.


Q:  Some emeritus faculty are still teaching.  Can they use “Lynda?”

A:  Lynda is an on-line software training program for educators.  Virginia has no idea why emeritus faculty doesn’t have access and she will look into this.  (Secretary’s note:  lynda.uiowa.edu)


Q:  What about use of the UI’s Outlook email?

A:  Emeritus faculty are considered active faculty of the University.  New retirees will still have UIowa email for “a while.”  This may change in the future. Discussion:  Suggest that Virginia look at the EFC web site for info about using email post retirement.

Hawkmail will be changing to Office 365.  Departments should let all faculty know when this conversion takes place.  There will also be information sent out from ITS.


Q:  What about repair service?

A:  All software services are free of charge. Discussion:  possibly update the EFC site (and UIRA) w/ this information and also to remind people that the ITS Help Desk is always available. 


Q:  What is the status of the IRS identity theft/hacking?

A:  500-700 UI individuals were affected by the hack; the origin is still unknown. Discussion:  other attempts at hacking personal computers come via calls “you are having trouble with your computer….” and emails with fraudulent web sites (these often contain typos in the subject line).

Check your anti-spam setting and set to MAX level!


Q:  Does the UI use Twitter, Texting and other social media?

A:  The UI does have a Twitter feed and uses social media.  The only texting is for HawkAlerts and message to students regarding their computers (since often the email account has been closed or they just don’t read email).

The session concluded with the distribution of Virginia’s business card and an offer to be of help in the future.

The meeting adjourned at 10:55 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

April 6, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 9:33 a.m. by President Kuntz. 

Attendance:  Kuntz, Menninger, Johnson Levin, Weingeist, Summers, Gussin, Sharp, Dorfman, Craft-Rosenberg, Boe, Flanagan, Jepsen

Minutes approval –March 2, 2015

Minutes were approved.   It was noted that links to the Rec Building (contained w/in the minutes) should be put on the EFC webpage.

EFC Meeting Speaker – Donham by report to Kuntz

Donham is still trying to reach Richard Saunders as a possible fall speaker.  Menninger noted that the UIRA traditionally hosts Saunders in the fall and perhaps we wouldn’t need to have him to our meeting.

Boe reported that he is still attempting to reach Virginia Drake as a possible speaker for the May 4th EFC meeting.

EFC Elections – Weingeist

Craft-Rosenberg, who must resign her position on the Council, is seeking a nomination from Nursing.

Irwin will run representing the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Gussin is seeking an additional nomination.

EFC Lecture Series – Gussin

The Status of Men and Women in Intercollegiate Athletics: 42 Years after Title IX

Dr. Christine Grant, Professor Emerita,  

Department of Health and Sports Studies

April 14, 2015, 4:00 pm, Tuesday, 101 Biology Building East

A May speaker is still open at this time.

EFC Annual Meeting – Summers/Boe

Monday, May 11th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Jean Robillard will speak.

Brenda Bradley will send out notice with RSVP request.

Emeritus Faculty Questionnaire – Gussin

The purpose of the questionnaire is to determine if there is interest amongst emeritus faculty in serving on various university committees.  This information will be provided to the Provost’s Office and Office of the Vice-President for Research and Development.  The questionnaire was approved and will be placed in the booklet at the Annual Meeting. 

It was noted that emeritus faculty are invited to attend the University’s Fall Convocation in cap and gown.

Committee Reports

Faculty Council meeting 2 March 2015 - Menninger

Leading off was a report by Mark Braun on the state-of-play of the TIER review.  Interested faculty can consult efficiency.uiowa.edu (where the latest update, as of this report, is 6 February 2015).  Among the changes will be new cooperation on Office Supplies and Computer Contracts.  In response to a question about the academic 'case' of Time to Graduation, Braun assured the Council that the emphasis is on removing barriers like limited course offerings and awkward scheduling – administrative bottlenecks that inhibit timely progress.  On-line and summer courses will be considered as methods to widen bottlenecks.  In considering prolonged academic careers, clear distinctions will be made between full-time and part-time students.  Among 'efficiency' issues under consideration are courses where, for example, the faculty meets with students twice a week: could once-a-week meetings suffice if supplemented by on-line work and/or meeting with adjuncts.

The general meeting was interrupted for over an hour by an executive session on state appropriations by Keith Saunders, Office of Governmental Relations and an item ominously titled “Faculty Tracks” by Kevin Kregel, Associate Provost for Faculty.

The general meeting resumed with a discussion of a new policy on Institutional Conflict of Interest (ICOI) – where the University and/or one of its administrative officers (down to level of department chairs) has a financial interest that might be construed as affected by the outcome of faculty research, especially research involving human subjects – by Jim Walker, Associate VP Research.  [There is already in place an individual conflict of interest policy.]  An institutional policy is not required by the NIH but is by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Subjects Protection Programs (AAHRPP).  The proposed U/IA policy would generally prohibit such research – the risk to institutional reputation is great, even the perception of a conflict of interest – or, in the case of an officer's conflict, require divestiture.  Where there are “compelling justifications” for conducting the research, a local Conflict of Interest Committee, appointed by the President, will decide on “stringent and effective” management mechanisms, which will typically require/involve supervision by personnel external to the institution – e.g., an external Institutional Review Board. [This Committee also judges whether a particular proposed project entails an ICOI.]  Conflicts between the ICOI and the Principal Investigator will be resolved by the University President; appeals from that decision can be made to the Board of Regents.  A question was asked about the possibility of external review of ICOIs.  Walker responded that the experience of other institutions is that it is rare to have challenged projects go forward but when they do, external management is the rule.

Keven Ward, Human Resources, presented a printout of the recent “Working at Iowa” survey, limited to faculty responses.  The discussion was brief and suggestions for greater detail were uniformly responded to receptively and politely, but limited by the necessity of checking first with “leadership.”  One Counselor criticized the lack of opportunity for comments on items.  The single result that stood out was the relative dissatisfaction of Associate Professors, relative to other ranks – e.g., “Workloads are distributed fairly in my unit” was disagreed with strongly by 12.9% of Associate, 4.3% by Assistant and 5.7% by Full Professors.

There was a brief description of the final membership of the Presidential Search and Screen Committee, which has yet to have its first meeting.  The “Town Meeting” to elicit qualifications for the position (16 February) was embarrassingly sparsely attended – about 15, including members of the press.  The later meeting for faculty had better luck (according to reports; your reporter was out of town).  One Counselor asked what would happen if all the initially identified candidates were “mediocre”; the answer was “keep searching”.

Library Committee Report, March 9, 2015 - Dorfman

John Culshaw, University Librarian, first gave an update on the libraries.  Regarding strategic planning, action plans and a one-page summary of major goals have been developed.  There will be pop-up windows for computer users to solicit feedback about the library for strategic planning. The library will also solicit feedback from student government groups.

Culshaw noted another development is that loose journals in the library will soon be interfaced with bound journals.

Carmelita Pickett, Associate Librarian, reported on open access journals.  Currently 80 articles on campus have been published this way, and 55 faculty have published.  A question is whether the library should continue to support this, and ask the Provost for additional money for the project.  Eventually the library would have to support this alone.  Regarding the shared print repository, staff are now looking at Springer titles to add.  Volume count is about 5,000 for Springer (there are even more from publishers like Elsevier).  Emphasis in the shared print repository at present is on STEM disciplines, which take up most space in the library.

 Pickett also noted that data have been collected from faculty focus groups regarding strategic planning and are being compiled; student focus groups are next.

Hancher Charter Committee Report, March 6, 2015 - Dorfman

This was a joint meeting with the Hancher Opening Committee.  Staff will move into the building in March 2016 and the cranes will be gone by then.  The committee discussed many possible opening events, but firm decisions have not yet been made.  Ribbon cutting is planned during the weekend of September 8-11, 2016.  Things are going according to schedule!

Miscellaneous Correspondence – Kuntz

Kuntz will send a letter to Kevin Kregel thanking him for meeting with Kuntz and Gussin.

A letter was received from Miriam Gilbert thanking the EFC for our part in establishing the faculty study room at the Main Library.

Highlights of John Culshaw’s presentation

The Main Library Faculty Study Room is now open on the 3rd floor.  A link regarding access is as follows:

http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/forms/faculty-study-rooms/   This information will be posted on the EFC webpage.

By way of introduction, Mr. Culshaw mentioned that he served in various positions at the University of Colorado at Boulder before coming to the UI.

The Learning Commons and other upgrades have reinvigorated the Main Library.  All branch libraries will be updated over time.  1.7 million visitors to all UI libraries suggest that the libraries are still relevant.

Changes to the library’s collections. 

Legacy Print Collection = 4.5 million volumes.  Of that, 225,000 print circulations occurred.
Google Books – we are the last CIC Big 10 University to use this service.  The UI can digitize 80,000 unique to the UI volumes by fall. 

Also possibly 20,000 State documents in cooperation with ISU and UNI.
A digital copy of all works goes into the Hathi Trust, a trust repository.

Subscriptions – 75% of the library budget is for journals.  Some are through “Big Deal” purchases from which we get desired journals but also get other journals (similar to cable or dish tv subscriptions).
Special Collections – rare and unique to UI – it will be a long time before these are digitized.  We will retain the original collections.
Shared-print (journals) repository – a CIC initiative & agreement with Indiana University

250,000 science journals will be stored.  We will have perpetual access for 25 years.
Digitizing Elsevier journals first, then Wiley then Springer.
We can discard digitized journals thus gaining space.

Books and e-books are still purchased and are sometimes user-driven i.e. after a certain number of requests for an item, it might be purchased.
North entrance/gallery space (adjacent to Shambaugh Auditorium) –

 Is to be renovated and will no longer be a “pass-through” space.  It will become a “discreet space” with gallery-quality features. There will be security in the area.  The projected opening will be October, 2015.
This is a $1.3 M project, 2,400 square feet with 1/3 of the cost is being paid by a Carver Trust Grant.
Traveling exhibit will be shown in fall, 2016.  Shakespeare First Folio.  The UI will be the only place in Iowa that the exhibit will be shown.  It will be here for four weeks.

Mr. Culshaw provided a handout listing upcoming events at the Library

Saving History, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library – 4/23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Annual Friends Event, Main Library – 5/6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
UI Mobile Museum and WWII Collections, Main Library - 7/7, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The meeting adjourned at 10:55 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

March 2, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 9:40 a.m. by President Kuntz. 

Attendance:  Kuntz, Johnson, Gussin, Summers, Jepsen, Boe, Stoner, Dorfman, Menninger, Donham & Sharp

Chairman Kuntz began the meeting with reading a newspaper article from 1978 in which Professor Dorfman’s research on faculty retirement was discussed. 

Minutes approval –February 9, 2015

Minutes were approved with minor editorial changes.

EFC Election – Kuntz/Gussin reported that Weingeist is on task w/ nominations.

Emeritus Faculty Lecture Series - Gussin

J. S. Bach's psalm-linked flute gavotte and his closing quodlibet spoof

Betty Mather, School of Music

4-5 pm, March 24

Old Capitol Recital Hall (room only seats 70)

Gussin is working to obtain the required audio support for this presentation.

Speakers - Summers

Spring 2015 EFC meetings – speaker(s) are still being sought for April.  Possibly Richard Sanders or someone from IT (Virginia Drake?).

John Culshaw, UI Librarian for May.  We will probably meet in the library and tour the new Faculty Study following our meeting w/ Mr. Culshaw.

Annual meeting

Kevin Kregel?  Jean Robillard?  Robert Downer (Funding Formula, Presidential Search)?  Alexandra Thomas  (Faculty Senate President/Search Committee)?

Meeting with Kevin Kregel – Kuntz & Gussin

Kuntz reported that Mr. Kregel was receptive to our meeting and said he would look into many of the issues discussed including:

UI Wellness Center – Emeritus Faculty getting ½ price passes.
It was mentioned that there is a Senior Rate at the old Rec. Bldg. (near the Football Complex) of $20/year.*
Participation of Emeritus Faculty on various committees, grants, etc.  The EFC discussed circulating a “form/survey” to assess interest.  We will move forward with this.

*Subsequent to the meeting, Gussin provided the following links to information about the Rec Bldg:

        http://recserv.uiowa.edu/facilities/recreation-building

        http://recserv.uiowa.edu/facilities/recreation-building/recreation-building-membership

Report on Faculty Senate meeting 10 February 2015 - Menninger

University President Mason gave an overview for the next five months of her tenure (she has announced her resignation as President, to take effect at the end of the fiscal year).  One is fund raising; another is managing the planned increase in enrollments.

Enrollments are expected to average 500 new (almost surely undergraduate) students per year for the next five years.  The increase in faculty required for these numbers will be managed at first by appointing lecturers.  New financial resources should be available: more tuition from more students and 'savings' from the TIER efficiency review.  Two new administrators have already been hired for recruiting and other needs entailed by the expected additional student load.  No numbers were given for faculty hiring.  A question was asked about increasing tenure-track faculty but the only substantive response reacted to a later question concerning graduate students: tenure-track faculty will be necessary to supervise them.   Details for recruitment were disclosed: 2600 applicants attended the first “You at UI” program; the importance was stressed of responding to students' “need to feel wanted”.  Apparently, classrooms for additional students are not likely to be limiting in the immediate future (the TIER review may also indicate additional classroom needs).  New living accommodations are being and will be constructed.  Developers are planning new apartment buildings south of downtown.  What does need to be addressed is deferred maintenance.  The gift of the AIG facilities will provide living accommodations in Des Moines.  Any Iowa undergraduate students who transfer to U/IA from AIG will be counted as 'ours' for purposes of the Regents' stress on in-state students; on-line students from Iowa will be similarly counted.

The TIER review is being implemented, at least the business/administrative 'cases'.  U/IA was permitted to respond to the Regents' requests for implementation planning and the local proposals blew those submitted by commercial consultants “out of the water” (according to Rod Lehnerz, acting VP for Finance and University Services).  Administrative personnel worked diligently on these plans while continuing to do their regular duties and their planning was accepted.  Specifics: Deloitte noted that several departmental/unit H/R representatives were doing non-H/R work and suggested concentrating their activities.  H/R management has accepted that view and changes are being planned.  The unique needs of U/IA information technology services will be accommodated; changes are more likely in IT commodities and infrastructure.  Software for class scheduling and classroom allocation has already been purchased.  Three 'academic' 'cases' are being reviewed, although implementation management remains to be decided: time to graduation and distance learning (the only goal mentioned for the latter was revenue); a new Regents Admission Index has been accepted that will accommodate the lack of class rank submitted by some secondary schools.

Athletics Director Barta gave his usual pep talk, stressing their approach: Win, Graduate, Do it the Right Way.  The graduation rate for athletes continues to be better than for the general student population.  Athletics is financially self-sustaining: no General Fund, State Appropriations, Student Fees are used.  Only two of 24 team sports bring in more money than they cost; the extra is used to subsidize the other 22.  In considering the national effort by some to declare athletes as employees, Barta noted if that were to occur, their scholarships would become taxable.  In response to questions concerning injuries to players Barta noted that nationally there were more concussions reported for women's soccer than men's football; doctors who see athletes on or off the field are not hired by coaches; students are given a base-line medical examination when they start playing and after an injury their recovery is judged accordingly – they can't play or practice until their condition returns to the base line.  In response to a question concerning the scandals at University of North Carolina he noted the “dotted line” relationships that athletics has with the university counsel, the provost, etc.  Also he sits with the president's cabinet for periodic meetings.  Student athletes are followed academically by several athletic personnel for compliance purposes.

A report on the “Working at Iowa Survey – 2014” was given by Kevin Ward, Ass't VP Human Resources.  A PowerPoint document was circulated but not projected.  Survey highlights included an overall response rate of 68%, 69% by faculty.  Close to 95% of respondents agree they know work expectations, their contribution to mission and that their unit focuses on customer service.  Respondents agreed (over 80%) they receive support in environment for diversity, acknowledging their good work and receive feedback regularly (also that the feedback is helpful and professional development is encouraged).  85-90% agreed the environment is respectful: institution, supervisors and co-workers.  Finally, overall 92% agree they would recommend UI employment.  On the 'needs work' front, 71-76% faculty agree about units supporting work and personal life, distributing workload fairly and recognizing accomplishments; 76-77% P&S, 65-69% merit employees agree that workload distribution is fair, promotional opportunities/development exist and conflict management is satisfactory.  Questions from Senators tried to break out these numbers from various colleges, especially Medicine, but to no avail.  These numbers are available and are communicated to deans, maybe even to units, but not to the public.

The University of Iowa has been awarded by the Carnegie Foundation a Community Engagement Classification, one of 240 other universities (a 70% success rate for applicants and for a 10-year tenure).

The presidential search committee will include seven faculty, including the Senate President and President-elect.  Faculty will have additional input to the process via a campus forum conducted by the committee (perhaps next week) and during the on-campus interviews and presentations by the finalists. 

Additional EFC discussion:  with regard to more students and fewer tenure track faculty, a concern will be getting undergrads involved in research.  Who will mentor these students?   Additionally, what will be the relationship between the undergraduate and the graduate education?

UIRA Report – Sharp

The next program will be on March 11th, 10-Noon in meeting Room A of the Coralville Public Library.  Jane Drews will present The Internet of Things:  Is Information Privacy a Myth?

Library Committee Report (February 9, 2015) -Dorfman

Head Librarian John Culshaw first reported on strategic planning for the library which will reflect suggestions made by the external reviewers last year.  An internal review committee has been appointed.  The strategic planning period will be for three-years with action plans that may be added or deleted.  There is a plan to have focus groups for input from a broad representation of library users.  Culshaw asked for written feedback from committee members on the proposed mission statement for strategic planning including aspirations and challenges for the library.

Next, Associate Librarian Carmelita Pickett updated the committee on other library activities.  The library has contributed 13,000 items from major publishers to the CIC shared print repository and more items will be added.  Renewals for library loans will be available online rather than onsite starting this year.  There will be a survey distributed (the Ithaka survey) at the end of April to evaluate faculty usage and satisfaction with the library.  The survey is funded by the Mellon Foundation.

Finally the committee visited the new faculty study room on the 3rd floor of the library.  There is WiFi available (but bring your own laptop, iPad, etc.).  The room looks ready to use, with 10 desks and chairs available, bookshelves, one or two easy chairs, and a private bathroom and lockers adjacent.  The plan is to put some decorative items on the walls, which are now a bare white.  The card reader for entering the room is still not available, but will be installed soon.  The committee was pleased with progress, and I thanked Culshaw for his efforts on behalf of the EFC.
 

Senior College Report/Minutes (2/25/15) – Johnson & Donham

PRESENT:  Kelley Donham, Claibourne Dungy, Bea Furner, Al Hood, Peggy Houston, H. Dee Hoover, George Johnson, Val Lembke, Trudi Rosazza, Nancy Williams, Larry Wilson

ABSENT: Lola Lopes

CALL TO ORDER: Peggy called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.

MINUTES: Approved.

TREASURER'S REPORT: Accepted.

Val handed out a year-to-date report of the Senior College Accounts. The July 1, 2014 beginning balance in the Alumni Association account was $13,983.48, and in the UI Foundation account was $33,410.03. The balance in the Alumni Association account as of January 15, 2015 was $41,849.59 and in the UI Foundation account $22,054.82. Val reminded us that there are still 8 unpaid honoraria for spring semester (and one of those is $1200 for a six-week course), and other outstanding expenses such as copying and venue rental. In addition, we make end-of-year donations to organizations that have supported our efforts during the year.

The Committee (Bea, Claibourne and Trudi) that drafted UI Senior College Background and UI Senior College Instructor Information proposals was asked to draft a third statement for coordinators to use to discuss potential course costs and preferred procedures with instructors. Course materials provided and copying costs, in particular, can vary widely. Also discussed was allowing people to register late if the course is not closed due to capacity.

EVALUATIONS:

H. Dee has compiled his report of evaluations for the Basketball course and said this was the best-liked course in his experience. The Johnson County Extension building was a wonderful facility, except that it lacked white boards. It was recommended and approved that we buy white boards for the three conference rooms. H. Dee will look into it.
Al said that attendance was spotty for the Psychological Science course. The instructor is a great lecturer and the evaluations were great. The only negative comments were about the facility (notably the lack of parking) and whether the brochure accurately reflected the course.

COURSES IN PROGRESS:

Peggy reported that the Hormones course with Gene Spaziani is going well, even generating spontaneous applause! Gene provided each attendee with a copy of his book.
Current registration is at 549: Session 1 had 69; Session 2 had 54;Session 3 Cancelled; Session 4 has 47;Session 5=74;Session 6=80;Session 7=63;Session 8=50 full; Session 9=31 full; Session 10=81 full

FALL  AND FUTURE COURSES:  

DRAFT PROPOSALS:

Bea, Claibourne and Trudi presented the two proposals they have drafted: UI Senior College Instructor Information, and UI Senior College Background. These had been sent to the Committee ahead of time and were approved. The backgrounder will be useful for prospective instructors, as well as other situations such as the UI pre-retirement meetings. Trudi will sent the documents in both Word and PDF formats.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Trudi mentioned an upcoming Obermann Center symposium March 5-7, “Energy Cultures in the Age of the Anthropocene.”

George mentioned that Gary Gussin has asked to borrow our microphone system, currently housed at Nancy's.

The next meeting will be at Nancy's, 1929 Hafor Drive, on Wednesday, March 25 at 9:00.

ALL 2015 Programs:

Confirmed:

IWP  (Peggy)
The Aging Eye, Tom Weingeist (Trudi)
Music, Tim Hankewich (Bea)
Don Quixote, Anna Rodriquez (Peggy)
Opera, Kitty Eberle* (I'll check with Lola. I don't see this confirmed in any minutes)

*Not Wednesdays

In the Works for fall:

What's Happening to the Middle Class (Kevin Leicht). Nancy will contact
Law, Bruce Haupert (Val)
Iowa Policy Project and Sustainability, David Osterberg (covering the IPP, how policy is developed, and water quality (Kelley)
Artists/Books/Calligraphy/Paper Making, Tim Barrett's colleagues or graduate students, possibly at Oakdale Lab on a Saturday (Bea will follow up)
Dickens, Teresa Mangum (Trudi)
Football, Nate Kaeding (H. Dee)
Critical Thought, Paul Meyer (Claibourne)
Astronomy, origins of human life, Robert Mutel (Kelley)
Finances, John Spitzer (Bea)
 

Spring, 2016

Status of Other Ideas:

Jazz Series, Craig Kessler (Claibourne) Spring 2016 or fall 2106
Biology of Aging, John Menninger (moved from fall, 2015 since John is moving)
3-D Printing, Ibrahim Ozbalat (George and Kelley)
Hygienic Lab, Chris Atchison (H, Dee)
Anthropology Course on Human Origins, Robert Franciscus, 2nd part, following Mutel's course? (George)
The Personal Genome: Discoveries of ancestry, genealogy and more through direct-to-consumer genetic analysis, with Bryant McAllister (George)

Ideas for future courses:

Climate Change (Connie Mutel)
Infectious diseases we share with animals (Kelley)
Also discussed was a potential course on Iowa City and UI's role in equal rights for both gender and race1-21-2015
Role Frontier Forts played in Iowa (Lynn Alex suggested Bill Whitacre. Larry attended a lecture; on hold for now)
Etruscans, De Puma (suggestion from Mary Gilchrist; H. Dee will attend lecture on February 27)
Susan Schultz, Mental Health in Later Life (Nancy)

New Business – None

The meeting adjourned at approximately 10:50 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

February 2, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 9:38 a.m. by President Kuntz. 

Attendance:  Kuntz, Johnson, Gussin, Summers, Jepsen, Boe, Flanagan, Craft-Rosenberg, Stoner, Weingeist, Dorfman, Menninger, & Sharp

Minutes approval –December 1, 2014

Within the Hancher Committee report,  Susan Wermer’s name was misspelled.   Within the UIRA report, “benefit” was added following “UIRA health.”  Menninger moved/Summers 2nd; minutes were approved as amended. 

EFC Website Subcommittee – Boe, Jepsen & Flanagan 

Discussion continued on keeping lists updated and who has access to the list(s).  There is an ITS website for Emeritus Faculty.  Can we link it to our website?  Weingeist discussed listing deaths on the EFC site.   UI Fac/Staff deaths are listed elsewhere and EFC members have access to those links.

Relative to new retirees, Kuntz sends a letter and Gussin sends an email re: EFC and membership.

The Website Subcommittee presented the following recommendations (with #8 amended during the meeting):

  1. Eliminate the Retirees handbook.
  2. Keep the Retirement FAQ and the Retirees FAQ
  3. Make a direct link to the Human resources page for questions dealing with TIAA-CREF.
  4. Eliminate Community Resources
  5. Replace the Services opportunities with a list of places faculty volunteer from the next survey which will contain places where people volunteer.
  6. Work with Richard Saunders to update the information about retirees health plans and then link directly to their page for information
  7. Create a new link to ITS as they have a page that deals with Emeritus benefits. We can flesh it out more if Steve Fleagle speaks to the EFC council. (He has been invited to speak to the EFC Council but we have not heard back from him yet.)
  8. Include a link to Iowa Now.

Weingeist moved/Summers 2nd to accept the recommendations.  Motion passed.

Hancher Charter Committee Meeting (12/2/14) - Dorfman

Chuck Swanson updated the committee on building progress which is now 45% complete and on schedule.  Progress includes roofing that is started and scaffolding up inside the building. Lots of things need to be done operationally before the building opens and also after it opens since it is much more complicated than the old building.  A “thank you” performance is planned for the construction staff before the opening in February/March 2016 when they will also test everything to see how things are working.

Art work in the new building:  Chuck showed pictures of a beautiful large wall sculpture of recycled materials done by an artist in West Africa which has been purchased. He would also like a piece that reflects the work Hancher does with kids K-12 and others across the state. With the help of Anita Jung in the School of Art and Art History, they have decided on a work done by 7th graders from seven communities across the state; this will be a 20-foot panel collage of ”selfies.”  Chuck asked what we can do to help the kids in these schools remain involved—some ideas are perhaps to send artists there or to create a book for kids about this piece of art.

EFC Elections – Weingeist

Irwin Levin’s term is ending this year and he is eligible for a 2nd term.  The EFC Council requests that Professor Levin state definitively whether he wishes to continue in his position.  Anyone needing to terminate early should let Tom Weingeist know and should also suggest nomination(s) for a replacement.  Please verify with those individual(s) before submitting their name(s).

The Association of Emeritus Faculty annual meeting will be on May 11th (there will be a regular EFC meeting on 5/4).

Emeritus Faculty Lecture Series - Gussin

Medieval Scribes and the Absurdity of Music Notation

            Elizabeth Aubrey , School of Music

101 BBE, 4-5 pm, February 17 

J. S. Bach's psalm-linked flute gavotte and his closing quodlibet spoof

Betty Mather, School of Music

4-5 pm, March 24

Old Capitol Recital Hall (room only seats 70) 

Equality or Sanity in Intercollegiate Athletics? Now is the time to choose.

            Christine Grant

            April ?

FRIC Meeting (2/6/15) - Gussin

Early retirement incentive Program was approved by Regents.  Deadline to apply for early retirement: March 6.  University health care professionals are not eligible.

The Standard & Poor settlement with the State may result in a refund of fees for those who had active TIAA CREF accounts in 2008. 

*FRIC sent a letter to Sally Mason inquiring about consideration of the inclusion of certain procedures specific for transgender employees in UI Choice.  These are procedures that are normally considered cosmetic, but are considered essential for transgender individuals by some health care providers.

*FRIC is being asked to consider whether the University ought to extend health care coverage for procedures relating to retrieval and storage of eggs (and sperm) for future in vitro fertilization for employees who want to delay pregnancy for non-medical reasons.  For example, faculty members may want to delay pregnancy until after a tenure decision, but worry about the possibility of birth defects in embryos produced later.   That concern must be balanced against risks associated with storage of eggs or sperm and/or with IVF itself.  Cost for two cycles of egg retrieval for IVF=$25,000; egg storage costs about $100 a month.

*There are drug treatments available to dramatically reduce the probability of HIV infection among uninfected, at-risk individuals.  The drugs, which cost $1200 per month, are currently covered as Tier 2 drugs by UI Choice, with a 20% co-pay.  Only one University employee currently is receiving this treatment.  FRIC discussed possible ways to encourage more individuals to seek such preventative treatment, but it’s likely that there are no real options that FRIC can deal with.  No data were presented, but it is “thought” that reduction of the number of  individuals who actually have AIDS, and consequent savings for UI Choice (ie., the U of I) would be cost-effective.

Note:  Why should emeritus faculty care about those items indicated by an asterisk?  Extension of coverage for any procedure to a currently uncovered category could entail an increase in premiums for anyone insured by UI Choice (that includes those who are covered by the Medicare supplement provided to emeritus faculty by the University, emeritus faculty who are still covered by UI Choice because their spouses are employees of the University, as well as those partners of emeritus faculty who are currently employed by the University).

Additional EFC comments:  Cost-benefit analysis has not been taken into account. 

Speakers - Summers

·        Spring 2015 EFC meetings

o   John Culshaw, UI Librarian possibly for April.  Summers will investigate reserving a room in the library for our meeting with a tour of the new Faculty Study to follow.

o   Hopefully,  someone from IT for the May 4th meeting.

·        Annual meeting

o   Kevin Kregle?  Jean Robiallard?

Faculty Council Report (1/27/15) – Menninger

The general meeting was delayed approximately 40 minutes by an executive session on state appropriations by Keith Saunders, Office of Governmental Relations.

A presentation on Online Student Evaluations by Annette Beck:  The University will be using a vendor to replace the paper SPOT forms and the Council heard a report on testing the new system by various classes in the fall semester.  Student participation was variable.  Instructors differed considerably in how they encouraged students to complete the evaluations – some offered incentives in the form of “points” toward a final grade.  The question arose whether sufficient numbers of students have hand-held devices so that the evaluations could be done during class.  Those students who don't have access to the internet in class would need to do the evaluations on university computers.  Team-taught courses can apparently be accommodated by evaluations that occur during the semester; otherwise the vendor will use institution-wide limits on when the online exercises can be completed, typically during two weeks at the end of the semester.  Some instructors prefer to receive evaluations after the final exam and this would presumably run afoul of the institution-wide decision on the allowed interval.  Another pilot run on the new system will be held in the spring semester.

There was a presentation on the TIER Efficiency Review.  The current state of play has already been emailed to faculty and there have been press reports as well.  The two academic 'cases' so far presented are Distance Education and Time to Graduation.  As nearly as I can determine, the business 'case' recommendations will be implemented collaboratively among the three Regents institutions.  I was not able to determine whether the academic 'cases' will be independently implemented – that is, managing Time to Graduation at SUI will be done solely by SUI and not collaboratively.  Stay tuned.

Regent Rastatter has challenged the University to rise to 'Top Ten' status among public research universities.  Discussion included how his might be measured and whether this was a realistic goal.  The US News and World Report rankings now use criteria that work against our strengths, unlike in previous years when we made it to #13.  Research activity by faculty seems no longer to count.  The acceptance rate of SUI (80.2%, overall rank 27) was unfavorably compared to that of Ohio State (55.5%, overall rank 15) but this criterion apparently counts for only 10% of the “Undergraduate academic reputation” category, which represents 22.5% of the overall ranking.  The 33.3% weighting from high school counselors also unfavorably compared SUI (3.8) with OSU (4.1).  Since we look good, relative to OSU and ISU, on criteria like student:faculty ratio and small class size, the point was made that requesting additional funds from the legislature might be difficult to justify.  A working group will be formed to establish SUI-specific criteria, which must then be compared with other institutions and sold to the Regents and general public.

Since the search committee for President Mason's replacement has yet to be formed, the discussion of how it might be constituted was necessarily indistinct.  Everyone is hoping for the best and Senate officers are consulting members of prior search committees for suggestions.  The Regents will make the final decisions and current officers seem to have a respectable working relationship with them.

Additional EFC discussion:  Are there still vacancies on the Presidential search committee? (yes).  Is there a place for an emeritus faculty on the search committee?  

Senior College Committee Report (1/21/15) - Johnson

PRESENT:  Kelley Donham, Bea Furner, Al Hood, Peggy Houston, H. Dee Hoover, George Johnson, Val Lembke, Lola Lopes, Nancy Williams,  ABSENT: Claibourne Dungy, Trudi Rosazza, Larry Wilson

CALL TO ORDER: Peggy called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m. MINUTES: Approved.

TREASURER'S REPORT: Accepted.

Val did not have a report. Registrations have been good and he projected that the 484 enrollees at $30 less expenses will net about $5300 for the semester and about $8,000 for the year. Our balance for the two accounts is roughly $53,000. H. Dee mentioned that it's likely the Museum of Art fundraising campaign could be operational by May. If so, the Senior College could make a donation yet this fiscal year. As a reminder, Senior College voted to donate to Hancher and the Museum of Art, two organizations that were badly impacted by the 2008 flood, in recognition of their ongoing support for the Senior College.

SPRING 2015 CLASSES:

  • Registrations, as of January 20: Session 1-69, 2-49, 3-canceled, 4-32, 5-56, 6-71, 7-49, 8-50, 9-31, 10-77. Total 484
  • H. Dee reported that the Basketball course is off to a rip-roaring start. There are 70 is the course, and 65 showed up for the first class. Jess Settle's wife is assisting with the class, and Tom Davis was their guest.
  • Peggy mentioned that she and Al presented a program at Oaknoll which was well received and resulted in additional registrations.
  • Unfortunately, session 3 (Back to Eden? How Writers and Gardeners Negotiate the Divide between Garden and Nature) was canceled since only 7 people signed up. The Alumni Association did extra online promotion to increase the numbers (we should keep this possibility in mind for other occasions).
  • The Session 10 numbers are excellent (Underground Railroad).
  • Gene Spaziani has 50 books to give to his class (currently, 32 are registered, so should not exceed his supply).

FALL 2015 Program Planning (6 confirmed courses):

Confirmed:

  • IWP
  • The Aging Eye (Tom Weingeist)
  • Music (Tim Hankewich)
  • Don Quixote (Anna Rodriquez)
  • Opera (Kitty Eberle)
  • Biology of Aging (John Menninger)

Bea suggested that we not schedule Hankewich and opera the same day. She'll find out when Music Club meets so we don't conflict with their meeting.
Status of Other Ideas:

  • Jazz Series (Craig Kessler). Claibourne. Ask for spring 2016 since we have 2 fall 2015 music classes
  • What's Happening to the Middle Class (Kevin Leicht). Peggy will call
  • Law (Bruce Haupert). H. Dee
  • Tim Barrett. Bea will contact for fall 2015 or spring 2016
  • Climate Change (Connie Mutel). Kelley

New Program Ideas:

  • Iowa Policy Project (Peter Fisher, David Osterberg) (Bea)
  • Sustainability. Perhaps combined into a course with the Iowa Policy Project. Kelley will see Osterberg this evening and broach the idea
  • 3-D Printing. George will approach the professor teaching micro manufacturing
  • Anthropology Course on Human Origins. George will contact potential instructor Robert Franciscus for spring or fall
  • Infectious diseases we share with animals (Kelley)
  • Astronomy course by Bob Mutel (Kelley)

Also discussed was a potential course on Iowa City and UI's role in equal rights for both gender and race

  • Role Frontier Forts played in Iowa (Lynn Alex suggested Bill Whitacre. Larry attended a lecture; on hold for now)
  • Etruscans, De Puma (suggestion from Mary Gilchrist; H. Dee will attend lecture on February 27)
  • Susan Schultz, Mental Health in Later Life (Nancy)

The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 25, 9:00 a.m. at Val's (114 Post Rd).

Additional EFC discussion:  the EFC & UIRA oversees the Senior College however the SC generally operates independently (committee is composed of members from both groups).  The SC Bylaws allow the SC to make donations from their proceeds.

Meeting with Provost Kregel on 2/12 – Kuntz & Gussin

  • Kuntz asked for topics to bring to the Provost:
  • Faculty perks
  • Access to IT
  • Access to the Wellness Center
  • Ways to improve health (workplace health)
  • Review the AEF/EFC organization
  • Inclusion of an emeritus faculty on the Presidential search committee

Main Library Faculty Study – Kuntz

The Faculty Study is nearly ready; desks/chairs, bookcases and easy chairs have been moved in.  Facilities will install a “card reader” to gain access.   Dorfman will ask about wi-fi in the study.

New Business – none

The meeting was adjourned at 10:45 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

2014

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

December 1, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 9:50 a.m. by President Kuntz.  (Late start due to fire “drill.”)

Attendance:  Kuntz, Johnson, Gussin, Summers, Jepsen, Boe, Flanagan, Craft-Rosenberg, Stoner, Weingeist, Dorfman, Menninger, & Sharp

Minutes approval –November 3, 2014

Minutes were approved as distributed.  (Minutes will be sent by Secretary Sharp well in advance of future meetings.)

There will be no Guest Speaker today due to speaker conflict.

Emeritus Faculty Database – Johnson, Boe & Gussin

·         The EFC has an email list

·         The Provost’s office has a list which appears on our website

·         The Problem:  correlation of the two lists  

o   Gussin will continue to monitor both lists making sure that deceased people are removed and updates are sent to Brenda Bradley.  Likewise, Brenda informs us of changes that she receives.   Gussin will route changes to Boe. 

Emeritus Status for Dr. Curtis Hass Kuntz

All related materials were provided at the meeting and discussed.  Motion to confer Emeritus status to Dr. Hass by Saunders with 2nd by Johnson.  Motion passed.

Hancher Committee Report (October 28, 2014) - Dorfman  

Chuck Swanson spoke first about the Committee’s main missions, which are advocacy and advice.  Part of the advocacy mission is helping reconnect students to Hancher, since many don’t know about it because there is no physical building at present.  Advice from the committee can include recommendations on ticket prices, hours of operation, how to use the screens in the new building, rental policies, and training of box office staff.

Swanson then gave an update on building progress and showed renderings of the new building.  The entrance will face south.  Interior features include lots of cypress wood, a grand staircase, a café with terrace, comfortable seating, state of the art lighting, and a rehearsal hall.  There will be 1800 rather than 2500 seats as in the old building, reducing costs and providing greater intimacy.  There was a beam signing ceremony held in September to celebrate one of the steel beams put in place, with Susan Wermer singing and 1,000 people in attendance.   Progress is really being made!

Next, Mitch Overton from the College of Public Health Alumni Relations Office presented the Qualtrics Student Engagement Survey that can be used to survey students about Hancher.  Questions include student interest in attending future Hancher events and present attendance, how students would like to be contacted about events, and types of events they have an interest in attending.  The committee gave input on some modifications to the survey, which will probably be distributed next spring.

Library Committee – Johnson

The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences was completed in 1974, bringing together all the 

health sciences collections in one place. Staff at Hardin are largely involved in public

services, as processing materials, for example, is done at Main Library. Hardin librarians

taught almost 300 sessions last fiscal year, with over 4,700 participants. Workshops are also

offered throughout the year and the outreach librarian travels throughout the state. Hardin

also serves as the central location for simulation-related activity within the health sciences

colleges and UIHC.

Systematic review is a new service that Hardin librarians are providing, assisting

researchers with searching. The John Martin Rare Book Room is also a well-used resource.

Hardin does also serve the general public and is the largest research medical library in

Iowa. Lawrence noted that Hardin meets informally with the 6-7 small departmental libraries

within the college departments/hospital, but there is no formal relationship. Those libraries

mainly provide specialized reference materials and services to their department.

III. University Librarian Updates

A. The Libraries has begun the strategic planning process with the assistance of UI

Organizational Effectiveness. The goal is a brief, flexible plan that with have action plans

to support it. Timeline is to have the plan done by March and then begin the

implementation process.

B. The faculty study room has been carpeted and furnished, but still waiting for the card

reader to restrict the room to faculty access. Lockers will also be installed outside of the

room. The committee will visit the area at the February meeting.

Senior College Committee -Johnson

Johnson provided the following information on Spring, 2015 programs:

 Coordinator

Basketball   H Dee

Thursdays, January 15, 22, 29, February 5

3:00-5:00 p.m.

Johnson County Extension Building, 301 Old Highway 218 South (Fairgrounds)

Registration Deadline                     Class Limit: 80

Psychology                                                          Al, H Dee

Mondays, February 2, 9, 16, 23

1:30 – 3:20 p.m.

S207 Pappajohn Business Building

Registration Deadline:                   Class Limit: 70

Gardening and Literature                                 Nancy

Thursdays, February 5,12,19,26,

1:30 – 3:20 p.m.

70 Van Allen

Registration Deadline:                Class Limit: 80

Hormones and You                                             Peggy

Wednesdays, Feb 11, 18, 25, Mar 4

2:30 – 4:20 p.m.

301 Van Allen

Registration Deadline:                    Class Limit: 84     

G.I. Diseases                                                         Lola

Wednesdays, March 11, 18, 25, April 1

1:00 – 3:00 p. m.

2117 Medical Education and Research Facility

Registration Deadline:                   Class Limit: 100

Shakespeare                                                                   Bea

Tuesdays, March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28

10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Parkview Church

Registration Deadline:            Class Limit: 100

Music Therapy                                                         Clai

Fridays, March 27, April 3, 10, 17

1:30 – 3:20

301 Van Allen

Registration Deadline:                  Class Limit: 50

Comparative Politics                                         Bea

Mondays, March 30, April 6, 13, 20

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

202 Senior Center

Registration Deadline:          Class Limit: 50

Women’s Archives                                            Trudy

Wednesdays, April 8,15,22,29

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

2032 University Main Library

Registration Deadline:                   Class Limit: 30

Underground Railroad                                            Larry

Thursdays,   April 16, 23, 30, May 7

1:30 – 3:20 p.m.

70 Van Allen

Registration Deadline:                Class Limit: 80

UIRA Report – Sharp

Two upcoming programs of interest:

·         12/3 Jane Drews on Protecting personal information at Coralville Library

·         1/9 Donna Parsons on “Magic Mythical Tour:  In Search of the Beatles” at Coralville Library

The UIRA is instituting two awards that will be given at the end of this year:

·         UIRA Outstanding Community Service Award

·         UIRA Outstanding University Service Award

Nominations are being sought.

Gussin reported on the recent UIRA health benefit-sponsored update meeting:

On November 6, two Health Alliance alternatives to UICHOICE for U of I retirees were outlined in a meeting sponsored by the University of Iowa Retirees Association.  Many emeritus faculty attended, so this message is intended primarily for those who were unable to attend.

As an emeritus faculty member, you are entitled to continue using UICHOICE (with the University-provided contribution to your premium) as your Medicare supplemental insurance (sometimes called Medigap).  You can switch to one of the Health Alliance plans now, or wait until next year to switch.  In fact you can switch between a Health Alliance plan and UICHOICE (or the reverse) during any annual enrollment period.   

The Health Alliance plans provide two new options (referred to as PPO and HMO) for U of I retirees (who must be 65 years old or older).  The PPO option would require roughly the same premium $279/month) as the premium you pay for UICHOICE ($264/month, due to the University’s contribution to the premium).  These premiums could change in subsequent years, especially for the Health Alliance plans, because they depend on who enrolls in the plan, what their actual claims are, etc.  [Although Health Alliance is a private company, only U of I retirees are eligible to enroll in one or the other of the two plans.]

 It’s not clear whether the PPO option offers any advantage relative to UICHOICE.   It might be disadvantageous to choose the PPO option if you don’t live in Iowa City, if you spend a large part of the year outside Iowa City, or if you prefer health care providers that are not associated with UIHC and/or are not part of the University Health Alliance (eg., if you frequently get referred by your physician to specialized care connected to Mercy Hospital of Iowa City).  [In addition to UIHC, University Alliance partners are located in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and Des Moines, but Mercy Hospital of Iowa City is not a University Alliance provider].  These considerations relate to each plan’s definition of an “In-Network” and “Out-of-Network” provider.  UICHOICE has a broader definition of “In-Network” especially as it relates to out-of-state care or care in a foreign country.  With both PPO and UICHOICE you can use out-of-network providers, but when you do your contribution to the cost of care is greater. 

If you are an emeritus faculty member with a partner or spouse who currently pays for individual Medicare supplemental insurance through UICHOICE or elsewhere, your partner may wish to explore one of the Alliance Health Care options.

If your partner is not enrolled in Medicare Plan B (eg., is not yet 65 years old), he or she is not eligible for either of the Health Alliance options.

One reason for this communication, is that many emeritus faculty have received mail from Health Alliance describing these options for U of I retirees, which may be confusing because the options are alternatives to UICHOICE.  A decision about whether or not to change plans will require your careful consideration of your personal health care needs, access to particular health care providers, etc.  It may be advisable for you to seek clarification from Health Alliance or the U of I Staff Benefits office.

The proceedings of the November 6 meeting were recorded and will be presented in the near future on University of Iowa television.  For more information, check their schedule to find out when this will happen.  In the meantime, you can access the video of the event at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJmU3Hzyfa4&feature=youtu.be.

We are including some web addresses where you can find additional information:

http://www.uihealthalliance.org/uiha/news/health-alliance-medicare-advantage/
http://hr.uiowa.edu/uichoice/retirees
http://hr.uiowa.edu/benefits/regular-retiree-fpsmse-premiums
http://medicare.healthalliance.org/content/our-plans
http://www.medicare.gov/sign-up-change-plans/medicare-health-plans/medicare-advantage-plans/medicare-advantage-plans.html
 

Communications Committee

Boe & Flanagan are working on revisions to the UI Retiree’s Handboook.

Emeritus Faculty Lecture SeriesGussin

Mechanisms of Adaptation of Bacterial Pathogens to the Human Environment

Michael Apicella (Microbiology)
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm
101 Biology Building, East

The incredible journey of Voyager 1 into interstellar space

            Donald Gurnett

Department of Physics and Astronomy

101 BBE, 4-5 pm, January 20

Medieval Scribes and the Absurdity of Music Notation

            Elizabeth Aubrey

School of Music

101 BBE, 4-5 pm, February 17

J. S. Bach's psalm-linked flute gavotte and his closing quodlibet spoof

            Betty Mather

School of Music

4-5 pm, March 24

Venue to be determined

Equality or Sanity in Intercollegiate Athletics? Now is the time to choose

            Christine Grant

Department of Health and Sports Studies

101 BBE, 4-5 pm, April 14

May – to be determined

EFC Program Speakers - Summers

Two speakers are needed for Spring Semester:  try to reschedule Culshaw.  Other possibilities are Flagle, Jesse, Kregel (see 10/6 minutes)

New Business

At our next meeting, we need to discuss selecting a speaker for the annual meeting.  Possibilities might include Regent Downer, someone from Deloit.

Next meeting:  2/2/15, 9:30a.m.  2520B UCC

The meeting was adjourned at 10:55 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Items carried over to Feb. agenda

Speaker selection for Annual Meeting
 

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

November 3, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 9:35 a.m. by President Kuntz.

Attendance:  Kuntz, Johnson, Gussin, Menninger, Craft-Rosenberg, Stoner, Flanagan, Dorfman , Weingeist, Jepsen

Minutes approval –October 6, 2014

Johnson corrected the URL for the EMFC website: www.uiowa.edu/emeritusfaculty

Emeritus Faculty Lecture SeriesGussin

All dates and speakers are set for the Fall semester and early months of Spring Semester.  The recent lecture by Linda Kerber was well received. Gussin indicated that the following people had made commitments to lecture: Donald Gurnett , Elizabeth Aubrey ,Christine Grant and Betty Bang Mather.

Senior College Committee: Johnson

Johnson had nothing to report as yet.

EFC Program Speakers - Summers

Date: Dec. 1

Kuntz reported that John Culshaw (library) will speak to us on Monday ,Dec 1.

Library Committee Dorfman

Library Committee Report

October 20, 2014

John Culshaw, Head Librarian, introduced Carmelita Pickett, the new Associate Librarian, who will attend our committee meetings.

There were two presentations by library staff.  First, Rob Van Rennes, Head of Acquisitions, gave an update on E-books.  There are 825,000 E-books in our catalogue as of 2013 and $11.1 million of the $14.6 million budget for books was spent on E-books in 2014.  Challenges include digital rights management (e.g., user limits, loan sharing, printing and downloading restrictions, purchasing resources intended for individual devices); publishers don’t like sharing of entire books; cost of E-books.  Acquiring E-books occurs through aggregator packages, publisher packages, individual titles, “knowledge unlatched” (when cost of an item has been met, then it becomes open access).  There are also demand-driven acquisitions such as short-term loans for one day before purchase, if warranted.  Benefits of E-books include buying only what is used, perpetual rights, lots of information available, and tremendous staff savings.

The next presentation was by Kathy Magarrell, Head, Reference and Library Instruction who spoke on library services to students.  Recent activities include a task force formed to look at needs of undergraduate international students in collaboration with the Office of International Affairs, hiring planned for two new undergraduate librarians, working with rhetoric instructors to train the trainers (training leaders of professional development groups in the rhetoric department), checking out chargers, adapters, etc. for student laptop use, workshops of interest to undergraduates, new study rooms at satellite libraries, trying to develop a student council for libraries, and an elective one-hour course on the library focusing on ICON.

Finally, Culshaw noted that strategic planning is underway and the library is looking at various constituencies to help keep them on track.  There will be focus groups for various campus constituencies. They hope to launch the plan before the holidays. Regarding budget, he said fiscal 2016 is likely to be challenging.

(Submitted by Lorraine Dorfman)

Faculty Senate – Menninger

Nobody could attend the last meeting. The agenda and notes are on line: http://www.uiowa.edu/~facsen/archive/index.html

EFC Website - Boe

Boe was not present. Weingeist said the site looked good. He asked about errors in the information about Emeritus Faculty

Old Business

A spirited discussion was held concerning the role of retired faculty in continuing to advise graduate students in their thesis research. It was noted that both the collegiate departments and the Graduate College participated in this process.

Next meeting:  12/1, 9:30a.m.  2520B UCC

The meeting was adjourned at 10:25 a.m.

Minutes by George Johnson substituting for Jamie Sharp

Items carried over to Dec. agenda

The Committee would like to know how the Provost’s office collects data on the Emeritus Faculty. There are errors made in departmental assignment and deceased faculty are not removed from the list of emeritus professors in a timely manner.

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

October 6, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 9:35 a.m. by President Kuntz.

Attendance:  Kuntz, Johnson, Donham, Gussin, Boe, Levin, Schantz, Menninger, Sharp, Craft-Rosenberg, Stoner, Flanagan, Dorfman & Summers

Distribution of agenda, EFC Annual Meeting minutes

Minutes approval – August 25, 2014

Dorfman corrected the Brian Kaskie item to delete the word “faculty.”  The amended minutes (Gussin motion) were approved.

Kuntz distributed copies of the Association of Emeritus Faculty May, 12, 2014 Annual Meeting minutes.  No discussion/action.

Electronic vote re: Charles Ringgold Emeritus Status

Associate Provost Rice provided letters of support from Deans Johnsen and Hand.  The EFC voted by email to support Emeritus Status for Ringgold.  Provost Butler will ultimately act on the request.

Menninger moved/Gussin 2nd:  that the EFC establish as policy that we must have a CV to consider a request for emeritus status when the individual has served less than 10 years.   Motion passed.  It was also noted that adjunct faculty are not eligible for emeritus status. 

Emeritus Faculty Lecture SeriesGussin

All dates and speakers are set for the Fall semester and early months of Spring Semester.  The updated list is posted on the website.  Speaker emphasis is on emeritus faculty who are currently doing research.

Sept/Gilbert program – about 60 people attended.

Donham will seek a speaker from Public Health.

EFC Program Speakers - Summers

Dates:  Nov. 3rd and Dec. 2nd

Suggestions:  *John Culshaw (library); Chris Brus(WISE); Dan Reed; *Richard Saunders or Shelly Kurtz(benefits);*Kevin Kregel (Associate Provost); Maggie Jesse or Steve Flagle (IT); someone from the Board of Regents (re: Deloit)  *=preferred priority

Library Committee Dorfman

Director Culshaw comes to all Library Committee Meetings and is enthusiastic.  The Sept. meeting was an update:

  • The Library Self Study is complete and will be forwarded to the Provost’s office
  • The new faculty study room will be complete by January.  It will be open to all faculty, not just emeritus faculty
  • Renovation of the Main Library exhibition space for permanent and traveling exhibits.  Financing  = ½  from the Carver Trust and ½ from general and gift funds for a total of $1.3M
  • 5th floor gallery “freshened up”
  • Shared Book Repository – journals w/ Indiana University and now books have been added
  • New hire – Associate Librarian Carmelita Pickett

Faculty SenateMenninger  (from email prior to meeting)

This is a selected summary of the proceedings at the last (9/16/14) meeting of the Faculty Senate: those bits of more interest to emeritus faculty.

Provost Butler summarized the Regents' new "Performance-Based Funding" formula for U/IA, ISU, UNI.

Among the points he raised that have not been widely reported (unlike the U/IA shortfall that will result from the new stress on Iowa resident enrollment) are a plan to increase enrollment by 4000 in five years (from 31,000 to 35,000).  Colleges with increased enrollment will receive bonuses.  The intention is to maintain the U/IA reputation (we're #27 in the current poll!).  Facilities Planning believes the architectural resources are already sufficient to accommodate the larger enrollment.  Not discussed was the issue of courses offering laboratories or other exercises that require architecture other than lecture halls or classrooms with desks.

The Regents Admission Index will be altered to account for the experience that many large secondary schools no longer rank their students [class rank was an important component in the RAI].

Erika Lawrence and Richard Fumerton discussed the TIER Efficiency Review (by Deloitte).

The component of this review concerning academic programs was sub-contracted out and the sub-contractor has been relieved of duties; a replacement will be chosen.

"Business Cases" for administrative activities have been prepared, will be released on Friday (9/19/14) and a meeting with Deloitte will be held next Monday.  The original schedule was to have a public meeting on the cases 10/15/14 and a Regents' meeting (with decisions?) on 10/22-23/14.   The Faculty Council has protested about the pace of consideration of these "cases" and Mark Braun (Regents' point person on TIER) is said to report that matters will be slowed down to receive faculty input. 

Several of the "cases" have to do with IT services.

Kevin Ward presented an upcoming "Working at Iowa Survey".  It will be held 10/14-28/14 on line, comprise 20 items and will be important.  Everyone is encouraged to lobby colleagues to participate (the goal is 70% of 15,000 employees).  Results will be available in the new year and will broken down to unit level (provided at least 15% of unit participates).

Meeting discussion:  Regarding the Deloit proposals, check out reports on the areas affected – Finance, IT & HR.  Also, concern at the FRIC meeting regarding fringe benefits recommendations.

Northwest University Provost Inquiry – Kuntz

NU wanted to know what kinds of space and support we have from the UI.  Kuntz will reply.

EFC Website - Boe

Show and tell of updated site at www.uiowa.edu/emeritusfaculty  .  Council members should go to the site for review and provide feedback to Boe.  Agreement that this revised site should be the official site of the EFC/EFA.  An email will be sent from the Communicatins Committee to all EFA members.  Brenda Bradley has provided excellent support. 

A short discussion of the Faculty Handbook ensued.  It probably needs to be updated (last 2010); should we be the ones to do it?

Sharp asked about our e-list and use by College reps to send info to colleagues:  the list can be sorted by colleges.  The group decided that monthly meeting speakers should primarily be for the EFC.  Isolated guests would be welcome however, we don’t have space to accommodate large groups.

New Business

Donham reminded the group that policies regarding retiring faculty continuing to advise graduate students and remaining as PI’s on grants still needs to be discussed.   Craft-Rosenberg questioned if there is anything in the Faculty Handbook; Donham reported not finding anything.

Info will be sought and brought back to the Nov. meeting.

Next meeting:  11/3  9:30a.m.  2520B UCC

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Items carried over to Nov. agenda

Retired faculty advising students and PI on grants

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

August 25, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 9:35 a.m. by President Kuntz.

Attendance:  Kuntz, Johnson, Donham, Gussin, Boe, Levin, Schantz, Menninger, Sharp, Craft-Rosenberg, Stoner, Flanagan, Weingeist & Summers

Distribution of agenda, membership & committee lists

Election 

Kuntz and Gussin have agreed to continue in their current leadership roles if it is the will of the group.

Boe moved, Levin 2nd to elect Kuntz as President and Gussin as Vice President.  Motion passed.

Minutes approval – July 18th

This was an informal meeting called by President Kuntz.  No formal minutes were recorded.  New council members were introduced and some committee positions were filled.  Minutes will be provided in the future.

Committee Assignments

Committee representatives were finalized.  The updated list will be posted on the website.  Liaisons will be notified of respective meetings or they can look them up on the committee websites.

Other potential committees   

Entertaining foreign students

Discussion groups (e.g. book group)

             Event group(s) in Des Moines

EFC Website

Boe will take the lead on updating the site.  He has already provided an email that identifies several problem areas and those that need updating.  Johnson also submitted suggestions for updates. 

Flanagan noted that meeting minutes go back to 2000.  Do we need to keep that many years on the site?   It was agreed to keep all the minutes on the site as they don’t take up much space and they provide easy access to historical records.

EFC Newsletter – Gussin

Discussion re: a monthly e-newsletter that would provide updates from committee reports.  A newsletter could be in conjunction with the website. 

Emails would have to be accurate to reach everyone if there was a separate distribution.

Emeritus Faculty benefits Kuntz

Suggested areas of benefits :  ITS support; Iowa Live Well Program; Wellness Center and Tennis courts (free or discounted membership); parking/universal lot key card.

Council members agree that there should be no distinction between faculty and emeritus faculty w/ regard to benefits. 

FRIC should be an ally  w/ EFC because when emeritus faculty are healthy, they potentially will use less health care.

Kuntz and Gussin will meet with the Associate Provost.

(Note:  Brenda Bradley is our liaison in the Provost’s office)

EFC Questionnaire

Irwin & Dorfman will take the lead on this. 

The annual questionnaire gathers information about emeritus faculty activities.  The survey could potentially seek info about who might use the benefits we are seeking e.g. Wellness center, tennis courts, etc. 

Emeritus Faculty Lecture SeriesGussin

All dates and speakers are set for the Fall semester and early months of Spring Semester.  The updated list will be posted on the website. 

Brian Kaskie proposal

Kaskie has asked the EFC (through conversation w/ Kuntz) to consider endorsing a senior residence facility in Iowa City.  This would be a commercial venture. 

The EFC is not interested in endorsing this proposal.  Anyone wishing to contact Mr. Kaskie can do so at brian-kaskie@uiowa.edu .

University Library proposal Kuntz

Kuntz has continued contact w/ John Culshaw, Head Librarian, regarding a designated room in the main library for emeritus faculty to use.  In an 8/6/15 email, Culshaw reports that a work order for readying a room on the 3rd floor, north end has been issued.  Target for completion is 2/15.  Council members are encouraged to “use it or lose it.”  Professor Linda Kerber is one person who really wants to use the room when it is available.

AROHE MeetingKuntz

This bi-annual meeting took place in Minnesota and was attended by reps from college and universities nation-wide.   There were plenary and panel sessions.  Kuntz has program materials for those who wish to review them.

New Business

Donham noted that policies regarding retiring faculty continuing to advise graduate students and remaining as PI’s on grants are vague.  Some colleges allow continuance, however this is not consistent across all colleges. 

It was noted that an EFC founder, James Clifton, died recently. 

Next meeting:  10/6  9:30a.m.  2520B UCC

The meeting was adjourned at 10:55 a.m.

Items carried over to Oct. agenda

Other potential committees  

EFC Newsletter

Retired faculty advising students and PI on grants

Minutes by Jamie Sharp

Campus Planning Committee
attended by Irwin P. Levin
April 21, 2014

I attended the meeting of the Campus Planning Committee (CPC) held at the University Services Building on 21 April 2014. Chaired by John Beldon Scott, the meeting was attended by about a dozen people.

CPC is charged with providing advice on general policies concerning the University’s physical campus and facilities, as well as on specific proposals for new buildings/facilities and major revisions in ongoing projects.

Most of the meeting time was spent discussing two football-related projects. The first is the installation of an expanded antenna system at Kinnick Stadium designed to improve the ability of fans to use cell phones, text messaging, and e-mail access while in attendance. This was deemed important in order to maintain fan satisfaction and for safety reasons when messages might need to be sent quickly and clearly. The new antennas would be placed at about 20 new locations on flagpoles around the stadium and would be unobtrusive. The committee approved going forward with this project in the fall at Kinnick and perhaps in the future at Hawkeye-Carver Arena. The considerable expense would be handled by the Athletic Department and its sponsors and not by general university funds.

The second issue concerned the naming of the planned Football Performance Center. A name has been proposed and is awaiting final approval from the Board of Regents. CPC voiced its approval though some members were not entirely happy with the aesthetics of the Center. One member quipped that it looked like a box.

Additionally, the naming of a future Residence Hall is moving forward, again depending on approval of the Board of Regents.

Other items mentioned just briefly were progress on the new Pharmacy Building plans—CPC expects to see design plans in the near future, banner installation in the Lindquist Center, the status of Herky on Parade (a planned summer event), and preliminary plans for a new Psychology Building.

For the Emeritus Faculty Council,
Irwin Levin

EFC Minutes

March 3, 2014

Members attending:  Warren Boe, William Buss, Claibourne Dungy, Douglas Flanagan, Rose Marie Friedrich, Gary Gussin, Ken Kuntz, Irwin Levin, John Menninger, Robert Summers, Tom Weingeist

Members absent:  Lorraine Dorfman, Benny Hawkins, Nancy Sprince

The EFC meeting in room 2520B of UCC was opened at 9:35 a.m. on Mar. 3, 2014 by Gary Gussin since Ken Kuntz was inadvertently delayed by traffic. Once Ken arrived, he continued with the planned agenda.

I. Minutes from Nov. 4 and Dec. 2, 2013 EFC meetings were approved

II. Tom Weingeist presented information bearing upon forthcoming EFC elections:

EFC members who may run again since currently they’re in their 1st term, 3d year:

Both Gary Gussin (CLAS, on Research Council and FRIC) and Tom Weingeist (College of Med., on Elections Comm. & Faculty Senate/Council) are willing to serve a 2d term.

William Buss (College of Law, on Hancher/Art Museum Comm. & FRIC) prefers not to continue, but is willing to reconsider if a replacement cannot be found.

EFC members who must be replaced, completing their 2d term, 3d year:

Claibourne Dungy (College of Med., on Annual Meeting comm. & Senior College),

Rose Friedrich (College of Nursing, on Campus Planning & Faculty Senate/Council), and Nancy Sprince (College of Public Health, on Libraries Comm. & UIRA Liaison). 

Members were urged to seek new candidates from respective colleges and the Chair requested that these candidates should agree to serve before being place on the ballot. Voting is limited to the college applicant’s previous college affiliation. A Graduate College Rep needs to be found since Ray Muston stepped down. Moreover, Warren Boe, recently appointed, needs to stand for election. 

III. UIHC Patient Care: Tom Weingeist has interacted with the UIHC administration regarding concerns of patients and the possibility of a dinner meeting including up to 30 persons that has been offered by the hospital to discuss concerns and potential improvements in service. EFC members voted to accept the invitation. 

IV. Gary Gussin reported on his efforts to bring emeritus faculty email addresses up to date. He also mentioned the success of the first Emeritus Faculty Lecture by Richard De Puma on February 27. There was continued enthusiasm to extend this proposal to a series. Tom Weingeist and Irwin Levin volunteered to serve on a committee to invite additional high quality lecturers with interesting topics for the series. Publicity will be arranged for the DI, “Iowa Now,” DEOs, Deans, Oaknoll, and the EFC website.

V.  The Annual Meeting/Monthly Program Committee will invite speakers for the next EFC meeting on April 7 and the Annual Emeritus Faculty meeting on May 12. 

VI. President Kuntz closed the meeting at 11:20 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by Robert Summers, MD

2013

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, December 2, 2013
2520B UCC

Present: Rose Friedrich, Gary Gussin, Benny Hawkins, Ken Kuntz, Nancy Sprince, Robert Summers, Tom Weingeist.

Absent: William Buss, Lorraine Dorfman, Claibourne Dungy, Douglas Flanagan, David Jepsen, Irvin Levin, John Menninger.

Call to Order: Ken Kuntz called the meeting to order in Room 2520B, UCC, at 9:35 a.m. Since nobody present was disposed to serve as secretary for this meeting, Kuntz suggested that he jot down notes during the next 90 minutes and turn them into these minutes, adding that he didn’t want this procedure to set precedent.

Minutes: The minutes of the November 4 EFC meeting, written by John Menninger, were not approved at this time since Kuntz had failed to circulate them to the full membership of EFC. He will do so within the week in order that the November 4 minutes, along with these minutes, may be approved at the next EFC meeting.

Kuntz turned the council’s attention to the resignations of Ray Muston and Gerald Rose. Though these resignations were not news at this time, some discussion was needful regarding their replacements. Since Muston was serving on the EFC Elections Committee, his leaving that committee poses no problem since Benny Hawkins, Robert Summers, and Tom Weingeist remain on that committee. The other committee on which Muston served was the EFC Communications Committee (emeriti listserve, website, handbook). Again, Muston’s leaving this committee poses no problem since Douglas Flanagan and David Jepsen serve there.

With regard to Gerald Rose’s resignation, the issue was somewhat more serious. Rose was the only EFC representative to Recreational Services. It was recommended that Kuntz send an email to those absent at today’s meeting to ascertain whether someone among the absentees would be willing to take Rose’s place. Moreover, Rose was an EFC liaison to UIRA. Since Nancy Sprince is the other liaison and Ken Kuntz regularly attends UIRA board meetings, Rose’s departure from EFC poses no problem.

Kuntz reported that Gerald Rose recommend that Warren Boe, Emeritus Professor in the College of Business, serve as his replacement. In a phone conversation with Boe, Kuntz learned that Boe is willing to serve as Gerald Rose’s replacement, but an appointment this morning made it impossible for him to attend today’s meeting. Boe’s willingness to serve was well received by EFC members today since they are well aware of Boe’s talents and previous helpfulness to EFC. It was recommended that he be placed on the Communications Committee.

Discussion next turned to potential speakers for the 3 March 2014 EFC meeting. Claibourne Dungy recently emailed Kuntz that the Annual Meeting and Program Committee had settled on seven possibilities: Gary Barta (Director of UI Athletics), Chris Brus (on the Women in Science and Engineering Program), John Culshaw (the recently hired University Librarian), Matt Hayek (Mayor of Iowa City), Lynette Marshall (President & CEO, University of Iowa Foundation), Dan Reed (Vice-president for Research and Development), and a local representative from TIAA-CREF. Kuntz suggested that each EFC member present today vote for three of these seven candidates. John Culshaw, Dan Reed, and Chris Brus received the most votes (Culshaw: 6; Reed: 5; Brus: 4). This vote determines their rank order: Culshaw, then Reed, then Brus. Soon Kuntz will report these results to Claibourn Dungy so that his committee can promptly firm up plans for a 3 March 2014 speaker.

Moreover, Kuntz was urged to request Dungy and his committee to turn their attention in the near future to recommending a speaker for the annual meeting of the Association of Emeritus Faculty scheduled on 12 May 2014. Two speakers were recommended: Matt Hayek, Mayor of Iowa City, and a Representative from the Board of Regents.

At 9:55 the discussion turned not to a general discussion of a possible AEF-UIRA merger (based on arguments for and against that Kuntz had assembled in a document [‘Collective Reflections about a Possible Merger of AEF and UIRA] that he circulated as an email attachment to EFC members two days ago. Rather, it was agreed that what was more pressing was Gary Gussin’s E-mail Proposal which EFC members also received at that time.

Of the five items in Gussin’s proposal, two received close attention. Gussin recommended that several EFC members briefly report on the accomplishments of their committees at the annual meeting of the AEF. Admittedly, there would not be enough time for all EFC members to speak, but a representative group of EFC members could report. This would ensure that AEF members, who have rather little contact with AEF other than attending the annual meeting and luncheon, might gain a better understanding of what EFC is doing and why that matters to both the AEF and the University as a whole.

The other item in Gussin’s proposal that was discussed had to do with several faculty members being invited to speak as part of an Emeritus Faculty Lecture Series during the spring 2014 semester, when they could articulate their research in ways understandable to non-specialists. Two meeting times were suggested: 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. On balance, it was thought that the turnout would be better if these presentations were made at 4:30 p.m. Gussin volunteered to work with the Program Committee in the near future to implement this plan (at the close of today’s meeting, Gussin spoke informally with Benny Hawkins and Robert Summers to invite their input).

Gussin’s proposal that the EFC create its own e-mail distributed newsletter (no more than two pages) was briefly discussed but no action was taken. It was agreed that such a newsletter would be salutary in giving EFC greater visibility.

At 10:15 Chaden Djalali, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, joined the meeting. He spoke informally to the EFC for roughly 25 minutes. He reported that his first year as dean was quite busy since it was often necessary for him to be out of town engaged in fund-raising.

The dean reported that the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences hopes to raise $120 million in funds in the near future. To date, approximately $92 million has been pledged. Thus this cause is advancing nicely. Dean Djalali also spoke briefly about the following: on-line communication as a currently expanding enterprise; faculty salaries at UI not being competitive though the University still benefits from a large applicant pool of persons who perceive the UI as a first-rate university; the need for transparency and openness so that a ‘us vs. them’ mentality doesn’t prevail as UI faculty and administration interact; a realization that some small departments at UI find their equivalents in programs (not departments) at other universities; and a concern that lecturers not be perceived as second-class citizens and that their number (roughly 10% of the faculty at present) be maintained but not increased (the percentage at many other universities is notably higher). As Dean Djalali left the meeting, EFC members expressed their gratitude for his taking the time to attend today’s meeting.

A few minutes remained for the board to deal with loose ends. Since no EFC meeting is scheduled for January, our next meeting is slated for 3 February 2014, 9:30-11:00 a.m. in room 2520B, UCC.

Respectfully submitted
J. Kenneth Kuntz

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, November 4, 2013
2520C UCC

Members present: William Buss, Lorraine Dorfman, Claibourne Dungy, Douglas Flanagan, Rose Friedrich, Gary Gussin, David Jepsen, Ken Kuntz, Irwin Levin, John Menninger, Ray Muston, Gerald Rose, Nancy Sprince, Tom Weingeist.

Members absent: Benny Hawkins, Robert Summers.

The EFC meeting in room 2520C began at 9:30 a.m.: Presiding, EFC president Ken Kuntz reported that Rose Friedrich, who attended a meeting of Faculty Senate on Oct. 22, will send him notes on that meeting in the near future that can be appended to these minutes. Moreover, Rose Friedrich, who took minutes at the 13 May 2013 meeting of AEF, will send them to Ken once she has slightly revised them.

Speaker for 2 December 2013 EFC meeting: It is hoped that Chaden Djalali, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, can attend and speak for 45 minutes. As yet he hasn’t responded to the e-mail that Claibourne Dungy sent him. Claibourne will write him again imminently. Should Chaden not respond or be unable to attend our Dec. 2 EFC meeting, Claibourne will search for another speaker.

Communicating with AEF members: Soon Kuntz will appoint a three-member committee to consider what the EFC might wish to communicate to members on its mailing list. Though Gary Gussin does not wish to be a member of this committee, he is willing to serve as a consultant.

Room 605, Jefferson Building: Presumably, the Provost Office has a key for room 605 in the Jefferson Building (one with desks and file cabinets) available for use by the EFC and the UIRA. Kuntz will reconnoiter the room and report back to EFC.

Forthcoming meetings: It was thought that the Provost Office should have the financial ability to fund a rep. from EFC to attend the annual Big Ten Retirees’ Organizations meeting scheduled in August 2014 at University of Minnesota. Immediately following that event, a meeting of AROHE will also take place at the U of Minnesota.

Respectfully submitted, 
Ken Kuntz

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, October 7, 2013
2520B UCC

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Ken Kuntz at 9:30 a.m.

Members Present: Lorraine Dorfman, Claibourne Dungy, Douglas Flanagan, Gary Gussin, David Jepsen, Ken Kuntz, Irwin Levin, John Menninger, Ray Muston, Nancy Sprince, Robert Sommers, Tom Weingeist.

Members Absent: William Buss, Rose Friedrich, Benny Hawkins, Gerald Rose.

Introduction of members: President Ken Kuntzextended a special welcome to new members Dave Jepsen, Bob Summers, John Menninger, and Doug Flanagan.

Acting Secretary: Ray Muston volunteered to act as secretary for the day.

Approval of minutes: Minutes of the 9 September 2013 EFC meeting - Tom Weingeist had forwarded minutes for the September meeting electronically. Approval will be postponed until the November meeting.

Announcements: UIRA invitation to EFC members to attend a reception for retirees hosted by President Sally Mason, Thursday, October 10, 3:30-5:00 p.m. (remarks at 4:15 p.m.), Wyrick Rotunda, Levitt Center, rsvp by October 7 to Nancy Williams.

Speakers for EFC Meetings: The chair suggested we limit speakers to two per semester with approval of the council. It was generally agreed. Persons recommended for potential speakers include Chaden Djalali, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Ken Starck and/or Nancy Williams, representatives to the Big 10 Association of Retirees held at the University of Michigan last August. After discussion, it was also suggested that a policy level representative of Instructional Technology be invited to bring the Council up to date on current services of ITS available to Retirees and Emeritus Faculty. The program committee will pursue that potential.

Research Council (September 17, 2013): Gary Gussin VP for Research Office has been moved to 2nd floor of Old Capitol Center. Open House to visit new facilities will be 2-4 pm, Friday, Oct. 11. VP for Research is establishing mechanisms for rewards and recognition of faculty, post-doc and graduate student achievements. Awards (research or artistic breakthrough of the year, outstanding faculty research, entrepreneurial innovation, etc.), which will involve one-time cash awards, will be presented in a grand ceremony once a year.

Library Committee report: Lorraine Dorfman summarized a report on new facilities and services of University Libraries (see attached report). Discussion of the report included concerns related to the reduction of library carrels for emeritus faculty as a consequence of space limitations. It was noted that a current shift of digital services and resources may be important to emeritus faculty. Those who wish to sustain professional development and links to university activities through software and technical training resources may want access to ITS software and training programs. It was suggested that a query be made of the Provost’s Office to clarify emeritus access to ITS services and programs.

The committee met on Sept. 13, 2013. The new head of libraries, John Culshaw, was introduced. He reported going to lots of meetings (14) since arriving Aug. 1, attending two President's Club receptions, and visiting several academic departments in an effort to know better what is going on at the university. Culshaw reported on his attendance at the National Directors of Research Libraries meeting, which focused on transitioning to the digital age and new challenges such as still having a lot of print materials, microfiche, etc., to deal with and increasing open access.

His initial priorities for the libraries this year include (1) the self-study, which is an opportunity to show what has been accomplished since the last review in 2006; (2) organizational planning for the libraries overall, with emphasis on current and planned structure; (3) space issues because the library is filled to the brim and must be reduced; and (4) emergency planning, e.g., for evacuation.

The committee concluded its meeting with a tour of the new Learning Commons, which is now open. It is very impressive!

Request for Emeritus Status: Following a summary of qualifications and service to the University and recommendations from her department head and dean, the council voted unanimously to recommend emeritus faculty status to Robin Hemley (Motion by Weingeist and Second by Muston).

FRIC Report: Gary Gussin reported on proposed changes to Delta Dental coverage under consideration by the Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee. He also briefed the Council on rebate matters. There will again be rebates (av. about $50-100) from TIAA-CREF for past “administrative savings”. Rebates will be credited to current accounts in proportion to participants’ current equity. Only accounts that have not been annuitized will be considered.

Changes to Delta Dental policies are being considered. An increase in amount reimbursed by Delta Dental for orthodontia, implants, etc., from 30% to 50% has been recommended. A plan for preferred providers is being considered whereby a provider who agreed to a 25% reduction in fees would be considered a preferred provider who, presumably, would benefit by attracting more patients. Insured individuals could still select “non-preferred” providers who would charge the normal approved fees, which would be reimbursed at normal rates by Delta Dental.

Engineering Representation on EFC: Ken Kuntz and Gary Gussin shared results of their efforts to identify a representative of the College of Engineering to serve on the Council. It was decided to postpone further action on this item until the next election cycle.

Emeritus E-mail List: Gary Gussin will work with provost staff to explore ways to expand the list of e-mail addresses of emeritus faculty. The goal will be to increase interpersonal communication with colleagues.

Emeritus Faculty Survey: The council discussed ways to streamline future surveys of emeritus faculty. Our latest effort resulted in responses from 169 retired faculty. It was also noted that a substantial number of faculty began to respond but did not complete the survey. Perhaps a shorter survey would result in better feedback from our constituents.

EFC website: A question was raised about ways to upgrade our website, Nancy Sprince and Ray Muston shared background on the changes made in the web site three years ago with considerable help from Provost Office staff. They emphasized the importance of finding a way to ensure timely and consistent updating of content on the web site and noted that President Ken has a greeting posted on the front page as well as his photo. It would be good to collect photos and biographical information to post for new members of the council. Members are encouraged to visit the website and familiarize themselves with current links and content. Suggestions for “News” items that may be posted should be sent to Ray Muston.

Announcements: Council members were reminded that it is their responsibility to contact their respective university committees to ask that they be included on meeting notices as representatives of the EFC.

The EFC-UIRA ‘Merger’ Committee will meet from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in the Iowa City Public Library on October 9. Interested council members are invited to attend.

New Business: Members were reminded that flu shots are not available free to emeritus faculty but are covered through Medicare.

Next EFC meeting: The next meeting of the council will take place on 4 November 2013, 9:30-11:00 a.m. in 2520B, UCC (Please note the change of room).

Adjournment: 11:00 a.m.

Respectfully Submitted: Ray Muston, Acting Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, September 9, 2013
2520B UCC

Gary Gussin served as the leader of the group in Ken Kuntz’ absence.

Members present: Lorraine Dorfman, Claybourne Dungy, Douglas Flanagan, Rose Friedrich, Gary Gussin, Benny HawkinsDavid JepsenJohn Menninger, Gerald Rose, Nancy Sprince, Robert Summers, Tom Weingeist [new members in bold type].

Members Absent: William Buss, Kenneth Kuntz, Irwin Levin, Ray Muston.

The meeting was called to order by Gary Gussin at 9:30 a.m.

Introduction and welcome of new members (highlighted in bold above): It was noted that there is no member of the EFC from the College of Engineering. A suggestion was made to have the CE Dean identify someone from its faculty to attend meetings without being able to vote.

Election of Secretary: Since there were no volunteers, Tom Weingeist agreed to write the minutes, but indicted that a number of issues precluded him from doing a good job: left-handedness, recovering from a left total arthroplasty which makes writing and typing painful, dyslexia and diminished hearing. “May I say more.”

It was proposed that two unspecified people alternate taking minutes. All agreed that Rose Friedrich did a superlative job during the past two years, but she pleaded to be spared of further secretarial work.

Minutes of the last EFC Meeting were approved unanimously after minor corrections.

Announcements, Handouts: E-mail address roster of EFC members were circulated for additions and corrections. A tentative list of committee appointments was announced.

How to report committee activities to the EFC – brief reports would be written and submitted to Ken Kuntz for review soon after attending meetings. They would then be sent to Brenda Bradley in the Provost’s Office.

How to know when committees meet – dates, times, and location of meetings are listed in the Website for the Faculty Senate http://www.uiowa.edu/~facsen. This site has a great deal of useful information. It would be particularly useful for new members to check it out and bookmark pages such as committee schedules, minutes from committees, etc.

Old Business: Faculty survey and merger of EFC and URIA were mentioned and will await Ken Kuntz’ direction.

New Business: Discussion occurred regarding possible ways to augment the list of e-mail addresses among retired faculty so that costly regular postage could be avoided. In the recent survey of faculty only 160 responses were completed out of a potential of nearly 700. It is likely that the numbers of e-mail addresses will require a postcard mailing in combination with members seeking lists from individual colleges and departments by members of the EFC.

There was a brief discussion about whether it was useful to have speakers at each of our monthly meetings. A consensus indicated that more effective business could be done if we had invited guests every other month.

Next EFC meeting: The next meeting of the council will take place on 7 October 2013, 9:30-11:00 a.m. in 2520C, UCC.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:50 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Tom Weingeist

Minutes for the AEF Annual Meeting

May 13, 2013
2520D UCC

Call to Order: Gerald Rose, Emeritus Faculty Council (EFC) President, called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks: Gerald Rose welcomed attendees to the meeting, with special recognition to Provost Barry Butler (who would arrive shortly) and acknowledgement of the founding members who were present.

Introduction of Council Members: Gerald Rose introduced the members of the EFC for 2012-2013.

Gerald Rose (EFC President), Business
Laird Addis, Liberal Arts & Sciences
William Buss, Law
Lorraine Dorfman, Liberal Arts & Sciences
Claibourne Dungy, Medicine
Rose Friedrich (Secretary), Nursing
Gary Gussin, Liberal Arts & Sciences
H.D. Hoover, Education
Kenneth Hubel, Medicine
Irwin Levin, Liberal Arts & Sciences
Ray Muston (Vice President), Graduate College
John Rosazza, Pharmacy
Nancy Sprince, Public Health
Jerry Walker, Dentistry
Thomas Weingeist, Medicine

Gerald Rose thanked Warren Boe for his expertise and service to the organization in setting up the new data base of Association of Emeritus Faculty (AEF) email addresses and software that were used in conducting the “e-survey” of members as well as the nominations for and election of new EFC members.

Introduction of Staff: Brenda Bradley and Debbie Milsack, from the Office of the Provost, were introduced and thanked for their contribution to the functioning of EFC, including serving as the web liaison, planning and serving today’s luncheon and other tasks that keep the organization running smoothly. Kris Yows was thanked for her work setting up the AEF email data base.

Minutes of AEF 2012 Annual Meeting: Rose Friedrich noted that Claibourne Dungy’s name was missing from the list of 2011-2012 EFC members and recommended making this correction. It was moved to accept the minutes as corrected. The minutes were unanimously approved.

Report of the Election Committee: Thomas Weingeist announced the results of the EFC election. The new representatives include:
 

1. Doug Flannigan, Pharmacy
2. Benny Hawkins, Dentistry
3. David Jepsen, Education
4. Kenneth Kuntz, Liberal Arts & Sciences
5. John Menninger, Liberal Arts & Sciences
6. Robert Summers, Medicine
7. Lorraine Dorfman, Liberal Arts & Sciences (second term)

Report on the Emeritus Faculty Council 2012-2013: Gerald Rose
 

  1. In an effort to encourage all our members to become more aware of how they can help the AEF more fully accomplish its goals of contributing to the University of Iowa and the needs of retirees, we have made a major effort to improve communications. This year we attempted to enroll all AEF members in our email data base so that we could provide more timely and complete information about matters that would be of interest to retired faculty. Messages can be sent to the EFC using our new email address, EFC@UIowa.edu. Please use this communication option to let the council know your ideas, concerns and preferences as well as to ask us questions or make requests. If you have not enrolled in the AEF email data base go to https://provost.uiowa.edu/apps/forms/EmeritusEmail.aspx to do so.
  2. A second emphasis has been the relationship between the U of I’s two retiree organizations, the AEF and the University of Iowa Retirees Association - UIRA. Over the past several months, the Emeritus Faculty Council has discussed the possibility of the AEF forming a single organization with the UIRA. Any such merger would require the approval of the membership of the AEF as well that of the UIRA. Both organizations have similar goals, service to retirees and to the U of I. The difference is the relative emphasis they place on the two goals. Combined, emeriti and UIRA communications to the U of I (or other audiences) may have a greater impact on issues of interest to all retirees than separate communications. The majority of American universities have a single retirees’ organization.
  3. EFC members met with the deans of CLAS, Pharmacy, Business and the Graduate College, among others, to discuss how colleges‘ needs could be served by retired faculty.
  4. Ken Starck represented both the AEF and the UIRA at this year’s meetings of the Big 10 Retirees Association and the Association of Retiree Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE).
  5. The EFC is pleased that H.D. Hoover will participate in this year’s Faculty Engagement Corps tour May 21-24 as part of the U of I’s outreach program.
  6. Our new data base of AEF email addresses and software developed by Warren Boe were used to conduct an “e-survey” of members. An overview of the data is attached to minutes. (Attachment #1). Unfortunately space does not permit inclusion of the extensive and interesting emeriti activities mentioned in open-ended responses.


Questions or Comments from the Membership:

There was an extended discussion of the pros and cons of AEF merging with UIRA. Highlights of the discussion are as follows:

Cons

James Clifton, M.D., Roy J. Carver Professor Emeritus and one of the founders of the Association of Emeritus Faculty was unable to attend the meeting but submitted a written statement. “I am opposed to a merger. The emeriti faculty need a separate organization in order to have matters specifically related to their concerns brought to the attention of the University Administration. When the late Sam Becker and I formed the EFC we had the strong support of the Provost because he recognized the need for a separate faculty organization. The Associate Provost for Faculty attended every meeting and served as an excellent conduit for our concerns to the Provost. Sam and I helped form the Retirees Association so were quite familiar with its purpose and organization and knew the faculty would be greatly outnumbered by non-faculty in the Association. It is hard for me to imagine why the EFC would consider this merger. It is a bad idea.”

Art Cantor stated he helped found the UIRA and it was never intended to replace the faculty association. The UIRA is for all retirees and is not restricted to faculty. The two organizations are related, but not the same. He stated that he has always argued against centralization and supports parallel organizations.

Gary Gussin commented that he opposes the merger, but would favor a strategic alliance with the UIRA. Gary does not agree that our objectives are identical to those of UIRA. In particular, the AEF is concerned with maintaining opportunities for faculty input in University activities, and that is one thing we do fairly well through our participation on various committees. He also stated that requiring dues is a bad idea because it may cause the organization to lose contact with emeriti faculty who don’t want to pay dues. Based on his conversations with a former Faculty Senate officer, he suggested that a merger may require approval from the U of I Faculty Senate

Albert Hood, who formerly served as president of EFC and whose wife was a recent president of UIRA shared his point of view that there are big differences between the organizations: UIRA highlights programs and AEF is much more concerned with contributions to the University such as research and teaching. Also, AEF is officially part of the University of Iowa and we have a connection with the Provost’s office. The Senior College is a strength that was begun by the EFC and continues with the support of many retired faculty.

Pros (including uncertain position):

Gerald Rose (EFC President 2012-2013) stated that Provost Barry Butler and Associate Provost Tom Rice would like to see more active Association of Emeritus Faculty (AEF) and EFC contributions to the university. They have assured their continued support of the AEF and EFC and they support greater unity between the AEF and UIRA. The gap between the emeriti pool of talent and the numerous and difficult challenges faced by both emeriti and the University of Iowa is not being bridged by the AEF’s activities. We have learned from reviewing other university retirement organizations (e.g. The University of Michigan and the University of California) that it is possible to accomplish far more for both retirees and the University of Iowa than we have since the EFC was founded 14 years ago. While some individual emeriti have actively worked to serve AEF goals, service rendered by sustained collaboration among AEF members has been extremely rare. Collaboration with the UIRA on the Senior College is the outstanding exception and suggests the potential accomplishments that can be expected from uniting the two organizations. The emeritus status of AEF members would not be changed by uniting and none of the privileges enjoyed by AEF members would be threatened. The UIRA recognizes the unique role that emeriti have at the university and wish to see that role maintained. In short, by uniting we can achieve greater emeriti engagement and effectiveness in the service of both the University of Iowa and fellow retirees.

Rick Walton (UIRA President 2013-3014) remarked that he had not been directly involved in the discussion up to now. His position is neutral. He cannot see a merger but an emeritus group incorporated with autonomy. Whatever happens should be beneficial to both groups. It won’t happen quickly.

Carol Fethke (EFC President 2011-2012) stated that currently committees operate across both groups and meet as a need arises (e.g. health insurance committee). Another example of cooperation is planning for a co-sponsored health conference in the near future. Overall, there is a positive working relationship between the organizations.

Kenneth Starck (UIRA President Elect 2013-2014), who attended the Big 10 Retirees Association and AROHE in 2012, reiterated that initially he had not thought of the idea of a merger until he attended these meetings. He found that 70% of retiree organizations consist of both faculty and staff and are effective in realizing their general and individual goals. 14% had an Association of Emeriti Faculty only. The structural organization at most universities favors one organization. He recommended that the two groups continue to work together. There is a need to find another structural arrangement for EFC other than a committee within UIRA.

Thomas Conway, who had been a member of the EFC in the past, stated that there has been confusion about having two groups at the University of Iowa. He believes there is a need for a “club” in which there is a lot of exchange. The AEF strengths are research and education. He is disappointed with the lack of volunteer interest. AEF needs a way to keep contact with UIRA.

Ray Muston, EFC Vice-President 2012-2013, reported that he has never had any requests for information from any emeritus faculty member during the time he has been an officer in the EFC in spite of numerous postings requesting participation through email and website postings. He noted that low levels of response to frequent requests for EFC nominations, election participation, or willingness to volunteer support of defined needs and requests from university representatives are NOT a strong indication of commitment to the organization in its current form. We seem to be overly concerned with structure while substantive participation is lacking.

Sara Wolfson praised the UIRA for “spending their lives” supporting faculty and stated that staff are equally committed to the University. She remarked that she does not know how she feels about the merger.

In conclusion, Laird Addis emphasized that the rights and privileges one has as an individual emeritus or emerita faculty member would be entirely unaffected by any changes in organizational structure because those rights and privileges are independent of any organization one does or does not belong to. He then moved that AEF authorize EFC to continue discussions with UIRA about this issue, and a large majority of those present (show of hands) supported the motion. Eventually, the recommendation would come to the AEF and to the UIRA for a vote.

Emeritus Faculty Committee 2012-2013 Summary Reports

Memorial Moment: A moment of silence was observed in honor of 25 colleagues who died during the past year:
 

Samuel Becker Maurico Lasansky
Eleanor Birch Enzo Macagno
Arne Magne Bjorndal Marshall McKusick
Byron Burford Karl Merke
Delores Bruch Cannon J. Dawson Mohler
John Cazin Kenneth Moll
Kimberly Ephgrave Harold Mulford
Michael Geraghty Donovan Ochs
Brian Glenister Ralph Roberts
Alfred Healy Ian Maclean Smith
Ray Heffner Robert Soper
Norman Holzaepfel Albert Stone
Richard Hoppin  Gerald Stone
David Hussey Gary Van Hoesen
Richard Kessel Rahima Wade
  William Zima

Passing of the Gavel: President Gerald Rose introduced Kenneth Kuntz as the President of the Emeritus Faculty Council for the 2013-2014 year. Gary Gussin was introduced as the Vice President of the Emeritus Faculty Council for the 2013-2014 year.

Guest Speaker: Gerald Rose introduced Sally Mason, President, University of Iowa. Her topic: “University Priorities, Initiatives and the Role of Emeritus Faculty”.

Selected highlights of President Mason’s address: She began with the importance of student success at the University of Iowa. Success is emphasized in strategic priorities which include recruiting students from out of state and from out of the country in order to provide diversity to the campus. Currently one-half of the students are from Iowa and recently there has been a redoubling of the commitment to recruit instate through activities such as the “Golden Pledge Scholarships”. Other strategies to recruit and retain freshman students include an expanded orientation, freshman seminars, living-learning communities and the building of a West Campus Residence Hall that includes living-learning communities for undergraduate students. The freshman class retention rate has increased 4%.

Sustainability is an ongoing priority at the University of Iowa. For example, the College of Engineering is offering a Wind Energy Certificate for students who enroll for classes in this specialty. Governor Branstad has recently approved a two billion dollar investment for wind turbines in Iowa. Several new buildings on campus are LEED certified including the College of Public Health and the Data Center at Oakdale.

It is projected that flood renewal construction projects will be completed by spring 2016. Included are the School of Music and Hancher Auditorium. Although FEMA has denied funding for the art building projects, President Mason assured the audience that art will have a new home with the use of other funding. A 1.7 billion dollar financial campaign is taking place at the University of Iowa. As of March 2013 the fund had reached the one billion dollar mark, with contributions from 116,000 people.
President Mason showed the audience examples of progress that has been made throughout campus in the planning, construction and remodeling of numerous buildings

Following the presentation Thomas Weingeist asked President Mason about the status of loans for students at the University of Iowa. She replied that 40% of students are debt free and 60% have loans averaging $25,000 when they graduate. The placement rate for students after graduation is 80%.

Adjournment: The annual meeting was adjourned at 12:00 noon. Lunch and a fellowship hour followed.

Respectfully submitted,
Rose Friedrich, EFC secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, May 6, 2013
2520B UCC

Members Present: Laird Addis, William Buss, Claibourne Dungy, Rose Friedrich, Gary Gussin, Ray Muston, Gerald Rose, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker, Tom Weingeist

UIRA Guest: Kenneth Kuntz

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Gerald Rose.

Minutes: The April 1, 2013 minutes of EFC were approved with the following editorial change: “It was agreed that the committee consisting of Laird Addis, Claibourne Dungy, and Gary Gussin would prepare a report on the matter to be sent to members of the EFA for discussion at its annual meeting and a vote on whether or not to continue with discussions toward merger with the UIRA.”

Recognition of service to EFC: The members who will not be returning to the EFC include Laird Addis, Kenneth Hubel, Jerry Walker, H. Dee Hoover and John Rosazza. Gerald Rose thanked them for their service to the council.

President’s Report: Gerald Rose identified a number of concerns/questions that will require continuing discussion and evaluation within the council. Some of these concerns are derived from the changes that have been implemented within the council during the past academic year (2012-2013). (1) This year the council attempted to enroll all AEF in an email data base so we could provide more timely and complete information about matters that would be of interest to retired faculty. He argued for the effectiveness of EFC’s increased reliance on electronic communication. However he cited pros and cons and encouraged the council to continually assess the system. (2) The EFC meets monthly except for the summer semester and the month of January. Gerald Rose asked the council to consider if the number of meetings is necessary and or ideal to meet the needs of the organization? (3) Over the past several months, the EFC has discussed the possibility of the AEF joining with the UIRA, to be submitted for a for-or-against vote by the AEF at a later date. One of the primary questions is will we preserve our academic priorities if we integrate with UIRA? (4) An e-survey of retired U of I faculty was distributed Spring 2013 to approximately 320 retirees. The purpose was to gather data on teaching, scholarly and service activities since retirement from the University of Iowa. Although these are important data the question remains, what is the best method for regularly reporting emeriti faculty activities to the Provost’s office and other interested parties? (5) One of the primary activities of EFC in the past was to conduct exit interviews of faculty who were leaving the University of Iowa; however, the results of these interviews are not available. Should EFC reinstitute exit interviews of faculty? (6) The Provost has encouraged the EFC to become more self-sufficient in managing the EFC data base. (7) This year the committee reports were distributed via email to council members prior to the monthly meetings. There was very little discussion of the written reports during the meetings. Is this method of information distribution, with minimal discussion, adequate for updating emeriti of University decisions that affect them?

EFA Annual Meeting: Gerald Rose requested EFC members turn in 2012-2013 Committee summary reports for the EFA meeting. The report on the possible merger of EFC and UIRA will be discussed at the meeting and a vote on whether or not to continue with discussions toward merger with the UIRA will take place. Following a brief business meeting that will include the work accomplished by the Emeritus Faculty Council in 2012-2013, President Sally Mason will speak on “University Priorities, Initiatives and the Role of Emeritus Faculty.”
Survey Summary: An e-survey of retired U of I faculty was distributed Spring 2013 to approximately 320 retirees. 139 male and 30 female retirees responded. (Not all who responded answered all the questions.) The following are some of the results:

1. 151 reported good or excellent health
2. CLAS (70) and the College of Medicine (59) constituted the bulk of those who responded.
3. 131 spent at least nine months in Iowa City.
4. 23 reported being as professionally active, or more active than before retirement.
5. 58 had office space for their use, 40 had clerical support, nine have travel support and seven have lab support.
6. 38 taught on campus courses, 20 taught off campus. 52 supervised doctoral or post-doctoral students, and 14 supervised undergraduate (e.g. honors) students.
7. 27 mentored junior faculty.
8. 77 published at least one journal article, 25 published a book, and 38 published a book chapter.
9. 25 were engaged in externally funded research activities. 57 presented papers at meetings, 59 gave invited addresses, 37 served in editorial capacities for professional journals, 73 reviewed submissions to journals, and 96 routinely read professional journals.
10. 51 volunteered for some form of service to the University of Iowa, 28 to health care organizations, 47 to charitable organizations, and 44 to religious organizations.

Open-ended responses revealed a vast array of retiree activities.

Merger update: Comments received from AEF members regarding the possible merger with UIRA were reviewed. Overall, very few comments were received. There were some concerns that parking privileges and other “perks” may disappear. Laird Addis commented that we have these privileges as individual faculty members regardless of a merger. Gary Gussin reported that several emeriti whom he contacted were opposed to the idea of a merger. Losing autonomy as an organization is an issue. Laird Addis added that he did not believe that anything in the merger would diminish our status. Claibourne Dungy stated that he was aware of two emeriti who disapproved of the merger. He also added that a potential problem with a merger is that UIRA does not have exclusive committees. Ken Kuntz, our UIRA guest, agreed that most of the work is done by 1 or 2 people who do the work outside of the meeting and use the meetings to report their work. Nancy Sprince had concerns about library materials, specifically that data bases might not be available to emeriti. Laird Addis pointed out that there is no evidence of this concern from his point of view. Gerald Rose reported that the librarian in charge of access to library data sets and other materials reported there are no plans to exclude emeriti access in the future.

Results of EFC election: Tom Weingeist announced the results of the EFC election.

1. Kenneth Kuntz, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
2. John Menninger, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
3. Lorraine Dorfman, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (second term)
4. Robert Summers, College of Medicine
5. Benny Hawkins, College of Dentistry
6. Doug Flannigan, College of Pharmacy
7. David Jepsen, College of Education

Selection of EFC officers: Kenneth Kuntz and Gary Gussin were nominated to be candidates for EFC president for 2013-2014 academic year. Ray Muston suggested that the top vote-getter become the president and the other candidate assume the role of vice-president. There was unanimous agreement among those present to cast the ballots accordingly. The results were: Kenneth Kuntz, president; Gary Gussin, vice-president. The secretary will be selected by the elected officers.

Summaries of Committee Reports (submitted email)

FRIC: Gary Gussin submitted the following report of the April 5, 2013 FRIC meeting. Various aspects of Obamacare and associated increased costs to the University of Iowa as a large employer, UI healthcare, and Blue Cross system were discussed. On July 1 of this year, the U of I will have to pay $50,000 in fees to fund research into health care options. As of January 1, 2014 the health insurance mandate will go into effect, but it most likely will be delayed for one year. Employers will have to enroll every employee, but they can opt out (if they have insurance elsewhere, or if they don’t want to have health insurance.) There is a question of which employees will be eligible because of the 30 hour rule. This will especially affect non-regular faculty. For example an adjunct faculty member should be covered in some years but not others. (For adjuncts, it might be that teaching 10 credit hours will quality for 30 hr/week employment. Depending on who gets included, the cost to the University could be substantial.)

Long-term health care must now be made with Genworth Financial. If you’re already insured through U of I with John Hancock (900 such contracts), your coverage will continue. New retirees will no longer get a paid-up $4000 life insurance policy, but the policy for the already-retired will continue.

Specialty drugs are a growing and substantial burden to the health insurance system. These drugs normally count as “medical” costs rather than “pharmaceutical” costs. Individuals taking these drugs rapidly hit the out-of-pocket maximum so that all medical costs for that calendar period must be paid by insurance. During the month of January, 2013, 22% of claims were due to specialty drugs (this is beyond other medical costs or drug costs). There was one case that cost $350,000 in one month for one person.

Research Council: Gary Gussin submitted the report of the April 2, 2013 meeting of the Research Council. Topics for discussion during the meeting of the Research Council on April 2, 2013 focused on ways the University research effort could be more entrepreneurial. There is an Associate VP for Economic Development who will attempt to foster relationships between researchers who may be involved in innovative (patentable) research. Funding will be available to help foster such research and presumably help start- up companies that arise from the research. The University is pursuing a Carnegie Foundation “Community Engagement” classification. This would involve increased research efforts that involve collaborations with citizens in communities in which the research is done. Such efforts could involve educational assessment, evaluation of socio-economic research, clinical outreach, etc. The Office of the VP for Research is developing incentives (several awards) to recognize faculty who do especially creative scholarly research, or innovative research, or research that has economic potential. There is also a plan to involve a limited number of faculty in administration research.

Hancher Committee: Nancy Sprince reported on the Hancher Committee meeting held April 17, 2013. The Press-Citizen newspaper ran articles about the Hancher building progress and included the renderings and drawing for the new Hancher. Building progress is on schedule, with a projected completion date in Spring 2016 and projected opening in Fall 2016. Fundraising is and will be an important activity. It is expected that there will be a web cam at the Levitt Center to view the construction site for those interested in the progress. The Broken Chord, a highly interactive, collaborative, educational program commissioned by Hancher to the Working Theater Group, was very successful. Many educational sessions for this play were incorporated with college classes at the UI. Upcoming events include the following: (1) June 14, 2013, 3:30PM, UI Pentacrest, Iowa City: “Arts and Minds”. This event is a public “thank you” in appreciation for the many people, including legislators and the governor, who helped the University through the process set out by FEMA for building the new Hancher, the School of Music, and the School of Art and Art History. (2) June 15, 2013, 4PM, UI Pentacrest, Iowa City: “Living with Floods” featuring a free outdoor performance by the Preservation Hall Band. (3) June 29, 2013, 4PM site of the new Hancher: San Jose Taiko and Rinde Eckert will present a ceremonial performance invoking memories of the past and gratitude for the present, to bless and safeguard the workers and site for the new Hancher.

Faculty Senate: Gary Gussin reported on the March 26, 2013 meeting of the Faculty Senate. Theresa Mangum discussed various opportunities provided by the Obermann Center. She explained the difference between “outreach” and “engagement”, especially in terms of the Carnegie Classification system. The University is pursuing certification by the Carnegie Foundation as an engaged University. Outreach implies that members of the University community offer various services and resources to outside groups. Engagement involves an outside community as a partner in research or service activities in which the community has its own expertise to contribute. There was also a continuation of discussion of the meeting of The Steering Committee of the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics, following a report by Mike O’Hara who is a University delegate to that committee. The committee is basically a coalition of faculty groups who are engaging in dialog with NCAA about possible deregulation, faculty involvement in regulating athletics on their own campuses, and possible autonomy of individual institutions in self-regulation in some areas.

Regent President Lang spoke and also responded to questions from members of the Senate. He emphasized his respect for the Regents’ Universities, efforts of faculty members, importance of education etc.

Faculty Senate: Gary Gussin reported on the April 30, 2013 meeting of the Faculty Senate. The Senate considered a 5-year review of the policy on Research Track (non-tenure track) Faculty and voted to make the policy on establishment of this faculty classification permanent. Currently there are 30 such faculty, whose funding and salaries are supposed to come from research grants, primarily grants obtained by these faculty as PI’s. That’s clearly not the case for a majority of these faculty members, but at least no general education funds have been used to support these positions. All the current research track assistant professors are in the College of Medicine. Possible modifications to the established policy will be considered next year. A revised policy on Conflict of Commitment and Conflict of Interest was approved. (The policy on Conflict of Interest was revised last year, primarily in response to policy changes of NIH.) Conflict of Commitment involves proper allocation of faculty time to outside activities (consulting, teaching etc.) while a faculty member is considered a full-time employee of the University of Iowa, especially outside commitments that interfere directly with faculty commitments to teaching and research at the U of I. Conflict of interest primarily concerns the conduct of research or other academic activities that may be influenced by outside contracts, drug trials, etc. that may be carried out by the faculty. A revised policy on acceptable use of technology resources was considered. The policy is very complicated, but since it applies to all users of ITS services (i.e. U of I e-mail address), or those involved inn University-sponsored research, evaluation of outside grants, submission of manuscripts on-line, et., emeritus faculty who use these services should make sure they understand this policy (Chapter 19 of Operations Manual). This policy outlines what files on your computer could be subject to disclosure under various laws pertaining to activities of government agencies, etc. The policy also outlines what uses of the University ITS system are (in)appropriate.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 10:57 a.m.

Annual Meeting: May 13, 2013, Meeting 10:00 a.m.; Luncheon 12:00 noon. Room 2520D UCC

Respectfully submitted,
Rose Friedrich, EFC secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, April 1, 2013
2520B UCC

Members Present: Laird Addis, William Buss, Claibourne Dungy, Gary Gussin, H.D. Hoover, Kenn Hubel, Irwin Levin, John Rosazza, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker and Thomas Weingeist

Guests: UIRA Members Nancy Williams, Pam Willard, Kenneth Kuntz and Kenneth Starck

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 9:31 am by EFC Acting Chair, John Rosazza.

Welcome: John Rosazza acknowledged and welcomed our UIRA guests.

Minutes: The minutes of March 4, 2013 were accepted as amended. Moved by Laird Addis and 2nd HD House.

John Rosazza chaired the meeting in the absence of Gerald Rose.

Presidents Report – Gerald Rose (via written comments):

Nomination of New President
I have asked the Nomination Committee to find candidates for next year’s EFC president so that a vote can be taken at the May EFC meeting (in time for an announcement at the annual meeting May 13th). The meeting will be a good time to select next year’s president. By now it should be obvious that a president who misses most meetings is not a good idea. I’m certainly committed to quickly and smoothly achieving a “merger” (in whatever form is chosen) and will do whatever I can to help accomplish that. But I believe it is very desirable to have members of the EFC select a new president each year. The Nominations Committee should immediately begin the process of finding a new president to assume responsibility at the annual meeting on May 13th.

Survey
Our survey has gone well and I’m asking Lorraine and Irwin to help me prepare a summary to be circulated to everyone when I return. The last time I checked with Warren Boe we had about 110 responses (from our email list of about 310 AEF members).

Merger Thoughts
The merger proposal is a good one. The March discussion of the “merger” team’s proposal was useful. But it left some members hoping for further discussion of some issues. I hope everyone will make that the focus of the April meeting. My thoughts, for what they are worth:

  1. Achieving a consensus is hard but very desirable. And I hope everyone will help to achieve one by the end of the meeting.
  2. Names of the organization(s) are a minor issue compared to other matters and should not stand in the way of a consensus.
  3. An essential point is that the EFA, by whatever name, should be a voluntary and dues paying organization with an ECC, by whatever name, “board of directors” elected by EFA (by whatever name) members. More active involvement by retirees should be achieved by voluntary membership and “skin in the game” (however little).
  4. The EFC should have a major role in a “merged” organization to assure that matters related to research (broadly defined to include artistic expression) and teaching are not subordinated to social activities and retiree needs.
  5. The idea that there should be EFC (by whatever name) representatives by college, in proportion to the number of tenure track faculty in the colleges should not be a deal breaker.
  6. The minutes of the April meeting should be circulated to everyone ASAP for comments and corrections to facilitate productive e-dialog before the May meeting.
  7. EFA members should be able to review the proposal as far as possible before the May 13th annual meeting. To facilitate this it would be helpful to attain approval of the minutes from the April meeting ASAP, by e-polling if necessary, so the proposal can be posted on the web site.
  8. Associate Provost for Faculty and Provost Butler both support “merger” and do not plan on eliminating our current support in any significant way.
  9. A discussion about the proposal at the annual meeting will be followed by a vote of all current EFA members. This will necessitate a “work around” to obtain paper ballots, particularly from those EFA members who did not enroll in our email address data base.

Annual Meeting
The software used by Warren Boe will be used again to announce the annual meeting, collect registration information, and direct EFA members how to pay the $10 luncheon fee. (The meeting was also announced with the nomination requests.) The Program Committee may have additional details.

Emeritus Status
Based on my polling of all EFC members’ comments I recommended to Provost Butler that Gary Wicklund be given emeritus status. Everyone supported this move.

Tour
HD Hoover has volunteered to tour with the Faculty Engagement Corps.

Rice Meeting
I will be meeting with Associate Provost Tom Rice, April 23rd. Please let me know of any questions or comments you would like me to discuss with him.

The matter of “a designation as “Chair Emeritus” was requested by Tom Rice. The Council did not seem to be favorable to this request. Though there wasn’t a vote it seemed unanimous that we were all Professor Emeritus and it should remain this way.

UIRA Position RE Possible Merger with EFA (Emeritus Faculty Assn) Nancy Williams, UIRA President:

Note: This statement reflects the thinking of the UIRA Board which discussed the possibility of the EFA (Emeritus Faculty Council) merging with the UIRA. The statement takes into account the EFC proposal circulated earlier and discussed at the EFC meeting March 4, 2013.

The UIRA Board affirms its earlier stated desire to welcome EFA to join the UIRA. The Board believes that the joining of UIRA and EFA would greatly enhance efforts to effectively serve both the university and its retirees.

With this in mind, the UIRA Board proposes that the EFA become a committee within the UIRA with its own chair and with committee members. The Chair of EFA would serve as director on the board of the UIRA (directorships are for a three year term). As with older UIRA committees, the EFA committee would meet as desired and carry out its mission as determined by the committee in accord with the purposes of the UIRA. As with other UIRA committees, the EFA committee would be subject to the Bylaws of the UIRA (see Article IX-Committees)

Representation on various University committees (e.g. Faculty Senate, Campus Planning Committee, Hancher Committee, etc) would come within the purview of the EFA committee. This representation would be in the name of the UIRA and not the EFA committee. However, the UIRA would have two representatives to FRIC, a staff member appointed by the UIRA president, and a faculty member from EFA.

Ken Starck commented that 69% of universities have one organization representing retired staff and faculty.

A number of issues will require continuing dialogue between UIRA and EFC representatives including, but not limited to questions such as: How do we assure emeritus faculty will have an opportunity to occupy the presidency of the UIRA? (By tradition, the office has alternated annually between faculty and staff, depending to some extent on our ability to recruit someone for that office). Naturally all members of UIRA are eligible to serve as officers and board members.

It was agreed that the committee consisting of Laird Addis, Claibourne Dungy, and Gary Gussin would prepare a report on the matter to be sent to members of the EFA for discussion at its annual meeting and a vote on whether or not to continue with discussions with the UIRA toward merger.

Assuming the Provost’s subsidy to the EFA will continue, how will such funds be handled?

Guest Speaker: John Keller, Dean of the Graduate College – Engaging Emeriti in the Graduate Mission”.

There are a number of emeriti faculty engaged with graduate theses; Masters as well as Ph.D. A description of the graduate Colleges mission was presented. Members of the Grad College have their own Departmental assignments. There is no organized Collegiate Advisory body. Dean Keller referred to the survey that Irwin Levin is following as a good reference to Emeritus Faculty contributions. He spoke of the very little role that the Graduate College has with the Iowa Foundation for support. It would appear that the outside world, particularly in Iowa, can understand the contribution of Master’s students more easily than that of doctoral students, most of whom leave the state upon completion of degrees. Employment of graduates is satisfactory at present. The role of graduate students in instruction is important for the institutions as always. Younger faculty are already overworked. Dean Keller admits that he doesn’t know what role emeriti or retired staff have within the University. Student financial support is declining. Funding from private, collegiate or departmental sources is important! The Graduate College has about $11 M from General Funds. The overall budget is about $25 M of which only about 10% is used to run the Graduate College, which is responsible for the accreditation of college and programs. John said “WE make friends from friends”.

No University Committee Reports

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

May meeting: The next meeting will be May 6, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. in 2520B UCC.

Respectfully submitted,

Jerry Walker, Acting Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, March 4, 2013
2520B UCC

Members Present: Laird Addis, William Buss, Lorraine Dorfman, Claibourne Dungy, Rose Friedrich, HD Hoover, Kenn Hubel, Irwin Levin, John Rosazza, Gerald Rose, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker, Thomas Weingeist

Guests: UIRA members Nancy Williams, Pam Willard, Kenneth Kuntz, and Kenneth Starck

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 9:31 a.m. by EFC president, Gerald Rose.

Welcome: Gerald Rose introduced and welcomed the guests, representing UIRA.

Minutes: The minutes of February 4, 2013 were accepted as amended.

Faculty Engagement Corps: An email was received from Provost Barry Butler inviting faculty to participate in the Faculty Engagement Corps. This invitation involves a road trip from May 21-24, 2013 to meet Iowans in their communities. Selected faculty board a bus to travel across the state to interact with Iowans in preselected sites. Kenn Hubel reviewed his past involvement in this venture and found it to be a positive experience. As a result of local interchange during one of the past trips, two cooperative projects between the University of Iowa and state constituents evolved. HD Hoover and William Buss expressed interest in participating in this event. They were encouraged to contact tour coordinator, Mary Kenyon, who is accepting self-nominations through Friday, March 15.

Email registrations: 324 emeriti faculty have opted to be contacted by email. This represents about half of the emeriti faculty. The Survey of Emeriti Faculty developed by Lorraine Dorfman and Irwin Levin will be sent out within one to two weeks to those whose names are on the email list.

Nominations and voting for EFC: Gerald Rose encouraged the nominating committee (Thomas Weingeist, Kenn Hubel, Laird Addis) to have the ballot prepared no later than April. Contacting retired faculty, both for nominations and voting, will rely on the names of emeriti faculty who have submitted their email addresses, as described above.

May 13th annual meeting: Jack Rosazza reviewed the agenda for the annual meeting of the Emeritus Faculty Association to be held May 13, 2013. Associate Provost Tom Rice will make the welcoming remarks. President Mason is the speaker for this event. The registration cost is $10.00 per member.

Proposal to UIRA: The remainder of the meeting was devoted to a lengthy discussion about the possible future direction of EFC and EFA in relationship to UIRA. Laird Addis, Claibourne Dungy, and Gary Gussin developed a tentative proposal to make the EFC/EFA a division within the University of Iowa Retirement Association. This proposal and other relevant materials were emailed to council members before the meeting. The proposal is attached as an appendix to these minutes.

Gerald Rose began the discussion with a summary of some of the accomplishments of EFC/EFA as recorded in the minutes since the organization began. Major accomplishments included the development and maintenance of a very successful Senior College. During this period, three surveys were carried out that included productivity of emeriti since retirement as well as their priority concerns, which generally related to health care/insurance coverage. Earlier in the organization’s history, emeriti faculty conducted exit interviews with faculty who were leaving the University voluntarily in an effort to learn how the University could do a better job of faculty retention. Although 60 interviews were carried out, conclusions of these interviews were not available. Nancy Williams was asked to review some of the accomplishments of UIRA. Some of the activities of UIRA include participation in the Senior College, a monthly newsletter, monthly program meetings that are highly successful, and a most recently appointed committee to study “Aging in Place”.

Highlights of the comments/questions from council members pertinent to the tentative proposal are as follows:

Comments that were favorable to the merger included an observation that both UIRA and EFA have common issues and concerns. This would strengthen both the organized emeriti faculty and the UIRA in whatever they endeavor to accomplish. There are many faculty members in UIRA and the president of UIRA rotates between faculty and staff. UIRA has developed strong avenues of communication through its newsletter and email which reach a broad membership that also includes spouses and partners. Within the Big Ten most retirees have one organization for both faculty and staff. Nationally, 70% of retiree groups have one association. UIRA is very welcoming and believes a successful merger can be worked out. A merger with UIRA would not prevent us from being active in pursuit of scholarly issues as a group.

On the other hand, concerns were raised about a possible merger between UIRA and EFA. First of all it would deny the automatic membership in an emeriti organization that emerita or emeritus status merits. A member of the proposal committee stated that the extent of enthusiasm for the proposal varies among those who wrote it. It was questioned whether UIRA is considered a University organization since it is not included in the Operations Manual. EFC has representatives on many committees and we are the voice for emeriti --- it might diminish our unique voice with central administration. If goals are clear, the size of the EFC is ideal for getting things accomplished. The proposal suggests a name change from Emeritus Faculty Association and Emeritus Faculty Council to Emeriti Faculty Group. Several members of the council were opposed to this. Another recommendation in the proposal that some found objectionable was “ignore collegiate affiliations of emeriti faculty for all organizational purposes”. Their objection was based on the assumption that different viewpoints depend (in part) on the academic background.

Overall, it was pointed out that a key to successful retiree organizations is University support. Success is measured by value that it produces for the University and value for the retirees.

Following extensive discussion Laird Addis moved that we send the entire proposal on to EFA along with our vote on the proposal. Seconded by Jerry Walker.
Prior to the formal vote Nancy Sprince recommended a straw vote to obtain more input. The straw vote count was nine in favor of the proposal, three opposed, and one abstention. Following the straw vote there was continuing concern about the details of the proposal. After further discussion and without resolution of the concerns/differences raised by some council members, there was a call for the question. The result of the vote was nine EFC members in favor and four against.

Following a review with the UIRA later in March and further discussion at the April 2, 2013 EFC meeting the proposal will be e-mailed to all emeriti on the email list. The vote of the EFC will be included in the mailing. The proposal will be placed on the agenda for discussion by the EFA at its May 2013 business meeting and if agreed to by the EFA, the proposal would go to a ballot by members in attendance at the meeting.

University Committee Reports

FRIC: William Buss attended the March 1, 2013 FRIC meeting and submitted the following report. After an extensive report by two advocates of a proposed policy of not discriminating against transgender-related medical service, followed by a full committee discussion, the committee, by a unanimous voice vote, adopted a non-discriminatory, gender-affirming policy. Parts of the case in favor of this policy included the fact that the policy would be cost effective, both because it has not been expensive in other places and because up-front medical care would often save greater expense to treat medical conditions resulting from the failure to provide needed medical care.

The committee was informed that the federal government’s HIPPA policy has changed, in response to pressure by a number of hospital/foundation entities, so that the policy now permits disclosure of the name of a patient, when care was provided, department where care was provided, doctor providing care, and the outcome of the treatment. The committee voted to reassert its objection to this manner of using patient medical treatment for fund-raising.

University Libraries: Lorraine Dorfman attended the University Libraries Committee Meeting on February 7, 2013. The following items were discussed:

  • University Librarian Search: Eight or so individuals will be invited to be interviewed on Skype, with finalists invited to campus for interviews.
  • Open Access Funding Guidelines: The library approached the Provost for matching funds to assist in the cost of publishing in open access journals. A draft of the proposal was discussed. The Provost’s office will provide $25,000 in matching funds for a pilot program in which UI faculty members, researchers, P & S employees, and graduate and professional students are eligible to apply for funding up to $3,000 for an article published in a full open access journal. Authors may receive up to $6,000 per fiscal year, and will not be eligible if they have grant funding that can be used for article publication fees. A web-based application form has been developed.
  • Art/Music Recovery from Flood: The art library has been moved back to Art Building West and the music library will be housed in the new music building downtown.

Hancher: Nancy Sprince reported on the February 8, 2013 Hancher Committee meeting:

  • There was an update on the building progress. Phase I, which includes excavating the land and building structural support, will begin soon. Design details for the interior of the building, including flooring and wall materials, have been completed. Asbestos abatement must be done on the old Hancher building before it can be taken down.
  • An event is planned for June 14, 2013 in appreciation for the many people, including legislators and the governor, who helped the University through the process set out be FEME for building the new Hancher, the School of Music, and the School of Art and Art History.
  • There was a successful event at the College of Public Health on February 5, 2013, previewing 3 scenes from the Working Group Theatre performance of “The Broken Chord”. The performance was followed by a panel discussion and audience. The subject is the story of how we understand memory and cope with loss.
  • An interdisciplinary program called “living with Floods” and featuring free outdoor performances by the Preservation Hall Band is planned for June 2013 in seven Iowa communities. Events leading up to these programs included teachers from around Iowa gathering to Iowa City to develop curriculum on living with floods. Collaborators with Hancher on the “Living with Floods” project include the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering, Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, Iowa Flood Center, College of Education, iExploreSTEM, and the State Hygienic Laboratory.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 10:58 a.m.

April meeting: The next meeting will be Monday, April 1, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. in 2520B UCC. The speaker will by John C. Keller, Dean of the Graduate College. His topic will be “Engaging Emeriti in the Graduate College Mission”.

Respectfully submitted,
Rose Friedrich

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, February 4, 2013
2520B UCC

Members Present: Laird Addis, William Buss, Lorraine Dorfman, Claibourne Dungy, Rose Friedrich, H.D. Hoover, Kenn Hubel, John Rosazza, Nancy Sprince

Guests: UIRA members Nancy Williams, Pam Willard and Kenneth Kuntz.

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 9:31 a.m. by council member Jack Rosazza in the absence of Gerald Rose.

Minutes: The minutes of December 3, 2012 were accepted as amended.

Survey of Emeritus Faculty: The survey developed by Lorraine Dorfman and Irwin Levin was piloted by the Emeritus Faculty Council. Lorraine Dorfman suggested two additional items for the survey: an item about the current health condition of the participant that could be scaled (e.g. 1 poor health; 10 excellent health) and the inclusion of an open-ended question at the end of the questionnaire.

UIRA-EFC meetings: As discussed in the December minutes, representatives from EFC (Laird Addis, Claibourne Dungy, and Gary Gussin) met with Jon Whitmore at ACT who was Provost at the time that EFC was established. Laird Addis stated that Jon Whitmore suggested contacting Lee Anna Clark, who was Associate Provost of faculty during that same time period. Communication with Lee Anna Clark was most helpful in providing a historical perspective. She had complete records of minutes and other documents from the past. Although the EFC committee had originally intended to meet with UIRA in January 2013 to discuss the possible future structure of the two organizations, the committee decided that our organization should first discuss the matter within the EFC and at the Association of the Emeritus Faculty Annual Meeting May 13, 2013 before proceeding to a joint discussion with UIRA. Laird Addis suggested a tentative proposal to make the EFC a division within the University of Iowa Retirement Association. Nancy Williams, President of UIRA, offered to meet with EFC as the new structure evolves and give feedback as requested. She also remarked that after attending national meetings she became aware that other universities give greater support to their retirees than does the University of Iowa.

EFC-UIRA meeting with Foundation: Ray Muston, representing the EFC, and Nancy Williams, President of UIRA, met with Lynette Marshall, CEO of the University of Iowa Foundation. The primary purpose was to build a relationship of mutual interest. The Foundation is interested in broadening the participation of faculty and staff and retirees in supporting ongoing programs of the university. The EFC and UIRA are interested in developing a broader understanding of the role and value of retiree support of the University and its broader community.

Lynette Marshall prepared a preliminary breakdown of emeritus faculty and retiree participation and support of the foundation. While about 15 percent of active faculty and staff participate, emeriti faculty and staff do so at a rate of 25 to 30 percent. The data show that emeriti faculty and staff continue to be a vital group in the life of the university.

Lynette, Nancy and Ray concurred that it would be beneficial to meet again in the near future to focus on ways we can improve communication among our groups for mutual benefit. An immediate first step will be to provide highlights of the role of retirees in foundation support via the GreyHawk Newsletter.

Nomination Process: The nominating committee of Laird Addis, Kenn Hubel and Tom Weingeist had no report.

President’s Report: EFC President Gerald Rose emailed his thanks to Brenda Bradley and Kris Yow for their outstanding work on email registration of emeriti faculty. At least 117 have registered as of January 24, 2013. Follow up efforts are underway. A postcard will go out later. All faculty retirees are encouraged to register their email information at https://provost.uiowa.edu/apps/forms/Emeritusemail.aspx. If anyone does not know their University ID, just check the box “I do not know my UID” and then click on “Next” to proceed.

In an email report Gerald Rose reported on his discussion with Provost Butler. In summary, Provost Butler supports our efforts on e-communications and talks with UIRA. As Dean of Engineering, Provost Butler set up a scholarship in engineering for undergraduates funded by retired faculty contributions, a model we may want to encourage. He promised continued support of EFC and will encourage all deans to utilize retirees more fully at his next meeting with them.

Other business: Jack Rosazza reported that the program calendar was full through April, including the membership luncheon in May. It was the consensus of the group to not have a speaker for the monthly EFC meeting, May 6, 2013.

University committee reports: Laird Addis attended the December 4, 2012 Campus Planning Committee and reported the committee approved a project for replacing all of the windows in Trowbridge Hall with ones similar in appearance to its original windows. The committee also heard reports on the current status of the art campus master plan, of opportunities to improve bike access and sustainability, of the exterior renovation of Lindquist Center, of the naming of the gold training facility, of the development of the Family Medicine Center on Hawkeye campus, of the land use of the Oakdale Vivarium, of the demolition of Hawkeye Court apartments, and of the opening of the new Parking and Transportation Center.

Jack Rosazza met with Dean Donald Letendre, College of Pharmacy, to take a look at mutually beneficial roles that emeriti faculty, various colleges and departments and the University of Iowa might have with one another. A brief summary of that meeting is as follows:

In the world of advocacy emeriti possess knowledge and experience valuable to not only the University of Iowa, but to the legislature, the local community and to national entities. Finding ways to tap such knowledge and experience is needed. Creating a corps of “emeriti ambassadors” would be a good idea. The Pharmacy Advisory Council does not yet have an emeriti faculty member involved. The College of Pharmacy is in the midst of building development and Dean Letendre would enjoy inputs of interested and capable emeriti faculty. The question was whether this needed to be limited to Pharmacy. Emeriti faculties from other colleges on campus have worked in the development of their respective buildings and could deliver valuable insights into such a process. Pharmacy could contact EFC to ask for help. A volunteer coordinator for emeriti faculty could work collegiately or university wide. Producing a list of people/talents would be useful. Dean Letendre has reached out to emeriti Pharmacy faculty and engages them in an annual luncheon. Dean Letendre said that there appear to be no programs in other Colleges of Pharmacy that could offer hints on better ways for emeriti faculty and colleges to interact.

Guest Speaker: Brian Kaskie, Associate Professor, Heath Management and Policy, College of Public Health

Lorraine Dorfman introduced Professor Brian Kaskie who spoke on the topic “Successful Aging in Academic Institutions”. Selected highlights of the presentation:

He acknowledged the TIAA-CREF Institute for their support of the first phase of the project and the TIAA-CREF Institutional client services division for supporting the project through its second and third phases. In addition he thanked his colleagues at the UI Center on Aging and Social Science Research Center. In the first phase of the project, the goals were to establish a case for addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by an aging workforce; describe wellness programs and retirement pathways that universities and colleges have created for aging employees; and identify a set of leading institutions and best practices that can help meet the challenges presented by the aging workforce.

Between 2000 and 2010 the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the proportion of employed individuals over the age of 65 was highest among tenured faculty. There was little evidence that academic institutions were thinking about how to address these challenges in a systematic way. The investigators developed a model for successful aging through a particular set of policies, programs and processes using five major constructs (campus climate, fitness and health, space and schedule accommodations, assistance programs and exit pathways.) Phase I of the study was to field a nationally representative sample of 187 academic institutions asking them to describe their institutional efforts in these areas. The strongest finding was that campuses which seemed to be doing the most for aging employees were more likely to have staff who were educated, experienced and dedicated to developing policies, programs and services for aging employees.

Phase II of the study was a survey of UI employees. The Family Issues Charter Committee approached the Center on Aging and asked the investigators to help with their charge to examine issues pertaining to parental-spousal caregiving. The UI Employee Survey examined 4 areas: attitudes and expectations; wellness programs; assistance programs (space and scheduling accommodations, retirement counseling, caregiver assistance) and retirement pathways. The survey was sent to all University employees (14,799) from May to July, 2012 and 3234 employees completed the survey for a 22% response rate. In general, most employees at Iowa plan to stay on the job past the traditional retirement age of 65 and 45% of faculty plan to stay at least to age 70. The second set of questions addressed wellness programs. Overall, awareness and engagement in fitness and health is high due in part to marketing and evaluation efforts associated with these programs. Awareness and involvement in assistance programs was lower than participation in wellness programs. For example, engagement with scheduling and work space accommodations (e.g. job sharing, part-time work) and retirement counseling are low. One-third of the UI employees who answered the survey are currently or have been recently involved in a caregiving role. Another one-third are about to enter a caregiving role. Caring for persons with dementia is common as was taking care of persons during and after an acute health care event. The emotional and physical burden is high and work life is impacted negatively for most. However, the awareness and engagement with UI and community programs is low.

The fourth set of questions concerned retirement pathways. There is a comparatively low amount of campus-based education. The most common way of learning about retirement pathways is from others both in and outside the work unit. Most people plan to stay in Johnson County upon retirement. Up to half realize their home will be hard to live in as they grow older.

Phase III of the study will involve a consortium of leaders addressing the aging academic workforce.

(The above summary was based on Brian Kaskie’s slide presentation as well as his notes that accompanied the presentation.)

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 11:03 a.m.

March meeting: The next meeting will be Monday, March 4, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. in 2520B UCC. The meeting will be devoted to a discussion of the recommendations regarding the EFC relationship to UIRA.

Respectfully submitted,
Rose Friedrich

2012

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, December 3, 2012
2520B UCC

Members Present: Laird Addis, Bill Buss, Lorraine Dorfman, Claibourne Dungy, Rose Friedrich, Gary Gussin, H.D. Hoover, Ken Hubel, John Rosazza, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker, Thomas Weingeist, Irwin Levin

Guests: Pam Willard UIRA representative to EFC. Kenneth Kuntz UIRA member attended the program presentation.

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by council member Jerry Walker in the absence of Gerald Rose.

Minutes: The minutes of November 5, 2012 were approved as circulated.

Committee Reports: Lorraine Dorfman submitted two reports to the council via email prior to the meeting: the Library Committee report and the Hancher Committee report for November 26, 2012. Council members were encouraged to submit reports via email as soon as possible after each committee meeting.

Survey of Emeriti Faculty members: Lorraine Dorfman and Irwin Levin drafted a questionnaire to survey Emeriti Faculty members about their professional activities since retirement with particular focus on the past three years. The survey that was conducted by the EFC in 2010 did not survey professional contributions that benefitted the University of Iowa. The long-term goal is to devise a mechanism to achieve continuing reports from retired faculty about their professional activities. Irwin Levin informed the group that the design of the questionnaire, primarily a checklist, should facilitate easy completion, a high return rate and ease in coding. The survey will be sent to retirees via email. Specific suggestions for modification included: requesting the name of the participant on the form; dividing the data into two categories: accomplishments during early retirement versus the past three years; indicating in the introduction what the information will be used for and how the findings will be distributed. The return rate for the 2010 EFC survey was 26% (600 sent and 158 returned).

EFC-UIRA Team Report: Representatives from EFC include Laird Addis, Claibourne Dungy, and Gary Gussin. They met with Jon Whitmore to discuss the origins of the Emeritus Faculty Council. They will meet with UIRA in January 2013 to discuss the future structure of the two organizations. The three possibilities for the future include: change nothing in the structure of the two organizations; merge the two groups; or recommend a solution that is intermediate between these two poles. Another issue for EFC to consider is whether we become an inclusive organization in which all retirees who meet the criteria belong or a membership organization that depends on paying dues to become an active member. Gary Gussin expressed the view that there is a sense that faculty want more continuity e.g. automatic membership because they are qualified.

Laird Addis reminded the group that the word, Emeritus, refers to male singular. On the other hand, Emeriti, refers to common plural. Therefore the question arises, why is our council named Emeritus?

UIHC – Foundation privacy issue: Bill Buss and Gary Gussin reported on their attendance at a recent FRIC meeting. One issue of concern is the possible use of protected health information for fundraising. In particular, the University of Iowa Foundation may be notified of patients’ visits to UIHC in efforts to raise money for the University of Iowa Health Care. Much discussion among EFC members followed. This topic will be revisited at the February EFC meeting.

Guest Speaker: Margaret Crocco, Dean, College of Education

Claibourne Dungy introduced the speaker, Margaret Crocco, who spoke on the topic “Trends in Statewide, National Education and Opportunities for Emeriti Faculty.” Selected highlights of the presentation include:

Dean Crocco presented a brief history of the College of Education at the University of Iowa. The UI was the first in the country to take teacher education to the college level in 1873. In 1906 the School of Education was established with the College of Liberal Arts and the first Doctorate Degree was bestowed. Walter Jessup was hired in 1913 to become the first Dean of the College of Education. Currently the college has 1100 students and 91 faculty members. Half of the students (550) are undergraduates and are being educated to teach elementary and secondary programs. Graduate students account for 50% of the enrollment. There are four departments within the college: Educational policy and leadership studies; Psychological and qualitative foundations; Rehabilitative and counselor education; and Teaching and learning. E.F. Linquist was a giant in educational measurement and benefactor to the University of Iowa. A Strategic Plan has been developed for the years 2012-2017 that highlights the mission and vision of the College of Education.

Issues on the educational landscape include testing, specifically the controversy related to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the “achievement gap” with the goal of bringing greater equity to children who are being educated. Evaluating teachers using the “value added model” is being instituted in some schools. Digitalization: the wireless generation and privatization of education via charter schools and vouchers are other issues that require continuing analysis of their impact on the educational landscape. Statewide, Iowa has the highest percentage of high school graduates in the nation. On the other hand, Iowa is tied for 16th lowest in the percentage of people who have a Bachelor’s Degree. In 1992, no state scored higher than Iowa on National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 4th grade reading. By 2009, 13 states scored significantly higher than Iowa. The 9th grade math scores in Iowa have also declined to the same level as the reading scores.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

February meeting: The next meeting will be Monday, February 4, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. in 2520B UCC. The speaker will be Brian Kaskie, Associate Professor, Health Management and Policy, College of Public Health. The topic will be “Successful Aging in Academic Institutions”.

Respectfully submitted,
Rose Friedrich

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, November 5, 2012
2520B UCC

Members Present: Laird Addis, Lorraine Dorfman, Claibourne Dungy, Rose Friedrich, Gary Gussin, Ken Hubel, Ray Muston, John Rosazza, Gerald Rose, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker, Thomas Weingeist, Irwin Levin

Guests: Kenneth Starck , UIRA attendee to AROHE conference; Pam Willard UIRA representative to EFC.

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Gerald Rose.

Minutes: The minutes of October 1, 2012 were unanimously accepted after a few editorial changes.

AROHE Conference Report: Kenneth Starck gave a brief report on the Proceedings of the Conference of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE) that he attended October 21-24, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In addition, he produced and circulated to the EFC a written account of the conference proceedings.

The theme of the conference was “Innovations for the Next Decade.” There were 165 registrants representing 58 colleges and universities from across the country. The goal of the conference was to learn how to strengthen the relationships between campuses and their retired faculty and staff. The conference included a variety of programs and speakers on relevant topics. Kenneth Starck reiterated that a continuing relationship between retirees and the institution is mutually beneficial. There is a constant need for retirees to make their contributions known.

He supports Iowa’s continuing membership in AROHE as a means of strengthening local institutional-retiree relationships. A question was asked regarding his perception of how Iowa compares to other universities in the relationship between retirees and the institution. His response was that within our University there is a gap in seeing the value of each constituency. Overall, we are haphazard in the way things are organized – we lack the infrastructure that promotes communication of institutional-retiree relationships.

President’s Report: Gerald Rose identified that a major barrier to communicating with retirees is snail mail and stressed the urgency to convert to email. John Rosazza suggested that a source of emeritus email addresses is the college from which he/she retires.

Low attendance at EFC Spring meetings is of concern to the program committee. It was suggested that if a council member is unable to attend a meeting that he/she obtain a substitute from the college which is represented.

EFC members were encouraged to report their activities that support the University of Iowa, emphasizing service since retirement. Possibilities include: mentoring pre-retirement faculty as a supplement to HR seminars; serving on academic or administrative committees when requested; fund raising; outreach activities (e.g. speeches, services to charitable organizations, exhibits, performances); teaching (e.g., other universities, emergency coverage at U of I, Senior College, extension or short courses, development of on-line courses); research (e.g., current projects, papers presented, publications, exhibits, performances); professional activities (e.g., review committees, officer of professional association); and faculty recruiting when requested.

Thomas Weingeist questioned what the EFC was actually going to accomplish as spelled out in our organizational mandate. “The goals of the Association are to provide advice and assistance to its current and prospective members on matters of mutual concern, and to the University in carrying out its various missions. “ As a means of carrying out these goals “the Association shall establish and maintain contact with current and prospective emeritus faculty……….”

Since both service to emeriti and the University are important as spelled out the in mandate, Gerald Rose continued to stress the importance of meeting with the deans of our respective colleges to determine how retired faculty can serve the University and likewise how the University can serve emeritus faculty.

Future EFC Sponsorship and Affiliation: To enhance the future viability of EFC, the sponsorship of the organization and the affiliation with UIRA will be re-examined. Gary Gussin, Laird Addis, and Claibourne Dungy volunteered to meet with representatives from UIRA. Gerald Rose stated the task for the group is to “recommend a form for UIRA and EFC to merge, if at all.” He also stated the recommendation should be voted upon at the March 2013 EFC meeting.

EFC-UIRA relationship possibilities include: continue loose collaboration (e.g. spring health conference); EFC a major UIRA committee with UIRA board representation; and other approaches that will may evolve with task-force brainstorming.
Sponsorship options include the Provost, Foundation, annual dues etc.

Unfinished Business: The council was reminded to identify a list of qualified and willing emeritus faculty who could serve as nominees for interest pools for the University at large. Kenneth Hubel commented that departments within the University are probably more aware of alumni who have particular skills; therefore, the solution is more at the department level. On the other hand, Gary Gussin pointed out that some areas are more general (e.g., ad hoc committee on ethics) and retirees could be called upon to assist the broader University if pools of names were available. Ray Muston reminded the council that a survey of emeritus faculty was carried out in 2010. Data exists on retired faculty who are willing to teach undergraduate seminars, assist in the living-learning centers, etc. In addition, the EFC website was redesigned and upgraded in response to interests indicated in the survey.

Guest Speaker: Teresa Mangum, Director of the Obermann Center and Associate Professor of English

John Rosazza introduced the speaker, Teresa Mangum, who spoke on the topic “The Obermann Center: Opportunities for Emeritus Faculty.” Selected highlights of the presentation include:

  • The Obermann Center provides research support for individuals and this support is open to applicants from every discipline and research at every stage. For example, the seven Obermann Fellows who are in residence each spring and fall semesters complete book chapters, write articles and reviews, and develop grant proposals. They meet bi-weekly to share works in progress.
  • The Obermann Center inspires cross-disciplinary collaboration. Increasingly, the biggest breakthroughs in research result from people working together between and across disciplines. For example, the Interdisciplinary Research Grant funds scholars for a month-long summer residency that culminates in a joint project. The Center also facilitates interdisciplinary conversation and project planning through the Obermann Working Groups. Faculty and upper-level graduate students meet monthly during the academic year to discuss a shared intellectual interest. One of the topics for this academic year is the “Aging Mind and Brain Initiative.”
  • The opportunity for The University of Iowa to work with and serve the community is an increasingly important part of the mission. The Obermann Center supports scholars in working with community partners. In 2012 The Obermann Humanities Symposium sponsored “The Latino Midwest” which explored changing demographic of the American Midwest and created opportunities for Latino students and scholars at the University of Iowa.

(The highlights listed above were taken from Teresa Mangum’s presentation and the handout she distributed to EFC “Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.”)
One of the greatest needs of the Center is to fund fellowships for advanced studies. As suggested by the council, publicizing a major success story may encourage fund-raising. Teresa had shared examples in her presentation that would be of great interest to the public, in particular scholarship related to public engagement in Iowa. Teresa also encouraged council members to help compose working groups with their colleagues, as described above.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 10:55 a.m.

December meeting: The next meeting will be Monday, December 3, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. in 2520B UCC. The speaker will be Margaret Crocco, Dean, College of Education. Topic: “Trends in Statewide, National Education and Opportunities for Emeritus Faculty.”

Respectfully submitted, 
Rose Friedrich

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, October 1, 2012
2520B UCC

Members Present: Laird Addis, Lorraine Dorfman, Claibourne Dungy, Rose Friedrich, Gary Gussin, H.D. Hoover, Kenneth Hubel, Ray Mustin, John Rosazza, Gerald Rose, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker, Thomas Weingeist, Irwin Levin.

UIRA Representative: Ken Kuntz

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Gerald Rose.

Minutes: The minutes of September 10, 2012 were corrected to read, “Nancy Williams (not Nancy Sprince) is interested in writing a grant to fund this conference.” (This is referring to a possible EFC-UIRA Joint Health Conference.)

President’s Report: It was moved by Laird Addis and seconded by Ray Muston that Mark Schantz be given consideration for emeritus status. The council provided full support for this motion.

A meeting of an EFC-UIRA subcommittee was held on September 30, 2012 to consider a Joint Health Conference in April, 2013. Temporary planning included the possibility of a keynote speaker in the morning, followed by as variety of interest groups in the afternoon. Topics of interest include health and financial issues.

Emeritus service to the University of Iowa and to retirees: Difficulty in communicating with emeritus faculty is in part related to names/addresses that are not updated. When emeritus faculty meet with deans of their respective colleges it was suggested that an updated list of retirees and e-mail addresses may be feasible to obtain.

Ray Muston reported on this meeting with Dean Keller, Dean of the Graduate College. It was a very positive meeting. Suggestions for emeritus involvement with the graduate college include serving as advocates for the graduate programs; help with fund-raising and continued communication with the graduate dean. 

Future EFC sponsorship and affiliation: Ray Muston and Gerald Rose met with Associate Provost Tom Rice on September 27, 2012. Overall it appears that central administrative support for the Emeritus Faculty Council is diminishing. Discussion ensued regarding the purpose of EFC. Kenneth Hubel stated that the chief initial interest in forming a separate organization from the UIRA was the issue of health insurance for faculty. A recent survey of retired faculty identified two chief concerns were health insurance and ongoing activities/accomplishments of the University of Iowa. Gary Gussin reiterated that the most import activities for EFC are direct and continued involvement in the University. He reminded the group that we are elected to represent our colleges and also have the privilege of direct access to University administration.

Guest Speaker: Sheldon Kurtz, Professor of Law and Co-chair, FRIC

John Rosazza introduced the speaker, Sheldon Kurtz who spoke on the topic “Health care benefits for emeritus faculty.” Selected highlights of the presentation include:

  • The FRIC committee is a purely advisory group to the President of the University of Iowa on topics of health insurance, TIAA/CREF, early retirement, and life insurance.
  • The committee has faculty and staff co-chairs.
  • There are no students on the committee and no term limits.
  • The FRIC committee has recommended that Chip II be ended. It is no longer a viable plan because it has so few participants – 400 plans in Chip II out of 15,000 contracts.
  • An advantage of Chip II is that it allows anybody to get care world-wide.
  • UI Choice is a three tier plan. If care is received outside of Iowa there is a 40% co-pay.
  • The University health care plans have better pharmaceutical coverage than most plans.
  • Ray Muston inquired who is doing the pricing for the retirees health care plan rates. Sheldon Kurtz stated he did not know who monitors these rates. Retirees are their own separate group within UI Choice.
  • EFC members complained there were no wellness opportunities for retirees in the UI health plans.
  • It was questioned if FRIC gives any advice to the University President regarding premiums for health care insurance. Sheldon Kurtz replied that it does for faculty and staff, but not for retired faculty.
  • Gary Gussin inquired if John Hancock would continue long-term care coverage for faculty who already have it and also keep it at the current cost. Sheldon Kurtz answered both in the affirmative. He also stated that FRIC does not negotiate rates for long-term care.
  • Gerald Rose noted that a number of retirees are seeking out other health insurance options that will decrease our pool.
  • Sheldon Kurtz said that he does not envision the University of Iowa dropping health insurance coverage for retirees.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 11:05 a.m. The next meeting will be Monday, November 5, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. in 2520B UCC. The speaker will be Teresa Mahgum, Director of the Obermann Center and Associate Professor of English. Topic: The Obermann Center: Opportunities for Emeritus Faculty.

Respectfully submitted,
Rose Friedrich

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, September 10, 2012
2520B UCC

Members Present: William Buss, Lorraine Dorfman, Claibourne Dungy, Rose Friedrich, Gary Gussin, H.D. Hoover, Ken Hubel, Ray Muston, Gerald Rose, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker.

Guest: Ken Starck, UIRA representative

Call to Order and Introductions: The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Gerald Rose. Emeritus faculty introduced themselves and the colleges they represented.

Minutes: The minutes of May 7, 2012 were approved as distributed.

President’s Report:

  • Gerald Rose discussed some of the issues that were raised about future EFC plans during a meeting with Vice Provost Tom Rice, June 2012. Ray Muston and Jerry Walker also attended the meeting. A copy of Gerald’s response to the issues was emailed to each council member prior to the September meeting.
  • Gerald made three important requests of EFC members. First, he requested all council members schedule a meeting with their respective deans in order to learn how emeritus faculty could better serve the University of Iowa and to discuss what college or university needs could be addressed by emeritus volunteers. Please inform Gerald of the scheduled meeting date and following the meeting email him a summary report.
  • Gerald asked all EFC members to identify emeritus faculty who have special competencies that could be utilized by the University of Iowa or EFC as a valuable resource and part of an interest pool. Submit this information to Gerald at the October meeting.
  • Finally Gerald requested all EFC members to consider what arrangement would be best for the EFC in the future. Examples discussed were some form of affiliation with the UIRA or one of the arrangements used at other Big 10 universities that were mentioned in Ken Starck’s report (below).
  • An EFC-UIRA Joint Health Conference has been discussed as a possible program for spring, 2013. Nancy Sprince is interested in writing a grant to fund this conference.
  • The program committee requests input from EFC regarding priorities for monthly speakers at the spring meetings. The committee has developed an extensive list of possible choices. The fall schedule is complete and President Mason as agreed to be the speaker for the Annual Meeting.
  • Nancy Sprince will update the webpage and will include the minutes from the EFC Annual Meeting held May 12, 2012. (The minutes will be formally approved at the next annual meeting 5/13/1013.)
  • Ray Muston commented that the university may not be aware of the contributions of emeritus faculty. The majority of those on the EFC had made varied contributions to their colleges, university, and community since retirement.

Meeting with Richard Saunders: Ray Muston met with Richard Saunders to discuss the health insurance plans that are made available to emeritus faculty. These plans interface with the Medicare Part A and B benefit. The numbers of retired faculty who participate in these plans is shrinking and the costs are increasing. Another meeting with Richard Saunders is planned for October. In an earlier survey of emeritus faculty heath insurance issues were identified as priority concerns.

Obermann Center: Ray Muston met with the director of the Obermann Center and summarized the visit for the council. Overall there appears to be multiple opportunities for emeritus faculty to help in the day-to-day activities of the center. The website is:http://obermann.uiowa.edu

Big 10 Retirees Association Meeting: Ken Starck reported on the Big Ten Retirees Associations meeting, August 3-5, 1012, on the campus of Ohio State University. Representing Iowa were UIRA President Nancy Williams and UIRA Board Member Ken Starck. All Big 10 Associations were represented except Northwestern, which does not have membership in this organization. The theme for the meeting was “Growth and Development of University Retirees Associations”. Some of the topics and issues discussed at the meeting include:

  • Membership: Some institutions have two retiree groups differentiated mainly by faculty or staff status, while others have one retiree association. It appears that the stronger groups are merged. An issue confronting the associations is how to attract the interest of younger retirees.
  • Programming: Popular programs at several universities dealt with health care and advances in science (i.e. Alzheimer’s). Some associations have interest groups dealing with such topics as books, photography, and travel. An idea for generating programming ideas is to invite comments and suggestion on the membership form.
  • Communication with retirees: Newsletters are the most effective means of communicating with members. The issue of electronic vs. print communication generated much discussion with the consensus being that for now both are essential.
  • Financial and University Support: Many retiree groups are part of or sponsored by the institution’s Human Resources office. At Ohio State, HR provides office space and clerical support, including website technical support. Some universities provide regular financial support to their retiree associations. An example, of strong financial support is $40,000 provided annually by Ohio State. Several groups receive information from the university foundation concerning donations by association members. At Michigan State members can donate to the foundation and designate the retiree association as beneficiary.

(The above summary was taken from Ken Starck’s presentation to EFC as well as his written report of the meeting distributed to EFC council.)

Following Ken Starck’s presentation EFC members raised the following questions: What is our level of funding from the University of Iowa? Does either UIRA or EFC have office space on campus? Could EFC be designated as a beneficiary when money is contributed to the foundation? Could we receive information from the University Foundation on retiree contribution to the University of Iowa? What are the advantages and disadvantages of combining UIRA and EFC? These are issues that will be discussed at future meetings.

 

Reports

Campus Planning Committee: Laird Addis attended the Campus Planning Committee meeting on May 30 and July 25, 2012. At its meeting of May 30, the Campus Planning Committee discussed three issues: (1) the use of signs on the Pentacrest to advertise museum programs. The committee voted to ban such signs. (2) Land use matters at the “Hawkeye” campus, including medical clinics, daycare facilities, and athletic fields. (3) The design of the new football operations facility. The committee expressed its approval of the design. July 25 the Campus planning Committee discussed four issues: (1) the use of hockey banners on Prairie Meadow Drive. The committee voted to approve the banners. (2) The use of relevant flags on Old Capital during its “Napoleon” exhibit in fall 2012. The committee voted to approve the flags. (3) The flood mitigation project at the Theatre Building. The committee expressed its approval of the design. (4) The modified design of the Stanley Hydraulics mitigation project. The committee expressed its approval of the design.

Guest Speaker: Cliff Missen, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics, Graduate College

Dr. Kenn Hubel introduced the speaker, Cliff Missen who presented “Think locally, act globally: eGranary Digital Library. Outreach that’s a Stretch”. Selected highlights of the presentation include:

  • The eGranary Digital Library delivers over 30 million educational resources for people without the internet.
  • Few places in the developing world have adequate connections to the Internet.
  • The eGranary Digital Library delivers millions of internet resources to those lacking adequate internet access.
  • Through a process of copying Web sites and delivering them to intranet Web servers inside partner institutions in developing countries, this digital library delivers educational materials instantly over local area networks.
  • There are installations in more than 450 institutions across the developing world.
  • The eGranary project has shipped over 1200 used computers for partner universities in Nigeria, Liberia and Ethiopia.
  • Numerous volunteers (700+) have put in over 15,000 hours.
  • The focus is on practical, cost-effective solutions.
  • The logistics of implementing eGranary is highly dependent on the enthusiasm of a champion in the area. Information literacy is the most daunting task.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 11:07 a.m.

Next meeting: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. in 2520B UCC. The speaker will be Sheldon Kurtz, Professor, College of Law and chair of FRIC. Topic: “Health care benefits for emeritus faculty”.

Respectfully submitted,

Rose Friedrich

Minutes for the AEF Annual Meeting

May 14, 2012

Call to Order: Ray Muston, Emeritus Faculty Council (EFC) Vice President, called the meeting to order at 10:15 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks: Tom Rice, Associate Provost for Faculty, welcomed attendees and discussed the importance of working closely with the EFC and drawing on the expertise within the group. It is his hope that this relationship continues to grow.

Introduction of Council Members: Ray Muston introduced the members of the EFC for 2011-2012.

Carol Fethke, EFC President, Business
Laird Addis, Liberal Arts & Sciences
William Buss, Law
Lorraine Dorfman, Liberal Arts & Sciences
Claibourne Dungy, Medicine
Rose Friedrich, Nursing
Gary Gussin, Liberal Arts & Sciences
Albert Hood, Liberal Arts & Sciences
H.D. Hoover, Education
Kenneth Hubel, Medicine
Norbert Malik, Engineering
Ray Muston, Graduate College
John Rosazza, Pharmacy
Gerald Rose, Business
Nancy Sprince, Public Health
Jerry Walker, Dentistry
Thomas Weingeist, Medicine

Ray Muston acknowledged the founding members who were present.

Introduction of Staff: Brenda Bradley and Debbie Millsap, from the Office of the Provost, were introduced and thanked for their contributions to the functioning of EFC, including serving as the web liaison, keeping the membership roster, circulating the minutes/agendas, planning and serving today’s luncheon and other tasks that keep the organization running smoothly.

Report of the Election Committee: Ray Muston reported the results of the recent election. The new representatives include:

1. Irwin Levin, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
2. Robert Watchal, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
3. Ray Muston (re-elected)
4. Gerald Rose (re-elected)


Report on the Emeritus Faculty Council 2011-2011: President Carol Fethke’s Report
 

  1. Joint Committee on Retiree Health and Wellness was established with members from EFC and UIRA. Over the year, the task force investigated access to the UI Recreation facilities, retiree health insurance premium increases, and the impact the Obama Health Care Act would have on our coverage. This is an on-going committee that meets several times a year with Richard Saunders.
  2. Many members of the Board contributed to the design and testing of Brian Kaskie’s (College of Public Health) TIAA-CREF sponsored research project. Most recently, we helped β-test his survey questionnaire which studies the many paths toward retirement of university employees.
  3. We investigated requests for assistance from emeriti on a wide range of issues including: parking, recreational services, library access, and service on Ph.D. committees (both in and outside of faculty’s department).
  4. Our web-site continues to expand. Minutes of our meetings include brief reports on the major committees. This is an easy way to find out what FRIC is doing, how Hancher plans are progressing, or what the Faculty Senate or Research Council are discussing. When Deans of various colleges have been our guest speakers the minutes provide insight into what is happening in their college.
  5. UIRA represented us at the Big 10 meeting at the University of Wisconsin last year; this year we are attending the meeting at Ohio State. We attended the national retirees meeting (AROHE) last year and will attend again this year in North Carolina.
  6. Incoming and out-going presidents of EFC and UIRA met with Associate Provost Tom Rice to develop greater awareness of our activities and encourage greater use of emeriti on external reviews, accreditation, dispute resolution, ad hoc committees, special services and projects. A permanent dialogue has been established with this office.

Emeritus Faculty Council Committee 2011-2012 Summary Reports

Research Council: Jack Rosazza 

Topics discussed 2011-2012 included:

  • eRouting and credit assignment were demonstrated for the council.
  • Conflict of interest policy and new NIH rule changes were discussed. Conflict of interest in research was defined as personal financial profit that could bias research outcomes. The offices managing these topics were described.
  • Cluster hires were discussed with Associate Provost Rice.
  • The council met with CLAS Dean Search Committee Chair, Dean David Johnsen. Members of the Research Council members participated in open interviews with CLAS dean candidates.
  • Economic Development by VP Jordan Cohen et al., covered ranges of UI’s activities in this evolving area. A “roundtable” discussion by Charles Connerly (Urban and Regional Planning; Public Policy); Peter Matthes, Director Federal Relations; and David Wiemer, Chemistry and cofounder Terpenoid Therapeutics preceded a Council discussion.


Hancher Committee: Laird Addis

Much of the time of the meetings of the Hancher committee during 2011-2012 was taken with reports of Hancher director Charles Swanson on the design and funding of the new Hancher Auditorium, for which the groundbreaking will take place later this year. The other main topic was discussion of the current season, especially preparation for and appearance of the Boston Pops orchestra last November. A third recurrent topic was the many problems in scheduling, marketing, and hosting Hancher events that derive from the flood of 2008.

Senior College: Al Hood

The Senior College offered 10 courses Spring Semester 2012, the largest number thus far. Included was a course with the largest number of registrants to date which was closed at 100 with a waiting list. It was taught by Timothy Hankewich, the conductor of the Cedar Rapids Symphony (Orchestra Iowa). Entitled "Music and Nationalism," it received rave reviews.

University Library: Lorraine Dorfman

Meetings dealt primarily with the renovations being made to the library and the subsequent reallocation of space. There is an effort to allocate carrels to dissertation students. It is unlikely that emeritus faculty will have assigned carrels any longer, because of the reduction in numbers available.

Communications Committee: Nancy Sprince

The committee has focused efforts to keep the News section of the EFC website up-to-date with news of interest to Emeriti. They urge members to submit or otherwise share news items or updates that may be of interest to Emeriti.

FRIC: Jerry Rose

FRIC reports that there will be no changes in coverage in the U of I medical or dental plans for the coming year. The Benefits Office has not received requests for changes for the coming year. CHIP II enrollments continue to decline, totaling only about 450 participants. CHIP II's employee and spouse plan has only 30 participants in contrast to UI Choice with over 9000.

A phone survey of CHIP II participants who could benefit by moving to UIChoice was conducted to determine why they remained with CHIP II. Among the most common responses were inertia; the perception that UIChoice constrains the choice of providers; and out of state or travel coverage. The possibility of combining the programs when CHIP II is no longer viable was discussed but not acted upon. Wellmark will not offer Chip II below a certain level of participating. UIChoice expenses exceeded revenues in the previous year resulting in greater costs to the university. The U of I health insurance plans cost the university about $84 million each year; dental plans about $5.5 million. Coverage for vitamins and complementary medical care (e.g., acupuncture, massage) were considered but not added to available coverage.

John Hancock will leave long term care coverage and be replaced by a new plan. International travel insurance covering business travel by faculty staff and students is now available.

FRIC presentations during the year included a review of the U of I wellness programs (Lifestyle factors cause the majority of health care costs).

Development at the Iowa River Landing Clinic (expected to open in October 2012) will include: General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics, Women’s Health Services, Cardiology, Cardiac Rehab, Dermatology, Diabetes Center, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Urology, Lab/Pathology, Radiology and Pharmacy.

UIRA Liaison: Jerry Rose and Jerry Walker

At the invitation of the UIRA, Jerry Walker and Jerry Rose alternated in attending UIRA board meetings. Similarly, Pam Willard and Nancy Williams attended EFC meetings for the UIRA. UIRA membership is about 750 individuals. To facilitate coordination, the UIRA and EFC web pages have links to the other’s sites. The UIRA web page is http:/www.uiowa.edu/~uira/. The UIRA Administrative Handbook was updated and provided to UIRA board members. UIRA helped sponsor many successful senior college courses and had numerous programs. Examples of programs: New Music and Hancher buildings; a tour of the arena addition; electronic resources at the IC library; art building west; and cyber anatomy/cyber science.

Recreational Services: Jerry Walker

Several things were done to make some facilities, such as the Field House more user- friendly. This included a new entrance on the East side; changes in hours; and discussion of charges for forgotten IDs…a particular issue for students entering the FH for a class. Many future recreation service and university facility construction matters were addressed. The outdoor tennis courts are to be replaced this summer and fall because of surface issues. An indoor facility at Lake MacBride is extremely important to provide shelter during severe weather for student campers who attend the summer programs. The impact of the road that will be built in 2013 through the Field House to provide access to UIHC is of concern. Although this is being paid for by the hospital, it is likely to eliminate the pool which gets much use. The Rugby Field will be moved to provide for construction of a day care center on the Hawkeye Campus. 

Faculty Senate: Gary Gussin

Items considered by Faculty Senate during 2011-2012 included:

  • Clarification of policy for hiring of Lecturers and other fixed-term (non-research) faculty;
  • Policy for the deployment of video surveillance cameras for security purposes in university buildings and for the management of the data obtained by video surveillance;
  • Revision of the policy of financial conflict of interest in sponsored research to fit with new NIH guidelines; and
  • Clarification of policies related to eligibility of tenure-track faculty members for an extension of the probationary period based on their role as primary care-givers to a new child.

Questions or Comments from the Membership: There were no questions or comments from the membership following the above presentations.

Memorial Moment: A moment of silence was observed in honor of 27 colleagues who died during the year.

Passing of the Gavel: Vice President Ray Muston introduced Gerald Rose as the new President of the Emeritus Faculty Council for the 2012-2013 academic year. 

Guest Speaker: Kenneth Hubel introduced Dr. Jean Robillard, Vice President for Medical Affairs, UIHC. His topic: “Building on Excellence: University of Iowa Health Care Update”

Some of the highlights of the presentation included:

  • UI Health Care has brought the hospital, practice and college together. There is one chief financial officer for all of these components. An important role of the Vice President is establishing vision and policy.
  • • Having an integrated strategic plan is important to accommodate changes in medicine as well as changes in our lives.

  • UIHC accounts for a substantial economic impact within the state. During the past year it provided 13,800 full time jobs and received $220 million in research grants.
  • Education programs are varied and include education for physicians, other health care providers and pre and postdoctoral training.
  • There were 3500 applications for UIHC medical school during the past academic year.
  • UIHC departments are highly ranked in US: i.e. the physician’s assistant program ranked second; physical therapy ranked fifth; and rural medicine ranked ninth.
  • Carver College of Medicine was recognized as 10th in the nation out of a total of 128 medical colleges.
  • 50% of physicians in the state receive some training at UIHC; however, three-fourths of medical students leave the state.
  • Dr. Robillard described the numerous building programs that are currently in progress and those planned for the future that will continue to create a more accessible and up-to-date medical campus. A highlight is the Children’s Hospital with a fund-raising goal of $100,000,000.The master plan for the campus is to provide westward growth.

Special Announcement: The School of Music is hosting a celebration of Himie Voxman’s life on Saturday, May 19 at 1 pm in the Iowa Memorial Union main lounge. 

Adjournment: The annual meeting was adjourned at 12:00 noon. Lunch and a fellowship hour followed.

Respectfully submitted,
Rose Friedrich, EFC secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, May 7, 2012
2520B UCC

Members Present: Laird Addis, Bill Buss, Claibourne Dungy, Carol Fethke, Rose Friedrich, Gary Gussin, Al Hood, Ken Hubel, Ray Muston, Jack Rosazza, Nancy Sprince, Tom Weingeist

Guest: Dianne Wasson, RN

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Carol Fethke.

Minutes: The April minutes were approved, following some editorial corrections.

Presentation: “Honoring Your Wishes”

Dianne Wasson, Advance Nursing Practice Coordinator/Supervisor, UI Personal Care and representing the UI Health Plans Office informed the EFC about a community-wide care planning initiative entitled, “Honoring Your Wishes”. She gave each EFC member a handout that described the process and centers where assistance with this service is offered. The goals of advance care planning are: to understand and discuss goals for future healthcare decision in the context of your values and beliefs and to produce or update a written plan that accurately represents your preferences and prepares others to make healthcare decisions consistent with these preferences. Adults ages 18 years and older are invited to schedule an appointment with a certified Advance Care Planning facilitator. Contact the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center or UIHC email to: UIHC-AdvanceCarePlanning@uiowa.edu. The meetings with a facilitator are cost free. “Honoring Your Wishes” handouts will be distributed at the EFC Annual Meeting, May 14, 2012 and a copy will be posted on the EFC website.

Key Committee Reports

EFC Elections Committee: Bob Wachel (Liberal Arts) and Irwin Levin (Liberal Arts) are the newly elected EFC members. Gerald Rose (Business) and Ray Muston (Graduate College) were re-elected to serve second terms on the council. Al Hood and Carol Fethke will rotate off the council.

Communication regarding emeriti on doctoral committees: Laird Addis reported on his communication with John Keller, Graduate Dean, concerning the Graduate College regulations related to emeriti serving on doctoral dissertation committees, particularly those outside their own department. Clarification was sought from Dean Keller because there was uncertainty about this issue. Dean Keller ‘s response was supportive of emeritus faculty service as members of doctoral dissertation committees, “If a program nominates an emeritus faculty member for service, the Graduate College has virtually always supported the request.”
Ray Muston and Bill Buss will send a letter to Dean Keller, thanking him for his clarification and comment on the positive reaction of the EFC and other emeriti who look forward to serving on doctoral dissertation committees. A copy of the letter will be sent to Associate Provost, Tom Rice.

Hancher Committee Meeting: Laird Addis attended the Hancher committee meeting on April 27, 2012. Director Chuck Swanson asked for advice on how to improve attendance of student members. He then announced the probable date of groundbreaking for the new Hancher auditorium and the approximate date for beginning the removal of the old one. Following discussion of the present Hancher season and plans for the remaining events, Swanson invited Richard Gloss, Box Office Manager, to discuss both some remaining issues in the design of the new building, especially those having to do with entrances and the lobby, and present problems arising from having to sell tickets at multiple locations. (Email report from Laird Addis)

Campus Planning Committee: H.D. Hoover attended the Campus Planning Committee meeting on April 18, 2012. His report is as follows: After the meeting was called to order by John Beldon Scott the minutes for the March 19 meeting were approved. Final plans for a flood mitigation wall and new vestibule plaza for the C.Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Lab were given final approval. The green space at the corner of Riverside Drive and River Street between the Art Building West and proposed Visual Arts Building was reserved as an “Arts Meadow” for public art.

Other topics briefly discussed were the replacement of boiler fans and a new stack for the Power Plant, Phase 2 of the new football operations facility, the modification of a UIHC entry from the Field House, and the new Melrose Avenue Surface Parking lot. (Email report from H.D. Hoover)

FRIC Meeting: The May 4, 2012 meeting of FRIC was attended by Carol Fethke. John Hancock is withdrawing long-term coverage from the market. Those with current long-term care policies can keep their policy, although rates will go up as much as 2%. The Board of Regents has approved a new carrier, Genworth, only for active employees; those over 65 have to answer a medical questionnaire.

A discussion to remove UI from a disease management program received support but a final decision was not made. There was also a discussion to extend health coverage to transgendered employees. Iowa does not have anyone to provide this service but there was strong support for coverage because it is possible that not covering this group is discriminatory and thus illegal. (Email report from Carol Fethke)

Committee reports for Annual Meeting: Ray Muston will summarize the highlights of the committee reports for the annual meeting. Each EFC committee was asked to submit a short summary to Ray prior to the meeting.


Meeting Schedule for Next Year: The first meeting of the EFC will be Monday, September 10, 2012 because the first Monday of September is Labor Day. The meeting room will be the same – room 2520B UCC – and the meeting time will be 9:30 -11:00 a.m. Early in the fall, members will be surveyed about their schedules and the meeting dates and time will be adjusted accordingly for the remainder of the year. Ray Muston suggested using remote communication, i.e. SKYPE when some members are out of state for several months. This would assist the membership in keeping up-to-date and informed.

Big Ten Meeting: The Big Ten Meeting of Emeritus Faculty will be held August 3-5, 2010 at Ohio State University. Bill Buss volunteered to be the UI representative if his schedule permits.

AROHE Meeting: The AROHE Meeting will be October 21-24, 2010 at the North Carolina Research Triangle. Ray Muston will consider attending the meeting as the UI representative.

New Business

Emeriti Parking: Harold Hammond contacted the council regarding the issue that more parking gates reduce access for emeriti parking, specifically parking space reserved for Oral Pathology and Radiation and Medicine. Carol Fethke will write a response to Mr. Hammond and Tom Weingeist will check further into the details of this concern.

Membership list for all emeriti: George Woodworth, Statistics, inquired if EFC wanted to create a Survey Monkey project to collect information for a membership list. UIRA completed a similar project in the past. If both organizations had a membership list, they could be combined for future use. The EFC will consider this project for the next academic year.

Membership on International Committee: Jerry Rose suggested a Business emeriti be appointed to the International Committee. According to Jerry, College of Business faculty teach in at least 6 countries but have no representation on this committee. Ray Muston reported that he was also involved in international business and indicated there are many emeriti faculty who do international work. This discussion will be turned back to Jerry for further deliberation.

Open meetings: All EFC meetings are open to all emeriti faculty. This will be announced on the EFC website.

Voxman Celebration: David Gier requested EFC announce at the Annual Meeting the Voxman Celebration, Saturday, May 19, 2012, 1:00 p.m. at the IMU. This request will be put on the Annual Meeting schedule.

Request for Emeritus Status: The EFC approved Emeritus status for Charmaine Kleiber, College of Nursing.

Discussion of Criteria for Advisee/Volunteer Pool list for Provost and Deans: EFC explored way of providing assistance to the University of Iowa Provost and Deans through an advisee/volunteer pool list of emeritus faculty who would be willing to volunteer for activities such as reviewing proposals, University outreach, freshman seminars etc. (Refer to April 2, 2012 EFC minutes). There was discussion that it may be more helpful if a need is identified first, and then EFC contacted for input rather than operating from a generic list of names and topics. After considerable discussion, a number of faculty agreed to submit their resumes, as a first step in becoming more involved in the University process.

Speaker: Dean Margaret Crocco, College of Education

The speaker planned for today, Dean Margaret Crocco, was unable to attend today’s meeting. She notified Jack Rosazza.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 10:50 a.m.

Next meeting: will be the Annual Meeting: Monday, May 14, 2012 at 10:15 a.m. in 2520D UCC followed by a luncheon. The speaker will be Jean Robilliard, Vice President of Health Services, UIHC.

Respectfully submitted,

Rose Friedrich

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, April 2, 2012
2520B UCC

Call to Order: The meeting called to order by President Fethke at 9:30 AM.

Members Present: Laird Addis, Lorraine Dorfman, Carol Fethke. Gary Gussin, Al Hood, HD Hoover, Ken Hubel, Norbert Malik, Ray Muston, John Rosazza, Gerald Rose, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker, Pam Willard (UIRA liaison)

Minutes: The minutes of the March 5 meeting were approved.
 

  1. Carol Fethke reported on a meeting with Associate Professor Tom Rice, Nancy Williams, and Gerald Rose. Among the topics discussed were:

    EFC and UIRA cooperation and complementary roles in activities like the Senior College

    This year’s EFC themes and their supporting monthly programs:
    • Retirement and Aging:
      • Brian Kaskie –Retirement Pathways
      • Susan Schultz – Early Alzheimers Research
      • Sue Buckley – VP Human Resources, The Aging of Faculty: benefits issues and trends
    • Campus Activities and Issues:
      • David Johnsen – Dentistry, Staying Connected and Dean Searches
      • Richard Fumerton, Faculty Senate President – Current Academic Issues at the U of I
      • Dean Margaret Crocco – Education in Iowa
      • VP Jean Robillard – New initiatives from UI Healthcare
    • Enhancing Visibility and Role of Emeritus Faculty
      • EFC: Communication discussion and the improved web site:
      • Joan Cook – RSVP Director, Elder Services
    The group discussed additional support from Tom Rice’s office that would be useful including the possibility Tom Rice would address the annual meeting in May.

    It was agreed that:
    • Funding for registration and the trip to the Big 10 meeting in August at OSU would be provided;
    • Funding for registration at the AROHE meeting in October at the N.C. Research Triangle would be provided to the EFC and funds for UIRA will be sought;
    • Associate Provost Rice will help the EFC in approaching deans to better utilize emeritus faculty and in finding ways for them to serve on ad hoc, charter and search committees;
    • Emeritus faculty participation on dissertation committees will be considered with the Graduate College and EFC would contact the Dean for clarification; and that
    • Emeritus faculty will continue to be asked to participate in some supplementary efforts for external reviews and accreditation reports, dispute resolutions, and proposal reviews.
    • Finally, the EFC would explore ways to provide assistance in developing pools of emeriti who would be willing to participate in some activities. Possible uses for the pools are: Health and wellness, Proposal reviews, University outreach and visibility, freshmen seminars, Foundation and alumni support, Dispute resolution procedures and issues

    An innovative concept of appointing retired fellow in colleges or provost’s office was discussed.

    There will be further meetings with Associate Provost Rice to continue discussions.

  2. Next year’s speakers were discussed. They will be organized around the EFC themes for the year. The schedule for the first several meetings will be determined after the May meeting.
     
  3. EFC member were asked to consider the schedule of meetings for a decision at the next meeting. The specific issues:
    Would it be desirable to eliminate the December meeting? If so, should a meeting be added in August?
    Would it increase attendance if meetings were held at mid-week rather than on Mondays? If so, which day would be best?

Committee Reports (submitted via email but not discussed at the meeting):

Campus Planning Committee March 19, 2012 meeting report – HD Hoover

After the meeting was called to order by chair John Beldon Scott the minutes for the February 1 were approved. The committee then approved final plans for a new 10-story west campus residence hall that will house 501 students on 9 residential floors. The dorm will be located on Grand Avenue between Reinow and Hillcrest dorms. This is the first of three new dorms planned for the west campus.

Hugh Barry presented close to final plans for Phase 2 of the new football operations facility. Phase 1, a new indoor practice facility, is under construction. Phase 2, which will be attached to the practice facility will house all football operations, including staff offices, locker rooms, weight rooms, and equipment storage. It will be a very large 2-story building located where a parking lot currently exists directly west of the Recreation Building. There was extensive discussion of the proposed façade of the building. Final approval of the design is scheduled to take place at the April 18 meeting of the committee prior to the next meeting of the Board of Regents.

Some additional topics briefly discussed were the safety of a crosswalk next to Westlawn and an unapproved UI Childcare sign at the same location, flood recovery and mitigation at Mayflower, a UI student kitchen garden behind North Hall, and improvements to the T. Anne Cleary Walkway.

Hancher Advisory Committee March meeting report. Nancy Sprince
The Board of Regents has approved the budget for the new Hancher construction. The design for the building is near the final stage. Groundbreaking may occur around Fall, 2012. Plans for the new building, which will have 1800 seats, include two balconies. There will be a fund-raising campaign with the UI Foundation for a goal of $30 million to help fund the construction of the new Hancher building, and for the School of Music and the School of Art and Art History. FEMA will be looking over the plans for the demolition of the old Hancher building.

Hancher has been collaborating with many areas of the University on educational outreach projects. Hancher will present the Mayberry Project April 27-28, 2012. This work explores issues of living together in Iowa City during a time of transition that has increased the number of African Americans living in Iowa City. Hancher is planning for an innovative year-long program, The Memory Project, working with researchers, clinicians, and patients with memory-related diseases.

Guest Speaker: David C Johnsen, Dean College of Dentistry – Geriatric Dentistry at the UI. 

Some key points made in his presentation follow.

After a brief introduction on his background, Dean Johnsen discussed the Dentistry College. There are 90 faculty in the College. In addition to teaching and research, they are requested to participate in continuing education programs. Faculty ages are widely distributed with many in their 40’s. About six leave each year. Half of what is taught each year is obsolete within five years. So, in addition to clinical skills, a focusing on critical thinking, learning, and ethics is essential. The College’s research productivity has been ranked near the top ten in the country. 

The dean’s roles are to work with faculty to achieve leadership in dental specialties, influence national policies, recruit faculty and funds, network with peers, and set the College’s direction.

A $65 million upgrade of facilities is under way; free medical clinics are offered, and their geriatric mobile unit is the only one of its kind in the country. 

80% of the practicing dentists in Iowa are alumni of the College and about 70% of each incoming class are Iowans. In contrast, advanced students come from around the world. Demand for dental services has been rising for 50 years; even in recent years of economic duress it did not fall. Dentists’ compensation rivals that of general practitioners. He sees collaboration with community colleges is essential and on-going.

Outreach is important. He frequently visits Iowa legislators in their home districts to emphasize that the College is a resource for the state. On visits he is often accompanied by an alumnus of the College increasing the impact of his comments. This outreach is an important activity because too little is known about the U of I and the College. He also discussed the CLAS role at U of I as well as recruiting students. Dean Johnsen has lobbied in Des Moines for public health centers throughout the state.

In addition to his role as Dean, Johnsen has served on several key U of I search committees, including the current CLAS dean search.

For additional information about Dean Johnsen or the College go tohttp://www.dentistry.uiowa.edu/about_us/about.shtml

Adjournment: President Fethke adjourned the meeting shortly after 11:00 AM

Next Meeting: The next meeting will be Monday, May 7, 2012 at 9:30 AM in 2520B, UCC.

The EFC annual meeting will be held May 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM in 2520D UCC and will be followed by a luncheon.

Respectfully submitted,
Gerald Rose, Acting Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, March 5, 2012
2520B UCC

Members Present: Laird Addis, Carol Fethke, Rose Friedrich, HD Hoover, Ken Hubel, Jack Rosazza, Gerald Rose, Nancy Sprince, Tom Weingeist

UIRA Liaison to EFC: Pam Willard

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Carol Fethke.

Minutes: The EFC February 6, 2012 were approved as distributed.

Proposals relating to the election of EFC officers: Following further discussion of the proposals that were introduced at the February EFC meeting, those present voted unanimously to accept Proposal 1, A. This proposal states: “We establish a format that creates a president-elect mid-year to allow a better transition in the fall.”

Gerald Rose volunteered to be president-elect and assume the role of president during the 2012-2013 academic year. There was unanimous support for this decision. He would like to have a co-chair (as president) and will contact individual board members to determine their interest in assisting him.

Annual Meeting Update: Jack Rosazza gave an update on the planning for the Emeritus Faculty annual spring meeting and luncheon to be held May 14, 2012. Ray Muston has offered to chair the meeting in the absence of Carol Fethke. Jack Rosazza will work with Brenda Bradley in sending out publicity for the event. Dr. Jean Robillard, the speaker for the luncheon, will be contacted by Ken Hubel to confirm the title of the presentation.

Nominations –Elections Committee: A letter has been sent to members of the Emeritus Faculty Association requesting nominations for openings in four colleges (Liberal arts and Sciences, Engineering, Graduate College, Tippie College of Business). Nominations are to be returned to the EFC, Office of the Provost, by April 4, 2012.

Retiree Seminar: Sean Hesler, Learning and Development, has agreed that UIRA, EFC and Brian Kaskie’s group can send an observer to the retiree seminar on March 29, 2012. Carol Fethke will attend for EFC and report back.

Meeting with Associate Provost: Nancy Williams (UIRA) and Carol Fethke will meet with Associate Provost Tom Rice on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Possible issues for discussion include possible roles for Emeriti on faculty outreach projects within Iowa; memberships on committees we now attend, in particular FRIC; membership on major-issue projects such as retention or graduation rates; ad-hoc advisory or review committees; and membership on search committees.

RFP for Community Engagement proposals: Jordan Cohen sent out an RFP for Community Engagement proposals from active faculty. Carol Fethke suggested that she query Associate Provost, Tom Rice regarding the eligibility of emeriti faculty to propose an Emeriti-lead Community Engagement project.

Low attendance at EFC meetings: Recently, the EFC meetings have had low attendance, in part attributed to travel and illness. It was agreed that this is an issue to address early in the next academic year. Perhaps meetings could be scheduled around travel plans that are known in advance. The suggestion was made that each council member identify his/her travel (and other known absences) plans for the academic year before the EFC meeting schedule is finalized in the fall.

Committee Reports

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee: Gerald Rose attended the March 2, 2012 FRIC meeting and submitted the following report:

Discussion of CHIP II continued. It was decided to conduct a phone survey of a sample of current CHIP II participants to learn why they had decided to remain with CHIP II rather than change to UI Choice. The survey will ignore CHIP II participants who are in the Single or Employee and Child/Children programs as they pay nothing for their coverage (after the U of I subsidy), so it is quite obvious why they would prefer CHIP II. Currently only about 283 employees opt for CHIP II (in contrast to about 9,200 opting for UI Choice). Very few opting for CHIP II live outside Johnson County; only five live in states other than Iowa. The median age of CHIP II participants is between 40 and 50; the median salary is between 70,000 and 80,000 with 35 participants having salaries of at least $200,000.00. The largest number of participants is at UIHC or the College of Medicine.

Data from Wellmark showed that a program to provide vitamin coverage would cost more than the cost of vitamins. A motion to not provide vitamin coverage was approved.

A discussion about the possibility of providing coverage for complementary medicine (e.g., acupuncture, massage) concluded with agreement that more information is needed. It was noted that many U of I employees receive massage treatments using their health benefits funds, so it is anticipated that demand for that coverage would be substantial.

The possibility of making changes in health insurance plans for next year was mentioned. Nobody at the meeting could recall hearing requests for changes from their constituents. Federal law will require some changes, most notably a reduction from $6,000 to $2,500 on tax free health spending plan.

The next meeting will be April 6, 2012 at 11:30 AM.

Following the report, Rose Friedrich inquired if Emeritus faculty would be included in the phone survey to sample CHIP II participants, especially since significant numbers of retired faculty and staff live outside Iowa for several months during each year. Gerald Rose replied that no emeritus faculty would be included in the survey.

Speaker: Richard Fumerton, Professor of Philosophy, President of University of Iowa Faculty Senate

Professor Laird Addis introduced Professor Richard Fumerton. They are colleagues in the Philosophy Department. Professor Addis summarized the highlights of Professor Fumerton’s outstanding contributions to the University of Iowa and to his discipline.

In his current role as President of the University of Iowa Faculty Senate, Professor Fumerton addressed the EFC on the “Role of Emeritus Faculty”. He emphasized the value of emeritus faculty within a University setting and the importance of creating expanded roles through continued communication with the Provost and Associate Provost. Specific contributions may include serving as a guest lecturer; committee assignments including the possibility of dissertation committees; search committees for collegiate deans; grievance panels and other activities identified by the EFC. Overall, he felt strongly that emeritus faculty have a historical context that newer/current faculty may not have. There was also extended discussion of the University’s tenure policy and of possible modifications that might be made of it.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 11:10 a.m.

Next Meeting: The next Emeritus Faculty Council meeting will be Monday, April 2, 2012. Location 2520B UCC. Speaker: Dr. David C. Johnsen, Dean College of Dentistry. Topic: “UI Geriatric Dentistry”.

Respectfully submitted,
Rose Friedrich

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, February 6, 2012
2520B UCC

Members Present: Laird Addis, Lorraine Dorfman, Carol Fethke, Rose Friedrich, H.D. Hoover, Ken Hubel, Jack Rosazza, Norb Malik, Jerry Rose, Jerry Walker

UIRA Liaison to EFC: Nancy Williams

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President Carol Fethke.

Minutes: The EFC December 5, 2011 minutes were approved as distributed.

Annual Spring Meeting: The Association of the Emeritus Faculty Annual Spring Meeting and Luncheon will be held May 14, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in 2520D UCC. The scheduled speaker is Dr. Jean Robillard, Vice-President for Medical Affairs, UI Health Care.

Ad Hoc Committee on Health and Wellness: The Ad Hoc Committee on Health and Wellness has an official name: “Joint Committee on Retiree Health and Wellness”. Carol Fethke voiced concern that the insurance group for retirees is small. The committee is seeking additional volunteers for the committee who are interested in the insurance issue as well as related issues. Carol recommended contacting either her or Nancy Williams if retired staff or faculty are interested in membership in this committee.

Update on Brian Kaskie’s group: Carol Fethke gave an update of Brian Kaskie’s research. He is analyzing data from phase one of his study. Ray Muston has offered to advise him during this phase of the analysis. In April, 2012 the second phase of the study will begin. The focus of this phase will examine how to best communicate with faculty and staff before they retire. He is seeking volunteers to give him feedback on the second phase of the study before it is carried out.

Educational offerings: Carol Fethke and Nancy Williams met with Associate Provost, Tom Rice to update him on the continuing activities of the EFC.

In April, the Staff Benefits Office will offer the yearly seminar for faculty and staff, 55 years and older, who are considering retirement. Carol Fethke inquired if she could enroll for this seminar, on behalf of EFC, in order to update her knowledge of what is offered to perspective retirees. Unfortunately, she was informed that the session is closed and there is no more space available.

The EFC Program Committee has scheduled the following speakers for the remainder of the semester. All presentations will be 9:30-11:00 a.m. in room 2520B UCC.

  • March 5, 2012: Richard Fumerton, Professor of Philosophy, President of University of Iowa Faculty Senate
  • April 2, 2012: David C. Johnsen, Dean College of Dentistry – UI Geriatric Dentistry
  • May 7, 2012: Margaret Crocco, Dean College of Education – Education in the state of Iowa

Proposals relating to the election of officers: It was suggested at the December 5, 2011 meeting that consideration should be given for a change in the timeline for election of EFC officers for the next academic. Carol Fethke outlined two proposals to consider for the process. Because of the low attendance at this meeting, it was decided that no formal action would be taken, but the advantages of the proposals were discussed and possible names of persons to fill the positions were put forward. Prior to the meeting, Jack Rosazza volunteered to be Program Chair and Rose Friedrich volunteered to continue as Secretary for ’12-’13 academic year.

The proposal that received the most support is to establish a format that creates a President-elect mid-year to allow a better transition in the fall. The President will hold office from August-July, but this gives the President-elect a chance to learn and get oriented with some help from the current officeholder. It also gives time to plan his/her initiatives for the coming year. After much discussion, Jerry Walker said he will consider serving in that position if someone is willing to serve as the presidential co-chair for the ’12-’13 year.

Committee Reports

Recreational Services Committee: Jerry Walker summarized the highlights of the Recreational Services Committee meeting held on October 28, 2011.Beginning at the start of the spring semester in January 2012, CRWC and Field House will open at 5:30 a.m. The Tennis Center already opens at this time. An Environmental Learning Center at the McBride Campus is in the future as soon as funding is approved. A parking ramp will be built at the time that Phase II (another CRWW to the current CRWW) is begun. An indoor turf facility will be built prior to Phase II. The energy costs of CRWW is $2 million a year.

The November 15, 2011 recreational services committee meeting included a discussion of the fees that are charged to students who forget to bring their ID cards for admission to the recreation facilities. Currently, after forgetting the ID once, a $7.00 charge is assessed to the member including students desiring entry to Recreation Services Facility. The committee voted to have a reduced fee $5.00 for individuals who have forgotten their IDs more than twice in a semester. This will take effect beginning the spring semester 2012.

An indoor turf facility to encompass recreational services, athletics and the university band will be built. Construction should begin the summer of 2012. Harry would like to combine this with replacement of the outdoor tennis courts. An access one way road will be built through the Field House.

The membership incentive/utilization was reviewed. Post doc fellows and retirees will not receive the incentive. UI Credit Union will remove the ATM from the CRWC unless a $300/month is paid for the service beginning January 2012.

Hancher Committee: Laird Addis submitted a report of the January 20, 2012 Hancher Committee meeting. Director Chuck Swanson discussed three major topics including: (1) the funds that FEMA has committed to the new Hancher Auditorium (less than hoped, but more than feared), (2) the Boston Pops concert in November and the monies spent and earned, and (3) the Hancher events of the spring semester.

Campus Planning Committee: Laird Addis and HD Hoover attended the February 1, 2012 meeting of the Campus Planning Committee. HD Hoover submitted the following report:

After the call to order by chairman John Beldon Scott and approval of the minutes from the November 30 meeting, the following items were discussed and approved by the committee:

  1. The establishment of an herb garden in the area between North Hall and the Hancher Footbridge by the University of Iowa gardeners.
  2. Final plans for an addition to the Power Plant which houses back-up power generating equipment.
  3. Plans for renovation of the west and south entrances to Calvin Hall
  4. Design specs for the replacement of Hancher Auditorium, Voxman/Clapp, and the new Visual Arts Building

Rod Lehnertz presented flood mitigation plans for the Theatre Building and the IMU for discussion. He also gave an overview of the UIHC Master Plan for the area currently occupied by Parking Ramp II. This plan would replace the ramp with underground parking. The above ground space would consist of three hospital towers and landscaped public space across from Kinnick Stadium. The first of these towers, which will house the new Children’s Hospital, is under construction. Lehnertz also reported on the status of flood mitigation plans for the Theatre Building and the IMU.

 

Funder Retirement and Insurance Committee: Carol Fethke attended the February 3, 2012 FRIC meeting and submitted the following report:

  1. The committee reviewed the November/December Open Enrollment results.
    Dental I will be eliminated next year. Chip II is dropping in enrollment and approaching the critical numbers for existence. For singles, the total costs are less in UI Choice, yet 119 people select CHIP II. A discussion followed about why: out-of-area employees, rising costs, cash-flow (lower out-of-pocket costs), age, inertia…
  2. Professor Anand Vijh presented a Proposed Rate-Setting Plan for Chip II. His goal was a plan that provided quality health-care, control costs for employee and employer, fairness and promotion of the UI Hospital system. He addressed the anomaly of CHIP II higher costs, abnormally high risks, variance in premiums and stickiness in plan choice. His proposal would charge the higher of: current CHIP II rates or 20% the current cost of UI Choice.
  3. A discussion of whether CHIP II enrollees should be notified of the possible demise of the program and/ or whether to survey or call some to ask why they stay enrolled. This later information might permit discussion of potential adjustments to UI Choice to accommodate their needs. The committee also heard a suggestion to provide the same UI Choice subsidy to singles in the CHIP II plan. This would mean CHIP II singles would have to pay about $130 a month because they are subsidized this much more than UI Choice singles.
  4. Principal, the Supplemental Insurance provider, has asked that the University consider setting a cap on the amount of insurance it allowed. For a small group of individuals, the coverage now is over $2 million. A lively discussion ensued about whether Principal was actually exposed to higher risk as they suggest. Pro the risk arguments: there is no health screening, relatively low premiums, and possibility that those knowingly facing medical problems elect more insurance (adverse selection) when there is open enrollment. Con the risk arguments: University average age is in mid-40s, relatively healthy, premiums are age-adjusted in bands, and a “cap” exists in that when the employee retires, the coverage drops. Many employees do not realize that at younger ages and healthy, they can get lower rates in the private market and that these term policies would still exist if the employee left the University. A final consideration is that employees pay income taxes on the value of premium differentials for insurance over $50,000. This value is reported on the individual’s W-2. The consensus was to tell Principal we were not interested in a cap on insurance coverage.

Elections Committee of EFC: Lorraine Dorfman, Emeritus Faculty Council Elections Committee Chair, submitted a summary of committee decisions related to 2012 Spring elections.

Nomination letters will go out shortly to all emeritus faculty and need to be returned to the Provost's Office by April 4. The following seats are open: CLAS (2), College of Engineering (1), Graduate College (1), and College of Business (1). Emeriti can nominate faculty from any college that has open seats. The elections committee (Muston, Dorfman, Weingeist) will count the nominations, contact nominees to see if they are willing to be on the ballot, and report back to Brenda Bradley in the Provost's Office by April 12. Brenda will then prepare and mail ballots. Voters can only vote for nominees from their own college. Ballots need to be returned to the Provost's Office by April 30. The elections committee will count ballots and confirm acceptance by newly elected Council members by May 3. Brenda will send letters to new Council members and to nominees who were not elected. Announcement of new members will be made at the annual EFC meeting on May 14. 

Library Committee: Lorraine Dorfman attended the February 10, 2012 meeting of the Library Committee. Highlights of the meeting included the following:

The major business discussed was the Main Library renovation. There will be an expanded Learning Commons on the first floor that will include exhibition space, computer areas, classrooms, and an upscale food for purchase area. Renovation will start in spring/summer 2012 and continue for about a year. The south entrance to the library will be closed permanently. On the fourth and fifth floors, 16 faculty have given up faculty studies for this year so that Ph.D. dissertation students have a place to work while renovation is going on in the areas where there were graduate student carrels. Priority for faculty studies is current full-time faculty, Ph.D. students writing dissertations, current part-time faculty, and current adjunct faculty (in order of priority). There was discussion about giving assistant professors priority over other faculty. When renovation is complete, there will be a new graduate student room with carrels available on a first come, first serve basis and lockers available for students to store their belongings. Estimated number of carrels is about one-third of the current number, but many have not been used regularly. Another item discussed was the issue of replacement keys; the cost is $15 for lost keys and $100 for failure to return keys when faculty studies are no longer used. Library staff hope to eventually have electronic access available instead of keys, but cost is an issue.

The digital humanities initiative was discussed. Undergraduate and graduate students have been hired to work on this initiative with both new faculty who are cluster hires as well as other humanities faculty, and a number of projects are underway.

The library is obtaining a large number of e-books; it currently has thousands available. The librarians are trying to make more people aware of e-books that the library has either leased or bought. 

Senior College: The courses offered for the spring semester in the Senior College are filling up rapidly. To date, over 400 retirees have enrolled.


Speaker: Susan K. Schultz, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

The topic of Dr. Schultz’s presentation was “Alzheimer’s Disease – Research Update”.

Her current research involves studying the brain changes seen in Alzheimer’s disease through brain imaging and other biological markers. She has conducted experimental treatment studies for Alzheimer’s disease through collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study, a national study exploring new ways to diagnose and treat dementia. The presentation reviewed some of the progress in Alzheimer’s research and in this initiative.

Selected highlights of Dr. Schultz’s presentation include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that impairs memory and thinking skills. In people with AD, symptoms first appear after age 60. Younger onset AD may have a worse progression of illness.
  • From 2000-2008, Alzheimer’s disease deaths increased 66% while deaths from HIV, strokes, heart disease, prostate cancer and breast cancer decreased.
  • The brains of people with AD have an abundance of two abnormal structures: Beta-amyloid plaques, which are dense deposits of protein and cellular material that accumulate outside the cell and neurofibrillary tangles, which are twisted fibers that build up inside the nerve cell.
  • The new conceptualization of the diagnosis: Dementia vs. Disease. Persons who show the pathophysiologic changes, meaning they show the ‘disease’ but do not necessarily have the ‘dementia’. They may have abnormal amyloid for 10-20 years without symptoms or memory changes during this time period. On the other hand, AD with clinical symptoms is evident in persons who have the memory loss and loss of thinking skill and therefore, have the ‘dementia’.
  • Perhaps if all persons with pathology lived long enough, dementia symptoms will appear. However, other factors may provide resistance to dementia such as cognitive reserve with better brain flexibility; brain reserve with healthier neurons; protective genetic factors and environmental factors.
  • Mild cognitive impairment is considered to be a transition phase between normal aging and AD. Memory loss, the first visible sign, is the main feature of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). With normal aging there is an occasional loss of memory for words and names, slowed processing speed, difficulty sustaining attention when faced with competing environmental stimuli, and no functional impairment. The primary difference between normal aging and MCI is that memory impairment beyond that expected for age, increases over the last six to 12 months for those with MCI.
  • The current Alzheimer’s drugs boost the signaling among the dwindling neurons but do not reduce the progression of the illness. A broad range of drugs are in clinical trials that seek to alter the biological processes associated with the pathophysiology of AD. A significant number of drugs in clinical trials remove amyloid from the brain or blood stream. In completed studies, there have not been significant clinical improvements in patients with Alzheimer’s dementia even when the pathophysiology has been improved. This suggests the importance of identifying interventions for use in the preclinical stages before dementia is present.
  • In 2009 the Alzheimer’s Association convened a Research Roundtable on Classification of Alzheimer’s disease. The revised criteria are based on a continuum of Alzheimer’s disease: Normal; Pre-Clinical (no symptoms, biological markers); MCI (early stages – mild symptoms, biological markers); and Alzheimer’s dementia (similar to criteria used today, use of biological markers to improve diagnostic confidence).
  • The new use of biomarkers will eventually allow physicians to have diagnostic confidence before autopsy. Also, the eventual use of markers in diagnosis will help prepare for studies that will seek to intervene before clinical symptoms. However, research is needed before these steps can be taken.
  • The Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) began in 2004. It is a landmark study to find more sensitive and accurate methods to detect AD at earlier stages and mark its progress through biomarkers. It is the most comprehensive effort to date to identify brain changes associated with memory decline, MCI, and AD, by the use of genetics, MRI and PET scans, blood and cerebrospinal fluid.
  • 800 individuals participated in phase I of the ADNI study. The accomplishments from this phase included developing a standardized approach for use of imaging and biomarkers in clinical trials of AD and demonstrated the value of PET amyloid imaging. An unanticipated finding was that within some completely normal participants, there is evidence of early AD pathology, which may in the future be shown to be a risk factor for cognitive decline and development of dementia.
  • 30% of entirely normal individuals may have elevated amyloid. Longitudinal follow-up over years is essential to understand why some amyloid+ people go on to have memory loss and others do not.
  • Phase II of the ADNI study is in progress. Dr. Susan Schultz is the principal investigator in this phase of the study at the University of Iowa, College of Medicine. She is collaborating with multiple investigators throughout the United States and the World.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 11:05 a.m.

Next Meeting: The next Emeritus Faculty Council meeting will be Monday, March 5, 2012. Location 2520B UCC. Speaker: Richard Fumerton, Professor of Philosophy, President of University of Iowa Faculty Senate.

Respectfully submitted,

Rose Friedrich

2011

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, December 5, 2011
2520B UCC

Members Present: Laird Addis, Lorraine Dorfman, Claibourne Dungy, Rose Friedrich, Gary Gussin, Al Hood, H.D. Hoover, Ken Hubel, Norbert Malik, Ray Muston, Jack Rosazza, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Vice-President, Ray Muston.

Speaker: Susan Buckley, Vice President for Human Resources

Susan Buckley provided an overview of the division of Human Resources. Human Resource areas include: benefits; payroll for 27,000 employees/month; labor relations covering three labor unions; immigration services for faculty and staff; disability services for faculty and staff; compensation and classification of staff; employment services which includes veteran’s issues, family services, threat assessment, and health and productivity. Health and productivity receives much emphasis. Another emphasis is addressing areas of organizational effectiveness and providing consultation in areas of dysfunction. In addition, faculty and staff may seek out individual counseling for personal issues.

The Information Technology unit of human resources focuses on finance, business service, human services, e.g. self-service, electronic workflow, whereby many applications are integrated. Finally, cultural linguistic services are provided to increase the ability for those who have difficulty with English to be more productive.

VP Buckley addressed the University of Iowa Workforce by Age Category. Fifty-two percent of University of Iowa faculty are 50 years of age and older. Colleges that have a significantly greater number of older faculty include: the College of Dentistry with 65% who are 50 years of age and older; College of Law is similar to Dentistry with 68% above the age of 50. According to VP Buckley, the College of Nursing has the most challenging problem related to workforce age with 76% of their faculty 50 years of age and older.

The importance of strategic staffing was stressed. Future needs can only be met through conscious decisions that may require shifts in strategy. Making these changes may be difficult. Workplace redesign includes people, structure and technology. VP Buckley discussed the “early retirement” decision as an example of strategic staffing. Prior to the decision within a college, the question was asked whether the college could afford to lose the talent that would occur if the person retired early. Transfer of knowledge is more difficult with higher level knowledge. She posed the question, “How can we do a better job of exiting?”

Specific programs and assistance for retirement preparation are available. Each year the Staff Benefits Office offers a seminar for faculty and staff, 55 years and older, who are considering retirement. It is a daylong seminar, covering multiple topics that help explore the many possibilities of retirement planning. They also provide 1:1 consultation for discussion of retirement issues. In a typical year staff meet with approximately 300 employees. The University offers 51 short courses each year for financial planning that primarily address retirement concerns. Counseling is also available for staff and faculty in the Employee Assistance Program. Counselors are available to meet with retirees for the first 90 days after retirement and will help them find resources in the community.

Currently there is a phased retirement program open to both staff and faculty. Flexible scheduling is also a possibility within departments, but is generally used for short-term planning.

VP Buckley then responded to questions from emeritus faculty council members:

  • Ray Muston inquired where the short courses were publicized. Vice President Buckley responded that a mailing is sent to active employees. The short courses are a recent offering. She added that the courses are previewed prior to being offered and must meet the standards of educational content. The University works closely with TIAA-CREF and area financial institutions for the financial content and their staff is available to employees on campus. The Annual Seminar has been offered for 6-7 years.
  • Gary Gussin expressed concern that some faculty do not know about the retirement resources. His suggestion was to offer the courses in a variety of places on campus. VP Buckley replied that the courses are offered in various campus settings, on both sides of the river, and are offered both day and evening hours.
  • Jack Rosazza asked if retired faculty could attend the courses. VP Buckley will consider this request. She said she understood the difficulties future retirees have because there are so many complexities that are hard to sort out.
  • Nancy Sprince suggested that perhaps half a dozen courses could be developed for retirees. The exact number of retired faculty is uncertain, but there are thought to be about 650.
  • Lorraine Dorfman noted that most short courses offered are heavy on financial aspects and conversely, social-psychological aspects are not addressed. She suggested broadening the course offerings. VP Buckley responded that individual counseling is available for three months after retirement. Lorraine emphasized the need to go beyond individual counseling. Claibourne Dungy shared the observation that some retired individuals have no focus in life beyond their job. VP Buckley agreed that retirement carries with it long-term issues.
  • Ray Muston remarked that a seminar specifically for those who are retired would be useful. VP Buckley recommended that the Electronic CV, being developed in the Provost’s office may be a useful/interesting avenue for retirees to contribute to the university. She also suggested that emeriti send her specific suggestions for other seminars.
  • Ray Muston reiterated that emeriti as a group have no viable way to regularly communicate with each other.
  • Nancy Sprince shared her perception that some emeriti feel they are marginalized within the University of Iowa committee structure and in a few instances have been informed by the chair that they cannot speak at committee meetings in their role as observers. VP Buckley replied that it is the prerogative of the chair to allow people to speak; however, if the retiree does not feel welcome that is a different issue.
  • Ray Muston discussed health insurance issues and identified an Ad Hoc Committee of UIRA and EFC members that are focusing on retiree issues related to FRIC.

Introduction of UIRA Liaison: Ray Muston introduced Nancy Williams as a UIRA liaison to EFC.

Minutes: The EFC October 3, 2011 minutes were reviewed. Suggestions for revisions in wording include: In co-ed flag football the words women participants (will be substituted for girls). See paragraph on Recreational Services p.1. Laird Addis’ name will replace Ken Hubel’s name as the person who submitted the Hancher Committee report (p.2). The October minutes were approved with corrections.

The EFC November 7, 2011 minutes were reviewed. Suggested revisions include: Laird Addis will be recorded as being present at the meeting and Gary Gussin will be noted as absent. Laird Addis’ submitted the Hancher Report (p.4). The November minutes were approved with corrections.

Committee Assignments
Laird Addis is the primary representative to the Campus Planning Committee.

Program Committee: Dr. Susan Schultz, psychiatry, has agreed to present the program to EFC in February. Rose Friedrich will be her host. Jack Rosazza will contact Susan to determine her computer needs for the presentation. He will then contact Brenda Bradley in the Provost’s office to ensure the necessary equipment is available.

April and May are still open for speakers. Jack Rosazza inquired if the council wanted a speaker for the monthly May meeting, since the annual meeting is May 14, 2012. It was the consensus of the council to schedule a speaker for May.
Plans are under way for the annual meeting. A number of names were presented to the council for consideration and discussion. Two speakers were selected from the list as the top choices. Ken Hubel offered to contact the speaker who received the most endorsement from the group.

University Retirement Dinner: Nine retirees were honored at the University of Iowa retirement dinner and program, November 28, 2011. The retirees were accompanied by colleagues from their departments who presented brief backgrounds of their service and achievements. Ray Muston and Carol Fethke attended this event on behalf of the Emeritus Faculty Council.

Ad Hoc Committee on Health and Wellness: The Ad Hoc Committee on Health and Wellness met with Brian Kaskie who is putting together some materials for the committee. They will meet with Richard Saunders on Wednesday, December 7. The committee is seeking clarification and understanding of the health care benefits that retirees receive.

Future Leadership of EFC: It is proposed that next year’s president and program chair be elected at the February meeting. This will facilitate an easier transfer of duties and responsibilities for the next academic year. Each council member is encouraged to consider volunteering for a leadership position.

Committee Reports

Faculty Senate: Gary Gussin reported that the agenda for the December 6, 2011 Faculty Senate meeting includes an update from the Funded Retirement and Insurance Charter Committee; an overview of the Electronic CV; a decision on the Research-Track Promotion Policy; and decisions regarding the Anti-Harassment Policy Revisions.

University Library Committee: Norb Malik summarized the highlights of the University Library Committee meeting on November 11, 2011. Most of the meeting related to the study carrels located on 4th and 5th floors of the main university library. These carrels are primarily intended for the use of graduate students working on dissertations, but some faculty and emeritus faculty have also signed out carrels for work on special projects. Relocations necessitated by construction led to a general review of carrel usage.

Senior College: Al Hood stated that there will be 10 spring offerings for the Senior College. Gary Gussin, a new member of the Senior College, remarked how impressed he is with the tireless efforts that members of the committee put into planning senior courses.

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee: Gerald Rose attended the December 2, 2011 FRIC meeting and submitted the following report:

Long Term care discussion continued. Metropolitan has 43 participants; John Hancock has 943. Rate request by Hancock has not yet been acted on.

Discussion about covering the cost of vitamins continued without resolution. Richard Saunders will provide more information at the next meeting. The most interesting point raised was that the insurance programs are becoming less and less determined by avoiding major losses and more and more a form of compensation for less costly losses (e.g., wigs).

A uniform system for treating all prescription orders the same for everyone was moved and approved.

Long term disability and supplemental life insurance recommendations from John Hancock were discussed. The first was to set a cap on the length of time during which mental health benefits could be collected. Most employers use a 24 or 36 month cap. A 24 month cap would save the U of I about $500,000 annually. This proposal was rejected.

The second proposal was to consider capping the amount of coverage one could purchase under the U of I’s supplemental life insurance plan. Again, most employers do this but the U of I has not. Data and methods for implementing this recommendation will be considered at a future meeting.

Campus Planning Committee: Laird Addis reported on the November 30, 2011 meeting of the Campus Planning Committee. Rod Lehnertz reported on the various sites under consideration for a new UI student garden. Bob Brooks, assisted by a person from Shive-Hattery, reported on plans for improvement of the T. Anne Cleary Walkway. Rod Lehnertz reported on the status of plans for the construction of the new Hancher Auditorium, the new Voxman Music Building, the new Visual Arts Building, the new West Campus Residence Hall, and the new UIHC Melrose Parking Lot.

Research Council: Jack Rosazza submitted summaries of November 10 and December 8, 2011 Research Council meetings.
Reports were received from various subcommittees. The Authorship policy developed by the Research Council has been approved and included in the University Operations Manual. Brief reports from ongoing work from Publication Waiver, Centers/Institutes and Undergraduate Research subcommittees were received. The Regents in their meeting last week indicated that all named centers would have to be approved by the BOR.

The VP for Research and Economic Development search progress was outlined. An ad is forthcoming shortly. This search is in the early stages. Dean David Johnsen and Kevin Leicht of the CLAS Dean Search committee visited with the Research Council to obtain inputs on research/scholarly qualities of the university for candidates, and on problems faced within the research community. This search expects to have candidates in within two months and a dean candidate recommended by July. 

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 11:10 a.m.

Next Meeting: The next Emeritus Faculty Council meeting will be Monday, February 6, 2012. Location 2520B UCC. Speaker: Dr. Susan Schultz, professor of psychiatry.

Respectfully submitted,

Rose Friedrich

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, November 7, 2011
2520B UCC

Members Present: Lorraine Dorfman, Claibourne Dungy, Carol Fethke, Rose Friedrich, Gary Gussin, Al Hood, HD Hoover, Ken Hubel, Pat Kelley, Norbert Malik, Ray Muston, Jack Rosazza, Gerald Rose, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker, Tom Weingeist

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by President, Carol Fethke. She thanked Jack Rosazza and Ray Muston for chairing the meetings in her absence. Tom Weingeist, College of Medicine representative, was introduced as a new EFC member.

Minutes: The September minutes were approved at the EFC October meeting and will be posted on the EFC website. Since copies were not available at this meeting, the October minutes will be approved in December.

Distribution of Minutes: EFC members agreed that e-mailing the minutes to members is preferable to mailed minutes. Carol Fethke requested updated e-mail addresses for all EFC members. These will be forwarded to Brenda Bradley in the Provost’s office.

Committee Assignments: Carol Fethke asked committee members to identify the “primary” person for committee meeting attendance, since all committees except one, have at least two volunteers. The following schedule was identified:

Program: Jack Rosazza
UIRA Liaison: Jerry Rose
Senior College: HD Hoover, Al Hood, Claibourne Dungy, Gary Gussin
Faculty Senate/Council: To be identified 
FRIC: Jerry Rose, Bill Buss
Hancher: To be identified
Recreational Services: Jerry Walker
Research Council: Jack Rosazza and Ken Hubel
University Libraries: Lorraine Dorfman
Campus Planning: To be identified 
Lectures: Pat Kelley

Follow-up/planning for future speakers:

Summaries of the comments of EFC program speakers will be posted on the News Page of the EFC Web Site with the permission of the presenter and after the presenter reviews the content.

Susan Buckley, Vice President for Human Resources, will present the program in December. Emeriti faculty suggested the following topics/issues for consideration in her presentation:

  • Currently there is lack of inclusion of retirees in decisions related to benefits, etc. How can retirees have more participation in the decisions that affect them?
  • It was questioned whether we are functioning effectively as advocates for emeriti? For example, wellness is not promoted among those who are retired. It was noted that emeriti pay the same rate as the general public to use the new Wellness Center and may serve as a deterrent to using the center.
  • Emeriti, as a group, have no vehicle to communicate with each other.

Dr. Susan Schultz will be invited to present the program in February. Rose Friedrich will contact Dr. Schultz and report her availability back to the program committee.

As a follow-up to the discussion in the October meeting, representatives of the UIRA board will be invited to regularly attend the EFC meetings as observers.

Attendance at AROHE and Big Ten Meeting

There was consensus that emeriti attendance at both the Big Ten Meeting and AROHE (Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education) are important and should be continued. Nancy Sprince and Carol Fethke will meet with the Provost and request continued funding for membership in both organizations. They will also inform the Provost of the intent to have representatives from EFC attend both meetings.

Follow up on Frequently Asked Questions

Carol Fethke reiterated there is a need to post information related to emeriti health care, recreational services, and research related questions etc. on the EFC Web Site. She suggested the Research Council representatives (Jack Rosazza and Ken Hubel) draft a response to the research questions associated with space needs and salary.

An Ad Hoc Committee of UIRA and EFC members has been formed to focus on retiree issues related to FRIC. UIRA members of the committee are Ken Kuntz, Rick Borchard and Nancy Williams; EFC members are Carol Fethke, Ray Muston, Jerry Rose, and Bill Buss. The committee has submitted a list of questions to Richard Saunders and is looking forward to further communication regarding FRIC issues. Also, the Ad Hoc Committee has scheduled a meeting with Brian Kaskie on November 14 to identify possibilities for collaboration on retiree issues.

Committee Report

The following reports were submitted by email:

UIRA Board Meeting: Jerry Rose attended the November 8, 2011 UIRA Board Meeting.
Programs for the coming months include: the topic of January’s program will be long range planning in Iowa City and Johnson County; February’s program will be on flood mitigation and the U of I art building; and the annual meeting will be in April at the U of I Athletic Club.

There is $6,223 in the checking account and $13,471 in reserve accounts. Dick Stevenson certified that the accounts were in good order. Jean Hood is preparing a history of UIRA. The new brochure for the Senior College will be ready in January. UIRA representatives to the joint EFC-UIRA Committee on Retiree Health and Wellness will be Richard Borchard, Ken Kuntz, and Nancy Williams. The EFC’s invitation to have a representative of the UIRA attend EFC meetings was accepted and two UIRA board members will serve that role. The next meeting is December 13, 2011.

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee: Jerry Rose attended the November 4, 2011 FRIC meeting.

Dr. Rami Boutros who heads all “off campus” UIHC operations presented an overview of the Iowa River Landing (IRL) project. It is expected to open for patients in mid-2012 and will have most of the same clinics as the main hospital. General Pediatrics and General Internal Medicine will be moved from the main hospital to IRL. There will be no emergency or quick care facilities. Free parking is in the adjacent ramp and there will be two Cambus stops plus shuttle transportation. Hours will be longer than they have been at the main hospital. Construction and operating costs are expected to be covered by expanded numbers of patients; health insurance rates should not rise. The project will relieve overcrowding of some clinics at the main hospital. Many patients’ doctor(s) will serve at IRL as well as in the main hospital. The most advanced imaging technologies (e.g., MRI) will not be available at IRL until there is sufficient demand. Dr. Boutros welcomes questions and comments from patients, employees and (presumably) retirees.

John Hancock’s request for a 40% increase in long term care insurance rates has not yet been acted upon by Iowa regulators. Like most insurance companies, John Hancock is leaving the long term care field so a search for new companies has begun.

The remainder of the meeting involved a discussion of the value of insurance for vitamins. It was noted that recent studies have shown there is little or no value, and possibly some risk, associated with taking daily multi-vitamins. Studies focused on the value of calcium supplements have shown some benefit only for women over 60 but the value for men has not been examined. There are now about 2,000 women 60 or older in our current plans. Experience indicates there are about four hip fractures each year among that group. Given the low cost of acquiring calcium supplements over the counter, the expected small proportion of potential beneficiaries, and administrative costs of targeting a subset of employees the general sense was that coverage for calcium was not needed. More generally, given the tenor of the discussion, it appears unlikely that vitamin coverage will be added to university health insurance plans.

The next FRIC meeting will be December 2, 2011 at 11:30 AM.

Research Council: Jack Rosazza submitted the following report for the Research Council meetings on October 13, 2011 and November 20 2011.

Albert Segre is chair of the council. Notes from the October 13 meeting minutes summarized discussions in various areas including the conflict of interest (COI) policy. Associate Vice President for Research Walker defined COI in research as personal financial profit that could bias research outcomes. UI has 4 offices/areas that manage conflict of interest, and efforts are underway to consolidate required faculty disclosures into a single electronic system to reduce faculty burden. Charlotte Talman, Director of the COI in Research Office, gave an overview of the NIH’s rule changes (implemented by 8/24/12).

JJ Jimenez, Interim Director of Research Information Systems, demonstrated the online eRouting form for the Research Council. eRouting was officially launched August 1st.

Assoc. Provost Rice, spoke to the Research Council, addressing any further questions about cluster hiring and providing feedback to the Council on the cluster hiring process. It’s felt that the collective experience of the Council will be helpful to the Office of the Provost with regard to cluster hires.

The November 10, 2011 Research Council meeting focused on the Undergraduate Research Faculty Survey, shared credit and authorship policy.

Recreational Services: Jerry Walker, a member of the recreational services committee, provided his e-mail correspondence with Vice President Doug True regarding his inquiry into the question of “Live Well Membership Incentive for retired faculty and staff”. VP True’s response is as follows:

“Any distinction for emeritus faculty would need to be made for all UI retirees. That principal was recognized when in the original rate setting process UI retirees were offered the same base rate as current faculty and staff – eg. $300 per year for individuals. Second, we were very concerned about extending the offer to non-employees when the temporary incentive was offered to avoid difficulties with local health clubs and the state law and rules about competition with the private sector. And, third, the health care cost of our faculty and staff is a big driver of expense within UI budgets, and we wanted to reinvest in a focused way to impact this group. Granted, the retiree population does receive a post -retirement health benefit, but that benefit is not linked to health care costs in the way it is with the active faculty and staff population.”

“I looked very hard at the proposition of providing the temporary incentive to retirees, but in my judgment the current policy should remain – that is, no temporary incentive to retirees but with retirees receiving the base rate of active faculty and staff now and in the future.”

Hancher: November 16,2011. Hancher director Chuck Swanson informed the committee that about 3000 tickets had been sold for the Boston Pops performance of 27 November, fewer than hoped but enough to make the event a success.

He then described in detail the Hancher-sponsored program on 29 November – 3 December 2011 called Iowa and Invisible Man: Making Blackness Visible, and noted other Hancher events of the fall season.

Swanson also mentioned the hoped-for decision of FEMA in December of what obligation it will assume toward the new Hancher auditorium. If that decision comes, the University will be able to go to the Regents in February for approval of what is called the “schematic design” of the new building, not that of the building itself but of its various operations. Finally, it was announced that the previously-scheduled meeting of the committee in December has been cancelled and that the next meeting will probably be in late January.

Speaker: Joan Cook, Director, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Elder Services, Inc.

Joan Cook’s Topic was “RSVP: Connecting People to Purpose”

RSVP, a program of Elder Services, Inc., is a Corporation for National and Community Service program that is nationwide. There are 730 programs in the nation and 22 programs in Iowa. RSVP has been a program of Elder Services since 1990.

RSVP recruits and links persons 55+ with volunteer opportunities and promotes older adults as a rich resource. RSVP connects volunteers with the needs of children, elders, and non-profit organizations by combining the talents of older adults with the needs of the community. Over 50% of RSVP volunteers work in Impact Based Programs with outcome measures. For example, in the school system, evaluation of progress includes surveys of students, teachers, and RSVP volunteers.

School Programs: 141 RSVP volunteers provided 4,876 hours assisting students in reading, writing, and public speaking in FY ’11. Specific programs include:

  • Reading Together strengthens reading skills and comprehension by matching tutors with second grade students to improve fluency and comprehension. Third grade students focus on literal and analytical comprehension while strengthening vocabulary. The tutor reads a book to the student and the student reads a simpler book with the same theme.
  • Speak Up! is an intergenerational public speaking course for fifth grade students that teaches them how to write and give a speech. Pre- and post-testing demonstrated that 74.6% of students felt more comfortable in giving a speech after the training and 71.5% improved their speaking knowledge.
  • South East Junior High Tutoring provides 7th and 8th grade students who are reading far below grade level an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a RSVP volunteer who reads with the student. The volunteers have been able to help student make dramatic progress in reading levels in just one semester.
  • Pen Pals correspond throughout the school year with 1st and 2nd grade students at Horn Elementary School.

Nonprofit organization that are linked with RSVP volunteers include:

  • Crisis Center/Food Bank
  • Free Medical Clinic
  • Iowa Workforce Development
  • Medical Reserve Corps
  • Salvation Army
  • Shelter House
  • Table to Table
  • United Way Emergency Preparedness

Public Safety organizations with RSVP involvement are:

  • Iowa City Police Department
  • Coralville Police Department
  • Johnson County Sheriff Department
  • Small Claims Mediation

RSVP volunteers serve as volunteer patients for Carver College of Medicine and the Wendall Johnson Speech and Hearing Center. Learning outcomes for students include knowledge of health needs of older adults; experience in working with older adults and increasing skill with interventions.

Assistance to elders includes programs and services that help older adults to remain in their homes:

  • Companionship
  • Home Safety Check
  • ISU Food Assistance
  • Medical Transportation
  • Meals on Wheels (150 meals/day)
  • Seniors Against Investment Fraud

Volunteer activity may either be ongoing (i.e. regular schedule at one or more locations) or occasional (as needed). In addition, the volunteer has an opportunity to select group or individual projects.

During the past year 40,153 hours were donated by RSVP volunteers. Specifically 14,047 hours for activities with youth; 13,373 hours donated for helping older adults; and 12,733 hours donated to non-profit organizations.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 11:10 AM

Next Meeting: The next Emeritus Faculty Council meeting will be Monday, December 5, 2011. Location 2520B UCC. Speaker: Susan Buckley, Vice President for Human Resources.

 

Respectfully submitted, 
Rose Friedrich

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, October 3, 2011
2520 UCC

Members Present: Laird Addis, Bill Buss, Lorraine Dorfman, Rose Friedrich, Gary Gussin, Al Hood, HD Hoover, Pat Kelley, Norbert Malik, Jack Rosazza, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 9:35 a.m. by EFC member, Jack Rosazza.

Minutes: The minutes of the September 12, 2011 meeting were approved as distributed.

Committee Reports

Faculty Council: Gary Gussin reported that the agenda for the October 4, 2011 Faculty Council includes discussion of the lecturer/senior lecturer position and a decision regarding the tenure-clock extension policy revision.
Senior College: Al Hood reviewed the status of the Senior College courses. The fall courses are well attended and two were completed the first week in October. The courses for spring are already planned. The challenge is finding adequate classroom space. Overall, the Senior College is doing very well financially and is totally self-supporting.

University Library Committee: In response to an emeritus faculty member’s inquiry regarding electronic access to library materials, Lorraine Dorfman contacted Kelly Avant. Email clarification from Ms. Avant said “Emeritus faculty should still be able to use their hawkid and password to get to library resources. If they have questions, they should contact our Circulation department, 5-5912.”

Recreational Services: The following is a summary of the Recreational Services Committee meeting on September 23, 2011. Jerry Walker reported that the new recreation building had high usage. The number of visits to the facility/year varied among the constituents: students 930,000; faculty and staff 210,000; community members 43,000; alumni 24,000; and retires less than 6000 visits/year. Overall there were approximately 1,300,000 visits during the year. Harry Ostrander, Director of Recreational Services reviewed the need for more outdoor and indoor fields. The outdoor tennis courts will have to be replaced. Parking for the recreation building will become an issue when construction begins west of the building for the new football indoor facility. Classes fill up quickly such as Yoga/Mind Body. In co-ed flag football girls are being tackled too frequently.

Research Council: Jack Rosazza summarized the highlights of the Research Council meeting on September 15, 2011. The council met to sort out responsibilities for the year. Work will continue on three topics that are in different stages of development from last year’s council. These are:

  • Centers and Institutes Subcommittee: A draft policy reviewed by last year’s Research Council is ready to move on for further review and approval.
  • Undergraduate Research Subcommittee: Bob Kirby will give an update and next steps, etc., on this subcommittee at the next meeting.
  • Authorship Guidelines Subcommittee: A draft Authorship Guidelines policy written last year has been forwarded to the Faculty Senate for review and approval.

Goal setting for 2011-12: Four topics are of interest to the Research Council this year and will be covered in future meetings:

  • eRouting and credit assignment
  • Conflict of Interest policy and new NIH requirements
  • Internal Funding Initiatives (IFI)
  • Cluster Hires –Cluster hires as a topic could be coupled with the fairness of how Career Development Awards (CDAs) are awarded.

Publication Waiver Subcommittee: The Publication Waiver Subcommittee reviews and provides governance on grant and contract publication waivers ad hoc. Subcommittee memberships were established. Next Research Council Meeting - October 13: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Hancher Committee: Ken Hubel provided a summary of the Hancher Committee meeting on October 21, 2011. Director Chuck Swanson reports: (1) the University hopes to present the “schematics” (kinds and areas of operation) of the new Hancher in February to the Regents for its approval, provided an agreement with FEMA on funds is reached by the end of December; (2) the new Hancher will have more kinds of operations than the old, including increased use by the School of Music and other University units; (3) Hancher events of the 2011-12 season so far have been well-received and well-attended; (4) the Hancher staff hope to develop means of having its various activities evaluated by the people involved in them; and (5) ticket sales for the Boston Pops concert of November 27, 2011 (the most expensive event ever staged by Hancher) are going well, but it is hoped many more will yet be sold.

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee: William Buss submitted the following report on his attendance at the FRIC meeting, October 7, 2011. The meeting was chaired by Nancy Davin.The Committee voted to eliminate the availability of Dental Plan # 1, in effect merging the two currently existing plans into Dental Plan # 2, effective in 2013. The change will not affect coverage or premiums for those now in Plan # 2 and will raise the premiums and increase the benefits for those now in Plan #1. A summary comparison of the current two plans and the merged plan is attached.

There was a long discussion of the possible coverage of vitamins to be taken orally (apparently continuing an earlier discussion which covered injectable vitamins). A confidential chart showing some vitamins which were covered or not covered was distributed and collected at the end of the meeting. As a generalization, few vitamins are now covered and those which are covered are subject to significant limitations, specifically including a requirement that, whether or not they are available over the counter, they be prescribed on the basis of a specified medical condition. Paul Katz gave a presentation on the basis of which he recommended that Calcium and Vitamin D be covered when based on an analysis that such medication would tend to prevent fractures. Part of the discussion considered the necessary trade-off between the cost of the medication and the cost of repairing fractures.

There was a long discussion of the importance of prescriptions being written DAW (Dispense As Written), because variations in “coding” can result, to some extent within the discretion of the pharmacist, in significant variations in cost, insurance coverage, and the content of the medication (which, in some circumstances, may vary depending upon whether an over-the-counter medication is dispensed – even pursuant to a prescription-- as compared to a medication that may dispensed only by prescription).

Dr. Rami Boutros, Executive Medical Director for the Off-Site Ambulatory Care Program, who has been hired to facilitate the movement of facilities from local to off-site location, will give a presentation at the November meeting. FRIC members were encouraged to develop questions for him that would cover important matters and issues. In that connection, a number of questions were raised at the meeting concerning the pending relocation of UIHC services to locations that will require an automobile drive for access and a greater time away from normal work schedules.

Possible Speakers for Future Emeritus Faculty Council Meetings
Jack Rosazza presented a list of possible speakers, drafted by members of the program committee, for Emeritus Faculty Council monthly meetings beginning in November and ending May 2012. There was consensus that speakers should address substantial issues that are relevant for emeritus faculty. Following a lengthy discussion, names were selected from the list of persons who represent specific aspects of the University that directly affect retired faculty. Joan Cook will speak on November 7, 2011, and Richard Fumerton on March 5, 2012. Others to be lined up by members of the Emeritus Faculty Council (EFC) are Susan Buckley, VP for Human Resources; Susan Schultz, Professor Psychiatry; Margaret Crocco, Dean Education; David Johnsen, Dean Dentistry and recently named Chair CLAS Dean Search Committee.

The program committee also asked the council to discuss ideas for a special speaker for the annual meeting in May 2012. The committee had tentatively listed several persons in leadership positions, both within the University and State of Iowa for consideration. The purpose of the presentation/speaker for the Annual Meeting was discussed. Appealing to a wider audience of retired faculty was stressed. Addressing a major issue, such as health care, was also suggested. The names on the list were reviewed, but no decision was made regarding whom to invite.

Frequently Asked Questions Worksheet
Jack Rosazza reviewed the task for the EFC web site that involves creating a list of frequently asked question with answers that have been researched by members of the EFC according to their committee assignment and/or interest. He also reviewed the printout from the Staff Benefits Website that included several categories of questions that retirees frequently ask including: University Retirement Plans; Saving Extra for Retirement; and Retirement from the University.

In preparation for this meeting, the program committee drafted a retiree “Frequently Asked Questions” Worksheet. It was organized into 5 major topics: (1) Retiree Perks, (2) Wellness Programs, (3) Retiree Insurance, (4) Financial Issues, and (5) Senior Services with subtopics for each area. Before work began on the project, a wide variety of concerns were expressed. Lorraine Dorfman stated that many of the topics were covered in the Retiree Handbook and thought this list would be redundant. On the other hand, Gary Gussin noted that a lot of people do not know about University resources. Because the topics cover multiple areas, Jack Rosazza suggested that this task could require multi-meetings and continued work over a period of time. Several proposed that the work could better be accomplished by a subcommittee of interested EFC members rather than the council as a whole. Laird Addis reminded the group that the Provost sends a letter and the Retiree Handbook to those who are about to retire. Follow-up discussion recommended that this information from the Provost’s office be sent to retirees several months before retirement to provide needed information about resources. As a result of the discussion, there were many questions unanswered about creating a Q&A website page. Jack Rosazza will communicate these concerns to Carol Fethke, EFC president.

Other
Gary Gussin reported that he sent a letter to the Provost asking him to consider including a retired professor as a non-voting member of the Liberal Arts Dean Search Committee. He felt that this could broaden the perspective of the search committee. To date, he has not received a response to his request.
Rose Friedrich noted that the UIRA Directors would welcome an invitation from EFC to have a representative attend our meetings. The consensus of the EFC was to invite a person from the UIRA board to attend our meetings as an observer. It was suggested that EFC president, Carol Fethke issue the invitation.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 10:50 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Rose Friedrich

Next meeting
November 7, 2011
2520B UCC

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, September 12, 2011
2520B UCC

Members Present: Laird Addis, Bill Buss, Lorraine Dorfman, Claibourne Dungy, Rose Friedrich, Gary Gussin, Al Hood, HD Hoover, Ken Hubel, Pat Kelley, Ray Muston, Jack Rosazza, Jerry Rose, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Vice President, Ray Muston. The new council members who were in attendance were introduced. 

Minutes: The minutes of the May 2, 2011 meeting were reviewed.  Although the minutes were approved at the Annual Meeting, May 11, 2011, an editorial change was suggested by Gary Gussin.  Under the item, Annual Spring Meeting, Nancy Sprince’s last name was omitted.  The change will read: “President Nancy Sprince will make brief remarks at the annual meeting.”

Report of Big 10 Retirees Association Meeting

Nancy Williams, president-elect of the UI Retirees Association, reported on the Big 10 Retirees Association meeting that she and Ken Kuntz attended in Madison, WI, August 2011. All Big 10 universities, including Nebraska, were represented, with the exception of Northwestern. The theme was Building Bridges: Staying Connected in Retirement, and featured presentations such as Staying Engaged: Good News for the Aging Brain, Volunteering on Campus: Staying Connected and Pitching In, and Building Bridges. As a group exercise, a model program for campus volunteerism was developed.

A survey was conducted about the structure and focus of the member associations. Data were collected on how the organizations are structured, staffed, funded, what they offer members and how they communicate, and perhaps most importantly, what are their relationships to university administration. This information, along with other minutes and reports from the meeting, will be sent to Carol Fethke and Ray Muston.

At the business meeting, it was moved and seconded that the conference be held every other year, rather than annually. Some send representation to AROHE which meets in even years, and don't feel they can afford to do both (Minnesota, Northwestern and Nebraska belong to AROHE). Nancy reported comments from the discussion: members stated that they felt the Big 10 organizations are more like each other than other campuses around the country, and the Big 10 is more balanced and inclusive than AROHE. The vote was 18-3 in favor of continuing annual meetings.

Topics of discussion during the business meeting included communication, ways to increase membership, special interest groups, and initiatives to raise money. This discussion, along with the sharing updates, gave organizations an opportunity to learn new ideas, or get feedback on questions they had. Nancy and Ken wanted to learn more about membership directories, and which universities allow representation on retiree benefits committees, so they were able to make contacts to further those interests. The conference is a perfect place to learn new things that have been tried and tested by similar organizations and they came back with ideas to bring to their board for further study.

A highlight of the campus tour was a visit to the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, a private-public partnership for interdisciplinary biomedical research institutes.
The next Big 10 Retirees Association Conference will be August 3-5, 2012 at The Ohio State University.

Following the presentation, several EFC members raised concern about lack of voice as an emeritus faculty council representative to the University of Iowa Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee (FRIC). Nancy Sprince reviewed the results of her meetings with Sheldon Kurtz and Tom Rice, November 2010, requesting an enhanced role and involvement for emeritus faculty on the FRIC committee and referred faculty to the minutes of December 6, 2010 for a summary of these meetings. 

Committee Assignments

Pat Kelly noted that she had not been given a committee assignment and volunteered to substitute as secretary when Rose Friedrich is absent from the meetings. Gary Gussin, a member of the Senior College Committee, inquired about the schedule and tasks required by senior college members. There was general consensus that this committee requires long hours of intensive work in creating the schedule and making the detailed arrangements for the classes offered fall and spring semesters.

The importance of informing committees of EFC representation was emphasized. Nancy Sprince stated that she notified each committee contact person about EFC representation during 2010-2011 and requested the names be added to the specific committee e-mail list.

Committee Reports

The following reports were submitted by email:

Senior College: Over 350 are registered for the eight fall courses. Three are already underway and the other five begin during October. The committee is now exploring topics and instructors for the spring 2012 semester. Submitted by Al Hood

UIRA Director’s Meeting: UIRA Directors met on September 13, 2011. This year’s president is Ken Kuntz and the president elect is Nancy Williams. UIRA would welcome an invitation from EFC to have a representative attend our meetings. Fall programs include:

  • September 15, 2011, Coralville Library: Music School and Hancher developments
  • October 4, 2011, new Carver-Hawkeye addition: pizza luncheon and tour of new facilities
  • October 20, 2011, flu clinic from noon to 4 p.m. at the Credit Union. There will be an opportunity for retirees to complete a free fitness test that can be used to measure progress from year to year
  • November 9, 2011, Iowa City Library: electronic resources

The Big 10 Retirement Association Conference was attended by Nancy Williams and Ken Kuntz. They were impressed with the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Discovery. Other notable aspects include OSU’s substantial support of its retirees, printed brochures for retirees at several schools, sessions on the aging brain and volunteerism opportunities for retirees, and OSU’s programs on taxes and estate planning.

The deadline for submissions to the next edition of the Grey Hawk newsletter is September 23, 2011. Contact the new editor, E. Ann Ford at 354-1834 or e-ann-ford@uiowa.edu.

Joe Joynt, Treasurer, reported a checking account balance in excess of $6,000 and savings in excess of $13,000. The UIRA operates as a non-profit organization and has a tax account number used for purchases. Dues, currently $10, remain among the lowest of Big 10 retiree organizations.

Membership totals 753 individuals; 67 of whom are new. First year memberships are free. A spreadsheet containing membership information has been developed. There is also an email list used to distribute The Gray Hawk newsletter for those who opted to avoid snail mail delivery.

The UIRA webpage (http://www.uiowa.edu/~uira/) is up to date. If you have questions about it contact Feather Lacy at Feather-Lacy@UIowa.edu

Penny Hall researched the Iowa Highlanders, located several members and collected old uniforms that were sold for about $4,000 to be used for new Highlander programs or uniforms. 

Jean Hood, past president, reported that the revised Administrative Handbook should be ready by the next meeting.

Submitted by Jerry Rose 

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee: The past year’s experience and 2012 projections for health and dental insurance plans were presented and discussed at the September 9, 2011 meeting. The main points were:

Chip II continues to serve only 458 participants. One Chip II plan, employee and spouse, has only 30 participants (in contrast to UI Choice with over 9,200). The possibility of combining it with the Chip II family plan was discussed. At some point in the future Wellmark may decide Chip II is not a viable program. Or it could end if the U of I modifies UI Choice to accommodate some of the concerns expressed by Chip II participants.

UI Choice revenues were smaller than expenses so next year’s costs to the U of I will rise 6.5%. Participants should not experience greater costs due to the U of I subsidy. There was no discussion of possible revisions in UI Choice. Health insurance plans cost the U of I about $84 million; dental plans about $5.5 million.

A summary of dental insurance rates and coverages was provided. Dental II costs and rates have been very stable; 2012 rates will remain unchanged from 2011. Rates for single and employee + spouse Dental I coverage will increase in 2012. There are about 4,500 participants in Dental I and 6,000 in Dental II. It was noted that it would be economically advantageous to the U of I and most Dental I participants to combine the dental plans or switch to a hybrid version of current plans. More participants in Dental I than in Dental II hit their out of pocket maximums. Although Dental II costs about $7/month more, co-pay and other provisions of Dental II are more favorable for most people than those of Dental I.

John Hancock’s request for a 40% increase in long term rates remains under review at the state insurance commission. It is anticipated that higher rates will be approved, but not 40%.

Joan Troester presented a comprehensive overview of the U of I’s wellness programs. Half of a person’s health status is due to behavior and a majority of health care costs are due to lifestyle factors. Even though chronic diseases and catastrophic illness consume half of health care costs, only five percent of the population is treated for these problems. In contrast, 80% of the population at low or moderate risk consumes only 20% of health care costs. High risk and acute cases constitute 15% of the population and consume 30%. Absenteeism is positively related to an individual’s number of risk factors. 

Obese workers file workman’s comp claims at twice the rate of those with health weights. The average numbers of days of lost work are about 184 and 14 respectively (each year). Medical claims average about $51,000 and $7,500 respectively.

Data used to manage wellness services are acquired from personal health assessment questionnaires, and data from medical and pharmacy sources, workers comp, leaves, and disability among other sources. A large number of U of I and external programs are involved. Substantial emphasis is placed on environmental factors to encourage healthy life styles and keeping healthy people healthy. Examples: maps of campus walking routes, lactation rooms, shower facilities, bike paths and recreational facilities are provided. Good nutrition is encouraged by advising U of I people of the fat, sugar, sodium, grain and fruit content of offerings. Child and elder care resources, a smoke free campus, drug enforcement, and anti-violence programs are among other efforts.

Benefits for employees include 100% coverage for preventive services, free generic drugs and immunizations, individual health assistance 24/7, and disease management. A 2011 recreation management incentive pilot program covers half the cost of single membership (for $12.92/month and a required personal health assessment and a minimum use of facilities at least 52 times during the year). Incentives include up to $300 reimbursement for nicotine replacement therapy and $15 for meeting (statewide) Live Healthy Iowa program goals.

For more complete information contact Joan Troester at Human Resources.

Submitted by Jerry Rose 

Other Business

Ray Muston suggested the EFC council members develop for the EFC October meeting a list of questions and answers for those approaching retirement.  This information could then be added to the web site. President Carol Fethke had spoken with Richard Saunders, who was enthusiastic about the idea.  She had provided topic suggestions such as:  library services, health coverage for health insurance beyond the UI policy, health coverage while traveling, ID cards, computer assistance etc.  As a first step Ray Muston put together a beginning list of 20 questions that he distributed to council members.   Jack Rosazza, a member of the Program Committee expressed concern that some of the categories were beyond the scope of this council.  Each council member was asked to consider what questions/answers should be included in the list in preparation for the October meeting.

Speaker: Brian Kaskie, Health Management and Policy, College of Public Health

Professor Brian Kaskie’s topic was “Successful Aging within Academic Institutions. He shared background information leading to the study supported by a grant from TIAA-Cref. His executive summary follows.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

During the fall of 2010, the University of Iowa surveyed 187 human resource specialists (HRS) from academic institutions across the United States. The purpose of this survey was to collect information on attitudes, programs, services, and role accommodations for aging employees and identify retirement pathways offered to faculty and staff.

The results indicated the majority of HRS held positive attitudes toward aging workers. However, less than 5% identified issues pertaining to aging faculty and staff as a top institutional priority. Nearly three out of four HRS indicated their institutions offered wellness programs, but a smaller proportion offered wellness programs more relevant to aging employees. The most popular retirement counseling programs concerned financial aspects of retirement while fewer addressed the non-financial aspects of retirement. The institutions were less concerned with providing workplace accommodations.

The most common retirement pathway offered to faculty and staff was to facilitate individual retirement and then rehire individuals on a temporary or part time basis (aka, retire and rehire). Early retirement options were offered by 66% of all institutions and the least common pathway was phased retirement, offered by only half of all the institutions.

There was little correlation among programs and retirement pathway offerings. Institutions that rated highly on wellness programs or retirement counseling services did not always offer a variety of retirement pathways. Most universities and colleges took a piecemeal approach in accommodating and transitioning aging employees; developing their responses to immediate demands rather than executing a strategic plan. 

The lack of planning continues despite the fact that the academic workforce is aging at a faster rate than the U.S. workforce as a whole and that expenses related to an aging workforce constitute one of the largest institutional budget line-items contributing significantly and directly to challenges with budgets, benefits, and staffing. Leadership at many academic institutions appears to be missing this link. 

So what separates institutions that have responded to the challenges and opportunities presented by the aging workforce? The first distinguishing feature is campus leadership committed to addressing the aging workforce. The second distinction is the allocations of administrative and financial support to staff that develop and coordinate campus activities. Neither of these can achieve a successful outcome without the other, as both institutional leadership and staffing resources are necessary. 

Once leadership and staff are in place, the institution can develop a variety of approaches to promote workplace longevity and facilitate viable retirement pathways. Focusing on the development of programs that promote workplace longevity and provide employees with information that aids their decision-making about retirement will go a long way toward maintaining healthy and engaged employees who pursue a more predictable retirement pathway. Promoting workplace longevity and facilitating viable retirement pathways also will go a long way in helping academic institutions find a long-term solution to their most pressing challenges. (For a more detailed report of the study please refer to the web site linkhttp://provost.uiowa.edu/faculty/emeritus/docs/Kaskie.pdf

Following his presentation, Professor Kaskie requested support of the Council in promoting and sustaining the study at The University of Iowa. The general reaction of those present was positive. The Council will receive more specifics from Professor Kaskie when the next phase of the study is ready to go.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Rose Friedrich

Next meeting
October 3, 2011 (20 Questions for Retirees)
2520B UCC

Minutes for the AEF Annual Meeting 

May 16, 2011

Call to Order: Meeting called to order by President Nancy Sprince at 10:16 AM

President Sprince welcomed members and thanked Carol Fethke and her committee of Clai Dungy and Jack Rosazza, and Brenda Bradley from the Provost’s Office for planning the day’s program, and also Associate Provost Tom Rice for his support for the EFC and for the annual meeting.

Members of the Emeritus Faculty Council were introduced: Laird Addis, Lorraine Dorfman, Clai Dungy, Carol Fethke, Rose Friedrich, Kenn Hubel, Pat Kelley, Al Hood, Jim Lindberg, Norb Malik, Ray Muston, Jerry Rose, Jack Rosazza, Jerry Walker.

Welcome: Associate Provost Tom Rice gave a welcome from the Provost’s office and summarized some of the University’s activities:

  • Enrollment is up, not quite as much as desired but still enough to set a new enrollment record. The University has become a magnet institution for out-of-state and international students. Retention is also up.
  • There is an unprecedented amount of building going up on the campus. In addition to all of the buildings being replaced from the flood, there are two new residence halls being planned, a Dentistry addition going up, and a possible new building to house psychology and other units in the not-too-distant future.
  • There is increasing collaboration among the three Regents’ institutions.
  • Cluster hiring is going well; three are in place and two more are about to be announced.
  • Non-tenure-track appointments are increasing but not as rapidly as we would like.
  • He has made use of the survey that was conducted by the Emeritus Faculty Council and the Provost’s Office.

Election: Pat Kelley gave the report on the recent Emeritus Faculty Council elections:

  • Nursing – Rose Friedrich, re-elected.
  • Public Health – Nancy Sprince, re-elected.
  • Law – William Buss, elected.
  • Liberal Arts – Gary Gussin, elected.
  • Medicine – Clai Dungy, re-elected. Ton Weingeist, elected.

EFC Report: President Sprince reported on the activities of the Emeritus Faculty Council during the past year and thanked members of the EFC and Provost’s Office staff for their activities and support.

In the survey last summer, 443 emeritus faculty were contacted and 158 (36%) responded. One half of the respondents live in Iowa City most of the year. They were generally satisfied with their involvement with the University (84%), with 11% wanting more. About half are involved with their departments and with local, national, and international activities. The most important concern was any change in health or retirement benefits. Also, 37% would like to participate in committees that interest them at the University. In an additional survey, there were 20 responses regarding suggestions for changes in health care insurance and these were forwarded to the FRIC Committee.

The website for the Council has been revised and improved by Ray Muston and Provost Office staff. The website includes direct links to interest areas such as health insurance information, the UI Retiree’s Handbook, news items of interest to retired faculty, and a link to enable retirees to update their contact information. Minutes of all Council meetings continue to be posted and another page highlights current examples of emeritus faculty who are serving the University in various ways.

An easy way to access this website is go to the A-Z search on the UI Home Page, select E and from the E list, click on “Emeritus Faculty Council.” The direct website is http://provost.uiowa.edu/faculty/emeritus
Lorraine Dorfman revised and updated the Retirees’ Handbook this year with many new entries useful for retirees. The Provost’s Office has provided all new retirees with a hard copy of the Handbook.
The Emeritus Faculty Council supported continuing developmental leave assignments for active faculty by working with the Associate Provost and the Office of Governmental Affairs to contact legislative representatives and Governor Branstad. The program continues with changes including a cap on the number of assignments.

The Emeritus Faculty Council has observers or representatives for a number of University committees. Present Sprince summarized some of the information that was recently reported to the Council:

FRIC Committee

Retiree premiums for coverage are based on costs of the University’s retiree pool. 

There are pending increases in long-term care insurance (amount unknown). Decision is under consideration at Iowa Insurance Commissioners’ Office.

The program of early retirement requests was closed in 2010.

There is a proposal to end the retiree paid up life insurance, to permit retirees to purchase life insurance coverage instead. Decision is under consideration as an inter-institutional policy. 

Chip II is retained for another year and the Committee is considering whether the University needs another type of coverage especially for those not accessible to UIHC. It researched and considered a range of changes in coverage including: complementary alternative medicines (botanicals, manipulation, mind/body, etc., some of which is approved already), other parts are being monitored for safety and effectiveness. Also considered were weight loss drugs (no); wigs (decision pending) and coverage for medically prescribed vitamins (approved for a specified list). 

The University will restore the full TIAA/CREF contribution to employees with paychecks of 8/1/2011.

Senior College

This year the Senior College provided 9 courses each semester. This spring semester has 450 registered and there was a waiting list for four of the nine courses. With the University’s increased undergraduate enrollment, classrooms holding 50 to over 100, needed by the Senior College, are becoming difficult to obtain.

UIRA

The UIRA and the EFC had agreed that more collaboration is desirable and are considering a joint program next year.

Hancher

There are plans for a big Hancher program late in November 2011 – the biggest Hancher program yet. Announcement will be made shortly.

Faculty Senate/Council

These bodies have dealt with a number of issues including faculty governance regarding student athletics including student absences from courses, standards for online courses, and gender equity in athletics at UI; research track promotions policies; the Alcohol Harm Reduction Plan; and the post-tenure review policy. A Threat Assessment Team and a Web Accessibility Project were established. An Ombudsperson report was received citing more incidences of lack of civility in faculty and staff behavior and problems with supervisors.

Research Council, Recreation Services Committee, Library Committee 

See summaries on their websites.

The floor was opened for comments or questions: An e-mail has just been received regarding the renewal of parking passes. Applications can be accomplished on-line only and some members reported problems they experienced in the on-line process.

President Sprince then passed the gavel to Carol Fethke, each thanking the other for their different accomplishments during the past year.

There was a moment of silence in memory of the 25 faculty colleagues who died during the past year.

Speaker: President Sprince introduced Gary Fethke, the former Dean of the College of Business and former acting University President (now beginning a two year phased retirement).

His topic: Emerging New Financing of Higher Education

  • The academic core of the University

The University of Iowa can be viewed as a small academic core that receives some public funding surrounded by and tied to a whole variety of non-profit enterprises that earn their own funds – residence halls, athletics, UIHC, bookstore, funded research. The academic core is shrinking relative to these other enterprises. Instructional costs are declining, other costs are increasing. The Provost’s Office controls only 20% of University funding.

  • Public funding of Higher Education

The decline in public funding of higher education should not be seen as only temporary due to the recession. Instead it should be viewed as permanent. Public funding in Iowa is below the national average and is continuing to erode.

Tuition has increased and here this has lead to a reliance on non-residence tuition. Resident tuition is the lowest in the Big Ten, non-resident is among the highest. In 2010, Iowa had 53% non-resident students. There will be increasing competition for non-resident students, on both national and international levels. Major universities are beginning to emerge in China. There will be more competition from community colleges, for-profit universities, and internet institutions.

  • His Recommendations

Charge tuition more in line with program costs. Undergraduate tuition subsidizes graduate and professional programs. Dentistry and Medicine receive the greatest subsidies, Liberal Arts and Education the least.

Reduce the number of programs. The University cannot provide everything to everybody.

Raise admissions standards. Allow the three Regent’s institutions to have different admissions policies.

Concentrate on what makes Iowa distinctive. Competition should be facing East –Wisconsin, Illinois, etc.

Questions and comments were received from those present until time ran out and were continued at lunch.

Al Hood – Temporary Recorder

Note: Minutes of the Monday, May 2, 2011Emeritus Faculty Council meeting were distributed by e-mail to all members for changes and/or comments. None were received. The minutes stand approved as distributed.

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, May 2, 2011
2520 UCC

Members Present: Laird Addis, Lorraine Dorfman, Carol Fethke, Rose Friedrich, Ken Hubel, Pat Kelley, Al Hood, Jim Lindberg, Norb Malik, Ray Muston, Jerry Rose, Jack Rosazza, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker

Minutes: The minutes of the April 4, 2011 meeting were approved as distributed. (Hubel Motion Second by Kelley)

Officers for 2011-12

Tom Rice, Associate Provost, reminded us that Carol’s service as president will mean we have two representatives from Business on the Council since Carol will serve and Jerry Rose continues for one more year.

Laird Addis questioned whether we have nominations from the floor at general meeting? It was concluded the Council selects its own officers after Council elections are completed.

Officers should, according to by-laws, include President, Vice President, and Secretary. We still need a secretary of record. Carol Fethke will serve as president and Ray Muston as vice president.

Carol Fethke suggested we have a secretary term of service by semester. We have three meetings per term, which seems reasonable. Rose Friedrich expressed a willingness to serve as secretary for the fall term.

Elections

The elections committee will be meeting this afternoon to count ballots (May 2). They will call those elected to confirm their service and letters will then be sent to all candidates. Those elected will be announced at the annual meeting.

Annual Spring Meeting

President Nancy Sprince will make brief remarks at the annual meeting. Each member of Council should email a summary of items to be included in her remarks from respective assignments. Cooperative programs/efforts with the University of Iowa Retirees Association will be included.

A lunch menu has been confirmed for the meeting and all new retirees will be invited and will receive a copy of the Retiree’s Handbook from the Provost’s office.

Gary Fethke will speak to the general membership.

Committee Updates

Committee reports were submitted by email and included as attachments to the minutes for the meeting.

Other Business

President-elect Carol Fethke asked if we should wait until fall for committee assignment or would it be better to volunteer for service now to avoid the lag in the Fall? It would still allow for new members to select their preferred choice. Carol will forward an email to all so we can review the needs and notify her of their preference.

It was suggested that we plan one common program or event with the retirees association. For example, a selection of half hour sessions that people could rotate to--topical interests in form of “mini conferences.” Al Hood noted that volunteer organizations often show up and try to recruit volunteers at such an event. Ray Muston suggested topics that retirees have already requested including wellness programs, health benefits, retirement planning, etc. would be useful.

onReview of the Role of the Council

One excellent email had been received from a member about the purpose and direction for the Council. Carol Fethke expressed hope that others would share their suggestions by email as well 
Nancy Sprince reported that we had hoped as part of new communications scheme we could have members visit with deans and department heads to solicit perspectives of how emeritus faculty might serve. Jack Rosazza suggested we review how other institutions involve emeriti. Lorraine Dorfman noted much is dependent upon what happens at department level to involve emeriti. Ray Muston suggested a number of people might be interested in assisting in areas beyond their original department or discipline.
Ken Hubel questioned whether more structure or process is needed to involve emeritus faculty. If someone really wants to volunteer, they can go to their department and say they have skills and are willing to volunteer. Laird Addis felt that Deans might remind departments that emeritus faculty may be a resource available to help with programs and activities. Ken Hubel repeated that action is really at the department level and gave an example of an annual luncheon in medicine where emeriti are informed of activities and have a chance to volunteer.

Jack Rosazza reminded the group that we are the retired FACULTY Council. Consequently, our activity should be focused on interaction with existing faculty. How can we relate to issues or needs with existing faculty?

Carol Fethke questioned whether the Retiree’s Handbook serves as an adequate bridge for retirees or would another initiative also be useful?

Ken Hubel read the descriptive role of the Council published in the bylaws.

Speaker: Barry Butler, Interim Provost, UI

Provost Butler began his comments with a brief overview of his background at The University of Iowa.

He came to the university in 1984 following completion of his PhD at the University of Illinois. For the past 10 years Butler has served as Dean of the College of Engineering. He was named Interim Provost in 2010 and has enjoyed serving faculty and students in that role. His comments included a strategic overview of the status of the university and the role of the Provost in implementing the Strategic Plan. (See http://provost.uiowa.edu/ for a complete copy of the strategic plan in PDF format)

The Strategic Plan was introduced the day Butler first came into office. In very short order, he was given responsibility for its announcement and implementation. We were reminded of the timeliness of the strategic plan following the great flood of 2008, the great recession of 2008-10 and the challenge of the comprehensive campaign 2010-2016 now underway. His presentation focused on four major pillars of the strategic plan.

The first pillar of the Strategic Plan is Student Success. Key efforts include:

  • Early Intervention
  • First Year Seminars
  • Living-Learning Communities
  • TILE Classrooms
  • Transition to College.

Early interventions programs have already increased retention rates of entering students. In one year, retention of first year students increased from 83% to 86.6%. Consequently, our enrollment is expected to increase even more than projected previously.

First year seminars have been in place now for three years. The goal is to develop small communities of students (no more than 20) in a one-hour class around a variety of interests. Butler teaches one on Wind Energy Technology. Another example is a medical professor who teaches a seminar on History of War. A few emeritus faculty teach in this program.

Living-learning communities are intended to focus on academic engagement in and out of class. This program started about seven years ago with a program for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) in Burge. Six or seven centers will be active next fall. Experience and research demonstrates that this concept works.

Enrollment will be increasing as increased retention rates play out and new student recruitment continues.

A second major pillar of the strategic plan is focused on new knowledge and practice. Implementation of “cluster hire” hires to address “grand challenges” include The Aging of Minds and Brain, Digital Public Humanities, and Water Sustainability. Current efforts include identifying next clusters. For more information on current clusters, seehttp://provost.uiowa.edu/clusters/

A third pillar of the plan, New Frontiers in the Arts, is manifest in current challenges rebuilding the Arts campus ---with Vice President of Finance. For example, academic implications of splitting the physical locations of Hancher and the School of Music are complex. Obviously, this is a significant piece of the comprehensive fundraising campaign as well.

The last major leg of strategic initiative is public engagement. Nursing is an excellent example of the effectiveness of this direction. They have developed a network of partnerships around the state that have extended cost-effective opportunities for nursing students while addressing critical health care services for all Iowans. In engineering, we are working with Iowa Lakes Community College in wind energy. We have found that we could improve transfer articulation and eliminate approximately half semester of credit for those who want to continue on for a four-year program.

The comprehensive fund-raising campaign is, of course, crucial. If you view the campus as it now exists and consider what we would be like without gifts and philanthropy, many programs and facilities on our “map” would not exist. We are increasingly dependent upon the philanthropy of our alumni and friends to sustain our mission.

Following his presentation, Dr. Butler responded to questions from Council members.

Faculty Senate issues and concerns. The new Senate president (Richard Fumerton) is eager to work with this Council to review areas of common interest and concern. A current issue relates to tenure policy and review by Regents and state opinion leaders. These are not new concerns. It would be helpful to learn from perspectives of members who experienced similar queries in the past.

Laird Addis asked what percent of freshmen do get into first year seminars? About half of 4500 first year students get into first year seminars. What percent of new faculty hires are in clusters programs? About 6 or 7 out of seventy new hires have been in clusters initiatives. Addis felt at a time when liberal arts is so down in faculty we should be putting the majority of our resources into traditional curricula and programs rather than these contemporary clusters. He appreciated the statistics reported.

It was noted that cluster hiring is not a new strategy in our university. We have done this in Engineering as well as in “centers of excellence”. Thirty-five years ago engineers elected to create a department of bio-medical engineering, now a premier program of some of the best and brightest in our college and our university.

Jim Lindberg observed that the concept of living-learning communities is really not new. We had a program a couple of decades ago. It would be useful to revisit the strengths and limitations of that experience. Rose Friedrich recalled the historical experience of Westlawn as a living center for students in Nursing.

Dr Butler reported that there would be a center in the Union this fall as we wait for a new residence hall (Hillcrest) facility on the west side. One floor of the IMU guesthouse will be used to house one interest area.

Lorraine Dorfmann asked if there is an ongoing evaluation of this program in place. There is.
Laird Addis also raised the broader question of recording the history of the University (e.g.: the work of Stow Persons, John Gerber, D.C. Spriestersbach, publications of university history). Addis said it is a shame that we are drifting away from building an on-going history of our institution. Should we not have a process in place to record and preserve the history? One suggestion was to ask retirees to share oral histories/perspectives of the campus and programs at the time of their retirement.

Dr. Butler acknowledged that Bill Hines has just completed a History of the College of Law that is excellent. Rod Lehnertz and colleague have put together a history of architecture on campus.

Dr. Butler concurred that we should work together to identify how retired faculty can remain involved in areas of import to them and to the university.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 11:10 a.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Ray Muston

Annual meeting:

  • Date: May 16, 2011
  • Time: 10:15 AM
  • Location: W151 PBB
  • Program Gary Fethke, speaker

Committee Reports May 2, 2011

Hancher Committee Report, Professor Laird Addis

Director Chuck Swanson reviewed the recent visit of the Miro String Quartet, both its recital and its concerts for the nurses at UIHC and Mercy Hospital. Hancher plans to expand its hospital performances in the future

Ticket prices were announced for the big Hancher event in November, and accompanying events were indicated. The marketing director described the many ways the event will be publicized, and members suggested yet further approaches. Swanson told the committee about a $20,000 sustaining grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation that will finance the Creative Campus Institute, which will begin with a conference of various faculty to discuss ways to bring Hancher programming into their courses. Finally, another report was given on negotiations with FEMA for financing the new Hancher Auditorium.

April UIRA Board Meeting, Professor Patricia Kelly

The meeting was convened by President Hood on April 12. The general business meeting was held and Ken Kuntz discussed the past programs for the year, all of which were successful and he discussed the three upcoming programs. The May program will be at one of Dick Schwab’s barns, and June meeting will be the annual picnic at City Park at the shelter near the Riverside Theatre where participants may go to a rehearsal of Two Gentlemen from Verona and hear Ron Clarke discuss it. The annual meeting is this month, and is at the Athletic Club. Ideas for future programs were discussed and ideas should be sent to Jean Hood. Committee reports and treasurer’s report were given. There is now a list serve all can access with names and information on all members. 61% of the members now receive the newsletter by email. A committee is working on 3 changes in the by laws which will be ready for approval by the Sept meeting. Of interest to the EFC is that the UIRA wants to find more ways in which the two groups can cooperate. I pointed out that we are cooperating now with Senior College and with the web sites, plus with the OLLI issue last year.. President Jean Hood wonders about the two groups cooperating in a day long educational session on retirement or on aging.

Sincerely Pat Kelley, REP to UIRA from EFC

Senior College Report, Professor Al Hood

This spring's Senior College courses attracted somewhere around 450 registrants. Seven of the courses are completed with two continuing for another week or so. We currently have eight courses lined up for the fall semester. With increasingly larger undergraduate enrollments, large enough classrooms for our more popular courses are increasingly difficult to obtain.

Al Hood

Recreational Services Report, Professor Jerry Walker

Jerry Walker shared an outline of five and ten year capital improvement plans for recreation services reviewed at the April meeting of Recreational Services Committee.

5-Year Plan

1. Construct an Environmental Learning Center at Macbride Nature Recreation Area
2. Install artificial turf on 4 - 5 fields at the Hawkeye Recreation Fields
3. Add new lighted grass turf fields south of the Hawkeye Recreation Fields
4. Expand the parking at the Hawkeye Recreation Fields
5. Plan and construct CRWC Phase II
6. Install benches/permanent seating in the CRWC Natatorium
7. Replace three school buses used by School of the Wild/Wildlife Camps
8. Install synthetic turf at the Recreation Building OR construct a new indoor turf building
9. Resurface the Klotz Outdoor Tennis Courts
10. Purchase 1 -2 15 passenger vans
11. Replace the air conditioning in the Fitness Loft
12. Chip seal the archery parking and driveway, Bluestem Parking and main parking lot at Macbride Nature Recreation Area
13. Add digital signage to the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex

10-Year Plan


1. Plan and construct CRWC Phase II
2. Add lighting, restrooms and a storage building to the Rugby fields
3. Construct a hard surface outdoor area for in-line hockey or soccer with built-in walls and goals
4. Renovate the Macbride Raptor Center
5. Renovate the Social Center at Macbride Nature Recreation Area

The committee also reviewed proposed fee increases for Recreational Services that are expected to range from 3% to 5%.

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, April 4, 2011
2520 UCC

Members Present: Laird Addis, Lorraine Dorfman, Claiborne Dungy, Carol Fethke, Al Hood, Ken Hubel, Pat Kelley, James Lindberg, Norb Malik, Ray Muston, Jack Rosazza, Bob Sayre, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker

Minutes: The minutes of the March 7, 2011 meeting were approved as distributed.

Discussion of the Leadership and Future Role of the EFC: Members first discussed the role of President of the EFC. Al Hood said that it is not a difficult job; one of the hardest jobs is finding speakers. Pat Kelley noted that we receive a great deal of help from the Provost’s Office. One possibility is that a current member of EFC whose term is expiring can stay on an extra year as president. Nancy Sprince, the current president, said that the president usually attends a national meeting of emeritus faculty organizations. She attended the meeting this past year. There will not be a meeting next year, but there will be a national meeting the following year. Nancy noted that the president is charged with tasks such as developing the agendas for each month’s EFC meeting and tracking progress of the Committees on elections and the annual meeting. 

Ken Hubel raised the question of the major function of the EFC. Social activities are taken care of mainly by the UIRA. Carol Fethke asked if we could be more of an advocacy group for emeriti, e.g., getting a better deal at the new Wellness Center. Ray Muston agreed and said this will determine the role of the President of the EFC. Nancy Sprince noted that one important achievement this year is the new EFC website. Carol suggested that we have one major goal for each year; for instance, this year it was the website, two years ago it was helping to save the Senior College. Bob Sayre noted that after 6 years on the EFC, he sees a lot of energy at the beginning of each year, but that we need to keep this energy going all year. The question was raised about how to do this, particularly since a number of the members are gone for part of the year. After considerable discussion, it was agreed that Carol Fethke will serve as President for most of next year, with Ray Muston serving as backup when she is not in town. Essentially they will alternate as needed. It was suggested that the choice for leadership for the following year should be made by mid-year next year. Ray suggested that every member of the EFC send an e-mail to Carol and himself saying what they think the top three priorities of the group should be.

Annual Meeting: Jack Rosazza raised a question about how emeriti are contacted for the annual Spring meeting in May. Nancy and Carol explained that all current and new emeriti are contacted by mail. The event is subsidized the Provost’s Office and we pay only $5.00. Pat noted that the Provost’s Office has decided in some cases whether someone should be designated as having emeritus status when it is unclear.

Committee Reports:

Election Committee: The chair of the committee, Pat Kelley, reported that nominations for new members of the EFC will be counted by the committee (Pat Kelley, Bob Sayre, and Lorraine Dorfman) on Wednesday, April 6. Then nominees will be contacted by committee members to see if they are willing for their names to be on the ballot. The committee will meet again on Monday, April 11 to finalize the list of nominees. There are two openings for the College of Medicine, and one opening each for CLAS, Public Health, Law, and Nursing. After the ballots are sent out and returned, the committee will count the ballots on Monday, May 2.

Faculty Council Meeting Tues. Mar. 8, and Faculty Senate Meeting Tues. Mar. 25, 2011: (Bob Sayre) Both meetings devoted most of their time to revisions in the policies for annual reviews of post-tenure faculty and for policies governing the Research-Track in the College of Pharmacy. Both were then approved, with minor changes in wording. There was also discussion in the Faculty Council of a new policy on Conflicts of Commitment and Interest and a new Compensation and Classification System for P&S staff, but no decisions were reached. The Senate briefly took up the first, but had no time for the second.

The remainder of the Senate meeting was devoted to reports by Michael O’Hara (former Senate and Council Chair) on a recent meeting of faculty representatives to the Big Ten and by Ellen Herman (Clinical Assoc. Prof. in the Office of Student Services and College of Education), who has been serving as Chair of the Presidential Committee on Athletics (PCA). The Big Ten meeting, Prof. O’Hara said, discussed institutional control of athletic programs, problems with academic tutoring and credits, athletic programs’ compliance with athletes’ eligibility, and issues with junior college transfers. The UI, he reported, does not have the best record on faculty governance of athletics. 

Prof. Herman’s report, which was covered in the Press-Citizen on both the following days (Wed. and Thurs.), described difficulties enforcing a University policy regarding athletes’ absences from courses, efforts to set standards for online courses, and the Department of Athletics failure to notify a PCA sub-committee of an increase in ticket prices. 

Hancher Committee meeting, March 23, 2011: (Laird Addis) Laird Addis and Norb Malik were in attendance, representing the EFC. A report was given on the educational activities of Hancher performers who will be in residence at various times in the remainder of the 2011-12 season. Notice was made of the events, starting in early September, that will open the 2011-12 season. Director Swanson gave an update on progress toward construction of the new Hancher Auditorium, still expected to open in 2015. This involved description of the “pre-design” stage, which involves persons representing the many aspects of the project. This should result in an estimate of costs being sent to FEMA by 1 April of this year. Finally, there was discussion of a major event that Hancher Auditorium will sponsor in November of this year. 

Speaker: Dr. Robert Wallace, Director, UI Center on Aging

Dr. Wallace started out by saying there is more activity in aging (gerontology) than ever before on campus. The Center on Aging (CoA) has grown considerably, starting out in 1990 with a part-time secretary and limited support. Kitty Buckwalter took the lead initially. About 15% of the total CoA budget comes from state funds. Purpose of the Center on Aging: to support all things aging on campus, including research, education, and service. The STAR registry has 1,900 older volunteers for research studies on campus. The lifelong education program (LEAP) offers a variety of classes for seniors and had to open extra classes this year due to demand. On the policy side, the Regents asked the CoA to develop a geriatric care plan for the state. The CoA also has a registry of Iowa geriatricians. Dr. Wallace feels UI is not yet as advanced on the academic side as it is on the clinical side in geriatrics.

A number of recent changes regarding aging has occurred at UI. UIHC has been emphasizing elder care more. The CoA is trying to support gerontology more on campus; for example, there are now two CoA members on the board of the interdisciplinary Aging Studies Program, housed in the School of Social Work, and administratively in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. An exciting development is that there will be 14 new cluster hires in aging in the next few years (“The Aging Mind and Brain”) involving multiple disciplines (physiology, psychology, neurology, etc.) Additionally, Dean Maxson in CLAS has added 4 new lines in aging this year in the College. Since cluster hires are a new concept, the UI needs to learn how to manage these cluster hires. The CoA has a grant from TIAA-CREF to study aspects of faculty retirement that are of interest to TIAA-CREF.

Dr. Wallace expressed concern that the current debate over Social Security and Medicare will cause intergenerational conflict.

Discussion and questions followed. Bob Sayre asked what courses in aging are given on campus. Bob Wallace and Lorraine Dorfman, a former director of the Aging Studies Program, outlined course requirements and electives in the Program. Financial concerns: there is a small amount of money to pay staff of the CoA, who are mostly part-time. One development is that the Geriatric Education Center (GEC), supported by a federal grant, has just merged with the CoA, and the director of the GEC is now on staff at the CoA. Carol Fethke asked about national impact of research at the CoA. Dr. Wallace said he has been involved in several national studies, including the Health and Retirement Study and the National Health and Aging Trends Study. The CoA has increased emphasis on serving the state, e.g., it is involved in a consortium of aging studies programs across the state. Carol asked for suggestions regarding aging and the EFC. Dr. Wallace said one possibility was to work to try to keep older workers in the work force. He noted that in the future older people of means will be asked to pay more for Social Security and Medicare benefits. Other questions included: How are uninsured, such as prisoners or the Amish, covered for medical treatment? Right now, UIHC must cover these. Are higher socio-economic status people greater users of Medicare? No, because higher SES people tend to be healthier over the life span. Discussion then centered on the issue of increasing longevity vs. quality of life. Dr. Wallace noted that disability-free life is increasing in the U.S.

Overall, Dr. Wallace is hopeful that the new cluster hires in aging will elevate the study of aging on campus and attract more attention and funding.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 11 a.m.

Respectfully submitted, 
Lorraine Dorfman

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, March 7, 2011
2520B UCC

Members Present: Laird Addis, Carol Fethke, Rose Friedrich, H.D. Hoover, Pat Kelley, Norbert Malik, Jack Rosazza, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker

Meeting began at 9:30 AM. 

Minutes: The minutes of the February 7th 2011 meeting were approved as distributed. 

Elections: Pat Kelley reported that paper ballots were required for nominations to the EFC and only ballots from Emeritus Faculty could be counted. Several active faculty had sent in e-mail nominations. Since these cannot be counted as nominations, Nancy Sprince will notify these people of our correct process for nominating new EFC candidates. Ballots were mailed with slots for CLAS, Medicine (2 slots), Nursing, Law and Public Health. Nancy Sprince asked current EFC members to step forward for the office of President of the EFC from 2011-2012. Members who had been on the EFC for at least one year had been asked to serve as Vice-President (President-elect) for 2010-2011, but no one had agreed to take on this position. New members of the EFC had not previously been asked to serve as President for 2011-2012, in hopes that a more experienced EFC member could take on that role. Two new members present stated they were also not able to serve. The third new member, who was not present, was nominated as President and supported unanimously by the EFC. Nancy Sprince will follow up with this EFC member to see if they are able to serve as President for 2011-2012. 

Annual Meeting: The annual meeting will take place on Monday, May 16th, 2011 in room W151 of the Papajohn Business Building. Gary Fethke will be the speaker. Lunch will be in W401. 

Future Emeritus Faculty Council Meeting Speakers: Robert B. Wallace, MD, MSc – will speak at the April 4th 2011 meeting on the topic of “Aging research and aging programs at the University of Iowa”. Bob is the Irene Ensminger Stecher Professor of Epidemiology and Internal Medicine in the Department of Epidemiology
Barry Butler, Ph.D., Interim Provost, University of Iowa will speak at the May 2, 2011 meeting. 

Website: The website is ready for launch.

Career Development Assignments: Nancy Sprince reviewed steps taken with the Letter initiated by Kenn Hubel and approved by the EFC. The Governmental Affairs Office at UI indicated that “events had overtaken the issue” through HF 45 – a bill now before Governor Branstad. Nancy added the language suggested by the Governmental Affairs Office to that of the Kenn Hubel letter urging the governor to sign HF45. The language supporting our position is on pg 6 of the bill – but there are a variety of other items in the bill – any of which may be retained or not. 

Agenda Item for Future Meeting: Carol Fethke suggested a discussion of the “purpose of the EFC” – it is mandated as an executive body representing all emeritus faculty. Should we be more pro-active? What issue(s) should we adopt as a goal for the next year? Working more closely with the UIRA was mentioned. 

Speaker: Dr. Sean O’Harrow, Director of the Museum of Art presented a talk on the topic of “Update, Challenges and Plans for the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Director O’Harrow was born in France, raised in Hawaii and completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at Harvard and Cambridge Universities, respectively. He gained experience in museum work at both institutions, and worked in the financial industry gaining understanding of institutions, fundraising and management. He was Executive Director of the Figge Museum in Davenport prior to moving here some 15 weeks ago.

He reviewed the UI Museum of Art history beginning in 1908 with Charles Cumming, a well-known artist who established the plastic & graphic arts department. Lester Longman, beginning in 1936, further developed the BFA/MFA program in studio art, and was here when Peggy Guggenheim recognized the program and Iowa accepted the famous Jackson Pollock painting that has been much discussed. In 1969, the Elliot family bequest enabled the establishment of the Art Museum along the river that flooded in 2008 necessitating the assets of the museum to be moved to Chicago where most of the art assets were unavailable for view. The Figge Art Museum was chosen to host the UI collection in Davenport (some 10,000 works), developed storage rooms from galleries, and had allowed for the art to be properly insured.

Director O’Harrow discussed a number of issues underway in flood recovery, museum and art program planning, and concepts in moving forward. From what he understands, FEMA has never encountered the situation in which the building may be usable, but that the institution has been operationally incapacitated. Decisions on the fate of the Art Museum are to be made in Washington, DC (a few appeals have been turned down thus far, but more are possible). The Pollock debate has been revealing. Peggy Gugenheim made this donation of art as a component of art understanding and education. The Pollock as part of the art collection at Iowa is critical for teaching students about major art movements and about civilization. Iowa has long specialized in American Art. The Pollock brings fame and credibility to the institution, and puts the University of Iowa “on the map”. As a result of its superb collection, the UI Art Museum is probably among the top dozen university museums in the United States.

Sean gave an overview of where the University will go from here. A university that publishes ideas and conducts research should also do the same with art. Physical issues – i.e., buildings – are critical. Most art museums battle physical issues. The flood of 2008, while damaging, offers an opportunity to consider next steps in developing a modern museum and museum concept. Finding ways to make art more relevant for the public by integrating it into every day settings is a primary goal. Promoting art education on the broadest possible basis – challenging students to think about art – a la the collection at UIHC is an example of integrating art into public venues. The UI could become a modern, “hybrid” institution with galleries across campus, ensuring much greater exposure than art simply contained in a traditional building. Libraries, for example experience >1,000,000 visitors/year – while only a few thousand students used the art museum during an average year.

Questions centered on new locations for art, how Sean is working with the UI, alums, students, the City and others as resources in implementing his vision, and art in the community.

Email Reports of Emeritus Council Representatives to University Organizations

FRIC Report (Carol Fethke): Carol gave a verbal summary of FRIC meeting activities. CHIP II will be available for another year. Possible new plans are under consideration – but there doesn’t appear to be a need for such a plan, except for retirees living away from the Iowa City area. Weight loss drugs discussed – side effects preclude them being included in coverage. Clinic wait times as an issue and psychiatric coverage were discussed. In a report on “wellness”, health coaches are free, trainers not. Discussion on what retirees can have access to. However, retirees must pay fee for new health facility to be covered. Long term care insurance for three regents’ institutions is through John Hancock Inc for the past six years. No rate increase has been implemented to date. However, a rate increase of up to 45% is being considered. Outside review through the Insurance Commissioner will likely modulate that increase. Those joining 6 years earlier are still covered by Metropolitan Life – and their premiums may also go up. Health care premiums in general may be under discussion – a’la Wisconsin and other states undergoing various reviews to cut costs. 

UIRA meeting, February 8, 2011 (Rose Friedrich): President Jean Hood called the meeting to order. Ken Kuntz, Program Chair, noted future programs including an April 4 program meeting, Rod Lehnertz speaker on topic “Post-Flood Issues at UI; May 12 program with Dick Schwab on site of one of his barns; and the annual picnic meeting in June in a shelter in City Park near the Shakespeare Stage with a presentation from someone associated with Riverside Theater. Many board members will be away at the time of the scheduled March meeting. Following discussion, it was moved and seconded to cancel the March meeting. This passed unanimously. The slate of new officer candidates will be in the March Newsletter. The current membership for UIRA includes 494 households or 674 members. Gene Spaziani has created and updated a comprehensive membership list. Nancy Williams, FRIC representative, noted that Chip II insurance will still be viable even though the numbers of those enrolled dropped from last year. Jean Hood appointed a By-Law Committee to discuss possible term changes for Newsletter Editor and Secretary as well as the possibility of formalizing the Hospitality Committee to work as a standing Committee. 

Hancher Committee, February 25, 2011 (Laird Addis): At its meeting of Friday, 25 February (at which I was the only EFC member attending), the Hancher committee spent most of the time discussing the unusually big event (to be made public only later in the spring) that it has scheduled for the fall of this year. Discussion of ticket prices for the event included raising the question of whether or not Hancher should have discount prices for seniors, both for this event and in general (as it presently does). In addition, there was discussion of events to be held in connection with the demolition of the old Hancher building as well those to be held in connection with the dedication of the new Hancher building (which is expected to take place in 2015). Finally, there was a report on the educational activities to take place yet this semester under the sponsorship of Hancher Auditorium. 

Election Committee (Pat Kelley): Lorraine Dorfman and Pat Kelley met with Brenda and Deborah from the Provost’s office to set up schedule for Elections. Bob Sayre, the other committee member, will return from out of town early March to join us in processing the ballots and final votes. The nomination letters have gone out to all Emeritus Faculty and need to be returned by April 4th. Persons can nominate for any of the colleges that have opening (CLAS 1; Medicine 2; and Law, Nursing, and Public Health 1 each). The committee will count the nominations and determine who will be on the ballot on April 6th, and final ballots go out about April 18th. For the election, voters can only vote from their own College. Ballots are due back on April 29th; elections committee meets on May 2nd and announcements are made at the annual meeting. All nominees are contacted before going on ballot. Pat Kelley, Elections Chair

Research Council, February 7, 2011 (Jack Rosazza): The Publication Waiver Subcommittee recently reviewed a complex publication waiver request from a College. The subaward required the UI to accept restrictive language if research results were deemed “sensitive.” The subcommittee recommended that the requested waiver be granted with conditions and potential subsequent review.
The Authorship Guidelines Subcommittee provided a draft replacement of the limited guidance on authorship in the Operations Manual. The subcommittee will formulate FAQs for the OVPR’s and Office of the Provost’s websites. It was determined that shared governance would be necessary for this level of change to the Operations Manual. This will be guided through the; (1) Office of the General Counsel, (2) Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, (3) Graduate College, (4) Faculty Council and (5) Faculty Senate for approval.

The Centers and Institutes Subcommittee is working on a draft policy. They are working on distinguishing “center” (ordinarily a subsidiary of a larger entity) from “institute” (ordinarily a larger entity which may incorporate many centers). The definition of a Board of Regent institute and a Board of Regent center is distinguished by the amount of funding and level of reporting. As policy, ISU starts specialized associations off as programs and determination is made if/as they evolve whether they become a center or institute.

A year end report detailing activities of the Research Council this year, and outlining activities that will carry over to 2011-2012 will be prepared. 

Recreational Services Committee Meeting, January 21, 2011 (Jerry Walker): In the Director’s Report, Harry Ostrander described plans for Phase 2 of the CRWC – the block south of CRWC being used for recreation. All operations from the Field House would be moved over. Many new activity rooms (golf, training) and wellness services would be implemented. A variety of courts (basketball – 8), racquetball, sqäsh, badmitton, activity rooms, cycling studio) are under consideration as are new classrooms & locker rooms.

An Environmental Learning Center campaign is being spearheaded by Dave Conrads. Macbride Nature Recreation Area will play a strong role in removing “Nature Deficit Disorder”. Wildlife camps, UI School of the Wild (funded by EPA/REAP) is Iowa’s 1st NCA accredited environmental education program. New facilities – observation tower, suspension bridge, classrooms, conference rooms.

The field house alternate exit was discussed from a safety perspective.

The USA Diving Championships competition held January 30-Feb 6 was mentioned – bringing elite divers from around the country.

The Big Ten (with twelve teams????) Conference bringing campus rec staffs from throughout the Big Ten will come to Iowa City May 17-20. 

Speaker – April 4, 2011: Robert B. Wallace, MD, MSc – Aging research and aging programs at the University of Iowa. Bob is the Irene Ensminger Stecher Professor of Epidemiology and Internal Medicine, Department of Epidemiology.

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, February 7, 2011
2520B UCC

Members Present: Laird Addis, Lorraine Dorfman, Carol Fethke, Rose Friedrich, Al Hood, H.D. Hoover, Kenn Hubel, Pat Kelley, James Lindberg, Jack Rosazza, Nancy Sprince

Call to Order: Meeting began at 9:30 AM.

Minutes: The minutes of the December 6th 2010 meeting were approved as distributed.

Elections: Pat Kelley gave a report of the Elections Committee. The current Council has an additional member from the College of Business and is missing one representative from the College of Medicine. These problems will be dealt with in the May elections. A new president and vice president of the Council will be needed for next year and volunteers are being solicited by President Nancy Sprince.

Annual Meeting: Carol Fethke announced that the Annual Meeting is expected to take place on Monday, May 16th in Room W151 (Lunch in 401) Pappajohn Business Building. Final word on the speaker will be announced shortly.

Future Council Meetings: Sean O’Harrow, the Director of the UI Art Museum will be the speaker for the March meeting. The UIHC Director of Nursing and the IC City Engineer are proposed speakers for the April and May meetings. The Council heartedly approved Carol’s efforts in obtaining these programs.

Website: Nancy Sprince displayed the new EFC website and its various features, requesting comments and suggestions. There was general agreement that the website looks good. There is a place for news items on it and members are encouraged to send such items or any updates to Ray Muston.

Career Development Assignments: Kenn Hubel circulated a draft of a letter opposing the legislative move to temporarily eliminate Career Development Assignments that he proposed be sent to appropriate legislators and officials. The Council was in favor of such a letter and members made various suggestions regarding content and persons to whom it should be sent. Kenn will circulate a revised draft.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jordan Cohen, The University’s Vice President for Research was introduced. His topic was: “Research @ Iowa – Engaging Iowa and the World”. Last year’s total external funding amounted to $466.5 million, and has shown a consistent annual increase each year up from $1 million in 1987. Over half (66%) is from Federal Agencies and half of that from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Half of the awards are received by the College of Medicine with the next largest amounts going to the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Public Health. 

Over $40 million was received in 2010 as part of the stimulus package (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) and this will not be repeated. Thus Iowa and other research universities are anticipating a need to provide bridge funding as the increased competition for a smaller total federal research budget will make it difficult to sustain these higher levels of funding in the next two years.

During the last five years, research grants by emeritus faculty from various colleges have totaled $2.7million in funding. Emeritus faculty could be helpful in reading and critiquing grant proposals prior to their submission.

Goals of his office include (1) Increase competitiveness for extramural funding; (2) More focus on service, education, and communication; (3) Helping shape campus research initiatives e.g. cluster hires; (4) Involving undergraduates in research; (5) Support research that creates new companies and new jobs for Iowa; (6) More effective and efficient research administration.

There are currently three cluster hire initiatives – Aging in the Mind and Brain – 14 new hires, Water Sustainability – 5 new hires, and Digital Public Humanities. At present, 37 proposals are being reviewed to choose the next cluster.

The Research Office is undertaking various strategies to improve funding including (1) supporting grant specialists in Liberal Arts, Education, and International Programs; and (2) providing internal funding for initiatives in the biological, physical, and social sciences and for the Arts and Humanities Initiative.

Another very important goal is to work with UI faculty and staff to support economic development and entrepreneurship in Iowa, including technology transfer, and by connecting the assets of the University to the needs of Iowa companies.

E-mail Reports of Emeritus Council Representatives to University Organizations: UIRA meeting, Jan. 11, 2011 (Pat Kelley) President Hood called the meeting to order. Ken Kuntz, Program Chair, noted future programs, which are listed in the newsletter and on line. One new addition is touring one of Dick Schwab’s barns in May, probably May 12, but date not confirmed. The Annual Meeting will be on April 20th. Plans for the annual picnic are still up in the air. City Park near the Shakespeare Theatre with a play is a possibility. It was also noted that OLLI is now called UI LEAP as it lost its OLLI funding.

Joe Joynt presented the budget and the organization is doing well. There has been a suggestion that a more complete budget be distributed at the annual meeting. There was a discussion of terms for various officers, especially the secretary and the Newsletter editor; the board will take up changing the bylaws to have a term for the Newsletter Editor, as none is stated now, and look into the possibility of having the secretary’s position, and maybe others with a one year term, have two years or at least renewable terms.

Dwight Jenson reported that the Newsletter is now going by US mail to 211 members while 321 are receiving it by e-mail, which saves considerable money.

The nominating committee was named by President Hood as: Sharon Sheib, Dick Dustin, Jane Jakobson, John Pryor and Sarah Wolfson. She also received suggestions for people to write a history of the organization.

Faculty Senate Meeting December 7,2010 (Rose Friedrich) The University of Iowa has developed a plan (Alcohol Harm Reduction Plan 2010-2013) to curb dangerous drinking within 3 years. UI hopes to cut the amount of drinks students have at one sitting from 7.5 to 4, the number of days out of the month students drink from 34% to 20% and drop the rate of students who binge drink from 70%, which is twice the national average and one of the highest in the country, to 55%.

The 24th Annual Report of the Office of the Ombudsperson: the Office had 517 visitors this past year, an increase of 50% from the previous year. Of this, 48% were staff and the primary concern was problems with supervisors.

The Post-tenure Review policy passed. The policy establishes procedures to be followed by the University in conducting reviews of a tenured faculty member’s performance in teaching, scholarship and service.

2010

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, December 6, 2010
2520B UCC

Attendees: Laird Addis, Lorraine Dorfman, Rose Friedrich, Al Hood, H.D. Hoover, Ken Hubel, Patricia Kelley, James Lindberg, Norbert Malik, Ray Muston, Jack Rosazza, Robert Sayre, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker

Guests: Brenda Bradley, Debbie Millsap 

The meeting began at 9:32 AM.

Brenda Bradley and Debbie Millsap, staff from the Provost's office, were introduced. They are available to assist Emeritus Faculty Council. After the introductions they left the meeting.

The minutes of November 1, 2010 were approved as printed, passing by unanimous vote. 

Website: Ray Muston presented and led the discussion on the new EFC website.

The website committee, Nancy Sprince, Ken Hubel, Jerry Rose, Lorraine Dorfman, Jerry Walker and Ray Muston met on November 10 to review the emeritus website and the proposed changes. The website is currently accessed under the office of the Provost site by clicking on faculty organizations under Information for Faculty and Departments. The proposed "header links" include News, Service Opportunities, Insurance, and Wellness Opportunities and are based on priorities identified in the 2010 survey of EFC members. 

Nancy Sprince and Ray Muston met with Tom Rice and his staff on November 22 to review recommended changes to the website. The meeting concluded with the agreement that the proposed revision would be posted for test and review by the EFC prior to the December 6 meeting, when final changes would be made. 

After reviewing the website, several suggestions for change included listing Emeritus Faculty Council as the first entry in the title on the Home page. Following discussion, it was agreed to make no changes to the title listing. Other suggestions were to include summaries of the guest speaker presentations; announcements of future speakers and topics; and links to EFC minutes.

It was moved by Laird Addis and seconded by Patricia Kelley to make the proposed changes to the website by the end of December if possible. This was passed unanimously. 

FRIC Issues: Nancy Sprince reported on her meetings with Sheldon Kurtz and Tom Rice regarding FRIC Issues.

She met with Sheldon Kurtz, Co-Chair of the Funded Retirement and Insurance Charter Committee (FRIC) on November 15, 2010 and presented the results of the 2010 Emeritus Faculty Survey showing that the emeritus faculty were most interested in receiving information about proposed or actual changes in health and retirement benefits. She asked if the Emeritus Faculty Association, which now has members of the Emeritus Faculty Council in attendance at monthly FRIC meetings, could have an enhanced role and involvement in the FRIC committee, either as non-voting members or voting members of the FRIC Committee. 

Professor Kurtz explained that any change in the composition or representation on the FRIC would involve approval by the faculty Senate, Staff Council, student governance body, VP Sue Buckley, and President Mason. If a retired faculty member were added, another staff representative would have to be added to maintain faculty/staff balance on the committee.

Professor Kurtz stated he did not support adding an Emeritus Faculty member to the FRIC Committee. He thought that the current mode of communication was the appropriate one. His view of communication between FRIC and stakeholders is that he is accessible via phone calls or e-mails from those concerned and he will bring these concerns or question to the FRIC Committee. He will also meet with any interested stakeholders. He thought a good avenue for communication with retired faculty was the existing one, with an EFC member attending FRIC meetings and reporting to the emeritus faculty through EFC minutes or other modes we choose to employ to communicate with retired faculty. He stated that EFC members and other audience members attending FRIC meetings were allowed to address the FRIC Committee after all FRIC Committee members had completed their comments and questions.

Professor Kurtz stated that he will report the request of EFC for consideration as either a non-voting or voting member of FRIC to the FRIC Committee for their input.

Nancy Sprince also met with Tom Rice on November 22, 2010 and outlined a summary of the meeting with Professor Kurtz. Tom Rice suggested that EFC not pursue the issue of formal representation of emeriti on the FRIC Committee at this time. 

Other options suggested by EFC faculty included forming an ad hoc committee of emeriti and possibly UIRA members to address health insurance issues. There was general consensus among EFC members that an ad hoc committee may be a viable option in the future. 

Guest Speaker: Susan J. Curry, PhD, Dean and Distinguished Professor, College of Public Health was introduced. The topic was: "Tackling public health challenges of the 21st Century".

Dean Curry presented an overview of the College of Public Health. There are 71 primary faculty; 68 secondary faculty; 381 degree program students; and 233 full-time staff whose primary responsibility is assisting with grants. The College of Public Health offers a variety of programs and degrees within its five departments including a Master of Public Health, a Master in Hospital Administration, nine MS degrees and eight PhD degrees. In addition, there are 3 certificate programs. External funding accounts for 56% of faculty salaries. Faculty were awarded 156 grants in 2010. Principal investigators based in the college received $39.5 million and faculty who were co-investigators on projects outside the college received $36.5 million in funding in FY2010. Departments include: Health Management and Policy, Community and Behavioral Health, Occupational and Environmental Health, Biostatistics, and Epidemiology. The new CPH building will be dedicated Fall 2012.

Community engagement is a critical component in the College of Public Health. Through a wide variety of programs and activities the college’s faculty, staff, and students are providing critical public health expertise in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. During the past year outreach to 12,000 Iowans was provided. 

Challenges and Opportunities for the College of Public Health include:

  • To partner with undergraduate colleges to establish articulation between undergraduate and graduate programs
  • To give attention to public health priority needs to prevent crises, including behavioral risk factors.
  • To promote public health preparedness, which is essential for emerging infectious disease challenges. Examples include resistant strains of tuberculosis and zoonotic infections.
  • To promote understanding of another challenge, foodborne illnesses that account for 76 million illnesses per year.
  • To bridge the gap between what we know and what we do in health care.
  • To assess the benefits and risks of biomedical advances for health care literacy.
  • To promote the integration of health information technology. In the average health care system there are 40 information systems that don't talk to each other. The concept of "health records trust" integrates across systems -- take from disparate systems and put them together.

Committee updates via e-mail reports:

Faculty Council Meeting: Tuesday, November 16 (Bob Sayre report): Jeff Cox asked that the Agenda for a future Faculty Senate meeting include a report from FRIC on changes in health insurance benefits. He explained that this is an important matter, and people need to be up to date. Elizabeth Altmaier, the outgoing UI representative to the Big Ten, point out that the UI is lowest in the conference in measure of gender equity in sports and recommended the Faculty Council pay more attention to this issue. Cynthia Joyce and Susan Johnson reported on the year's action in the Ombudsperson office. There are growing numbers of complaints about a lack of civility in staff and faculty behavior. Promotion criteria for research track faculty was discussed.

UIRA board meeting: November 9 (Pat Kelley report): UIRA archives have been moved to the UI archives in the Library. Ken Kurtz, Program Chair, announced that the wellness in motion program was well attended. The date for the annual meeting will be either April 7th or April 14. It was suggested that a more complete financial report be given at the annual meeting. The newsletter is sent by e-mail, except to those who request US mail. This saves a considerable amount of money. Nancy Sprince, EFC president, will check into adding a link to UIRA programs on the EFC website.

Spring 2011 Senior College Courses (Al Hood report): The planning for 2011 Senior College Courses is completed. Nine sessions, offering a wide variety of topics, will be offered. The first session will begin February 3, 2011. Classroom space was arranged for all sessions. The cost/session remains unchanged at $30 per enrollee.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 AM.

Respectfully submitted,
Rose Friedrich

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, November 1, 2010

Attendees: Laird Addis, Lorraine Dorfman, Claibourne Dungy, Carol Fethke, Al Hood, Ken Hubel, Patricia Kelley, James Lindberg, Norbert Malik, Ray Muston, Gerald Rose, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker

Guest: Gary Fethke

The meeting began at 9:30 AM. The minutes of October 4, 2010 were approved with a correction.

Ray Muston updated the status of the Webpage. He suggested that the Council’s speakers be included. He has found that the site was not always user friendly. He requested volunteers to review the site and to suggest changes that would make it easier to use and beneficial to the emeritus faculty or other users. Meals on Wheels have asked for volunteers, but their link in the website is not readily accessible.

Nancy Sprince reviewed the meeting room and time of meetings. She questioned whether 2520B UCC was large enough. The group thought it was the correct size for now. She believed that we did not have enough time for the business part of the EFC meetings with the time allocation of 30 minutes for business followed by 60 minutes for the speaker. The Program Committee who invites speakers thought that some speakers need a full hour to get their message across and some may be reluctant to come to our meeting to speak if only given 45 minutes. The group discussion led to a general consensus that we would hold the business part of the meeting from 9:30AM until10:15 AM and then have the speaker start at 10:15 AM and end at 11AM. If the speaker needed extra time, most members said they could stay until 11:15 AM to give more time to those speakers who needed it.

Nancy Sprince relayed the information that Associate Provost Tom Rice was interested in having an emeritus faculty member on an ad hoc committee to review the Global Scholars and Faculty Scholars programs. EFC members were asked to contact Nancy or Tom Rice if they are interested or know of an emeritus faculty member who would be interested and qualified for this committee. 

Carol Fethke reported on FRIC. There is the issue of emeritus faculty not being allowed to participate even though they are present. It may take a change in the charter document to obtain a voice. Nancy Sprince will follow-up with a conversation with Sheldon Kurtz about this issue. Neither Carol nor Jerry Rose will be able to attend the December 3, 2010 meeting of FRIC and Patricia Kelley will go to that meeting. 

Committee Updates

Al Hood, Senior College: Because of the increased undergraduate enrollment there is a problem obtaining classrooms for the spring Senior College courses.

The following report on the October Faculty Senate meeting was submitted by e-mail from Bob Sayre:

The first report was from Corinne Peek-Asa, Jane Caton, and Peter Berkson, members of the Threat Assessment Team (TAT) that tries to identify persons and situations that might endanger the University. It was established in 2008 and has looked at 400 cases since then. The message is: if you know of someone who might become violent, call upon the TAT’s services by contacting campus police, Human Resources, Student Services, or other authorities.

Second report was from Mark Hale, of Information Technology Service, who is leading the “Web Accessibility Project,” charged with making the UI web more accessible to persons with disabilities. Not being able to use the web today is like being locked out of your office, he said. The blind and people with poor eyesight are at a terrible disadvantage, and the UI website has received very low scores on this. But measures are being taken to have the visual matter on our website convertible to speech. Remaining discussion was of revisions of the Post-Tenure Faculty Review Policy.

The guest speaker was introduced: Gary Fethke, Professor; former Dean of the Tippie College of Business; Interim President of the University of Iowa from June 2006 – September 2007. Gary provided a comprehensive overview of the financial structure of the University of Iowa as a public doctoral university. He pointed out that 85% of UI funding comes from patient services, tuition, grants and contracts, and fees, with the remaining 15% coming from state appropriations. There has been a long-term decline in (real) state funding per FTE student. To offset this decline per student in state support, tuition has increased, and so has the proportion of non-residents. But, non-resident tuition and patient fees, the largest growing components of revenue, are both dependent on choices that consumers make in increasingly competitive circumstances; it is important to recognize that both students and patients have other alternatives. Gary provided one way to understand what the university has to do to attract paying students, using “The University Value Chain.” This framework reflects the highly integrated (complementary) nature of the activities of student recruiting/ advising, education/teaching/research, career placement, outreach, and alumni donors. He showed how these activities, which create an interrelated system when effectively coordinated, can enhance the value of higher education. Many colleges within the university do a rather poor job in this regard, with there being considerable room for improvement. 

Over the years, state funding has facilitated numerous forms of cross subsidies and associated compromises within the University. Cross-subsidies that lead to ineffective, even loss-producing units may no longer be allowed to continue, and some difficult choices face the university regarding what programs to invest in and what programs to eliminate. The making of these tough decisions is the essence of effective strategy. As state appropriations and other forms of revenue fall, the most likely source of cross-subsidies is academic units that have large enrollments, low delivery costs, and relatively inexpensive faculty; these units generate surpluses that should be carefully targeted to support a fewer number of high-priority but financially-weaker units. Areas with little student demand, low levels of funded research, or few patients are most vulnerable. Gary also discussed how public doctoral institutions, such as UI, have different missions than public non-doctoral institutions, and why Regent's policy of providing similar levels of state support and, particularly, setting of the same tuition for institutions that have quite different missions and cost structures can threaten our research mission. The biggest challenge facing public research universities in an era of declining state appropriations is finding new ways of sustaining basic research.

Before the meeting ended, Carol Fethke discussed future speakers and asked for suggestions for speakers on aging. 

Meeting was adjourned at 11:10 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Jerry D. Walker

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:00 A.M., October 4, 2010

Elected Faculty Council Attendees: Laird Addis, Lorraine Dorfman, Claibourne Dungy, Carol Fethke, Rose Friedrich, Al Hood, H.D. Hoover, Ken Hubel, Patricia Kelley, James Lundberg, Norbert Malik, Ray Muston, Jack Rosazza, Gerald Rose, Robert Sayre, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker.

Guests: Jean Hood, President UIRA and Ken Kuntz President-elect UIRA
The meeting began at 9:32.
The president asked for progress or problems regarding the update of emeriti faculty whose e-mails had bounced back. A brief discussion followed. 

Volunteers for taking notes at each meeting were arranged: November: Jerry Walker; December: Rose Friedrich; February: Al Hood; March: Jack Rosazza; April: Lorraine Dorfman; May: Ray Muston.

The program for the fall semester was announced: Gary Fethke on University Finances on November 1, Dean Sue Curry from the College of Public Health on December 6. There will be no meeting in January.

Jerry Rose presented a brief report on the FRIC meeting. Open enrollment for next year’s benefits is planned for 10/29/10 through 11/21/2010. The majority of the meeting was devoted to discussing key issues related to a new health insurance plan that would replace CHIP 2. Among the topics discussed were: coverage; competition among providers; catastrophic coverage as an option; co-pay issues; broadening coverage to currently non-covered items such as hearing aids or acupuncture; and whether costs should be based on the number of persons covered or a family unit. FRIC will work on this program at the next several meetings.

A brief discussion was held on the merits of asking for non-voting full membership on University Charter committees. There was support for this idea and the President was asked to explore further.

The EFC web page and its new format were shown. Members are encouraged to look at their profiles and make suggestions/corrections and to suggest persons for the outstanding fellow emeriti. Members were also asked to make suggestions for updates/changes in the Retiree Handbook.

Our guests from University of Iowa Retires Association (UIRA) provided a brief profile of their organization, its history, purpose, board and committees. They have an active program to encourage membership which now includes 631 individuals from 461 households. Retired faculty and P&S staff and their spouses are welcome to joint; dues after their first year of membership are $10 per year. They publish the Gray Hawks Newsletter regularly for members and have an active website. 
The organization has a monthly program. In September they visited Miracles in Motion (a therapeutic horse farm); October 20 will be Lisa Bluder, Iowa Women’s Basketball coach; November 16 is a tour of the UI Recreation and Wellness Center. The full year’s schedule is available on the web site.

The organization sponsors a flu shot day and the annual meeting with Richard Saunders about retire benefits issues. Note, this meeting will not be held in 2010. They also co-sponsor (with the EFC and the Alumni Association) the Senior College.

The remainder of the meeting was devoted to discussion of ways the EFC and UIRA could cooperate or cross-reference each other’s activities and programs. One suggestion was to co-sponsor a part-day conference on topics of interest to retirees that would build on a shorter program the UIRA had last year. The program committee of EFC was asked to explore this idea.

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:00 A.M., September 13, 2010
UCC 2520B

Elected Faculty Council Attendees: Laird Addis, Carol Fethke, Al Hood, H.D. Hoover, Ken Hubel, Jim Lundberg, Norbert Malik, John (Jack) Rosazza, Gerald Rose, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker

The meeting began at 9:31 AM.

President Sprince introduced herself and requested that the other attendees introduce themselves.

Al Hood presented a brief history of the EFC.

Nancy Sprince reported the results of the summer survey of emeritus faculty. 632 email questionnaires were sent out. Of those, 189 came back as invalid addresses. 443 appear to have received the emails but only 158 responded (a 35.7% response rate). The most noteworthy results were:

  • 50% are in the local area 11 to 12 months a year
  • 64% live in the local area
  • The main interests of retirees who responded are monitoring and understanding developments in the health and retirement benefits programs.
  • Detailed results will be available on the EFC web site

Associate Provost Tom Rice briefly attended the meeting. He stressed:

  • He would like to increase his office’s support of EFC and emeritus faculty activities.
  • He expressed an interest in having emeritus faculty play a greater service role in U of I activities.
  • Email notices to emeritus faculty about service opportunities are one possible way to involve more emeritus faculty.
  • The interim Provost position will shortly be filled.
  • The new five year strategic plan (that can be found on the web) is more detailed than past university’s plans.
  • His office has provided some funds to support key EFC members’ travel to national meetings. He requested that the EFC tell him what is needed to support EFC activities.

It was agreed that there is no need for a regular EFC meeting in January. Otherwise regular meetings take place from 9:30 – 11:00 AM the first Monday of each month in UCC 2520B through April, 2011. The date of the annual meeting in May will be announced at a later date.

A discussion of officer and committee positions culminated in the following assignments.

Faculty Senate/Council Representatives: No volunteers yet. Will request that Robert Sayre, Rose Friedrich (Al Hood as alternate) serve again as liaisons.

Emeritus Faculty Council Secretary: Rotating position by month; Carol Fethke for October 2010; Jerry Walker for November 2010; December 2010, February, March, April, May 2011 at a date to be determined.

Emeritus Faculty Council Liaison Representative to UIRA: No volunteers yet. Will request that Rose Friedrich and Pat Kelley serve again.

Elections Committee: No volunteers yet. Will request that Pat Kelley serve again and try to identify 2 others.

Emeriti Listserv, Web Site, and Handbook: No volunteers yet. Will ask Ray Muston to lead this. 

Senior College Members: Al Hood, Claibourne Dungy, and HD Hoover

Annual Meeting/Monthly Program Committee: Carol Fethke, Jack Rosazza. Will try to identify a third EFC member from the “west side” of campus to help with programming.

Research Council Representative: Kenneth Hubel and Jack Rosazza

University Libraries Committee Representative: Jerry Walker and Laird Addis

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee Representative: Carol Fethke and Gerald Rose

Hancher Committee Representative: Norb Malik, Laird Addis, Jerry Walker

Proposed new committee member/liaison: Recreational Services: Jerry Walker is interested in serving on this committee. Nancy Sprince will check into the possibility of having an EFC member on this committee.

It was agreed that EFC meetings should have a guest speaker. Jerry Walker suggested Nancy Baker, head of U of I libraries, and Harry Ostrander, head of recreational services. Carol Fethke suggested Gary Fethke be invited to speak on developments in university finances.

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee Report: Carol Fethke noted that FIRC minutes should be linked to the EFC webpage. She reported that the flexible benefits programs will be ending. CHIP II will be ending and a new health care insurance program may begin as early as 2012. She requested EFC members and retirees let the EFC’s FIRC committee know what they feel is missing in the current U of I Choice program. Results of the Early Retirement Plan II: The plan that required that approval of the early retirement requests result in a savings for the University. A total of 257 persons applied. Of the 14 faculty applications, 7 were approved. Of the 243 professional and scientific applications, 88 were approved. The first year projected savings is $1.1 million.

The meeting ended at 11:05 AM.

The next Emeritus Faculty Council meeting will be Monday, October 4, 2010 at 9:30 AM in room UCC 2520B (2nd floor of Old Capital Center). Our guest speaker is to be announced. It was suggested that Jean Hood, President of the Grey Hawks (UIRA) be invited to speak.

Respectfully submitted,

Jerry Rose
Acting Secretary

Minutes for the AEF Annual Meeting 

May 17, 2010
2117 MERF

Elected Faculty Council Attendees: David Carew, Claibourne Dungy, Carol Fethke, Rose Friedrich, Tony Franken, Al Hood, H.D. Hoover, Ken Hubel, Pat Kelly, Norbert Malik, Ray Muston, Gerald Rose, Robert Sayre, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Tony Franken at 10:07 AM.

President Franken thanked David Carew and Carol Fethke for today’s program.

Welcome: Tom Rice, Associate Provost for Faculty, welcomed attendees and sketched his background and plans for better integrating emeritus faculty skills and interests with the university’s needs. He also thanked Renee Sueppel for her work on behalf of the emeritus faculty.

Minutes: The minutes of the May 3, 2010 meeting for the Emeriti Listerv, Website and Handbook Committee should have read “Norbert Malik pointed out that UIRA and EFC web pages both provide links to the Retiree’s Handbook.” There being no other corrections the minutes were approved as corrected.

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee Report: Carol Fethke noted that the committee’s activities for the past year are available on the web. Issues that received attention included incentives to use UIHC for medical needs due to the higher copayment costs for non-UIHC providers, the likelihood that CHIP II will be gone within one or two years, new retirees will no longer receive subsidized life insurance from the university but will be able to purchase it, most applicants for early retirement are professional and scientific employees rather than faculty, leaving the university’s health and dental insurance programs precludes ever returning to them, representatives from the UIRA and EFC jointly monitor emerging issues such as the impact of the newly passed health insurance law, and retiree health and dental insurance premiums are experienced based (so rates go up as retirees’ health needs rise). UIHC survey data on patient satisfaction have been collected but not been made available to the FRIC.

President’s Report: President Franken recognized and thanked current Emeritus Faculty Council members for their service this past year. Last summer’s Big 10 Retirees conference was hosted by the University of Iowa retirees associations and focused on academics. The University of Iowa’s Senior College was of interest because it is unique in the Big 10. The rates for using the new Wellness Center are $300 for all faculty members and $360 for the public. Retirees will not have access to a $150 (taxable) subsidy given to active faculty members. All emeritus faculty members are invited to attend Elected Faculty Council meetings. This year’s guest speakers were John Streif, Men’s Intercollegiate Athletics Trainer, David Drake, president of the Faculty Senate, Crissy Canganelli, executive director of the Shelter House, Nicole Nisly, Co-chair of the UI Charter Committee on Diversity, Chuck Green Assistant Vice President and Director of Public Safety, Edwin Holtum, Curator of Hardin Library’s John Martin Rare Book Room, and Tom Rice, Associate Provost for Faculty.

Faculty Council/Senate Committee Report:  Robert Sayre reported that he and Rose Friedrich attended Faculty Council and Senate meetings and, thanks to Senate President Drake’s efforts, EFC representatives are now permitted to participate in the meetings as well as observe all but closed door proceedings.

EFC Secretary: No report.

UIRA Committee Report:  Pat Kelly said the committee works jointly with Penny Hall, president of the UIRA, to monitor insurance and Senior College issues. A subcommittee consisting of Carole Fethke, Rose Friedrich and Ray Muston from the EFC and Richard Stevenson, Joseph Joynt, and Nancy Williams from the UIRA has been formed to focus on insurance issues. The EFC and UIRA have links to each other on their websites. Both groups voted to remain separate from the Osher Lifetime Learning Institute (OLLI) but to cooperate with it. This past year’s UIRA’s programs were quite successful. They included the flu clinic, the health insurance benefits meeting, the meeting on managing living arrangements when aging, and the annual meeting featuring the Maia Quartet. UIRA will emphasize recruiting new members as early retirees become eligible to join. New members will receive one year’s free membership in the UIRA. Current members will be asked to volunteer as hosts and hostesses at meetings. The annual UIRA picnic will be June 9, 2010. For more details visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uira/resources.htm

Elections Committee Report:  Pat Kelly announced election results. H.D. Hoover (Education), Kenneth Hubel (Medicine) and Jerry Walker (Dentistry) were elected for second three year terms. John Rosazza (Pharmacy), Laird Addis (Philosophy) and Lorraine Dorfman (Social Work) were elected for new three year terms.

Emeriti Listserv, Website and Handbook Committee Report:  Norbert Malik reported that the committee’s main purpose is to keep the EFC website current. That is done by selecting an individual for each segment of the site who is responsible for suggesting updates. There were over 8,000 accesses to the site in 2009, up 160% over the previous year.

Senior College Committee Report:  Al Hood reported that the eight courses taught this year had been quite diverse (e.g., opera, sports, legal issues) and very successful. More than 800 people attended the courses. He noted that, consistent with motions passed by the UIRA and EFC, the Senior College would cooperate with OLLI but the two organizations would remain separate entities. All emeritus faculty members were encouraged to consider teaching in the Senior College.

Annual Meeting Committee:  No report

Research Council Committee Report:  Ken Hubel reported the Research Council and Graduate Council met to discuss plans for a program on ethics in research that will be a requirement for those who receive support from NIH and NSF. Procedures for identifying centers and institutes that are little known outside their own department or college were initiated. CLAS officers were asked to provide an inventory of research, scholarship or artistic activities and the name(s) of leaders. A questionnaire based on responses will request more detailed information to be used by the Vice President for Research to create a web page summarizing the information. The Council also reviewed the three interdisciplinary clusters of excellence that are being developed. They are: arts and letters, sustainability, and clinical and translational research. The initial topics chosen are water resources and sustainability, developmental and aging studies, and public humanities. Vice President for Research Cohen said questions and comments about these initiatives should be directed to him and he will keep Provost Loh informed about them. Cluster concepts are preliminary and many questions remain to be addressed.

Hancher Committee:  No report

Libraries Committee Report:  Jerry Walker said the five meetings this past year were primarily informational. Budget cutbacks have received much attention. Gifts to the libraries totaling about $986,000 were down 51% in FY2009 from the previous year. Library closings and moves (e.g., Mathematics moved to Main and Psychology moved to Hardin; and soon Geosciences and Physics to be moved to Biological Sciences - to be renamed “Sciences Library”) were noted. The corridor from the new Wellness Center north to the Main Library, Hubbard Park and IMU may be developed to encourage more student use of the area. From July 16-18, 2010 the second book fair will be held at the Main Library, Gibson Square, and other venues. Volunteers are sought for the festival.

Questions or Comments from the Membership: There were no questions or comments.

Passing of the Gavel: Outgoing President Tony Franken presented the gavel to incoming President Nancy Sprince. Nancy thanked Tony for his service. She noted that the missions of the Elected Faculty Council are to advise and assist the emeritus faculty and the University of Iowa. She suggested that it would be a good idea to use the coming year to assess how well these missions are being carried out in view of the fact this is the 10th anniversary of the EFC.

Memorial Moment: Colleagues who died during the past year were honored with all attendees standing for a period of silence.

Guest Speaker: David Carew introduced Professor Lan Samantha Chang, Director of the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop. Among other accomplishments, she graduated from Yale, Harvard, and the IWW. She also has been a fellow at Stanford, Harvard and Princeton, taught at Harvard and Princeton, received Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and published a novel and a collection of short stories. Her work has also twice been published in Best American Short Stories. The IWW was founded in 1936, the first creative writing degree program in the United States. It has achieved distinction since then. Alumni have received seventeen Pulitzer Prizes, most recently this year. Three U.S. Poet Laureates are graduates of the IWW. The Truman Capote Estate selected the IWW to administer the annual $30,000 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism. The IWW is consistently rated better than other writing programs like the respected ones at Stanford, Michigan and Texas. Those and many other programs were founded by IWW graduates so that there are now about 300 programs in the country. One result is that the IWW now must vigorously compete for top students and faculty. A key reason for IWW’s successes is its selectivity. For an entry class of about 30 next fall the IWW received almost 1,300 applicants. Another reason is that students receive inspiration, the key to writing instruction Professor Chang noted, from professors and peers. The one required course in their two year program is a workshop in their area of interest (fiction or poetry). There each student’s body of work is intensively critiqued by peers, a process that is encouraged outside formal course work in settings like Dave’s Fox Head Tavern. The required course and all elective IWW writing courses emphasize the process of writing, revision, defining success internally (rather than, for example, by publication or income) and coping with “hard truths” (like negative feedback). When discussing peer and published writers’ work emphasis is placed on how and why the piece is effective. Graduates of the IWW now work in areas like publishing and television as well as literature. Professor Chang hopes that more financial aid will become available for students, post-graduate fellowships, and faculty time for writing. Two of the most challenging aspects of Professor Chang’s job are attracting funding and finding time for her own writing. As an example of the demands on her time, as part of the selection process this semester she read about 500 applicants’ writings all the way through at least once. For more information about the IWW visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~iww/

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 11:58 AM.

Next Meeting: The next Emeritus Faculty Council meeting will be Monday, September 13, 2010 in room in room B5 Jessup Hall at 9:30 – 11:00 AM. Our guest speaker is to be announced.

Respectfully submitted,


Jerry Rose
Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:00 A.M., May 3, 2010
B5 Jessup Hall

Attendees: David Carew, Carol Fethke, Rose Friedrich, Tony Franken, Al Hood, Ken Hubel, Pat Kelly, Norbert Malik, Ray Muston, Gerald Rose, Robert Sayre, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Tony Franken at 9:30 AM.

Minutes: There were no corrections to the minutes of the April 5, 2010 meeting.

Old Business: The rates for using the new Recreational Services building were clarified by Tony Franken. All faculty members will be charged $300 annually but retirees will not have access to a $150 (taxable) subsidy given to active faculty members. The public will pay $360.

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council/Senate: The Faculty Senate met on April 27, 2010. New officers are Edwin Dove (associate professor of biomedical engineering) president, David Drake (professor of microbiology) past president, Richard Fumberton (professor of philosophy) vice president, Jon Garfinkel (associate professor of finance) secretary. The discussion of the post-tenure review policy was deferred until next fall. A research track policy for the College of Public Health was approved. After extensive discussion it was decided the sexual harassment policy required further consideration. President Mason’s address to the Senate noted there would be a two percent pay raise for professional and scientific staff. She noted the $53 million increase in research grants and the dance marathon’s $1 million contribution to pediatric research at UIHC. David Drake was highly praised for his outstanding work as president.

EFC Secretary: No report

UIRA: Pat Kelly said the annual UIRA picnic will be June 9, 2010. Next year the UIRA will emphasize recruiting new members as early retirees become eligible to join. Members will be asked to volunteer as hosts and hostesses at meetings. Jean Hood is the new president.

Elections: Pat Kelly reported that ballots will soon be counted. Results will be announced at the annual meeting May 17th.

Emeriti Listserv, Website and Handbook Committee: Norbert Malik noted that UIRA and EFC web pages now have reciprocal links. Ray Muston suggested that an e-newsletter or blog for retired faculty should be considered to facilitate communication among retirees.

Senior College: Nancy Sprince and Al Hood reported that this semester’s courses had been very successful. The courses being planned for next fall look very interesting.

Annual Meeting: David Carew said that those who plan to attend should use the west (lower level) entrance to the parking lot across the street from MERF. (Spaces on the first level entered from the south entrance are limited to one hour.) Tony Franken requested that each committee prepare a brief written report of this year’s activities and prepare a short oral report for the meeting.

Research Council: Ken Hubel reported on the March 31 and April 14, 2010 meetings. At the first Provost Loh spoke, noting that the only funds available to him are from tuition. The last administration raised faculty salaries to the mid-level of the Big 10 using salary lines that were not filled. Loh plans to increase the percentage of students from outside Iowa because their higher tuition will increase faculty support. He expects that in the future in-state students may constitute less than half the student body. While the pool of students from Iowa is falling he expects Iowa State and UNI will be more affected than the University of Iowa. About 100 new faculty members must be recruited each year due to attrition. Three clusters of faculty will receive emphasis, water sustainability, aging in Iowa, and public humanities. Student retention will be encouraged by assigning freshmen to groups that comprise a living learning academic community in which they will share living accommodations, courses, and activities to help them feel less isolated and lonely. Communities will be advised by faculty volunteers and friends who will be recognized and rewarded. Twelve communities will be operating next year (more information is available at http://www.housing.uiowa.edu/departments/housing/communities). Increasing numbers of in-state students are expected to study for two years at community colleges. Those electing to obtain a bachelors degree will have the option of taking extension courses in Des Moines, Sioux City, Davenport and two other cities. Once existing centers within the university are identified their directors will complete and return an e-survey. At the April 14th meeting of the Research Council discussion focused on the Council’s role in selecting and faculty for the three clusters and determining their functions. Vice President for Research Jordan Cohen will seek guidance from the Council on faculty selection, functions, and departmental affiliations.

Funded Retirement and Insurance: Carol Fethke reported the next meeting is Friday, May 7, 2010.

Hancher: No report

Libraries: Jerry Walker provided the Secretary with materials from the April 16, 2010 meeting of the University Library Committee. They focused on a proposal called “The Stretch.” It contains proposals for using land and facilities between the new Recreation Center, Main Library, Hubbard Park and the IMU to encourage student use of the area. Examples: holding the July 16-18, 2010 book fair on the area south of the library, installing electrical connections to facilitate performances and food carts (e.g., on the deck of the IMU), and adding events, programming and performances along “The Stretch.” The library will remain open 24 hours daily during finals. Volunteers are needed for the book festival. For more details see the Library’s web site.

Guest Speaker: Tom Rice, Associate Provost for Faculty, briefly described his background, his responsibilities, and two Provost initiatives before opening a discussion of how the Emeritus Faculty Association and Emeritus Faculty Council could serve the university in new ways. Tom is an Iowa native having graduated from and worked at Iowa State University. He has also worked at Northern Iowa University and is a faculty member of the University of Iowa’s Political Science Department. His current office deals with all faculty matters, including hiring, promotion, discipline, development, facilities used by faculty, and awards. The first Provost initiative involves creation of multidisciplinary clusters of excellence that are targeted for growth. Research and scholarship will be emphasized in three clusters, water sustainability, aging in Iowa, and public humanities (as exemplified in Michigan State University’s public humanities program that is described in its web site). The Provost’s second initiative stresses undergraduate success. Its goal is to make the first year at the University of Iowa the best first year in the Big Ten. The living learning communities (described above in the Research Council report) are central to this effort. Within two years it is hoped that every freshman will be in a community advised by a faculty volunteer who is serving as an advisor and mentor for a three year assignment. Additional information is available athttp://www.registrar.uiowa.edu/registrar/catalog/universitycollege or from Beth Ingram, Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education and Dean of the University College (e-mail beth-ingram@uiowa.edu or phone 335-0148).

Concern was expressed during the ensuing discussion about the fate of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies but there was no clarification of the issue. Ways that emeritus faculty could become more involved in University of Iowa activities were discussed. They included serving on campus committees, mentoring students, public speeches, conducting faculty development seminars, and evaluating faculty scholar award proposals. Several attendees noted that activities requiring long time periods may not be feasible due to travel commitments. At present the university does not have data on emeritus faculty activities, interests and skills. A survey of emeritus faculty was suggested as a way to remedy this problem. It was noted that emeritus faculty need a better understanding of the many opportunities to serve the university. No specific plan to help emeritus faculty learn of such opportunities was discussed.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 11:07 AM.

Next Meeting: The Emeritus Faculty Association’s annual meeting is Monday, May 17, 2010 in room in 2117 Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) at 10:00 AM. Our guest speaker will be Lan Samantha Chang, Director of the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop.

Respectfully submitted,

Jerry Rose
Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:00 A.M., April 5, 2010
John Martin Room, Hardin Library

Attendees: David Carew, Claibourne Dungy, Carol Fethke, Tony Franken, Al Hood, Ken Hubel, Pat Kelly, Jim Lindberg, Norbert Malik, Ray Muston, Gerald Rose, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Tony Franken at 9:32 AM.

Minutes: There were minor corrections to the minutes of the March 1, 2010 meeting.

Old Business: Everyone is encouraged to review the document distributed by Tony Franken, “Potential Volunteer Activities for Emeritus Faculty,” and send him suggestions for additional contributions emeritus faculty might make. A brief discussion on the issue followed. The next EFC meeting on May 3, 2010 with Associate Provost Tom Rice will give this further attention so Tony requests that ideas be sent to him as soon as possible.

The relationship between the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the Senior College was discussed again. The EFC was requested by the UIRA to vote on a motion approved by the UIRA. It reads, “We agree that the Senior College cooperate with but remain separate from OLLI.” Following a review of past activities and views on this question a vote was taken on the motion. Twelve attendees voted for it and one abstained.

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council/Senate: Report deferred

EFC Secretary: No report

UIRA: Discussion of Senior College and OLLI above.

Elections: Pat Kelly reported that nominations have been received and ballots will soon be mailed. Results will be announced at the annual meeting May 17th.

Emeriti Listserv, Website and Handbook Committee: Norbert Malik said that a memo on the retiree handbook had been distributed, the web page is in a new location (http://www.uiowa.edu/retiree/), and the handbook update is finished. Given the increased number of hits on the web page it was decided to continue to collect data on the number of hits.

Senior College: See discussion of Senior College and OLLI above.

Annual Meeting: Report deferred

Research Council: Report deferred

Funded Retirement and Insurance: Carol Fethke reported that the survey of patient satisfaction has had about 2,000 responses within the first week. She also reported that emeritus faculty have asked to pay the same fees as faculty and staff for admission to new exercise facilities. The university’s early retirement program has been made available to more people (Alt Phased Plan). About 3,200 now satisfy the criteria for participation in the program. Some units in the university are not participating due to staffing shortages. The impact of the passage of the health care bill was summarized. Children up to age 26 can be on their parent’s plan, lower limits on health care spending accounts will be imposed in 2013, employers will be required to have a default health insurance plan available to new hires, and the university’s plan is not a ‘Cadillac plan” that is subject to increased taxes. The Chip II plan will be terminated within a year or two. There has been no resolution of the extra $20 cost imposed on university employees who obtain health care services outside Iowa City and Johnson County.

Hancher: Report deferred

Libraries: Jerry Walker provided the Secretary with the minutes of the February 5, 2010 and March 12, 2010 meetings of the University Libraries Committee. There are no plans for additional meetings this academic year. Some of the major topics covered in the two meetings were use of the internet for scholarly communications, copyright procedures for faculty publications, movement of mathematics and psychology collections from departmental libraries to the main library, planed move of the geosciences and physics collection to the Biological Sciences Library building, and sources of information on how libraries keep up with technology.

Guest Speaker: Edwin Holtum, Curator of Hardin Library’s John Martin Rare Book Room provided a very interesting overview of the room and its contents. He noted that John Martin, a neurosurgeon in the military, collected rare medical books during his career and retirement (continuing until his death in 1996). In 1970 Dr. William Bean heard of Martin’s collection and suggested that it be donated to the University of Iowa where it would occupy a room in the Hardin Library. Dr. Martin agreed and endowed the collection, providing substantial funds for the maintenance and expansion of the collection. Currently there are over 5,000 rare books in the room. The collection is considered one of the best in the Midwest and nation. A number of books from the collection were presented. Their publication dates ranged from 1498 (for a book by Aristotle) to 1785 (for a book on the use of “Foxglove” for treatments). The presented books covered anatomy (Martin’s major interest), the seminal work on blood circulation, an encyclopedia of all seven liberal arts, a large medical dictionary, and surgeries of many kinds among other topics. An atlas from the 1820’s hung on one wall was also discussed. The value of some books exceeds $500,000 per book. Following the presentation attendees were invited to examine a large number of rare books that were on display.

FYI, the web page http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/rbr/ provides very interesting and extensive information about the room’s contents and services.

Adjournment: The formal meeting was adjourned at 10:10 AM to provide attendees to examine some of the books in the collection.

Next Meeting: Monday, May 3, 2010 in room B5 of Jessup Hall at 9:30 AM. Our guest speaker will be Tom Rice, Associate Provost.

Respectfully submitted,

Jerry Rose
Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:00 A.M., March 1, 2010
B105 Jessup Hall

Attendees: David Carew, Tony Franken, Rose Friedrich, Ken Hubel, Pat Kelly, James Lundberg, Norbert Malik, H.D. Hoover, Gerald Rose, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Tony Franken at 9:30 AM.

Minutes: There were no additions or corrections to the minutes of the February 1, 2010 meeting.

New Business: Tony Franken has been requested by Tom Rice to see what emeritus faculty might do for the university. A 2007 survey related to this issue will be electronically distributed to EFC members by H.D. Hoover. Tony reported that 70% of emeritus faculty live in the Iowa City area and provide about 12 FTEs of instruction. Beth Ingram has suggested that teaching the one hour introduction to the university course would be one useful emeritus contribution. During discussion it was noted that this would be more appealing to emeritus faculty if two or more people could team teach, reducing the need to be in Iowa City an entire semester. Pat Kelly suggested working with the speakers bureau. Tony welcomes all ideas about how emeritus faculty could contribute.

Committee Reports:

Library: No report.

Hancher: No report.

Elections: No report.

Secretary: No report.

Funded Retirement and Insurance: Rose Friedrich and Carol Fethke met with UIRA (Gray Hawks) representatives. They decided that no insurance issues needed to be forwarded to either UIRA or EFC for action. It is believed that if there is a tax on “Cadillac” health insurance plans it will not affect U of I plans. An extended discussion covered several points including plan costs, Coralville outpatient services, and out of pocket rules. Pat Kelly reported that the university’s research and insurance committee is developing a questionnaire for all UIHC patients. She also reiterated that the CHIP plans will ultimately be eliminated as costs rise due to adverse selection. Pat noted that one disadvantage of the current health insurance financial incentives offered by the UIHC is the extra expense of using providers not in the UIHC system. 

Research Council: Ken Hubel said a questionnaire has been developed to help identify centers that exist within the university and faculty activities associated with the centers. It has been designed to encourage responses.

Annual Meeting: David Carew reported the meeting will take place on Monday, May 17, 2010 in the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF). The speaker will be L. Sam Chang, Director of the Writers Workshop.

Senior College: Nancy Sprince reported that of eight courses this semester two have finished and two will begin in March. Fall semester courses will be planned at the next meeting. Tony said that at Sam Becker’s request he had met with Senior College representatives and people from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) to consider a possible merger of the two organizations. After a long discussion, most of which consisted of reasons not to merge, it was agreed that there should be more study of the issue. A request was made that attendees draw up a list of reasons in favor of the merger.

Emeriti Listserv, Website and Handbook Committee: According to a document distributed at today’s meeting the update of the Handbook is finished. It is located athttp://www.uiowa.edu/retiree for those who would like to review it. Data were also presented showing substantial increases in “hits” on that web page, up 159% from the fall of 2008 to the fall of 2009.


Guest Speaker: Chuck Green Assistant Vice President and Director of Public Safety

Mr. Green provided an extensive and very interesting over-view of his experience, the nature of public and fire safety services his unit provides the university, and an historical perspective on how those services have changed since he assumed his responsibilities. He noted that those in his unit who are police officers have completed 13 months of training at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy as well as extensive field training at the university. They currently work three shifts and a fourth will soon be added. Security guards have no police power but help assure buildings are secure among other duties. There is close coordination between Green’s people and local, regional, state and federal authorities. Coordination is particularly challenging when political candidates or public officials come to the university or there are night football games. Threat assessments are an on-going activity as is training of university faculty, staff and students on factors affecting their safety. A more extensive summary of these issues can be found in The Department of Public Safety’s brochure upon request.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 AM.

Next Meeting: Monday, April 5, 2010 in room B5 of Jessup Hall. The guest speaker will be Edwin Holtum, Curator of Hardin Library’s John Martin Rare Book Room.

Respectfully submitted,

Jerry Rose
Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:00 A.M., February 1, 2010
B5 Jessup Hall

Attendees: David Carew, Carol Fethke, Tony Franken, Albert Hood, HD Hoover, Ken Hubel, Patricia Kelley, James Lindberg, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Tony Franken at 9:30 a.m.

Minutes: There were no additions or corrections to the minutes of the December 7,2 009 meeting. 

New Business: None. Assistant Provost, Tom Rice requested that the Emeritus Faculty consider ways they could serve on committees and assist with fundraising.

Old Business

Committee Reports: Faculty Council/Senate: Bob Sayre, who was not present, shared that VP and Provost Wallace Loh presented to the Faculty Council that there had been 146 layoffs, about 100 of which were faculty. These were related to the strengths and weaknesses of various programs. There would be 100 new faculty for new programs in the future. Faculty Council went into Executive Session.

EFC Secretary: Rose (Walker and Friedrich as alternates)

UIRA: Carol Fethke reported that the December meeting was cancelled. At the January meeting, a sub-committee consisting of Carol Fethke, Rose Friedrich and Ray Muston representing the Emeritus Council and 3 others representing UIRA was formed to discuss insurance issues.

Elections: Kelley, Lindberg, Carew

Emeriti Listserv, Web site and Handbook: Nothing to report.

Senior College: Nancy Sprince reported that classes would begin today, February 1 and that there were vacancies for all of the courses. Approval for membership to the Senior College Co-coordinating committee was reviewed. The responsibilities and duties of this assignment should be serious considerations for the Emeritus Council members who take on this responsibility (such as providing course work and attendance at monthly meetings.)

Annual Meeting: David Carew (chair) and Carol Fethke reported that the lists of possible speakers included: Kevin Campbell, physiology and genetics; Bruce Gantz, oto, particularly in regards to cochlear implants in infants and children; Ed Stone, macular degeneration studies; L. Sam Chang, director writer’s workshop; Ethan Canin, M.D., turned fiction writer. The Council decided that the Writer’s Workshop might be the biggest draw. Because of commitments of some speakers there was a discussion regarding the dates. It was decided that it would be May 17, 2010. The location will be MERF.

Research Council Representative: Nothing to report.

Funded Retirement and Insurance: Patricia Kelley will attend the meeting of February 5, 2010 for Carol Fethke. Rose Friedrich will report the most recent meeting at the March meeting.

Hancher: Nothing to report.

Libraries: Nothing to report.

Guest Speaker: Jean Robillard, VP Health Sciences

Dr. Robillard reviewed the history of health care reform beginning in 1910 to present. It appears that numerous attempts have been made to provide some universal approach to this issue. By 2020, if nothing is done, 25 % of the income of medium income families will go for heath. Prescription drugs were reviewed and the United States leads the world in their costs. 

The UIHC budget revenues were reviewed and once again, there is a positive balance, in a great part due to a decrease of 1000 employees. Only a small number of these were layoffs though. 

The proposed ambulatory care facility in Coralville was presented. 

Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 11:10 a.m.

Next Meeting: March 1, 2010, B5JH, Speaker: Chuck Green, UI Public Safety

Respectfully submitted, 
Jerry Walker