E-news Archive for 2016

Barry McNeillThe ASURA E-news is published after each Board Meeting and sometimes extra issues are published. The listing of future events, the last section of most E-news issues, has been deleted. Note: the links are likely broken.

Editor is Barry McNeill

Date News
December  2016

ASRS HEALTH INSURANCE IMPORTANT NOTICE: University Optional Retirement Plan Retirees are Eligible for ASRS Retiree Health Insurance Plans

University employees (ASU, UA, and NAU) who retired and who participated in the University Optional Retirement Plans (UORP) are eligible to enroll in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retiree health insurance program.  Though you have eligibility to continue your enrollment in the Arizona Department of Administration’s (ADOA) Benefit Options health insurance plans, you also may consider enrollment in the ASRS’s retiree plans. 

You are encouraged to review the ASRS benefit provisions of the plans for which you may be eligible (both Medicare and non-Medicare) on the ASRS website, www.azasrs.gov, under the Retirees tab then select Healthcare, for additional details.  Please note that while the official open enrollment has closed, representatives of ASRS indicated in a meeting with representatives of ASURA that retirees falling into this category could still opt to change to an ASRS Plan before 12/31/2016.

ADULTS NEEDED FOR MUSCLE HEALTH RESEARCH

ASU Researcher Dr. Chong Lee has asked ASURA to share information with members about his study on muscle loss.  He is looking for participants between the ages of 60-80.   Participants will have free bone and body composition and arterial stiffness evaluation and will receive $30 compensation. The primary purpose of this study is to establish a new definition of Sarcopenia (muscle loss) using a muscle quality index for men and women.  This project is supported by Mayo Clinic/ASU Obesity Solutions Research funding.  He is collecting data now through February 2017 and encourages participants to come in sooner rather than later.   

The following is a copy of his participant recruitment flyer which includes contact information:  

The SNHP at ASU is looking for the senior men and women (60 to 80 years of age) for muscle health research.  This study will provide you most updated information about your bone and muscle health, arterial stiffness, and body composition status using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), pulse wave velocity and Isokinetic dynamometers.  Participants need only one visit to ASU Downtown Campus (Compensation: $30, 2 hours total).  Participation in this study is entirely voluntary.  

To request more information or to apply for the study, please visit our recruitment site: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J2L9GMC  

or contact Erin Dierickx (edierick@asu.edu) or chong lee (chong.lee@asu.edu)

 STAFF HELPING STAFF FUNDRAISER

Staff Helping Staff is a financial assistance fund for staff in need on all campuses.  ASU staff members who are experiencing a financial crisis are able to apply for emergency funding through this program.  The ASU Staff Council is holding a fundraiser to support this program.  They are selling Harkins Movie Theater Gift Cards and Harkins merchandise vouchers. These are being sold at the same price as customers pay at the Harkins theaters.  If you are planning on going to the movies or are looking for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers, you can make your purchase and help a good program at the same time without any additional cost to you.  Click on this link to learn more or make a purchase:  https://staffcouncil.asu.edu/Harkins.

20 Oct 2016 (Supplement)

Interesting Opportunit

ASU Researcher and Associate Professor Dr. Chong Lee in the ASU School of Nutrition and Health Promotion has asked ASURA to share information with members about his study on muscle loss.  He is looking for participants between the ages of 60-80.   Participants will have free bone and body composition and arterial stiffness evaluation and will receive $30 compensation. The primary purpose of this study is to establish a new definition of Sarcopenia (muscle loss) using a muscle quality index for men and women.  This project is supported by Mayo Clinic/ASU Obesity Solutions Research funding.  He is collecting data now through February 2017 and encourages participants to come in sooner rather than later.   

The following is a copy of his participant recruitment flyer which includes contact information:

 Adults Needed for Muscle Health Research 

The SNHP at ASU is looking for the senior men and women (60 to 80 years of age) for muscle health research.  This study wRAill provide you most updated information about your bone and muscle health, arterial stiffness, and body composition status using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), pulse wave velocity and Isokinetic dynamometers.  Participants need only one visit to ASU Downtown Campus (Compensation: $30, 2 hours total).  Participation in this study is entirely voluntary.  

To request more information or to apply for the study, please visit our recruitment site:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J2L9GMC

or contact Erin Dierickx (edierick@asu.edu) or chong lee (chong.lee@asu.edu) 

Flu Vaccines for Seniors

ASURA President Jeri Meeks came across an article about flu vaccines for seniors that she thinks would be of interest to our members.  To read the article just click on this link.  http://vsuwlegacy.org/?pageID=31&docID=660&RID=2707&SLID=96

18 Oct 2016

Emeritus College Symposium

The Emeritus College extends a warm invitation for ASURA members to attend their Eleventh AnnualSymposium, November 5 in Old Main at the Tempe Campus. This is an opportunity to hear some interesting and thought provoking topics, enjoy a good lunch, visit with former colleagues and meet new ones. Attached is a two page document that includes both the Symposium announcement and a registration form. As was the case last year, ASURA members and spouses are invited at the sameregistration fee as College members. Please note that the registration deadline is at the end of this week.  Symposium Announcement 2016 2 p.pdf

20 Sept 2016

ASURA Presidency

At the September Board Meeting Barbara White announced her resignation as ASURA President and Board Member.  She explained that she and her husband are relocating to another state and she is unable to complete her term of office. Our association recognizes her for the positive direction she provided during her first months in office. Vice President Jeri Meeks will assume the position of President and the Board will identify someone to fill the role of Vice President.  

Affiliated Events

ASURA members are encouraged to let their fingers do the walking by exploring association's webpage.  For example, take a look at the drop down menu under the "Events" tab.  Not only are you able to find ASURA events but you can also find information on events, classes and activities sponsored by affiliated organizations such as the ASU Emeritus College and New Frontiers for Lifelong Learning.  

18 May 2016

A University-Based Life Plan Community Is Being Planned

Arizona State University, in collaboration with the ASU Foundation and Pacific Retirement Services, will develop a university-based life plan community near the corner of University Drive and Mill Avenue on ASU’s campus and within steps of downtown Tempe’s restaurants and cultural venues.

The facility will engage older alumni and retired faculty, staff and friends by providing lifelong learning, a continuum of health-care services for aging adults and an environment rich in performing arts, social, athletic and research activities. Plans for extensive amenities include on-site physicians, fitness, dining, estate planning, on-campus educational and mentoring opportunities, and concierge services, as well as intergenerational child-care programming that has been shown to improve academic performance in children and emotional and physical health in aging adults.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to provide intellectual stimulation for senior members of the ASU family — and in an altogether new way,” said Rick Shangraw, CEO of the ASU Foundation. “The ASU community will certainly benefit from their presence, as we hope they will from their return to the campus of the nation’s most innovative university.”

An influx of 77 million Baby Boomers approaching retirement age is driving demand for housing that delivers conveniences and aging-in-place accommodations at the intersection of hospitality, health care and real estate.

Currently, there are about 100 similar university-based communities in the United States, including at Penn State University, Duke University, the University of Texas at Austin and Dartmouth College. About half of ASU’s 60,000 graduates age 65 or older live in Arizona — a state that ranks as one of the most popular destinations for retirees — and that figure is expected to double in 10 years.

To meet this growing need and to provide innovative and exciting options for senior members of its community, ASU is exploring potential partnerships between the forthcoming living facility and the Mayo Clinic, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and ASU’s nursing, health innovation,nutrition, arts and design and teaching programs.

With support from the City of Tempe, the ASU Foundation selected the experienced not-for-profit Pacific Retirement Services to co-develop and operate the project, which is expected to feature 20 stories consisting of 291 independent, assisted, memory-care and skilled-nursing units inspired by the urban Mirabella communities in Portland and Seattle. The site will be LEED-certified and will utilize solar power.

ASU, the ASU Foundation and Pacific Retirement Services are conducting a marketing and feasibility study about the facility, which is subject to ground lease approval from the Arizona Board of Regents. Assuming it proves viable, construction is expected to begin in 2018, with occupancy predicted in spring 2020. The development team includes Ankrom Moisan Architects and McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. PRS has secured a committed lender for the project, Cain Brothers, a pre-eminent investment bank focused exclusively on health care.

Interested future residents should contact 1-844-542-6061. 

ASURA Needs Your Old Books!

Are your bookshelves too full? Are you downsizing your office or your home and don't have space for all of your books?

Donate your used books to us, and we will work with our partner, Friends of the Phoenix Public Library, to sell them. We'll use proceeds of the sale to support our programs. The ASU Foundation, a separate nonprofit organization that exists to support ASU, will provide you with a gift receipt for tax purposes.

Half of the proceeds will be invested in our endowed scholarship fund, and half will be used for our Video History project. Earnings from the endowed scholarship fund are earmarked for our ASURA Scholarship.

If you have books you can donate,please visit our website at https://asura.asu.edu/BookDrive and print our donation form.  Complete the form and either scan and fax or email to Mary Stevens, chair of the Book Drive project or mail it directly to the ASURA office.

For more information contact:  Mary Stevens, (602) 758-3750, marystevens0@gmail.com

Lend ASURA A Hand and Have Some Fun While You Are At It.

ASURA Committees are already planning for 2016-17 and they need and would welcome new volunteer members.  You can be as involved as little or as much as suits your schedule.  You can be involved a few hours a year or a few hours a month.  The choice is yours.

When you complete your membership renewal form be sure to take a look at the list of possible ways to get involved and check a box or two to let the Board know how you’d like to lend a hand by getting involved in a committee.  If you’d like to talk to ASURA’s President Barbara White to find out more information, you can e-mail her at:  barbara.white@asu.edu.

3 March 2016

Governor's State Budget Proposal

Recently, Martha W. Byrd, Vice President of Operations, ASU Alumni Association, sent out a letter to the Sun Devil Advocates about the governor's state budget proposal.  At the March ASURA Board Meeting members decided that this information would be of interest to our members.  The following is a copy of that letter.  If you choose to contact your legislator by e-mail about this or any other issue, you should use a personal e-mail address and not your university e-mail address.

Dear SunDevil Advocate:

As you mayhave heard, the governor’s state budget proposal is making its way through theArizona Legislature. Gov. Doug Ducey pledged in his State of the State addressto be a partner in strengthening higher education in Arizona. In a reversal ofthe trends of the past eight years, this budget contains a modest $8 millioninvestment for higher education institutions in the state.

ASU hasjoined with the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) to present a proposed newfunding model for state universities for FY2017. This model proposes that statefunds be used to support the needs of Arizona residents who become students atASU, NAU or the University of Arizona.

Theuniversity has prepared a helpful PDF document (attached to this email) thatexplains the funding requests we are making for FY 2017 and provides usefulbackground information to provide context for the requests. Here are a fewhighlights from the document.

  • The university is requesting a total of $32 million dollars – which includes the $8 million currently in the budget, plus $24 million that will provide support directly to returning Arizona resident students.
  • This request focuses on delivering support directly to in-state ASU students – easing the financial burden for them and their families.
  • After years of severe cuts to higher education in Arizona – totaling $463 million, the largest reductions on a percentage basis, of any state in the country – the state only provides 34 percent of the support for Arizona resident students. Over time, ASU would like to see this amount rise to 50 percent.

Take a look at the 2016 highereducation investment model.

 Take Action 

Thank you forall you do in support of higher education and ASU! You are making a differencefor current and future Sun Devils!

MarthaW. Byrd
Vice President of Operations, ASU Alumni Association

19 January 2016

ASU Day at the Capitol

Our ASURA government liaisons will participate again this year in the annual ASU Day at the Capitolon Thursday, February 11th. This event, which is organized by the ASU Alumni Association, is an opportunity for representatives of participating ASU colleges, departments, and affiliated organizations to meet Arizona senators, legislators and staff.  The ASU participants set up displays and have conversations with government officials to provide information about the university, its impact in Arizona and thank them for their support.  

Board Elections

The ASURA Board Nominating Committee is putting the final touches on the ballot for the upcoming Board elections.  The term of office of five members of the current Board expires this spring and five new members need to be elected.  Watch your e-mail or mailboxes in early February for the ballots and then cast your vote.