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Campus Retiree Organizations-Programs Description

Differentiation Between Campus Retiree Organizations and Retiree Programs

Campus Retiree Organization

A higher education retiree organization (RO) is an entity founded and operated by retired employees of a college or university for the purpose of socialization with retired colleagues, maintaining a connection with their former campus, and/or as a vehicle for retirees to engage in campus and/or community service.

Examples of existing SUNY ROs are the University at Albany Emeritus Center; the SUNY Cobleskill Retiree Network; the Retired Faculty, Administrators & Professionals Association at SUNY Oneonta; the SUNY Oswego Emeriti Association; and the Retirees Association of Suffolk Community College.

Some retiree organizations receive financial or in-kind campus support, such as administrative assistance and a space to meet on-campus. Other ROs have no direct campus affiliation and/or meet off-campus.

Retiree organizations such as an emeriti center/association or retiree association may have by-laws and elected officers or function more as a social group with no formal structure and, in some cases, no organization name.

Membership in ROs may be open to retired faculty/emeriti; retired faculty and administrators; or to all campus retirees regardless of their former position. That decision is totally up to the retirees forming the retiree organization.

Activities can range from a yearly or seasonal luncheon to speakers forums to day trips to coordinating volunteer projects on behalf of the campus and everything in-between.

The purpose, activities and membership eligibility requirements are determined by each retiree organization. A few SUNY retiree organizations publish their own eletronic newsletter for members.

Some retiree organizations charge minimal membership dues; others do not.

The SUNY Retirees Service Corps (RSC) offers assistance and guidance to anyone interested in starting a campus retiree organization. Contact the RSC at retirees@suny.edu or (518) 320-1354. Also feel free to contact the coordinators of existing SUNY campus retiree organizations and retiree programs for advice/assistance. A list of such of such entities is available via this link: Campus-based Retiree Programs and Organizations Contact List

The RSC also offers resources on Starting a Campus-based Retiree Organization.

Campus Retiree Program

A higher education retiree program (RP) is a collection of campus-sponsored retiree benefits and services/activities formally coordinated by a single department/unit or in conjunction with one or more other department(s). 

Campus retiree programs give retirees an opportunity to stay connected with their former campus and colleagues and/or engage in volunteer service. In some cases, these campus-sponsored programs are known, at least in part, as a "center for retirees."

Examples of existing SUNY retiree programs are the Upstate Medical University Retiree Associates program, Hudson Valley Community College Keepers of the Flame organization, the Binghamton University Retiree Services Program, and the University at Buffalo REV-UP program.

The SUNY Retirees Service Corps (RSC) offers assistance and guidance to anyone interested in starting or expanding a campus retiree program. Contact the RSC at retirees@suny.edu or (518) 320-1354. Also feel free to contact the coordinators of existing SUNY campus retiree programs and organizations for advice/assistance. A list of such of such entities is available via the Campus-based Retiree Programs and Organizations Contact List.


NOTE:

Some campuses -- such as Binghamton University -- have both a retiree program (the BU Retiree Services Programand a retiree organization (the Binghamton University Retirees Club).

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