The ISU Retirees Association sponsors a program and social hour in September, October, January, February, March, and April to which all ISU retirees, spouses and their guests are invited. The programs are generally held at the ISU Alumni Center and there is no fee. Upcoming events and programs will be listed on the ISU Retirees' online calendar.
The ISU Retirees Newsletter, published five times per year, will give you the dates, locations, and guest speaker information for programs and other valuable information for your successful retirement. The Newsletter is available in electronic and printed forms.
The ISU Retirees Association holds two social events each year. A holiday dinner with entertainment by local musicians is held in November or December and a spring picnic is held in May. There is a minimal fee per person for these events and prices vary depending on the venue.
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Representation with University
Retiree representation is provided on the University Benefits Committee and non-voting representation on Faculty Senate are provided by a members of the Retirees Board of Directors.
Wellness and Health
Our ambition is to establish an ISU Retirees Wellness and Health Program that will moderate our medical insurance fees. The university is studying a program for faculty and we would like to be an adjunct to their program.
We now regularly circulate information about university health and wellness studies that look for test subjects.
We have encouraged and will do more to engage ISU Retirees in the programs of the International Student and Scholars Office.
The ISU Retirees Association itself often needs volunteers to help with its programs. Contact Jerilyn Logue, program manager for the ISU Retirees and OLLI at ISU programs (515) 294-3192 for information on current volunteer needs for the ISU Retirees program.
A number of additional volunteer opportunities are available for interested ISU Retirees.
Iowa State University examples:
The Iowa State Fair 4-H, 4-H Youth Development, Reiman Gardens, Science Bound programs, Student Activities Center, and the ISU Alumni Association all are looking for volunteers.
City of Ames examples:
The City of Ames website lists volunteer opportunities such as Adopt a Park, Public Library programs, Animal Shelter, and more. A list of local civic service organizations can be found by contacting the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau or the Chamber of Commerce.
Story County Examples:
Story County is also in need of volunteers in a variety of areas. Opportunities can be found by contacting the county departments listed on the county's website. As an example, the Conservation Board volunteer needs include: Adopt a Park, trails work, campground help, conservation center hosts, environmental programs including youth education programs, fishing workshops and contests, Spring fest, Fall fest, and much more. To explore these and other opportunities contact the McFarland Park Conservation office (515) 232-2516 and ask for the volunteer coordinator.
The ISU Retirees Association was instrumental in the development of the university's College for Seniors. Now called the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Iowa State University (OLLI at ISU), the program offers classes for persons 50 years of age and older. Classes are in session for eight weeks in the fall, winter (four weeks), and spring. This program is directed by a board of directors.
Retirees may audit ISU courses with permission of instructor and if space is available
Memorial Day Ceremony
This ISU tradition continues each Memorial Day with a ceremony held in memory of all the retired members of the ISU faculty and staff and their spouses/partners who have died, along with current ISU faculty and staff who have died during the previous 12 months. The ceremony is arranged and coordinated by a subcommittee of the ISU Retirees Association. Announcements of this event are also printed in the ISU Retirees Newsletter.
The Iowa State University Alumni Association is an independent 501(c)3, self-governing organization charged with the mission of engaging the talents and resources of alumni, students, and friends in the life, work, and aspiration of Iowa State University. Our vision is to become the lifetime partner in engaging all alumni, students, and friends with Iowa State University.