University of Wisconsin - Madison


Upcoming events

    • Thu, February 02, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • virtual
    • 39
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    Electronic Technology Committee assists members in staying abreast of changing electronic technology, which includes devices such as computers, tablets, tele­phones, cameras, printers, and software applica­tions.

    Interested in possibly joining the committee?   You are invited to attend a committee meeting to check it out.  Please register.

    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  To register by phone or email, call or email 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Fri, February 03, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 38
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    Monthly planning meeting of the Committee on Financial Matters in Retirement (CFMR).

    The Committee offers monthly programs on topics dealing with financial matters in retirement. The topics include seminars on State health insurance coverages, federal and state tax changes, estate planning, management fees to invest, administer and dissolve a trust, how to protect against identity theft and other economic topics of interest to our members.

    Interested in possibly joining the committee?   You are invited to attend a committee meeting to check it out.  Please register.

    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  To register by phone or email, call or email 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Tue, February 07, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 187
    Register

    Estate planning is an essential task for anyone who wants to assure that their assets are distributed according to their wishes after their death with minimal legal oversight and cost. Join us as attorney Peter Osman discusses Wills versus Trusts:  the specifics of and benefits/shortfalls of each and how to decide which you need.

    Attorney Peter C. Osman, is a partner at and cofounder of BORAKOVE/OSMAN LLC, a boutique estate planning and business planning law firm in Madison, WI. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, and a Wisconsin-licensed attorney. He pursued his undergraduate studies at both the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and the University of Wisconsin – Madison, receiving his BA with honors. Peter focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, elder planning, business planning, and estate administration. As part of his practice, Peter has received extensive continuing education in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate Settlement, and Elder Law. The attorneys of Borakove/Osman LLC focus their practice on assisting clients at all levels of estate planning and have developed customized strategies to fit client needs at many different service levels and price points. This ensures that each client receives an estate plan that is right for their family, their goals, and their budget.

    Peter regularly holds educational workshops for clients, professional advisors, and local businesses and organizations. The topics of his workshops focus on his specialty areas of practice, including estate planning, use of wills and trusts, charitable planning, special needs planning, Medicaid qualification, probate, estate settlement, trust administration and planning for taxable estates. Attorney Osman is a member of WealthCounsel, LLC, a collaborative, nationwide network of top estate planning attorneys, as well as the Madison Estate Counsel. He is a member of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law and Elder Law Sections of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

    If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinators Tom Eggert at tleggert@wisc.edu and Rick Daluge at rhdaluge@wisc.edu by Wednesday, February 1.


    Food Pantry Contributions:

    Checks payable to UW-Foundation, with "Open Seat" on the memo line may be mailed to UWRA, 21 North Park Street, Room 7205, Madison, WI 53715-1218.

    Registration Deadline:  Friday, February 3, 2023.

    Registration:  

    Advance registration is required.  You are encouraged to register online.  To register by phone or email, call the Association office. If you or your guest registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please cancel your registration online, or email/call the UWRA office.

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.


    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Fri, February 10, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Virtual
    • 49
    Register


    Sub-committee discussion on review of potential updates to document.


    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  To register by phone or email, call or email 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Thu, February 16, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • virtual
    • 50
    Register

    UWRA members are welcome to attend.

    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  


    To register by phone or email, contact: 


    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.


    • Mon, February 27, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • virtual
    • 49
    Register

    Retirement Opportunities Committee (ROC) offers programs and activities to help UWRA members live a rewarding retirement, all the while making new friends and having fun!

    Program categories include:  Health in Aging; Nature; Culture/Intellectual; Government/Political; Home Concerns; Social Justice; University Updates, and History, etc.  The committee coordinates the "Activities in Retirement" column in the monthly newsletter.

    Interested in possibly joining the committee?   You are invited to attend a committee meeting to check it out.  Please register.

    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  To register by phone or email, call or email 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Tue, February 28, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • 909 East Broadway, Monona, WI

    Join us for conversation and food !

    Join fellow UWRA members for breakfast (or a cup of coffee or tea) at Elie's Family Restaurant (formerly known as Green Forest Restaurant). Members gather once a month for breakfast and lively conversation.

    You can check out Elie's website.  

    • Wed, March 01, 2023
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 266
    Register
    What are my doctor and nurse staring at on the computer screen!? Learn about the ways the electronic health record (EHR) has changed healthcare. How has patient & medical provider communication been affected by the EHR and how can it benefit you and your family? What’s a personal Patient Portal and how should you use it?  These and other topics are discussed by Dr. David Kunstman, from UW Health.

    Dr. Kunstman, MD earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (formerly UW Medical School), Madison, WI and completed his residency at St. Luke’s Medical Center-Milwaukee. His special interests include preventive medicine, sports medicine and electronic health records.

    If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinators Scott Springman at srspring@wisc.edu or Kathy Christoph at kathy.christoph@gmail.com by Wednesday, February 22, 2023.


    Food Pantry Contributions:

    Checks payable to UW-Foundation, with "Open Seat" on the memo line may be mailed to UWRA, 21 North Park Street, Room 7205, Madison, WI 53715-1218.

    Registration Deadline:  Friday, February 24, 2023.

    Registration:  

    Advance registration is required.  You are encouraged to register online.  To register by phone or email, call the Association office. If you or your guest registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please cancel your registration online, or email/call the UWRA office.

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.


    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Thu, March 02, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • virtual
    • 50
    Register



    Electronic Technology Committee assists members in staying abreast of changing electronic technology, which includes devices such as computers, tablets, tele­phones, cameras, printers, and software applica­tions.

    Interested in possibly joining the committee?   You are invited to attend a committee meeting to check it out.  Please register.

    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  To register by phone or email, call or email 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Fri, March 03, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 50
    Register

    Monthly planning meeting of the Committee on Financial Matters in Retirement (CFMR).

    The Committee offers monthly programs on topics dealing with financial matters in retirement. The topics include seminars on State health insurance coverages, federal and state tax changes, estate planning, management fees to invest, administer and dissolve a trust, how to protect against identity theft and other economic topics of interest to our members.

    Interested in possibly joining the committee?   You are invited to attend a committee meeting to check it out.  Please register.

    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  To register by phone or email, call or email 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Tue, March 07, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 241
    Register

    Estate planning is an essential task for anyone who wants to assure that their assets are distributed according to their wishes after their death with minimal legal oversight and cost.

    This is the final seminar in a 3-part Estate Planning Seminar Series sponsored by the UWRA Committee on Financial Matters in Retirement. In the first two seminars you learned why estate planning is important and the mechanisms which can be employed to attain your desired outcomes. 

    In this seminar you will learn how the dissolution process is managed to achieve those ends. Presenters include Erika Eckert, CFTA, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager, and Cort Miller, Esq., Vice President, Arden Trust, Milwaukee, WI. Arden Trust is a National Company. They state “Relationships are of the utmost importance when it comes to something as personal as estate planning. That’s why we work as your partner to provide exceptional service and offer sound investment guidance to your clients and their heirs.”

    Join us as the presenters discuss planning for the dissolution of your estate.

    If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinators Jack Sorenson at jwsoren1@gmail.com and Kathy Zweifel at kazweife@wisc.edu by Tuesday, February 28.


    Food Pantry Contributions:

    Checks payable to UW-Foundation, with "Open Seat" on the memo line may be mailed to UWRA, 21 North Park Street, Room 7205, Madison, WI 53715-1218.

    Registration Deadline:  Friday, March 3, 2023.

    Registration:  

    Advance registration is required.  You are encouraged to register online.  To register by phone or email, call the Association office. If you or your guest registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please cancel your registration online, or email/call the UWRA office.

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.


    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Thu, March 09, 2023
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Capital Brewery, 7734 Terrace Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562
    • 32
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    Capital Brewery Bar image

    THIS IS A "SELF-DRIVE" TRIP


    COST:  $15.00 per person and includes the tour, and tasting fee


    Trip is limited to 40 people.

    Register early!



    The Capital Brewery was founded in 1984 and brewed their first beer, a pilsner, in 1986.  They were founded to brew traditional German-style lager beers.  They have branched out to include American style ales, barrel-aged beers, and several distinct IPAs.  Capital Amber is the largest seller.  Capital Blonde Dopplebock has won 6 platinum medals and is featured at Bockfest, the annual winter celebration held in February.  Capital has won over 240 awards at domestic and international competitions, including the US Open Beer Championships, Great American Beer Festival (GABF), The Great Taste of the Midwest, and the World Beer Championships. The Brewery was named “America’s #1 Rated Brewery” by the Beverage Testing Institute at the World Beer Championships in 1998 and Grand National Champion at the 2013 US Open Beer Championship.  A selection of their favorite beers will be available for tasting.


    Tour is limited to 40 people.   We will split into 2 groups, with one group doing the tour first, then sampling, and the second group doing the sampling first, followed by the tour.  


    SELF-DRIVE TRIP

    This is an in-person event.  If you are comfortable, you may want to carpool.

    Address:  7734 Terrace Ave, Middleton WI 53562

    Enter through the Terrace Avenue door and meet in the Bier Stube/Grain Room


    QUESTIONS

    Please contact Trip Coordinator Karen Schwarz at 608-225-0026 or UWRA Office at retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu.


    REGISTRATION

    Register online.   Mailed-in reservations using the Registration Form and a check are accepted but must be received by Tuesday, February 28, 2023. Mail to the UWRA Office, 21 North Park Street, Room 7205, Madison, WI 53715-1218. 


    • Mon, March 13, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 246
    Register



    You have begun the search – wait, there is paper here and files there.  This session will provide you with suggested organizational techniques and tools along with file naming conventions and storage options.


    This is the third session of a three-part series to get you started on your path to explore your past.  Diane Hart Deci, with a lifelong interest in genealogy, began her research 45 years ago. Her areas of expertise are the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. She has taken multiple genealogical courses through the Wisconsin Historical Society, Georgia Genealogical Society, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is a member of several lineage societies. As WS DAR state registrar, she has presented numerous genealogical classes. Diane feels very strongly that our ancestors’ history and the history of the communities we live in affect who we are. Diane is retired from Edgewood College where she was the Blackboard System Administrator.

    If you have preliminary questions for the speakers, please email them in advance to program coordinator Mary Beth Plane at marybethplane@yahoo.com by Monday, March 6, 2023

    Food Pantry Contributions:

    Checks payable to UW-Foundation, with "Open Seat" on the memo line may be mailed to UWRA, 21 North Park Street, Room 7205, Madison, WI 53715-1218.

    Registration Deadline:  Thursday, March 2 

    Registration:  

    Advance registration is required.  You are encouraged to register online.  To register by phone or email, call the Association office. If you or your guest registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please cancel your registration online, or email/call the UWRA office.

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.


    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Tue, March 14, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Virtual
    • 289
    Register
    Planning for the future is really about education of the possible resources that are available when they are needed. Assistive technology (AT) is equipment that helps perform activities of daily living and live more independently. This equipment can be big or small, complicated or simple but regardless of size is geared towards the individual's need(s).


    More details to follow.

    If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinator Jim Vannes at jjvannes@wisc.edu by Tuesday, March 7.


    Food Pantry Contributions:

    Checks payable to UW-Foundation, with "Open Seat" on the memo line may be mailed to UWRA, 21 North Park Street, Room 7205, Madison, WI 53715-1218.

    Registration Deadline:  Friday, March 10, 2023.

    Registration:  

    Advance registration is required.  You are encouraged to register online.  To register by phone or email, call the Association office. If you or your guest registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please cancel your registration online, or email/call the UWRA office.

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.


    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Thu, March 16, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • virtual
    • 50
    Register

    UWRA members are welcome to attend.

    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.


    To register by phone or email, contact: 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.


    • Tue, March 21, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 279
    Register

    Professor David Canon will discuss the evolution of the Republican party from Reagan and through Trump. Are there parallels to the role of the John Birch Society in the 1960s in the Republican party? What has driven the party to take the positions that they are currently taking? How much of the change is because of Donald Trump or was he simply responding to and then magnifying broader social forces? What does the future hold, especially looking toward the 2024 presidential race?

    Canon is a professor in the political science department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He served as chair of the department from 2014-2017 and in Fall, 2020. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and previously taught at Duke University. He also served as the Distinguished Fulbright Chair in Tübingen, Germany in 2011-2012 and Debrecen, Hungary in 2003-2004. His teaching and research interests are in American political institutions, especially Congress. His more specific research interests include election administration, racial representation, redistricting, political careers, and the historical study of Congress. He is author of Race, Redistricting, and Representation (University of Chicago Press, 1999, winner of the Richard F. Fenno award for the best book on legislative politics), The Dysfunctional Congress? The Individual Roots of an Institutional Dilemma (with Ken Mayer; Westview Press, 1999), Actors, Athletes, and Astronauts: Political Amateurs in the U.S. Congress (University of Chicago Press, 1990), American Politics Today (with William Bianco, WW Norton, 2021), several edited books, and various articles and book chapters. He co-edits a book series on legislative politics with the University of Michigan Press and also served as the Congress editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly and is currently the editor of the Election Law Journal.

    If you have preliminary questions for the speakers, please email them in advance to program coordinators Tom Eggert at tleggert@wisc.edu by Tuesday, March 14, 2023

    Food Pantry Contributions:

    Checks payable to UW-Foundation, with "Open Seat" on the memo line may be mailed to UWRA, 21 North Park Street, Room 7205, Madison, WI 53715-1218.

    Registration Deadline:  Friday, March 17

    Registration:  

    Advance registration is required.  You are encouraged to register online.  To register by phone or email, call the Association office. If you or your guest registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please cancel your registration online, or email/call the UWRA office.

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.


    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Thu, March 23, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 283
    Register


    Richard Steeves, Emeritus Faculty from the UW Med School and Tom Eggert, Emeritus Faculty from the Nelson Institue will share perspectives on the future role of nuclear power.  Richard heads up the local group "Rethinking Nuclear" (see https://rethinkingnuclear.org/) and has been an advocate for greater use of nuclear power.  Tom taught classes through the WI School of Business and the Nelson Institute on the role of business in creating a sustainable future and led the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.  They share a concern for the risk of climate change, both now and in the future, but they diverge on their embrace of nuclear power.  Come listen to a new spin on the old argument of whether or not nuclear power deserves to be included in the future energy mix.

    Dr. Richard Steeves is an Emeritus Professor of Radiation Oncology at the UW School of Medicine.  He currently heads up the group "Rethinking Nuclear" which promotes nuclear power as a way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Since 2010 he has also been leading a discussion group called “Pathways to a Sustainable Planet”, for PLATO. His experience in handling X-rays and radioactive isotopes, both in the USA and at the Curie Institute in Paris, prepared him for delving into the potential benefits of atomic energy for solving our impending climate crisis. Cleaning up our generation of electricity is a good way to start, for transportation as well as for home and industrial use. Dr. Steeves drives an electric car and flies an electric airplane.

    Tom Eggert has emeritus status at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he developed classes in sustainability and systems thinking.  He taught the first class on sustainability at UW in 1994 and has received numerous teaching awards.  He served on the UW task force that created the Office of Sustainability, he was a Fulbright Scholar to Latvia (where he taught classes on sustainability) and he was one of the co-developers of the School of Business’ certificate in Business, Environment & Social Responsibility.  In 2008, he founded the WI Sustainable Business Council, and served as the Executive Director until his retirement in 2018.  In addition, he founded and oversees Wisconsin Microfinance; a non-profit that raises money for microloans. 

    If you have preliminary questions for the speakers, please email them in advance to program coordinators Tom Eggert at tleggert@wisc.edu by Thursday, March 16.


    Food Pantry Contributions:

    Checks payable to UW-Foundation, with "Open Seat" on the memo line may be mailed to UWRA, 21 North Park Street, Room 7205, Madison, WI 53715-1218.

    Registration Deadline:  Monday, March 20

    Registration:  

    Advance registration is required.  You are encouraged to register online.  To register by phone or email, call the Association office. If you or your guest registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please cancel your registration online, or email/call the UWRA office.

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.


    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Mon, March 27, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • virtual
    • 50
    Register

    Retirement Opportunities Committee (ROC) offers programs and activities to help UWRA members live a rewarding retirement, all the while making new friends and having fun!

    Program categories include:  Health in Aging; Nature; Culture/Intellectual; Government/Political; Home Concerns; Social Justice; University Updates, and History, etc.  The committee coordinates the "Activities in Retirement" column in the monthly newsletter.

    Interested in possibly joining the committee?   You are invited to attend a committee meeting to check it out.  Please register.

    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  To register by phone or email, call or email 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Mon, March 27, 2023
    • 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
    • virtual
    • 7
    Register



    2023 Big 10 Retiree Association Conference Committee Planning Session.

    Advance registration is required.  To register by phone or email, call or email 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Tue, March 28, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • 909 East Broadway, Monona, WI

    Join us for conversation and food !

    Join fellow UWRA members for breakfast (or a cup of coffee or tea) at Elie's Family Restaurant (formerly known as Green Forest Restaurant). Members gather once a month for breakfast and lively conversation.

    You can check out Elie's website.  

    • Thu, April 06, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • virtual
    • 50
    Register



    Electronic Technology Committee assists members in staying abreast of changing electronic technology, which includes devices such as computers, tablets, tele­phones, cameras, printers, and software applica­tions.

    Interested in possibly joining the committee?   You are invited to attend a committee meeting to check it out.  Please register.

    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  To register by phone or email, call or email 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Fri, April 07, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 50
    Register

    Monthly planning meeting of the Committee on Financial Matters in Retirement (CFMR).

    The Committee offers monthly programs on topics dealing with financial matters in retirement. The topics include seminars on State health insurance coverages, federal and state tax changes, estate planning, management fees to invest, administer and dissolve a trust, how to protect against identity theft and other economic topics of interest to our members.

    Interested in possibly joining the committee?   You are invited to attend a committee meeting to check it out.  Please register.

    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  To register by phone or email, call or email 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Wed, April 12, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 280
    Register

    Have you wondered about why we should use solar panels for energy generation on homes and other sites? What are the societal and personal benefits? What are the key points to consider if you or your family are "going solar”?  Join us on an informative journey with representatives from the Wisconsin Energy Institute, RENEW Wisconsin, the Couillard Solar Foundation, and a local solar installer.

    Scott P. Williams, research and education coordinator for the Wisconsin Energy Institute, administers the Energy Analysis and Policy graduate certificate and the undergraduate Certificate in Engineering for Energy Sustainability and teaches courses in these programs. He also supports WEI’s public education and outreach programming as well as extracurricular student activities related to energy education and career connections.

    Sam Dunaiski, executive director at RENEW Wisconsin, guides strategy, policy development, day to day operations, and membership engagement. Prior to joining RENEW Wisconsin, Sam worked as an operational meteorologist, creating short- to medium-range weather forecasts for utilities, radio stations, insurance companies, airports, agricultural organizations, and other clients.

    Jackie Harrison-Jewell, executive director at the Couillard Solar Foundation, has worked in the solar and renewable energy field since 2017 and brings over 20 years of marketing, communications, design, and strategic planning to her role at CSF. She enjoys using those skills to help Wisconsin nonprofits get affordable, clean energy for their communities.

    Justin Arneson, solar and storage consultant at All Energy Solar. He joined the company in 2015 and has helped more than 400 homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits make the switch to solar.

    If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinator srspring@wisc.edu by Wednesday, April 5.


    Food Pantry Contributions:

    Checks payable to UW-Foundation, with "Open Seat" on the memo line may be mailed to UWRA, 21 North Park Street, Room 7205, Madison, WI 53715-1218.

    Registration Deadline:  Friday, March 31, 2023.

    Registration:  

    Advance registration is required.  You are encouraged to register online.  To register by phone or email, call the Association office. If you or your guest registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please cancel your registration online, or email/call the UWRA office.

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.


    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Thu, April 13, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • virtual
    • 205
    Register

    More than 648,000 members including current state and local government employees and retirees look to the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) to help provide for their retirement.  The State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) is the independent state agency responsible for investing the assets of the retirement system.

    Edwin Denson joined SWIB in 2018 as managing director, asset and risk allocation. He was appointed executive director/chief investment officer in April 2021. Before joining SWIB, Edwin was managing director, strategic tilting, at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). Prior to joining CPPIB in 2013, Edwin spent 13 years in asset allocation, currency, and risk management as a portfolio manager at William Blair & Company, managing member at Singer Partners LLC, and managing director and head of asset allocation at UBS Global Asset Management. Earlier in his career, Edwin was an economist at Lehman Brothers, Primark Decision Economics, and Putnam Investments, and he also briefly managed a commodity trading adviser and a quantitative equity strategy. Edwin holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Cornell University and a PhD in economics from Northwestern University.


    Rochelle Klaskin, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer, joined SWIB in 2015 as its chief legal counsel before becoming deputy executive director/chief administrative officer.  Throughout her more than 20-year career, she has led and advised organizations on board governance and legal matters, daily operations, and strategic transitions and planning.  Prior to joining SWIB, she was a shareholder in the corporate practice group at the law firm Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., and she served as the managing partner of the firm’s Madison office. She earned her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


    The Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) is the state agency administering retirement, insurance, and other benefit programs for active state and local employees and for retirees participating in the WRS.

    John Voelker, ETF Secretary, will provide projections for future Core and Variable fund annuity adjustments, and highlights of the design elements that keep the WRS strong and fully funded.  Mr. Voelker was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Department of Employee Trust Funds in July 2014, and has more than 30 years of public service experience. Immediately prior to his appointment he served 11 years as the Wisconsin Director of State Courts. During his 22 years with the court system, Mr. Voelker also served as the Assistant to the Chief Justice and as a Senior Policy Analyst. A native of Menasha, Wisconsin, he holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

    This presentation will be videotaped.

    If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinators Millard Susman at msusman@wisc.edu and Mel Morgenbesser at mmorgenb@wisc.edu by Thursday, April 6.


    Food Pantry Contributions:

    Checks payable to UW-Foundation, with "Open Seat" on the memo line may be mailed to UWRA, 21 North Park Street, Room 7205, Madison, WI 53715-1218.


    Registration Deadline:  Friday, April 7.

    Registration:  

    Advance registration is required.  You are encouraged to register online.  To register by phone or email, call the Association office. If you or your guest registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please cancel your registration online, or email/call the UWRA office.

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Tue, April 18, 2023
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 295
    Register

    Join us for a discussion with Crystal Potts, UW-Madison’s Director of State Relations about the impact of the 2023-25 state budget proposal on the state and UW-Madison.

    She will share her perspectives on the state budget process during a time of divided government in Wisconsin (Democratic governor, Republican-controlled legislature) and how it will impact the state and university. Crystal, who has a BA in political science and Chinese from UW-Madison, serves as the University’s point-of-contact for state government relations, including the governor’s office, state legislature and state agencies. She previously served as chief of staff to Wisconsin State Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green). In this capacity, she supported the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee as the Senate staff lead on tax and local government issues. Earlier in her career, she served as research assistant and staff clerk to the state Assembly’s Ways & Means Committee.

    If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinator Scott Hildebrand at scott.h.hildebrand@gmail.com by Tuesday, April 11.


    Food Pantry Contributions:

    Checks payable to UW-Foundation, with "Open Seat" on the memo line may be mailed to UWRA, 21 North Park Street, Room 7205, Madison, WI 53715-1218.

    Registration Deadline:  Friday, April 14, 2023.

    Registration:  

    Advance registration is required.  You are encouraged to register online.  To register by phone or email, call the Association office. If you or your guest registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please cancel your registration online, or email/call the UWRA office.

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.


    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Thu, April 20, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • virtual
    • 50
    Register

    UWRA members are welcome to attend.


    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  

    To register by phone or email, contact: 


    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.


    • Mon, April 24, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • virtual
    • 50
    Register

    Retirement Opportunities Committee (ROC) offers programs and activities to help UWRA members live a rewarding retirement, all the while making new friends and having fun!

    Program categories include:  Health in Aging; Nature; Culture/Intellectual; Government/Political; Home Concerns; Social Justice; University Updates, and History, etc.  The committee coordinates the "Activities in Retirement" column in the monthly newsletter.

    Interested in possibly joining the committee?   You are invited to attend a committee meeting to check it out.  Please register.

    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  To register by phone or email, call or email 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Tue, May 02, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 292
    Register

    Here’s a great chance to learn how UW-Madison uses social media (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) to communicate about our amazing university with a wide range of audiences. See examples and hear inside perspectives from two experts in the Office of University Communications: Mike Klein, Director of News Contents and Editorial Projects, and Nate Moll, Social Media Specialist.

    If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinators Brad Hughes at bthughes@wisc.edu, Scott Springman at srspring@wisc.edu and Kathy Christoph kathy.christoph@gmail.com by Tuesday, April 25.


    Food Pantry Contributions:

    Checks payable to UW-Foundation, with "Open Seat" on the memo line may be mailed to UWRA, 21 North Park Street, Room 7205, Madison, WI 53715-1218.

    Registration Deadline:  Friday, April 28, 2023.

    Registration:  

    Advance registration is required.  You are encouraged to register online.  To register by phone or email, call the Association office. If you or your guest registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please cancel your registration online, or email/call the UWRA office.

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.


    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Thu, May 04, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • virtual
    • 50
    Register



    Electronic Technology Committee assists members in staying abreast of changing electronic technology, which includes devices such as computers, tablets, tele­phones, cameras, printers, and software applica­tions.

    Interested in possibly joining the committee?   You are invited to attend a committee meeting to check it out.  Please register.

    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  To register by phone or email, call or email 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Fri, May 05, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 50
    Register

    Monthly planning meeting of the Committee on Financial Matters in Retirement (CFMR).

    The Committee offers monthly programs on topics dealing with financial matters in retirement. The topics include seminars on State health insurance coverages, federal and state tax changes, estate planning, management fees to invest, administer and dissolve a trust, how to protect against identity theft and other economic topics of interest to our members.

    Interested in possibly joining the committee?   You are invited to attend a committee meeting to check it out.  Please register.

    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  To register by phone or email, call or email 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Tue, May 09, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Lake Mendota's North Shore
    • 5
    Register

    This is self-drive day trip on Tuesday, May 9, 2023

    (Rain Date: Thursday, May 11

    We know people have greatly valued our Four Lakes (DeJope) area for centuries, because they built roughly 1,200 effigy (animal/spirit-shaped) and other mounds on the high grounds overlooking the lakes starting about 800 BC. While the vast majority was destroyed through development, our guide will lead us on a two-mile walk where you will see remaining conical, linear, and effigy mounds. You will also learn the fascinating background of the indigenous people who lived, traded, hunted and fished the shores of Lake Mendota going back 12,000 years. By the end, you will know what to look for in finding the indigenous earthworks that we so often overlook in our midst. (Photo by Teri Venker)


    Teri Venker is a volunteer docent and researcher for the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation. She also leads tours of Indian Mounds around the Madison area, which partly stems from her lifelong interest in Native American history and culture. Her career at the UW was in marketing and communications for the UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Union, the UW Colleges and UW-Extension. Teri is a UWRA member.


    Special details:

    • Limited registrations:  This event is limited to 30 participants.  A wait list will be established if more than 30 registrations are received. Wait-listed registrants will be contacted if there are cancellations.
    • Length of tour:  It is estimated the tour will last about 1 hour.
    • Degree of Difficulty:   Must be able to walk considerable distances on uneven grounds (paths).  There are no benches for resting.
    • Parking:  Participants should meet in front of the Administration Building on the grounds of Mendota Mental Health Institute, 301 Troy Drive, Madison at 10:00 A.M.  Tour will start approximately at 10:15 A.M.
    • Lunch:  While this is a free event, lunch arrangements have been made at Bear and Bottle, 601 Sherman Avenue for lunch.  Participants will be able to order off the menu.  Bear and Bottle has agreed to do separate checks and will add a 20% gratuity. To view their menu, click here.

    If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinator Al Liegel at arliegel@wisc.edu by Monday, May 1.

    Registration Deadline:  Wednesday, April 24

    Registration:  

    Advance registration is required.  You are encouraged to register online.  To register by phone or email, call the Association office. If you or your guest registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please cancel your registration online, or email/call the UWRA office.


    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Wed, May 10, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 283
    Register