University of Wisconsin - Madison


Upcoming events

    • September 01, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • May 01, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 9 sessions



    Articles welcome. 

    Please send articles to both Sifter Editor Sheila Leary at smleary@wisc.edu and UWRA Executive Director Sandi Haase at sandi.haase@wisc.edu.

    • March 01, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Virtual
    • 5
    Register




    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


    • March 05, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Virtual
    • 37
    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


    • March 11, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)
    • VIRTUAL
    • 293
    Register


    Join us for some lively conversations, connect with old friends, and meet some new  - all from the comfort of your home. There always seems to be plenty of things to talk about.

    Whether you live on the East Side or the West side, you are invited to join us for breakfast via your smartphone, tablet or computer in the comfort of your home.

    We will be meeting on the second Thursday of each month from 9:00a.m. to 10:00 a.m.


    We think it is prudent to avoid direct contact for at least a little while, but that doesn’t mean that we have to give up conversation with our friends over a sweet roll and a cup of coffee. We can have a virtual, bring-your-own-sweet-roll breakfast without having to change out of our pajamas! And we can overcome the divide between East and West by setting up a digital meeting at which the Sofra gang and the Elie’s gang can get to know one another.

    We look forward to "seeing" you.


    Registration Deadline:  Monday, March 8

    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


    • March 16, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual
    • 245
    Register


    There is little doubt that we are living in historic times. Among nations frequently in the news in the past several years is Russia.  Recently the streets of Moscow and other Russian cities have been filled with protesters. Russia and the Ukraine continue to struggle over the sovereignty of their borders, and Russia's relationships with the European union is in a state of flux.

    David M. McDonald, the Alice D. Mortenson/Petrovich Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will share his take on the current political landscape in Russia, including the impacts of contemporary Russian politics on the United States and the rest of the world. 

    Professor McDonald has been a faculty member with UW–Madison since 1988. A graduate of the University of Toronto and the recipient of a doctorate at Columbia University, McDonald teaches and conducts research in the history of the Russian Empire. In addition to teaching classes in his specialty, McDonald has served as Special Assistant for Athletics (in the wake of the Shoe Box scandal) and has chaired UW–Madison’s Department of History. He also chaired the search that yielded Rebecca Blank, current chancellor of UW–Madison.

    We hope that you will join us for this talk about Putin’s Russia.

    If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinator Susan Fischer at sfischer@uwalumni.com by Tuesday, March 9.


    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 12


    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


    • March 18, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • 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.


    • March 19, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual
    • 282
    Register


    We know all too well that classroom and laboratory instruction at UW-Madison had to change dramatically and suddenly in Spring 2020. Have you wondered how thousands of instructors suddenly pivoted to online teaching and what instruction at the university looks like in Spring 2021?

    Here’s your chance to go behind the scenes in a fascinating sample of different types of courses. 

    Join us for a lively panel discussion featuring faculty and academic staff who are now much more experienced teaching online. These outstanding teachers come from a range of disciplines across campus--in the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences. They will describe how they and their colleagues have been teaching online, what’s going well and what’s not, and how their teaching and their students’ learning may change long term even as on-campus instruction resumes. An outstanding undergraduate will also join us to share a student’s perspective. After brief, informal presentations by all of the speakers, there will be plenty of time for questions from the audience.

    Panelists include:

    • Haania Khan, 3rd-Year Undergraduate Student Majoring in Biochemistry and Religious Studies (not pictured)



    Alicia Lee, Assistant Professor of Clarinet, Mead Witter School of Music






    Dianna Murphy,  Director of the Language Institute and Co-Director of the Russian Flagship Program







    John Zumbrunnen, Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty Affiliate in Integrated Liberal Studies, and Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning





    Janet Batzli, Distinguished Faculty Associate and Interim Director of the Biocore Program





    If you have preliminary questions for the speakers, please send to Program Coordinators Bruno Browning at bbbrowning@gmail.com and Brad Hughes at bthughes@wisc.edu by Friday, March 12.

    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 12

    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


    • March 22, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • 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


    • March 23, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual
    • 281
    Register

    The Future of Social Security: A vision for greater security and protection

    The COVID-19 pandemic, recent shocks and discordant politics have pulled the curtain back on America’s looming retirement income crisis, caregiving pressures, a fraying of the national community, and ever-worsening income and wealth inequalities. People's livelihoods and futures are being thrown into flux. Financial security in retirement seems out of reach for many workers. Many who receive well-earned Social Security benefits are facing increasing financial stress.

    Our speaker, Eric Kingson, is Professor of social work at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. Founding co-director and current board chair of Social Security Works (http://socialsecurityworks.org) known for his writing and speaking on the politics and economics of aging, Social Security, cross-generational responsibilities, and caregiving across generations, He will describe the present challenges facing the system and discuss how the politics of Social Security have shifted so that greater protection through expansion is now feasible. He will present the case that universal programs that benefit all Americans (yes, even the rich), as Social Security was designed to do for all workers and their survivors, make our country stronger and our lives more secure. Social Security works because it embodies the best of American values--the ones that will allow Americans to obtain financial security and weather the next crisis.

    Eric is co-author of a forthcoming book (with Nancy Altman), Social Security Works for Everyone! Protecting and Expanding the Insurance Americans Love and Count On (New Press April 2021). He served as policy advisor to two presidential commissions: the 1982-3 National Commission on Social Security Reform and the 1994 Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. An active volunteer on the Obama Campaign’s Retirement Security Policy Advisory Committee beginning in July 2007, he later served on the advisory committee to the Social Security Administration’s transition team. He is primary author of Ties That Bind: The Interdependence of Generations (Seven Locks Press, 1986) and Social Security and Medicare: A Policy Primer (with Edward Berkowitz), author of The Diversity of the Baby Boom: Implications for Their Retirement Years (Washington, DC: AARP, 1992) and co-editor (with James Schulz) of Social Security in the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 1997).

    This presentation is not intended to answer the daily questions of “How to apply or maximize my Social Security benefit?” or “What do survivor benefits mean?” It is expected to be a policy and politically based discussion on the alternate futures of Social Security. We suggest that a reminder of basic Social Security rules and definitions can be found in the prior UWRA Presentation and slides, specifically Lisa Lamkin’s (AARP), 15JAN2019, “Federal Budget, Social Security and Medicare,” on the UWRA website.

    If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinator Karen Holden at karen.holden@wisc.edu by Friday, March 19.


    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 19

    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


    • March 24, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual
    • 233
    Register


    The year 2021 marks the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, and his major work, the Divine Comedy, remains one of the most read, studied, illustrated and prized works of world literature. This richly illustrated lecture will focus on both the origins and development of the medieval city of Florence—its monuments, socio-political structure, and artistic legacy—and Dante’s life and works, in which his native city played an important formative, indeed decisive role. Today, in walking the streets of modern Florence, we can see the well-preserved churches, palaces, towers and other vestiges of the medieval city Dante knew and loved. We will also briefly examine how, in the Comedy, Dante transformed the everyday reality of life in medieval Italy into an intricate and remarkably vivid vision of the afterlife.

    Chris Kleinhenz taught medieval Italian literature at the UW-Madison for almost forty years. He has led many tours to Italy sponsored by the Division of Continuing Studies and the UW Alumni Association and has lived in Italy (Naples, Bologna, Perugia, Florence and Rome) on various occasions where he taught and directed UW study-abroad programs. He has given a number of illustrated presentations on Italy for the Retirement Association.

    If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinator Esther Olson at emolson2r@wisc.edu bt March 19.


    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 19

    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


    • March 25, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (CDT)
    • 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


    • March 31, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual
    • 273
    Register


    As a researcher studying COVID-19, Thomas Friedrich will focus much of his talk on what we can learn from studying the genetics of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This includes: new viral variants and what they mean for the effectiveness of vaccines and controlling the pandemic; understanding what situations promote SARS-CoV-2 transmission; and what the long-term future of COVID-19 might look like. He will also touch on the ways different vaccines work and some challenges and opportunities for testing. There will probably be breaking news to cover also!

    Tom is Professor of Virology at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. His laboratory studies how pandemic viruses like HIV, influenza, Zika, and SARS-CoV-2 evolve to emerge, spread, and cause disease. With his UW colleague David O’Connor, Tom is currently co-leading a series of COVID-related projects, with special emphasis on viral evolution, genetic surveillance, and expanding the availability of testing to K-12 schools. Through this work Tom is connected to scientists around the country and the globe working to understand and control the COVID-19 pandemic. Tom grew up in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa and did his undergraduate and graduate studies at UW-Madison.

    This seminar is sponsored by the Board.  If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinator Esther Olson at emolson2@wisc.edu by Friday, March 26.

    Tom's research was recently spotlighted in "Inside UW".  Click here to read more.


    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 26

    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


    • April 05, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual
    • 10
    Register




    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


    • April 06, 2021
    • (CDT)


    • April 08, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • VIRTUAL
    • 297
    Register


    Join us for some lively conversations, connect with old friends, and meet some new  - all from the comfort of your home. There always seems to be plenty of things to talk about.

    Whether you live on the East Side or the West side, you are invited to join us for breakfast via your smartphone, tablet or computer in the comfort of your home.

    We will be meeting on the second Thursday of each month from 9:00a.m. to 10:00 a.m.


    We think it is prudent to avoid direct contact for at least a little while, but that doesn’t mean that we have to give up conversation with our friends over a sweet roll and a cup of coffee. We can have a virtual, bring-your-own-sweet-roll breakfast without having to change out of our pajamas! And we can overcome the divide between East and West by setting up a digital meeting at which the Sofra gang and the Elie’s gang can get to know one another.

    We look forward to "seeing" you.


    Registration Deadline:  Monday, April 5

    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


    • April 09, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • 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


    • April 14, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual
    • 50
    Register



    Travel Committee typically organizes one-day travel opportunities leaving by bus from Madison to destinations that are historical, educational, and interesting.

    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


    • April 15, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • 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.


    • April 20, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • virtual
    • 211
    Register

       

    More than 648,000 members including current state and local government employes 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.


    Rochelle Klaskin, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer, will explain the challenges facing SWIB and WRS, the impact investment volatility can have on WRS participants, SWIB’s investment strategy, and other initiatives SWIB is implementing to protect the WRS investments.  Rochelle 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.

    Brian Hellmer is the Managing Director of Global Public Market Strategies at SWIB.  Brian joined SWIB in 2016 as the managing director of the internal public equities division. Prior to his role at SWIB, he was the director of the Hawk Center for Applied Securities Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, where he taught applied portfolio management classes and oversaw the admissions and placement process for the Center’s MS and MBA programs. From 1996-2009, Brian was a principal and portfolio manager at Northern Capital Management, which offered actively managed investment strategies for institutional and private wealth clients. He previously served as an equity analyst and strategist for Bank of America.  Brian is active in the Madison CFA Society and served as board president from 2017-2019.  He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance, investments & banking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, and is a CFA charter holder. Brian is also a member of the Securities & Exchange Commission's Investor Advisory Committee. 


    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, the newly appointed 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 Coordinator Kay Reuter-Krohn at kreuterkrohn@gmail.com by Friday, April 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:  Friday, February, April 16.

    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


    • April 22, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (CDT)
    • 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


    • April 23, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Virtual
    • 294
    Register


    Join the UW-Madison Geology Museum on a virtual hike at Devil’s Lake State Park! Enjoy the beautiful bluffs and forest while learning about the interesting geological and historical story Devil’s Lake has to tell lead by Brooke Norsted, Geology Museum Assistant Director.


    Education has always been Brooke's second calling.  Brooke earned a BA at Gustavus Adolphus College and a MS at UW-Madison working with Alan Carroll on the Green River Formation. Brooke's my primary responsibilities at the museum includes coordinating outreach programs and managing the collections. In addition, being a part of a university community has exposed Brooke to opportunities to work on other fulfilling projects. These include Darwin Day (a day-long evolution symposium) and Expanding Your Horizons (an event that seeks to encourage junior high aged girls to remain interested in science, technology, engineering and math careers).

    If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinators Al Liegel at arliegel@wisc.edu by Tuesday, April 20.

    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:  Tuesday, April 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


    • April 26, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • 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


    • May 03, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual
    • 10
    Register




    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


    • May 05, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual
    • 297
    Register


    Aaron Bird Bear (MS, UW-Madison) (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Dine’ Nations) is special assistant in the Vice Chancellor for University Relations, Strategic Partnerships Department at UW-Madison. He has worked to integrate information about the histories, cultures, and sovereignty of the eleven American Indian Nations in Wisconsin into teacher education programs.

    More details about his presentation will be posted when finalized.

    If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinator Laurie Mayberry at laurie.mayberry@wisc.edu by Friday, April 30.


    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 30


    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


    • May 07, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • 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


    • May 11, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual
    • 297
    Register

    Please join us for UWRA's virtual featured speaker, Gary Brown and annual membership meeting. Watch for more details in the Sifter.

    Gary Brown, PLA, FASLA, is a licensed landscape architect who is responsible for interpreting, updating and recommending methods of implementing the Campus Master Plan; provides detailed area physical development plans; provides professional landscape architecture services for the campus; participates and leads special studies related to land use plans, building massing studies, transportation plans; coordinates signage and wayfinding; coordinates municipal zoning approvals; works with neighborhoods and special interest groups, and participates in joint University/Community planning efforts. Mr. Brown is also currently serving as the Wisconsin Chapter representative on the national American Society of Landscape Architects’ Board of Trustees. Gary will address "Current Campus Planning and New Projects on Campus."

    If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinator Mary Czynszak-Lyne at czynszaklyne@gmail.com by Friday, May 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, May 7, 2021

    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


    • May 13, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • VIRTUAL
    • 299
    Register


    Join us for some lively conversations, connect with old friends, and meet some new  - all from the comfort of your home. There always seems to be plenty of things to talk about.

    Whether you live on the East Side or the West side, you are invited to join us for breakfast via your smartphone, tablet or computer in the comfort of your home.

    We will be meeting on the second Thursday of each month from 9:00a.m. to 10:00 a.m.


    We think it is prudent to avoid direct contact for at least a little while, but that doesn’t mean that we have to give up conversation with our friends over a sweet roll and a cup of coffee. We can have a virtual, bring-your-own-sweet-roll breakfast without having to change out of our pajamas! And we can overcome the divide between East and West by setting up a digital meeting at which the Sofra gang and the Elie’s gang can get to know one another.

    We look forward to "seeing" you.


    Registration Deadline:  Monday, May 10

    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


    • May 13, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • 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.


    • May 24, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • 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


    • May 27, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (CDT)
    • 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


    • June 01, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual
    • 298
    Register


    The Extension Master Gardener Program educates, empowers, and supports volunteers to use university research-based information to extend the   Wisconsin Idea, making a positive difference in lives and communities.  Join us to learn about the program with Master Gardener Ed Meachen, former Association Vice President for Learning and Information Technology at UW System Administration.

    Master Gardeners are people interested in gardening and horticulture who receive training and education in science-based horticulture from UW-Madison’s Division of Extension.  Upon successful completion of an examination they are certified as Master Gardeners.  To maintain certification, each year Master Gardeners must complete 10 hours of continuing education and 24 hours of volunteer service supporting public gardens.  Ed has served as President of MAMGA (Madison Area Master Gardeners Association) since 2014.  Ed will share its history, membership, goals, mission, and purpose of master gardening, and his journey from gardening in my yard to master garden certification. 

    If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinator Bob Jokisch at bobjokisch@gmail.com.


    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, May 28


    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


    • June 04, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • 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