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Save the date for the Spring Luncheon and Annual General Meeting of the Association

It will be held on Friday, June 14, 2024, at the Glen Echo Country Club, 11:30 reception with cash bar. Noon: served luncheon. Your invitation will come to you as an email. This luncheon is sponsored by the UMSL RA so an RSVP is required to attend. Visit the alumni event website for details and to respond.



The Spring 2024 Newsletter is now available. Read the most recent newsletter click on the Newsletter Tab in the left hand column.



It is that time again! The 2024-2025 RA Membership Renewal Campaign is under way.  It is simple as 1-2-3. Log on to www.umslalumni.org/rarenewal24 ,fill out the enrollment form and pay online or by check. 


The 2023 Retiree of the Year Awards were announced by Past President Helene Sherman in July and presented at the State of the University Address and Chancellor's Awards Presentation on August 25. The staff awardee was Yolanda Weathers Marshall , who retired in 2019 as Director of the UMSL Welcome Center after spending 30 years in the Division of Student Affairs. The faculty awardee was Beverly Sporleder, who retired in 2012 after spending 24 years in the School of Social Work. More details about these most deserving awardees may be found in the tab RETIREE OF THE YEAR AWARDEES in the left hand column. To nominate someone for a 2024 award, fill out and submit the nomination form.

2023 Retiree of the Year Awardees

                                            Past President Helene Sherman, Beverly Sporleder,
                                Yolanda Weathers Marshall and President Melissa  Hattman                                                                   at the 2023 Awardee of the Year Presentations

UMSL LOSES AN ICON. Shirley Martin who served as President of the Association from 2002-2005 and was the founding Dean of the College of Nursing, died on July, 2 2023. She was 95 and more details about her are to be found in her obituary.

The 2023 Annual General Meeting of the Association and the Spring Luncheon was held on Friday June 9.   Details will follow but of note were the election results:

President-Elect :  Thomas (Tom) Eyssell (1yr)
Treasurer :           Steven (Steve) Spaner (1yr)
Secretary              Candace (Candi) Agnew (1yr)

Board Member: Grace Kennedy, replacing Candi Agnew, who was elected Secretary.
Board Member: Debbie Kettler Sue Baber (re-election)
Board Member: Cindy Vantine Dave Ganz (re-election)
Board Member: Mimi Duncan (re-election)
Kathleen (Kathie) Haywood completed her 3-year term in the presidential succession and was acknowledged for her excellent service.

Helene with Melissa 
President Melissa Hattman with retiring President Helene Sherman at the luncheon.

Planning and Events Committee
On Thursday, March 30 -  a successful tour of the beautiful and historic  Chatillon-DeMenil House followed by lunch next door at the equally historic and lovely  Lemp Mansion Restaurant, took place. Details are described in the Events Archive in the left hand column and also in the 2023 Spring Newsletter.

The UMSL RA Holiday Luncheon was held at Glen Echo Country Club on Friday December 16, 2022 . There was a reception with cash bar at 11:30 am followed by lunch at noon. held on December 16, 2022, was very successful. Sixty-five members attended the luncheon. We heard from Phil Donato, Executive Director of the Alumni Association, who explained the affinity process and goals for each organization. He encouraged members to become involved in joint AA and Retiree Association activities. Chancellor Kristen Sobolik spoke to the membership, highlighting local and national campus achievements such as the Diversity Award and recognition of the university’s Community Engagement. Along with a brief business meeting, another feature of the luncheon was that members donated food products for the UMSL Food bank as well as a book for our chapter exchange.

Breaking News:  

The Spring 2023 Newsletter is now available. >Download the latest edition. We thank Sue Baber and colleagues for this excellent edition. Previous editions are available in the archive found by clicking Newsletter in the left hand column.


Your Retirees Association typically sponsors several events throughout the year that are fun and informative. An Events Archive is available of the events held since 2015.  This is found in the left hand column.

The last event was a social gathering at Defiance Ridge Vineyard on Wednesday May 25, 2022,  at 1:00 pm, when about fifteen of us enjoyed lunch and conversation.

Please note the existence of the Retirees Association Facebook page. Administrators include Clark Hickman, Steve Spaner and Lol Barton.

Attention Retirees:

Don't forget to join or rejoin the University of Missouri-St. Louis Retirees Association. The membership year is from June 1 to May 31.

Presentation of the UMSL-RA Membership Card grants the following:

  • Annual Luncheon and Business Meeting, courtesy of the Chancellor.
  • Access to events and programs of the UMSL Retiree Association
  • 10 % discount at the University Triton Store in the Millennium Student Center,
  • Up to 25% discount on tickets to events at the Touhill Performing Arts Center,
  • Admission to the Department of Recreational Sports classes at the active faculty/staff rate,
  • Admission to the UMSL Recreation and Wellness Center at the active faculty/staff rate,
  • A free Campus parking permit, available 7:30 am – 5:00 pm at Office of Parking and Transportation, 44 Campus Police Building

Annual dues are $15. Or, for the most convenient option, join as a lifetime member for just $125.

If you are a new or renewing member, simply click on the new enrollment form (2023) and pay online by credit card. If you prefer to pay by check, the same link will give you the information you will need to do so.

In June 2015, at the UMSL-RA annual meeting the membership passed a motion to accord a dues-free first year for new retirees. If you have just retired, click on this enrollment form and complete the form online checking the "free-newly retired" box under the membership type.

And, volunteer to serve on a committee - There are three committee choices:

  • Communications
  • Membership
  • Planning and Events

Contact President Melissa Hattman  to volunteer.
Your help is needed to keep our organization going. 

2023-2024 Retirees Association Board

(Updated after the election on June 9, 2023)

Melissa Hattman, President (1 yr.)
Comm. Coll.Relations
Mimi Duncan (2 yrs.)
College of Bus. Admin
Thomas (Tom) Eyssell, Pres.-Elect  (1 yr.)
College of Bus. Admin
Deborah Kettler (2 yrs.)
Univ. Placement Services
Candace (Candi) Agnew, Secretary (1 yr.)
Chancellor's Office
Cindy Vantine (2 yrs.)
University Relations
Steven (Steve) Spaner, Treasurer  (1 yr.)
College of Education
Susan Baber (1 yr.)
College of Education
Helene Sherman, Past-President  (1 yr.)
College of Education
David (Dave) Ganz (1 yr.)
College of Bus.  Admin
Mary Bosnick, UMSL Liaison
Office of Alumni Association
414 Woods Hall 
Campus, 314-516-6433
Grace Kennedy(1 yr.)
                             EX-OFFICIO BOARD  MEMBERS
David (Dave) Garin, 
Chem. & Biochem
Lawrence (Lol) Barton, 
Chem. &  Biochem.