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The 2022 Retiree of the Year Awards went to Zuleyma Tang-Martinez in the Faculty category and to Connie Funk Jeffries in the Staff category. Congratulations to these very worthy awardees.  More information about them is available by clicking on their names and an archive of previous awardees is found in the left hand column.  The 2023 application form is available here.

The Annual Spring Meeting will be held on June 9, 2023. You will receive an electronic invitation; this is an early announcement for everyone. Along with lunch, members will be voting on the slate for next year’s board of directors’ members and dealing with business  of interest to everyone. We are looking forward to seeing you at Glen Echo Country Club once more. 

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.  Click hereWe 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.

The 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Association and the Spring Luncheon was held on Friday June 10.  Details will follow but of note were the election results:

President-Elect: Melissa Hattman
Treasurer:          Steve Spaner
Secretary           Tom Eyssell

Board Member: Candace (Candi) Agnew, replacing Zuleyma Tang-Martinez whose excellent service to the Association was acknowledged. Clark Hickman, whose term expired, was also acknowledged and Mimi Duncan College of Bus. Admin was appointed later on Aug. 10,  to replace Melissa Hattman who is now President-Elect.
Board Member: Sue Baber (re-election)
Board Member: Dave Ganz (re-election)

Kathie Haywood and Helene Sherman

Retiring President Kathleen Haywood introduces the new President Helene Sherman



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 Retiree  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 Helene Sherman to volunteer.
Your help is needed to keep our organization going. 

2022-2023 Retirees Association Board

(Updated after the election on June 10, 2022)

Helene Sherman, President
College of Education
Candace (Candi) Agnew
Chancellor's Office
Melissa Hattman, President-Elect
Comm. Coll.Relations
Susan Baber
College of Education
Thomas (Tom) Eyssell, Secretary
College of Bus. Admin
David Ganz
College of Bus.  Admin
Steven Spaner, Treasurer
College of Education
Deborah Kettler,
Univ. Placement Services
Kathleen Haywood, Past-President
College of Education
Mimi Duncan
College of Bus. Admin
David Garin, ex-officio
Chem. & Biochem
Lucinda (Cindy) Vantine
University Relations
Vacant, and unlikely to be replaced
Lol Barton, ex-officio
Chem. &  Biochem.