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McDaniel is working to establish a retiree association.
When Professor Emerita Janet McDaniel from the School of Education began planning for her retirement, she realized that for the first time in her over two-decade career at CSUSM she wouldn’t have a formal connection to the University.
“I experienced mixed emotions,” she said. “I am pleased to enter this brave new world but also sad to leave behind the colleagues, activities and engagement I so enjoyed at the University.”
McDaniel reached out to University Advancement to propose the creation of a new association for CSUSM faculty and staff retirees. Organizations like this – similar to an alumni association for retired staff and faculty - are common at major universities and have social, practical and philanthropic goals.
“For example, we might gather for a meal before a CSUSM Arts and Lectures event, provide a newsletter with helpful links for retirees, or sponsor a scholarship for a worthy Cal State San Marcos student,” McDaniels reflected.
Vice President Hoss and President Haynes immediately embraced the idea. A working group of 12 CSUSM retirees met in October to begin writing bylaws, establishing membership levels and brainstorming ideas for activities. The CSUSM Retirees Association will be supported by the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving.
“We see this organization as being supportive of the University – including current employees and students – as well as providing support and resources to retirees and those about to retire,” said McDaniel. “There will be a modest dues structure and over time we hope to establish a giving program.”
According to CSUSM’s payroll department, nearly 300 individuals have retired from the University since its founding in 1989.
“This is just one more indication of the maturity and growth of our University,” said McDaniel. “We are at a point where we have a significant number of retirees and this organization will be there to support those who have given so much to make our campus what it is today.”
The official launch of the new CSUSM Retirees Association will be in spring 2014.For more information on the CSUSM Retirees Association, contact Lori Brockett, director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at firstname.lastname@example.org.