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  Welcome to the UC Berkeley Retirement Center    Friday, December 19, 2014  

Latest Developments

UC Berkeley Retirement Center Holiday Closure

We will be closed Saturday, December 20 through Monday, January 5, 2015.

If you need assistance with your pension or benefits, the UCOP Retiree Service Center will have limited staff available on December 26, 29 and 30.  They can be reached at 1-800-888-8267, ext. 4 during normal business hours.

From our family to yours, we wish you the best this holiday season. We look forward to seeing you in the new year!

What We can Accomplish Together

Thanks to the generosity of UC retirees, our participation in Cal’s first ever 24-hour fundraising campaign, the Big Give, was a huge success. On November 20, we raised more than a third of our annual goal of $30,000. For those of you unable to participate in the Big Give, there is still time to donate to the Retirement Center before the end of the tax year.

Please consider supporting our programs by making a tax-deductible gift to the UCB Retirement Center. Make your donation online safely and securely at:

It is our mission to develop programs and services that build and maintain connections among retired faculty, staff, their families and the University. In order to meet this goal, we rely on your generosity. Together, we can continue to enrich the lives of retirees

Happy Holidays!

University of the People Volunteer Opportunity

The University of the People (UoPeople; seeks faculty to volunteer to help in the development and instruction of several new programs - a new Bachelor’s level major in Heath Sciences and an MBA program - as well as the addition of more general education Arts & Sciences course.

UoPeople is a non-profit, tuition-free, online university accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC); It is dedicated to opening access to higher education globally. Using open-source technology, Open Educational Resources, peer-to-peer learning, and the assistance of academic volunteers, UoPeople is especially designed to provide access to college studies for qualified individuals, despite financial, geographic or societal constraints. Founded in 2009, the University currently has over 2300 enrolled students from over 150 countries and continues to grow.

The organization has support of volunteers and leaders in academics worldwide. Its Council of Presidents is chaired by New York University President John Sexton, and includes UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, Oxford Vice- Chancellor Emeritus Sir Colin Lucas, former U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter, and George Washington University President Emeritus Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, among others. With oversight from Vice Provost, Dr. Roxie Smith (recent Columbia Vice Provost), Dr. Dalton Conley (NYU), Dean of Arts & Sciences, will lead the development of the Health Sciences program. The MBA will be headed by Dr. Russ Winer (NYU), Dean of Business Administration.

For more information and to register your interest in volunteering, please contact Dr. Roxie Smith, Vice Provost at

White House Conference on Aging

Once a decade, the White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) brings together leading national experts and stakeholdersinthefieldofagingtomake recommendations and shape national aging policy. 2015 marks the 6th WHCoA since 1961 - which was perhaps the most significant since it laid the groundwork for “Great Society” programs whose 50th anniversaries we observe next year: Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act. Read More >>

Download the WHCoA Presentation Slides

Access the Online Retiree Portal

We are excited to announce our newest service: an online portal — — that allows you to interact with other retirees online.

The portal puts you in control of the information you give to and get from UCBRC. You may use it to manage your mailing preferences and update your information in our database. To access the online portal, you must have an e-mail address already listed in our database. If you get regular e-mail from, try signing in using that e-mail address. Otherwise, e-mail and have us add your e-mail address to our database. In future phases, will offer features that allow you to register for programs and make payments online. Stay tuned!

Fall 2014 Director's Notes

I’m thrilled to share with you the latest UC Berkeley Retirement Center (UCBRC) news and activities. Although I started this position only a month ago, it is clear to me that UCBRC has a wealth of programs and services to offer emeriti and retirees from UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and UC Office of the President... read more>>

Welcome to the New Retirement Center Director, Cary Sweeney!

Cary Sweeney joined the Retirement Center on August 4 of this year. Cary has her Master's in Gerontology, with a focus in Adult Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has 14+ years of experience in coordinating and managing programs in geriatrics and gerontology aimed at improving the well-being of older adults.

Cary will be attending several upcoming Retirement Center events and will be happy to meet you, there!

We Moved! New Retirement Center Location and Open Hours

The UCB Retirement Center has moved to 101 University Hall. This convenient location is on the ground floor of the tall building located at the corner of University Avenue and Oxford Street.

We are generally open M-F, 1pm-4pm. We look forward to seeing you soon in our new space!

Retiree Conference Materials Webpage

Did you go to our May 15 retiree conference, but miss a workshop you would have liked to attend? Perhaps you couldn't attend the event at all? See our Retiree Conference website for course materials, presentation slides, and exhibitor information.

Lawrence Hall of Science Volunteer Opportunities

Want to learn and share exciting and interactive experiences with children and families? As a Hall volunteer, you will have the opportunity to help kids and families experience hands-on science, assist instructors in classes and workshops and be an ambassador of the LHS mission and programs out in the community or at the Hall.

Learn how you can get involved at the next adult volunteer orientation, Saturday, September 7th (10:00am to noon). For more information and to sign up for orientation, visit

Phishing Scams: An Ongoing Threat

Phishing is one of the most potentially damaging internet scams with serious consequences for users not prepared to identify and avoid such fraud.

Phishing is a scam by which an email user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly. It comes in all forms, even from forged accounts.

Find out more about phishing and how to protect yourself by reading this article written by UCB IST staff:

The CenterPiece

Where is the CenterPiece?

Like many other purveyors of information, the Retirement Center is doing our part to be environmentally conscious and reduce the costs of producing this newsletter. We have not sent paper copies of the newsletter to retirees with email addresses on file.

Download the current issue of the CenterPiece by clicking on the image.

The CenterPiece - current edition

Upcoming Events

Advance registration is required to attend all Retirement Center programs; contact us at or 510-642-5461 to register unless indicated otherwise. Location is provided with registration confirmation

Save these dates for spring 2105 LIR!

The Auditory System - How it Works, Understanding Loss of Hearing, and Current Research on Dealing with Hearing Impairments
Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 2-4pm
Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 2-4pm
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 2-4pm

Themes on Higher Education
Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 2-4pm
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 2-4pm
Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 2-4pm
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 2-4pm

Music and Politics II: Beethoven, Wagner, Shostakovitch
Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 2-4pm
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 2-4pm
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 2-4pm

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