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  Welcome to the UC Berkeley Retirement Center    Saturday, March 28, 2015  

Latest Developments

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It's easy! Our retirees are welcome to send your name and email address to Weekly e-news messages offer upcoming program reminders, resources, webinars, and more from the campus and the community.

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; email us at to register unless indicated otherwise. Location is provided with registration confirmation

Find complete LIR details online, here!

Themes on Higher Education
Organized by Professor Emeritus Neil Smelser

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 2-4pm
“How UC Got Its Unique Level of Autonomy: A Counterfactual History,” John Douglass, Senior Research Fellow—Public Policy and Higher Education, Center for Studies in Higher Education

Music and Politics II: Beethoven, Wagner, Shostakovitch
Organized by Professor Emeritus Louise George Clubb

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 2-4pm
“Beethoven, from Revolutionary to Reactionary,” Nicholas Mathew, Berkeley, Professor of Music

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 2-4pm
“Art vs. Politics in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and the Wagner Legacy,” Karol Berger, Stanford, Professor of Music and Thomas Grey, Stanford, Professor of Music

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 2-4pm
“Shostakovitch: The Case of Lady M.” Richard Taruskin, Berkeley, Professor of Music


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