Friday, January 13, 2023

February Meeting

Register now!

Please join us for the February UNI Emeritus Association meeting on February 24, 2023, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Schindler Education Center Room 216.  

Kristi will be joining us to speak about how the pandemic affected recruitment of international students to UNI and what the current status is for that department. Stephanie Rojas will speak about the current status of the Study Abroad program and whether student interest has altered since the pandemic. 

A dessert reception will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Atrium of Schindler. 

Please register by February 13 to assist in our planning. For questions, please contact Tammra Chambers at 319-273-2355.

Friday, January 13, 2023

Iowa Retirement Tax Law Changes

Dear Emeriti,

We were provided with the following message from UNI Human Resources. Please review the following tax changes.

Retirement Tax Law Changes

For 2023, the new year brings a number of regulatory changes to retirement plan savings and distributions. Iowa House File 2317 provides tax relief for certain retirement incomes as well as other income tax bracket adjustments. Now is a great time to meet with your financial advisor, or an IPERS or TIAA consultant, to see how the changes may impact your income and savings plans. An online request for tax guidance is also available through the Iowa Department of Revenue.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

December Meeting

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Diamond Events Center within Jacobsen Plaza 
Western Home Communities
5307 Caraway Lane
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

We are delighted that our traditional December luncheon is returning after three years, thanks to the support of the UNI Alumni Association and Foundation, and the Western Home Communities. New and returning emeriti are cordially invited to join us for this special event.

Please register by November 29, 2022 to assist in our planning.

ARRIVAL & SOCIAL TIME: 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. 
    Incidental music provided by Tom Tritle and Al Jacobson

The cost to attend is $10.00 per person. Credit card payments are accepted with online registration and are preferred, but not required.
Payment checks can be mailed to:
Attn: Tammra Chambers
UNI Emeritus Association
University of Northern Iowa
205 Commons
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

For questions, call 319-273-2355.

Monday, April 18, 2022

From your UNIEA Chair - 2022

From the 2022 UNIEA Newsletter

Judith F. Harrington, Professor Emerita, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

As my message to you began one year ago, I continue to express concern for you all and your loved ones, hoping you this finds you in good health.

One year ago, this column informed you that UNIEA’s monthly lunches were on hiatus. Since then, many changes have occurred for our association’s local emeriti, and for all emeriti. Those changes will be identified in this and other Newsletter articles. As I describe these changes, my deep gratitude is extended to the UNIEA Advisory Council and Program Committee members (identified elsewhere in this newsletter), for their ongoing leadership and support, as each decision faced us.

We resumed monthly lunches & programs in August 2021 through December 2021. Programs were readily available, with speakers who had been cancelled one or more times during the earlier stages of the pandemic, as well as adding a few emeriti: Steve Carignan, Ph.D., Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center Executive Director; Elaine M. Eshbaugh, Ph.D., UNI Professor of Gerontology, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences--School of Applied Human Sciences, who spoke to us about the basics of Alzheimer's and related dementias; Nate Clapham, Assistant Vice President for Collegiate Development & Annual Giving; and two emeriti: Scott Cawelti and Bob Dorr, music legend. Programs were delightful and at times thought-provoking. Yet, attendance was slipping; and organizing was remaining in the hands of too few emeriti, as far fewer newer local emeriti were attending. Further, the location had become problematic, and no other site appeared to be available to accommodate our needs. Your officers chose to have the lunches go back into hiatus for January and February, while we wrestled, not only with the future of our local situation, but also with other concerns for all emeriti (two back stories found elsewhere in the Newsletter offer more information).

In January 2022, on a bitterly cold Cedar Falls day, 9 of us gathered in the 5th floor Schindler Faculty Lounge, socially distanced with some masking. Our two-hour meeting was content-driven, with camaraderie and mutual respect at its core. By conclusion, in addition to agreeing that our newsletter should become digital and our biennial directory should be ended, we had unanimously agreed that although there was sentiment, even yearning in some instances, for monthly lunches, pragmatically it was time to end that tradition. Our decision was announced to local emeriti in early March, along with noting newly organized local emeriti events. From that email:

“During our hiatus from monthly lunches in January and February, your officers studied the difficulties associated with the monthly lunch tradition. After careful deliberation, we unanimously agreed to end this tradition. We are pleased to announce that each semester, we will hold one or two gatherings with a guest speaker and other programming.” The email included a teaser about a gathering and program April 21st (details elsewhere in this Newsletter), and noted that ideas are being put together for two gatherings next fall.

These and other arrangements are being provided by the leadership of Leslie Prideaux, Assistant VP, Alumni Relations. Indeed, with the retirement of our long-time Foundation secretary, Virginia Thulstrup, Foundation stewardship has shifted from its Advancement to Alumni division. Jim Jermier remains Vice President for University Advancement & President of the UNI Foundation. Further, we are happy to announce that Tammra (Tammy) Chambers will now provide secretarial support. Her office is in Alumni Relations, her email:

So many changes in our Association this year! Locate the other articles with all the news.

Best wishes to you all for a fulfilling, healthy year.

UNIEA Membership

To be eligible for membership in the UNI Emeritus Association a person must have been granted the status of "Emeritus" as defined by the University of Northern Iowa.

Policy Statement:

Emeritus(a) is an honorary status, conferred upon those full-time or part-time members of the faculty, institutional officials, and professional-scientific staff at retirement or resignation who qualify for and are awarded the title. Eligibility requirements include a minimum of twenty years of creditable full-time or part-time service in higher education with a minimum accumulation of ten years of meritorious service at the University of Northern Iowa. Privileges of those holding Emeritus(a) status are established by the University in consultation with the Emeritus Association and are to be found at under About UNIEA.


Application process: Formal application or nomination is initiated with completion of the request for Emeritus(a) Status form (UNI Form 2), available from the Office of Academic Affairs or the Human Resource Services Department.  The form is also available on-line at the UNI Forms Repository.  The application is processed through normal administrative channels except that the University Faculty Senate also acts on all requests pertaining to faculty members. Posthumous nominations may be submitted.

Faculty Senate, Approved May, 2000
President’s Cabinet, Approved September 25, 2000
Source:  UNI Policies and Procedures Manual, Section 4.21

A person who has been granted emeritus status automatically becomes a member of the UNI Emeritus Association.

Address Changes

UNIEA members are reminded to send address (including e-mail address) and telephone number to 

Tammra L. Chambers
Alumni Association
Room 205
Commons Building
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0282

Call: 319/273-3032 or 319/273-2355 (office)