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Welcome WVU Retirees

To learn more about the West Virginia University Retirees Association, see the About WVURA menu option. To learn more about current activity, see the following Inside Story.

PEIA TELEPHONE SCAM ALERT!

February 15, 2019

WVU has received an alert from PEIA:

There have been some reports of retirees receiving calls from scammers claiming to be representatives of PEIA. In these calls, the individuals indicated to the member that PEIA had experienced a computer 'glitch' and that the member needed to mail in their premium payments, or they would lose their healthcare coverage(s).

PEIA has not experienced such issues in processing premium payments and instructs members to never mail funds to any untrusted source(s). When in doubt, members should always call PEIA at 304-558-7850.

If any of your members have received such a call, please instruct them to report it to the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division, who has been notified of the scam, at 1-800-368-8808.



The Inside Story . . .


The Dark Matter Mystery
Thursday, January 17, 2019
WVU Planetarium Presentations


Retirees gathered at the WVU Planetarium to see presentations on the Lincoln Almanac Trial and The Dark Matter Mystery.  The Lincoln Almanac Trial told how Abe Lincoln proved a man innocent of murder by using the position of the moon.  And The Dark Matter Mystery told about the search for the mysterious glue that keeps galaxies together.  Both were fascinating. 


Backpack Feeding Program
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Backpack Feeding Program


After the holidays, we're back to our regular schedule - every third Wednesday of the month.  Our faithful group showed up again to fill the backpacks with weekend meals for area school children. 


The Climb from Salt LickFriday, January 4, 2019
WVURA Book Club


The Climb from Salt Lick: A Memoir of Appalachia by Nancy Abrams was the book discussed at the January meeting of the club.  The author was also present at the meeting so we had a first-hand account of the book.  It was a great presentation.  For more information about the club or future book selections, see Book Club.


Backpack Feeding Program
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Backpack Feeding Program


Retirees gathered early to pack food bags in anticipation of the school closing for the holiday.  With a group this size, it didn't take long and it was good to know that the children would have food for the long holiday.  What a turnout!  Thanks team.


Toy Distribution
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Christian Help, Toy Distribution


Volunteers gathered at the WV National Guard Morgantown Readiness Center to distribution toys for Christian Help.  Retirees worked as a group to give out toys to area families. 


Black KlansmanFriday, December 7, 2018
WVURA Book Club


Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth was the book discussed at the December meeting of the club.  For more information about the club or future book selections, see Book Club.


Choral ConcertSaturday December 1, 2018
The Choral Concert: A Winter Gala


The Board of the WVU Retirees Association invited members of the Association to The Choral Concert: A Winter Gala at the Creative Arts Center.  The concert was a choral celebration featuring performances by the WVU Chamber Singers, Women's Choir, and Men's Choir and the West Virginia Community Choir. It was a great way to start the holiday season.  The Association provided tickets to the performance. 


Phipps Winter Show
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Phipps Winter Flower Show and Light Garden

To kick off the holiday season, members of the Association traveled by chartered bus to the annual Winter Flower Show and Light Garden at the Phipps Conservatory.  This year's theme was Holiday Magic: Let It Glow.  Along with seasonal flowers, the rooms and the outdoor botanical gardens were decked out in bright Christmas lights.  In the photo, you see some of our group entering the decorated front doors of the conservatory. 


Rosenbaum Family House
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Rosenbaum Family House Dinner


Members of the Retirees Association made dinner for the residents of Rosenbaum Family House on Wednesday evening, November 28, 2018.  Our board cooked and our members visited with residents.  This was our biannual dinner.  We do this in May and November each year and guests offer us such positive feedback that we are happy to do this again.  


Backpack Feeding Program
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Backpack Feeding Program

Packing backpacks was moved to Tuesday this month in order to be ready for the Thanksgiving distribution.  Our group showed up in force as usual and we are thankful for them!


Hansel and Gretel
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Hansel and Gretel at the Benedum


Members of the Retirees Association traveled by chartered bus to the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh to see Hansel and Gretel.  Included on the bus trip was a pre-opera talk by Byron Nelson, a retiree from the WVU English Department and the OLLI instructor for Opera as Drama.   Byron also offered a short critical recap on the way home. 


The Last CastleFriday, November 2, 2018
WVURA Book Club


The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home by Denise Kiernan was the book discussed at the November meeting of the club.  For more information about the club or future book selections, see Book Club.


Christian Help Toy SortingWednesday, October 24, 2018
Toy Sorting at Christian Help


Volunteers from the Retirees Association worked at Christian Help sorting toys for the upcoming holiday.  We had so many volunteers that what was to take three days, took one.  Congratulations group!


Fallingwater
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob Tour


Retirees traveled to Kentuck Knob and Fallingwater, two homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Both homes were stunning.  In addition, retirees had lunch at the Ohiopyle State Park and took some time to see the Visitors Center and the falls.  That's the Ohiopyle falls in the background.


Backpack Feeding Program
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Backpack Feeding Program


Our group keeps growing in support of our volunteer effort.  With this group, we got the task done in no time.  And remember: "Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." (James Matthew Barrie)  


Being MortalFriday, October 5, 2018
WVURA Book Club

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande was the book discussed at the October meeting of the club.  For more information about the club or future book selections, see Book Club.



Annual Picnic
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Annual Picnic


Members attended the annual picnic at the Westside Senior Center.  Food and drinks were provided by the Association and the Motown Strutters performed.  There was also a raffle of WVU gear.  The proceeds are used to support our biannual dinner at the Rosenbaum House.  Most retirees were happy just to visit with friends they hadn't seen in a while. 


Backpack Feeding Program
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Backpack Feeding Program


The backpack feeding program started up again for the new school year.  With a group this size, it only took one pass along the tables to fill a container.  Many hands do make light work.  Thanks team!


Cowboy Country September 18 - 25, 2018
America's Cowboy Country


Members of the Association traveled with Collette Tours to see cowboy country.  They started in Jackson Hole where they saw the Grand Tetons, then to Yellowstone, Cody, Deadwood, Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands with lots of stops in between. 


Book Club Friday, September 7, 2018
WVURA Book Club

The Book Club reconvened after a summer break.  Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson was the book discussed at the September meeting of the club.  For more information about the club or future book selections, see Book Club.


Black Bears Game
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Black Bears Game


Retirees were a part of WVU Fun Day at the ballpark when the Black Bears played Auburn.  The Mountaineer was there and there were giveaways.  It was a beautiful day and a fun time


Heinz History Center
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Heinz History Center and the Pittsburgh Strip District

Retirees visited the Heinz History Center to view exhibitions that highlight our regional history then were bused to the strip district to tour the Contemporary Craft Art Gallery and the St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.  They also had the option of skipping the tours and spending their time shopping in the district.  


Palace of Gold Thursday, July 19, 2018
Moundsville Excursion


Our retirees visited the Grave Creek Indian Mound before their tour of the West Virginia Penitentiary.  They listened to an excellent speaker tell them about life in the penitentiary.  After lunch, they visited the Palace of Gold for a guided tour to learn about palace  history and view marble, antiques, artwork, and more.


The Road ot Jonestown Friday, June 1, 2018
WVURA Book Club


The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn was the book discussed at the June meeting of the Book Club.  For more information about the club or future book selections, see Book Club.


Rosenbaum Dinner
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Rosenbaum Family House Dinner


Members of the Retirees Association made dinner for the residents of Rosenbaum Family House on Thursday evening, May 24, 2018.  Our board cooked and our members visited with residents.  It was picnic fare and we got lots of compliments.


Backpack Feeding Program
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Backpack Feeding Program


This was our last month for the backpack feeding program where we pack meals for the weekend for school students.  The program will start up again in the fall.  Thanks to our loyal volunteers who make our effort a success. 


Born a Crime Friday, May 4, 2018
WVURA Book Club

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah was the book discussed at the May meeting of the Book Club.  For more information about the club or future book selections, see Book Club.



Benefits Fair
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Benefits Fair

The Association sponsored a table at the WVU Benefits Fair.  We wanted to be sure that retirement-eligible employees know they can join the Association and participate in our events.  The WVU Mountaineer helped us get the word out.  


Mountaineer Baseball
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Mountaineer Baseball


WVU Athletics treated retirees to free tickets and free seats in the suites for the Mountaineer baseball game on April 22.  The weather was beautiful and not everyone sat inside but it's always fun to be at the ballpark.  Thanks Athletics. 


Stars of the Pharaohs
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Stars of the Pharaohs


Retirees traveled back in time to see how Egyptians used science to make a workable calendar, tell time, and align huge buildings. They were also able to experience some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient word recreated in all of their original splendor. 


Backpack Feeding Program
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Backpack Feeding Program


Retirees filled bags with food for school students to take home for the weekend.  There are over 800 children that qualify for the feeding program.  This group did their part.  Thanks, team. 


Annual Meeting
Thursday, April 12, 2019
Annual Meeting


Retirees gathered at the Alumni Center to hear board members report on the last year.  They also elected new board members: Lee Beaumont, Lana Cantoni, and Ade Neidermeyer. 


A Brief History Friday, April 6, 2018
WVURA Book Club

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes by Adam Rutherford was the book discussed at the April meeting of the Book Club.  For more information about the club or future book selections, see Book Club.


Backpack Feeding Program Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Backpack Feeding Program


After several cancellations due to weather and school closings, we finally gathered at Scott's Run to pack bags for the Backpack Feeding Program.  We were so excited to get back to work that we forgot to take a team photo.  Thanks team for all your hard work. 


Empty Mansions Friday, March 2, 2018
WVURA Book Club

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. was the book discussed at the February meeting of the Book Club.  For more information about the club or future book selections, see Book Club.


Virtual C
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Virtual CAVE, Geology and Geography

The CAVE is a specially designed structure used to project computer images across the cave walls.  Retirees used 3D glasses to experience a sense of immersion within the environment.  Both sound and smell were used to reinforce the sense of place. 


A Walk in the Woods Friday, February 2, 2018
WVURA Book Club

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson was the book discussed at the February meeting of the Book Club.  For more information about the club or future book selections, see Book Club.



Naomi Boyd
January 25 through March 22, 2018
Seminar Series in Financial Literacy

Naomi Boyd, Chair of the Department of Finance and Director of the Center for Financial Literacy and Education, started the first module of our five module series on financial literacy for retirees.  Her focus was on how to achieve financial success through strategic financial planning. 


Backpack Feeding Program
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Backpack Feeding Program


Even though it was five days before Christmas, we had a great turnout for the backpack program.  Volunteers packed food bags for school children for the weekend.  Great Christmas spirit, gang!  For more information on the program, see Backpack Feeding Program. 


Festival of Lights
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Winter Festival of Lights


Retirees traveled to Oglebay Park to view the Winter Festival of Lights.  We also toured the mansion and saw the light show at the zoo.  Our original plans had to be tweaked somewhat so we ended up having dinner at Oglebay.  Both the trip and the food were exceptional.


Sapiens Friday, December 1, 2017
WVURA Book Club

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari was the book discussed at the December meeting of the Book Club.  For more information about the club or future book selections, see Book Club.


 
Events Calendar

March


WVURA Book Club
Friday
March 1, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Heritage Point

Let's Go Bowling Monday
March 11, 2019
10 a.m.
Suburban Bowling Lanes

CRF Lecture
Tuesday
March 12, 2019
3:00 p.m.
Heritage Point

Backpack Feeding Program
Wednesday
March 20, 2019
1:00 p.m.
Scott's Run Settlement House

April

National Cherry Blossom Festival
Thursday
April 4, 2019
8 a.m. departure
Washington DC

La Boheme at the Benedum
Sunday
April 7, 2019
10:30 departure
Pittsburgh

WVURA Annual Meeting
Thursday
April 25, 2019
1:00 p.m.
Erickson Alumni Center

May

Don Pasquale at the Benedum
Sunday
May 5, 2019
11:30 departure
Pittsburgh

August

Canadian Rockies by Train
August 4-11, 2019
Collette Trip


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