Organization Keeps UWG Retirees Active

Friday, October 24, 2008

No need to stay at home after retirement. Retired faculty and staff at UWG can stay connected to the university and other retirees through the Association for Retired Faculty and Staff or ARFS. 

No need to stay at home after retirement. Retired faculty and staff at UWG can stay connected to the university and other retirees through the Association for Retired Faculty and Staff or ARFS.  Organized in 2003 by Dr. Glenn Novak, professor emeritus of mass communications and theatre arts, and Alumni House staff, the organization is coordinated these days by Novak and his wife, Debbie Novak.

“We spend so many years of our lives here,” said Debbie Novak, who has a MLS in Library Science and worked at Ingram Library for 18 years. “This is a way to connect with your friends and know what’s going on in their lives.”

Faculty and staff are automatically enrolled in an ARFS fee-free membership upon retirement and receive a medallion, a tribute book, free admission to ARFS events and other perks.

Every July, ARFS hosts its Annual Retired Faculty and Staff Reunion, which is funded by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. The event recognizes the retirees’ dedication to West Georgia and new retirees are presented with a commemorative bronze medallion with the university logo on the front and an engraving of the retiree’s name, department and years of service on the reverse side.

Other benefits to ARFS members include discounts at the university bookstore and West Georgia Theatre Company shows; a UWG gate card to enter gated campus parking lots and a special parking hanger tag that allows them to park in any student and faculty parking area.

Members are also automatically subscribed to the ARFS newsletter,  “The Rejuvenator,” a quarterly publication that keeps retirees informed of meetings, special events and other timely items.  Retirees also have access to the ARFS Listserv that provides updates and information pertaining to the university.

“This university has been good to its retirees,” said Glenn Novak. “Retired faculty and staff contribute in so many ways to the community and the university. A lot of times retirees don’t know what they are entitled to but we try to let everyone know they are welcome to get involved with ARFS.”

The Novaks hope to expand ARFS with more activities and are looking for a few good men and women to sign up for the planning committee or executive positions.

For more information call 678-839-6582 or visit http://www.westga.edu/arfs/.