Join ARFS Please
Retirement can be more than a perpetual vacation. UWG faculty and staff can stay involved and connected to the university and other retirees through the Association for Retired Faculty and Staff or ARFS.
Dr. Glenn Novak and wife, Debbie Novak.
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. “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 ARFS membership fee free upon retirement and receive a bronze medallion, a tribute book and free admission to ARFS events.
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 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. “A lot of times retirees don’t know what they are entitled to but we try to let everyone know they are welcome to join.”
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 sign up for executive positions.
Retired faculty and staff contribute often to the community and the university. Dr. Bruce Lyon, retired vice president for Student Services and Dean of Students Emeritus, is an ombudsman, a position that requires him to resolve issues of conflict on West Georgia’s campus.
Henry Setter, professor emeritus of art, designed and sculpted the “Flame of Knowledge” located on front campus drive and Dr. Anne Richards, professor emeritus of psychology, co-chaired the UWG Centennial Celebration committee.
For more information call 678-839-6582 or visit http://www.westga.edu/arfs/.