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June 12, 2014 Volume 35, No. 31

MU retirees honored for service to campus and community

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Ken Hutchinson, president of the Retirees Association, presents Chancellor Loftin with a check to MU for more than $2 million. Photo by Rob Hill.

Retirees Association raises more than $2 million for MU

Though popular culture tends to gravitate toward the young and ephemeral, the University of Missouri recognizes that retirees often possess time-tested wisdom worth hearing.

At the Chancellor’s Retirees Luncheon May 23, R. Bowen Loftin told hundreds of MU retirees that he would seek their counsel as he goes forward in his role as chancellor.

“I reach out to you for help,” Loftin said in the Columns Ballroom in the Reynolds Alumni Center. 

He also praised the retired faculty and staff for their volunteer work in the community and, in some cases, as part-time MU workers.

While the young are busy earning a living and raising families, seniors pick up the slack through good works in the region. “The communities we live in need you,” he said. 

During the presentation, Ken Hutchinson, who retired in 2008 as the vice president of human resources at the University of Missouri System and is currently president of the Retirees Association, presented an oversized check from retirees to MU. The check was for more than $2 million, raised through MU’s faculty-staff fundraising campaign, It’s My Mizzou. 

Rose Porter, who served as dean of the Sinclair School of Nursing from 1998 to 2008 and retired in 2010, thanked MU and the UM System for keeping the Retirees Association’s members informed of campus happenings. More than half of the 1,000 members receive Mizzou Weekly online, thanks to the efforts of Chris Koukola, the assistant to the chancellor for University Affairs who retired Jan. 31, 2014. Porter said that those not receiving Mizzou Weekly need to update their email addresses. Visit for more. 
Robert Schwartz, UM System chief of staff, announced the launch of UM Connection, a quarterly retiree electronic newsletter for all four campuses with an email list of 5,000. The email will include upcoming retiree events and announcements.

“Retirees represent a vital part of the university family,” Schwartz said. “I express to you my appreciation.”

Receiving the Faculty Retiree of the Year Award was Don Day of MU Extension. Though he retired in 2002, he remains active with extension and in the community. He has also been part of three missions to El Salvador to aid refugees. Though he’s given a lot of hours helping the struggling people, Day said, “they have given me so much more.”

Receiving the Staff Retiree of the Year Award was Phyllis Miller, who worked in the College of Education for 21 years. “I enjoyed going to work almost every day,” Miller said.

Each recipient was nominated by their peers and received a plaque and check for $1,000.