President Phoebe Liebig offers a preview of RFA’s new Strategic Vision
Imagining the USC Retired Faculty Association of 2022
As mentioned in the September 2012 Retiree Community Newsletter, a special committee
has been developing an RFA blueprint for the next decade. We project the RFA
will be a major resource for the University and the Emeriti Center in the intellectual
and social lives of USC retired faculty and their spouses/partners or widows/widowers.
It will serve as an advocate for maintenance of retired faculty rights and privileges. Not
only will it facilitate new retiree interconnections to the University; it also will seek to
strengthen bonds of the University to its more than 1100 retired faculty.
The RFA is a key resource for the longer, healthier, and more interesting “4th quarter”
many of us now enjoy. It currently represents and advocates for the interests of retired
faculty in the larger USC community and provides opportunities to enjoy travel, music
and art, to attend stimulating lectures, to socialize, and to be part of a human connection
that stands by each other in both good and difficult times. Retired faculty are distinctive in
our growing engagement with a complex student body, including the largest number of
international students of any American university, and in providing financial support for
students drawn from diverse neighborhoods of the great global city surrounding us.
However, we believe the RFA can do more to promote our members’ well-being; contribute
to their collegiality, intellectual and social interests; and support USC’s mission in the 21st
Century. Several activities have been proposed:
* identifying possible sources of support for retirees to complete meaningful research;
* collaborating with USC academic units as investigators, advisors and guest lecturers;
* initiating a program of retired faculty affiliates in USC’s residence halls;
* videotaping select Sherry Hour and other presentations for retirees and alumni
* developing and hosting interactive webinars and “salons”/discussion groups on
topics of mutual interest;
* supporting localized social networks to promote different kinds of informal
* promoting access by all retired faculty to electronic resources;
* increasing RFA support for the Caldwell Scholars; and
* creating an updated RFA history in time for our 65th anniversary celebration in 2014.
To implement these and other activities, we need to know what interests you and how you might
participate to make these aspirations become reality. More information will be provided on the
RFA website. We look forward to hearing from you via telephone, email or snail mail.