Sharon Shelton, Gwen Little, Mildred Switzer, Marie Parsons, Elaine Globetti, Gene Byrd,
Dennis James, John Paul Jones (President of AERA), Joan Atkinson, Kate Ragsdale,
Marilee Brown-Wells, and Dianne Kerr at Fall 2012 General Meeting.

The University of Alabama Retiree Association




Calendar for 2013 - 2014 coming soon.



Ironing Out the Wrinkles

This series of informal programs has earned a permanent spot on our calendar. The smaller more relaxed setting encourages members to enter into open discussion and find answers to questions. Programs are geared to topics that are of interest to our retiree status while encouraging and supporting the scholarly and professional activities of the University.

This year's series is centered on the theme of Living and Playing Well. Programs will touch upon various aspects of our personal lives that will help us learn ways to work toward longer, healthier, more financially secure, safer, and happier lives. Discussions led by current University staff and faculty and local experts will provide the opportunity to share, clarify, and become informed in areas of personal interest that will enhance and enrich how we live and play.

All sessions will be held at the Capstone Village on a "first Tuesday" at 2 p.m. with two exceptions. In October there will be a "drop-in" Wellness Program from 9 a.m. to noon; and, the February meeting begins at 2:30 p.m. to accommodate our speaker.


Programs for 2013 - 2014 to be announced



First-generation Book Scholarship

Named for UA President Witt

A book scholarship for first-generation UA students has been established in honor of University President Robert E. Witt.

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of TUARA members, we have been able to award FOUR book scholarships this fall to qualified sophomores at The University of Alabama.

The young people receiving the $250.00 award are:

Tariyana Wiggins - A Chemical Engineering major from Monroeville, Tariyana has a 3.198 GPA at UA and is a participant in Student Support Services. Tariyana shares "I would like to take a moment to personally thank you for presenting me with this Book Scholarship. It means a lot because it allows me to pay for my books without putting a financial burden on my family. I feel truly blessed to be chosen."

Sean Johnson-Sippial - Sean is majoring in Management Information Systems and minoring in Chinese and is from Millbrook. He has a 3.517 GPA, is in the Emerging Scholars Program, University Honors and International Honors Program. Sean tells us, "I thank you for bestowing this scholarship on me so I can continue my studies with less financial strain. I sincerely appreciate this award."

Brittany Lynum - Brittany has a 3.126 GPA and is an Accounting major from Whatley. She is in the inaugural class of Suder First Scholars at The University of Alabama. In Brittany's words, "As you know I am a first-generation student, but what you may not know is that I am the oldest of four children with a single mother. Growing up, there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to college because I wanted to be a great role model for my younger siblings and I really wanted to make my mom very proud of me. I did not get to apply for any scholarships for my sophomore year because I missed the deadline. So when I was notified that I would be receiving a $250 book scholarship, I was absolutely astonished. And to know that I was selected out of so many people just made me feel even more honored and blessed to receive such a great gift. I want to thank you from the very bottom of my heart."

Erica Lewis - A Criminal Justice major and history minor from Pleasant Grove, Erica has a 3.437 GPA and earned a spot on the Dean's List for the spring semester of 2012. Erica is in the inaugural class of Suder First Scholars at The University of Alabama. Erica tells us, "Because of your generosity the transition into my sophomore year has been easier. As a first generation college student, I plan to become the first in my family to graduate from college. In my freshman year I became a member of the University's Honors College, and was nominated for membership in two national honor societies, Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Lambda Delta. I have plans to build on those accomplishments my sophomore year at the University of Alabama. Once again, I honored to be a recipient of the book scholarship. "

Contribute to the Robert E. Witt First Generation Book ScholarshipAssisting deserving young people achieve their goals is a very rewarding part of being involved in TUARA. Please contribute to the Book Scholarship Fund when you renew your TUARA membership by enclosing a separate check payable to The University of Alabama with "Robert E. Witt Book Scholarship" in the memo line. You will receive a tax deductible statement from the University.

Or, you may simply mail your donation made payable to The University of Alabama with the "Robert E. Witt Book Scholarship" notation to: The University of Alabama Retirees Association TUARA Box 861493 Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-0013.



UA Acts of Kindness Fund Covers Retirees

The UA Acts of Kindness Fund has been expanded to assist retired UA employees, at the request of President Robert E. Witt. The fund was established following the April 27 tornado.

A letter from Dana S. Keith, UA Acts of Kindness fund manager, has been sent to all UA retirees informing them of this decision.  Retirees whose primary residence is in Tuscaloosa County and who were impacted by the April 15 or April 27 tornadoes are included. 

Retired UA employees who meet the eligibility criteria must apply for funds no later than Oct. 31, 2011. The need for financial assistance must be directly attributed to or caused by the April 15 or April 27, 2011, tornadoes.

Additional details about eligible expenses are available on the UA Acts of Kindness website at   Please call (205)348-5217 or email if you have any questions.



TUARA  Officers and Executive Board

The following persons are elected to the Executive Board for 2012-2013:

President - Sharron Shelton (2012-2013)

Vice President for Programs/Arrangements - Mildred Switzer (1st term 2012-2014)

Vice President for Membership - Dianne Teague (1st term 2011-2013)

Recording Secretary - Joan Atkinson (1st term 2012-2014)

Database Secretary - Beverly York (2nd term 2012-2014)

Treasurer - Marilee Brown-Wells (1st term 2012-2013)

Members at large:

through-2013 - Vaudie HallmanBetsy GrahamMarie Parsons

through-2014 - Gene ByrdElaine GlobettiDianne Kerr, Vacant

through-2015 - John BurroughsBob ComasDennis JamesGwen Little



TUARA Membership Information

The University of Alabama Retirees Association focuses on the needs of retired University employees, educates the public about issues unique to retired individuals and helps promote continued support of the University's scholarly and professional objectives.

TUARA offers an array of important resources for UA retirees: Advocacy for retiree benefits, discussion groups specific to retiree issues, social events, coordinated volunteer efforts and more.

The group has grown from 36 people at the Fall 2003 organizational meeting to a current membership of over 1,000.

Annual Dues - Joint or Single Membership - $20.00

TUARA membership is open to all retirees of The University of Alabama and spouses, widows, and widowers of such persons.  Also eligible are persons who once worked for the University and are now retired, and spouses, widows, and widowers of such persons.  

Persons presently employed by The University of Alabama who expect to retire in five years or less, and their spouses, are eligible for membership as prospective retirees.  If you would like to learn more about TUARA, contact Dianne Teague at or 205-553-0167.