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Reception for new UGA retirees planned

The Office of the President, the Office of the Provost and the UGA Retirees Association will host a May 5 reception for UGA faculty, staff and administrators who retired between May 2015 and April 2016.

The new retirees, who were mailed invitations to the event, will be presented with certificates thanking them for their service to the university.

“The annual reception for new retirees is a long-standing tradition at UGA,” said UGARA President Tom Lauth. “The UGARA Council is grateful for the support of President Morehead and Provost Whitten to make this a special occasion.”

The keynote speaker for the event will be Pat Allen, who served as UGA’s director of community relations from 2003 until his retirement in June 2015. Allen previously had worked for C&S Bank for
26 years.

Information will be available at the reception about UGARA, which includes all UGA retirees—faculty, staff and administrators—who become members when they officially retire from the university. UGARA is governed by a council that consists of elected members who serve three-year terms.

The council members for 2015-2016, in addition to Lauth, have included Mark Eason, vice president; Sharron Thompson, secretary; Tommy Altman, treasurer; plus Ruth Bettandorff, Freda Scott Giles, Sharron Hannon, Ed Kanemasu, Paul Kurtz and Tom Landrum. Former UGARA president Brahm Verma served this past year as UGA’s representative to the University System of Georgia Retiree Council.

Eason will succeed Lauth as president of the council for 2016-2017. Incoming council members include Jim Cobb, Tom Eaton and Nancy McDuff, who will succeed council members who have completed their service. Laura Dowd will fill the unexpired term of Ruth Bettandorff, who stepped down after moving out of the local area.

For more information about UGARA, see or visit the UGARA Facebook page.