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SUAA Professional Development Grants and Scholarships

GSU-SUAA Members,

The SUAA Foundation is accepting applications for the Professional Development Grants and Scholarships. We encourage anyone who is eligible to submit an application. Last year, the daughter of one of our members was awarded a scholarships. Application forms are attached.

"The SUAA Foundation offers up to six scholarships of up to $1,000 per scholarship annually. The scholarships are awarded for use in accredited degree-seeking programs, eligible technical/trade programs, and eligible certificate programs. The applicant must be an SUAA member in good standing or the spouse/partner, child, or grandchild of an SUAA member in good standing.

Applications will be reviewed beginning June 15, 2021.

In addition, the SUAA Foundation offers up to two grants of up to $1,000 per grant annually for professional development activities (travel expenses are excluded). The applicant must be an SUAA member in good standing who is currently employed at an Illinois institution of higher education. Applications are accepted throughout the year and grants are awarded throughout the year until two grants have been awarded.

The award year is Fall 2021 through Summer 2022."

Visit the SUAA Foundation website for more information or if you have questions. Foundation Scholarship Program (memberclicks.net)<https://suaa.memberclicks.net/foundation-scholarship-program>

SUAA Foundation Educational Scholarship Application & Materials.pdf
SUAA Foundation Professional Development Grant Application & Materials.pdf

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

GSU SUAA minutes for Feb and March 2021

February meeting minutes:

March meeting minutes:

 
 

SUAA Foundation Announces 2021 Scholarship and Professional Development Grant Programs

To All SUAA Members! The State Universities Annuitants Association Foundation is ready to accept candidates for the 2021 Scholarships.

There are up to six $1,000 scholarships available.

In addition, there are two $1,000 Professional Development grants available.

Please take a look at the possibilities for you or your family members.

Foundation 2021 Scholarship and Professional Development Programs

Linda L. Brookhart, Executive Director
State Universities Annuitants Association

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

SUAA Foundation Announces 2021 Scholarship and Professional Development Grant Programs

To All SUAA Members! The State Universities Annuitants Association Foundation is ready to accept candidates for the 2021 Scholarships.

There are up to six $1,000 scholarships available.

In addition, there are two $1,000 Professional Development grants available.

Please take a look at the possibilities for you or your family members.

Foundation 2021 Scholarship and Professional Development Programs

Linda L. Brookhart, Executive Director
State Universities Annuitants Association

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

2021 SUAA Call For Nominations

To the SUAA Membership! It is with great pleasure that the SUAA 2021 Nominating committee invites SUAA members to submit nominations for volunteer service on the Board of Directors. Current members can be found on the SUAA website under Quick Links Contact Us. The Board of Directors’ positions are open to those who are currently working and to those who are retired.

See Call for Nominations 2021 for details.
Click Here

To make sure there is no confusion the following is from the SUAA Bylaws:

ARTICLE IV
OFFICERS AND REGIONAL DIRECTORS

4.1. Officers. The officers of SUAA shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.

4.1.a Minimum Qualifications of Officers. A nominee for the office of President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer must have been a member of SUAA for at least two (2) years prior to election.

4.1.b. Restrictions to serving as an Elected Officer.

4.1.b.1 No officer may serve concurrently as a regional director on the Board of Directors.

4.1.b.2 No more than two (2) officers may be from the same region.

4.1.b.3 At least one officer must be from a community college and at least one officer must be from a university. In the case of a conflict with this provision, the election of the officer listed earliest in Section 4.1 of these
bylaws shall take precedence over the election of the officer listed later in that section.

4.1.b.4 No two (2) officers shall be from the same chapter.

Currently, the President is from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The Treasure is from Illinois State University.

4.2.c. Election of Regional Directors.

4.2.c.1. At the annual House of Delegates meeting, delegates from each region shall elect an individual to serve as Regional Director for each opening on the Board of Directors from that region with their term of office beginning at the final adjournment of the annual House of Delegates meeting held in June of the year of their election. Should a regional director be unable to fulfill his or her term as a director, the vacancy shall be filled by the Board of Directors. The vacancy shall be filled by an individual from a similar institution (community college or university) and from that region to complete the unexpired term.

4.2.c.2. Regional Directors shall serve for two years or until their successors are elected and shall not serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office and may serve again after being out of office for at least one term.

ARTICLE V
DUTIES OF OFFICERS

5.3. The duties of the Vice-President shall be:

5.3.a. To act on behalf of the President in the President’s absence.

5.3.b. To serve as a member of the Board of Directors.

5.3.c. To succeed the President if the office of President becomes vacant.

5.4. The duties of the Secretary shall be:

5.4.a. To prepare or cause to be prepared and to maintain a complete record of all proceedings of all House of Delegates and Board of Directors meetings, all proceedings of all business, and all other records of the Association as required by law.

5.4.b. To serve as a member of the Board of Directors.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

SURS Trustee Election

Hello GSU-SUAA Retiree,

Don’t forget to vote in the current election for the two SURS Retiree trustees on the SURS Board. There are two openings being filled, a three year term and a six year term The biographies of the candidates are available at

http://www.surs.com/surs-board-trustees-2021-election-candidates

Please note that Mitch Vogel, candidate for the three year term, and J. Fred Giertz, candidate for the six year term, are both members of SUAA, our annuitant advocacy organization and are fully aware of ongoing challenges to the constitutional protections of our pensions.

Thank you for your membership in GSU-SUAA.

GSU-SUAA Executive Committe

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Something to Consider

Dear GSU-SUAA Member,

Greetings from GSU-SUAA. We hope that you and yours are healthy and surviving this sad pandemic. Quarantining is difficult. We all miss seeing friends and loved ones. We miss our old routines, our old amusements. We all look forward to a time when these things will be restored to us. It has been an entire year since the virus caused us to enter this new pandemic reality.

We at GSU-SUAA, meeting via Zoom, recently reviewed our activities over the past year. Last year, we sponsored a successful spousal membership drive. Thank you to all the members who have added a spouse to GSU-SUAA. Almost a quarter of our current members are part of a spousal pair of members. If you are not one of them, we hope you will consider adding your spouse now.

Surviving spouses are SURS annuitants. They rely on SURS benefits just as SURS retirees do. A surviving spouse of a Traditional Tier 1 member receives half the pension of the deceased spouse. For a Traditional Tier 2 member, the benefit for the surviving spouse is two thirds. Just as important, a surviving spouse enjoys an annual automatic increase and excellent health benefits.

As of June 30, 2020, SURS funding position was 39.5% of the SURS liability. As you are probably aware, this was caused by historic underfunding. The state had pension holidays and legislated a funding plan, the RAMP, that back-loaded the legislature’s required contributions. In the funding plan, the state paid less than was required in the early years with a promise to pay more in the future. That future is now. The funding issue continues to represent the most serious challenge to SURS. Of the $1.918 billion statutory contribution for FY 2020, $1.38 billion, 72% of the total, was due to the unfunded liability.

GSU-SUAA is committed to working to see that the legislature continues to meet its commitment to SURS and to us. We need your help to do that. Numbers are important to legislators. The larger our membership, the more influential our voice. Our goal this year is to double the number of spousal members. You can help us do that. Please consider adding your spouse as a member of GSU-SUAA.

As a member, your spouse will continue to receive timely information about issues pertaining to retirement benefits. Like you, your spouse will be supporting SUAA, the only organization whose sole purpose is to protect SURS benefits. A spousal membership costs $45 per year, less than $4 a month.

Thank you for your membership in GSU-SUAA . A membership form is attached for your convenience. The form provides that spouses can be added using SURS or GSU dues deduction or by writing a check to SUAA.

GSU-SUAA Board of Directors

President Bill Wilkinson, Vice President Elizabeth Essex, Secretary Laura Owens, Treasurer Jane Wells, Ginni Burghardt, Colleen Rock-Ellis, Karl Harrison, Sheryl Jones Harper, Anne Jaso, Larry Levinson, Joan Johns Maloney, Michelle Sebasco, Steve Shih, Terri Winfree, Addison Woodward

suaa membership form 2021 (1).pdf

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

SUAA Mini Briefing 03.18.2021

Happy Spring Everyone! NCAA Basketball Tournament has started. While many might not care for basketball, we should all be cheering the Illini! For the next few weeks, that round ball will be providing joy throughout the nation. Something we have needed! We hope you have your personal joys to celebrate also. Grandparents are getting to visit with their grandkids and receiving hugs! Campuses are returning to semi-normal. Might we all be ready for our own normal to return!

Click Here to read the SUAA Mini Briefing 03.18.2021

Linda L. Brookhart, Executive Director State Universities Annuitants Association

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

SUAAction Newsletter 03.09.2021

To All Members of SUAAction and interested Members of SUAA!

Sending a little catch-up of things you might already know, but maybe some interesting tidbits that you weren’t aware of.

Please consider becoming more aware of SUAAction and its benefits.

Click Here to read the SUAAction Newsletter

Linda L. Brookhart, Executive Director
State Universities Annuitants Association

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

GSU SUAA Jan ’21 Meeting Minutes

Click below for GSU SUAA January meeting minutes.

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2021 in GSU SUAA, Meetings