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PURA Officers, 2014-2015

President, Dan Collins
Vice President, Olivia Bennett Wood
Secretary-Treasurer, Melinda Bain
Historian, Carolyn Jones
Past President, Robert Bain

PURA Trips and Tours Committee Sponsors Two Fall Trips

Frank Loyd Wright home and studio in Oak Park

Wright Place Wright Time: Purdue Retirees and their guests can join members of the PURA Trips and Tours Committee and Imperial Travel on September 19, 2014 for a guided tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio in Oak Park and the famous Robie House. Cost for transportation, the tour of Wright's home and studio, which served as his private residence and workplace during the first 20 years of his career (1889-1909), and Robie house is $99.00 person.

But wait! We will also take an Oak Park neighborhood walking tour with a guide and – after lunch on our own – will be able to independently visit the Rookery Building. For reservations to attend this exciting event, call Imperial and make for reservation at 447-9321 or 800-642-6645 – or send an email to ImperialTravel@comcast.net. Be sure to tell them you want to be on the PURA bus trip, the Wright Place Wright Time. See you there!

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Fiddler on the Roof 11/12/14

Fiddler on the Roof! PURA members and their guests can join PURA Trips and Tours and Imperial Travel on November 12, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Travel with fellow theater aficonados from Frankfort and Lebanon for a Beef and Boards buffet luncheon and the performance of one of the greatest all-time musicals, Fiddler on the Roof. Winner of several Tony awards when it first hit Broadway in 1964, this heartfelt story will be enjoyed by all. The cost for this wonderful theater outing is only $59.95!

For reservations to attend this exciting event, call Imperial and make for reservation at 447-9321 or 800-642-6645 – or send an email to ImperialTravel@comcast.net. Be sure to tell them you want to be on the PURA 10 a.m. bus trip for lunch and Fiddler on the Roof!

PURA Campus and Community Committee Sponsors Three Fall Activities

What is MatchBOX? You've heard about it, so come see it for yourself! The Campus and Community Activities Committee has planned a tour of this Lafayette facility September 24 at 3:00 p.m.

MatchBOX houses a combination of interesting people who don't have a place to work! It's a location to start a new business or to grow an existing small business. It's for the hobbyist with a new idea, the moonlighting entrepreneur, or the office nomad. So, it's for developers, designers, strategists, artisans, writers, makers, and change-makers.

And who knows? You may see an office space just right for your interests! MatchBOX is located in the former garage near the corner of Columbia and 6th streets, and 2-hour street parking is readily available around the facility.

CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITY

RESERVATION FORM for September 24, 3 PM tour of MatchBOX

PRINT INFORMATION AND SEND FORM TO:
Michele Salla, Purdue Human Resources, 401 Grant St., West Lafayette, IN 47907-2024 OR email reservation to Michele Salla at masalla@purdue.edu or call her at 494-1779

Reservations should be submitted by one week prior to the date of the tour. Guests are welcome.

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TOUR OF CSEL

The Campus and Community Activities Committee is also pleased to announce a tour for PURA members and guests of CSEL, the brand-new Purdue Center for Student Excellence and Leadership. The tour will occur on October 14 at 4:30.

CSEL has been designed to provide a transformative environment to support collaboration among student organizations and programs and supply much-needed meeting and collaborative space for the hundreds of recognized student organizations. The goal is to create innovative leadership engagement programs that will impact the entire student body. CSEL is located directly across Martin Jischke Drive from the main entrance of Co-Rec. At that late afternoon hour parking will be clearing from the residence halls and the University Street parking garage.

In order to determine how many tour guides are needed, please email Michele Salla at masalla@purdue.edu or call her at 494-1779, and provide names of PURA members and guests who will join the tour. Be sure to specify that you are reserving for the CSEL tour on October 22.

PRINT INFORMATION AND SEND FORM TO:
Michele Salla, Purdue Human Resources, 401 Grant St., West Lafayette, IN 47907-2024 OR email reservation to Michele Salla at masalla@purdue.edu or call her at 494-1779

RESERVATION for CSEL Tour, October 14, 2014

Reservations should be submitted by one week prior to the date of the tour. Guests are welcome.

Print all names________________________________

Address_____________________________________

Telephone number_______________________

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BAILEY HALL — NEW HOME OF PMO

Purdue Musical Organizations have long worked in cramped quarters in the basement of Elliott Hall of Music, but they have been relocated to Bailey Hall at the south point of the intersection of Grant Street and Northwestern. PURA's Campus and Community Activities Committee is pleased to announce a tour of Bailey on Thursday, November 6, at 11:15 AM, so we will be able to watch rehearsals at 11:30. Parking may be available at either the Grant Street or Northwestern Garage for those with Purdue parking passes (or for a modest charge at the Grant Street Garage). Come see PMO's new practice facilities!

PRINT INFORMATION AND SEND FORM TO:
Michele Salla, Purdue Human Resources, 401 Grant St., West Lafayette, IN 47907-2024 OR email reservation to Michele Salla at masalla@purdue.edu or call her at 494-1779

RESERVATION for Bailey Hall Tour, November 6, 2014

Reservations should be submitted by one week prior to the date of the tour. Guests are welcome.

Print all names________________________________

Address_____________________________________

Telephone number_______________________

Email_______________________________________

PURA Benefits Committee Begins Process for Health Insurance Plans Renewal for 2015

At their May meeting, the PURA Benefits Committee started the process of renewing Health Insurance plan options for 2015. Three steps were taken: the committee reviewed utilization data for 2013 and the data trends from 2011-2012-2013; the committee reviewed the current benefits of each of our current plans and set some priorities for consideration during the negotiations; and reviewed the guidelines utilized by the PURA Benefits Committee in the past few years in selecting Health Insurance plan options and providers. The Committee decided to continue with United Healthcare as the provider.

During the July meeting the committee will be discussing proposed rates by United Healthcare that will determine the premium for each plan starting January 1, 2015. The largest factor determining premiums is the utilization costs of healthcare for our plan membership.

The Benefits Committee working with a health insurance consultant funded by Human Resources of Purdue University will be negotiating the very best plans for the premiums paid during July, August and September. Once an agreement has been reached, all plan members will receive a letter outlining any changes in coverage and the premium rates for 2015. Our goal is to finalize the negotiations to provide for an October 1 mailing to the plan members.

Guidelines utilized by the Benefits Committee in selecting Health Insurance plans and providers are available here, or please go to the Purdue Retirees Association web-page and click on Benefits/Health Insurance.

Submitted by Don Gentry, Chair of PURA Benefits Committee

Cordova Recreational Sports Center Open For Silversneakers

The wait is over! All PURA Health Insurance participants are now eligible to use the Cordova Recreational Sports Center at no charge.

To use the Cordova Recreational Sports Center either take your current Silversneakers card plus your Purdue ID, or, if you do not have a Silversneaker card, take you PURA United Healthcare medical card and your Purdue ID to the registration desk to get instructions on using the facility. If you do not have a Purdue ID, take a photo ID with you and the registration desk will put you in the system.

PURA and its over 2500 Health Insurance members participants are most appreciative to Purdue University and particularly thank Howard Taylor, Director of the CRSC for making this benefit available to our members.

Kickoff Luncheon Set for September 8

Register Now Online

All Purdue retirees are invited to join former colleagues and friends at the PURA Annual Kickoff Luncheon at Four Points by Sheraton on Monday, September 8, 2014. The cost this year is only $15, a reduction from the past three years. President Daniels will be the featured speaker and will bring us an update on campus initiatives and events.

Doors to the Grand Ballroom will open at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon will begin at 12:00 noon. Attendees will be eligible to win door prizes given by local merchants. Drawing for door prizes will start at 11:45 a.m.

In additon, PURA will begin a new exciting program at this luncheon, a “common read” of a Purdue University Press book that can be purchased at a reduced price immediately after the luncheon and will be discussed by PURA readers at a later date. The first book selected for this momentous occasion is Angie Klink's The Deans’ Bible: Five Purdue Women and Their Quest for Equality. Copies will be available to PURA attendees and their guests at the fall luncheon for $20.00, a 1/3 reduction of the book's regular price.

Registration for the Kickoff Luncheon will be handled through the Division of Conferences and can be paid with credit card through the online web site www.conf.purdue.edu/pura. All reservations must be received no later than Friday, August 22, 2014.

See you at the Kickoff!