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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

Arthur G. Hansen Recognition Award Nominations Sought for 2014-15

The Arthur G. Hanson award is presented by the Purdue University Retirees Association (PURA) and the Office of the President to a university unit that excels in fostering a strong relationship between PURA retirees and the university. The award is named in honor of President Arthur G. Hansen because of his leadership and support in establishing the initial Purdue retirees’ organization.

Nominations are now being accepted for this year. Any Purdue retiree can submit a nomination of a college/school, department, division, or section for its efforts to maintain a strong relationship with its retirees. Forms are available on-line at www.purdue.edu/retirees or from Human Resource Services, FREH. The nomination document should be no longer than five pages. Only material submitted by the nominator(s) will be considered. Nominations are due to PURA, c/o Human Resource Services, FREH, by February 1, 2015.

Mark Your Calendars!
Information on PURA's Special Spring Events

A reception for PURA's first Common Read with author Angie Klink and Betty Nelson – one of the past Deans featured in The Deans' Bible – will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 30, in West Lafayette Public Library's second floor meeting room. Nick Schenkel will lead a discussion immediately afterwards. Parking is available in the library's parking lot across the street from the library.

The Purposeful Living in Retirement program is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Beck Conference Center. More information will be sent out and on the internet as soon as plans are finalized.


From United Healthcare

Effective January 1, 2015 United Healthcare has implemented a new billing process for the payment of premiums for health insurance plans.

All Purdue Retirees with health insurance plans though your Purdue Retirees Association provided by United Healthcare should have received a mailing from United Healthcare informing you of the change.

Frequently asked questions:

  1. If I have paid my premiums in the past through EFT or electronic fund transfers from my bank do I need to do anything? NO, your premiums will continue to be deducted from your bank on the fifth of each month. But you will continue to receive monthly invoices which will serve only as a reminder that the funds due will be deducted from your account on the fifth day of the month and that members should make sure adequate funds are in the account to avoid over drafting.
  2. If I pay for the entire year by check, will I continue to receive monthly billings? After you pay for the entire year you will receive one additional invoice showing that nothing more is due for the rest of the year.
  3. What does the “Go Paperless” statement on the invoices mean? This statement is a standard statement made by United Healthcare on all invoices to encourage retirees to utilize the EFT or credit card payment method.
  4. Can the invoices be combined for one check or payment? Not at this time! Your Benefits committee of PURA has negotiated a process to start on July 1, 2015 that is to combine all invoices for a household into one invoice. More information will be provided to you prior to this change. We believe this will save money in processing and help avoid errors.
  5. Further questions should be directed to Kate LaMar, Purdue Human Resources, klamar@purdue.edu, 765-494-1694.

Bylaws Change—PURA Treasurer

The PURA Executive Board has approved the creation of a treasurer position. The purpose of the establishment of a PURA treasurer, separate from the secretary, is to ensure the organization maximizes its available funds by having a “chief financial officer” who is knowledgeable of the overall financial picture of the organization, and the sources and uses of its funds. These changes will be voted on at the PURA luncheon in February 2015.

Proposed changes to PURA Bylaws to create the position of Treasurer:

Section 4.1 Officers The officers of the Association shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Past-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Historian. Officers shall be elected as provided in Article V. Each officer shall serve without compensation.

Section 4.2 Responsibilities, Terms of Office and Term Limits.

(d) The Secretary shall record the minutes of all meetings and activities of the Association and of the Executive Board. The Secretary shall serve a three-year term, but may be elected to serve a second three-year term with a maximum uninterrupted term of six (6) consecutive years.

(f) The Treasurer shall be responsible for the financial affairs of the Association and shall maintain complete and accurate financial records, and communicate the financial status of the Association to the Officers, Executive Board and appropriate committee chairs. The Treasurer shall be an ex-officio member of the Endowment Committee and shall maintain permanent records of the endowments.

PURA 2015-2016 Elections

The purposed slate of officers was announced at the January luncheon meeting. At the March meeting, PURA members can nominate additional candidates from the floor. Those candidates must have agreed to serve if elected. The purposed 2015-16 slate of candidates is:

President – Olivia Wood
Vice-President – Melinda Bain
Secretary – Deborah Dimmitt
Treasurer – Bob Bain
Historian – Carolyn Jones
Past-President – Dan Collins

At the April luncheon meeting, PURA members will vote for the 2015-2016 officers. We urge you to come and vote.

Free Wellness Screenings Continue and Offer More for Purdue Retiree’s and Spouses

Free Purdue Retiree and spouse wellness screenings will continue in the spring semester.  Screenings will take place at our new clinical building, Lyles-Porter Hall, located on Harrison and University. Lyles-Porter is the new home for the Department of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences, Nursing Center for Family Health, Ismail Center for Health Exercise, Nutrition, Nutritional Training, Psychology Research and Indiana University Medical School. A parking garage is attached to Lyles-Porter. We are located on the first floor.

Along with the usual wellness screening, retirees will be offered free Fitness Assessments completed by 3rd and 4th year Applied Exercise and Health Students. Speech Hearing and Language Sciences will be offering free hearing screenings along with speech and swallow screenings. Nurse Practitioner students will offer a variety of services such as skin cancer screenings, ear and foot checks. Indiana University medical students will participate by conducting wellness physicals.

Purdue retirees and their spouses are able to have one free wellness screening per year by Purdue School of Nursing. Come support the students and see our newest building. To schedule an appointment and choose your screenings you may email Chris Rearick, MSN, RN at crearick@purdue.edu or call her and leave a message at 765-496-0308. Fasting is not necessary and appointment times vary depending on your screening choices.  Screenings are available to the community for $40.00.  Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid are not accepted. Dates are as follows and more dates may be added.


Monday Luncheon Series

We hope you will join us at the MCL Cafeteria in West Lafayette on February 2, 2015. You will have an opportunity to visit with friends and to learn about 3D printing from guest speaker Davin Huston. We will also vote on changes to the Bylaws. Lunch is available from 11:00 a.m., and the program begins at 11:50 in the Purdue Room. See you then!