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  Welcome to the Retired Faculty Association

The aims of the Retired Faculty Association are:

• To facilitate constructive contributions by its members to the University;
• To ascertain the relevant needs of retired faculty and to communicate this information to the administration; and
• To promote social and intellectual interaction among its members.

All retired faculty members and librarians are eligible for Active Membership with full voting rights. Retired faculty members and librarians living outside the Amherst area, retired faculty members and librarians of other colleges or universities, and widows or widowers of persons who were eligible for Active or Associate Membership, may become Associate Members upon payment of Associate Member dues. Spouses of Active or Associate Members qualify as Associate members without payment of dues.

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Featured News

Wednesday, October 10th Meeting Agenda
Campus Center Room 911-915
10:00 - 10:15 Coffee, Tea, Juice, Cookies  
10:15 - 10:40 Announcements and reports  
10:40 - 11:00 Loretta Yarlow
Director, Umass Amherst Museum of Contemporary Art
The Cross Town Open Air Exhibition
11:00 - 12:00 J. Lynn Griesemer
Executive Director, Donahue Institute
Donahue Institute 50 Years On


Loretta Yarlow
Director of University of Massachusetts Amherst Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) , Fine Arts Center (2005 – Present) and Adjunct Professor at UMass Departments of Art History; Studio Arts; and Architecture. BA, Sarah Lawrence College, Ed.M. Harvard University, Diplome, Ecole du Louvre, Paris, and Certificat d’Etude, The Paris Institute of Political Studies. As a museum director and curator for over 30 years, Loretta Yarlow has organized more than 100 exhibitions and projects in Europe, the United States, and Canada of work by leading and emerging contemporary artists in all media.

J. Lynn Griesemer
B.S., Math., Cedar Crest Coll., M.S., Math. Ed., U. Tennessee, M.P.A., Kennedy School, Harvard U., and Ed.D., U. Tennessee. Dr. Griesemer retired in 2018 after serving for 31 years with the UMass Donahue Institute. During that time, she served as the Associate Vice President for Economic Development at UMass President’s Office for 25 years and Executive Director of UMass Donahue Institute for 19 years. She is also an adjunct professor in Public Policy and Admin. at UMass Amherst. Prior to UMass, Dr. Griesemer was the Executive Director of the Northeast Regional Exchange, a seven-state, non-profit collaborative in education for New England and New York. She also held a faculty position at URI and was the director of an education research and evaluation center.



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