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Indiana State University
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AROHE BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONTACT INFORMATION
William Dando, AROHE Board Member, Advancement Indiana State UniversityDirector, Senior Scholars AcademySuite 411, School of Business TowerTerre Haute, Indiana 47809Phone: 812/237-7874Fax: 812/237-7872
OUR HISTORY IV
Eric Vengroff, representing CARP (Canadian Association of the Fifty-Plus) and William Dando, Distinguished Professor and Director, Senior Scholars Academy, Indiana State University and Board Member, Advancement, of AROHE (Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education) were also present.
Report on AROHE: "Enhancing the Retiree Connection" (William Dando) William Dando, Distinguished Professor and Director, Senior Scholars Academy Indiana State University, reported to the conference on the founding of a national association of academic retiree organizations in the United States. After some 15 years of preparatory activity, AROHE (Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education) was founded at a conference held at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in October 2002. Its objective: "to provide a forum for the development and sharing of ideas, resulting in the implementation of new models of retirement in higher education. Specifically AROHA is designed for its members to "learn about creative developments in higher education retirement organizations and campus programs; to share ideas about organizing, developing and working with such organizations; and be energized by colleagues who are actively engaged in new retirement ventures. The membership includes emeriti/retired faculty members and staff representing campus associations or centers, campus administrators concerned with emeriti/retiree relations, individuals interested in organizing campus retirement organizations, and active faculty and staff considering retirement. Commenting on the current meeting William Dando emphasized the opportunities available for retirees in Canada to use their skills and abilities not just to advance their own interests but to make ongoing contributions to their universities, local communities, the country, and the world at large. He warned that in attempting to make these further contributions there would be opposition: opposition from junior faculty who would be concerned about competition from the "grey-haired" old-timers for teaching opportunities and grants, from administrators who might fear having people around who carried in their heads the administrative history of the institution, and from members of the public who continued to think that retired academics are no longer of any use and should just go fishing. But such opposition could be overcome. Two presentations were made, the first by Dr. William Dando, the second by Dr. Janice Keefe. Two presentations were made, the first by Dr. William Dando who spoke on "The Senior Scholars Academy Concept", the second by Dr. Janice Keefe who reported on her research under the title, "Recognizing the Contributions of Retired Persons to Canadian Society". Dr. Dando recounted the early history of the program he has developed at Indiana State University. He explained that his own background and experience enabled him, after extensive research led him to reject alternative solutions, to develop a highly innovative, indeed unique, approach designed to better meet the needs of retired faculty while at the same time benefiting the five institutions of post-secondary education in Terre Haute, stimulating economic activity in the larger surrounding region then sinking into economic depression, and enhancing a broad range of social and cultural opportunities in Terra Haute and west-central Indiana. Concerned by the large number of faculty retiring, their demoralization when stripped of their offices and labs, the tendency for many to leave the community on retirement, the economic and social impact of these losses on the community - he was able to use his influence as a distinguished scholar, renowned "grantsman"�, and well-known member of the Indiana State faculty to win the support of the University administration in implementing on a three-year trial basis a multi-disciplinary program to provide funding and other types of assistance to retired faculty and staff, pre-retirement faculty and staff, and non-academic artists and others having talents and skills which they were willing to make available to educational, government, business and non-profit organizations in the region. In summarizing their accomplishments to date Dr. Dando listed: enhancing the academic environment in Terra Haute, increasing the level of scholarly activity, expanding service to the university and the community, magnifying external funding, enriching social and cultural activities, strengthening the perceived worth of retired faculty, and elevating the self-image of retired faculty. He concluded by suggesting that these achievements during the three year trial period for the program meant it would be possible to move on to expanding it into what would become a College of Senior Scholars.
About Us - World Food Day
Professor William Dando, author of "Geography of Famine" (Moderator)
AAG members can secure copies of Volume II by contacting William Dando, Executive Editor, and providing a mailing address.
William A. Dando, editor
"Food and Famine in the 21st Century" is a two volume, 744-page compendium knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited by academician William A. Dando (Distinguished Professor of Geography, Indiana State University) that provides a comprehensive and detailed study of food and famine issues around the world today.