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Retiree Conference Open for Registration!

May 15, 2014

Registration for this special biennial event is now open!

Join us for this special all-day event, featuring a wealth of practical knowledge and information tailored for our retiree audience.  Planned conference workshops topics include:

  • Sexuality, Intimacy & Aging
  • Technology and Aging: Tablets and Twitter and Google, Oh My!
  • The Future of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Care Partners: The Journey of Caregiving and Carereceiving
  • Creative & Dramatic Options
  • Writing One’s Story
  • Living Arrangements and Aging in Place: Options, Costs, Resources
Our conference keynote will challenge and inspire. Jennifer Granholm, UC Berkeley Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Public Policy and Michigan’s 47th governor from 2003 to 2011, will present the keynote address, Cracking the Code: Creating Good Jobs in America in a Global Economy.

Registration fee of $35 includes meals, program materials, full access to workshops and exhibitors, and parking. An optional conference reader is available for an additional $15. Find out more >>

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers - especially those 60 and older - at more than 5,000 locations nationwide.  Find a location near you by searching at

Share Your Thoughts about the Center and our Next Director

As Patrick Cullinane prepares for his next chapter this July, Associate Vice Provost Angy Stacy will lead the search committee for the next Retirement Center director (see Director's Notes, below). Representatives of retirees from UCB, LBNL and UCOP will assist her. This leadership change is an opportunity for review, renewal, and exploration. Share your thoughts about the Center’s future with Angy by sending an email to:

Spring 2014 Director's Notes

How curious that as I walked up campus for my meeting with Associate Vice Provost Angelica Stacy that the refrain from my son’s favorite childhood book came to mind. It was Dr. Seuss’s Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! At the meeting, I informed Angy that I had decided to cross the bridge to the next chapter in my life and retire as the Director of the Retirement Center. It is time for Patrick C. Cullinane to please go now! See more >>

Taking Care of Our Retirees - Annual Giving Campaign

Dear Friend of the Retirement Center,

Together, we have grown into a nationally recognized model of what a retirement center can be. Your gift helps support programs and services that inform, assist, and inspire.  We are pleased that you choose to spend your time with us, and hope you continue to find our offerings valuable in the future.

Save a stamp! Instead of mailing a check, you may use your credit card to make a donation online at:

Wishing you the best this holiday season,
Patrick Cullinane, Summer Scanlan and Karen Walters

Lawrence Hall of Science Volunteer Opportunities

Want to learn and share exciting and interactive experiences with children and families? As a Hall volunteer, you will have the opportunity to help kids and families experience hands-on science, assist instructors in classes and workshops and be an ambassador of the LHS mission and programs out in the community or at the Hall.

Learn how you can get involved at the next adult volunteer orientation, Saturday, September 7th (10:00am to noon). For more information and to sign up for orientation, visit

Phishing Scams: An Ongoing Threat

Phishing is one of the most potentially damaging internet scams with serious consequences for users not prepared to identify and avoid such fraud.

Phishing is a scam by which an email user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly. It comes in all forms, even from forged accounts.

Find out more about phishing and how to protect yourself by reading this article written by UCB IST staff:

Retiree Caregiver Support Group

Are you caring for a spouse or adult partner? Do you sometimes feel alone, isolated, frustrated, or fearful of what the future holds? Would you like to talk with other caregivers whose experiences may be similar to yours, and learn about resources that may help your situation? Please consider joining the Retiree Caregiver Support Group, offered once a month at the Retirement Center. For more information, contact the Retirement Center at (510) 642-5461 or Remember, caring for yourself is the best gift you can give to your spouse/partner.

Investing in the Center

Make your secure credit card gift today The Center uses its budget, dollar for dollar, efficiently and productively to best serve the needs and interests of retirees. We hope that you, too, feel that the Center will make good use of your gift and that you will make an investment in the Center’s future. Gift Giving >>

The CenterPiece

Where is the CenterPiece?

Like many other purveyors of information, the Retirement Center is doing our part to be environmentally conscious and reduce the costs of producing this newsletter. We have not sent paper copies of the newsletter to retirees with email addresses on file since fall 2011.

If you are on the Center’s email list but want to continue to receive a paper copy of the CenterPiece, send an email to or call 510-642-5461 with your name and email address to state your preference.

Download the current issue of the CenterPiece by clicking on the image.

The CenterPiece - current edition

Upcoming Events

Advance registration is required to attend all Retirement Center programs; contact us at or 510-642-5461 to register unless indicated otherwise. Location is provided with registration confirmation.

Religious Uniformity and Diversity in the Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean
Organized by Professor Emeritus Louise George Clubb

This series considers the interplay of monotheism and polytheism, orthodoxy and heterodoxy, East and West, in the era which witnessed the emergence and canonical definitions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Thursday, April 17, 2-4 pm “The Biblical Struggle Toward Monotheism," Robert Alter, Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Comparative Literature

Tuesday, April 22, 2-4 pm “Religious Pluralism in the Roman Empire: Did Judaism Test the Limits of Roman Tolerance?” Erich Gruen, Professor Emeritus of History and Classics

Tuesday, April 29, 2-4 pm “Islam in the Mediterranean: Empires, Religion, Communities, Identities,” Ira Lapidus, Professor Emeritus of History and Islamic Studies

Wednesday, May 7, 2-4 pm “Paganism, Christianity and Eastern Orthodoxy, 4th-15th Centuries," Maria Mavroudi, Professor of Classical and Byzantine History

Keepers of the Lost Ark: Behind the Scenes at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
Thursday, May 8, 11am-noon

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life / The Bancroft Library invites you to join fellow retirees for a tour behind the scenes and to learn about the many unique resources and events that are available for teaching, study, and personal enrichment. You may even get to see a Lost Ark or two in the process.

Advance registration is required to attend; contact the Retirement Center at or call 510- 642-5461 to register.


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