The University of Alabama Retiree Association 

JO BONNER, Vice Chancellor for Government Relations and Economic Development, speaking at the Fall 2013 TUARA General Meeting

JO BONNER, Vice Chancellor for Government Relations and Economic Development, speaking at the Fall 2013 TUARA General Meeting.




December 6, 2013 – Hilaritas and Reception

Reception – 6 pm, Alumni Hall

Hilaritas – 7:30 pm, Moody Music Building

*Reserve your tickets for this fun evening. Reservations for Hilaritas tickets December 6, 2013. Must be received by Friday, November 29th: email or call Mildred Switzer,, 205-886-7619


February 20, 2014 DAN WOLFE University Planner and Designer

Child Development Research Center

12 noon

**Brown Bag Lunch – Reserve your lunch! Reservations for General Meeting, February 20, 2014 – Box Lunch. Must be received by Thursday, February 13th: email or call Dianne Kerr,, 205-339-5514 or 205-39108223



President, University of Alabama

Hotel Capstone

12 noon

***Reservations required – Reservations for President’s Luncheon, March 18, 2014: Information will be available at a later date


Ironing Out the Wrinkles

This series of informal programs has earned a permanent spot on our calendar. The smaller more relaxed setting encourages members to enter into open discussion and find answers to questions. Programs are geared to topics that are of interest to our retiree status while encouraging and supporting the scholarly and professional activities of the University.

Programs will touch upon various aspects of our personal lives that will help us learn ways to work toward longer, healthier, more financially secure, safer, and happier lives. Discussions led by current University staff and faculty and local experts will provide the opportunity to share, clarify, and become informed in areas of personal interest that will enhance and enrich how we live and play.

All sessions will be held at the Capstone Village on a “first Tuesday” at 2 p.m.


January 7, 2014 LILA WEAVER

Capstone Village, 2:oo p.m.

Author of award winning book Dark Room: A Memoir in Black and White


March 4, 2014 DELBERT REED Writer in Residence, Bryant Museum

Capstone Village, 2:oo p.m.

Author of All of Us Fought the War: The University of Alabama and Its

Men and Women in World War II


First-generation Book Scholarship

Named for UA President Witt

A book scholarship for first-generation UA students has been established in honor of University President Robert E. Witt.

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of TUARA members, we have been able to award FOUR book scholarships this fall to qualified sophomores at The University of Alabama.

The young people receiving the $250.00 award are:

Demetrius Edwards - A sophomore from Linden, Asl. chose to attend UA not only because of the beautiful campus and many enticing student organizations; but also because of the various scholarship opportunities that the University bestow upon its students. “Thanks to The University of Alabama Retirees Association, I have been awarded one of those—The Robert E. Witt First Generation Book Scholarship,” said Edwards. “The scholarship means a great deal to me because it greatly decreased out of pocket amounts that I would have had to pay for my books and supplies.  So thank you, TUARA, for helping reduce the financial stress of college!”

Kaley Hogan - Hogan is majoring in Nursing at UA and is  from Prattville, Ala. Hogan chose The University of Alabama because she wanted the full experience of being at a four-year institution away from her home. “UA is just far enough from home that I could really embrace being on my own as a college student. I also picked UA because the campus is absolutely beautiful and I enjoyed every minute of my tour and orientation,” explained Hogan. “This book scholarship is a tremendous help for me and my family. I am living off campus this year and every bit of extra money counts.”

Ke’Oshia Gage - Gage is a junior from Birmingham, Ala, majoring in Public Relations with  a Consumer Science minor. Gage fell in love with the University of Alabama after receiving such wonderful hospitality from the first moment that she visited campus.  Gage explained that being awarded the Robert E. Witt Book Scholarship was such an honor. “It is proof that hard work and determination pays off,” said Gage. “When I was awarded this scholarship it was a boost of encouragement and let me know that my hard work was not in vain. I am very thankful and greatly appreciative for this scholarship and for the financial relief that it has given me and my family.”

Kyler Angeloff - A Tuscaloosa native, Angeloff is majoring in Management Information Systems in the College of Business. Angeloff was also awarded the Coca Cola First Generation Scholarship which gave him the support and financial assistance to attend a major university.  Angeloff explained that the Robert E. Witt First Generation Book Scholarship is a much-needed financial assistance the he can use towards the purchase of books for the semester. “Without this scholarship I would have not had the means financial to purchase all my required textbooks,” said Angeloff.

Contribute to the Robert E. Witt First Generation Book Scholarship

Assisting deserving young people achieve their goals is a very rewarding part of being  involved in TUARA. Please contribute to the Book Scholarship Fund when you renew your TUARA membership by enclosing a separate check payable to The University of Alabama with “Robert E. Witt Book Scholarship” in the memo line. You will receive a tax deductible statement from the University.

Or, you may simply mail your donation made payable to The University of Alabama with the “Robert E. Witt Book Scholarship” notation to: The University of Alabama Retirees Association TUARA Box 861493 Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-0013.


TUARA Officers and Executive Board

The following persons are elected to the Executive Board for 2013-2014:

PresidentMildred Switzer

Vice President for Programs/ArrangementsDennis James

Vice President for Membership - Dianne Teague

Recording Secretary - Joan Atkinson

Database Secretary - Beverly York

Treasurer Elizabeth (Betsy) Graham 

Members at large:

Chet Alexander, Elizabeth AversaJohn BurroughsGene Byrd, Robert Comas, Dennis JamesDianne KerrGwen Little, Barbara Mego, Rodney Roth, Harriet Walker, and Carol Wright.


TUARA Membership Information

The University of Alabama Retirees Association focuses on the needs of retired University employees, educates the public about issues unique to retired individuals and helps promote continued support of the University’s scholarly and professional objectives.

TUARA offers an array of important resources for UA retirees: Advocacy for retiree benefits, discussion groups specific to retiree issues, social events, coordinated volunteer efforts and more.

The group has grown from 36 people at the Fall 2003 organizational meeting to a current membership of over 1,000.

Annual Dues – Joint or Single Membership – $20.00

TUARA membership is open to all retirees of The University of Alabama and spouses, widows, and widowers of such persons. Also eligible are persons who once worked for the University and are now retired, and spouses, widows, and widowers of such persons.

Persons presently employed by The University of Alabama who expect to retire in five years or less, and their spouses, are eligible for membership as prospective retirees. If you would like to learn more about TUARA, contact Dianne Teague at or 205-553-0167.