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Official signing ceremony May 1 for new APSU Retirees' Association

An effort three years in the making, the Austin Peay State University Retirees Association (APSURA) will be organized formally when a draft of the bylaws is signed next week.

APSU President Tim Hall and Vice President of Finance Administration Mitch Robinson will sign the APSURA bylaws during a ceremony at 10 a.m., Friday, May 1 in the Browning Administration Building presidents conference room. Other University administrators and APSURA committee members also will attend the official signing.
An effort three years in the making, the Austin Peay State University Retirees' Association (APSURA) will be organized formally when a draft of the bylaws is signed next week.

APSU President Tim Hall and Vice President of Finance Administration Mitch Robinson will sign the APSURA bylaws during a ceremony at 10 a.m., Friday, May 1 in the Browning Administration Building president's conference room. Other University administrators and APSURA committee members also will attend the official signing.

The purpose of the APSURA is to promote the welfare of retired faculty and staff through various programs and activities, to support continued involvement with the University and to participate in activities that benefit the community in general.

Al Bekus, who retired from APSU in 2004 following a 34-year teaching career at the University, is one of the leaders who helped to develop APSURA. Discussions of starting a retirement association began in 2006, and since then, Bekus has shared his enthusiasm with others to begin the organization.

“The administration has been extremely supportive of this, especially Mitch Robinson,” said Bekus, who now teaches as an adjunct faculty member at the APSU main campus and Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell.

Bekus said the organization would serve as a partner to the University and a resource for retirees and employees nearing retirement.

“Being a member of the association is going to be part of the retirement process,” he said.

Membership is open to retired APSU administrators, faculty and staff and their spouses, as well as spouses of deceased University retirees. Bekus said he would like to see APSURA pursue a number of programs and sessions on topics ranging from medical benefits to taxes. In addition, the APSURA will seek to become affiliated with the national retirees' association devoted to higher education, he said.

For more information about the official signing May 1 or to learn more about membership into APSURA, contact Bekus by e-mail at bekusa@apsu.edu. -- Melony Shemberger