October 18, 2004

Dear fellow CUPA member,                                                                           


I want to advise you of some of the upcoming events for our association. You have probably just received the notice of meeting and agenda for the October 26 meeting.  When we printed the agenda, we did not have confirmation of our speaker. I can now tell you that it will be Hugh Anderson.  Hugh is a veteran financial columnist and editor and the author of the “Seniors” column in the Gazette. The title of his talk will be “That Clawback Ain't That Bad, and Other Pension Myths” and he is also prepared to answer any other questions about articles in the column or general senior issues.


We are also planning an afternoon at the races for November 21. Those who have attended this event in the past are very enthusiastic about it and recommend it strongly as a social occasion and not just a race event. More details will be coming out shortly.


Our Christmas lunch will be on December 15 at the Faculty Dining room downtown. In response to some comments about past lunches we intend to “spark it up” this year. We are working on having some entertainment, prizes, and similar. Mark it down - you will be getting further details shortly.


For the spring, our current plans are softer but currently include the possibility of a casino event here or in Ottawa; a “sugaring off” event, and the possibility of some special seminars on subjects suggested in the survey.


One item raised in the survey was a desire to get more information on Concordia. We have contacted the appropriate offices and if you want to receive copies of the “Thursday report” just send a request including your address to either CTR@alcor.concordia.ca or Concordia's Thursday Report, Internal Relations & Communications, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., BC- 120, Montreal, QC, Canada H3G 1M8. You can also get the Concordia Magazine by writing to Howard Bokser, Managing Editor, Advancement Communications, Concordia University 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., FB 520 Montreal, QC H3G 1M8 or at alumni@alcor.concordia.ca (before Oct. 29 to get the December issue).  Just identify yourself as a retired member from Concordia and both will be sent to you at no charge.  You can also contact the individual Dean’s offices for some faculty-oriented publications.


For those with Internet Access, check the University web site at www.concordia.ca and/or news.concordia.ca as well as our site cupa.concordia.ca . If you have e-mail, we would encourage you to register on our e-mailing list so we can keep you up-to-date by e-mail. Just contact Peter Paquet at ppaquet@vax2.concordia.ca and request it. We will not add anyone without his or her permission.


If you have any comments and or suggestions, please contact myself or any member of the executive. We want feedback and ideas.


Hoping to see you shortly,


Graham Martin


(514) 697-1838 or gmartin@vax2.concordia.ca