INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
New initiative will aid retirees
The Office of Human Resources will reach out to retirees in new ways in an effort to keep former faculty and staff connected to campus and informed about the wide array of benefits available to them.
Sylvia Hall, assistant vice president for human resources, said the program was launched in late summer with Corinna Kruman serving as the new retiree services coordinator.
“People often devote a huge portion of their lives to the University,” Hall said. “It seems only right that we give them something back.”
Kruman, who has been part of the professional staff in Human Resources for seven years, has begun meeting retirees during their regular exit interviews held with Employee Benefits staff. The goal is to provide them with a face attached to the function, making follow-up more comfortable.
Hall and Kruman said they want retirees to be aware of existing privileges such as discounted tickets for performances on campus, library privileges and e-mail accounts. They also may eventually offer a lunchtime speaker series, cooking classes and opportunities to volunteer or mentor younger workers.
“There are many ways we can help people remain part of the University, honor their contributions and use their wisdom to advance others,” Hall said.
Kruman’s consultations will augment sessions already offered by some departments and divisions, Hall said, and bring a consistent, human touch to the process. The Research Foundation will take a similar approach, so the experience will be similar for all campus retirees.
Kruman said the University has about 500 retirees in a database extending back to the late 1990s. In addition, nearly a third of the University’s 2,300 current full- and part-time faculty and professional employees are eligible for retirement.
Starting this program now will allow it to grow and mature before that wave of Baby Boomers begins retiring, Kruman and Hall said. They note, too, that the Baby Boomers are expected to retire differently than previous generations. People retiring in the next few years may no longer wish to work full time year-round but might consider “episodic” employment in which they’d work on a special project or fill in for someone for a period of weeks or months.
Hall said the University needs to help people plan for the next phase of their lives, not only financially but also for the day-to-day reality of retirement.
“I see this,” Hall said, “as a terrific opportunity to build community.”
For More Information
Contact Corinna Kruman, the new retiree services coordinator, at 777-5959 or firstname.lastname@example.org