The UARA is an Affiliate Program of the University of Arizona Alumni Association (UAAA)

Welcome University of Arizona Retirees!
Faculty, Appointed Professionals, Classified Staff, and Administrators
The UARA is an affiliate program of the UA Alumni Association (UAAA)


UA Student Union



Telephone:   520-626-6936

Mailing Address:
UARA, P.O. Box 210109, Tucson AZ 85721

Office meeting - by appointment

Susan Anderson
Jim Barrett
David Earnest
Gail Hanson (Treasurer)
Kenney Hegland
Alison Hughes

BOD Meetings:
Nov. 21, 2019 at 3:30PM (Thursday)
Jan. 21, 2020 (Tuesday)
Feb 18, 2020 (Tuesday)
Mar. 17, 2020 (Tuesday)
Apr. 21, 2020 (Tuesday)

Location/Time: SWEDE JOHNSON BUILDING, 1111 N. CHERRY (corner of Cherry and Speedway) Usually the third Tuesday of the month, 10:00 a.m. to Noon.

The BOD meetings include the executive officers and directors, all committee chairs, and those serving as liaison to other UArizona affiliations. ALL UARA members and UArizona retired-non-members are invited and encouraged to attend any BOD meeting to share ideas, concerns, or just observe. For details about the Board of Directors, see dashboard About US




6200 N. CLUBHOUSE LANE (85750) 





In this eco-friendly environment and like many other non-profits, the UARA has decided to publish the UA Retiree News newsletter electronically. Starting in the fall of 2020, you will receive electronic newsletters three times a year. Until then, the next two newsletters mailed to you will be black & white four-page issues.

In order to go forward with this transition, could you provide us with your preferred email address to receive the newsletter electronically? (Although we already have your email address on file, we’d like to make sure it’s up to date.) Please email to For members without access to a computer, please contact the office at 520-626-6936, and we will arrange to mail you a paper copy.


ALL ABOUT OLLI - by Susan Green

Notes About Dopamine - by Alison Hughes


You can log into your myASRS account and sign up to begin receiving your 1099R electronically. This is the quickest way to receive your tax forms. If you elect this option, ASRS will email a notification to you when your tax documents are available online.

When you receive your 1099R electronically, there’s no risk of anything getting lost and you receive your 1099R almost immediately after we post it to your myASRS account instead of waiting weeks for a hard copy to be printed, mailed and delivered.

If you would like to switch to receiving your 1099R online, here's an easy step-by-step guide to help you make the change.

  1. Go to web site at and log into your account using the “myASRS Login” box at the top right-hand side of your screen.

  2. Enter your Login ID and Password

  3. On the left hand navigation panel, click “1099-R Statements”

  4. Click “I want to receive my 1099R electronically”

  5. Consent to the change by clicking “I consent”.

  6. From the left hand navigation panel you may select Home Page to return to the Home page or Logout to close out your session.

Changes must be made by December 31, 2019 to receive your 2019 1099R tax statement electronically.





[pictured above L-R are Robert Casler, Alison Hughes, Gail Hanson, Dotty Sherwood-Cooney, Jane Dugas, Mike Krebbs, Paul Matson, Jim Barrett, Susan Anderson, Dusty Johnson, Rose and Bob Perrill]

The UARA fall luncheon program was held at The Arizona Inn on October 17th. The banquet room was comfortable, the fare was delightful, and the wait staff was attentive. 

Mr. Paul Matson, Exec. Director of the Arizona State Retirement System, was the guest speaker. Mr. Matson drove here from Phoenix to address the audience of 83 members and friends. He explained retirement concepts, current issues, and an update of the ASRS. With a plan design that has equal contributions being made by members and employers, a professional investment plan and oversights, and a solid funding plan, the Arizona State Retirement System is able to offer sustainable pension, health insurance, and long term disability plans for the benefit of our members and retirees for the next 65 years – and well beyond.

UA researchers receive $37.5 million grant to test new therapy for Alzheimer's

UA researchers receive $37.5 million grant to test new therapy for Alzheimer's

The University of Arizona Center for Innovation in Brain Science has received a $37.5 million federal grant to research a potential regenerative therapy for Alzheimer’s disease, which researchers hope will help reverse the course of the neurodegenerative disease.

The five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging will provide funding for a nationwide Phase 2 clinical trial that will study the effectiveness of a medication called allopregnanolone, or allo, as a treatment for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s who carry the genetic risk factor for the disease.

“Based on our discovery and early clinical research findings, we are optimistic that allo could be an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s,” said Roberta Diaz Brinton, director of the center and clinical trial lead. “Our precision medicine approach for Alzheimer’s is designed to treat the right person at the right time.”

“We are thrilled to advance allo as the first regenerative therapeutic for Alzheimer’s and to bring innovations in the brain science of the future to those who need a cure today,” she continued.

While the exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is unknown, researchers do know that the disease leads to the death of brain cells and causes the connection between the cells to decrease.

This is believed to be caused by the buildup of proteins within the brain, particularly the beta-amyloid protein.

During a Phase 1 clinical trial, Brinton and her team found that allo, which is natural steroid that is already produced within the brain, has been shown to increase the generation of new brain cells, reduce the formation of beta-amyloids and improve cognitive function.

Alzheimer’s patients have lower levels of allo in their brains compared to people with healthy brains.

“What allo does is it promotes the energy system in the brain, and because of that, it reduces the generation of beta-amyloids and reverses that aspect of the disease,” Brinton said. “At the same time, it’s promoting the generation of new nerve cells.”

According to Brinton, allo has also been shown to reduce inflammation within the brain, which is known as a defining indicator of Alzheimer’s disease.

“Dr. Brinton’s research has the potential to bring relief to the millions of people who are living with Alzheimer’s, and to the countless more family members who are experiencing these effects in a loved one,” said Elizabeth Cantwell, UA senior vice president for research and innovation. “Research that comes out of the labs and truly makes a difference in the everyday lives of people is one of the core principles of research at the University of Arizona.”

In the next phase, researchers will test the medication in early-stage patients, rather than late stage, and will determine whether allo will be effective as a therapy.

“In Phase 1 of the clinical trial, we determined that allo is safe in our target population, we determined that our treatment regimen is effective and also determined the right dose moving forward into Phase 2.”

Brinton also said this research may be effective in other age-associated neurodegenerative disease as well, which is an area they plan to investigate.

“We already have laboratory evidence that allo may be effective for Parkinson’s as well,” she said. “We are working now to develop a clinical trial of allo in persons with Parkinson’s.”

More than 5 million Americans, and 50 million people worldwide, are living with Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

By 2050, that number is expected to increase to 14 million Americans.

In Arizona, more than 200,000 people age 65 and older will live with the disease by 2025.

UA CARES CAMPAIGN 2019 through Nov. 22

A message from Karla Morales, UA Cares Coordinator 
Dear Retiree: 
As a University of Arizona retiree, you are an important part of the richness and vitality of our UArizona Community. Thank you for your years of dedicated service and for the ongoing commitment you express through your involvement with the University of Arizona Retirees Association (UARA). 
The many generous gifts through UA Cares over the years have helped in so many ways – providing scholarships for students who never thought it possible to attend college, supporting medical research that leads to cures for diseases that can devastate lives and families, and ensuring the arts and humanities thrive and flourish.  
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona’s collective impact fund continues to ensure children are safe, families are strong and secure, and seniors have an opportunity to age gracefully in their homes. United Way’s Helping the Working Poor Fund helps people who are struggling - your contribution may be eligible for Arizona tax credits (please check with your accountant). The need for your support is important.  You can make a difference by donating to the University through the University of Arizona Foundation, to the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona and the greater Tucson community, or both.  A PLEDGE FORM CAN BE FOUND AT 
Special Note:  If you are donating by check to both the University of Arizona Foundation and United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, two separate checks will be required made payable to the specific organization. 
Thanks for continuing the strong UA tradition of giving back. For more information on UA Cares, please contact Karla Morales in the Office of Multicultural Advancement at (520) 621-5522 or visit our website at 
Karla Morales UA Cares Coordinator

Contests, Author Leak and Much More!

Author Spotlight!

New York Times best-selling author Meg Waite Clayton’s seventh novel, "The Last Train to London," is based on the true story of the Kindertransport rescue of 10,000 children from Nazi-occupied Europe—and one brave woman who helped them escape. Her prior novels include the Langum-Prize honored "The Race for Paris," the number one Amazon fiction bestseller "Beautiful Exiles" and "The Wednesday Sisters," one of Entertainment Weekly's 25 Essential Best Friend Novels of all time.

A graduate of the University of Michigan and its law school, she has also written for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, Runner's World and public radio, often on the subject of the particular challenges women face.

Do you want to get some of your festival reading in early? Her new book is available now! It was released by Harper last week.

Our prelimanry list of authors who will attend the festival releases on Black Friday, 2019. Look for it on our website and in the Arizona Daily Star!

Worlds of Words Invites You!

Worlds of Words, one of the largest collections of international children's literature worldwide, is hosting several events this fall that are open to the public. The Tucson Festival of Books is proud to partner with Worlds of Words to present much of the programming that can be found in the children's area at the festival. The world-class authors, illustrators and story tellers who present in the children's area as well as in the teen area all visit the festival thanks to this partnership. Please join Worlds of Words for one or more of their events this fall and support their wonderful program!

December 7, 1-3p, WOW Teen Reading Ambassadors Present Kathleen Glasgow

Sponsor Spotlight: Marshall Foundation


The Marshall Foundation is a great supporter of literacy and education in the community. The Tucson Festival of Books has been a proud recipient of their support for many years. Without organizations like the Marshall Foundation, many of the great things our community experiences at the festival wouldn't be possible. Including a wonderful booth from the Children's Museum!

The Marshall Foundation's story is a fascinating part of Tucson and the University of Arizona's distinct history. Louise Foucar Marshall was truly a trailblazer in her day, making her living as a university professor and businesswoman. We are proud to honor her memory with presentations that honor women's history and their contributions to academia and the world. Learn more about the Marshall Foundation and Louise Foucar Marshall!

Young Author and Young Artist Contest Information

(Mason Hashim, Grades 3 - 5)

Do you have talented and creative children in your life? Have them enter our contest for young authors and artists! Many enter through their schools or have their parents/guardians help them. Preschool through 12th graders residing in Southern Arizona may submit their writing and art contest entries for the contests! The deadline is 4:30pm on Thursday, December 19th.

Winning entries will receive $100 in gift certificates; artists will receive a poster identifying all finalists within age range and authors will have their story published in a special book including all winning stories.

To learn how to submit a story or poem click here for more information, and for forms click here. Many thanks to Altrusa International, Inc. of Tucson. Their generosity makes the writing contest possible.

Original artwork must be submitted for consideration. To download submission guidelines click here, and for forms click here. We are grateful to Friends of Western Art for sponsoring this contest.

Make sure to attend the special awards ceremony at on Saturday, March 14 at the opening of the festival.

PLEASE NOTE: The competitions are co-sponsored by the Tucson Festival of Books and are not school district-sponsored events.