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ETSU Memorial Service
by Mike Miyamoto

A memorial service was held in Brown Hall Auditorium on April 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. to commemorate members of the ETSU community who had passed away during the year. The event was moved from the Carillon Plaza because of inclement weather. The carillon was instead represented by a miniature replica on stage.

The ceremony began with an opening anthem sung by the University Choral. This was followed by presentation of the colors by members of the ROTC, and the pledge of allegiance. Names of the departed were alternately read by SGA President Alex Cassell, Faculty Senate President Dr. Virginia Foley, and Staff Senate President Josh Whitlock. The names included four students, six faculty/staff members, and--of interest to ETSURA--thirty-five retirees. The ceremony concluded with a closing anthem by the University Choral. Joe Sherlin (pictured), Vice President for Student Affairs, said he hoped this would become an annual event. 

April Eat and Chat
by Ethel Garrity

About 30 people attended this event at the Golden Corral Restaurant, where Dr. Fred Alsop of ETSU’s Department of Biological Sciences spoke on his Eagles’ Nest Cam Project. This project provides live, as well as historical, videos of two American bald eagle nests in Johnson City and Bluff City.

The videos can be accessed online by clicking on the Eagle Cameras link in the blue section at the very bottom of the ETSU home web page. You can also access the videos through the Department of Biological Sciences website.

In formulating the project, visits were made to other Eagle Nest projects, one being that at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. The process is involved and includes getting permission from landowners, setting up the instrumentation, and acquiring sponsors.

Many businesses and agencies (credited on the ETSU Web site) were indispensable in getting the project going. Streaming fees alone cost $2,500 per nesting season per nest.  There is a link on the website where donations can be made, and some checks were written at the end of the presentation.

Dr. Fred Alsop discusses the Eagles' Nest Cam Project
Residents of over 160 countries have viewed ETSU’s camera videos with over 600,000 views of the Johnson City Camera (including 356,000 unique viewers). One useful feature of these cameras is the ability to zoom in and out, to cut down on the swaying effect when the wind is blowing.  Dr. Alsop mentioned that over 250 pounds of sticks are used for each nest each year, resulting in nests that may potentially weigh over a ton.  

Second Harvest Food Bank
by Ethel Garrity

On Thursday April 14, ETSURA members (Ted Hughes, Dave Kalwinsky, Mike and Janis Miyamoto, and Ethel Garrity) and 23 members of the ETSU Women’s Soccer Team (about half from other nations) volunteered from 5 p.m. -7 p.m. at Second Harvest Food Bank.  The team was accompanied by two graduate assistants, and all worked very hard.

Of particular note was the fact that the retirees thought they were done at 6 p.m.!  We had to work feverishly to keep up with the team.  At the end of the two hours, The Food Bank said we had packed 1,100 supply bags for “Back Packs for Kids.”  We worked without supervision, and team members kept feeding the production line. One of the GA’s used the hand fork lift to remove all the boxes for recycling. 

A good time was had by all, and I believe Coach Sayers said he hopes to make this an annual event.  I had the opportunity to visit with both GA’s and some of the team members.

 

Photo from annual picnic

 ETSURA Annual Picnic

The 2016 ETSURA Annual Picnic will be held June 17, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Depot at Franklin Commons, Food City, 920 North State of Franklin, Johnson City.  

     

Eat and Chat

The next Eat and Chat will be held September 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Golden Corral (3104 Browns Mill Road behind Logan’s Roadhouse). Our speaker will be Geoff Stunkard who will be discussing the Carter Railroad Museum and Heritage Days. Geoff is the volunteer coordinator and representative of the Carter Railroad Museum.

 

Annual Meeting

Save the date for October 14 at the Johnson City Country Club.

   

March 2016 - ETSU joined the Perks Network, which provides a wide range of discounts to ETSU employees, retirees and family members. The Perks Network not only offers discounts at businesses local to ETSU, but nationwide at restaurants, service and retail businesses and many others. Use your membership to buy gift cards and receive discounts and cash at Walmart, Target, restaurants, hotels.… places you already shop.

To sign up, visit www.perkscard.com and click ‘Register Now!’. Enter ETSU16 as your Group Code to get your ET-SU discount benefits. You are ready to save instantly on online purchases. Click ‘Printable Card’ from your home page to print your Perks Connect card to show or scan at local businesses. To scan from your smart phone, download the PerksConnect app at the App Store or Google Play.

For more information, visit the Human Resource Business Discounts page.

Fall 2014 -  Retirement Workshop Series

May 2012 - ETSU Alumni Association honors Dr. William J. Fisher at 2012 Alumni Award ceremony
June 11, 2008 - Retirement Series Presentation, Southern Region CUPA-HR Conference, Charleston, SC
April 2007 - ETSU-UT CUPA Presentation, Southern Region CUPA-HR Conference, New Orleans, LA, "Vital Retirement: Creating Impact with Your Retirees"

Photo of Dr. Sherrod

2002-2006 - University Tales Project captures stories from our university's past.

 

ETSURA members are welcome to participate in any of our social or civic activities including the fall Annual Meeting and luncheon, a summer picnic, "Eat and Chats" at local restaurants, volunteer services for Pride Week and Homecoming, sponsorship of ETSURA Endowed Scholarships, campus fundraising activities and more.

Check out our photo galleries of past events. More pictures are posted on the ETSURA Facebook page.

2015

Summer Picnic
2015 summer picnic facebook page
Annual Meeting
2015 annual meeting facebook page
Move In Day
2015 move in day facebook page

2014

Summer Picnic
2014 summer picnic facebook page
Annual Meeting
2014 annual meeting facebook page
Move In Day
2014 move in day facebook page

2013

Summer Picnic
2013 summer picnic facebook page
Annual Meeting
2013 annual picnic facebook page
 

2012

Summer Picnic
2011 annual picnic facebook page
2012 annual picnic Youtube page

Annual Meeting
2012 annual meeting facebook page
2012 annual meeting Youtube page
 

2011

Picnic
2011 summe picnic photo page
(HR Photographers)
2011 annual picnic photolab photo page
(Photolab Photographers)

2011 annual picnic Youtube page

Annual Meeting
2011 annual meeting facebook page
2011 annual meeting Youtube page

 


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