The MSU Association of Retired Faculty (ARF) is most grateful to the MSU Library for including us on the Library website. Although the ARF webmaster is responsible for the content of Information placed in the ARF portion of the Library website, Library personnel (currently led by Steve Cunetto and Julie Shedd) graciously put up the ARF information (updates are usually bi-yearly) on the net via the Library website. The ARF website includes info from each current member (currently 132 retired-faculty-members-strong), including mailing and email addresses. You may even use this website as an emailer and phone book for ARF members. Each ARF menu item contains an ARF emblem, links to the MSU Home, and links to the ARF Home. Each menu item/page contains a last updated date and an e-mail link to the ARF webmaster. Other ARF website info includes details on joining ARF; ARF Officers, Boards, and Committees since ARF inception; an overview of ARF activities; duties of ARF officers and committees; all names of student awardees since ARF began; the ARF constitution, ARF members military service; and links to other websites of interest to MSU retirees. It is compatible with IPHONE cell phones.
ARF was organized on July 24, 1986, with 73 charter members. One of the founders, and the first president was Peyton Ward Williams, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English with 37 years of service at MSU. Another founder was Robert E. Wolverton, Sr., Vice President for Academic Affairs at MSU and director of the first ARF executive board (still working at MSU!). Other members of the first executive board were: Margaret Estes, vice president; Joe Khatena, secretary; Chuck Aiken, treasurer; and directors William L. Giles (MSU President Emeritus), Edward G. Roberts, Troy Laswell, and Lyell Behr. All former Executive Board Members of ARF are listed (See Officers and Directors) on this website.
Membership in ARF increased from 73 charter members in 1986 to 140 members in 1996. In 2003 the membership had dwindled to 95. By 2011, membership was steady at 130. Currently (2019), membership is 132. Each year written invitations to join ARF are extended to all who are eligible (See ARF menu item one) to join.
ARF has programs of interest to retired MSU faculty and professionals such as PERS, Social Security, and Medical issues, an MSU overview program/luncheon usually conducted by the MSU President, and a great Awards/ Christmas Banquet. At the banquet, ARF currently awards four or five deserving MSU students $500 each. Join
- ▶ Menu item zero (Home) gives the background for the MSU Association of Retired Faculty (ARF), and explains each menu item in the site.
- ▶ Menu item one (How do I Join ARF) explains to prospective members what the qualifications are for ARF membership, and defines dues and contact information needed to become an ARF member.
- ▶ Menu item two (Officers and Directors) lists Officers and Boards of Directors for ARF since ARF was organized in 1986.
- ▶ The third (Committees) menu item gives the composition of all ARF Committees since 2003.
- ▶ The fourth (Historical Overview) menu item gives a very brief Historical perspective of ARF.
- ▶ Menu item five (Meetings, Activities, and Calendar) gives a general overview and flavor of what usually goes on in ARF. It explains typical activities done in Executive Committee, General Membership, and Banquet meetings. This item can be especially helpful to new ARF officers, board members, committee members, and to prospective ARF members.
- ▶ The sixth (Duties of Officers and Committees) menu item explains the duties and responsibilities of ARF officers and committees, and gives suggestions and insights that will certainly aid new ARF officers and committees in the way that they manage the offices to which they have been assigned. It focuses on what is expected of ARF Presidents and Vice-Presidents, as well as Secretaries and Treasurers. All new ARF officers and committee members should read this.
- ▶ Menu item seven (Student Awards) explains the origins of all five ARF monetary awards (currently $500 each) to outstanding students, from the inception of the awards to date. Awards: Peyton Williams award, 1989, Charles Lindley award, 1992, Harry Simrall award, 1999, and Exemplary Service award, 2007. Many outstanding MSU students have received ARF awards, and they are listed since award inception.
- ▶ Menu item eight (Bylaws) explains the bylaws (or constitution) under which ARF operates. These are largely operational rules and guidelines under which the organization operates. This document has been changed very little since ARF was founded. Changes are necessary from time-to-time. The last official update was made in 2006.
- ▶ The ARF Membership file (ARF Members Info) is the driving force in Menu item nine. It lists all current ARF members (2016) who wished to be included on the ARF website, along with their addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, biographical sketches, and pictures, depending on the amount of data that each ARF member wished to include. Biographical sketches include teaching and research interests, a brief biography, and formal education.
- ▶ Menu item A (ARF Veterans) discusses military service performed by ARF members. There are many interesting accounts of service, particularly from World War II.
- ▶ Menu item B (Additional Links) provides a list of Links to websites that are of local interest to MSU Retirees. The list includes the STAFFBOOK website link, which gives academic and service information for all MSU Faculty and Professionals since MSU was dedicated (1878-2016), a link to the Oktibbeha County Library website, a link to the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge website, and a link to the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum website.