ARF is most grateful to the MSU Library for including the Association of Retired Faculty (ARF) on the Library website. Every member of ARF was contacted in 2012, and permission was obtained to include all information contained in the 180 retired-faculty-member-strong Membership file at that time. New members since then understand that members’ basic information is on this website. Additionally, 42 members’ biographical sketches are on the website, and 50 members’ pictures in JPEG form. Each 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.
The Association of Retired Faculty of Mississippi State University (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. 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 (2016), membership is around 152 (the dip is due to more stringent dues accounting by ARF). Each year written invitations to join ARF are extended to all who are eligible (see the first menu item) 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 five deserving MSU students $500 each. Join ARF today!
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- ▶ Menu item one 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 lists Officers and Boards of Directors for ARF since ARF was organized in 1986.
- ▶ The third gives the composition of all ARF Committees since 2003.
- ▶ The fourth gives a very brief Historical perspective of ARF.
- ▶ Menu item five 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 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 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 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 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 discusses military service performed by ARF members. There are many interesting accounts of service, particularly from World War II.
- ▷ Menu item B 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.