Boston University recognizes the commitment of the faculty and staff who dedicated many years of their lives to strengthening the University. In 1989, the Society of Retired Faculty & Staff was formed and approved by the University. Led by its own Board of Directors and working with Human Resources as a liaison with other departments, this organization plans and prepares events that enable University retirees to stay connected with their colleagues and friends—both past and present.
The goal of the Society is to foster a continuing relationship between former employees and the University, and to make the University’s resources available to its members so they can continue to be a part of this dynamic and ever-changing institution.
Membership in the Society is automatic for former employees who were age 55 or older and had 10 or more years of service at the time of their retirement, or who were appointed Professor Emeritus (regardless of their age and years of service).
Retiree benefits and privileges offered by the University include discounts on BU Parking, Evergreen Courses, and BU Athletic events, as well as access to bu.edu email privileges, access to Mugar Library, and participation in Alumni travel programs. A detailed list of retiree benefits and privileges is provided on this web site under “Retiree Perks.”
To take full advantage of the benefits and activities available to retirees, you will need a Boston University retiree ID card, which can be obtained through Human Resources. Please telephone 617-353-2380 to make arrangements to get your card.
To access the full “View All Events” list and the forthcoming “Retiree Directory”, you will need to use or revive your BU login name and a Kerberos password. Instructions on how to restore this evidence of trusted access will be posted on this site.
From Bill Skocpol, your 2021-2022 President of the Board of Directors of the BU Society of Retired Faculty & Staff
The Boston University Society of Retired Faculty & Staff (BUSRFS) is dedicated to serving the retirees of Boston University. In recent (non-pandemic) years, events and programs organized by the BUSRFS have included our Annual Retiree Luncheon held each May, a small grants program (up to $500 per grant) to help retired faculty & staff pursue personal and professional interests, outings for Red Sox games at Fenway Park, tours of WBUR-FM and the new Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre on Commonwealth Avenue, lectures at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, and pre-production sessions with directors and playwrights at the Boston Playwrights’ Theater. Human Relations provides much appreciated support for all these activities.
Since recognition of the Covid-19 pandemic, all in-person BUSRFS events have been canceled including the May 2020 and May 2021 Annual Retiree Luncheons. However, the Board of Directors has continued to meet by Zoom. We have been able to continue the small grants program, nominate replacement Board Members, elect new officers, and discuss future possibilities for in-person events and initiatives.
We maintain active communication with all retirees (at least those for whom we have email addresses), through the Alumni Relations distribution network. Look for emails from Alumni Relations containing BUSRFS in the subject line. Several times a year there are Newsletters from BUSRFS or announcements of BUSRFS special events. There also used to be monthly links to BU for Retirees, which highlighted interesting events. This has been replaced by StreamBU for online events during the pandemic. Finally, there continue to be monthly links to Bostonia Extra which highlights especially interesting articles in the award winning BU publication Bostonia. If you are not receiving emailed links through the Alumni Relations distribution system, please write to us at email@example.com to rectify the issue.
Become an active member of the BUSRFS! If you’re interested in volunteering for the Board, joining our Committees, suggesting programs or activities, or have any questions or concerns, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome your thoughts, look forward to hearing from you, and happily anticipate seeing you at our next event!
On behalf of the Society, I wish you many fulfilling and rewarding retirement years ahead.
2021-2022 President of the BUSRSF Board of Directors