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The University of Alabama at Birmingham Retirees Association

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UAB Retirees Association Invites members to the
2024 Fall Meeting Homewood Public Library Auditorium.

The First Speaker will be Kris Findlay, UAB Alumnus and UAB Retiree.

Kris Findlay will offer tips and suggestions about the financial things retirees should be paying close attention to as they enjoy their golden years. Having a plan, avoiding surprises when possible, and paying attention to the financial winds is a must for an enjoyable and successful retirement.

The Second Speaker will be Erica Collins-Thomas, PEEHIP Assistant Director.

Erica Thomas will provide attendees updates on PEEHIP Health Insurance and what we should expect during 2025.

Tuesday, September 17, 2024
1:45 pm until 3:30 pm
Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Rd, Birmingham, AL 35209

Sign in and hospitality begin at 1:45pm.

The program begins at 2pm.

Socialize before and after the program!

Guests of UABRA members are welcome.

Please email 

if you have comments or questions.

Kris is currently the Managing Member of Rebecca, LLC which owns a family land interest in Georgia.  He is a UAB Retiree (’09) where he spent 25 years in Finance and HR.  While at UAB he held various positions throughout his career with specialization in budget management, information technology, and other back office functions.  For 13 years in the second half of his UAB career he provided financial counseling to the UAB community.  He holds a BS in Economics from UAB (86), with heavy coursework in Accounting and Computer Science.

There will be time for discussion and questions.

Past Events

  • May 14, 2024 – Annual Meeting at Homewood Library Auditorium – Featured Speakers  – Dave Morrow and Alex Brewer – Cybersecurity Experts – Presentation “Protecting you and those you love from current and common scams.”
  • March 26, 2024 – Homewood Library Round Auditorium Featured Speaker  – Vivian F. Friedman, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, UAB Professor Emeritus – Psychiatry – Presentation “Is it a glass half full or half empty? Life is how you view it.”
  • January 23, 2024 – Meet and Tour Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
  • October 10, 2023 – Fall Meeting – Homewood Library Auditorium Featured Speaker  – Vivian F. Friedman, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, UAB Professor Emeritus – Psychiatry – Presentation “You don’t get to name your grandchildren.”
  • May 9, 2023 – Spring Meeting Homewood Library AuditoriumFeatured speaker – Steven Austad, Ph.D., UAB Distinguished Professor, Protective Life Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging Research, and Co-director of the UAB Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging presented research on “Aging.”
    In recognition of the UABRA 20 year anniversary, first president of UABRA, Jack Bradford and Rudolph Davidson, UAB retiree and past UAB lobbyist, shared stories from 20 years ago when UABRA was founded.
  • April 25, 2023 – Field Trip to Wetumpka Impact Crater led by James Lowery.
  • March 27, 2023 – ZOOM – An interview with TRS Board of Control candidates Donna Lynn Dyess and Anita Gibson 
  • March 21, 2023 – Kiwanis Vulcan Trail walk with James Lowery
  • January 17, 2023 – UABRA hosted ZOOM James Lowery presentation “Historic Birmingham Mineral Railroad Signs Project – The BMRR Past and Present”
  • November 8, 2022 – ZOOM – David Geldmacher, MD, Board Certified Neurologist, UAB Division of Memory Disorders and Behavioral Neurology presented Alzheimer’s Disease prevention and biomarker studies at UAB.  
  • October 25, 2022 – Fall Meeting Homewood Library Auditorium
    Amy Warriner, MD CCD, Program Director, Endocrinology Fellowship Program Director, UAB Weight Loss Medicine, Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism presented “Prediabetes and Diabetes”
    Erica Thomas, PEEHIP Assistant Director presented “PEEHIP Benefits and Updates”
  • May 10, 2022 – Will Ferniany, PhD:  UAB Health System and Ascension St Vincent’s Alliance and Special Presentation of the UABRA Alan R. Dimick Award to David Harer and Geoff Statum
  • April 19, 2022 – Jones Valley Teaching Farm – UABRA Field Trip
  • March 22, 2022 – Christine C. Ferguson, PhD, RD, LD and Daniel L. Smith, PhD: “Nutrition and Aging”
  • January 18, 2022 – Geoff Statum, Lisa Statum, and David Harer: ZOOM “Save our RSA Retirement Updates”
  • September 28, 2021 – Erica Collins-Thomas:  ZOOM “UABRA PEEHIP Updates”
  • May 12, 2021 – David Geldmacher, MD:  ZOOM “Alzheimer’s disease Update”
  • May 6, 2021 – James Lowery:  ZOOM “Historic Birmingham Mineral Railroad – Past and Present”
  • March 10, 2021 – James Lowery:  ZOOM “Water, Water Everywhere:  The Netherlands (Holland) — A Country Below SeaLevel Where the Past Meets the Future”
  • March 8, 2021 – Leigh Shaffer:  ZOOM “The Largest Recycling Hub in Alabama”
  • February 10, 2021 – David Sher: ZOOM “Birmingham – Bright Spots and Stumbling Blocks”
  • January 12, 2021 – Geoff Statum, Lisa Statum, and David Harer: ZOOM “Save our RSA Retirement Updates”
  • October 14, 2020 – James McClintock, PhD: ZOOM “Rapid Climate Change in the Antarctic”
  • September 21, 2020 – Jerzy P. Szaflarski MD, PhD: ZOOM “Cannabis and Cannabinoids as Medicines”
  • 6.25 and 6.26.2020 – James Lowery: A Brief Introduction to Antarctica.
  • June 5, 2020 – UABRA donated $1500 to UAB Student COVID-19 Emergency Fund
  • 4.27.2020 – Turner Overton, MD: UAB’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • 3.9.2020 – Daniel Givan, DMD, PhD: Restoring Your Teeth
  • 2.4.2020 – James Weisburg, PhD: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Pain Management
  • 1.21.2020  – Geoff Statum and David Harer: Save Our RSA
  • 10.20.2019 – Tim Pennycuff: Celebration of UAB 50 Year Anniversary; Archived Photographs and Storytelling. Click here to see pictures from this event posted on toshagainesphotography website.
  • 8.5.2019 – Erica Thomas, PEEHIP Medicare Benefits Manager: PEEHIP Health Insurance
  • 5.14.2019 – Allen Bolton, MPH, MBA: UAB – Now and the Future
  • 4.9.2019 – Cynthia Brown, MD, MSPH: Geriatric Medicine Services at UAB
  • February 5, 2019 – UABRA Lunch and Learn at Brookdale University Park – Martin C. Nowak, Retired UAB Healthcare Administrator, co founder and CEO of ViM Analytics, LLC, “Retiree health – does the healthcare provider matter?”
  • 12.11.2018 – December Board Meeting, Invited to meet at Hassinger Daniels Mansion Bed and Breakfast,
  • 10.23.2018 – Matthew Might, Ph.D., Personalized and Precision Medicine at UAB
  • 10.9.2018 – Tim C. Pennycuff, UAB, Early History, Memories, and Pictures from the Past
  • 5.14.2018 – Drs. Nancy and John Mascia, Understanding Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids
  • 4.10.2018 – Rob Azols, Solar Energy: Technical Advances and Market Efficiencies
  • 2.12.2018 – Dr. Casey Morrow, What is the Human Microbiome?
  • 10.10.2017 – Dr. Dean Sicking, Football Helmet Safety
  • 5.15.2017 – Annual Business Meeting and speaker David Geldmacher, MD “Alzheimer’s Disease”
  • Spring 2017 – Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama “Lunch and Learn” invited UABRA
  • 4.10.2017 – Gary Warner presented “Tools for Fighting Cybercrime” at the Hill Student Center
  • 2.13.2017 – Eye Foundation Low Vision specialist, Dr. Dawn DeCarlo, presented “Vision and Aging” at the Abroms Engel Institute of Visual Arts
  • 12.19.2016 – UABRA donated $2000 to the UAB Veteran Services, $1000 was used for the 2016 Toy Drive for UAB veterans with children
  • 9.13.2016 – David Jenkins, PhD, Department of Biology, presented “Mushrooms of Alabama”
  • Fall 2016 – UAB New Horizons hosted UAB Retirees at several Fall Lectures
  • 5.10.2016 – Annual Business Meeting and speaker Steven Austad, PhD, UAB Dept Chair of Biology presented the latest research on aging
  • 4.5.2016 – UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Director, Ed Partridge, MD, presented update of cancer to UABRA
  • 2.9.2016 – UAB Director of TASC, Foster Cook, presented his crime and drug control activities
  • 11.3.2015 – UABRA Board presents $1000 donation to UAB Athletic Fund
  • 10.13.2015 – Flu Shots and Wellness Checks
  • Fall 2015 – New Horizons hosted UABRA at various sessions
  • 5.12.2015 – Annual Business Meeting and speaker Dr. Cynthia Brown from UAB Center for Aging
  • 03.23.2015 – Will Ferniany, CEO UAB Health System presented navigating the Health System
  • 02.13.2015 – Nepomuceno Reflection Garden Dedication, UABRA Provided $4000 Contribution
  • 2.3.2105 – Visit and tour of Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts
  • Winter 2014 – UAB remember when…
  • 10.23.2014 – Janice Charlesworth presented a legislative update
  • 10.14.2014 – Flu Shots and Wellness Checks
  • 5.13.2014 – UAB President Ray Watts presented “Transforming the Future of Birmingham and Alabama: Priorities, Progress, and Promise”
  • 10.8.2013 – General Meeting
  • 6.25.2013 – Spring/Summer Seminar
  • 3.12.2013 – Larry DeLucas presented “UAB in Space”
  • 10.30.2012 – Larry Powell and Graham Boetcher, “Sharing Our UAB Memories”
  • 9.2012 – Flu Shot Event
  • 5.8.2012 – UAB President Carol Garrison spoke about UAB: current and upcoming issues
  • 3.27.2012 – Spring Training Seminar
  • 9.16.2011 – Flu Shot Event
  • 9.28.2010 – Flu Shot Event
  • 6.21.2010 – Dr. Will Ferniany, “Making UAB the Preferred Academic Health Center for the 21st Century”
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