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AROHE HERO (Higher Education Retirement Organization) Awards bring national recognition to the outstanding efforts of retirement organizations in higher education and the individuals that are transforming retirement practices and/or influencing creative life of the mind activities on a wider scale. 

2021 HERO Award Winners

The 2021 awardees were recognized during the 2021 virtual conference. Click here to view the awards ceremony recording. AROHE is very grateful to Carol Pope, Kennesaw State University Retirees Association, for producing the awards video.

Distinguished Leadership Award

The 2021 recipient of this award is Dr. Janette C. Brown, University of Southern California Emeriti Center and Emeritus College. Dr. Brown is being recognized for her long and productive service as the former Executive Director of AROHE as well as her continued activities in support of AROHE’s mission. Her leadership in promoting the development of many successful retirement organizations and programmatic practices has had an extensive impact on AROHE and its member organizations.

Distinguished Service Award

The 2021 recipient of this award is Dr. Sheldon Zedeck, University of California Berkeley Emeriti Association (UCBEA). Dr. Zedeck is being recognized for his broad and extensive service to the UCBEA. He has led the development of an Emeriti Academy which operates as a think tank, a research hub, and a student mentorship resource. He has also been instrumental in enhancing UC Berkeley’s pre-retirement planning programs and leading an effort to videotape retired faculty discussing their careers.

Innovation Award

Three Winners

Video History Project

The Video History Project of the Arizona State University Retirees Association (ASURA) collects and makes available in the ASU Library Digital Repository video interviews with people who have a significant history with Arizona State University. The project, managed completely by ASURA retirees, has already proven to be extremely valuable in compiling the history and development of Arizona State University by capturing interviews of a broad collection of retirees.

Retiree Journal and Website

With help from the Florida State University Association of Retired Faculty (ARF) board members, ARF Journal Editor Tom Hart has been responsible for transforming the retiree newsletter of earlier years into a high-quality multi-page journal with color photos, articles about ARF events, and special feature articles. The ARF journal and a companion website have been extremely useful tools for the association in providing information on current and future issues and providing an opportunity for members and friends to access the historical record of the association’s activities, events, and photos.

Community Mini-Courses

The Northwestern University Emeritus Organization (NEO) developed non-credit, no-charge “mini-courses” for emeriti and residents of Evanston and surrounding communities. These classes leveraged the expertise of Northwestern emeriti across the full spectrum of disciplines, “giving back” to the community and helping strengthen relations between town and gown. Offerings to date have generated most impressive attendance numbers with enthusiastic interest and very positive reviews.

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