Retirees' Bulletin Board

Retirees Reunion

Southwest Research Institute and the SwRI Lunch Bunch hosted the Retirees Reunion on Friday, September 21, 2018. View the photos online.

Retiree Happy Times Message

Happy Times is going green! You can help save some trees and still get all of your usual news from the digital version. Send an email to and put “Electronic Happy Times” in the subject line. Please be sure to include both your email and home address for verification purposes.

For inquiries, please contact JoLyn Swain at or 210-522-5100.


Joe A. Nino, a principal research technologist in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division (01), is retiring following 47 years of service. A ceremony will be held in his honor at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, in the Cafeteria.

Sherry L. Shadday, a principal technical specialist in the Defense and Intelligence Solutions Division (16), is retiring on Dec. 28 following 18 years of service. No formal ceremony is scheduled.


There are no announcements at this time. 


Special Announcements

New SwRI Podcast

The inaugural episode of the Technology Today podcast is here! Our first guest, Alan Stern, leads NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which is on course to fly by Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule on New Year’s Day. Find out more about this pioneering mission to the farthest object ever explored.

For those new to podcasts, the audio files can be streamed on a computer or delivered to your device. Subscribe to the podcast to get the latest episode on your phone or tablet. You can find the Technology Today podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher, and other podcast hosting sites.

Wondering why the podcast is called Technology Today when we already have a magazine by that name? This new medium is meant to complement the magazine by delving deeper into topics than is possible in print.


A podcast is essentially a radio show on the internet that you can listen to from almost anywhere. There are two options to listen: Through a website (aka streaming) or by downloading the podcast via an app so you can listen anytime, even without an internet connection.

To stream: Visit the Technology Today podcast page on our website or find the podcast on SoundCloud and click play to listen.

To download and subscribe: Get the podcast delivered to your phone or tablet each month using an app. For iPhones and iPads, use the Podcasts app already installed on your device or download the app from the App Store. In the Podcasts app, search Technology Today. For Android phones and tablets, use Google Play Music and search Technology Today. You can also find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify. Don’t forget to hit the Subscribe button so you never miss a new episode. Your device may need to be on your cellular provider's network, rather than the SwRI network, to subscribe and download.

For more information, contact Lisa Peña at 210-522-2046.

Retiree, Norm Abramson, Named AIAA Honorary Fellow

Retired SwRI executive vice president Dr. H. Norman Abramson has been named a 2018 Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Honorary Fellow is the highest distinction conferred by AIAA and recognizes “preeminent individuals who have had long and highly contributory careers in aerospace and who embody the highest possible standards in aeronautics and astronautics."

Seniors Group Exercise Class

The SwRI Fitness Center offers a group exercise class especially for SwRI Retirees to improve cardiovascular and muscular endurance as well as muscular strength, range of motion, and balance. This is a low to non-impact class making it safe for your active lifestyle. The class meets from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information about this and other classes, call the Fitness Center at 210-522-5100 or 5200.

Register to become a member of the SwRI Fitness Center

Class Registration Change

Please note that our access link for group exercise class registration for Retirees and Spouses is being revamped. Please contact the SwRI Fitness Center and we will assist in getting you registered for your classes. Email or call 210-522-5100.

Register to become a member of the SwRI Fitness Center

Upcoming Events

2018 Annual Picnic Saturday, Dec. 1

Tickets go on sale October 15

The 2018 RRA Annual Picnic will be held Saturday, December 1, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at SeaWorld. This festive Christmas Celebration will include all day admission, free parking, food, activities, rides, and of course the animal attractions. There is also a fantastic Season Pass purchase option for anyone who buys a picnic ticket. Tickets are $12 each for SwRI/TX Biomed employee and spouse, dependent children (ages 3 and up), SwRI retiree and spouse (or one guest), and will cost $35 for each additional guest. Tickets on sale October 15 to November 15 at the SwRI Fitness Center. Meal times are scheduled for 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., and are first-come, first-serve basis when purchasing tickets. Employees must bring an ID to make purchase. View flyer for details.

Texas Renaissance Festival Discount Prices

The Texas Renaissance Festival has brought 16th century England to Texas for over 40 years. As the country’s largest Renaissance themed park, which encompasses 55 acres of west Texas, the festival boasts over 400 food and drink venues, artists, and merchants. Guests can also enjoy over 200 daily performances across 20 stages from an assortment of unique performers.

SwRI employees receive a corporate group rate discount for tickets to the Texas Renaissance Festival. Click the link and follow the directions in order to use the code.

Code: RRA81

Slick Reads Book Club

· November 27, 2018 (How Not to Be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg)

· December 18, 2018 (Open Book Month)

Food Bank Volunteer Night

  • November 14, 2018
  • December 12, 2018

Blood Drive Dates

  • November 14, 2018
  • December 13, 2018

Insurance & Benefits Updates/Information

Open Enrollment for retired employees is October 29 through November 9

Retiree Benefits: Phone number: 210-522-2232 | Email:

Plan Year 2019 Open Enrollment Guide

Guides are mailed to the last known mailing address on record. Please make sure your address is current with SwRI Retiree Benefits. Call them at 210-522-2232 with any updates.

2019 Open Enrollment Guide

2019 Open Enrollment Presentation

Hartford Insurance Certificate of Plan benefits (N Plan)


UHC Texas Premier Choice Certificate of Coverage (pending)

UHC Texas Premier Choice HDHP Certificate of Coverage (pending)

UHC Medicare Advantage Evidence of Coverage (pending)

UHC Medicare Advantage Formulary

VSP Vision Care Evidence of Coverage

Coverage options when you need Quick Care

Useful Links

  • Retiree Benefits:
  • Cafeteria Menu: 210-522-2627
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP), 1-800-343-3822, (Flyer)
  • Fitness Center: 210 522-5100,
  • Retirees Hotline: 210-522-4580
  • RRA:
  • SwRI Weather Hotline: 210-522-5555
  • SwRI Web Site:
  • Technical Staff Directory or call 210-684-5111, press 2 (Staff Directory)
  • Reunion Photos

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
    The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) season has kicked off, with 23 locations across San Antonio. Last year this program returned more than $70 million dollars to many of our friends and neighbors in San Antonio. VITA is available free of charge for individuals and households that earned up to $55,000 in total income last year. VITA volunteers electronically file basic federal income tax returns for families and individuals.

    This program is sponsored by the City of San Antonio, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, and Catholic Charities. For more information or to find a nearby VITA site and its business hours, tax filers can go online to or call the United Way Helpline at 2-1-1.

    TIAA-CREF Financial Services

    Call 1-800-842-2252 for assistance.

    Special Savings

    Working Advantage
    Use Code:  753933502
    Use Code:  RRA2

    Land’s End
    Use Code:  53933502

    Six Flags Fiesta Texas

    Sea World; Worlds of Discovery

    Schlitterbahn Tickets: 
    Use Code:  201700290. New Braunfels Partner Resort Discounts are subject to availability. As inventory is limited during the water park season, book early! Once our occupancy reaches 85%, the Partner Discount is no longer available.

    The Library

    Love to Read? Interested in joining a book group? Share your thoughts with the Library!
    The Slick Reads Book Club meets the third Tuesday of every month in the Library Reading Room from noon – 1:00 pm. If you’d like to join in the fun, or would like more information about this program, please contact the Library at 210 522 2125 or

    Slick Book Exchange
    Next time you’re on campus, stop by the Thomas Baker Slick Memorial Library and visit the ‘Slick Book Exchange’ located in the Library Reading Room.

    Here’s how it works: come by the library anytime Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., drop off your gently used books and exchange them for the same number of books that are new-to-you. That’s all—it’s a one-for-one swap and there’s no need to check these books out or return them unless you want to swap again.

    Help build the book exchange collection by bringing in your gently used fiction, non-fiction and technical books and make sure to visit the exchange often as the selection will change frequently. For more information or questions, please contact the Library at 210 522 2125 or


    RRA Happy Times

    The November 2018 RRA Happy Times is available online.

    We encourage you to ‘go green’ and view the Happy Times online. Send us a message and we’ll notify you when the Happy Times has been posted each month for your viewing pleasure. Submit an ad for the Happy Times at


    Submit Roadrunner news to Tracey Whelan or call 210-522-2256. 

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