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.
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 (2014), membership is around 170. 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, an MSU overview program/luncheon usually conducted by the MSU President, and a great Christmas Banquet. Join today!
ARF's website is hosted and maintained by Mississippi State University Libraries.
|Summary of Functions for Menu Items|
|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 over the last 14+ years.|
|The third menu item gives the make-up of all ARF Committees for the past 12+ years.|
|The fourth menu item gives a very brief Historical perspective of ARF.|
|Menu item five is designed to give 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 to outstanding students, from the inception of the awards to date. Many outstanding MSU students have received ARF awards. They are all listed (some as long as 24 years) in this menu item.|
|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 Member Kiosk Master file is the driving force in Menu item nine. It lists all current ARF members (2013) 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 ten discusses military service performed by ARF members. There are many interesting accounts of service, particularly from World War II.|