The purpose of the APSURA is to promote the welfare of retired faculty and staff through various programs and activities, to support continued involvement with the University and to participate in activities that benefit the community in general.
Al Bekus, who retired from APSU in 2004 following a 34-year teaching career at the University, helped to develop APSURA. He was one of the officials who signed the bylaws in front of several other APSU retirees who helped to launch the APSURA.
Discussions of starting a retirement association began in 2006, and since then, Bekus has shared his enthusiasm with others to begin the organization.
The organization would serve as a partner to the University and a resource for retirees and employees nearing retirement, Bekus said.
Membership is open to retired APSU administrators, faculty and staff and their spouses, as well as spouses of deceased University retirees. Bekus said he would like to see APSURA pursue a number of programs and sessions on topics ranging from medical benefits to taxes. In addition, the APSURA will seek to become affiliated with the national retirees’ association devoted to higher education, he said.