Silver Alert / USF-Pension Reform
Officials with the USF Memory Disorders Clinic are working with the state trying to raise attention among both the public and law enforcement about a tool that can protect people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia who may wander off, putting themselves into danger. University Beat on WUSF TV takes you to a "Florida Silver Alert" information session and shows you some of the PSA's being used in the effort.
The move by Florida's Legislature and Governor Scott to require state employees to contribute three percent of their salaries to the state's retirement fund – derided by some as a pay cut – is having a substantial effect at USF. This week on University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM, we'll hear about these effects, which are coming at both a professional and a personal level, and what USF officials are trying to do to help.
Dr. Eric Rinehardt, Clinical Coordinator for the USF Memory Disorders Clinic, explains the benefits of the Florida Silver Alert program, why it’s important to educate the public about it, how to receive Alerts, and why a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s isn’t a death sentence.
A PSA for Florida’s Silver Alert program.
Robert Welker, USF Associate Professor of Business & Chief Negotiator for the USF branch of the United Faculty of Florida, shares his feelings on the pension reform and also talks about how the state of Florida originated the idea of 'non-contributory' benefits for state employees.
Gregory McColm, Associate Professor in USF's Department of Math & Statistics and Communication Chair for the USF branch of the United Faculty of Florida, explains why he believes the 3 percent deduction from state employees' paychecks is an "income tax," and gives his counter to the argument that public employees should contribute to their own retirement plans like private sector employees have to.
USF Provost, Ralph Wilcox, talks about why the administration decided to offer one-time bonuses to faculty and staff, particularly at a time where state funding has again been slashed and tuition for students is again rising.
USF Memory Disorders Clinc
Florida Silver Alert website
To register to receive Silver Alerts, click here
Update on changes to Florida Retirement System
USF branch of the United Faculty of Florida
Local 3342, AFSCME, union for USF staff members
Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday after the 6:45 AM and 8:45 AM newscasts | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Monday just before 10:30 PM
Television - Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week
Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.