Food Bank Volunteering

Beginning in November, the RRA will resume volunteering on the second Wednesday of the month from 5:30-8 p.m. (Central). Contact Shane Siebenaler to receive a registration link. It will be a requirement to register due to a limit on the number of volunteers.

RRA Happy Times

Enjoy the December Happy Times!

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

SwRI Fitness & Wellness Facebook Page

The SwRI Fitness & Wellness page is available to employees and retirees as an extension of the SwRI Health Improvement Program (HIP). It is designed to engage our work community and enhance everyone's wellness journey. It’s been GREAT to see so many of you joining our LIVE workouts. We continue to support each other, even if virtually. If you are not able to participate during the live session, the videos are accessible any time on demand. In addition to workouts, check out our posts focused on physical, emotional wellness, delicious recipes, relaxation tips and different ways to keep you socially connected while social distancing. Share in the experience and join our private Facebook group, SwRI Fitness & Wellness. Caring for You, our Greatest Strength!

Fitness Center Closed Until Further Notice

In light of the evolving events, we have decided to close the SwRI Fitness Center complex until further notice beginning Friday, March 20, 2020, (including outdoor fields, track and RRA store). Although our doors may close, we are available to assist you virtually. Feel free to reach out via email for personal workouts you may do on your own. We want to assure you that as soon as our facility re-opens we will be ready to greet you with a grand “homecoming.” Until then, be safe, stay healthy, keep fitness a priority, and reach out to us for any assistance you may need.

Note from Fitness Center Staff

We hope that this message finds you doing well, and you’ve been trying to stay active throughout the week. As we care about your health and fitness needs, we have designed a Home Workout routine with 6 full body workouts and 5 core routines that give you several options and require no equipment. There are two versions of the file. One with videos to demonstrate the exercises and one with no external links.

Keep in mind these routines are guidelines, so make them your own. Use modifications by replacing a lower body exercise with an upper body exercise, reducing/increasing repetitions or rounds as needed.

Feel free to email us at for inquires. Stay connected.

Home Workout

Home Workout without external links

Happy Times Electronic

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.


Tina Miller, a principal administrative coordinator in the Space Science and Engineering Division (15), is retiring on December 3 following 10 years of service. There is no formal ceremony.

Dave Moore, P.E., a staff engineer in the Defense and Intelligence Solutions Division (16), is retiring following 26 years of service on December 31. There is no formal ceremony.

Dr. Yi-Ming Pan, a staff engineer in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division (01), is retiring on December 3 following 25 years of service. There is no formal ceremony.

Elpidio Manzanares, a craft technician in Facility Operations, is retiring on December 10 following 50 years of service. There is no formal retirement ceremony.


Brian Mutchler, a supervisor in Facility Operations, died on November 25. Brian joined the Institute on December 19, 2005. He served the Institute for nearly 16 years. His service arrangements are pending.

Dr. George Emeric Fodor died on November 16. George joined the Institute on September 1, 1966. He served the Institute for nearly 32 years and retired as a staff scientist in the former Army Lab (now part of the Fuels and Lubricants Research Division, 08) on April 10, 1998. His obituary is available online.

Richard Jimenez, who went by “R2” at SwRI, died on November 3. R2 joined the Institute on January 7, 1980. He served the Institute for 32 years and retired as a Senior Specialist in the Information Technology Center on October 12, 2012. The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. (Central) on Sunday, December 5, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 1435 W. Oaklawn Rd., Pleasanton, Texas 78064.

Special Announcements

SwRI’s 2021 R&D 100 Award Winners

SwRI picked up a record three 2021 R&D 100 Awards, representing the top 100 innovations of the year, and we are celebrating our winners. Connected and automated vehicle technology allows vehicles to “talk” to each other and surrounding infrastructure, providing efficient and environmentally-friendly navigation for drivers. SwRI’s revolutionary Catalyzed Diesel Exhaust Fluid is a unique solution that lowers fuel costs and emissions simultaneously, eliminating problematic deposits in the process. Machine learning tool Floodlight identifies chemicals in products we consume and use every day, breaking down an overload of data for chemists. R&D World presents the R&D 100 Awards each year. Since 1971, SwRI has won a total of 50 R&D 100 Awards.

Listen now SwRI engineers Sankar Rengarajan, Cary Henry, and Computer Scientist Michael Hartnett discuss the winning technologies and what makes them top innovations of 2021.

Visit Connected Powertrain, Aftertreatment System Technologies and Floodlight Non-Targeted Analysis System to learn more.

Stream the Technology Today podcast on a computer or device from or Soundcloud. Subscribe to get this and future episodes automatically delivered to your device. Find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you download your podcasts.


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 Podcasts 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.

No Social Media Account? Visit the SwRI Social Page for the Latest News

Stay up-to-date with the latest news and events on the SwRI Social page. The page includes a live feed from SwRI’s Facebook page and features YouTube videos and podcasts featuring staff members discussing SwRI, their work, or STEM in general. For more information, contact Maria Stothoff at 210 522 3305.

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

Slick Talkers

Contact Eva Carpenter at 210 522 2237 for the online meeting codes.

Food Bank Volunteer Dates

If interested in volunteering, email Shane Siebenaler.

December 8,  2021

Blood Drive Dates

December 9, 2021

Slick Reads Book Club

The Book Club is now Virtual! Join the discussion!

December 14, 2021 
Open Book Month

Insurance & Benefits Updates/Information

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

Review the 2022 RETIREE BENEFITS OPEN ENROLLMENT GUIDE for benefits information becoming effective as of January 1, 2022. The benefits information below has been organized to assist you in making your benefits elections for 2022, as well as for your use throughout the 2022 benefits plan year. Bookmark this site on your smart phone to be able to refer to your 2022 benefits information anytime and anywhere you may carry your mobile phone.

Effective January 1, 2022

Pre-65 Medical Plans

UnitedHealthcare Choice EPO (COBRA)

    Summary of Benefits and Coverage 2022

UnitedHealthcare Texas Premier Choice EPO

    Certificate of Coverage 2022 (available after Jan 1, 2022)
    Summary of Benefits and Coverage 2022

UnitedHealthcare Texas Premier HDHP

    Certificate of Coverage 2022 (available after Jan 1, 2022)
    Summary of Benefits and Coverage 2022

Medicare-Age Medical Plans

UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage PPO (MAPPO)

    Annual Notice of Changes 2022
    Evidence of Coverage 2022
    Plan Guide 2022
    2022 Formulary MAPPO
    Renew Active –
    Healthy at Home

Hartford Plan F & Express Scripts

    Hartford Plan F Evidence of Coverage 2022
    Express Scripts Reference Guide 2022
    2022 Formulary Express Scripts
    Silver&Fit –

Other Benefit Programs

Delta Dental

    Claim Form
    Evidence of Coverage
    Delta Dental Highlights (COBRA Plan)
    Delta Dental Highlights (Retiree Plan)


    Product Video
    MetLife Legal Plans Video
    Legal Plan Summary
    Legal FAQs
    How to Use the Legal Plans

Medicare-Age Options for Employees Hired after January 1, 2000

    UnitedHealthcare Connector Program


    VSP Vision Care Benefits Summary
    VSP Out-of-Pocket Cost Comparison
    Exclusive Member Extras
    Hearing Aid Discount Program
    Direct Purchase Plans
    VSP Benefits Claim Form

Regulatory Notices

    Notice of Privacy Practices

    Required Notices

    Summary Annual Reports (SARs)

TIAA Financial Services

Call 1 800 842 2252 for assistance.

Live Webinars

TIAA’s monthly live webinars can be accessed through its interactive site making financial education easy. It's easy to get started:
Please obtain permission and coordinate paid time off (PTO) or compensatory time with your supervisor before registering for webinars being conducted during business hours.

  • Register to access the Virtual Environment (if this is your first visit).
  • Webinars are Located in the “Live Webinar Lounge”
  • Click on the webinar you want to attend to sign up.

Useful Links

 Retiree Benefits: 210 522 2232,
 Cafeteria Menu: 210 522 2627
 Fitness Center: 210 522 5100,
 Retirees Hotline: 210 522 4580
 SwRI Weather Hotline: 210 522 5555
 SwRI Web Site:
 Call 210 684 5111, press 2 (Staff Directory)

Reunion Photos

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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.



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.


RRA Happy Times

Read the December 2021 Happy Times.

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.

Tech Today/Annual Report

You will receive the Technology Today and Annual Report by mail by default. If you would like to receive these online instead, email Jennifer Deimel at to change your subscription.

Tech Today Online
Annual Report Online


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

Contact Tracey M.S. Whelan, 210 522 2256, for questions or comments.

Or submit a comment/suggestion below.

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