Open Enrollment

Retiree Open Enrollment is October 18 to October 29, 2021. Please click here to view the 2022 retiree benefits information to assist you in making your elections for 2022.

Food Bank Volunteering

The RRA will resume warehouse volunteering on Wednesday, October 20, from 5:30-8 p.m. (Central). Beginning in November, the RRA will resume volunteering on the second Wednesday of the month on a regular basis. 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 Annual Picnic

The RRA Annual Picnic will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Central) on Saturday, December 4, at Sea World San Antonio (includes a four-hour exclusive buyout for our group starting at 9 a.m.). Tickets will go on sale October 18 through November 12 at the Fitness Center. See the flyer (link) for more information. Contact the Fitness Center at 210 522 5100 with any questions.

RRA Happy Times

Enjoy the October 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.


Michael A. Muller , a principal computer scientist in the Space Science and Engineering Division (15), is retiring following 34 years of service on October 22. There is no formal ceremony.

Denise "Dee-Dee" Valdez , a principal administrative coordinator in the Mechanical Engineering Division (18), is retiring following 40 years of service on November 19. There is no formal ceremony.

Dave Moore, P.E.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. David Lee Davidson died on September 17. David joined the Institute on October 1, 1966. He served the Institute for more than 32 years and retired as an Institute Scientist in the former Materials Engineering Division (now Mechanical Engineering Division, 18) on January 29, 1999. Donations in David's memory may be made to the American Bird Conservancy, P.O. Box 249, The Plains, VA 20198. An obituary and guest book are available online.

Special Announcements

Technology Today Podcast featuring SwRI’s Scott Bolton now available

NASA’s Juno mission, led by SwRI, is rewriting the textbooks on the gas giant Jupiter, the fifth planet from the sun. Launching in 2011, the spacecraft reached its target in 2016, jumping into Jupiter’s orbit and revealing never-before-seen data and images of the massive planet. From the planet’s moons to its poles and core, Juno is unlocking the mysteries of Jupiter, giving humankind clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth. Juno instrumentation and data are also allowing us to hear the sounds of Jupiter, rich, haunting tones, captured as radio emissions.

Listen now as SwRI Space Science and Engineering Associate Vice President Dr. Scott Bolton discusses the mission’s top discoveries, deep space surprises, how the spacecraft was pulled into Jupiter’s orbit, and the art and music inspired by Juno’s findings.

Visit Space Science 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 of 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.

November 10,  2021
December 8,  2021

Blood Drive Dates

October 14, 2021
November 11, 2021
December 9, 2021

Slick Reads Book Club

The Book Club is now Virtual! Join the discussion!

October 19, 2021
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

November 16, 2021
Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham

December 14, 2021 
Open Book Month

Insurance & Benefits Updates/Information

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

Retiree 2022 Open Enrollment is October 18 through October 29, 2021. 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 (available after Jan 1, 2022)
    Plan Guide 2022
    Renew Active –
    Healthy at Home

Hartford Plan F & Express Scripts

    Hartford Plan F Evidence of Coverage 2022
    Express Scripts Reference Guide 2022
    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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2016 2010


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 October 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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