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 January 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 Sara Kauffmann at or 210 522 5100.


Debbie Christ, a staff administrative coordinator in the General Counsel’s Office, is retiring January 14, 2022, following more than 22 years of service. No formal ceremony is scheduled.

Tony Sawka, a principal designer in the Space Science and Engineering Division (15), is retiring January 14, 2022, following 35 years of service. There is no formal ceremony.

Kenneth Ellebracht, a staff technician in the Fuels and Lubricants Research Division (08), is retiring January 14, 2022, following 33 years of service. There is no formal ceremony.

Susan Zubik, a manager in Defense and Intelligence Solutions Division (16), is retiring following more than 24 years of service. A ceremony will be held in her honor at 4 p.m. (Central) on Thursday, January 20, in the Slick Café.

Norma Sawka, a specialist in the Space Science and Engineering Division (15), is retiring January 14, 2022, following 35 years of service. There is no formal ceremony.


Retiree Patrick Zabel died on January 6. Patrick joined the Institute on December 13, 1976. He served the Institute for nearly 17 years and retired as a principal engineer in the former Materials and Mechanics Division (06) (now Mechanical Engineering Division, 18) on September 3, 1993. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. (Central) on Tuesday, January 11, with an informal service at 6 p.m., at Hurley Funeral Home, 303 College Avenue, in Devine, Texas 78016. Burial services will be held at 1 p.m. (Central) on Wednesday, January 12, at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity, Texas. His obituary is available online.

Retiree Fidencio “Fifi” Rodriguez died on January 5. Fidencio, or Fifi as he was affectionately called, joined the Institute on March 7, 1977. He served the Institute for 43 years and retired as a staff craft technician in Facility Operations on January 15, 2020. Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. (Central) on Wednesday, January 12, at Camero Funeral Home, 20567 State Hwy 16 South, Von Ormy, Texas 78073. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 13, at Camero Funeral Home with the burial to follow at First Memorial Park Cemetery, 20567 State Hwy 16 South, Von Ormy, Texas 78073. Because of the current rise in COVID-19 cases, the family has requested a 100-person limit and masks to be worn at the services. His obituary is available online. Please note from the family that the 100-person limit only applies toward indoor services. The burial service has no attendance limits at this time.

Retiree Burgess De Lauis died on December 21. Burgess joined the Institute on January 9, 1984. She served the Institute for 15 years and retired as a senior industrial nurse in the Medical Clinic on December 31, 1999. There are no services scheduled at this time. Her obituary and a memorial page are available online.

Special Announcements

Highlighting the Top Listen and Learn Moments of 2021

As we close 2021, we revisit the tech topics and innovations that got us talking through the year. We covered a solution to keep plastic waste out of our oceans, a method to harvest drinking water from the air, NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter and much more. The year was filled with eye-opening listen and learn moments as SwRI engineers and scientists shared their insight and expertise.

Listen now as we recap an informative and inspiring year on the podcast.

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.

Blood Drive Dates

January 13, 2022

February 10, 2022

March 10, 2022

April 14, 2022

May 12, 2022

June 9, 2022

July 14, 2022

August 11, 2022

September 8, 2022

October 13, 2022

November 10, 2022

December 8, 2022

Slick Reads Book Club

The Book Club is now Virtual! Join the discussion!

January 18, 2022
Dune by Frank Herbert

February 15, 2022
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

March 18, 2022
Open Book Month

April 19, 2022
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

May 17, 2022
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

June 21, 2022
Open Book Month

July 19, 2022
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

August 16, 2022
Caesar's Last Breath by Sam Kean

September 20, 2022
Open Book Month

October 18, 2022
Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams

November 15, 2022
West Side Rising by Char Miller

December 13, 2022
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 January 2022 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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