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Distribution Options at Retirement
Retirement on the horizon? Understand the various distribution requirements and options within the Commonwealth of Virginia 457, Virginia Cash Match, Hybrid Retirement Plan and the Hybrid 401(a) Cash Match plan. 

Facilitated by: Steve McGregor, VRS Defined Contribution Plans Specialist, ICMA-RC


Get Involved: Volunteering in Retirement
Do you wish you could be more involved in the community, but don’t have the time? Have you considered what you will do to fill your days once you are retired? Attend this workshop to learn about the greatest needs of our community and how you can make an impact by volunteering in retirement! 

Facilitated by: Tashfia Hasan, Coordinator of Community Impact, United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County


Health Insurance Options in Retirement
Health insurance is an important and sometimes overwhelming topic when it comes to planning for retirement.

  • Does the state offer health insurance to retirees?
  • Can I afford the premiums?  
  • What happens if I’m eligible for Medicare?
  • I still cover dependent children, what happens to their coverage?
  • I am turning 65, but am not planning to retire just yet, what do I need to do?

Attend this session to learn all about Health Insurance Options in retirement and get the answers to all these questions and more!

Facilitated by: Tiffany French, Retirement Specialist, JMU Human Resources


Keynote: Retiree Panel Discussion
Are you beginning to plan for retirement? Do you have a retirement date in mind? Are you nervous about the transition to retirement and not sure what to expect?

The idea of retiring can be overwhelming and a little intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! Join us for a discussion with current JMU retirees and learn about their experience as they transitioned into retirement. Walk away with their “tips and tricks” for a smooth and rewarding retirement. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask the retiree panel members questions during the session as well!

Facilitated by: Tiffany French, Retirement Specialist, JMU Human Resources


Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) Participants: What to Expect When You Retire

  • Are you contemplating retirement?
  • What do you do next?
  • What are the distribution options from your account?
  • What benefits will you receive?
  • What is the timing of everything?
  • Can you work after retirement?

If you are a faculty member in the ORP and any of the questions above have crossed your mind, you’ll want to attend this workshop! Come learn about retirement eligibility, the retirement process and what happens to your benefits when you retire. Attend this workshop to learn everything you need to know to make a smooth transition into retirement!

Facilitated by: Tiffany French, Retirement Specialist, JMU Human Resources


Ready to Retire? for VRS Plan 1 & 2 Members
This presentation for current VRS Plan 1 and Plan 2 members (hired before January 1, 2014) who are within five years of retirement guides you through important retirement decisions (such as when to retire and selecting a benefit payout option). Other topics include using myVRS and benefits after retirement.

Facilitated by: John Kegel, Member Education and Outreach Counselor, Virginia Retirement System


Social Security 101
Do you have questions about Social Security benefits? Attend this session to  understand the basics of Social Security, learn considerations for claiming Social Security benefits and much more!

Facilitated by: TBD


Staying Active in Retirement
Attend this workshop to understand the benefits of physical activity and the best types of physical activity as we age.

Facilitated by: TBD


Stay Engaged in Retirement
The JMU Lifelong Learning Institute supports continuing education and engagement post-retirement through a variety of courses, travel programs, special interest groups and social events catering to mature adults. Come learn about the many ways to stay engaged with JMU while maintaining an active mind and social life, both of which are keys to positive aging and successful retirement. 

Facilitated by: Rodney Wolfenbarger, Director, Lifelong Learning Institute


Understanding and Navigating Medicare
The transition to retirement is a confusing process. You’ve likely done some research and asked dozens of friends and family questions, only to be left with more uncertainty!

  • What is Medicare, and why so many parts?
  • Do I need Medicare if I keep working?
  • Does the Medicare Modernization Act affect me?
  • Do I need a Drug Plan?
  • And - most importantly - what is my next step?

Come to this workshop for the answers to these questions while exploring the ins and outs of Medicare.

Facilitated by: Cassie Rodeffer and Jacob Loker, The Marketplace Insurance Agency & ElderCare Associates, Inc.



Due to high registration and workshop capacity, registration for workshops has closed.


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