Programs & Privileges

ID Card

In accordance with HR102, all retirees will be required to surrender their active Faculty/Staff id+ card to their department supervisor. Retirees who meet the years of service requirement are eligible to obtain a new Retiree id+ card after their official retirement date.  For more information, please visit Penn State id+ website.

Computer Use

You will continue the full use of your computer access account. Your continued use of mainframe computer accounts after you retire will be dependent upon your individual department arrangements. For more information, please visit the IT Service Desk.

Health & Wellness

As a retiree, you may still participate in the variety of courses and programs offered. Courses are offered throughout the day at different campus locations, so you can choose a program that fits your schedule. 

SilverSneakers

SilverSneakers is one of the nation’s leading exercise programs designed exclusively for older adults. It is a unique physical activity, lifestyle, and social-oriented health and wellness program specifically designed for Medicare-eligible members of all fitness levels. FreedomBlue PPO members receive a complimentary membership at a participating fitness center, plus access to any participating location across the United States. Members have free access to all amenities included with a basic fitness center membership. Members, who live more than 15 miles from a participating center, can still take advantage of the SilverSneakers Steps self-directed walking and physical activity program. To learn more or to locate a participating provider, visit the SilverSneakers website.

Lifelong Learning

OLLI – the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Penn State – where learning never retires!

OLLI is the place for active retirees to explore topics of interest, travel to new places and meet interesting people in a welcoming and friendly environment. OLLI offers affordable courses (over 200 per year), trips and social activities. There are no exams or grades – the only requirement is a love for learning. All programs are offered during the day. To browse OLLI’s current catalog, trips and activities, go to the OLLI website at www.olli.psu.edu. To receive a catalog via the mail, contact OLLI at (814) 867-4278.

Parking

Emeritus faculty and staff are eligible to purchase a monthly parking permit that provides access to all faculty/staff lots with at least 30 spaces. Permits must be purchased from the Parking Office at 1 Eisenhower Parking Deck during normal business hours, which are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additional information will be provided by the Parking Office regarding lot availability and permit restrictions.

All retirees may purchase one-day, weekly or monthly permits from the Parking Office. Parking options for monthly and weekly permits will be based on current availability at the time of purchase, while one-day permits are valid at the East, Eisenhower and Nittany parking decks, Lot Red A at West Campus, all Orange lots, and the Commuter lots (Lot 44, Stadium West, Porter North). In addition to the Parking Office, one-day permits are also available at the Centre County/Penn State Visitor Center and all campus Parking Information Kiosks.

For more information, please contact the Parking Office by phone at 814-865-1436 or by email at parking@psu.edu.

Penn State Headlines Issues

Faculty, staff and emeriti can continue to subscribe to Penn State Headlines (formerly known as Newswire) editions after retiring.

  • To manage your subscriptions to various Headlines issues, go to: headlines.psu.edu
  • To continue to receive Penn State Today, the daily headlines issue sent to all Penn State faculty, staff and students, send an email with your request to:

L-HEADLINES-TODAY-EXTERNAL-HTML-subscribe-request@lists.psu.edu

Questions and comments about Penn State News and Headlines issues can be sent to: news@psu.edu

Library

All retirees have the same library privileges as active employees. Your University identification card provides the library services.  Please visit your library service desk for more information.

Recreational Facilities

Recreational facilities are usable only by those individuals with a valid University student, or faculty/staff/retiree identification care, programmed (where applicable) to allow proper access to such facilities, plus one related guest.  Access to such facilities will only be authorized during the time each facility is specifically designated as being open/available for use.

Retired Faculty-Staff Club

The Retired Faculty-Staff Club meets six times a year for the purpose of promoting friendship, affording recreation, furthering the general welfare of the membership, and promoting other interests that may arise. For further information, please visit the Retired Faculty/Staff Club Website.

Department Mail/Office Space

Some departments may provide retirees with a place to receive mail. Providing office space to benefits-eligible retirees is your department or college's decision and is on a space-available basis. There is no University policy on the matter.

It is important that you keep the University and your retirement system informed of your proper mailing address as well as your medical insurance provider and your local Social Security Office. Among the offices you should notify are:

Penn State University
Employee Benefits Division
410 James M. Elliott Building
University Park, PA 16802

State Employees’ Retirement System
30 N. Third Street, P.O. Box 1147
Harrisburg, PA 17101

TIAA
730 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017

Federal Retirement Office of Personnel Management Employees Service and Records Center
Legislative Route 10068
Branchton Road
Boyers, PA 16017

Public School Employees’ Retirement System
P.O. Box 125
Harrisburg, PA 17108