From the President
This is my first column as UMRA’s president, and I’m looking forward to the year ahead. As I write this, it’s not yet clear when we will be able to meet again in person and inside, but we’ve begun to plan our transition back. More …
Photo by John Anderson, UMRA Photo Club member
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Practicing social distancing. Photo by Ewa Prochniewicz
♦ UMRA September & October 2021 Programming ♦
September 28, 2021 - 12:00pm
Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, will share with us the story of how the faculty, staff, and students at the University of Minnesota Medical School responded to the coronavirus pandemic in an unprecedented effort of adaptation, collaboration, and service.
October 12, 2021 - 9:00am
UMRA is pleased to welcome Regent Emeritus Rick Beeson as our guest speaker for UMRA A.M. on October 12. He will speak on the current state of the University, including the U’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and share his reflections on his time as a member and chair of the Board of Regents.
September 21, 2021 - 11:00am
Humphrey School Senior Fellow Jay Kiedrowski will be joined by Professor and President Emeritus Robert Bruininks for this special forum to discuss the proposed amendments to the Minneapolis city charter that will be on the ballot in November.
More than a century after the timeframe of this tale of harrowing illness and intertwined heartbreak, the parallels with today’s COVID-19 pandemic and current wars struck Book Club II participants as eerie. More …
When Yoel Blum travels from his home in Israel to Amsterdam, where he was born, he begins a journey of finding out the many things his mother kept from him, which leads to a new understanding of who he is. More …
On a clear and sunny Tuesday in August, the Retirees Association held its first all-member, in-person event in more than a year. Nearly 100 members and guests gathered at the Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul to enjoy lunch and being together outdoors. More …
UMRA member Julie Medbery grew up on a farm in South Dakota, and at one time during her career at the U of M knew the names of nearly 200 (agricultural) Extension educators across the state. More …
The 2022 PDGR awards competition opens October 15, and the application deadline is December 31. The program is open to all retirees from all five campuses in the University of Minnesota System. More …
When you park your vehicle on campus, use the square QR code on the back of your new 2021–22 UMRA membership card to obtain the UMRA parking discount. More …
Are you curious about UMRA’s past or are you someone who simply enjoys working with others to put together innovative projects? If so, UMRA needs you. More …
The Journal of Opinions, Ideas & Essays (JOIE), has seen a recent influx of new articles on a wide variety of topics. With the addition of six articles, the number of papers downloaded for reading during the first seven months of 2021 was nearly 20% higher than during the same period one year previously. Everyone associated with the University of Minnesota, both active and retired, qualifies as an author -- faculty, P & A employees, civil service/bargaining unit staff, and alumni. More …
More than 50 UMRA members and guests enjoyed a delightful late afternoon together learning about wine and wine tasting and then tasting three excellent Minnesota wines. More …
UMRA had over 600 members in August 2021. With help from U-Spatial we mapped the location of members in the Twin Cities area, both to show the distribution of members and to help our members see potential car-pool opportunities. Click to enlarge map. Use the Member Search to find other members by city, state and zip.