Welcome!

Be all you can be as a University retiree!!  Join the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA).

  • Attend stimulating monthly programs and seminars;
  • Connect with former colleagues and meet more friends;
  • Obtain discounts and other member benefits;
  • Stay informed on retirement issues with this website and a monthly newsletter.

       See Member Services to join, renew, or update.


Actions UMRA has taken on your behalf:

Professional Development Grants Program—The Office of the Vice President for Research and the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA) jointly created a grants program in 2007. These grants are awarded annually to support faculty, P&A and civil service retirees wishing to pursue projects related to their research, instructional, or other work history. Details of the programs and awards made are given on this website's grant's page.

Faculty Retirees’ Bill of Rights—UMRA led negotiations resulting in a statement of faculty rights and privileges. The document The Rights and Privileges of University Emeriti (Word doc) summarizes the rights and privileges that are guaranteed to retired faculty by the Resolution passed by the University Senate in 1998.

Keeping in touch with University actions

  • UMRA tracks discussions of, and seeks improvements in, health insurance coverage for retirees.
  • Designated UMRA board liaisons report monthly on the activities of the Board of Regents, the Alumni Association, the Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs, the Benefits Advisory Committee, the University Retiree Volunteer Center (URVC), and the Campus Club.

University E-mail Accounts—In 2005, UMRA clarified a University policy that e-mail accounts were to be continued for all retirees, and the association ensured that this privilege would be communicated to all retirees and providers. If you believe you are qualified as a retiree but do not have a University e-mail account, please notify UMRA at umra@umn.edu.

University/National Car Rental Contract—All retired University faculty and staff can continue to take advantage of the University's National Car Rental discount contract for business and personal travel, whether in the United States or abroad. Conversations between UMRA and the University Purchasing Services Department confirm that all faculty, P&A, and civil service employees who have retired from the University are eligible for this rental discount program. The amount of the discount varies with location and type of service, but the amount of savings often is substantial. If you are not already utilizing this discount, contact your former department or office for the relevant information, including the contract number.

In the 1980s, UMRA members envisioned, helped to plan, and oversaw the construction of 1666 Coffman, an independent condominium near the St. Paul campus. Direct inquires to coffman@umn.edu.

Your comments and advice regarding these and other issues are most welcome. Send any comments to umra@umn.edu, contact one of the UMRA officers, or use the Contact Us page.


Announcements

Professor Emeritus Jan Hogan is featured in this University of Minnesota Foundation story about giving back to the University. Through her fellowship for graduate students, she has inspired another generation of students devoted to similar work at the University of Minnesota. Read more at give.umn.edu.

Publication date:
Feb 3 2017

While it is written by a chaplain who has sat with hundreds of dying people, it is more about living and the meaning of living. But mostly it is a quick read that can make you feel good and change how you think about living and dying.

On Living by Kerry Egan was published in 2016 by Penguin Publishing. This review was written by UMRA member and Past President Ron Anderson, who says this book is about finding “joy in living.”

Publication date:
Feb 2 2017

The UMRA Photo Club welcomes photographers of all abilities. The next meeting will be held at the Washburn Library, 5344 Lyndale Ave. South in Minneapolis, from 1 to 3 p.m. on February 10.

Publication date:
Feb 2 2017

“A Health Club for the Mind!” That is how members describe the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (or “OLLI” ) here at the University of Minnesota. OLLI is a community of lifelong learners who are actively engaged in a volunteer-led, high-quality, educational, cultural, and social organization.

Publication date:
Feb 2 2017

UMRA Care Guides continue to be available for consultation when members are confronted by an unexpected health care situation, especially involving long-term care. To speak to a Care Guide, call the Center on Aging, 612-624-1185. 

In a joint project led by the UMRA Cares Committee and the University Center on Aging, Care Guide volunteers are trained and supervised by the Center on Aging. They have available the center’s information resources to assist you with decision making. All discussions are confidential.

Publication date:
Feb 2 2017
Friday Feb. 24 – Project Judging & Feb. 3 – 19 for Research Paper Judging
Volunteer Science Judges are needed for both the Science Fair and the Research Paper judging. You will be extremely valuable to evaluate and encourage Twin Cities’ students. As in the past, some will advance to state, national, and international competitions, winning awards and scholarships! Contact urvc@umn.edu for registration details.
Publication date:
Jan 26 2017

Dr. Atul Gawande, noted author of Being Mortal, will be speaking live from Boston.  The event will be streamed across the country, locally at the St. Anthony Main Theatre at 4:00 PM on Monday, February 13.  The event is free, presented in the Twin Cities with the support of the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, the St. Anthony Main Theatre, and Mill City Commons http://millcitycommons.org, Minneapolis' own village. 

Publication date:
Jan 19 2017

If you meet the residency and age requirements (you must be a Minnesota resident aged 62 or older) of the SCEP, you may audit courses free of charge, or take classes for credit at $10 per credit. This applies whether you are degree-seeking, or non-degree. Whether you audit or earn credits for a class, you are responsible to pay any required laboratory, material, or course fees. Fees vary by course. For complete information look at the SCEP Web pages:  http://onestop.umn.edu/academics/senior-citizen-education-program

Publication date:
Jan 14 2017

For colleagues and friends who may be thinking about joining the 1666 Coffman community, three units will be for sale in January.

Publication date:
Jan 6 2017

Consider a 2017 New Year’s Resolution! Give a little of your valuable time for the good deed of volunteering for a project to help the less fortunate. The University Retirees Volunteer Center does not ask for your money, but instead seeks generous patrons who will contribute time

Publication date:
Jan 6 2017

What have you been reading?

Share your thoughts about books and recommendations for reading with other UMRA readers by sending your review to Earl Nolting, enolting@umn.edu

Publication date:
Jan 6 2017

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren was published in 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf. This review was written by UMRA member and Past President Jean Kinsey.

Any scientist who has worked in a laboratory with research assistants and eager students will identify with many a familiar scene in Lab Girl...

Publication date:
Jan 6 2017

The November workshop in our series, Living Well in Later Life, was a three-part discussion moderated by Dr. Robert Kane, director of the Center on Aging and advisor to UMRA Care Guides. Possible changes to Medicare, Medicaid, and repeal of the Affordable Care Act have created new worries and uncertainties for many retirees.

Publication date:
Jan 6 2017

UMRA bylaw revisions will be presented to members for approval at the January luncheon meeting. In preparation for this meeting, please see the UMRA web site: https://umra.umn.edu; click on the “About Us” menu item; click on the About Us – Documents pdf file: "UMRA bylaws 2017 Proposed Revisions” to read or download the revised bylaws and compare them to the current bylaws.  Current bylaws are available at the same location.

Publication date:
Jan 2 2017

Events

Event Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 1:30pm

Following the luncheon on February 28, UMRA will present a workshop focused on understanding and discussing the benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) a program in the practice of managing pain without drugs. 

Event Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 11:30am

Sometimes it seems that our politicians, policy experts, and scholars devote excess energy to seeking answers before reflecting critically on the questions. Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer urges us to reexamine the often unspoken assumptions that drive our intellectual inquiry and advocacy alike. His title: “On Asking the Right Questions.”