Photo Club now on Shutterfly
The Photo Club has recently started posting its theme pictures online. If you want to see those from the last few months, go to umraphotoclub.shutterfly.com. You’re in for a treat!
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From the President
A proposed change in our by-laws will be presented for approval at UMRA’s annual meeting in May. Read More>
The University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA) is dedicated to connecting U of M retirees in lifelong, mutual support of the University and each other. Membership is open to all faculty, civil service, P&A, and bargaining unit retirees from all U of M campuses and their spouses or partners.
Incorporated in 1978, UMRA has served, supported, and advocated for the interests of the University for more than 40 years.
By the numbers
• Nearly 600. The number of UMRA members as of March 2019.
o 235 faculty
o 213 staff
o 147 spouses and partners
• 8. The number of monthly programs UMRA hosts annually. Programs typically begin with a luncheon or reception and include a featured speaker plus a workshop on the theme of living well in later life. Excellent programming has been a hallmark of UMRA since its inception.
• 100–150 members and guests. The typical monthly program attendance.
• $23.2 million. The total amount contributed (FY12–FY18) by current UMRA members to the U’s ongoing “Driven” campaign.
• $5,000. Grants of up to $5,000 each are available to U of M retirees through the competitive Professional Development Grants for Retirees program, administered by UMRA and the Office of the Vice President for Research.
• 8. The number of newsletters UMRA publishes annually (September–May) and distributes by mail and online at umra.umn.edu/newsletters. Programs In addition to its eight monthly programs, UMRA offers a variety of group activities, including:
In addition to its eight monthly programs, UMRA offers a variety of group activities, including:
• Armchair Traveler
• Book Club
• UMRA Cares
• Financial and Legal Issues Group
• Journal for Opinions, Ideas, and Essays
• Photo Club
• Social Activities
• Volunteer Opportunities
Designated UMRA board liaisons attend and report 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, and the Campus Club.
Published in 1925, the novel depicts a summer of selfishness and momentary happiness on Long Island.
At UMRA's 2019 Annual Meeting, Regent Chair David McMillan offered a candid description of the work of the Board of Regents, and underscored its committment to serving the U community.
During the business portion of our May 21 meeting, members in attendance will elect UMRA’s leadership for 2019–20.
The Shoemaker’s Wife is a fictional story based on the author’s own grandparents’ experience.
The new volunteer management system Better Impact is now fully operational on the URVC website.
Volunteers who assist in STEM events enjoy the achievements of the student participants every bit as much as the kids themselves.
Ron Anderson addresses the question, What components of wisdom grow or decline in our later lives?
Be on the lookout for an email announcing the debut of the new UMRA Salon.
Meet Judy Leahy Grimes, who loved her years spent working at the Humphrey School and had a “grand time” running a catering business in St. Paul.
At our April forum, Professor Steven Schondelmeyer exposed the brokenness of the U.S. prescription drug market.