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Photo Club is on Shutterfly
The UMRA Photo Club posts its theme pictures online. Go to umraphotoclub.shutterfly.com. You’re in for a treat!
Members of the UMRA Photo Club at Silverwood Park in October 2020. Photo by Lynn C. Anderson
November 2020 ♦ Two Online Forums ♦ Online Workshop ♦ Free
November 10, 2020 - 9:00am
Timothy Schacker, MD, an infectious disease specialist at the U of M Medical School, will talk about the multifaceted approach that has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent COVID-19, and he will highlight the current efforts underway to develop, test, and distribute a vaccine that can help to free us from the grip of the coronavirus pandemic.
November 24, 2020 - 12:00pm
In her third presidential election debrief for UMRA, Kathryn Pearson, PhD, an associate professor of political science well known for her incisive analysis of elections at both the federal and state level, will help us to understand the outcome and implications of the 2020 elections.
Living Well Workshop
November 17, 2020 - 11:00am
With people living longer than ever before, the post-retirement stage of life can be almost as long as the working years. In this workshop, Lucy Rose Fischer, author of I’m New at Being Old, and her husband, Mark Fischer, will show how these years can be the best time of our lives.
This year’s annual workshop on the University’s retiree health plans sought to put information about the plans in a larger context. Read more >>
In this sentimental but timely story, the lives of three characters in a small Missouri town merge as they help each other overcome personal loss and hardships. Read more >>
As the University’s 10-year capital campaign enters its final months, UMRA members are urged to continue their generous support of our University, its students, and its essential programs. Read more >>
December 11 is the application deadline for next year’s awards from the Professional Development Grants for Retirees (PDGR) program. Read more >>
Committed to life-long learning and volunteering, musician and global traveler Fran Linhart says, “The U is my best friend. It offers so many wonderful opportunities for retirees.” Read more >>
Lynn C. Anderson and Craig Swan offered a presentation on preserving and sharing family history to UMRA members during a well-attended and well-received Zoom meeting in early October. Read more >>
Amelious N. Whyte Jr., PhD, is director of public engagement in the College of Liberal Arts Office of Institutional Advancement, and previously worked in the Board of Regents office and served as senior associate vice provost for Student Advocacy and Support. Read more >>
Although still teaching and advising in the Program in History of Science and Technology, Sally Kohlstedt is already enjoying the benefits of membership in UMRA. Read more >>
During our UMRA Forum on September 29, 2020, Regent Emerita and lifelong civil rights activist Josie Johnson spoke about the inner strength, spirituality, and perseverance of Black people, and emphasized the need for a brotherhood/sisterhood community where people of all colors are respected and engaged in the fellowship of humanity. Read more >>
Like the classic Black Beauty, in which a horse is the narrator, The Art of Racing in the Rain is narrated by a dog named Enzo. The title of the book is a metaphor for the scary times we face in our lives. Read more >>
Security Analyst Jenny Blaine began our September Workshop with a cautionary note about cybersecurity: You may not think you have anything valuable to steal, but you do. Read more >>
UMRA, together with the University of Minnesota Foundation, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the Professional Development Grants for Retirees program. Read more >>
The Professional Development Grants for Retirees (PDGR) program is an annual competition that makes grants available to University of Minnesota retirees for professional development and research. All retirees from all five campuses in the University of Minnesota System may qualify to apply. Read more >>
UMRA held its biannual planning retreat on August 25, bringing together UMRA officers, board members, committee chairs, and interest group leaders for a half-day meeting via Zoom. It was clear from the outset that UMRA has an engaged and vibrant volunteer base. Read more >>
Are you avoiding interesting UMRA programs because you’re unsure how to join a Zoom meeting or attend a Zoom webinar? You’re not alone. But it is not all that difficult. Read more >>
The Bell Museum on the U of M campus in St. Paul is a favorite place for astrophysicist Lawrence Rudnick, and for good reason. Read more >>
UMRA members who want to keep up with events at the University and news about the University can easily do so. There are three news and information sources to which you can subscribe, all delivered by email for free. Read more >>
When Sally Schakel retired from the University of Minnesota’s Nutrition Coordinating Center, she wanted to have a purpose in retirement and to keep connected to the U. She found her “volunteer home” at the University Retirees Volunteer Center. Read more >>
The UMRA News is offering colleagues across the University an opportunity to share with us some of their experiences on being maroon and gold, and Black. Rahel Ghebre, MD, MPH, is a gynecologic oncologist and professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health. Read more >>