From the President
UMRA runs on the energy and inspiration of members who get involved to organize, to lead, to participate. Here’s news about some recent personnel changes.
Autumn in Quarry Park and Nature Preserve, Waite Park, Minnesota.
Photo by Lynn C. Anderson
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- Enjoy social activities and make new friends
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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!
Inside the car wash.
Photo by Jean Kinsey
♦ UMRA January 2022 Programming ♦
January 25, 2022 - 12:00pm
Phyllis Moen, PhD, professor and holder of the McKnight Endowed Presidential Chair in Sociology, our guest speaker for UMRA’s first Forum of 2022, will talk about “encore adulthood” and how this already challenging time of life has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and societal upheaval.
Living Well Workshop
January 18, 2022 - 11:00am
Pamela Schreiner, PhD, a professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health and director of the School of Public Health’s Center to Study Human-Animal Relationships and Environments, will be the featured speaker for UMRA’s first Living Well Workshop of 2022.
This inspiring book by the prolific American author Catherine Ryan Hyde conveys a hopeful theme that also underlies her first novel, Pay It Forward. More …
For those with contemporary 2021 sensibilities, A Confederacy of Dunces—acclaimed as a literary masterpiece after it was published posthumously in 1980—is a canonical work of modern literature, best understood as a period piece. More …
The November 2021 UMRA A.M. audience was treated to an exceptional presentation on the international education of students at the University of Minnesota by Meredith McQuaid, associate vice president and dean of international programs. More …
If we keep to current trends in carbon dioxide emissions, unmitigated by responsible action, Minnesota could become, at best, a grassland habitat, causing great disruptions throughout the ecological system, according to Lee Frelich, PhD, director of the U of M’s Center for Forest Ecology. More …
Open Enrollment for healthcare benefits available to U of M retirees is November 1-30. To clarify the bewildering array of insurance options facing us, UMRA and the U’s Office of Human Resources co-hosted a workshop that featured an overview of the Minnesota marketplace for Medicare-eligible seniors and a presentation on the U’s plans for retirees—their history, what makes them distinctive, and what plans are being offered for 2022. More …
Meet UMRA member Alan Shapiro, a historian of the physical sciences whose first job was delivering newspapers in The Bronx. More …
December 15 is the application deadline for next year’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees. All U of M retirees who will be fully retired by the time of their award may apply for grants. More …
Looking ahead to when we return to in-person programming, UMRA needs a small group of folks to volunteer to do the things that are required to host a successful event. More …
In a remarkably candid talk for our October 2021 UMRA A.M. webinar, Regent Emeritus Rick Beeson offered reflections on his 12 years on the Board of Regents and shared his concerns for the future of the University. More …
In Braiding Sweetgrass, author Robin Wall Kimmerer, a trained botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, shows how other living things like plants offer us lessons to live by. The culture of gratitude is a key theme. More …