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.


News

Beginning Jan. 22 (2018) Wilder Services for Aging will teach a mild exercise class designed to reduce the risk of falls by improving muscle strength, flexibility and mobility from practicing coordinated movements in a slow, circular, flowing motion.

The workshop will run for 24 sessions, from 10:30 to 11:30am every Monday and Wednesday at Wilder, 650 Marshall Ave, St. Paul. It is free but a donation of $60 is suggested. No prior experience is necessary. Please register by Tuesday, Jan 16.

Publication date:
Apr 7 2018

Despite a major snowstorm blanketing the Twin Cities the day before, dozens of retirees participated in the “Meaning in Retirement” workshop following the UMRA luncheon on January 23, 2018. The topic was a first for UMRA and it soon became clear that it struck a chord among those attending. 

Publication date:
Feb 5 2018

Want to be a part of keeping UMRA thriving? The UMRA Nominating Committee is asking for names this month for officers and Board members for 2018-19. Think about nominating someone (including yourself) for one of these positions.

Publication date:
Feb 2 2018

UMRA members who braved unplowed streets and parking challenges were treated to a fine presentation at our January luncheon by Vancouver native and U of M doctoral candidate Jessica Finlay, whose academic work is focused on human geography and social gerontology. 

Publication date:
Feb 2 2018

A panel of UMRA members, led by Cares Committee chair Ron Anderson, shared stories about their individual journeys into retirement and what it is that gives them a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. The answer, in the words of one: “Enjoy life, do good, and try to add value.” 

Publication date:
Feb 2 2018

New UMRA interest group, Finance and Legal Group (FLG), will meet February 21 for a workshop on identity security.

Publication date:
Feb 2 2018

“Just thumbing through this book is enough to scare you.” See what UMRA Book Club members say about it. 

Publication date:
Feb 2 2018

Join the book club members for a discussion of The Home Place, led by Judy Helgen. Members meet on third Fridays.  Contact Pat Tollefson (p-toll@umn.edu) to learn about a change of location for the February meeting.

Publication date:
Feb 2 2018

The Photo Club’s February 13 meeting will feature “snow and ice” pictures. Each attendee is asked to submit their favorite snow and ice pictures. 

Publication date:
Feb 2 2018

Join fellow UMRA members on February 15 for a ramen and sake pairing dinner at 5 p.m. in the Campus Club Bar. The menu features a delicious three-course meal, each course paired with a different sake.

Publication date:
Feb 2 2018

If you're looking for ways to use some of those special skills you developed during your career, or to follow a special interest, URVC offers a mix of opportunities this month. Judge a middle school debate tournament, become a tutor/mentor for a young person, scan documents for a digital archive, usher at the Rarig Center theaters, or help pack or distribute fresh produce at a major food warehouse.  

Publication date:
Feb 2 2018

For UMRA members who would like to get together for more than luncheons each month. ideas abound,. Special interest groups are a way of meeting with like-minded friends and new friends with similar interests.  

Publication date:
Feb 2 2018

Our February workshop will feature two experts in fall prevention from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Drs. Jean Wyman and Siobhan McMahon, discussing common myths about falls and what can be done to reduce the risk of falling as one ages. They will also connect us with an opportunity to volunteer for a fall-prevention study at the U of M. 

Publication date:
Feb 2 2018

Our February luncheon speaker, Emily Baxter, is the executive director of a media-based advocacy organization that seeks to be a catalyst for conversations about crime, privilege, punishment, and second chances. And it’s her thesis that we are all criminals, although most of us don’t get caught

Publication date:
Feb 2 2018
Geospatial mapping of UMRA membership

UMRA had 646 members in December 2017.  With help from U-Spatial we mapped the location of those members across the Twin Cities, where most of our members live. People may find this useful for setting up car pools.  Using the Member Search you can find other members by city, state and zip.   View the enlarged Map.

Publication date:
Jan 30 2018

Join UMRA friends in exploring St. Paul from skyway views. A free, two-hour tour on Sunday, January 21, 2-4 p.m., features the sky bridge photo art show “Speaking of Home,” which portrays 58 recent immigrants to Minnesota. View the nearly completed Minnesota Wild hockey training center in the old Macy’s building; learn about skyways, and much more. Stay for a reception in a condo on the 23rd floor. This tour is limited to 35 persons.

Publication date:
Jan 5 2018

Due to longer life expectancy, many of us could live for 10 to 30 years after retiring, which means we could live through several major changes in interests, activities, and identities in later life. This workshop, led by UMRA Cares Committee Chair Ron Anderson, is designed to help guide our thinking about assessing and reassessing the primary meaning and purpose in our lives. 

Publication date:
Jan 5 2018

Participants in UMRA’s November workshop learned about the challenges of caregiving among older adults and the variety of services offered for adult caregivers by the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, including Tai Ji Quan, a specially designed balance training regimen.

Publication date:
Jan 5 2018

The February book will be The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham, with discussion led by Judy Helgen.

Publication date:
Jan 4 2018

UMRA Book Club members share their November discussion of Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. 

Publication date:
Jan 4 2018

Many elderly people risk falling and breaking a hip as a result of poor balance. If you are at least 70 years old and not involved in a physical activity/exercise program, you are invited to participate in the new Ready–Steady program, offered by the School of Nursing. Help find the best ways to avoid accidental falls through strength-building and balance exercises. Compensation provided.

Publication date:
Jan 4 2018

“Tax Planning in Uncertain Times” was the topic for the first meeting of the new special interest group, Financial and Legal Issues (FLG), led by Andy Whitman in December. Members learned about end-of-year possible tax actions and set out a schedule of speakers and topics for the coming year.

Publication date:
Jan 4 2018

News you can use: Parking discount coupons are one of UMRA’s best membership benefits. If your supply is running low, here’s how to send for more!

Publication date:
Jan 4 2018

UMRA November audience laughed as Steve Sack, award-winning cartoonist with the Star Tribune, talked about his 36-year career in visual commentary on politics, society, and the world.

Publication date:
Jan 4 2018

Ten applications were submitted by the December deadline for the 2018 Professional Development Grants for Retirees program. The approved proposals will be announced in March. 

Publication date:
Jan 4 2018

The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters, by Emily Esfahani Smith, explains a growing new movement within psychological research that is fundamentally reshaping our understanding of the good life. It’s a very readable book for academics and non-academics alike.  

Publication date:
Jan 4 2018

As the Cares Committee has been exploring alternative transportation options, they have encountered some successes and some frustrations. They invite readers to share their experiences and recommendations with others. 

Publication date:
Jan 4 2018

At a Glance

Emily Baxter

FEBRUARY
LUNCHEON MEETING

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.`

Featured Speaker
Emily Baxter, executive director
We Are All Criminals organization

Location
Conference Room ABC
Campus Club, Fourth Floor
Coffman Memorial Union

Menu 

Beef bolognese over pappardelle; coffee and tea.
For special dietary needs, please request when making your reservations.

Reservations ARE required.
Deadline: Thursday, February 22
Prepayment of $16 per person.
Annual prepayers, please make reservations.

To reserve your place(s) and parking, 
send your check payable to UMRA to: 
UMRA Reservations
c/o Judy Leahy Grimes
1937 Palace Ave., St. Paul MN
55105-1728

Or, contact her before the deadline 
at 651-698-4387; e-mail: jleahy4654@aol.com.

Please honor the reservation deadline date; 
to cancel, please call by Thursday, February 22

Parking
University ramps and reserved space in East River Road Ramp 
with UMRA's discount coupon―$6 for the day.

Events

Event Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 1:30pm

Our February workshop will feature two experts in fall prevention from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Drs. Jean Wyman and Siobhan McMahon, discussing common myths about falls and what can be done to reduce the risk of falling as one ages. They will also connect us with an opportunity to volunteer for a fall-prevention study at the U of M. 

Event Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 11:30am

Our February luncheon speaker, Emily Baxter, is the executive director of a media-based advocacy organization that seeks to be a catalyst for conversations about crime, privilege, punishment, and second chances. And it’s her thesis that we are all criminals, although most of us don’t get caught

Event Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 2:00pm

New UMRA interest group, Finance and Legal Group (FLG), will meet February 21 for a workshop on identity security.