From the President
The Retirement Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs is considering a retirement tier in the University’s retirement plan, adding both investment and planning tools and products. Read more >>
The sighting of a cardinal brightens any winter day.
Photo by Jean Kinsey
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Practicing social distancing. Photo by Ewa Prochniewicz
January 2021 ♦ Two Online Forums ♦ Online Workshop ♦ Free
January 26, 2021 - 12:00pm
Brad Holschuh, PhD, co-director of the interdisciplinary Wearable Technology Laboratory (WTL) in the U of M College of Design, will highlight the work of the lab and recent advancements in technologies that can be integrated into fabrics.
February 9, 2021 - 9:00am
What does a community need to be safe? Why didn’t many prior attempts at police reform prevent what we witnessed on May 25? We’ll hear from UMRA member Greg Hestness, who, following 28 years of service with the Minneapolis Police Department, served as the U’s AVP of public safety and chief of police.
Living Well Workshop
February 16, 2021 - 11:00am
A weakening voice can impact one’s ability to thrive in later years. The good news is, there are things we can do to build and maintain our vocal strength, as we will learn in this workshop with Peter Watson, PhD, from the U of M Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.
Over the last four years, with my spouse as co-investigator, I have benefitted greatly from having Undergraduate Research Scholarship students on our team for two projects supported by UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees program. Read more >>
The Professional Development Grants for Retirees program received only one application for 2021. Trying to create positive spin, I shall consider this an opportunity for us to replenish our program fund. Read more >>
Meet UMRA member Dorothy Marden. She runs for fun and got her first TV, together with her husband, just last year. Really!
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The Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, or CHAI, a new center emanating from the Center on Aging, resides in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and UMRA is a supporting organization. Read more >>
Due to the modest response to the Road Scholar “Art & History of Paris” tour the UMRA Travel Committee announced in November, Road Scholar has decided to add three more dates for participating. Read more >>
We saw during 2020 how relevant scientific research endeavors are and we may merely wonder at the inestimable value of having volunteers willing to be research participants. Extraordinary opportunities are available through the University Retirees Volunteer Center. Read more >>
The UMRA Book Club discussed One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez at its January meeting. It was a difficult read for some.
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UMRA is expanding on its partnership with the University of Minnesota Alumni Association by offering our webcasts to Gold Mind, UMAA’s expanding library of video presentations curated from 20 University colleges and units. Read more >>
Looking for answers to your tax questions and access to free tax preparation services? Many possible tax credits are available but only if taxes are properly filed. Read more >>
Parking discount coupons which UMRA members have used for the past 10 years will not function with the new parking payment system being installed in ramps and parking lots on the Twin Cities campus. Read more >>
A number of our retirees have experienced the deactivation of their umn.edu-domain access to Zoom when trying to schedule a Zoom meeting. Here's why. Read more >>
We need your help! The Retirees Association is seeking contributions from its members to support the technical side of our Zoom presentations. Read more >>
In late August, I set up a Zoom meeting that was to be held September 3 for a fundraising discussion with a national nonprofit that I work with as a volunteer. When I went to open the meeting as host, the system would not let me in. Read more >>
Meet UMRA member Fred Bertschinger, who has taken advantage of retirement to become a master naturalist and a beekeeper. Read more >>
UMRA is flourishing. Even now, UMRA members are finding ways to connect with others. In response to a healthy burst of recent activity, the UMRA Board has instituted a new policy for recognizing new, member-initiated interest groups. Read more >>
Have you noticed a proliferation of pronouns in some auto signatures, especially in the University world and the business community? Wondering what the change is all about? Read more >>
In the world of science, the speed that has brought the coronavirus vaccines to the point of distribution is truly remarkable—and a clear sign of how technology, combined with our growing understanding of human immunology, speeds up discovery. Read more >>
On behalf of the University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC), I’d like to recognize and thank all the volunteers who contributed their talents and time to the success of the many projects both inside and outside the University coordinated by URVC this past year. Read more >>
Did you know the Retirees Association has its own open access, electronic journal? It's called JOIE, and UMRA is looking for a qualified volunteer to become the new editor-in-chief. Read more >>
Kathryn Pearson’s outstanding UMRA Forum presentation on November 24 about the 2020 elections ended with a brief exchange about Electoral College reform. As it happens, I have been immersed in this subject for the last four years and would like to offer this update. Read more >>
Five recipients of awards from UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees program, including Regent Emeritus Josie R. Johnson, are highlighted in “Still Making Change,” a feature article about U of M retirees written by UMRA Board member Will Craig and published in the Winter 2021 issue of Minnesota Alumni. Read more >>
One day after Pfizer announced preliminary results for their COVID-19 vaccine, Timothy Schacker, MD, was our featured speaker for UMRA A.M. Dr. Schacker is an infectious disease specialist and vice dean for Research in the University of Minnesota Medical School. Read more >>
The UMRA Family History group met via Zoom on December 2 for a presentation by Lynn C. Anderson and Craig Swan on building and documenting family trees using Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. Read more >>
December 11 is the application deadline for next year’s awards from the Professional Development Grants for Retirees (PDGR) program. 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 >>
Political analyst Kathryn Pearson gave members of the Retirees Association a riveting and comprehensive analysis of the 2020 elections during UMRA’s November 24 forum via Zoom. Read more >>