Book Club

The UMRA Book Club meets at 2 p.m. on the third Friday of every month except December.  We meet at the 1666 Coffman Building, which is on Larpenteur Avenue near the St. Paul Campus.

Our book for January 2017 was THE SONG POET:  A MEMOIR OF MY fATHER by Kao Kalia Yang.  Next readings are:

February 17 -- A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrick Backman

March 17 -- LAB GIRL by Hope Jahren

April 21 --  THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead

May 19 -- THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion

June 16 -- SING FOR YOUR LIFE by Daniel Bergner

July 21 -- H IS FOR HAWK Helen MacDonald

August 18 -- THE KITCHEN BOY by Robert Alexander

September 15  THE UNDOING PROJECT by Michael Lewis

We read both fiction... More...

Photo Club


The UMRA Photo Club is open to all UMRA members who have an interest in photography. We welcome photographers of all abilities. Most of us are struggling amateurs who like to take pictures and want to get better. We benefit from the kind help we get from each other.

We met monthly to share photos and talk about different aspects of photography. From time to time we met for a photography shoot somewhere in the Twin Cities. Recent shoots have been at the Como Zoo and Conservatory, along the Green Line in St. Paul, the Minneapolis Farmers Market and at the newly refurbished State Capitol.

Recent discussions and demonstrations have included photo books, restoring old photographs, and video tutorials on different aspects of photography.
There is also active sharing of web resources on photography by members of the Photo Club.

For the 2017-18 academic year we will be meeting on the second Tuesday of each month from 1:00 pm to 3 pm at the St. Anthony branch of... More...

UMRA Cares Group

The UMRA Cares committee members stand ready throughout the year to assist and support members who may be facing serious illness or experiencing the death of a loved one. Tthis committee was formed by members who know first-hand how important it is to have support in times of stress or loss. If you or someone you know wants to talk with a member of UMRA Cares, please e-mail them at or call and leave a message at the office phone: 612-626-4403.

Throughout the year, including summer, your UMRACARES committee hopes to provide you with support and resources through emails, programs and on our website on dealing with the death or serious illness of a loved one.  For assistance and support in the event of the death or serious illness of an UMRA member or family member, please e-mail us at or call 612-626-4403... More...

The Journal of Opinions, Ideas and Essays (JOIE)

The Journal of Opinions, Ideas, & Essays (JOIE) is a new, open access, electronic journal sponsored by the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA), and accessed at JOIE is supported by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing system. Its purpose is to provide a digital venue for a wide variety of articles submitted by retired or active faculty, staff and civil service colleagues from the Twin Cities and Coordinate Campuses of the University. Articles may be intended for a broad, general audience or for a more specialized readership. Examples might be biographical, historical, or literary essays; matters of curricular interest; comments on University issues or issues in higher education; pedagogical essays; short stories or poetry; book reviews; speculative scientific hypotheses; or comments... More...

Professional Development Grants for Retirees

Jan Hogan talks about the Professional Development Research Grant -- the PDRG

The Professional Development Grants for Retirees Program, working with the Office for the Vice President for Research, makes grants of up to $5,000 available to UMN retirees for professional development or research.  This UMRA committee of retirees, appointed by Frances Lawrenz, Associate Vice President for Research, reviews and recommends applications for Professional Development Grants for Retirees to help retirees pursue projects related to their scholarship. The guidelines for applying will be sent to UMRA members via email and  may be downloaded at 2016 rfp for 2017-2018 projects.

All faculty members, professional and administrative, and civil service retirees from the Twin Cities and Coordinate Campuses of the University are eligible to apply for the grants (up to $5,000).  The deadline for applications is normally in December. Awards will be announced... More...

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