We’re excited about the new meeting times and locations in an exploration of options to increase capacity and improve participant experience at UMRA’s monthly gatherings.

May Gala:  West Wing of Campus Club
Buffet of hearty hors d’oeuvres, 4 to 6 p.m.
Election of new Board members
Keynote speaker:  President Kaler
“Perspectives  on the U Today and Tomorrow.”

Sept 25:  West Wing of Campus Club
Buffet of appetizers, 4 - 5 p.m.
Speaker:  William Doherty,  5 - 6 p.m.
Department of Family Social Science,
“Communicating Across Deep Political Chasms.”
Workshop:  No workshop in September.

Oct 23:  (same schedule as in past years)
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. social hour in bar
11:30 - 12:00 lunch, ABC Coffman Union
Speaker:  Grant Recipients on their projects, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Workshop: U retiree health insurance offerings for 2019, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Nov 27:  West Wing of Campus Club (same schedule as in past years)
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. social hour (West Wing)
11:30 - 12:00 lunch
Speaker:  Kathryn Pearson, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Associate Professor of Political Science,
Analyzing Midterm Election Results,
Workshop: Ted Bowman on grief and related decision-making, 1:30 - 2:30

Jan. 22: Noontime in West Wing
Feb. 26: Noontime in ABC
March 26: Noontime in West Wing
April 23: Either noontime in ABC or afternoon in West Wing. If the latter, workshop will be at 3 p.m.
May 21: Either noontime in ABC or afternoon in West Wing.

Luncheons and speakers: UMRA meetings are held at the Campus Club the fourth Tuesday of each month September through May, except for December. Invited luncheon speakers from within and outside the University address a variety of scholarly, informative, and entertaining topics. These luncheons allow members to renew long-standing friendships with former colleagues, make new acquaintances, and strengthen a sense of connection with the University community. Reservations and a luncheon fee  (make reservations) are required. An optional pre-luncheon coffee hour (no charge) begins at 10:30.

Workshops: A workshop in conjunction with most of our luncheon meetings. Workshops are generally designed to be highly interactive. There is no fee for workshops, and you need not have attended the luncheon to participate. Sample recent workshop topics have included housing alternatives, financial planning, long-term care, photography, and caregiving.

Annual meeting: The final monthly meeting of the year, in May, is considered to be our annual gala social event, an expanded menu and an especially entertaining program. UMRA officers hold a brief business meeting, and the membership elects new association officers and board members to lead the next year’s activities. There is no May workshop.

 Governance meetings: The Executive Committee and the Board meet most months during the academic year; other committees meet as needed.

Other: Clubs and special interest groups are informal, self-governing groupings of UMRA members who share a common interest. Our various groups can be found under Activities. Social events in addition to the luncheons are organized on an occasional basis and publicized through the newsletter or emails to the membership.



Event Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 4:30pm

The UMRA Social Activities Committee invites you to a summer wine tasting on the Campus Club Terrace with sommelier Jason Kallsen. Jazz music featuring vocalist Charmin Michelle will set the tone.

Event Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 10:00am

The UMRA Social Activities Committee invites you to enjoy a day in the countryside with a midsummer visit to the Veit Automotive Museum in Buffalo followed by a walk through the marvelous Munsinger and Clemens Gardens in St. Cloud.

Event Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 2:00pm

All UMRA members are invited to this Finance & Legal Group workshop at John A. Knutson & Co. in Falcon Heights.

Event Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 1:00pm

UMRA’s Social Activities Committee invites you to a narrated, one-hour tram tour to view the vibrant early autumn colors at the award-winning Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The tour will be followed by light refreshments and socializing.