There are many benefits to membership in UMRA: membership discounts, professional development grants, a voice in the UMN community, and many on-going activities.
While the Covid-19 induced restriction on large public gatherings remains in effect, the luncheons are suspended. However, a schedule of monthly presentations by notable speakers continues. Members access the talks and participate in discussion and with questions via Zoom.
Monthly luncheons are held throughout the academic year and are well attended. Speakers from within and outside the University address a variety of scholarly, informative, and entertaining topics. After the luncheon, free expert-led workshops may be held in a more informal setting.
In addition to this web site, UMRA publishes a monthly newsletter (available for download on this site) reporting on association activities and providing information on health care insurance issues, volunteer activities, Regents’ decisions, and other matters of interest to the membership.
A gala social event occurs in May of each year as UMRA officers polish up the year and the membership elects new association officers and board members to lead the next year’s activities.
Discounts Available to UMRA Members:
PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION: Parking payment equipment has changed all across campus! UMRA members continue to enjoy parking discounts, but we no longer will need coupons. Beginning this fall, you will scan your 2021-2022 UMRA membership card at checkout to get the discount. Until the new membership cards are issued press the “Help” button when you are about to pay and tell the attendant that you are a member of UMRA. License plate readers are in use. If you complete payment before you return to your car then when your car approaches the exit the gate should automatically rise. This feature will speed up exiting the facility.
Parking discounts provide a reduced all day rate at all public ramps/garages and surface lots using automated pay machines. NOTE that the UMRA rate will not be available when “event” charges apply.
CAMPUS CLUB: UMRA members will receive a 20% discount (from $120 to $96) on the campus Club annual membership fee. Campus Club is conducting a membership drive this year from September 1 to December 31, offering first year memberships for just $88. (612-624-6626, www.campusclubumn.org)
CENTER FOR SPIRITUALITY & HEALING: The center offers a 10% discount on many (though NOT all) of their programs. Enrich your health and wellbeing by exploring these innovative programs. (612-626-9459, www.csh.umn.edu)
INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS: UMRA members will receive additional benefits at University of Minnesota Faculty and Staff Appreciation Athletics Events. Show your membership card at the time of purchase to receive exclusive discounts beyond those offered to exiting University employees and non UMRA members! Also, watch for notice of group events offered exclusively for UMRA members. These events will be announced throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. (612-624-8080, www.gophersports.com)
LEARNING LIFE | COLLEGE OF CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES: The Learning Life program has offered UMRA members a discount in past years. It has been DISCONTINUED for academic year 2020-2021. See ccaps.umn.edu/learninglife for more information on Discounts & Policies, and all upcoming courses and events. (612-624-4000, ccaps.umn.edu/learninglife)
MINNESOTA LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM: The Arboretum will provide a 10% discount on the annual membership fee, along with free admission on University Employee Day (not held every year). The Arboretum also provides discounts for groups of 15 or more. (612-624-2200, www.arboretum.umn.edu)
NORTHROP: Northrop Presents offers UMRA a 12-22% discount on series packages and $5 per single tickets for the 2019-2020 Northrop Dance Season, which runs October 2019 through April 2020. (612-624-2345, northrop.umn.edu)
OLLI: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will provide a $20 discount to UMRA members for the initial year of membership ($240 – $20=$220). Over 300 courses (all included in cost of membership) are offered each year. Join by September 9, 2019 and be first in line in requesting courses. To receive your UMRA discount and for course schedules call OLLI at 612-624-7847 or go to the OLLI website (www.olli.umn.edu).
SCHOOL OF MUSIC: NO EVENTS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED IN 2020-2021. UMRA members are welcome to attend School of Music events, many of which are open to the public without charge. Ticket prices for University Opera Theatre performances in fall and spring will be $15 for UMRA members (regularly $20- $25). (612-624-2345, www.music.umn.edu)
THEATRE ARTS AND DANCE: NO EVENTS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED IN 2020-2021. UMRA members will pay $12 per ticket to all mainstage performances at the Rarig Center. When ordering tickets by phone, call 612-624-2345 or purchase online at www.theatre.umn.edu.
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION: UMRA members may join the University of Minnesota Alumni Association at the special rate available to current U of M employees. A single annual membership is $35 (regularly $50) and a joint annual membership is $45 (regularly $60.) Membership unlocks access to rewards such as a subscription to the award-winning quarterly magazine Minnesota Alumni. Join at UMNAlumni.org/UMRA. (612-624-2323 www.umnalumni.org)
UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORES: UMRA members receive a 20% discount at all Twin Cities Bookstore locations on apparel, insignia gift items, general books and supplies. This discount excludes textbooks, computer hardware and software, consumer technology products, graduation items, college jewelry medical supplies sale and clearance items, and gift cards. NOTE that there is no additional savings for UMRA members for general books which are priced at an everyday discount. UMRA members, with proof of membership, are eligible to purchase Apple products and other technology at the same special educational pricing available to the University of Minnesota campus community. (612-625-6000, www.bookstores.umn.edu)
Use of these discount programs is limited to UMRA members. These discount programs are valid through August 31, 2021.
[Rev. August 20, 2020]