There are many benefits to membership in UMRA: membership discounts, professional development grants, a voice in the UMN community, and many on-going activities.
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.
PARKING: UMRA members are entitled to receive parking discount coupons which will obtain a reduced all day rate at all public ramps/garages and surface lots using automated pay machines. You must have an UMRA member parking coupon when leaving in order to receive the discounted rate. Parking discount coupons are available at UMRA luncheons or may be requested by mailing a self-addressed, stamped envelope to John Anderson, 1332 Como Blvd. E., St. Paul, MN 55117. A #10 envelope with one Forever stamp can deliver 21 coupons. Additional postage is necessary if more coupons are desired. NOTE: the UMRA rate will not be available when “event” charges apply. (612-626-7275, www.umn.edu/pts)
CAMPUS CLUB: UMRA members will receive a 20% discount (from $120 annually to $96 payable quarterly or annually) on their campus Club membership fee. Current Campus Club members who also have regular or introductory UMRA membership will receive this discount with their next Campus Club renewal. (612-624-6626, www.campusclubumn.org)
OLLI: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will provide a discount for the initial year of membership. New OLLI membership fee and UMRA member discount will be: OLL! /UM ($220 – 20=$200). . For information on category benefits and course schedules call OLLI (612-624-7847 or go to the OLLI website (www.olli.umn.edu)
LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM: The Arboretum will provide a 10% discount for annual membership fees. Use the UMRA card to redeem membership discount and free admission for University Employee Day with an UMRA card. No other discounts apply. (952-443-1400,www.arboretum.umn.edu)
LEARNING LIFE / COLLEGE OF CONTINUING EDUCATION: UMRA members will receive 10% reduction in fees for LearningLife courses . (612-624-4000, www.cce.umn.edu/learninglife)
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)
UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE: UMRA members receive a 20% discount at all University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Bookstore locations. This discount is good on apparel, insignia gift items, general books and supplies. The Bookstore discount excludes textbooks, computer hardware and software, graduation items, class rings, medical reference books and medical supplies and sale items. NEW MEMBER BENEFIT: UMRA members, with proof of membership, are eligible to purchase Apple products and other technology items at the special educational pricing available to the University of Minnesota campus community. For more information, please visit www.mtech.umn.edu or visit us in store at the U of M Bookstores in Coffman Memorial Union (612-625-6000, www.bookstores.umn.edu). Follow our sales and events. Text UMN to 66866 to join our email list.
INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS: The UMRA member cards can be used to obtain a 20% discount for single event tickets to all sports except football, men’s basketball, and men’s hockey. There is NO season discount for any sport. (612-624-8080, www.gophersports.com)
NORTHROP: Northrop Presents offers an UMRA 12-22% discount on series packages and $5 per single tickets for the 2017-18 Northrop Dance Season. New this year save 50% off tickets for kids under 17! (612- 624-2345, northrop.umn.edu)
WEISMAN ART MUSEUM: Offers a $5 discount on individual and dual memberships. The gift shop offers a 10% discount during the full week of UMRA meetings (Sept.-May) and the full week of summer 4th Tuesdays (June-August) as well as other select days – to be announced. (612-625-9494, www.weisman.umn.edu)
SCHOOL OF MUSIC: UMRA members are encouraged to attend events of the School of music, 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 (regular price $25) . (612-624-2345, www.music.umn.edu)
THEATRE ARTS AND DANCE: UMRA members will receive $12 tickets 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. “Enjoy the show!”
Use of these discount programs is limited to UMRA members.. These discount programs are renewed by UMRA annually and are valid through August 31, 2018
(October, 2017 revision)
At UMRA’s annual meeting on May 22 the membership elected the slate of candidates presented by the Nominating Committee for UMRA’s 2018–19 Board, including Bill Donohue as our new president-elect and Lynn Anderson our new secretary. In keeping with UMRA tradition, Jerry Rinehart, who served as president-elect for the past year, will lead the Board as president. During its meeting earlier in the afternoon, the Board approved increases in membership and luncheon/buffet fees for the coming year.
UMRA was pleased to host President Eric Kaler at its 2018 Annual Meeting on May 22. The president outlined major challenges facing the University, and provided updates on the University’s strategic plan and ambitious $4 billion capital campaign.