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FROM THE PRESIDENT

2024-04: Working to increase our connections with the U

I’d like to highlight a few areas where UMRA is working to increase our connections with and support for the University. If you are interested in being part of these exciting activities or have ideas for new initiatives, I’d love to talk with you and hear your thoughts. More...

 

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UMRA Operational Needs

This will be a new regular column where you can find organizational tasks that need your help! We are currently looking for help researching a new UMRA Membership Database and URVC volunteer database, and a co-producer for UMRA's Zoom webinars. See more details:

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Memories: episodic, semantic, implicit, explicit
LIVING WELL WORKSHOP

Explaining the brain

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Cognitive impairment will happen to many of us as we age. Understanding why and how and what can be done about the changes related to aging was the focus of UMRA’s March 19 workshop with neurologist Paul Schanfield, MD. The good news is, we don’t use the word “senile” any more. More...

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BOOK CLUB I

Book Notes | ‘The Other Einstein’

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In 'The Other Einstein,' an historical novel about the life of Albert Einstein’s first wife, Mileva Marić, author Marie Benedict speculates that Marić contributed significantly to the papers and relativity theory that are attributed to Einstein. The book raises several questions. More...

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HELLO, my name is Millie Woodbury

Meet UMRA member Millie Woodbury, a lifelong world traveler whose favorite place on campus is Aisle C, Seat 24, at Northrop Auditorium. 

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Andrea Gilats, PDGR 2024 award recipient
GRANTS FOR RETIREES

UMRA grants program announces 2024 awards

Eight retirees from the Twin Cities and Morris campuses have been chosen to receive 2024 awards from UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees Program. As in previous years, their projects cover a diverse set of topics, reflecting the breadth of studies and continuing professional activities undertaken by University retirees. 

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Tips and Tricks
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Cyber tips & tricks—changing your U email

Many of us are busy switching from using our UMN email to another email account – or at least contemplating how to go about it. This Tips & Tricks article highlights several key steps you may want to take, or need to take, as you make this change. Instructions are also included for making this change to your UMRA account login and UMRA member communications.

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GRANTS FOR RETIREES

2024 PDGR Abstracts

The 2024 PDGR grants have been decided and awarded.  Seven grants were awarded to a variety of worthy studies.

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NEWS

Supporting the U at the Legislature

UMRA’s mission is, in part, that of advocating for the University. There are several ways to show that support to your elected officials, including emails, phone calls, visits to your elected representatives, and rallies coordinated by the U.  

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Melissa Hortman, speaker, MN House, 2024.02.27 UMRA Forum
FORUM

Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman offers upbeat advice on how to advocate for the University

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UMRA members attending the February 27 UMRA Forum enjoyed an honest and refreshing conversation with guest speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, and an honors graduate of the U of M Law School. More...

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LIVING WELL WORKSHOP

Assessing and addressing knee pain

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If you’ve never felt a twinge of pain in your knee and wondered whether a knee replacement was in your future, you’re one of very few older adults. Fortunately for UMRA members, renowned U of M orthopedic surgeon Elizabeth Arendt, MD, generously shared some of her expertise in diseases of the knee for our February workshop. Among her recommendations for self-care: “Fitness and strengthening, and a heavy dose of common sense.” More...

Julie Westlund, UMN Duluth
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HELLO, my name is Julie Westlund

Meet UMRA member Julie Westlund. She retired as the director of UMD Career and Internship Services, a position she enjoyed for 30-plus years—serving students and doing meaningful work to make a difference in their lives.  

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OLLI offers free online ‘At-the-U’ lecture series

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is offering a free, online lecture series this spring to showcase work and research taking place at the U, with topics ranging from cancer treatment to awesome apples and design in everyday objects.

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VOLUNTEER CENTER

Spring volunteer opportunities in the community and on the Twin Cities campus

Working with Great River Greening, the Silver Gopher Service Corps is recruiting volunteers to photograph plants, insects, and critters and then crowdsource species identification with the iNaturalist app.

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Help support UMRA programs and activities

UMRA members now have two convenient online giving options for making donations to support UMRA programs and activities.

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Program Committee wants feedback

UMRA runs on volunteers. The Program Committee is a great way to have an impact with a very reasonable time commitment. 

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