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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.

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Jun 4 2018

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.

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Jun 2 2018

Prof. Joseph Gaugler, newly named to an endowed chair in the School of Public Health and the speaker for the workshop following UMRA’s April luncheon meeting, is profiled in a feature story in the Spring 2018 issue of Legacy, published by the U of M Foundation. The article highlights his pioneering work to help family members who provide care for people with Alzheimer’s and related diseases.   See the article.

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May 16 2018

Author delivers a riveting account of his parents’ determination to survive the chaotic events that took place during the reign of Robert Mugabe.

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May 1 2018

“Eighty-three percent of all help provided for persons with Alzheimer’s and related diseases comes from family members,” Joseph Gaugler, a gerontologist and professor of long-term care, noted in his presentation following UMRA’s April luncheon.

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May 1 2018

Prof. Erika Lee addressed the complicated nature of the United States’ approach to immigration and provided a “quick tour” of the country’s history of xenophobia, beginning in the mid 1700s.

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May 1 2018

Of the many places to find meditation classes in the Twin Cities, two that have attracted UMRA members are the University’s Center for Spirituality and Healing and the Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis.

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May 1 2018

The seven individuals up for election to UMRA's 2018–19 Board of Directors offer a wealth of experience from the University of Minnesota and beyond. 

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May 1 2018

Memory loss is frightening for all of us. The Lyngblomsten Care Center in St. Paul offers programs to assist both clients suffering from memory loss and their caregivers. There are two ways you can help.

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May 1 2018

From the Cares Committee bookshelf: The Industry of Souls

The Industry of Souls by Martin Booth, published by Picador Macmillan, 1998. Available through Amazon (both print and Kindle) and in a Nook book at Barnes and Noble. There also is one copy at the University library.

The book has a beautiful structure with the story taking place in one day. Alexander Baylis is celebrating his 80th birthday by taking a leisurely walk through the Russian village he’s lived in for the past 30 years. All seems quiet and ordinary at first. Then we learn that Alex is a British citizen who was arrested by the Soviets for spying and placed in a Siberian labor camp for 20 years. 

As he wends his way through the town, he talks to different people and is revealed as a wise, kind man, beloved by the villagers in his adopted home. Gradually, through flashbacks, we learn about his life in the gulag and the indomitable spirit that carried him through those dark years. 

For instance, we learn of the moral dilemma that confronts him when his friend asks Alexander to kill him to end his suffering. On a lighter note, we are treated to a memorable scene where he and his fellow prisoners dig up the perfectly preserved ancient body of a mammoth and then eat it after cooking it over an open fire.

At the end of his birthday walk, Alexander returns home to find a surprise visitor from England. He has received an inheritance, but he must return to England to claim it.

Skillfully written, it is a perfect story of a simple life well lived. A wonderful reading experience, it was short-listed for the prestigious Man Booker prize in 1998.

— Review by Pat Tollefson, UMRA Cares Committee

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 1:45pm
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April 30, 2017