News

Minnesota is at the forefront of the “de-carbonization” of power, the result of both public policy and private sector leadership. 

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Apr 5 2018

For those who like historical fiction and a “light” read with a happy ending, the UMRA Book Club recommends A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor

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Apr 5 2018

Tech support available to retirees from the U’s Office of Information Technology and a demonstration of UMRA’s website were highlights of the workshop following UMRA’s March luncheon. 

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Apr 5 2018

Thinking that meditation can only be learned by sitting with a personal guide? That personal guide can come to you via your smartphone. 

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Apr 5 2018

Volunteer to change lives; help seniors and individuals with disabilities maintain their independence and continue living in their homes. Help at Your Door volunteers assist with transportation, home support, groceries, and in many other ways. 

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Apr 5 2018

Committee will recommend candidates for officers and members for the Board of Directors to lead UMRA in 2018−19.

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Apr 5 2018

Nine grants totaling nearly $36,000 have been awarded to individuals who applied for 2018–19 funding from the Professional Development Grants for Retirees program.

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Apr 5 2018

Are you looking for somewhere to donate your extra books? Here are some resources to consider. 

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Apr 5 2018

2018 Awards. In February, 2018 a subcommittee of the UMRA Grants Committee reviewed 10 applications for the Professional Development Grants for Retirees and recommended that 9 be approved. In March, Allen Levine, Vice President for Research announced the recipients of the 2018 Professional Development Grants for Retirees . The recipients represented the fields of Medicine, Art History, Indian Studies, Education, Design, Indian Studies, Information Studies, Graphic Arts, History, and Psychology. 

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Mar 19 2018

Chances are, most of us will experience falling in our later years, but despite many commonly held myths about falling, it should not be considered a normal part of aging. Falls can be prevented. 

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Mar 5 2018

Reflecting on their impressions of The Homeplace by J. Drew Lanham, Book Club members select the quote: “I am as much a scientist as I am a black man; my skin defines me no more than my heart does. …I’ve yet to have a wild creature question my identity.”

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Mar 5 2018

Whether eager to learn or skeptical of the practice of meditation, you will find the book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics offers a beneficial experience.

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Mar 5 2018

The Book Club will meet Friday, March 16, at 2 p.m. to discuss A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor.

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Mar 5 2018

Serve as a history judge for school kids. Or as a juror for budding lawyers at a mock traffic trial. Everyone will learn something, and the students will thank you!

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Mar 5 2018

Membership Committee reaches out to prospective retirees with Retirement Kit and invitation to sample what UMRA has to offer. 

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Mar 5 2018

Keep UMRA invigorated! Nominate strong candidates for next year’s board and officers.

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Mar 5 2018

What if you were always introduced by the worst thing you have ever done? UMRA’s February luncheon speaker, criminal justice advocate Emily Baxter, posed this provocative question to inspire us to think deeply about the “empathy and opportunity chasm” that exists between those who are caught and convicted of criminal offenses and the rest of us. 

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Mar 5 2018

Volunteer for UMRA committee tasks, serve others, and get to know new colleagues

Have you been searching for a volunteer activity that provides service to others and allows you to work on tasks with friends? Or do you prefer to work on tasks more independently? There’s a place for you in our work for retirees.

Over the next months of summer, UMRA will be getting organized for next year, and there will be several opportunities for you to get involved.

Two groups planning now for new directions are described below. Please make your interests and availability known.

New UMRA Newsletter needs writers and editors

Join a team that will be advancing our communications to serve retirees with an e-newsletter. Currently, getting the news out depends on the work of essentially two people—a newsletter editor and a website webmaster. Because this lean arrangement can be precarious as well as time-consuming, we are forming a volunteer “editorial board” to spread the planning, managing, and content-gathering tasks among several volunteers as we move into an electronic newsletter.

If you like to write, enjoy editing, or if you can assist with collecting incoming news, please join us. If you like the idea of an e-newsletter and want to help combine our website information with an e-news function, we need you!

This new endeavor is in the planning stages now. Let us know of your interest. Contact Ginny Hanson, newsletter editor, hanso045@umn.edu, or David Naumann, webmaster, dnaumann@umn.edu.

The UMRA Cares Committee

In the process of reorganizing and expanding in new directions, the Cares group needs volunteers to help plan and develop a variety of initiatives to assist UMRA members.

The Cares Committee was first appointed in 2013 by President Ron Anderson to reach out to UMRA members and their families when a death or serious illness occurs. Condolence cards are also sent to non-member faculty and staff when we have the name and address of a surviving spouse/partner. Recently the committee’s focus has turned to finding resources for member concerns about health and aging through programs, workshops, and individual contacts.

If you are interested in assisting with this committee work, please contact Earl Nolting, 651-633-4333; enolting@umn.edu, who will answer any questions you may have.

For information about working with these or any of the other UMRA committees, contact incoming president Chip Peterson, 651-699-4286 or c-pete@umn.edu.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 3:00pm
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April 30, 2017