News

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

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