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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

New Grand Challenge Course Fall 2017

The course, GCC 3019, Bridging the Age Gap: Enhancing Individual and Community Capacity, is designed as an experimental and entrepreneurial venture to take advantage of an historic opportunity: namely, the retirement of large numbers of people who have extraordinary levels of experience, expertise, and financial resources. A conservative estimate puts the value of this human resource in the trillions of dollars. At the same time, society has many unsolved problems: companies and communities lack the resources to accomplish all that they want to do, and the same is true of the public and non-profit sectors. 

GCC 3019 will be composed of small groups of undergraduates and retirees working with community organizations on challenges of mutual interest. The class will meet at the University of Minnesota’s West Bank campus and will be co-taught by Professor Emeritus Stuart Albert from the Carlson School of Management and Professor Thomas Fisher from the College of Design. The class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm, and will run 15 weeks from September 5th to December 14th

We seek retirees from diverse professions and backgrounds, who are interested and available in person and/or via the web to work with students as their plans and projects become crystalized. Participation can vary, as can the roles you may choose to assume (idea generator, mentor, collaborator, becoming a member of a student-retiree team, serving as a sounding board, etc.).

 You can obtain additional information by emailing the instructors: Professor Emeritus Stuart Albert (alber002@umn.edu) or Professor Thomas Fisher (tfisher@umn.edu). We would also like to invite you to attend the first class on September 5th in Blegen Hall, Room 125, to find out more about this opportunity. But please RSVP. Regrettably space, as well as the opportunity to participate in the class, will be limited. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 11:30am
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July 13, 2017