University Archives contains many UMRA documents.  One of the earliest was created with one of the  most common tools of the trade of the early 1980's. The 22 page, typewritten (remember those?) pdf document is titled: "PDF icon umra_history_1976-1983_by_e_gerald.pdf." It is very interesting reading.  Read online or download a copy.

Publication date:
Jul 31 2017


We invite you to participate in a Grand Challenge Course, which will be offered this fall at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. Grand Challenge Courses (GCC) are special courses designed to address significant challenges in the world, and they attract the brightest and most creative students. 

Publication date:
Jul 13 2017

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 ( or Professor Thomas Fisher ( 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
Publication date: 
July 13, 2017