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

Professional Development Grants for Retirees- a program worthy of your support

Established in 2007 by the Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Research, and the U of M Retirees Association, the PDGR program annually awards grants, up to $5,000, to help retirees pursue projects related to their scholarly and/or creative interests. 

This program is supported with an allotment of $45,000 per year from the provost’s office and funds raised by UMRA. Currently, we have the assurance of one or two more years of funding from the University. In addition, we have about $25,000 in the UMRA account with the University of Minnesota Foundation. This includes an initial investment of $10,000 by the UMRA board plus individual contributions from UMRA members that may be applied to the PDGR program. However, because we want to continue awarding 10 or more grants each year, we must prepare for the possibility of a future funding shortfall. 

We encourage UMRA members who have not yet made a contribution to this program to do so and, for those of you who have already made a contribution or pledge, to please consider adding to it. You may give by credit card online at give.umn.edu/giveto/SeptUMRA or by check payable to the University of Minnesota Foundation, P.O. Box 860266, Minneapolis MN 55486-0266. Be sure to indicate UMRA Fund 4867. You can also support this fund with a gift in your will or trust. For more information or if you have questions, please contact Lynn Praska, senior planned giving officer, University of Minnesota Foundation, at 612-624-4158 or LPraska@umn.edu.

We hope you will join us in supporting this program by making a tax-deductible gift.

Information about applying for a 2018-19 grant will be posted on the UMRA website in the coming months. In the meantime, if you have any questions about this program, please contact Dick Poppele, chair of UMRA’s PDGR Committee, at dick@umn.edu.

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August 31, 2017