Bountiful Brazil

Tue, Mar 5 2024, 9am


The University of Minnesota Alumni Association has organized a trip to Brazil next spring. Rooms are filling up quickly so if you hav an interest, please register as soon as possible (click on the green "Check Availability" button to select your preferred stateroom). Once you have signed up, please let Cherie in order to keep count of UMRA members on the trip. 

Dates: March 5 through 15, 2024.

For all questions/concerns, contact Cherie at: [email protected] or 612-929-0233.

Below is a description of the trip from UMAA.

Step aboard Oceania Cruises’ Marina and let your wanderlust guide you on an unforgettable 10-night journey through the vibrant heart of South America. 

Embark in Buenos Aires, where the rhythms of tango echo through the streets. Uncover the timeless charm of Montevideo and stroll through its historic streets, relishing in the elegance of colonial architecture. Soak up the sunshine on a beach in Punta del Este or let the colorful streets and bustling markets of Itajai captivate your senses. Enjoy Sao Francisco’s waterfront historic district adorned with buildings of German, Norwegian, and Portuguese origin, dating back to the 18th and 19th century. 

In Sao Paulo, discover a vibrant metropolis pulsating with art, fashion, and gastronomy. Unwind in Parati, a picturesque town nestled between the mountains and the sea. Revel in relaxation in the pristine paradise of Ilha Grande, a lush island where beaches meet tropical jungles. Lounge on Buzios’s glistening golden sands or shop for a unique souvenir on the main street lined with boutiques and cafés. 

Conclude your journey in the iconic Rio de Janeiro, where Sugarloaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue stand guard over the city.

Upcoming Events

Event Date: July 26, 2024, at 2pm

Erik Larson’s non-fiction narrative recounts the struggles of middle-class University of Chicago, Professor William Dodd, was appointed as U.S. ambassador to Germany during the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich. Dodd not only had to deal with the threats to democracy, but his thriftiness was criticized by State Department officials who mainly came from wealthy elite families. In addition, Dodd’s daughter began dating Nazi officials.

Event Date: August 5, 2024, at 9:30am

Our August 5 hike will be a reprise of our hike last summer at William O'Brien State Park.  This is a beautiful park with a winding trail and a great view of the countryside.  The hike is about 5.5 to 6 miles and we'll go at a moderate pace with frequent water breaks.  After the hike, we will eat lunch at Rustic Roots Winery, a half mile north of the park. 

Event Date: August 16, 2024, at 2pm

Kathy Cramer will lead the discussion of The Bookbinder by Pip Williams, a book set in 1914 Oxford chronicling the life of Peggy who works in the University bindery, but craves a life beyond binding books but to being a scholar herself.

Event Date: August 28, 2024, at 5:30pm

Enjoy a two-hour cruise on the Jonathan Padelford, leaving from the Harriet Island dock in St. Paul, boarding time at 5:30 p.m. We will have a brief program on board by Patrick Nunnally from the River Life Program of the Institute on the Environment.

Event Date: August 31, 2024, at 11:59pm

August 31 is the due date for annual reports and updates.  Annual Reports, Toolkits, web page updates, operating document updates and archives collections are all due each year on this date.

Event Date: September 10, 2024, at 10:30am

Autumn is a wonderful season in Minnesota so plan to join UMRA at the Andersen Horticultural Library at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Kristen Mastel, head librarian and curator, will reveal its treasure trove of publications and artifacts relating to plant history, horticulture, and natural history. After the tour, those who are interested may stay to eat lunch together, sitting outside if the weather is nice. Later, you are invited to a one-hour tram tour of the entire Arboretum that includes natural areas of flowering shrubs, bogs, and forests, family garden and landscaping showpieces, and the red barn farm

Event Date: September 10, 2024, at 12:30pm

After a summer break the UMRA Photo Club will next meet September 10, 2024 in the meeting room of the Hennepin County St. Anthony Branch Library. For those interested in lunch, meet at the Great Dragon at 11:30 am. For September the THEME will be Curves

Event Date: September 16, 2024, at 10am

We will continue to discuss the pros and cons of Medicare Advantage.  You will also hear about notable non-health plan and non-broker resources.

Event Date: September 30, 2024, at 10am

Topics relevant to managing investments in retirement.  By David Foster, CFP©, CRPC©, CRPS©

Event Date: October 13, 2024, at 9am

This trip begins in Madrid and ends in Barcelona with stops 3 cities in between. International round trip airfare from NYC is included in the quoted price. See the attached a copy of the e-brochure with highlights and complete itinerary.  Register by May 1.