Year of Yes is a humorous, autobiographical account of a highly successful woman who is prompted by an offhand remark to reevaluate her life. Read more >>
Health economic Jon Christianson, PhD, laid out the uncertain future of Medicare during UMRA’s June forum via Zoom. Read more >>
Minnesota Commissioner of Management and Budget Myron Frans offered a crisp and clear description of the State’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic during UMRA’s May 2020 Forum, the first in the history of our association to be convened remotely. Read more >
Congratulations to the officers and to the new and returning members elected to serve on UMRA’s board of directors for 2020–21. Read more >
Delia Owens’ novel is “… an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder.” Read more >
CATSS, the Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science at the U of M, is recruiting participants ages 60 and older for a study of social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more >
The COVID-19 pandemic has come to dominate our lives, disrupting travel, trade, work, and social life. Heroic efforts are now being made across the globe to mitigate the individual and population effects of this novel corona virus. The responses of scientific communities to this pandemic have been amazing.
In the last five weeks, more than 26 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits and, says U of M economist V. V. Chari, the economic pain is surely just starting.
Meet UMRA member Marjorie Savage who, after a lifetime of jobs in the humanities, decided to embrace life as a "citizen scientist."
Even before the coronavirus changed everything, two veteran world travelers decided they may never travel for a winter vacation again.
For the past five years, Jeanne Markell, pictured here with her husband, Michael, has had the rewarding experience of volunteering through the U of M’s 1Health Community Teacher Program.
With Dick Poppele’s retirement from UMRA leadership, the Professional Development Grants for Retirees program is transitioning to another outstanding leader, John Bantle, MD.
While many of us are feeling stuck at home, UMRA Webmaster Cathy Lee Gierke is glad to have finally arrived home after returning from a volunteer assignment halfway around the world.
In 2016, author Dani Shapiro submitted her DNA to a genetic testing service for analysis. The results shocked her.
Meet Earl Nolting (pictured left with John and Judith Sullivan), a longtime UMRA member who brightens the day of everyone he meets.
Seven phases of aging provide a framework for describing what Helen Carlson has come to think of as her “gifts of aging.”
The University Retirees Volunteer Center would like to offer a testimonial on the benefits of volunteering, to both recipients and volunteers.
Karen LaBat, Morse Distinguished Professor Emerita, College of Design, is among 10 members of UMRA to receive 2020-21 awards from the University of Minnesota’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees program.
The Nominating Committee has completed a slate of candidates to serve on the UMRA Board of Directors for the coming program year.
The Office of Human Resources has asked us to share with UMRA members a notice regarding the transition from Securian to Fidelity in the administration of the University’s retirement plans. It postpones the change until June 12, 2020, and indicates there will be no blackout period from March 20 to April 13.
—Bill Donohue, President UMRA
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Beth Bedell will lead the discussion of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens when the UMRA Book Club meets via Zoom at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 15.
For the May meeting we will focus on theme pictures and the theme is “food.”
The Twins vs. Red Sox game on April 25 has been postponed.
Join fellow UMRA members for an April baseball outing to Target Field on U of M Day to cheer the Minnesota Twins when they play the Boston Red Sox.
The Armchair Traveler program scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, has been canceled. I hope to reschedule Ryan Mattke and Ron Anderson for September.
— Lynn C. Anderson
The meeting of the UMRA Book Club scheduled for March 20 has been canceled because 1666 Coffman has restricted visitor access to the building.
"Water" will be the meeting theme when the UMRA Photo Club gathers for its March meeting at the St. Anthony Library.
Stephanie Daily will lead a discussion of Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin (initially scheduled for discussion in January) when the UMRA Book Club meets at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 17, at 1666 Coffman in Falcon Heights.
“Doors” will be the meeting theme when the UMRA Photo Club gathers for its February meeting at the St. Anthony Library.
Stephanie Daily will lead the discussion of Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin when the UMRA Book Club meets at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 17, at 1666 Coffman in Falcon Heights.
The two-part January 14 Armchair Traveler “tour” will feature photos and recollections from Papua New Guinea and a Great Northern Lights cruise along the coast of Norway.
The Photo Club will meet at the Highland Park Community Center in St. Paul on January 14, so members, if interested, can attend the meeting of UMRA’s Armchair Traveler group starting in the same room immediately afterwards.
Join the fun as UMRA hosts its very first Holiday Party from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17, in the Campus Club West Wing Dining Room.
Making tax-wise contributions to charities is one important issue that will be discussed when UMRA's Financial & Legal Issues Group meets in November.
Kathryn Sedo will lead a discussion of Main Street by Sinclair Lewis when the UMRA Book Club meets on November 15.
"Costumes" will be the theme when the UMRA Photo Club meets in November.
If you've joined UMRA since November 1, 2018, please come to the New Member Welcome Reception and Orientation before the luncheon meeting on October 22.
Fanny Flag's novel The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion will be discussed when the UMRA Book Club meets in October.
FLG invites members to learn how estate planning can protect your legacy
"Color" will be the theme when the UMRA Photo Club meets October 8.
Michelle Obama's memoir will be discussed when the UMRA Book Club meets in September.
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