News Archives

The Personal Librarian, book cover

This historical novel tells a compelling story about the archivist and librarian who developed the Pierpont Morgan Library into a world-class collection in the early 20th century and kept secret her African American heritage her whole professional life.

Publication date: September 22, 2022

Book cover: "Global Trade and Cultural Authentication" by Joanne Eicher

Joanne Eicher’s new book, Global Trade and Cultural Authentication, published with support from UMRA’s grant program, is the capstone of a stellar career launched by serendipity.

Publication date: September 17, 2022

If you have made a financial contribution to UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees program, thank you for your support. If you have not made a gift or would like to give again, it’s easy to make a gift online at any time. Applications for 2023 grants are due December 31.

Publication date: September 17, 2022

The start of the school year brings many changes, and I’m happy to share with you some changes for our monthly UMRA forums and living well workshops for 2022-23.

Publication date: September 17, 2022

More than a dozen University units offer nice discounts to UMRA members. Let's show our support by giving them our business while enjoying a discounted price. Here are just two examples.

Publication date: September 17, 2022

Mary Knatterud, kayak fishing

UMRA member Mary Knatterud retired in 2021 from editing scholarly manuscripts and producing publications for the Department of Surgery, and says she currently enjoys kayak fishing together with her husband “every chance we get.”

Publication date: September 17, 2022

David Hunter, M.D.

David Hunter, M.D., retired U of M Medical School professor and interventional radiologist, typically volunteers more than 200 hours annually by participating in University Retirees Volunteer Center opportunities, including Help at Your Door and Academic Integrity Matters.

Publication date: September 17, 2022

Title IX of federal civil rights law was passed in 1972, changing women’s access to sports. UMRA will celebrate that change by attending one or more Gopher women's sports events this year.

Publication date: September 17, 2022

Most members of the UMRA Book Club liked this historical novel. Set in both the 1500s and the present, it tells the story of William and Agnes Shakespeare and their grief at losing a child.

Publication date: August 22, 2022

Retirees from all five campuses within the U of M System are eligible for UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees program.

Publication date: August 19, 2022

Support from UMRA’s grant program has helped artist Wayne Potratz to maintain his studio and provide opportunities for undergraduate interns.

Publication date: August 19, 2022

Three representatives of UMRA were among the delegates who attended this year’s Big Ten Retirees Association Conference hosted by the Northwestern Emeriti Organization.

Publication date: August 19, 2022

A warm welcome to our new and returning officers and board members who assumed office on July 1.

Publication date: August 19, 2022

Are you someone who used to bowl and might like to join a University of Minnesota-based bowling league this year?

Publication date: August 19, 2022

The University Retirees Volunteer Center welcomes three new members to the new URVC Management Committee.

Publication date: August 19, 2022

UMRA’s Journal of Opinions, Ideas & Essays is seeking authors to contribute interesting articles on most any subject.

Publication date: August 19, 2022

UMRA has teams of folks who do all the work to make the organization and all its activities go. They are essential to our programs and work. And they share a little secret: they have fun doing it.

Publication date: August 19, 2022

Meet Hugh Chester-Jones, a native of Liverpool, England, who retired in 2020 after 35 years as a professor of animal science at the U of M Southern Outreach and Research Center in Waseca.

Publication date: August 19, 2022

Hey UMRA Members! Did you know more than a dozen University departments offer nice discounts to UMRA members? Here are just two examples.

Publication date: August 19, 2022

Prices for nearly everything have gone up. Those increases now include the price of the UMRA monthly luncheon meeting.

Publication date: August 19, 2022

Event Archives

Event date: Sep 27 2022 - 11:00am

Jane Graupman, executive director of the International Institute of Minnesota, is a tireless advocate for new Americans in our community. As the featured speaker for our September Forum, she will provide a primer on their contributions and the challenges they face.

Event date: Sep 23 2022 - 2:00pm

The Russian classic Fathers and Sons is the selection for the Fourth Friday Book Club meeting in September.

Event date: Sep 20 2022 - 11:00am

Our September workshop will feature UMRA members who have started and convened some of our interest groups, including the UMRA Hiking Club. They’ll give us a taste of what happens in their group and what they get out of exploring this interest with others.

Event date: Sep 19 2022 - 10:00am

Todd J. Koch, CPA, MBT, CFP /JAK Partner, has again invited UMRA members to attend the year-end tax planning presentation for JAK clients.

You may review the fall 2021 presentation recording and slides
Please start at 00:01:51 due to technical issues.

Event date: Sep 19 2022 - 9:30am
We'll explore Hidden Falls Regional Park in Saint Paul. This will be an easy 4 to 5 miles with most of it along the Mississippi River. Hope for early fall colors!

Event date: Sep 16 2022 - 2:00pm

Judy Helgen will lead the discussion of The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray when the UMRA Book Club I meets on Friday, September 16. More …

Event date: Sep 13 2022 - 12:30pm

“Clouds” will be the theme when the UMRA Photo Club meets in September. Cue the Joni Mitchell music!

Event date: Sep 8 2022 - 5:00pm

There is no better way to celebrate the beginning of a new UMRA program year than by taking a glorious sightseeing cruise on the Mississippi River. Meet new members, reconnect with old friends, and enjoy a taco bar with two-for-one margaritas.

Harriet Island Regional Park, St. Paul
RSVP by August 26
Reservations are now closed -- the cruise is full

$35 per person
(includes taco bar)



Event date: Aug 26 2022 - 2:00pm

Where the Crawdads Sing is the selection for the Fourth Friday Book Club meeting on August 26 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. CDT via Zoom. More …

Event date: Aug 19 2022 - 2:00pm

Becky Anderson will lead the discussion of Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell when the UMRA Book Club I meets on Friday, August 19. More …

Event date: Aug 15 2022 - 9:30am

Join us for a 5 to 6 miles hike around lakes and through the woods at Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington.  This will be a moderate to brisk paced hike. 

Event date: Aug 9 2022 - 11:00am

You are invited to an in-person, outdoor summer social and lunch for UMRA members and guests at the Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul, catered by the Dock & Paddle restaurant.

Reservations are closed

Event date: Aug 1 2022 - 9:30am

The August 1 hike at Lake Nokomis is cancelled.  Only 1 person registered.  I'm sorry but we need more hikers to make it worthwhile and fun. 

Event date: Jul 22 2022 - 2:00pm

The life of an outsider is vividly captured in Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, a debut novel that was discovered through a writing competition and quickly became a worldwide best seller. More …

Event date: Jul 18 2022 - 9:30am

Join us for an urban hike and lunch! of about 5.4 miles at a pace to accommodate all hikers. We will meet outside Longfellow Grill in Minneapolis, walk across the Franklin Avenue Bridge to University's River Flats.

Event date: Jul 15 2022 - 2:00pm

Kathy Cramer will lead the discussion of Circling the Sun by Paula McLain when the UMRA Book Club I meets via Zoom at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 15. More …

Event date: Jul 12 2022 - 12:30pm

"Horizon" is the theme for the in-person meeting of the UMRA Photo Club on July 12. More …

Event date: Jun 24 2022 - 2:00pm

Sociologist and author Arlie Russell Hochschild travels the deeply conservative Louisiana bayou country in her 2016, but still timely, exploration of contemporary American politics. More …

Event date: Jun 20 2022 - 9:30am
Please join us for a moderately paced 5.5 mile hike through the woods and around the ponds and lakes of Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan.  This trail is a bit rugged so wear good hiking footwear.  Picnic after.

Event date: Jun 20 2022 - 8:30am
Age-Friendly University Day, logo

Mark your calendars and register for the inaugural Age-Friendly University Day to be hosted by the University of Minnesota Age-Friendly University Council on June 20 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the East Bank of the Twin Cities Campus. More …



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