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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.

Publication date: Monday, June 4, 2018

Happy summer! 


Please save the date for UMRA's next meeting on Tuesday, September 25, 4-6 p.m., in the Campus Club West Wing.

Publication date: Saturday, June 2, 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.

Publication date: Saturday, June 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.

Publication date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Publication date: Tuesday, 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.

Publication date: Tuesday, 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.

Publication date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Author delivers a riveting account of his parents’ determination to survive the chaotic events that took place during the reign of Robert Mugabe.

Publication date: Tuesday, 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. 

Publication date: Tuesday, 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.

Publication date: Tuesday, 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.

Publication date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Publication date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Are you looking for somewhere to donate your extra books? Here are some resources to consider. 

Publication date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thinking that meditation can only be learned by sitting with a personal guide? That personal guide can come to you via your smartphone. 

Publication date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Volunteer to change lives; help seniors and individuals with disabilities maintain their independence and continue living in their homes. Help at Your Door volunteers assist with transportation, home support, groceries, and in many other ways. 

Publication date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Nine grants totaling nearly $36,000 have been awarded to individuals who applied for 2018–19 funding from the Professional Development Grants for Retirees program.

Publication date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Committee will recommend candidates for officers and members for the Board of Directors to lead UMRA in 2018−19.

Publication date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Tech support available to retirees from the U’s Office of Information Technology and a demonstration of UMRA’s website were highlights of the workshop following UMRA’s March luncheon. 

Publication date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Minnesota is at the forefront of the “de-carbonization” of power, the result of both public policy and private sector leadership. 

Publication date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

For those who like historical fiction and a “light” read with a happy ending, the UMRA Book Club recommends A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor

Publication date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

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Event Date: Monday, June 11, 2018 - 10:30am

The U of M Athletic Department has invited UMRA members to tour the recently completed facilities known as Athlete’s Village. Athletic Director Mark Coyle will briefly address the group at the beginning of the tour.

Event Date: Monday, June 4, 2018 - 12:30pm

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.

Event Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 1:15am

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.

Event Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 4:00pm

We are excited to welcome University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler as the keynote presenter at UMRA’s 2018 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 22, in the West Wing of the Campus Club. It has been a while since we’ve had the University president join us, and this perhaps makes the general theme of his talk particularly relevant: “Perspectives on the U Today and Tomorrow.”

Event Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 4:00pm

During the business portion of our May 22 meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. in the West Wing of the Campus Club, members will elect UMRA’s leadership for 2018–19.

Event Date: Monday, May 21, 2018 - 4:30pm

The UMRA Social Activities Committee and the Campus Club invite you to the first of the Campus Club’s summer Happy Hours on the 4th Floor Terrace of Coffman Memorial Union.

Event Date: Friday, May 18, 2018 - 2:00pm

Join the Book Club to discuss Brother, I’m Dying, a memoir by Edwidge Danticat. Judy Grimes will lead the discussion. 

Event Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2:00pm

Join University photographer Patrick O’Leary for a two-hour photo shoot on campus. Location to be announced. 

Event Date: Monday, April 30, 2018 - 12:00am

Cruise through Portugal's Wine Valley on the Douro River.  OLLI is sponsoring this tour of Lisbon and its environs. The Douro region is said to be the oldest wine region in the world dating back to 1756.  It is recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage listed territory. The cruise begins in October 2019, but the tour company is offering a $1000 discount for persons who sign on before April 30, 2018

Event Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:00pm

Is a visit to our newly restored state capitol building on your spring to-do list? Join your UMRA friends for a tour. 

Event Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 2:00pm

Join a discussion about elder health care with the Finance and Legal Group.

Event Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 2:00pm

Join us for the April meeting of the Finance and Legal Group. Details can be found below. 

Event Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 1:30pm

Joseph Gaugler, Ph.D., an applied gerontologist and long-term care professor in the School of Nursing, will lead a discussion aimed at increasing our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease—what it is and what can be done about it. 

Event Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 11:30am

Who is a U.S. citizen? Who is welcome in our country? Should undocumented immigrants brought here as children be deported? At UMRA’s April 24 luncheon, award-winning historian Dr. Erika Lee will speak on U.S. immigration history and its implications for today and our future. 

Event Date: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 12:00pm

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey ran for office on a promise of progress, prosperity, and unity in addressing the problems facing the entire city.  The one hundred days in office offers an opportunity to check-in with Mayor Frey on his progress.  A follow-up discussion for UMRA members will take place after the event.  Space is limited.  Reservations required by April 16th.

Event Date: Friday, April 20, 2018 - 2:00pm

Join the Book Club on April 20th to discuss this month's intriguing read.

Event Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 12:30pm

Photo Club’s April theme to feature ‘Old’ photos

Event Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 1:30pm

Lisa Larson, training consultant with the U’s Office of Information Technology, will provide an overview of the technology tools and services available to all U of M retirees. And, UMRA’s webmaster and website design leader will demonstrate the features of the new UMRA website

Event Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 11:30am

Minnesota is home to almost 60,000 clean energy jobs and is leading the nation in growing our economy while developing our renewable energy potential. At UMRA’s March 27 luncheon, climate policy expert J. Drake Hamilton will describe these economic and environmental benefits, as well as next steps for capitalizing on emerging clean energy.

Event Date: Friday, March 16, 2018 - 2:00pm

The Book Club will meet Friday, March 16, at 2 p.m. to discuss A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor.

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Happy summer! 


Please save the date for UMRA's next meeting on

Tuesday, September 25, 4-6 p.m.,
in the
Campus Club West Wing.

Learn about exciting changes to upcoming UMRA luncheons and meetings.

Event Slides:

MAY
AFTERNOON RECEPTION
AND ANNUAL MEETING
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
4–6 p.m.

Featured Speaker
Dr. Eric Kaler, president
University of Minnesota

Location
West Wing
Campus Club, Fourth Floor
Coffman Memorial Union

Menu
Buffet featuring festive and hearty appetizers, fresh fruit platter, coffee and tea plus a cash bar.

Reservations ARE required.
Deadline: Thursday, May 17
Prepayment of $30 per person.
Annual prepayers, please make reservations.

Reserve and Pay Online
Or, send your check payable to UMRA to: 
UMRA Reservations
c/o Judy Leahy Grimes
1937 Palace Ave., St. Paul MN
55105-1728

Or, contact Judy before the deadline at
651-698-4387
Jleahy4654@aol.com

Please honor the reservation deadline; to cancel, please call by Thursday, May 17.

Parking
$6 maximum in University ramps with UMRA’s discount coupon. No reservations for this event.

Event Slides:

APRIL
LUNCHEON MEETING

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.`

Featured Speaker
Dr. Erika Lee, director,
Immigration History Research Center

Location
Conference Room ABC
Campus Club, Fourth Floor
Coffman Memorial Union

Menu 

Mustard-crusted chicken topped with spinach pesto; roasted potatoes; coffee and tea.
For special dietary needs, please request when making your reservations.

Reservations ARE required.
Deadline:  Thursday, April 19, 2018
Reserve and Pay Online
Prepayment of $16 per person.
Annual prepayers, please make reservations.

To reserve your place(s) and parking, 
send your check payable to UMRA to: 
UMRA Reservations
c/o Judy Leahy Grimes
1937 Palace Ave., St. Paul MN
55105-1728

Or, contact her before the deadline 
at 651-698-4387; e-mail: jleahy4654@aol.com.

Please honor the reservation deadline date; 
to cancel, please call by Thursday, April 19

Parking
University ramps and reserved space in East River Road Ramp 
with UMRA's discount coupon―$6 for the day.

Event Slides:

MARCH
LUNCHEON MEETING

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.`

Featured Speaker
'J' Hamilton, science policy director
Fresh Energy

Location
Conference Room ABC
Campus Club, Fourth Floor
Coffman Memorial Union

Menu 

Porketta pork loin, mashed potatoes with caramelized onion pan sauce; coffee and tea.
For special dietary needs, please request when making your reservations.

Reservations ARE required.
Deadline:  Thursday, March 22, 2018
Prepayment of $16 per person.
Annual prepayers, please make reservations.

To reserve your place(s) and parking, 
send your check payable to UMRA to: 
UMRA Reservations
c/o Judy Leahy Grimes
1937 Palace Ave., St. Paul MN
55105-1728

Or, contact her before the deadline 
at 651-698-4387; e-mail: jleahy4654@aol.com.

Please honor the reservation deadline date; 
to cancel, please call by Thursday, March 22

Parking
University ramps and reserved space in East River Road Ramp 
with UMRA's discount coupon―$6 for the day.

Event Slides:
Emily Baxter

FEBRUARY
LUNCHEON MEETING

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.`

Featured Speaker
Emily Baxter, executive director
We Are All Criminals organization

Location
Conference Room ABC
Campus Club, Fourth Floor
Coffman Memorial Union

Menu 

Beef bolognese over pappardelle; coffee and tea.
For special dietary needs, please request when making your reservations.

Reservations ARE required.
Deadline: Thursday, February 22
Prepayment of $16 per person.
Annual prepayers, please make reservations.

To reserve your place(s) and parking, 
send your check payable to UMRA to: 
UMRA Reservations
c/o Judy Leahy Grimes
1937 Palace Ave., St. Paul MN
55105-1728

Or, contact her before the deadline 
at 651-698-4387; e-mail: jleahy4654@aol.com.

Please honor the reservation deadline date; 
to cancel, please call by Thursday, February 22

Parking
University ramps and reserved space in East River Road Ramp 
with UMRA's discount coupon―$6 for the day.

Event Slides:
Jessica Finlay

JANUARY
LUNCHEON MEETING

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.`

Featured Speaker

Jessica Finlay, U of M doctoral candidate,
“Creating Supportive Environments for Aging in Place” 

Location
Conference Room ABC
Campus Club, Fourth Floor
Coffman Memorial Union

Menu 

Roast cod with tomatoes, fennel, olives, and potatoes; coffee and tea.
For special dietary needs, please request when making your reservations.

Reservations ARE required.
Deadline: Thursday, January 18
Prepayment of $16 per person.
Annual prepayers, please make reservations.

To reserve your place(s) and parking,
send your check payable to UMRA to:
UMRA Reservations
c/o Judy Leahy Grimes
1937 Palace Ave., St. Paul MN
55105-1728

Or, contact her before the deadline
at 651-698-4387; e-mail: jleahy4654@aol.com.

Please honor the reservation deadline date;
to cancel, please call by Thursday, January 18 

Parking
University ramps and reserved space in East River Road Ramp 
with UMRA's discount coupon―$6 for the day.

Event Slides:
November Luncheon  Meeting
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
11:30-1:30 p.m.
Conference room ABC

Program Speaker
Steve Sack, editorial cartoonist, Star Tribune
"Commentary in a Unique Art Form"

Menu

Italian sausage lasagna with Caesar salad, and coffee or tea.
*For vegetarian or gluten-free options, please request when making your reservations.

Reservations ARE Required
Deadline:  Monday, November 20
Cost: $16 per person
Please honor the reservation-deadline; if cancellations are
necessary, please call by November 20.

Event Slides:
October Luncheon  Meeting
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
11:30-1:30 p.m.
Conference room ABC

Program Speaker
UMRA Board and Members
Town hall meeting: Discussing the future of UMRA

Menu
Frittata with caramelized onion, mushrooms and U of M
cheddar with mixed green salad, coffee, and tea.
*For vegetarian options, please request when making your reservations.

Reservations ARE Required
Deadline:  Thursday, October 19
Cost: $16 per person
Please honor the reservation-deadline; if cancellations are
necessary, please call by October 19.

Event Slides:
September Luncheon  Meeting

Ed Ehlinger
Ed Ehlinger
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 10:27am

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
11:30-1:30 p.m.
Conference room ABC

Program Speaker
Commisioner Ed Ehlinger
“Creating Health in our Community"

Menu
Cider-braised U of M chicken
Apples and squash, coffee and tea.
*For vegetarian options, please request when making your reservations.

Reservations ARE Required
Deadline:  Thursday, September 21
Cost: $16 per person
Please honor the reservation-deadline; if cancellations are
necessary, please call by Sept. 21.

Event Slides:
MAY
FESTIVE LUNCHEON
AND ANNUAL MEETING

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Social in bar & lounge:10:30 a.m.
Luncheon in ABC: noon
Program will follow the Electionand brief Business Meeting.
Program Speaker
U Professor Julie Schumacher
“Dear Committee Members”

Menu
All meals are served with fresh-baked bread
and seasonal vegetables.
Please select one entrée from the following:

1. Trout Fillet, Brown Butter and Almonds: Oven
roasted trout drizzled with Hope Creamery brown
butter, lemon, and toasted almonds
2. Ricotta-Stuffed Chicken: Boneless skinless chicken
breast stuffed with bacon and ricotta, pan seared and
served with demi-glace
3. Beef Ribeye Steak: Grilled to medium rare and
sauced with red wine demi-glace. Served with skin-on
garlic mashed potatoes
Finale for all: assorted organic cookies, fresh brewed
coffee, and water will be served.

Reservations ARE Required
Deadline: Wednesday, May 17
Cost: $30 per person
Please honor the reservationdeadline date; if cancellations are
necessary, please call by May 17.

(Note: those who prepaid for ayear’s luncheons are advised that
May was included, but you mustselect an entrée.)

Event Slides: