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Publication date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

University Archives contains many UMRA documents.  One of the earliest was created with one of the  most common tools of the trade of the early 1980's. The 22 page, typewritten (remember those?) pdf document is titled: "PDF icon umra_history_1976-1983_by_e_gerald.pdf." It is very interesting reading.  Read online or download a copy.

Publication date: Monday, July 31, 2017

A SPECIAL INVITATION FOR RETIREES IN THE TWIN CITIES AREA FROM THE CARLSON SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA 

We invite you to participate in a Grand Challenge Course, which will be offered this fall at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. Grand Challenge Courses (GCC) are special courses designed to address significant challenges in the world, and they attract the brightest and most creative students. 

Publication date: Thursday, July 13, 2017

Neighborhood House / Wellstone Foundation is initiating a voter registration opportunity in tandem with its Mass Produce Distribution events in an effort to promote community resources when residents congregate. Here is a chance to contribute to higher voter turnout and foster the democratic process.

Publication date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The purpose of this study is to determine whether you, a piano player, have not had a decline in your sense of touch. Your participation is welcomed if you are between ages 55 to 75 AND have been a long-term piano player.

Publication date: Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Minneapolis Red Cross main office – 1201 West River Parkway – (near the Guthrie) serves many functions of this valuable service organization.  The position requires a regular 3 – 4 hour weekly shift. 

Publication date: Thursday, June 1, 2017

If you experienced a stroke in the past seven years, consider volunteering to participate in a research therapy project.

Publication date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

As you may have seen in our newsletter and on this website, the UMRA board is collaborating with the university’s office of Government Relations and the U of MN Alumni Association to gain support for the 2017 legislative funding request. This is a CRITICAL TIME and YOUR HELP IS NEEDED NOW!  Click on the following link from the Office of Government Relations to see more about the status of the budget recommendations and what you can do to contact your legislators: z.umn.edu/act2017

Publication date: Friday, May 5, 2017

Why do people engage in the noble art of teaching?  There are undoubtedly many motivations, but the theme that seems most prevalent, and at the same time most intriguing among educators, is the love of learning. “To teach is to learn twice,”  and “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” 

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Minnesota is an organization of lifelong learners whose passion for knowledge and understanding is a driving force in their lives.  Put them together...

Publication date: Sunday, April 30, 2017

New UMRA Newsletter needs writers and editors

If you like to write, enjoy editing, or if you can assist with collecting incoming news, please join us. If you like the idea of an e-newsletter and want to help combine our website information with an e-news function, we need you! Read on.

The UMRA Cares Committee

In the process of reorganizing and expanding in new directions, the Cares group needs volunteers to help us plan and develop a variety of initiatives to assist UMRA members.  Read on.

Publication date: Sunday, April 30, 2017

Here we are, close to the end of another academic year for the University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC). We will surely exceed 8,000 volunteer hours again with about 240 active members. We are pleased that so many UMRA members respond to the announcements of volunteer projects as they encounter them in the monthly newsletter or as posted directly through the UMRA listserv. 

Publication date: Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Industry of Souls by Martin Booth, published by Picador Macmillan, 1998. Available through Amazon (both print and Kindle) and in a Nook book at Barnes and Noble. Review by Pat Tollefson, UMRA Cares Committee.

Publication date: Sunday, April 30, 2017

UMRA Care Guides are not available until further notice.  With the recent death of Dr. Robert Kane, Care Guides no longer have their mentor and supervisor available. The Care Guides have decided to stay together and will be  discussing future activities, pending new supervision.

— Earl Nolting, chair, UMRA Cares Committee

Publication date: Sunday, April 30, 2017

Claudia Parliament retired in 2015 after 30 years as a faculty member in the Department of Applied Economics in CFANS. In retirement she continues her interest in synchronized swimming through coaching, judging, and competing.

Publication date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
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Richard Poppele retired in 2006 from the Department of Neuroscience. Dick has served on UMRA’s Grants committee and will chair the committee in 2017–18.

Publication date: Sunday, April 30, 2017

Do you have any experience with either Survey Monkey or Qualtrics software for doing surveys? The Workshop Committee needs your help to assist with an upcoming survey. If you can help, please contact Ron Anderson, rea@umn.edu.

Publication date: Sunday, April 30, 2017

Jeanne Markell retired in July 2009 from a 40-year career at the University of Minnesota. Jeanne has served one term on the UMRA board beginning in 2014.

Publication date: Sunday, April 30, 2017

Vernon Cardwell retired (2012) from the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). A Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, he taught for 45 years.

Publication date: Sunday, April 30, 2017

Cathy Lee Gierke grew up in Minnesota, riding and training horses, fishing, and reading voraciously. Cathy helped develop the current UMRA website and serves on UMRA’s Communication Task Force.

Publication date: Sunday, April 30, 2017

Carl Adams retired in 2013 from the faculty of Information and Decision Sciences in the Carlson School of Management (CSOM).  Carl has served on the UMRA Board since May 2014 and as Treasurer 2015–17.

Publication date: Sunday, April 30, 2017

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Event Archives

Event Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 11:30am

A SPECIAL INVITATION FOR RETIREES IN THE TWIN CITIES AREA FROM THE CARLSON SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA 

We invite you to participate in a Grand Challenge Course, which will be offered this fall at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. Grand Challenge Courses (GCC) are special courses designed to address significant challenges in the world, and they attract the brightest and most creative students. 

Event Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 12:00pm

Julie Schumacher, professor of English and creative writing, will be talking about her recent work—the widely acclaimed Dear Committee Members, which won numerous awards including the Thurber Prize for American Humor, New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, National Public Radio’s “Best Books of 2014,” Boston Globe’s one of “Best Books of 2014,” and the Chicago Tribune’s “Laugh Out Loud Book of the Year.”

Event Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 1:45pm

The Industry of Souls by Martin Booth, published by Picador Macmillan, 1998. Available through Amazon (both print and Kindle) and in a Nook book at Barnes and Noble. Review by Pat Tollefson, UMRA Cares Committee.

Event Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 1:15pm

Do you have any experience with either Survey Monkey or Qualtrics software for doing surveys? The Workshop Committee needs your help to assist with an upcoming survey. If you can help, please contact Ron Anderson, rea@umn.edu.

Event Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 12:15pm

The Board of Directors presents the following slate for your approval:

For Officers:
President:  Chip Peterson (will automatically move from his current position as President-elect to President)

President-elect: Gerald Rinehart

Secretary:         Judy Garrard 
Treasurer          Carl Adams (continuing his service)

For Board of Directors:
Vernon Cardwell 
Cathy Gierke
Jeanne Markell (for second three-year term) 
Claudia Parliament
Richard Poppele

Event Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 12:15pm

Festive Luncheon features your choice among four entrées

Please be sure to indicate your menu selection when you make your reservations.

Reservation Deadline Wednesday May 17

Event Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 12:15pm

This past month both Donna Peterson, as president of UMRA, and Karen Hansen, executive vice president and provost, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which formalizes our agreement to support and further the respective missions, goals, and programs for both organizations.  In the picture, President Peterson signs the Memorandum of Understanding in the Provost’s Office.

Event Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 1:30pm

“I planned for life as a widow, but got a lot wrong” (anonymous quote).  No matter if you have lost a spouse, partner, last living parent, or are the one solely responsible for financial decisions for yourself or another—life can get very complicated. And it can be even more difficult when these financial matters must be handled while grieving or when one is beset with anxieties for the future.  Join Andy Whitman and Susan Link in a discussion of financial planning for one.

Event Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 11:30am

In recent months, U.S.–Iranian relations have become more fraught than ever. Military and economic tensions have risen, and the fate of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the “Iran deal,” has been cast into doubt. William O. Beeman is professor and chair of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. He has spent more than nine of the past 40 years in the Middle East and has also worked in Central Asia, the Caucasus, Japan, China, and South Asia. He is fluent in Persian, Arabic, and Turkish. His luncheon talk—“Iran and the United States: Continuing Tensions and Opportunities”—could not be more timely.

Event Date: Friday, April 7, 2017 - 2:30pm

Dr. Robert Kane first spoke to the UMRA luncheon audience in April 2015 and therafter presided over several workshops on aging and long-term care. When he died suddenly on March 6, Dr. Kane left his UMRA partners, as well as so many other colleagues, stunned. Here are words from a few of our Care Guides, UMRA members who had the privilege of working with and learning from him.

Event Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 12:00pm

At the late February pre-retirement seminars sponsored by the Office of Human Resources, UMRA Membership Committee members collected e-mail addresses from potential University of Minnesota retirees and sent the Retirement Kit—a directory of active links to many useful websites pertinent to retirement—was sent to 175 respondents this year.

Event Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 1:30pm
Andrew Wetzel for F. L. Putnam Investment Management Company

UMRA members interested in investing responsibly and sustainably can learn more at our March workshop from Andrew Wetzel, senior vice president and portfolio manager for F.L. Putnam. Sustainable investing, in all its forms, is making its way into the investing mainstream. 

Event Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 11:30am

Minnesota’s State Economist, Dr. Laura Kalambokidis (pronounced Colombo-ki’as) will speak at the March UMRA luncheon about the Minnesota Budget and Economic Health. We will gain insight into how our revenue forecasts are generated and how they influence the state budget and legislative program. 

Event Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 2:00pm

The Nominating committee has begun to solicit names for officers and board members for 2017–18. New board members will be put on the slate for election at the May meeting.

Event Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 1:30pm

Following the luncheon on February 28, UMRA will present a workshop focused on understanding and discussing the benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) a program in the practice of managing pain without drugs. 

Event Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 11:30am

Sometimes it seems that our politicians, policy experts, and scholars devote excess energy to seeking answers before reflecting critically on the questions. Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer urges us to reexamine the often unspoken assumptions that drive our intellectual inquiry and advocacy alike. His title: “On Asking the Right Questions.”

Event Date: Friday, February 3, 2017 - 1:15pm

Professor Emeritus Jan Hogan is featured in this University of Minnesota Foundation story about giving back to the University. Through her fellowship for graduate students, she has inspired another generation of students devoted to similar work at the University of Minnesota. Read more at give.umn.edu.

Event Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 3:15pm

UMRA Care Guides continue to be available for consultation when members are confronted by an unexpected health care situation, especially involving long-term care. To speak to a Care Guide, call the Center on Aging, 612-624-1185. 

In a joint project led by the UMRA Cares Committee and the University Center on Aging, Care Guide volunteers are trained and supervised by the Center on Aging. They have available the center’s information resources to assist you with decision making. All discussions are confidential.

Event Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 12:45pm
Friday Feb. 24 – Project Judging & Feb. 3 – 19 for Research Paper Judging
Volunteer Science Judges are needed for both the Science Fair and the Research Paper judging. You will be extremely valuable to evaluate and encourage Twin Cities’ students. As in the past, some will advance to state, national, and international competitions, winning awards and scholarships! Contact urvc@umn.edu for registration details.
Event Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 1:30pm

Following the luncheon on January 24, UMRA will present a workshop for understanding and discussing some of the controversial substances used for pain management—opioids and medical marijuana. This workshop will be led by Dr. Charles Reznikoff, assistant professor, University of Minnesota and HCMC physician. who specializes in pain management and addiction. 

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At a Glance Archives

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.)