Past Programs

Past UMRA Forums

September 8, 2020 - 9:00am

Will vergangenheitsbewältigung become the next German loanword in American English? It means “working through the past” and it will be the topic for discussion when we welcome guest speaker Henning Schroeder, PhD, director of international programs in the College of Pharmacy for UMRA’s first morning forum on Tuesday, September 8.


Dean of the MSU College of Social Science, Rachel Croson, 2018.
August 18, 2020 - 12:00pm

We are pleased to welcome Executive Vice President and Provost Rachel Croson as our guest speaker for an UMRA forum by way of Zoom. Dr. Croson began her appointment just as the coronavirus outbreak was gaining recognition as a global pandemic. She has already distinguished herself by helping to shape the University’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and by working on the U’s reopening plans for September. 


July 21, 2020 - 12:00pm

Chief of Police Medaria “Rondo” Arradondo is widely believed to be the right person at the right time to lead the Minneapolis Police Department. Since the arrest, restraint, and death of George Floyd, the chief has responded with calm, visible leadership and continued to model the principles he espouses. His mission and objectives could not be more prescient.


June 16, 2020 - 12:00pm

Medicare reform is on the agenda of most candidates running for office this fall. In UMRA’s June 16 webinar via Zoom, Jon Christianson, PhD, will discuss characteristics of the existing program, point out differences in proposals on the table, and assess their implications.


May 19, 2020 - 12:00pm

Our keynote speaker scheduled for May 19, Minnesota Commissioner of Management and Budget Myron Frans, has generously agreed to speak to us through the magic of Zoom. He will speak about the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and its fiscal impact, and offer his perspective on the University as part of the long-term success plan for the state.


April 28, 2020 - 11:30am

By Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD 
The onset of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota engaged the University’s public service responsibility in a very direct way. A research university is designed to do this, and we have redirected our resources to tackle COVID-19. 


March 24, 2020 - 11:30pm

CANCELED.
In light of the University’s cancelation on March 11 of in-person class meetings, and concerns about transmission of the coronavirus, UMRA has canceled the meeting and workshop that were scheduled for March 24. We believe this is the only prudent course of action to avoid risk to our members.


We will take appropriate actions to reimburse those individuals who have already paid for the luncheon. Thanks for your understanding and concern in this difficult time. If you have questions, please email me.

—Bill Donohue, president 

 


Tom Evers
Executive Director
Minneapolis Parks Foundation

Photographed: Tuesday, June 7, 2016
February 25, 2020 - 11:30am

The Mississippi River is one of the Twin Cities’ greatest assets. Our guest speaker for February, Tom Evers, executive director of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, will tell us about the RiverFirst Initiative, a bold vision to bring significant new historic, cultural, and recreational amenities to one of the most iconic locales in the state.


January 28, 2020 - 11:30am

Nearly 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated in concentration camps in the western interior of the United States during World War II. Sixty-two percent of the internees were U.S. citizens, including the parents of John H. Suzukida, our guest speaker for UMRA’s January Forum. 


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Past Living Well Workshops

September 15, 2020 - 11:00am

Are you concerned about the safety of your digital data? If not, you should be. This one-hour presentation by U of M Security Analyst Jenny Blaine will provide an overview of cyber threats and best practices for protecting ourselves from them. 

 


September 15, 2020 - 11:00am

UMRA’s monthly Living Well workshops will continue in September with a presentation on internet security previously scheduled for March 11. 


July 7, 2020 - 11:00am

Maintaining resiliency and hope for self and others while growing older can be challenging, even in the best of times. But it is especially challenging now that we are dealing simultaneously with a pandemic, economic recession, and community upheaval.


May 24, 2020 - 10:15am

Our recent Survey of Future UMRA Programming and Use of Zoom told us that many members would like to participate in online versions of our Living Well workshops. We welcome your suggestions.


May 19, 2020 - 12:00pm

With the closing of the Campus Club and cancellation of our May luncheon, UMRA’s annual election will be conducted by email. Frank Cerra (pictured above), retired dean of the Medical School and senior vice president for health sciences and services, tops the slate of candidates put forward by the Nominating Committee. 


April 28, 2020 - 1:30pm

By Ron Matross, chair, UMRA Cares Committee
Our April Living Well Workshop has been canceled. In place of the article that would normally appear in this space, I thought it would be fun to find out how people are “making lemonade” to cope with the coronavirus situation.


March 24, 2020 - 1:30pm

CANCELED.
In light of the University’s cancelation on March 11 of in-person class meetings, and concerns about transmission of the coronavirus, UMRA has canceled the meeting and workshop that were scheduled for March 24. We believe this is the only prudent course of action to avoid risk to our members.


We will take appropriate actions to reimburse those individuals who have already paid for the luncheon. Thanks for your understanding and concern in this difficult time. If you have questions, please email me.

—Bill Donohue, president 

 


February 25, 2020 - 1:30pm

Tetyana Shippee, PhD, (pictured above) a social gerontologist at the U of M School of Public Health, will be joined by Cheryl Hennen, state ombudsman for long-term care at the Minnesota Board on Aging, and Susan Farr, a vice president at Ebenezer, Minnesota’s largest senior-living operator, for a panel discussion moderated by UMRA’s Ron Anderson.

 


January 28, 2020 - 1:30pm

Peggy Nelson, PhD, (pictured) and Liz Anderson, PhD, from the U’s Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science, will present a one-hour workshop on the latest findings regarding aging and hearing loss and what we should all know.


December 9, 2019 - 11:15am

Regent Janie S. Mayeron will be our special guest on Monday, December 9, at an informal meeting to be held in the University of Minnesota Foundation large conference room on the fifth floor of the McNamara Alumni Center from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 

UMRA has arranged this meeting (the second of four) for our members to get acquainted with the four individuals elected to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents in May.
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