Past Programs

Past UMRA Forums

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. 


December 17, 2019 - 4:00pm

Join the fun as UMRA hosts its very first Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 17, in the Campus Club West Wing Dining Room. The festivities will begin with an appetizer buffet and cash bar and will feature a performance by members of 7Days A Cappella (pictured above), a U of M student choir.

Tickets for the event are $25 per person.
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Joan T.A. Gabel portraits
November 19, 2019 - 11:30am

We are honored to welcome President Joan Gabel to speak at our November forum. It will be a unique opportunity to learn about her vision and goals for the University. and some ways in which we can support her.


October 22, 2019 - 11:30am

Douglas Yee, MD, director of the U of M Masonic Cancer Center, will discuss current cancer research at the U and issues regarding "personalized" medicine, including the potential costs, when he addresses UMRA's October luncheon meeting.


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Past Living Well Workshops

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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November 19, 2019 - 1:30pm

Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD, director of the Center on Aging in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, will talk about aging-related brain changes and brain health at UMRA’s Living Well Workshop in November.


October 22, 2019 - 1:30pm

Our October Living Well Workshop will be the annual overview of retiree health benefits by the Office of Human Resources, plus an update on changes in the retirement investment system to be implemented next spring.

The workshop will be held in the West Wing Dining Room to accommodate the large attendance we anticipate.


September 24, 2019 - 1:30pm

Our September workshop will showcase opportunities for UMRA members to continue their education at the University, with representatives from LearningLife, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and the Senior Citizen Education Program.


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