Our members share their professional and personal interests as they contribute to the broader community.

     ♦  Volunteering,
     ♦  Offering caring outreach to members facing serious illness or other
         life crisis,
     ♦  Providing Professional Development Grants for Retirees

University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC)

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What is the URVC?

The University of Minnesota Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC) provides opportunities for University of Minnesota—Twin Cities retirees to use their knowledge skills and interests in volunteer service within the university as well as the surrounding community.

Although URVC was originally a subgroup of UMRA, it is now a separate organizational unit of the University with an office located in the McNamara Alumni Center. About a quarter of URVC  are members of UMRA.

What are the Objectives of URVC?

The University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC) has three key purposes:

  1. To provide opportunities for service that are rewarding to University of Minnesota-Twin Cities retiree volunteers,
  2. To identify projects within, and outside the University that need volunteers, and
  3. To connect volunteers with... More...

About UMRA Cares Committee

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The primary activity of the Cares Committee is sending condolence cards to the surviving next of kin of University retirees who have died and to University retirees who have lost a spouse/life partner. For
UMRA members who have died, the Committee also makes a small donation to the family’s charity of choice or the UMRA Professional Development Grants Program on behalf of the deceased. The
Committee also writes short obituaries about deceased UMRA members for the UMRA newsletter.

When they are made aware of a serious illness or accident suffered by an UMRA member, Committee members will send out sympathy cards or offer personal support. Needs for such services can be communicated by contacting a Committee member or leaving a message at the UMRA office phone, 612-626-4403.

Cares Committee Members, 2020-2021

Kathleen O'Brien (Chair)... More...


The Journal of Opinions, Ideas and Essays (JOIE)

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The Journal of Opinions, Ideas, & Essays (JOIE) is a open access, electronic journal sponsored by the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA). JOIE is supported by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing system. Its purpose is to provide a digital venue for a wide variety of articles submitted by retired or active faculty, staff and civil service colleagues from the Twin Cities and Coordinate Campuses of the University. JOIE is not accepting new article submissions at this time. Articles may be intended for a broad, general audience or for a more specialized readership. Examples might be biographical, historical, or literary essays; matters of curricular interest; comments on University issues or issues in higher education; pedagogical essays; short stories or poetry; book reviews; speculative scientific hypotheses; or... More...


Professional Development Grants for Retirees

Jan Hogan talks about the Professional Development Research Grant -- the PDRG
We are still driven to discover.

The Professional Development Grants for Retirees (PDGR) program, working with the Office for the Vice President for Research (OVPR), makes grants available to University of Minnesota retirees for professional development and research. Because of COVID-19 and University budget reductions made necessary by the pandemic, the total to be awarded in 2021 will be $20,000 which is less than in most previous years.

All University of Minnesota retirees from the Twin Cities and Coordinate Campuses who are eligible for University retirement benefits and who will be fully retired by the time of their award may apply for grants of any amount up to $4,000. A PDGR Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations regarding funding.

Allowed expenses include travel and per diem costs related to research trips and conference attendance; stipends for undergraduate and/or graduate research... More...


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Serving U News

UMRA, together with the University of Minnesota Foundation, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the Professional Development Grants for Retirees program. Read more >>

Publication date: Sep 16 2020

The Professional Development Grants for Retirees (PDGR) program is an annual competition that makes grants available to University of Minnesota retirees for professional development and research. All retirees from all five campuses in the University of Minnesota System may qualify to apply. Read more >>

Publication date: Sep 16 2020

When Sally Schakel retired from the University of Minnesota’s Nutrition Coordinating Center, she wanted to have a purpose in retirement and to keep connected to the U. She found her “volunteer home” at the University Retirees Volunteer Center. Read more >>

Publication date: Sep 14 2020

As a result of the financial challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University will not be able to fund the Professional Development Grants for Retirees (PDGR) program for 2021–22. In order to keep the program growing, UMRA is launching a fundraising campaign. Read more >>

Publication date: Aug 18 2020

UMRA members continue to demonstrate their resourcefulness when it comes to coping with the coronavirus. Here is a sampling of the responses to our most recent informal survey. Read more >>

Publication date: Aug 18 2020