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)

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


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)

In front of Northrop

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...


Serving U News

Over the last four years, with my spouse as co-investigator, I have benefitted greatly from having Undergraduate Research Scholarship students on our team for two projects supported by UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees program. Read more >>

Publication date: Jan 18 2021 - 8:15pm

The Professional Development Grants for Retirees program received only one application for 2021. Trying to create positive spin, I shall consider this an opportunity for us to replenish our program fund. Read more >>

Publication date: Jan 18 2021 - 8:00pm

We saw during 2020 how relevant scientific research endeavors are and we may merely wonder at the inestimable value of having volunteers willing to be research participants. Extraordinary opportunities are available through the University Retirees Volunteer Center. Read more >>

Publication date: Jan 18 2021 - 7:30pm

Did you know the Retirees Association has its own open access, electronic journal? It's called JOIE, and UMRA is looking for a qualified volunteer to become the new editor-in-chief. Read more >>

Publication date: Dec 14 2020 - 1:15pm

On behalf of the University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC), I’d like to recognize and thank all the volunteers who contributed their talents and time to the success of the many projects both inside and outside the University coordinated by URVC this past year. Read more >>

Publication date: Dec 14 2020 - 1:15pm