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

UMRA Service Groups

UMRA service groups serve the U and wider community.

Resources are available to support groups through virtual meetings, archives, continuity and communication and outreach through web, newsletter and email.  Learn about group access to these resources.

If you have a passion, start an UMRA group and share it.

University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC)


As part of UMRA, the University of Minnesota Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC) provides opportunities for retirees to use their knowledge skills and interests in volunteer service within the university as well as the We are excited to announce that URVC and UMRA have formally re-united surrounding community. URVC remains open to both retirees of the UMN and members of greater metropolitan area. 

URVC is connecting over 500 University retirees to University and community volunteer activities.  For details, see this URVC snapshot.

What are the Objectives of URVC?

The ... 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...

Journal of Opinions, Ideas & Essays (JOIE)

The Journal of Opinions, Ideas & Essays (JOIEis an open access, online journal sponsored by the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA).  The journal provides a digital venue for a wide variety of articles submitted by retired or active faculty, staff and alumni from the Twin Cities and coordinate campuses of the University. The articles are intended for a broad, general audience.

JOIE Online

Please visit the JOIE website to enjoy the articles or to submit one of your own. Examples include biographical, historical, or literary essays; matters of curricular interest; comments on University issues; 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.

UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees (PDGR) program provides funding for University retirees to continue their scholarship or to pursue interesting new projects. Funding of up to $5000 is available to support those efforts.

A financial contribution to PDGR grants can be made through crowd-funding. We welcome your support!
—John Bantle, MD, chair, PDGR Committee

Since 2009, PDGR grants have been made to over 100 retirees from across nearly all colleges and campuses of the University of Minnesota. Those grants have covered topics such as art, statistics, social equity, science and medicine. For more information about past projects click on Previous PDGR Awards.   

PDGR grants are intended to support strong transitions into... More...

Serving U News

Book cover: "Global Trade and Cultural Authentication" by Joanne Eicher

Joanne Eicher’s new book, Global Trade and Cultural Authentication, published with support from UMRA’s grant program, is the capstone of a stellar career launched by serendipity.

Publication date: Sep 17 2022 - 3:00pm

If you have made a financial contribution to UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees program, thank you for your support. If you have not made a gift or would like to give again, it’s easy to make a gift online at any time. Applications for 2023 grants are due December 31.

Publication date: Sep 17 2022 - 2:15pm

David Hunter, M.D.

David Hunter, M.D., retired U of M Medical School professor and interventional radiologist, typically volunteers more than 200 hours annually by participating in University Retirees Volunteer Center opportunities, including Help at Your Door and Academic Integrity Matters.

Publication date: Sep 17 2022 - 1:15pm

The University Retirees Volunteer Center welcomes three new members to the new URVC Management Committee.

Publication date: Aug 19 2022 - 4:15pm