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)

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.  See this URVC snapshot.

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... 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, electronic journal sponsored by the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA). JOIE is hosted by the University Digital Conservancy, a program of the University of Minnesota Libraries. The purpose of the journal is to provide 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. 

Articles are intended for a broad, general audience. Examples might be 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 essays. As an electronic journal, JOIE can accommodate graphics... 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 University’s financial contributions to the program have been suspended. We hope the suspension will be temporary but, because of this reduction in support, it may be necessary to reduce the total to be awarded in 2022. To compensate we have started a crowdfunding campaign.  Read more about it.

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