Social Activities

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Cabinet of Curiosities: Herbarium Collection

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Cabinets of Curiosities will seek out the University of Minnesota Herbarium on the St Paul Campus.  Tim Whifeld, Collections Manager, will share his knowledge of that amazing collection and explain its critical importance in the twenty-first century. Botanists study these pressed plants, individually and collectively, to estsblish a history of plant life, often over centuries, because they contain compelling evidence of the ever modulating geographical distribution of plants and evidence of how climate, pests, and other factors have changed species over time. 

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Adenocaulon bicolor;  Asclepias syriaca

Mississippi River Cruise Aboard the Jonathan Padelford

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Enjoy a two-hour cruise on the Jonathan Padelford, leaving from the Harriet Island dock in St. Paul, boarding time at 5:30 p.m. We will have a brief program on board by Patrick Nunnally from the River Life Program of the Institute on the Environment.

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Padelford Riverboats, logo

U of M Day at Target Field

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Get out to the ballpark with fellow UMRA members for the annual U of M Day at Target Field as the Minnesota Twins take on the Oakland Athletics on June 14 at 7:10 p.m.

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U of M Day at Target Field, pre-game at Fulton Taproom

UMRA Summer Social and Picnic

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Picnic under the covered, open-air Como pavilion, gaze at the water, spy some birds, catch up with friends and former colleagues, and meet new members. We’ll have lunch with plenty of time for visiting and then compete in teams as we are challenged by our Quiz master(s)!

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Como Lakeside Pavillion

Cabinets of Curiosity: Spring at the UMN CBS Conservatory

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The UMRA Cabinets of Curiosity tour will be at the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) Conservatory & Botanical Collection on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. The amazing glass-walled greenhouse features four biomes with distinct climates, landscapes, and floras, with particular emphasis on plants of the southern hemisphere. Please plan to join us in this special opportunity to visit spaces not normally open to the public. 

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Pelargonium praemorsum

Cabinets of Curiosity: Insect Collection and Natural Resources Library

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If you are curious about insects in their astonishing variety, plan to join the UMRA Cabinets of Curiosity to tour the Insect Collection and Natural Resources Library in Hodson Hall.

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Holzenthal insect collection box

Winter celebration and songs to bring the light

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Join UMRA members at Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville for an afternoon of comradery, food, and entertainment. After an hour of mingling and nosh, the highlight of this mid-winter event will be an hour of song and music by Twin Cities musicians Dane Stauffer and Dan Chouinard.

Prepayment of $35 per person, or $38 after January 5

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Dan Chouinard and Dane Stauffer have been performing and traveling together since 1989 doing cabaret and original theater. Recently Dane starred in the smash hit musical Glensheen. Dan Chouinard is known for his music and banter.

Cabinets of Curiosity: Goldstein Museum of Design

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The material world we live in is shaped by design. While popular discussions of design typically focus on fashion and furniture, design is fundamental in art, architecture, and indeed nearly all aspects of the everyday world around us.  Goldstein Museum of Design curator Jean McElvain will demonstrate and discuss some of the fascinating and often unexpected holdings before we walk through the current gallery exhibit.

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Goldstein Museum of Design

Cabinets of Curiosity: James Ford Bell Library

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Some of the most valuable and rare maps in the world are held in UMN's own James Ford Bell Library, housed in Andersen Library  See https://www.lib.umn.edu/collections/special/bell .

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James Ford Bell Coronelli Globe

Mississippi River Cruise Aboard the Minneapolis Queen

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Enjoy the golden close of summer on an evening cruise on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis with UMRA friends and colleagues.  The cruise fee includes a taco bar, and there will be a full service cash bar available on the boat.

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Mississippi River Cruise Aboard the Minneapolis Queen

U of M Day at Target Field

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Show your support for the University of Minnesota and the Twins during "U of M Day", in partnership with the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, at Target Field on Saturday, July 22, when the Twins take on the Chicago White Sox at 6:15 p.m.

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Target Field

UMRA Summer Social and Picnic

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On Wednesday June 28th, over eighty UMRA members and their guests gathered in the shade of the Como Park pavilion to catch up with old friends and colleagues and welcome new members.  And after lunch, THE QUIZ! Competition was fierce, and merriment abounded.

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Proud world geography quiz winners! 2023 Summer social

Behind-the-scenes visit to the Bell Museum

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Whether or not you think you've already seen it all at the Bell Museum, join recently retired Curator Don Luce and retired historian and professor of earth sciences Sally Gregory Kohlstedt for an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the collections of the Bell Museum. This will be the first in a new UMRA series of visits to several significant museums and collections on campus, to talk with curators and explore their "Cabinets of Curiosity."

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Gophers women’s hockey vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

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UMRA has reserved a block of 25 seats in Ridder Arena for the Gophers women’s hockey game against Ohio State on Saturday, February 4.

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UMRA cheered the Gophers women's basketball team to victory on November 20, 2022.

Gopher Women’s Basketball November 20—join the fun!

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UMRA has reserved a block of 30 seats for the Gophers vs. Presbyterian College game at Williams Arena on Sunday afternoon, November 20. Email Will Craig to purchase your tickets by November 4.

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