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Final Report of the 2014 AROHE Conference August 10-12

AROHE 2014 Conference Review

2014 Conference Presentation Notes Booklet (168 pages)

Link to conference photos on Flickr


Final Report of the Big Ten Retirees Conference August 8-10, 2014

Final Report by John Anderson

Keynote Talk by John Adams

U of M retirees have unique opportunity to attend two conferences in Summer 2014

Did you ever wonder how other retiree organizations do it? Are you interested in sharing ideas and the enthusiasm that comes from connecting with people from other universities? This summer, when UMRA and the University of Minnesota host two national conferences for retiree organizations, you will have the unique opportunity to explore those questions and meet fellow retirees from across the country. You are invited to assist or attend the Big Ten Conference, August 8–10; as well as the AROHE Conference, August 10–12, on the twin Cities campus. some details are outlined in two articles below.

A note about planning your trip: The Minnesota Vikings will be playing a pre-season football game against the Oakland Raiders at the TCF-Bank stadium at 7 pm on Friday, August 8.   The stadium is located only two blocks away from the Commons Hotel.   Expect much congestion on the streets and much competition for parking space Friday afternoon and evening.  Claim your parking space as early as possible. Congestion is likely to begin even before 5:00 pm.

Downloadable directions for: Driving to the Commons Hotel and Light Rail to the Commons Hotel.

The Big Ten conference, August 8–10

All the retiree organizations in the Big Ten, including newly added Rutgers and Maryland, have been invited, and we expect most to send representatives to attend and participate.

Plans are now taking shape for a program built around the theme of “Retiree–University Synergy.”

The kickoff on Friday evening will include a reception, dinner, and presentation about the sustainability of organizations in the culture of modern society. Saturday will feature sessions about wide-ranging topics such as the impact of retiree organizations, university support of retirees, communications, health-fitness-acuity-longevity, recognizing staff retirees, and contributing to your university’s mission.

After a tour of campus highlights, Saturday will be capped with the Showboat presentation of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” On Sunday morning each retiree organization will share some of their campus’s most successful activities.


Big Ten Retiree Association Conference
August 8-10, 2014


Friday, August 8
Afternoon             Conference attendees check-in upon arrival - Mezzanine of Commons Hotel
5:30 pm               Welcome reception
7:00 pm               Buffet dinner
8:00 pm               Welcome Session - Impact of Societal Culture Change on Organization Survival

Saturday, August 9
7:30 am                Continental breakfast
9:00 am                 Session I - Impact of the Retiree Organization
10:15 am              Break
10:30 am              Session II - University Support of Retirees

11:45 am              Lunch

1:30 pm                Session III - Communications         
3:00 pm                Walking tour of campus
6:00 pm                Dinner
8:00 pm                Showboat performance  - “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”

Sunday, August 10
8:00 am                Continental breakfast
9:00 am                Reports of best practices from all Big Ten Retiree Associations
11:00 am              Annual business meeting
12:00 pm              Box lunch

(Downloadable copy of the schedule)

UMRA members are invited to attend any or all conference sessions. Advance registration will be necessary so we can plan for the numbers at sessions and numbers for meals. A registration fee of $150 includes five meals over the three days, as well as the showboat tickets, but because UMRA members may elect “part-time participation,” the registration fee can be adjusted based on meals elected.

UMRA volunteers will also be needed to assist with the program and serve as hosts. as more details become available, They will be published through the UMRA-member listserv and posted on the UMRA website

If you have questions or an interest in volunteering, please contact John Anderson,

Conference for the Association of Retiree
Organizations in Higher Education, Aug. 10–12

From August 10 to 12 the Association of Retiree Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE), an organization of national scope, will convene on our campus.

Several UMRA members will be needed to help with hospitality. Aamong the presentations will be several UMRA members, well known to us all.

Ron Anderson has been our lead representative to the planning committee, composed of representatives from many universities and colleges. Also on UMRA’s AROHE Program Committee are John Adams, John Anderson, Earl Nolting, and Kathy O’Brien. John Adams is now the lead representative because Ron is not able to attend. More information about the conference, sessions, and registration is posted on the AROHE website ( Register before June 20 for a lower fee.

—John Anderson,

President’s Office provides conference support

President Kaler announced that his office would provide $9,000 to help support the two retiree organization conferences to be held at the Commons Hotel on campus this August. The funds will be allocated between the two conferences. Both he and Provost Hanson will speak at the conferences as well.

2004 Conference of Big Ten Retirees Associations

On August 20-22, 2004, UMRA hosted the annual meeting of Big Ten retirees associations. Each year representatives from Big Ten campus associations assemble to share ideas concerning health care and other issues of importance to faculty and staff retirees, explore means of strengthening the several associations on their home campuses, and discuss ways by which retirees can continue to serve their university communities. The delegates, 20 to 25 in number, listened to a variety of speakers, participated in workshops, and enjoyed the amenities of the University of Minnesota and Twin Cities area.

For more information on the Big Ten Retirees Associations visit their website at: Big Ten Retirees Associations



Group lunch.