Be all you can be as a University retiree!!
With the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA).
- Attend stimulating monthly programs and seminars;
- Connect with former colleagues and meet more friends;
- Obtain discounts and other member benefits;
- Stay informed on retirement issues with this website and a monthly newsletter.
NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENT Links
The Journal of Opinions, Ideas, and Essays (JOIE)
Become a Member
Welcome reception and orientation for new members prior to luncheon October 28
Recently received members of UMRA are invited to the Welcome New Members Reception in the Campus Club Lounge, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Cctober 28. (You are considered a new member if you joined since November 1 of 2013.) UMRA board members will be on hand to meet and greet you. Get acquainted with other new members and find out about activities and groups sponsored by your organization. This event will take place just before the monthly UMRA luncheon so you can plan to attend both with one trip to campus. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to join us for the New Member Welcome Reception.
The UMRA Membership Committee initiated this get-acquainted event two years ago. It was so well received that it has become an annual welcome session for those who join UMRA. We do hope you will attend. More information will be forthcoming in an e-mail invitation directed to those who have joined within the past year.
— John Anderson, chair, UMRA Membership Committee
October 28, 2014 Luncheon Meeting
Mary Nichols, dean, College
of Continuing Education will address the effects of technology on education, especially continuing education. Her talk is titled:
“It’s Only Disruptive If You
Can’t Be Disrupted”
our meetings page for more information.
Living well in later life Workshop, Oct. 28: Choosing where to live as we age
Professors Becky Yust and Marilyn Bruin of the College of
Design will consider and explore the multitude of housing
arrangements available to retirees.
the meetings page for more details.
REMINDER: Senior Citizen Education Program
The Senior Citizen Education Program (SCEP) is part of a 2012 Minnesota state statute and applies to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU). The University of Minnesota has chosen to participate in order to provide senior citizens with higher education opportunities.
If you meet the residency and age requirements of the SCEP, you may audit courses free of charge or take courses for credit at $10 per credit. Whether you audit or earn credits for the course, you must pay any required laboratory or materials fees. To register and for more information go to the senior citizen section of the University's ONE STOP student services page.
the UMRA Cares committee members stand ready throughout the year to assist and support members who may be facing serious illness or experiencing the death of a loved one. Tthis committee was formed by members who know first-hand how important it is to have support in times of stress or loss. If you or someone you know wants to talk with a member of UMRA Cares, please e-mail them at email@example.com or call and leave a message at the office phone: 612-626-4403.
Throughout the year, including summer, your UMRACARES committee hopes to provide you with support and resources through emails, programs and on our website on dealing with the death or serious illness of a loved one. We will keep you posted as we move along and establish these programs.
Grief Support Groups This list, courtesy of Allina Health, has been compiled to help those who may be interested in seeking assistance through grief support goups or individual therapy.
Please n call any member of our committee with questions or comments you may have with regard to dealing with the loss or serious illness of a family member. Or call us with ideas you would like to offer for the continuing operation of this UMRA program.
Van Linck 651-490-1385
Earl Nolting 651-633-4333
Harriet Reiss 763-544-8016
Current Links of Interest to Retirees
Invite a retiree to an UMRA lunch
If you know someone who is recently retired or will be soon, invite them to the next luncheon. Prospective members receive a complimentary meal, just so they can check us out! When you make your reservations, call in to tell us that you want to bring a prospective member, and UMRA will trreat them to their first luncheon program.
UMRA members launch unique digital
Journal of Opinions, Ideas, and Essays
The University of Minnesota, through the good offices of
the Provost and the University Digital Conservancy (UDC)
announces a new, unusual, and perhaps unique digital journal, The Journal of Opinions, Ideas and Essays(JOIE).
As the title implies, it is be a vehicle for the publication of
a broad variety of high-quality articles on a wide assortment
of topics that may not be encouraged by or suitable for publication in conventional, scholarly journals. It will include
reviews, short stories, poems, photographic essays, essays on
scholarly topics, opinion pieces, and discussions of pedagogical or curricular issues.
JOIE is managed by UMRA (University of Minnesota
Retirees Association), and will be accessible to anyone with
electronic access to the UDC.
The board of editors invites submissions from any member
of the University community, past or present.
You may view the inaugural issue at www.lib.umn.edu/joie. There you will find representative articles, instructions to
authors, and contact information.
We encourage you to submit articles and to read what we
hope will become a popular vehicle for intellectual exchange.
— Steve Benson and JOIE Board of Editors
An application/renewal form is available here. Retirees joining UMRA for the first time get a 60% reduction in fees. This "introductory membership" costs is just $10 for a single or $15 for a couple for the first year.
For members who are sure they want to attend every UMRA luncheon, you may pay for the first seven, September through April, in advance with your membership application or renewal. The price is the same, but you don’t have to write a check each time.
No refunds are available and a missed luncheon is considered a donation to UMRA. You still need to make a reservation for each luncheon by phone or email. The price is $112 (7 x $16) for one package.
UMRA has a telephone number, 612-626-4403. Messages are checked and processed on a daily basis.
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