Be all you can be as a University retiree!!
With the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA).
The Frugal Retiree
Professional Development Grants
Big Ten and AROHE Conferences Summer 2014
The Journal of Opinions, Ideas, and Essays (JOIE)
Become a Member
Our luncheon speaker for November is Deborah L. Swackhamer, professor of Science, Technology, and Public Policy in the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and co-director of the University’s Water Resources Center. She will speak about Minnesota Waters. See our meetings page for more information.
The first portion of the workshop will be led by Erik Moore, University archivist and co-director of the UDC. Next, Regents Professor Emeritus of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Eville Gorham will explain how he put up 128 written works organized with an index. Finally, the workshop will feature an UMRA project initiative, the Journal of Opinions, Ideas and Essays(JOIE), developed under the leadership of Professor Emeritus Martin Dworkin. See the meetings page for details.
October 29, 2013: Our intrepid explorer Earl Nolting has scoured the U to bring us the latest in discounts. See them on the Member Benefits page.
If you would like to apply for one of the grants for retirees (up to $5,000), please see the guidelines here. The deadline for applications is December 10, 2013. Awards will be announced March 1 and commence on April 1, 2014 and end onJune 30, 2015
These grants support retirees to pursue projects related to their scholarship or to start new scholarly and creative interests. Eligible expenses include travel and per diem costs related to conference attendance, research trips, stipends for undergraduate or graduate assistants, photocopying, the purchase of books, computers, software, and other relevant expenses. Ineligible expenses include salary for the applicant and institutional overhead charges. Funding for this program is provided by central administration, several deans, and through UMRA contributions. The Office of the Vice President for Research and UMRA administer the grants program.
The complete RFP and a list of previous awards is available for reference at www.umn.edu/umra/grants. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me [email@example.com] or other members of the grants committee (listed in the grant guidelines).
Support the Professional Development Grants for Retirees Program
You may now directly support the Professional Development Grants for Retirees (PDG) program through your directed contribution to the University of Minnesota Foundation at http://giving.umn.edu/umra. Your gift will support and strengthen this important program. See our Grants page for more information.
— Jan Hogan-Schiltgen, chair, PDGR Committee
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.
UMRA President Ron Anderson appointed a new committee to help our UMRA members deal with the loss or serious illness of a loved one. UMRACARES welcomes and needs your input when a spouse or partner or child has passed away… or if a loved one has had a life-threatening illness. UMRACARES committee members will send personal sympathy cards and call families to extend support in these difficult times. These lovely cards are created by photographer and Family Social Science Chair Jan McCullough.
Further, upon notification of the demise of a retired faculty or staff member on the Twin Cities campus who is not an UMRA member, UMRACARES will send a personal sympathy card to the family.
Throughout the year 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 notify us with this important information when you are able to do so. Our UMRA newsletter will keep you informed on this in the coming months. For now persons can telephone UMRA at 612-626-4403 and leave a message, email UMRACares@umn.edu, or 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 creation of this new UMRA program.
UMRA will be hosting the Big Ten Retirees Associations Conference in the summer of 2014 (Friday through Sunday, August 8–10). While formal sessions will focus on the theme of “Retiree-University Synergy,” special activities will also showcase the University of Minnesota to out-of-town
participants who will be staying at the Commons Hotel.
Committees are getting under way to develop plans. if you would like to participate in the planning process and/or the actual roll-out of the conference, please contact one or more of the following committee Leaders:
Hospitality—Pat Tollefson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Program & Entertainment—Gayle Graham Yates, email@example.com
Menus—Jan Hogan-Schiltgen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tours—Kathy O’Brien, email@example.com
Budget & Finance—Dick Skaggs, firstname.lastname@example.org
Immediately following the Big Ten Conference, Minnesota will also host the Association of Retiree Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE) Sunday–Wednesday, August 10-13. Although AROHE staffs the programming, some UMRA members will be needed to help with local arrangements. To be involved, email Ron Anderson..
—Ron Anderson, UMRA President (email@example.com)
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.
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 will 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.
Campus parking discount coupons are greatly appreciated by many UMRA members. Thanks to Parking and Transportation, coupons reduce all-day fees to $6, with the exception of special events parking.
Members can obtain coupons:
(1) at any UMRA luncheon; (2) when you renew your
membership in midsummer; (3) by sending a request and
self-addressed, stamped envelope to John Anderson, 1332
Como Blvd. E., St. Paul, MN 55117. Up to 21 coupons
requires one Forever stamp; 22-42 coupons require 66 cents.
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.
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