Be all you can be as a University retiree!!
With the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA).
Outstanding Service Nominations
The Frugal Retiree
Professional Development Grants
Big Ten and AROHE Conferences Summer 2014
The Journal of Opinions, Ideas, and Essays (JOIE)
Become a Member
Lance Brockman will speak on “The Theatre of the Fraternity.” He is perhaps most well known in the Twin Ccities for his writings and presentations about the destruction by fire of the University’s showboat theater. He was a major force in the development of the University’s new Minnesota Centennial Showboat. See our meetings page for more information.
Janice Nadeau, Ph.D., will lead UMRA’s March Living Well in Later Life workshop on “Weathering Loss in Later Life.” The workshop follows our luncheon on March 25 at approximately 1:30 p.m.
See the meetings page for more details.
UMRA needs organizational volunteers to keep the retirees association growing and meeting its members’ needs. We are especially interested in involving those who have joined UMRA in recent years and may be able to offer new perspectives to established committees. Your ideas and your energy can contribute in many ways to the organization.
Please consider serving on an UMRA committee. UMRA committees and their chairs currently include:
• Program: Hal Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Membership: John Anderson, email@example.com
• Communication and Technology: David Naumann, firstname.lastname@example.org; Earl Nolting, email@example.com
• Service Engagement: Victor Bloomfield, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Professional Grants Program: Jan Hogan-Schiltgen, email@example.com
• UMRA Cares: Van Linck, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Earl Nolting, email@example.com
• Luncheon: Ben Zimmerman, Judy Leahy Grimes
If you are interested in learning more about the work of any of these committees, please contact the chairpersons listed.
As an organizational volunteer, you will not only serve fellow retirees, but you will also find that getting involved is a great way to get to know others and make new friends.
UMRA’s first awards recognizing retirees for special service were presented at the Annual Meeting in May 2013. The inaugural Outstanding Service Awards went to Judy Leahy Grimes for UMRA Service; Paul Rosenblatt for University Service; and Gary C. McVey for Community Service.
There are many more deserving retirees in our midst whose service should be recognized as well. You know best who they are, so please nominate your fellow UMRA members for outstanding service in one of three categories:
1. Outstanding Service to UMRA, recognizing exemplary voluntary contributions to the organization of Umra.
2. Outstanding Service to the University of Minnesota, recognizing outstanding unpaid work toward fulfilling the mission of the University. Examples might include:
• continuing to advise graduate students and serve on their dissertation committees;
• collaborating on research and/or writing projects;
• teaching special topics courses to nontraditional audiences, e.g., freshman seminars, summer session, life-long learning courses;
• Participating and presenting at professional conferences.
3. Outstanding Service to the Greater Community, recognizing activities that address such issues as social services, environmental quality, community health, early childhood education, underprivileged populations, immigrant services, international organizations, local government boards, or other activities that address societally important needs.
To learn more about last year’s awards, see the May 2013 issue of the UMRA Newsletter, page 4. Archived issues can be accessed on the Newsletter page.
Please send your nomination(s) —one page or less should suffice—to Victor Bloomfield, chair, UMRA Service Engagement Committee, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations should be received no later than April 30, 2014.
Awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting, May 27.
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.
2014-15 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.
Past President Ron Anderson appointed a 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.
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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