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Member Directory Update
Professional Development Grant Deadlines

Senior Education
UMRA Cares
The Journal of Opinions, Ideas, and Essays (JOIE)
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November 18, 2014 Luncheon Meeting

Please note this meeting is one week earlier than usual because of the coming holiday. It will be a good one you won't want to miss!


John Adams, immediate past president of UMRA and professor emeritus
of Geography, Environment, and Society in CLA and of Planning and Public Affairs in the Humphrey Institute, will address the subject of “How Metropolitan Areas Work”

See 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.

See the meetings page for more details.

Member Directory Update available

We have a number of new members and some other changes to the online UMRA Membership Directory since the last revision.The latest October 9, 2014 revision is available at this URL:

This is a pdf file you may download to your computer and view or print with a program like Adobe Reader. If you need help viewing or printing this directory, or if you would like to request changes to the directory or request a paper copy, please contact me by replying to this email.

Thank you for your continuing support of UMRA.

Virgil Larson, UMRA Membership Database Manager,

UMRA Professional Development Grants for Retirees Proposals due December 10, 2014

Do you have a scholarly project or a new creative interest that you want to pursue and would be assisted with a small grant (up to $5,000)? The deadline for applications is December 10, 2014. Click for the guidelines for applying for the Professional Development Grant for Retirees and see our Grants page for more information.

The Office of the Vice President for Research will announce the awards by March 1, 2015, the grant commences on April 1, 2015, and ends on June 30, 2016.

If you have questions, please contact Jan Hogan [] or committee members: John Adams, Joanne Eicher, Russ Hobbie, Dick Caldecott, Bob Holt, John Howe, Judd Sheridan, Paul Quie, Kim Munholland, Cal Kendall, Louis Janus, Dick Poppele, Craig Swan, Kathy O'Brien, Hal Miller, Roger Clemence, and Donna Peterson. We welcome your application.

—Jan Hogan UMRA Grants Chair

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. Back

UMRACares Group

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 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 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 Back

UMRA membership

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. Back

We hope you find this website useful and we invite you to send comments and suggestions to the Webmaster, Dave Naumann, at


Luncheon guests October 2012

Luncheon guests October 2012

Luncheon guests October 2012

Luncheon guests October 2012

Luncheon guests November 2012

March 2012 after-luncheon Workshop