Be all you can be as a University retiree!!
With the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA).
See our meetings page for more information.
UMRA President Ron Anderson has appointed a committee to help our UMRA members deal with the loss or serious illness of a loved one in your family. 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.
Van Linck 651-490-1385
Earl Nolting 651-633-4333
Harriet Reiss 763-544-8016
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, email@example.com
Program & Entertainment—Gayle Graham Yates, firstname.lastname@example.org
Menus—Jan Hogan-Schiltgen, email@example.com
Tours—Kathy O’Brien, firstname.lastname@example.org
Budget & Finance—Dick Skaggs, email@example.com
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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.
Automating its payment system, Parking and Transportation Services now requires UMRA members to use parking discount coupons to obtain the discounted parking rate of $6 for the day. And, although the rate has increased this year, the good news is that the parking places you can use with your discount have also increased. Your UMRA discount is now available at all ramps and some surface lots.
If you need additional coupons, we will make them available at UMRA luncheons throughout the year. Alternatively, you may send your request with a self-addressed, self-stamped envelope to John S. Anderson, 1332 Como Blvd. E., St. Paul, MN 55117. (more than 21 coupons requires extra postage.)
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 $98 (7 x $14) for one package.
UMRA has a telephone number, 612-626-4403. Messages are checked and processed on a daily basis.
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