Member Benefits and How to Join
Program with Advantages for 2014-15
Campus Club: UMRA members will receive a 20% discount (from $120 annually to $96 payable quarterly or annually) on their campus Club membership fee. Current Campus Club members who also have regular or introductory UMRA membership will receive this discount with their next CC renewal. (612-625-1442, www.campusclubumn.org)
OLLI: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will provide a $20 discount for the initial year of membership. After the initial year, regular member rates will apply. (612-624-7847, www.cce.umn.edu/olli)
LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM: The Arboretum will provide a 10% discount for annual membership fees. Use the UMRA card to redeem membership discount and admission for University Employee Day. No other discounts apply. (952-443-1400, www.arboretum.umn.edu)
COLLEGE OF CONTINUING EDUCATION: UMRA members will receive 10% reduction in fees for LearningLife courses . (612-624-4000, www.cce.umn.edu/learninglife)
CENTER FOR SPIRITUALITY AND HEALING: The center offers a 10% discount on many (though NOT all) of their programs. Enrich your health and well-being by exploring these innovative programs. (612-626-9459, www.csh.umn.edu)
UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE: UMRA members receive a 10% discount at all University of Minnesota – Twin Cities bookstore locations. This discount is good on apparel, insignia gift items, general books and supplies. The bookstore discount excludes textbooks, computer hardware and software, graduation items, class rings, medical reference books and medical supplies. Savings are not valid in combination with other coupon or membership offers. (612-625-6000, www.bookstore.umn.edu)
Discount parking for UMRA members: Members of UMRA enjoy the privilege of parking on
campus up to an entire day for only $6. Thanks to Parking
and Transportation, members may obtain coupons that
reduce hourly fees to the single all-day fee, with the exception of parking for special events. Obtain coupons: (1) at
any UMRA luncheon; (2) when renewing your membership; (3) by sending a request and self-addressed, stamped
envelope to John Anderson, 1332 Como Blvd. E., St. Paul, MN 55117.
INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS: The UMRA member cards can be used to obtain a 20% discount for single event tickets to all sports except football, men’s basketball, and men’s hockey. There is NO season discount for any sport. (612-624-8080, www.gophersports.com)
SCHOOL OF MUSIC: UMRA members are encouraged to attend events of the School of music, many of which are open to the public without charge. Ticket prices for University Opera Theatre performances in fall and spring will be priced 2 for 1 to UMRA members. (612-624-2345, www.music.umn.edu)
THEATRE ARTS AND DANCE: UMRA members will receive a special rate of two for the price of one on most – but not all – UMTAD productions offered at Rarig Center. When ordering tickets, identify yourself as an UMRA member to receive the discounted price for these exciting U of M Theatre Arts and Dance productions of the upcoming season. (612-624-2345, www.theatre.umn.edu) “Enjoy the show!”
Use of these discount programs is limited to UMRA members.. These discount programs are renewed by UMRA annually and are valid through August 31, 2014 See also www.umn.edu/umra.
(September, 2013-14 revision by Earl Nolting)
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How to Join
All retirees or soon-to-be-retired faculty or staff, and/or spouses, are eligible to join UMRA. Annual membership dues are $25 for an individual membership and $35 for a couple. For retirees joining UMRA for the first time, membership is only $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 now 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.
Membership forms are available from the chair of the Membership Committee or any other UMRA officer, or you may download a membership form (MS Word) here. Membership renewal forms are mailed to members of record by July of each year.
At monthly luncheons throughout the academic year, members renew long-standing friendships with former colleagues, make new acquaintances, and strengthen a sense of connection with the University community.
Each month speakers from within and outside the University address a variety of scholarly, informative, and entertaining topics. Luncheon meetings are currently held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Campus Club.
A "Living Well in Later Life" Workshop is held after many of our luncheon meetings. Workshops are held from 1:30–2:30 pm, after the luncheon, in the same room. Usually the presenter speaks first, and then participants may be divided into small groups to get better acquainted and to discuss thoughts stimulated by the presentations. There is no fee for this workshop; and you need not have attended the luncheon to attend the workshop
In addition to this web site, UMRA publishes a monthly newsletter reporting on association activities and providing information on health care insurance issues, volunteer activities, regents’ decisions, and other matters of interest to the membership.
A gala social event occurs in May of each year as UMRA officers polish up the year and the membership elects new association officers and board members to lead the next year’s activities.
In the 1980s, UMRA members envisioned, helped to plan, and oversaw the construction of 1666 Coffman (see photo), an independent condominium near the St. Paul campus. Direct inquires to email@example.com.
Actions UMRA has taken on your behalf
Professional Development Grants Program—The Office of the Vice President for Research and the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA) jointly created a grants program in 2007. These grants are awarded annually to support faculty, P&A and civil service retirees wishing to pursue projects related to their research, instructional, or other work history. Details of the programs and awards made are given on this website's grant's page.
Faculty Retirees’ Bill of Rights—UMRA led negotiations that resulted in a statement of faculty rights and privileges. The document The Rights and Privileges of University Emeriti (Word doc) summarizes the rights and privileges that are guaranteed to retired faculty by the Resolution passed by the University Senate in 1998.
Keeping in touch with University actions
- UMRA tracks discussions of, and seeks improvements in, health insurance coverage for retirees.
- Designated UMRA board liaisons report monthly on the activities of the Board of Regents, the Alumni Association, the Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs, the Benefits Advisory Committee, the URVC, University Retiree Volunteer Center, and the Campus Club.
University E-mail Accounts—In 2005, UMRA clarified a University policy that e-mail accounts were to be continued for all retirees, and the association ensured that this privilege would be communicated to all retirees and providers. If you believe you are qualified as a retiree but do not have a University e-mail account, please notify UMRA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University/National Car Rental Contract—All retired University faculty and staff can continue to take advantage of the University's National Car Rental discount contract for business and personal travel, whether in the United States or abroad. Conversations between UMRA and the University Purchasing Services Department confirm that all faculty, P&A, and civil service employees who have retired from the University are eligible for this rental discount program. The amount of the discount varies with location and type of service, but the amount of savings often is substantial. If you are not already utilizing this discount, contact your former department or office for the relevant information, including the contract number.
Your comments and advice regarding these and other issues are most welcome. Send any comments to email@example.com or contact one of the UMRA officers.
UMRA's Membership Committee and its Board of Directors are pleased to provide you with this collection of information resources to help you make a smoother transition from your employment at the University to the retirement world. Disclaimer:
Please be aware that the information provided here should not be considered binding financial or legal advice.
To minimize size of the document its format is a directory to point you to more detailed sources of information.
If you want to fill your forms online:
—John S. Anderson, Chair, UMRA Membership Committee
2015 Health benefits update: Results of open enrollment for U retiree health plans
According to Employee Benefits, a total of 2,856 of us who are 65 years of age and over (1,994 retiree only and 862 family) signed up for health coverage under the University's Retiree Health Plan.
By plan option, Health Partners 65+ was the most popular selection, with 972 enrollees (34.0 percent), up 2.0 percent, followed by Blue Cross/Blue/Shield's U of M retiree plan with 822 (28.8 percent), up 2.4 percent. Medica's Group Prime Solution has enrolled 707 (24.8 percent), which is down 3.4 percent. U Care for Seniors has 284 (9.8 percent), up 1.1 percent.
In addition to these numbers, 417 retirees (14.6 percent) signed up for secondary plans first offered for 2014 by each of the carriers. Coverage under these plans featured lower premium, higher out-of-pocket-costs. The numbers included 144 with Health Partners 65+, 138 with Medica, 76 with U Care, 34 with BC/BS, and 25 with the Health Partners National Plan.
— Ted Litman, Umra MRA Resentative to the University of Minnesota Benefits Advisory Committee