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)
PARKING: UMRA members are entitled to receive parking discount coupons which will obtain a $6.00 /all day rate at all public ramps/garages and a few surface lots using automated pay machines. You must have an UMRA member parking coupon when leaving in order to receive the discounted rate. Refer to the UMRA website (www.umn.edu/umra) for details. NOTE: the UMRA rate will not be available when “event” charges apply—home football games, etc. (612-626-7275, www.umn.edu/pts)
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)
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.
Wines of Southwest France, Wednesday, Nov. 13
Scotch Tasting, Friday, Nov. 15
Holiday Bubbles Class, Thursday, Dec. 5
“Modern” Cocktail Class, Wednesday, Dec. 11
College of Continuing Education: Learning Life:
Courses, seminars and immersions Nov. 2013-Jan. 2014
[see handout for details]
Headliners: Nov 7, Galapagos: Fragile Past Brighter Future
with Dr. Julia Ponder, Executive Dir. Raptor Center
Dec 5, The Affordable Care Ace and MN-Sure
with Dr. Jean Abraham, School of Public Health
Free Learning Life Winter Sampler, Jan. 14, 2014
Coupons for new members
Major sale starting Nov. 26
UMRA coupons save money in nearly all Univ. lots and ramps
20% Discount to UMRA members on single event tickets. Follow Championship Women’s Hockey, great seats for Women’s basketball, Volleyball, and many other sports (but not Men’s hockey, basketball, or football)
School of Music:
Members receive 2-for-1 tickets for University Opera Theatre’s production of Bedřich Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Nov.21-24 (Ted Mann Concert Hall) Directed by David Walsh. Follow the comical story through twists and turns to find out what becomes of the Bartered Bride. Adults: $20, Students and children: $5. Call 612-624-2345 or online www.opera.umn.edu.
Members receive 2-for-1 tickets to University Opera Theatre’s production of Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Apr 10-13, 2014 (Ted Mann Concert Hall) Directed by David Walsh. Adults $20, students and children: $5. call 612-624-2345 or online www.opera.umn.edu.
Request email delivery of Ostinato: the School of Music Electronic Newsletter, to receive information on upcoming SOM events, many of them FREE to the public.
(Earl Nolting, Oct. 29, 2013)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact one of the UMRA officers.
Open enrollment will soon be upon us (November 1 to the end of that month). University retirees and their spouse/significant dependent partners, 65 years of age and older, will once again have the opportunity to select their health care coverage under the University’s Retiree Health Plan.
But in contrast to previous years, they will have more options to choose from and decisions to make. While the four carriers remain the same, i.e., Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health Partners, Medica, and U Care, each will offer not one but two plan options—their current plans and a lower-cost plan option, but with more out-of-pocket costs.
Beginning in 2014, the University’s plus 65 retiree plan will include eight options:
Plan Costs:Monthly premiums for the current higher premium/lower out-of-pocket plan options will range from $278.68 to $247.00 per month. The new lower premium/ higher out-of-pocket options will run from $157 to $131 per month.
For an example of the changes for out-of-pocket options: our current plans all pay pharmacy copays through the “donut hole.” Among the new plans, one pays higher copays through the “donut hole,” the other three plans have generic copays but no brand coverage through the “donut hole.” Your selection of a plan will depend upon your individual needs or anticipated requirements. Additional note: the retiree and spouse/significant dependent will be able to choose different levels within a specific carrier’s plan.
Confused? To help answer your questions and concerns, and provide more clarity about these changes that have been made in the Retirees’ UPlan, UMRA will be sponsoring a workshop at 1:30 p.m. on October 29 at the Campus Club.
If you plan to attend, you may want to bring along the informational booklet you will receive from the University. The workshop is open to all retirees, members and nonmembers alike. Hope to see you there.
—Ted Litman, UMRA Representative to the Benefits Advisory Committee