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Monthly Meeting Schedule and Speakers

UMRA’s members gather at 11:30 at the Campus Club, in Conference Room ABC, on the fourth floor of Coffman Union, on the 4th Tuesday of each month, for lunch, good fellowship, and an interesting speaker.

Meeting Reservations ARE Required

Reservation Deadline is always the Thursday before the meeting -– except for this meeting when the deadline is May 18.

Please phone or email your reservations and send your check payable to UMRA for $30 for each reservation to:

UMRA Reservations
c/o Judy Leahy Grimes
1937 Palace Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-1728

Or, contact her before the deadline at 651-698-4387 or

Please honor the reservation deadline date, which is May 18 for this special program; if cancellations are necessary, please call by May 20.

May 26, 2015 Program for Annual Gala features Vern Sutton, "Music of the Ziegfeld Follies"

Dr. Vern (Evert Lavern) Sutton returns to the UMRA stage to speak and perform at our special annual Gala luncheon may 26.

Vern confesses that from his very early school-year experiences, he Vern Suttonlearned that he loved to be on stage. As soon as first grade, when he played Baby Bear in the play about Goldilocks, the "roar of the crowd" had hooked him on singing and performing.

Throughout his career, he has juggled life, very successfully, both as a professor and performer. Having earned a bachelor's degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and a master's and Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Minnesota, he spent another 36 years (1967-2003) on the faculty of the University's School of Music.

Vern Sutton's contributions to the music scene in Minnesota have been numerous. In 1963 he was a founding member of the Center Opera Company, which later became the well-known and beloved Minnesota Opera. He directed the University's Opera Theater and School of Music for 30 years.

Around town, he appeared as a guest on Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" show for 13 years; he acted in the Guthrie Theater's Christmas Carol for five seasons and appeared in the Guthrie's 1776 production. In addition he created "Opera on the Farm" and brought opera to many rural communities in the Midwest.

After retiring from the University he became artistic director of Opera in the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

He is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics from Dickens to Oscar Wilde to the History of Opera. At our May luncheon he will treat us to talk and song about the "Music of the Ziegfeld Follies."

Come and enjoy this year's annual meeting and program— the capstone to a very successful year of UMRA programming.

— Jean Kinsey, President-elect

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May Meeting and Festive Luncheon features
your choice among three entrées

(Please be sure to indicate your menu selection
when you send in your reservations.)


Come early and mingle with friends and colleagues.

Wine and beer cash bar opens at 11:30 a.m.; lunch
is served at noon.
A program featuring Vern Sutton,
professor emeritus and "Prairie Home Companion" musician, will follow the brief business meeting.  

All meals are served with fresh baked bread and seasonal vegetables.  please select one entrée from the following:   

1. Balsamic Rosemary Chicken: Boneless, skinless chicken breast marinated with garlic and rosemary. Pan-seared and finished with chicken demi-glace and balsamic reduction. Served over Campus Club pilaf. Gluten-free and dairy-free option.

2. Pan-Seared Canadian Walleye: the most popular Campus Club menu item, the walleye is lightly seasoned  and topped with local herb butter and lemon. Served with herbed potatoes.

Gluten-free option.
3. Rainbow Chard and Wild Rice Dolmades:  Minnesota wild rice mixed with roasted vegetables and herbs and rolled in rainbow chard leaves. Served with dried fruit compote. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan options. 

Finale for all: Assorted organic cookies, fresh brewed coffee and water will be served.

Deadline for reservations: Monday, May 18
Please rush your reservations with your entrée selections  and check for $30 for each reservation to:

UMRA May Reservations
c/o Judy Leahy Grimes
1937 Palace Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105-1728


Program Committee (2014-15)

Jean Kinsey (President-Elect & Chair),, 651-636-8636
John S. Adams (Immediate Past President),;; 612-925-1340
Harold Miller (President),;
Kathy O'Brien,, 612-722-8475
Richard H. Skaggs;;
Shirley Zimmerman,, 952-926-8644
Ron Anderson;;
Van Linck,, 651-490-1385
Earl Nolting,, 651-633-4333

The Program Committee is always looking for good speaker ideas. If you have any suggestions, please contact Jean Kinsey(

M Osterholm

February speaker Michael Osterholm
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Tom Fisher

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John Adams

For November, John Adams brought his own antique presentation machine to display transparencies he has lovingly preserved throughout the 3rd industrial revolution

Mary Nichols

At the October meeting, Mary Nichols provided food for thought as she discussed the technologies that continue to be applied to education


Skip Humphrey

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