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.
Reservation Deadline is always the Thursday before the Tuesday meeting
Please phone or email your reservations with your check for $16 for each reservation to:
c/o Judy Leahy Grimes
1937 Palace Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-1728
Or, contact her before the deadline at 651-698-4387 or email@example.com
Please honor the reservation deadline date; if cancellations are necessary, please let us know by noon the preceding Thursday.
C. Lance Brockman, retired professor of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University, will be our speaker at the March 25 luncheon meeting. Professor Emeritus Brockman has made many contributions to University and Twin Cities theater.
Wwith a growing interest in theater during his college years, he joined a USO troupe that toured military hospitals and installations in Japan, Korea, and Okinawa. The troupe performed Once Upon a Mattress for the wounded in those sites.
After finishing his degrees in technical theater, he began teaching at Morehead State University in Kentucky. He came to Minnesota as an assistant professor in 1973, remaining here until 2013 when he retired as professor of Theatre Arts and Dance.
During that time, he held the position of University Technical Director and Scene Designer, supervising all student scenery and property designers and managing the work in the scenery and property shops; he was department chair from 1995 to 2001.
He also was the scenery and properties designer for dozens of University Theatre shows and others in the Twin Cities. Among those company productions were the Penumbra Theatre’s Black Nativity, Fences, Ain’t Misbehavin’-The Fats Waller Musical; the Great American History Theatre’s A Dream Play, Meet Me at the Fair; and Roundhouse Theatre’s Redshirts in Silver Springs, Maryland. He has made 53 presentations at professional meetings, is a fellow of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, and has served as a board member, presenter, and curator of a number of exhibits sponsored by the institute.
He is perhaps most well known in the Twin Cities for his writings and presentations about the destruction by fire of the University’s showboat theater. A major force in the development of the University’s new Minnesota Centennial Showboat, he worked in finding funds, purchasing a replacement vessel, and building the theater. Christening the new showboat was due, in large part to Lance’s efforts. In addition, he was the scenery and properties designer for at least a dozen shows there.
some years ago, he was given access to the facilities of the Scottish Rite Temple in Minneapolis and, after several years of research and study of the scenery used in their ceremonies, Professor Brockman published several works on “The theatre of the Fraternity.” In 1996 he served as the guest curator for the Weisman Art Museum’s Theatre of the Fraternity: Staging the Ritual Space of the Scottish Rite. That exhibit toured to five other museums and universities. This will be Professor Brockman’s topic for our March luncheon program.
— Hal Miller, Program Committee chair and UMRA President-elect
Cod with mushroom leek cream
sauce, roasted potatoes, cabbage.
For vegetarian or gluten-free
options, please request when making reservations.
Janice Nadeau, Ph.D., will lead UMRA’s March Living Well in Later Life workshop on “Weathering Loss in Later Life.” The workshop follows our luncheon on March 25 at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Janice Nadeau is a licensed psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and master’s prepared nurse. She has had a private practice in the Loring Park area of downtown Minneapolis for more than 25 years. She provides individual, couple, and family therapy for a wide range of issues, but often dealing with death, dying, bereavement, and losses associated with aging, chronic illness, life transitions, and relationship endings.
Nadeau’s doctorate is from Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Families Making Sense of Death (Sage, 1998), a pioneering and very influential analysis of the ways in which family members together make meanings of a death, the ways family meanings may differ from the personal meanings family members hold, and the family dynamics and politics involved in meaning-making.
For her leading-edge work as a practitioner, writer, and public speaker on death, dying, and bereavement, she was elected to membership in the International Workgroup on Death, Dying, and Bereavement, a select group whose members are world leaders in research, theory, and the provision of services. She is a speaker, keynoter, workshop leader, teacher of online classes, classroom teacher, and provider of webinars, who is widely acclaimed for her tuned-in, supportive, knowledgeable, caring, and (as appropriate) quite humorous presentations.
In her UMRA presentation she will identify some of the obvious and not-so-obvious losses that accompany older age. She will help us to think about the possible value of recognizing and naming our losses and making something of them, which is not necessarily encouraged in our society. She will bring in the role of meaning-making in dealing with losses and address what “healthy” grief might look like. In a presentation that will in part involve interaction with those in attendance, she will also suggest things that we can do to weather our losses.
Join us for discussions on a topic that is important to us all, at every stage of our lives. the workshops are held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. after the UMRA monthly luncheon. You are welcome to attend this workshop whether or not you attend the luncheon. the workshop is free.
— Paul Rosenblatt for the UMRA Cares and Workshops Committees
The January, 2012 lunch featured an exciting opening act followed by a spectacular headliner, Marla Spivak, who talked about bees, delivering charm and education at the same time.
The opening act, however, was sheer improvisational comedy. People kept wandering in from the hallway and claiming to have reservations! Others, already seated, not in on the joke, were patient and polite. A performer impersonating "me" acted puzzled and powerless. Saving the day were the intrepid Campus Club servers —busy as bees, they buzzed around and found chairs and, eventually, food for all.
What did we learn at the January meeting? We learned that honey bees are even more industrious and ingenious than we thought, they are crucial in the food system, and very fortunate to have the loving attention of the likes of Professor Marla Spivak and her students. We all also learned the importance of reservations!!
Perhaps we (your committee and newsletter editor and webmaster) have not been clear in communicating this, but the fact is—even if you plan to pay at the door instead of sending in a check, you must call or e-mail to reserve your place(s) for lunch by the deadline listed on page one. Please! — Frank C. Miller
Frank describes himself as Amateur Reservationist. We describe him as UMRA's Disarming Humorist. Frank would be happy to have reservations assistance at future luncheons. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-331-2145.
Program Committee (2013-14)
Harold Miller (Chair), email@example.com;
John S Adams; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Ron Anderson; email@example.com;
Craig Swan; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Julie Medbery; email@example.com;
Cal Kendall; firstname.lastname@example.org;
John S Anderson, email@example.com,
The Program Committee is always looking for good speaker ideas. If you have any suggestions, please contact Hal Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org).