The University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA) has added some new features and links:
- UMRA's members gather at 11:30 at the Campus Club, Coffman Union, on the fourth Tuesday of each month, for lunch, good fellowship and speakers. The next event will be on Tuesday February, 25. After the luncheon, they will host a workshop featuring four UMRA members who are working internationally. The four panelists are Karen Lilley, who just returned from work at a Uganda orphanage; Vincent Hunt, who worked in many countries with the world Health Organization (WHO); Josef Mestenhauser, who, after 50 years of devotion to the University's international activities, continues promoting greater internationalization in learning; and Robert Patterson, who has done consulting and human rights work all over the globe. Ron Anderson, UMRA's past president, will moderate the discussion. You are welcome to attend this free workshop from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. whether or not you attend the luncheon.
- University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC) is dedicated to connecting volunteers with service opportunities within the University and in the surrounding community. Started in 1987, it was the first of its kind and remains today the sole service organization of a higher education institution. The URVC acts as a referral center, matching organizations that need help with willing volunteers of all ages who are seeking meaningful and rewarding experiences. Their office is located in the McNamara Alumni Center, Room 263, Phone: 612-625-8016 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The University of Minnesota announces a new and perhaps unique digital journal, The Journal of Opinions, Ideas and Essays (JOIE). Through the assistance of the Provost and the University Digital Conservancy (UDC) the journal will be managed by UMRA. As the title implies, it will be a vehicle for the publication of a broad variety of high-quality articles on a wide assortment of topics that may not be typical for conventional scholarly journals. It will include reviews, short stories, poems, photographic essays, essays on scholarly topics, opinion pieces, and discussions of pedagogical and curricular issues.