Tuesday, May 28, 11 am, Brother Juniper's
Enjoy breakfast with the group before discussing this month's literary work, Men of Fire: Grant, Forrest, and the Campaign That Decided the Civil War by Jack Hurst. The Book Club meets the fourth Tuesday of every other month.
Tuesday, June 4, 9 am
Perkins Restaurant - Eastgate Shopping Center
All UMAR members and U of M retirees are welcome to join the UMAR Breakfast Bunch
for a casual breakfast. The cost of breakfast is on your own. The group meets the
first Tuesday of every month.
UMAR Mix 'n Match
Friday, June 14, 10 am, Collierville Library
Listen to a riverboat captain speak about ‘life on the river’ followed by lunch at
Frank Grisanti’s (1022 South Shady Grove Rd.). A journey to Morton Museum will follow lunch for a look at the latest exhibits. Please contact Alumni Coordinator
Brandon Hoyer at email@example.com or 901/678-1333 to RSVP by June 11.
Tuesday, June 25, Time and Place TBD
The UMAR Garden Club will meet to speak about summer plants, followed by lunch at a location TBD. The
Garden Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of every other month. For more information
about the Garden Club or to RSVP, please contact Sheryl Maxwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901/755-2131 by June 24.
The University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR) is an active organization of retired professors, administrators and staff.
Its mission, consistent with that of the national organization in higher education,
is “to advocate, to educate, and to serve.” UMAR conducts a variety of activities
focused on meeting the social and networking needs of its members through special
event luncheons, dinners, tours and trips, as well as helping to coordinate various
volunteer activities within the University. With support from the Alumni Association,
UMAR hopes to pursue programming that will provide educational opportunities for its
members, support for the University and opportunities to be heard on major community
issues. UMAR is a constituent organization of the University of Memphis Alumni Association,
and members are entitled to the same benefits and privileges as all Alumni Association
members. Click here for a membership application and click here to view all benefits and services.
For more information about UMAR or any upcoming events contact Alumni Coordinator
Brandon Hoyer at email@example.com or 901/678-1333.
U of M Parking Hangtags
If you need to renew your parking hangtag, contact Parking Services at 678-2122. They
can mail the hangtag to you.
Each year UMAR presents the Traces Award to a University retiree chosen by the three
most recent winners for exemplifying the concept of remaining active in scholarly
and/or civic pursuits into retirement. The award metaphorically refers to “remaining
in the traces,” a concept dating to farm days. The 2012 Traces Award was presented
to Edward and Eunice Ordman at the Holiday Brunch in December. Congratulations to
Spring 2013 Newsletter
Click here to read the Spring 2013 Newsletter.
UMAR is now accepting applications for its 2013-2014 scholarship. The one-time award
of $1,000 for the academic year is presented to a full-time undergraduate enrolled
at the University that has completed at least two full years of study with a minimum
cumulative GPA of 3.25. Click here to download an application. The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 15.
The UMAR Scholarship has reached endowment status! Our new goal is to increase the
amount of the scholarship given, so we must continue to raise money. Please help make
this possible by donating to the University of Memphis Foundation here. For further information about the UMAR Scholarship, please contact Bob Boone, UMAR
Scholarship Coordinator, at 901/757.5733.
Congratulations to Valerie Pylant, recipient of the 2012-13 UMAR Scholarship. Valerie is a junior majoring in foreign
languages (Spanish and German). Valerie works at the Educational Support Program and
is a private tutor of Spanish. She is scheduled to graduate in December 2013.
UMAR Recent Events
UMAR May Picnic
UMAR members recently attended a picnic lunch complete with a wine tasting, horse
shoes, and a drawing of donated items, which benefitted the UMAR Scholarship Fund.
Click here to view photos from the event.
Wolf River Dayz
UMAR members recently celebrated Arbor Day at the Wolf River Conservancy. After finishing
a walk along the Rossville, TN Boardwalk, they enjoyed lunch at Wolf River Cafe.
UMAR members recently listened to Master Gardener Jessica Morris speak about exotic
plants. Attendees also enjoyed a nice lunch at Wisteria Tea Room.
Calvary Lenten Preaching Series
UMAR members attended the annual Calvary Lenten Preaching Series to hear who Newsweek states is one of America’s 50 most influential rabbis, Rabbi Micah Greenstein, speak
followed by lunch at the Waffle Shop.
UMAR Mix & Match
Participants enjoyed a brief presentation by June West, Executive Director of the
Memphis Heritage Foundation, on the history of the Foundation and many historic sites
of Memphis followed by lunch at the Trolley Stop Market.
Holiday Brunch & Silent Auction
On Tuesday, December 11, UMAR held its annual meeting, holiday brunch, awards presentation
and silent auction. The program featured entertainment by the Campus School Children.
Silent auction proceeds benefit the UMAR Memorial Scholarship fund. Click here to view photos from the event.
Coffee and Conversation
Guests met at the home of President Shirley Raines in September and enjoyed featured
speaker Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, professor of computer science, internationally known
expert in cyber security and 2012 Recipient of the Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty
Award. Click here to view photos from the event.
UMAR Centennial Reunion
Retired faculty and staff from across the campus gathered at the University Center
during the Alumni Association's Centennial Reunion Weekend. Guests enjoyed a buffet
and a readers' theater production. Click here to view photos from the evening.
The UMAR Garden Club meets the 4th Tuesday of every other month. In February, the
group met to learn more about seed planting and house plants at the home of the Ordmans.
Lunch followed at New Nam King Chinese buffet.For more information about the Garden
Club, please contact Sheryl Maxwell at firstname.lastname@example.org
UMAR hosts a book club discussion on the 4th Tuesday of every other month. The latest
book read was The Great Pearl Heist by Molly Caldwell Crosby. Visit this web site again soon for upcoming book titles
and meeting dates.
Board Members, 2012-13
President: Sheryl Maxwell, email@example.com
President Elect: Ginny Reed, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Diane Cooper, email@example.com
Secretary: Jane Hooker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Immediate Past President: Mary Ellen Pitts, email@example.com
Faculty: Ramona Mahood, firstname.lastname@example.org
James (Jim) Dorman, email@example.com
Staff: James (Jim) Hellums, firstname.lastname@example.org
Margery Stover, email@example.com
Standing Committee Chairpersons
Caring: Bonita Lyons, firstname.lastname@example.org
Heritage Room Liason: Lewis O'Kelly, email@example.com
Historian:Susanne Darnell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Newsletter: Janell Rudolph (BA '70, MA '72), email@example.com
Program: Bill Crump (ME '71)
Scholarship & Memorial: Bob Boone, firstname.lastname@example.org