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University of Memphis Association of Retirees

Upcoming Events

UMAR Garden Club
Tuesday, April 28, 9:00 am
West Tennessee Iris Society Garden - Germantown, TN
UMAR's Garden Club will hear about irises. Following, the group will eat lunch at Soul Fish Cafe (3160 Village Shops Drive). The cost of lunch is on your own. For more information to to RSVP by April 24, contact Sheryl Maxwell at 901-755-2131.

Spring Picnic
Thursday, May 21, 11:00 am
Delta Blues Winery - 6585 Stewart Road, Lakeland, TN
U of M retirees Ed Stevens and Dianne Day will be leading the group on a tour of the winery and a wine tasting. A glass of wine and boxed lunch will be provided for $10.00 per person. There will be a drawing at the event. UMAR asks that each person brings a dozen cookies (homemade or store bought) for a cookie exchange. Please bring a teddy bear, in donation to the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. RSVP by May 18.

For more information or to RSVP for any of these events, contact Alumni Coordinator Brandon Hoyer at or 901-678-1333.

 Community News

UMAR Book DriveChildren's books were donated by UMAR’s Book Club to the Family Resource Center at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which houses a library so children and their families can check out books during their extended stay at the facility.  If you missed the opportunity to give, you may still do so by contacting Ms. Barbara Joyner at (901) 595-4639 to schedule a time to drop-off the books or to retrieve an address to mail them to.

Get Involved!

The University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR) is an active organization or 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 to view all benefits and services and click here to join online.

Watch this video by President Virginia Reed, recorded at Vision Forum 2014, to learn more about UMAR and how you can get involved!


For more information about UMAR or any upcoming events contact Alumni Coordinator Brandon Hoyer at or 901-678-1333.

UMAR Newsletter

Click here to read the Fall 2014 Newsletter. Read past newsletters here.

Additional UMAR updates:

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.

On behalf of the entire Alumni Association and UMAR, we would like to congratulate the TRACES Award winner for 2014, Jim Dorman.

UMAR Scholarship

The deadline for 2015 UMAR scholarships has passed.

UMAR annually presents a one-time award of $1,000 for the academic year 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. Learn more about the scholarship here.

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 making a donation to the fund. Complete this form and remit with your donation. For further information about the UMAR Scholarship, please contact Bob Boone, UMAR Scholarship Coordinator, at 901/757-5733.

UMAR announced at its 2014 Holiday Brunch & Silent Auction that it will now assist graduate students with financial need through its new Graduate Scholarship. This is a $1,000 non-endowed scholarship and, therefore, will only be offered so long as enough money resides in the account. For more information, or to donate, please contact Alumni Coordinator Brandon Hoyer at or 901-678-1333.

Congratulations to Michael Maxey, recipient of the UMAR Memorial Scholarship, and Kimberlee Tucker, recipient of the UMAR Graduate Scholarship.

Coffee & Conversation

UMAR hosted its annual Coffee & Conversation brunch in September featuring special guests President M. David Rudd and Dr. Kenneth Ward, 2014 recipient of the Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award. View Photos


Holiday Brunch & Silent Auction

UMAR members gathered for a holiday brunch and silent auction on December 9 in the U of M University Center. View Photos


Spring Picnic

UMAR met at Shelby Farms Pavilion in May 2014 for its annual spring picnic featuring a wine tasting and a silent auction of donated items benefiting the UMAR Scholarship Fund. In support of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center Teddy Bear Drive, guests brought a total of 23 teddy bears to donate. View Photos

Stay tuned for more information on the 2015 Spring Picnic.



UMAR is a member of both AROHE (Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education) and THERA (Tennessee Higher Education Retiree's Association.) 

AROHE is a nonprofit association that develops, enhances and advances campus-based retiree organizations and programs. By sharing research, innovative ideas and successful practices, AROHE emphasizes service to retired faculty and staff as they continue to make valuable contributions to their academic institutions. Click here to learn more.

 Officers and Board Members, 2014-15

Executive Committee
President: Ginny Reed,
President Elect: David Ciscel,
Treasurer: Nancy Hurley (BA '67),
Secretary: Nancy Matthews,
Immediate Past President: Sheryl Maxwell,

Faculty: Bob R. Marchini,
             Coy Jones,
Staff:    Nancy Matthews,
Ann Harbor

Standing Committee Chairpersons
Caring: Mary Haddock,
Membership: Kathy Atkinson (BA '92, MA '96),
Newsletter:  Janell Rudolph (BA '70, MA '72),
Program: Bill Crump (ME '71)
Scholarship:  Bob Boone,

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