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Upcoming Events

 

Garden Club - Special Edition!
Tuesday, August 26, 10:00 am
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center - Holly Springs, MS
UMAR’s Garden Club will take a trip to the annual Hummingbird Festival in Holly Springs, MS! Enjoy an exclusive tour by Christine Anderson before the event is open to the public. Lunch will follow at Phillip’s Grocery (cost is on your own). Attendees can meet at the University of Memphis Carrier Ctr. (500 Winchester Blvd, Collierville, TN) and carpool from there. This event is open to everyone, so invite friends! RSVP by August 25 to Sheryl Maxwell at 755-2131.

Exercise & Eat
Thursday, August 28, 10:00 am
White Station Church of Christ - 1106 Colonial Road

Combining fellowship and fun, participants engage in one hour of strength, flexibility, balance and cardio exercise. Lunch will follow at Perkins Restaurant. The cost of lunch is on your own. The group meets the fourth Thursday of each month. Contact Margie Stoever at 901-647-4523 for more info.

UMAR's Breakfast Bunch
Tuesday, September 2, 9:00 am
Perkins Restaurant, Park Ave. and S. White Station Rd.
If you're looking for casual conversation over good food, please join us at this monthly affair! The cost of lunch is on your own.

UMAR Coffee & Conversation
Tuesday, September 9, 10:00 am
University Center  Fountain View Suite
Join UMAR for its annual Coffee & Conversation featuring President David Rudd and Dr. Kenneth Ward, 2014 recipient of the Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award. The cost is $5 and includes brunch and parking in Zach Curlin Garage. RSVP by September 2 to
bhoyer@memphis.edu or 901-678-1333.

Thursday Budget Lunch
Thursday, September 11, 11:30 am
Stone Soup Cafe
Join UMAR members for a casual lunch on the second Thursday of every month. The cost of lunch is on your own.

UMAR Book Club
Tuesday, September 23, 11:30 am
The Grove Grill - 4550 Poplar Avenue
Enjoy lunch with the group before discussing this month's literary work, Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of every other month.

UMAR's "Early Bird" Dinner
Monday, October 6, 5:00 pm
Amerigo's Italian Restaurant - Ridgeway Road
Please note, UMAR's monthly dinner event is cancelled in Sept. for Labor Day. RSVP to Ann Harbor at aharbor@memphis.edu or 756-6343.

Save the Date: ASU Heritage Tour Site
Thursday, October 16
Join UMAR as they embark upon a tour of ASU Heritage Sites throughout eastern Arkansas. The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum & Educational Center, the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, and the Historical Dyess Colony will all be visited, with lunch on your own at Tyboogie’s Restaurant. The bus will depart from the Alumni Center at 7:00 am and return by 5:00 pm. Pricing details coming soon!

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


UMAR featured in National AROHE Newsletter

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 read the January 2014 AROHE e-newsletter featuring the University of Memphis Association of Retirees.


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.

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


TRACES Award

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 2013, Janell Rudolph. Janell has been a major contributor to UMAR now for years through her efforts as editor of the newsletter and reporter for the Book Club. As Dean of Libraries, Sylverna Ford wrote to the TRACES search committee, "Janell has indeed continued to work in the traces. Even after devoting 25 years of her life to this university, she continues to be involved. She gives her time, her energy, her ideas, and her financial support to help the University Libraries continue to improve." It is through hard work, persistence, and dedication that allows for other to more easily "follow the path," something that Janell epitomizes in her actions; it is what it means to be a TRACES recipient.

Please check back later this year to nominate someone for the 2014 TRACES Award.


UMAR Newsletter

Click here to read the Spring 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.


UMAR Scholarship

The deadlines for the 2014-2015 Scholarships have 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.

Congratulations to Meagan Nichols, recipient of the 2013-2014 UMAR Scholarship. Meagan is a senior majoring in journalism. Meagan works for our campus newspaper, The Daily Helmsman, and is a member of the cross country team. She is scheduled to graduate in December 2013. Meagan enthusiastically stated, "This scholarship is the validation to continue to keep working hard and striving for that next level. Thank you!"

*Update*
UMAR recently announced at its annual 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 bhoyer@memphis.edu or 901-678-1333.


Past Events

"Teddy Bear" Picnic
UMAR met at Shelby Farms Pavilion in May 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

Teddy Bears

UMAR Garden Club
Participants met at Caritas Village in April to hear master gardener and Tennessee Representative of the Dixie African Violet Society, Marian Zoller, speak about African violets and the gloxinia family. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of every other month.

Book Club
UMAR hosts a book club discussion on the 4th Tuesday of every other month. The latest book read was Blood Will Out: The True Story of Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade, by Walter Kirn. Visit this web site again soon for upcoming book titles and meeting dates.

GPAC's Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 14
UMAR enjoyed dinner together at Piccadilly Cafeteria before heading over to the Germantown Performing Arts Center to see their annual Holiday Concert.

Holiday Brunch & Silent Auction
On Tuesday, December 10, 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. View Photos

UMAR Mix & Match - Dinner and a Story
Guests enjoyed dinner at Amerigo's followed by a story by Donald Davis.

UMAR Mix & Match - Historical Tour of Cordova
Jane Hooker, co-author of Arcadia’s Images of America series Cordova, led a tour of the Cordova Museum. Lunch followed at the acclaimed Café Fontana, then guests received a tour of the 1914 Walter Granville Home and Eckland Plantation afterwards. View Photos

Coffee & Conversation
UMAR hosted its annual Coffee & Conversation brunch in September featuring special guests Provost Rudd and Dr. Gladius Lewis, 2013 recipient of the Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award. View Photos

UMAR Breakfast Bunch
UMAR members recently held their monthly breakfast gathering at Perkins Restaurant. Breakfast Bunch events are held on the first Tuesday of each month.

UMAR Mix & Match
Members enjoyed listening to Riverboat Captain Jim Turner speak about life on the river followed by lunch at Ronnie Grisanti's in July. Guests then visited the Morton Museum of Collierville History.

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.


Officers and Board Members, 2014-15

Executive Committee
President: Ginny Reed, vreed@memphis.edu
President Elect: David Ciscel, davidciscel@gmail.com
Treasurer: Nancy Hurley (BA '67), abhurley@memphis.edu
Secretary: Jane Hooker (BSEd '68, MEd '69), jrhooker@memphis.edu
Immediate Past President: Sheryl Maxwell, smaxwell@memphis.edu

Members-at-Large
Faculty: Bob R. Marchini, rmarchin@memphis.edu
             Coy Jones,
ajones@memphis.edu
Staff:    Nancy Matthews, nmatthws@memphis.edu

Standing Committee Chairpersons
Caring: Mary Haddock, mhaddock@memphis.edu
Historian:Susanne Darnell (MA '70), sdar431@att.net
Membership: Margie Stoever (BBA '81, MS '84), mstoever@memphis.edu
Newsletter:  Janell Rudolph (BA '70, MA '72), nrudolph@memphis.edu
Program: Bill Crump (ME '71)
Scholarship & Memorial:  Bob Boone, pboone@memphis.edu

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