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Upcoming Events

UMAR Constituent Survey
UMAR would like your opinion! Please complete a survey to help us better meet the needs of UMAR constituents and to determine if information sessions would be a valuable addition to our programming. Click here to complete the brief survey.

UMAR Garden Club
Tuesday, April 22, 10:00 am
Caritas Village, 2509 Harvard Ave.
Marian Zoller, Master Gardener and Tennessee Representative of the Dixie African Violet Society, will speak about African violets and the gloxinia family. Lunch will follow. Please RSVP by April 18.

UMAR's Breakfast Bunch
Tuesday, May 6, 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!

"Teddy Bear" Picnic
Thursday, May 15, 11:30 am
Shelby Farm Pavilion

Join UMAR for its annual spring picnic featuring a wine tasting (the cost is $2 per person) and a silent auction of donated items benefiting the UMAR Scholarship Fund. Please contact if you would like to donate an item. Main dishes and beverages will be provided by UMAR. Guests are asked to bring a dessert. In support of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center Teddy Bear Drive, guests are also asked to bring a teddy bear to the picnic to be donated. Please RSVP by May 12.

UMAR Book Club
Tuesday, May 27, 11:30 am
Enjoy lunch with the UMAR Book Club before discussing this month's literary work, Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade by Walter Kirn. The book club meets on the fourth Tuesday of every other month. 

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


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

UMAR is now accepting applications for its 2014-2015 Scholarships.

Click here to download an application. The deadline is Monday, March 31.

Click here to download an application. The deadline is Tuesday, April 15.

Click here to learn more.

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!"

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 or 901-678-1333.

Past Events

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.

Book Club
UMAR hosts a book club discussion on the 4th Tuesday of every other month. The latest book read was And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. Visit this web site again soon for upcoming book titles and meeting dates.

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

UMAR Garden Club
Participants met at the Alumni Center in February to hear master gardener Denise Cox speak about the do's and don'ts of seed starting. Lunch followed at Stone Soup Cafe. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of every other month.

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.

UMAR May Picnic
UMAR members attended a picnic lunch complete with a wine tasting, horse shoes, and a drawing of donated items, which benefited the UMAR Scholarship Fund. View Photos

Wolf River Dayz
UMAR members celebrated Arbor Day at the Wolf River Conservancy. After finishing a walk along the Rossville, TN Boardwalk, they enjoyed lunch at Wolf River Cafe.

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, 2013-14

Executive Committee
President: Sheryl Maxwell,
President Elect: Ginny Reed,
Treasurer: Diane Cooper,
Secretary: Jane Hooker,
Immediate Past President: Mary Ellen Pitts,

Faculty: Bob R. Marchini,
             James (Jim) Dorman,
Staff:    Margery Stover,

Standing Committee Chairpersons
Caring: Bonita Lyons,
Historian:Susanne Darnell,
Newsletter:  Janell Rudolph (BA '70, MA '72),
Program: Bill Crump (ME '71)
Scholarship & Memorial:  Bob Boone,

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