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University of Memphis Association of Retirees

Upcoming Events

Book Club
Tuesday, January 27, 11:30 am
The Grove Grill - 4550 Poplar Avenue
Enjoy lunch with the UMAR Book Club at the Grove Grill as they discuss The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad, by Lesley Hazlton. Everyone is encouraged to bring a new
children's book to donate to St. Jude. 

Early Bird Dinner
Monday, February 2, 5:00 pm
Marciano's Restaurant - 780 East Brookhaven Circle
Join the Early Bird Dinner Group at Marciano's Restaurant.  There will be a "mix and mingle" from 5:00-5:30, with dinner seating at 5:30. RSVP to Ann Harbor at or 901-756-6343 by Wednesday, January 28.

Breakfast Bunch
Tuesday, February 3, 9:00 am
Perkins Restaurant - Corner of Park Ave & White Station Rd
On the first Tuesday of each month, join the UMAR Breakfast Bunch for a casual breakfast. All UMAR members and U of M retirees are welcome. The cost of breakfast is on your own.

UMAR's Dinner and a Play
Thursday, February 12, 5:00 pm
Cafe Society and St. Mary's Cathedral
Join UMAR in this timely tradition as an informal Valentine’s Day celebration. Dinner will be at Café Society starting at 5:00 PM; we will carpool from St. Mary’s Cathedral to the restaurant.  Following, we will travel back to the restaurant to listen to the Anonymous Four perform one of their final concerts before disbanding, 1865: Songs and Home from the American Civil War. Please RSVP and pay for dinner by Feb. 9.

Lunch Bunch
Thursday, March 3, 11:30 am
Hog & Hominy - 707 W. Brookhaven Circle
Join UMAR members at Hog & Hominy for a casual lunch. The group meets the second Thursday of every month. The cost of lunch is on your own. Contact Margie Stoever at 647-4523 for more information. (Please note: Lunch Bunch will not meet in February.)

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

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

Click here to apply for the UMAR Graduate Scholarship.

Click here to apply for the UMAR Memorial Scholarship.

Application deadline: March 2, 2015

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. 



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,

Jane Hooker (BSEd '68, MEd '69),
Faculty: Bob R. Marchini,
             Coy Jones,
Staff:    Nancy Matthews,
Ann Harbor

Standing Committee Chairpersons
Caring: Mary Haddock,
Historian:Susanne Darnell (MA '70),
Membership: Margie Stoever (BBA '81, MS '84),
Newsletter:  Janell Rudolph (BA '70, MA '72),
Program: Bill Crump (ME '71)
Scholarship:  Bob Boone,

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