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Upcoming Events

Book Club
Tuesday, November 25, 11:30 am
The Grove Grill- 4550 Poplar Avenue
Enjoy lunch with the UMAR Book Club as they discuss In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides. The book club meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

UMAR's Annual Holiday Brunch and Silent Auction
Tuesday, December 9, 9:00 am
University Center- U of M Campus
Join UMAR as they celebrate the holidays with friends at this annual event, in honor of the Traces Award Recipient. If you came last year, expect new offerings and more fun this time around!

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.

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 is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Traces Award!
Deadline: November 3
The Traces Award is presented to a University retiree for exemplifying the concept of remaining active in scholarly and/or civic pursuits into retirement. Please click here to access the nomination form detailing the ongoing activities which qualify the nominee for the award. The award will be presented at the UMAR Holiday Brunch on December 9. Please mail letters to:
UMAR, Attn: Brandon Hoyer
635 Normal Street, Memphis, TN 38152 or email to

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.

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!"

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

Early Bird Dinner
UMAR Members met at Pete & Sam's on November 3 to enjoy their classic Italian fare and some of the best steaks in town.

Exercise & Eat
Combining fellowship and fun, participants engaged in one hour of strength, flexibility, balance and cardio exercise on October 23 at White Station Church of Christ. Participants joined for lunch at Perkins Restaurant following the event.

UMAR Book Club
UMAR members enjoyed lunch at The Grove Grill on Tuesday, September 23 before discussing September's literary work, Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of every other month.

Thursday Budget Lunch
UMAR members joined for a casual lunch on Thursday, November 13 at Ronnie Grisanti's.

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

UMAR Garden Club
UMAR member met with Paul Little as he discussed succulents, followed by lunch.

"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

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.

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.

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

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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