Upcoming Events

Check back soon for a 2017-2018 calendar of events! 

Recent Events

UMAR Holiday Brunch and Silent Auction
Tuesday, December 6
View Photos Here

UMAR Spring Picnic
Thursday, May 18


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.

For more information, contact raday@memphis.edu or 901.678.3119.

On behalf of the entire Alumni Association and UMAR, we would like to congratulate the TRACES Award winner for 2015, Sheryl Maxwell.

Community News

It is with a mix of both personal sadness and resurrection joy that we inform you that Dr. Bonita Lyons entered into eternal rest on May 8, 2017, surrounded by her family. Memorial service to be held at The Penny Hardaway Hall of Fame on the University of Memphis campus, May 23, 2017 at 5 p.m. For more information regarding Dr. Bonita Lyons please click here for a letter from a dear friend. 

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.

UMAR Newsletter

UofM 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 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.

Click here to donate to the UMAR Graduate Scholarship!


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, 2016-17

Executive Committee
President: Dr. Coy Jones, ajones@memphis.edu
President Elect: Dr. John Wasileski, johnw@memphis.edu
Treasurer: Lisa Eldin, leldin@memphis.edu
Secretary: Shelia Wilson, sowens@memphis.edu
Immediate Past President: Dr. David Ciscel, davidciscel@gmail.com

Faculty: Caroline Royal-Evans, aevans@memphis.edu
Staff: Nancy Walter, aharborf@memphis.edu

Standing Committee Chairpersons
Caring: Mary Haddock, mhaddock@memphis.edu
Newsletter:  Nancy Hurley, abhurley@memphis.edu
Program: Bill Crump (ME '71)
Scholarship:  Bob Boone, pboone@memphis.edu

Click here to view UMAR's Constitution.

For more information about UMAR, contact raday@memphis.edu or 901.678.3119.

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