Upcoming Events

UMAR Lenton Lecture and Lunch
Tuesday, March 21, 12:00 noon
Calvary Episcopal Church
- 102 North Second Street, Memphis

Rabbi Micah Greenstein will speak as part of Calvary Episcopal Church's annual Lenten Lecture Series.  Lunch at the Waffle Shop restaurant in the church basement will follow. Cost is approximately $10 (on your own).

FREE Parking and shuttle service is available daily at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 692 Poplar Ave., with shuttle vans leaving every 10 minutes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The city also will allow free parking on the east side of Second St. between Washington and Jefferson each day of the Series from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Parking spaces in the Best Park Lot behind the church cost $6.

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For more information contact cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901.678.5686.

UMAR Book Club
Tuesday, March 28, 11:30 am
Grove Grill - 4550 Poplar Avenue
This month's book is: Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey, by Isabel Fonseca. RSVP to smaxwell@memphis.edu. (Book Club meets the 4th Tuesday of every other month at Grove Grill)

Recent Events

UMAR Holiday Brunch and Silent Auction
Tuesday, December 6
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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 a.mizell@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

Children's books were donated by UMAR’s Book Club to the Family Resource Center at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which houses a library so children and their families can check out books during their extended stay at the facility.  If you missed the opportunity to give, you may still do so by contacting Ms. Barbara Joyner at 901.595.4639 to schedule a time to drop-off the books or to retrieve an address to mail them to.

Parking Pass Update:
Parking Services is extending the expiration on all Section 5 parking tags through the end of the year. Those with expired hangtags in this area will not be ticketed. If you have moved within the past year, Parking Services has requested an updated mailing address. Please send any updated addresses to alumniassociation@memphis.edu.

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

Additional UMAR updates:

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 a.mizell@memphis.edu or 901.678.3119.

Together, We Make Memphis Stronger