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CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - February 2011

1. Alumni Spotlight(s): Andrew & Alison Bunge

This month we're pleased to feature two generations of CFANS alumni from the same family! Meet Andrew Bunge and his daughter, Alison.

CFANS-Alumni eNews-Andrew Bunge3Andrew Bunge graduated in 1977 with a degree in Animal Science. He has worked as a toxicologist, trained for the Olympics in track and field, was a dairy farmer, and is now CEO of his own residential construction business. Andrew met his wife Gail (Thorsen) while at the university; she's also a CFANS alumna ('78 Food Science and Technology). Andrew is also the father of recent CFANS graduate Alison. Read more about Andrew!

CFANS-Alumni Spotlight-Alison BungeAlison Bunge pursued her passion for plants and graduated in 2009 with a degree in Environmental Horticulture. She loves growing plants for food and pleasure and teaching others to grow plants. She currently resides in Nashville and works in hospitality helping people to experience and enjoy the city, and she still finds time for landscaping and gardening. Alison's goal is to one day take over running the family farm. Read more about Alison!

2. Alumni Survey Results: What Did You Do With Your Degree?

CFANS-Alumni ENews- Survey GraphicLast month we asked our readers: What did you do with your degree from CFANS (or one of its predecessor colleges)? What is interesting and/ or unique about your job? Nearly 100 of you answered! Read the responses!

3. Nominations for CFANS Alumni Society Awards Now Open

CFANS-Borealis 2010 - GroupEach year the CFANS Alumni Society presents six awards to recognize graduates, students, faculty and friends who have made significant contributions to the College, the Alumni Society, to their professions or to society.

Consider nominating a student or colleague for his or her outstanding service to the College. Individuals may be nominated for multiple awards, and there is no limit to the number of nominations an individual can submit. Nominations are open from now until March 1, 2011.
For award information and an easy nomination form click here.

4. Development Spotlight: Minnesota Pork Board

CFANS-Alumni-MN Pork AwardThe Minnesota Pork Board was honored with a University of Minnesota Presidents Club certificate on January 18, 2011.  Pork Board President, Bill Crawford, accepted the award presented by CFANS Sr. Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, F. Abel Ponce de Leon. The certificate was given in appreciation to the Pork Board for over 30 years of continued support of the students, faculty and research at the University of Minnesota. Philanthropic support from the Pork Board spans across the University community including: College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota Extension, 4H Foundation and University of Minnesota Waseca.

5. Campus News

John Vreyens, former director of International Programs in CFANS (IPFANS), has assumed a new leadership position as Program and Training Officer for the Peace Corps in Kenya as of mid January. As the 2008 recipient of the Award for Global Engagement, John has devoted much of his life to making the world a more equitable and better place by building international partnerships. The college is indebted to John for his 15 years of service and contributions.

Career & Internship Services
(formerly known as the St. Paul Campus Career Center) has released an alumni survey report on 2008 - 2009 graduates from CFANS, and other colleges on the St. Paul Campus. Find out career data on recent graduates - read the report.

The Department of Food Science and Nutrition is offering an Introduction to Food Chemistry short course March 29 - 31, 2011 at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul Campus. The course will cover basic food chemistry principles and other topics such as the functionality of food ingredients in product development, manufacturing and storage, functional foods or food ingredients, etc; this year's short course will feature an evening social to provide participants and instructors further opportunity to network. Click for registration and details.

Six students in the horticultural studies and forestry programs recently received scholarships sponsored by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) Foundation.  Scholarship recipients are Jared Cutting of Byron, MN, Michaela Ostertag of Spring Valley, WI, Justin Schiroo of Glencoe, MN, Justin Thomas Meier of Mosinee, WI, Jack Meyers of Mequon, WI, and Stacey Noble of Blooming Prairie, MN. The MNLA scholarship program recognizes superior students enrolled in horticultural, nursery or landscape studies programs at several area colleges and universities.  The scholarships are designed by MNLA and its member companies to help grow future leaders in the nursery and landscape industry. Six MNLA member firms co-sponsored the scholarships for the University of Minnesota - St. Paul students - click here to see information about each recipient and their co-sponsors.

6. Two Great Alumni Volunteer Opportunities: Dean's Welcome Reception & Pre-Veterinary Conference

Dean's Welcome Reception
CFANS is hosting its tenth annual Deans’ Welcome Reception for admitted high school seniors and their families on Friday, March 11th, 2011. The CFANS Admissions team is looking for volunteers to help personalize the event by connecting families with alumni during the opening reception from 12 noon until 1:30 pm.  Come back to campus to share why you’re proud to be a CFANS alumnus/ alumna with the Class of 2015! Contact Stacie Vennewitz if you’re available to help at or 612-624-4748.

Conference for Pre-Veterinary Science Students
The first annual University of Minnesota Pre-Veterinary Conference will be held on April 15-16th, 2011 in St. Paul. This conference will be a great opportunity for pre-veterinary students to prepare for a career in veterinary medicine or animal science. Students will have the opportunity to attend lectures and demonstrations on a variety of topics and participate in tours. The students are looking for alumni and professionals to assist on the morning of Saturday, April 16 with providing hands-on demonstrations and presentations on animal health, animal care or veterinary related topics.

If you are interested helping make this conference a success and sharing information with students please contact Channing, President of Pre-Veterinary Club at or (920) 323-6246.

7. In Memory

CFANS-Alumni eNews-LHertzWe remember Leonard Hertz of Roseville, who passed away January 28 at the age of 86. Hertz was a professor in the Department of Horticultural Science from 1967 - 1991; his research centered on cultural and chemical weed control methods for fruit and vegetable crops. Hertz was a WWII Army Veteran, serving from 1942 - 1945. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lorraine; children, Linda Hertz, Richard (Kathleen), Jeffrey (Connie) and Kenneth (Valerie); 10 grandchildren; brother-in-law, James Stark; niece and nephew. Read the obituary online.

8. Alumni & Friends News

Several CFANS alumni have been appointed to new positions in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) under Governor Mark Dayton's administration. Tom Landwehr ('80, '86 Wildlife) was appointed Commissioner of the DNR. He has served as a City Council Member and as an Instructor at the University of Minnesota and has served seventeen years at the DNR as both a scientist and wildlife manager. Read more. Dave Schad ('80 Wildlife) was promoted to Deputy Commissioner of the DNR by new  Commissioner Landwehr.Dave has served in the DNR since 1981, most recently as director of the agency's Fish and Wildlife Division. In addition to his work in Minnesota, Schad serves on several national committees for the National Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies as well as the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

CFANS alumnus Matthew Wohlman ('03 Animal Production Systems) has been appointed Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Wohlman's responsibilities will include oversight of the department's regulatory activities. Wohlman has worked as the outreach director for Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz since 2007. He currently serves on the University of Minnesota Extension Citizen Advisory Board and also on the board of directors for the CFANS Alumni Society. Read the press release on MDA's website.

Morris Area High School in Morris, MN is one of only six agriculture programs nationwide that received the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Outstanding Middle/Secondary Agricultural Education Program Award on December 1st at the NAAE annual convention in Las Vegas. U of M Ag Ed alumna, Natasha Mortenson ('01, '06 Agricultural Education), is the agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Morris Area High School.  Over her nine years there, she has developed a program that focused on student learning, meets the learning needs and interests of a diverse classroom, and prepares youth for careers and education after high school. Read the full story at AgriNews online.

Sibley East Schools received attention for creating a self-perpetuating program that provides students with healthy produce grown by students in a school garden. The students cultivated at least one plant of every vegetable crop that can be grown in Minnesota and the harvest was incorporated into the school lunch program. CFANS alum Tim Uhlenkamp ('04 Agriculture Education) is the agriculture educator at Sibley East Schools. Read the article!

9. New Gophers!

CFANS-Alumni eNews-Markkula FamilyKatherine Lynn Markkula was born September 23, 2010. She weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces 19 1/2 inches long. Katherine is featured in the picture at left with mom Jessica Markkula ('98, Agricultural Business Management), dad Jason, and big brother William.

Helayna Cate Flashinski was born to Heather Flashinski (formerly Amundson) and Mark Flashinski on November 25, 2010 at 1:25 pm. She weighed in at 8 lbs 10 oz. She was welcomed home by her big brother Nicholas. Mark and Heather are both Alumni of the University of Minnesota. Heather ('00 Animal Production/ Ag Industries & Marketing) runs Farm Sweet Farm, LLC in Cadott, WI. Mark ('00 Civil Engineering) is a Senior Transmission Line Engineer for Xcel Energy in Eau Claire, WI.

10. Alumni Trivia

CFANS-Alumni Enews August-Trivia ThumbnailThe Alumni Monthly Trivia section gives alumni and friends an opportunity to test their U of M knowledge. Are you up for the challenge? All correct answers will be entered in a pool to receive a cool prize with special recognition for the first persons responding.

February trivia question: What are Bluebell, Swenson Red, and Edleweiss? (hint: something you can eat!) 

Curious about last month's trivia? Click here for the January trivia answer & winners!

11. Did You Know?

CFANS-Undergrad-Strategic-Plan-Word-CloudDid you know that since 1978 the demographics of CFANS students and enrollment by majors has changed dramatically? For example, 30 years ago Food Science and Nutrition majors made up only 5% of the total student enrollment. Today, Food Science and Nutrition Majors account for 25% of the student body. Production Ag majors have fallen from 82% in 1978 to 25% in 2007. The gender breakdown of the CFANS student body has also gone through a dramatic shift. In 1990, 63% of CFANS students were male, 37% female. In 2008, the ratio was nearly reversed with 61% female students to 39% male students.  The percentages of students of color and international students are also growing. All of these changes mean that the college is also necessarily changing. Learn about current efforts to revise undergraduate curriculum and keep up with the changing needs of CFANS students & stakeholders by viewing the Undergraduate Strategic Plan.

In this Issue

1. Alumni Spotlights: Andrew & Alison Bunge
2. Alumni Survey Results
3. Alumni Society Awards Nominations Now Open
4. Development Spotlight: Minnesota Pork Board
5. Campus News
6. Two Great Alumni Volunteer Opportunities
7. In Memory
8. Alumni & Friends News
9. New Gophers!
10. Alumni Trivia
11. Did You Know?

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