Meet two CFANS alumni who are brewing up some amazing craft beer at the Fulton Brewery in Minneapolis!
Mike Salo (left) earned his BS degree in Nutrition with a minor in Food Science in 2010. After college he became involved with Fulton Beer very near the beginning of the company and had an influential role in starting the brewery in downtown Minneapolis and creating the standard operating procedures that are in place at the brewery today. He now is currently the head brewer at Fulton. Learn more about Mike Salo!
Timothy Roser (right) is Mike's co-brewer at Fulton. He earned his BS degree in Food Science from CFANS in 2012. Since graduating, Timothy has avidly pursued his passion for craft beer by working as a brewer at Stone Brewing Company in California before eventually switching to Fulton Brewing company. Timothy is credited with the development of the recipe and production of Fulton's Black Shuck Oyster Stout. Learn more about Timothy Roser!
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This year's Classes Without Quizzes will again feature the latest research from CFANS scientists, including keynote speaker Mike Sadowsky of the Department of Soil, Water and Climate. The half-day event on Saturday, April 6 also will include sessions on beer, robots, bio-energy, gardening and economics as well as programs for kids and opportunities to network with other college alumni and friends. Get added to the mailing list if you would like more information as it becomes available!
- Speed Networking Events
Wednesday, February 13, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, April 3, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Students: Perfect your networking skills by practicing with alumni and industry professionals during rounds of speed networking.
Alumni/Industry professionals: Help students get the hang of networking by sharing your career path and talking with them about their career interests.
- Fulton Brewery Tour (21+)
Thursday, February 21, 6 pm.
Join your fellow alums for a tour led by 2010 Food Science & Nutrition alumnus and Fulton head-brewer Mike Salo.
This tour is currently full, but space may become available. Sign up for the waiting list now!
- Big Ten Ag Alumni Dessert Reception in Washington, D.C.
Monday, February 25, 6 - 8 pm
If you're in the D.C. area join Dean Allen Levine, Associate Dean Jay Bell, Mary Buschette, Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations, and U of M alumni and friends for an evening of networking & Big Ten spirit. Register online by February 18. See the Facebook event page.
- Support the U Day
Show your support for the U of M at a rally at our State Capitol on Thursday, February 7, starting at 11:30 am. Free shuttle transportation to and from both Twin Cities campuses and a free lunch will be provided. Hear from Governor Dayton, President Kaler, state elected officials and student leaders. Register online.
- NCR-SARE is seeking nominees for two seats on its Administrative Council: Producer Representative and State Department of Agriculture Representative. The term for each of these SARE Administrative Council slots is four years. Nominees should have a basic understanding of sustainable agriculture and be comfortable with reviewing grant proposals and participating in a group decision-making process. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, February 15, by 4:30 pm. See full details here.
5. Honor a Student in Your School District with the Science Achievement Award
Are you willing to help your favorite high school honor an outstanding junior for their scientific achievement? The CFANS Alumni Society welcomes your help to expand its Science Achievement Award program, established in 2005. It recognizes a deserving high school junior who excels at science.
In addition to receiving a thought-provoking book and Science Achievement Award certificate the recipient is recognized for excellence in science—recognition that is surprisingly rare in high school awards programs. The student also benefits from establishing connections to the University of Minnesota and CFANS, as well as helpful alumni. New this year we are awarding a $500 scholarship to each 2013 Science Achievement Award recipient upon their successful enrollment in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota.
Serving as a volunteer for the Science Achievement Award is a rewarding way to strengthen the ties between CFANS, local schools, educators, and students, and to encourage and acknowledge academic excellence in science. There is no cost to participate in the Science Achievement Award Program - the CFANS Alumni Society supplies the book and award certificate as well at the scholarship once the student is enrolled in CFANS. The only requirement is the donation of your time!
Find out how you can become a volunteer! Make a difference in the life of a local student through just a few simple steps!
- NAADA iCenter
Looking for an intern to hire? Exploring job opportunities? Check out the NAADA iCenter, a great resource for both employers and job seekers. CFANS is a member of the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA) and one of the resources of NAADA is the iCenter. Internship postings are FREE and and jobs may be posted for free by sponsors and members, and for a minimal fee for all others. It's a great way to reach students and alumni with connections to food, agriculture and natural resources. For more info, contact Darrin Hubbard.
Now is the time students are actively looking for summer internships. Here are some ways employers can help CFANS students locate these valuable opportunities:
1) If you hear about internship opportunities, encourage your human resources or hiring managers to post them on GoldPass, the U of M Job and Internship Listing Services.
2) Consider developing an internship yourself! The staff of Career and Internship Services would be happy to consult with you on how to do this and offer a great on-line resource to help you begin your planning.
- The U of M Day in Arizona Minne-College is featuring Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology professor Peter Sorenson as one of the speakers. Sorenson will present on aquatic invasive species of carp. Learn more about the Arizona Minne-College program here.
- Peter Reich, U of M Regents Professor from the Department of Forest Resources, is a featured speaker in the College of Continuing Education's Headliners series. Reich will present the topic "Seeing the Forest and the Trees: The Impact of Climate Change on Terrestrial Ecosystems" on Thursday, February 7, 7 pm. See registration and details.
- Goldy Gopher has won first place in the mascots category for the second time in three years at the 2013 UCA/UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship in Orlando. Minnesota also won two other divisions in jazz and pom for the fourth time in a row. See the article in the Star Tribune.
- Governor Mark Dayton appointed Kate Knuth to a two-year term as a citizen member of the state's environmental quality board. Knuth is the the director of the Boreas Leadership Program at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment and a grad student at CFANS. Learn more here.
- The 2013 Sustainable Agriculture Summit will take place February 15 & 16 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. The summit will offer opportunities for farmers and proponents of sustainable farming to come together and explore ways to farm profitably, build sustainable communities and advance mutual goals of land stewardship. You can learn more here.
- The Department of Horticultural Science has two upcoming events:
- Beginning in the fall of 2013, CFANS will add three new policies that will require students to learn outside of the classroom. All CFANS students must have at least one "high-impact" learning experience, such as internships, study abroad or community partnerships. The second policy will allow CFANS students 21 credits out of the required 120 to explore areas of interest outside of their majors, and the third policy will increase collaboration between different disciplines to educate students on real-world problems. Jay Bell, Associate Dean of CFANS Academic Programs and Faculty Affairs, believes the changes will give CFANS undergrads advantages in the job market. In addition, two new majors will soon be introduced in 2014; one will focus on the local food movement and the other will be based on plant science and combine aspects of horticulture, agronomy and plant genetics.
- The Bell Museum's third annual Sustainability Film Series kicks off on Thursday, February 7 at 7pm, with the showing of Dirt! The Movie. The four-part series' theme, The Edge of Civilization, explores different viewpoints of environmental sustainability and human stewardship of the Earth. CFANS alumnus, Robert Bauer ('11 Environmental Sciences Policy & Management), will serve as the featured respondent for the film. Bauer currently coordinates the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota - Central region and is a passionate advocate for sustainable approaches to agriculture.
- The Bell Museum of Natural History is hosting I Dig You!, a special Valentine's day event on February 14 where participants can dine among the museum's various dioramas. Enjoy your very own diorama picnic spot and an evening of gourmet food and fun! Grab the one you "dig", a group of friends or your family -- spots can seat up to six, depending on the diorama size. Space is limited; learn more about the event here!
University of Minnesota Extension is still seeking feedback from members of the public through the month of March to help direct future lawn care and turfgrass education programs. Take a brief (10-15 minute) survey and be entered into a drawing for two chances to win an iPad Mini. Congratulations to Karen Wennberg ('82 Horticulture) - the iPad Mini winner from the first drawing! The remaining two drawings will be held on February 28th, and March 31st 2013. Find the survey here.
For questions regarding this contest or the survey, please contact:
Sam Bauer, Extension Educator - Turfgrass Science
University of Minnesota Extension
- Bernard E. Youngquist, AKA the "short swede", passed away on January 2, 2013 at the age of 97. Bernie received his B.S., M.A. and Ph.D in rural education from the University of Minnesota. After graduation, he went on to work for the University of Minnesota until his retirement in 1983. He served as superintendent of the Northwest School of Agriculture and the Northwest Agricultural Experiment Station in Crookston from 1956 until 1983, as well as serving in several capacities at the University of Minnesota in Waseca and Morris. Bernie also served as president of the Red River Valley Winter Shows, served on the board of Agassiz Watershed District, consulted at Oxford University in developing improved water resources in Africa and the Middle East and served as chairman on the board of regents for Golden Valley Lutheran College. He has received many rewards and honors including having a building named in his honor at the Crookston campus, Builder of the Valley Hall of Fame Award, and the University of Minnesota Crookston Torch and Shield Award for his dedicated service to agricultural students and farmers in the state of MN. Bernie was a WWII veteran and served as a lieutenant in the US Navy and fought battles in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. You can read the full obituary here.
- Randy Joseph Morris passed away December 29, 2012 as a result of a fatal head-on automobile accident. Randy received his B.S. from CFANS in Animal Science in 1986. After graduation he obtained a job with Land-O-Lakes and worked in the field of swine nutrition for the next 26 years of his life. Most recently he worked in conjunction with Northern Country Feeds, managing their feed sales division. Randy was a livestock enthusiast, with the swine industry being his life's passion. As an undergrad, he enjoyed spending time on the livestock judging team and even went on to own his own show pig operation. You can read the full obituary here.
- Ernest Baughman passed away on December 30, 2012. Ernest was a 1935 graduate of the School of Agriculture and received his B.S. in Agricultural Economics in 1939, followed by an M.S. in 1941. After graduation he went on to achieve great career success and eventually became President of the Federal Reserve in Dallas. In 2005, he established the Ernest Baughman Scholarship to help students in CFANS who show academic promise. He loved the University of Minnesota and cherished his student experience. Through his scholarship, he hoped to give many more students the same opportunity. Read Ernest's obituary here.
- Former CFANS professor Rouse Farnham recently passed away at the age of 95. Farnham had been a faculty member in the Department of Soil, Water and Climate from 1950 - 1985, and was known for his work on mapping, classification, and utilization of organic soils.
- Robert E. Evenson passed away February 2, 2013 at the age of 78. Evenson received two degrees from CFANS: a B.S. in Agricultural Business Administration in 1961 followed by an M.S. in Applied Economics in 1964. He later completed a Ph.D at the University of Chicago and went on to become a professor at Yale University from 1977-2007 and served as director of Yale's Economic Growth Center and director of the International Development Economics Program. Evenson enjoyed a distinguished career and received many international awards and he devoted much of his working life to working on issues of food security and helping the world's poor. Read his obituary online.
- Minnpost has recently profiled three CFANS Alumni in a series "Driving Change: A Lens on Leadership." Scott Endres ('94 Animal & Plant Systems) and Dean Engelmann (majored in horticulture) of Tangletown Gardens and Wise Acre Eatery, along with Paul Hugunin from the Minnesota Grown program ('89 Ag Business Administration) are interviewed about locally grown foods and the farm-to-table movement . View the article here!
- Luke Skinner ('04 Ph.D Entomology) has been appointed the new Deputy Director for Minnesota State Parks and Trails. He has more than 20 years of experience with the DNR in roles ranging from natural resource specialist to supervisor. Since 2007, he has served as unit supervisor of the Invasive Species Program in the Division of Ecological and Water Resources.
- Bradley Schloesser ('83 Agricultural Education) has accepted the position of Dean of the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture. Schloesser will represent South Central College as well as Minnesota West Community & Technical College in this new initiative to expand the footprint of services to producers, agribusinesses and ag lenders throughout Southern Minnesota.
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- Daphne Helen Frericks (photo, left) was born on December 17. She weighed 9 lbs, 5 oz and measured 20 inches. Her parents are Glen ('02 Animal Production Systems) and Sadie ('04 Agricultural Industries & Marketing) Frericks.
- Lucy Sjostrom (photo, right) was born on October 20th, 2012 at 9.5 lbs and was 21.5 inches. Her parents are Lucas ('09 Animal Science) and Alise ('08 ag industries and marketing) Sjostrom.
- Noah Robert Kromann was born on December 18, 2012 at 8:35 p.m. At birth, he weighed 7 lbs, 7 oz and was 20.5 inches long. His mother, Jenna Kromann, graduated from CFANS in 2008 with a degree in Agricultural Education Leadership, Training and Development.
February Trivia Question: Researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered that exercise can protect the brain against what?
A) High-fat diets
C) Mercury Poisoning
Click here to answer!
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The MnDRIVE (Minnesota Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy) initiative proposed by the University in its 2014–15 budget request seeks to establish a new, ongoing partnership with the state. The aim is to advance Minnesota's economy, position the state as a leader in key industries, and improve quality of life for all Minnesotans.
A key component of MnDRIVE will support enhancements to the supply chain that will increase Minnesota's food industry competitiveness, protect public health, and make sure that food products are going to continue to be safe, secure, and abundant. Learn more.
1. Alumni Spotlights: Mike Salo and Timothy Roser
2. Save the Date for Classes Without Quizzes!
3. Upcoming CFANS Alumni & Friends Events
4. Opportunities to Get Involved
5. Honor a Student With the Science Achievement Award
6. Career & Internship Resources
7. Campus News
8. Take a Lawn Care Survey!
9. In Memory
10. Alumni & Friends News
11. New Gophers!
12. Alumni Trivia
13. Did You Know?