November 17, 2016: CFANS Student News

Student News photo collage

The biweekly CFANS Student News features events, college updates, scholarship information and timely announcements for CFANS undergraduates.


Spreading the Message of Inclusion

  • "No Hate" Buttons

    Pick up a free button to show you stand in solidarity against hate at the U. Buttons will be available (while supplies last) starting Thursday afternoon (Nov. 17) at the front desk in 130 Coffey Hall.
    Button image - the word hate crossed out in a circle.
  • Chalk Messages

    CFANS students creating a climate of welcome, Friday, 11-11, midday in front of Borlaug Commons.
    Chalk message reads You Belong Here.
  • Chalk Messages

    CFANS students creating a climate of welcome, Friday, 11-11, midday in front of Borlaug Commons.
    Chalk messages
  • Spreading the message of inclusion

    In the foreground, student Linda Xiong and faculty member Beth Ventura, our super-chalkers. 
    Linda Xiong and Beth Ventura

Understanding that the recent election and surrounding events caused many of you to be concerned about self care and dialogue, the CFANS Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Student Services Office invited everyone to an intentional time of support and conversation during midday on Nov. 11 in Borlaug Commons.  Following the session, students and staff spread messages of inclusion on the sidewalks of the St. Paul campus. Participants were assured that our community does and will provide space to process and cope with our realities and lived experiences, connect with others, build coalitions, and continue to work for change, greater acceptance of difference and inclusion. Your CFANS Student Senator Shantal Pai reminded everyone that it is important to carry yourself with love and practice self-care. If you are feeling vulnerable or in need of support, please know there are many resources for concerns and mental health services available to you on campus.


Upcoming Events

Reaffirming Our Values, Rebuilding the Social Compact
TODAY! Thursday, November 17 | 12 noon 
RecWell Center, Multi-Activity Court (4th floor)
Join your campus community to address the deep divisions the nation is experiencing. Let's share our diverse perspectives and have an open discussion. Attend in person or via WebExRSVPs appreciated.

Frenatae Honey Sale
November 30 - December 2 | 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Hodson Hall (Natural Resources Library) & St. Paul Student Center (lower level)
Frenatae, the Entomology grad student organization, offers a variety of unique goods at their annual honey sale. The honey batch is reportedely extra-delicious this year! You can also pick up their 2017 calendar, insect art notecards (both featuring original artwork by students), beeswax candles and mealworm lollipops. Learn more.


College News & Announcements

Fund Your Big Idea Through the 2017 Acara Challenge
Apply by: January 31
Do you have an idea to change the world? The Acara Challenge is an annual spring semester impact venture competition to reward UMN students creating solutions to social and environmental challenges.

What: Teams compete for real funding to address global grand challenges.
Who: All current degree-seeking UMN students who are up for the challenge. Must have an idea for a social business venture to apply. May take Social Venture Launchpad 2-credit course in January 2017 at UMN to prepare for the competition.
Apply: See competition webpage. Initial application due January 31, 2017. The competition will occur February 28 - March 1, 2017. 

Consider Applying to the University Honors Program!
Apply by: February 1
If you are a highly-motivated student and intend to participate in research, scholarship, or artistic activity under the guidance of a faculty mentor, you may wish to apply for the University Honors Program (UHP). Participation provides invidualized academic advising, increased access to special courses and faculty across colleges, a close-knit community of driven and accomplished students, and the opportunity to graduate with Latin Honors. Applicants must have a 3.5+ GPA and a planned graduation date of spring 2019 or later. Attend an info session to learn more! 

May Term 2017 Study Abroad Programs with CFANS
As you prepare for spring semester registration, consider a May term study abroad program. Earn credit and fulfill liberal education requirements while taking a course abroad! Programs include the natural history of Norwayfood education and production in Germanysustainable food systems in Italywildlife medicine and conservation in Belize, and sustainable food systems in France.

Congratulations to our CFANS Study Abroad Grant Recipients!
Learn where these CFANS students will be studying and what they are most excited about in their upcoming learning abroad program. Consider applying for a CFANS Study Abroad Grant to support your program this May and summer.


Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

CFANS Conference Grant
Next deadline: November 28
CFANS offers $100 grants to undergraduates attending a conference for professional and/ or academic development. Applications accepted throughout the academic year with monthly deadlines. See  for details.

MN Chapter, American Fisheries Society Scholarship
Apply by: December 1
A $500 scholarship open to FWCB majors who are juniors or seniors. Membership in MN AFS is required (but free to students).

Lake Minnetonka Garden Club Scholarship
Apply by: December 5
Up to $2,500 awarded to one or two students who are studying horticulture, environmental sciences and related fields.

National Corn Growers Association Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program
Apply by: December 9
Five $1,000 scholarships are available to members and family members of the National Corn Growers Association. Students who are sophomore level or greater are eligible to apply

See the details and application links for these and other scholarships on our external scholarships page.


Key Academic Calendar Dates

- Nov 17: third and final fall payment due
- Nov 24 & 25: U closed for Thanksgiving holiday

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