September 22, 2016: CFANS Student News

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

Events & Activities

CFANS Advising Center Grand Opening
TODAY! Thursday, September 22 | 2-4 p.m.
130 Coffey Hall
Have you visited the shiny-new centralized Advising Center for CFANS students yet? Stop by the Grand Opening reception to celebrate with us! Mingle with staff and other students, enjoy some CFANS showcase treats, and see what the new space has to offer.

Pet Away Worry and Stress (PAWS)
Tuesday, September 27 | 1-3 p.m.
Harvest Room, St. Paul Student Center
Need some quality time with a furry friend? Pet a variety of registered therapy animals and forget about your worries! PAWS sessions are held weekly at East and West Bank locations, and every 2nd and 4th Tuesday on the St. Paul campus.

Info Fairs & Workshops

Land O'Lakes Global Food Challenge Info Sessions
September 27 | 4-6 p.m. - East Bank session
September 27 | 5:30-7 p.m. - West Bank session
September 28 | 4:30-6 p.m. - St. Paul session
Attention sophomores who have an interest in issues related to global food security: Land O'Lakes, Inc. is looking for the next group of Emerging Leaders for the Land O'Lakes, Inc. Global Food Challenge. Students selected as Emerging Leaders will gain a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the food and agricultural industry outside the classroom: this includes trips to Washington, D.C and Africa as part of an 11-week paid summer internship with Land O’Lakes, Inc. Online applications are being accepted until October 31. Prospective applicants should also plan to attend one of the info sessions on campus (RSVPs required - follow event links above) to explore how you can make a difference while visiting with a Land O'Lakes representative.

St. Paul Career Fair
Wednesday, September 28 | 1-5 p.m.
St. Paul Student Center, North Star Ballroom
Attend this career fair to explore career paths and connect with 60+ employers regarding full-time jobs and internships. Pre-register by Friday 9/23 and be entered to win a leather padfolio for your use at the Fair! Fields Represented: Agriculture, Animal Science, Banking/Finance, Business, Communication, Food Industry, Marketing & Sales, and Retail. Prepare for the Career Fair by attending any or all of these supplemental activities:

  • Career Fair Prep Workshop - 9/21. Get tips for an effective career fair experience, and also free pizza! RSVP required.
  • Resumania - 9/22 & 9/23. Career counselors and peer advisors will be at the ready for drop-in resume feedback and advice.
  • Effective Interviewing Workshop - 9/26. Improve your interview skills, get free pizza. RSVP required.
  • Career Fair Mingle - 9/27. Attend this informal networking event the evening before to connect with organizations and prospective employers. Registration in GoldPASS encouraged.

Major Sneak Peeks
The Department of Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering is hosting sneak peek events for their majors this fall. Faculty, current students and alumni will share information about the majors and answer questions about scholarships, student life, curriculum, career placement and more.

Sustainable Systems Management Major Sneak Peek
Thursday, September 29 |5:30-7 p.m. | 302 Kaufert Lab

Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering Major Sneak Peek
Saturday, October 8 | 10 a.m.-12 noon | 302 Kaufert Lab

Opportunities to Engage

Join a Cross-Cultural Discussion Group
Wednesdays, 2-3:30 p.m.| 130L Coffey Hall*
*St. Paul Campus group schedule; see website for East & West Bank options.
Apply by: September 26
Meet other St. Paul students from a variety of nationalities and majors in a relaxed and fun atmosphere to discuss global topics, share cross-cultural experiences and explore new ways of thinking. The St. Paul group will meet weekly starting in mid-October and will be co-facilitated by a representative from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and Laura Dupont-Jarrett, Chief of Staff for the Associate Dean of Academic Programs & Faculty Affairs (CFANS). See details and application form.

Sign-up for the CFANS Mentor Program
Apply by: September 27
Connect with a professional in your field who can help you explore your major and career path. Through the CFANS Mentor Program, students will meet 1:1 with an alumni or professional in their field of interest, participate in a job-shadow, expand their networks, and get advice about internships and jobs. Program runs October-May. Learn more.

Be a CFANS Ambassador!
Apply by: September 30

  • Learn about the University and CFANS
  • Make a difference to prospective students
  • Develop public speaking and leadership skills 
  • Meet new friends!

Online applications are due September 30 (by midnight). If you have questions, contact Casey Kuenn at

CFANS Policy Engagement Program
Apply by: October 1
Learn about the policy process and connect with Minnesota policy leaders. Participants gain an in-depth understanding of the methods and techniques used to influence our legislative process. This opportunity will benefit students interested in policy issues related to agriculture, food, or natural resources. Attend 6 meetings on Tuesday evenings (6 - 9 p.m.) between November 2016 and April 2017, including a day at the State Capitol. Up to 15 CFANS students will be selected. See details and application form. Sponsored by the CFANS Alumni Society.

Study Abroad Through CFANS

CFANS Study Abroad and Global Engagement Fair
Wednesday, September 28 | 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Outside Coffey Hall (Buford Avenue side)
Join us at the CFANS Study Abroad and Global Engagement Fair to explore international opportunities and study abroad options. Meet CFANS faculty leaders and past program participants, learn about study abroad grants, enjoy live music, and much more. The first 50 students to check in at the main table will win a CFANS study abroad backpack!

2016-17 CFANS Short-Term Study Abroad Programs
CFANS offers a wide variety of short-term programs designed to complement your academic interest and degree plan. Explore an exciting destination, learn about a new culture, and meet new people while earning credit. Check out the 2016-17 programs, apply early to ensure you get into your program of choice. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that there is a $50 application fee for each program. Deadlines vary by program; the first application deadline is October 1, 2016!

Study Abroad Grant Application due October 12
Do you need financial help for your upcoming study abroad experience? Apply for the International Learning Grant, Go Global Grant and the Diversity in Education Abroad Grant by October 12 for study abroad programs held during Winter Break 2016-17, and Spring Break or Spring Semester 2017.

NEW – Study Abroad Program Selection Advising on the St. Paul Campus!
Program Selection Advisors meet one-on-one with you to discuss if learning abroad is right for you. They will assist in finding a program that matches your academic, career, and personal goals. St. Paul drop-in hours are Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. in 130 Coffey Hall, no appointment needed.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship - $500
Apply by: September 30
Eligible applicants include any person who is a Farm Bureau member or qualifies under their family's membership. Applicants must be going into their junior or senior year in college and be enrolled in agriculture, conservation, or forestry.

Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship - various amounts
Apply by: October 1
Up to three scholarships totaling $5,000 will be awarded to college junior, senior or graduate students studying bison or fields related to the bison industry.

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

Key Academic Calendar Dates

– Sept 26: 50% refund deadline for canceling fall classes
– Oct 3: 25% refund deadline for canceling fall classes
- Oct 17: second fall tuition payment due

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