February 2, 2017: CFANS Student News

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


Upcoming events

Provost's Conversation Series - Christina Henríquez
Monday, February 6 | 2 pm
Coffman Union Theater
Christina Henríquez is the author of The Book of Unknown Americans, a widely acclaimed novel about immigration, identity, and the immigrant experience. Free and open to the public. See details about this year-long speaker series focused on human rights and creating a more inclusive society.

Thrive Outside
Thursday, February 9 | 12 - 4 pm
Coffman Union, Great Hall
The Environmental Student Association (ESA) is hosting this interactive expo featuring a trail mix bar, fun tutorials on camping, hiking, fishing, and climbing, raffle prizes and more. Learn how to get more involved with outdoor activities and meet new people from other campus groups. See more on ESA's Facebook event page.

Dialogue with the Deans: An International Perspective on CFANS Life
Friday, February 10 | noon - 1 pm
Cargill Building, Room 105
The Dean's Office and CFANS Office for Diversity and Inclusion invite you to join them for a Dialogue with the Deans event. This discussion will focus on CFANS through an international lens. Learn about the experiences of international students, faculty, and staff in CFANS and what can we do to create a more constructive environment for all.

Career prep: job fairs & networking events

Environmental Internship and Career Fair
Wednesday, February 8 | 1-5 pm
St. Paul Student Center, North Star Ballroom
Attend this career fair to explore career paths and connect with 50+ organizations regarding full-time jobs and internships. Pre-register in GOLDPASS by Friday, February 3,and be entered to win a $25 giftcard to the UMN Bookstore!

Fields Represented: Ecology, Fisheries & Wildlife, Forestry, Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, Land & Natural Resource Sciences

Get ready for the Fair by attending these prep events:

Virtual Career Advice: Alumni and Recruiters Connecting with Students
Wednesday, February 8 | 12 noon
Online event; register here.
Network virtually with experts for FREE from around the world using your laptop, home computer, smartphone or tablet through this online speed networking event. Join the event and get connected to these 6 career-related areas:

  • How to prepare for a career fair
  • Advice for international students
  • Interviewing strategies
  • Job/Internship searching tips
  • I wish I knew then what I know now...
  • How to prepare for a networking/career fair

This event is precisely positioned to help students prepare for the 2017 U of M Job & Internship Fair. Students will connect in a series of up to 9-minute text-based chats (no videos). You can login or off at any point during this event. Share your resume and learn strategies to navigate your career!

Food & Ag Marketing Night
Thursday, February 9 |5:30 pm
St. Paul Student Center, North Star Ballroom 
If you're interested in food, ag, marketing or all of the above, network with professionals from top agencies and companies in the Twin Cities. Professionals will share their expertise through discussions of industry related topics. Students will leave more informed and prepared for their future careers. This event is hosted by the North Central Chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association and CFANS Alumni Relations. Learn more and RSVP.

University of Minnesota Job and Internship Fair
Friday, February 24 | 10 am - 4 pm
Minneapolis Convention Center
The U of M offers the biggest student career fair in Minnesota! Cost is $10 if pre-registered online by February 17, or $25 at the door. (Need-based fee waivers available upon request.) Disability accommodations available upon request.

Participants will have access to:

  • 300+ organizations recruiting for hundreds of jobs and internships.
  • FREE transportation provided to and from campus.
  • FREE professional headshot photos.
  • FREE box lunch for all pre-registered participants.

Careers in Law Fair
Wednesday, March 1 | 11 am - 2 pm
Wiley Hall Atrium
Meet with representatives from law schools, government agencies, paralegal programs, nonprofits, criminal justice organizations, political offices, and LSAT prep programs. Stop by any time to learn and ask questions about graduate school requirements, volunteer programs, internship experiences, and professions in the legal community. Registration not required! More info.

Unique opportunities

Be a Welcome Week Leader!
Apply by: February 15
Here's an opportunity to develop leadership skills, gain 100+ volunteer hours, meet new people, and help create a seamless and welcoming transition for the Class of 2021. Learn more about what it means to be a Welcome Week Leader, and or complete an application. You can also stop by Coffman Union, room 303, on Thursday, February 9, between 11 am - 2 pm for more info, plus hot chocolate and Insomnia Cookies at the Welcome Week Warm Up! session.

Wildland Fire Training
Apply by: March 1
Training: March 13-17 (Spring Break)
110 Green Hall
The MN Department of Natural Resources will be offering Wildland Fire Training on the St. Paul campus over Spring Break. Completion of this training is highly valued by employers in natural resource fields and is often required to qualify for wildland firefighting jobs across the country. Students should apply by March 1 - see the Department of Forest Resources' website for details and the nomination form.

College news & announcements

Heads-up: some changes in drop-in advising hours this semester
Due to staff and student conferences, morning drop-ins (10:30 am - 12 noon) will not be available on Wednesday, February 15, or Thursday, March 9. Afternoon drop-ins (2 - 3:30 pm) will be available as usual on these dates.

Additionally, as student traffic is greatly reduced during Spring Break, the Advising Center won't be offering drop-in hours March 13-17, but students are still welcome to stop by the One Stop/ Advising Center in 130 Coffey Hall and they will be assisted. Regular drop-in advising hours will resume March 20. See the CFANS Academic Advising site for hours and drop-in advising guidelines.

Request appearance for Dean’s participation
Whenever your student group hosts an event at which you’d like to have Dean Brian Buhr attend or present, complete this request form. It will ensure that everyone knows what is needed to include senior leadership participation at the event.

Gender and Sexuality Center comes to St. Paul
The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC), formerly known as as the GLBTA Programs Office, will be hosting office hours on the St. Paul Campus throughout spring semester. GSC representatives can be found in Room 202 of the St. Paul Student Center between the hours of 11 am - 2 pm every other Thursday, starting February 16. Visit GSC's website for their St. Paul schedule, as well as their spring events and programs calendar.

Upcoming scholarship deadlines

College scholarships & grants:

CFANS Study Abroad Grants
Apply by: February 22
Planning to study abroad May or Summer Term 2017? Apply for CFANS Study Abroad Grants for extra financial support for your international experience. One simple application form allows you to be considered for three study abroad grants from CFANS. The U of M Learning Abroad Center also offers study abroad scholarships with a similar application and the same deadline. Apply for both! 

CFANS Academic Year Scholarships 
Apply by: March 1
All CFANS majors can apply for college and department (if applicable) scholarships for academic year 2017-18 using a single application. See eligibility guidelines and application for details.

External scholarships related to CFANS majors:  

Katherine E. Sullivan Scholarship for Study Abroad
Apply by: February 6
Administered by the University Honors Program and the Office of International Programs, this scholarship provides an opportunity for seniors at any campus of the University of Minnesota to enrich their academic experience with a fifth year of undergraduate study in another country, up to $15,000. Visit the University Honors Program website for further details.

Cargill Global Scholars Program
Apply by: March 1
First- or second-year students are eligible to apply for the scholarship program, which offers $2500 each year for up to three years, mentorship, leadership training, and the potential to attend a global conference. See details.

Wildlife Leadership Awards
Apply by: March 1
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation sponsors multiple $3000 scholarships for undergraduates who are majoring in a wildlife related natural resource program. Learn more.

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

Key academic calendar dates

– Feb 6: Last day to receive a 50% refund for canceling spring classes
– Feb 13: Last day to receive a 25% refund for canceling spring classes
– Feb 28: Second spring payment due

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