Alumni & friends news

- Alumnus Lee DeHaan ('01, Ph.D., Applied Plant Sciences), is one of three individuals appointed to the position of School of Agriculture Endowed Chair in Agriculture Systems in CFANS.  DeHaan, of The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, will be working to build Kernza™ (intermediate wheatgrass) production and markets in Minnesota. The other two appointees are Jack Hedin of Featherstone Farm in Rushford, Minn., who will be identifying mechanisms that would work to make farm land accessible in Minnesota, and Mark Ritchie, who will be working to link the resources of CFANS and the sustainable agriculture community in Minnesota to the upcoming global forum, the 2015 Milan Expo. Read the full article.

- Alison Bunge Leathers ('09, B.S. Environmental Horticulture) will graduate from Tennessee State University on May 8, with a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences with a concentration in Agricultural Education, Leadership, and Extension. Alison completed her thesis research on Tennessee Master Gardeners and competencies needed to volunteer with youth. She co-chairs the U of MN - Nashville Alumni Society Chapter.

- Sangeetha Gummadi ('11, B.S. Agricultural Education) has accepted a new position with Midwest Dairy Association & Minnesota Milk Producers as an Industry Relations & Dairy Development Manager. She is transitioning from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

PARKLOT competition sketch  - Luke Nichols ('12, B.S. Environmental Sciences) was recently awarded the Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship which will pay for tuition and board expenses to study Mandarin Chinese and Landscape Architecture at Shanghai's University for Finance and Economics this fall. Luke is looking forward to strengthening his language skills, reconnecting with his host family from a past visit to the city and experiencing notable landscape in the country.

Luke was also on a team of design students who won the Minneapolis PARKLOT competition organized by the Hennepin Theater Trust to redesign an area near the southern entrance of the IDS center. They used greenery, seating elements and a trellis to create a more comfortable atmosphere for people to occupy. The design will be installed June 2015 (see concept sketch at left).