Alumni Society Awards
The purpose of the CFANS Alumni Society awards program is to recognize graduates, students, faculty and friends who have made significant contributions to the College, the Alumni Society, to their professions or to society. These awards are conferred to individuals who share the value of CFANS and the purposes of the CFANS Alumni Society within his or her community and beyond. The purpose of the CFANS Alumni Society is to connect students, alumni and friends of CFANS and the University of Minnesota and develop interest in, and support for, the betterment of the of the college, the University of Minnesota, and University of Minnesota Alumni Association. In particular, the Society's efforts shall foster society membership, student recruitment, enhancement of the student experience, and communication with alumni, students, faculty, and the community at large. The awards are presented each year at the Borealis Night of Excellence, which will take place in April of 2018.
Nominations are due Thursday, February 15, 2018
Each year the CFANS Alumni Society presents eight awards:
Distinguished Alumni Award
This award acknowledges an individual for significant contributions to his or her profession and/ or to society in general. The recipient is typically a leader in his or her industry and community, has held office in professional or civic organizations, and has demonstrated commitment to building a greater CFANS community.
Alumni Service Award
This award acknowledges an alumnus/ alumna for contributions to CFANS or the CFANS Alumni Society. He or she is an exceptional volunteer or donor and has demonstrated commitment to building a greater CFANS community.
Alumni Advocacy Award
This award is conferred to an individual who shares the value of CFANS and/ or the Alumni Society and helps to promote these values withing his or her community and beyond. Examples of advocacy may include, but are not limited to: student recruitment, financial contribution, and legislative outreach.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievment Award recognizes an alumnus/ alumna for contributions to CFANS over the course of the recipient's lifetime. This individual has made outstanding contributions to the areas of food, agriculture and/ or natural resources and is recognized by his or her peers as a leader in the CFANS community and beyond. This award may recognize an individual posthumously.
Distinguished Faculty Award
The Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes a CFANS faculty member of 5+ years of service who has made outstanding contributions to past or present students or the CFANS Alumni Society, has demonstrated the ability to motivate students, leads by example, and who is regarded highly by alumni, constituents and college peers.
Distinguished Staff Award
The Distinguished Staff Award recognizes a CFANS staff member of 5+ years of service who has made outstanding contributions to CFANS or the CFANS Alumni Society, has demonstrated the ability to serve students, alumni, faculty and/or constituents, and who is regarded highly by alumni, constituents and college peers.
Student Leadership Award
This award acknowledges a CFANS student who has completed at least one full year of studies, volunteers his or her services to help the campus and fellow students, and has demonstrated leadership through campus activities outside of the classroom. Each year, one undergraduate student and one graduate student will be selected for this award.
Outstanding Friend Award
The Outstanding Friend is an individual who is not a graduate of CFANS, yet has made outstanding contributions to CFANS or the CFANS Alumni Society. He or she is an exceptional volunteer or donor and has demonstrated commitment to building a greater CFANS community.