CFANS Alumni Relations Staff
Mary Buschette '87
Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations
Mary Buschette has served as Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations at CFANS since 1996. Under her leadership, programming has expanded to reach more alumni and includes three successful signature programs: a mentor program that matches students with industry professionals; Classes Without Quizzes, a half day educational program for alumni and friends that features faculty research; and Borealis Night of Excellence, a recognition program for the CFANS community. Since 2004, the Alumni Society has coordinated a Golf Scramble that has raised more than $175,000 for student scholarships. In addition, Mary advises the student group Project Food Security and the college’s Student Board. Prior to working in alumni relations, she was a program coordinator for MAST International, an agricultural exchange program based at the U of M. Mary is a proud University of Minnesota alumna earning her bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1987. Nominated as a Community Connector through Pollen in 2013, she was recognized as a member of the community who is getting things done by bringing together ideas, resources, and multiple stakeholders to make things happen. She is well-known for frequenting Lori's Coffeehouse on the St. Paul Campus, so stop by: she'd like to meet you over coffee.
Alumni and Constituent Engagement Coordinator
Kara is excited to be here at CFANS working to support the rich community of alumni. While not a Gopher herself, she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in biology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Masters of Arts in counseling psychology from the University of Denver. Her career has focused largely in student transitions, primarily focusing on the initial transition into and persistence through to graduation. In addition, Kara has extensive experience supporting programs ranging in size from ten to 6000 people. Overall, she enjoys pulling people together for a common purpose. When not working, Kara enjoys tap dancing, spending time with friends and family, and indulging in ice cream.
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