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 program: 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 Relations College to Career Program Coordinator
As College to Career Program Coordinator, Masha Finn works to inclusively engage students and recent graduates in alumni programming with a focus on the Mentor Program, career networking, college access, and industry engagement, along with multiple other events and services important to students and alumni. Under her leadership the Mentor Program has been recognized with awards from the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and the National Agricultural Alumni & Development Association, and it has grown from 135 student-mentor matches in 2012 to 205 in 2015. Masha graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in International Relations & French and Francophone studies, and is working towards a Masters degree from the University of Minnesota in Educational Psychology: Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology.
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