CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - April 2015

Devan Paulus Compart ('12, M.S.; '14, Ph.D. Animal Sciences) has a really cool job. As the nutritionist for the Lincoln Park Zoo, Devan is constantly researching and formulating diets for the many animals in the zoo, from crickets to exotic and endangered species. She is one of only a handful of zoo nutritionists in the world! It's an occupation she's had interest in since childhood, and she chose a CFANS graduate program to help her reach that goal. More...

Devan Paulus Compart

CFANS Alumni have access to special savings on membership at the Bell Museum of Natural History this April! Become a member of the Bell Museum and get access to exhibits and educational programs on science, art, space, and nature for all ages! More...

The 14th annual Classes Without Quizzes program was held Saturday, March 28.  Brian Horgan's keynote, The Science of (the) GreenSM, was a huge hit! Participants attended "classes" with topics such as Minnesota commodity prices, renewable energy, crop drones, human-induced bird mortality, farm-to-fast food tomato, sustainability of food systems, intermediate wheatgrass, and savvy sustainable traveling in Minnesota. K-6 participants learned made pizza box solar ovens, and learned about reptiles and amphibians and survival instincts of animal groups. See photos from the event and more information about the 2015 program!

Family with Goldy Gopher at Classes Without Quizzes

Please join us the evening of April 22 for a special event co-hosted by the CFANS Alumni Society and CFANS Student Board. The evening will honor the graduating senior class, Alumni Society scholarship recipients, Mentor Program honorees, and the recipients of the Student Board Awards and Alumni Society Awards. More...

Borealis Night of Excellence

Congratulations to this year's Siehl Prize laureates! Each year, recipients of this prestigious award are chosen in three categories: knowledge (teaching, research and outreach); agribusiness; and production agriculture. The 2015 laureates are Stanley Diesch (knowledge), a veterinarian whose innovations helped bridge the gap between animal and human health, Gerhardt Fick (agribusiness), a pioneer in sunflower production and processing, and Mike Yost (production agriculture), a a family farmer who led international work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They will be honored at a ceremony on May 21 at the McNamara Alumni Center. More...

Volunteer for the Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award program and help the CFANS Alumni Society honor a junior at your favorite high school for their academic achievements. Serving as a volunteer is a rewarding way to strengthen the ties between CFANS, local high schools, educators, and students, and to encourage and acknowledge academic excellence in science. There is no cost to participate - the CFANS Alumni Society supplies the award materials as well as a $1,000 scholarship once the student is enrolled in CFANS. Find out how you can become a volunteer.

Our Daily Bread book cover

For the past five years, Team CFANS has been participating in the University of Minnesota Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. This year, Relay for Life will take place at Mariucci Arena on Friday, April 17. We’d like to make a Team CFANS a true community building event for the college by encouraging participation by as many students, faculty, staff and alumni as possible. How can you be involved and support Team CFANS? More...

Relay for Life participants

The Minnesota Livestock Hall of Fame inductees for the year included Russell Seath (deceased), Leslie Hansen ('73 B.S.; '78 M.S. Animal Sciences), a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Animal Science, Mark and Al Schmitt, Rice, MN, and Joe ('68, B.S. Animal Sciences) and Evelyn Stransky, from Owatonna, MN. More...

Olson siblings with Les Hansen

Read the latest about events, lectures and seminars happening on campus and in partnering departments as well as student and faculty news. Features this month:

Call for nominations for Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Distinguished Alumni Award

- Celebrate Earth Day at the Arboretum!

- Minnesota Food Producers Luncheon

Women's Environmental Network: 6th Annual Networking Environmental Field Event

This month we remember the lives and accomplishments of two members from the CFANS community who will be missed by many:

- Vonny (Avonell) Hagen, a vibrant, artistic personality and longtime professional with the MN Department of Natural Resources.

- Gary W. Leske, a three-time U of M alumnus and retired faculty member of Agricultural Education.

News and notes from our amazing CFANS alumni! Features this month:

- Richard M. Todd ('83, Ph.D. Agricultural and Applied Economics) will receive the Department of Applied Economics' Outstanding Alumni Award

- Alexander Schlueter ('12, B.S. Recreation Resource Management; '14, M.S. Natural Resource Science) selected as finalist for the Presidential Management Fellows program

Henry Streby ('10, Ph.D. NRSM-Wildlife) published groundbreaking study on songbird evacuation migration

- Scrappy Products supports the University of Minnesota Bee Squad and the future of bees!

- Gopher Dairy Club honors several CFANS alumni and students at their annual recognition banquet


The monthly alumni trivia question gives alumni and friends an opportunity to test their U of M knowledge. Are you up for the challenge? All responders with the correct answer will be entered in a pool and the prize winner selected by random draw.

April trivia question:
Which apple variety has been scientifically proven to be the world's LOUDEST apple?

The West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris, MN, is using precision dairy technology to track feeding behavior, activity levels, temperature and health status of cattle for a better understanding of overall health. They have special tags on their lactating dairy cows that monitor rumination (chewing) among other data points. All of this data can help dairy producers discover problems in the herd before they see a drop in milk production. Read more!

Dairy cow