Upcoming Events

Pollinator Friendly Gardening: Meet the Author Rhonda Fleming Hayes

Thursday, April 7th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
$10 member/$22 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, coffee/tea, and lemon bramble berry bars

Join the front lines of the pollinator-friendly gardening movement by learning more about ways you can retire your pesticides in favor of a healthier garden that is beautiful and beneficial for the bees, butterflies, birds and other pollinators.  An award-winning garden writer and columnist for the Star Tribune, Rhonda Fleming Hayes is a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener who inspires gardeners of all levels to contribute to the growing pollinator movement through her new book, "Pollinator Friendly Gardening." After the presentation, Rhonda will be available for Q&A and book signings. Books will be available for sale in the Arboretum Gift Store before or after the event. Learn more at the event webpage.

Webinar: How to Negotiate Your Starting Salary

Thursday, April 7th, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Online
If you are merely accept a job offer without negotiating your pay, you may be leaving money on the table. In fact, many employers expect candidates to negotiate and are surprised when people don’t even ask. Steve Helland brings 18 years of experience as a corporate lawyer negotiating on behalf of companies and will discuss in practical terms: 

- Why you should negotiate 
- How-to and guidelines for successful salary negotiations 
- Common mistakes and a few horror stories 
- What the employer is thinking 
- Common myths and why they are false 
This webinar is open to everyone but is aimed at job seekers who are less experienced with salary negotiations or are uncomfortable with these negotiations. To learn more or to register, please visit this website.

2016 Kermit Olson Memorial Lecture

Wednesday, April 13th, 3:30 p.m., Green Hall Room 110
Please join us for the 2016 Kermit Olson Memorial Lecture! This year's lecture is "Horticulture for Social Justice: Using Horticulture as a Vehicle for Income Generation and Nutritional Improvement in Sub-Saharan Africa" and will be presented by Jim Simon from Rutgers University. Dr. Simon explores the intersections where horticulture, economics, and sociology combine in this year's Kermit A. Olson Memorial Lecture. He will talk about his work with international development programs and the models developed for them that assist rural poor. Using horticulture, many of these programs serve as social economic justice models that raise the health and well-being of the families that participate in them.

This event is free and open to the public. After the lecture, join the department for an appetizer reception and poster session in 405 Alderman Hall. At this reception you'll have the opportunity to hear from faculty, staff, and students on the latest research happening in the department. Learn more and RSVP here.

ClimateSmart Agriculture: Can we assemble the puzzle correctly?

Friday, April 15th, 2:00 p.m., Borlaug Hall Room 335
Dr. Jerry Hatfield, Laboratory Director for the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, will be giving a talk on building an agriculture system resilient to climate variation. Light refreshments will follow. To learn more, please visit the event webpage.

Plant Seeds to Save the Bees

Friday April 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Bee Squad Teaching Apiary at the University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course
Join us in planting sunflower seeds in the NEW Bee Squad Teaching Apiary at the University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course.  We will be seeding a plot prepped by their maintenance team, so work clothes aren’t required! A kickoff celebration will be held on Friday, April 15th, 2016, to launch of Plant Seeds to Save the Bees. This event is sponsored by: Gluek’s Restaurant and Bar and the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Alumni Society, Les Bolstad Golf Course, Stakman-Borlaug Center for Sustainable Plant Health and Department of Entomology Bee Lab's Bee Squad. Tickets are available here. 

UMN Sparks in Brainerd: Clear Views Into Big Challenges

Tuesday, April 19th, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake
11000 Craguns Drive, Brainerd, Minnesota
Join us for this FREE event and learn more about how the University of Minnesota is impacting the community. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Hear from three University of Minnesota experts offering new insights into sustainability, our health, and our economy. This event is hosted by Regent Dave McMillan and Dutch (Merrill) Cragun. .



Borealis Night of Excellence

Wednesday, April 20th, 5:30pm, North Star Ballroom

Please join us the evening of April 20 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. Help us celebrate outstanding students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college! Please submit your RSVP by Monday, April 18. Learn more here

Webinar: Effectively Connect Across Different Communication Styles

Thursday, April 21st, 12:00p.m.-1:00 p.m., 
Each year, US businesses lose $11 billion due to employee turnover resulting from low engagement. The Dale Carnegie Institute recently released a study revealing that over 75% of employees cite communication as the number one opportunity for improving on-the-job engagement. Have you had communication-related issues individually or on your team? Join us for a webinar that looks at how communication can affect everything from expectation-setting to ineffective resource sharing. 

Kelsey Meyer Schalkle is an experienced consultant and coach with over eight years working for Fortune 100 companies including Target, Mondelēz and Ernst & Young in various roles ranging from recruitment to leadership development. She partners with clients seeking meaningful, lasting change and has expertise in communications, leadership development, career crafting, entrepreneurship, women in leadership, transition & on-boarding, cultural dexterity and relationship and conflict coaching.

Earth Day 2016: Getting to the Root of Water Conservation

Friday, April 22nd, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
$15 member/$20 Master Gardener/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
To honor Earth Day 2016, learn about wise watering practices for a healthy planet, starting with your own backyard. We all know that plants need water to be healthy and grow vigorously. Plants with just the right amount produce more flowers, more vegetables and fruit, are more disease resistant, and make less room for weeds. However, our water supplies are limited...even in water-rich Minnesota! The water we use for home irrigation is often the same water we pay for to ensure drinking water in our homes. As we move into the planting season, paying careful attention to how much water we use for our plants is important to ensuring we also have a plentiful supply of clean, fresh drinking water for our communities. To learn more, please visit the event webpage.

2016 Urban Waters Forum: Taking Action to Protect Our Lakes and Streams

Saturday, April 23rd, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
$15 member/$20 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
You can play an important role in keeping your local lakes and streams clean! Learn from local experts as they share their knowledge and success stories, as well as concrete actions you can take on the water, on your property, and in your community to protect the health of your neighborhood lake or stream. You will leave inspired to take a more active role in the health of your community's water assets. To learn more, please visit the event webpage.

#UMNCareerChat: Ugh, Networking?! Think of it as Relationship-Building

Wednesday, April 27th, 12:00p.m. - 1:00 p.m.Do you have a fear of networking? You’re not alone! Join us for an interactive Twitter chat about networking, its benefits, and strategies to overcome those common fears that often hold us back from building career-focused relationships. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hastag #UMNcareerchat. To learn more, please visit the event webpage.