CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - August 2014

Theresa Twohey graduated in 2013 with a degree in Agricultural Education - Leadership and Communications. As a student, Theresa was very active in student organizations including Agricultural Education Club, Gopher Dairy Club, Beta of Clovia, and the CFANS Student Board. Immediately after graduation, she started her career as Director of Communications and Marketing for the Minnesota Pork Producers Association, a job that allows her to share her enthusiasm for agriculture. Even though Theresa is a recent graduate, she's already giving back to her alma mater as a mentor in the CFANS Mentor Program, helping other CFANS students to explore career options and discover their goals.

Theresa Twohey

IDEAg Minnesota Farmfest 
August 5-7
Gilfillan Estate, Redwood County, MN

See you at the Minnesota State Fair!
August 21 - September 1

Celebrate Ag & Food Day 
Gopher football vs. San Jose State
Saturday, September 20
Show your support for Minnesota agricultural and food industries at a Gopher football game this fall! CFANS alumni and friends maypurchase tickets at the discounted rate of $15 per person (regular price $30).

St. Paul Campus Job & Internship Fair
Tuesday, September 23, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center
Don’t miss out on this signature recruiting event. Over 10% of companies were wait listed for this event last year. Register now!

Last year, 158 students were matched with alumni and professionals in Minnesota, the US, and abroad. This program connects students with mentors who help them with career exploration and provide students with an opportunity to network and enhance their professional skills. Applications are now available for the 2014-15 school year, and we are looking forward to connecting even more alumni and friends with current CFANS students! Learn more about the program and apply by September 19.

Mentoring a CFANS student

The CFANS Alumni Society held its 11th annual Golf Scramble for Scholarships on July 11 at the University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course. Thanks to our Alumni Society Annual Program Sponsors, our silent auction donors, to our golfers, and to everyone who bid on an auction item we raised nearly $40,000 this year for scholarships, bringing our cumulative total raised to approximately $245,000! See highlights and photos from the event! 

Golfers at the Golf Scramble for Scholarships

Registration is open for the CFANS Alumni Global Learning Adventures tour to Italy October 2 - 11, 2015. Now's your chance to secure your spot in the program!

Learn about organic winemaking, traditional farming methods, modern enology and land management practices along spectacular views of the Mediterranean coast. Led by Mike White, a Morse Alumni Distinguished Professor in CFANS and head of the Department of Animal Science. Visit the Global Learning Adventures page to see additional information and photos from the last program, or to complete a program application form.   

* Submit your deposit by December 31, 2014 and receive $200 off your program fee!

Alumni in Italy
  • Registration for the fall session Minnesota Watershed Specialist Training is open. The session runs September 2 - December 14. The training is an online, interactive course designed for local professionals dedicated to improving and protecting water resources. 

  • The 2014 Minnesota Nutrition Conference"Learning from the Past; Preparing for the Future" will be September 17-18 at the Mystic Lake Casino & Hotel in Prior Lake, MN. The conference is an educational event and forum for livestock industry professionals and nutrition consultants to update their knowledge of beef, dairy, poultry, swine and equine nutrition.  

Frank D. Irving passed away July 6 at the age of 90. After serving in the Marines during WWII, Frank earned two advanced degrees from the University of Minnesota ('50, M.S. Forestry; '60, Ph.D. Forestry) and became a professor of Forestry at the U of M. Frank taught and mentored many young foresters and was instrumental in introducing the "prescribed burning" forest management strategy. Read the full obituary

Mark A. Stennes passed away July 22 at the age of 63. Mark earned his B.S. degree in Forest Resources in 1975, followed by an M.S. in Plant Pathology in 1981. He was a passionate tree person who had been involved with the Minnesota Society of Arboriculture from its infancy, and helped to share the concept of urban forestry in Minnesota and beyond. Read the full obituary.

Harold Melvin Pellett passed away July 22 at the age of 76. Harold had been a professor and research leader at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for over 30 years. Harold worked extensively in the the field of plant cold hardiness and had a national reputation as an effective plant breeder, graduate student advisor and plantsman. Read the full obituary.

Photo, second from left: Lisa Smiley ('96, B.S. Agricultural Industries and Marketing: Crops and Soils) was recently elected Chair of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture-Eastern Section (ASEV-ES) at the American Society of Enology and Viticulture national Conference in Austin, TX on June 26, 2014. ASEV-ES provides a forum for the presentation, research and publication of research and technology developments for the advancement of enology and viticulture and supports students studying enology and viticulture through scholarships. The geographical area encompassed by the section includes all U.S states and Canadian provinces east of the Continental Divide. See more information on ASEV-ES.

Lisa Smiley

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.

August trivia question: CFANS faculty members Marla Spivak and Vera Krischik have been in the news for their research on bees and threats to bee populations. The US Department of Agriculture recently reported that honey bees add what value to agricultural crops each year?

a) $1 billion
b) $5 billion
c) $15 billion
d) $50 billion