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Audra Gerlach named new international alumni contactAudra

Audra Gerlach has been named the new Director of International Alumni Relations and Travel at the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, having previously served as the university's Director of International Recruitment at the University. In this brand new role within the organization, she will develop and implement strategies to increase the number of international alumni who will connect with each other, support students, and advance the mission of the University of Minnesota. We anticipate increased opportunities for alumni living outside the U.S. to connect, including future alumni events hosted internationally. If you are an alum living outside the U.S., it is especially important that you update your contact information so that you may receive invitations relevant to your current location. If you would like to connect directly with Audra, you may contact her at

Food Science and Nutrition Club garners Institute of Food Technologists Student Association awards FSCN

The Food Science and Nutrition Club (FSCN) at the University of Minnesota received two special accolades at the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) closing ceremonies as part of the IFT Annual Meeting earlier this week. 

The club was named the Outstanding Chapter for Membership Experience, and was also a silver level finalist in the Chapter of the Year competition. Minnesota’s Food Science and Nutrition Club is a mix of undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition as well as other fields. The club participated in a variety of events throughout the year, helping it to stand out as one of the top clubs in the nation. The leadership team for the club planned a wide array of speakers and activities to cater to varying interests of club members. Several of the activities included volunteering, fundraising, industry tours and speakers from both large and small companies, social activities, and national and local IFT engagement. During the year, the group implemented 11 new events and five expanded events, demonstrating its commitment to increasing the opportunities for students to participate. Read more...

Department of Plant Pathology harvests for departmental history Plant Path

On July 14th a group of Department of Plant Pathology emeriti and other faculty members got together to harvest departmental history by looking through old alumni photos and sharing stories to contribute to the ‪‎Living Legacy project. The Living Legacy project is a digital history of the Department of Plant Pathology, where alumni and friends can share their Plant Path stories via written text submissions, photos, and video. You can help contribute by filling out this form.

University of Minnesota Law School applications soon open

University of Minnesota Law School applications will be available September 1, 2015.  MN Law offers one of the nation's most distinguished programs of experiential learning, with unique 1L Law in Practice course, capstone courses, concentrations, externships and clinics that provide more than 50% of students with client experiences. The Law School also has a large and active alumni network in the Twin Cities and around the globe who are eager to mentor, teach and hire MN Law students. For more information or to schedule a visit go to

New Major for Fall - Sustainable Systems Management

On May 8th the Regents of the University of Minnesota approved changing the name of the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Bioproducts Marketing and Management to Sustainable Systems Management, effective fall 2015. These revisions to the major respond to scientific and technological advances, meet social needs and student interests, and align with the University’s Land Grant mission of developing the vocational, civic, and intellectual capacities of communities across the United States. Sustainable Systems Management is a comprehensive systems approach to advancing sustainable solutions for the environment, processes and products, commercial and industrial businesses, buildings, and energy systems. Students will have the opportunity to specialize in:

    • Building Science and Technology
    • Corporate Sustainability
    • Energy Systems
    • Sustainable Products and Business Management

If you have any questions about the new major please contact Tracy Fallon at or 612.624.9603

New Class Series Features University of Minnesota St Paul Conservatory

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum unveiled a new 2-class series for November that will feature instructor Alex Eilts, University of Minnesota Greenhouse Curator and Research Associate. Class participants will be able to go "behind the scenes" in the conservatory to learn about plants in the University collections that showcase unique adaptations to their environments, and to discover the many ways the University is working to conserve rare and diverse plant species. Additional details, pricing and registration available through the Arboretum at, click on the "Behind the Scenes at the UofMN" photo in the green bar.