Volunteer with CFANS: Connect with current & prospective students!

CFANS Mentor Program

"My mentor has a wealth of knowledge and has already given me so many connections and new career paths to explore." 
- Sammi Fleckner, Junior in Ag & Food Business Management

Last year, 174 CFANS students were paired with mentors - alumni and professionals from around Minnesota, the US, and the world. This program connects students with mentors who support them as they explore career paths, learn how to network, and develop their professional skills. Applications are now available for the 2015-16 year. Learn more and apply by September 22 by clicking here. If you have mentored in the past, indicate your interest in serving as a mentor in 2015-16 by updating your profile. Don't forget to RSVP for the Mentor Happy Hour on September 10 too, to hear from Gopher Trent Tucker, meet current mentors, and learn more about the program.

Photo (right): Jessie Koehle ('06 M.S. Conservation Biology) and Lydia Salus ('16 B.S. Environmental Science, Policy & Management) on their job-shadow. 

CFANS Alumni Ambassadors

CFANS Alumni Ambassadors will have the opportunity to engage with high school students at local career fairs, connect with transfer students at community colleges or volunteer at events around the state or country.  Alumni can help identify prospective students, be a resource to current students, or reach out to community leaders and decision makers to share stories of how their CFANS experience got them where they are today. Alumni also can provide valuable insight and feedback to the college. We need your help to inform the next generation of leaders of the unique opportunities they have to address challenges confronting the world today. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released a report showing tremendous demand for recent college graduates with a degree in agricultural programs, with an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and environment fields in the United States and only 35,000 graduates to fill them. No one can make the connections to these opportunities better than our alumni! If you'd like to become an alumni ambassador or just learn more about the volunteer opportunity, click here

College Day

Connect with incoming first-year students during College Day, part of the U of M's Welcome Week program to help new students build community, explore the St. Paul campus, and connect with faculty and alumni. Volunteers will join the Class of 2019 for lunch on Thursday, September 3 at the St. Paul Student Center. RSVP by August 17 if you would like to participate in CFANS College Day for lunch conversations.