CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - December 2014

Sara Eugene knew she wanted to study nutrition, and her attraction to the St. Paul campus sealed the deal! Sara earned her bachelor's in nutrition in 2007, and today has a career that aligns her her passion with her work. She currently works for the Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary and Nutrition Services and helps ensure that students have access to quality nutrition.  More...

Sara Eugene Heaps with husband and children

- U of M Alumni Association Alumni Webinar Series - December 5
- Chicago Gophers Holiday Happy Hour - December 16
Higher Ed Alumni Social at Northern Green Expo - January 15


Congratulations to the 173 students and mentors who have been matched for the 2014 CFANS Mentor Program! This CFANS Alumni Society program connects students with alumni and professionals who help guide them as they explore possible career paths and advance their professional skills. The CFANS Mentor Program launched on November 5th with the Mentor Program Kick-Off. See photos from the event on our Picasa page and on Facebook!

Photo: Mentor Ken Reckard ('82, AgEd at Monsanto) with Carmen Kryzer (sophomore, Ag Food Business Management)

Mentor with mentee

- Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture

Nominations due January 15, 2015
The Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture recognizes outstanding contributions to agriculture and the alleviation of world hunger. Recipients are selected in three categories: knowledge (teaching, research and outreach), production agriculture and agribusiness. More...

- Alumni Society Awards
Nominations due January 30, 2015
CFANS Alumni Society awards recognize graduates, students, faculty, staff, and friends who have made significant contributions to the college, the Alumni Society, their professions or the community. Eight awards are given annually in a variety of categories. More...

Siehl Prize

Submit your deposit for the CFANS Alumni Global Learning Adventures next tour to Italy today!

The Traditional Agriculture, Wines and Foods of Italy program will be October 2-11, 2015. Learn about organic winemaking, traditional farming methods, modern enology and land management practices along with spectacular views of the Mediterranean coast. See a daily itinerary and additional information, and complete a program application form.

Tower of Pisa

Looking for something special this holiday season? We have some ideas! Support students by purchasing your holiday tree, wreath or garland from the UMN Forestry Club, or you could explore your creative side by making your own wreath at the MN Landscape Arboretum! Find unique gifts for the special people on your list at the Bell Museum. More...

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:

William Dayton appointed head of Department of Animal Science
- Greg Cuomo named associate dean for research and graduate programs in CFANS
- Recent grads: take advantage of Career & Internship Services
- UMN Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest team wins first trophy in 20 years!

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.

December trivia question:
This past summer, U of M researchers reported in Nature Neuroscience on an experiment involving lab rats and a "restaurant row" that provides solid evidence the rats are capable of feeling _______? More...

Beneficial bacteria could be a promising alternative treatment of diabetes. A team of U of M researchers is exploring how a fecal microbiota transplant could improve how the body regulates blood sugar. The project is part of MnDRIVE (Minnesota's Discovery, Research and Innovation Economy). The collaborative and transdisciplinary project includes two faculty from CFANS:  Douglas Mashek, a professor from the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, and Michael Sadowsky, director of the U's BioTechnology Institute and professor in the Department of Soil, Water and Climate. Read the full article.