CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - December 2015

Not every student calls Minnesota, or even the United States, home. Konstantinos Rotsios is a native of Greece but chose to attend the University of Minnesota to earn his B.S. ('94) and M.S. ('95) in Applied Economics at CFANS. Agriculture helps connect others beyond borders and Konstantinos helps share that in his spotlight this month! Read more as Konstantinos shares his journey within agriculture!


Alumni Webinar: Become a Persuasive Business StorytellerDecember 3

Bees: The New Buzz - December 5

Sustainable Crop Production Research and Outreach in Africa - December 10

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Thanks to more than 60 generous donors, the college's Give to the Max Day efforts to generate donations to the CFANS Alumni Society Scholarship Fund have already made an impact. We are very close to capitalizing on the availability of $6,000 in matching funds. Donations from just a handful of additional alumni and friends will put us over the top! More...

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The Bell Museum of Natural History has many upcoming events for the month! From peregrine falcons to wolves to art & science, there's a lot to learn! Check out how you can attend After Hours at the Bell, Bell Social: Huge Worlds, Tiny Spaces and Saturday with a Scientist! More info...

Bell Social

- Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture

Nominations due January 15, 2016
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 February 1, 2016
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...


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, pick up some delicious honey from Frenatae, the Department of Entomology's graduate student organization, buy coffee from the Applied Plant Science Club, or order a Dairy and Meat Salesroom Gift Box! Find unique gifts ideas for the special people on your list. Learn more.

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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:

- Thank you and welcome to CFANS Alumni Relations student workers

Recognizing 2014 Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Awardees

- Stacie Vennewitz ('93) transitions out of Assistant Director of CFANS Admissions

- Laura Nelson ('13), named the new Recruiting and Communications Coordinator for the Department of Forest Resources

Stephen Kells named as Interim Head of the Department of Entomology


News and notes from our amazing CFANS alumni! Featured this month:

Al Juhnke ('96) will take over as executive director of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association

- Plant Pathology Alumni Spotlight: Mohammed Boulif ('86)


This month we remember the life and accomplishments of one member from the CFANS community who will be missed by many:

- Norman Bosch ('58), 4-H leader, community servant and generous man who shared his passion for agriculture with all


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 alumni trivia question:

Are you washing your fruits and vegetable enough? How much should we wash fruits and vegetables? Ted Labuza, a professor of food science at the University of Minnesota shares, "If you really want to reduce your chances, washing it good enough is going to maybe reduce the risk." Labuza says people should scrub, rather than rinse, their fruits and vegetables for the length of what nursery rhyme?


In a study conducted at the university's Rosemount Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota doctoral student Jim Eckberg is investigating how planting native prairie flowers and willow trees near soybean crops might have multiple benefits for farmers and the environment. Eckberg's USDA-funded research project was looking for biological ways to suppress a troublesome pest called the soybean aphid, but they're finding other benefits of their unique system integrating deep-rooted native plants and trees into fields that would otherwise just grow soybeans. More information here!