Campus news

Thank you and welcome to CFANS Alumni Relations student workers

Student StaffA huge thank you goes out to Vinz Karl '16, senior in Agricultural Education, for his two years of service to the CFANS Alumni Relations team. Vinz will be student teaching this spring at New London-Spicer High School to complete his degree in May. This fall, we welcome Joe Ramstad '19, a freshman in Agricultural Education and Agricultural Communications and Marketing, and Nicole Krumrie '17, a junior in Agricultural Communcations and Marketing, to our student staff. They have already made great contributions to our team and we look forward to the impact they have on our programs! Joe, Vinz and Nicole are featured in the picture to the right!

Recognizing 2014 Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Awardees

NBSAASince 2005, the Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award program has been recognizing high school juniors who excel in science, scholarship and service. Through the involvement of dedicated CFANS alumni, awards are presented to students selected by their local high schools. Students receiving the award are also eligible for a scholarship upon their successful enrollment in CFANS. In 2014, the award was presented to 37 students. This fall, seven of those students enrolled at CFANS and received a $1,000 scholarship! Thank you to the alumni volunteers, high schools and students that were part of this year’s success. Click here to learn more about the program and become a volunteer. Students pictured above are: Back row left to right: Joe Ramstad, Winona Johnson, Alexis Murillo, Noah Rechtzigel Front row: Kyle Lawstuen Not pictured: Haely Leiding and Janel Wichern

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

StacieOur valued colleague and friend, Stacie Vennewitz, is resigning as Assistant Director of CFANS Admissions after 17 years in this role. Her final day was Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Stacie has been the major force behind the recruitment of students for CFANS for 17 years, following 2 years in central Admissions, and of course being an undergraduate student here. She has met an uncountable number of prospective students and families, reviewed thousands of student applications, planned and hosted 18+ Sneak Previews and 14 Deans' Welcome Receptions, served on countless committees, and worn many hats to get the job done. She has played a critical role in helping our college achieve our enrollment targets. The importance of her work cannot be overstated. Our collegiate community has benefitted from her efforts, countless students have found their academic home due to her, and many of us have been lucky to call her a friend. Please help us wish Stacie farewell as she leaves. In the meantime of a replacement being found, Casey Kuenn will be available for Admissions related questions by emailing him at and a reminder that the priority deadline for applications in December 15!

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

Laura NelsonWelcome to Laura Nelson ('13, B.S. Forest Resources), the new Recruiting and Communications Coordinator. She is an alum of the Department of Forest Resources and is thrilled to return and carry on the work of Jenna Williams in promoting the Forest & Natural Resource Management major and the University of Minnesota!

Stephen Kells named as Interim Head of the Department of Entomology

Stephen Kells, associate professor in the Department of Entomology, will become interim head of the department, effective December. Bill Hutchison, who's been head of the department since 2010, is returning to his research, teaching and outreach work.

Steve, who is best known for his research and Extension programming on bed bugs, has been a faculty member in the department since 2004.  Along with his "Let's Beat the Bug" work, he's also a nationally known expert on stored product pests and integrated pest management in commercial, industrial and residential settings. He's a frequent speaker on bed bug management and prevention, and has published numerous scholarly and consumer-friendly papers and videos on these topics.

A thank you is in order to Bill Hutchison for his service and leadership. During his time as head, the department has added new faculty expertise in integrated pest management and non-native species research, education and outreach, as well as enhancing its national reputation on pollinator health. Even more exciting, funding for a new bee and pollinator research lab was secured, and that building is now under construction here on campus.

Career and Internship Services Offers Unpaid Internship Grants

CFANS Career and Internship Services received a grant to support financially eligible students who are participating in unpaid internships. Juniors and seniors who qualify for financial aid (and most do!) may apply to receive $10/hour for working in an internship related to their major or career goals. As the goal of this grant is to generate new internship opportunities, priority will go to NEW internship sites. Last year this grant supported 71 students across three colleges including CFANS. To learn more about how to develop an internship and connect with CFANS students, please contact Sharon Heron in Career and Internship Services at or 612-624-2710.

Environmental Internship & Career Fair - Employer Registration Open

Employer registration is now open for the Environmental Internship & Career Fair on February 3, 2016Connect with future environmental and natural resource professionals at this annual Career Fair, which attracts over 300 undergraduate and graduate students, as well as, recent alumni and relevant community college students from a range of environmental fields and disciplines. Whether you are recruiting interns, hiring right now, or building your contact list for future hires, come share your organization’s professional opportunities. Register now to attend this Career Fair and meet candidates to fulfill your hiring needs.