CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - December 2016

Ashley Smith (B.S. Environmental Science, Policy and Management '15) has already used her degree to better the lives of others. Smith is currently serving with AmeriCorps, through which she travels throughout the United States to assist with diaster relief and recovery. "My passion is bringing a beacon of hope to others by making my presence known in a community. I love working for AmeriCorps NCCC because it allows me to excel and grow as an individual while working with communities that need assistance." She credits the University of Minnesota for allowing her to be a point person on her team by identifying plants and wildlife as well as being adaptable, responsible, and working effectively under tight deadlines. 


Ashley Smith

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 purchase specialty cheese or a Cheese Gift Box from the Dairy Store! Find unique gift ideas for the special people on your list. 


Tree Lot

WE DID IT! Not only did alumni, donors, and supporters help reach our goal of $7,000 for the CFANS Emergency Student Support Fund, but you helped us exceed it with a total of $7,725. Thanks to the generosity of 3 CFANS alumni, donations were matched dollar for dollar up to $7,000. With another $1000 in prizes from Give to the Max Day, the result was a total of $15,725 raised.



Think back to when you were a first-semester freshman at the University….can you even imagine contacting a professor you’ve never met to express interest in working on a research project in his/her lab? Well, that’s exactly what CFANS freshmen are doing!



For nearly 25 years, Food Science students in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition had the opportunity to apply for the Triticus Scholarship, but never knew the name of their donor who made their college education possible. At the annual CFANS Thanksgiving for Scholarships event in November, those students and other attendees finally learned the name of the man who has helped to provide over 76 scholarships to Food Science students over the years.


Triticus Scholarship

Catch up on the latest happenings at the Bell Museum! 

-Star Parties with Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics
-Bell Social: Art+Science+Music
-Tea and Scone Diorama Party at the Bell
-Member Appreciation 



Learn about some of the latest happenings on St. Paul campus! 

-Gopher Crops and Soils win SASES Quiz Bowl
-Gopher Dairy Judging Team Wins Big at Louisville
-U of M Livestock Judging Team Ends Their Season
-FSCN Honors Faculty for Years of Service
-Congratulations, Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award Recipients!
-African Journalists explore CFANS Progams during St. Paul Visit 
-President Kaler hosts office hours on the St. Paul Campus


Gopher Crops and Soils

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

-Royal Heins Receives Inaugural Horticultural Science Distinguished Alumnus Award
-Theresa Twohey: Midwest Dairy Integrated Communication Program Manager
-CFANS Hosts Thailand Reunion
-Department of Entomology-Hodson Alumni Award-Call for Nominations


Royal Heins

There are a lot of exciting event opportunities for students, staff and alumni coming up! Check them out!

Wednesday, December 7 - Webinar: Ask a Career Coach: Q & A
Friday, December 9 - Bell Social: Art + Science + Music
Saturday, December 10 - Arboretum Class: Saturday in the Kitchen - Super Foods!
Tuesday, December 27 - Holiday Bowl 2016
Wednesday, February 8 - Environmental Internship & Career Fair
Saturday, February 18 - Minnesota 4-H Celebration

The monthly alumni trivia question gives alumni and friends an opportunity to test their U of M knowledge. Are you up for the challenge?

December alumni trivia question:

In November, University of Minnesota researchers helped over 100 universities nationwide and in China clone a gene that is resistant to what disease? 


James Anderson

The St. Paul Student Center may be recieving a facelift in the near future. The more than 55 year old center is in major need of an upgrade and the Minnesota Student Association has been pushing for renevations for the past three years. What to do with the space and funding have been issues that have caused renovations to be set aside.


St. Paul Student Center