CFANS Alumni and Friends eNews - August 2016

"Early on, I figured out two things professionally - I love major event coordination and I love working with kids." As Extension State Program Director, Science of Agriculture & Fairs, Bradley Rugg ('74) has clearly found the right fit. What many don't know is that as a college student, he participated with the University of Minnesota Dairy and General Livestock Judging Teams, a highlight of his undergraduate experience. "Outside of family, my passion in life has always been good quality dairy cattle...So when one lands on a career that involves two loves and a sprinkle of my favorite passions, I couldn't have a more fulfilling professional career." More...

Brad Rugg

Join hundreds of your fellow alumni and friends and become a CFANS mentor! The award-winning CFANS Mentor Program connects current students with local and long-distance mentors - alumni and professionals - who support students as they explore career paths, learn how to network, and develop their professional skills. Applications are now available for the upcoming school year! More...

Eric Rosalie

On September 10, show your support for Minnesota agriculture and food at the Gopher Football game against the Indiana State Sycamores. Catch up with friends and colleagues at the Ag and Food tailgate, visit student-run activity booths around the stadium, and attend the Gopher game at a special CFANS alumni discount. You also have the chance to win a pair of tickets to the game! More...


Rah, Rah, Rah for Ski-U-Ma! Join us October 15-22 for the Homecoming Festivities. As always, there will be the Beer and Brats at the Bell Museum Parade Party on Friday, October 21, with an optimal view of the parade. It's never to early to start thinking about Golden Gopher Football, especially the homecoming game! If you want to reserve your seats for the Minnesota Gophers vs. the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, click the link. You won't regret it! More...


The CFANS Alumni Society held its 13th annual Golf Scramble for Scholarships on July 8 at the University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course. Thanks to the Alumni Society Annual Program Sponsors, silent auction donors, golfers, and to everyone who bid on an auction item, the Society was able to raise nearly $36,000 this year! More...


Each day throughout the State Fair CFANS will be represented in the Agriculture/Horticulture building from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Get information about plant health, learn about activities at the Bell Museum of Natural History, talk with Master Gardeners, and bring some kiddos for the kids activities. Make sure not to miss the CFANS Cup Veggie Races each day from 9:00 a.m. - Noon! More...



"Are you doing what you love," and "Are you loving doing it?" Those are two questions that Lori Jones (B.S. Animal Science '86)  asks the student recipients of the Lori Jones Scholarship every year at the CFANS Thanksgiving for Scholarships event. More...

Campus is starting to pick up and students will soon be back on campus to start the 2016-17 school year! Here are some updates from campus past month: 

-Fall Recruiting Season is Here!
-Dr. James Orf Retires
-Garrett Beier’s Path to Plant Pathology
-Convergence Collouquia on Citizen Science


SP Career Fair

Here is a taste of some of the latest news and notes from our amazing CFANS alumni, featuring upcoming opportunities for alumni & friends, too: 

-1970 Forestry Class Reunion


forestry reunion

Catch up on the latest happenings from the Bell Museum!

-Bell Museum + Planetarium names new executive director
-Countdown: Solar Eclipse



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

Francesca Cuthbert, professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, has been working to increase the population of what Great Lakes bird? According to a recent bird study, the population is up from 12 to more than 70 pairs since 1985.



Where is the world’s greatest concentration of unique species of mammals?