CFANS Alumni and Friends eNews - February 2016

Plant Pathology alumnus Carlos Perez ('05, '08) brings his tremendous passion into his current research in plant disease management and into his role as an Adjunct Professor at Universidad de la Republica. "Plant pathology contributes enormously to daily life. Can you imagine another famine like the one suffered by Ireland in 1845? Can you imagine a life without wood? Or even, can you imagine a city without trees? That is why minimizing the impact of plant pathogens becomes so important." Learn more about Carlos's experiences at the the University of Minnesota! 

Carlos Perez

- Environmental Internship and Career Fair - February 3

-University of Minnesota Career Advice: Virtual Networking Event - February 10

-University of Minnesota Youth Programs 2016 Summer Camps Now Available Online - Starting February 15

-U of M Job and Internship Fair - February 19

-3rd Annual 4-H Celebration of Minnesota Agriculture - February 20

 -Gopher Dairy Club Banquet - February 21

-Legislative Kickoff Breakfast - February 24

-New Plant Selection Program: Online from Extension - February

-Your Sustainable Yard Series at the Arboretum - February-March

-Emerging Professionals Network Event for Recent Grads - March 29

The Department of Entomology, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota is proud to announce a call for nominations for the 2016 Hodson Graduate Alumni Award. The Award, named in honor of Dr. Alexander Hodson, Department Head from 1960-1974, is intended to annually recognize and honor an outstanding alumna or alumnus of the Department of Entomology. More....

Volunteer for the Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award program and help the CFANS Alumni Society honor a junior at your favorite high school for their academic achievements. Serving as a volunteer is a rewarding way to strengthen the ties between CFANS, local high schools, educators, and students, and to encourage and acknowledge academic excellence in science. There is no cost to participate - the CFANS Alumni Society supplies the award materials as well as a $1,000 scholarship once the student is enrolled in CFANS. Find out how you can become a volunteer.

Mark Hannah

The CFANS Alumni Society led a successful Give to the Max Day drive this past November due in large part to the support of two of their own, Eldon Tessman '50 and Brad Anderson '89. Their combined support of $6,000 served as matching funds that inspired others to give an additional $7,000 for a total of over $13,000 for the CFANS Alumni Society Scholarship. More...

Give to the Max

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:

-Pfamily Matters: The Pfarr Brothers

-Minnesota Students Win 2016 Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl

-National FFA Officer Visit

-CHS Mentors & Alumni Host CFANS students

-Departmental Newsletters

-CFANS Social Media

-Mike Miron ('04, '08) wins national Excellence in Agriculture award

-Volunteer to host an international student!

-Minnesota Crop Improvement Association honors Neal Anderson ('82) and Jochum Wiersma ('95)


This month we remember the life and accomplishments of Dr Robert William 'Bob' Berg ('41, '50, '53, '57), a former veteran and Poultry Extension Specialist at the University of Minnesota Extension Service. More... 

Bob Berg

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.

February alumni trivia question:

Elk once roamed the state of Minnesota before hunters and other predators killed most of the population. The University of Minnesota is asking for $300,000 from state legislature to study the feasibility of restoring elk populations in part of Minnesota. What Native American tribe is playing a big role in helping these elk get back to Minnesota?

Local Four Daughters wine will be playing a leading role in this year's Sundance Film Festival. Last year, a producer of the festival liked Four Daughters wine so much that he suggested it become the offical sponsor of the independent film festival. Founded in 2010, Four Daughters has focused on using locally-grown cold-hardy varietals of grapes developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota.  More.  

Four Daughters Winery