Upcoming events for alumni & friends

Enviro FairEnvironmental Internship and Career Fair

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1:00-5:00 pm. St. Paul Student Center

CFANS alumni are invited to attend this career fair to connect with organizations regarding full-time jobs and internships in the environmental and natural resources fields.

Feb10 Virtual Career Advice

Virtual networking is like speed networking, only online, allowing you to connect no matter where you are in the world! You can sign in from your home, office, smartphone or tablet. During the event, current students will visit different discussion booths to connect with alumni and recruiters who are sharing advice on a variety of career topics.  You’ll move through the event in a series of brief chats of up to 9 minutes. Students will end the session with a handful of new connections, while alumni and recruiters will have helped students by sharing their career advice.  The six discussion booths for the virtual career advice sessions are:
- How to Prepare for a Career Fair
- Advice I Wish I Knew Then (That I Know Now)
- Networking Tips
- Job Search Strategies
- Interview Strategies
- Advice for International Students

This free event is especially positioned to help students prepare for the 2016 U of M Job and Internship Fair on February 19th.  Questions about this virtual event? Review the general tutorial video or contact umalumni@umn.edu. Hosted by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and the Career Development Network.

University of Minnesota Youth Programs 2016 Summer Camps Info Now Available Online

Summer Youth Programs 2016University of Minnesota Summer Youth Programs are structured as weekly day camps for ages 5-15. Specialty instruction in the categories of Kids' University, Minnesota Sport Schools, and Discovering 'U' is combined with daily recreational activities, while Gopher Adventures camp offerings focus purely on fun, recreational experiences. All camps feature rock climbing, swimming, high quality facilities, and energetic staff to create a full day of quality activities and a summer like no other.

Kids’ University explores common University studies such as agriculture, ecology, language, math, and sciences presented through fun, hands-on activities. Minnesota Sport Schools offers a lifetime of activity through a variety of traditional, unique, and adventure activities. Discovering 'U' features fun and interactive creative programs that allow youth to explore more about themselves and the world. Gopher Adventures combines recreational activities, top-quality leadership, and state-of-the-art facilities all summer long with an emphasis on active and general camp experiences. 

Don't delay, registration opens Monday, February 15th at 6:00am! Visit the webpage to learn more

U of M Job and Internship Fair

February 19, 10 am-4 pm, Minneapolis Convention Center

Come to the biggest student career fair in Minnesota! More than 300 companies and organizations will be recruiting for hundreds of jobs and internships. The Job and Internship Fair is open to all U of M students -- both undergraduate and graduate -- who are enrolled in a degree or certificate program. It is also open to U of M alumni from the past three years (alumni who graduated between 2013 and 2016).

Job and Internship Fair registration also gets you a FREE professional headshot photo for your use with LinkedIn and other social media! Photographers will be on site at the fair during the entire event. A free box lunch will be provided to all pre-registrants between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

3rd Annual 4-H Celebration of Minnesota Agriculture

On February 20, 2016 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, the Minnesota 4-H Foundation will host the 3rd Annual 4-H Celebration of Agriculture beginning at 6:00PM.

This is a joyful annual celebration of the special partnership Minnesota 4-H has with agriculture leaders across our state. Please join us for a lively evening of music, Minnesota-grown food and up close conversations with 4-H youth who are preparing for future careers in Minnesota agriculture. You will hear stories about 4-H experiences from Steve Olson of the Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council, Linda Tank of CHS Inc, and current CFANS student Libby Mills.

For more information or to RSVP by February 5th, visit here.

Gopher Dairy Club Banquet

Sunday, February 21, Reception at 11:30 am with banquet at 12:30 pm, Ramada Plaza MinneapolisGopher Dairy Club 15-16

Outstanding student members will be recognized during the program – dairy judging teams, dairy challenge team, scholarship recipients, Dr. Bill Mudge Outstanding Senior, Outstanding Rookie, and the nominees for the Student Recognition Program of National Dairy Shrine. Mr. Corey Geiger, Managing Editor, Hoard’s Dairyman, Ft. Atkinson, WI, will serve as the featured speaker.

The club will present the Golden Graduate Award to Dr. Mike Schutz, Assistant Director, Cooperative Extension Service, Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN. Furthermore, the Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Amy Hazel Loeschke, a PhD student in Animal Science and has been the food coordinator for the Gopher Dairy Camp for many years.

Questions or ticket information may be directed to Lisa Janak, Banquet Chair (janak004@umn.edu or 507-301-2544).

Legislative Kickoff Breakfast

February 24, 7:30 - 9 am, McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall

We encourage you to mark this date on your calendar and enjoy a morning of updates and action regarding all of the University of Minnesota's legislative priorities. At this exciting event, you will hear from President Kaler and others and learn how to be an effective advocate for the University of Minnesota.

New Plant Selection Program: Online from Extension

New Plant Selection Program

Good plant selection is straight-forward: match a plant's growing needs to the site conditions. Plants growing in optimal conditions will live longer, resist pests, and look better. They don't simply survive - they THRIVE!

A new version of the Plant Elements of Design plant selection program is now available from University of Minnesota Extension here.

Some readers may remember the previous version from their landscape design class. Designed to encourage plant selection based on site conditions and design requirements, the new version of Plant Elements of Design is open to the public and free of charge. Visitors are required only to create a user name and password. To select plants, users identify site conditions (soil, light, zone, etc.) and plant characteristics desired (plant type, size, flower, texture, form, use, etc.), from drop-down menus and click search. A list of plants matching the criteria will be listed. Many plants have images and all images are downloadable. Desired plants can be exported to a spreadsheet to build a plant list. Individual plants data sheets including any plant images, can also be printed for future reference.

Released 09/01/15, the current program features about 2800 woody and herbaceous plants, and over 4400 plant images. More plants and images are being added weekly. Users are encouraged to read the user manual and participate in the user blog. Links are provided in the program.

Contact: Julie Weisenhorn, Extension Horticulture, weise019@umn.edu.

Your Sustainable Yard Series at the Arboretum

Achieve a beautiful, cost-effective and sustainable home landscape through a series of 5 classes at the Arboretum this February – March! Receive the latest insights into growing and management practices in sessions that include Apples, Perennials, Tree Fruits/Berries/Nuts, Trees & Shrubs, and Lawns & Turf though comprehensive, informative presentations. Details and registration under the "Sustainable Yard" tab can be found here.

Save the Date! Emerging Professionals Network Event for Recent Grads

March 29, 5:30-7:30pm, Lakes & Legends Brewing CompanyEPN CFANS

Join recent grads for a night of networking. Registration coming soon.