CFANS Connections - February 2017

Like many entering college, Margaret Krause (B.S. Applied Plant Science '14) had no idea what she wanted to major in at first. She was thrilled to learn that undergraduates could assist part-time in research and in labs. Though she wasn't particularly excited about biomedical research, Krause applied for many positions in the biomedical labs, and her lack of enthusiasm showed: she didn't get the job. When she saw a position in the wheat breeding and genetics laboratory, she remembered how much she had loved the plant unit in her high school biology class, and her enthusiasm carried her through to a great research role. "Despite growing up in the suburbs not knowing a thing about agriculture, I found my way into a career in plant breeding thanks to the numerous and exciting opportunities that the University of Minnesota and CFANS provided me as an undergraduate student."

Learn more about Krause's story here.


The St. Paul campus is certainly a special place for many: you might cherish your memories of studying in Magrath, flipping pancakes on Forester's Day, moving into (or out of) Bailey, or spending long hours laughing with friends at LDPhi. For some alumni, the St. Paul campus is extra special because they met their partners here! This month, CFANS alumni have generously shared their stories of meeting their loved ones during their time at the college.



As a first year student at the University of Minnesota, Abbi Blais is very looking forwards towards the future in her research. Blais is currently researching osteosarcoma in dogs and will be testing over 100 unexplored samples for this project. "I'm interested in this project because of the impact it could have on future research. Osteosarcoma greatly affects large dog breeds and is a problem in the pediatric world as well. Any progression in research is positive and will ultimately help to reduce the number of dogs and children suffering and dying from this cancer."

Learn more about Blais here


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.


Mark Hannah

Alumni Society Awards
Nominations due February 6, 2016
CFANS Alumni Society awards recognize graduates, students, faculty, staff, and friends who have made significant contributions to the college, the Alumni Society, their professions or the community. Eight awards are given annually in a variety of categories

Department of Animal Science Golden Alumni Award
The Department of Animal Science is proud to announce a call for nominations for the first annual Golden Alumni Award. The award is intended to recognize and honor an outstanding alumna or alumnus of the Department of Animal Science. The award will be presented during the Department’s annual showcase which highlights the work of our faculty, students, and alumni.



Chuck Stoddard remembers his first visits to the Bell Museum on Sunday afternoons in the early 1940's when his grandparents took him there to see wildlife movies and browse the newly created dioramas. "Those days remain very special to me."


Bell Museum

The CFANS Alumni Society Board of Directors is seeking diverse individuals who will bring passion and experience to Alumni Society initiatives and advocate for our college. Nominations are now open for several openings on the board. Learn more about the responsibilities and opportunities. If you are interested in serving, submit your application online by February 21.



Learn some of the latest happenings on St. Paul Campus! 

-New department head of Food Science and Nutrition
-CFANS students, brothers, athletes featured in Gopher Sports Video
-New Name and New Home: Agricultural Education M.S. moves to CFANS
-Legislative Kickoff Breakfast a success



Here are some of the latest happenings from CFANS Alumni and Friends!

-Kent Thiesse '74 '92 named to the All-State School Board
-Duane Dahlman '82 receives Premier Seedsman Award
-Kevin Plante '86 '10 returns to the classroom
-Karl Thorson '97 named 2016 Operations Executive of the Year
-Brad Johnson '97 '98 chosen for United Nations and World Health Organization Food Additives Safety Committee
-Olivia LeDee '05 '08 appointed Deputy Director of the Northeast Climate Science Center
-Liz Zaremba '12 answers CBS Minnesota’s Question: How often should we snack?
-Dereck Deutz '15 launches Columbia Imports



Learn more about these events that could be happening near you! 

-Alumni Webinar: Bargain Breakfasts to Dirt Cheap Dinners: Healthy Meal Prepping on a Budget
-MinneCollege in Florida
-CFANS Alumni Social: Behind the Scenes at Chocolat Celeste
-University of Minnesota Virtual Career Advice: Alumni and Recruiters Connecting with Students
-Food & Ag Marketing Night
-Big Ten Alumni Night with the Minnesota Timberwolves
-Alumni Webinar: Professional Presence
-Alumni Webinar: Repacking on Purpose: Managing Life's Transitions
-Alumni Webinar: Additction 101: Myths and Misconceptions
-Minnesota 4-H Celebration
-MinneCollege in Arizona
-Alumni Webinar: Brass Tacks Budgeting: Using a Budget to Gain Financial Control
-Big Ten Alumni Reception-Washington DC
-HortSci Grows Event
-The Conservations Biology Graduate Program's 3rd Annual Research Spotlight Fundraiser
-Midwest Farm Energy Conference


This month, we remember the lives of CFANS community members who will be missed...

-Dallas Bohnsack '60: Lifelong farmer, dedicated UMN Regent, and marching band advocate
-Warren Gore : Veteran, UMN Professor, community activist, and family man.
-Steven Tuman: Teacher of youth, avid Gopher basketball fan, and Livestock Hall of Fame Inductee.



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

February alumni trivia question:

Recently,  the University of Minnesota released it's fifth cold-hardy wine grape. Used to make dry white wines, this grape was created to withstand Minnesota's cold climate while still remaining suitable for wine production. What is this cold-hardy grape's official name? 



The University of Minnesota is now offering online classes to obtain a degree, take online classes, or fulfill a requirement. The university is offering certificate, undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in a wide range of subjects, including health care, business, computer science, finance, electrical engineering, and more.


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