Upcoming Events

Alumni Webinar: Bargain Breakfasts to Dirt Cheap Dinners: Healthy Meal Prepping on a Budget

Thursday, February 2, 2017 @ 12:00PM

Healthy nutrition is vital to a busy and fun life, but it can be hard to find the right balance between preparing meals you actually want to eat and meeting all of your other commitments. This webinar will focus on specific strategies and tips for creating low-cost, tasty, and nutritious meals.

MinneCollege in Florida

Saturday, February 4, 12:30 - 6 p.m.
Naples Hilton | 5111 Tamiami Trail, Naples
| If you would like pay by check, please print out this form and send it in with payment.

The University of Minnesota has enlisted some of the most exciting, innovative, and ambitious faculty to share their research with you. At this events, participants will attend a keynote and three breakout sessions, followed by a University reception. MinneCollege in Florida features CFANS professor John Erwin of the Department of Horticultural Science, presenting on "New Plants, Landscapes and Homes for a Hotter World: The Flowers and Food of the Future."

CFANS Alumni Social: Behind the Scenes at Chocolat Celeste

Wednesday, February 8, 5:30-7pm
Chocolat Celeste, 652 Transfer Rd., St. Paul, MN 55114
Cost: $25

Join fellow CFANS alumni and friends at Chocolat Celeste, a chocolate boutique and factory founded by CFANS alumna Mary Leonard (B.S. Food Service Management '78). Learn about the chocolate-making process and hear from Mary about her path to launching her own gourmet chocolate shop. You'll also get to meet the new Food Science and Nutrition Department head, Dr. Kumar Mallikarjunan! 

You will have the chance to make your own chocolate and purchase Valentine's Day gifts for your loved ones (at a special 20% discount). PLUS: You'll leave with a 2-piece chocolate favor. Yum!

Chocolates, caprese, and wine will be served. Space is limited!

University of Minnesota Virtual Career Advice: Alumni and Recruiters Connecting with Students

Wednesday, February 8, 12:00PM
Online: Register here

Do you have career advice to share with current U of M students? Even if you live far away or don’t have time to come to campus, you can be a resource for students through this online speed networking event where alumni will share career and job search tips. Alumni will connect with students through a series of brief, 9-minute text-based chats. You can log in from the comfort of your computer, smartphone, or tablet no matter where you are. Make a difference for a student! Register here.

Food & Ag Marketing Night

Thursday, February 9, 5:30pm
North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center
Register here

CFANS students, alumni, and professionals are invited to attend the Food & Ag Marketing Night. Professionals will share their expertise with students through discussions of industry related topics. Students will leave more informed and prepared for their future career. Learn more and register here. 

This event is co-hosted by the North Central Chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association and CFANS Alumni Relations.

Big Ten Alumni Night with the Minnesota Timberwolves

Friday, February 10, 7pm
Big Ten Alumni Night includes a ticket to the game and special happy hour prior to tip-off for the first 100 ticket holders for each school. Following the game all ticket holders will get the chance to take a free throw on the Timberwolves court!
Cost: Tickets start at $20
Promo code: GopherAlumni

Alumni Webinar: Professional Presence

February 16, 12pm-1pm

Who has presence you admire? This webinar will help you discover strategies to confidently convey your genuine spark in all types of situations, and ultimately build your brand for your career journey. Learn tips and practices to develop your professional poise for meaningful interactions and to showcase your authenticity and leadership capabilities.

Minnesota 4-H Celebration

Saturday, February 18, 6:00 p.m.
Earle Brown Heritage Center: 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center
Register here.

This is a joyful annual celebration of the special and lasting impact Minnesota 4-H has 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 and beyond. More details.

Alumni Webinar: Repacking on Purpose: Managing Life's Transitions

February 23, 12pm-1pm
Online: Register here

Based on his classic bestseller Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Good Life, this webinar from Richard Leider will do a deep dive into managing "life transitions."

Alumni Webinar: Addiction 101: Myths and Misconceptions

February 23, 12pm-1pm

More than nine percent of Americans have met criteria for a drug or alcohol use disorder in the past year. With rates this high, addiction has touched the lives of many. Addiction is implicated in most major mental health, physical health, and social problems and therefore has broad implications for public health and safety. Addiction is a confusing and even a bewildering human behavior making it important to challenge myths and misconceptions. Addiction is similar to other chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or asthma, but it is different. Addiction could be compared to an allergy… but only to a point. Addiction is like other mental illnesses, but, again, is unique onto itself. To make things more challenging, popular culture can provide confusing pictures of addiction and recovery in music lyrics and movie themes. This webinar will discuss these issues including criteria for diagnosis, recommended treatment approaches, and the nature of addiction recovery.

MinneCollege in Arizona

Saturday, February 25, 12:30 - 6 p.m.
Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains, 16770 North Perimeter Drive, Scottsdale | If you would like pay by check, please print out this form and send it in with payment.

The University of Minnesota has enlisted some of the most exciting, innovative, and ambitious faculty to share their research with you. At this event, participants will attend a keynote and three breakout sessions, followed by a University reception. MinneCollege in Arizona features CFANS professor Karen Oberhauser of the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, presenting on "Citizen Science: Using Monarchs to Teach Biology, Conservation, and the Process of Science."

Alumni Webinar: Brass Tacks Budgeting: Using a Budget to Gain Financial Control

March 2, 12pm-1pm

Making ends meet is a challenge during the best of economic times. Finding your way when money is tight can feel like an impossible task. If you would like to focus on financial help and look for solutions to financial challenges, Sharon Powell would like to help. In this webinar, Sharon will address strategies and tools for creating a budget that is a good fit for your life.

Big Ten Ag Alumni Reception - Washington DC

March 6, 6pm-8pm
National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20045
Registration fee: $20 per person

In the spirit of institutional cooperation, the Big Ten schools with agricultural programs are once again gathering alumni and friends in the Washington, D.C. area for a special event at the National Press Club on Monday, March 6, 2017. Now in its seventh year, the reception has been a great success with alumni and friends networking across institutions and enjoying one another's company.

Dine on heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages (open bar) at the National Press Club and enjoy the fellowship of alumni and friends from the colleges of agricultural sciences and natural resources representing Michigan State University, The Ohio State University, The Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, University of Illinois, University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, and the University of Wisconsin. Reconnect with college deans, administrators, faculty and staff from your alma mater. Learn how our colleges are working cooperatively on behalf of land-grant institutions.

HortSci Grows Event

Wednesday, March 29
University of Minnesota-St. Paul Campus

Every year the seeds planted in the department grow beyond the walls of the University. Students graduate to pursue jobs across the country, post-docs move on to industry and faculty positions, and innovative research opens up even more questions to be answered. We invite alumni and friends of the department to save the date for HortSci Grows, a day celebrating where we've been and where we're going.

Come to campus to network with professionals, learn about research happening around ornamental crops, meet Royal Heins, and see what students are doing in our first ever poster competition (or help judge). Save the date! More details to come.

The Conservation Biology Graduate Program’s 3rd Annual Research Spotlight Fundraiser

April 11, 5:30pm
Cargill Building
Register and donate here

Low Waste Event Featuring: Research Discussions, Poster Session, Silent Auction, Bake Sale & Dinner. This event provides financial support for graduate students to present their research at conferences around the world. To register for the event or donate directly, click here.

Midwest Farm Energy Conference

June 13-14
West Central Research and Outreach Center

The 2017 Midwest Farm Energy Conference will showcase optimized and cost-effective energy systems for dairy, and swine production systems. Join us on June 13-14, 2017 at the U of MN West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, MN, for practical information for agricultural producers regarding energy technologies for Midwest farms. June 13th will focus on renewable energy initiatives for dairy farms, and June 14th will emphasize renewable energy technologies for swine production. Early bird registration available until April 1, 2017. For more information, visit the energy conference website.