CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - January 2015

Stacey Noble ('11, B.S. Horticulture) started at the U studying biology, but found her passion and her niche in the CFANS horticulture program! She currently works for Ball Horticultural as one of their Burpee Home Gardens Program representatives, and truly loves her job and the like-minded growers, retailers and buyers that she gets to work with on a daily basis. More...

Stacey Noble

Alumni Webinar Series: Your New Year's Playbook: Dream Big, Set Goals - January 9

Higher Ed Alumni Social at Northern Green Expo - January 15

- CFANS Alumni Social at the MN Pork Congress - January 21

Alumni Webinar Series: How to See the Best of the World on Your Next Vacation - January 30

- Big Ten Ag Alumni Reception - March 3

- Emerging Professionals Network: Surly Taproom - March 10

Join us Saturday, March 28, for Classes Without Quizzes, our annual half-day learning event. This year's program will feature the latest research from CFANS scientists, including keynote speaker Brian Horgan, a professor and extension specialist in the Department of Horticultural Sciences, who will be presenting on the Science of (the) GreenSM , a renovation, demonstration and research initiative addressing the golf industry’s need for long-term agronomic, economic and environmental sustainability. More...

Classes Without Quizzes

Nominations due January 30, 2015

Every spring the CFANS Alumni Society recognizes outstanding graduates, students, faculty, staff and friends who have made significant contributions to the college, their professions, and communities, at the annual Borealis Night of Excellence event. Do you know an outstanding individual deserving of recognition? If so, please take the time to nominate him/ her! The process is a quick and easy online nomination form. More...

Group photo of award recipients

The Tessman, Christiansen and Routhe families were honored for their generosity to the University of Minnesota at a celebration on October 9. Over the years, the families have established the Alice & Raymond Tessman Memorial Medical Research Fund, the Tessman-Christiansen Endowment Fund in Extension/4-H, and in CFANS, the Eldon A. & June E. Tessman Fellowship Endowment, Routhe-Christiansen Scholarship and The Louise Mullan Scholarship in Nutrition. More...

Group photo of donors with students

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:

Register for RecWell's 2015 Alumni Flag Football Tournament
- Rob Venette named new director of the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center
- Read the Winter 2014 issue of Solutions magazine!
- Career & Internship Services offers support for unpaid internship opportunities
- Enjoy free activities in January at the MN Landscape Arboretum!


News and notes from our amazing CFANS alumni! Features this month:

- Habib Essid ('75, M.S. Agricultural Economics) nominated as prime minister of Tunisia
- Yuxin Miao ('05, Ph.D. Soil Science) receives U fo M Distinguished Chinese Alumni Award


Harriet Clancy Bathke was born on November 27. Her mom is Jill (Clancy) Bathke, CFANS grad ('09 ESPM) and her dad is Nick Bathke, not of CFANS. Harriet lives in Minneapolis with her parents and dog Fiona. She is very cuddly.

Harriet Bathke

This month we remember the lives and accomplishments of two members from the CFANS community who will be missed by many.

- James Walter Kelm, a retired Ag educator and Farm Business Management Instructor.

- Curtis J. Overdahl, a WWII veteran and longtime extension soil scientist.


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.

January's trivia question:
The MN Department of Agriculture is proposing a quarantine on freshly cut logs from certain states in an effort to halt the progress of which invasive species? More...

Externally-sponsored research awards to the U increased by 6.8% in FY14, despite growing competition for federal funds. This means U of M researchers are doing about twice as well as expected, according to the U's annual research report. “Our researchers address our society’s grand challenges every day and it’s clear federal agencies recognize the incredible work happening here,” said Vice President for Research Brian Herman. Read full article.