Campus news

- Join University Recreation & Wellness for the 2015 Alumni Flag Football Tournament, Saturday, January 31, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  All U of M alumni and friends are invited to participate; put together your own team or register as a free agent to play. Each team is guaranteed two games in bracket play. Registration is $90 per alumni team, $60 for student teams and $15 for free agents. See details and registration!

- The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) in CFANS has named Rob Venette as new director. Venette is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Entomology and a research biologist with the USDA Forest Service. The center will  support policy making, application, and resource management practices and address the invasive species affecting Minnesota's forests, prairies, urban landscapes and agricultural systems. Read more.

- The Winter 2014 issue of Solutions magazine has hit mailboxes, and is also available for online viewing! CFANS' research magazine includes stories about the college's Forever Green initiative, wild grains research, how scientists use phenology to track climate change, and more. 

- Is your organization interested in starting an internship program this spring? Career & Internship Services has received a $130,700 Career Ready Internship Grant to fund unpaid internship opportunities from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. For support in starting your program, call CIS Employer Relations Coordinator, Sharon Heron, at 612-624-2710.

- Free January activities at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Admission to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is FREE in the month of January! While you're visiting, take advantage of other free activities such as the Winter Wonderland Bus Tour (these tours are the only vehicles allowed on 3-mile drive in the winter): Take a narrated 1 hour bus tour and drink in the peaceful serenity of the winter landscape to enjoy plant forms revealed by the season, or freshly frosted with snow. You'll discover the best places to spot Arboretum wildlife and enjoy the Harrison Sculpture Garden at Arboretum High Point. Saturdays in January at noon and 1:30 p.m.; Reserve your free seat at the Arboretum Visitor Center desk.

For families, enjoy free Weekend Family Fun activities: January's theme is "Plant Partnerships," where you will learn about how plants and animals survive the cold Minnesota winter. You'll make a seed-ornament to take home to feed the wild birds! Drop in any time on weekends between 12 noon and 4 p.m.