CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - January 2016

The University of Minnesota helps students transform their hobbies, interests and passions into exciting and rewarding career opportunities.  Excelling both inside and outside of the classroom, this month's alumni spotlight Eric Otto ('10) was able to build upon his passion for forest management and the outdoors as a student. Check this article out to learn more about his story and his passion! More...

Eric Otto

Marv Bauer, Professor Emeritus of Remote Sensing, and his wife, Jean, who passed away in 2012, accepted faculty posts at the University of Minnesota in 1983; Jean in the department of Family Social Science, and Marv in the Department of Forest Resources. Both established endowed fellowships in their colleges.


Marv Bauer

- Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture

Nominations due January 15, 2016
The Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture recognizes outstanding contributions to agriculture and the alleviation of world hunger. Recipients are selected in three categories: knowledge (teaching, research and outreach), production agriculture and agribusiness. More...

- Alumni Society Awards
Nominations due February 1, 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. More...

Siehl Prize

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 March 1.


Read the latest about events happening on campus and in partnering departments as well! Features this month: 

- New classes announced for the new year at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

- UMN Plant Pathology's annual aewsletter, Aurora Sporealis, has been published 

- Fall 2015 edition of the Agricultural Education Newsletter is out



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

Jason Ertl ('11) accepts new role with University of Minnesota Extension

- Grain marketing economist Edward Usset ('78 & '81) has released the 2nd edition Gran Marketing is Simple (it's just not easy)

Cliff Vrieze ('67 & '72) recognized for lifetime achievements

- Ben Bagdon ('08 & '11) starts work as Minnesota Forest Industries (MFI)'s Director of Forest Policy


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

- Mark Bennett ('82 & '85), tireless researcher, educator, mentor and colleague

Dixie Lippert ('82), caring mother, avid gardener and community supporter


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

January alumni trivia question:

This fall, the University of Minnesota had a record-high undergraduate enrollment in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, the highest total since the college was created in 2006 via a merger of the colleges of agriculture and natural resources plus the food science and nutrition department. Including new first-year students and transfer students, how many new students came to CFANS this fall?


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