CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - July 2015

Christian Lilienthal earned his B.S. ('09) in Agricultural Education, and although he has pursued the traditional route with his degree, he definitely likes to keep things interesting! He currently works as a University of Minnesota Extension educator while continuing to farm, and has even started up a small zoo with over 40 species that he uses for classroom visits, community programs and large displays at fairs and other events. He is in the process of transitioning into a full time farming and zookeeping position. Read more on what Christian has to share!

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Although the CFANS Alumni Society's 12th annual Golf Scramble fundraiser on Friday, July 10 is sold out, you can still help the CFANS Alumni Society raise money for student scholarships. How? Contribute an item to the silent auction,  submit a proxy-bid, and/or volunteer!  Help us continue to support students. Learn more.

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Congratulations to the 42 high school juniors across the state of Minnesota who received the 2015 Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award for their academic achievements! The award recognizes high-achieving students with demonstrated interest in science; each will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the CFANS Alumni Society upon successful enrollment in the college. Special thanks to Alumni Society Program Sponsors, and all of the alumni volunteers and school contacts who make this program possible! Learn more.

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Please join us for the CFANS Summer Sneak Preview at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities on Friday, July 17. During this special event, high school students and their families can discover all that CFANS has to offer by participating in specialized information sessions; meeting our friendly students, faculty, and staff; seeing our state-of-the-art facilities while touring our beautiful campus, and much more. We would be thrilled to see you here! More...

Beginning this fall, CFANS will launch an ambassador program for alumni who would like to be more involved in outreach. CFANS Alumni Ambassadors will have the opportunity to engage with high school students at local career fairs, connect with transfer students at community colleges or volunteer at events around the state or country. We need your help to inform the next generation of leaders of the unique opportunities they have to address challenges confronting the world today! Learn more.

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Last year, 174 CFANS students were paired with mentors - alumni and professionals from around Minnesota, the US, and the world. This program connects students with mentors who support them as they explore career paths, learn how to network, and develop their professional skills. Applications are now available for the 2015-16 year! Learn more

Mentor Program - Lydia & Jessie

The Luby Family Honeycrisp Chair for Fruit Crop Innovation has been recently established in CFANS through a gift from Margaret and Patrick Luby with the vision of fostering continued innovation in fruit crops. Learn more.

Luby Chair Spotlight

Alumni Lana Olson (‘08, Animal Science) and Amanda Revier (‘01, Agricultural Education) were elected to 3 year terms on the CFANS Alumni Society Board of Directors, and the slate of CFANS Alumni Board officers were determined for the 2015-16 year. Learn more.

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:

- Research spotlight on Ph.D. student Josh Kielsmeier-Cook, Department of Plant Pathology

University of Minnesota students participating in agricultural education summer internship

- University of Minnesota Professor Jerry Cohen, Ph.D., recognized as ASPB (American Society of Plant Biologists) Top Author

- CFANS recognized at 2015 NAADA (National Agricultural Alumni Development Association) Conference

- Employer Registration open for St. Paul Campus Job & Internship Fair

- CFANS staff transitions

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

- Current professor Marshall Stern and alumni Terry Etherton ('78) named among top 20 animal science instructors

- Joseph O'Sullivan ('15) hired as Junior Ag Lender

- Richard Veilleux ('81) reappointed Julian Haden Gary and Margaret Savage Gary Professor, Virginia Tech

- Mary Wagner ('84) featured in Solutions publication

- Kathy Kromroy  ('82, '89) receives Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Plant Pathology. 

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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.

July alumni trivia question:
Which new "superfood" are CFANS researchers developing into a nutritious and renewable source of high-energy, nutrient-dense feed ingredient for poultry, swine, fish and cattle? More...

You can continue your education later in life at CFANS! Thanks to Minnesota's Senior Citizen Education Program (SCEP), Minnesota residents 62 or older can complete courses for $10 per tuition credit. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) and the University of Minnesota participate in this program. Earn a master's degree for a fraction of the cost to the typical student. At whatever age you start thinking about retirement, focus on what comes next and take advantage of this opportunity. This program allows you to transition into something you really like to do later on in your career path. Read more about this program here!