Alumni & friends news

- Vet Tech Colleges has released their list of the 20 best animal science instructors from across the US. Among those listed were current University of Minnesota professor Marshall Stern, Ph.D. and alumni Terry Etherton (Ph.D. Animal Sciences, '78). Stern is a prolific teacher and his skill has earned him an array of national awards. In 2014, he received the ASAS Fellow Award in Teaching to match his ASAS Distinguished Teacher Award from 2010. He also received the American Dairy Science Association Teaching Award in 2006. Stern currently teaches a full load, including Animal Nutrition, Companion Animal Nutrition, Companion Animal Hot Button Issues and Ruminant Nutrition. Etherton is both a professor of Animal Nutrition and the Department Head of the Penn State Animal Science Program. His understanding of biotechnology and animal nutrition has earned him international acclaim. He earned the Hoffmann-LaRoche Animal Growth and Development Research Award from the ASAS (1990) and the Northeast American Society of Animal Science Young Scientist Award (1986). He currently serves as the President of the Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) and is Past President of the ASAS.

- Recent graduate Joseph O'Sullivan (B.S. Agricultural & Food Business Management, '15) has been hired as a Junior Ag Lender at Minnstar Bank in Lake Crystal and Mankato, MN.

- Richard Veilleux (Ph.D. Horticulture, '81), professor of horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been reappointed the Julian Haden Gary and Margaret Savage Gary Professor of Horticulture by Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands and Senior Vice President and Provost Mark G. McNamee. Veilleux has held the Julian Haden Gary and Margaret Savage Gary Professorship since 2010. Read more.

- Every time you enjoy a taco, wine, chocolate or a Frappucino, you can thank Mary Wagner (Ph.D. Food Science, '84). In the three decades since she earned her Ph.D. in food science at CFANS, she’s helped develop innovative products for some of the most recognizable names in the food industry, including General Mills, Taco Bell, Mars and Gallo. Today, she’s senior vice president for global R&D/quality, food safety and regulatory issues at Starbucks. That mean’s she’s responsible for new products and new-concept stores for the ubiquitous international coffee company. Read more from her feature in this summer's Solutions magazine.

Kathy KromroyKathy Kromroy  ('82, '89) received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Plant Pathology this spring. Kathy was recognized for the work that she has done to bring together the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the UMN Department of Plant Pathology, the UMN Plant Disease Clinic and UMN Extension, and her willingness to foster an open line of communication between the UMN and the MDA. She is currently a Research Plant Pathologist in the Plant Protection Unit of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Learn more.