Campus News

Department of Animal Science Launches Facebook Page

Stay connected to everything UMN Animal Science: the department has launched its very own Facebook page! Be sure to like the page to see photos and learn about Animal Science departmental events, faculty and student updates, alumni news, and more.

Check out the list of all departmental social media resources here.

Mike Kilgore named interim department head

Mike Kilgore '82 '84 '90 (B.S. Recreation Resource Management, M.S. & Ph.D. Forestry) has been named the interim department head in the Department of Forest Resources after Alan Ek '64 '65 (B.S. & M.S. Forestry) retired in June. Mike is a three-time graduate of the department, having earned his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees at CFANS. Mike has been a faculty member in Forest Resources since 2001; in addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, he also directs the Natural Resource Science and Management graduate program and leads the college's Graduate and Research Policy and Review Committee. His research expertise is in resource sustainability, specifically the social and economic impacts of land use, timber harvesting and forest management practices as well as the use and effectiveness of various policy tools to promote sustainable natural resources management. Learn more.

Messages for Alan Ek upon his retirement

After 40 years of dedication and service as a graduate assistant, professor and head of the Department of Forest Resources, the college's valued colleague, friend and advisor Alan Ek '64 '65 (B.S. & M.S. Forestry) is retiring. Please share your greetings and well wishes here. Messages for Dr. Ek will be collected through July 31.

Ten graduate fellowships funded for 2016-17

Ten graduate students have been awarded MnDrive Global Food Ventures fellowships for 2016-17. They are the fourth such group of Fellows, and during the course of their awards they will participate in activities designed to build their skills in communications and problem solving along with pursuing individual research projects. The students are working toward their master’s and Ph.D degrees from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; the College of Veterinary Medicine; and the School of Public Health. Learn more about this year's fellows and their research topics. 

National Geographic Photographer coming to the Arboretum

On Thursday, October 13, spend an evening at the MN Landscape Arboretum with two of Minnesota's premier artists as they blend their talents to educate and inspire about awareness and conservation of Minnesota's treasured natural resources. Watch, listen, and learn as the evening unfolds to combine world-renowned National Geographic photographer, Jim Brandenburg's images and the rich tones of Michael Monroe's vocals, guitar and flutes to create a poetic blend for eyes and ears. Explore the power of an image to shape opinions, offer scientific insight, and inspire change towards conservation and a more sustainable planet. Find yourself moved by the music, enthralled by the stories behind some of the most famous nature photographs of all time, and mesmerized by the collaboration of two of our region's most inspired artists. Learn more. 

Gopher Dairy camp held on the St. Paul campus

The Gopher Dairy Camp, presented by the Gopher Dairy Club and the Minnesota State 4-H Dairy Committee, was held on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus earlier this June. The Gopher Dairy Camp is led by two alumni co-chairs, Mike Donnelly '11 (B.S. Agricultural Education) and Lucas Sjostrom '09 '16 (B.S., M.S. Animal Science), and two undergraduate co-chairs, Gabriella Sorg and Nicole Krumrie. The 3-day workshop was held for teens who wanted to improve their dairy cattle skills. Activities included Dairy Fitting and Showmanship Workshops, Dairy Showmanship Contest, the Gopher Gold Auction, Dairy Foods Workshop, and fun around the Twin Cities. Learn more.

Stay in touch through CFANS departmental newsletters

As avid readers of the CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews, perhaps you are eager to learn more about the latest news and research coming from CFANS departments and centers. You can receive newsletters from Food Science and Nutrition, the Water Resources Center, Horticultural Science, and more. Sign up here to receive newsletters from the departments of your choosing.

CFANS students participate in agricultural education summer internship

Minnesota is again offering an Agricultural Education Summer Internship as part of a State Teach Ag Results (STAR) program initiative, which is coordinated by the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) within the state. Five students majoring in Agricultural Education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and three South Dakota State University students with the intent to teach in Minnesota have been selected and paired with current agriculture teachers for the summer. University of Minnesota students include Winona Johnson, Morgan Krause, Maggie Larson, Ellen Sheehan, and Brandon Thurk. Learn more.

Six Minnesota students advance to the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute

Six Minnesota high school students have been selected to participate in the Global Youth Institute, part of the annual World Food Prize International Symposium from Oct. 13-15 in Des Moines, Iowa. The six students who will represent Minnesota at the Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation are: JayEven McGee of Benson, Alicia Johnson of Dassel, Akshay Naik of Apple Valley, Eleora DeMuth of Grand Rapids, Ben Chrepta of Rochester and Rebekah Klassen of Mountain Lake. Taran Howard of Deer River, Kalandria Gustafson-Schwartz and Ashley Palmer of Grand Rapids were selected as alternates. The Minnesota students will join more than 300 students from around the country and world to interact with experts, participate in hunger relief programs and activities, and present their research findings to peers and global leaders.

These students were chosen from a field of 50 Minnesota high school students who participated in the Minnesota Youth Institute on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus on May 7. During the institute, students discussed their solutions for global problems ranging from water scarcity to malnutrition. The teachers who mentored the students through the process will also attend. Learn more about the Minnesota Youth Institute here