CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - June 2015

Jeffrey Stamp earned his B.S. ('83) and Ph.D. ('90) in Food Science and Technology, but his career path has seen many interesting twists and turns since then. He currently leads a company, Bold Thinking, that creates and develops skill-based education for entrepreneurs and technical professionals. Along the way, however, he has been a research scientist at General Mills, research section manager for the team that created Baked Lays Potato Crisps at Frito Lay, VP of Innovation and Technology for think-tank Eureka! Ranch, and endowed chair/ assistant professor for the Department of Entrepreneurship (that he helped to create) at University of North Dakota's College of Business. Read more!

Jeffrey Stamp

The CFANS Alumni Society will be hosting its 12th annual Golf Scramble fundraiser on Friday, July 10 at the University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course. Over the past 11 years, this event has raised over $200,000 for scholarships for CFANS students! Our tournament is already sold-out, but there are still many ways that you can participate and/ or support this effort. Volunteer, and/ or contribute to the silent auction or directly to the scholarship fund. More...

Goldy Gopher golfing

- Paul Hugunin, (’89, B.S. Agricultural Business Administration)
CFANS Alumni Society President 2014-15

The saying that “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun” definitely applies to my time as President of the CFANS Alumni Society! I’m so proud of what CFANS alumni and Alumni Relations staff have accomplished in the past year. Among the highlights: the establishment of a new scholarship fund for CFANS grad students, seeing 175 CFANS students matched with a mentor, and knowing that the groundwork has been laid for an exciting new Alumni Ambassador program. More...

Myah Walker and Paul Hugunin

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...

Participants enjoyed an evening of Italian culture and cuisine at the May 13 event: “Behind the Scenes: Learning Abroad in Italy”. The focus of the event was to highlight the CFANS Alumni Global Learning Adventures program, a study abroad experience in Italy centered on traditional food, agriculture and winemaking.

To provide a sample of what the learning abroad trip this October has to offer, participants enjoyed Italian hors d'oeuvres by D’Amico and Sons, an olive oil tasting, and even a language workshop presented by two Italian instructors from the University of Minnesota’s Italian Language Department. More...

Italian food

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:

CFANS is proud to welcome newest alumni!

Department of Food Science and Nutrition Advisory Council hosted Spring Showcase event

- Food Science and Nutrition Club named a finalist for the the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) Chapter of the Year


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

- Karl Dale Duncanson, a dedicated farmer and beloved family man, who passed away too soon as the result of a car accident.

- Bert Enestvedt, a founding member of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, first Siehl Prize Laureate for Production Agriculture, and namesake of the U of M soybean variey "Bert."

- John A. Goodding, a Professor Emeritus from the Department of Agronomy & Plant Genetics, remembered for his love of family, friends, painting, music and education. 

- Stuart Vern Immer, a former county extension agent, Standard Oil manager, and farmer, who was a long-standing active member of Alpha Gamma Rho, Lambda Chapter.

- A. Forrest Troyer, a prolific corn breeder, Siehl Prize Laureate, and dedicated family man.

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

Dorrich Dairy recognized with a 2015 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability


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.

June trivia question:

Which if the following is new app developed by the University of Minnesota for general public use to help inform research data and resource management? More...

CFANS students face some of the best prospects for well-paying jobs after graduation. Nearly 60,000 openings for high-skilled jobs in agriculture, food, renewable natural resources, and environment fields are expected annually in the U.S., yet there are only an average of 35,000 graduates available to fill them. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new report in May that showed the significant demand for recent college graduates with a degree in agricultural programs and related fields. The report projects that approximately half of the job opportunities will be in management and business, with another 27% in STEM areas. The report also shows that women make up more than half of the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and environment higher education graduates in the U.S. Read the employment outlook report.