CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - March 2015

Joel Karsten ('91, B.S. Horticulture) is an entrepreneur and has founded several companies in the areas of landscape design, filtration/ industrial hydraulics and product development, but his passion lies in horticulture. In addition to his business ventures, Joel is an avid gardener, award-winning author and professional speaker. He wrote the book (literally!) on straw bale gardening, and has traveled widely across the U.S. and around the world to present on the unique gardening method he pioneered. More...

Joel Karsten

Saturday, March 28, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. with optional lunch following

Crop drones, farm to fast food, human-induced bird mortality, sustainable food systems and practical tips for renewable energy are just a few of the many interesting sessions being offered at this year’s Classes Without Quizzes program! Nationally recognized experts from CFANS will present mini-seminars designed for alumni, the general public, and students of all ages. Brian Horgan, a professor and extension specialist from the Department of Horticultural Sciences, will give the keynote address about the Science of (the) Green - a renovation, demonstration and research initiative addressing the golf industry’s need for long-term agronomic, economic and environmental sustainability. More...

Classes without Quizzes

The CFANS Alumni Society is proud to announce their 2015 award honorees:

Alumni Advocate Award – David Pfarr ('88, B.S. Agronomy)
Alumni Service Award – Bruce Johnson ('79, B.S. Forest Products)
Distinguished Alumni Award – Mohammed Sadiki ('90, Ph.D. Plant Breeding)
Distinguished Faculty Award – Claudia Parliament ('80, M.S. Agricultural Economics)
Distinguished Staff Award – Dale Nordquist ('75, B.S. Agricultural Business Administration; '82, M.S. Agricultural Economics)
Outstanding Friend Award – R. James Ertl
Student Leadership Award, Undergraduate – Stephen Melson
Student Leadership Award, Graduate – Justin Carlson ('13, B.S. Nutrition)
Lifetime Achievement Award – James H. Hammill ('57, B.S. '62, M.S. Agricultural Economics)

Friday, April 17, 5:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center
$65 for Alumni Association members; $70 for non-members

Registration is open for the Alumni Association's Annual Celebration! Join us April 17 to celebrate the impact our global alumni community has on enriching the lives of one another, supporting student success, and advancing the U of M. Come sip your way through the evening with four seasonally inspired cocktails and plenty of hors d'oeuvres. More...

2015 Annual Celebration Logo

Two great volunteer opportunities for alumni (and friends!) who are interested in supporting the next generation of CFANS students:

1) Deans' Welcome Reception - March 9
The CFANS Admissions team is looking for alumni volunteers to help personalize the event by connecting with prospective students and families during the 14th annual Deans' Welcome Reception. More...

2) Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award - on-going throughout spring/ early summer
Help the CFANS Alumni Society honor a junior at your favorite high school for their academic achievements. Students receive public recognition, a though-provoking book, and a $1,000 scholarship if they enroll in CFANS! More...

Students on St. Paul campus

Thanks to our wonderful CFANS alumni, friends, and students who attended this year's CFANS Speed Networking event on the St. Paul campus. With almost 80 attendees, it was our biggest yet! CFANS alumni and professionals met with several students at a time to help share career advice, answer questions, and help students practice their networking skills. See photos on our Facebook page or Picasa album. Want to join us next time? Sign up to be notified of networking events and activities here

Speed Networking 2015

For the past five years, Team CFANS has been participating in the University of Minnesota Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. This year, Relay for Life will take place at Mariucci Arena on Friday, April 17. We’d like to make a Team CFANS a true community building event for the college by encouraging participation by as many students, faculty, staff and alumni as possible. How can you be involved and support Team CFANS? More...

Relay for Life participants

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:
- Project team named for the new Bell Museum and Planetarium
- Career & Internship Services offers support for unpaid internship opportunities
- Minnesota Landscape Arboretum offers Pollinators3 program and fun summer camps for kids!
- Registration open for Bell Museum day camps

News and notes from our amazing CFANS alumni! Features this month:
- Alison (Bunge) Leathers selected for USDA's Agricultural Outlook Forum

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.

March alumni trivia question:
Which winter annual do researchers with the "Forever Green Intitiative" think has great potential as a value-added cover crop for Minnesota corn and soybean fields? More...

Entomologist Alexander Hodson (namesake of Hodson Hall) kept notes on 14 different plant species throughout the seasons on the St. Paul campus as he walked to work each day for 50 years (1941-1991)! Rebecca Montgomery, an associate professor in the Department of Forest Resources, is using these phenological records to build a knowledge base that can shed light on how different plants and animals respond to changes in the climate. Read more about this project in the spring issue of Solutions.

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