CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - March 2016

It has been said many times that St. Paul campus allows for a small town community at such a large university. Tory Ahmann ('13) is one of the many who loves CFANS for that reason and credits that to her success. At college,  Tory was exposed to many different opportunities that have allowed her to follow her passion for working in the food industry. Check out this article to learn more about her story. More....


-Monday, March 7 -  Big Ten Ag Alumni Reception

- Thursday, March 10 - CFANS Virtual Networking Hour

- Tuesday-Wednesday March 15-16 - Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course

- Tuesday, March 22 - Production Agriculture Symposium

- Wednesday, March 23 -  #CareerChat: Leveraging Social Media for Your Job Search

- Monday, March 28 - SciSpark 2016

- Monday, March 29 - Emerging Professionals Network

- Thursday, March 31 - CFANS Speed Networking

- Saturday, April 2 -  Classes without Quizzes

- Wednesday, April 20 -  Borealis Night of Excellence

- Saturday, May 7 - Minnesota Youth Institute

The Mille Lacs Walleye Crisis, new farm technologies, microbial life, small town grocers, and recreation in Northern Minnesota 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. Jay Bell, a professor from the Department of Soil, Water and Climate, will give the keynote address about Soils: Minnesota, Mars, and the Moon. More...


CFANS and University of Minnesota have benefited from matching gifts from our alumni and friends’ employers. These programs match employee donations to non-profit organizations to increase the impact of an individual’s gift. Last year 102 gifts to CFANS were matched for a total of $66,384! Learn about two companies that are utilizing this tactic, here

Whether you're interested in chatting with fellow alums online, sharing your own career insights with students through speed networking, having a drink with fellow alums at a local brewery, or all of the above, we hope to see you at the following upcoming networking opportunities:

-Thursday, March 10: CFANS Virtual Networking Hour

-Monday, March 29 - Emerging Professionals Network at Lakes & Legends Brewery

-Thursday, March 31 - CFANS Speed Networking


Act now to get involved with this year’s Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award program! This program has been making a positive difference in the lives of students across the nation for over 10 years and counting, and YOU can be a part of it! More...


The Minnesota Youth Institute, hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) provides all students in grades 8 through 12 a chance to tackle one of today’s biggest challenges - world hunger. Students write a research paper, then share their thoughts and perspectives about solutions to food security issues with experts at the University of Minnesota. Learn more.

- Congratulations to newlyweds Jennifer Janak (B.S. AnSc '14) and William (Willie) Coyne ( B.S. AnSc '13)!

-Whitney Place (B.S. Applied Plant Sciences '10, M.S. Science Tech and Environmental Policy '13) accepts new position with Minnesota Department of Agriculture

-Lucas Sjostrom (B.S. AnSc '09, M.S. AnSc '16) accepts new role as Government and Policy Relations Program Manager with Midwest Dairy and Minnesota Milk



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

-Alan Brutlag (B.S. Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Buisness)

-Dean William Wright (B.S. Agricultural Science '60)


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 Trivia

The University of Minnesota just celebrated its birthday on February 25, how old is the university? 



Brad Heins (B.S. '98 Animal & Plant Systems, M.S. '06 Animal Sciences, Ph.D. '10 Animal Science), an assistant professor of dairy, is working on creating a greener dairy system at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC). This sector, which is part of the university, has a a goal to develop a dairy system that collects more energy from renewable sources than it uses. More...