Campus news

- Congratulations to our May 2015 CFANS graduates! Career & Internship Services is available to you for 2 years after graduation, including resume feedback, job search help, graduate school planning and preparation, and mock interviews. You also have access to GoldPASS- the UMN job search database. Please call CIS at 612-624-2710 or visit our website to schedule an appointment. 

- Gopher Road Trip Chalk Talk 2015
Join Director of Athletics Norwood Teague, select Gopher coaches, staff and Goldy as they travel across the state of Minnesota throughout the months of May and June!

- University of Minnesota Foundation Estate and Gift Planning Strategies Seminar
Alumni and friends are invited to attend an informative presentation about estate and gift planning that covers topics such as strategies for creating an estate plan, recent tax law changes, tax-wise gift options, and charitable gifts that can increase your lifetime income. Three sessions will be held in May:
Tuesday, May 12 - Midland Hills Country Club, St. Paul
Thursday, May 14 - McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis
Tuesday, May 19 - Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska

- Support scholarships for the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Field Session! All FWCB undergraduates participate in the “Cloquet-Itasca Field Session” to gain critical field skills and knowledge. According to many alums, the field session is one of the best parts of their UM undergraduate experience – both professionally and socially, but the 3-week session can be a significant financial burden for many students.  With support from Dayton Kirkham Scholarship fund, the Department can cover the fees for 25% of students who attend, or 10 students each year. You can help FWCB reach their goal to offer at least 3 more scholarships .

- Registration is open for the 17th Annual Minnesota 4-H Foundation Golf Classic
The Minnesota 4-H Foundation Golf Classic provides an opportunity for businesses and individuals alike to help support Minnesota 4-H youth development and learn more about its efforts in shaping the future leaders of our community and state. During the golf outing, youth are stationed at various holes to share their current 4-H project with golfers, there is also a silent auction and an awards ceremony. The classic will be held June 22, 11:30 a.m., at the Medina Golf & Country Club. To purchase an individual ticket or foursome, contact Frank Mumford at 612-625-2180 or email

- Registration is open for the 2015 Gopher Dairy Camp! Gopher Dairy Camp is a fun 3-day workshop for teens wanting to improve their dairy cattle skills. The camp is open to all youth that have completed grades 6-11, but not yet started 12th grade. Activities include Dairy Fitting and Showmanship Workshops, Dairy Showmanship Contest, the Gopher Gold Auction, Dairy Foods Workshop, fun around the Twin Cities, and an awards banquet. The camp will be held June 7-9 on the St. Paul campus. $60/ camper. See details and registration information.

Morrine Omolo, a graduate student in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, has been awarded a prestigious Faculty for the Future Fellowship by the Schlumberger Foundation. The program awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue Ph.D. or Post-doctorate studies in STEM disciplines at leading universities worldwide. Omolo is a native of Kenya with a background in Biochemisty. She is the first-ever recipient from the U of M! Read more.

- Jeffrey Peterson has been named the new director of the Water Resources Center; he will guide the  interdisciplinary center, encourage and strengthen the links among University water resources research and extension, and strengthen graduate education and training in water resources science. Peterson is currently a professor at Kansas State University, and will begin the new position in late August. Read more.

- Dan Cariveau has joined the Department of Entomology as a pollinator ecologist. Dan received his Ph.D. in Ecology at Colorado State in 2008, and has since been a Post-doc Associate in Entomology and EEB at Rutgers. Dan is a community ecologist, and brings a wide range of teaching experience and statistical expertise to the department. He is excited to get started in the new position, and looks forward to future collaborative projects with UMN Faculty, key state agencies and NGO's to address pollinator health and management issues.

- The 86th annual FFA Convention was held April 26-28, and more than 3,000 high school students from across Minnesota came to the St. Paul campus for a program that included career development events, awards and the election of new officers for the statewide organization. Elected to represent the over 10,000 FFA members of Minnesota and voted on by the delegates were: Sentinel, Sam Johnson of the Glenville FFA Chapter; Reporter, Madison Taylor of the Randolph FFA Chapter; Treasurer, Travis Troendle of the Lanesboro FFA Chapter; Secretary, Mariah Daninger of the Forest Lake FFA Chapter; Vice President, Morgan Krause of the Buffalo FFA Chapter; and President, P.J. Aarsvold of the Plainview-Elgin-Millville FFA Chapter.

Three of the officers are CFANS Students! Vice President Morgan Krause will be attending CFANS starting fall 2015; she plans to study agricultural education. Secretary Mariah Daninger, and Reporter Madison Taylor, are both freshmen in CFANS studying agricultural education. President P.J. Aarsvold is also a freshman at the U of M studying mathematics. Read the full press release: "Minnesota FFA Announces Top Award Recipients and Elects Leaders for Upcoming Year."

Block and Bridle Club  - The 7th Annual Minnesota Junior Spring Classic (MJSC) Beef Show was held May 2 - 3 in Austin, MN.  Formerly known as "The Heifer Classic," MJSC is an educational weekend-long exhibition that provides youth with a fitting demonstration, nutrition clinic, showmanship contest and junior beef show. This year the University of Minnesota Block and Bridle Club (photo, left) has taken over MJSC, and continues to make lasting improvements while keeping the traditional Bootcamp experience. The show's statistics included 196 cattle shown, 150+ showmanship exhibitors, 115 Bootcamp participants, and $13,000 raised from sponsors.

- 9 CFANS students were part of the 14 -person champion team "Team OptiMN" who won the "Race to Zero" challenge - an international competition to design cost-effective zero-energy-ready homes for mainstream builders. The contest is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and this year involved 33 teams from 27 universities in the U.S., Canada and China. Along with energy-efficiency, the designed homes must be comfortable and attractive as well as affordable. The U of M team designed sustainable homes to fill vacant lots in economically challenged North Minneapolis. The 14 students on Team OptiMN are from the colleges of Continuing Education (CCE), Design (CDES), Education and Human Development (CEHD) and CFANS, specifically the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering's Residential Building Science and Technology undergraduate program and graduate program. BBE professor, Pat Huelman, was the faculty advisor.  Read more about the project and see a list of team members and their majors

UofM NAMA Team- (Photo, right) Congrats to the U of M Student National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) chapter for taking 6th place overall (out of 28 teams) in the 2015 Agri-Marketing Conference!  You can view the team's executive summary and watch their final presentation on NAMA's website. 

U of M College Bowl Team  - (Photo, left) The U of M team took home another Institute of Food Technologist Student Association (IFTSA) College Bowl regional title on April 11 as it defeated Wisconsin, Iowa State and Nebraska. Led by team captain Katie Osdoba, the squad of Ian Ronnigen, Claire Boyle, Geoffrey Dubrow, Mitch Mattes, Kenneth Smith, Madalyn Nones, Bria Abeles-Allison, Abbie Hohman, Philip Horsager and Felize Dangcil brought home the North Central region title and a chance at a national title at the IFT Annual Meeting. The team will compete against other top teams from across the nation on July 13 in Chicago.