CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - May 2016

Some members of the university community truly epitomize the phrase "Driven to Discover". Justin Stanton ('13, '16) is one of those alums. "My passion is discovery. It is even more meaningful to me when I can see that my contributions can better lives or productivity for someone else." After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Applied Plant Science, Justin moved on to pursue a master's degree in Plant Pathology at CFANS. Through his studies, Stanton has had the opportunity to do quite a bit of international discovery, including visits to Uruguay, Argentina, and Israel! Learn more about how the University of Minnesota has helped Stanton prepare for his crop improvement journey! More...

Justin Stanton

As spring semester is winding down, here are some events that are coming up!

- Friday, May 6 -Bell Social
-Saturday, May 7 - Saturday with a Scientist
-Thursday, May 19 - Webinar: Student Debt Management: What Makes the Most Sense For You?
-Tuesday, May 24 - U of M Night at Twins Stadium
-Tuesday, June 21 - Emerging Professional Network at LynLake Brewery
-Friday, July 8 - Golf Scramble for Scholarships 


Bell Social

The CFANS Alumni Society and CFANS Student Board co-hosted this special annual recognition event on Wednesday, April 20, in the North Star Ballroom of the St. Paul Student Center. The evening honored the graduating senior class, Alumni Society scholarship recipients, Mentor Program honorees, and the recipients of the Student Board Awards and Alumni Society Awards. It was a memorable evening that recognized some incredible individuals - thank you to everyone who joined us in the celebration! See the list of 2016 honorees, learn more about them, and see photos from the event. More...

Chad Giblin BNE

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:

-A new Bell Museum + Planetarium
-U of M's newest wine grape: Itasca
-Watch undergrad students discover plant pathology
-Alumni, students, and President Kaler celebrate 100th anniversary of Minnesota Royal
-CFANS Student Board hosts inaugural CFANS Spirit Day
-7th annual Ag Awareness Day showcases agriculture on East Bank
-Congratulations to Soil Judging Team at Nationals
-Congrats to new grads, and welcome to new students!
-U of M National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) reaches semi-finals in national competition
-Another great MN FFA State Convention at University of Minnesota
-Registration open for Gopher Dairy Camp 
-Plant Pathology remembers their beginning years


New Bell

-2016 ACTE Lifetime Achievement Award: Cliff Vrieze (B.S. Agriculture Education '67, M.S. Agriculture Education '72)
-Land O'Lakes mentors & CFANS alumni host CFANS students for site visit
-126th Annual Meeting of U of M School of Agriculture
-Dr. William S. Niebur (Ph.D. Plant Breeding '83) is new Agritech president/CEO



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

-Leslie Peterson (B.S. Agricultural Education '50)

-Jason Beddow (Ph.D. Applied Economics '12)


Les Peterson

The monthly alumni trivia question gives alumni and friends an opportunity to test their U of M knowledge. Are you up for the challenge?

The University of Minnesota has produced many tasty apples such as the famous Honeycrisp, SweeTango, and Zestar. Since 1920, how many apple varieties have been released? 



As the weather is warming up and new plants, and flowers start again to grow, many start thinking about their gardens or fields. When thinking about last year's crops or product, do you wish you knew the exact quality of your soil? The university has a solution for that with their Soil Testing Laboratory! More...