CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - November 2014

Jerry Cegelske knew by the age of 12 that he wanted to be a game warden and that he wanted to go to Alaska. After completing his B.S. in Wildlife Management ('74), he made it happen! He spent 28 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Law Enforcement, in a career that's taken him all across the U.S., and to Canada, Russia, and Ecuador. He was recently honored as the inaugural recipient of the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology's Distinguished Alumni Award. More...

Jerry Cegelske

- Pro Advice 101: Career Tips from the U of M Alumni Network - November 11

- Keeping it Local at Bauhaus Brew Labs: Emerging Professionals Network - November 18

- U of M Alumni Association Alumni Webinar Series - November 21

- Chicago Gophers Holiday Happy Hour - December 16

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The Golden Gophers won the 100th U of M Homecoming game on October 18, and CFANS brought out the Gopher pride!  Alumni and friends, students, faculty and staff came together to celebrate CFANS Homecoming traditions, including Gopher Grams, the Beer & Brats Parade Party at the Bell, the U of M Homecoming parade, our annual pre-game tailgate, and the Norman Borlaug Homecoming 5K. See photos from these events on Picasa (Beer & Brats Parade PartyNorman Borlaug Homecoming 5K) and our CFANS Alumni & Friends Facebook page.

CFANS Homecoming parade float

In September, Land O’Lakes announced a $25 million investment in the University of Minnesota spread across several campus entities. The investment is one of the single largest corporate commitments to the University of Minnesota. $1 million will directly benefit CFANS in several key areas. More...

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Give to the Max Day - Minnesota's annual giving extravaganza - is coming up Thursday, November 13. During this statewide effort you can brighten the future of Minnesota by supporting U of M scholarships and programs. Did you know that you can take this opportunity to give directly to the CFANS Alumni Society's New Student Scholarship fund?

The scholarship supports the education of our promising students who are using science to solve everyday problems, ensure the best use of our natural resources, and provide safe and sustainable food for the world. See the fundraising page for this cause on the University of Minnesota Foundation's website.

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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:

- Mike White ('80, '86) will be new Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Faculty Affairs for CFANS
- Philip Pardey ('86) named first director of global research strategy for CFANS
- Food science major Ariel Garsow receives Land O'Lakes fellowship
- AgEd Club received multiple honors at 2014 Alpha Tau Alpha Conclave
- Career and Internship Services receives Career Ready Internship Grant
- Eyes on the Universe exhibit at the Bell Museum
- Pollinators³ series at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
- Henderson Lecture: Epigenetics, Diet and Cancer Prevention
- Phoenix Ag Club's Fall Tour event


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

- P. Michael Davidson ('77) receives UTIA's title Institute Professor
- Dick Joeger ('92) joins Dordt College as Associate Professor of Agriculture
- Amy Morey ('10) receives Monsanto Research Grant Award
- Kevin Ratka ('97) joins Vita Plus as dairy technical sales specialist

Robert (Bob) Munter ('59, B.S.; '66, M.S. Soil Science) passed away October 6 at the age of 82. Robert was a Korean War veteran and former Director of the Soil Testing and Research Analytical Lab at the University of Minnesota. He joined the Department of Soil, Water and Climate in 1974 and officially retired in 1997. Under his leadership, the lab became nationally recognized for  for analysis of soil, water, and plant tissue associated with agricultural and environmental research. Read the full obituary.

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.

November trivia question:
The U of M Les Bolstad Golf Course is a classic, 18-hole championship course used by students, faculty, alumni and the community. The course began as a cow pasture and was transformed by W.R. Smith, who was also known as "Mr. Golf" at the U and throughout the state. What year did the course open? More...

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus ranks No. 29 in the inaugural “Best Global Universities” rankings released by U.S. News & World Report on October 28. The U of M ranks No. 9 among U.S. public institutions, and No. 3 among Big Ten Conference public schools. By academic field, the University of Minnesota landed 20 disciplines in the global top 100 - 3 of these are from CFANS: Agricultural Sciences (15th), Environment/Ecology (17th) and Plant and Animal Science (17th). The University of Minnesota has a profile page on the U.S. News website that displays contact information and detailed ranking indicators. Among the 10 indicators, the U ranks No. 4 in the number of Ph.D.s awarded, and No. 18 in publications.