CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - November 2015

Brett Stadsvold earned his B.S. ('05) in Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Minnesota. During his time on campus, Brett found his passion for urban forestry, which allows him both work in the office and in the field! Brett credits his time the U as helping him hone his soft skills, which continue to help him in his career today. Hear more from Brett on his time at CFANS!

Brett Stadsvold

Food Access Summit 2015 - November 8-10

U of M Alumni Social: State of Minnesota Employees - November 10

Alumni Webinar: Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome - November 19

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The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is home to many different opportunities and this upcoming month there are plenty of ways to get your hands moving and create your very own decorative and useful items! Learn more. 


Can you imagine a donor who has never set foot on the St. Paul campus donating $2,000,000 for scholarships? No need to imagine because she is real. Find out more!

Enjoy special holiday savings on Bell Museum Memberships from Nov. 2 through Dec. 31, 2015. You can receive a $5 discount on an Individual or Household membership or you can purchase a membership and get 50% off a second gift membership. More...

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The CFANS Alumni Society is excited to announce that through the CFANS Mentor Program, 191 CFANS students have been matched with 191 mentors - our biggest year yet! We are still looking for mentors for several of our students who are interested in nutrition, plant science research, and food/biotechnology/biochemical engineering. Are you looking for a way to guide current CFANS students through their collegiate experience and beyond? Sign up to mentor this year

Give to the Max Day - Minnesota's annual giving extravaganza - is coming up Thursday, November 12. 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?

These scholarships support 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.


The Department of Horticultural Science is proud to open nominations for our inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award. This award will honor an alumnus/alumna who has attained professional distinction in horticultural science as evidenced by outstanding professional achievement on a state, national or international level. More info.

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:

- CFANS fall enrollment sets a record

- U of M Students Compete in Inaugural Meat Judging Contest

Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (ESPM) and Fisheries and Wildlife Students Present Professional Experiences to Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students

- Department of Plant Pathology awards E.C. Stakman Award

- Planting Trees with CFANS event a success

- Current CFANS students place in Career Development Events at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo


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

- Wildlife Conservation Society biologist, Jon Slaght (‘05 & '11) recently published research findings on the Blakiston Fish Owl

Olivia LeDee ('05 & '08) was appointed co-Chair of the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science

Ryan Katzfey ('08) accepts new role as a food scientist on the Talenti Gelato brand for Unilever

Abby Powell (‘92) recently selected as the Leader of the USGS University of Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

- Plant Pathology Alumni Spotlight: Haiyan Jia ('05)



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

Beth DuFrane, loving wife, active community member and investor in others around her

Barbara Kelm ('68), avid gardener, agriculture industry supporter and dedicated community servant

John Murray ('56 & '68), husband, father, grandfather, agricultural education community leader and supporter of the industry of agriculture


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 alumni trivia question:

Thanksgiving is right around the corner so this month we have some turkey-based trivia for you! Minnesota is the number one producer of turkeys in the nation. Out of the counties in Minnesota, which is the largest producer?


Did you know the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities was just ranked #10 in College Magazine's ranking of the 10 best campuses for out of state students?

College Magazine stated that "with over 800 student organizations (including a Dungeons and Dragons club, a yo-yoing club and a Super Smash Bros. Club), students from 50 states and 142 countries and the most academically inclined athletes in the country, UMN freakin’ rules. It has a special Public Engagement Program that focuses on community engagement in and out of the classroom. Plus, with a connecting bus between the Twin Cities and St. Paul locations, you really get two campuses in one." We couldn't agree more!

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