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!
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!
See the rest of the list here!