CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - November 2016

Jessica Markkula '98 grew up in Fargo, ND, with North Dakota State right in her backyard. To experience something new and different, she chose to come to the University of Minnesota. Even after she graduated, she continued to dedicate herself to CFANS through her work in admissions and student services, and she continues to work with people and make important connections as a relationship manager at BMO Harris Bank. "So much of my day is working with people andmanaging personalities, internal and external. The U of M helped me prepare for that by being exposed to so many different people and situations." Learn more about Jess here

Jess Markkula

Gopher Grams,  Parade, Beer & Brats, OH MY! This year, CFANS alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends came together for a fun and family-friendly University of Minnesota Homecoming! Campus was full of life and Gopher spirit. More...

Homecoming Group Beer Brats 2016

Almost 300 participants gathered for the “9 Billion and Counting: Abolishing Hunger” event on the St. Paul Campus on October 17th. The event featured a symposium of global food experts, CFANS faculty and student presenters, and the dedication of the Eldon Siehl Garden and Plaza, featuring a statue of Norman Borlaug.  More...

Borlaug Statue

Give to the Max Day - Minnesota's annual giving extravaganza - is coming up on Thursday, November 17. This year we are using this special day of giving to highlight the CFANS Emergency Student Support Fund.  More...


The 2016-17 CFANS Mentor Program launched on November 1 with the Mentor Program Kick-Off. See photos from the event on Facebook. Congratulations to the 175 students and mentors who have been matched so far! The CFANS Mentor Program, a program of the CFANS Alumni Society, connects students with alumni and professionals who help guide them as they explore possible career paths and advance their professional skills. The program is still in need of several alumni & professionals in the fields of clinical nutrition and dietetics who are interested in mentoring a CFANS Nutrition student. More...

Mentor Kickoff

Earlier this fall, the CHS Foundation announced its largest gift ever, $3.44 million to the University of Minnesota to benefit agricultural education and rural communities around the country. Together, CHS and CFANS are preparing the next generation of agricultural leaders. More...


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 Student Valerie Earley elected National FFA Officer
-National FFA Convention Results
-Environmental Internship and Career Fair
-First Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition
-Regent application process
-Carolyn Nelson, Transfer Admissions Counselor, joins CFANS
-Extension Dean honors distinguished faculty and staff
-Tracy Fallon returns to CFANS


Val Earley FFA

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

-Alumni recognized by Dean of Extension
-David Bosch '81 '86, ASABE Fellow Inductee
-Charles "Chuck" Meslow, honored as 2016 FWCB Distinguished Alumnus
-Applied Econ alum Robert Johansson '97 '00 receives Outstanding Alumni Award
-Highlights from Forestry Class Reunion
-Dean Herzfeld '78 '82 named Fellow of the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators 


Robert Koch

There are a lot of exciting event opportunities for students, staff and alumni coming up! Check them out!
Monday, November 7 - Agriculture Education, Communication & Marketing Sneak Preview
Thursday, November 10 - Emerging Professionals Network: Tech Bytes
Throughout November & December - UMAA Webinars
Wednesday-Friday, November 30, December 1-2 - Frenatae Honey Sale
Friday, December 9 - CFANS Student-Alumni Virtual Networking
Friday, December 9 - Bell Social: Art + Science + Music
Wednesday, February 8 - 
Environmental Internship & Career Fair
Saturday, February 18 - Minnesota 4-H Celebration


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

-Bruce Hansen (B.S. Agricultural Education '90) avid snowmobiler, father, and hard worker



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:

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences offers significant financial support to students on an annual basis, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of scholarship donors.  What is the amount of scholarship funds awarded annually to CFANS undergraduate students?



The new Bee Lab had its grand opening on October 29! More than 500 people toured the space, learned about the research that would be taking place in the laboratories, and had a taste of Minnesota Sundae - a honey sunflower ice cream from the Dairy Store. More...

Bee Lab