Campus News

CFANS Student Valerie Earley elected National FFA Officer

A newly elected National FFA Officer from Minnesota wants to empower members to pursue great things. Valerie Earley of the Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA chapter has been elected as the central region vice president. During the next year she will travel more than 100,000 national and international miles interacting with FFA members and supporters. Valerie is only the third Minnesotan to be elected since the 1980s. This is her second year running for a prestigious national office; it has been a dream of hers since eighth grade. Earley plans on graduating from CFANS in the coming months and is pursuing a career in agricultural communications following her year of service. Learn more about the National FFA Officer Team here

National FFA Convention Results

Congratulations to all University of Minnesota students and alumni who received awards and recognition at this year's National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Some fun results from Minnesota FFA featured below:

  • 254 members earning a degree or award (CDE, Proficiency, AgriScience, degree)
  • 105 American Degree recipients earning the highest honor of the organization which is achieved by less than half of 1%
  • 100 Minnesota students competed in national level Career Development Events after advancing from state competition
  • 20 Career Development team Events with 11 earning Gold Ranking
  • 32 of the students competing earned gold ranking individually
  • 18 Superior chapters who advanced with their National Chapter Award
  • 18 National AgriScience Fair Finalists with 13 research projects
  • 12 students had the honor of sharing their Supervised Agricultural Experiences as National Proficiency finalists
  • 6 National Choir members
  • 5 National Proficiency winners
  • 5 National Band members
  • 5 Honorary American degree recipients
  • 4 Three-Star Chapters
  • 4 National Talent finalists
  • 2 American Star Farmer Finalists
  • 1 National Chapter Award Model of Innovation finalist
  • 1 American Star in Agricultural Placement
  • 1 National Winning Career Development Team
  • 1 National Officer

Review results here.

Environmental Internship and Career Fair

Does your company or organization need an intern or looking for that entry-level talent?
Attend the Environmental Internship and Career Fair to connect with students who are looking for summer 2017 internships and full-time employment.

Have you graduated within the last two years and are looking for a position in the environmental area?
You are welcome to attend this Career Fair and connect with employers looking to hire that entry level talent!

Connect with CFANS undergraduate and graduate students (and recent alumni) for your hiring needs as we kick off the spring recruiting season. This career fair is hosted in partnership with Career and Internship Services and the College of Biological Sciences. 

To view details and register:
Questions? Contact Sharon Heron at or 612-624-9421.

First Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition

The First Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition was a milestone event in the growing movement to restore Native American health by reclaiming traditional diets and foodways and increasing access to nutritious food.

The sold-out conference was a collaboration between the Shakopee Mdewakaton Sioux Community and the University's Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute. It was organized by a planning committee of Native and non-Native scholars and practitioners led by the HFHL.

The conference brought together more than 450 Native leaders, academics, and public health workers to collaborate and integrate traditional, Indigenous knowledge and Western, scientific research in order to combat the significant dietary factors contributing to profound Native health disparities.

Regent Application Process

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents governs the University and its work is essential to the success and reputation of the institution. The University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) believes that excellent governance is vital to the University’s future and we ask for your help in identifying top-notch candidates for Regent position openings. Current and former alumni leaders: reach out to your personal and professional networks and urge outstanding candidates to apply through the Regent Candidate Advisory Council (RCAC) process.

The RCAC is responsible for recommending candidates to the 2017 Legislature, and the UMAA is assisting by spreading the word about the openings and hosting a Regent Candidate Forum at the Capitol in January. Currently, there are four Regent position openings located in Congressional Districts 2, 3, 8, and an at-large position. Please visit the UMAA website for more information about the Regent selection process.

Signed and completed applications must be received by the RCAC by Friday, December 2, 2016. You may also call Sally Olson, RCAC staff, 651-297-3697 or Adam Yust, Alumni Advocacy Director at the UMAA, 612-625-7526.

Carolyn Nelson, Transfer Admissions Counselor, joins CFANS

Carolyn joined the CFANS team at the end of August. She completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (2011) and Master of Education (2014) from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Her past work experience includes serving as Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Argosy University,  Academic Advisor and Program Director in the College of Education, and Human Services Professions and Correspondence Administrator at the University of Minnesota's Institutional Review Board.

"I would consider myself a lifetime learner so for me, a position in CFANS that allows me to instill that excitement of learning into others is a dream. I am so thrilled to work with students interested in pursuing a degree within CFANS. The majors, the faculty and the students themselves make every day interesting and exciting. I am really looking forward to working with alumni to learn more about their experiences and to look for ways to bring the past and present student body together!"

Know someone interested in transferring to CFANS? Carolyn can be reached at 612-624-3220 or by e-mail at Check out the website for more information.

Tracy Fallon returns to CFANS

Tracy Fallon '96 (B.S. Natural Resources/Environmental Studies) returned to CFANS in late September as the Graduate Program Coordinator for Water Resources Science. She is responsible for recruiting new students, supporting current students and faculty, program development, and alumni relations. She is "so happy to be back on the St. Paul campus working with the amazing people who also call CFANS home!"