CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - October 2014

Mike Mohr is an '86 CFANS graduate in Agricultural Economics and Animal Science who continued on in his education to earn an MBA in Finance and a DVM, Veterninary Medicine. He's had a pretty amazing career and has held positions as a technical service representative in the swine industry for a major pharmaceutical company, as a business analyst and Wall Street venture capital fund raiser, and served for ten years as director of technical services of the Smithfield International Group Division. He's built his own global swine consulting business, Triangle Global Consulting, that has global reach in Europe, China, Brazil, Latin America and the U.S. His specialization is in production and biosecuity risk management mitigation, designing and integrating health and production decision support systems that develop the best economic solutions to animal health and production problems. More...

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U of M Alumni Association Alumni Awards Celebration

October 16, 5:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center

Pro Advice 101: Career Tips from the U of M Alumni Network
Tuesday, November 11, McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall

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Are you ready to celebrate 100 years of Gopher Homecoming? CFANS has many fun activities planned during homecoming week, October 12 - 19. We hope you can join us!
Friday, October 17
- Join us for our 3rd annual Beer & Brats Parade Party at the Bell Museum with FREE admission & brats, a cash bar, fun activities for all ages, and premium parade viewing space from the Bell's lawn on University Avenue.
- Walk with the CFANS parade unit during the U of M Homecoming parade!

Saturday, October 18
- Tailgate with CFANS before the game, TCF Bank Stadium, Lot 37
- Watch the Gophers claim Homecoming victory over the Purdue Boilermakers!

Sunday, October 19
- Run/ walk in the Norman Borlaug Homecoming 5k on the beautiful St. Paul campus

On-going, all week
- Send a "Gopher Gram" to a CFANS faculty or staff member
- Engage in fun contests with CFANS Alumni & Friends on facebook

See our homecoming page for all of the details, registration links, to purchase tickets to the game, and more.


On this 100th Gopher Homecoming we look forward to celebrating the 50 and 25 year classes during Homecoming events. Please share your memories from your time as a student at the University of Minnesota! Memories will be featured in the November issue of Alumni & Friends eNews.

Don't miss the opportunity to spread a little cheer during Homecoming week via a "Gopher Gram" to your favorite professor, adviser or staff member from CFANS. We'll put together your nice note with a goodie bag and hand deliver it to faculty or staff at CFANS. Gopher Grams will be collected through October 12, then delivered to CFANS faculty and staff (must have a St. Paul campus address) during homecoming week. Send one now!

Goldy Gopher with male student

The CFANS Alumni Global Learning Adventures next tour to Italy is October 2 - 11, 2015. Now's your chance to secure your spot in the program: Traditional Agriculture, Wines and Foods of Italy.
Learn about organic winemaking, traditional farming methods, modern enology and land management practices along spectacular views of the Mediterranean coast. Led by Mike White, a Morse Alumni Distinguished Professor in CFANS and head of the Department of Animal Science. See a daily itinerary and additional information and complete a program application form.
Submit your deposit by December 31, 2014 and receive $200 off your program fee!

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CHS has committed $150,000 to support the new Commodity Challenge in the Department of Applied Economics. Commodity Challenge is a free on-line trading game that features “real-time” cash, futures and options quotes for corn, soybeans and wheat. It’s currently used in FFA, high schools and college classrooms to learn about grain markets and marketing strategies and it’s used by farmers and marketing groups to improve grain marketing skills. More...

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The Carl Stromberg Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Carl L. Stromberg, a 2001 Ag and Food Business Management graduate, who passed away in 2013. His parents Loy and Janet, brother and sister-in-law Eric and Laura, and his loving camping crew raised money to establish an endowed scholarship for CFANS students to honor his memory and support students who share Carl's passion for poultry. More...

Carl's Crew group photo

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, the Minnesota Youth Institute, and the World Food Prize would like to honor seven students who were selected to represent the state of Minnesota at the Global Youth Institute held in Des Moines in conjunction with the World Food Prize.

Selected students and their teacher mentors travel to Des Moines, Iowa, in mid-October to attend this exciting three-day event at which they interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates and discuss pressing food security and agricultural issues with international experts. More...

This fall Minnesota welcomed 18 new instructors (many of them CFANS graduates) offering courses in agricultural, food and natural resource education in high schools across the state.  If you live in one of these areas, please help welcome these individuals to your community! 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:

- 16th Annual Kolshorn Lecture, "The Science of Catch-and-Release Fishing"

- 22nd Annual Kuehnast Lecture on Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, "The New Communication Climate"

- Borlaug Memorial/ Hayes-Phillips Combined Lecture, "Crop Breeding for Achieving the Zero Hunger Challenge" 

- 2014 Clovia Marketplace returns to St. Paul campus

- U of M makes Forbes "10 Top Colleges to Watch" list

- WCROC to create new Peace and Meditation Garden


Marina ZillioxKris (Poirier) ('04, B.S. Agricultural Education) and Tim Zilliox welcomed daughter, Marina Kay Zilliox (left) on June 25. She weighed 8lbs 8oz and was 21.5 inches long. Marina's Gopher lineage traces back to grandfather, Larry Zilliox, who is also a CFANS alumnus ('70, B.S. Animal Sciences; '85 M.Ed. Agricultural Education) and a retired U of M Extension Educator. 

James MironKristy (Mussmann) ('10, B.S. Applied Economics) and Paul Miron welcomed James Michael Miron (right) on September 13 at 11:45 p.m. He weighed in at 8 lbs 11 oz. and was 20 inches long.

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.

October trivia question: 

The University of Minnesota hosted the 6th Annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC) on the St. Paul campus in August. Who took home the trophy known as the "Minnesota Governor's Cup" for the best Minnesota grape wine? 

White spruce in Minnesota builds needles that last six years, whereas the same species in northern Canada builds needles that last 12 years, but are only half as productive. New studies show some surprising variations in the ways that trees process carbon dioxide to make roots, trunks, branches and leaves, going against previous assumptions that the way trees use carbon was fairly constant despite a range of conditions. Two related studies published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by CFANS professor Peter Reich and colleagues in Minnesota, Arizona, Australia, China, Poland and Germany show that understanding these variations can have a big impact on our ability to predict how destroying or creating forests influences climate change. Read the full article.

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