Upcoming events for alumni & friends

Bell Museum: After Hours

October 7, 5:30-9:30pm, Bell Museum of Natural History

Gain unique perspectives on the Bell Museum's special exhibits from artists and University of Minnesota experts in an engaging, informal gallery tour. Explore your creative side at Sketch Night, whether you're an accomplished illustrator, casual hobbyist, or budding artist. Gather to draw, color or craft a variety of themed specimens that are often tucked away safely in the Bell's vaults! Each night has a unique theme. Also, get inspiration from above either stargazing with the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics or soaring through the solar system in their ExploraDome theater.

University of Minnesota Alumni Association Webinar Series

Various times; next October 12, Noon-1:00pm 

The Alumni Webinar Series features a dozen or more free live webinars on career and personal topics each school year. All webinars are also archived so you can watch them anywhere, anytime.

October 12 - Ask a Leadership Coach: Open Q & A 
October 15 - Say No to Networking and Yes to Growing Your Network: A User's Guide to Intentional Connecting
October 29 - Making the Most of LinkedIn: Open Q & A
November 19 - Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome

9th Annual Dr. Norman Borlaug Memorial Lecture: 2050: Agriculture's Role in Mitigating Global Challenges

October 12, 3:00-5:00pm, St. Paul Student Center Theater

Dr. Robert Fraley, World Food Prize Laureate 2013, will share his outlook on the challenges of population growth. As climate patterns, planting zones, plant diseases and pest pressures fluctuate and shift, further strains are put upon our natural resources including water and its availability. These issues combine and become one of the greatest challenges for food security in the history of agriculture. Today, leaders in agriculture are exploring new innovations that can help farmers produce more food on less land, while also identifying ways to improve soil health and the environment around us. Learn more about the lecture here

Proactive 5-Step Process to Make a Significant Career Transition

October 12, 5:30-7:00pm, 3M Auditorium, Carlson School of Management

Come join Elizabeth Craig, Master Career and Job Landing Strategist, who will provide valuable insight on making a job or career transition during this fun and interactive event.

  • Energize your capabilities to see possibilities and start thinking about next steps. 
  • Leverage your accomplishments on paper and in interviews.
  • Connect with fulfilling new opportunities in a meaningful, engaged and rewarding work life or career.

Elizabeth will involve attendees in their own 5-Step Process for personalized career transition. Learn your unique V+S+P motivations that brought you to where you are now and will lead you to a more meaningful future. Plus, identify your areas of success to move towards your goals. Results will expand possibilities and ideas for some and narrow down what’s possible for others. 


October 20, 5:30-9:00pm, Coffman Memorial Union Theater

The Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (ESPM) Student Association (ESA) is unveiling its first annual Eco-U.  Eco-U presents a dynamic experience that explores the future of energy with a particular emphasis placed on energy in Minnesota. The event will include a keynote speaker, panelists, and 'world cafe' reception. 

The keynote speaker is Nate Hagens, currently a UMN adjunct professor teaching a course on energy and environmental issues. He serves on the Board of Directors of Post Carbon Institute, the Institute for Integrated Economic Research, the Bottleneck Foundation, and the Institute for the Study of Energy and Our Future.

E.C. Stakman Award Ceremony

October 22, 10:30am-12:00pm, 105 Cargill Building

Come celebrate this year's recipient of the E.C. Stakman Award for outstanding achievements in the field of plant pathology. Jeff Ellis, Program Leader for CSIRO Plant Industry will be presented this year's award and will deliver a research seminar titled "Molecular genetics of rust disease - from fundamental understanding to application."

Government and Nonprofit Career Fair

October 23, 10:00am-3:00pm, Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall

Alumni & students are welcome to attend for the chance to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies. See list of employers and available positions here

Tree Planting with CFANS

October 24, 9am Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary

Join CFANS, the Environmental Student Association, the UMN Forestry Club, and the city of Saint Paul for a volunteer planting event! Volunteer will plant trees in the morning, with a free picnic lunch afterward. Students, alumni, faculty, staff, families, and friends are all welcome! Learn more and RSVP here. 

5th Annual Food Day UMN

October 26, 10:00am-2:00pm, Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall

FREE, open to the public and organized by U of M students with support from the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, Food Day is a day to resolve to make changes in our diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities, at the local state and national level. Stop by to check out a real food booth-style exhibition hall of different student, university and community groups or to engage in other activities including cooking demonstrations, prize raffles and tasting sessions. Interested in volunteering or participating? Contact Max Krajnik or Emily Bruns for more information.

Emerging Professionals Network at Insight Brewing

October 26, 5:30-7:30pm, Insight Brewing Company

Join the University of Minnesota Alumni Association for the next Emerging Professionals Network event at Insight Brewing for an evening of networking. Explore this local hot spot and enjoy hosted brews as we hear from co-founder and U of M alumnus Brian Berge. Gourmet food trucks will be there with food to purchase. Join in connecting with fellow Gophers and showing your off your U of M pride!

Food Access Summit 2015

November 8 to November 10, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

500 participants from agriculture, anti-hunger, tribal, community development, education, retail, health and philanthropy sectors will gather for a two-day conference to build upon existing partnerships, collaborations and alliances that strengthen and expand the work of individuals and agencies. Workshops, networking and issue area strategic discussions will be utilized to energize and connect participants so that they are ready to act, implement and operationalize strategic priorities that create an equitable food system for all, from the producer to the consumer.