CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - October 2016

Some students come to CFANS with an interest in working with animals. Roberta Ryan (Fisheries and Wildlife '14) had a specific animal in mind: wolves! Ryan currently works with the Wildlife Science Center as an animal care/education assistant where she is able to work closely with these animals. " From a young age, I wanted nothing more than to have a job where I could work with wolves, and I'm extremely pleased to say that I have accomplished that goal more thoroughly than my 2nd grade self could ever have hoped for." Read more about Ryan's story here


Homecoming is fast approaching. Are you planning on attending? Join fellow alumni & friends for great events and traditions, new and old. Brighten your favorite professors day by sending a Gopher Gram, attend Beer and Brats at the Bell to watch the parade, and of course, come to the Homecoming football game!


Homecoming Vertical

We are excited to welcome six new board members, advocates, and proud CFANS alumni to the CFANS Alumni Society Board! 

-Jeff Stamp '83 '90
-Michelle Medina '11
-Roberta Ryan '14
-Annie Makepeace '15
-Tracy Fallon '96
-Jessica Markkula '95 '05


Now that applications are in, we will be starting the matching process to couple students and mentors through the CFANS Mentor Program! However, we are still looking for mentors involved in the fields of Nutrition, Food Science, and Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology.


Mentor Program - Lydia & Jessie

Ag and Food Day 2016 a wonderful opportunity connect with food (and football) fans and highlight the importance of food, agriculture and natural resources to Minnesota. 



The new Bee and Pollinator Research Lab has finally arrived! RSVP here to attend the grand opening celebration on October 29 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Thanks to the support of many generous donors over $1.7 million dollars has been given for the lab and an additional $4 million was provided by State bonding. Several donors decided to give gifts to have a space named in the new facility. 


Bee lab

Catch up on the latest happenings from the Bell Museum!

-MPR Segment features new Bell Museum + Planetarium
-Work Zone Cam On-Site


New Bell

Now that school is back in full swing, campus activity has come back to life! Here is a snapshot of some of the recent happenings on campus. 

-Dr. George Annor Joins FSCN Faculty
-Soil Judging Team ready for another year
-Bee Research Facility Complete
-Dr. Beth Ventura joins AnSc Faculty
-Dr. F. Abel Ponce de León Retires
-University of Minnesota Dairy Judging Team Receives Honors
-Admissions Priority Deadline of November 1 Draws Near


Here is a taste of some of the latest news and notes from our amazing CFANS alumni, featuring upcoming opportunities for alumni & friends, too: 

-2016 IAFB Award Recipient
-Dietetic Internship Graduate Featured on MPR


There are a lot of exciting events coming up for CFANS students and alumni! Check out some of the unique events listed below!

-Monday, October 3: Kolshorn Lecture
-Wdnesday, October 12: Arboretum’s Book Club
-Wednesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 13: Jim Brandeburg & Michael Monroe: Conservation Through the Lens 2016
-Saturday, October 15: U of M Day of Service
-Saturday, October 15-Saturday, October 22: CFANS at Gopher Homecoming
-Monday, October 17: 9 Billion and Counting: Abolishing Hunger
-Tuesday, October 18: Deep Knowledge. Healthy Future.
-Saturday, October 29: Alumni Flag Football Tournament
-Monday, November 7: Agriculture Education, Communication & Marketing Sneak Preview
-Various: University of Minnesota Alumni Association Webinars

This month, we honor the lives of two individuals...

-Richard Rust - UMN Soil Science professor, WWII veteran, devoted scientist
-Bill Marchand '51 - School of Ag alum, veteran, award-winning and beloved teacher


Richard Rust

The monthly alumni trivia question gives alumni and friends an opportunity to test their U of M knowledge. Are you up for the challenge?

The University of Minnesota marching band is a favorite to watch at home football games, especially during the pre-game and half-time show performances. Taking into account the 18-minute pre-game show and the 16-minute half-time show, the 300 members of the Minnesota Marching Band combined walk the equivalent of approximately what distance from TCF Bank Stadium during one football game?


marching band

University of Minnesota Homecoming is a tradition dating back to 1914! It has changed a great deal throughout the years depending on current events at the university-level, locally and nationally.