Upcoming Events

Annual Kolshorn Lecture
Citizen Science Networks: Discovering how to support & study practices that help the birds and the bees

October 3, 2016, 4:30pm
McNeal Hall, Room 33

Each year, the FWCB invites a distinguished scientist or conservationist to campus to give the Kolshorn Lecture. The Kolshorn lecture series was established in 1982 to honor Otto W. Kolshorn. Otto Kolshorn was a farmer, teacher, school board member, and Justice-of-the Peace from Goodhue County, Minnesota, who served 5 terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives. This year's speaker will be Dr. Janis Dickinson, of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a research leader in citizen science and avian ecology whose lectures is entitled, "Citizen Science Networks: Discoverin ghow to support & study practices tha thelp the birds and the bees." Learn more.

MN Landscape Arboretum: Jim Brandenburg & Michael Monroe: Conservation Through the Lens 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 13, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum - MacMillan Auditorium

Minnesota is home to myriad natural wonders, from wistful Prairies to the dramatic Northwoods. Spend an evening with two of Minnesota's premier artists as they blend their talents to educate and inspire about awareness and conservation of Minnesota's treasured natural resources. Watch, listen, and learn as the evening unfolds to combine world-renowned National Geographic photographer, Jim Brandenburg's images and the rich tones of Michael Monroe's vocals, guitar and flutes to create a poetic blend for eyes and ears.

There will be a limit of 333 reserved seats in an intimate setting and reserved seating costs $139, $119, $89 or $74 and includes Arboretum admission. Proceeds benefit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and a portion of the fee goes to Jim Brandenburg in support of the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation. The MacMillan Auditorium is located in the Arboretum's Oswald Visitor Center. Register and learn more here!

MN Landscape Arboretum: Books in the Garden: Fall Potpourri

Second Wednesdays, October - December, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
October 12, November 9, December 14
Snyder Building - Fireplace Room

Come join us for this series hosted by Toni McNaron, Ph.D., award-winning professor emerita of English, University of Minnesota. Relax and enjoy three books different from one another and all worth our attention. In October, read Sara Stein's immensely influential book, “Noah's Garden”, in which she gives advice on how to make our backyard gardens more environmentally friendly. In November, enter a fanciful world based in a garden, written by Peter Reynolds and entitled “Rose's Garden”. And in December, as our weather begins to turn colder, we'll listen to Tara Heavey tell us about a resplendent winter garden in her book entitled “Winter Bloom”. Then this class will hibernate until next April when we and the world around us once again blooms. We do have a limit of 24 participants and the cost for all three sessions is $49 for members and $65 for non-members. This cost does include Arboretum admission. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, check out our website!

Limit 24, Snyder Building - Fireplace Room
$49 member/$65 non-member for the 3 sessions, includes Arboretum admission

Celebrate Gopher Homecoming with CFANS

October 15-22, 2016
On-campus and online

  • Join fellow alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends at for Beer & Brats at the Bell Museum, our 5th annual Parade Party! This event is sure to be a blast and is a stellar way to reconnect with friends, family and fellow classmates!
  • Walk in the Homecoming Parade and show your college spirit! Rah, Rah for Ski-U-Mah!
  • Send a Gopher Gram to a beloved faculty or staff member! Show them that they are valued and that you care.
  • Attend Ski-U-Mania before the football game against Rutgers and cheer the Gophers on to VICTORY!

Learn more about CFANS Homecoming activities and RSVP for events here. You won't want to miss out on any of them!

2016 U of M Day of Service

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Multiple Locations

Join CFANS and U of M alumni to give back! The 2016 U of M Day of Service strives to engage alumni in service to their community on behalf of the university through one big day of service and gratitude. More than 466,000 alumni from across the world, students and others will have the opportunity to serve their communities at various volunteer sites and showcase their school pride. Alumni in 11 cities across the US will be participating by volunteering at about 20 sites! CFANS Alumni will host two metro-area service sites:  Feed My Starving Children - Eagan and City of St. Paul - St. Paul (Tree-planting activity) .  Check out the full list of sites and register here. Note that some service sites are sponsored by specific alumni groups, but all sites are open to all alumni! Use #DayofServiceUMN to let us know what you are doing on October 15!

9 Billion and Counting: Abolishing Hunger

Monday, October 17, 8am-3:30 p.m.
St. Paul Campus

The clock is ticking on global food security. A changing global climate, shifting crop production patterns, diminishing natural resources, and a growing world population that’s projected to reach 9 billion by 2050 all point toward a world without enough food. Production challenges, nutritional issues, food safety and logistics further complicate the picture.

“9 Billion and Counting,” hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, will include discussions with global food experts including a keynote address by 2016 World Food Prize Laureate Jan Low from the International Potato Center. The symposium is named in honor of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug, the U of M alumnus who led the “Green Revolution” that saved millions of people from starvation in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Additional presenters will include food industry leaders and University of Minnesota food and agricultural scientists. Following the symposium will be the unveiling of the new campus Eldon Siehl Garden and Plaza, which honors winners of the Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture and features a bronze statue of Borlaug.

UMN Sparks in Marshall: Deep Knowledge. Healthy Future.

Tuesday, October 18, 5:30 p.m.
Red Barron Arena Club Room - Marshall, MN

At this event, three University of Minnesota experts offer new insights into our health, our economy, and our lives. This year's expert speakers include:

Craig Hedberg
Topic: How information keeps your food safe
Better information is preventing foodborne illnesses and improving the safety of our food systems. Craig Hedberg introduces you to the latest information systems and lab methods.

Matthew Johnson
Topic: Treating Parkinson's disease with deep brain stimulation
Many patients with Parkinson's disease are controlling their tremors thanks to deep brain stimulation. Matthew Johnson shows you how this new approach works to improve lives.

Ed Ussett
Topic: Agriculture's next golden age?
The years 2007-14 will be remembered as the second golden age of American agriculture. What created this golden era? And why did it end? Ed Ussett tells you what to expect in the years ahead.

Alumni Flag Football Tournament

Saturday, October 29, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
TCF Bank Stadium

Come back to campus for the relaunch of the Annual Intramural Flag Football Tournament at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium! Get your old intramural team back together or form a new team with friends. Alumni of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate and join in the fun. You are allowed 7-15 players per team with two games guaranteed. Note that all intramural rules apply. 

Agricultural Education, Communication & Marketing Sneak Preview

November 7th, 8:30am-12:00 p.m.
University of Minnesota, St. Paul

High school students (grades 9-12), post-secondary students, teachers, and families are invited to spend the morning on the St. Paul campus to explore career opportunities in Agricultural Education (teaching licensure) and Agricultural Communication & Marketing. This is the perfect opportunity to attend and find out more about the University of Minnesota! Interested in attending? Learn more and RSVP here.

University of Minnesota Alumni Association Webinars

Held at Various Times

Attend a wide variety of webinars coming up in the near future: 
-Thursday, October 6 at 12:00 p.m.: Dressing Your Best for Success: Creating Career Impact With Your Wardrobe
-Wednesday, October 19 at 12:00 p.m.: Making the Most of LinkedIn: Q & A
-Wednesday, October 26 at 12:00 p.m.: The Final Countdown: Politics of the Presidential Race
-Thursday, November 3 at 12:00 p.m.: Take Control of Your Stress