CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - September 2015

Richard Barnes earned his B.S. ('64) in Agricultural Business Administration. Through his on-campus involvement, he learned about the Minnesota Agricultural Student Trainee Program (MAST) International which ignited a passion for international affairs. Richard Barnes is no stranger to international travel and creating an impact on the global scale. Learn more about Richard's adventures and journey.

Richard Barnes

Last year, 174 CFANS students were paired with mentors - alumni and professionals from around Minnesota, the US, and the world. This program connects students with mentors who support them as they explore career paths, learn how to network, and develop their professional skills. Applications are closing soon for the 2015-16 year! Learn more

Mentor Program - Lydia & Jessie

Show your support for Minnesota agricultural and food industries at the Gopher football game on September 19 and enter a drawing to win tickets to the game! Join us for the free Celebrate Ag and Food Day Tailgate prior to the game and visit activity booths around the stadium hosted by CFANS student groups, 4-H, and Extension. Learn more about this upcoming event.

Ag and Food Day

Join us during homecoming week, September 20-26, for one (or all) of the many fun activities we have planned:

  • Join us for our 4th annual Beer & Brats Parade Party at the Bell Museum with FREE admissions & brats, a cash bar, fun activities for all ages, and premium parade viewing space from the Bell's lawn on University Avenue.
  • Join the CFANS float in the Homecoming Parade!
  • Celebrate before the Homecoming football game at Ski-U-Mania 2015, featuring food from D'Amico, crowning of the Homecoming king and queen, Goldy, and much more.
  • Send a Gopher Gram to a CFANS faculty or staff member.

See our Homecoming page for all of the details and registration links.

Homecoming Logo

CFANS Mentor Happy Hour - September 10

Join fellow CFANS alumni & friends at the Campus Club to network and learn about the CFANS Mentor Program. The event is open to both current mentors and to those interested in learning more about the program. Bring colleagues and friends! 

Third Annual Celebrate Ag & Food Day - September 19

Celebrate Minnesota agricultural and food industries as Gopher football hosts Kent State! Join fellow alumni & friends at the free tailgate and visit activity tables around the stadium.  
- CFANS at Gopher Homecoming - September 20-26

Join the CFANS community at the Homecoming Parade, the CFANS Beer and Brats Parade Party at the Bell Museum, and much more. 

Click through for even more upcoming events!

In April, the University of Minnesota Bee Lab was the recipient of the donations from the Mississippi Market's Positive Change program, which raised over $11,000 to benefit the Bee Lab's research. Learn more.

Mississippi Market Bee Lab

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:

- Department of Soil, Water, and Climate welcomes new staff member

- Dennis Becker transitions to position at University of Idaho

- Department of Food Science and Nutrition Associate Professor Tonya Schoenfuss, Ph.D. interviewed for article in Vanity Fair 

- Global Food Ventures fellowships awarded

- Department of Food Science and Nutrition Professor Ted Labuza, Ph.D. elected to FDA Food Advisory Committee

- Plant Pathology Graduate student Blake Webster evaluates a reemerging threat to corn


News and notes from our amazing CFANS alumni! Featured this month:

Michael Schutz ('84, '89) appointed director of Extension's agriculture and natural resources programs in Indiana

Plant Pathology alumnus Michael Wingfield ('83) featured in Science Magazine


This month we remember the life and accomplishments of one member from the CFANS community who will be missed by many:

Norman Brakken ('48, '59), longtime agricultural educator, conservationist, historian and community servant

Mark McCulley ('74), previous president of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and farmer who passed too soon in a farming accident

- Arlene Knudson ('52), a dietician and family-focused woman who served her local 4-H community

Bill Rempel ('52), previous professor Emeritus University of Minnesota in the Department of Animal Science


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.

September alumni trivia question:
Fall bonfires are coming up fast and we want to test your pest-deterring knowledge! There is an all-natural way to prevent mosquito bites by using a natural herb, which CFANS Professor and Extension Horticulturist Mary Meyer has given her knowledge on recently. Which plant is it?


The U of M will begin construction later this year on a new, 10,500-square-foot lab facility which will house bee research, led by world-renowned bee expert Marla Spivak. The existing lab is outdated and in poor condition; the new lab will include space for training new scientists as well as conducting ongoing research.

In addition to research and teaching space, the new facility will include beekeeping and commercial honey extracting equipment, as well as office and storage space. Outside the building, there will be a bee apiary, demonstration pollinator gardens and cold storage.

The groundbreaking celebration for the new University of Minnesota Bee and Pollinator Research Lab took place on August 3rd. Funding for the $6 million research lab was approved in the 2014 legislative session and the U of M Board of Regents approved its design in May. Construction is scheduled to begin later this summer and will be completed in June 2016.

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