Upcoming events for alumni & friends

  • CFANS Mentor Happy Hour

    September 10, 5:30-7:30p.m., Campus Club, Coffman Union, Minneapolis, MN

    Join us for an opportunity to network with fellow alumni, mentors, and professionals, learn about the CFANS Mentor Program, and hear from speaker Trent Tucker '06 about the impact of mentoring on youth and college students. This event is open to both current mentors and to those who are interested in learning about what it means to become a CFANS mentor. Be sure to RSVP and bring a colleague or friend! For every prospective mentor you bring, your name will be included in a drawing to win tickets to the Ag and Food Day Gopher Football game on September 19.
  • Brick by Brick: CSU Road Trip: Tailgate before Minnesota Football faces Colorado State

    September 12, 2:30 p.m., Hughes Stadium Fort Collins, CO

    Gopher Football fans who are looking to hit the road this season can set their sights on the Colorado Rockies! Coach Kill and the Golden Gophers will hit the blue skies this season for a road game in Fort Collins taking on the Colorado State University Rams at 2:30 pm (CT) on September 12. Picture this: A fall afternoon football game in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with the stands full of Gopher Fans. That’s a beautiful sight! Gopher Athletics and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association are hosting a “Brick by Brick: CSU Road Trip” pre-game tailgate Saturday, September 12 at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.

  • Sensory-Friendly Saturdays at the Bell Museum

    September 12, 8am, Bell Museum

    This monthly series provides an accepting atmosphere for families with children who have sensory sensitivities. Experience the Bell Museum’s dioramas, Touch & See Room, and mini planetarium—all with lowered lighting, quieter sounds, and fewer visitors. The Bell Museum’s next Sensory-Friendly Saturday is September 12, at 8 a.m. Learn more on the Bell Museum website

  • Walk or Run the Borlaug Back to School 5K on the St. Paul Campus

    September 13, 9am, St. Paul Campus

    Project Food Security, the U of M Running Club and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences have teamed up to present the 2015 Borlaug Back to School 5K on the St. Paul campus on Saturday, September 13. This 4th annual event celebrates the legacy of Norman Borlaug, a University of Minnesota grad, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and father of the green revolution. It is also an opportunity to discuss solutions for today's food access challenges. Currently, there are over 600,000 people in Minnesota who are hungry. Project Food Security is committed to making a difference for those who face hunger locally, and we are accepting donations toward Second Harvest Heartland and Loaves and Fishes, two local non-profits that make a big difference in our area.  We'd love to see everybody come out and run or walk again! More information is available at this registration link.

  • Grand Challenges in Agriculture: Past Success and Future Collaboration with Moroccan Partners

    September 16, 1:30pm, St. Paul Student Center

    Join the celebration of a long and successful history between the University of Minnesota, Morocco's Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, Hassan II and the National School of Agriculture. Hear presentations from Susan Owens, Executive Director of USAID's Board for International Food & Agricultural Development (BIFAD) and Mohammed Sadiki '90, Secretary General, Ministry of Agriculture & Maritime Fisheries, among others, and attend the awards presentation and reception for Mohammed Sadiki's CFANS Alumni Society Distinguished Alumni Award. More information here
  • 76th Minnesota Nutrition Conference

    September 16-17, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN

    The Minnesota Nutrition Conference is a highly regarded and well known livestock nutrition conference in the upper Midwest. For over 75 years this conference has delivered leading-edge, research-based knowledge to advance sustainable production of beef, dairy, equine, poultry and swine.

  • Agricultural Education/Agricultural Communication & Marketing Sneak Preview

    September 18, 8:30a.m.-12:00p.m, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN

    High school (grades 9-12), post-secondary students, teachers, and families are invited to spend the morning on the St. Paul campus, exploring career opportunities in Agricultural Education (teaching licensure) and our major Agricultural Communication & Marketing (new home to the leadership and communication specialization)! This is the perfect opportunity to attend and find out more about the University of Minnesota and agricultural education while staying the night to attend the Celebrate Ag & Food Day football game. Interested in attending? Learn more and RSVP

  • Third Annual Celebrate Ag & Food Day

    September 19, 11:00a.m., TCF Bank Stadium

    Join us at the Gopher Football game against Kent State and show your support for Minnesota agricultural and food industries! The day will include a free tailgate and the opportunity to visit activity tables run by CFANS students and ag and food companies from around the state. You could win a pair of tickets to the game!  RSVP, buy tickets, and learn more

  • U of M Alumni Day of Service

    September 19, Various times, Nationwide

    Join fellow Gophers from coast to coast in a nationwide Day of Service. Make a difference in your community! You can volunteer at one of 18 organizations in the Twin Cities or in 11 other cities across the US.

  • CFANS at Gopher Homecoming

    September 20-26, University of Minnesota 

    Celebrate Gopher Homecoming with CFANS! Join fellow alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends at for Beer & Brats at the Bell Museum, our 4th annual Parade Party. Walk in the Homecoming Parade and show your college spirit. Send a Gopher Gram! And attend Ski-U-Mania before the football game against Ohio State. Learn more about 
    CFANS Homecoming activities

  • Applied Economics Outstanding Achievement Award Reception: Michael V. Martin

    September 25, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center

    Celebrate Michael Martin's outstanding career and contributions at a celebratory reception. Light appetizers and beverages will be served.
  • St. Paul Campus Job & Internship Fair

    September 30, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center 

    Attend this career fair intended to help students and employers connect regarding full-time jobs and internships. Open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni from all University of Minnesota campuses! Fields Represented: Agriculture, Animal Science, Banking/Finance, Business, Communication, Food Industry, Marketing & Sales.

  • 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

  • NEW Continuing Education Class Series Features U of MN Conservatory 

    Plant Arboretum ClassesNovember 7 - "Plant Adaptation to Diverse Climates" - St. Paul Conservatory
    November 14 - "Plant Rarity and Conservation at the University" - St. Paul Conservatory

    A new adult continuing education series will feature instructor Alex Eiltz, Greenhouse Curator and Research Associate at the University of Minnesota. Class participants will go "behind the scenes" with Alex in the St. Paul campus’ research conservatory to learn about plants in the University collections that showcase unique adaptations to their environments, and to discover the many ways the University is working to conserve rare and diverse plant species.

    REGISTRATION: Each class is $41 members/$55 non-members; discount bundle pricing available for both classes; register at http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/gardeningclasses.aspx or call 612-301-1210.