Alumni & Friends News

1970s Forestry Reunion

Join your fellow forestry graduates of the 1970s, along with family and friends, for a reunion on October 14-16, 2016. The event will start on the St. Paul campus and move to the Cloquet Forestry Center (CFC). Attend some or all of the weekend activities as you renew your U of M and Cloquet connection. The event is open to all alumni who are interested in attending, but space is limited. The weekend will begin with alumni gathering on the St. Paul campus on Friday for a tour, a lecture mini-series from current faculty, and a chance to meet current students. Saturday's events will take place at the CFC, where lodging and most meals will be provided. You will get the opportunity to tour the research sites at the forest, try your hand at timbersports events, compete in a dendrology bowl, and dance at a Stump Jumpers Ball. Learn more and register online by September 1.

Klaus W. Deininger '93 named 2016 AAEA Fellow

Applied Economics alum, Klaus W. Deininger was named as one of four Fellows in 2016 by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Recognition as an AAEA Fellow is AAEA's most prestigious honor. The main consideration for selecting Fellows is continuous contribution to the advancement of agricultural or applied economics. Achievements may be in research, teaching, extension, administration, and/or other contributions to public or private sector decision-making. Klaus graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1993 with a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics. Learn more.

David Rizzo '93 featured in NY Times

Dr. David Rizzo received his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from CFANS in 1993. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California - Davis, where he studies Phytophthora ramorum, or sudden oak death. He was recently quoted in a NY Times article about the ways this pathogen has contributed to wildfires in the Sierra Nevada. Learn more

Dan Helvig '11 interviewed by #RealPigFarming

A sixth-generation pig farmer from Martin County, MN, Dan Helvig graduated from CFANS with a degree in Agricultural Education in 2011. Interviewed by #RealPigFarming, Helvig said, "Returning to the family farm is a once in a lifetime opportunity that many of us don’t get. It’s an opportunity I simply couldn’t pass up.” Read more about his experience and his decision to return to the family farm here

Shawn Haag '03 takes on new role with Acrobatiq

Shawn Haag '03 (B.S. Environmental Studies) is excited to announce that he will be taking a new position as an engagement manager with Acrobatiq, an educational technology company focused on adaptive learning. He will be responsible for delivering professional services to customers (educational and training institutions) which includes pre-sales, training, consulting and product management and implementation.

Shawn departs his 11-year tenure at the University of Minnesota, most recently as an instructional designer with the Medical School. Prior to the Medical School, Shawn worked as a program manager with the Center for Transportation Studies, and began his time with CFANS in 2005 as a freshman admissions counselor.

University of Minnesota Alumni Association Travel Program

Experience the rewards of a vacation where all the details are expertly taken care of for you. Relax and immerse yourself in the special camaraderie that happens when U of M alumni and friends explore fascinating destinations and unique cultures together.