Upcoming Events

Sustainability Film Series: The True Cost

April 5, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Northrop Best Buy Theater

The Institute on the Environment, Bell Museum of Natural History, University Services Office of Sustainability, and University Dining Services host the free Sustainability Film Series the first Thursday evening of the month from February to May. 

The True Cost

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

113th University of Minnesota Alumni Association Annual Celebration

April 7, 2017

Join the Alumni Association for the 113th Annual Celebration to celebrate our alumni community, volunteers, board members and campus partners. The evening will include a networking social hour, full dinner and program featuring keynote speaker and CFANS alum Dr. Jeffrey Stamp, B.S. '83, Ph.D. '90, Founder & Chief Storyteller at Bold Thinking, LLC, and creator of Baked! Lay’s® Potato Crisps. Known for his quest for seizing Aha! Moments and for his worldwide expertise in bringing out the creative best in students and professionals alike, Jeffrey will take you on a fun and daring adventure to help you transform your approach to creativity from accidental to intentional - and to discover what it truly takes to convert your Aha! Moments into opportunities you can use for a lifetime.

Learn more and register at z.umn.edu/umaa17celeb.

Science is a Visual Medium

April 11, 8:30-9:30am
325 Learning & Environmental Sciences Building, St. Paul Campus

Join Greg Mercer—Illustrator and Visual Storyteller at Chicago's famed Field Museum—for the first talk in our Science is a Visual Medium event series. Working in the Field Museums' communications and exhibit departments, Mercer has collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of scientists, designers, and communicators on exhibitions and short form video. He'll discuss his experiences filming researchers into the field and his use of video, voiceover, and animation to bring science alive for the public.

8th Annual Ag Awareness Day

April 11
Northrop Mall

Each year the University of Minnesota Agricultural Education Club brings the world of agriculture to the middle of Minneapolis. Join the University of Minnesota's Agriculture Education Club as they host the 8th Annual Ag Awareness Day! Attendees will have the chance to talk with CFANS Students and industry representatives to learn more about various aspects of the agriculture industry. The event will be a fun learning experience featuring interactive booths and live animals such as calves, pigs, llamas, sheep, and goats! Come down to the mall in front of the Northrop Auditorium to interact with animals, speak to industry professionals, and learn how agriculture is a part of your everyday life! Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend. Follow the University of Minnesota Ag Awareness Day on Facebook or on twitter @UMNAgAware

To learn more about this event check out the Facebook page

Navigating a New City, A #UMNCareerChat

April 12, 12pm-1pm

You moved (or you are about to move) to a new city... Now what?! Join us as we talk about some ways that you can prepare for the trasnition of moving, how to get acqainted with your new city, and important tips on being a newcomer. 

11th Annual Borealis Night of Excellence

Apri 19, 5:30pm
North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center

Please join us for a special event co-hosted by the CFANS Alumni Society and CFANS Student Board. The evening will honor the graduating senior class, Alumni Society scholarship recipients, Mentor Program honorees, and the recipients of the Student Board Awards and Alumni Society Awards. More information can be found at z.umn.edu/borealis.

Help us celebrate outstanding students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college!

SciSpark 2017: Women in Science

April 19, 2017

What happens when a dozen scientists present their work in five minutes or less? Find out at SciSpark 2017, a fun, fast-paced evening of mini-lectures by women in the sciences at the U of M! Hear highly succinct takes on topics ranging from ecology to enzymes. Food and conversation to follow.

Alumni Webinar: Creating a Meaningful Career

April 20, 12-1pm

In the last decade much reserach has been done on what actually creates purpose and meaning at work. Simultaneouslly, we have seen a shift in priorities for today's professionals, with more workers focusing on careers that give back to the community, have impact, and feel purposeful. Workers today want to design a life and workplace that is consistent with their priorities and values. This webinar will share simple tips that can help you create a professional life that provides meaning and purpose, and that is in alignment with your values. 

Hosted by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. 

3rd Annual Conservation Biology Research Spotlight Fundraiser

April 20, 5:30-8:30pm
Cargill Building, St. Paul Campus

Low Waste Event Featuring: Research Discussions, Poster Session, Silent Auction, Bake Sale & Dinner.

This event provides financial support for graduate students to present their research at conferences around the world.

81st Annual Foresters Day Celebration

Friday, April 21
Green Hall, St. Paul Campus

This year marks the 81st annual Foresters Day Celebration. Sponsored by two undergraduate clubs, the Forestry Club and the Tree Ascension Group, the event will be held on Friday April 21 in and around Green Hall on the St Paul campus. The day will start with a free pancake breakfast cooked by Forest Resources faculty from 8 -11 am in the lower level of Skok Hall. Starting at 10:30 am, the Tree Ascension Group will be offering tree climbing in the Upper Buford Circle area right outside of McNeal Hall. Starting at 11 am, the Forestry Club will offer timbersports in the same area. No prior experience is required, but all participants must fill out a release of liability form on-site. 

We hope you can join us for Foresters Day! All alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends are welcome.

UK Alumni Network London Social Hour

Friday, April 21
Trading House, Gresham Street, London

Join us for a gathering of University of Minnesota Alumni and Friends in London. Socialize with other alumni and meet University of Minnesota Alumni Association Director of International Alumni, Audra Gerlach Ferrall. Feel free to forward this invitation to other UMN alumni and friends of the University so they may join as well! Appetizers and beverages will be provided. 

Minnesota Royal: 101 years of tradition

In 1916, a tradition began on the St. Paul Campus; 101 years later the tradition continues during the 2017 community-building, campus-wide event known as Minnesota Royal. It is a week full of events that unite students, faculty, community members, and alumni in celebration of fun and agriculture at the University of Minnesota. Alumni are invited to attend and participate in Showmanship, and the Alumni BBQ on April 22. 

Minnesota Royal
April 22, 2017
Alumni are invited to come back to campus on April 22 for:
: 8am-late afternoon
Alumni BBQ: 12-2pm

All MN Royal events will take place April 17-22. Check out the full schedule.

Forest and Natural Resources Management Seminar

Wednesday April 26th
203 Green Hall

Cloquet Forestry Center Interim Director Andy David and Forest Manager Kyle Gill will present on the research, education, outreach, and management activities that have happened on the forest since 2015. They will also preview management activities planned for the near future.

Alumni Webinar: Student Debt Management and Refinancing

April 27, 12-1pm

Have student loans? Our partner, Credible, will present easy ways to refinance and save on student loans, key considerations when choosing whether to refinance or not, and how better managing your student loans and refinancing affects other parts of your life, including your credit, mortgage, etc. 

Hosted by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. 

CFANS Graduate Student Commencement

April 28
St. Paul Campus

Commencement ceremony for graduate students in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Science.

More information: http://www.cfans.umn.edu/academics/grad-resources/commencement

Star Party with MIfA

May 5, 8:30-10pm

Explore the sky with astronomers from the Bell and the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics. Our FREE telescope observing nights take place every month (weather permitting). Star Parties are very informal and family-friendly, and you can arrive and leave at any time.

Each evening will start with a special science presentation by MIfA graduate students in the Bell Museum's Auditorium. After the talk, the party will continue with telescope observing in the courtyard. We provide the telescopes and will guide you through observations of the same celestial objects that have inspired sky-gazers throughout history!


May 7, 9am
MN Landscape Arboretum

THE 20th ANNUAL ARBORETUM BUD BREAK 5K RUN/WALK is a certified asphalt course that winds through scenic spring Arboretum landscapes, including challenging hills and rolling prairies. Medals will be awarded to top three runners overall. Results will be posted on Raceberry Jam at https://www.raceberryjam.com/.

CFANS Undergraduate Student Commencement Ceremony

May 12, 2pm
Mariucci Arena

This is the commencement ceremony for undergraduate students in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.  For additional information about the CFANS commencement ceremony and eligibility for it, see the "Frequently Asked Questions" section on the CFANS Commencement Ceremony page.

Save the Date: 2nd Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition

September 18-20
Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel, Prior Lake, MN

Join the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute on September 18-20, 2017 at Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel in Prior Lake, MN for this annual conference that brings together tribal officials, researchers, practitioners, and others to discuss the current state of Indigenous and academic scientific knowledge about Native nutrition and food science, and identify new areas of work. An informal evening reception will be held on September 17 for those attending--please plan your travel arrangements accordingly. Registration will open in May 2017. Check the HFHL website to receive updates about the conference.

Save the Date: Food Access Summit 2017

October 25-27
Duluth, MN

Save the date for Food Access Summit 2017 to be held in Duluth. This two-day gathering is poised to grow from 500 to 800 people to create and leverage powerful connections amongst multiple sectors whose work intersects around healthy food access. We welcome back past Food Access Summit attendees and their colleagues, have plans to expand participation within additional systems/sectors, and will recruit more people in roles of shaping policy and designing systems related to how people access food in their community. Learn more.

Connecting With U - Animal Science Showcase

April 11, 2017

Save the date and join the Department of Animal Science as it showcases and celebrate the accomplishments of faculty, students, and alumni over the past year. This event is open to alumni, industry partners, and stakeholders.