Class Notes

Department of Animal Science announces Golden Alumni Award winners

The Department of Animal Science announces Bruce Behrends, Ph.D. as the winner of the Golden Alumni Award — Achievement in Industry and Bradley Johnson, Ph.D. as the winner of the Golden Alumni Award — Achievement in Academia. The Golden Alumni Award recognizes one alumni from industry and one alumni from academia for their distinction in their professional lives, recognition for outstanding contributions to animal agriculture, and exceptional service to or volunteer activities in their respective fields.

Posted on: March 13, 2018

Schutz to head CFANS Department of Animal Science

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences is excited to announce that Michael M. Schutz, Ph.D., has accepted the position of Professor and Head in the Department of Animal Science. Professor Schutz will join CFANS on June 11, 2018.

Posted on: March 6, 2018
Michael Schutz

Jacobson Receives 2018 Environmental Steward Award

Dr. Larry Jacobson (‘83 Ph.D. Agricultural Engineering), Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering Professor Emeritus, has received the 2018 Environmental Steward Award from the Minnesota Pork Congress.

Posted on: February 13, 2018

Bittner '89 receives Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Award

Bette Drewry Bittner was one of four recipients of 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) during an awards ceremony at the Brazos County Expo Complex. This award is the highest given to employees. 


Posted on: February 5, 2018

Carlson '95 receives MN Corn's Friend of Agriculture

Extension Educator Brad Carlson received the "Friend of Agriculture" award from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association at their annual meeting on January 25, 2018.


Posted on: January 26, 2018

Dave Rizzo '93 to receive National Award

Dave Rizzo is being recognized as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate, calling his work a “best practice” in easing students’ transitions into college. He is among 10 people to be so recognized by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, based at the University of South Carolina.

Dave Rizzo graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1993 with his Ph.D in Plant Pathology. 


Posted on: January 25, 2018
Dave Rizzo

Medina serving as director of renewable energy for MN Farmers Union

Michelle Medina ‘11 is serving as director of renewable energy with Minnesota Farmers Union.


Posted on: October 23, 2017

FScN Retired Professor Ed Zottola Passes Away

Retired Food Science and Nutrition Professor Edmund Anthony Zottola, age 85, passed away peacefully from complications due to Alzheimer’s on October 4. Zottola worked at the University of Minnesota for 31 years as the Extension food microbiologist.


Posted on: October 23, 2017

Ball uses CFANS experiences in job as city forester

Emily Ball ’02, Urban and Community Forestry, knows that a career is often like a jungle gym, not a ladder. She also knows the value in seeking jobs that gave her transferable skills that could serve her in any position. She now works as City Forester for the City of Lakeville, a job that was preceded by a host of diverse experiences. Like many students in our programs, she “found” urban forestry in an introductory class in which she heard Professor Gary Johnson speak. After that, she knew urban forestry was right for her.


Posted on: October 23, 2017

Wilson joins University of Minnesota- Extension

Melissa Wilson ‘12 joins the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate as the Extension manure management and water quality specialist. Wilson will be working with farmers across the state to effectively manage and use manure in a way that makes sense economically, safely, and keeping water quality challenges in mind. She'll also be conducting research and inspiring graduate students.

Posted on: September 20, 2017