Class Notes

Kappers named 2017 MAAE Agriscience Teacher of the Year

Molly Kappers '10 '16 was awarded the 2017 MAAE Agriscience Teacher of the Year Award at the annual Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators' summer conference.


Posted on: August 5, 2017
Molly Kapper CFANS Alumni

McCormick and Pederson start probiotics company, thirty-two degrees

Garret McCormick '15 and Amanda Pederson '16 have started a probiotics company, thirty-two degrees,  handcrafting coconut water kefir. 


Posted on: August 3, 2017
McCormick Pederson Probiotics CFANS Alumni

Wingfield: Biosecurity depends on collaborations

Michael Wingfield ‘83 is a worldwide leader in tree disease biology whose thirty-year career has been dedicated to researching tree pests and pathogens. Before accepting the 2016 University of Minnesota Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals last month, Wingfield gave a presentation emphasizing that future biosecurity depends upon engaging and collaborating with politicians and social scientists more than ever.


Posted on: July 7, 2017

Frederiksen donates Jakob Eriksson Prize

On June 20th the Department of Plant Pathology welcomed alumni and friends to celebrate Richard Frederiksen '55 '57 '61. During the event, Dr. Frederiksen donated his 1998 Jakob Eriksson Prize to Plant Pathology.


Posted on: July 3, 2017
Richard Frederiksen CFANS

Duncanson featured in University of Minnesota Alumni Association Magazine

Pat Duncanson '81 still lives in the house he grew up in and farms the same land his parents did. Now he’s preparing the next generation to take over the family farm.


Posted on: July 3, 2017

Spotlight: Kelsey Gunderson

Following her older sister’s footsteps to the University of Minnesota, Agricultural Education, Communication and Marketing (AECM) alum Kelsey Gunderson '13 explored the options of the AECM program. “The agriculture industry was enticing, and AECM allowed for different opportunities to pursue after graduation,” she said.


Posted on: July 1, 2017

In Memory: Marlyn William Wacholz '69

Marlyn William Wacholz '69 received his Master's Degree from the University of Minnesota. He was born in Mansfield, Minnesota on his family's farm. Marlyn taught agriculture and farm management to high school students for 15 years, before moving on to work at various institutions of higher education across Minnesota. He eventually became the president of Riverland Technical college in Rochester, Minnesota. Marlyn was a proud leader in the Future Farmers of America and was inducted into their hall of fame for his exceptional work.

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Posted on: June 23, 2017

In Memory: Bob Morrison

The North American swine industry suffered a great loss on Tuesday, May 2, as Bob Morrison, University of Minnesota veterinary professor, was killed in a two-vehicle accident in the Czech Republic.

Two others traveling with Morrison were also killed that afternoon when the vehicle they were in collided with another vehicle, according to the Associated Press. Also killed in the accident were Pam Wetzell and Deb Spronk.


Posted on: June 19, 2017

In Memory: Arvid Knudtson ‘50, ‘54, ‘57

Arvid Knudtson '50, '54, '57, prominent CFANS graduate and winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award for alumni, passed away on May 26, 2017. Born in Chisholm, Minnesota, Arvid will be remembered as a savvy businessman, admired mentor, loving father and adored husband. Arvid began a lifelong affair with academics at Hibbing Junior College, where he worked towards a bachelor's degree and ran a feed store. He then moved to Minneapolis to complete his degree at the University of Minnesota. He would go on to receive a master's degree as well as a Doctorate in Agricultural Economics at the U.

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Posted on: June 14, 2017

In Memory: Stanley Diesch ‘51

A Siehl Prize Laureate, proud FarmHouser, former Honorary Consul to Uruguay, and 3-time University of Minnesota alumnus, Diesch was a beloved leader and collaborator. Diesch received his Bachelors of Science from what was then called the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Home Economics in 1951. He then received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1956 and his Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health in 1963.  


Posted on: June 13, 2017