Welcome from the Dean
Welcome to the 2018-19 academic year. As I walk through campus, I am struck by your energy and sense of anticipation brought on by a new school year. No doubt, your year will be filled with tremendous opportunities and challenges, both important to shaping your future and to helping you reach your full potential.
You have made a wonderful choice to be part of CFANS, and we are enthused to work with you as we explore and tackle solutions for some of the grand challenges of our time in Minnesota and across the world. In your classes and through your hands-on experiential learning you will, directly and indirectly, become part of providing enough food to nourish our growing population, creating new and improved economic opportunities for our agricultural and food sectors, and ensuring the health and sustainability of our forests, prairies, waters and wildlife.
To further enrich your experience here, I encourage you to connect and engage with your classmates and with the broader University of Minnesota community. There are several upcoming events and activities that I invite you to participate in:
- Celebrate Ag and Food Day – September 8, 3:30-8:30 pm
- CFANS Picnic on the Plaza and Resource Fair – September 11, 11:30 am - 1 pm
- Study Abroad and Global Engagement Fair - September 12, 11 am - 2 pm
- St. Paul Activities Fair - September 17, 10 am
- Ag and Food Business Career Fair – September 26, 1-4 pm
My hope for you this year is that you develop strong learning relationships across the CFANS community – students, faculty and staff. Thanks again for choosing CFANS. I look forward to meeting you. Here’s to a great academic year!
Dean Brian Buhr