Engage, share and . . . remember the "and"!

A message from 2015-16 Alumni Society President Myah Walker

Greetings alumni and friends,

Myah WalkerThis has been such a wonderful year of reflection for the CFANS Alumni Society. A significant part of that reflection was evaluating how we as a society can better serve alumni, the college, students, and friends. As a result, we developed a strategic plan outlining a new mission and four key focus areas for future society service and programming. Areas for focus include assisting with increased enrollment; cultivating a sense of belonging for our diverse CFANS community; increasing alumni engagement; and developing sustainable systems, structures and support services for our society programming.

As we continue to grow and strengthen our society programs, we are also continuing to grow our sponsorships. We are so thankful to our sponsors for supporting the efforts of the Alumni Society because without them our reach would be limited. As a result of sponsor funding, every year our scholarship program has grown, with 21 scholarships awarded in 2015-16. It is so rewarding seeing the impact these scholarships have on our students.

As I conclude my year as president, I have three requests of you, our CFANS community:

First, continue to stay engaged and connected with CFANS and the university. Staying engaged with the college provides you an opportunity to pay it forward whether it is through mentoring a student, contributing to scholarship funds, or advocating on behalf of the college.

Second, I ask you to share your story. Each of you has a unique story of why you chose CFANS and how it has enriched your journey. Your story has the power to encourage and motivate others to taking the next step to accomplishing their dreams. You are now a CFANS alumni ambassador. You never know whom your story may inspire along the way.

Lastly, remember the “and.” I have often heard Dean Buhr ask students “what is the most important word in the name of our college?” The responses are always, “Food,” “Agriculture,” “Natural Resources” or “Sciences.” Dean Buhr reminds us that the most important word in the name of our college is “AND.” Although we study different disciplines and are divided by departments, we are all connected through our mission.

I encourage each of you to reconnect if you haven’t, or continue to stay engaged if you are connected. There are many opportunities to do so, including serving as a CFANS mentor, alumni ambassador, or society committee member. It has truly been a pleasure serving as your Alumni Society president and I look forward to seeing the accomplishments that lie ahead under the direction of your new president Larry Thomas.

Myah Walker ‘10