The Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology (FWCB) 2017 Kolshorn Lecture and Awards Ceremony, Sept. 18, honored John Magnuson, B.S. ‘56 and M.S. ‘58, with the Distinguished Alumni Award, several students, and featured Marie-Josee Fortin, Canada Research Chair in Spatial Ecology from the University of Toronto. Magnuson offered special thanks to the influence of mentor Lloyd Smith.
CFANS Dairy Cattle Judging Teams competed in the All-American Dairy Show Collegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Harrisburg, Penn., and the Accelerated Genetics/Select Sires Collegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Viroqua, Wisc., last week and placed second overall in both contests.
CFANS hosted sixteen young women (grades 7-10) to participate in the first Gopher Girls in Agricultural STEM Scholars Program on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota, August 16-17. The program enlisted researchers and professors from across the agricultural disciplines to engage participants in the wonders of agricultural science. Participants learned about plant genetics and breeding, polymer chemistry, animal science, drones in agriculture, and more.
Love trees and love people? You can learn the basics of tree care to steward your community’s trees with CFANS Tree Care Advisor Program (TCA). Sponsored by the Urban Forestry Outreach, Research and Extension (UFORE) lab in the Department of Forest Resources, TCA is a program that trains volunteers how to care for existing trees, how to selectively plant new ones, and how to engage with their community while doing so.
The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) has announced awarding several grants to CFANS colleagues.
Tommy Van Norman joins us from Purdue University where he has worked with the Purdue Promise scholarship and support program for the past three years. While working with Purdue Promise, he has coached low-income students from Indiana throughout their college experience. He also served as a co-instructor for the pilot study abroad programs to Spain and Morocco.
There are thousands of miles between life on a farm in Minnesota and a golf course in California. But for College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) alumnus Mike Tentis ‘86, the ties that bind those two worlds together are strong.
From CFANS Dean Brian Buhr’s outstanding performance at the Agrilympics Milk-Off in the Moo Booth to a long list of dedicated volunteers and department presentations, CFANS offered another strong and compelling presence at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.
For college students, the connection between coursework and a career can sometimes seem hazy. It’s hard for emerging professionals to imagine how their education will one day be relevant in staff meetings or during sales pitches. The CFANS Mentor Program was created to help ease young adults into the transition between student and professional. The program matches current CFANS students with industry professionals in their chosen career field. Through monthly meetings and a job shadow experience, students catch a glimpse into the professional world. They are given the priceless opportunity to ask questions, network, and observe careers that interest them.