CFANS Speed Networking

March 31, 2016
5:45pm to 7:45pm

Speed Networking 2016

Students: Perfect your networking skills by practicing with alumni and industry professionals and learning about their careers! Professionals from a variety of CFANS disciplines are invited to participate in the event, so you will be able to have conversations with those alumni in career paths that most interest you. Check out the list here

Alumni/Professionals: Help students get the hang of networking by sharing information about your career path, learning about their interests, and offering advice!  

Event is free, but registration is required:  
Students RSVP here
Professionals RSVP here

5:45-6:15pm - Check-in, light dinner, and informal networking
6:15-7:45pm - Speed Networking
Refreshments from Qdoba will be provided.
Dress code: Business casual

Karl SN 2016What is speed networking?

Think speed dating with a professional twist. The speed networking program is divided into six 10-minute sessions. Groups of 2-4 students will join a professional at their table to introduce themselves, talk about their career interests, ask questions, and get advice. Every 10 minutes, the students will move to a different professional for another round of networking. Students will receive information about the professionals in attendance prior to the event.

Event co-sponsored by CFANS Alumni Society and the CFANS Student Board. Questions? Contact Masha Finn at or Trey O'Bryan at

CFANS Alumni & Professionals in attendance: Check back for updates as RSVPs come in!

(Click here for extended bios)

  • Dylan Barth, B.S. Agricultural and Food Business Management '15
    -WinField Associate, Land O'Lakes
  • Jim BoerboomB.S. Agricultural Education '73, M.S. Agricultural Education '77
    -Deputy Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Michael Darger, B.A. Economics & Management, M.B.A. Marketing & Finance
    -U.M. Extension Center for Community Vitality
  • Amanda DurowB.S. Animal Science '09, MBA-Finance '14
    -Senior Credit Officer, CoBank
  • Dennis Fallon, B.S. Urban and Community Forestry '96, M.S. Forestry '06
    -Manager, Vegetation Management, Xcel Energy
  • Sarah Fellows, M.S. Natural Resources Science & Management '15
    -Education Coordinator, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
  • Bruce Hatteberg, B.S. Agricultural Economics '79
    -Director of Lending, CHS
  • Grant Herfindahl, B.A. Social Science '97
    - State Executive Director, USDA/Farm Service Agency
  • Valerie Klitzke, M.S. Project Management, B.A. Human Resource Management
    -Administrative Specialist, Farm Service Agency/US Department of Agriculture
  • Morgan LudvigsonB.A. Human Resource and Public Administration
    -Human Resources Generalist, CHS
  • David Manley, B.S. Agricultural Business Administration '85
    -Farm Loan Specialist, USDA Farm Service Agency
  • Shahram Missaghi, Ph. D Water Resource Sciences '14
    -U of M Extension Educator
  • Kevin Plante, B.S. Agricultural Education '86, M.Ed. Agricultural Education '10
    -Coordinator, Farmer Assistance Network, MN Dept of Agriculture
  • Monica Rauchwarter
    -Interpretive Naturalist, Third Rivers Park District
  • Alex Roth, Ph.D Natural Resources Science and Management '15
    -Ecologist, Friends of the Mississippi River
  • Naomi Sundalius, MBA '14
    -Product Development Lead, Bellisio Foods