April 16, 2015: CFANS Student News

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This is the biweekly CFANS Student News. It features events, college updates, and scholarship info for CFANS undergraduates.


Special Events

Spring Jam: Warm Up Concert
Friday, April 17, 2015
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Coffman Union, front plaza

This is the free concert before the bigger event later this month. Take a break and stop by Coffman to hear music, eat food, and pick up a wrist band for the April 25th Spring Jam event.

Ag Awareness Day
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (stop by anytime)
outside Northrop Auditorium

This free event is run by CFANS students and demonstrates how agriculture impacts our lives. Held outdoors, it includes freebies and booths hosted by producers, ag associations, corporations, government agencies and students.

Earth Day Expo
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
McNamara Plaza, East Bank campus

Stop by this event for music, free food, and unique activities. Recycle your batteries, spin an environmental trivia wheel, or talk to environmental groups about what they do. Live music from 12 to 1. Hosted by the ESPM Student Association with many community sponsors.

Borealis Night of Excellence: CFANS Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
5:30 p.m. reception; 6:15 ceremony
St. Paul Student Center, Northstar Ballroom

Join CFANS to award students, alumni, faculty, staff and more. We'll honor the senior class, Alumni Society scholarship recipients, Mentor Program honorees, and recipients of Student Board and Alumni Society awards. Learn more, see who's coming, and RSVP here. Includes refreshments.

Undergraduate Research Symposium
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Coffman Union, Great Hall

This symposium features poster displays from more than 250 undergraduates about their scientific research. Stop by to see what your fellow students are working on.

Forester's Day Celebration
Friday, April 24, 2015
free breakfast: 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Skok Hall near the ESPM lounge

Enjoy a free pancake breakfast at Skok Hall, or watch timbersport demonstrations in front of Green Hall next door. Sponsored by the Forestry Club; open to all.

Shark Tank: Audition for the TV Show
Saturday, April 25, 2015
10 a.m. to Noon
Carlson School of Management, U of M

Shark Tank, the reality TV show, is holding a private casting call for U of M students, staff, faculty and alumni with business or product proposals. See details. You must pre-register and take a completed application to the audition.


College Announcements

Take the SERU Survey to End the Emails
(and get free ice cream)
Are you tired of getting emails about the SERU survey? If you take it, those emails will stop! On a more serious note, CFANS encourages its undergrads to take the SERU survey so you can tell us about your U of M experiences. Ice cream: Submit your SERU before May 1 and you'll get an email for free ice cream from the St. Paul Student Center.

A Call for Art: Student Environmental Art Display
submit art by April 30
Show off your creative side! CFANS students are invited to submit nature-inspired photos, paintings or drawings for a recurring art display in Skok Hall. Submissions should be framed. For details, email the Student Coordinator Ali at schwi290@umn.edu.

Join the 2015 Welcome Week Staff
Help make Welcome Week successful for incoming students and build your resume. Apply for these volunteer positions by April 27.   


U of M Grand Challenges Classes

The University of Minnesota is introducing innovative new courses to address the grand challenges our world faces, along with potential solutions. Below are two new "Grand Challenge" courses that may be particularly interesting to CFANS students. BONUS: These classes fulfill various Liberal Education requirements.

Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?
(GCC 3001, 3 credits, Fall 2015)
This course seeks solutions to the challenge of achieving global food security and sustainability. Learn about the fundamental changes occurring in the global food system, the environment and society. Explore the role that science, technology and communications play in addressing these issues. Learn more about this class.

The New Boom: Promises and Challenges of the Hydrocarbon Renaissance
(GCC 3004, 3 credits, Fall 2015)
This course explores energy technology such as hydro-fracturing (aka "fracking") and its dramatic impact on economics, politics, environment degradation, and more. All major fracking areas will be addressed, with extra focus on the Bakken Shale near Minnesota. Learn more about this class.

Additional "Grand Challenges" Courses for Fall 2015:
"Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues", "Global Venture Design", and "Beyond Atrocity: Political Reconciliation, Collective Memories and Justice". See details. Starting April 20, go to the new MyU site for course guide and registration.


Scholarships with Upcoming Deadlines

Feed Energy Company Scholarships, $2500
apply by April 30, 2015
Open to students in ag-related majors. For this scholarship, you must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and write a 2-page essay on this topic: "What changes can animal agriculture make to gain public and consumer support and confidence?"

Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship, $1000
apply by May 15, 2015
These Syngenta scholarships are for students majoring in an agriculture-related field.

Izaak Walton League of America Scholarship (MN Division), $1000
apply by May 15, 2015
Multiple scholarships are available to students studying the environment, wildlife, or conservation. See application info (PDF). Applicants must be Minnesota residents.

Minnesota Pork Board Scholarship, $1000
apply by May 15, 2015
If your CFANS major has a focus on swine or the pork industry, this scholarship is aimed at you. Applicants must be Minnesota residents.

For additional scholarships related to CFANS majors, see our External Scholarships page.


Key Academic Calendar Dates

–April 10–19: class registration temporarily unavailable during system upgrades
–April 20: class registration continues (estimated go-live date)
–May 8: last day of classes
U of M academic calendar


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