April 14, 2016: CFANS Student News

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The biweekly CFANS Student News features events, college updates, and timely scholarship info for CFANS undergraduates.


Upcoming Events 

Small World Coffee Hour
Friday, April 15 4 - 6 p.m.
Coffey Hall, Room 120
Attend the next St. Paul Small World Coffee Hour and discover the meaning and history of cultural dance performances from a diverse range of cultures and countries. Come and learn about dance with free food, coffee and great conversation! For more information on current and past SWCH events, visit the Office of International Program's website.

10th Annual Borealis Night of Excellence
Wednesday, April 20 | 5:30-7:30pm
St. Paul Student CenterNorth Star Ballroom
RSVP by Monday, April 18
Join CFANS to honor recipients of the Student Board Awards and Alumni Society Awards, the graduating senior class, Alumni Society scholarship recipients, and Mentor Program honorees. Come support your friends and professors, and meet the fantastic CFANS alumni and friends who have made outstanding contributions to their fields and to the college. Featuring a cash bar and hors-d'oeuvres from CFANS organizations and alumni-led food businesses such as the Dairy and Meat Salesroom, Frenatae, and Compart Pork! Learn more, see who's coming, and RSVP here.  

International Student and Alumni Virtual Networking Hour
Wednesday, April 20 | 8 - 9 a.m.
This unique, free opportunity connects current international students with international alumni abroad to learn strategies for navigating the career search and to help build the networks to support those searches. Participants will be able to sign in from any device to have a series of career-related text chats with international alumni organized by virtual industry "booths." Hosted by Career Services Administration and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. Learn more and register.

Spring Jam 2016: Warm up Concert & Battle of the Bands
Friday, April 22
Warm-up Concert - 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Battle of the Bands Final Round - 5 - 8 p.m.
Coffman Union, front plaza
Take an afternoon break and stop by Coffman to hear music, eat food, and pick up a wrist band for the festival. Return in the evening to vote for your favorite Battle of the Bands finalist.

Spring Jam 2016 Festival
Saturday, April 23 |1:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Parking lot 37
All day activities include carnival rides, food trucks, and a diverse lineup of music for the U of M student population to enjoy in a festival atmosphere. Find out everything you need to know on the Spring Jam website.


College News & Announcements

Register for a Fall 2016 Grand Challenge Course!
The University’s new Grand Challenge Curriculum (GCC) offers interdisciplinary, solution-oriented courses about important global issues. All GCC courses:

  • Are 3 credits
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines
  • Meet a Liberal Education (LE) theme
  • Fulfills an Honors Experience for Honors students

Read more about what makes GCC courses unique or watch this short video, and then register for one of the Fall 2016 courses!

Federal Hiring Panel
Thursday, April 21 | 4 - 5 p.m.
Appleby Hall, Room 223
GoldPASS event #2955

Are you interested in federal employment but confused about the process or even the types of opportunities available to you? Come and enjoy FREE food while the panel discusses the benefits of working for the US Government, internship and job opportunties, and tips for navigating the federal hiring process.

Panelists represent the following federal agencies:
-US Customs & Border Protection
-National Park Service
-US District Court of MN
-USDA - National Institute of Food & Agriculture
-US Department of Homeland Security - US Citizenship & Immigration Services

Questions? Call 612-624-7577 


Undergraduate Student Board Updates

New Officers Elected for 2016–2017
Rachel Kircher, President - Animal Science major
Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke, Vice President - Plant Science major
Ashley Hussein, Secretary - Nutrition Major
Ethan Dado, Treasurer - Animal Science/Agricultural Education major
Thomas Schwartz, MSA Representative - Agricultural/Food Business Management major
Shantal Pai, Student Senator - Plant Science major

2016 Undergraduate Student Board Award Recipients Named
Attend the 10th Annual Borealis Night of Excellence on April 20 to celebrate these honorees! See details and RSVP.

Outstanding Organizational Programming: Environmental Student Association
Outstanding Organizational Partnership: Sustainable Systems Management Club
Outstanding Membership Recruitment: Sustainable Systems Management Club
Outstanding Philanthropic Events: FarmHouse Fraternity
Outstanding Professor: Daniel Gallaher, Food Science & Nutrition
Outstanding Faculty Advisor: Gary Johnson, Forest Resources
Outstanding Club Advisor: Chad Giblin, Tree Ascension Group

Little Red Oil Can Award:

  • Undergraduate Student: Dane Bacher, Forest and Natural Resource Management
  • Staff: Elaine Reber, Applied Economics


Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines   

Office of National and International Scholarships - Sophomore Scholarships Session
Monday, April 18 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Northrop, Room 240
Attend this info session to learn about a variety of national and international scholarships that can support international and post-graduation experiences, as well as study in specific career fields. Questions? Contact natschol@umn.edu.

Feed Energy Company Scholarships 
Apply by: April 30
Feed Energy offers two $2,500 scholarships to students in the Midwest (including Minnesota) who are studying an agriculture-related major. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit references, a resume, and an essay. Find more information and apply. 

Izaak Walton League of America Scholarship
Apply by: May 15
The Minnesota Division Izaak Walton League of America will award scholarship(s) of up to $1,000 to assist applicants who enter or continue in an education program in Environmental Education, Environmental Law, Wildlife Management, or some other conservation-oriented program. See the scholarship application.

Minnesota Pork Industry Scholarship
Apply by: May 15
The Minnesota Pork Board will award up to five $1,000 scholarships to individuals who are pursuing careers with an emphasis in pork. Among qualifying educational pursuits are agribusiness, agricultural engineering, agronomy, animal science, animal physiology, environmental sciences, nutrition, livestock reproduction, large animal veterinary medicine and other related fields. To download application material, visit the website.

Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship
Apply by: May 26
Syngenta is awarding a total of $20,000 in scholarships for students majoring in an agriculture-related field. Students must write an essay as part of the application. Access the scholarship application and additional information.

National Poultry & Food Distributors Association Scholarship
Apply by: May 31
The NPFDA awards $1,500-$2,000 scholarships to upcoming juniors and seniors in the fields of poultry science, food science, agricultural economics/marketing, nutrition and all other areas of study related to the poultry industry. Learn more and apply.

For other external scholarships related to CFANS majors, see our External Scholarships page. The scholarships listed above have deadlines coming up within the next month.


Key Academic Calendar Dates

–April 14: registration for fall classes begins
–May 6: last day of classes
-May 9 - 14: final exams
-May 14: end of semester!
-May 23: May session begins

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