September 8, 2016: CFANS Student News

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Welcome to the first CFANS Student News of fall semester! This biweekly newsletter features events, college updates, scholarship information and timely announcements for CFANS undergraduates.


New Advising Center Now Open!

The brand-new centralized Advising Center for CFANS undergraduates is open for business. Come see us in 130 Coffey Hall to meet with your academic advisor or to consult with staff from One Stop Student Services. In addition, staff from the University Honors Program, the Learning Abroad Center, and Career & Internship Services will hold regular office hours in this space, and you can take advantage of drop-in advising hours for those quick (10-15 minute) questions and issues. See schedules, resources, and/or make an appointment with your advisor on our website.

Please celebrate with us at the Grand Opening!
Thursday, September 22 | 2 - 4 p.m.
Mingle with the staff and other students, enjoy CFANS showcase treats, and tour the space.


Events & Activities

Celebrate Ag and Food Day
Saturday, September 10 | 9 a.m. tailgate; 11 a.m. game
TCF Bank Stadium
Be part of Celebrate Ag & Food Day as Gopher Football hosts Indiana State! Attend the game and show your support for Minnesota agricultural and food industries. Tickets available at a special 50% discounted rate for $15 (zone 6 only) for CFANS students & community members. Use promo code AFD16. If you're planning to attend the game, be one of the first 50 CFANS students to sign up and get a free Ag & Food Day t-shirt. Be sure to come early for the tailgate outside Mariucci, and visit activity tables hosted by students and departments around the stadium. Learn more.

CFANS Picnic & Resource Fair
Wednesday, September 14 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ruttan Hall outdoor plaza (between Ruttan and Magrath Library)
Allow CFANS to welcome you back to campus with this annual event, featuring FREE sandwiches, grilled corn, CFANS apples and ice cream sandwiches. You'll also have the opportunity to learn about CFANS student clubs and organizations, and services for students at the resource fair.

Small World Coffee Hour
Friday, September 16 | 4 p.m.
120 Coffey Hall
Enjoy free food and coffee while exploring cultures from around the globe. Attend the first Small World Coffee Hour of the semester and explore the topic of vegetarianism around the world. You will learn about the origins and history from a variety of countries and cultural groups.


Info Fairs & Workshops

Think Like a Researcher Workshop Series
September 14, 21, and 28 | 4:30 - 6 p.m.
310 Walter Library
Interested in doing research? This 3-workshop series is designed to help undergraduates become comfortable with the skills and tools needed to participate in a variety of research opportunities. Learn about topics such as finding faculty mentors and scholarly literature, data management basics, writing proposals, designing posters, applying for funding, and more. Learn more and complete a short application.

Community Involvement Fair
Wednesday, September 21 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Coffman Union, Great Hall
You can make a difference in the Twin Cities community! This event provides students a chance to learn about local volunteer and internship opportunities for individuals and groups. Talk to representatives from more than 90 organizations to find a position that matches your major and/or interests. Learn about volunteer and internship positions in fields such as: youth education and mentoring, ELL/ESL tutoring, the environment, animal rights, healthcare / public health, law / criminal justice, housing / homelessness, political organizing, public policy, family services / family violence, the arts, GLBT communities, and women and gender issues. See details.

Land O'Lakes Global Food Challenge Info Sessions
September 27 | 4 - 6 p.m. - East Bank session
September 27 | 5:30 - 7 p.m. - West Bank session
September 28 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. - St. Paul session
Attention sophomores who have an interest in issues related to global food security: Land O'Lakes, Inc. is looking for the next group of Emerging Leaders for the Land O'Lakes, Inc. Global Food Challenge. Students selected as Emerging Leaders will gain a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the food and agricultural industry outside the classroom: this includes trips to Washington, D.C and Africa as part of an 11-week paid summer internship with Land O’Lakes, Inc. Online applications are being accepted until October 31. Prospective applicants should also plan to attend one of the info sessions on campus (RSVPs required - follow event links above) to explore how you can make a difference while visiting with a Land O'Lakes representative.

CFANS Study Abroad and Global Engagement Fair
Wednesday, September 28 | 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Outside Coffey Hall (Buford Avenue side)
Join us at the CFANS Study Abroad and Global Engagement Fair to explore international opportunities and study abroad options. Meet CFANS faculty leaders and past program participants, learn about study abroad grants, enjoy live music, and much more. The first 50 students to check in at the main table will win a CFANS study abroad backpack!

St. Paul Career Fair
Wednesday, September 28 | 1 - 5 p.m.
St. Paul Student Center, North Star Ballroom
Attend this career fair to explore career paths and connect with 60+ employers regarding full-time jobs and internships. Pre-register by Friday 9/23 and be entered to win a leather padfolio for your use at the Fair! Fields Represented: Agriculture, Animal Science, Banking/Finance, Business, Communication, Food Industry, Marketing & Sales, and Retail. Prepare for the Career Fair by attending any or all of these supplemental activities:

  • Career Fair Prep Workshop - 9/21. Get tips for an effective career fair experience, and also free pizza! RSVP required.
  • Resumania - 9/22 & 9/23. Career counselors and peer advisors will be at the ready for drop-in resume feedback and advice.
  • Effective Interviewing Workshop - 9/26. Improve your interview skills, get free pizza. RSVP required.
  • Career Fair Mingle - 9/27. Attend this informal networking event the evening before to connect with organizations and prospective employers. Registration in GoldPASS encouraged.

Opportunities to Engage

Sign-up for the CFANS Mentor Program
Apply by: September 27
Connect with a professional in your field who can help you explore your major and career path. Through the CFANS Mentor Program, students will meet 1:1 with an alumni or professional in their field of interest, participate in a job-shadow, expand their networks, and get advice about internships and jobs. Program runs October-May. Learn more.

A Call for Art: Student Environmental Art Display
Submission deadline: September 30
Show off your creative side! Submit your original nature-inspired photography, paintings, drawings and more for the Student Environmental Art Display in the basement of Skok Hall. Submissions must be framed and ready to hang. Please provide a title, year, and medium, as well as a bio or short description of how the piece came to be. Contact: Lisha at kirpa006@umn.edu

Participate in World Food Day 2016
October 16
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) encourages university students to engage in the challenge of finding solutions to feed a growing world population without destroying the planet in the process. There are many ways students can participate to raise awareness of World Food Day, climate change, and world hunger:

  • Participate in the World Food Day poster contest and/ or video contest (up to age 19)
  • Organize a student event to raise awareness of World Food Day and the climate change theme
  • Promote your World Food Day activities through social media with the hashtag #WFD2016
    See more resources on FAO's 2016 World Food Day's website.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Davey Foundation Arbor Grant Program - $1,000
Apply by: September 23
Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate pursuing a major in the "green industry" and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship - $500
Apply by: September 30
Eligible applicants include any person who is a Farm Bureau member or qualifies under their family's membership. Applicants must be going into their junior or senior year in college and be enrolled in agriculture, conservation, or forestry.

Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship - various amounts
Apply by: October 1
Up to three scholarships totaling $5,000 will be awarded to college junior, senior or graduate students studying bison or fields related to the bison industry.

See the details for these and other scholarships on our external scholarships page.


Key Academic Calendar Dates

– Sept 12: last day to add fall classes without instructor approval
– Sept 12: 100% refund deadline for canceling fall classes
– Sept 17: first fall payment due
– Sept 19: last day to add fall classes without college approval
– Sept 19: last day to cancel fall classes and not receive a "W" on transcript; last day to change grade basis (letter grade or pass-fail)
– Sept 19: 75% refund deadline for canceling fall classes
– Sept 26: 50% refund deadline for canceling fall classes

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