Ways To Stay Connected

The Department of Horticultural Science believes that the connections made in college are ones that can last a lifetime. Interaction with the department doesn’t need to end after graduation, and we hope it doesn’t. From lectures to social gatherings to mentoring a current student, there are many ways to stay connected.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Newsletter cover - Summertime - Spring/Summer 2018The department publishes a biannual Horticulture newsletter to share news and happenings throughout the year. Fill out this online form to ensure you receive the next edition in print or via email, then check your mailbox in June and November for new issues. Moved recently? Be sure to update your contact information in order to receive alumni communications from our department.

Mentor a Student in Plant Sciences or Food Systems

Each year, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences matches over 150 students with mentors working in the career field. At a minimum, mentors commit one hour per month to having conversations with mentees about career goals, knowledge gained from working in the field, and plans and ideas for opportunities to pursue. Mentors also offer the opportunity for mentees to participate in a half-day (or more) job shadow. The mentor program is always seeking mentors to develop the next generation of professionals and accepts applications year round. Learn more about the mentor program and apply on the CFANS Mentor Program page.

Drop in for a Wednesday Seminar

We host weekly seminars throughout the academic year featuring professors, researchers, and other professionals doing interesting work in the field of horticultural science. Seminars are held Wednesdays at 3:30pm in 310 Alderman Hall (St. Paul campus) unless noted otherwise. All are invited to attend at no cost, no RSVP required, and we even provide light snacks and refreshments.

We encourage you to browse the seminar schedule when it comes out at the beginning of each semester.

Plan to attend HortSci Grows

Kermit Olson Crowd

HortSci Grows, a day celebrating where the department has been and where we're going held annually in the spring, is our biggest departmental event. Alumni, donors, and friends of the department are encouraged to attend various events hosted throughout the day, including the Kermit A. Olson Memorial Lecture featuring an invited guest, a reception, and poster competition. The event is a chance for alumni to catch up with former professors and staff, learn about research being conducted by students and faculty, and to reconnect with campus. You can see pictures of the event each year on Facebook.

Join the CFANS Alumni Society

The college has events, programs, and opportunities for alumni throughout the entire year and across the country. Whether you’re looking to connect with University of Minnesota graduates in Texas, or you’re looking to get more involved with current students, there’s something for you. Go to the Alumni and Friends section of the CFANS website to learn about events and programs that you can attend.