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.
The department publishes a bi-annual Alumni & Friends Newsletter to share news and happenings throughout the year. Check your mailbox in June and November for new issues; fill out this online form to ensure you receive the next edition in print or via email. 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.
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.
Wednesday Seminars in Horticultural Science
The Department of Horticultural Science hosts weekly seminars featuring professors, researchers, and other professionals doing interesting work in the field of horticultural science. Seminars are held every Wednesday at 3:30pm in 310 Alderman Hall on the St. Paul campus. All are invited to attend at no cost. Learn more about the current Wednesday Seminar schedule, or sign up for the Events in Horticultural Science newsletter to get an email notification once a semester.