Monday, November 26, 2018

Van Zandt Joins Rodeo Show in Venice Beach

Tasha Van Zandt (BA '14) recently joined Rodeo Show, a Venice Beach-based production company, as a director, photographer and cinematographer.

Read about her new role.

Visit Tasha's website.

Wray Brings the Arts to Rural Minnesota

Melissa Wray (MPS '18)
graduated from the Master’s in Arts and Cultural Leadership program, and her studies have bloomed into a series of passion projects that have changed her life completely. This essay from Melissa was featured on the CCAPS website in fall of 2018 and is an exploration of the value in storytelling and the need to pursue meaningful work.

Read her story.

Her essay was also featured in this month's issue of Women's Press, in the Education Guide section

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Emerging Professionals Network: No Fear Networking - December 4

What happens when you receive an invitation to a networking event? Do you respond right away, excited to dive right in and start mingling? Or do you hesitate and avoid it altogether? For many of us, networking is a scary concept. We may be introverted, unpracticed, hindered by a bad experience, or simply new to the whole idea. Whatever your fear, it can be hard to overcome once its established.

The good news is that networking is a skill that anyone can learn and practice. You don't have to be an extrovert or smooth operator to be successful at it. You just have to have the right strategies and prepare. Your Alumni Association is here to help!

Join us at alumni-owned Clockwerks Brewing for a networking happy hour. Fellow alumni will facilitate small group discussions during the event around common networking fears and share tips for networking.

5:30 PM - Event begins
6:00 PM - Small group networking begins
7:30 PM - Event ends

Your first drink and appetizers included.

Learn more and register today!

Minne-College Florida - January 26

Minne-College Florida - Saturday, January 26, 12:30–5:15 p.m.

Come together with fellow alumni and friends to hear from some of the University of Minnesota's most exciting, innovative and ambitious faculty. Learn about their cutting-edge research and see why the University of Minnesota is ranked as one of the most active public research universities in the nation.

Learn More and RSVP.

Construction Management - Pioneer Hall Tour - Nov 14

U of M Pioneer Hall Tour − Sponsored by McGough

In collaboration with Construction Alumni, CFMSA, & Construct*ium Mentorship Program

Wednesday, November 14
3:30−6:30 p.m.

Join the Construction Alumni Association, CFMSA, and Construct*ium Mentorship for a tour of Pioneer Hall on the U of M East Bank campus! The renovations are no small feat, with a price tag of $104 million. Roughly $20 million of the budget will go toward the new dining hall, leaving $84 million to create a modern residence hall while keeping the historical charm.

It is free to attend but your RSVP is requested for planning purposes. PPE is not required for this tour.


Washington Ave Parking Ramp
501 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Meeting Location − 3:30 p.m.
Jobsite Trailer
615 Fulton St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Social Hour Post Tour − approximately 5 p.m.
Sally's Bar & Grill
700 SE Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

All are welcome to the Networking Happy Hour after the tour!

Questions or comments: please contact the Construction Alumni at

Monday, November 5, 2018

Obituary: Michel (Mike) Dube

Recent CCAPS graduate, Michel (Mike) Dube (BS '17), passed away unexpectedly on October 20 at the young age of 39, the loving child of Andre; and Kathleen (nee Leier- deceased). Brother to Sara, David, and half-brother to Alexander. He precedes his grandparents, Ambrose and Patricia Leier, many uncles and aunts, a multitude of cousins and many friends.

Mike was deeply loved by those who knew him best; he was a gentle, thoughtful, respectful, playful, passionate, intelligent and loving soul; profoundly missed.

Celebration of Life at Jimmy's Event Center in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota on Saturday, November 10th, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 

Read the full obituary.

Jackson Starts at Securian Financial

Dan Jackson (BS ' 17) recently began a new role at Securian Financial as a regional sales consultant. He's previously held roles at Allied Solutions, LLC and an internship at Medica.

Connect with Dan on LinkedIn.

Hennen Joins Gateway Bank

Dan Hennen (BS '13) joined Gateway Bank on October 15, 2018 as Vice President of Commercial Lending in the Edina, MN office. He is an active member in the Edina Rotary. 

Dan is a Marine Corps veteran and has been in banking for 9 years working in the West Metro area.

Connect with Dan on LinkedIn.

Draeger Featured in U of M Campaign

Alumna Kathy Draeger (BS '98) has recently been featured in the U of M's Driven Campaign.

Why are there food deserts in the heart of some of the most productive farm country in the world? That’s a good question. Through the one-of-a-kind rural Minnesota Backhaul Project, the U of M’s Kathy Draeger is connecting rural grocers and farmers to bring new sources of fresh food to Greater Minnesota. Watch a video and learn more.

Connect with Kathy on LinkedIn.

Lo Lands New Role

Gao Lo (BAS '17) recently took on a new role at Brookdale as a program coordinator.

Connect with Gao on LinkedIn.

Welcome to the CCAPS Alumni Notes Blog!

Hello CCAPS Alumni, Faculty, Friends and Supporters,

As you  may know, I have been with the College of Continuing and Professional Studies since January of 2018, and we have been looking for ways to engage and support our alumni in new and different ways than we have in the past. We have decided to try something brand new!

We'd like to highlight and showcase our CCAPS alumni and the awesome things they are doing around the world. Whether you've landed a new job, recently had a baby, published research or wrote a book, want to share something interesting with your fellow CCAPS alumni, or something completely different, we'd love to share it on your behalf!

We also anticipate sharing upcoming alumni events and happenings for CCAPS and the U of M so that you can be sure to keep up on all of the things going on at campus, as well as virtual events.

Got something you want to share on the CCAPS Alumni Notes Blog? Send me a few sentences about what you'd like us to share, a high resolution photo of you or your event, a way for your fellow alumni to connect with you (LinkedIn profile, Twitter handle, email, etc.). Email me so we can post it on your behalf - send it to!

You can even subscribe to the postings so you never miss one!

We also have other ways for CCAPS alumni to stay connected with us, and you can learn more about that on our main Alumni webpage.

We are looking forward to growing this community and celebrating and sharing CCAPS alumni successes with others.


Courtney Barrette
Director of Engagement & External Relations