Monday, June 17, 2019


Ony Mgbeahurike (BAS '13) took over the spotlight in the May 10th edition of the Poets and Quants publication.  Ony was touted as an MBA to watch from the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis.

See full article here!

Bechtel joins Olympus Respiratory of America


Scott Bechtel (BS '17) completed his minor in Operations Management last spring, and was named Manufacturing Manager and Senior Planner for Olympus Respiratory of America (Spiration) in Redmond Washington.

Scott says "the Executive team they were all impressed with the fact that I went back to school and finished my degree. When I described my degree they thought it was a perfect fit."



Obituary: Liz Hardin-Strnad

Liz Hardin-Strnad (BA '10) passed away Monday, June 10.

Visitation will be Friday, June 14, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Washburn-McReavy's Glen Haven Chapel. 5125 West Broadway, Crystal, MN. A short memorial will follow at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Liz asked for donations to the Bitty Kitty Brigade (a Twin Cities kitten rescue) or Our Lady of Peace Hospice (where Liz spent her last few weeks).  Read full obituary here.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Wray Hosts Open House

Melissa Wray (MPS '18) will be hosting an Open House for Mainspring during the Founder's Day celebration in Caledonia, MN on Saturday, June 15. Mainspring is a community organization with the goal of celebrating and cultivating local culture in Houston County, Minnesota.

As part of her graduate program in Arts and Cultural Leadership, she found her way back "home" to  Caledonia, MN and has help found Mainspring with fellow talented collaborators in the community. They plan to officially launch the nonprofit later this summer.

Connect and learn more about the Open House on their Facebook event.

Tran Joins Nonin Medical, Inc

Tiffany Tran (BAS '19) recently joined Nonin Medical, Inc as a Business Development Intern. During her undergraduate studies, she was the Health Services Management Program Executive Assistant.

Connect with Tiffany on LinkedIn.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Murphy is "Digging In and Branching Out"

"What are you working on?” It’s not an easy question for Master of Professional Studies in Horticulture alumnus Ryan Murphy (2014) to answer. The researcher in the U of M’s Department of Forest Resources touches a number of projects simultaneously. And he wouldn’t want it any other way.

Murphy’s journey to the field horticulture was not a straight line. After starting at the Carlson School of Management, he transferred to the College of Liberal Arts to study experimental media, only to find that “the job market for mediocre experimental musicians was pretty bad.”

Read more about Ryan's story.

U of M Day at the Minnesota United - June 29



Take part in our U of M Day at the Minnesota United on Saturday, June 29th as they take on FC Cincinnati in the NEW Allianz Field! 

A limited number of tickets will be available and this special U of M Day package includes:
- Discounted Game Ticket
- Limited-edition U of M and Minnesota United FC flag

Also, meet us in the Brew Hall before the game to grab some refreshments.

A portion of each ticket will go back to support the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. Tickets will not be available on game day and are expected to move quick, so do not wait to get yours! The deadline to purchase is Friday, 6/14!

More info and tickets.

Emerging Professionals Network - June 19



You're invited to the next Emerging Professionals Network event at Minneapolis Cider Company! Reconnect with your fellow Gophers and explore mentorship at this brand-new, alumni-owned cidery in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood. 

Date: 6/19/2019
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Minneapolis Cider Company, 
701 SE 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55414






When we think about mentorship, we often think of an experienced person advising a younger one. While the traditional mentor-mentee relationship is not extinct, it's no longer the only standard for you to consider as you navigate post-college life. Instead, there are many ways to get the career advice and guidance you need to achieve your goals. Join us at the next Emerging Professionals Network for a panel discussion on demystifying mentorship. Get advice for finding guidance that can make a real difference in your career trajectory.

Registration Fee:

$10 - UMAA Member
$20 - Non Member

Includes one drink and heavy appetizers

RSVP Today!

Vang is "Unstoppable"


The personality traits that initially drew this year’s student commencement speaker Derek Vang (MBS '19) to the sciences proved to be the same ones that carried him through his graduate program: an irrepressible curiosity and determination.


“The sciences aren’t perfect,” he says. “You’re always looking for answers, and even when you think you’re coming to an answer you’re always left scratching your head, thinking that there is something else. That is the challenge.”

Read more about Derek's story.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Obituary: Margaret (Meg) Maurer


Margaret “Meg” Nelson Maurer (PSEO '15)  died unexpectedly on March 5, 2019. She was traveling on spring break to hike in Georgia with college friends when an accident occurred involving a runaway semi-truck tire.

A Newcomb Scholar honor student about to graduate in May from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, Meg had a great passion for plants and wildlife. She was fluent in Spanish and studied howler monkeys as an intern last summer in Ecuador after finishing a semester of study abroad at the university in Quito, Ecuador. She also loved drawing, including scientific illustrations as well as other art. Margaret was born on December 5, 1997.

A Celebration of Meg’s life was held Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 at Faith Lutheran Church, in Forest Lake MN.

Read the full obituary

Heim receives Emerging Leader Award

Stephanie Heim (ICP '06 ) has worked at the intersection of public health and food systems at the University of Minnesota Extension since January 2010. She is deeply committed to Extension’s mission to leverage community knowledge with University resources to create a more healthy, equitable food system. Stephanie works​ to ensure more systems work for more people and believes authentic relationships are transformational. Stephanie leads with a racial equity lens and has found it powerful to normalize discomfort, remain vulnerable, assume positive intent and manage her ego in her work. She provides leadership to food networks across Minnesota, including the Minnesota Food Charter Network and is most proud of the Action Learning Seed Fund. This approach integrates learning, networking, and funding in a unique and powerful way, where participants act as agents of change and not merely recipients of aid or expertise.

Stephanie also serves as the Minnesota Core Partner for the National Farm to School Network and coordinates Minnesota’s Farm to School Leadership team. In 2012, she co-produced a 30-minute farm to school documentary and in 2014 convened a group of stakeholders to explore state policy. Stephanie served as a content expert and facilitator, helping the group make evidence-informed decisions as a policy platform was developed. Today, a bipartisan farm to school bill (HF 811, SF 1346) is advancing through the Minnesota legislature.

Stephanie is also proud of her work to develop Systems Approaches for Healthy Communities, a web-based professional development program that helps participants learn how to integrate direct education efforts with policy systems and environmental strategies to create community-driven solutions to public health problems. She and her partner, Adam, live in Rochester and have two vibrant daughters, Luella and Alice, who use words like ‘savor’ when eating a family meal.

Connect with Stephanie on LinkedIn

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Bowman now CCAPS Adjunct Instructor


Ben Bowman (BAS '14), is currently a Project Manager at Adolfson & Peterson Construction. He is now also an adjunct instructor for CCAPS as of January 2018 in CMGT 4022 (Estimating). Ben will also help develop the online component of the course.

Connect with Ben via LinkedIn.

Obituary: Dr. Brian Zamboni


CCAPS adjunct instructor, Dr. Brian Daniel Zamboni, was born on July 20, 1973 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and passed away on March 5, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Brian was passionate about helping people, both in his capacity as a CCAPS instructor for the Human Sexuality Certificate and in his role as a therapist. His professionalism, candor, and thoughtful approach to multiple points of view made him a wonderful colleague and teacher.

Visitation at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary, Wheat Ridge, CO
March 18, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Houston Alumni Network Spring Social Hour March 15





All greater Houston alumni are invited!

Gather with fellow Houston-area alumni for a perfect spring social hour at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Texas' oldest craft brewery. It will be an evening filled with the opportunity to network, build community and share what you would like to see from the Houston Alumni Network to keep alumni connected. Looking forward to seeing you there!.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company
2000 Lyons Ave, Houston
6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, March 15

RSVP to help reserve the right number of seats.



Event contact: Houston Network Leader Paul Eaton (B.A. '02) at pweaton@gmail.com

Monday, March 11, 2019

Minsker hired by Timberwolves as E-Gaming Manager


Max Minsker (ICP '16) has joined the Minnesota Timberwolves organization, and was previously with Allianz Life.  Max was selected as Manager for the Wolves new E-gaming division in the NBA 2K League - " T-Wolves Gaming". 

Connect with Max via LinkedIn


Olson Joins Agiliti



 After having worked for them in her senior year for her internship class, Ellen Olson (BAS'18) joined Agiliti full time this summer.  She is serving in Agiliti's Operations section for Minneapolis and St. Paul Children’s Hospital.

Connect with Ellen on LinkedIn

Brennan Selected for 2019 UPCEA Award




Stephen Brennan (MPS '18), has been selected via a nationwide search to receive the 2019 UPCEA Outstanding Professional, Continuing, And/Or Online Education Student Award.  Stephen will be honored at the 2019 UPCEA Annual Conference,  this March in Seattle, Washington.

Connect with Stephen on LinkedIn.


Monday, March 4, 2019

ATL Big Ten Networking Event Featuring Dr. David Taylor - March 8


CCAPS alumni in greater Atlanta are invited!

Gather with your fellow Big Ten alumni and friends to make new connections. The Big Ten community will have access to private space on the second floor of Rosati's where folks will have the opportunity to network, enjoy a delicious meal (wings, salad, pizza) and hear from University of Minnesota Alumnus David Taylor.

Fri, March 8, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Rosati's Pizza
4629 Wieuca Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342

RSVP so they know you'll be there!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Daboh moves to ESPN



Wokie Daboh (BS '04) recently took a new role at ESPN as their director of diversity and inclusion. She was previously at Medtronic as a senior manager in global inclusion, diversity and engagement.

Connect with Wokie on LinkedIn.

Emerging Professionals Network: Making a Career Change - Feb 19


New year, new career? Hear from a panel of recent alumni who have been there and get advice for finding a career that you love, even if it's different from where you started.

Tue, February 19, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM CST

5:30 Event begins, open networking
6:00 Panel begins
7:30 Event ends

Your ticket includes your first drink and heavy appetizers from Kafe 421.

RSVP