Borealis Night of Excellence Awards

An annual event, Borealis Night of Excellence recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the college and community. The CFANS Alumni Society, CFANS Undergraduate Student Board, and CFANS Graduate Student Board come together to celebrate these exceptional alumni, students, staff, faculty and friends. The awards presented hold great honor in the CFANS community. In 2017, the the Borealis Circle was formed to further recognize key individuals who have brought everlasting honor to the college.

Submit a nomination for 2023.


The 2022 award recipients are:

Student Leadership Award — Undergraduate Student — Trey Feuerhelm, Forestry and Natural Resource Management
Student Leadership Award — Graduate Student— Sonali Raghunath (MS ’19 and PhD Food Science)
Exemplary Undergraduate Student Organization — Ag Business Club
Exemplary Graduate Student Organization — CFANS Graduate Student Board
Outstanding Club Advisor — Matthew Russell, Forest Resources
Exemplary Staff — Tammi Pekkala Matthews, Entomology
Exemplary Faculty — (less than 5 years)— Amelia Lindsey, Entomology
Exemplary Faculty — (more than 5 years)— Jim Anderson (BS ’87 Agronomy), Agronomy and Plant Genetics
Exemplary Post-Doc — Benjamin Cull, Entomology
Little Red Oil Can (individual or group of individuals) —Ryan Murphy (MPS ’14 Horticulture)
Outstanding Friend — Chris Gindorff, Hy-Vee
Community Builder (New) — Myah Walker (BS ’10 Animal Science)
Rising Star (New) — Emily Krekelberg (BS ’13 Animal Science, MS 18 Agricultural Education)
Alumni Service — Michael Mulder (BS ’81 Agricultural Education)
Distinguished Alumni — Paul Hugunin (BS ’89 Agricultural Business Administration)
Lifetime Achievement — Mary Ann Bannerman (BS ’72 Home Economics)

RSVP for the Borealis Night of Excellence

The 2022 Borealis Night of Excellence event will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 5–7:30 p.m. on the St. Paul campus. More event information.


2021 Event Recording

2020 Event Recording

View past Borealis Award recipients by year

                                                                            

Awards & Criteria

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Distinguished Alumni Award

Distinguished Alumni Award

  • Is a graduate of CFANS
  • Has contributed significantly to their profession, industry and/or greater community
  • Has held office or a significant leadership position in professional or civic organizations
  • Has demonstrated commitment to building a greater CFANS community
  • Is currently working as a professional in their field.
  • Is recognized as an authority in their field via any or all of the following: published research, journal articles, patents, testimony and/ or speeches in a public forum, etc.

Alumni Service Award

Alumni Service Award

  • Is a graduate of CFANS 
  • Contributes to the efforts of CFANS and/or the CFANS Alumni Society
  • Is an exceptional volunteer and/or donor to CFANS
  • Has demonstrated commitment to building a greater CFANS community

Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • This award may recognize an individual posthumously.
  • Is a graduate of CFANS 
  • Has made outstanding contributions to CFANS and/or to the food, agriculture and/or natural resources industries over the course of their lifetime
  • Is retired from their profession.
  • Is recognized by their peers as a leader in the CFANS community and beyond

Exemplary Staff Award

Exemplary Staff Award

  • Has made outstanding contributions to the CFANS community
  • Current CFANS staff with at least five years of service
  • Goes above and beyond in support of students, alumni, faculty and staff and/or constituents
  • Is thought of highly by college students, alumni, faculty and staff and/or constituents

Exemplary Faculty Award (Fewer than five years of service)

Exemplary Faculty Award (Fewer than five years of service)

  • Has made outstanding contributions to past or present students of CFANS
  • Current CFANS faculty with fewer than five years of service
  • Demonstrates sustained excellence, leadership and contributions to the CFANS community. 
  • Is thought of highly by college students, alumni, faculty and staff and/or constituents

Exemplary Faculty Award (More than five years of service)

Exemplary Faculty Award (More than five years of service)

  • Has made outstanding contributions to past or present students of CFANS
  • Current CFANS faculty with more than five years of service
  • Demonstrates sustained excellence, leadership and contributions to the CFANS community.
  • Is thought of highly by college students, alumni, faculty and staff and/or constituents

Exemplary Post-Doc Award

Exemplary Post-Doc Award

  • Has made outstanding contributions to CFANS and the Post-Doc community
  • Current CFANS post-doc with at least two years of service
  • Is thought of highly by college students, alumni, faculty and staff and/or constituents

Little Red Oil Can

Little Red Oil Can

May be awarded to an individual or a group of individuals. 

Nominee has made an outstanding contribution to the enhancement of St. Paul Campus Life resulting in one or more of the following:

  • The Campus is a friendlier and more inclusive place as a consequence of that individual’s or organization’s contribution
  • The academic, research, or service contributions of that individual or organization have strengthened the educational reputation of the St. Paul campus
  • Because of the individual’s or organization’s efforts, the campus has been able to resolve recognized needs in the form of services, facilities, or financial support
  • Campus morale has been strengthened as the result of the service of the individual or organization
  • Campus communication and community sociability has increased as a consequence of the individual’s or organization’s efforts and/or example

Student Leadership Award

Student Leadership Award

This will be presented to one undergraduate student and one graduate student.

  • Has completed one full year of studies at CFANS
  • Holds a significant leadership position on campus in a recognized student organization, club sport, athletic team, house community or student employment position
  • Demonstrates the ability to prepare, motivate and impact other student leaders
  • Volunteers their services to help create a stronger campus community
  • Demonstrates commitment to academic achievement

Exemplary Student Organization

Exemplary Student Organization

This is presented to one undergraduate organization and one graduate organization

  • Is a registered student club/organization
  • Has demonstrated leadership in three or more of the following categories;
    • Collaborative partnerships
    • Member recruitment
    • Community Building
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Innovative programming
    • Philanthropy

Outstanding Club Advisor

Outstanding Club Advisor

  • Club advisor during the current academic year
  • Has made outstanding contributions to a student organization
  • Serves as a professional role model to student organization participants

Outstanding Friend Award

Outstanding Friend Award

  • Is not a graduate of CFANS
  • Contributes to the efforts of CFANS and/ or the CFANS Alumni Society
  • Is an exceptional volunteer and/or donor to CFANS
  • Has demonstrated commitment to building a greater CFANS community

Rising Star (New)

Rising Star (New)

  • Is a graduate of CFANS - within 10 years  
  • Demonstrated continued interest and connection to CFANS since their graduation 
  • Has excelled as a leader in their community, their career and/or a public service sector
  • Consistently goes above and beyond expectations 

Community Builder (New)

Community Builder (New)

  • Is a graduate of CFANS 
  • An individual who has made a significant and positive impact on the lives of others and embodies the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.
  • Nominee may have addressed critical social, economic, health or environmental needs within society.

For information on past award recipients, please contact Mary Buschette at mbuschet@umn.edu.