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Falkum '80 Selected as Latterell Visiting Alumnus

Posted by Jenna Ray on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

Event Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 7:00 pm
Location: Science Auditorium


The University of Minnesota, Morris is pleased to welcome Peter C. Falkum ’80, director of research and development for Silk Brand of White Wave Foods, as the 2013 Latterell Visiting Alumnus. Falkum will deliver the 2013 Latterell Visiting Alumnus Lecture on Thursday, October 24, at 7 p.m. in the Science Auditorium. The lecture, titled “Opportunities in Food: A Stable and Growing Industry,” is free and open to the public.

The Joseph J. Latterell Memorial Visiting Alumnus Program was inspired by Professor Joseph J. Latterell’s belief in the value of alumni perspectives on post-graduate studies and career opportunities. The Division of Science and Mathematics honors his belief by continuing to support the program, which enables alumni to return to campus to serve as resources for students and faculty. Activities benefit primarily the students of the inviting discipline and may include seminars, classroom or lab presentations, field trips, discussions, or public presentations.

Falkum graduated from Morris with a degree in biology in 1980 and completed a master of food science at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus in 1987. Prior to beginning work at WhiteWave Foods, Inc., he served as project manager of new products and innovations at Slim Fast Foods, manager of research and development and principal food scientist at Dannon Foods Company, and food scientist at General Mills, Inc.

Falkum’s visit will continue through Friday, October 25. In addition to delivering the Thursday evening lecture, he will meet with students for informal networking opportunities and related activities.

Supported entirely by private gifts from alumni, faculty, staff, and Latterell family and friends, the Joseph J. Latterell Memorial Visiting Alumnus Program provides annual grants to the Division of Science and Mathematics that fund the return of Latterell Visiting Alumni.