Jenna Fusinatto (BS Parks, Rec & Tourism ’12), senior academic advisor in the School of Natural Resources, has received the 2022 Dana Brown Haynes Distinguished Service Award from the CAFNR Alumni Association.
Jenna advises 400+ students in four different emphasis areas, helps with recruitment events, schedules courses, supervises student ambassadors, and advises the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She also has instructed two different courses over her nine years as an advisor.
Jenna has served as president of the Missouri Academic Advising Association. She helps organize SNR’s Trivia in the Wild fundraiser, has been a long-time member and chair of CAFNR Staff Advisory Council, and has served as president of the Natural Resources Alumni Association. She received a Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from Mizzou in 2018.
“She is available quite literally 24/7 and is a tremendous resource for students even if they are needing help outside of our School,” said Pat Market, director of the School of Natural Resources. “Jenna never says it’s not her job – she just finds out what students (or co-workers) need and then also follows-up to make sure they were taken care of. In our Academic Programs Office, we have hired two new staff and without a second thought, Jenna jumps in to mentor them. Jenna is constantly seeking out new resources to be helpful to her students and colleagues and also participates in university-level events so she is up-to-date with local and university issues.”
This award recognizes an outstanding University of Missouri and CAFNR faculty or staff member, alumni or student who has demonstrated a long-term commitment of service to the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.