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After Hours: Catwoman

CAFNR coordinator provides a tem-purr-ary home

Vicki Bryan is a cat person. A coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Plant Group at the University of Missouri, she also regularly fosters cats from the animal rescue group Second Chance here in Columbia. The role of a foster pet parent is to provide a temporary home for animals while they are waiting to be adopted, something Vicki began doing in…

After Hours: Dog Tags

The Sykuta family dog, Ella, is an Instagram star

Ella, in many ways, is just like any other 2-year-old golden retriever. She loves attention, going on walks and spending time with her family. But there is one thing that separates her from the pack of other lovable canines and that is her sizable Instagram following. Ella, or @ella.m.thegoldengirl, has amassed a considerable number of followers online. One of her…

Udder Joy

Animal Sciences graduate has a passion for cattle

Last winter, students, faculty, staff and journalists all walked out of classrooms and office buildings to look at the cow walking through Francis Quadrangle. The cow, named Amelia, was being led by then senior Massimo Montalbano, dressed in a cap and gown. If it were up to him, the Animal Sciences major would never have been there in the first…

Kerning His Stripes

CAFNR student finds success as a sports graphic designer

“It didn’t hit me until the fireworks started going off.” Looking up at the brilliant display over Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco at the 2019 National Championship Game this past January was Mizzou senior Tony Huynh, who had been working for the event as a graphic designer over the past year. Huynh, a parks, recreation and sport major who will…

The Popcorn Machine

CAFNR student owns and operates his own business  

During his freshman year, Gavin Spoor planted his first crop. Six acres of soybean in Martinsburg, Missouri, about an hour outside of Columbia. Gavin, now a junior and studying agricultural systems management in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, knew he wanted to be a farmer since he was a kid, when he rode tractors with local farmers.…

Spreading the Message

Jacqueline Janorschke wins prestigious scholarship

Whether people choose to be aware of it or not, agriculture is something that affects every human being alive today. But with less than 2 percent of the U.S. population farming, the other 98 percent of people in this country are largely removed from the world of agriculture. One way for people to get the message across about the important…

After Hours: In Harmony

Hank Stelzer is member of Columbia-based barbershop chorus

Last Saturday, a man who had been singing for less than a year took the stage before a packed ballroom in Jefferson City and performed songs for the crowd in a straw hat, bowtie, and suspenders. That man is state forestry extension specialist for the School of Natural Resources at Mizzou, Hank Stelzer, who has recently become a part of…

After Hours: Knight of Columbia

CAFNR professor calls bingo with the Knights of Columbus 

Starting at noon on (most) Sundays each year, the Knights of Columbus Council #1529 in Columbia holds bingo, and on about eight or nine of those Sundays, the person at the front of the hall calling the shots and running the show is Anthony (Tony) Lupo, an atmospheric science professor in CAFNR. Lupo has been involved with the Knights of…

Field of Study

Ph.D. student from Rwanda studies crop breeding to help home country

For doctoral student Doreen Mutoni, coming to the United States to study crop breeding was due, in part, to the crop devastation she witnessed upon returning home to Rwanda after receiving her Master’s degree in the United Kingdom. Doreen is in her final year of the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development, scholarship program, or BHEARD. The program, which…

Celebrating Excellence

SNR students, faculty, staff and alumni honored at awards banquet

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, students, faculty, staff and alumni of the School of Natural Resources were honored at the 2018 SNR Awards Banquet. This was the second year for the event, which recognizes excellence in service, advising, research and teaching. Shibu Jose, director of SNR, spoke at the event and presented the awards. Those honored on Nov. 6 included: Mark…