Category: Alumni

From Idea to Reality

When working in the laboratory, Paul J.D. Whiteside has a few favorite sayings to help him through the trials and tribulations of his endeavors. The first one that comes to his mind? “I’d rather be lucky than good.” “It’s something that my granddad says and my dad says it, too,” says Whiteside, a third-year doctoral candidate in bioengineering who works in…

A Call from Home

Kristi Cammack remembers the balloons. Black and gold. They were all over her office in the Animal Sciences Research Center when she opened the door following a ’03 home victory by the University of Missouri football team over one of its former Big 12 Conference foes, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “I was usually wearing my Big Red stuff just to get…

Entrepreneurial Experience

Agricultural Education alumni Doug and Emily Kueker shared their experience of creating and sustaining their learning solutions business with CAFNR students. The Kuekers visited campus last fall to serve as Professors-for-a-Day as a part of CAFNR’s Reich Executive-in-Residence Program. They spoke in four classes in the Departments of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Agricultural Education and Leadership, and Science and Agricultural…

CAFNR Family Feel

Despite being the new president of the Ag Alumni Association, JD Manning (B.S. ’00) won’t be a new face to the organization. Manning has previously served as a chair of different committees, board member, and first vice president. Manning’s history with the association began after graduating and moving from Columbia back to Clinton, Missouri. Manning said it was the desire…

At the Start

When looking on the west side of the “white campus” across of College Avenue, the Agricultural Engineering Building looks to have the same white limestone as its counterparts, but take a walk inside the courtyard area and the red brick that is synonymous with Lafferre Hall shoots out to the second floor. This was by design as a way to…

Dairy Farmer Carries on Family Tradition

The sun is setting on the well-worn path to the dairy barn where Michelle Eilenstine milks cows. She travels the familiar path twice a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. There are 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. milkings. Eilenstine is part of a small group of women dairy farmers in Missouri. They are deeply passionate about what…

CAFNR Grad’s Photographs Show Love of Farming

University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources graduate Tyler Mudd sees farming through a different lens. He photographs everyday farm events with a keen eye for detail and lighting. Mudd wasn’t always able to see the beauty of the land tilled by four generations of Mudd farmers in Monroe County. He spent his freshman year of high…

Show-Me Hospitality

In January 2015, USA Today ranked Columbia, Missouri, as the No. 2 spot for a “dynamite daytrip.” Two hospitality management graduates have been crucial in creating the city’s fun and relaxed personality that earned such a high rating. Currently serving as the director and sales manager at the Columbia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau respectively, Amy Schneider (’00) and Beth Mead…

A Lasting Impact

Robert R. and Carol Reich had a simple goal in mind when they created the Robert O. Reich Family Executive-in-Residence Program in 1996 – bring industry professionals to the University of Missouri campus to interact with students and faculty. Twenty years and 50 executives later, the program is still running strong. Alvin McQuinn, President and CEO, Ag-Chem Equipment Co., Inc.,…

A Gift of Opportunity

Internships have become a staple for college students looking to gain an understanding of and more experience with a business or company within their interest area. The University of Missouri Division of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has unveiled a new internship, which began this semester, focused on cattle herd management. The Loewenberg Beef…