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‘An Important Family Feel’

CAFNR Office of Advancement strengthens its team with two staff additions

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Office of Advancement strengthened its team with two staff additions, who joined the office at the beginning of the year. Stefanie Gray and Amber Strong Helwig officially began their respective roles in January. Gray is the senior manager of donor relations. Strong Helwig joins the team as an executive assistant. Both come…

A Life of Service and Innovation

CAFNR alumnus has made career of educational and scientific advances

Robert J. Jones, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has an inspiring list of professional accomplishments over his years in higher education, first as a researcher and teacher, and now as a leader. Still, he says the achievement of receiving an honorary degree from the University of Missouri last December was near the top of that list. Jones…

A ‘Responsibility to Respond’

Mel West receives honorary degree for humanitarian efforts

One August afternoon in 1930, 6-year-old Mel West and his family finished their chores early, put on their going-to-town clothes and hopped in their vehicle for the eight-mile drive to Golden City, Mo. West’s father had made homemade ice cream and his mother had made an angel food cake earlier that day for an ice cream social at the local…

Alumni Honors

The CAFNR Alumni Association honored alumni and friends at Celebration of Excellence

The CAFNR Alumni Association honored alumni and friends of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the annual Celebration of Excellence, held Thursday, April 11, on campus. The Association recognizes alumni and friends for contributions to CAFNR and Mizzou, and for professional accomplishments. Honors included: Emily Kueker, who received her bachelor’s degree from CAFNR in 2002 in agricultural…

A New Mission

Patrick Montgomery's passion for animals, entrepreneurship and helping veterans led to the creation of the KC Cattle Company

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, began just like any other day for sixth grader Patrick Montgomery. When the day ended, Montgomery had a new purpose and focus. Montgomery watched terrorists attack the twin towers that morning and spoke to his father that night. He said that if the United States went to war, and if the war was still going on…

A Career Communicator

Christine Tew honored with Ag Communicator of the Year award from Missouri Department of Agriculture

While not a traditional farm kid, Christine Tew got involved in 4-H at an early age and later joined the National FFA Organization as a middle school student. Those positive experiences have led to a career in agriculture communication. Tew was recently honored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture for her communication efforts, taking home the Ag Communicator of the…

Returning Home

Kaleigh Summers named CAFNR Alumni Relations and Lead Annual Giving Officer

The first concert Kaleigh Summers ever attended was a Martina McBride show at the American Royal in Kansas City. As she waited for McBride to take the stage, she couldn’t stop watching the stage crew as they prepared for the show. It was something Summers felt would be fun to do. “Right away I told my mom that’s what I…

‘An Invaluable Experience’

Matthew Caldwell credits CAFNR with preparing him for the workforce

As a seventh grader, Matthew Caldwell was hoping to land in an elective history class. There was just one problem – all of the spots were full. Caldwell was left with one alternative, joining an agriculture class. Caldwell didn’t know the impact of that first agriculture class at the time, but he wasn’t thrilled with his lone option. “I got…

Learning and Pivoting

Craig Bacon shares tips for success with students as part of the Executive-in-Residence program

Keep learning and keep “pivoting” – that was the advice to students from Craig Bacon, senior vice president of technical services for Simmons Prepared Foods. Bacon was on campus Oct. 10-11 as part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Robert O. Reich Executive-in-Residence program, which brings industry leaders to the college to share knowledge and experiences with…