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Making a Great First Impression

Hospitality management workshop showcases proper dining etiquette for a business setting

Greg Chase has returned to his alma mater a handful of times to share his expertise with University of Missouri students on proper dining etiquette in a business setting. Chase graduated with a degree in hospitality management from Mizzou in 2007, and is certified by the Protocol School of Washington as a corporate etiquette and international protocol consultant. Chase’s most…

Creating New Relationships

Agribusiness management degree program helped set up Allison Allan for her future

As a high school senior, Allison (Stiens) Allan knew she wanted to eventually work in the agriculture industry. When it came to finding the correct college fit, Allan had a couple different options – but an impactful visit to the University of Missouri sealed the deal. Allan chose the agribusiness management degree program after meeting with Joe Parcell, director of…

CAFNR Celebrates Women’s History Month: Q&A with Sherry Flint-Garcia

Flint-Garcia is a CAFNR Column award winner and CAFNR alumna

Sherry Flint-Garcia (PhD Genetics Area Program ‘01) is a research geneticist and lead scientist with USDA and adjunct professor of Plant Science and Technology. In her lab, the research focus is on genetic diversity of maize and the impact of artificial selection on protein and amino acid composition of the kernels. She earned her PhD at Mizzou in the interdisciplinary…

CAFNR Celebrates Women’s History Month: Q&A with Charlene Finck

Finck is a CAFNR Column award winner and CAFNR alumna

Charlene Finck is a pioneer in the agricultural journalism sector, with a nearly 40-year career at Farm Journal. She joined the company as assistant editor in 1985 and working her way to division president of producer media before being named to her current position of president in April 2020. One of her most remarkable accomplishments is establishing the Farm Journal…

CAFNR Celebrates Women’s History Month: Q&A with Sheri Smithey

Smithey is a Column Award winner and CAFNR alumna

Sheri Smithey received her B.S. in Biochemistry, an M.S. in Agriculture Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Agriculture Engineering, all from Mizzou. Upon completion of her degrees at Mizzou, Sheri went to work for Nestle Research and Development, and has spent her entire career in various arms of the company, including a two-year assignment in Europe. In 2021, she received the…

Building a Career in Medicine

Nutrition and exercise physiology degree incorporated all of Mubinah Khaleel's interest areas

Born and raised in Columbia, Mo., Mubinah Khaleel knew that when the time came for her to choose a place to continue her education, the University of Missouri was going to be her top choice. And when it came to choosing a degree, Khaleel wanted to follow in the footsteps of her mother and sister, who both studied nutritional sciences,…

CAFNR Celebrates Women’s History Month: Q&A with Sarah Geisert

Geisert is a Column Award winner and CAFNR alumna

Sarah Geisert, BS Food Science ‘81, is a recognized global leader for international food safety. For more than three decades, she was employed at General Mills, rising from research and development as her first position within the company, moving through various marketing and supply chain positions to director, then to senior director, a position she held for 11 years. There, she…

CAFNR Celebrates Women’s History Month: Q&A with Wamwari Waichungo

Wamwari is a Column Award winner and CAFNR alumna

Wamwari Waichungo holds an MSc (1994) and PhD (1996) in Food Science from the University of Missouri. In 2015, she returned to campus as the CAFNR Executive-in-Residence. In 2016, Wamwari delivered the commencement address at the College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources’ May convocation. In 2018, she was honored to be in the inaugural class of CAFNR Column Award…

CAFNR Celebrates Women’s History Month: Q&A with Delores Knipp

Knipp is a CAFNR Column award winner and CAFNR alumna

Delores Knipp (MS Atmospheric Science ‘84, BS Agriculture ‘76) has focused her research career on the weather that occurs high above the earth’s surface, where the line between space and atmosphere is blurred. She works with students to investigate methods for improving scientific use of space environment measurements from the Department of Defense, NASA and international space missions. She is…

A Perfect Fit

Logan Brinkley's internship with the UFC led to a full-time job offer

Every student in the parks, recreation and sport degree program is required to complete an internship, which allows them to apply the academic knowledge they have gained in a professional setting. For Logan Brinkley, that internship led to a full-time job offer. Brinkley spent his final semester at University of Missouri in Las Vegas as a global partnerships intern with…