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Columns of Pride

CAFNR recognizes six alumni with the college’s highest honor

CAFNR will soon honor its inaugural class of recipients of the CAFNR Column Award for Distinguished Alumni. This is the only award specifically for alumni presented by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The awardees include one graduate from each of CAFNR’s six divisions, reflecting the six historic columns at the University of Missouri. “We are proud to…

After Hours: (Teach You How To) Sing the Blues

Animal Sciences assistant professor uses music to teach history

Not long ago, Columbia was segregated. Reminders can be found throughout the city. From a plaque on the side of the Missouri Theater describing their former segregated policies beneath the words “Lest We Forget. Never Again!” in bold letters, to Eliot Battle Elementary, named after a man who helped to integrate Columbia public schools. Reminders of this American past can…

Must Love Food

Sarah Geisert shares insight from career in food industry with CAFNR students

The world today requires a different level of collaboration and partnership, said Sarah Geisert, as part of her visit to the Mizzou College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources April 4-5. She participated in a food industry roundtable and spoke to seven classes during her time on campus, including courses in agricultural economics, food science and soil science, as part…

The Auctioneer

Leroy Van Dyke is living his dream as a singer and auctioneer

Leroy Van Dyke’s life was forever changed in a tent in Korea while he was serving as a special agent in the United States Army Counter-Intelligence Corps. In that tent, Van Dyke penned the song that would put him on the country music map – “Auctioneer.” “While I was riding down those dusty roads, words kept coming to me,” Van…

Leading the Team

Emily Kueker takes the reins of the CAFNR Alumni Association in May

The CAFNR Alumni Association is the (black-and)-gold standard for engagement on campus – and incoming Alumni Association Board of Directors President Emily (Wood) Kueker says she feels this actually starts with the student experience in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and the feeling of family and community. “Whether it’s the advising, teaching, or student organizations, CAFNR provides…

The Gratitude of Latitude

CAFNR alum establishes legacy of fiscal flexibility as reciprocity for his time at MU

A thousand-step staircase. That’s one way Al McQuinn tries to explain his ascent into the annals of American agriculture as an entrepreneurial and visionary businessman who originated more than 80 patents relating to machines that mix and blend fertilizer formulas for variable soil conditions across fields. “Each step up is based on something that happened to me, something that I…

Entrepreneur in Residence

CAFNR alum and successful start-up founder returns to campus to share experiences with students

When Jeff Wasson was a student at the University of Missouri in the early 1990s, there weren’t a lot of courses that focused on his field of interest – entrepreneurship. He said he was honored to come back recently and share some of his experiences in this line of work with current students in the College of Agriculture, Food and…

Tiger in the Wild

CAFNR alum takes top job at New York zoo

In Norah Fletchall’s opinion, Truman the Tiger is the “greatest mascot in the world.“ And that’s not just because she’s a proud alumnae of the University of Missouri – it’s also because she has worked in large cat conservation for many years, as part of her career as, first, a zookeeper at the St. Louis Zoo, and now as President…