Category: Alumni

Blindness Doesn’t Stop Sixth Generation Farmer

Jim Brinkmann’s blindness does not keep him from helping others with vision problems reach their potential. Brinkmann helps people with visual impairments succeed in agriculture, says Karen Funkenbusch, Missouri AgrAbility Project state director and University of Missouri Extension specialist. Brinkmann serves with Funkenbusch on the AgrAbility team. He is mid-Missouri district supervisor for Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB), one…

One In A Million

For David Calandro (B.S. ’16), it was not a complicated process to be named the National Conservation Youth Leader of the Year. “Well I got a phone call and was told, ‘Hey you got nominated for an award,’ and then I was called a couple months later and was told, ‘Hey you won the award,’” the Joplin native said, then…

A ‘Global Journey’

Bob Dixon will never forget the words from an Allied Corporation official after seeing his research for the first time. “I’ve got money burning holes in my pockets,” the executive said. “How do we sponsor this research at the University of Missouri?” Shortly thereafter Dixon, a soon-to-graduate master’s student in forestry in the spring of 1979, agreed to a contract…

Honoring Alumni & Friends

Each spring at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Celebration of Excellence, the Ag Alumni Association recognizes alumni and friends for dedication to their industry, to the College and to Mizzou. This year’s event was held Friday, April 7, at Reynolds Alumni Center. Alumni awards include Citation of Merit, Honorary Membership to the MU Ag Alumni Association, True…

Linking Two Worlds

In the early 1970s, a group of hotel and restaurant managers from across the state identified a strong need for educated graduates in the field. They brought the idea of a program to the university, and after approaching several academic units on campus, the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources agreed to house it. The relationship that formed has become…

That Family Feel

Britton Francis was born and raised with black and gold in his blood. With a grandfather who was a professor of atmospheric sciences, parents who earned degrees from the University of Missouri and a brother currently earning a degree in plant sciences, the Francis family, who hail from Paris, Mo., has a Mizzou pedigree. Although Britton didn’t receive his bachelor’s…

A Legacy of Hospitality

Denny Bond (B.A. ’67, B.S. ’68, M.Ed. ’69, U.S. Army Military Science ’69) smiles as he remembers the early days of his career – the days after returning home from Vietnam and deciding what career to pursue. He recalls the days of working as a front desk manager at the Muehlbach Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, checking in guests and hanging…

‘A Source of Inspiration’

“I choose you as my advisor.” The words came out of Kamal Yadav with conviction as he re-entered the office of George Garner. Yadav arrived in Columbia the day before when he had stepped off a Greyhound bus on at the corner of Hitt and Broadway at 1 a.m. He had spent a large portion of his day trodding up…

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…