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CAFNR Advisor Spotlight: Mary Ann Gowdy

Gowdy serves as an academic advisor for the plant sciences degree program

How rewarding is it to work with students in the plant science degrees program? Advising and mentoring is immensely rewarding because students begin their college experience as timid students unsure of themselves and graduate as confident energetic young professionals. How do you assist those students throughout their academic journey? I encourage them to take calculated risks and to accept unsuccessful…

CAFNR Advisor Spotlight: Shari Freyermuth

Freyermuth serves as an academic advisor for the biochemistry degree program

How rewarding is it to work with students in the biochemistry degree program? I love working with biochemistry students. They are driven to do well and they want to make a difference both now and in their future careers. I’m amazed at how much studying, activities and work many of them can pack into one day! How do you assist…

CAFNR Advisor Spotlight: Libby Johnson

Johnson serves as an academic advisor for the natural resource science and management degree program

How rewarding is it to work with students in the natural resource science and management degree program? I love it! I love relating to the students through my nerdy office décor and being interested in what they are interested in. I also feel like my faculty and students are so kind and down to earth. Even if I don’t feel…

CAFNR Advisor Spotlight: Laura Hertel

Hertel serves as an academic advisor for the environmental sciences degree program

How rewarding is it to work with students in the environmental sciences degree program? It is the most rewarding job I have ever had. I meet them as unsure teenagers who mature as people and as professionals over the years as they pursue their degrees. I can see the transition when I catch up with some of our graduates at…

CAFNR Advisor Spotlight: Katie Ogan (Barthel) and Laura Friedrich

Ogan and Friedrich serves as academic advisors for the agriculture degree program

Katie Ogan (Barthel) How rewarding is it to work with students in the agriculture degree program? It is very rewarding! I enjoy meeting with students with a variety of interests throughout CAFNR. We build out their concentration areas based on their interests so they can tailor the degree to their goals. I work with students interested in farm management, agritourism,…

Special Occasion Floral Design

The Special Occasion Floral Design (PLNT_SCI 3220) course is an advanced floral design class with an emphasis on sympathy design, planning and executing events, and understanding and creating working business documents.