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Q&A With Katie Barthel

Barthel is the coordinator of student services in CAFNR Academic Programs

What are your job duties/job responsibilities in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources? I work in the Office of Academic Programs as one of the Coordinators of Student Services. In my role, I coordinate CAFNR new student welcomes, conduct academic outreach, meet with exploring students and more. How long have you worked in CAFNR? I have been working…

Q&A With Kathleen Matz

Matz is the recruitment and event specialist in CAFNR Academic Programs

What are your job duties/job responsibilities in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources? I am the Recruitment and Event Specialist for CAFNR. This means I help with meeting prospective students both on and off campus, scheduling and planning recruitment events such as High School Group Visit Days, attending college fairs, and helping create new ideas for recruitment events.…

Finding Joy in New Experiences

The Italy study abroad program allowed Lauren Tippen to experience growth in numerous ways

As a hospitality management student, Lauren Tippen was excited to participate in the Italy study abroad program last year through the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). That program is focused on the hospitality industry in Italy, as well as Italian culture. The pandemic forced the cancellation of the program, though, and Tippen, a senior,…

CAFNR Abstract Presented During North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Annual Conference

During the recent North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) annual conference, a peer-reviewed research abstract from a group of CAFNR faculty and staff was presented “live” during the virtual conference. A total of 208 abstracts were submitted and only 12 were presented during the conference. The abstract is titled “Factors Influencing College Choice of Matriculants and Non-Matriculants: A…

A ‘Mind-Blowing’ Experience

Chloe Dobson is participating in a unique virtual international internship with Camerata Salzburg, an internationally-renowned chamber orchestra

When Chloe Dobson arrived at the University of Missouri in 2017, her declared major was political science. Dobson said she was hoping to eventually attend law school. A Thomas Rhett concert at Mizzou changed all of that. Dobson signed up as event staff for the concert, which took place in late 2017. After working the entire event, Dobson switched her…

Gaining a New Perspective

Abigail Turner has gained valuable insights through study abroad experiences

The day after Abigail Turner graduated from high school she jumped on an airplane and flew to Australia with the encouragement of her parents, who love to travel. Turner grew up in Brookfield, Mo., a town of less than 4,500 people, and the trip to Australia was her first foray into international travel. It wouldn’t be her last. Turner, a…

A Commitment to Social Responsibility and Public Service

Animal science course allows students to gain service learning experience

For the past five years, Rocío Melissa Rivera has helped students find ways to make a positive impact in the Columbia community through service learning. Rivera, an associate professor in the Division of Animal Sciences, teaches Animal Science 2140: Companion Animals, a course dedicated to teaching students about companion animals such as cats, dogs and horses. The course is one…

Q&A With Laura Friedrich

Friedrich is the student services coordinator for the CAFNR Office of Academic Programs

What are your job duties/job responsibilities in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources? I am a student services coordinator — so I always say my job is to help students (and families) get from where they are today to graduation. Whether that’s advising students, helping them change their major, declaring a minor, withdrawing from classes, or reviewing and…

Going Global (Virtually)

Go Global! campaign preparing students for future study abroad experiences and virtual internships

Being adaptable is a major role for a director of study abroad at a university. Directors deal with program changes, passports that need updated at the last minute and students who miss their flights, among with many other important matters. Shanon Dickerson understands that serving as CAFNR director of study abroad requires her to think outside of the box quite…