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Building a Network

Agribusiness Career Connections Program allows students to connect with industry

As the director of career services in the CAFNR Office of Academic Programs, Matt Arri dedicates his time to building networks and relationships between CAFNR students and industry professionals. Arri’s goal is to make sure those students are career ready – and he has introduced a variety of new initiatives to help them along the way. One of those initiatives…

Taking Student Recruitment to the Next Level

CAFNR Office of Academic Programs strengthens recruitment team with new staff addition

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Office of Academic Programs strengthened its student recruitment team with a new staff addition, Tara O’Brien, who joined in September. O’Brien is a recruitment and events specialist, a brand-new position to CAFNR. “While CAFNR has an incredible amount of support regarding recruitment efforts from faculty, staff, students and administrators, we knew we…

Exploring Careers

Career Exploration Days offer students a look at careers in agriculture, food and natural resources

For years, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) has opened the doors of its Agricultural Research Centers to thousands of high school students to showcase its research, programs and academic opportunities. Referred to as Agricultural Education Days, these events also give students an idea of what future careers they can seek with a degree…

An International Explorer

Shanon Dickerson encourages students to see the world

Sitting in an economics class as a business major at Illinois College, Shanon Dickerson wanted to be just about anywhere else in the world. Little did she know that international travel would soon become a massive part of her life and, eventually, her career. Dickerson switched her major from business to Spanish, and quickly fell in love with the opportunities…

Rising to the Occasion

CAFNR Strategic Plan outlines new signature experiences for students

We know CAFNR students always rise above the rest, but now – it’s official. As part of the “CAFNR Strategic Plan, Drive to Distinction,” launched in April, all undergraduate students will take part in a “signature experience” during their time on campus. This is denoted as the “RISE” initiative: Research, International, Service learning, Experiential learning. (Of course, students don’t have…

Shari Freyermuth Receives Allan W. Purdy Award at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Shari Freyermuth, associate teaching professor and director of undergraduate advising in biochemistry, and assistant dean for academic programs and director of student services in CAFNR, received the Allan W. Purdy Award for Distinguished Service at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Freyermuth also received the 2015 MU Excellence in Advising Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, the 2015…

Bryan Garton Named Distinguished Alumnus

Bryan Garton, senior associate dean for academic programs, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University in early March. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes those who have brought distinction to themselves and the college at large through their participation, commitment and leadership. Garton received his Ph.D. in agricultural education from…

After Hours: House for the Holidays

CAFNR director’s idea has become fun Columbia holiday tradition

As an avid baker with a retired custom home builder for a husband, Kristen Smarr has always been “fascinated” by gingerbread houses. But until last year, she’d never built one. “Not even a kit!” she says. “I’ve just always admired them.” But even without her own previous personal experience, she has helped bring a new holiday tradition to mid-Missouri in…

Career Readiness

Matt Arri helps CAFNR students navigate the process of finding that first job

The new charge from the University of Missouri System to increase employment and graduate school successful outcomes rate to 95 percent for all graduating students by 2023 is a bold goal. And Matt Arri, coordinator of Career Services for CAFNR, is tackling that goal, which is part of the MU Compact launched by UM System President Mun Choi in 2017,…

After Hours: A True Tiger Tailgate

Garton, Langworthy families celebrate Mizzou football through tailgating

A sea of black and gold highlights the tailgating scene before each University of Missouri football game. From shirts, to tents to plates, the Tigers are front and center throughout the campus. There is a little red that stands out in that sea of black and gold – an Ohio State University flag owned by Bryan Garton. The flag flies…