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DASS Showcases Diversity Champions During IDE Awards Ceremony

The second annual Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDE) Awards Ceremony was held in mid-May and honored students, faculty and alumni. The awards were presented by the DASS IDE Awards Committee. Receiving awards were: Aniyah Jones, a senior in hospitality management. Aniyah was identified by one of her professors as the perfect person to lead and…

Senior Spotlight: Dalton Shust

Shust will graduate with a degree in personal financial planning

Around a year into his education at the University of Missouri, Dalton Shust was still in search of the perfect degree program. Shust had transferred to Mizzou after spending a year playing basketball at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis. Shust randomly ran into an old high school friend one day on the Mizzou campus as…

Senior Spotlight: Rachael Bagnell

Bagnell will graduate with a degree in agricultural education

When Rachael Bagnell chose the University of Missouri, she knew exactly what she wanted to study – agricultural education. A legacy student, Bagnell’s father and sister both received agricultural education degrees from Mizzou. It was a degree program that Bagnell, who chose the teacher certification route, knew she could find success with. “I was looking for a program that would…

Senior Spotlight: Maddy Meisel

Meisel will graduate with a degree in agriculture

The Academies at Jefferson City High School allow students to choose an area of interest to aid in their educational journeys. Maddy Meisel chose the Agriculture, Engineering, Trade and Industrial (AETI) Academy where she was able to learn more about animals, plants and food science. Along with her participation in the AETI Academy, Meisel joined her local FFA chapter, which…

Senior Spotlight: Audrey Hannah

Hannah will graduate with a degree in agribusiness management

Audrey Hannah knew that she had multiple options when she chose to study at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). Hannah’s father is a farmer who also enjoys speculative trading, and Hannah said they spent a lot of time discussing both topics. Hannah’s enjoyment of numbers, plus her enriching discussions with her father, led…

Senior Spotlight: Gina Vekkos

Vekkos will graduate with a degree in hospitality management

An avid sports fan, Gina Vekkos was able to secure an internship last summer with the Schaumburg Boomers, a professional independent baseball team that plays in the Frontier League. There was just one minor problem – baseball wasn’t a sport that Vekkos knew much about. However, with the encouragement of a professor in the hospitality management degree program, Vekkos’ major,…

Success On and Off the Mat

Keegan O'Toole and Rocky Elam, NCAA Div. I Wrestling All-Americans, work hard to balance their sport and their studies

Sophomores Rocky Elam and Keegan O’Toole had a singular goal in mind when they began the 2022 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships – win a national title. Both wrestlers improved on their finishes from last season, with O’Toole claiming a national title at 165 pounds and Elam securing a fourth-place finish at 197 pounds. The duo joined elite company in…

FAPRI-MU Updates U.S. Agricultural Market Snapshot

Update reflects impacts to agricultural markets from recent global events

  The 2022 FAPRI-MU baseline outlook has been updated to include the large impacts on agricultural markets in the last three months, reflecting higher farm receipts and costs and higher consumer food prices. The initial outlook released in March was based on information available in January 2022. The partial update to the baseline is based on information available in mid-April…

Developing Educational Programs

AG_ED_LD 4340 course has given students the chance to connect with industry partners and develop educational programs

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) puts a priority on offering its students hands-on learning opportunities. Many of those opportunities come in the courses offered throughout CAFNR’s 14 degree programs. One of those courses, Designing and Delivering Educational/Leadership Programs (AG_ED_LD 4340), has given students the chance to connect with industry partners and develop educational…

Taking Home Top Honors

Mizzou NAMA team wins National Student Marketing Competition

Last year, the Mizzou National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) team placed fourth during NAMA’s National Student Marketing Competition — the first time Mizzou NAMA had made it to the final round of the national competition in more than 10 years. This year, Mizzou took home top honors. Their first-place presentation centered on the GerriRig Grain Management System, a product the team…