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An Exceptional Evening

CAFNR honors six of the college’s outstanding alumni at the 2022 Column Awards

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources recently honored the six individuals chosen to receive the 2022 CAFNR Column Award for Distinguished Alumni. This is the only award specifically for alumni presented by the college. The awardee class includes one graduate from each of CAFNR’s six divisions, reflecting the six historic columns at the University of Missouri. Animal Sciences…

Applying Classroom Knowledge to Industry Settings

Hospitality management course partners with local hotels to give students hands-on experiences

While students in the hospitality management degree program gain valuable insights into the second largest industry in the United States through their coursework, the hands-on learning opportunities offered through the program give students a first-hand, behind-the-scene look at this growing industry. Those opportunities are plentiful through the Hotel and Lodging Operations and Management (HSP_MGMT 3400) course. Students spend the semester…

Q&A with Alan Spell

Alan is an assistant extension professor in the Division of Applied Social Sciences. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I’m an assistant extension professor in the Division of Applied Social Sciences where I specialize in economic development research. Economic development is a broad topic but basically involves industry and workforce analysis and occasional contract work. I’m part of the MU Extension Exceed team and every few…

An ‘Outstanding’ Opportunity

Harvey S. James, Jr., named interim director of the Division of Applied Social Sciences

Harvey S. James, Jr., professor and director of graduate studies, agricultural and applied economics, has been named interim director of the Division of Applied Social Sciences, effective Nov. 10, 2022. James joined the University of Missouri in 2001, and has had many roles over the years, including chair of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, associate division director in…

First-Generation Student Spotlight: Darius Robinson

Darius Robinson's dedication to football, hospitality management degree program have been evident as a Tiger

It was just five years ago when Darius Robinson suited up for his first organized football game as a junior at Canton High School in Michigan. The sport came naturally to Robinson, and it didn’t take long for Division I scholarship offers to start rolling in. In his two seasons at Canton, Robinson became a top-20 prospect in the state…

CAFNR Hosts North Central Region/National Learner-Centered Teaching Conference

In early October, CAFNR hosted the 2022 North Central Region/National Learner-Centered Teaching Conference. This is the fourth consecutive year of the collaborative conference, which features partnerships of 1890 land-grant universities, 1862 land-grant universities, and public and private universities that are focused on developing people in and through agriculture, food, natural resources and human sciences. The three-day conference included multiple round-table…

Andres Mesa Selected for 2022 Dissertation Research Award

Andres Mesa, graduate student in rural sociology, was selected for the 2022 Dissertation Research Award at the 84th Rural Sociological Society (RSS) annual meeting in August. His proposal was titled “Forming supply chains framed within agroecological principles: Possibilities for the Andean blueberry in Antioquia, Colombia.” Mesa is using agroecology as an approach to explore the possibilities to form supply chains…

Mauro Palmero Accepted Into 2022-23 MU Thrive Faculty Learning Community

Mauro Palmero, associate teaching professor, has been accepted to the 2022-23 MU Thrive Faculty Learning Community. Faculty who are part of the professional learning community learn about inclusive teaching practices and have opportunities to connect with peers, experienced mentors and student leaders. Palmero teaches in the Division of Applied Social Sciences’ hospitality management program. His courses are guest service management,…

CAFNR Advisor Spotlight: Robyn Holliday (Eschenbre​nner)

Holliday (Eschenbrenner) serves as an academic advisor for the agribusiness management and personal financial planning degree programs

How rewarding is it to work with students in the agribusiness management and personal financial planning degree programs? Being an advisor for agribusiness management and personal financial planning students has been very rewarding. Though I have not been working with them for long, I have enjoyed getting to know each of the students personally and learning about their unique paths.…

CAFNR Welcomes New Faculty

Seven new faces join CAFNR faculty for the fall 2022 semester

With the fall semester underway, we are excited introduce and welcome the new faculty members in our college. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri is proud to introduce seven new faculty members this semester who are equipped to advance our core missions of research, teaching and extension. They each bring a wealth of…