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An Incredible Experience

Sophie Cunningham Classic offers sport management students a look at organizing a high-profile event

In early December, high school girls basketball teams from three states took part in the inaugural Sophie Cunningham Classic, a three-day shootout in Columbia created by women athletes for young female athletes. The Classic allowed those athletes to take center stage and allowed Cunningham to give back to the community where she dominated opponents on the court as a high…

Senior Spotlight: Marlon Guzman

Guzman will graduate with a degree in parks, recreation and sport

Marlon Guzman hasn’t had the typical finish to his collegiate career. Guzman has spent his final semester at the University of Missouri on a different continent, participating in an internship with Wilderness Patagonia, a travel company located in Bariloche, Argentina. The internship has given Guzman an opportunity to combine his interests in natural resources, sustainability and tourism. And while the…

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…

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…

CAFNR Advisor Spotlight: Jenna Fusinatto

Fusinatto serves as an academic advisor for the parks, recreation and sport degree program

How rewarding is it to work with students in the parks, recreation and sport degree program? Working with the parks, recreation and sport (PRS) students over the years has been very rewarding. Advising the students from start to finish, I can understand their pathway through college, celebrate their accomplishments and assist them through their struggles. Each graduation ceremony is bittersweet…

An Athletic Connection

Jalani Williams' internship with Special Olympics Missouri allows him to connect with athletes, showcase exciting events

The 2022 Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games brought more than 1,000 athletes, coaches and volunteers to the University of Missouri campus in late May for three days of competition and fun. The opening night of the games, which included a parade of athletes, also coincided with Jalani Williams’ first day as an intern with Special Olympics Missouri. Williams received…

Pursuing His Passions

A job with The Basketball Tournament allows Luke Rubin to explore his passion for sports

A self-proclaimed “sports geek,” Luke Rubin grew up dreaming of one day spending his Saturdays as a television analyst breaking down college football games. That passion took him 1,300 miles from his hometown in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to the University of Missouri campus, as Rubin was interested in pursuing a journalism degree. “In high school, my primary goal was to…

Jenna Fusinatto Receives Distinguished Service Award from CAFNR Alumni Association

Jenna Fusinatto (BS Parks, Rec & Tourism ’12), senior academic advisor in the School of Natural Resources, has received the 2022 Dana Brown Haynes Distinguished Service Award from the CAFNR Alumni Association. Jenna advises 400+ students in four different emphasis areas, helps with recruitment events, schedules courses, supervises student ambassadors, and advises the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She also…

Senior Spotlight: Danielle King

King will graduate with degrees in parks, recreation and sport, and journalism

Since the eighth grade, Danielle King has known exactly what she wanted to study when the time came for her to further her education at the collegiate level – sports journalism. And by the time King was a junior in high school, she knew exactly where she wanted to pursue that passion – the University of Missouri. King, who is…

‘A Perfect Weekend’

Two CAFNR graduate students helped Mizzou capture men's and women's disc golf national championships

The University of Missouri men’s and women’s disc golf teams carried undefeated seasons into 2022 College Disc Golf National Championship competition, and both teams would end their seasons the same way – as national champions. The women’s team led the tournament field from start to finish, winning by four strokes. The men’s team overcame a slow start with a strong…