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CAFNR Advisor Spotlight: Jenna Fusinatto

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

How rewarding it is 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…

Six CAFNR Students Named Mizzou ’39 Award Recipients

This week, the Mizzou Alumni Association and Alumni Association Student Board named the 2022 Mizzou 18 Award and Mizzou ’39 Award recipients. In the spirit of service that was the cornerstone of the 1839 founding of the University of Missouri, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board presents the Mizzou ’39 Award to 39 outstanding seniors each year. Recipients are chosen…

A Perfect Fit

Logan Brinkley's internship with the UFC led to a full-time job offer

Every student in the parks, recreation and sport degree program is required to complete an internship, which allows them to apply the academic knowledge they have gained in a professional setting. For Logan Brinkley, that internship led to a full-time job offer. Brinkley spent his final semester at University of Missouri in Las Vegas as a global partnerships intern with…

For the Love of the Game

Amelia Wilson spent her first semester at MU as a student assistant with the Mizzou football team

My Why: For the love of the game and for the next generation of women in football Amelia Wilson wrote those words on a notecard last semester, her first at the University of Missouri. They represent Wilson’s passions – not only for football but for showcasing to young girls that they have a place in the game she loves. Wilson…

Senior Spotlight: Ally Akyol

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

Ally Akyol made the most out of her time at the University of Missouri. A Columbia, Mo., native, Akyol took part in hands-on learning experiences, a study abroad program and experiential learning opportunities. Her time in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) also prepared for her future career – a career that she has already begun.…