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Making the Most of an ‘Opportunity’

CAFNR-affiliated organization creates new mapping tool as part of White House challenge

Chris Fulcher and the rest of the Community Commons team are no strangers to visiting the Washington, D.C., area for meetings, conferences and seminars, but before January they had never been asked to make a presentation at the White House. That changed when the team received an invitation from the White House Innovation Fellows Program to take part as one of 12…

The World Beyond Their Own

Inaugural Missouri Youth Institute to broaden perspective of high school students, provide path to World Food Prize

Out of all the people Willi Meyers could have sat next to at a meal session at the 2014 World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, a high school student from Eldon, Missouri, certainly seemed like an improbable scenario. Meyers, who serves as the director of CAFNR International Programs, was stunned to bump into Holly Enowksi, a junior from Eldon High School,…

Sharing the Stage

National community engagement academy inducts CAFNR assistant dean

If Mary Leuci had a favorite proposition, it would definitely be the word “with.” When discussing the concept of community engagement and the role it plays at the University of Missouri and the surrounding community, she gives the word a special emphasis. “Engagement is really about how the University engages with the community for mutually beneficial reasons and it’s not…

A Circle of Giving

CAFNR doctoral student, alumnus discover Kenyan connection through scholarship

To Fridah Mubichi, the church missionaries who would frequent her hometown of Meru, Kenya, were just people passing through town. She didn’t know their names or their stories — not until she had lunch with Rodney Fink, that is. “It’s not like you take pictures with everyone and save them,” says Mubichi, who is working on her doctoral degree in…

Rural Excellence

Hendrickson presented award by Rural Sociological Society

Mary Hendrickson was awarded the Excellence in Extension and Outreach Award.

From the Ground Up

Grow Well helps with food insecurity and lack of healthy choices

There’s hope growing in the backyard of Missourians who are food insecure.

Little Kids, Big Impact

Informal rural child care is a surprisingly large industry

The informal child care industry created more than 128,000 jobs and added about $971.5 million in total value to the state of Kansas in 2005.

CAFNR Chalks Up Another Victory

2014 Gold Chalk Awards presented to Mary Grigsby of rural sociology and Mike Smith of animal sciences

Two of CAFNR’s own each received a Gold Chalk Award. Mary Grigsby, associate professor of rural sociology, and Mike Smith, professor of animal sciences, were recognized for their impact on the education of their graduate students. Each year, the University of Missouri Graduate Professional Council awards Gold Chalk Awards to professors who have made significant contributions to the professional and…

Developing Recognition

Rural sociology grad student receives Community Development Program Award

Mark Porth, M.S. Rural Sociology ’13 and University of Missouri Extension regional community arts specialist, received the 2013 Community Development Program Outstanding Student Award. The award is presented to a Community Development Society student in recognition of his or her contribution to the community development field through a paper, article, field project, internship or other applied research.

A Hungrier Missouri

Hunger Atlas shows food insecurity continues to worsen

The number of people in Missouri who worry about having sufficient food, or who experience outright hunger, is moving in the wrong direction.