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CAFNR/MOAES Research Magazine: Making a Major Impact

MOAES REECs play important role in the continued success of CAFNR’s Programs of Distinction

This story appears in our MU CAFNR/Agricultural Experiment Station Research Magazine. When CAFNR unveiled its strategic plan, Drive to Distinction, in 2019, it established criteria for Programs of Distinction, a select collection of programs that exemplify CAFNR’s drive to distinction. Those programs, together with CAFNR’s academic programs, define CAFNR’s impact on Missouri’s agriculture and natural resource economies, providing understanding for how…

Enhancing Education

CAFNR secures nearly $700,000 to enhance teaching and learning for students

Late last year, as part of the University of Missouri’s mission to strengthen student success, Mizzou offered funding opportunities to enhance teaching and learning. CAFNR faculty submitted a total of nine proposals – and earned funding on all of their submissions. The nearly $700,000 in investments ranged from technology upgrades in classrooms to new laboratory equipment. All six of CAFNR’s…

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…

Clark Gantzer Named 2022 Sigma Xi Fellow

Clark Gantzer is one of 10 2022 Fellows in Sigma Xi, an international scientific research honor society of science and engineering. Founded in 1886, the organization has more than 200 Nobel Prize winners and honors excellence in scientific investigation and encourages cooperation among researchers in science and engineering fields. Fellows are awarded by their peers for their significant contributions to…

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…

Coronavirus Sewershed Surveillance Project Earns Governor’s Award for Quality and Productivity

Missouri Governor Mike Parson and the Office of Administration recently recognized five state teams with the 2021 Governor’s Award for Quality and Productivity. The awards, which were handed out during a ceremony in the Missouri Capitol’s First Floor Rotunda on June 15, acknowledge accomplishments that serve as an example for continuous productivity, quality, efficiency and improvement. The Coronavirus Sewershed Surveillance…

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…

Greg Rotert Honored with True Tiger Volunteer Award from CAFNR Alumni Association

Greg Rotert (BS Ag ’00), support systems administrator in the School of Natural Resources and MU Division of IT, has received the 2022 True Tiger Volunteer Award from the CAFNR Alumni Association. In addition to the incredible IT support and customer service he has provided to the School of Natural Resources faculty, staff and students for the last nine years,…

CAFNR Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (C-DRIG) Winners Announced

The CAFNR Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (C-DRIG) are offered through the CAFNR Office of Research. The C-DRIG grant supports up to $2,000 or partially support dissertation research projects proposed by doctoral students in the College. Eligible students will have completed their coursework and have advanced to candidacy or will advance to candidacy within six months of the C-DRIG awards. The…