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CAFNR Office of Academic Programs Newsletter // April 2021
Feature Story
COMPASS Helps Underrepresented Minority Students Build a Network (click to read)
COMPASS Helps Underrepresented Minority Students Build a Network »

Students involved in COMPASS learn more about academics, social life and off-campus resources

Are You Career Ready?
System-Wide Virtual Hiring Fair (click to read)
System-Wide Virtual Hiring Fair

The University of Missouri is partnering with colleagues from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Missouri – Kansas City, and the University of Missouri – St. Louis to host a system-wide virtual career fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, on the Career Fair Plus technology platform.

Learn how to download the app, create an account, and schedule 10-minute online appointments with employers and participating organizations. Check out the new online guide to virtual career fairs for tips on how to prepare for this virtual event!

Appointments with employers can be scheduled beginning Monday, April 19.

Graduation and Commencement

The University of Missouri and CAFNR are working very hard to plan safe and meaningful in-person commencement celebrations for both 2020 and 2021 graduates. The 2020 graduates will be invited to participate in a ceremony the weekend of April 24 and 25. May and August 2021 CAFNR graduates will be divided into three ceremonies, all occurring on Saturday, May 15. More details can be found on the Graduation and Commencement webpage.

Where Will You Go?
Study Abroad Opportunities in Spain, France and Italy (click to read)
Study Abroad Opportunities in Spain, France and Italy

CAFNR students can study abroad in Spain, France and Italy this summer! Students can also Go Global! by enrolling in a virtual global internship in Australia and Costa Rica over the summer or the online AFNR 2191: International Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources course offered in the fall. Contact Shanon Dickerson with any questions.

RISE Initiative
A 'Mind-Blowing' Experience (click to read)
A 'Mind-Blowing' Experience »

Chloe Dobson is participating in a unique virtual international internship with Camerata Salzburg, an internationally-renowned chamber orchestra

Degree Spotlight: Hospitality Management

As one of the largest industries in the United States, the hospitality management industry contributes billions of dollars to the United States gross domestic product. The hospitality management degree program introduces students to an industry that is constantly growing for professionals interested in event planning, hotel operations and management, tourism development, and overseeing events in sporting venues.

Q&A With Katie Crider, Hospitality Management (click to read)
Q&A With Katie Crider, Hospitality Management

Why did you decide to come to the University of Missouri and major in hospitality management? What do you enjoy about the program itself? The field of study?

My decision to come to the University of Missouri was a fairly easy one after I visited campus and met with the CAFNR staff. Everyone I met was very friendly and made me feel very welcome. Originally, I was an animal sciences major; however, that was very short-lived when I realized that field was not for me. I quickly switched to hospitality when I discovered that I liked working with people. I found hospitality management as a way to be around people and have each day look different. I really like that the field of hospitality allows me to interact with a wide variety of people and have an impact on people’s day. I really enjoy my professors and how much they care about my success, which is very representative of CAFNR as a whole.

How have you used resources in the CAFNR Academic Programs Office (student services, career services, advising, study abroad)? What was your experience like?  

CAFNR provides a lot of student services that I have found very helpful. I meet with my academic advisor regularly to make sure I am taking the best courses to get everything I want out of my time at Mizzou. The hospitality program also provides you with a faculty advisor who is super helpful when figuring out what you want to do within the industry. The CAFNR Office of Academic Programs also puts together a big Career Fair every semester, which can be super helpful to securing internships or meeting with various employers that you may want to work with post-graduation.

CAFNR’s RISE Initiative encourages students to have a variety of extracurricular experiences during their time at Mizzou (Research, International, Service Learning, Experiential Learning). What parts of the RISE initiative have you taken advantage of so far, and which do you plan to? What have you enjoyed about these experiences?

The RISE Initiative is something CAFNR does to promote the hands-on learning approach that is so helpful in many industries. Experiential learning is mainly what I have participated in. The hospitality program requires an internship to graduate, as do many of the other CAFNR degree programs. This helps students get the real-world experience of the industry they have chosen. I will be doing an internship this summer that will be beneficial to my career in the future. I have enjoyed working within the hospitality industry as a student because it allows me to make sure that hospitality is really what I want to pursue.

What has been your favorite activity or experience of being a CAFNR student?

One of my favorite parts of being a CAFNR student is being involved with CAFNR Ambassadors. It allows me to meet with prospective students and tell them about my experiences with MU and the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources. I feel that it is a unique opportunity to connect with people from all over the country and talk about why they should choose Mizzou. Another favorite of being a CAFNR student is the community atmosphere that has been created within CAFNR. Mizzou is pretty big and being a part of CAFNR makes it seem a little bit smaller.

  • Claire Shipp, an agribusiness management major, was recently named a 2021 Truman Scholar. A total of 62 college students from 51 United States colleges and universities were selected as Truman Scholars this year. Truman Scholars demonstrate outstanding leadership potential, a commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit sector, and academic excellence. Each Truman Scholar receives funding for graduate studies, leadership training, career counseling, and special internship and fellowship opportunities within the federal government.
  • Two CAFNR students earned grand prize honors during the University of Missouri Undergraduate Visual Art and Design Showcase (VADS).
  • The MU Livestock Judging Team finished its spring season with a strong showing at the All-East Livestock Contest at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La.