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CAFNR Office of Academic Programs Newsletter // August 2023
Message from the Senior Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs
Welcome Back, Tigers!

I am thrilled to welcome everyone back to campus for the 2023-24 academic year! The atmosphere on campus is much more exciting when our students, faculty and staff are all interacting on a daily basis. I hope each of you have an enjoyable and successful year!

Another year in CAFNR is another year of student success. Our top priority is recruiting talented students with a desire to cultivate healthy economies, environments, people, food systems, and animal and human health. We’re opening this semester with over 700 NEW students enrolled in CAFNR! This is the third largest new student enrollment in the history of the college. The largest were in 2011 and 2012, at the peak of Mizzou’s enrollment.

For new students, one measure of academic success is a successful first year and return for their second year at Mizzou. With a 93.5% opening day retention rate, our second-year students, with the help of our faculty and staff, have knocked academic success out of the park. This retention rate is the highest in the history of the college. CAFNR’s previous high retention was 90.7% in fall 2018.

If you’re returning to CAFNR for your final year, you’re about to join a successful club: CAFNR graduates, with 98.2% of our most recent graduates employed, serving in the military, or pursuing advanced degrees in graduate or professional schools within six months of earning their degree. This is the fourth year in a row that we have achieved our goal of 95% of graduates with Career Success — and 51% percent of those graduates earned their degree debt free.

Let’s make this semester as successful as our opening day stats. Go Tigers!

Bryan Garton
Senior Associate Dean
Director of Academic Programs

Fall Round-Up Event Scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 30

Students are invited to learn more about the 40-plus CAFNR clubs and organizations during the CAFNR Fall Round-Up event at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30, in the Trowbridge Event Center. Each of CAFNR’s 14 degree programs have activities tailored to its students, in addition to many college-wide opportunities. Getting involved is a great way to expand on classroom learning, meet others with similar interests — and have some fun along the way!

Register your club or organization here. Incoming students please register here.

Are You Career Ready?
Fall 2022 CAFNR/Arts and Science Career Fair (click to read)
Fall 2022 CAFNR/Arts and Science Career Fair

The Fall 2023 CAFNR/Arts and Science Career Fair is scheduled from 12-4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4, in the Mizzou Rec Center. All Mizzou students are welcome to participate. Interested students can visit Handshake to see a complete list of registered organizations and download the Career Fair Plus app from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android). Professional attire is required.

Study Abroad Fair: September 7

Join us in the ABNR Foyer from 1-3 p.m. on September 7 to learn about CAFNR’s study abroad programs! Spend your winter break in Costa Rica, Italy, or New Zealand, or pick another location offered later in the year.


Summer Academies Introduce High Schoolers to CAFNR
Feature Stories
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RISE Initiative
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Industry Involvment
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Young Alumni Feature
Scholar Programs (click to read)
Scholar Programs »
  • Congratulations to Owen Neely, Biochemistry, and Charlie Beecher, Plant Sciences, for being selected as Stamps Scholars in the Honors College.
  • Seven CAFNR freshman were awarded AFA Scholarships. AFA’s mission is to “build bridges for young leaders, fostering engagement and innovation in food and agriculture.”
    The students were selected based on their career goals, leadership and community involvement and financial need. Recipients will also receive admission to the AFA Leaders Conference in November.
  • The MU SAIFD Chapter placed 3rd in the nation in the student competition during the American Institute of Floral Designers National Symposium in Chicago, July 1-6.
    Korrin Zerr took first place in the Flowers to Wear and Sympathy Tribute categories and placed 2nd overall individually.