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CAFNR Office of Academic Programs Newsletter // October 2020
Feature Story
Developing Learning Objectives (click to read)
Developing Learning Objectives »

CAFNR’s Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Curricula Team working on learning objectives focused on IDE and cultural competence for all CAFNR students

Are You Career Ready?

The Fall 2020 CAFNR/Arts and Science Virtual Career Fair took place on Wednesday, Sept. 16, via the Career Fair Plus technology platform. Nearly 100 organizations and more than 570 students participated in the virtual event! Students were able to schedule five- or 10-minute video chats with registered organizations and discuss their career interests. CAFNR Career Services will host another virtual career fair in March 2021.

RISE Initiative
An Interdisciplinary Connection (click to read)
An Interdisciplinary Connection »

Tessa Jennings has made the most of her undergraduate research opportunities

Degree Spotlight: Agricultural Systems Technology

Our Agricultural Systems Technology (formerly Agricultural Systems Management) degree program combines technology and business to be at the forefront of technological innovation in agriculture, environmental protection and related industries. Students study agricultural structures, hydraulics, precision agriculture, machinery and safety to manage agricultural operations.

Q&A With Sean Allen, Agricultural Systems Technology (click to read)
Q&A With Sean Allen, Agricultural Systems Technology

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

It was almost destiny for me to attend the University of Missouri. I’m a legacy student, and my mother works in Jesse Hall as a programmer analyst. However, I was not going to come to Mizzou just for those reasons; I needed to fall in love on my own. When I toured Mizzou and met some CAFNR faculty, I realized quickly that it made me feel at home like no other school did. I chose agricultural systems technology because I liked that I was getting a lot of hands-on learning, but with a side dose of business education to have a well-rounded experience that would work better for me in my career. Within agricultural systems technology, I enjoy the hands-on learning experiences and expertise of my professors, and how much they encourage me to push myself! Even to the point that when I realized how much I liked the business side of my AST education, I was encouraged to get a second major in agribusiness management by a team of great advisors and mentors, and I don’t regret it one bit!

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

I have utilized the services in the Academic Programs Office many times, and it has been a really big asset for my college success. Career services has helped me so much in advancing and honing in my professionalism over the years. In terms of advising, I schedule advising appointments once or twice a month because it is so helpful, allowing me to get some guidance and reassurance that the path I’m on is the right one. Sometimes college is a daunting experience even for a senior, and the Academic Programs Office and its resources is one of the things I recommend most to incoming freshmen to assist in their college career.

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?

I never came to college thinking about doing any research or service learning. But now in my senior year, I know I would not have learned nearly as much as I have without it. With CAFNR, the big focus for education is always applied learning and the RISE Initiative really makes that a reality. I have participated in experimental classes where my input has helped shaped what the class is in future years, and I have been a part of pilot programs that have the potential to fundamentally change how future AST and ABM students learn and engage. The part I love most about the RISE Initiative is the faculty and staff engage you, and reward initiative with new experiences that means you can make a difference for current and future students while learning so much in the process.

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

My favorite experiences I have had as a CAFNR student have been outside of the classroom. As the treasurer for the Independent Aggies, I have gotten to assist different youth in agriculture organizations both physically and monetarily to promote agriculture in the next generation. As a CAFNR Ambassador, I have gotten to travel to many different places including Arrowhead Stadium and FFA National Convention to talk with prospective students, alumni and donors to share how great the CAFNR Experience is, and how we are working every day to make it even better. It’s so rewarding to go out and help people see just how rewarding and beneficial the college experience can be for everyone, not just yourself.

Student Recruitment and Success

The number of new transfer students enrolled in CAFNR degree programs is 6.4 percent of the incoming student population during the past five years. Transfer students are looking for degree programs where their credits will effectively transfer, and the Office of Academic Programs is seeing more students contact us early in their academic career, which helps ensure an easier transfer.

We are working with several community colleges in Missouri, such as North Central Missouri College, Mineral Area College, St. Charles Community College and State Fair Community College, to talk with their students before they transfer.

The number of transfer scholarships has also increased at a campus level, so more students are taking advantage of those opportunities.

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  • The Livestock Judging Team recently finished fifth place overall at the Texas State Fair competition (part of the trophy is pictured above)! The team includes: Aaron Mott, senior, agriculture; Erica Gilmore, senior, agribusiness management; Kelsey Marek, senior, animal science; Josie Crouch, junior, animal science; and Caitlyn Sullivan, junior, animal science. The head coach is Tawnie DeJong and the assistant coach is Clint Perry.
  • Thanks to the Willi and Dali Meyers Fund for Student International Engagements, eight CAFNR students attended the virtual Borlaug Dialogue this week, hosted by The World Food Prize.
  • Matt Reidenbach, a recent graduate of the agricultural systems technology program, was featured in the September/October issue of Resource magazine. Reidenbach was one of several agricultural technology and systems managements students from across the country who were featured.