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Inside CAFNR
CAFNR Office of Academic Programs Newsletter // Sept. 2021
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This week is CAFNR Week! We’ve already had several fun activities, and there are still numerous events happening throughout the rest of week. Check out the schedule and celebrate being a CAFNR student!

Feature Stories
A Blooming Passion for Teaching (click to read)
A Blooming Passion for Teaching »

Lesleighan Cravens earns CAFNR Golden Apple Award

Feeling Right at Home (click to read)
Feeling Right at Home »

As CAFNR Student Council president, Elizabeth Gunter encourages students to get involved

Are You Career Ready?
Fall 2021 CAFNR/Arts and Science In-Person Career Fair (click to read)
Fall 2021 CAFNR/Arts and Science In-Person Career Fair »

The Fall 2021 CAFNR/Arts and Science In-Person Career Fair is scheduled from noon until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 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.

Welcome Katie and Kathleen!

The CAFNR Office of Academic Programs recently welcomed two new team members ― Katie Barthel and Kathleen Matz. Katie is coordinator of student services and Kathleen is the recruitment and event specialist. Please help us welcome both to the team!

Where Will You Go?
Upcoming Study Abroad Opportunities (click to read)
Upcoming Study Abroad Opportunities »

Chat with Shanon Dickerson, CAFNR director of study abroad, by scheduling an appointment on MU Connect! There are two upcoming opportunities ― Scotland and Italy ― with applications due soon.

Summer in Scotland: Apply by Oct. 1
Study Equine Anatomy/Physiology and Equine Fitness in the Scottish countryside. Gain hands-on expertise in both classical and English riding. Take a trip to nearby Edinburgh to explore the culture and sites in the heart of the city. Space is limited! Visit the website for more information.

Travel to Italy: Apply by Oct. 20
Investigate Italy’s special role in addressing sustainability in the food system and developing solutions to the age-old problem of hunger. See the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Coliseum, and delight in the architectural beauty Tuscany has to offer. Visit the website for more information.

RISE Initiative
Taking a Chance (click to read)
Taking a Chance »

Mason Ward’s research portfolio has earned him two awards from the Entomological Society of America

Agriculture Education on the Move (click to read)
Agriculture Education on the Move »

CAFNR partners with Agriculture on the Move, a program of Missouri Farmers Care, for student training

Degree Spotlight: Parks, Recreation and Sport

Parks, recreation and sport is a multibillion dollar industry. The global market is expanding for professionals in the areas of sport business, sport marketing, game day operations, community recreation, park operations and management, and tourism development.

Q&A With Caitlyn Allen, Parks, Recreation and Sport (click to read)
Q&A With Caitlyn Allen, Parks, Recreation and Sport

Why did you decide to come to the University of Missouri and major in parks, recreation and sport? What do you enjoy about the program itself? The field of study?

My decision to come to Mizzou was originally because of the journalism school. However, shortly into my freshman year I decided to look into CAFNR’s sport management program to supplement my journalism degree. After taking a couple of classes in the sport management program, I knew this was where I belonged. What I love most about this program is how intent the courses are in teaching you to go out and make your own experiences. The professors encourage student to go beyond the classroom and start applying what we learn in the real world before graduation, which is something a lot of programs don’t do.

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

I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have my advisor, Jenna. She was invested in helping me from the minute I made an appointment with her to talk about adding sport management as a secondary degree to journalism. I have definitely taken advantage of all the help the advisors office can offer, as well as the career services. CAFNR’s Career and Internship Fairs are how I found my internship with Mizzou Athletics. Last year I became a strategic communications intern and worked primarily for men’s basketball. This experience was truly amazing because I got to learn the details involved with how the team’s media relations is run. This internship actually set me up with two very important opportunities later on.

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?

There are multiple activities I have been involved in since I joined CAFNR. Last year I was the president for SPRTA (Sport, Park, Recreation and Tourism Association), the club that helps students network and learn more about career opportunities for this program. While COVID prevented the group from doing any fundraising, we did help plan and execute a networking/fundraising event for past CAFNR alumni. Our group also donated to beginning a scholarship endowment for the PRST program. I am also involved in a service group called Mizzou Alternative Breaks. My freshman year trip was cancelled because of the pandemic, but I went on to be a leader for a group that volunteered at the Salvation Army last year. Each of these experiences has helped me grow as a person as well as a young professional.

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

My favorite experience as a CAFNR student has definitely been my internship with the St. Louis Blues. This is one of the experiences that my original internship with Mizzou Athletics allowed me to apply for. I was an intern with the Blues’ Production and Game Entertainment crew last spring. I was in charge of coordinating national anthem singers, mascot appearances/skits, video board promotions, and other in-game entertainment pieces. I met a lot of great professional contacts, and I’m hoping to go to another Blues game this season to shadow the team’s public relations director. This internship is the culmination of all the experiences that I was able to find at Mizzou, and I am truly appreciative of how the CAFNR sport management program has helped me grow in the sports world.

Young Alumni Feature
An Opportunity to Share Missouri Agriculture (click to read)
An Opportunity to Share Missouri Agriculture »

Samantha Turner named director of communications for Missouri Soybean