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College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Dean’s Monthly Newsletter // January 2021
Month in Review
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Welcome back for the spring semester! Thanks for all you’ve done to prepare for another unusual term at Mizzou and CAFNR. And thank you for continuing to practice good hand-washing hygiene, in addition to social-distancing, symptom-monitoring and mask-wearing while on campus and off. I appreciate those of you who are helping at the student COVID testing site this week.

January is always a busy month. I caught up with a few stakeholder groups recently, as well as with colleagues around the country. Earlier this month I attended the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence Deans Advisory Council Meeting, and tomorrow CAFNR deans will meet with Gary Wheeler of Missouri Soybean Association. Next week I will participate in the Institute of Food Technologists Board of Directors Meeting, as well as the MU Center for Agroforestry/Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center Annual Advisory Board Meeting and the Missouri Beef Industry Council meeting.

I will join the other deans on campus for the Provost’s Deans Retreat next week, as well as host interviews for the College of Engineering Dean search.

I hope you will make plans to attend these upcoming virtual events:

On Jan. 22, Mizzou will celebrate the retirement of Mark McIntosh, vice chancellor for research and economic development. I appreciate Dr. McIntosh’s support of CAFNR across many years. You can register for the virtual celebration, which starts at 4 p.m., online.

Mizzou’s 2021 MLK Celebration will be held Jan. 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The event is titled, “Infinite Hope: The Power and Possibilities of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Vision,” and will feature keynote speaker Ambassador Andrew Young. Learn more about Ambassador Young, and view the livestream the day of the event, at

Please don’t forget about Mizzou’s many stress reduction and mental health resources available to our entire community, including counseling services, the Sanvello app promoting healthy behaviors, Zoom mindfulness and yoga sessions, and more. There are many stressors in our lives in the best of times, but especially over the past several months. Please take care of yourselves and those around you.

I know we will successfully tackle another unusual semester together, as a CAFNR community!

CAFNR Proud,

Christopher R. Daubert, Ph.D.
CAFNR Vice Chancellor & Dean


#CAFNRproud of our achievements, even during a difficult year.

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Tiger Roars!

CAFNR’s current retention of fall 2020 first-time college (FTC) students is 93%. Retention of all undergraduate students is 93.2%.

Cambio Center has created Spanish-version COVID-19 vaccination resources to reach more Latinx communities.

Of Note

Email signatures

Mizzou has created an email signature generator – just input your information, and a properly formatted signature is automatically generated for you to use in Outlook! Find this new feature on Mizzou’s Identity site.

When we can travel again… Let’s be prepared!

ALL group or individual university travel outside of Missouri must be registered in the new Domestic Travel Registry. How do you know if you need to register? It’s easy, if you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, you must register your travel:

  • Is your domestic travel partially or fully funded by MU/CAFNR?
  • Will your domestic travel be related to an MU/CAFNR course or curriculum requirement? This includes internships for credit.
  • Will an MU/CAFNR faculty or staff member be organizing your domestic travel within the scope of their employment?

Group travel leaders will submit one form for the entire group, Domestic Travel Registry Group Information Form, and email it to AND Graduate and undergraduate students traveling individually will register themselves in the Domestic Travel Registry for Individuals. Contact Shanon Dickerson at with questions.

Africa Hub presentations available on YouTube

View Africa Hub’s past events, including Focus on Africa presentations, films and book series, on their YouTube channel.