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College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Dean’s Monthly Newsletter // March 2018
Month in Review

I am pleased to share with you that our strategic planning process took another big step this month, as our consultants met with our Guiding Coalition and Leadership Team to share their findings and a preliminary set of recommended strategic goals from the focus groups and interviews they conducted. We will soon survey CAFNR stakeholders to set and prioritize these goals. It is a very exciting time for our college as we move strategically and distinctively into the future!

We appreciate the support for our college from faculty, staff, alumni, and friends – Mizzou’s second annual Giving Day saw donations totaling $1.56 million from noon on Wednesday, March 14, to noon Thursday, March 15, for CAFNR. This included a generous estate gift from Dr. Virginia Peterson, professor emerita of biochemistry, and her husband, Dr. Charles Peterson, associate professor emeritus of physics. The gift will support the already-established Virginia E. Peterson Scholarship in Biochemistry and celebrates her career of dedication to students at Mizzou. CAFNR came in second among Mizzou units in the Dollar Challenge, which means extra funds for our college! Thank you to everyone who supported CAFNR during Mizzou Giving Day.

I was pleased to represent CAFNR while attending both the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching (CARET) meeting in D.C., and the UM System Legislative Showcase in Jefferson City over the past few weeks. Showing legislators both in Jefferson City and Washington, D.C., the important work we are doing is vital to our future.

I have enjoyed interacting with you this spring. Thanks to everyone who has attended the CAFNR Faculty and Staff meetings. We heard from Marc Linit in February and Rob Kallenbach just last week with updates in the areas of research and extension, respectively. Join us April 18 at 3:30 p.m. in Gwynn Hall for Bryan Garton’s update on academic programs.

I want to take this opportunity to again thank Dr. Linit for his almost 40 years of service to our college. He has announced his retirement, effective May 31. We have started the search for his successor – please consider submitting a nomination for the search committee by Friday. Dr. Garton is chairing the committee.

We have also announced that Michael Chapman will join CAFNR July 16, as the chair of the department of biochemistry. Dr. Chapman joins us from Oregon Health and Science University where he has served as the Richard T. Jones Professor of Structural Biology and interim chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

I hope to see you all at CAFNR’s Celebration of Excellence, Thursday, April 5. This event is a great opportunity to recognize all of the wonderful faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends in our college. Although it is my first year to attend, it is already the twentieth year of the event. Register online to attend at

But before that, hope it’s a relaxing spring break, whether you enjoy a quieter week on campus or take some time off.

Christopher R. Daubert
CAFNR Vice Chancellor & Dean


An honor to present Dr. Harvey James with the @cafnr Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching & advising this morning. Your commitment to your students makes me !

10:08 AM - Mar 1, 2018
Tiger Roars!

More than 100 organizations and nearly 400 students participated in the Spring 2018 CAFNR/Arts and Science Career Opportunity Expo Wednesday, March 7, at the Mizzou Rec Center. This was the first time CAFNR has hosted a spring all-college career event, and the first time partnering with the College of Arts and Science. The fall career expo will be Wednesday, Sept. 26, from noon until 4 p.m., also at Mizzou Rec.

Of Note

Don’t Miss
Sarah Geisert, Executive-in-Residence, April 4-5. She is a graduate of our food science program, and is the former senior director and head of global product safety and regulatory affairs at General Mills, Inc. During her time as Executive-in-Residence, she will visit food science, agricultural economics and soils courses. Additionally, she will participate in a Food Industry Roundtable, which faculty and staff are welcome to attend. This event will involve discussion on the farm-to-retail process, what roles retail food companies play, and current trends and issues facing the food industry, and be from 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, April 5, in 217 Mumford Hall.

Alumni Awards Reception, April 5, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Old Alumni Center Fireplace Room. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend; RSVP requested to Lisa Thompson,

Celebration of Excellence, April 5, 5:30 p.m., Reynolds Alumni Center. CAFNR’s annual awards ceremony recognizing faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the college. Register online to attend at