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College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Dean’s Monthly Newsletter // November 2017
Month in Review

Here we are, wrapping up a beautiful autumn season and heading into holiday celebrations. It’s been a month of exciting opportunities. Although there are many challenges, I am looking to the coming months with anticipation of great strides toward a new vision for CAFNR.

In early November, Senator Brian Munzlinger invited me to visit with Missouri ag industry leaders in Jefferson City to begin a discussion about how we partner to affect positive growth in Missouri’s agricultural economy. Economic development and a market economy is key to the success of CAFNR graduates, and to the health and happiness of the citizens of our great state and the world. Together we CAN make a difference! I am energized and ready to GO!

I returned last week from meetings in Washington, D.C., at an American Public Land Grant Universities (APLU) meeting. My recent inclinations were confirmed…CAFNR must be at the national and international “table” for discussions involving policy, guidelines, and reviews. Knowing that our administrative structure is “bare bones,” I shared my concerns with Provost Stokes and received her approval to reconfigure the CAFNR administrative team. This team will usher in a new and better CAFNR with greater expediency, and help us in our efforts to promote positive change for this great college.

I hope you attended Novemberfest last Friday, where I shared a brief overview of my “First 100 Days” as your dean. I’m so proud of all that CAFNR is and will be as we work together toward a shared vision. To achieve a new and better CAFNR, we are in the beginning stages of our strategic planning process, and will launch college-wide in early 2018. This effort will be a great learning process as together we determine who we are and who we aspire to become…it is indeed a matter of choice vs. chance. I hope everyone will engage in this planning effort.

Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family! It is so beneficial for us all to take some time in our busy lives to be with family, share a meal and express thanks for the opportunities we enjoy. If you know of a student or colleague who will not have the opportunity to be with family this week, I hope you will reach out and include them in your Thanksgiving celebration.


Christopher R. Daubert
Vice Chancellor and Dean


Stop by Mumford Hall foyer for @CAFNRDean Roaming Office Hours now til 5. Visit with Dr. Daubert & enjoy some @BucksIC Tiger Stripe!

3:31 PM - Oct 26, 2017
Out and About

Join me for Dean’s Roaming Office Hours, 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 19, location to be announced.

Tiger Roars!

Did You Know…

  • Just this fall, our student recruitment team has: Attended Ag Ed Days and 30 College Fairs; made 30 classroom visits; hosted campus visits from 17 schools; and held 3 CAFNR to You events around the state.
  • The MU Soil Testing Program, headquartered in Plant Sciences, provides research-based nutrient and lime recommendations to more than 32,500 customers
    each year.
  • The Animal Sciences Equine Teaching Facility is run by student volunteers and involves another 100-120 students each year.
Of Note

Don’t Miss
Campus Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24.

CAFNR Staff Council Door Decorating Content begins Monday, Dec. 4. More information is coming soon!

CAFNR Staff Council Holiday Baking Exchange and Ugly Sweater Party will be Monday, Dec. 18. More information is coming soon!