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Faculty & Staff Newsletter // December 2022
Celebrating CAFNR's Crew: Marching Mizzou (click to read)
Celebrating CAFNR's Crew: Marching Mizzou »

Meet a few of the CAFNR students in Marching Mizzou who performed in the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

An Exceptional Evening (click to read)
An Exceptional Evening »

CAFNR honors six of the college’s outstanding alumni at the 2022 Column Awards

Catch Up With CAFNR
Catch Up With CAFNR (click to read)
Catch Up With CAFNR »

A gallery of CAFNR happenings

CAFNR Community
Get to Know Pavel Somavat (click to read)
Get to Know Pavel Somavat »

Somavat is an assistant professor in both food science and biomedical, biological and chemical engineering

Cultivating Diversity & Inclusion

The CAFNR CIDC Committee and CAFNR Marketing & Communications are sharing new initiatives surrounding inclusion, diversity, equity and compassion efforts in the college, in collaboration with Vice Chancellor and Dean Daubert.

We looked at efforts across the college, and made suggestions on what could be scaled up to the college level and/or recommended to units, to work towards our Strategic Plan goals surrounding Cultivating a Diverse and Inclusive Community. Here are the new college-level initiatives, and ideas for units:

  • Many CAFNR units participated in Mizzou IDE’s 10-week self-guided curriculum. Although this curriculum is no longer available, another option is now offered, Diversity Peer Educators Facilitation. Whether units have already participated in the 10-week curriculum or not, we recommend each department request a facilitation for their faculty and/or staff, perhaps during a regular unit meeting. More information is available online at
  • We recommend each division form a CIDC Committee, with one of the members from each division also being part of the CAFNR Compassion, Inclusivity and Diversity Committee.
  • The CAFNR Compassion, Inclusivity and Diversity Committee will resume the college-wide IDE Podcast Club for the spring semester to continue the conversations surrounding these topics. To encourage more participation across divisions and units, please fill out this survey to indicate what days and times you would be available to attend.
  • CAFNR is establishing an award for Diversity and Inclusion efforts to be given at the college-wide spring award ceremony, Celebration of Excellence, to recognize excellence in efforts. Keep an eye out for the call for nominations.
Coming Soon

CAFNR Commencement is Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. in the Hearnes Center! Visit Mizzou Commencement for up-to-date campus details.


This month we recognize the following faculty and staff members for their years of service to Mizzou!

  • Deborah Finke, professor, Division of Plant Science & Technology, celebrated 15 years of service Nov. 1.
  • Robert Schnabel, associate professor, Division of Animal Sciences, celebrated 20 years of service Nov. 1.
  • James Schoelz, professor, Division of Plant Science & Technology, celebrated 35 years of service Nov. 2.
  • Carrie Schlimme, director of advancement, CAFNR Advancement, celebrated five years of service Nov. 13.