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Faculty & Staff Newsletter // December 2023
Celebrating our December 2023 graduates (click to read)
Celebrating our December 2023 graduates »

Hear from four graduating seniors as part of Senior Spotlight

Message from the Dean
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2023 has been an incredible year for CAFNR!

Next week we will unveil the latest report on our “Drive to Distinction,” covering the most recent two years of our strategic plan. It is full of exciting progress toward our goals, including record-highs in research awards, student retention, graduation rates, connections with Missourians through our extension programs, and more. I enjoyed sharing some of these highlights with you last month at Novemberfest. Thank you for helping us on our “Drive to Distinction!”

We are kicking off three big building initiatives – the Meat Sciences Laboratory (MSL), the Center for Energy Innovation (CEI) and the NextGen Institute for Innovative Medical Research (IMR). These are exciting projects. The MSL, with funding and support from the State, will bring meat processing to a new and exciting space for research, teaching and extension purposes. The CEI is a joint project with the Colleges of Engineering and Arts & Science, and will advance research in energy, data and policy. Finally, the IMR project will translate large animal models for interdisciplinary and collaborative precision health research.

Tomorrow is the “best day in the life of a university” – commencement! I am excited to congratulate our December 2023 graduates as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. CAFNR’s ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Hearnes Center.

This month has also included the following activities:

  • Semi-finalist interviews for the Vice Chancellor for Extension & Engagement
  • MSL, CEI and IMR planning meetings
  • Meetings with the CAFNR Foundation
  • Missouri Farm Bureau annual meeting
  • Institute of Food Technologists leadership meetings
  • Meetings with prospective faculty hires
  • DASS division director interviews
  • MU Campus Master Plan Workshop
  • REEC Directors Retreat
  • Meetings with Bradley Schad, MO Corn Growers Association, and Garrett Hawkins, MO Farm Bureau
  • Council of Deans meeting
  • CARET Strategic Action Implementation Committee meeting
  • Visit to Burger’s Smokehouse
  • Dairy improvement planning meeting
  • President’s Holiday Open House
  • Meeting with Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Maurice Gipson
  • MU Engagement & External Relations meeting
  • Governor’s Cup Awards Reception
  • SW-REEC Advisory Board meeting
  • Meetings with Bridgford group

I extend my best wishes to all for a peaceful and joy-filled holiday season. I look forward to what we will accomplish, together, in 2024!

With so much to celebrate, I am CAFNR Proud!

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

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Cultivating Diversity & Inclusion

Save the date to join MU in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the 2024 theme “Women and the Civil Rights Movement.” Keynote speaker Joyce Ladner, Ph.D., sociologist, academic administrator and civil rights activist, will speak in Reynolds Alumni Center on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, 7-8:30 p.m. In-person seating will be limited; a livestream will be available. A reception, artist showcase and Community Award presentation will precede the keynote, beginning at 5:45 p.m. Visit for more information.

Coming Soon

Winter break runs between the Christmas Day holiday and the New Year’s Day holiday. See you in the New Year!


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

  • Harley Naumann, associate teaching professor, Animal Sciences, celebrated 10 years of service Nov. 1.
  • Amanda Patterson, assistant professor, Animal Sciences, celebrated five years of service Nov. 1.
  • Lindsey Saunders, associate director program/project operations, CAFNR International Programs, celebrated 10 years of service Nov. 1.
  • Melinda Poole, office support assistant IV, Applied Social Sciences, celebrated 25 years of service Nov. 9.
  • Tina Clark, office support assistant IV, Fisher Delta Research, Extension & Education Center, celebrated 25 years of service Nov. 11.
  • Lina Pushechnikova, senior research specialist, Analytical Services, celebrated 10 years of service Nov. 11.
  • Laura Gordon, program/project support coordinator II, Applied Social Sciences, celebrated 15 years of service Nov. 17.