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Inside CAFNR
Faculty & Staff Newsletter // February 2023
An Incredible Experience (click to read)
An Incredible Experience »

Sophie Cunningham Classic offers students a look at organizing a high-profile event

A Tasty Experience (click to read)
A Tasty Experience »

Food science and nutrition students spent the fall semester developing a variety of barbeque sauce flavors

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 TaylorAnn Washburn (click to read)
Get to Know TaylorAnn Washburn »

Washburn is the program manager for the Rural and Farm Finance Policy Analysis Center (RaFF)

Cultivating Diversity & Inclusion

In honor of Black History Month, CAFNR is spotlighting some of our recent Black alumni throughout February. Follow the stories on our websiteFacebook, LinkedIn or Instagram – we will add articles to showcase as the month goes on! Mizzou’s Black History Month theme for 2022 is Black Resistance, and events include film screenings, an exhibit, presentations and a trivia night. The keynote address, “Africa in the Global Landscape: Democracy, Food Security, and the Role of the Youth,” by Her Excellency Michelle Ndlaye, is co-sponsored by CAFNR, and will be Tuesday, Feb. 28. Ndiaye is special representative of the chairperson of the African Union, head of the African Union Liaison Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the granddaughter of Léopold Sédar Senghor, a founder of the Negritude Movement and the first President of Senegal. Learn more and see the schedule at the Black Studies website.

Each spring, CAFNR honors outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni with awards at our Celebration of Excellence. This year, we are pleased to introduce an award to recognize efforts in creating and nurturing healthy communities and a diverse culture within CAFNR. The first CAFNR Inclusion Cultivator Award is open for nominations until March 1 – see the criteria and nomination information on CAFNR’s website.

Coming Soon

As we move forward with updates for CAFNR’s web redesign, we encourage you to update your professional headshot, if you have not done so in the last five years. CAFNR has reserved space at the Rock Quarry Center (view the map) to have professional portraits taken of faculty, staff and graduate students on March 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — you can come by any time during this timeframe.

Parking is available. Directions: To get to the parking lot, take Rock Quarry Rd. south from Stadium Blvd., then take the first left onto Capen Park Dr. Next make two additional quick lefts and head toward the north end of the building, (Rock Quarry Center is a large, white-gray warehouse-style building). Enter through Door 4 and the MU Extension Communications and Marketing office is the first door on the right. Please contact Reagan Brown if you plan to attend or have any questions,


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

  • Hsin-Yeh Hsieh, research scientist, School of Natural Resources, celebrated 30 years of service Jan. 1.
  • Michelle Niemeyer, executive assistant, CAFNR Advancement, celebrated 15 years of service Jan. 2.
  • Teresa Davis, senior executive assistant, CAFNR Dean, celebrated 25 years of service Jan. 13.
  • Scott Brown, associate Extension professor, Division of Applied Social Sciences, celebrated 35 years of service Jan. 15.