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Inside CAFNR
Faculty & Staff Newsletter // May 2021
Feature Stories
Taking a Leap of Faith (click to read)
Taking a Leap of Faith »

Claire Shipp was one of just 62 college students named a 2021 Truman Scholar

Catch Up With CAFNR
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Cultivating Diversity & Inclusion
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Honoring diversity champions

The Division of Applied Social Sciences Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDE) Awards Ceremony was held earlier this month. The event honored students, faculty and alumni, and was presented by the DASS IDE Awards Committee. Learn more about the award recipients and see photos from the event.

Upcoming listening session

The CAFNR Office of Research and CAFNR International Programs are sponsoring a college-wide listening session for faculty, staff and post-docs of Asian origin or descent who would like to discuss challenges faced from anti-Asian bias and discrimination. All interested faculty, staff and post-docs are invited to join. The session will be led by Shibu Jose, associate dean of research; Sang Kim, director of the MU Asian Affairs Center; and Kerry Clark, director of CAFNR International Programs.

U.S. history demonstrates waves of intolerance towards groups of people and/or cultures, but the past few years has seen a marked increase in aggression against people of Asian descent. It is a concerning problem that is important to acknowledge and address.

This meeting will be held in-person in conference room 2-43 (Ag Building) from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, May 20. A Zoom link will also be available to those requesting it. Please RSVP via e-mail to Kerry Clark at if you will attend. (RSVPs will help coordinators judge if room capacity is adequate.)

CAFNR celebrates heritage month

CAFNR is celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month during May by showcasing notable Asian American and Pacific Islanders in agriculture, food and natural resources. The slide series can be seen on our CAFNR digital displays, on CAFNR social media, and on CAFNR’s website. Learn more about these pioneering men and women today!

CAFNR Community
Q&A with Michelle Enger (click to read)
Q&A with Michelle Enger »

Enger is the director of CAFNR Marketing & Communications

Coming Soon

Commencement for CAFNR will take place on Saturday, May 15, at the Hearnes Center. Degrees for the college will be awarded across three ceremonies.

For information on commencement and celebrating the Spring 2021 graduates, visit


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

  • Ingolf Gruen, associate professor, Division of Food Systems & Bioengineering, celebrated 25 years of service April 1.
  • Azlin Mustapha, professor, Division of Food Systems & Bioengineering, celebrated 25 years of service April 1.
  • Mariola Usovsky, senior research associate, Division of Plant Sciences, celebrated five years of service April 1.
  • Richard Meek, agriculture associate II, Fertilizer Control, celebrated 10 years of service April 6.
  • Karen Decker, senior business support specialist, School of Natural Resources, celebrated 20 years of service April 23.
  • Yuying Suo, senior research specialist, Division of Biochemistry, celebrated 20 years of service April 23.