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Faculty & Staff Newsletter // May 2024
Five CAFNR programs receive Program of Distinction designation (click to read)
Five CAFNR programs receive Program of Distinction designation »

The five new programs met rigorous criteria to earn the prestigious designation.

Celebration of Excellence 2024 (click to read)
Celebration of Excellence 2024 »

CAFNR is proud to recognize the achievements of faculty, staff and students at its annual awards ceremony.

Message from the Dean

We made it through another busy year, and tomorrow we celebrate our Spring 2024 graduates at CAFNR’s commencement, 8:30 a.m. in Mizzou Arena. It’s among my favorite days as a dean, so please join us if you are able.

It was an honor celebrating amazing faculty, staff, students and friends at our annual Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony last month. Thank you to everyone who joined us – and congratulations to all awardees!

In addition, many CAFNR faculty have been honored by Mizzou this spring with awards. Congratulations to Eric Aldrich, Alan Spell, Scott Peck, Ahmed Balboula and Corinne Valdivia! They were each celebrated at an event at the end of April.

During Mizzou’s annual celebration of staff later this month, you may wish to attend the Staff Recognition Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 23, at 1:30 p.m. in Bush Auditorium in Cornell Hall. Staff are encouraged to take advantage of many professional development opportunities as well as a free lunch and resource fair on Tuesday, May 21, from 10:30-12:30 at the MU Student Center. We are excited to offer a floral design class with Tiger Garden! I am grateful for the great staff on this campus and in our college, and this opportunity to celebrate you!

Please make plans to join faculty and staff at the Backyard BBQ hosted by CAFNR’s Staff Advisory Council Wednesday, May 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Courtyard between ABNR and the Ag Building.

To date in May, my calendar included:

  • The MU Chairs Professional Development Workshop
  • A celebration for CAFNR Extension faculty and staff, hosted by Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement Chad Higgins
  • MU Engagement and External Relations Work Group meetings
  • The annual evaluation of direct reports
  • Participation in searches for campus positions, including the Provost and Dean of the College of Engineering
  • Meetings about the Meat Science Laboratory project

Still to come this month I will:

  • Attend the CAFNR, Arts & Science and Honors College Commencement ceremonies
  • Participate in a Grape and Wine Institute Wine Tasting event with fellow MU deans
  • Attend the Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership closing reception and dinner
  • Attend Council of Deans meeting and luncheon
  • Travel to Chicago for Institute of Food Technologists meetings
  • Attend the retirement reception for Sara Parker Pauley, director of the Missouri Department of Conservation

Enjoy a quieter campus after this week! Hope it is a productive summer for everyone in CAFNR.


CAFNR Proud,

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

Catch Up With CAFNR
Catch Up With CAFNR – May 2024 (click to read)
Catch Up With CAFNR – May 2024 »

A photo gallery of CAFNR happenings

Cultivating Diversity & Inclusion

CAFNR is celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a Q&A with biochemistry student Manisha Muthukaruppan. Learn more about her heritage and traditions, as well as why she picked CAFNR and biochemistry!

Coming Soon
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CAFNR Staff Council is hosting a Backyard BBQ on May 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the courtyard between the Ag Building and ABNR. Enjoy lunch, lemonade, yard games and giveaways!


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

  • Ahmed Balboula, assistant professor, Division of Animal Sciences, celebrated five years of service April 1.
  • Cheryl Byrd, project support coordinator, Division of Applied Social Sciences, celebrated five years of service April 1.
  • Donald Hubble, senior farm manager, Northern Missouri REEC, celebrated five years of service April 1.
  • Destiny Hunt, senior research associate, Division of Plant Science & Technology, celebrated five years of service April 1.
  • Yidong Liu, senior research specialist, Division of Biochemistry, celebrated 25 years of service April 1.
  • Shawn Poore, executive director, CAFNR Advancement, celebrated five years of service April 1.
  • Teresa McKee, ag lime inspector, Fertilizer Control, celebrated 20 years of service April 26.