Hispanic Heritage Month 2022
Learn about some of our Hispanic alumni in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. More stories to come!
A New World of Opportunities
While Sebastian Moreno strengthened his passions for urban ecology and ornithology, the scientific study of birds, as a graduate student in natural resources at the University of Missouri, he also discovered a desire to connect with people on a deeper level. Photo courtesy of Sebastian Moreno.
Immersed in the Outdoors
Since graduation, Lisette Perez has been able to build on her passions for connecting with people. She recently completed an internship in Alaska focused on sharing educational information about nature with the general public. Perez was an interpretation ranger at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in Juneau, Alaska. The site, managed by the federal government through the United States Forest Service, allows individuals to explore wildlife and nature through numerous scenic walking trails. Photo courtesy of Lisette Perez.
Left: After earning her PhD from MU in 2015, Benavides immediately began her teaching career at Texas State University, where she was hired as an assistant professor of animal science. She taught a handful of animal science courses and also advised pre-veterinary students at Texas State University. Right: Benavides’ projects at Mizzou focused on developing methods of measuring multiple products in livestock blood samples simultaneously. She worked with a variety of technologies throughout her research. Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Benavides.
An Advocate for CAFNR
Alex Muñoz just began his new role this summer as director of student recruitment in CAFNR. His job allows him to travel throughout the state and share how CAFNR helped prepare him for the future, as well as the great hands-on learning opportunities in each of the College’s 14 degree programs. He regularly meets with students and parents on campus as well. Photo courtesy of Alex Muñoz.
Meeting Her Goals
Hired in 2019, Verónica Negrón-Pérez has spent the past three-plus years as an assistant researcher and principal investigator at one of the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez’s agricultural experiment stations (Tropical Animal Reproduction Investigation Center) – this one located in Gurabo, on the eastern side of Puerto Rico. It has been a perfect opportunity at the same university where she earned her undergraduate degree. Photo courtesy of Verónica Negrón-Pérez.