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December 2017 Graduation

CAFNR and SNR celebrate winter 2017 commencement ceremonies Dec. 15-16

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the School of Natural Resources will award approximately 280 students their diplomas as part of the December commencements. This is the final year that SNR will host an independent ceremony prior to merging with CAFNR’s. The SNR graduation ceremony will take place on Friday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in Jesse…

The Gratitude of Latitude

CAFNR alum establishes legacy of fiscal flexibility as reciprocity for his time at MU

A thousand-step staircase. That’s one way Al McQuinn tries to explain his ascent into the annals of American agriculture as an entrepreneurial and visionary businessman who originated more than 80 patents relating to machines that mix and blend fertilizer formulas for variable soil conditions across fields. “Each step up is based on something that happened to me, something that I…

Charting a Course

Joe Parcell named director of Division of Applied Social Sciences

Joe Parcell, MFA Professor of Agribusiness and interim director of the Division of Applied Social Sciences, has been named permanent head of the division by Christopher Daubert, vice chancellor and dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). Parcell’s appointment is effective Dec. 15, 2017. Parcell joined Mizzou in 1998 as an assistant professor of agricultural and…

Outstanding Graduate Student

Animal sciences Ph.D. student honored by National Swine Improvement Federation

Karl Kerns, Ph.D. student in the Division of Animal Sciences, recently received the Lauren Christian Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the National Swine Improvement Federation. Kerns was recognized at the 2017 North American Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome and National Swine Improvement Federation Joint Meeting on Friday, Dec. 1, at the InterContinental Magnificent Mile in Chicago. Maynard Hogberg, professor emeritus…

CAFNR Grad’s Ranch a Hub for Education and Fun

Greg Buckman will take the reins of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association in January

Greg Buckman, B.S.E. 1976, just wanted to farm when he graduated from high school. College was far from his plans of riding John Deere tractors and working in the family dairy barn. “All I ever wanted to be was a farmer,” he says. He also liked buying and restoring John Deere equipment and decided he wanted to work for Deere.…

Back to Class

Two hospitality grads return to MU as adjunct instructors

Richard Walls’ (’87) and Mike Ebert’s (’87) paths have crossed for the second time inside the walls of Eckles Hall. Both hospitality management graduates and industry professionals, the two have returned to the university for the semester to serve as adjunct instructors. Richard Walls graduated from MU in the spring of 1987 with a degree in marketing from the College…

Committed to Research

Emerich, Spencer named AAAS Fellows

David Emerich and Thomas Spencer are the latest University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources professors to be named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Emerich, a professor and associate chair of biochemistry, and Spencer, a professor in animal sciences and director of the Interdisciplinary Reproduction and Health Group (IRHG) at CAFNR,…

A Wide Variety of Research

Jeff Wood's research allows for unique collaborations

Jeff Wood’s background and current research focus allows him to be a part of numerous unique projects. Wood, an assistant research professor in the School of Natural Resources, who joined the University of Missouri in 2016, played a role in two recently published papers – one involving understanding the cycling of nitrogen, the other focusing on better observing photosynthesis. Wood’s…

After Hours: Evoking Emotion

Cheryl Stevens creates presentations to share memories

Cheryl Stevens has always looked for ways to store, display and share memories. Instead of simply putting her photos in an album, Stevens, office support assistant in the Office of Academic Programs, started to build scrapbooks and placemats for her four children as a unique way to capture the past. That hobby has turned into an opportunity to create slideshow…

‘Some of the Best’

SNR hosts inaugural appreciation and awards dinner

On November 7, the School of Natural Resources celebrated the inaugural SNR Appreciation and Awards Dinner in Stotler Lounge in Memorial Union. Over 100 guests were in attendance, including faculty, staff, students and alumni. The evening began with dinner and introductions followed by Shibu Jose, director of the School of Natural Resources, discussing the current state of the school. Those…

Faris Wins Presidents Scholarship

Science and agricultural journalism student wins award from RTDNA

Nora Faris, of Concordia, Missouri, has been selected as a 2017 Presidents Scholar. According to the Radio Television Digital News Association website, two $1,000 awards are given each year in honor of former presidents; Theodore Koop, Bruce Dennis, James McCullan, John Salisbury, Bruce Palmer, Dick Cheverton, Jim Byron, Ben Chatfield and John Hogan. In addition to the scholarship, winners are…