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Pursuing His Passions

A job with The Basketball Tournament allows Luke Rubin to explore his passion for sports

A self-proclaimed “sports geek,” Luke Rubin grew up dreaming of one day spending his Saturdays as a television analyst breaking down college football games. That passion took him 1,300 miles from his hometown in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to the University of Missouri campus, as Rubin was interested in pursuing a journalism degree. “In high school, my primary goal was to…

CAFNR Honors Exceptional Alumni

Six of the college’s outstanding alumni recognized at the 2021 Column Awards ceremony

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources recently honored the six individuals chosen to receive the 2021 CAFNR Column Award for Distinguished Alumni. This is the only award specifically for alumni presented by the college. The awardee class includes one graduate from each of CAFNR’s six divisions, reflecting the six historic columns at the University of Missouri.   Animal…

A Well-Rounded Experience

The environmental sciences degree program prepared Matt Beckwith for a career as a broadcast meteorologist

An early passion for broadcast meteorology and a desire to get a degree from a university in the state he grew up in led Matt Beckwith to the University of Missouri. Beckwith thought the atmospheric science emphasis area within the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) environmental sciences degree program would help prepare him for a career…

‘I Bleed Black and Gold’

John Fisher earns Tiger Pride Award from MU Alumni Association

Each year, the University of Missouri Alumni Association hands out a trio of volunteer leader awards – the Alumni Legacy Award, the Tiger Pride Award and the Mizzou G.O.L.D Award. There are two honorees for each award, one for a Missouri resident and one for a volunteer out of state. John Fisher was honored, and a tad surprised, to learn…

Livestock Legacy

Everett Forkner to be inducted into prestigious Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery

As a student in the then-College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, Everett Forkner was able to attend an international competition in Chicago as part of the Mizzou livestock judging team. There he saw the Saddle & Sirloin portrait gallery for the first time. “I was really impressed,” Forkner said of seeing…

Celebrating Excellence

SNR students, faculty, staff and alumni honored at awards banquet

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, students, faculty, staff and alumni of the School of Natural Resources were honored at the 2018 SNR Awards Banquet. This was the second year for the event, which recognizes excellence in service, advising, research and teaching. Shibu Jose, director of SNR, spoke at the event and presented the awards. Those honored on Nov. 6 included: Mark…

Honoring Alumni & Friends

CAFNR alumni and friends recognized at annual Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony

Each spring at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Celebration of Excellence, the Ag Alumni Association recognizes alumni and friends for dedication to their industry, to the College and to Mizzou. This year’s event was held Friday, April 7, at Reynolds Alumni Center. Alumni awards include Citation of Merit, Honorary Membership to the MU Ag Alumni Association, True…

Linking Two Worlds

Hospitality management graduate uses ag background with NAFB

In the early 1970s, a group of hotel and restaurant managers from across the state identified a strong need for educated graduates in the field. They brought the idea of a program to the university, and after approaching several academic units on campus, the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources agreed to house it. The relationship that formed has become…

A Legacy of Hospitality

Three generations of the Bond family reflect on their commitment to the industry and to MU

Denny Bond (B.A. ’67, B.S. ’68, M.Ed. ’69, U.S. Army Military Science ’69) smiles as he remembers the early days of his career – the days after returning home from Vietnam and deciding what career to pursue. He recalls the days of working as a front desk manager at the Muehlbach Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, checking in guests and hanging…

Engaging Alumni

CAFNR Office of Academic Programs focused on working with alumni

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Office of Academic Programs is focused on recruiting strong high school students and providing them with the opportunities to succeed – not only in the classroom but once they enter the workforce. The CAFNR Office of Academic Programs welcomed three new hires in August of last year – Matt…