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Gratitude: An Update of Advancement Efforts Especially for Alumni, Friends and Donors of CAFNR
Greetings from the Dean
Dean Tom Payne
I hope this finds everyone enjoying the cooler weather. We have had some great fall events. CAFNR Week was a huge success and chock full of fun student and family activities, including everyone’s favorite – the Bonfire at Bradford Research Center. Though our football team didn’t give us a victory, homecoming was still a wonderful celebration with our many alumni and friends who came back to campus. Some of my favorite memories are from this time of year.

We were excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Reich Executive-in-Residence Program with a very impressive guest: Sara Parker Pauley (A&S ’86, BS Journ ’87, JD ’93) — who was then the Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and as of Nov. 1 is now the Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation — served as our 50th Executive-in-Residence in October. She was and is outstanding. Sara gave a lecture on water quality to a full house and interacted with faculty and students in both the School of Natural Resources and the School of Journalism. We were all inspired to learn how she combined her training in journalism and law with her passion for nature to build a very successful career in conservation administration. Learn more about the Reich program’s benefactors, Robert and Carol Reich, later on in this issue.

This really is a milestone year. On Sept. 2, our Division of Biochemistry celebrated its 40th year as a combined unit with the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the School of Medicine. The event included tours, a research poster display, lectures, and a reception and dinner that culminated with a fun 100th birthday celebration for Dr. Boyd O’Dell. He is simply phenomenal, coming to the lab everyday. Wow! Read our event recap for the whole scoop.

Alice and I agree that one of our favorite events happens in October – CAFNR’s Scholarship Donor Appreciation event. For the first time in many years it was a dinner instead of a luncheon. We had a great turnout of our donors and students with 49 of CAFNR’s scholarships represented. It was so wonderful to get the chance to thank our donors who make it possible for CAFNR to award $1.3 million in scholarships each year. Wow! That is impressive, to say the least.

We had several scholarships awarded for the first time this year, one of which was the Kyle Major Memorial Scholarship. We were honored to have Kyle’s mother and sister join us and meet the first recipient of their scholarship, Emily Franke. We highlight Kyle and Emily in an article in this issue.

Also in this issue we pay tribute to an honorary CAFNR alumna, Robin Wenneker (BS Bus ’91), who has served as president of the CAFNR Foundation for the past three years. The article depicts her strong ties to agriculture and her heart for giving back. We’re blessed Robin is a member of our CAFNR Family.

Back in July, our friends Keith and Ruth Ann Boyer graciously hosted a CAFNR alumni picnic at their beautiful, historic farm in Gorin, Missouri. It was fun to catch up with friends from that part of the state and to share with them the many great research and teaching endeavors going on in CAFNR. Here are a few photos from the event.

We could not fulfill our land-grant mission without YOU! Thank you for all you do for CAFNR and MU and for making these past 18 years the best of my career.

Hugs & Cheers,

Dean Payne Signature
Tom Payne
Vice Chancellor and Dean
CAFNR Vice Chancellor and Dean Search Update
The search for the new CAFNR Vice Chancellor and Dean is well underway. The firm of Baker and Associates, LLC, is leading the charge and has now finalized the search committee (see the list of committee members on the CAFNR website). The Search Committee Chair is Dr. Mark McIntosh, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development.

Search firm president Martin Baker attended a recent CAFNR Faculty and Staff meeting and stated his hopes to have a new Dean identified by summer 2017.

In addition, Marc Linit, Senior Associate Dean, Office of Research and Extension and Senior Associate Director, Agricultural Experiment Station, has been named Interim Vice Chancellor and Dean, effective Jan. 1.

Stay updated on the search process by visiting Provost Garnett Stokes’ website and the CAFNR website.
Fresh Air, Fresh Perspectives (click to read)
CAFNR donor creates endowed professorship to promote conservation, youth education.
Commanding Respect (click to read)
Those who knew Miss Hortense Greenley reflect on her humbleness.
Biochemistry Milestones (click to read)
Biochemistry celebrates 40th anniversary of joint department, 100th birthday of long-time professor.
Making an Impact
Where Music and Science Meet (click to read)
Family celebrates son’s love of music, biochemistry with scholarship in his memory.
A Gift of Opportunity (click to read)
Bruce Loewenberg’s Salers donations have opened a door for CAFNR students.
‘A Daughter of CAFNR’ (click to read)
CAFNR Foundation president draws motivation, call to service from College family ties.
A Lasting Impact (click to read)
Executive-in-Residence Program celebrates 20 years and 50 executives.
Don't Miss!
Monticello Society Brunch: April 29, 2017
Scholarship Dinner
CAFNR Thanks Scholarship Donors (click to read)
Dinner draws scholarship donors and recipients.
Campaign for CAFNR
An Update from CAFNR’s Campaign Chairman
Chuck Brazeale Friends, this year is unique because of Dean Tom Payne’s decision to retire after 18 years of exemplary service to CAFNR. I feel it is appropriate for CAFNR alumni to honor him by making a contribution to the CAFNR Dean’s Unrestricted Fund. It will also show our support for the next Vice Chancellor and Dean when he or she takes the helm. Read more of the campaign update from Chuck Brazeale.

Ways to honor Tom Payne

Tom & Alice Payne Scholarship in CAFNR
CAFNR Dean's Unrestricted Fund
Campaign Update
CAFNR Campaign Progress: $94.69 million towards $100 million goal
MU Campaign Progress: $812.97 million towards $1.3 billion goal
In Memoriam
Chuck Brazeale Moray Kiehl
Jean McClure
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